Puttin' It Down

Puttin' It Down

by Terry EvansTerry Evans


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Terry Evans' second solo release (after a few with his singing partner Bobby King) further explores his swampy gospel, rock, R&B, and blues roots. Backed by veteran musicians like former employer Ry Cooder, bassist/songwriter Jorge Calderon, and even legendary jazz/funk trombonist George Bohanon (who tears it up with his solo on the album-closing slow groove of "Blues No More"), Evans proves that he's one of the most underrated vocalists on the blues
oots scene. Growling, humming, and testifying through an album primarily comprised of originals, Evans is in terrific voice. Much of the material sounds like it could have been on a mid-'70s Cooder release, but the singer adds additional vocal bite to this rootsy material. He's as comfortable with the upbeat approach of the humorous leadoff track, "Put the Money in Your Pocket," as with the searing, almost frightening deep blues of "Down in Mississippi" (reprised and rescued from obscurity on the Crossroads soundtrack), which at nearly eight minutes is the album's centerpiece and most intense piece. Here Evans uses his gruff voice to swoop and moan over eerie, snaking slide guitar and Jim Keltner's ominous, pounding drums. What's refreshing is how effectively Evans avoids typical blues clichés, preferring a more rhythmic approach -- one that Cooder's quicksilver lines do much to enhance. Soulful and emotional, Puttin' It Down is a dusty gem of an album. Like Evans' entire catalog, it's well worth exploring for blues/gospel fans looking for music that effectively combines the urging truth of gospel with the sensual grit of Memphis R&B.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/1995
Label: Audioquest
UPC: 0092592103825
catalogNumber: 1038
Rank: 71996

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Terry Evans   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Ry Cooder   Guitar
Jorge Calderon   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Jim Keltner   Drums
Phil Bloch   Drums
George Bohannon   Trombone
Joachim Cooder   Dumbek,Percussion
Hense Powell   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Ray Williams   Vocals
Jeff Alviani   Organ,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Willy "One Lip Willy" Scandlyn   Guitar,Harmonica
Jesse Samsel   Acoustic Guitar
George Bohanon   Trombone

Technical Credits

Ry Cooder   Liner Notes,Author
Jorge Calderon   Producer
Terry Evans   Producer,Liner Notes
Joe Harley   Producer
Akira Taguchi   Producer
Sam Gay   Director
Marc Norberg   Cover Photo
Michael C. Ross   Engineer
Hillary Weiss   Artwork,Art Direction
Joseph d'Alessio   Liner Notes
Michael Ross   Engineer

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