Monday, September 17, 2018
Robert R.Thurman was born January 5, 1965 in a small rural town in south east Tennessee. He was 12 years old when he first heard Jimi Hendrix, an event which inspired him to become a vocalist and performer, rather than immediately inspiring him to play guitar. At age 14, Robert started his first band, and the following years were spent performing in a succession of rock bands as a vocalist. Then at age 21, he heard the album "Surfing with the Alien" by Joe Satriani and the madness began. He learned the basics first, chord progressions, scales, and etc. and then honed his shredding abilities by utilizing every spare moment for practice.
A sudden health crisis changed the direction of Robert's life and music forever, leaving him primarily housebound and captive within his own home for three years. Instead of focusing on the things he couldn't do, he concentrated on the things that had always been his passion and refuge, and one of those things was music. This time of trial ultimately steered Randy's music towards the blues; one man with one guitar on a journey.
Marty's review: Robert R.Thurman has released music in several different genres, one of them being a collection of acoustic blues numbers including "John the Revelator", "Crossroads", "Hellhound On My Trail" and "Blues This Morning". Take some time out and have a listen to his output, you will certainly like what you hear.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
John Clifton Blues Band album release "Nightlife"...authentic purveyors of vintage blues, soul and rock ’n’ roll
Internationally known from coast to coast, John Clifton and his band are authentic purveyors of vintage blues, soul, and rock ’n’ roll. In the greatest traditions of the genre, John and the boys dig deep and play passionately, and understand the importance of backing up their solid playing with an entertaining stage show. His new album, "Nightlife," out now on RipCat Records, contains 12 killer tracks that guarantee to rock the foundations.
Dressed to kill and with razor sharp performances to match, The John Clifton Blues Band delivers the goods both in their recordings and highly energetic live performances. This is a band who’s at its peak with no intention of slowing down.
Marty's review: This release is a masterful production of powerful blues and soul roots with aplomb and passion. A finely-calibrated line-up supporting John Clifton's stratospheric vocals and harmonica playing, it's a combination of blues covers and originals that are reliably-solid and exhilarating. The talent and musical craftsmanship show on all levels which makes it a breath-taking and flawless experience from start to finish.
Monday, September 10, 2018
Singer-songwriter David Williams recent release "Tipping My Hat to Leonard"..eclectic mix of folk, blues and more
An eclectic mix of music covering rock, folk, blues, gypsy jazz, Americana, and more, "Tipping My Hat to Leonard" features a variety of bold, captivating instruments and arrangements with a wide array of influences and vocal styles. A collection of 16 songs, from the title one dedicated to Leonard Cohen to songs of love and heartbreak, to humorous songs, to songs of hope and wonder
David Williams writes literary songs that tell stories and capture the many facets of life and love through the genres Americana, folk, blues, and gypsy jazz. He brings a poet's eye, dirt and grit, and insights into the human condition with his songs, working in the vein of songwriters he's admired (such as John Prine, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen).
Friday, September 7, 2018
The Keeshea Pratt Band new album release "Believe"..musical collective reminiscent of old school Motown
In January 2018, The Keeshea Pratt Band secured first place in the Band Division for the 34th Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. The polished, professional, soul-stirring, toe-tapping performances assured the judges that the band is primed to headline major festivals and concert stages as a noteworthy authority on the blues scene, nationally and internationally.
The Houston-based, award-winning Keeshea Pratt Band possesses skill and artistry reminiscent of old school Motown, a rarity among bands of any genre today. The eight-piece musical collective lends its energy and passion to traditional and contemporary blues and also offers a preview of the future of blues. The artistry and dexterity of The Keeshea Pratt Band allows it to journey unapologetically across the genres of classical, jazz, Southern rock, soul, gospel and country, and back again.
