Friday, June 28, 2013

Little Walter...Blowing With A Feeling

Little Walter, born Marion Walter Jacobs (May 1, 1930 – February 15, 1968), was an American blues harmonica player, whose revolutionary approach to his instrument has earned him comparisons to Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix, for innovation and impact on succeeding generations. His virtuosity and musical innovations fundamentally altered many listeners' expectations of what was possible on blues harmonica. Little Walter was inducted to the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 in the "sideman" category, making him the first and only artist ever to be inducted specifically for his work as a harmonica player.

Music journalist Bill Dahl described Little Walter as "king of all post-war blues harpists", who "took the humble mouth organ in dazzling amplified directions that were unimaginable prior to his ascendancy." His legacy has been enormous: he is widely credited by blues historians as the artist primarily responsible for establishing the standard vocabulary for modern blues and blues rock harmonica players. His influence can be heard in varying degrees in virtually every modern blues harp player who came along in his wake, from blues greats such as Junior Wells, James Cotton, George "Harmonica" Smith, Carey Bell, and Big Walter Horton, through modern-day masters Sugar Blue, Billy Branch, Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza, William Clarke, and Charlie Musselwhite, in addition to blues-rock crossover artists such as Paul Butterfield and John Popper of the band Blues Traveler. Little Walter was portrayed in the 2008 film, Cadillac Records, by Columbus Short.

This 22 track compilation gives a good cross section of his entire musical career both as a solo artist and as an in demand backup musician..

1. Juke
2. Crazy Legs
3. Tell Me Mama
4. Off The Wall
5. Blues With A Feeling
6. Too Late
7. You're So Fine
8. Rocker
9. I Got To Find My Baby
10. Last Night
11. Mellow Down Easy
12. Rattlesnake
13. Big World
14. Dark Road
15. Me And My Chauffeur
16. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
17. I'm Ready
18. Joliet Blues
19. So Glad I Found You
20. That's Alright
21. Chance To Love
22. Sloppy Drunk

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Tomas Doncker Band's Howlin' Wolf EP


New York soul artist Tomas Doncker is a man with an uncompromising mission. He is determined to spread something he calls "Global Soul" on a worldwide scale. Inspired by numerous sources including East and West Africa and the Carribean, Doncker describes "Global Soul" as "The sound of our collective conscious. The unified rhythm of heart beats creating a positve, spiritually uplifting force for good. Musically speaking it is not genre specific, but in fact genre inclusive. It is the best of what we have to offer to each other, from Brooklyn to Ethiopia, and every where in between."

He has been a mainstay on the NYC music scene for over 20 years, having worked with an A-list of iconic musicians including Yoko Ono, Bonnie Raitt, and Meshell Ndegeocello. In 2010, Doncker brought his "Global Soul" sound to China as a headlining act at the Shanghai Folk Festival in front of an audience of over 100,000 as part of the Shanghai World Expo.

Doncker's latest release is a heartfelt tribute to blues legend Howlin' Wolf titled "The Tomas Doncker Band's Howlin' Wolf E.P.", to be released June 10 through his own True Groove Records.

About the E.P, Tomás says "The idea of doing a project focusing on the legacy of Howlin' Wolf (and Classic Blues in general) had been bouncing around for awhile. The Blues is the heart of "Global Soul" and the opportunity to feature David Barnes (Harp) was something we were really excited about. When the "Diablo Love" Project was presented to me by Alfred Preisser (award winning director) it seemed like the obvious thing to do. Besides,Who doesn't like Howlin' Wolf?"

Legendary harp player David Barnes adds "In my mind , Howlin' Wolf is the John Henry of the Blues: A musical giant of mythic proportions, he commanded nothing but awe and respect while demanding it with (a handful of stage antics aside) nothing but dignity. It is a profound experience to join a Blues continuum through Hubert, to Wolf & the Chicago Greats, all the way back to Charlie Patton and beyond. In this way and through these efforts, the Blues shall continue moving ever forward."

Joining Tomas's movement on the EP are harp player David Barnes, pianist Nick Rolfe, guitarist James Dellatacoma, bassist Josh David and drummer Damon Duewhite.

