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September 23, 2011

Brick Fields build a worshipful house of blues

NORMAN — Brick Fields is the multi-instrumental husband and wife team of Rachel Brick (vocals) and Larry Brick (guitars). On this disc they’re also backed by a full band.

Brick Fields is based in Eureka Springs, Ark., one of the funkiest little burgs in America. Brick Fields’ sound combines gospel with the kind of gut bucket blues found in sin-soaked gin joints and reflects to a degree the contradictions in their town.

Overlooking Eureka Springs with its long-standing tolerance for homosexuality, rowdy saloons and assorted daily debauchery is the 67 foot tall Christ of the Ozarks statue. When Rachel “Fields” Brick sings “I’m hopelessly addicted to you/ God knows…” on track 4, it’s apparent she’s not referring to the temporary comfort of heroin but there’s still a measure of dissonance, especially with Casey Terry’s hot saxophone wailing lewdly behind her.

Brick’s vocals on “How Long” have a steamy lasciviousness that’s not cooled by lyrics that are ostensibly longing for the Rapture. It’s not difficult to imagine a more worldly rapture rocking through this song.

“Go On With The Soul” is another slow burner that combines a torrid sax solo and intricate guitar with the lady’s gently powerful pipes.

Brick Fields is a brick house of blues with a steeple on top.

— Doug Hill        

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