Friday, April 18, 2014

The New Charters...dynamic blues / R&B band from Cincinnati, OHIO, release their self-titled debut album

The New Charters have been playing the Cincinnati, OH /Louisville, KY area for 12 years and have now released their debut album. Guitarist and songwriter Marty Charters played with H-Bomb Ferguson for many years (including recording the 1993 Earwig Records album Wiggin' Out) before joining Junior Wells' band for several tours. Vocalist Daveed Owens (formerly of Millie Jackson's band) is a long-time veteran of the Cincinnati / Dayton R&B scene. In addition to the core band, Johnny Iguana (Junior Wells, Chicago Blues: A Living History, The Claudettes) contributes piano and organ, and Matthew Skoller plays harp on 2 cuts.

The album consists of 9 original songs and one obscure cover, and features powerful vocals and concise solos that tell a story and get out. It also has a really cool LP-era sound, with a very present snare and horns. 

The Band:
Daveed Owens - Vocals
Marty Charters - Guitar
Dok Tonic - Drum
Brian Lee - Bass
Ben Walkenhauer - Saxophone

Marty's review: he New Charters deliver the blues in the style of Robert Cray, Buddy Guy and Dr John. Smooth, cool and sometimes funky, every track on their debut album is a winner and sure to have you snapping your fingers and tapping your feet. Their musicianship is top notch, with silky vocals from Daveed Owens, a tight rhythm, clean guitar licks, solid gold brass and keyboards that fit right in to create and overall dynamic sound. Trying to pick a favorite track is a challenge as they all shine, but I'll say "The Cat's Meow" and "Shake and Bake" among others. A top debut album that deserves continuous listens.

preview the album and find out more here:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New CD "Ride The Iron Road" from Blues Guitarist Franc Robert...release date April 15th, 2014

A Native Montrealer, Franc got his start in that city’s club scene in the 1980s. Back in those days, he could be found hosting the popular jam at the famous Rising Sun Nightclub, where he learned at the feet of blues greats like Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, and Robert Cray. After relocating to Florida in 1990, Franc played in a number of local and regional blues bands before recording and releasing “49x61” on his own in 2010. Franc played all the instruments on that CD, which hit #1 on and #3 on the Roots Music Report’s Florida chart.

His next CD, “Why Do I Never Win” (on Mind Balm Records), marks a change in style from “49x61” in that it features a live backing band, several solo acoustic tracks, as well as a number of songs that prominently feature Franc’s trusty National resonator guitar. It’s a rawer, more back-to-basics sound than his previous release, and is sure to capture the ears and hearts of true blues lovers everywhere.

For 2012, Franc and the band recorded "Mulligan Stew" a stylistically diverse album featuring all out rockers to intensely quiet acoustic tunes. This CD went to #22 on Roots Music Report's National Blues chart, and stayed there for 3 months!

Now it's 2014, and Franc has gone back and revisited the acoustic sounds of "Why Do I Never Win" with the new CD "Ride The Iron Road" on Blue Chihuahua Records-a collection of 11 original and 3 traditional tunes that go back and capture the sound and feel of the early Delta Blues pioneers that have influenced Franc ever since he picked up a guitar.

Franc has opened up for numerous regional and national blues acts, including Johnny Winter, Southern Hospitality, Jimmy Thackery, Damon Fowler, Nick Moss & The Flip Tops, Eden Brent, Bill “The Sauce Boss” Wharton, and many more. His influences are wide-ranging and include Lightning Hopkins, Son House, Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Elmore James, and JB Hutto.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Roy Buchanan...When A Guitar Plays the Blues at Carnegie Hall, New York

Roy Buchanan (September 23, 1939 – August 14, 1988) was an American guitarist and blues musician. A pioneer of the Telecaster sound, Buchanan was a sideman and solo artist, with two gold albums early in his career, and two later solo albums that made it on to the Billboard chart. Despite never having achieved stardom, he is still considered a highly influential guitar player. Guitar Player magazine praised him as having one of the "50 Greatest Tones of all Time."

In this video Roy shows off his use of the volume control knob with his pinky finger to produce these howling piercing harmonics on this blues gem. Nobody could bend those guitar strings like Roy could. His first recording was My Babe back in 1958 with Ronnie Hawkins, way before anyone heard of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. 

Jeff Beck was such a big fan of Roy's playing that he dedicated "Cause We Ended As Lovers" to him on his Blow By Blow album. Roy should be in The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame because of all the Great Guitarists he influenced.

...more about Roy at Wikipedia here

Friday, April 4, 2014

Owen Campbell...Blues Singer Songwriter and Guitarist ...upcoming tour and new album release

Owen Campbell is playing a month long tour in Australia in April May commencing with the Deni Blues Festival along side of Elvis Costello, Doobie Brothers and John Mayer, and finishing at the Broadbeach Blues Festival a month later.  He is then going over to the USA to support his debut release there through Reckless Grace Music form Florida.

Owen has been playing guitar since he was 9 years old and is one of Australia’s most talented slide guitar players and songwriters. Along with his unflinching ability to sing it sweet and play it dirty, he creates a perfect blend of melody that’s simple but right. In addition to playing all over the world, including Ireland, UK, Denmark, Italy, India, Austria, Germany and Papua New Guinea, Owen has had the privilege of performing at some of the most prestigious Blues festivals in the world: The Himalayan Blues Festival in Katmandu (2008/2010), Nepal, Copenhagen Writers Festival and the Thredbo Blues Festival at home in Australia.

Sunshine Road
#1 Australia #1 Greece
#1 Sweden #3 Italy
#3 Denmark

The Pilgrim
#1 Australia
#1 New Zealand
#1 Canada
Album of the Week - ABC Radio Australia (broadcast internationally)
‘Wreckin’ Ball’ most played song on
Australian Community Radio

                                   Owen live at Piano Bar LA "Wreckin' Ball"

                             Owen's official clip for Sunshine Road

“Possibly one of the best performers to come out of Australia for quite sometime, amazing lap steel slide
guitar and a song writing ability that belies his years.” Argus News Ireland

"This is a seasoned musician." The Sydney Morning Herald