After 7 years of touring, and with 4 albums already under his belt, Mississippi John Doude has become a seasoned performer and songwriter. "7 Tales of Sorrow" represents a collection of Doude's best and most epic story-telling songs, with a return to the classic outlaw country style of artists like Marty Robbins and Johnny Cash. This album showcases Doude's voracious lyricism, and is also decorated by a collection of world-class performers. Doude also exhibits his own musical prowess by performing vocals, guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin, and organ on this album. His naturally bluesy style gives the album's traditional folk instrumentation a unique flavor, and he delivers his tales with a fiery passion. A songwriter's songwriter, Doude has created an album that is designed to be timeless.
Some of these songs, such as “Bacon”, have already achieved an almost cult-like popularity among Doude's fans in several different cities and states. “Donner's Pass” chronicles a true tale of gothic Americana folklore, and is recorded to sound like music from the old west. Other songs, like “Tylertown”, are original fictional stories that paint symbolic portraits of small town desperation with little more than stripped down acoustic guitar, and heartfelt vocal delivery. Skillfully evoked over a rich pallete of American musical flavor, these 7 tales of sorrow conjure images of small town despair, epic historical struggles for survival, and tragically ironic twists of fate, with music that hearkens to a bygone era.
Mississippi John Doude is blues, rock, folk and country all rolled into one, yet none of these would quite describe his unique style. With a sound that’s as swampy as snake oil, and as gritty as the cloud of dust on a dry dirt road, MJD’s sweaty blues riffs pull you in like quicksand, while his driving beats hypnotize like tribal war drums, creating a juke joint trance that’s infectiously nasty. From barn-burning country bluegrass to delta blues, MJD’s stripped down roots music takes you back to where Americana music began.