Kansas City’s Jimmie Bratcher was first influenced by 1960 guitarist Eric Clapton. Other guitar influences included Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, and B.B. King. He played in several bands but his substance abuse caused them to fail. He divorced but later reunited with his wife, abandoned music, and put his faith in Jesus. Often referred to as The Reverend Jimmie Bratcher he began a comeback in 1997.
Bratcher recorded his debut album “Honey In The Rock” in 2001. He adds “I write in parables, I tell stories, but behind the stories there are messages that I want people to connect with, and the sound of the blues is so true and comfortable for people that it helps make that connection”. Bratcher has since recorded another ten albums and two DVD’s. He spreads his spirit touring venues that include both churches and prisons.
Bratcher’s latest recording “I’m Hungry”, sub-titled “Red-Hot Smokin’ Blues to Inspire Your Appetite” accompanies an “I’m Hungry” Cookbook. The self-produced album was recorded at studios in both Missouri and Tennessee. Ten songs are written or co-written by Bratcher who also includes two specially selected covers.
Many of the songs reference food that is good for the soul. Highlights include the shuffle “Mama Won’t Fry No Chicken”; the bluesy “Bacon Is On My Mind”; the jazzy double entendre “Baby, I Like What Your Cooking”; the instrumental “Greasy”; and the rhumba “Chicken Tastes The Same”. “Green Bananas” is reprised from his 2008 album “The Electric Rev”; while “Bologna Sandwich Man” is from his album “Secretly Famous”.
The covers are the Keb Mo’ song “Government Cheese”; and Titus Turner’s classic “Grits Ain’t Groceries”, a hit for Little Milton in 1969. Bratcher closes with another instrumental, the belly full song, “Happy”.
If your looking for something to infuse your soul, “I’m Hungry” is the food for you.