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.
3-Back Door Man
4-Moanin' At Midnight
6-Blind Melon Morpheus
8-I Ain't Superstitious
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
Tomás Doncker-Lead Vocals,Guitars
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).
Twitter: @tomasdoncker @truegroove1
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