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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

PIMPS OF JOYTIME - "Freedom Dancer" (Live in Silverlake, CA) #JAMINTHEVAN




Pimps of Joytime If you have yet to encounter the Brooklyn-based band, The Pimps of Joytime, prepare to take a funky ride! The PJT’s live events and recordings have captivated fans all across the country, as they have begun writing their own success story, show-by-show, and track-by-track. Bandleader Brian J is a charismatic and soulful visionary, whose well-crafted songs invite the listener to enter a world of infectious dance grooves and indelible melodies. Spending formative years in New York City, New Orleans and Los Angeles, Mista J honed his craft, becoming an accomplished live performer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. In 2005, Brian began to assemble a group of righteously soulful vocalists and musicians to assist in bringing to life the musical concept that would become The Pimps of Joytime. The band’s diverse sound and spirited attitude is strongly influenced by the Brooklyn DJ culture and live music scene from which they emerge. Recent collaborations with legendary artists Cyril and Art Neville of the Neville Brothers and Roy Ayers have helped vitalize the band’s connection to its roots. Over the course of the past five years, The Pimps have evolved into a road tested and audience approved groove machine. They have excited crowds at over 100 club dates and festivals in 2012 alone, and are on target to exceed that volume in 2013. The exponential growth of the band’s fan base can be partially attributed to an artful blend of musical styles, including elements of afro-beat, salsa, rock & roll and electronica. Brian J’s classic songwriting and the band’s undeniable swagger on stage consistently energize dance parties wherever they appear. In 2011, The Pimps of Joytime released their second studio album, “Janxta Funk!” through the boutique label Wonderwheel Recordings. With a steadily increasing repertoire and a passionate following of music lovers nationwide, the time was right to fortify their organization. The wall of their Facebook page is constantly receiving enthusiastic posts from fans from around the globe as word of mouth further carries news of this fresh new arrival. The Pimps of Joytime are poised to bring their audacious sound to savvy audiences around the planet. Their forthcoming third studio album coming this fall will be a new chapter in the book of the Funk and a testament to the fact that real music is alive and kicking!

Ruf Records artists: Honey Island Swamp Band - Demolition Day - New release review

I just received the newest release, Demolition Day, from Honey Island Swamp Band and it's quite entertaining. Opening with a full blown rocker, How Do You Feel with a Stones vibe, Aaron Wilkinson on guitar, Chris Mule on guitar, Sam Price on bass, Garland Paul on drums and Trevor Brooks on keys get this track rockin. With strong piano support, key guitar riffs and a sassy Bobby keys like sax solo this track is a great opener. Head High Water Blues has a swampy, Band meets Little Feat groove. Price's bass work on this track, nicely balanced with Brook's keyboard really hits on full behind the vocal work of the band. High plains rider, No Easy Way, has an ethereal western sound blended with a jazz flavor. Subdued slide guitar work and nicely accented horn work gives this track a real cool feel. Medicated has a modern R&B feel bringing to mind a lot of the J Geils tracks with solid vocals and horn backing over a solid bass line. A nicely articulated guitar solo gives the track that extra something that sets it apart. Watch and Chain is a funky rocker with a cool Rhodes piano solo over solid slide work. Acoustic guitar work and harp by Wilkinson on Katie has a Louisiana country pop feel. These unconventional textures in music coming to my desk are unconventional. Very nice. Ain't No Fun is a slide driven blues rocker. Prominent bass work by Price stands tall and nice vocal blending makes this a prime radio track. She Goes Crazy has a cool, easy 2 step rhythm and nice horn interplay. Through Another Day is a really interesting track with a bit of a Lynyrd Skynyrd swagger. Wilkinson's mandolin work on this track, contrasted against the slide work and nicely blended vocals makes this one of my favorites on the track. Say It Isn't True has a real full sound in "Band" like fashion. One of the strongest vocal tracks on the release and again with Benoit on pedal steel, Wilkinson harp and a rocky rhythm guitar by Mule, a strong ballad. Wrapping the release is Devil's Den, a blues based, finger picked track with a western flavor with nicely crafted lap steel work by Benoit and mando by Wilkinson. Key rhythm shots by Paul and solid vocals make this a real nice track to close a subtly cool release.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Right Side Up Records artist: Ivas John - Good Days A Comin - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (June 3, 2016), Good Days A Comin, from Ivas John, and it's warm smooth and inviting. Opening with folk blues track, Goin' Back To Arkansas, Ivas John on guitar and vocal is joined by Robert Bowlin on fiddle and guitar as well as Ross Sermons on bass for a really nice opener. Skillfully played and nicely augmented by Bowlin, this is a great opener. Here I Am has a bit more rural flavor with David Davis on mandolin, Gary Gordon on dobro and Charlie Morrill on drums. Country blues number, Roll Mississippi has a great tempo and a definite country swing with lead fiddle lines from Bowlin and cool dobro soloing from Gordon. A real nice toe tapper that will stick in your head. Merle Travis penned, Dark As A Dungeon, is a very nice track in 3/4 time. Ivas, Gary and Roberta Gordon harmonize giving this track a strong warmth. Tom Paxton penned, Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound, is a straight forward country track with cool fiddle overtones by Tim Crouch. Very solid. James H. Jett track, Greenville Trestle High is a cool bluegrass style number with cleanly woven vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar and mandolin work. Very nice! All Along is a smart ballad with warm vocals and nicely crafted guitar work. Things Ain't Been The Same is a really nice ballad with strong vocals and beautiful Dobro accents by Gordon. Keep Your Train Movin' has blues roots but with folk/country styling. Ivas takes a nice guitar solo on this track with subtle harp work from Gordon. Payday Boogie has a rag feel and with it's springy beat and fiddle riffs toying with hot jazz guitar riffs gives it real shine. Very nice! Alan Reynolds penned, Wrong Road Again, is a simple ballad with only Ivas on guitar and vocal and Bowlin on guitar. Nicely woven guitar pairings and warm vocals from Ivas is really the theme of this release which is wrapped by Sunday Morning Blues which features only Ivas on beautifully played acoustic guitar with supple jazz chords and arpeggios making this an absolutely perfect closer.
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