CD Review: Reverend Raven – My Life, January 2018
By Blue Barry,Smoky Mountain Blues Society
Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys have done it again! Here we go with their eighth CD and it is fabulous! Hailing from Milwaukee, The Reverend and his boys have played and toured the known universe for 20 years now! Over those years they have played about every venue you can think of, while sharing the stage with about every blues Icon you can think of. This wonderful compilation of their best stuff is fabulous! How do you pick the best out of 20 years together? Well, you find a way. Pulling from their four studio albums they have remixed, or all together just bluesed up a new version with some new players helping out. Reverend Raven nails it with his outstanding vocals, guitar, and slide work! That big baritone voice just lays right in there. Talk about harmonica players this CD features some genuine monsters! Cadillac Pete Rahn, Madison Slim, Benny Rickun, and Westside Andy Linderman just blow up the tracks! I mean outstanding harp players! If you’re a harp lover, this is enough to get the CD! Born and raised on the South side of Chicago the Reverends credentials and background are impeccable! Over the last thirty years he has opened for B.B. King, Gatemouth Brown, Koko Taylor, Pinetop Perkins, Junior Wells, Magic Slim Elvin Bishop, Sugar Blue, tons of others, and has been on headliner status rotation at Buddy Guys Legends Club for sixteen years! Go to www.reverendraven.com and check out his extensive career! Reverend Raven “My Life”! Twenty years of the best of the best. Just ace top drawer! Better check it out. One Love, blue barry – smoky mountain blues society.