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Showing posts with label France. Show all posts
Showing posts with label France. Show all posts

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Togs - Originals - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Originals, by The Togs, a pair of musicians from France. Togs is Peter Callate on lead vocal and guitar and Stag Augagmeur on rhythm guitar. Opening with Migrant's Song, Callate leads off with clean acoustic guitar accompaniment  and his own unique voice. Following a basic folk blues format he and Augagneur really set a clean pace. On Someday, addition of piano adds dimensionality and clever additional guitar fingering shows solid instrumentation. With it's quick pace, Hold Me Tight is one of my favorites on the release. It has solid vocals and clear, almost Jimmy Page like acoustic guitar strumming. Second Chance has a particularly strong melody and composition with emotional vocals by Callate almost bringing to mind one of my favorite contemporary singers, Frank Black. Wrapping the release is Lonely Hearts with a strong acoustic punky rock feel and an interesting electric guitar solo. This is a solid closer for an interesting release. 

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Stony Plain Records artists: Eric Bibb & JJ Milteau - Lead Belly's Gold - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Lead Belly's Gold, from Eric Bibb & JJ Milteau and it's pure gold! This release, composed mostly of traditional and Lead Belly originals is spiced with a few originals by Bibb and Milteau. Opening with Grey Goose, Bibb handles vocals with only basic percussion by Larry Crockett, his own guitar accompaniment and Milteau on harp. With a light hearted approach the song seems to float. A medley of When That Train Comes Along/ Swing Low Sweet Chariot features some of the best vocal work that I have heard from Bibb. Soft, heartfelt and sensuous, backed by expressive harp work from Milteau. Very nice. On A Monday has a really nice gait. With it's playful nature, Michael Robinson.s backing vocals and Cajun flare it almost seems a celebration of a prison song. The House Of The Rising Sun has an eerie serenity that I have never heard from this track. Bibb's rich vocals and Milteau's melodic harp work seem the perfect match for this beautiful track. Back in a Cajun feel, Midnight Special retains much of the rock beat that it has come to be associated with but keeps a fresh sound. Bring A Little Water, Sylvie has a light Piedmont feel with Bibb's vocals and Milteau's harp just riding lightly on the melody like a cloud. Addition of bass by Gilles Michael and drums by Crockett on Where Did You Sleep Last Night gives it a very clean aesthetic with only Bibb on vocal and Milteau on harp. Very nice. Pick A Bale of Cotton falls very close to the original Lead Belly arrangement with solid vocal and guitar enhanced by harp and drums. Maintaining much of the waltz feel of Goodnight, Irene, Bibb adds a soulful vocal and Milteau nicely compliments his vocals on harp with nicely accented snare work by Crockett. Rock Island Line is a blues rocker with a train feel. Given that little bit of extra spice, this track delivers. Bourgeois Blues is another of my favorite tracks on the release with it's low slung delivery and pure blues feel. Milteau lays in a really sweet harp solo over Bibb's guitar cords. Delivering this hard track with light, effortless confidence has a cool result. Very nice! Bibb original, Chauffeur Blues is written from the perspective of Bibb as Led Belly speaking to former boss John Lomax. Pointed and crisp. Stewball is a clever little story about a race horse and with it's uptempo rock style adds a different dimension. Titanic, with it's distinctive picking features Bibb on vocal and banjo with Milteau on harp. Maintaining it's early blues styling but with Bibb's warm vocal, this track is smooth. Wrapping the release is Bibb original, Swimming In A River Of Songs. A happy go lucky track, this concludes possibly my favorite Bibb release with a bopping beat. Very nice!
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Lazy BUDDIES

Lazy Buddies set up in 2005, they play their blues-swing dyed in West Coast and 50's rock'n roll. They regularly perform at clubs and festivals such as Cognac Blues Passions, Blues Sur Seine, Europa Jazz, etc., with a few nice openings including Mark Hummel, "Little" Charlie Baty and Sugar Ray Rayford (Mannish Boys) ! Their This Little Girl's Gone Rockin' album (2011) and Play It Loud ! live album (2012) gained several fine reviews by the Soulbag, Blues Magazine, BCR la Revue, Blues & Co magazines and a selection by the french blues radio broadcasts.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Blood Theme - Igor Lallai

French bassist Igor Lallai plays one of the backing tracks from one of my favorite shows... Dexter.



