M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio | The Flood

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The Flood

by M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio

M.S.G. plays acoustic blues in the Piedmont style with soulful covers, thought provoking originals, and soaring spirituals.
Genre: Blues: Piedmont Blues
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1. The Flood
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2. Money Makes You Crazy
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3. Going to the River
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4. Grinnin' in Your Face
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5. Good While It Lasted
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6. I'm Down Today
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7. My Old Ride
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8. Front Porch Blues
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9. New Familiar
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10. I'll Fly Away
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11. My Little One
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12. Angel from Montgomery
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13. Do You See Me Now?
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14. Amazing Grace
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15. Glory, Glory, Hallelujah
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
MSG's fourth CD finds them including guest artists and multiple Grammy Award winning producer Cathy Fink.
The addition of a producer and guest artists enabled the band to focus their materiel and expand their sound in ways beyond their normal trio configuration. The band is joined by Phil Wiggins on Harmonica and backing vocals, David Jackson on backing vocals, Sam Gleaves on banjo and backing vocals, Marcy Cochran on viola, Ralph Gordon on bass, and Cathy Fink on backing vocals and rhythm guitar.

M.S.G.’s music embodies the powerful link between the essentials of human experience. The Flood travels through some of
life’s most triumphant and most difficult moments: a vision of our hearts and spirits giving strength to survive hard times mixed
with a tradition that gives meaning to our best moments. Sharing a decade with the band, I have watched M.S.G. grow
individually and collectively. I’ve learned much about connection, community, and the expression of respect for elders while
retaining an authentic voice.
The Flood presents a mix of new songs rooted in tradition, and new takes on traditional material. When Resa sings “Grinnin’ In
Your Face,” you hear her listening carefully to Son House while creating a version that is very much her own. All the traditional
songs in this collection reflect this mixture of nodding to tradition while carrying the music forward in fresh ways. “Going To
The River” and “I’m Down Today” honor John Cephas and Archie Edwards, respectively. Both must be looking on with pride.
The new songs come from Jackie, Miles and me. Jackie, when writing, sees the blues singer as the voice of the community,
offering strong observations on the way we live our lives and treat each other. “Front Porch Blues” expresses her strong
connection to the past through her beloved Mama J, created as they shared family memories about fish fries and her mother’s
revered ‘Jerrycakes’ griddle cakes. “Do You See Me Now?” and “New Familiar” express a voice of compassion; “Money
Makes You Crazy”, is a tale of caution.
For Miles and me, the songs reflect our shared perspective. “The Flood” began with a news item, but connects to the experiences
of each of us at different times. The voice of “Good While It Lasted” has survived her own flood, but mourns the lost blessings
that preceded it. “My Little One” appreciates the precious and vulnerable, safe for the moment at least, from the flood. “My Old
Ride” reflects that neither Miles nor I have been able to select our cars on the basis of prestige or compensating for other
deficiencies.
Resa’s incredible ears, sense of timing and musical arrangement/collaboration, breathes life into our writing. We may write the
songs, but Resa is the voice of the band. As with any real band, Resa, Miles, and Jackie add up to more together than even the
excellent separate parts, and get even better with their friends in the mix. Cathy Fink has done an excellent job of capturing the
live feel of the band. I trust that celebrating with M.S.G. will help keep you afloat after The Flood. – David Bird

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