Keeshea Pratt is the siren featured on the microphone with soaring and soulful lead Mississippi inspired vocals. She is supported by a talented and diverse group of singers and musicians representing five states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi) and Japan. Trumpeter Misaki Nishidate is nestled between Dan Carpenter (saxophone) and James Williams III (trumpet) in a three-piece horn section that produces thrilling chorded in-sync rhythms that rival those of big bands. Brian Sowell (lead guitar/vocals) and Nick Fishman (drums) play vital roles in the group, while Shawn Allen (bass) serves as music director, channeling the dynamic energies of this well-oiled musical juggernaut.
official website: http://keesheapratt.com
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Country Blues artist Tracy Merle debut album release "Here I Stand"..retro styled mono recording of original tunes
Designed as an homage to early sixties country and blues recordings, "Here I Stand" is the debut album from Tracy Merle. Staunchly rooted in the past, the recording is mono and the style is proudly retro. This is music for people who remember.
Marty's review: In these modern times of digital technology and studio productions that can seem a little over-produced, it is so refreshing to listen to an album that sounds like it has come from the past but still has that contemporary touch. Tracy Merle's impressive debut has everything one would ask for in an album that is listenable from start to finish. A mix of very stylish blues guitar licks, a solid back beat, Tracy's harmonically-rich vocals and clever songwriting, the 11 original tracks each shine and flow from one to the next in a cohesive style that makes for an enjoyable listening experience. Fans of retro style as well as contemporary roots music will more than appreciate this collection of lush and seductive tunes. Favorite tracks are the country-blues of "Never Quite Got Over You", the 60's style of "Love At First Sight" and the rocking "My Time".
Stream and download on CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/tracymerle2
Monday, September 3, 2018
Blues Guitarist Artur Menezes 4th album release "Keep Pushing"..traditional blues with mastery and respect
Winner of the Gibson/Albert King Award for Best Guitarist and third-place winner in the Band Category at the 2018 International Blues Challenge, Artur Menezes is a high-octane guitarist whose passion and emotion electrify crowds. Based in Los Angeles, the Brazilian artist is releasing his fourth album, "Keep Pushing."
Artur plays traditional blues with mastery and respect, augmenting his sound with modern blues and creative applications of other genres. He was a lead educator about blues in his native Brazil, where he co-founded the Casa De Blues society, gave TED talks on the music, and helped organize weekly blues concerts. He enhanced his knowledge and skill during stints living in Chicago, where he jammed with the likes of Buddy Guy, John Primer and Linsey Alexander, among others, in legendary clubs including Kingston Mines, Smokey Daddy and Katheria’s.
In Brazil, Artur stood at the top of the blues music scene, headlining festivals, sharing the stage with Joe Satriani for a crowd of 20,000, and opening Buddy Guy's South American 2012 tour in Brazil. Soon his fame spread through the Latin world, with tours of Mexico and Argentina. Europe followed, with a headlining spot at Estonia’s August Blues Festival and a tour of the U.K. In the U.S., Artur has opened for Grammy-winning Bobby Rush in L.A. and tied for top honors among more than 2000 artists from around the world competing for a place to play with Eric Clapton at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, one of the world’s largest guitar festivals. Most recently, he was featured on JITV HQ Los Angeles’s Jam in the Van; other featured artists have included Gary Clark Jr. and Marcus King.
official website: www.arturmenezes.com
Friday, August 31, 2018
Finnish Iron Country Sisters release new single "Go Slow"..pop-roots and three-piece vocal harmonies
Finnish sister trio Iron Country Sisters recently released their second single, Go Slow, from their upcoming debut album. Go Slow is a blend of catchy pop, roots sound, and three-piece vocal harmonies topped with lyrics that crave for a new start.
Musically the new single is a step towards a more rhythmic sound. Known already for their skill in crafting melancholic beautiful melodies and their delicate acoustic approach, in Go Slow the band has given its rhythm section, Otto Alahuhtala and Simo Kärki, more space to support Silja Rautamaa’s lead vocals.
The story of Go Slow has its roots in an emotional transition period where a person who previously seemed fascinating, but exploited that fascination, is no longer seen through the lens of passion and nostalgia, but only through their actions. Letting go, which earlier felt impossible, is now a relief. It is time to move on.