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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Lola - The Communal Well

The Communal Well is: Jules Berube, Drums Guy Cunis, Lead & Rhythm Guitars Greg Kinsey, Harmonica, Vocals Mark Heim, Trumpet, Cornet & Vocals Sylvain Herrera, Bass Roger Hoeberichts, Vocals & Guitars And Casey Obrien, Percussion Andrew Peterson, Vocals, Percussion, Production & Engineering  











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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Karelia to release new album "Golden Decadence"


French metal rockers Karelia are set to release a new album in the UK with "Golden Decadence" on 15th April 2013 through Rocksector Records.
Karelia was formed with a deep will to play popular, multi-layered metal, staying free from cliché and genre-typical settings. Following the release of their self-produced demo and shows with acts such as Kamelot, Karelia signed in 2003 with Drakkar/Sony-BMG and released two albums, "Usual Tragedy" (2004) and "Raise" (2005).
Across these albums the music was opulent with driving drum parts, progressive rhythms and hard-as-nails guitar riffs, all blended with anthemic choir parts, imposing string arrangements and more than a hint of references to classical composers. Early success was evident, especially in Japan where Burn magazine ranked "Usual Tragedy" 4th in its' metal charts. Germany, Russia and Brazil also embraced the band.

After a hiatus, a musical re-direction was forged as the writing for a third album "Restless" took place, with a dark electro vibe, whilst on the management side a partnership with Music For Ever was cemented. Music For Ever placed Karelia as opening band with Scorpions on tour in France and in front of thousands of people at those shows Karelia came of age as a rock/metal act and the catchy songs appealed incredibly well to this audience. The band also played shows with Freedom Call and Die Apokalyptischen Reiter.
Inspired especially by their experiences at the Scorpions shows, Karelia set about writing a brand new rock/metal album and a sound has been assembled combining the various ingredients which have influenced the band, with a groove-laden industrial and electronic side combining effortlessly with melodic catchy anthems and crunching guitars.
The band's fourth album "Golden Decadence" is to be released on 15th April 2013 in UK & Europe (except France where it's already available via Season Of Mist). The album also benefits from guest performances on solos and additional guitars on the tracks "Keep Watch On Me" and "The Way Across The Hills" by Rudolf Schenker of Scorpions fame.
The lead track from the album is "Vanity Label" for which a music video is also available.
Meanwhile, Karelia prepare for the following UK shows as special guests with Michael Schenker on his Temple of Rock tour.
Read the Michael Schenker - Temple Of Rock UK Tour press release HERE.

Band members: Matt Kleiber: vocals and FX | Jack Ruetsch: Guitars
Sam Clauss: Guitars | Phil Sissler: Bass | Fr-edd Seiler: Drums


Solos and additional guitars on "Keep Watch On Me" and
"The Way Across The Hills" by Rudolf Schenker

Drums on "Golden Decadence" are played by Neon

Bass on "Golden Decadence" is played by Gilles Thiebaut except
"Out For A Walk" played by Phil Sissler

Additional grunt vocals on "War Party" by Sam Clauss

Additional nylon guitars on "Child Has Gone" by Erwan Morice

The bonus tracks are acoustic versions of previously released Karelia songs


Produced, recorded and mastered by Renaud Hebinger/Matt Kleiber

Artwork and Design by Matt Kleiber/Camille Groh

Publishing Rights: Music For Ever and Matt Kleiber

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Blues For Roy - Fred Chapellier

