Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ben Prestage (2011) -One Crow Murder

Artist: Ben Prestage
Album: One Crow Murder
Released: 1997
Quality: Mp3 CBR 320
Size: 139 MB

Born the grandson of a Mississippi sharecropper, Ben Prestage has been soaked in Blues tradition and Mississippi culture since birth. Growing up in the swamps of south central Florida, Prestage began to mix Mississippi Country Blues with his own brand of Florida Swamp Blues. This muddy- water- meets- black- water stew has led him to perform from California to the Carolinas to the Florida Keys, in large festivals, every kind of bar, and sometimes on downtown sidewalks. Ben Prestage spent some time as a street performer on historic Beale Street, while living in Memphis, TN. He used to share a spot in front of the New Daisy Theatre with modern blues legends Robert Belfour (Fat Possum Records) and Richard Johnston (2001 International Blues Competition winner). Being a street musician in the “Blues capital of the South” threw Prestage’s music in a new direction. To his show, he added a cigarbox guitar (made by Memphian an one-man-band John Lowe) which has stereo guitar and bass strings that can be played independently, at the same time. Then Ben added a series of four foot pedals that can be manipulated by the heels and toes of both feet to play a drumkit. The final result is Ben playing guitar, bass, and drums while singing his own brand of Blues which leaves bottles empty and dance floors full wherever his music takes him.

1. Tell the Devil I'm Gone 5:34
2. Amsterdam Rag 3:28
3. The Ballad of Ray and Ruby 4:08
4. Take Sick and Die 4:20
5. One Crow Murder 5:37
6. When I 1st Met You Baby 4:09
7. I Wish I Was in New Orleans 4:55
8. Shine, Moon 5:12
9. If You Want Me to Love You 5:58
10. 3 Hots and a Cot 3:59
11. See What My Buddy Done 3:20
12. Fishin' in the Dark 3:11
13. Hoot With the Owls 5:32


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