"[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."
"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
For the past several years, Netflix subscribers have been raving about Satan & Adam (2018), an award-winning documentary that tracks the unlikely, decades-long partnership between Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee, a Mississippi-born bluesman and prophet, and Adam Gussow, a younger white harmonica ace.Joining forces on the streets of Harlem in the 1980s, riding out the racial turmoil of that era—murders in Howard Beach and Bensonhurst, Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing--Gussow and Magee end up becoming a national touring act and Living Blues cover story.The duo falls apart after Magee’s 1998 breakdown, then reunites in a late-life comeback story that leaves viewers profoundly moved.
Magee’s nephew Rod Patterson, aka “Sir Rod,” was one of those viewers.An Atlanta-area singer, dancer, and motivational speaker, he contacted Gussow in December 2019 with a proposition:Why don’t we team up and keep my uncle’s music—and your music, the Satan & Adam songbook—alive?(Magee, it turned out, had lived with Patterson’s family down in Florida only a couple of years before Gussow hooked up with him in Harlem; the two younger men had both been mentored into the blues by the same master musician.)
The result of that conversation was a debut album, an exciting new act, and an explosion of creativity and brotherhood that can’t be denied.
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 two decades, Gussow, whom WXPN blues DJ Jonny Meister has called “one of the world’s finest blues harmonica players,” is acknowledged by his peers as a contemporary master; his one-man-band version of "Crossroads Blues" has drawn raves (and almost 4 million views) on YouTube. Anchoring the rhythm section, guitarist Alan Gross is known for his tasty playing and homemade cigar-box guitars.
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"An incredible release from a band who really formed on a whim, there’s a good mix of memorable originals and well done covers here, as the members prove why they’re considered the best of the best with their respective instruments on this versatile blues, frisky funk and often soulful adventure." --Take Effect