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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Brown Cow Productions artist: The Jimmys - Live From Transylvania - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Live from Transylvania, from The Jimmys and I really like it. Opening with Jacqui Juice, the Jimmys are smoking from the start. With this hot shuffle instrumental, the band members get a chance to blow out the pipes right up front starting with Perry Weber on guitar, followed by Charley Wagner on trumpet, Pete Ross on sax and Jimmy Voegeli on Hammond riding high on the backs of Mauro Magellan on drums and John Wartenweiler on bass. Excellent! Boogie track, I Wonder features Voegeli on lead vocal and the excellent work of Darren Sterud on trombone over an ultra tight band who play together like an oiled machine. Nice! Rocker, You Can't Hurt Me Anymore, has more of a driving beat with strong vocals and solid solos by Weber on guitar and Voegeli on piano. Hell Or Heaven has a much easier sound with stronger radio appeal like a Chicago balance and nicely blended vocals. Another shuffle track with a pop twist, Love Will Find A Way, has a cool piano boogie vein with super work from Wagner's trumpet and hot riffs from Weber on guitar. Cold Women has a real nice swing and Wagner, Ross and Sterud roll together nicely. Ross steps up with a really warm sax solo on this one nicely showcasing his talents and Weber's guitar lines are fluid and stinging. Very nice! Slowing way down, Lonesome Whistle Blues is a really inviting track along the lines of T-Bone Walker or Ronnie Earl. Weber plays a really sweet intro blending nicely into the mix with BB King like accents and a great throaty performance by Sterud on trombone followed by Wagner on trumpet and again Weber. Excellent! With a lot of swing the gang is back on You Say You Will. Breaking into full shuffle Weber takes a nice long stroll followed by Streud. Very nice! With a hot Latin rhythm, Lose That Woman really rides on the super drumming by Magellen. Great vocal blends, super piano work and hot sax and guitar solos give this track plenty of traction. Wrapping the release is "The Band's" Ophelia which is an absolutely terrific track. Using the Band's basic timing with moderate instrumental improvisation, this track really hums with a snappy solo by Magellen. A great New Orleans style closer for a fun release.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Buddy Guy's "Born To Play Guitar" Nominated For Two Grammy's

We are delighted to announce that Buddy Guy's "Born To Play Guitar" is nominated for two Grammy's - "Best American Roots Performance" and "Best Blues Album" - in the 58th Annual GRAMMY awards. The complete nomination slate is at

Monday, June 29, 2015

Buddy Guy Reveals Cover Art & Track Listing On "Born To Play Guitar"



Grammy Award winning blues icon Buddy Guy has revealed the album cover and track listing for his brand new studio album Born To Play Guitar.  Set for release July 31 on Silvertone/RCA Records, Born to Play Guitar features guest appearances by Van Morrison, Joss Stone, Kim Wilson and Billy Gibbons.  Morrison joins Buddy on the heartfelt “Flesh & Bone,” a song dedicated to the late great B.B. King.  On “Come Back Muddy” Guy reminisces about the good ole days with his friend Muddy Waters.  The album is produced by Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter Tom Hambridge.

B.B. King’s Bluesville channel on SiriusXM will debut Buddy Guy’s new song “Born to Play Guitar” during SiriusXM host Tony Colter’s show on Monday, June 29. 

Born To Play Guitar will be available for pre-order on June 29 at iTunes and Amazon.

Born To Play Guitar track listing:
01 Born To Play Guitar                                                                   
02 Wear You Out feat. Billy Gibbons                                          
03 Back Up Mama                                                                            
04 Too Late feat. Kim Wilson                                                   
05 Whiskey, Beer & Wine                                                              
06 Kiss Me Quick feat. Kim Wilson                                                        
07 Crying Out Of One Eye                                                             
08 (Baby) You Got What It Takes feat. Joss Stone                             
09 Turn Me Wild                                                                            
10 Crazy World                                                                              
11 Smarter Than I Was                                                                   
12 Thick Like Mississippi Mud                                                       
13 Flesh & Bone with Van Morrison        (Dedicated to B.B. King)  
14 Come Back Muddy                 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Buddy Guy's New Album Out July 31


Buddy Guy, the legendary award winning blues icon, will release his brand new studio album Born To Play Guitar on July 31 via RCA Records.  The follow-up to his 2013 double disc release, Rhythm & Blues, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart, Born To Play Guitar is produced by Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter and Buddy’s longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge. 

