Phil Wight, a writer for the English Magazine “Blues & Rhythm” writes: “Wild isn’t the most orthodox guitarist around and with his thick as a stand of Kudzu vine Louisiana accent and occasional song rendered in French it’s sometimes hard to pick up on what he is singing. Sort of a roux of the Fat Possum sound hot-wired to John Lee Hooker and Joseph Spence via the swamps and rice fields. Wild doesn’t sing a song: he assaults it with violent strumming and picking and brings it to a conclusion when the mood takes him!
Although it’s chaotic in patches it’s also bluesy as hell; it’s totally infectious good time music with the rough edges intact. Paul Orta holds things together on harp and perfectly complements Wild’s wayward picking.
Wild’s music is a liberal mixture of Lightnin’ Hopkins influences, and I detect a trace of Juke Boy Bonner also. “Sawmill Blues” displays influences from the Louisiana style. The spirit of Jimmie Rodgers rears it’s head on “Mexican Blues” and it’s C&W all the way with “If You Miss Me”.
I know it’s a tired old cliché but I really thought that records like this were a thing of the past. Wild describes himself as ‘an old coonass from Louisiana’ and if you like your blues neat and sanitized then Wild isn’t for you, but if you enjoy a musician who defies convention (and sometimes defies description) and is not afraid to take liberties then ‘I Was Raised On A Farm’ certainly is worth checking out.”
In addition to Wild Bill on vocals and guitar, musicians are: Paul Orta & Dan Moser (Harmonica), Little Ray Ybarra & Butch Jarvis (Drums), Paul Choate (Bass), and Roger Ward (Slide Guitar). Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at The Musik Faktory/Great Recordings in Port Arthur, Texas.
All original music written by Wild Bill Pitre. Listen to the audio samples then order your copy.
Sadly, this was his last recording. Wild Bill Pitre died June 27, 2003.
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