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CD Review – Jimmy Hall – Build Your Own Fire (Zoho Roots)

Put your hands up if you’ve heard of Eddie Hinton! Damn, not too many hands there. Well, thank God Jimmy Hall, who some may remember as vocalist/harmonica player for Southern rockers Wet Willie back in the ’70’s, knows who Hinton is and has always been a fan of the enigmatic soul guitarist and songwriter. While most music fans and critics unfortunately look at the music known as Southern rock as one of the more embarrassing subgenre of rock and roll, there is a lot more to like about the genre than Lynyrd Skynyrd and Charlie Daniel’s “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”. Southern rock was more tied to blues and soul than any other kind of rock and roll at that time period (Southern Rock’s heyday was from 1972-1978) as the South was the hotbed where the best soul records were cut. The buckle of the Bible Belt, the archetypal Southern-born musician knew all about the church, and by association R&B, as the church was the genesis of the music. As the predominantly white rock and roll musicians grew up, they became well versed in R&B, soul and blues styles due to their environment. It makes sense, then that they would apply these music lessons to the rock music they would later make.