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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Every Day I Have The Blues - Major Handy

Zydeco Feeling is among the strongest front-to-back offerings in the APO Records catalog. And Track Three – "I'm On The Wonder" – might just be the best slow blues the label has yet recorded. Accordion-led and with half the lyrics in French, neither declaration would look likely to the unknowing, but Major Handy offers such bare emotion, building and smoldering, the performance on each song seemingly inspiring the next. This is just a damn fine record, and from an artist few outside of southwest Louisiana will have ever heard. This is the first Zydeco title on APO, and it was after careful consideration that Major Handy was selected as the artist we most wanted to record. It finally became apparent that in Handy we had the opportunity to work with an artist of uncommon power and energy, someone who lays into each of his songs, not "overplaying," mind you, just flat giving it. Buckwheat Zydeco, the most commercially successful of today's Zydeco artists, leads the backing band here. Buckwheat, known best on accordion, instead plays his first and still favorite instrument, the Hammond B3 organ. Ace guitarist Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal, unquestionably the best Zydeco guitarist of the last 30 years, is also onboard, blistering when appropriate without ever stepping on the groove. And top-call bassman Lee Allen Zeno anchors it all, capping what's truly an all-star cast of accompaniment “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! ”LIKE”

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