Not content to stay in the studio, Tomas is bringing "Global Soul" to the big stage. He is booked for 11 feature performances at 2013's NYC Summer Stage concert series. Visit Tomas Doncker at and download the new EP at

Listen to and share the new EP here:

Watch the new music video for "Spoonful" here:

Artist: Tomas Doncker Band...
Location: Brooklyn,NY
Styles: Blues/Global Soul/Future Roots
Similar to: Taj Mahal, Seal, Fela Kuti, The Souljazz Orchestra, Cody Chessnutt, Gary Clark Jr.
CD: The Tomas Doncker Band's Howlin' Wolf E.P.
Release date:07/02/13

Tomas Doncker-Vocals,Guitar
David Barnes-Harmonica
Nick Rolfe-Organ,Keyboards
Josh David-Bass
Damon Duewhite-Drums
Produced by Tomas Doncker & James Dellatacoma for True Groove

2-Back Door Man
4-Shook Down
5-Smokestack Lightning


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Do The Boogie! : B. B. King's Early '50s Classics

"Do The Boogie" collects 20 songs from Riley "Blues Boy" King's 1950s heyday, which was arguably his best period, and certainly his grittiest. There are plenty of classics here, including "I Got To Find My Baby", "Why I Sing The Blues", "Woke Up This Morning", "When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer", and King's take on "Crying Won't Help You", and his guitar playing is as gritty as it ever was. His style was always more urban than that of, say, Howlin' Wolf or even Muddy Waters.

This is great West side blues, and there are also a couple of alternate takes here, and a few tough-to-locate items ("Bye Bye Baby", "Dark Is The Night" parts 1 and 2, "Jump With You Baby"), and compiler Ray Topping has gone out of his way to include a number of songs which aren't usually found on B.B. King-compilations.

1. Boogie Woogie Woman
2. Past Day
3. I Gotta Find My Baby
4. Bye Bye Baby
5. Woke Up This Morning (My Baby She Was Gone)
6. Please Love Me
7. Blind Love
8. When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer
9. Whole Lotta Love
10. That Ain't The Way To Do It
11. Everyday (I Have The Blues)
12. Let's Do The Boogie
13. Dark Is The Night - Part 1
14. Dark Is The Night - Part 2
15. Why I Sing The Blues
16. Everything I Do Is Wrong
17. The Woman I Love
18. Jump With You Baby
19. Troubles, Troubles, Troubles
20. Crying Won't Help You

Friday, June 7, 2013

Norcross’ Annual Bluesberry Festival & BrewFest: June 15, City of Norcross, Georgia USA

Enjoy the Blues! 

City of Norcross, GA – On June 15 from 5pm to 10:30pm, local blueberries, craft beers and some of the best blues musicians in the region are at this year’s BluesBerry Festival & BeerFest on Jones Street in Downtown Historic Norcross.  Norcross’ Iron Horse Tavern is selling tickets to the BeerFest; for $40 enjoy unlimited 12oz samples from 14+ breweries offering several taps each – sample favorites like Monday Night Brewing, Sweetwater 420 Brewery, Goose Island and Terrapin Beer Company.  At 6pm, Little G Weevil opens up the evening of free outdoor music – Little G was named “best solo/duos act in the U.S.” this year at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and tops international blues charts. He is followed by the emerging Mary Raindrop Band and then the Cazanova’s keep the music “blue hot” until 10:30pm.
Bring a blanket and chairs and settle in for a free evening of excellent music on Jones Street, and don’t forget to check out the rest of downtown during breaks. The “Burning Sensations” will be smokin’ the strings (and keyboard and drums!) inside 45 South Café and next door, Mojitos’ awesome house band will be in full swing, too.  Plus, (assuming Mother Nature’s berry crop is ready) a local farmer will be out with fresh-picked, pesticide-free berries and homemade blueberry ice cream. You’ll also want to visit The Blue Trees Project next to the Tavern….plenty of great photo opps there to help remember an excellent evening in the City of Norcross. # # #

posted on behalf of City of Norcross....