“‘Black Roses’ is a song about defending yourself from bad vibes and evil that bombards us every day,” says Scottie Blinn of the title track for Black Market III’s upcoming full-length, which marks a progressive departure from their Mississippi vibe. “Though we are steeped in blues roots, we’re writing about topics and taking the spirit of this music into territory most blues bands won’t go. Whereas many feel the need to re-create and live in the past, we honor what the music is all about and keep it relevant, by drawing upon it to communicate, express emotions, perform, and tell the stories of today.” A hellbilly video for the song is cut to silent-movie footage from the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Nosferatu.
Recorded at Blinn’s Lakeside studio, the album’s guest players include boogie-woogie pianist Carl Sonny Leyland, local crooner Roy Ruiz Clayton, and former Neil Young trumpeter Tom Bray.
“Among the originals that I feel are the best I’ve written over the past 20 years, we hand-picked a few killer covers again; ‘After Dark’ by Tito & Tarantula, ‘Old Man’ by Neil Young, ‘I’ve Just Seen the Rock of Ages’ by John Preston, ‘Keep on Loving Me Baby’ by Otis Rush, and ‘Mean Old World’ by T-Bone Walker, done as an after-hours session.”
With Rat City Riot drummer Gavin Glenn now onboard (cofounder Haley Allen left BMIII to play for Kiss & Yell), the group will be touring Europe from September 24 through October 29. “Haley was great, and it was sad to part with her, but she had other interests she wanted to pursue,” says Blinn. “Gavin and I have been friends for years, and we’ve always tried getting something together. The timing was perfect. He’s solid in so many styles, and knows how to cross them over with taste and class.”