Fred Chapellier voit le jour en 1966 à Metz, (France). Plongé dans le rock et le blues dès le plus jeune âge grâce à ses frères ainés, c'est vers 1978 qu'il décide d'apprendre la batterie, instrument qui l'attire particulièrement. Après 3 ans de pratique, un beau jour de 1981, rendant visite à un ami, il s'essaye à la guitare...Eureka...C'est la révélation. Il troque immédiatement sa batterie contre une copie Gibson. Une histoire commence, la guitare ne le quittera plus jamais. Fort d'un très bon bagage rythmique, Fred travaille plusieurs heures par jour pendant plus de dix ans. Il s'essaye à divers styles musicaux mais revient toujours à ce qu'il appelle la base :"Le Blues".! C'est au début des années '90 qu'il forme son premier blues band "Kashmir" avec lequel il tournera 4 ans. Puis viennent les années "Men in Blue", groupe dans lequel Fred partage le chant et la guitare avec un certain "Big Joe Barret". Deux cd 4 titres verront le jour en 1997 et 1998. Mais Fred se sent rapidement à l'étroit et souhaite reprendre les commandes de sa propre musique. 1999, il décide de partir de son côté pour former son ultime groupe : « Fred Chapellier Blues Band » ,avec Pat Machenaud à la batterie et Abder Benachour à la basse et un jeune pianiste Damien Cornelis. Ensemble, ils enregistreront deux albums « Blues Devil » sorti en 2003 sous le label Mosaic Music et « l’œil du blues » en 2005. Albums sur lesquels on retrouvera aussi l'excellent Johan Dalgaard (actuel clavier de Johnny Hallyday). Les cuivres étant assurés par Boney Fields (Lucky Peterson, Luther Allison...) et sa section. Les critiques sont plus que positives, à tel point qu'en 2004, à l’occasion des « Trophées France Blues » Fred sera nommé « révélation blues » et « meilleur guitariste » de l’année. La même année, Fred Chapellier blues band devient définitivement FRED CHAPELLIER. "Exit" les mots "blues band", car si Fred est indiscutablement influencé par cette musique, il l'est tout autant par la Soul et le Rock. C'est donc avec ces trois styles musicaux qu'il construit sa propre musique. Fred ne cesse de faire parler de lui et, devenu musicien professionnel depuis 1990, il accompagnera, en parallèle à son propre groupe, différents artistes de blues tels: Don Ray Johnson, UP Wilson, Boney Fields, Audrey Madison, Neal Black,Tom Principato, et bien d’autres géants du Blues (A ses yeux…). Début 2007, fort de son expérience du studio, Fred est plébiscité pour enregistrer, co-produire et mixer les albums de Leadfoot Rivet "Greyboy Blues", Lorenzo Sanchez "Domingo", Tony Coleman (Batteur de BB King) "Bjr Mr Coleman" ou encore "Handfull of Rain" de son pote Neal Black. Il a, à ce jour participé à de nombreux autres albums en tant que musicien, arrangeur ou producteur. La même année, Fred reprend contact avec Jean Roussel rencontré lors de sessions pour divers artistes. Jean Roussel, fameux organiste, arrangeur –compositeur, mais aussi grand producteur qui a réalisé de nombreux albums pour de grands artistes : Cat Stevens, Bob Marley, Police, Roy Buchanan, 10CC, Thin Lizzy (entre autres…). Fred a en tête depuis quelques années, de rendre hommage à Roy Buchanan SON guitar-héros, avec qui Jean a travaillé dans les années 70 (album "you’re not alone"). …! Il débute les sessions et enregistre les bases rythmiques et les guitares solo dans son « Blue House studio » de Châlons en Champagne ou il vit. Mais pour Fred, cet hommage doit aller plus loin. Il va ainsi faire appel à ses amis : Tom Principato, Neal Black, Miguel M, Leadfoot Rivet pour que la fête soit complète. Et pour couronner le tout, Billy Price (Chanteur du groupe de Roy Buchanan de 1972 à 1976) accepte de chanter sur l'album . Fred et Jean terminent le travail de production dans la région parisienne au « Shakty Studio », cette fois çi sous la férule de Roussel qui officie derrière la console. Fred composera pour l'occasion le magnifique "Blues for Roy" largement plébiscité par la presse et les radios. Le produit fini sera aussitôt publié en Europe par « Dixiefrog » et aux USA par « Majestic records » il est dans les bacs depuis novembre 2007 sous le titre « Fred Chapellier & Friends – A Tribute To Roy Buchanan ». Au fil du temps et durant les sessions d'enregistrement, une grande amitié nait entre Fred et Billy Price, à tel point que les deux hommes décident de jouer ensemble sur scène, ce qu’ils font une première fois en novembre 2007, puis en avril et juillet 2008, en France mais aussi en juin et septembre 2008 aux Etats-Unis. L'osmose est telle qu'ils décident d'écrire des chansons ensemble en vu d'un album en commun. Six mois plus tard, et les chansons composées, Fred s'envole pour Pittsburgh Pensylvannie,ou ils enregistrent "Night Work" écrit en majeure partie par leurs soins. Jeff Ingersoll patron du label Américain "Bonedog Records" décide de co-produire l'opus. Les deux hommes se feront un immense plaisir en invitant Otis Clay (un des rois de la soul Américaine) et ses deux excellentes choristes, sur 4 titres, ainsi que Mark Wenner, leader des fameux "Nighthawks" à l'harmonica. Cet album, sous les noms Billy Price & Fred Chapellier et intitulé "Night Work", sort sous le label Dixiefrog le 12 mars 2009. Les critiques sont excellentes des deux côtés de l'Atlantique. "Night Work" prendra la première place du Powerblues dans le magazine X.Roads en France et entrera en 5ème position des blues charts Américains pour se hisser à la première place durant plusieurs semaines. Fred est enfin reconnu, non seulement par les Européens mais aussi par le public Américain qui n'en revient pas de voir ce "little Frenchy" leur donner autant de plaisir. Début octobre 2009, Fred est contacté par un ami ingénieur du son Parisien, qui lui propose de travailler avec Jacques Dutronc qui prépare une nouvelle tournée. Fred accepte évidemment l'invitation et passe 15 jours en Corse dans le repère du Gentleman....(pas cambrioleur). Le courant passe très bien entre les deux hommes, à tel point que Dutronc propose à Fred de partir en tournée avec lui. Certaines choses ne se refusant pas, Fred accepte et se voit engagé pour une année de travail avec JD! Un cd & dvd live de cette tournée de 89 dates "Et vous, Et vous, Et vous" sont sortis en octobre 2010. Mai 2010, sortie de Billy Price & Fred Chapellier "Live on Stage" cd & dvd, enregistré pendant leur tournée Française de mai 2009, toujours sous le label DIXIEFROG. Novembre 2010. Fred sort une compilation de ses deux premiers albums en Français datant de 2003 et 2005. Baptisée "2000/2005 the French years". Il a pour l'occasion réenregistré les voix et les guitares pour donner une deuxième jeunesse à ses chansons composées dix ans auparavant. Cet album est uniquement en téléchargement légal sur i-tunes et cd-baby. 2011 est l'année des collaborations. Fred partage la scène avec ses amis Neal Black et Nico Wayne Toussaint pour une série de concerts. Ce projet, baptisé BTC Blues Revue (BTC pour Black/Toussaint/Chapellier). Un cd live + un cd 6 titres studio bonus sortent en mai. Suivi du dvd "Live at l'Orange Bleue". La même année, Fred et son ami Tom Principato (célèbre guitariste de Washington DC) se retrouvent pour une tournée de 15 dates. Un cd "Live at chez Paulette" sort en mai 2012. 2012: Fred part en février à Memphis ou il représente la France à l'International Blues Challenge. Cent cinquante groupes du monde entier s'affrontent dans les clubs de Beale street pendant 8 jours. Fred ira jusqu'en demi-finale. Une équipe de France 2 l'a suivi et réalisé un reportage de 25 minutes sur son aventure Américaine. Ce reportage, diffusé en mai réunira plus de 4 millions de téléspectateurs. 2012 étant une année très chargée, FRED sort son tout nouvel album "Electric Fingers" le 23 octobre toujours sous le label Dixiefrog. C'est à ce jour son album le plus personnel et le plus abouti sans aucun doute possible. Place maintenant aux tournées et concerts de promotion de ce nouvel opus. Fred se produit maintenant en quartèt. Composé de Charlie Fabert à la deuxième guitare, Abder Benachour à la basse et Denis Palatin à la batterie. Cette formation modulable se renforce de temps à autre avec l'excellent Renaud Cugny à l'orgue Hammond. 2013 sera donc une année sur la route pour Fred et son band.... A SUIVRE... 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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Early in The Morning - AWEK BLUES

