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Friday, May 29, 2015

West Tone Records artist: Rockin' Johnny Burgin - Greetings from Greaseland, California - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Greetings from Greaseland, California by Rockin' Johnny Burgin and it's spectacular! I received a lot of new releases each month with a lot of blues tracks but these are so fine! Rockin' Johnny, along with Aki Kumar (harp), Kid Andersen, Vance Ehlers (bass) and June Core (drums) have really hit it here. Opening with Love Me Like I Want it features Johnny on lead vocals and guitar with Kumar on harp is an excellent shuffle with Johnny's trademark guitar style out in the front. Did I say this track was super? Hip Linkchain's Cold Chills has that funky blues beat and Ehlers and Core set up the essential groove. Johnny has that raw looseness on guitar that is so lost from blues records today that he owns it. Excellent! She's A Hit, a conventional sauntering 12 bar track, shows Johnny's sure feel for vocal delivery in Chicago style. Sit back and listen to his expressive riffs. This man is flying! Robert Jr lockwood's The Western Horizon is an easy shuffle with Kumar up front. Does Johnny take a back seat... nah...he just lets Kumar breathe. Then he rips some excellent riffs of his own. If you don't know this guy's work, this is an great place to start. Slow blues track, Telephone Angel, is up next and you know you're in for a hard run. If there is a more exciting "real blues" guitar player on the planet today, tell me who it is (Buddy Guy excepted). An instrumental version of classic, House of the Rising Sun, made popular by the Animals, has a lot of polish and excellent articulation. Another slower blues track, Empty Bed Blues, features vocal on top and tasty guitar and harp riffs under the lead. Johnny shows a much more controlled guitar delivery with dynamic attack on this track. Expressive, gutsy riffs remind me of a young Elvin Bishop who blew my sox off in the Fillmore days. Excellent! Tribute To Big John Wrencher keeps it direct with solid vocals and cool harp work from Kumar. Havana Rock gives Core the chance to really play some fancy riffs supporting Kumar on lead. Turning into a straight ahead boogie, Johnny steps up with jazzy style riffs and swinging blues bends. Shouldn't say ground breaking, but compared to anything I'm hearing on the blues scene is! Perkins/Rush composition Homework, made popular by Fleetwood Mac and J Geils to mention a few has a great rocky feel. There's underlying keys but the player is unknown. Johnny settles back to mostly solid vocals but his few guitar riffs hot and stinging! Wrapping the release is Jimmy Reed's Tell The World I Do. Johnny keeps a nice even pace with expressive vocals and Kumar sets it up for the killer swat by Burgin on guitar to slam this release shut. This is a must hear release!  

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Audio Fidelity To Release B.B. King & Eric Clapton “Riding With The King” On Limited Edition Numbered Hybrid SACD

Audio Fidelity To Release B.B. King & Eric Clapton “Riding With The King” On Limited Edition Numbered Hybrid SACD

Two Masters Produce a Contemporary Blues Gem!

Camarillo, CA - In honor of the recent passing of blues guitar legend B.B. King, Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing B.B. King & Eric Clapton “Riding With The King” on Limited Hybrid SACD. This SACD should satisfy fans of King, Clapton and blues purists alike. “Riding With The King” was Eric Clapton's and B.B. King's first collaborative recording and it went on to win the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album. The album reached #1 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums. 

They first performed together in 1967 when Clapton was 22 and a member of Cream. Clapton looked up to King and had always wanted to make an album with him. At the time of recording Clapton was 55 and King 74. Clapton arranged the session using many of his regular musicians, picked the songs, and co-produced with his partner Simon Climie. While this would appear to be a Clapton album recorded with King, Clapton gave King center-stage.

The set list includes lots of vintage King specialties, “Ten Long Years,” “Three O'Clock Blues,” “Days of Old,” “When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer,” as well as standards like “Hold On I'm Coming” and “Come Rain or Come Shine,” with some specially written and appropriate new material. King takes Clapton deeper into blues territory than he has ever gone alone and these two artists play the blues with conviction. There may never be another album that links the Delta Blues to modern rock with such style, grace, enthusiasm, and honesty.

