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Showing posts with label Lurrie Bell. Show all posts
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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Van Der Linden Recordings artist: Mississippi Heat - Madeleine - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Madeleine, from Mississippi Heat and it a packed solid with blues and blues drenched music. Opening with driving blues rocker, Silent Too Long, Brian Quinn on bass and Terrence Williams set the pace, with Giles Corey laying down some hot guitar riffs and great lead vocals by Carl Weathersby, B3 by Chris Cameron and excellent harmonica riffs by Pierre Lacocque. Solid opener. On Chicago style blues, Uninvited Guest, guitar master Lurrie Bell has the mic and lead guitar duties. With Kenny Smith on drums, this track sets up nicely to showcase Lacocque's harmonica mastery. Daneshia Hamilton really takes charge with excellent vocals on Ridin' On A Hit with backing vocals by Nanette Frank, Diane Madison and Mae Koen. With a super bass line by Quinn and strong harmonica work by Lacocque, this is one of my favorite tracks on the release. Michael Dotson gets the spotlight on Everybody Do Something with excellent vocals and strong slide guitar. An extended harmonica solo on this track by Lacocque really adds a super edge. Very cool. Title track, Madeleine, is an excellent instrumental, lead by the melodic improvisation of Lacocque on harmonica. Bell adds a really nice lead guitar solo of his own over the backing of Quinn, Cameron on piano and Kenny Smith on drums. Excellent! Wrapping the release is shuffle, Trouble with the rich vocal lead of Inetta Visor. A great walking bass line by Quinn, fluid harmonica work by Lacocque, Cameron on B3 and strong backing vocal by Frank, Madison and Koen makes this an excellent closer for a strong release. 


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Friday, December 3, 2021

Delmark Records artist: Dave Specter - Six String Soul - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Six String Soul, a double cd release by Dave Specter and it's great. Celebrating 30 years on Delmark, with remastered recordings from throughout his career and celebrating many guests. Opening with Buzz Me Specter on guitar, is joined by Barkin Bill Smith on vocal and Ronnie Earl on guitar as well as Ken Saydak on organ, Dez Desormeaux on sax, Red Groetzinger on sax, Mike McCurdy on bass and John Hiller on drums. Very cool. Specter really stretches out nicely on solo guitar on slow blues, Railroad Station. Smith, on lead vocal does a real nice job and Bob Stroger on bass anchors the track. Saydak's piano is a nice accent and sax soloing by Groetzinger is really nice. I really like instrumental, Specter's Walk, with it's deep jazz groove. Specter cruses on guitar, Desormeaux's sax solo is rich, and Saydak's organ work is strong. Tad Robinson has lead vocal on Sweet Serenity. I've always been a fan of Robsinson's vocals and Specter really gets this track swinging on guitar. Very nice. West Side Stroll is another terrific instrumental, showcasing Specter's dynamic guitar style. Backed by Mike McCurdy on bass and Mark Fornek on drums, another great track. Seventy-Four is a strong slower blues with Willie Kent on lead vocal and bass. This is the style of track that really gets Specter in the slot. His lead soloing is tops and with Fornek on drums, another highlight of the release. Lynwood Slim has the mic on Get Back Home, a strong shuffle. Mike Scharf on bass, Barrelhouse Chuck on piano and Fornek on drums hold a tight bottom and Specter nails it on guitar. Very nice. Kenny Lynn really adds depth to the release with his powerhouse vocals on Blues On My Mind and Rob Waters' organ solo is dynamite. Low slung, In Too Deep, features Sharon Lewis on lead vocal and Specter's guitar doing his talking. With Brother John Kattke on piano, Harlan Terson on Bass and Marty Binder on drums, this is a great shuffle. The Blues Ain't Nothin' features a cool pairing of Specter and Jorma Kaukonen on lead guitars with Harlan Terson on bass, Marty Binder on drums, Kattke on keys and lead vocal, Mars Williams on sax, John Janowiak on trombone and Ron haynes on trumpet. Wrapping the release is Ballad of George Floyd with Specter on guitar and vocal with Billy Branch on vocal and harmonica backed by Danny Shaffer on acoustic guitar and Brother John Kattke on organ. This is a really terrific retrospective and a great addition to your collection. 