Bernard SELLAM : vocals, guitars Joël FERRON : bass Olivier TREBEL : drums Stéphane BERTOLINO : harmonica With 8 albums and 18 years' experience behind them, Awek have acquired a strength and maturity worthy of their peers on the other side of the Atlantic. Their musical style is an explosive cocktail, mingling classicism and originality. In addition to performing across Europe, Awek has also performed in many venues in North America, including the infamous Antone’s in Austin, Texas and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Awek was honored as a finalist at the 2008 International Blues Challenge and in 2011 Stephane Bertolino won the prize for best harmonica player. In 2009, Awek was elected band of the year by Cognac Blues festival, and opened for BB KING. Following recordings in Austin and awards in Memphis, Awek's American adventure continued further west to Greaseland Studios in San Jose, California, where the band recorded their 8th CD, "Rich & Famous"in November 2011. Guest musicians, in the studio include Mark Hummel, Little Charlie Baty, Kid Andersen, Fred Kaplan, Derek O’ Brien, Kaz Kazanoff, Bob Welsh, and Nick Connely. “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson 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 favorites band!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Blues Harmonica medley - Philip JARRY

Philip JARRY is a french composer/producer & singer performing on guitar, piano, keyboards harmonica & trumpet.. Self-taught, he's inspired by the most creative blues funk soul & jazz performers on this planet. He specializes in improvisation & singing in unison with guitar & piano solos. He is recognized as the one of the rare and most talentued musicians in this field. “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson 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 favorites band!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Luc Blackstone

