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Monday, May 26, 2014

Tomás Doncker Band "Moanin' At Midnight: The Howlin' Wolf Project"..forthcoming release in July 2014



Following up on a previous post on this blog about NYC soul icon Tomás Doncker and the Tomás Doncker Band, their latest release is an expanded full-length tribute to one of his idols, Howlin' Wolf. Developed during a critically acclaimed run at NYC Summer Stage during the summer of 2013, this project is now being shaped into a multimedia performance concert.

Tomás is the head of True Groove Records, who recently signed a worldwide distribution deal with The Orchard. Because of his "global soul" mission and dedication to musical experimentation, he's been on CNN and Guitar World as well as headlining NYC Summerstage and the Shanghai World Expo.

"We had been bouncing the idea of a blues" record around for awhile. A "hardcore" modern Blues record. Every time we discussed it The Wolf came up. Willie Dixon came up. "Smokestack Lightning", "Spoonful", "Evil" - on and on...The stories - so vivid, even today! We wanted to be a part of that lineage, that history. We wanted to tell that "Same Ol' Story" one mo' time...Our way! We felt the time was right." says Doncker about the release.

You can stream the album here at Bandcamp.

Track listing
1-Evil
2-Killing Floor
3-Back Door Man
4-Moanin' At Midnight
5-Spoonful
6-Blind Melon Morpheus
7-Shookdown
8-I Ain't Superstitious
9-Smokestack Lightning

10-Moanin' At Midnight (Ras Jah Ames Dub Mix)



Band/Artist: Tomás Doncker Band
Location:  Brooklyn,NY USA
Styles:  Blues.Psychedelic Blues, Soul
Similar to/RIYL: Howlin' Wolf, Gary Clark Jr, Albert King, Black Keys, North Mississippi All-Stars, Jimi Hendrix.
CD:  "Moanin' At Midnight: The Howlin' Wolf Project"

Release date:  July 8th, 2014

Members/Instruments:
Tomás Doncker-Lead Vocals,Guitars
David Barnes-Harmonica,vocals
Nick Rolfe-Keyboards,Vocals
Josh David-Bass,vocals
James Dellatacoma-Guitar
Mike Faulkner-Drums
Damon Duewhite-Drums

Mark Henry-Sax

As a prime mover on New York's downtown "No Wave" scene in the early 1980's, Tomás Doncker cut his teeth as a guitarist with such genre-busting groups as James Chance & The Contortions, Defunkt, J. Walter Negro & The Loose Jointz and many more. Eventually he went international, touring and recording in Japan with jazz pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, and producing studio and songwriting sessions with Boosty Collins, Yoko Ono, Grammy nominated Reggae vocal group The Itals, and Grammy-winning producer Prince Charles Alexander, to name just a few. Since then, Doncker has continued to work with an A-list of iconic artists including Ivan Neville (on his solo album “Thanks”), Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello,  Living Colour  lead singer Corey Glover,  former P-Funk keyboardist Amp Fiddler, 2013 Grammy award nominee Shamekia Copeland, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.


In 2010, Doncker performed for the first time in China as a headlining act at the Shanghai Folk Festival, and in front of an audience of over 100,000 as part of the Shanghai World Expo. His latest work as a singer/songwriter and producer embraces a broader musical vision that he likes to call Global-Soul, drawing influences from numerous sources, including East and West Africa and the Caribbean. He also frequently collaborates with legendary Grammy Award winning Producer/Bassist Bill Laswell, and his ongoing "Power Of The Trinity" project was featured on CNN on November 27, 2012 (Jimi Hendrix' birthday).

Websites:
Official
Twitter: @tomasdoncker  @truegroove1
Tomas Facebook
True Groove Facebook





Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Daniel Glover...new release....cover of Folsom Prison Blues



Following up on 2 previous posts on this blog about Daniel Glover...

http://thebluesmusicblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/daniel-gloverchase-our-dreams-new.html

http://thebluesmusicblog.blogspot.com/2013/11/daniel-glover-heavy-mind-sessions-ep.html

..Daniel has just released a cover of the Johnny Cash classic "Folsom Prison Blues". He also has an EP in the works so stay tuned for that one. In the meantime, have a listen to this ...

http://youtu.be/lJ1C2mOyFgo



Daniel Glover | The Official Daniel Glover website

Friday, May 9, 2014

Jake Fields...raw, acoustic, folky blues...with a new EP in the works




Jake Fields' soundcloud page has only a few lines.."songwriter.mostly blues and folk but pretty much just whatever comes out.These are one track demos..." However, the music speaks for itself. Raw, acoustic, "dirty" and folky blues that are about as rootsy as you can get.


