Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Chicago Blues Hall of Fame artist Paul Filipowicz album "Unfiltered" pays homage to the masters

Here it is! Paul Filipowicz’s tenth recording, “Unfiltered,” is the smokin’ summer soundtrack of 2018. From the first gutbucket note of Magic Sam’s “All My Whole Life Baby” to the low-down pool hall and jukebox sounds he heard in the early ‘60s, Chicago Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Paul Filipowicz breaks the filter off his smoking blues and gives it to you straight. “I got my blues education the old-fashioned way,” Paul says. “The only way my dad could get out of the house on a Saturday night was to take us boys along, and man did we see some joints!

On this recording, Paul pays homage to the masters. Three Magic Sam tracks draw on Paul’s history of playing an all-Magic Sam set in the ‘70s, and Lowell Fulson and Howlin’ Wolf tracks are also represented with a deftness of hand that is true to their creators. The album includes five Paul Filipowicz originals, including the rollicking “Riding High” and the four-on-the-floor ass shakers “Brand New Hat” and “My Woman.” On the moody harp instrumental “Canal Street,” inspired by long-ago late-night memories, harp master Benny Rickun takes it all the way downtown before the boys take you back uptown with the rowdy guitar shuffle and title track “Unfiltered.”

The Paul Filipowicz Blues Band, with an all-star lineup featuring alumni of the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, the Tommy Castro Band, The Groove Hogs, Brian Lee, and Dave Mason, has been bringing it strong every night for over 40 years.

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