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The Fried Okra Band (DENMARK)
Black Cherry
©Gateway Music 2009


Black cherry – the black music on which we’ve been fed since the very first encounter with the blues. The French say cheri for their loved ones - well this record hopefully goes to say it must be this love that is the inspiration for The Fried Okra Band.....
This is the first record is the first record featuring The Fried Okra Bands own songs. It’s a step away from the Mississippi Hill Country blues on the record This is your chance, France baby! ....

It is not as close to the tradition as the first record. Still the songs clearly bear witness to the bands blues inspiration and the hypnotic moods of the music of the Hill Country. ...
Mississippi is still very must present in the music as it is in the lyrics of Donuts and Devils. The tale of a young mans disappointing encounter with a mysterious man at The Crossroads outside Clarksdale in the Mississippi Delta. ....

The songs on Black Cherry each take up different themes:....

I got this record – for instance - is about a young mans frustrations over absent record companies and empty tour calendars. You can howl states the impossibility of gaining your love one back by howling for her return. ....

The only cover song, See what my buddy done, by R. L. Burnside - secures the link to North Mississippi and it also features the homemade diddley bow. ....

It might be a bad sign when a black cat is crossing one’s trail, but it is more so when the cat is run over by the drummer of The Fried Okra Band when on the phone with the lead singer, discussing the release of this very record. ....

Well, The Fried Okra Band has certainly been struck by life and had their share of life’s goodies and badies since their first record 2 years ago. The arrival of more babies, bigger families and extensive responsibility on one hand and departure of women on the other. Not all bad, some of it wonderful. But you might see some of the heaviness expressed in the list of songs titles where the word wrong crops up more than once. ....

Eating cherries with the big ones is a Danish expression which means something like testing your talent with the established representatives of a certain field. It is enough here to say that it’s a little frightening to put your songs, production and arrangements out there among the vast number of very, very good records. ....

But as Mississippi Fred McDowell sang: You got to move – life has seen to that the band‘s been '


1. I Got This Record
2. Do Me Wrong
3. I Know You're Gone
4. Catch The B Train
5. Donuts And Devils
6. You Can Howl
7. Breakfast
8. What's Wrong With Me
9. Nobody's Slave
10. Heavy Rain

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