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Showing posts with label Blind Lemon Peel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blind Lemon Peel. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Announcing the Blind Lemon Peel Pop-Up Blues Festival


ANNOUNCING THE...
BLIND LEMON PEEL "POP-UP BLUES FESTIVAL"
DEBUTING AT HARVELLE'S IN LONG BEACH, CALIF.
Thursday, June 9 - Doors 8pm/Showtime: 9 pm

  (LONG BEACH, CA) - Announcing the Blind Lemon Peel "Pop-Up Blues Festival," making it's debut on Thursday, June 9 at Harvelles Blues Club, 201 E. Broadway. Showtime: 9 pm. $10. Info: (562)
239-3700, or http://longbeach.harvelles.com/; also https://www.facebook.com/The-Blind-Lemon-Peel-Pop-Up-Blues-Festival. In addition to the bands, there will be a variety of vendors selling arts and crafts, music memorabilia, etc. at each Pop-Up Festival. 
Rising Long Beach r&b/blues/soul vocalist-singer-songwriter Shy But Flyy (pictured) performs at the first Blind Lemon Peel Pop-Up Blues Festival on Thursday, June 9.
  Performing on June 9: Long Beach-based music acts, Shy But Flyy (r&b/blues/soul vocalist); The Regular Guys (blues); and the Blind Lemon Peel Blues All-Stars.
  Subsequent Pop-Up Blues Festivals are scheduled for Harvelle's/Long Beach (July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15); Rusty's Surf Ranch in Santa Monica (July 8); and the Blue Beet in Newport Beach (July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1).  
  "The Pop-Up Blues Festival is to promote, feature, and give exposure to local artists. We had been offered to do a monthly third-Thursday at Harvelle's in Long Beach, which I didn't want to be just about (our band), explains Blind Lemon Peel front-man David Hale, on how the Pop-Up Blues Festival concept was conceived. "I saw it as an opportunity to really reach and focus on local musicians and give them the opportunity to play on that stage. That, to me, was my dream come true. When I mentioned it to my publicist, he said, "why don't you position it as a pop-up blues festival?  You can tweak it around and it can pop up in different places." Confirmed to perform at upcoming Pop-Up Blues Festivals: New Blues Revolution; Bluespower; SoCal Blues Club; Betty Rose; Mark Wein; The Hurricanes; BullDawg Band; Celso Salim; Shure Thing Band; and more.
  Blind Lemon Peel All-Stars put on a high-octane blues show second to none.
              Blind Lemon Peel All-Stars: Some Background
  "This ain't no sittin' around cryin in your beer blues band", insists front-man/lead vocalist, Blind Lemon Peel. "We're a kick-a**, funky, get up and shake your love thang, boogie-woogie blues machine". Blind Lemon Peel All-Stars have recently headlined some of the top blues rooms in L.A., including Harvelle's, Catalina Jazz Club, and The Mint.
  The sextet consists of the aforementioned Blind Lemon Peel, self-described as "an old black man trapped in an ever older white man's body", a brawny-voiced blues shouter in the same tradition as his heroes, Big Joe Turner and Howlin' Wolf. Bassist Ray Brundidge toured for eight years with the legendary James Brown and, says Peel, "is the glue that holds it all together. He puts the bass in its place and the jump start in your soul". Guitarist Lucky Lloyd plays a Detroit/Chicago style of blues, with a taste of Mississippi thrown in. Lloyd attributes his music style to the influences of Albert king, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and BB King, among others. "His live performances and killer vocals are authentic and energized", says Peel. "Lucky is an All-Star among All-Stars".  Renowned drummer Craig Kimbrough "brews up his own blend of magic while keeping the beat with his fatback grooves", asserts Peel. Kimbrough has played with greats including Solomon Burke, Swamp Dogg, Jimmy McCracken, and Lowell Fulson, to name a few. Lead guitarist D.J. Ison is "the masters of guitar stylings - some Stevie Ray Vaughn here, a little Billy Gibbons there, a pinch of BB King for spicin' and a whole lotta his bad old self all over the place", explains Peel. "You never heard nuthin' like D.J. before; doubt you ever will again". Regarding vocalist Alyssa Baron, Peel says, "this little fireball brings the stage to life, embodying influences such as Etta James and Janis Joplin. Don't let her size fool you - she may be petite, but her voice is like a hard right jab to your solar plexus".






                       

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Blind Lemon Peel All Stars - Don't Tear my Clothes - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Don't Tear My Clothes, from Blind Lemon Peel and it's a good time party. Opening with Wear What I Please, a funky R&B style track, you can tell that this band is high on musicianship and entertainment. With David "Blind Lemon Peel" Hale on lead vocal with the expressiveness of David Bromberg, a nice gliding bass line by Hugh McDonald, cool piano work from Joel Diamond and backing vocals by Randi Dokman, Carol Sylvan, Althea Rogers and Janice Pendarvis this band is real entertaining. Funky New Orleans dripping, My Dog made popular by Mr Elvin Bishop has snappy drumming and crisp guitar riffs from Steve Burgh. This was a hot track by Bishop and it's a hot track by Peel. I like the spirited guitar soloing, vocal mixes and the snare ridden drums. Very nice! No Time Off (For Good Behavior) rides low on a solid bass riff and cool keys. With real nice horn backing and raw vocals this track it has some really nice features including an understated warm, T Bone Walker like guitar solo. Excellent! I'm So Horny (The Crack Of Dawn Ain't Safe) is an obvious crowd pleaser and it's country style 2 step bottom even makes it a demand at the venue for dancers! Clever vocals, raw guitar and round piano tones give it a more serious sound, but it's obvious fun! Title track, Don't Tear My Clothes, has a nice easy pace and Burgh digs in deep for some really soulful guitar lead riffs. The background singers really do a nice job giving this track an early Please Please please kind of feel. Lead singer, Hale, plays up the vocal lead and cool horn work gives it a real nice feel. Burgh takes a hard ride on guitar grinding out some great riffs and Diamond lays down some nice key work as well. Excellent! Shuffle track, Shake Your Love Thang' has a real Bishop feel with a deliberate vocal strut over a cool walking bass line. Burgh and Diamond each take cool solos on the track making it another of my favorites on the release. Can't Get Up (Offa That Much Love) is a real hi stepper with a super backing vocals and light guitar backing rhythm. Diamond lays out some nice funky key work and Burgh paints in some cool guitar riffs of his own. Marry My Money has a swinging style and a great walking bass line. Peel has such a cool vocal style it works well against the tight horn work and warm backing vocals. Keys and sax each get nice solos in with nice punch by the brass. Lots of fun! Fat slide work and harp opens Boogie Man Of Love, with it's drone bass line. Very effective! This track has real hot slide and harp work throughout, with great vocal mixes and the bass and drum rhythm is contagious. This track is great! Wrapping the release is the R&B styled !!!! Everybody. This track would more clearly be titled **** Everybody! With it's playful bass line, soulful sax soloing, power horns and authentic shoop style backing, this track is a super fun closer. This release is really quite solid and should be on your list to checkout.

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