Friday, September 26, 2014

Monika Leigh and The Swamp Rebels launch at Herman's Hideaway, Denver, Colarado

Denver, Colorado - September 22, 2014 
Blues-inspired singer-songwriter, badass and aspiring rock star recently featured on TV show, The Voice, Monika Leigh will take stage this Saturday night Sept. 27th, 10pm at Herman’s Hideaway launching, Monika Leigh and The Swamp Rebels. 

“On my 12th birthday, my stepfather Leo Aston gave me a baby Gibson electric guitar, (my first). I remember thinking to myself how crazy this man was for getting me, a ballerina, a guitar! One day soon after my 12th birthday I became extremely bored, and attempted to burden my family in hopes someone would pay attention to me. Instead, my mom told me to leave everyone alone and write a song to preoccupy myself. I sat there staring at my guitar, and after about 2 hours of figuring out 3 chords, I began to write how I felt. My very first song was called “I’m Bored.” I’ve been grateful for the experiences in my life leading into amazing songs. With the help of Andrew “Panda” Gordon (Lead guitar), Morgan Harris (Bass), and Cory Ballentine (drums), we have created a gritty blues, swamp rock sound that is bigger than ourselves. We are called: Monika Leigh and The Swamp Rebels.”

For concert and ticket information, contact Herman’s Hideaway 
(303) 777-5840
1578 South Broadway · Denver, CO

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Alligator Records 21st Century Blues and Roots Compilation CD

Chicago-based Alligator Records has been recording Genuine House-rockin’ Music since 1971. With a catalog of over 300 releases, the label specializes in blues and roots rock ranging from traditional artists to cutting-edge contemporary singers and players. 21st Century Blues and Roots brings together 16 tracks from Alligator’s most recent albums, guaranteed to rock your body and soothe your soul.

1  Jarekus Singleton - I Refuse To Lose
2  Selwyn Birchwood - Don't Call No Ambulance
3  Joe Louis Walker - Hornet's Nest
4  Tommy Castro & The Painkillers - The Devil You Know
5  The Holmes Brothers - Stayed At The Party
6  Anders Osborne - 47
7  Roomful of Blues - Just Keep On Rockin'
8  James Cotton - Cotton Mouth Man
9  JJ Grey & Mofro - 99 Shades Of Crazy
10 Jesse Dee - On My Mind, In My Heart
11 Michael Burks - Cross Eyed Woman
12 Rick Estrin & The Nightcats - One Wrong Turn
13 Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - Musical Mechanical Electrical Man
14 Curtis Salgado - A Woman Or The Blues
15 Janiva Magness - Whistlin' In The Dark
16 Marcia Ball - Roadside Attractions

click here to download your sample copy at NOISETRADE

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Hurt Project, New York City blues band EP release "The Shady Bear Sessions"

The Hurt Project is a New York City-based blues band focused on adding original blues tunes to the American lexicon; essentially, they work to honor the traditional sounds of the blues by exploring those sounds in their own voice.  

The Hurt Project is pursuing a new take on the blues, while staying true to the musical traditions that make the blues great. Based in NYC, THP has released a studio album of standard blues tunes, was included in two Hurricane Sandy benefits, and completed a tour of Montana where they played 30-person venues and up to 2,000-person festivals. THP gigs regularly around NYC.

To download the EP click here

For more information on the band, visit THP's home page here

THP on Facebook

"This is just good music, from start to finish"
--Mighty Burners

"The Hurt Project executes the blues effortlessly"
--The Music in My Mind

"Old school...heartfelt"

Marty's review: The Shady Bear Sessions EP delivers all elements of the blues in 3 top quality tracks that will leave you craving for more. Raunchy and slick guitar, wailing harmonica, "dancing" keyboards and a tight rhythm that brings it all together. Add to that the smooth, sultry voice of vocalist Jasmin Lloyd, and you have a sound that is the
combination of traditional blues with a comtemporary sound that makes THP unique. My favorite track would have to be "Up In Smoke", but all three tracks are winners in my view.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ album release

Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale's influence on Clapton was profound, and his influence on many more of today's artists cannot be overstated. To honor JJ's legacy, a year after his passing, Clapton gathered a group of like-minded friends and musicians for Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale which was released on July 29, 2014. With performances by Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White, the album features 16 beloved JJ Cale songs and is named for the 1972 single "Call Me The Breeze." 

"I would like people to tap into what JJ Cale did – that's the point. I'm just the messenger; I've always felt that that's my job. I try to interpret things so that the public at large, or at least the people who listen to what I do, will become intrigued about where I got it from," said Clapton. 

After years admiring JJ Cale's work and covering several of his songs such as "After Midnight" and "Cocaine", Clapton finally collaborated with Cale for the first time in his career on the 2006 original album Road to Escondido. At the time, Clapton said "This is the realization of what may have been my last ambition, to work with the man whose music has inspired me for as long as I can remember." 

