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Friday, February 27, 2015

New Cash Box Kings album out April 28th!
Blind Pig Records has announced an April 28th release date for Holding Court, the latest album from award-winning fan favorites, The Cash Box Kings.  On Holding Court the band continues their mission of carrying on the spirit of the 1940's and 50's post-war Chicago blues sound as well as the Delta blues music of the 20's and 30's.
But these illustrious torchbear­ers also add a bravado, energy and freshness to the mix that results in a distinctive musical expe­rience. With a focus on the raw, stripped-down, ensemble playing that was the hallmark of the post-war sound, the band showcases the music of Chess Records and Sun Records while add­ing a healthy dose of original music that captures the essence of the Memphis and Chicago blues sounds of the 40's and 50's.
No less a blues authority than Charlie Musselwhite said, "The Cash Box Kings play with taste and feel and it was faith restoring to know there are guys out there that still know and appreciate real blues."  And Living Blues said they are simply "one of the best blues bands in the land."
The Cash Box Kings are fronted by Joe Nosek, who writes and arranges songs, sings, and channels the spirits of Little Walter and Slim Harpo on harmonica, and singer and songwriter Oscar Wilson, a 6’3”, 300 hundred pound Muddy Waters-type throwback to the heyday of the Chicago blues scene. 
Said Joe, "We're very excited about putting out our third release with Blind Pig.  We feel that this is some of the strongest and most topical music that we've ever recorded and we're really excited to share it with the rest of the blues world. Like all our other albums, this is a 'live' in the studio recording that is primarily focused on the traditional style of Chicago blues music that we feel so passionate about.  But we also tried to touch on some of the other great American musical styles that we love like ragtime, jump blues and swamp pop.   We really feel 'at home' with Blind Pig and appreciate all the support that the label has given us.  We're grateful for them having faith in us and our musical vision."

The Delta Saints - Spring Tour Dates

We hope this note finds you doing well and staying warm out there! We've had some time off at home this month getting our plans together for the release of our next LP, Bones. More on that soon, so keep an eye out! In the meantime, we'll be back on the road in just a few weeks testing out some of these new songs on stage for you guys.
We're excited to announce our next Nashville show will be on March 21, celebrating Tin Roof's 13th Anniversary with our friends Phin, Sam Lewis & Logan Brill. Tickets are $10 and they are only available at the door. There are a limited number available so make sure and get there early!
Also, we're teaming up with our new friends, Lionize for an extensive tour in April. If you haven't seen these guys before, get excited because they put on a hell of a show. Tickets for all these shows are available now. Full list of dates below, see you on the road!
  SPRING 2015 TOUR DATES 3/14 - St Patrick’s Day Festival - Myrtle Beach, SC
3/17 - Local 662 - St Petersburg, FL
3/18 - Jack Rabbits - Jacksonville, FL
3/19 - Backbooth - Orlando, FL
3/20 - Music Farm w/ Atlas Road Crew - Charleston, SC
3/21 - Tin Roof - Nashville, TN
4/1 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
4/2 - Clementine's - Harrisonburg, VA
4/3 - Empire - Springfield, VA
4/4 - The Camel - Richmond, VA   
4/8 - Frankie's - Toledo, OH *
4/9 - Emerson Theater - Indianapolis, IN *
4/10 - The Stache - Grand Rapids, MI *
4/11 - Musica - Akron, OH *
4/12 - Zanzabar - Louisville, KY *
4/14 - Firebird - St Louis, MO *
4/15 - Riot Room - Kansas City, MO *
4/17 - Lizard Lounge - Wichita, KS *
4/18 - Vangaurd - Tulsa, OK *
4/19 - Red 7 - Austin, TX *
4/20 - Gas Monkey - Dallas, TX *
4/21 - Hi Tone Cafe - Memphis, TN *
4/22 - Madison Live - Cincinnati, OH *
4/23 - Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD *
4/24 - Simon's 677 - Providence, RI *
4/25 - Heirloom Arts Theatre - Danbury, CT *
4/26 - Milkboy - Philadelphia, PA *
5/1 - Zydeco - Birmingham, AL
5/2 - Alex River Fette - Alexandria, LA

*  co-headline w/ LIONIZE
Photo: Leffinge Leuren Festival (9/21/14) by Christophe Brysse

New Release and Reviews for TG and the Swampbusters 'Swamp Tooth Comb'

