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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Iris Music Group: Michael Packer - I Am The Blues - My Story Vol 3 - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, I Am The Blues - My Story Vol 3, from Michael Packer and it sums up the stories of his life in song. Fields of Sorrow, sung by Ed Jackson and Irving Louis Lattin has an island feel accompanied by Packer and Jack O'Hara. Yo Staten Island (The Violence Has Got To Stop) has a Booker T, Born Under A Bad Sign remix, stripped down to almost a work song. Packer's rugged voice with band members Guy Powell on drums, Ed Jackson and John Belton on bass is a definitive fell of hardships endured in captivity. Deep blues, Chicago, features Mike Wheeler on guitar, Roosevelt Purifoy on piano, Melvin Smith on bass and Willie Hayes on drums. Taped live at Buddy Guy's Legends, this track features some of the best vocals by Packer with a super guitar solo by Wheeler and super piano work by Purifoy. Wrapping the release is R&B track, Mr Packer and purifoy delivers with great Leon Russell feel. Packer died may of 2017 of liver cancer having lived a full life dedicated to the blues.

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