“I Know a Man Named Jesus”
Shawn Brown & Da Boyz
4 Winds Records (2015)
To a spanking backbeat and driving mid-tempo groove, Shawn Brown & Da Boyz of East St. Louis, Illinois, declare to their live audience that they know a man “who will make a way.”
The answer to the rhetorical question is “Jesus,” and Brown and the group hammer home the point by exhorting “Jesus” back and forth during the song’s vamp. Their call-and-response akin to a preacher and his congregation, Shawn Brown & Da Boyz go old school on this neo-traditional composition.
The quartet’s live CD, A License to Drive, is scheduled for release this year on the Malaco imprint 4 Winds Records.