In just a few weeks since the release of Swamp Tooth Comb by TG and the Swampbusters, critics and DJs across North America and beyond have been quick to add positive reviews, extensive airplay and continued placements on the !earshot campus/community charts for this Hamilton, Ontario guitarist and local legend. 
Here's what some of the reviewers had to say: 
“This disc sounds exactly as I hoped it would- nasty, evocative, bluesy... right up my alley … these songs have a Stones-like swagger to them, but I’d hardly call them sloppy- full of attitude is more like it, and slinky grooves abound."  – John “The Rock Doctor” Kereiff, Gonzo Online
“Gibbons fronts a guitar/bass/drums trio with a virile sound that draws on blues, country and rock 'n roll with real finesse... Gibbons has a gritty Dylanesque vocal style and is a fine songwriter.” – Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music
“… a tasty cocktail of blues, country and rock … "Swamp Tooth Comb" is a particularly fascinating record of an extremely talented trio!” – Luc Meert, Rootstime
About TG and the Swampbusters
Hamilton, Ontario’s Tim Gibbons has returned to his rock and blues roots with his latest CD, Swamp Tooth Comb. Primarily known as a banjo playing acoustic blues artist, TG’s newest release highlights his skills on the electric guitar, as well as his well worn vocals that are reminiscent of a cross between Slim Harpo and Bob Dylan. Swamp Tooth Comb features nine original gritty blues-based rock songs, described by The Hamilton Spectator as “the kind of stuff a less-than sober Keith Richards would appreciate.”
TG scored his first professional job playing guitar in a blues combo backing exotic dancers at Starvin' Marvin’s, a notorious burlesque theatre. His later career found him performing with some of the city’s most infamous Rock n’ Roll bands; including The Shakers and The Trouble Boys. In the late 1990’s TG was recruited to play bass, drums and organ on Daniel Lanois’ soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film Sling Blade, with his song “Lonely One” featured in the film and on the soundtrack. Following the success of Sling Blade, TG released a CD called Shylingo with Grammy Award winning producer Mark Howard. In 2006, he won Roots Recording of the Year, Instrumental Recording of the Year and Songwriter of the Year at the Hamilton Music Awards. In 2011 he released an Americana album called Trail of Smoke under the name “Cootes Leland” that was produced by Michael Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies.
With a storied past and lengthy musical career, TG brings a wealth of experience in his approach to songwriting, with songs that become more intricate and detailed with each listen. “As a kid I was always making up songs, hearing things in my head and singing them out. It's never really changed”, says Gibbons. “I let most of them go but every now and then I'd grab hold of my guitar and write it down.”
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Multiple Blues Music Award Nominee Tad Robinson Brings His Soul/Blues Sound from "Day Into Night" on New CD, Coming April 21 from Severn Records

Multiple Blues Music Award Nominee Tad Robinson Brings His Soul/Blues Sound from Day Into Night on New CD, Coming April 21 from Severn Records

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Severn Records announces an April 21 release date for Day Into Night, the new CD from seven-time Blues Music Award nominee Tad Robinson. This new CD is the long-anticipated follow-up to his last release, Back in Style (2010), and features the soul/blues singer backed by the Severn Records house band of Johnny Moeller – guitar, Kevin Anker – keyboards, Steve Gomes – bass and Robb Stupka – drums. Joining in the fun are special guest appearances from blues guitar heavyweights Alex Schultz and Anson Funderburgh.  

This veteran team of musicians, recorded at Severn Sound Studios in Annapolis, Maryland, shows its experience by focusing on how best to serve each song. “It’s not about excess,” notes Robinson; “rather, paring down the accompaniment to the essence of each song.”

That restraint is obvious throughout Day Into Night, enabling Tad Robinson’s soulful vocals to take front and center, resulting in the strongest soul/blues collection in his growing catalog to date.

Included in the new album’s dozen tracks are mostly-original songs crafted by Robinson, Gomes and Anker, including “Nightwatch,” which showcases the always tasteful fretwork of Robinson’s longtime collaborator, Alex Schultz. “Severn’s creative studio environment produced a spontaneous combustion, resulting in Alex’s gorgeous rhythm guitar part on ‘Nightwatch,’ which anchors the tune,” recounts Tad.

The legendary Anson Funderburgh lends his signature stabbing, punctuated guitar lines on “Lonely Talking,” the deepest soul/blues cut on the album. “Anson provided a real gut-check with a call and response to my vocal, which gives it deep passion and intensity,” says Robinson

Additional highlights include the stunning opening track, “Soul Lover,” with its elegant horn chart courtesy of arranger Kenny Rittenhouse; the infectious soul of “Mellow in Love” and “Love Is a Winner;” and the band’s re-working of Bobby “Blue” Bland’s up-tempo number, “Lead Me On.” “This goes to the heart of the record with its message of trust and humility,” declares Robinson. “In the end, that is the essence of the entire disc.”

The songs contained on the new CD are reflections of the way we connect, love and remember. They flow from soul celebrations of sturdy, tested love to the blues of relationships tangled up in doubt, old flames and new attractions, with the inevitability of Day Into Night.

Tad Robinson will celebrate Day Into Night with a series of CD release shows in and around his Indianapolis hometown, including April 10 at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana; April 11 at Player’s Pub in Bloomington; May 21 at the Slippery Noodle Inn in Indianapolis; and May 22 at the Jazz Kitchen, also in Indianapolis.