Iron Country Sisters is currently in the process of recording their debut album, which is due for release in the fall.
Hometown: Helsinki, Finland
Influences: Neil Young, Joan Baez, John Moreland, Bob Dylan
Sounds like: First Aid Kit, The Staves
Julia Rautamaa (vocals, guitar, lyrics, composing)
Silja Rautamaa (vocals, fiddle, guitar, arrangement)
Paula Rautamaa (vocals, guitar, arrangement)
Simo Kärki (electric and double bass)
Otto Alahuhtala (drums, percussions)
Mika Niemi (lyrics)
official website: https://ironcountrysisters.weebly.com
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Willie Jackson is a native son of Savannah, Georgia, and music has been a huge part of his life. Willie’s early years in church had him well-acquainted with music as vital to the human experience. He often found himself playing drums, singing in choirs, raising hymns and providing whatever music was necessary-whether or not he had the training!
Willie has always been a prolific songwriter in his free time while working to support his family. A tragic accident in 2009 ended his previous career and he turned to the transcendence of music with song writing and learning bass guitar.
Willie’s original music combines his clever lyrics with rhythms of South Georgia’s traditional soul stirring blues. He recently released an EP featuring six original songs combining elements of traditional blues with musings on contemporary life and living.
Willie can be heard at various venues in the Coastal Empire; sometimes with a three-piece group, while other times he has four or five musicians to accompany his powerful blues vocals. He has shared the stage with Mac Arnold, former bass player for the legendary Muddy Waters and accomplished blues musician in his own right, at the Stage on Bay. His passionate live performances are sure to engage the audience and create an intimate space for enjoyment. The crowd is treated to covers of some of the greats such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Eric Clapton, along with Willie’s latest original songs.
official website: https://williejacksonblues.com
Monday, August 27, 2018
Texas singer-songwriter Marty Thompson 2nd album release "Romantic Stories"...written on a pink ukulele!
Written on a pink ukulele in the Bavarian Alps, "Romantic Stories" fuses together raw storytelling with elements of modern and classic rock and country, as well as Marty Thompson's infectious personality, which shines boldly through his music.
"I started this album in 2015, in a guitar store in Munich. I went in at the beginning of a month-long backpacking trip with my family, and there were so many fabulous guitars that I simply could not decide which one to buy to take with me. So, leaving empty-handed, my daughter Sage asked if she could buy a little pink ukulele for nine Euro. Sure! Why not. Well, the rest they say is history. I wrote ten songs that summer on the pink uke. All of them different, and exploring all kinds of topics from horseflies and castles to the current identity crisis in Europe, mysterious beer, and World War II. The album plays as a cohesive snapshot of our time there, our time on this planet, and the future we're leaving for our children. Most of all though, I hope you will hear the joy and hope in my music. Life's path is a Wünderweg: a wonderful way around. I hope you enjoy." -Marty Thompson..
Styles: Rock, Alternative Rock, Album Rock, Folk Rock, Texas Rock, I dunno...
Similar To: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Widespread Panic, Grateful Dead, Waylon Jennings, Thin Lizzy
Raised in West Texas, Marty Thompson is influenced heavily by both classic Texas Rock and Psych-Country cross-vibes. Electrified under the Friday Night Lights, he had worn out and replaced his cassette of Van Halen's debut album by age 6, saw Ozzy at age 8, had complete collections of all Beatles, Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd albums by age 11, and saw ZZ Top in concert twice before age 15.
Marty plays near his homes in Midland, Texas and Silverthorne, Colorado as he continues to write, record, and perform live with the help of some very talented friends.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Fueled by two songwriters with contrasting approaches, The DayBreakers craft their distinct sound through a blend of folk rock melodies, blues guitar muscle and rock and roll grit.
The five piece band, led by lead singer/guitarist Kyle Murphy, and bassist Matt Schairer has played many of New England's most revered rooms (The Middle East, TT the Bears, Thunder Road, Cape Cod Melody Tent) and shared the stage with some of the region's best roots rockers (Entrain, the Silks, Frank Viele). In addition, the band has opened shows at Indian Ranch in Webster, Mass., supporting The Beach Boys, Three Dog Night, and Bret Michaels.
