Underneath the Kudzu
Personnel: Bob Bogdal (vocals, guitar,harmonica,resonator); Mark Ross (mandolin); Davida (background vocals) While on the road with Johnston he would pay close attention to Richard Johnston and bandmate Mark Simpson. After shows and back at the house they would teach him the hill country guitar style. Now three years later Bob has emerged with his own CD reflecting his personal vision into the mystery we call the Delta. The passion and history of the area unfolding and nurturing his original mission, Bob became absorbed into the trance like qualities of Hill Country Blues. His release 'Underneath the Kudzu' 2005 is described as a haunting and personal poetic recollections of this period of transformation. This is what Bob had to say: ' Mule Won't Kick' is based on a story told to me by Calvin Jackson about the great Othar Turner workin' the mules at his farm. ' Preachers Daughter' is based on Jesse Mae Hemphill and her wonderful dual nature. ' The Calling' is a recollection of a service I attended with the use of serpents as a means to redemption. One cannot put fairly into words the experience of sitting under the stars at Sherman Coopers farm with RJ playing some chilling version of Hank Williams late at night . Or sharing moments with Jesse Mae Hemphill at her place looking at videos of the day when she reigned as Queen. Meeting the Kimbrough's and the Burnsides, Mark Simpson, and bless his soul Othar Turner. These folks are the Holy Grail, the primal pulse of the origin of great music, and as Richard Johnston will tell you we stand on the shoulders of the great many that travelled this path before us.