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Leo Welch and the Sabougla Voices: An Album Review

storyLeo Welch’s “Sabougla Voices” is my favorite album from 2013. Leo Welch was born in 1932 and “Sabougla Voices” is his debut album. It was released when he was 82 years old. This makes me wonder what I’ll be doing at age 82. To be clear, Leo Welch has been making music for years and is known locally for his work (Sabougla, Mississippi), but now he’s making waves around the world.

I’m sure you’re wondering how this happened. It’s simple really. He called a record label in Oxford, auditioned and was immediately given a record contract. Before that, Leo Welch had always stayed local. He’s lived his entire life in or near Sabougla, Mississippi. With the blues being such an ingrained part of Southern culture, its possible that there are other would-be-blues-stars hiding out in rural parts of America.

This album is great and it’s a natural blend of blues, rock and gospel. If you’re a fan of the late bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins, you’ll love the track Mother Loves Her Children from “Sabougla Voices”. It’s simple bluesy attitude makes it, in my opinion, the best song on the album. What’s exciting about this album, is that many of the songs are undoubtably new versions of classic gospel songs. I don’t want to call them covers, because there’s definitely a history of adaptation within these genres. However, for example, Rev. C.L. Franklin sang a version of Mother Loves Her Children that was titled Your Mother Loves Her Children. Songs on the album like Praise His Name have the garage feel of classic American blues with a true gospel influence.

The album is undeniably religious, but this shouldn’t scare away listeners who don’t enjoy religious music. This album is pure americana. It’s a taste of days past, but it’s new. All I can say is that I sure hope Leo Welch sticks around for another 82 years.

You can listen to “Sabougla Voices” here.

Songbook Experience Menu Playlist

We’re all drawn to different types of music and different forms of musical experience. This week we explore the songwriting experience from established and emerging artists alike. Enjoy the myriad of musical discoveries.

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Hour 1

Out Among The Stars / 3:02 / Johnny Cash / Out Among The Stars / Sony Music

Entertainment / 2014

She Used To Love Me A Lot (The JC/EC Version) / 3:23 / Johnny Cash / Out Among

The Stars / Sony Music Entertainment / 2014

Miss Who I Thought You Were / 3:45 / Steff Mahan / Where I’m Coming From /

Centry Music Group / 2013

If I Were / 3:44 / Steff Mahan / Where I’m Coming From / Centry Music Group /


Come On / 4:04 / Twin Forks / Twin Forks / Twin Forks / 2014

Plans / 3:36 / Twin Forks / Twin Forks / Twin Forks / 2014

Say Goodbye / 6:13 / Dave Matthews Band / Crash / Sony Music Entertainment /


Lighthouse / 4:21 / Ziggy Marley / Fly Rasta / Tuff Gong Worldwide / 2014

You / 3:23 / Ziggy Marley / Fly Rasta / Tuff Gong Worldwide / 2014

You Best Be There / 4:58 / Will Phalen / The Dirt And The Air And The Grass / Sub-
Urban Arts Collective / 2014

The Saw Song / 3:23 / Will Phalen / The Dirt And The Air And The Grass / Sub-
Urban Arts Collective / 2014

