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I started a quest to find terrific blues music and incredible musicianship when I was just a little kid. I also have a tremendous appreciation of fine musical instruments and equipment. One of my greatest joys all of my life was sharing my finds with my friends. I'm now publishing my journey. I hope that you come along!

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Showing posts with label Black and Tan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Black and Tan. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Black and Tan artist: miX&dorp - Black and Tan Edits - New Release Review

This is a first for be reviewing a contemporary mix of traditional blues artists by a contemporary artist. Here's how the artist describes their work..."The blues used to be party music; now it can be played again at the hippest modern parties, festival and clubs ..…. and still feel down home".

It's hard to get you head around as you read it...but just listen to it. It is really solid sounding with the "real blues" deeply embedded and with an overmix of rhythms to make the music sound "new".

miX&dorp edits/remixes tracks that were originally released on Black and Tan Records in the past 14 years. It is a really refreshing look at the blues and I think one which will bring a broader audience to original blues music. Don't think of it as someone changing our "real blues"... think of how you found the "real Blues"... this is a new gateway!

If you're looking for something fresh but still want to listen to the delta sound... check this out. I really like it!

Track list and original artists:

1. Andaluzia (Pedro e os Lobos) **
2. Beggin Ain’t For Me (Big George Jackson)
3. Breakin Away (Billy Jones)
4. Can Man (Boo Boo Davis)
5. Dirty Haints (Big George Jackson)
6. Go For A Ride (Big George Jackson)
7. Here With You (Billy Jones)
8. Ice Storm (Boo Boo Davis)
9. It’s Hard (Harrison Kennedy)
10. Let Her Talk (Harrison Kennedy)
11. Mike in Jail (Boo Boo Davis)
12. Silvermine (Boo Boo Davis)
13. SixSixtySix (Turnip Greens)
14. Stay From The Casino (Boo Boo Davis)
15. The Devil Is Beating His Wife (Doug MacLeod)
16. The Snake (Boo Boo Davis)
17. Train My Baby’s On (Boo Boo Davis)
18. Walk On Tall (Boo Boo Davis)

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

BooBoo Davis - Tour Schedule

We performed at Harvest Blues Festival in Monaghan (Ireland) last weekend and will be back on the road in Europe from October 18 - November 13. Here is a list of the confirmed dates:
Oct 18, Gauchy (F), MCL de Gauchy
Oct 21, Eeklo (B), N9
Oct 22, Silkeborg (DK), B' Sharp @ Rampelys
Oct 25, Stavanger (N), Stavanger Bluesclub @ Ovenpaa
Oct 26, Sandnes (N), Sandnes Bluesclub
Oct 28, Oslo (N), Ostkanten Bluesclub @ Herr Nilsen
Oct 29, Arnes (N), Nes Bluesclub
Nov 2, Winterthur (CH), Albani Bar
Nov 3, Torino (I), Folkclub
Nov 4, Thun (CH), Cafe Mokka
Nov 5, Leverkusen (D), Leverkusener Jazztage @ Scala
Nov 6, Amen (NL), cafe de Amer
Nov 7, Eindhoven (NL), MC Frits Philips
Nov 11, Dordrecht (NL), Jazzpodium DJS
Nov 13, Groningen (NL), Cafe Koster

As you can see there are still a few open spots in the schedule so feel free to send us your suggestions for nice venues in your area. When we tour we love to play every day !!

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Wild About You Baby - Boo Boo Davis

He was born and raised in Drew, Mississippi in the heart of Delta. It was the richest cotton land in the South and the large amounts of field workers attracted the best musicians from the surrounding areas. The entire Delta region was rich with blues, but the town of Drew was a particularly fertile one. Charley Patton stayed near Drew for many years and several legendary performers spent time there. Sharecroppers sang loudly to help pass the grueling hours of work and without a doubt Boo Boo developed his loud, bellowing voice based on the singing he heard in the fields as a young boy. In fact, that voice, through the years has demolished many amps and speaker cabinets.

Boo Boo's father, Sylvester Davis farmed cotton and played several instruments. Musicians who he played with include John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and Robert Pete Williams. Boo Boo remembers these and other musicians dropping by and rehearsing at their house. At the age of five Boo Boo was playing the harmonica and singing in church with his mother. By thirteen he was playing guitar, and by eighteen he was playing out with his father and older brothers under the name of The Lard Can Band. This band travelled all throughout the Delta. In the early sixties he went north to St Louis and was around during the heyday of the St Louis music scene (Albert King, Ike Turner, Chuck Berry and many others). Together with his brothers they were the weekend house band in Tabby's Red Room in East St Louis for eighteen years.

Even though Boo Boo moved north to St. Louis, he will always be a southerner at heart. When he is at home (and not performing) his favorite pastimes are hunting with his dogs and fishing. During Boo Boo's childhood there was no time or money for him to go to school so he never learned to read and write. However that did not prevent him to travel all over the world. Following his guiding spirit (that he calls Dave) Boo Boo has found a way to deal with modern society. The blues helps him to keep his spirit high and survive day-to-day life. It deals with all the basic raw elements of life; good and bad, plain and simple.
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