Vinyl LP pressing. 2015 release from the Mississippi-bred singer/songwriter best known for spearheading the alt-rock band Squirrel Nut Zippers. Blue Healer is the name of Mathus’s 11th effort under his own name and is once again produced by Bruce Watson at his Dial Back Sound in Water Valley Mississippi. It’s the story of a man in a southern landscape who is swept insanely apart by internal and external winds. He digs deeper and deeper into the very fabric of his reality, experiencing love and lust, despair, hope and sheer animal exhilaration on levels few ever do. He is tested in every way imaginable and achieves a sort of enlightenment, gains power and understanding of life’s mysteries. Yet questions remain. He wonders if the power and understanding of life’s mysteries. Yet questions remain. He wonders if the struggle was worth it or even real. Maybe he just need some love and affection? Maybe he needs to get back on the needle? Is he madman or sage? Con-man or honest council? Is this autobiographical or fictional? Only the Blue Healer knows the answer to the great cosmic heebie-jeebies.