Bay area bluesman Blind Lemon Pledge (aka James Byfield) is a musician who’s time honored music is indebted to the past. He plays traditional music in the vein of pre-World War II Country Blues he found through the twist of the radio dial he discovered through his early teens.
A mixture of Folk, Country, Jug Band, Zydeco, Americana Music among other genres also influenced his early sensibilities.
In 2008, Byfield found a broader connection with his blues roots, and created under the persona Blind Pledge Lemon, his first studio album, Living My Life Under The Blues, that was well received within the blues community.
Due to the reception of his previous release, Byfield returns with new material with his brand new album release, Backwoods Glance. Projecting Byfield’s signature old-timey blues induced flavor, the album is a reinforcement of Pledge Blind Lemon’s steady timbre over an eclectic blend of folk, Americana, and country.
In the same vernacular, “The Hills of West Virginia” resurrects the Appalachian miners and the problems they face. The tale comes alive in this somber and haunting folk tune filled with Byfield’s smoky vocals. A twang of Americana, country, and folk, this bluesy track keeps up with the force of Byfield’s singing with rhythmic percussions and an insistent banjo that imbues a fiery-spiritedness to the show.
Recognized by the blues world for his work that has empathetic ties to the past as well as an instilled bluesy and gritty sound, Blind Pledge Lemon’s song, like the rest of his 12-tracked album, is a distinct ode to his Folk, Americana, and Country roots.
Byfield’s latest release is not only time bound, it is also time attested. Planted deep in traditional roots, the album, Backwoods Glance, brings the sounds of the past to a newer generation.
The Hills Of West Virginia
“The Hills of West Virginia” is from the 2017 album, Backwoods Glance.