There have been a whole lot of hellraisers out there for some time now, but (have you) ever wondered why the old folks saw Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly and Little Richard’s rock ’n roll as the true coaxers of this so-called Devil’s Music?
The experience of your soul being one with the sound. The rhythm feeding the room’s bouncing heels, tapping in one coherent beat. Is someone performing or is everyone part of one big bluegrass evocation? To the outsider, or flat-screen viewer, it might seem a touch helter-skelter, but if you are there, you’re not there… you’re it.
It’s a combined musical incantation, with the Brackenfell folk-rocker at the helm. If he makes it big as a recorded artist it will be for different reasons to the ones credited here. This is not about talent, this is not about musical genius, this is not about passion or filling a media gap.
This is pure soul: something you rarely experience with recorded material. This is about that feeling of wholeness, being part of an experience; not hearing the rhythm but feeling the rhythm like you feel your heart beat. You are not in control. You are not making your heart ‘beat’. You are the possessed heartbeat.
You are the platform, you are the room, the bar, the liquor, the vibrating dust on the shivering stage, the sweat on the singer’s forehead. You are the Devil’s Music – the incarnation of soul. We are Joshua Grierson.
Let’s play again soon…
Experienced by Wayne Habig at Zula Bar 12 May 2011