With a back story that ranks right up there with blues guitarists that came before and after him, The Rev Jimmie Bratcher has been preaching the blues since he was a child, and he is sharing the good word on his latest record. Secretly Famous is Kansas City blues flavored with a little bit of the South and Texas creating Bratcher’s signature sound. He delivers an album loaded with laid back guitar licks over thumping rhythms that are smooth and mellow to the ears.
The album starts off with “Jupiter & Mars” which is the epitome of what Bratcher has to offer. Chugging drums and guitars that mingle throughout the song making everything else sound better. Things get a little nasty on “57” and “Tobacco Man” which is a good thing, and his diversity is shown when it gets a little funky on “Feels Like Friday”. Bratcher shows of his versatility with the juke joint tinged “Check Your Blues At The Door” and the rocking “Starting All Over Again”. My personal favorite is “Bologna Sandwich Man”, with a bit of classic Texas twang and quirky lyrics it is hard not to sing along.
Secretly Famous is a fun listen. The 12 tracks are a showcase for Bratcher’s guitar playing and catchy lyrics. He doesn’t try to get fancy he just delivers a batch of solid blues music. The songs are perfect for chilling out at home or blasting loud with a group of friends which is another testament to his music versatility. Take the time to listen to the good word from Reverend Jimmie, it may not save you, but it will make things a little better.