1 Riding With the King
2 Ten Long Years
3 Key to the Highway
4 Marry You
5 Three O'Clock Blues
6 Help the Poor
7 I Wanna Be
8 Worried Life Blues
9 Days of Old
10 When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer
11 Hold On, I'm Coming
12 Come Rain or Come Shine

Produced by Eric Clapton, Simon Climie
Mastered by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering

Bill Wyman shares new single / Taken from his first solo album in 33 years 'Back To Basics'





Photo credit to Judy Totton

‘What & How & If & When & Why’ is the first single from Bill Wyman’s new album, ‘Back To Basics’.

The lead track on the CD, both the single and album are released on June 22nd.

“I was watching the video of Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues with the song cards that he tosses aside and I thought I’d like to do something like that. Not that my song is anything like it of course but I think it inspired me. So I set about working on different sets of rhymes, sixes and fours, and it just came into being. It’s not the sort of song I usually write.” B.W.

Sounding a little like a cross between Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen with a passing nod towards Ian Dury, ‘What & How & If & When & Why’ is driven along by its gritty vocals and strong rhythm section. Its insistent beat combined with covertly menacing lyrics make for a compelling combination.

‘Back To Basics’ is Bill’s first UK solo album in 33 years and only his fourth UK solo one. Featuring 12 tracks in total (with an extra one for digital)  it comprises three reworked demos and nine brand new songs. It’s a record that crosses various genres; it’s stripped back, pared down, polished and - most important of all – immensely likeable.

Musicians joining Bill in the studio were long time collaborator/guitarist Terry Taylor, Guy Fletcher (of Mark Knopfler fame), Graham Broad and Robbie McIntosh while co-production credit goes to Andy Wright (Jeff Beck, Eurythmics, Simply Red).

Since quitting the Stones at their peak in 1993 having spent 31 years with them, Bill Wyman has been the author of seven learned books, a globally exhibited photographer, a metal detecting expert with his own brand of metal detector, a producer, a composer for film and TV and the founder of the very successful Rhythm Kings who release CDs and tour regularly.


