KING ERNEST: Blues Got Soul: CD

King Ernest and his blazin’ backing band perfectly blend a spiritually compelling musical collage of blues, soul, and gospel-tinged textures of Stax-style sounds into an ear-inspiring swirl of pure genuine audial joy. The vocals sparkle and shine with spirited soulful sprinklings of the hallowed styles of Percy Sledge, Otis Redding, Al Green, and even an occasional flashy shriek of James Brown-like godliness… the infectiously eminent instrumentation robustly rolls along with a big ballsy brass horn section, lightly floatin’ holyrollin’ church organ, jumpin’ jukejoint piano jauntiness, toe-tappin’ hardwood-floor drum strollings, softly stutterin’ bass struttings, and B.B. King-inspired string-bendin’ inflections of fiery guitar licks… and add some groovin’ urban Four Tops/Temptations-style background vocals for full heartfelt aural effect. Damn, man, this divinely distinguished disc stirred my senses, shook my soul, and overwhelmingly moved me like no other! Sadly, King Ernest died in a car wreck early last year, but he left one helluva legacy in his brightly shimmering musical elegance. Yep, he’s surely tearin’ up the skies at this very moment in the afterlife with his pristine and powerful emotion-laden voice…

 –guest (Fat Possum)