Mississippi guitar master Stevie J. Blues has had enough.
Frustrated with nightly news drenched in violence and hate and neighborhoods struggling with crime and poverty, the smooth-voiced bluesman has launched a message of strength and unity with the searing video for his new single, “A Lil’ Mo’ Love.’
See the video for "A Lil' Mo' Love'" at https://youtu.be/GjsePNbuiA4.
The video begins with silence and the dry crackle of a burning cross. Then, to the sound of a police siren, 10-year-old Kirklyn Thurman carries an American flag through bleak urban streets, beginning a journey in which Stevie J will guide her, and us, through despair to find strength and hope in the power of love.
We follow Stevie J as he travels through scenes of urban blight, his smoke-and-satin voice lamenting a world rife with struggle and injustice. Then, with a swell of lush harmony behind him, he gets to the heart of the problem: “There ain’t nobody talkin’ about love.”
When he meets Kirklyn, she’s sitting on a tire under a bridge, reading Shakespeare. Together, they confront the hopelessness and hate they find around them. Over the final refrain of “Got to show a little mo’ love,” the girl, now a strong young woman, carries the flag up the steps of the Mississippi state capital, empowered to fight for a better world.
The tightly constructed video, shot by veteran Mississippi visual artist J.D. Lawrence, is the perfect complement to Stevie J’s music; it is at once timeless and contemporary, cutting edge and rich in tradition.
Stevie J’s classic sound reflects his years of experience as a guitarist for some of the biggest stars in blues, including Bobby Rush and Denise LaSalle, and his foundation in the church his father led. But the song’s edgy effects and lavish layers of horns and vocals over a cool and confident groove could easily have come from the soundtrack of Empire.
Three albums into his solo career, Stevie J has staked out a spot at the top of the blues scene, playing the world’s top venues and festivals and winning major awards. Now he wants to use his music to spread the message that if we only try to care a little more for each other, it will make everyone’s lives better, “from the highest level of living to the lowest.”
“With all the hatred, violence, division, chaos, and confusion going on in the world today, we feel it is time that we all come to aid a resolution process,” said Stevie J. “We feel if we all pledge to show a little more love to one another, our world would swiftly shape up and move forward in a more positive direction.”