With an acoustic or homemade cigar-box guitar and a drumkit played by using both feet on a four-pedal attachment, Ben Prestage kicks up a gritty folk-blues storm. The Florida-born bluesman honed his skills as a one-man band working on Memphis’s famous Beale Street, sharing a spot out-front of the New Daisy Theatre with Fat Possum recording artist Robert Belfour, and touring coast-to-coast before ending up back on home turf at Pineapple Willy’s for his fifth solo release. This is a robust live set spanning 27 songs over two CDs that mixes finger-blistering originals; ballsy readings of traditional country blues songs about killin’, cheatin’, and lovin’ laid down by the likes of Robert Johnson (“32-20 Blues”), Mississippi John Hurt (“Candyman”), and Reverend Gary Davis (“Death Don’t Have No Mercy”); and crowd-pleasing covers of Johnny Cash’s “Cocaine Blues” and the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil”. This is one guitar-slinger that don’t need no beatbox.
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"The man whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, David Allan Coe, The Highwaymen, and countless others succumbs to time’s cruel cue that the only token of permanence we have to offer are the effects of shared moments and memories.READ the article