Hymn For Her + Go Man = The Mix Tapes; album out June 30

Band’s debut album, #1, will be released independently on June 30

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — “Sometimes out of necessity, you quickly throw something together and it turns out to blow your mind.”
So says Kitty Pause, one-third of the scrappy Florida threesome the Mix Tapes. The band’s unpretentiously infectious debut album, #1, is an unexpected gem that combines playful humor and raucous power-trio energy with rousing, arena-ready tunes that reflect the members’ deep-rooted affinity for vintage pop-rock songcraft. According to Kitty, “This record is a celebration of the music we loved as teenagers.”
In a parallel musical life, drummer-vocalist Kitty Pause and the Mix Tapes’ guitarist-vocalist Skool-Ejekt have already won considerable international acclaim and built a substantial fan base as the rootsy duo Hymn for Her. Completing the Mix Tapes is bassist-singer Reverend Rewind, who Skool-Ejekt describes as, “A sexy beast/man-of-the-cloth exorcised from the popular Gulf Coast rock band Go Man.”
#1, recorded in lean, mean D.I.Y. style by the band and mixed by Detroit garage-punk guru Jim Diamond, offers a dozen instantly memorable originals that make it clear why the Mix Tapes feel no need to delve to deep into its members’ prior musical achievements. Such winsome, melodically adventurous tracks as the deviant, surging “Cocoanut,” the anthemically catchy “Don’t Give In,” the pointedly poppy “Out of the Black” and the psychedelic rocker “In & Out” embody the trio’s irreverent inventiveness.
Considering the Mix Tapes’ distinctive style of songwriting, it’s ironic that the band’s formation in late 2013 was initially inspired by the scarcity of original music in and around their meeting ground of Sarasota. 
“The three of us were in our two bands, equally frustrated, playing original music in bars for people busy watching TV or demanding lame cover tunes,” Kitty recalls. “So we decided to join forces and create a ‘British invasion’ cover band, playing only songs that would let us sleep at night with a clear conscience and not make us feel as if we sold our souls to the great and powerful bar mitvah/wedding devil. Soon our American roots started creeping in: Lou Reed, Fats Domino, Harry Nilsson ... It began very casually, but there was an instant chemistry that came from three hearts marinating in the same musical melting pot.”
“Since day one, it’s had its own engine.” Skool-Ejekt says of the trio. “We had funny times stamping our own style on requests like ‘Margaritaville’ and ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ pissing some folks off. But soon people were coming out to hear our skewed versions.”
The Mix Tapes’ musical and personal rapport quickly won them an enthusiastic local following, and even earned raves from no less an authority than AC/DC frontman and fellow Florida resident Brian Johnson.
“He caught a show and told us that it was the most entertained he’d been since the Beatles died,” says Reverend Rewind, “You do the math.”
It didn’t take long for the band to begin slipping in their own ’60s/’70s tinged compositions, calling them ‘rare B-sides’ of their fans classic rock faves. Soon there was a demand for recordings.
The Mix Tapes made their recording debut with an EP of raunchy, original Christmas-themed tunes that they called “Ho, Ho, Ho Merry XXX-Mas.” The holiday disc won a good deal of local attention, setting the stage for the birth of #1.
“We recorded #1 in a week,” Reverend Rewind says of the album. “I think this record has the same don’t-give-a-f… attitude that we started the band with, which is the way we recorded it. My roommate recorded us in the living room. We were pretty much goofing off the whole time, but somehow we came up with a shiny, golden nugget.”
“We were surprised at how easy it came,” Skool-Ejekt agrees. “We didn’t want to put a ton of time and money into it, so we approached the whole thing very casually. With the help of a good friend and some false promises, the recording was a breeze. Some of the songs we chose were ones that weren’t working in our other bands or personal songs from the closet. They all came seamlessly together after the three of us reworked them. A bit like the Rolling Stones’ Tattoo You: a bunch of leftovers that made up a great album.”   
“I think that we all naturally write pretty catchy tunes, even when the subject matter is dark, which in a lot of cases it is,” says Reverend Rewind. “We have a lot in common musically, but our individual approaches are slightly different.  So if I write a song and think I know what it’s going to sound like, it usually comes out stronger by the time everyone adds their own little mojo to it.” 
#1 has already won a good deal of positive attention on the Mix Tapes’ home turf, with “Cocoanut” gaining substantial airplay on Tampa radio station WMNF-FM, which recently featured #1 as its Album of the Week. Having launched the release with a Tampa show in front of several hundred fans, the band is now looking forward to bringing its tuneful transcendence to a national audience.
“People have been getting really hot and sweaty about it down here in the Sunshine State,” says Reverend Rewind. “It’s an interesting experiment that got out of hand and took on a life of its own. We’re looking forward to seeing where it takes us.”

New release from rising roots music star!
Blind Pig Records has released Boom Town, the latest CD from Victor Wainwright & the WildRoots.
Wainwright has been making a name for himself in a big way as one of the most exciting keyboard performers on the roots music scene. Known for his potent boogie piano, big soul sounds, powerhouse blues, roots rock 'n' roll, and a voice that recalls Dr. John and Leon Russell, he's also a two-time winner of the coveted Blues Music Award for "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year."

Wainwright is a raucous, high-octane dynamic performer and a crowd pleaser with soul to spare. As American Blues News put it, "he is always entertaining and madly talented.  You will never see Victor play a room and not go over with the crowd in a big way."  He's backed by the firepower of WildRoots, one of the tightest smokin' bands around.

