By Aaris A. Schroeder
British blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, along with her band The Curse of K.K. Hammond’s album, “Death Roll Blues” takes an in-depth look at the topic of death, and the darkness surrounding it in an audibly soulful fashion. Please don’t take the album too seriously because some of the tracks are a little easier on the ears, tying the blues and facetious lyrical storytelling tones with her song “The Ballad of Lampshade.”
K.K. Hammond is a self-professed hermit who became interested in playing Americana and Blues guitar and writing her own songs at an early age, getting much of her influence from singer-songwriters such as Skip James, Charlie Patton, Leadhouse and many more. Contemporarily, she is in line with bands such as Bad Seeds.
The narrative K.K. Hammond flows through is derived from her passion for historical folklore and the music that comes with it. Bringing the spirit of ancient American blues and murder ballads, most long lost, alive – may have the effect of bringing these spirits back to life as her band jams away.
The lyric video, “Death Roll Blues,” which features David & The Devil, K.K. Hammond and is also the name of the album, seemingly serenades eerie creatures and the essence of ghosts straight from the swamps in the deep south. According to K.K. Hammond, this song is about finding mercy in the depths of isolation and depression where thoughts of suicide seep through. If it weren’t enough K.K. Hammond’s voice brings thoughtful comfort to all, knowing we are not alone in this dark state and that death is nothing to fear.