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Showing posts with label House Party at Big Jon's. Show all posts
Showing posts with label House Party at Big Jon's. Show all posts

Friday, October 21, 2016

Mitch Kashmar "West Coast Toast"

Mitch Kashmar "West Coast Toast"

Featuring: Junior Watson, Bill Stuve, Fred Kaplan, and Marty Dodson

West Coast Toast heralds the arrival of Mitch Kashmar's long-awaited third studio album from Delta Groove. Although fans had the live recording Live at Labatt (2008) and a CD reissue of his early '80s era LP 100 Miles to Go (2010) to tide them over, it's been ten years since his last full studio effort, Wake Up & Worry (2006). This time out, Mitch pays tribute to his legacy, tipping his musical hat to the unique sounds of West Coast blues with a program of well-chosen covers mixed in with his own original compositions, all filtered through his own individualistic approach to the blues, and distilled down into the essence of what the blues is today. Together with the stellar backing musicianship of Junior Watson (guitar), Fred Kaplan (piano), Bill Stuve (bass) and Marty Dodson (drums), Mitch Kashmar ably proves that the golden era of West Coast blues harmonica isn’t behind us – it’s still happening right now!

"Few blues singers, songwriters, & harmonica blowers performing today can top Mitch Kashmar." - Living Blues Magazine

"Kashmar has harmonica chops to spare and possesses an unsurpassed vocal prowess." - BLUES JUNCTION Productions

“Mitch Kashmar is my absolute favorite blues harp player of his generation, and one of my favorites period! He's also a first-class vocalist - his singing really knocks me out.” - William Clarke

"You're playing and singing are superb!" - Charlie Musselwhite

10/18/16: München, Germany - Alfonso's Live-Music Club
10/19/16: Chur, Switzerland - Calanda Restaurant
10/20/16: Rimsting, Germany - Blues Club Chiemgau
10/21/16: Sargans, Switzerland - Jazzclub
10/22/16: Luzern, Switzerland - Tschuppi's Wonderbar
10/24/16: Müllheim, Germany - Pur Pur "Blues Monday"
10/25/16: Emmendingen, Germany - Culture Mill Mehlsack
10/26/16: Kandern, Germany - ChaBah
10/27/16: Fürth, Germany - Kofferfabrik
10/30/16: Berlin, Germany - Hans Rosenthal House
10/30/16: Potsdam, Germany - Schiffsrestaurant John Barnett
11/01/16: Bremen, Germany - Meisenfrei Blues Club
11/02/16: Hannover, Germany - Marlene Bar & Bühne
11/04/16: København, Denmark - Mojo Blues Bar
11/05/16: Frederikshavn, Denmark - Frederikshavn


Featuring: Fred Kaplan, Bill Stuve and Washington Rucker

"Long doesn't sample the old country blues; he inhabits it." - All Music Guide

"John Long is a NATIONAL TREASURE." 
- Al Blake / Hollywood Blue Flames

“If you wanted to make an argument for reincarnation, John is it.” – Zach Zunis

“House Party at Big Jon's”

Featuring: Willie Buck, Alabama Mike,Dave Riley, Tomcat Courtney & more!

“Nobody gets it done better than Bob Corritore.” – No Depression

"Nobody gets it done better than Bob Corritore.” – No Depression

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Delta Groove Music artists: Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore - House Party at Big Jon's - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, House Party at Big Jon's, from Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore and it's a huge side of Chicago blues. Opening with Goin' Back To Tennessee, Big Jon Atkinson is on lead vocal and guitar with Bob Corritore accenting his vocal. Nicely stylized, almost John Mayall/British Blues feel, these guys have a great opener joined by Danny Michael on guitar, Troy Sandow on bass and Brian Fahey on drums. On shuffle track, Here Comes My Baby, Big Jon and Corritore step up the instrumental a bit with a real nice line of instrumental soloing and Malachi Johnson on drums adds a fine snap to the track. Taking the tempo down a bit, It Wasn't Easy, gives Corritore a bit more breathing space and his warm chops fill nicely. Jon has a great singing style which resonates "old style blues" throughout the release and his guitar work on this track is understated but effective. Stepping up with She's My Crazy Little Baby, Jon really delivers on vocal. This is a real cool track and Corritore takes a real nice harp solo working nicely with Jon's lead. On At The Meeting, long time friend of Corritore, Dave Riley, takes the lead on vocal and guitar. With it's laid back feel and cradled by Corritore's harp work, this track has a bluesy, spiritual feel. Mojo Hand is a nicely paced shuffle with cool rim shot drive by Johnson. I really like Alabama Mike's vocal lead on this track and Big Jon's vocals paired with Corritore's harp work on this track make it one of my favorites on the release. Tomcat Courtney has lead vocal and guitar on Mojo In My Bread, and his vocals are rich and refreshing. With it's easy pace and Corritore harp interplay with Courtney, this track is really nice. Mad About It springs to life with a blast and Big Jon is back on lead vocal. The quality of these recordings is really cool with a minimum of processing giving them a real authentic feel. Slide work by Jon and bass work by Sandow really gives the track an edge. Empty Bedroom has a bit of a R&B feel and with Elmore James like swing, this track is another of my favorites. I'm Gonna Miss You Like The Devil has a real super feel with Corritore taking a straightforward harp lead and tight rhythm by Brian Fahey. Willie Buck takes the lead on You Want Me To Trust You, and I love his phrasing. Jon takes a real nice walk on the fretboard on this track and Corritore's harp work adds great punctuation. Riley is back on lead vocal on Mississippi Plow, a track with a healthy Muddy Waters feel. Corritore steps up with a harp solo followed by on by Jon. Very nice. Latin influence on El Centro sets it apart from the rest of the release with it being a clean instrumental. Jon guitar work is cool and Fahey's drums have a 60's beach party feel. Very nice. On shuffle track, I'm A King Bee, Willie Buck is back on lead vocal and he's perfect for the job. With just the right amount of swing, this is another of my favorites on the release. A tight bottom and Corritore's harp work compliment Jon's guitar lead perfectly. Alabama Mike is back on lead vocal for and emotional, Somebody Done Changed The Lock On My Door. His vocals are exceptional and paired with Jon's guitar work, make this another of my favorites on the release. Wrapping the release is My Feelings Won't Be Hurt with a stiff swat from Johnson and some of Jon's best vocals on the release. Corritore takes a real nice solo on this track and Jon's guitar work is tight and cool. This release isn't flashy but it is cool and real blues. Enjoy!

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