The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood
featuring Ruthie Foster
Troubled Man, from the 2020 contemporary blues album, Blue Sky.
Official music video
“While living through the multiple crises that have come to define 2020, I’ve realized the huge role protest music continues to play in my life. I’ve been returning to the patriotic songs of Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, and the Staples Singers for months now. These songs have been my lifeline. I’ve mentioned before that “Troubled Man” is a nod to Mr. Gaye. It’s also a very thinly veiled swipe at willful ignorance and those who bury their conscience for personal gain. Some things are right and wrong. Which side will you be on?”
“Songwriting is not politics but songwriting can reconnect the heart and the head when they’ve lost their way from one another. ‘Troubled Man’ is a vote in support of shared facts — the last glue holding a shared society together. This publication is my constant challenge to write songs that inspire and cajole as well as entertain.”