Clarence Brewer, better referred to as Ruler Clarentz across the Ozark hill region where he’s a fixture of the neighborhood picture, mixes the infectious boogie rhythms of John Lee Hooker using the edgier juke joint modalism of R.L. Burnside and up-to-the-minute lyrics to get a mix that’s both amazing and exclusive in contemporary blues. Created in 1950, Brewer is rolling out a strong regional pursuing in the Ozarks like a blues performer, sculptor and folk designer. (His woodcuts adorn the cover artwork of his debut recording.) Playing slip on the Sears and Roebuck Silvertone acoustic guitar while spinning stories of voodoo, politics eliminated incorrect, the devil’s den, junk food eliminating the populace, and poor ladies and whiskey, Ruler Clarentz is a completely modern-thinking, cutting-edge bluesman who generates a sound that’s favorably crude and archaic. In 1998, Brewer lower his debut recording, released the next yr on HMG and made by Lou Whitney from the Skeletons and offering the Skeletons like a support band. A lot more than only a good-time performer having a backwoods design, Clarence Brewer can be a modern designer with much to state and a attractively raucous method of saying it.