"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."
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.
Sterling Magee died on September 6, 2020 at age 84, a victim of COVID-19.Sir Rod & The Blues Doctors are dedicating their 2021 “Come Together” tour to him—and to our American nation, which needs healing and entertainment.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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[Come Together] opens up with a blast of riveting original blues on title-track “Come Together." The harp is hot, and the vocals are delivered with soulful conviction....“I Want You”, another original song, fills me with joy with every listen. I can’t help but smile when I hear it. Sir Rod shines as songwriter, and pianist on “So Mean.” It’s a beautiful song filled will heart-stirring emotion....“Sanctified Blues”, a delicious slice of delta blues, takes me back to sounds of Mississippi when I hear it. Rod’s vocals remind me a lot of Chris Robinson’s on “Seventh Avenue.” I absolutely love this song delivered in a Black Crowes-inspired fashion. “Freedom for My People” is terrific as well. A song of unity and freedom, it cuts through right through to the bone....The covers they chose for the album are plumb great.They absolutely cook on James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good).” Then...they bring the blues back home on a fabulous rendition of Willie Dixon’s “Little Red Rooster”. For an album closer, they get down on Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say.”Rod’s raspy growls, tossed in like little grenades, are fabulous....Come Together is a remarkable recording from beginning to end. Blues fans will surely want to give this a listen. --Philly Cheeze's Rock & Blues Reviews
"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