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Showing posts with label John D'Amato. Show all posts
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Friday, June 25, 2021

John D'Amato - Blood On The Strings - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Blood On The Strings, by John D'Amato and it's a cool mix of blues and rock. Opening with slick rocker, Working Girl, John D'Amato really shows a good had on guitar and lead vocal, backed by Carl Brenner on drums, Hottube Willie Scruggs on bass,and Dan Nadassi on keys. Cool opener. Swinging shuffle, Break Your Heart features Lauren D'Amato on lead vocal, and a cool lead guitar demo by John. With John Green on bass and Brenner on drums, a cool track. Title track, Blood On The Strings is a driving boogie with a a solid bass line by Scruggs and John on lead vocal and guitar. Slow R&B style ballad , What Happened, features John and Lauren on lead vocal duet, balanced by John's stinging guitar riffs. Using a classic blues vamp and ripping blues riffs on Walk on Water, D'Amato on lead vocal and guitar sets up a real nice blues track with a strong rhythm guitar line and bottom. Very cool. Wrapping the release is driving rocker, Rollin with Brenner on drums and Geno Haffner on keys setting the pace. With dual guitar leads and John keeping it simple on vocal, this is a solid closer. 


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

JOHN D’AMATO -True To The Blues - New CD coming

JOHN D’AMATO  - THE NEW GENERATION OF BLUES MEN

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 Born With The Blues John D’Amato was born with the blues. That’s right! John was born blue due to a congenital heart defect that reduced the amount of oxygen in his blood stream. He returned to his natural color and was released to from the hospital several days later. At that point in time there was no way to correct the defect and the doctors advised his parents that his life span would be limited. This led John down a different path than most children. A path of endless doctor visits, medical tests, lonely hospital stays and painful medical procedures. All of them necessary to determine if they could save John’s life. Fortunately through the Grace of God and a doctor at Yale University a surgical procedure was developed that saved John’s life. Building His Blues Style An excerpt from Mark S. Tucker’s (F.A.M.E. Magazine) review of John’s debut CD “Ain’t No Big Deal” sums up John’s style best. “Inventive and original yet true to the genre. His instrumental voice is completely original. I mean, the speed is Alvin Lee (crowned the fastest guitarist in blues history), the bent is Stevie Ray Vaughn, the Chicago dirty white boy voicing is Kim Simmonds but the notes are all his. Tell me the last time you heard that.” With the myriad of guitarists in today’s blues genre imitating artists like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and many others, John is a fresh new voice on the scene. John’s style draws its influence from some of the greatest guitarists of our time. Artists like B.B. King, Roy Buchanan, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Dickey Betts, Chet Atkins. All these guitarists have had a tremendous influence on John’s playing. John started playing guitar at age 10. At 15 was the first contemporary blues guitarist accepted into The Educational Center for The Arts. There John honed his blues craft as well as developing into a well seasoned guitarist capable of expertly performing any genre of music. John quickly became one of the most in demand guitarists on the local music scene in his hometown of New Haven, Connecticut. John frequently performed on the same bill as the not yet famous Michael Bolton, Christine Ohlman and G.E. Smith (Saturday Night Live’s Band Director and Hall and Oates’ guitar- ist). In 2001 John relocated to Nashville to pursue his production, songwriting and performing goals. John performed on many Nashville recording sessions but it wasn’t until he began regularly performing at the world famous “Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge” in Nashville, TN and received such a positive response to his blues music that he realized that was what he needed to be doing. What The People Say Here are some quotes that capture the essence of John’s live performances: “He just keeps spewing out wilder and wilder phrases until you succumb to giddy delight or vertigo.” Guitar Player Magazine;” John D’Amato and Eric Gales, amazing blues playing .” Guitar Jam Daily; “John D'Amato can sing the Blues up a storm.” C.M. Jazz and Blues; “John D'Amato and his band knocked it out of the park. Rocking Greenwich Village with a blast of super- charged blues.” Jon Sobel Promoter, Soul of The Blues Festival. Latest News Since John D’Amato entered the blue scene in 2010 with the release of his debut CD “Ain’t No Big Deal” his guitar prowess and soulful vocals have landed him on stage with many notable musicians. Such as :B.B. King; Billy Cox; Eric Gales and Joe Louis Walker. Joe Louis Walker was so impressed with John’s abilities he asked John to perform with him on his new Alligator Records Release “HellFire” (released in January 2012), produced by Tom Hambridge (who has won Grammys for his work with Buddy Guy and B.B. King ) and is already being talked about as “The Best Blues CD Of 2012” . “Ain’t No Big Deal” John’s Debut CD “Ain’t No Big Deal” was released to radio on October 15th, 2010 and within three weeks has climbed onto the Roots Music Report National Blues Charts at #41. It also reached #9 on the Top 50 Blues Albums on Air Play Direct for September 2011. John is still receiving extensive national and international airplay. John has begun work on his new CD and it promises to be one of the hardest rockin’ blues CD ever. New Generation Of Blues Men John is definitely one of the new up and coming blues artists . His ability to bring a song to the next level with his soulful vocals and incendiary guitar playing will surly secure a place for him in the New Generation of Blues Men.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

RED HOUSE - BILLY COX, JOHN D'AMATO, ERIC GALES, NIC LAURITANO


You might say that John D’Amato was born with the blues. John was born blue
due to a lack of oxygen caused by a congenital heart defect (which was
corrected at the age of nine). This led John down a different path than most
children, one of seemingly endless doctor visits and medical tests, lonely
hospital stays and painful medical procedures all of which were to determine if
they could correct John’s problem before it killed him. Fortunately through the
grace of God and a doctor at Yale University a surgical procedure was
developed that saved John’s life.

This experience had a profound effect on John
At an early age John learned the lessons of fear, pain and loneliness, but he also
learned the lessons of faith, hope, the grace and power of god and the healing
power of music. Ask John about the blues and his reply will be
“God gave us a way to help ease our pain. Help us forget our problems, our
fears, our mistakes and to cry to God for help and healing. That’s what the blues
is all about”
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