Sunday, November 24, 2013

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks...The Hypnotiser...dark, country blues that cuts deep

Acclaimed jewel of dark country blues Cash Savage, and her band The Last Drinks, released their second LP The Hypnotiser on Friday 2 August. This stunning recording balances the soulful confessions of Cash’s compelling tales with evocative strings, triumphant horns, a 45-voice choir and the band leader’s impassioned cries of love, loss and despair.

The suite of songs on The Hypnotiser is at once beautiful, rugged, reckless, despairing, gentle, desperate, loving and raw. The cohesiveness of the words and music is a more collaborative effort than on the band’s debut album, Wolf [2011]. Having spent the gulf between albums on the road — in country theatres, urban venues, the Famous Speigeltent, Meredith Music Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the willow-shrouded Riverboats Music Festival alongside Pete Murray, Clare Bowditch and James Reyne — the once fluid Last Drinks lineup has solidified. Together this group of musicians has created a work that alludes to an undercurrent of drunken kinship polished with hard yards, while still retaining the soul for which Cash is known.

Engineered by Melbourne-based Japanese-born Nao Anzai and produced by Nick Finch from Graveyard Train, Cash commenced recording with none of the preconceptions that framed Wolf. The result is a searingly honest, powerful release of uncompromising heartbreak and unbound love that becomes more alive and personal with each listen.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Double Crossing Blues..various artists

This 15 track compilation is a collection of duets by some of the greats of blues and jazz. Included here are the likes of Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Joe Tuner, Big Mama Thornton, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Rufus Thomas, Louis Jordan, Ella Fitzgerald and many more.

1. If The Price Is Right - Lonnie Brooks & Koko Taylor
2. Battle Of The Blues - Wynonie Harris & Joe Turner
3. Spoonful - Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf & Bo Diddley
4. High Heel Sneakers - Buddy Guy & Junior Wells
5. Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own - Louis Jordan & Ella Fitzgerald
6. My Man Blues - Bessie Smith & Clara Smith
7. Yes, Baby - Big Mama Thornton & Johnny Ace
8. The Blues Will Do Your Heart Good - Cephas & Wiggins
9. I Wanna Hot Dog For My Roll - Butterbeans & Susie
10. 'Cause I Love You - Rufus Thomas & Carla Thomas
11. Red River Blues - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
12. Love My Baby - Bobby Bland & Junior Parker
13. Let The Good Times Roll - Shirley & Lee
14. I Wanna Go Home - Charles Brown & Amos Milburn
15. I Got Men All Over This Town - Victoria Spivey & Lonnie Johnson

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mystic Blues Festival 2014 Connecticut USA...June 27th to these dates!

The Mystic Blues Festival (second year) will be held on June 27-29, 2014 at Mystic Shipyard, 100 Essex St, Mystic CT (USA). The organisers are currently working on the 2014 line-up and hope to have that solidified by January 1.  Visit: and take a look at the video from last year which highlights some terrific moments!

Some details from last year's festival:

The First Annual Mystic Blues Festival was held in the Greater Mystic area June 28, 29 & 30, 2013, and kicked off on Friday night. The festival showcased an array of blues legends, including Grammy Winners, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, and Blues Artist of the Year Award Winners. There were performances by James Cotton, Jim Weider, Ricky "King" Russell, Jerry Portnoy, Matt "Guitar” Murphy, James Montgomery, Debbie Davies, Kal David and Jeff Pevar, Greg Piccolo, Johnny Nicholas, Fran Christina, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Jaimoe’s Jassssz Band, Roomful of Blues and Al Kooper. Opening acts for these artists consisted of critically acclaimed regional blues musicians, as well as emerging talent, performing at an assortment of both ticketed and free venues. The festival is a celebration of the rich tradition of blues music in Southeastern Connecticut and South County, Rhode Island.  

The beautiful Mystic. CT region which is the state's number one tourist attraction during the summer months, served as the perfect setting for the Festival. With its breathtaking postcard views of the Seaport, wonderful restaurants, state-of-the-art Aquarium, and wonderful shopping in family-oriented  Olde Mistick Village and downtown Mystic, as well as Westerly, RI, this wonderful town-wide musical celebration is surely destined to become an annual event.  

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Daniel Glover The Heavy Mind Sessions EP release..a voice that demands attention

I have posted about Daniel Glover previously here but after listening again to tracks from his new EP I just had to share my views and get the word out.

Daniel's sound is a raw, acoustic, folk-blues with lyrics that come from somewhere deep down in Daniel's soul and mind and make you sit up and listen. His solo acoustic guitar sounds like he is thrashing at the chords as it builds to a crescendo. Daniel's voice is what demands attention most. It is dark, brooding, raw and emotional and the lyrics are delivered with a passion that can be missing from many singers of today. The voice defies comparison but if I had to make some I would mention Tom Waits, John Hammond and maybe even early Bob Dylan. Daniel however does have his own unique sound and it comes across with a clarity and freshness that makes discovering new music such a pleasure.

Listen to streaming tracks here:

"The Heavy Mind sessions" is Daniel Glovers' first EP and was recorded live in London in August and is released in November.

Muddy Waters The Johnny Winter Sessions 1976-1981

The King of American Blues, Muddy Water backed by the Prince of Blues Guitar Slingers, Johnny Winter, along with a sleu of great musicians.

