Album Review: Professor Louie and The Crowmatix | Songs of Inspiration | Music | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine

Professor Louie and The Crowmatix | Songs of Inspiration

(Woodstock Records)

Songs of Inspiration is a collection of Professor Louie's favorite gospels; traditionals, covers, and originals written and/or arranged with musical partner and vocalist Miss Marie. Christened "Professor Louie" by Rick Danko of the Band, Mid-Hudson Valley-based Crowmatix's pedigree is prolific, diverse, and storied. Member collaborations include the Band, Graham Parker, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Randy Neuman, Joe Jackson, Natalie Merchant, and Mercury Rev. From the first notes, one feels the seasons and miles embedded in the creation, interpretation, performance, and production of the quintet's 15th album. The history and longevity belies a carefree confidence layered between the soulful voicings and textured melodies. Gospel blues through and through, even the classic "Rivers of Babylon" takes on the community feel of a Southern Sunday church, the walls sweating with spirit as Spanish moss sways in the passionate breeze of Americana licks and gritty roots laced with a Cajun drawl. 


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