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Showing posts with label Alabama Lovesnakes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alabama Lovesnakes. Show all posts

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Alabama Lovesnakes - Everybody's Gotta Go - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Everybody's Gotta Go, from the Alabama Lovesnakes and it's terrific! I had the pleasure of reviewing their last release, Nasty Weather, and this is a more mature and exciting followup! Opening with a smoking boogie, Prisoner Of Love, Crocodile Claes Nilsson takes the lead on guitar and vocal. Heavily driven by Fredrik Nilsson on bass and Henrik Gillgren on drums this is a great opener! Slow blues track, Your Little Key, opens with an excellent guitar intro and Claes has just the right grit on vocals to make this track scream. Jonny Lindstrom & Thomas Thornqvist add super sax and trumpet backing to this track which almost combusts it's so hot! Rock and roller Something You Got has a super rhythm and Nilsson drives the train on guitar and vocal backed by Ida Bang and Lovisa Birgersson. Very cool! Shuffle track, Searching High and Low has a great drive with the Nilssons and Gillgren really hitting the groove. I Need You Tonight to Keep The Devil Away has a cool Bo Diddley feel and the band plays up it's latin root. With a Texas swagger title track, Everybody's Gotta Go ,comes in kicking and biting. Claes plays a spanking solo on guitar and Fredrik is solid over the organ work of Daniel Nolgard. Very nice! The Matters of the Heart is an absolute screamer with Claes at the helm on guitar. Kick back in your chair, shut your eyes and let the man drive! With super dynamics and Claes fanning the flames, this 6 plus minute track is excellent! Opening with heavy tom tom work by Gillgren, Daddy's Beard, holds tight with cool slide work by Claes on a more traditional blues number. Blues rocker, Got to Get Back to New Orleans has a real radio edge with horn backing and a solid hook. Boogie track, Everything's Gonna Be Alright, sounds like it's right out of John Lee Hooker's songbook with a great driving bass line by Fredrik. Claes's vocals are super and his guitar loose. This is a great driving track with snappy drumming from Gillgren. Another track with a bit of New Orleans/Bo Diddley is I Got to Take You Back Home. With horn support and structured guitar backing, this track has great texture supporting the lead drumming by Gillgren and vocals by Claes. Back In Town has a super blues bottom with Fredrik hammering the bass. This is a solid track with a super groove and Claes takes the guitar on a soaring ride giving this track a super stinger. Excellent! Wrapping the release is Kokobello Blues with a cool guitar riff by Claes setting the stage. Cutting the cord and letting it run this track really smokes. Excellent conclusion to a really strong release! Oh...and really cool cover too!

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Nasty Weather - The Alabama Lovesnakes - New Release Review

I have just received a copy of the new release, Nasty Weather, by the Alabama Lovesnakes and it's a blast. Opening with Early In The Morning (Live), ALS get a real nice groove going. Lead by "Crocodile" Claes Nilsson on vocal and guitar these guys really know how to rock. With a Latin twist Claes plays some flashy guitar work. Up next is Someone Like You (Live) these guys are quite convincing as a Texas blues rock band. Fredrik Nilsson carrys the bottom really nicely on bass and guest key player Pierre Sward really lays into the organ. A "Help Me" based track driven along by Henrik Gillgren on drums is a terrific venue for Crocodile to show his blues chops on the fretboard. Clocking in at over 7 minutes, this is a terrific jam! Title track Nasty Weather (Live) has a real distinctive lope to it and scorching slide work by Crocodile to bring you to your knees. Bringing down the tempo a bit Something For The Pain (Live) is a really hot track. Another track clocking in over 7 minutes and not a wasted phrase. I am really wondering how long these guys can not be internationally known. I mean this is really hot!! The final "live" track, Wild About You, has a rock beat and a quick tempo. If you haven't become an Alabama Lovesnakes fan by now you are likely dead (or deaf). This is great! Now this isn't down and dirty delta stripped down blues, but it is great blues rock and I really do mean great! On Hey Hey Baby, Crocodile is heavy on the guitar pyrotechnics and keeps you glued to your seat. A cool contemporary blues rock track these guys take it on full face and let it all hang out. This Lonely Blues, a track with a bit of Chicago and a bit of Rockabilly, this is a cool rocker. Nasty Weather has a really sweet lope to it setting up a really nice 12 bar blues. Great SRV based riffs taken in a new direction are bound to get the attention of the public. Crocodile is relentless at the fretboard and has real taste and style as well as a super singing voice. The final track is a really original take on St. James Infirmary Blues. This track is done really lightly with brushes on drums and a really tasty guitar part played over between vocal lines. I really like this track and I really like this release. I get a lot of releases and I often say some of the best music comes without a major label. This is strong testimony that really great music is out there just waiting to be discovered... get your now!!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Alabama Lovesnakes

The Alabama Lovesnakes gives you genuine bluesrocking & beer-drinkin´ music that´ll rock you like a wagon wheel! Claes Nilsson Fredrik Nilsson Henrik Gillgren The Alabama Lovesnakes was formed in 2006 in Karlstad, Sweden, during the recordings of Claes Nilsson's country project "The Wheels". Late nights in the studio provoked an irresistible feeling of the band that just had to come off - the blues. Six years later, the band still consists of the same members, and has logged countless gigs around the country and has been a regular feature of the largest blues festival Åmåls Bluesfest and get attention wherever they are. Crocodile Claes & The Alabama Love Snakes is the guarantor for a heavy rocking blues rock with roots in the southern Värmland real blues swamp. (Tony Berg, PD) The Alabama Lovesnakes have during 2013 several large Swedish festivals booked, eg Mönsterås Blues & Roots, Dusty Roads Tidaholm, Karlskoga Bluesfestival and Kristinehamns Blues Festival. The band is working feverishly during the spring of 2013 with material for two CD releases on their own label Lovebite. A group with an irresistible name: Crocodile Claes and the Alabama Lovesnakes. They performed covers, as well as an original called "Nasty Weather", with flair. (New York Times Reporting from Åmåls Bluesfest 2012) The band members are vocalist and guitarist Claes "Crocodile" Nilsson (1977), bassist Fredrik Nilsson (1974) and drummer Henrik Gillgren (1977). The songs are written by Claes and the band collectively choose the few covers in their repertoire. The band's sound consists of elements from both Chicago and Texas, which together with a Nordic roughness puts a special touch to the band's attitude. Over the years the band has repeatedly appeared on a major blues festival in Sweden and has also played live on the radio several times. In autumn 2012 the band opened for Johnny Winter in their hometown of Karlstad and Johnny Winter's drummer declared "Man, you're gonna hit the really big stages ...." after Alabama Lovesnakes gig. In 2012, the band began a cooperation with the Swedish blues singer and harmonica player Mats Ronander, with several gigs and festivals booked in 2013 with him. In 2012 the band also toured in the Swedish region Dalarna with Mats and the Hammond B3 legend Pierre Swärd, a tour which resulted in further cooperation. The band's music is available to listen to through the major digital distributors iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody and others and The Alabama Lovesnakes are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and ReverbNation. Keep up with Alabama Lovesnakes on Facebook on gigs and news for the CD release in 2013! 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 favorite band!