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Monday, January 26, 2015

Celebrating The Blues With Heartfelt Gospel Feeling

Celebrating The Blues With
Heartfelt Gospel Feeling

Seven veterans of the blues unite and share the feeling with the world

About six months ago Neil Barnes, a west coast bluesman here in the United States, contacted me about a project he had been working on for years.  He told me about his idea of assembling great soulful, powerful voices along with a band that could deliver a sound as if it came out of heaven. I must say that Neil had my attention. So we worked together and created the one sheet that would accompany the new release as it went into radio distribution.

Months would go by and every once in a while I would get a note from Neil letting me know the project was very much alive and that he was grateful for my patience and my assistance.  In one such note he let me know that he had retained Todd Glazer, the Alaskan Blues Radio promoter.  This meant Neil was getting close to a release date.  A few days later I received two CDs in the mail.  I listened to it and then I listened to it again.  I called Neil and asked him if I could send it my good friend, Ron Haney, of Take One Creative.  Ron received the CD and wrote me immediately. This is what he wrote:
"Neil Barnes, on his latest CD release, Hyde and Seek, has gathered a group of musicians and vocalists that are so true to the genre they couldn’t hide it if they wanted to. From the first track, Don’t Let the Devil Ride, to the last, Tears, Tears and More Tears, the listener is taken on a blues pilgrimage that exemplifies what the genre is all about while at the same time embracing the essence of other powerful genres like gospel, rock and even R&B. It’s so refreshing to hear a group of players and artists just simply do their material without trying to convince us of anything. When the true authenticity and God-given gifts are present and allowed to speak forth no convincing is necessary. The music, message and delivery stands for itself."  I was totally blown away by Ron's remarks.

Then the Hyde and Seek team sent the video link that I have attached within this press release.  I attached it because once again I am blown away.  The video is not a music video per se, no, it's the story of how these people brought this piece of work to life. You know what this new release is - it's that feeling that occurs when soulful, heartfelt music reaches your ears. The kind that touches you and you embrace it, that's exactly what it is...  Enjoy        
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