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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Blue Heart Records artist: Tony Holiday - Porch Sessions Volume 2 - New Release Review

 


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Porch Sessions Volume 2, from Tony Holiday and it's a great Chicago style blues party. Opening with She's Tuff, Victor Wainwright and his rhythm section really get things rolling with Wainwright on vocal and piano and Holiday on harmonica. With plenty of attitude in presentation and this dynamic duo, this is a strong opener. Willie Buck has the mic on Honey Bee with Rusty Zinn on slide and Kim Wilson on harmonica. Zinn really conjurs Muddy's tone on guitar and Wilson's sound is fat and rich. Excellent! In more of a Delta styling on Recipe for Love Master, Bobby Rush on vocal and Vasti Jackson on guitar really make a great team serving up a heavy helping of blues. Very nice. Going to Court is a real hot number with James Harman on harmonica and Kid Ramos and Landon Stone laying down pure fire on guitar. Lurrie Bell teams up with harpmaster Mark Hummel on a shortened take on Everyday I Have The Blues but not without playing some blistering riffs. Ace guitar man Johnny Burgin and Holiday play Bad Bad Girl with Kid Andersen on bass. With it's 2 step rhythm, this track is a nice change up. Rae Gordon adds a lot of spice on lead vocals on shuffle,  Find Me When The Sun Goes Down complimented by Holiday on harmonica and backed by her own band. Ben Rice does a real nice job on That's How I Learned with his ultrasoulful vocals and deft acoustic steel resonator accompaniment. Very nice. Mark Hummel & Dennis Gruenling do a great duet on Cake Walk a terrific harmonica shuffle. One of my favorites on the release. JD Taylor on harmonica and vocal and his son Alex do a really nice on Family Tree with harmonica/ guitar backing of a great blues vocal. I particularly like the way Alex plucks his guitar accents. Excellent! Wrapping the release is the lush gospel fused Peace Will Come by Memphis based Southern Avenue. To say that this release is packed with goodies would be an understatement. Very strong release.



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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

VizzTone Label Group artist: Bob Corritore & Friends - Spider In My Stew - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Spider In My Stew, from Bob Corritore and Friends and it's terrific. Opening with Tennessee Woman, Corritore on harmonica is joined by Oscar Wilson on vocal, Tony Tomlinson on guitar, Shea Marshall on piano and sax, Patrick Skog on bass and Alan West of drums and percussion. A solid Chicago style track with a Latin beat, this is a solid opener. Moving into a full on romp, Sugaray Rayfield has the lead on vocal on Big Mama's Soul Food, backed by Kid Ramos on guitar, Blake Watson on bass and Marty Dodson on drums. Great vocals by Rayford, Corritore's always always fine harmonica work and saucy guitar work by Ramos give this track real zing. Diunna Greenleaf is upfront on Don't Mess With the Messer and with a snappy drum beat by Andrew Guterman and hot sax work by Doug James, this track is strong. Lurrie Bell delivers really inspired lead vocal and guitar on title track Spider In My Stew with Bob Margolin and Corritore's lower octave harmonica work is terrific. Excellent! Johnny Rawls leads with vocal and guitar on Sleeping With The Blues and it's sensitive BB King approach is rich. Why Am I Treated So Bad is one of my favorites on the release featuring Francine Reed on lead vocal. Her voice is unmistakable and with brother Michael on backing vocals, Corritore soloing on harmonica, Ramos and Johnny Main on guitar, Mike Hightower on bass and Brian Fahey on drums, the deck is stacked for best track on the release. R&B track, Look Out features Alabama Mike on lead vocal with Junior Watson on guitar, Fred Kaplan on piano, Corritore on harmonica, Kedar Roy on bass and Andrew Guterman on drums ramping up the release for the big closer. Wrapping the release is a great rendition of Bob Dylan's I Shall Be Released again featuring Francine Reed. Joined by brother Michael, Ramos and Main on guitars, Hightower on bass and Fahey on drums, this is a strong closer for a really strong release. 



