EDDIE 9V ‘Little Black Flies’


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Prodigiously gifted multi-instrumentalist and song-writer Eddie 9V returns to blow away the cobwebs with Little Black Flies, a collection of nine originals and three covers out May 28 on Ruf Records. A native of Atlanta, GA, at just 24 years of age, Eddie ranks among a small but vital group of young artists who have turned away from the bland shallowness of commercial pop in search of something deeper.

The opener and title-track “Little Black Flies” is a delight, a loose-feeling, deep soul-blues groove. There is an appreciably relaxed attitude here, but that should in no way be taken to suggest that these are not top-notch players completely in tune with each other. This music displays an extraordinary old-school feel, yet at the same time nothing sounds dated. It’s as if the ghost of Stax Records returned just to issue this album. Rolling horns, shuffling drums, melodic keys, guitar and, above all, Eddie’s extraordinary vocals mix to create a hypnotic wonder which oozes authenticity. His delivery has an unfettered, semi-improvised vibe, the voice itself astonishingly expressive, with a classic blues rawness and charming ingenuousness.

“I want to make it funky,” shouts Eddie before the band launches into “Miss James,” a strutting masterpiece of restrained might and energy, full of rumbling riffs, cutting guitar and, yes, a level of funk which could have been distilled straight from any of James Brown’s classic performances.  Eddie 9V is the real deal. Backed by top-class musicians who are behind him all the way, Eddie has laid down a set which ought rightfully find a home in the collection of anyone even remotely interested in this genre, and beyond.