A New Jersey native heavily inspired by early acoustic blues, folk and rock & roll, Jake only took on songwriting in the past year and plans on releasing a debut EP by summer 2014.

In the meantime, have a listen to these tracks on soundcloud..https://soundcloud.com/jakefieldsmusic


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Blues Guitarist Eli Cook New CD Featuring Guest Appearances by Leslie West, Pat Travers, Harvey Mandel..


Blues Guitarist Eli Cook To Release New CD Featuring Guest Appearances by Leslie West, Pat Travers, Harvey Mandel, Artimus Pyle, Vinny Appice, Tinsley Ellis, Rod Piazza, Eric Gales and members of Gov't Mule & Double Trouble

Eli is on his way!” - Leslie West

Los Angeles, CA – Much to the anticipation of blues music aficionados worldwide, acclaimed blues guitarist Eli Cook released his new CD titled 'Primitive Son' on April 29, 2014 on Cleopatra Records. Making this eagerly awaited release even more exciting is the inclusion of legendary guest artists such as Leslie West of Mountain, Pat Travers, Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Harvey Mandel, Eric Gales, Reese Wynans of Double Trouble, Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio), Tinsley Ellis, Rod Piazza and Jorgon Carlson of Gov't Mule! The legendary Son House (1902-1988) was known to say “Blues is a feelin’”. Eli Cook’s music expresses that same raw honesty in a unique blend of contemporary and old-school styles, creating an original sound at the fore-front of modern Blues and Rock.

Says Eli, “ 'Primitive Son' is a mix of modern and old-school blues with contemporary topics and an emphasis on lyricism and arrangement in an epic bar-rock format. With production and vibe, much of the material was constructed be a kind of 'Exile on Main St' with modern recording and songs, type-of-thing. There are a few more slick production pieces that we pushed in an almost cinematic direction for dramatic effect, and that comes from me being a film score nut. I like creating dynamic arrangements with limited instrumentation.

I have heard quite a few guitar players that are young and just starting out. When I was asked to play a track with Eli Cook I wanted to see if there was something there. Believe me when I tell you THERE IS SOMETHING THERE! I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did playing on it. Eli is on his way!” - Leslie West

Eli took up the guitar as a teenager in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia. Following the tradition of the great blues men, he performed in churches and late-night gospel revivals with only his acoustic and deep baritone voice, while playing every hole-in-the-wall bar that could handle his electric power trio. Blending the influences of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Fred MacDowell, Bukka White and Lightning Hopkins with the likes of Clutch, Soundgarden, C.O.C, and Rage against the Machine, he forged a fresh sound, alive with the southern blues tradition. 


Eli recorded and released his first two albums between 2004 and 2007: the all-acoustic, original-roots album 'Miss Blues’ Child' on the Sledgehammer Blues label, and a heavy blues-rock release 'ElectricHolyFireWater'. During this time he was invited to open for B.B. King on King's east coast tour. Since then, Eli has shared the stage with Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, Parliament-Funkadellic, Gary Clark JR, Roomful of Blues and many others. In 2008, Eli released his third self-produced album, 'Static in the Blood', a modern R&B/Rock crossover project featuring ornate experimental studio production. The follow up album, 'Ace Jack & King', a return to roots-blues and heavy guitars, received critical acclaim. The All Music Guide proclaimed that Eli could be “the best blues singer of his generation.” 


In 2013, Eli signed with LA-based label Cleopatra Records to begin work on his 5th studio album, 'Primitive Son', featuring guest appearances by rock and blues legends! Now, much to the excitement of Eli's fans worldwide, the wait is over!

Eli has been earning rave reviews from both critics and fellow blues musicians alike - Tinsley Ellis called him a “triple threat, obviously a great guitarist but also an emotive singer and an innovative songwriter. He’s in the vanguard of young, 21st century blues rockers!”

I was honored to record for Eli's new cd. The track is destined for stardom, as is Eli!” - Rod Piazza

Says Eli, “The label was instrumental in getting the guest stars on board, though they did have to approve of the material before agreeing to collaborate. It's nice when people like Leslie West, Eric Gales and Tinsley Ellis dig your songs and get inspired to rock out on them!”

Watch Eli Cook's promotional video:



Check out Eli's upcoming shows:
May 9 Concerts on the Docks, Huntsville, Al
May 10 Slick Willy's South, Belton, MO
May 11 Nathan P Murphy's Blues Club, Springfield, MO
May 13 Greens & Blues, Boulder, CO
May 15 Silver Lake Lounge, Los Angeles, CA
May 16 Paladino's, Tarzana, CA
May 17 Duel Brewing, Santa Fe, NM
May 18 BB's Jazz, Blues, & Soups, St. Louis, MO

For more information: www.EliCook.com

CLEOPATRA RECORDS www.CleopatraRecords.com