Boom Town is highlighted by excellent songwriting, musicianship and production, and a unique and edgy sound that captures the energy of the band's live shows.  With the release of this tour de force of American blues and roots music, Victor's star will surely continue to rise.  
Upcoming Tour Dates for Victor Wainwright & the WildRoots:
May 30 Daytona Beach, FL The Davidson Theater
June 12 Marietta, GA Darwin's
June 14 St. Simons Island, GA Lighthouse Grounds
June 19 Clarksdale, MS Groubnd Zero Blues Club
June 20 Henderson, KY WC Handy Blues & BBQ Festival
June 23 Kankakee, IL Moose Lodge
June 24 Chicago, IL Buddy Guy's Legends
June 25 Mishawaka, IN Midway Tavern
June 26 Columbus, OH Woodlands Tavern
June 27 Cadiz, OH Blues For A Cure
July 16 Panama City Beach, FL Summer Music Series
July 17 Birmingham, AL Ranelli's
July 18 Merigold, MS Crawdad's
July 19 Memphis, TN Levitt Shell at Overton Park
July 24 Durham, NC Blue Note
July 25 Washington, DC Madam's Organ
July 26 Lake Harmony, PA Pennsylvania Blues Festival
July 27 Ellicottville, NY Ballons
July 29 Tuscarawas, OH Canal House
July 31 Woonsocket, RI Chan's
August 1 Damariscotta, ME Dam Blues Fest
August 3 Rockland, ME Time Out Pub
August 6 Magnolia, DE Jonathan's Landing
August 7 Ellicottville, NY Balloons
August 8 Ellicottville, NY Balloon
August 9 Wheeling, WV Heritage Music Bluesfest

For more information, and a taste of the album in a short video from Victor, please click HERE.  To order dowloads from iTunes  please click HERE.   To order from Amazon, please click HERE

Direct Hit Records artist: Nancy Wright - Putting Down Roots - New release review

I just received the newest release, Putting Down Roots, from Nancy Wright and it has a nice groove. Opening with pop soul track, Sweet Soul Satisfaction, Wright takes the lead on vocal with Lisa Leuschner Andersen on warm backing vocals. Of course she plays hot sax, a signature that she is well know by. Funkin' It Up, is a smoking instrumental jazz groove with Paul Olguin on bass and Paul Revelli on drums setting the forms for a great sax lead by Wright. Tony Lufrano on keys adds the glue and cementing this cool track in place. Just Can't Put A Finger On It returns to the soul style pop format again joined by Anderson on backing vocals. The track is capped off by some sweltering sax riffs... nice! Driving paced, A Serendipity, has a Motown feel, almost like a Martha Reeves meets Jr Walker. Hot key riffs from Lufrano also add nicely to the track. Instrumental, The Big Queen has a deep throaty sax voice with a New Orleans rhythm section making this funky track one of my favorites. Hush Little Darlin', with it's pop melody, features Wright on lead vocal and Lufrano on keys. Wright adds King Curtis styling and smoke of Soul Serenade curls about the room. Well I'm Travellin' has a definite country/blues twist with Wright taking the lead on vocal but then stepping up with a thick hearty sax solo as well. Kid Andersen rips loose a hot guitar riff to boot. Cool! Grooving Easy has a contemporary smooth jazz feel with a funk bottom and a touch of Cannonball Adderley. Wright shows why she is in demand as a sax musician with her solid riffs on this track. Lovely Pretender has a lot of radio appeal with solid vocals and melody. Nicely articulated sax soloing highlight this track. Gospel styling on Seems I Still Love You, set up by Lufrano on keys, gives Wright an open alley to sing lead vocals paired with LL Andersen. Lufrano's certain piano strength on this track sets it apart. Free wheelin', Boogie For JL, is a fast paced rocker with hot guitar riffs and smoking sax. Another of my favorite tracks, it pay homage to JL Hooker with whom Nancy toured. Sancity In Blue is a sultry sax fueled bluesy ballad with nice key and guitar solos as well. A really nice track to conclude a cool release.

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