JJ Cale's music consistently defied being labeled into any one category, but instead found influences across the spectrum of blues, rock, country and folk -- a hybrid sound that has influenced a long list of artists. He was known for being reclusive. He let his music speak for itself and by his own choice never became famous in the conventional terms of the word. Instead, he preferred to shun the spotlight for a more simple existence based on his musical creations. Ironically, doing just that, and focusing on music, turned him into a guitar legend. 

Cale grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and cited Chet Atkins, Les Paul and Chuck Berry as some of his earliest influences. He was often quoted as saying, "In trying to imitate them, I missed it. And I came up with my own kinda thing." And so, Cale began playing the local Tulsa club scene in the early 1950's surrounded by other natives such as David Gates (Bread) and Leon Russell. After moving to Los Angeles in the mid-60's, he recorded the song "After Midnight." 

Already an accomplished guitarist with bands such as the Yardbirds, Cream and Blind Faith, Clapton ventured to a solo career with the release of his 1970 self-titled Eric Clapton album. Mutual friend Delaney Bramlett had given Clapton a copy of Cale's song "After Midnight." Clapton decided to cover the song and it was the first single from the album. The song became a chart-topping success. Clapton was quick to offer praise for Cale's work while promoting the album. Cale had been told of the cover but said that he didn't pay much attention until the song came on the radio in Tulsa. 

Years later, in April 1976, Cale was performing at London's Hammersmith Odeon in support of his Troubadour album release. Clapton sat in on the performance and later during that trip surprised Cale in the studio with a version of "Cocaine" that would appear on his 1977 Slowhand release, again becoming a chart-topping success. 

In 2004 Clapton organized a guitar festival called Crossroads that was a 3-day event featuring the world's most elite guitarists. Clapton invited Cale to perform at the first Crossroads Guitar Festival and Cale agreed to attend the event, where Clapton proudly sat in as a member of his band. 

Cale's entire 40-plus year career produced only 15 albums. Lauded by his peers and completely unfazed by musical fads, JJ Cale is an American icon, a craftsman like no other. 

Clapton's career, also spanning more than 50 years, has resulted in 18 Grammy Awards and the distinct honor of being the only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 


now available through Amazon here:

1. Call Me The Breeze (Vocals Eric Clapton)
2. Rock And Roll Records (Vocals Eric Clapton & Tom Petty)
3. Someday (Vocals Mark Knopfler)
4. Lies (Vocals John Mayer & Eric Clapton)
5. Sensitive Kind (Vocals Don White)
6. Cajun Moon (Vocals Eric Clapton)
7. Magnolia (Vocals John Mayer)
8. I Got The Same Old Blues (Vocals Tom Petty & Eric Clapton)
9. Songbird (Vocals Willie Nelson & Eric Clapton)
10. Since You Said Goodbye (Vocals Eric Clapton)
11. I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (Vocals Don White & Eric Clapton)
12. The Old Man And Me (Vocals Tom Petty)
13. Train To Nowhere (Vocals Mark Knopfler, Don White & Eric Clapton)
14. Starbound (Vocals Willie Nelson)
15. Don't Wait (Vocals Eric Clapton & John Mayer)
16. Crying Eyes (Vocals Eric Clapton & Christine Lakeland)

Keys - Hammond Organ, Piano & Wurlitzer
Walt Richmond & Simon Climie
Drum Programming & Percussion
Simon Climie
Nathan East
Jim Keltner
Eric Clapton (All tracks)
Mark Knopfler (Tracks 3 & 13)
John Mayer (Tracks 4, 7 & 15)
Willie Nelson (Tracks 9 & 14)
Don White (Tracks 3, 5 & 13)
Reggie Young (Tracks 2, 6 & 8)
Derek Trucks (Tracks 14 & 16)
Albert Lee (Tracks 1 & 11)
David Lindley (Tracks 9 & 16)
Don Preston (Track 3 & 13)
Christine Lakeland (Track 3)
Doyle Bramhall II (Track 10)
Pedal Steel Guitar
Greg Leisz (Track 12 & 14)
Eric Clapton (Track 11)
Jimmy Markham (Track 13)
Mickey Raphael (Tracks 3, 9 & 14)
Backing Vocals
Michelle John (Tracks 4, 5, 9 & 13)
Sharon White(Tracks 4, 5, 9 & 13)
Christine Lakeland (Tracks 13 & 15)
Simon Climie (Track 9)
Additional Drums
James Cruce
Jim Karstein
Jamie Oldaker
David Teegarden
Satnam Ramgotra (Tablas)
Produced by:
Eric Clapton
Simon Climie