Djeliba Productions met son savoir au service des artistes et des organisateurs. Notre structure est à taille humaine et en plein développement. Nous travaillons avec des artistes de renommée nationale et internationale mais aussi avec de jeunes talents. Nous les accompagnons dans leurs processus de création, l'organisation de tournées, la promotion... Notre équipe conseille en organisation et communication toute structure à vocation culturelle. Djeliba Productions agit dans le domaine du spectacle avec dans son catalogue un morceau d'Afrique, le Blues de Chicago ou encore de la Pop Rock. If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - ”LIKE”

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Malika - Nina Van Horn

Nina started as a dancer, even sung Opera and is performing on stage since she's 14th She was born in France and partly raised in the USA She chose to settle in Texas and after a quick time among country singers. Nina goes on tour across the USA where she became one with the landscapes and people she met. She appears in some Charity Concerts for the FARM AID, already concerned by Globalisation…. The Tour brings her to New Orleans where she finds a new passion : BLUES… Finally not so far from the Gypsy songs where she can also express pain, love and joy…Nina understands that very quickly… she dives into her memory and get loose with her voice like a Janis Joplin to whom she is often compared… NINA sings more and more, BETTE MIDLER, CHUCK BERRY or ERIC BURDON among others ask her to play as a supporting act as they appreciate the true « Rock Energy » and her true feelings on stage. Since then she is currently touring in the best Jazz and Blues Festival all around tha world : Europe but also Canada,Africa and recently India from where she has brought a new cd/dvd live Her band is composed of musicians corresponding to her : generous, spontaneous and truthful… her wolves ! ! Like the Silver Bullet Band of Bob Seger, NINA shares and communicates her energy Her last cd "Hell of a woman" is a tribute to the 1st Female Blues singers like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith up to Mildred Bailey and Billie Holiday. Nina brings those women to life again, tells their story and sing in a very revisited way their most committed songs about alcool, drugs, racism or lesbianism She also wrote a book and tells the amazing lives of those women from the 20's/30's/40's Nina also run a radio show named : “NINA ON THE ROCKS” on W3Bluesradio on the net Nina’s radio show is available in Belgium on radio 66 and in Canada on radio Lenet.blues NINA VAN HORN is a singer definitely watching the world she lives in, If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - ”LIKE”

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Goonmat with Lord Bernardo


These distinguished gentlemen have a problem: The can never agree whether to drink their way through the liquour cabinet from right to left...or vice versa. In between drinking and eying young ladies the way only the French can, STINKY LOU, THE GOON MAT and LORD BERNARDO are the fiercest Boogie 'n' Roots natural catastrophe going on the European continent. These bois don't open a show and ease into a set, the set the g'damn house on fire the moment they hit the first chord and yell: "Do you want to boogie?" I advise each and everyone of ye to respond: "Hell yeah!" What follows are 90 minutes of adrenaline and alcohol fused primal BOOGIE mayhem. THE GOON MAT is hip to the hypnotic drone that is remiscent of a Junior Kimbrough, STINKY LOU plays the washtub base not unlike a man whose hair is on fire...and LORD BERNARDO...that boi has lost his mind and plays the most demented and groovin' harp I've heard in years. Now all the hip blues punk kids talk like they've been to a jukejoint and we all know that they haven't but I'll be damned if these Boogie fiends wouldn't have stood their ground in Chulahoma or Holy Springs alongside the allmighty R.L. Burnside and T- Model Ford and their whisky guzzlin' bloodshot-eyed chums. Now this ain't cutesy blues...this is testosterone driven, hard hitting drinkin' and dancin' music and it certainly ain't nuthin' for the underaged. I shit you not...these partisan bluesmen are out to raise Cain.
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Saturday, August 11, 2012

I Feel So Lonely I Could Die - Nico Backton & The Wizards Of Blues


Nico Backton is very pleased to present the 'Wizards of Blues' for a musical journey from Memphis to Chricago, crossing the shores of the Yazoo River... "Nico Backton & Wizards of Blues" cross the United States from down South up to the cold North, from dusty cottonfields to the screaming streets of Chicago meeting either the most famous, either unknown Blues-artists or songs from the 30's, 40's, 50's... Nico Backton & Wizards of Blues is considered by specialized critics and press as one of the best acoustic Blues bands on the French Scene. They played on most of the biggest french Blues-Festivals all over France, like Blues sur Seine, Blues en V.O., Les Rendez-vous de l'Erdre, Europa Blues Night, Europa Jazz Festival Blues Tour, Jazz sous les Pommiers, Blues en Loire, Andernos Jazz and many more, shared the main scene at the Cahors Blues Festival 2009 with the "Chicago Blues Living History-tour", played some major european festivals like the Linton Blues Festival (UK), Charleroi Blues Night (B), Nam'in Jazz (B), Suwalki Blues Festival (PL), Corallejo Blues Festival (Canarias), amongst others... After the big succes of their album "Back Door Blues" and "Blues on My Front Door", Nico & Wizards came back with the album "Roots and Stories" which has known the same succes and new amazing critics.
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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Its My Life - Blues Eaters


