I love music, the genre is mostly of no importance (The one exception being (C)Rap, I am sorry but that is a style that I can find no redeeming features, sorry, saying the word F..K every 5 seconds just seems boring and repetitive). But what do I know?

For the past 8 months I have been hosting a radio program about the Civil War, a popular and lively subject is always the music. There were most certainly songs of the South, there were songs of the North, and there were songs that were just so darn good both sides played them.

I was talking to a good friend of mine, a luminary in the world of Americana. Where did Americana come from? His reply was simple “the Civil War”.

Where did gospel get its roots? Yes, you guessed right, Gospel had been a staple of the black slaves in the 1800’s, but (excuse the pun) the Civil War set it free.

Sorry for the probably long and boring introduction, but I think it is important to understand the roots of the music, before talking about it.

I really enjoyed Professor Louie & The Crowmatix “Songs Of Inspiration”. The Presser says:

Professor Louie has emerged in the music industry as the torchbearer of the true spirit of American Roots music. As a seasoned live performer, prolific recording artist, and versatile multi-instrumentalist Louie also wears the hat of award-winning recording producer and engineer, capturing the talents of some of the world’s most highly acclaimed musicians, most notably, The Band. 

In 2018, Professor Louie and The Crowmatix joined the Empire State Orchestra & Choir to perform their song Melody Of Peace at The NY Capital Region’s premiere holiday extravaganza CBS 6 TV Special “Melodies Of Christmas”. The four night sold out performances at The Proctors Theater in Schenectady, NY was filmed in front of 15,000 people and viewed by three million on CBS 6. The show since its inception has raised over $8,000,000 for The Melodies Children’s Ward at Albany Med and the impetus for the album “Songs Of Inspiration.” Award winning song Melody Of Peace was recorded by Professor Louie & The Crowmatix in Prague with The Prague Symphony and Kuhn Radio Choir. This version is on “Songs Of Inspiration”.

The album is an eclectic mix of old and new. There are points in it that I think he is ready to launch into a Doors tune.

We get off to a pretty standard start with ‘I Shall Not Be Moved’ by track 3 they have moved on to I’m On My Way, this song has had many treatments, but this is a doozy.

Track 4 really surprised me. While Rivers Of Babylon is hardly a shocking song, it’s fame with the UK reggae group Boney M, however make it an interesting pick. If you are unaware of the song, here is a 1970 rendition.

I love music that has a story to tell, and this album certainly does.

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