Americana Highways brings you this video premiere of Robert Allen Parker’s song “Jesus is on the Mainline” from his new album The River’s Invitation on Broken String Records. The River’s Invitation was produced by Robert Allen Parker; engineered and mixed by Adam Hill and Doug Easley; and mastered by Kevin Nix. It was recorded at Electraphonic Studio and in Easley Studio, Memphis.
“Jesus is on the Mainline” is Kennard Farmer on lead vocals; Sheba Potts-Wright and Candice Ivory on backing vocals; Robert Allen Parker on guitar; Chiemi Fujio on bass; and Brian Wells on drums.
The video was directed by Kim Lloyd. The performing video cast is Kennard Farmer on vocals; Robert Allen Parker on lead guitar; Hope Clayburn and Sheba Potts-Wright on backing vocals; Chiemi Fujio on bass; Michael Alan Lee Todd on drums. The musicians on the recording, though, are those listed above on the song credits. The video was produced by Nan Nunes Hackman; shot by Kim Lloyd, Sean Faust, and Nan Nunes Hackman on a field in Shelby Farms in Memphis.
This song by Robert Allen Parker is a powerhouse of slide and vocals, and the video performance matches the potency the song deserves. A nod goes out to Kennard Farmer on the vocal delivery too.
JESUS IS ON THE MAIN LINE! In the fine tradition, of rock bands like Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Cream, & the Rolling Stones covering classic blues/gospel/ folk & making it into something new, I recorded this song. What a powerful timeless message so relevant in today’s world, yesterday’s, & tomorrow’s! Vocalist Kennard Farmer had been singing this one in church & it was absolute fate that he laid down this soulful explosive performance on my track. The sonic approach is also widely influenced by the work of the North Mississippi Allstars; bottleneck slide in absolute overdrive. When the drums come in full force, I imagined Bonham’s beat from “When The Levee Breaks.” Director Kim Lloyd masterfully captured the feelgood power of the song by filming us in an open field covered by the sun and the blue sky above. — Robert Allen Parker