The Gambler / 3:08 / The Both / The Both / SuperEgo Records / 2014

The Inevitable Shove / 3:50 / The Both / The Both / SuperEgo Records / 2014

Midnight / 5:33 / Jimi Hendrix / South Saturn Delta / Experience Hendrix / 1997

Message To The Universe (Message Of Love) / 6:20 / Jimi Hendrix / South Saturn

Delta / Experience Hendrix / 1997

Hour 2

As Long As Our Hearts Are Beating / 4:16 / Jenny & Tyler / Faint Not / Jenny &

Tyler / 2010

We Will Become Silhouettes (Remastered) / 4:45 / Jenny & Tyler / For Freedom: A

Covers EP / Jenny & Tyler / 2013

Find It In Me / 6:42 / William Fitzsimmons / Until When We Are Ghosts / William

Fitzsimmons / 2013

Took / 4:28 / William Fitzsimmons / Lions / William Fitzsimmons / 2013

Come on Back / 4:08 / Amy Stroup / The Other Side of Love – Session One / Amy

Stroup / 2008

Far From Yesterday / 4:13 / Amy Stroup / Tunnel / milkglass / 2014

Down the Burning Ropes / 5:00 / James Vincent McMorrow / Early In the Morning

(Bonus Version) / Vagrant Records / 2011

Look Out / 3:26 / James Vincent McMorrow / Post Tropical / Vagrant Records /


Lovers’ Revolution / 5:40 / Iron & Wine / Ghost On Ghost / Nonesuch Records /


Lion’s Mane / 2:50 / Iron & Wine / The Creek Drank the Cradle / Sub Pop Records /


Reach / 2:16 / Andrew Belle / The Ladder / 1L Music / 2010

Black Bear / 5:12 / Andrew Belle / Black Bear / Andrew Belle Inc / 2013

So Far from Me / 4:06 / Brett Dennen / Hope for the Hopeless (Deluxe Version) /

Dualtone / 2009

Queen of the Westside / 6:19 / Brett Dennen / Loverboy / Dualtone / 2011

Label Dispute Results in Uneven Hank Williams III (Album Review)

hank-williams-iii-ramblin-man-album Self-proclaimed leader of the “hellbilly” rock genre, Hank Williams III latest release from Curb records, “Ramblin’ Man” is steeped in music industry drama. Unfortunately, the bizarre circumstances surrounding the production of this record do not correlate into a cohesive or very listener friendly album. As the third generation Hank Williams tries to make a name for himself outside of his family legacy this album is a reminder that sometimes an artist is limited by a record label, sometimes even long after the contract has run out. Curb seems determined to remind listeners that this is the spawn of Hank Williams and Ol’ Bocephus with the inclusion of covers of classic country songs, including the title track, “Ramblin’ Man” a song done by Hank Williams, Sr.

Ending his formal relationship with Curb in 2010, this is the NINTH studio release on a contract that was supposed to be six albums. While this is not an uncommon practice in the music industry, the patchwork nature of the album is truly unfortunate. William may have the gritty charm of his predecessors but this album is kind of a melodic wreck. Made up of previously recorded songs, covers, and even outtakes seen unfit to include on prior records, “Ramblin’ Man” might be a treat for true followers of Hank III. For the average listener, however, it is a jarring, overly aggressive mix of some talented work and some fairly unlistenable tracks.

“I’m the Only Hell (My Mama Ever Raised),” originally by Johnny Paycheck is a decent, if routine, hard rocking country tune. It showcases some fine guitar work and Williams’ vocals are a good accompaniment. By comparison, “Hang On” just feels like an audio assault on the ears and is unfortunately closer to what Williams’ feels is his truer sound- a “hellbilly”/rock/punk mix. This does not inspire one to go out and buy any of Williams’ non-Curb recordings. Merle Haggard’s standard “Okie from Muskogee” is included on the album, again to a disquieting effect. It’s a great song and musically not difficult to play. Part of its charm is the simple lyrics and steel guitar but somehow Williams does not rise to his country bloodline and the song falls flat.

Mercifully, there are only eight tracks on the album and about three are worth listening: “Fearless Boogie” (a cover of the ZZ Top song and previously included on a ZZ Top tribute record), the aforementioned “Im the Only Hell (My Mama Ever Raised),” and “Ramblin’ Man.” Are three tracks worth buying a record? No. Download favorites and skip the rest. Williams himself has been known to say “F*** Curb” and many, many people agree with him. The relationship was only forged in the late 90s when a judge ordered Williams to get a “real job” during a child custody dispute. Over time Williams became displeased with the record label’s involvement and if this is the kind of material they were producing with him, one has to agree.