In August of 2018, the group was nominated for "Rock Act of the Year" by the New England Music Awards.
Murphy's songwriting draws from a combination of jazz and heartland rock, fusing the complex chord changes of bebop with the boot stomping choruses of Seger and Mellencamp.
Schairer's songwriting is tied tighter to country and folk, with an emphasis on the story telling of the Drive By Truckers and Springsteen.
official website: https://www.daybreakersband.com/home
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Dany Franchi was born in 1990 in Genoa, Italy, and is widely considered one of the best young blues musicians on the scene today. His soulful vocal tone and incredibly tasteful guitar playing leave’s any audience wanting more. In 2014 he recorded “I Believe” in Ohio with International Blues Challenge winner Sean Carney.
Between 2016 and 2017 Dany performed at prestigious blues festivals all over the world such as Blues From The Top in Colorado (USA), the Dallas International Guitar Festival in Texas (USA), Blues’n Jazz Rallye in Rapperswill (CH), Olsztyn Blues Festival (PL), Augustibluus Festival (ES) and many others.
In February 2017, Texas blues legend Anson Funderburgh and Don Ritter of Category 5 Amps decided to produced Dany’s third album, “Problem Child,” recording at the world-famous Wire Recording Studio in Austin, Texas, with Grammy award-winning engineer Stuart Sullivan. The album exudes soulfulness and authenticity, and while the respect for tradition is evident, the album also has strong original content, world-class musicianship and a refreshingly unique sound that's bound to make any connoisseur of blues and roots music take notice.
“It was a real pleasure working with Dany. He’s a passionate singer with a great voice; his approach to songwriting is solid and well-thought-out. He plays guitar with an authentic, old-school style while lending his own unique intensity to the sound, and breathes a new life into the music while staying true its origins. Dany is one of the new guys who will keep the rootsy blues and soul sound alive and moving forward. I was honored to be part of this project.”
official websites: https://www.danyfranchi.com
Thursday, August 16, 2018
The Kris Lager Band has been zigzagging the country and spreading their brand of feel-good funk and heavy soul for more than 15 years. A genuine musical journeyman, Lager is that rare, dynamic performer who delivers a combination of musical skill and charisma. He creates a fun and interactive show laced with road-tested songs and contagious grooves that inspire fans to dance, clap and sing along.
The group's self-produced "Love Songs & Life Lines" is an emotional statement from an artist better known for jamming, looking at the bright side, and promoting a "celebrate life" mantra. Lager tackles challenges such as touring while being married with children, and dealing with the death of his father, turning his emotions into memorable musical statements. "Love Songs & Life Lines" also taps into Lager's Americana side as he channels his love for people and music and explores topics such as purpose and mortality. The album was mixed by legendary producer Jim Gaines, known for his work with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana, Steve Miller, Van Morrison and others.
The Kris Lager Band is a well-oiled groove machine led by funky drummer Scooby Sha Bo Bo (John Fairchild), who has given Lager one of the funkiest back beats in the business for more than a decade. The group's youngest member is sax player Lefever, who is emerging as one of the finest young horn players on the scene. Holding it all down is veteran bassist Aaron Underwood, a Wichita, Kansas, native who has toured the country with various outfits since he was a teen.
official website: https://www.krislagerband.com
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Sammy Dee Morton has played Louisiana and Texas style Blues for 35 years. His smooth, soulful and energetic way of playing has captured many an ear. Sammy Dee developed his chops playing alongside Blues and Cajun performers such as Kenny Neal, Debbie Davies, Tab Benoit, and Doug Kershaw.
