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Albums Of The Week: The Reverend Shawn Amos | Soul Brother No. 1

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:NAACP award-winning author, lauded songwriter, Grammy-nominated producer, and multimedia storyteller The Reverend Shawn Amos describes his new album Soul Brother No. 1 as “10 funk-inspired joyful blues songs filled with love, hope, and concern for all brothers and sisters.”

But Soul Brother No. 1 also represents both the culmination of a unique, two-decade-plus artistic career, and a breakthrough in an ongoing journey of self-exploration. From the get-go, Amos has expressed an ever-evolving musical vision through rootsy Americana, singer-songwriter pop, and, as harmonica ace The Reverend Shawn Amos, the blues. Through “The Rev,” Amos immersed himself in African American culture, directly linking to the ongoing story of his people’s struggles, triumphs, and unshakable joy.

“The whole reason I started playing the blues,” he says, “was it connected me to my race in a way that I hadn’t fully understood. With Soul Brother No. 1, I’m taking that journey even deeper.”