The recent recipient of the 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Buddy Guy’s incredible career spans over 50 years with just as many albums released. Career highlights include seven Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, NARM Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement, Billboard Music Awards' Century Award for distinguished artistic development, Presidential National Medal of Arts, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to name just a few.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Anthony Gomes Live In Memphis

Anthony is performing in Memphis the evening prior to the BMA's.

Here are the details:
Date – Wednesday, May 6 @ 8 p.m. (Doors open @ 7 p.m.) 3 45-minute sets
Venue – Purple Haze Night Club, 140 Lt. George W Lee Avenue, one block south of B.B. King’s on Second.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

RJ Ray Entertainment, Inc., artist: Ray Goren - Save My Soul - New release Review

I just received the newest release, Save My Soul, from Ray Goren and it's quite good. Opening with Stop, Goren on lead vocal and guitar steps up with a poppy blues rocker and a really soulful voice. I need to compare his vocals to someone? OK...Stevie Wonder. Yeah, the kid can sing and has nice phrasing. Matching his solid vocals with a mean streak on the guitar gives Goran the double whammy, swacking this track right at the radio hard! Save My Soul is a bit rockier with solid drum works from Rob Humphreys and an explosive guitar solo by Goren showing his chops. On ballad, Can't Live Like This, Goren stretches out vocally, showing his soul roots. Real nice radio track. I Need You Here To Stay is my favorite track on the release with a modern R&B feel and traces of D'Angelo syncopation in vocal delivery. Masterful guitar riffs flow giving weight to the instrumentation. Excellent! Wrapping the release is Rise Together actually has the feel of an earlier era of Wonder and his pop/soul mastery with a modern polish. Can't argue with success. This release has a lot of strengths and not many weaknesses. Goren is proving to be a tasteful guitarist with good song writing capabilities and a strong voice. Nice job!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

D.A. Foster's "The Real Thing" Releases Today

D.A. Foster ~ The Real Thing

"Four decades in R&B music. Now it's his time. He's the real thing...."
Mike Finnigan
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D.A. Foster learned to sing the blues from some of the greats, up front and personal. Starting at age 19 and all through his 20's (1971-1982), he was hands-on co-owner of the legendary Connecticut roadhouse, the Shaboo Inn. The Shaboo introduced newcomers like Aerosmith, the Police, Hall & Oates, Journey, ACDC, Cheap Trick, Dire Straits and Elvis Costello, and hosted blues greats by the week — Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, James Cotton, Koko Taylor, B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Bonnie Raitt, and more. When many of these blues legends discovered D.A.'s natural vocal talents, they mentored him and invited him to cut his chops onstage with them.

In 1979 D.A. formed his own band, the Shaboo Allstars. Matt Murphy was just coming off the Blues Brothers movie and jumped at the opportunity to be the guitar player in the band. Foster credits Matt Murphy for launching the band with a license to work anywhere, and they toured the US for the next two years. In 1982 the Shaboo closed its doors, and the legendary Harvey Brooks began a five-year run with the band, during which they did a 7-night run opening for Stevie Ray Vaughan Meanwhile, D.A. continued working as a talent buyer and started a music production company.

In D.A.'s 35-plus year bandleader career, many notables have joined him onstage — Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, Dan Aykroyd, Maceo Parker, Buddy Guy, Mike Finnigan, Kal David, and countless others... and he has a long support history with B.B. King.

D.A. Foster is THE REAL THING — a deep blues & R&B singer of the first order, making timeless music with longtime friends, producers Tony Braunagel and Mike Finnigan, their phenomenal, Grammy award-winning Phantom Blues Band, and a few other very special people.

Charlie Musselwhite ~ Juke Joint Chapel
57th Annual Grammy Award Nominee “Best Blues Album”
2015 Blues Music Award (BMA) Nominee “Harmonica”
June Core ~ 2015 BMA Nominee “Drums”

Gary Clark Jr. ~ Live
2015 BMA Nominee “Contemporary Blues Male Artist”

Missy Andersen ~ In The Moment
2015 BMA Nominee “Soul Blues Female Artist”

Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls ~ Soul Brothers
2015 BMA Nominee “Soul Blues Album” & “Soul Blues Male Artist” (Otis & Johnny)

Vaneese Thomas ~ Blues For My Father
2015 BMA Nominee “Soul Blues Album” & “Soul Blues Female Artist”

Altered Five Blues Band ~ Cryin’ Mercy
2015 Best Self-Produced CD Winner

Anthony Gomes • Bobby Hurricane Spencer • Chris Daniels & The Kings featuring Freddi Gowdy
D.A. Foster • Grady Champion •Hurricane Ruth • Jeremy McEwen • Jon Spear Band
Magnus Berg • Ray Goren • The Reverend Shawn Amos