Mission Blues - I Don't Live There Anymore

Published Wednesday 16th January 2008
Mission Blues - I Don't Live There Anymore
Mission Blues - I Don't Live There Anymore

STYLE: Blues
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 33477-13281
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Rob Andrews

Mission Blues have been playing as a band (with various lineup changes) for over 15 years. Formed by a then non-musical Gary Pycior, all the songs on this latest offering have Gary involved in the songwriting credits. Picking up the harmonica and learning from scratch, he has developed well over the years, and now provides key contributions with some great blues harp bursts. In a change for their last album, the vocal duties are now with lead guitarist Tim "Doc" Caudill, who entertains, and fits the blues bill, with his raspy tones. The band's newest member, keyboardist Paul Draper, adds a more basic and classical undertone to this collection with some cool Hammond organ sounds (for example on standout track "Been There Before"). "Psalm 130 Blues" is an enticing slow track, with soaring harmonica and lazy guitar riffs. Great lyrics too, based on a great Psalm. I think the key to this super collection of R&B-undergirded blues is the maturity of the players, all aged in their 50s-60s. Their history and experience, individually and collectively, has developed quality music, purely and simply. And that's purely and simply the reason why I love it!

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Reader Comments

Posted by Steve Foley in Visalia, California @ 01:05 on Jul 15 2008

This is just good old rhythm and blues, with a Christian flavor. Nothing but the real thing - no other way around it. Pick up this CD, if you're into Glenn Kaiser, Darrell Mansfield, or those type of Christian blues, and you won't be disappointed.
Having been privileged to be a part of the prayer-chain along with several members of this group, I can only say these guys get it....they know the reasons to sing the blues, and they know the reasons to celebrate the blues.

Posted by Sam Wilder in Lakewood, California, USA @ 16:31 on Jul 14 2008

Thanks for reviewing my friend's CD. I've known Doc since high school and we played a lot of music together "back in the day." But I like Mission Blues because there just flat-out GOOD and not because my friend plays for them. It's great that their getting heard in other countries. Music is a common, and mystical, bond.

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