This is Blues Country brings Bratcher back to his roots as a young guitarist who owned both Jimi Hendrix’ Axis Bold As Love and Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison. Recording blues-based versions of classic country songs make perfect sense as, in addition to both being connected to the church, blues and country retain a strong connection to each other.
“If you listen to the original versions of some of the songs I chose, like ‘Honky Tonk Blues’ and ‘Don’t Worry About Me,’ they are basically blues structures,” Bratcher explains. “I wanted to pick songs that were suitable to a blues format, and then stay as close as possible to the original vocal melody.”
Speaking of vocal melodies, this might be a good time to mention that in addition to his guitar mastery Bratcher brings a soulful singing voice to this collection of reimagined standards.