In the 70's, Sammy Dee managed a recording studio and used his off hours to further develop his musical talents. His goal was to create his own style. Over the years, Sammy discovered his longing to master the Blues. In the 80's, he played 6 years in a shag band in South Carolina and this helped to develop his strong command for rhythm. Later on in his life, while touring with Doug Kershaw (the Rajin Cajun), Sammy found himself at the New Orleans Jazz Fest opening for greats like Al Green and B.B. King and at Austin, Texas, Steppenwolf.
Sammy Dee spent five and a half years touring with Doug in the U.S., Canada and overseas. Also, he spent a while living in Louisiana near New Orleans and played with several special musicians which added more influence to his playing style. In 2004, he released his first all original album, Redheaded Stepchild which is available worldwide.In 2005, Sammy Dee toured coast-to-coast on his Red, White & Blues Tour in support of the album. And while on tour at his show in Hammond, Louisiana, was awarded by Official Louisiana State Decree as an "Honorary Louisiana Bluesman", a rare and respected recognition.
Sammy Dee Morton believes in the immortal words of the great Albert Collins, "let your influences shine through". With a life steeped in the traditions of Blues and a stunning style all his own, Sammy Dee is sure to please Blues fans young and old.
official website: http://sammydeemorton.com
Friday, August 10, 2018
Kid Ramos returns with a new album titled "Old School," out on Rip Cat Records. We'll let Kid himself tell you about it:
"A lot has happened since the last record, 'Greasy Kid Stuff,' in 2001. Since then I've fathered two small boys into young men, beat cancer ... it's been about 17 years. I figured it was about the right time to put out a blues record. My youngest son Johnny has joined the family business. This is his singing debut, and he was only 17 at the time of the recording. I'm excited to still be playing guitar, and I'm happy that people still want to see and hear me and haven't thrown any rocks at me yet.
"This album was made in two days at Big Jon Atkinson's home studio in Hayward, California. It was recorded live to tape on two tracks using all analog equipment, vintage microphones, and the brilliant technique of Jon's recording. The album includes the expert playing of Kedar Roy on bass, Marty Dodson on drums, Bob Welsh on piano/organ, Danny Michel on second guitar, the great Johnny Tucker on vocals, and the legendary Kim Wilson performing vocals on one song."
Marty's review: Kid Ramos returns with an album consisting of several original songs plus some classic, traditional numbers that have been given the Kid Ramos treatment. Recorded on analog equipment, this collection of back to roots style tracks will take you on a musical journey of raw, rocking blues that will certainly have you doing the hip shake (and any other form of dance you can think of!). Repeated plays are guaranteed. The Kid is back, in a big way!
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Multi-instrumentalist David Ford has shared another blues-infused anthem, taken from his Animal Spirits, out now via AntiFragile Music. Tackling the subject of economics, Real Damn Slow harks back to that traditional blues feel. It oozes with attitude and impressive splashes of harmonica creep in throughout to make it truly a cut above the rest.
- Real Damn Slow premiered exclusively on Clash.
- Ford has supported the likes of Elvis Costello, Ray Lamontague and Aqualung.
- With five critically acclaimed solo albums already under his belt, Animal Spirits is Ford’s first to be recorded in the US and was produced by James Brown (Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Interpol).
- Ford has received praised from the likes of The Guardian, The Times and The Sunday Times as well as winning France’s Victoires de la Musique award for ‘Original Song of The Year’ in 2014.
Friday, August 3, 2018
The death of Tommy Dardar stunned the blues community and left a void that will never be filled. His 1999 release, "Fool for Love," served notice to the world what his family, friends, and fans had known for years: that Tommy was an extremely gifted songwriter, a powerful vocalist, and one of the finest harp players on the Gulf Coast.
(see article on Making a Scene: https://www.makingascene.org/tommy-dardar-big-daddy-gumbo/)
With his untimely death, many feared that release would be his last. He had begun work on a follow-up project in 2001, but financial considerations and life have a funny way of showing up and putting the best laid plans on the back burner. His closest friends and musical cohorts were aware of these unfinished recordings and under-took the effort to see that they were not left on a shelf to gather dust.