Ce combo, fondé en juillet 2008, se compose de musiciens aguerris. Ils écument les scènes française et européennes depuis 15 ans. Sur la route du blues, ils ont partagé l’affiche avec Bill PERRY, Tommy CASTRO, Loonie BROOKS, Junior WATSON, John PRIMER, MAGIC SLIM, Louisianna Red, Sean COSTELLO et tant d’autres…

Habitués des festivals, ils se sont forgés une expérience solide. Ils assurent en 2010 la première partie du concert donné par JOHNNY WINTER pendant les ‘nuits du blues’ d’Abbeville, et la première partie de JUNIOR WATSON au Bay Car Blues festival de 2010

Norman ROSAIA (chant, guitare, harmonica), Thomas HIRSCH (guitare), Stephane Bihan (contrebasse, basse) et Alain Augustyniak (batterie) vous proposent un voyage du côté de la West coast des années 40’ / 50’ jusqu’au bas-fond de Chicago.

Fortement influencés par T-Bone Walker, Magic Sam, Eddie Jones, Bobby Blue Bland, Hollywood Fats, Muddy Waters et les artistes CHESS, ce gang vous fera vibrer et danser jusqu’au bout de la nuit. De swings endiablés aux ambiances jazzy des clubs enfumés de la Wind city,le quartet vous fera découvrir ou redécouvrir les pièces musicales qui font se déhancher les foules depuis des décennies.

So Keep on swingin’ & dancin’… Here comes the Blues Eaters !
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Little Peter Blues Band

Hello mon nom est Little Peter je suis guitariste de Blues et j'ai un groupe " LITTLE PETER BLUES BAND ",nous sommes de Toulouse France! Batterie: Stephane Piquemal Basse: Pascal Briez Harmonica: Vaudou Guitare/Chant: Pierre Cayla If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - ”LIKE”

