Eddie C. Campbell
Spider Eating Preacher
A couple of years ago, Eddie C. Campbell made
a welcome comeback to the recording scene with
Tear This World Up. The disc was well received
and was nominated for Album of the Year at the BMA’s.
Thankfully, the break between recordings was much
shorter this time around, with Campbell’s sophomore
effort for Delmark Records, Spider Eating
Preacher, now hitting the airwaves, bringing you
more of one of the most unique and original bluesmen
you will ever hear.
Simply put, you aren’t going to hear songs like “I
Do,” “Call My Mama,” “Boomerang,” “I Don’t
Understand This Woman,” and “Downtown” from any
other bluesman. Nobody else does it like Campbell,
whether it’s the lyrics, or his vocals, which mix
howls and moans with his singing. “My Friend (For
Jim O’Neal)” is a nice tribute to his longtime
friend, who is battling cancer.
Campbell also reprises “Soup Bone,” one of his early
45s, adds a couple of standout instrumentals
(“Starlight” and “Brownout”). Mayson, who also
manages Campbell, wrote the title track, which is
about her blindness.
Campbell also offers three choice covers, Ricky
Allen’s “Cut You A-Loose,” the Ohio Players’
“Skintight,” and a gripping version of Jimmie Lee
Robinson’s “All My Life.” The closing track,
“Playin’ Out These Blues,” is an acoustic number
featuring Campbell and Bell together.
Produced by longtime friend and “brother,” Dick
Shurman, Spider Eating Preacher ranks with
Eddie C. Campbell’s best work. At 72, he shows no
signs of diminished skills, or of slowing down.
Hopefully, we will have this national treasure
making great music for many years to come.
--- Graham Clarke