The Mighty Jeremiahs

September 19, 2005

Chicken-skin alert: If you’re a Les Paul-through-Marshall fanatic and believe that the ripe, searing sounds of Paul Kossoff with Free, Mick Taylor with the Bluesbreakers, and Fresh Cream-era Eric Clapton represent the apex of Sunburst tone, then don’t miss Greg Martin’s plangent licks with the Mighty Jeremiahs. Armed with a ’58 PAF-loaded Paul and a clutch of old Marshall half-stacks, Martin honed his squawky attack with the Kentucky Headhunters. On this album—a collection of gospel songs wrapped in a blanket of Memphis soul and loud, hillbilly blues—he teams up with vocalist Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie) and a punchy rhythm section to deliver an hour of ecstatic 6-string. Hearing Martin pepper his flutey bends and growling bass riffs with pinch harmonics in “Respect Yourself” and “John the Revelator,” you just might conclude he’s the most toneful Paul-bearer playing today. ear X-tacy.

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