2009 collection from the Blues great. Muddy is one of the undisputed giants of the post-war Chicago electric blues scene. By the mid-1970s after a period of steady worldwide touring but little quality recording activity, his studio fortunes were resuscitated by one of his legion of disciples, guitarist Johnny Winter. Backed by Winter and the likes of Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, Jimmy Rogers, Big Walter Horton and Jerry Portnoy, Muddy just roars like a lion from go to whoa! This essential collection culls the best tracks from Hard Again, I'm Ready, King Bee and Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live on one scintillating, 77-minute CD. Fresh and incredibly powerful, these high energy recordings still kick ass 30 years on!

1. Mannish Boy
2. I'm Ready
3. Rock Me
4. I Want to Be Loved
5. 33 Years
6. The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll
7. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
8. Crosseyed Cat
9. Who Do You Trust
10. Good Morning Little School Girl
11. Copper Brown
12. I Can't Be Satisfied
13. I'm a King Bee
14. Mean Old Frisco Blues
15. Champagne & Reefer
16. (My Eyes) Keep Me in Trouble
17. Baby Please Don't Go
18. Trouble No More
19. Walking Thru the Park

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Melvin Taylor Blues Band at Rosa's Lounge - Chicago IL Star Spangled Banner


Melvin Taylor Blues Band at Rosa's Lounge - Chicago IL on November 16-17, 2012
 (courtesy of Beth and Ralph Pope)
Melvin Taylor - Guitar
Drums - Darvonte Murray (Turbo)
Keyboards - Bernell Anderson
Bass - Mike Riley

Melvin Taylor was born in 1959 in Jackson, Mississippi. His musical roots however have always been in Chicago, where he moved with his music-loving, guitar playing family when he was just three years old. Melvin started playing guitar himself at a very young age and was inspired and influenced by some of the world's greatest blues players - many of whom lived in or near his Chicago neighborhood. 

By the time he was a teenager, Melvin's incredible ability and unique style was already grabbing attention on Maxwell Street. And indeed when Joe Willie Pinetop' Perkins needed a great guitarist to play his European tour, he invited Melvin to join the Legendary Blues Band. Melvin made an immediate impact on the European circuit, and while he was in France, he cut two albums - Blues on the Run in 1982, and Plays the Blues for You in 1984. 

Following his return to the United States, Melvin recorded four additional CDs through Evidence Music - Bang That Bell in 1999, Dirty Pool in 2002, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band in 2003, and Rendezvous With the Blues in 2004. 

Melvin's recent burst of creativity has resulted in two new CD's, Beyond the Burning Guitar 2010 and Sweet Taste of Guitar 2012. Beyond the Burning Guitar contains 23 original, instrumental guitar songs plus Melvin's arrangement and adaptation of Beethoven's Fifth. 

Melvin's 2012 release, Sweet Taste of Guitar is a splendid accomplishment for this virtuoso - he composed, arranged, produced and recorded 10 songs. What really makes this project unique is that Melvin plays all of the instrument on the CD. Both of these are available on iTunes and other digital sites. 

Melvin's love of music shines through as he crosses over many styles - mixing fluid jazz, blues, rock and soulful moments on his newest release Taylor Made, Starring Melvin Taylor (March 2013). 

Melvin's unique sound and outstanding performance skills continue to thrill and entertain audiences around the globe.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Ria Reece Band..old school Rhythm and Blues from Montreal

Photo Left to Right - Sylvain Lamothe, Andre Chevarie, Ria Reece, Martin Laporte

The Ria Reece Band is old school Rhythm & Blues. Powerful and soulful, Ria Reece's haunting vocals take center stage. A great live act, this Montreal band's energy and passion is felt consistently throughout every performance. The band's most notable influences are the bluesy sounds of Etta James and Koko Taylor, the soulful sounds of Sam Cooke and Al Green. Toronto born Ria Reece has been singing professionally since February 2011 and by September 2011, the Ria Reece Band was Formed. Having only played a handful of shows in the Montreal area, the band was invited to Gatineau-Hull's 16th edition of Blues Viree Borealis, November 2012.
Recently, in July 2013, the band was well received by fans at the prestigious Quebec Summer Festival, a major player on the music festival circuit. The Ria Reece Band also had the opportunity to play in several renowned venues such as the Upstairs Jazz Bar in Montreal, Pointe Claire in Calistoga, Little Imperial in Quebec City and the St. Lawrence Bar Blues in Repentigny.

About their self-titled debut album, the Blues Underground Network dubbed the Ria Reece Band "as good as any female fronted Canadian Blues band out there, maybe even a little better."
Streaming link at Bandcamp
Released on the 16th of August 2013, The Ria Reece Band's self-titled debut album has been spinning on several college/community radio stations across Canada. The Album Has Made the Folk/Roots/Blues top 10 charts on CHRW 94.9FM ON London, ON Kingston CFRC 101.9FM, 101.9FM CFUV Victoria BC, made ​​the Top 30 on CJSF 90.1FM Burnaby BC, and was the featured album for August Today it's the Blues CKIA 88.3FM in Quebec City.

- Ria Reece / Vocals
- Andre Chevarie / Guitar
- Martin Laporte / Drums
- Sylvain Lamothe / Bass
Production: Disco Fairy Records
Album available at iTunes