Enter Grammy Award winner Tony Braunagel, life-long friend and musical collaborator, who took it upon himself to pick up the baton and finish the project in his memory. Nine tracks were initially recorded at Ultra Tone Studio (Studio City, California) in 2001 around core musicians Tony Braunagel (drums), Hutch Hutchinson (bass), Jon Cleary (piano), and Johnny Lee Schell (guitar). To complete the project, more of his musical family were brought in, including Mike Finnigan and Barry Seelen (Hammond organ); Joe Sublett (saxophone); Teresa James, Tommie Lee Bradley, Terry Wilson and Larry Fulcher (background vocals); and Jimmy Rose (percussion).This swamp masterpiece has been a labor of love and is now ready to be shared with the world.
All involved have come together and donated their time and efforts to share Tommy’s music and help support his family. So please share his music and spread the word.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Texas-based Americana/alt-country band No Dry County (better known as NDC) recently released their new album, Panhandle Music.
Already making a name for themselves throughout Texas and beyond, No Dry County have been featured on Taste of Country, The Boot, Diffuser, Baeble, PopMatters, Glide Magazine, among others, and have landed sponsorships from Martian Beard Oil, Coors Light and Yeti Coolers. Recently they were named artist to watch on Wide Open Country.
Panhandle Music is an album that tells the story of the people within this landscape, from their deepest despairs to their highest hopes. Everyone has their mountains to climb, even in a land as flat as ours. Within this vast landscape are the interwoven tales of an ex-rodeo cowboy turned truck salesman whose economic success in the Big D has taken him far from his family and the ranch life he intended, a truck driver who fantasizes about running guns for Elvis, a BNSF railway-master who daydreams of retirement as a ship captain out to sea, a war veteran struggling to reconnect with family and cope with civilian life in the midst of harrowing PTSD trips, drug addicts who can’t escape their addictions, their relationship, or their dusty one light town, and an aging and unsuccessful indie-rocker who returns home after the recession of 2009 and finds friendships and a renewed sense of power in the old dance-halls of his youth. Their illusions and expectations set the stage and tell their bittersweet stories of a place they can’t save and never truly escape.
“I'm not sure how many bands there are that I hear that sound like early Bruce. I'm talking pre-Born in the U.S.A.. I mean straight out Welcome to Asbury Park years. Lubbock, Texas roots rockers No Dry County are the closest things I've heard in years to that sort of sound.” (Baeble)
No Dry County, comprised of Trent Langford (Singer/Songwriter/Guitar/Keys ), Matt Newsom (Drums/Vocals), Dub Wood (Bass/Vocals) and Bristen Phillips (Guitars/Keys), began in 2009, as an 80’s cover band. Developing a sound of their own, NDC released their debut EP Ella Rose in 2011 followed by their sophomore EP To Whom It May Concern in 2012 and debut full-length, The Night Before, in 2015. Fusing each member’s influences, including Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Hayes Carll, rock, metal, blues and country, "the resulting sound infuses Americana with classic rock, creating heartfelt music filled with lyrics about real life, real places, and real people...the kind of music that everyone can relate to."
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Reverend Freakchild new album release 'Dial It In'..blues based with a "psychedelic folk rock" flavor
Reverend Freakchild features a few friends on his latest record, "Dial It In." Chris Parker (Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, John Hammond Jr.) lends his skills on the skins, providing beats for all the tracks.
The Rev. is joined on Track 2 by Hugh Pool (who also recorded and mixed the album) on harmonica, rocking the country blues of "Jesus on the Mainline" into the modern age with a new raw blues version of Depeche Mode’s "Personal Jesus." On Track 3, the Rev is joined by Mark Karan (Bob Weir, Ratdog) on lead guitar for an original sorrowful San Francisco lament, "Hippie Bluesman Blues." On Track 4, Garrett Dutton (G Love and Special Sauce) blows harmonica and sings backing vocals with the amazing Hazel Miller, adding a hint of hip-hop to make for a soulful sounding infectious title track. On Track 8, Brian Mitchell (B.B. King, Levon Helm, Al Green) tickles the ivories, and on Track 9, Jay Collins (Greg Allman) gets a little jazzy with the Bob Dylan epic, adding a Morphine-type tone with tenor and baritone saxes. The Rev. then brings it back home and pays tribute to Blind Willie Johnson with a version of "Soul of a Man," adding a few new verses. The whole album is blues based but with a bit of, as Jorma Kaukonen says, a "psychedelic folk rock" flavor.