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Instrumental - J.J. Milteau

Listening to one of Sonny Terry’s albums touched Jean-Jacques Milteau to the core, although he did confess, “I’d already heard a bit of harmonica...”. So we can just imagine this young Parisian born in 1950 and living in the 13th arrondissement, not far from the Porte d’Italie, and how his childhood and youth must have been lulled by one of the chromatic instruments of someone like Albert Raisner. The latter, once past the golden age of his second trio (i.e. 1947 – 1953) had now become a radio and TV star, and had been broadcasting bravura pieces such as Le Canari since 1959. Or maybe Milteau, like most of his fellow-countrymen, didn’t even know Jean Wetzel’s name but been nourished, perhaps even to excess, on his mouth organ – Jean was that enigmatic performer (1954) of Jean Wiener’s theme specially composed for the film Touchez Pas Au Grisbi. Here indeed was stuff to render the ears of a young man more sensitive, forge them even, but from there to inspiring a true vocation, there’s a whole world ! And that world is the Blues. We can imagine Jean-Jacques Milteau much more sensitive to the You’re No Good that opens Bob Dylan’s first revolutionary album (March 1962) – and what do you bet he used to listen over and over again to the new Dylan version of the famous Freight Train Blues ? Then in October 62, Milteau fell under the spell of The Beatles’ first single Love Me Do, a Paul McCartney composition given extra polish by John Lennon with a riff on harmonica inspired by Delbert McClinton (who’d recently scored a hit with Hey Baby ! by Texan Bruce Channel [February 62]). Like most of his contemporaries, he only discovered recordings made by Cyril Davis and Paul Butterfield much later, yet as early as 1963, they were taking up position as real ambassadors for the instrument. But in February 1964, one thing our hero didn’t miss was the Rolling Stones’ first single, Not Fade Away, suffused from beginning to end with Brian Jones’ flaming harmonica, true to his own nature. “I bought a harmonica because there was some kind of rock-folk fashion at the time on the part of blokes like Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Donovan, John Mayall...” John Mayall was on the scene from 66 and before that, in 1965, there’d been Sonny Terry and his breathtaking Lost John. From that moment on, this was the music, with that special sound, that form of expression that by common accord “could only come from the blues”. That title comes from a 1954 Folkways recording ; the label founded by Moses Asch in 1948 proposed recordings by the heroes of the folk scene at the same time – people such as Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Dave Van Ronck (all Bob Dylan’s idols)... and some survivors of the golden age of Country Blues such as Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Willie Johnson, Brownie McGhee, Jazz Gillum, LeadBelly, Josh White, Big Joe Williams, Reverend Gary Davis... Outside the USA the label was distributed by Le Chant du Monde – and this would be Jean- Jacque Milteau’s first producer. Surprisingly enough, the harmonica was put aside or remained unknown to all those who took part in the Rock ‘n Roll revolution started by Elvis Presley, with one noteworthy exception : Bo Diddley, who took Billy Boy Arnold on board, whose incisive and decisive style on (most notably) Bring It To Jerome, Diddley Daddy and Pretty Thing struck home. When a so-called rocker wants a “blower” with him, he ‘s usually more likely to take a saxophone ! So it’s not the least of the merits we can credit Dylan with, as we can many of the early idols of English pop, who all worshipped the likes of Presley, Cochran, Berry, Holly and Jerry Lee, but didn’t forget to bring their other heroes lurking in the shadows to our attention too – Sonny Boy Williamson, for example (the real one, n° 1, John Lee Curtis d. 1948 and the fake, n° 2, Rice Miller), Bill Jazz Gillum, Howlin’ Wolf, Peg Leg Sam, Sonny Terry, Walter Horton, Slim Harpo, Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton... Like Bob Dylan, Brian Jones, Keith Relf, Cyril Davis, Paul Jones, John Mayall in England, Don Van Vliet and Alan Wilson in the USA, were all hammering out the same message through their records, and the Rolling Stones’ first album was typical of what groups such as the Pretty Things, the Yardbirds, The Blues Incorporated, Manfred Mann and so many others were doing at the time... Some famous names and titles are recalled or evoked on their albums : Little Walter, I Just Want To Make Love To You (a Willie Dixon theme first sung alongside Muddy Waters in 54) ; Jimmy Reed Honest I Do ; Billy Boy Arnold Mona – I Need You Baby (by and with Bo Diddley) ; James Moore (ex Harmonica Slim) alias Slim Harpo I’m A King Bee. Jean- Jacques Milteau received the message loud and clear and, fired with delight and passion, he took a new, exciting turn to set him on his personal “road to Damascus”. Soon he knew before many others who DeFord Bailey, Jaybird Coleman and Noah Lewis were... His first harmonica cost him the small fortune of 8.50 FF. No question of lessons or teaching ; like the Jew’s harp, the harmonica always responds to self-teaching. Jean-Jacques Milteau concluded his autodidactic period in autumn 1970 by taking a trip to the USA. This immersion in the home of the blues allowed him to drink at the source and tap into the true roots of this music that was his personal obsession. He got to know of contemporaries who were already fine marksmen on the scene : Charles Musselwhite who’d been recording since 67, and Carey Bell, since 69. There was also talk about a certain Charlie McCoy in Nashville working as a sideman since 61 under Chet Atkins’ leadership, though he’d recorded a promising first album in his own name in 1967. Once back home, Milteau was aware he was ready to start a professional career, though for the moment he lived off odd jobs (some say he was a cook and a record dealer !). “It was pure chance, I was playing for sheer pleasure. Certain people needed what I could do and I happened to meet them”. (Standing at the crossroads bending on his knees ? History doesn’t tell us). For the moment, one day in 1977, our humble servant met Eddie Mitchell just back from Nashville, where, incidentally Charlie McCoy had become the star not to be missed on any account. In Milteau, Monsieur Eddy found his own McCoy ; it turned into an adventure that lasted till 1987. “I was playing with Eddy Mitchell in the late seventies. He’d had Charlie McCoy come to the Palais des Congrès and we’d played some harmonica duets. I still considered myself a beginner at the time and for me this was hugely exciting.” Jean-Jacques’ fate was sealed, whether he liked it or not, and from now on he was a professional musician. The offers of jobs weren’t in short supply – concerts, music for advertising, film scores, recording sessions all lined up. In France it was clear as spring water for everyone – he was the one and only ! Recently a commentator called our attention to the fact that it would be easier to list the artists Milteau hasn’t accompanied than try and draw up a list of those he has. In 1973 his first recording for Le Chant du Monde was released, an album devoted to the harmonica in the Instrumental Special series. Then Blues Harp was released in 1980 and Just Kiddin’ in 1983. (The Blues Harp CD released in 1989 brings together pieces selected from both these albums). In 1991 Explorer does as it names suggests, going into all the potential areas for diatonic accordion except the blues. The following year Jean-Jacques Milteau was awarded a Victoire de la Musique (national music awards) for this same album. Meantime, he went on to record another album in 1992 with the Grand Blues Band before appearing as first part of Michel Jonasz’s and Eddy Mitchell’s shows. He was a member of the Enfoirés collective for the show Regarde les riches ! [Look At The Rich !], staged at the Garnier Opera House in Paris. His next album Live (1993) is evidence of his intense work for stage and theatre. In 1994, again with the Enfoirés, he went onstage at the Grand Rex with Eddy Mitchell, Paul Personne and Renaud for the show La route de Memphis [The Road To Memphis]. In 1995 he added texts to of 15 of his own compositions (sometimes penned jointly with Jean-Yves D’Angelo or Manu Galvin) for another album Routes. Then in 1996 came the deliberately chanson-oriented Merci d’être venus ; many of the guest stars here had once been his boss - Francis Cabrel, Maxime Leforestier, Charles Aznavour, Florent Pagny, Eddy Mitchell, Richard Bohringer, Michel Jonasz and Claude Nougaro. In 1997 he worked with the organisation Enfance et Musique by leading a workshop for sick children at the Bullion Rehabilitation Centre in the Yvelines. His assistant on this project was one of his pupils and another harmonica player, Greg Szlapczynski. 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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Richard Koechli meets Steve Guyger & Herby Dunkel

