Founded in the winter of 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic washed across America and the rest of the world, Sir Rod & the Blues Doctors are a joyous, unlikely ensemble–a three-man brotherhood dedicated to the project of keeping alive the vibrant sounds and spirit of blues master Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee.
Atlanta-based singer “Sir Rod” Patterson is Magee’s nephew; harmonica player / percussionist Adam Gussow was Magee’s partner for more than three decades (1986-2018) in the Harlem blues duo Satan & Adam, featured in a Netflix-screened documentary by the same name.
With Mississippi blues veteran Alan Gross on guitar (and his homemade cigar-box guitars), Sir Rod & the Blues Doctors released their debut CD, Come Together, to rave reviews in the summer of 2020.
Now, two years later, they’re back with a live album, Keeping It in the Family. Can blues be fun? They’ll have you dancing with “Shake, Rattle & Roll,” “Mustang Sally,” and “Hot Tamale Baby.” Can blues be original? Check out Patterson’s slow blues, “The Perfect Crime,” along with the Patterson/Gussow collabs, “Brother Sterling” and “Come Together,” and the Satan & Adam favorites “Seventh Avenue” and “Thunky Fing Rides Again.”
Rounding out the live set are homages to James Brown (“I Got You (I Feel Good)”), Bobbie Gentry (“Ode to Billie Joe”), and Joe Williams (“Every Day I Have the Blues”), plus several interludes in which Patterson and Gussow share their story as unlikely inheritors of the same master musician who have forged a new partnership out of a shared desire to carry on the flame.
Keeping It in the Family. Out now, in all digital formats and as CDs.
Rod Patterson, an award-winning dancer specializing in the fancy footwork of James Brown and Michael Jackson, brings his one-of-a-kind talents to the blues stage. Based in Oxford, Mississippi for the past twenty years, Adam Gussow, whom WXPN blues DJ Jonny Meister has called “one of the world’s finest blues harmonica players” and Blues Blast has called “one of the most intriguing individuals in the blues world” in a recent cover story, is acknowledged by his peers as a contemporary master; his one-man-band version of “Crossroads Blues” has drawn raves (and more than 4 million views) on YouTube. Anchoring the rhythm section, guitarist Alan Gross is known for his tasty playing and homemade cigar-box guitars.
What the critics are saying about Come Together (2020), the debut release by Sir Rod & The Blues Doctors
“A splendid debut album…fun, contagious and delicious”
“[They] found magic in the studio, producing some sizzling tunes that honor Mr. Satan and promising more great blues movers from the trio.”
“Rod…proves his worth as front-man with a commanding performance on a down home country blues take on ‘Little Red Rooster’…The trio…closes the album with a great version of ‘What’d I Say,’ again demonstrating the Blues Doctors’ ability to adapt to different styles of music. Adam plays brilliantly and Alan’s guitar is very clear in the mix…A thoroughly enjoyable album, well worth hearing.”
–Blues Blast magazine
(New Artist Debut Recording nominee)
“Come Together is a remarkable recording from beginning to end. Blues fans will surely want to give this a listen.”
–Philly Cheeze’s Rock and Blues Reviews
“A hugely enjoyable and energetic, harmonica-driven blues celebration.”
–Down at the Crossroads blog (Ireland)
“Wonderfully swinging blues…Sterling [Magee] can be proud of his nephew [Rod Patterson] and the blues world can be happy that Satan & Adam’s legacy continues with this very fine album.”
–Norman Darwen, Blues & Rhythm
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