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Friday, September 30, 2016

Delmark Records artist: Lurrie Bell - Can't Shake This Feeling - New Release Review

I just received the most recent release, Can't Shake This Feeling, from Lurrie Bell and it's a big helping of Chicago blues. Opening with Blues Is Trying To Keep Up With Me, Lurrie Bell opens with a flash. Handling lead vocal and guitar, he is joined by Roosevelt Purifoy on keys, Matthew Skoller on harp, Melvin Smith on bass and Willie Hayes on drums. A cool shuffle track, Bell airs our his guitar and Purifoy dazzles as well on piano leading up to Skoller who takes it home. On upbeat, Drifting, Bell really gets a great groove going. His vocals are powerful and Purifoy's harp work is tight. Slowing it down a bit, I Get So Weary, shows Bell on some of his most expressive guitar riffs on the release. This track is smoking! On stripped down, One Eyed Woman, Bell and Skoller pretty much handle the instrumentation making it a real simple and effective track. Very nice. Excellent blues track, The Worrisome Feeling In My Heart, is propelled by really soulful vocals by Bell and particularly effective rhythm guitar work by Bell. His lead guitar work is pointed and biting. Very nice! Back up to speed, Sit Down Baby is back on the Chicago groove. A well balanced track with effective vocals and clean harp and piano, this track hits solid. Hold Me Tight has a real bounce with a tight bottom compliments Smith and Hayes. Bell takes a different kind of guitar solo with a T-Bone Walker feel . Very nice! Sinner's Prayer continues along a T-Bone Walker theme sounding quite a bit like Stormy Monday. Providing a super floor for Bell and Purifoy to solo, this track really is tasty. I Can't Shake This Feeling gets back into the Chicago groove and Bell rides it high. Skoller lays out his own solo and then in tandem with Bell. Very nice. Born With The Blues has a bit of a BB King flare with short compact response guitar riffs to his call vocals. Clocking in at over 6 minutes, this track is really packed with blues and heat. On shuffle track, Do You Hear, Purifoy lays a cool piano riff over Smith's bass line and Skoller plays some of his hottest riffs. Wrapping the release is down and dirty, Faith and Music, a really nice piece with Bell accompanying himself electric guitar and vocal. This is a particularly effective track with tasty riffs supporting his vocals. Very nice closer.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

T-Bone Walker Blues Fest September 12-13 Longview, Texas Announces Line-Up


9th Annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest
September 12-13, 2014 * Longview, Texas

Legendary guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, along with blues vocalist Lou Ann Barton, will head
a power-packed musical lineup for the 9th annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest. The two day
event features the Wells Fargo Advisors indoor stage with reserved seating, plus the
Patterson Nissan outdoor general admission stage. Performances begin at 4:00pm on Friday
and 12 Noon on Saturday. Tickets are available on the festival website.
Jimmie Vaughan
& the Tilt-a-Whirl Band
with Lou Ann Barton
Saturday 10:45pm - 12:00am
Wells Fargo Advisors Stage
Rick Derringer 
Friday 11:00pm - 12:00am
Wells Fargo Advisors Stage
Saturday 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Wells Fargo Advisors Stage
Eric Gales Trio
Friday 9:45pm - 10:45pm
Wells Fargo Advisors Stage
Saturday 11:00pm - 12:00am
Patterson Nissan Stage
Tony Joe White 
Saturday 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Wells Fargo Advisors Stage
Lurrie Bell
Chicago Blues Band
Friday 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Wells Fargo Advisors Stage
Saturday 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Patterson Nissan Stage
Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater
Saturday 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Patterson Nissan Stage
Texas Flood 
Friday 10:45pm - 12:00am
Patterson Nissan Stage
Anson Funderburgh
& The Rockets
Saturday 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Wells Fargo Advisors Stage
Saturday 9:45pm - 10:45pm
Patterson Nissan Stage
Cool John Ferguson 
Friday 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Wells Fargo Advisors Stage
Saturday 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Wells Fargo Advisors Stage
Trudy Lynn with Steve Krase 
Saturday 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Wells Fargo Advisors Stage
Chris Cain Band 
Friday 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Patterson Nissan Stage
Saturday 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Patterson Nissan Stage
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
Friday 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Wells Fargo Advisors Stage
Saturday 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Wells Fargo Advisors Stage
The Peterson Brothers Band 
Saturday 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Patterson Nissan Stage
The Alan Fox Band
Saturday 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Patterson Nissan Stage
Jimmy Wallace
& the Stratoblasters
Saturday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wells Fargo Advisors Stage
John McVey & The Stumble
Friday 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Patterson Nissan Stage
Sponsored in part by:


Tickets to the Wells Fargo Advisors Indoor Reserved Seating are available for purchase online.
Click the link below to be see the various ticket packages available.

Tickets for the Patterson Nissan Outdoor Stage General Admission will be sold at the gate only,
the day of the event only.

 

tbonewalkerbluesfest.com





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