WILLKOMMEN---BIENVENUE---WELCOME: Professioneller Gitarrist/Singer-Songwriter/Produzent und Sachbuchautor aus der Schweiz. Erfahren Sie alles über seine Biografie, Konzerte, News usw. auf: www.richardkoechli.ch ............... Guitariste/Chanteur/Compositeur/Producteur professionel d'origine Suisse. Vous trouvez toutes les infos sur sa biographie, ses concerts et ses nouvelles sur: www.richardkoechli.ch .................. Professional Guitarist/Singer-Songwriter and producer from Switzerland. You'll find all about his bio, concerts and news on: www.richardkoechli.ch If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - ”LIKE”

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Louisiana Blues - Illona Bolou


I'm Illona Bolou from France,I'm 16 years old and I was born in February 1996.

I started learning fingerstyle guitar in 2009 after I have seen Sungha Jung's videos.

I taught myself.

I would like to become a professional fingerstyle guitarist.
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rachelle Plas & Joe Louis Walker


Rachelle Plas, a Girl, her Harmonica and its Voice.

AWARDS on 2010:

GRAND PRIX CAHORS BLUES FESTIVAL
PRICE BLUES ON SEINE


TOWER 2010:

Festival Country QUATREMARE
COW OF BLUES
CAHORS BLUES FESTIVAL
COGNAC BLUES PASSIONS
NHL FESTIVAL - BRISTOL BOARD (UK)
BLUES ON SEINE
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Meet Me In The Bottom - ELECTRIC DUO



.On ne présente plus Jack Bon, leader du groupe Ganafoul, power trio qui entre dans la légende du rock français avec 6 Albums boogie-rock dans les années 80.
Il poursuit son aventure en solo, il est reconnu et apprécié pour ses concerts et ses enregistrements.
Il totalise 12 albums dont les derniers "Mixed Blues" et "Live and Acoustic".

Le voici en duo avec Eric Delbouys, batteur et percussionniste, compositeur et arrangeur. Ce fan de John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) développe sa personnalité musicale dans diverses expériences auprès d'artistes comme : Bernard Lubat, Bernardo Sandoval et plus rock comme Han Burs (The EX).
Son voyage initiatique dans les musiques du monde et son goût pour le mouvement électro le dirige vers de nouveaux mélanges entre acoustique et électronique.

Jack Bon et Eric Delbouys collaborent depuis plus de 10 ans à divers projets scéniques et discographiques. Le fruit de cette rencontre explose dans Electric Duo, leur expérience se vit au travers de ces nouvelles compositions originales.
La machine est en route... les mélanges explosent, le groove, l’énergie, la complicité sont là.

Electric duo nous délivre une puissance et une surprenante efficacité dans ce premier album. Les 13 titres à découvrir dans "Low class blues" sont puisés dans leur racines musicales et l'ouverture d’esprit sur les musiques actuelles.

On retrouve dans cet album les rythmes et riffs puissants du Blues / Rock et le punch de l'Electro
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