Blue Collar Man
This album by the multiple Detroit Music Award winner,allows him to take a look at the city he' been associated with now for almost a decade. Starting off with the title song Blue Collar Man, he's announcing to the world who he is and what he intends on doing for himself and his family. This song could be the new anthem for the working class men and women. He asks you the listener a question about your life and how are you living in the next cut "Overtime". Looking at the title you would think the obvious, but the author takes you on a different outlook on what he perceives about a reflection of life. The next two song deals with spirituality and tenacity of one's self. He demonstates sensitivity with health care concerns and homelessness plight on 'Out Of Luck' and 'Does Anybody'. In "Out of Luck" he starts the song as a dialogue with a Dr and gives great feeling in expressing his disgust and realization of the moral of the story. 'The Blues Man' guitar playing picks up tempo as he goes back to revisit a childhood hero, a certain "Masked Man" It seems that the hero in the song wants to be a regular guy, sorry Kimosabe you got wear and carry the mask and what responsibility it challenges you . The next six tracks are collaboration with a full band. You hear the acoustic element being joined a full band, he uses two of Detroit's best to bring that effect, In 'Way Down Moses', we have the cry for freedom demonstrated once again with Larry Everhart's harmonica stirring the people to rise up. The lyrics also help us to move quickly in heart and mind to understand a lot of us are still trapped in many of society's lairs. Rock me out is a playful rock a' billy style that simply states this will be a new dance craze and needs to be heard at the Grand Old Opry. His connection to good food and years living in Lousiana is felt in" Bring Me Some Gumbo." He might be hungry for more than the gumbo in this one. (smiles). Back in the city and Big D are devoted to the city of Detroit, Zhelin (violin) does captures the mood of folks in the Back to the City playing a spirited solo while showing some fire in Big "D". Miles finishes with a closing song Sweet Dream-Goodnight . He finishes the album as he started playing and singing solo. The CD will make you want to listen more thank once... A good one that may become a classic one... Rozier International-2009.