Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Reverend Rob Mortimer!
Rob Mortimer, is the trifecta of a Mississippi Delta Blues Artist, a Undertaker, and a Reverend.
From the days of playing greasy local juke joints to playing major festivals, Rob Mortimer remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a gravely Mississippi Delta spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. His stage presence before an audience is something startling and immediate, at times a funk bounce, or sometimes a Weezerish Otis Redding, and other times a sort of mass-absolution for the mortal weaknesses that make him and his audience human. When you see Rob Mortimer, and his emaculate band (GoodPaper) you will see the man is fearless.
Born and raised in the rich, fertile soil of a Mississippi Delta (in the back of a Hearse/Ambulance combo), Robert Mortimer bases his songs on personal experiences of heartache, love, loss, local religion & politics, catfish, cotton, stories, fibs, and lies.
Mortimer is also in the family business; a second generation funeral director, embalmer and cemeterian. Growing up in a funeral home has helped Robert Mortimer see the end as a new beginning and enjoy the happier side of bad situations.
With the wit of Tom Waits and the Southern charm of Conway Twitty, his music overflows with dynamic rhythms and pounding bottoms, while his sextronic lyrics are at times both humorous and thought provoking.
Onstage, Mortimer delivers his songs with compassion and a relentless honesty, but perhaps not until “Lock It Down Tight” 2018, has a studio record captured the fierceness and intimacy that defines a Mortimer live performance.On the new album, GoodPaper of the Reverend Robert Mortimer offer grace and groove in equal measure, with an easygoing quality to the production that makes those beautiful muscular drum-breaks sound as though the band has set up in your living room.
“Lock It Down Tight” was recorded in early 2018 at American Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. It was rounded off my a Grammy Nominated Horn Section: Art Edmaiston on Tenor and Baritone Saxophone, Marc Franklin on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Bob Dowell on Trombone. The horn section was nominated for Grammys in2017, for their work on Gregg Allman’s “Southern Blood” and Robert Cray “Robert Cray & Hi Rythm” albums.
When he isn’t touring, Mortimer exerts his prodigious energies in the family business, as President of Mortimer Funeral Home, that he owns and operates along with his family.
Released in 2004, Mortimer’s Good Paper album “Peep”, was recorded in a old funeral home next to a cemetery in Indianola, Mississippi. Composed of 11 original songs concerning the book of Revelations, Quentin Tarantino, and the hurt inflicted by women, Peep was well received by their extensive fan base.
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