This project was recorded at Excello studios in Brooklyn, to 2-inch tape and mixed to 1-inch tape.
(Except where noted, all songs written by Reverend Freakchild
Citizen of the Universe Music © 2018, BMI)
1. Opus Earth (4:51)
2. Personal Jesus (on the Mainline) (5:42)
(Martin L. Gore, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)
3. Hippie Bluesman Blues (3:26)
4. Dial It In! (3:17)
5. Skyflower (4:15)
6. Roadtrance (3:34)
7. Damaged Souls (3:50)
8. 15 Going on 50 (3:05)
9. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) (7:04)
(Bob Dylan Music Obo Special Rider Music)
10. Soul of a Man (3:47)
(Traditional arranged by Rev. Freakchild)
11. Opus Space (4:55)
"His attitude is irreverent, but his enthusiasm for the blues is clear" - Living Blues Magazine
official website: http://www.www-reverendfreakchild.org/
Monday, July 23, 2018
Lee Roy Parnell approached this release with the intention of letting the music and performances speak. There is a level of organically-delivered emotion through his playing that took the path of not over-producing every track. He reflects, “Well, it’s funny...most folks think of me primarily as a slide guitarist, and to some degree that is true, but I played ‘regular lead guitar’ long before I played slide. On the song ‘Hours In Between’ what you’re hearing is one continuous lead guitar track from me...one pass going down with my band and no fixes. Not to say I didn’t want to, but they all threatened to walk out on me if I did! Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t get the chance to fix anything.” On the songwriting side, Parnell collaborated solely with Greg Barnhill on the record, co- writing all 10 of the tracks together.
Barnhill and Parnell’s dear friend, Etta Britt, sang all background vocals with the exception of the mighty voices of the The Fairfield Four who sang the “Keep On Walking” line repeated in the bridge of “Sunny Days.” Parnell offers, “I love many different styles of music...but for me it all goes back to The Blues. Blue-Eyed Soul, Jazz, Rock'n'Roll and Country all have the same Daddy and that Daddy is The Blues. As long as it’s soulful, I’m in. Muddy Waters was right — ‘The Blues had a baby and they called it Rock n Roll!’
Musically, Parnell presents some of the best performances of his career on this album. Midnight Believer was included on All Music's "Best Blues Albums of 2017" list, along with Keb' Mo' / Taj Mahal, Robert Cray, Gary Clark, Jr., David "Honeyboy" Edwards, and more!
official website: http://leeroyparnell.com/
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Jack Wargo, AKA Guitar Jack, is no newcomer to the music scene. He has toured nationally and internationally with artists such as Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, Billy Preston, and Solomon Burke. He has also recorded with Ray Charles and The Jacksons to name a few. In Los Angeles, his band, Guitar Jack & No Slack, was the house band at BB KING's Blues Club. Jack played guitar for John Fogerty on HBO specials, "Welcome Home Vietnam Vets" and "Tribute to Buddy Holly."
Guitar Jack Wargo's new CD, "Keepin' It Real" is Contemporary Blues, a blend of rhythm, soul, and the blues. It features eleven new songs and a cover of Woody Guthrie's "Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad." Jack shares the vocals on his self-produced CD with singer AD Beal. He also brought in legendary artist Willie Chambers of the Chambers Brothers and The Sweet Inspirations to help out on vocals. World-renowned musicians Mike Finnigan on Hammond B-3 and Walfredo Reyes, Jr. on percussion, are Jack's very special guests. "Keepin' It Real" is a collection of original songs portraying various feelings of the blues, happy and sad.
"The power of the blues is all about keepin' it real," Wargo says.