Tad Robinson Discography
2015 – Day Into Night – Severn Records
2010 – Back in Style – Severn Records
2008 – A New Point of View - Severn Records
2005 – Did You Ever Wonder? - Severn Records
1998 – Last Go Round – Delmark Records
1995 – One to Infinity Delmark Records

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Real Gone Records: Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks Volume 12 - 6/26 & 28/74 - New Release Review

I just received the newest Grateful Dead release from Real Gone Records, Disk's Picks Volume 12. Starting Disc 1 with a jam that leads into what many have labeled "the most extraordinary live version of China Cat Sunflower ever recorded". Transitioning with Mind Left Body /Jam into I Know You Rider this is an exceptional recording. Having a little fun with the Beer Barrel Polka and then Truckin' these guys are really on a roll! Spanish Jam has a lot of fire and a certain spirit that is different from much of what I have heard throughout the other recordings. Very cool! Up next is Wharf Rat and then super closer Sugar Magnolia. The band is tight and on fire.

 Disc 2 opens with Eyes Of the World, the encore from the Boston show. Needless to say it is superb. The legendary second set of the Boston show opens with the rare performance of Seastones (Phil Lesh and Ned Lagin's electronic piece). The balance of the concert as recorded includes Sugar Magnolia, a rockin' Scarlet Begonias, Johnny Cash's country jam Big River, the somber To Lay Me Down; on of my favorites in the set, western style Me And My Uncle, and and the more bluesy Row Jimmy.

 Disc 2 continues with one of the most renown live jams of the band's career, a flawless 14 plus minute Weather Report Suite. A creative endeavor led by the vocals of Weir and flowing into a full blown 27 minute fusion jam. An always favorite US Blues, Chuck Berry's Promised Land, a really nice version of Going Down The Road Feeling Bad and then for the final 1-2 punch, Sunshine Daydream / Ship Of Fools which I really loved.

 Real Gone is also reissuing on a very limited basis (300 units) Dick's Picks Volume 35.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Provogue Records artist: Robben Ford - Into The Sun - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (March 31, 2015), Into The Sun, by Robben Ford and I really like it! Opening with Rose Of Sharon a smooth bluesy track with a very clean melody, Ford strokes a well articulated solo making very use of single and double time for emphasis. Day Of the Planets actually has an garage rock feel but but delivered on a polished silver platter. Howlin' At The Moon hits the road with a funky staggered rhythm. Brian Allen on bass lays down a nice funky groove with Wes Little on drums and Ford plays off the funk delivering a solo that rides the rumble. Very cool! Rainbow Cover is a straight up rocker with organ highlights and clean guitar riff adornment. Juttified features guests Keb Mo' on vocal and Robert Randolph on pedal slide. An easy blues swing with rolling piano and stylized fiddle set a super floor for Ford to highlight his nicely stylized solo. Breath Of Me featured ZZ Hill on lead vocals for possibly my favorite track on the release. Hill's soulful vocals are nicely complimented by Ford on beautifully clean solo runs. Excellent! High Heels And Throwing Things has an interesting light funky jazz feel with an almost Steely Dan polish. Warren Haynes lends his hand at guitar on the track giving it a feel of it's own. Cause Of War has a low slung, lumbering feel, a solid melody and with a hot guitar riff following each line of vocals. A heavy "bass solid" romp with tight drums makes this track tick. So Long 4 U features Sonny Landreth has an almost Little Feat swampy feel. I particularly like Ford's vocal delivery on this track and Landreth's slide tone really sets this track off. Excellent! Same Train feeds up more of the jazzy funk and it really has a contageous groove. Ford on guitar and lead vocal is chased by a tight harp line which I really like. This track is infectious with Ford really digging in on guitar and Allen and Little holding a tight bottom. Very very nice! Wrapping the release is Stone Cold Heaven and Ford trades hot guitar riffs with Tyler Bryant. This track with it's swampy rhythm gets really steamy with Ford and Bryant trading riffs and rich backing vocals. An excellent completion to a very cool release.

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ROBERT "WOLFMAN" BELFOUR September 11, 1940 - February 26, 2015

Story By Roger Stolle
    Sad news in the blues world today. Mr. Robert "Wolfman" Belfour — RIP. Arguably the deepest of the surviving, old-school, Mississippi bluesmen was found deceased at his home in Memphis this morning by relatives. He had been suffering from various health issues (mainly diabetes and mobility related) for over a year but had recently been doing better. He had not performed since last June but was slated to play at Juke Joint Festival in April.
    Mr. Belfour's family is in desperate need of money for funeral services. The Memphis Blues Society is trying to raise money to help the family with funeral costs. Those wishing to donate can do so through The Memphis Blues Society Benefit link: Click here. For now… if you knew the blues legend, tell your friends a story about him today… if you didn't know him, then stop what you're doing and spend a little time on the web exploring his life and music.
Read Roger Stolle's interview with Robert Belfour and watch enjoy some great video: Click Here