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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bill Wyman announces first UK solo album in 33 years



Back To  Basics does exactly what it says on the tin.

It is unashamedly stripped back. The snappy lyrics are refreshingly audible and the instrumentation is clean, subtle and accomplished.

Back To Basics wears its influences on its sleeve – Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, JJ Cale – and there’s more than a passing nod to Bill’s own English background.

It is that rare thing, a meld of styles and genres that actually work together - uplifting in a jaunty, dancey way and pensive in a bluesy, narrative way.

As might be expected from one of the world’s best known bass players Back To Basics drives along with a rhythmic muscularity, and then slows the pace for more autobiographical lyric and melody.  It is an album that warrants repeated play. It is also an album that’s long overdue…

Bill Wyman’s last solo UK album, Bill Wyman, was released in 1982. Back To Basics comprises only his fourth UK solo release. 
But Bill has not been idle of course. 31 years in the Rolling Stones, author of seven learned books, globally exhibited photographer, metal detecting expert with his own brand of metal detector, producer, composer for film and TV and founder of the very successful Rhythm Kings who release CDs and tour regularly - he has had a pretty full calendar. It was only when archiving old demos last year he realised he had around 60 songs he’d never released.

He chose five songs that needed reworking and did just that. He put them together with a bunch of brand new songs and went into his studio to record them.

“Initially I thought I’m a bit old for this but then I thought all the old blues musicians played till they dropped so why don’t I give it a go…” B.W.

The CD comprises 13 tracks in total, eight of which are new songs. Musicians joining Bill in the studio include long time collaborator/guitarist Terry Taylor, Guy Fletcher (Mark Knopfler) , Graham Broad and Robbie McIntosh while co-production credit goes to Andy Wright (Jeff Beck, Eurythmics, Simply Red).

On Bill Wyman’s Back To Basics you get music that’s the real deal...and you’re all the better for it.

Track Listing

1. What & If & When & Why
2. I Lost My Ring
3. Love, Love, Love
4. Stuff (Can't Get Enough)
5. Running Back To You
6. She's Wonderful
7. Seventeen
8. I'll Pull You Through
9. November
10. Just A Friend Of Mine
11. It's A Lovely Day
12. I Got Time
13. Exciting (Bonus track for Itunes only)

Lee Palmer to release third CD "Like Elway" on May 12

Lee Palmer to release third CD "Like Elway" on May 12

Talented singer-songwriter Lee Palmer is set to release his third album Like Elway on May 12, 2015. Although a musician and writer for most of his life, Palmer didn’t release his first album One Take: Live at Canterbury until 2013. He quickly followed with a second release, 60 Clicks in 2014. Both received positive reviews and airplay across North America & Europe.
With a unique mixture of blues, country, jazz and Americana, Like Elway features nine tracks, with every song showcasing Palmer’s talents as a singer and songwriter. The writing for this album started with a 10-day trip to Nashville this past summer. Two tracks, “Like Elway” and “Lonely at the Top” were a direct result of that musical emersion in Tennessee. The balance were written in the fall of 2014.
The album was recorded live at Noble Street studios with JUNO winner George Seara behind the mixing console. The players for the session included Al Cross, David Woodhead, Lance Anderson and Elmer Ferrer. Later additions to the recording included cameo appearances by: Roly Platt on harmonica, vocalist Mary McKay and Joaquin Nuñez on Cajon and percussion.
The album serves up a mix of emotions from light and witty, (Axe to Grind, Rockin’ this Chair, This Feels Like One of Those Days and Lonely at the Top) to serious tunes like (Life’s a Mess, Maybe That’s Why and Those Winter Blues). Palmer also serves up some unique spins with the talking country-blues title track Like Elway and rockier Have a Wonderful Life, co-written with friend, guitarist and co-producer, Elmer Ferrer.
Palmer doesn’t slide into any one genre easily. In past reviews, his musical sound has been compared to musically diverse talents like Willie Nelson and the early Downchild Blues Band. One thing is for sure, he continues to write and share his musical stories in an honest and straight from the heart fashion.
The debut of Like Elway is sure to further showcase Palmer’s musical talent as a vocalist, and songwriter. “I continue to learn each time I go into the studio,” says Palmer, “I feel this is my best effort yet and I am extremely thankful to those who have helped me on my journey.
"A fresh, pleasant, first-rate singer-songwriter. Worthy to be heard, this Lee Palmer. Where have you been all this time, Lee?" - Fred Schmale, Real Roots Cafe
“Americana with a big arching A …You get the feeling that in those years before he started making his own records, that Palmer was a bit of a collector of stories and was probably more than a bit player in a lot of them, there is a tone, a quality to the material that suggests a real sense of ownership.” – Neil King, Fatea
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1. Rockin’ This Chair 3:36
2. Life’s A Mess 3:13
3. Those Winter Blues 4:37
4. Lonely At The Top 4:02
5. Like Elway 4:00
6. This Feels Like One Of Those Days 2:52
7. Maybe That’s Why 3:46
8. Have A Wonderful Life 3:32
9. Axe To Grind 4:00


Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue 'Spring' into Harvelle's

    Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue Featuring The Fabulous Smokettes 'Spring' Into Harvelle's
Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
  (Santa Monica, CA) - Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue featuring The Fabulous Smokettes, 'Spring' into Harvelle's,
1432 4th St., in Santa Monica, Saturday, April 25. Admission is $10. 9:30pm-1 am. Info: (310) 395-1676 or .
  Knight, a longtime seminal figure in the blues/R&B/soul music scene with a career that streches back several decades, proudly fronts the same eleven-piece ensemble he first started in southern California back in 1995 (the band just celebrated their 20th anniversary in March).
  Blowin' Smoke was feted in the April 2015 issue of national publication, Music Connection.
Do You Remember Where You Were & What You Were Doing In 1995, The Year Blowin' Smoke First Formed & Started Playing Live in SoCal?
  Two decades ago - 1995, to be exact - a gallon of gasoline was $1.09, a dozen eggs were 87 cents, postage stamps were 32 cents each, and the average cost of a new car was $15,500.00. Also that year, longtime Southern California musician Larry "Fuzzy" Knight formed the Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue, a unique, multi-instrumental band with a big lineup and an even larger sound, augmented by three superb female vocalists collectively known as The Smokettes.  Their debut album "Beyond The Blues Horizon" was hailed by the L.A. Times, L.A. Weekly, Music Connection and more for it's smart blend of blues, R&B, and soul, utilization of a rich-sounding horn ensemble and of course, those ever-present Smokettes on vocals.
  Two decades later, much has changed (especially those aforementioned prices!). but one thing has remained constant - Knight and Blowin' Smoke are still going strong, entertaining audiences at festivals and better nightclubs throughout the Southland, often accompanied onstage by renowned guest musicians. "Blowin' Smoke conveys a welcome reminder to all people with a beating heart that putting a full horn section in front of a smoking rhythm section, then layering three charismatic and powerful vocalists on top of that - all live and at the same time - is music at its most enriching," writes MUSIC CONNECTION. "Bandleader Larry "Fuzzy" Knight reminds all of us in the modern technological era that real people with real instruments and real personalities are playing music that hits the gut and forces the knees to bend."
  Knight - whose impressive musical resume' includes a decade-plus stint as bassist for one of the great SoCal bands to emerge from the psychedelic era of the Sixties, Spirit - recently announced the addition of a new member to the Blowin’ Smoke lineup, Don Preston.  Preston is a former original member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention and co-founder of the “GrandMothers”, of which he recorded a total of thirty-plus albums.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Ghetto Surf Music artist: Billy Hector - Old School Thang - New release review

I just received the newest release (June 27, 2015), Old School Thang, and it's smokin! Opening with blues rocker, She's Gone, Billy Hector on vocal and guitar is backed by Tommy Labella on sax, Steve Jankowski on trumpet and trombone, David Nunez on organ, Tim Tindall on bass and Sim Cain on drums. With a Latin flair, the horns seem to make the tune sway in the breeze, anchored by Nunez and Hector splits the hurricane with sweet guitar riffs. Don Nix's, Goin' Down comes out hot and heavy with tributes to the mixes by Freddie King and Jeff Beck. I've always loved this track and Hector launches right into it with both feet. This track rips! On the funky title track, Old School Thang, Hector fuses James Brown and his own style of funk for a cool but nasty guitar jam party. Winston Roye drives hard on the bass and Cain really nails the drum kit. Very cool! Fake ID has a really strong swagger, emphasized by Hector's slide work and additional guitars by Micky Melchiondo. Tim Tidell on bass and Sim Cain hold down the bottom as Hector and Melchiondo jam. Nice! Vitamin Big Daddy is a slinky blues track with a horn melody pumped up big time by Labella and Jankowski. I really like Hector's slide work on this track. Excellent!! Country flavored blues track Come On Home has a bright rhythm with Winston Roye on cowbell and Ken Sorenson on harp. Evil Slick 'N Sly is a slinky track with a contagious guitar riff and stiff drum reinforcement. With that I Put A Spell On You kind of vamp, this track is really hard to beat. Hector even hows at the moon as he blows off the wicked guitar riffs. Excellent! Springy and light, Hammer, has a jazzy blues approach. Larry Crockett takes over the drums on this one and Hector stings like Albert Collins surrounded by an easy funky guitar rhythm. Rita is a really cool swampy blues with Hector's vocals backed by Suzan Lastovica and Joshua Mark. A gritty guitar solo on this track instead of horns straight from Bourbon Street gives it a fresh flavor. Excellent! Down and dirty, Short and Sweet Blues finds Hector attacking guitar blues straight on old style. This instrumental track complimented by Nunez on organ, Labella on sax, Pete Maurer on Trombone and Carlos Francis on trumpet is hot! Wrapping the release is super funky People Of The World. Rich Monica takes the drums on this one and Mel Taylor steps up with a hot sax solo and Hector grabs it and shakes it hard. Super, primarily instrumental conclusion to a really smokin release!

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