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Showing posts with label Magnus Berg. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Magnus Berg. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Blind Raccoon Showcases Roots & Blues Artists

Blind Raccoon Showcases Roots & Blues Artists
Blind Raccoon is delighted to announce the line-up for its showcases happening during the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. On January 21, 22 and 23, from 11:30am to 5pm, artists from Norway, Canada, California, Ohio, Illinois, Connecticut, and New York, a smorgasbord of roots and blues talent, will grace the stage. We have two 2015 Blues Music Award nominees - Vaneese Thomas & Missy Andersen, one 2015 IBC participant – Gaetano Letizia and the Underworld Blues Band, as well as several former IBC contestants performing over the three days. Net proceeds from the showcases will benefit The Blues Foundation’s HART Fund, which provides assistance to blues musicians and their families in times of great financial need due to medical emergencies. Emcees are Peter "Blewzzman” Lauro of on Wednesday, Brett Fleming, host of Soul Stew, WEVL/Memphis, on Thursday, and Richard L’Hommedieu, producer of Live At The Midnight Circus and publisher of Making A Scene, on Friday. Blind Raccoon is a music marketing firm out of Memphis dedicated to spreading their artists’ music around the globe.


Gaetano Letizia and the Underworld Blues Band
2015 IBC participant
Based in OH

Vaneese Thomas
2015 BMA Nominee “Soul Blues Album” (Blues For My Father) & “Soul Blues Female Artist”
Based in NY, from Memphis

Magnus Berg
Based in Norway

The Reverend Shawn Amos
Based in CA

Hurricane Ruth
Former IBC participant
Based in IL

Missy Andersen
2015 BMA Nominee “Soul Blues Female Artist”
Missy Andersen was due to participate in this year’s IBC, but as she was nominated for a BMA, was eliminated from the competition.
Based in CA

Suit Ty Thurrsty
Based in CT

Anthony Gomes
From Canada
Early 2015 will see the release of Electric Field Holler, a guitar driven blues infused rock ‘n’ roll album that showcases Gomes‘ blistering six string work and whiskey soaked voice.   


Wednesday, January 21, 2015
11:30am - Gaetano Letizia and the Underworld Blues Band – I hour set
12:45pm - Vaneese Thomas – 45 minute set
1:45pm - Magnus Berg - 45 minute set
2:45pm – The Reverend Shawn Amos - 45 minute set
3:45pm - Hurricane Ruth – I hour set

Thursday, January 22, 2015
11:30am - Missy Andersen – I hour set
12:45pm - Suit Ty Thurrsty – 45 minute set
1:45pm - Vaneese Thomas - 45 minute set
2:45pm - Anthony Gomes – I hour set
4pm The Reverend Shawn Amos – 45 minute set

Friday, January 23, 2015
11:30am - Suit Ty Thurrsty – I hour set
12:45pm - Hurricane Ruth – 45 minute set
1:45pm - Gaetano Letizia and the Underworld Blues Band - 45 minute set
2:45pm - Missy Andersen - 45 minute set
3:45pm - Magnus Berg – I hour set

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 • Bobby Hurricane Spencer
Chris Daniels & The Kings featuring Freddi Gowdy •D.A. Foster
Grady Champion •Hurricane Ruth • Magnus Berg • Ray Goren
The Reverend Shawn Amos

Monday, November 24, 2014

Screen Door Records artist: Magnus Berg - Cut Me Loose - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Cut Me Loose, from Magnus Berg and I really like it! Opening with title track, Cut Me Loose, Berg takes command on vocal and guitar showing a maturity beyond his age. Joined by Bjorn Tore "Daffy" Larsen on harp, Havard Sunde on drums and Roy Oscar Pettersen on bass. This is rock solid! On One Way To Please You, Berg slips into Chicago style and Daffy really hits the harp. Blues riffs with a twist of country, flash from the fretboard of Berg and these guys cook! Very nice! On Texas style loper, Drifting, Berg has commanding lead vocals and sets the rhythm riff and Daffy punctuates nicely on harp. Berg takes center stage again laying down a nice helping of Texas style blues rock guitar. Very cool! When You Leave Me is a understated blues in the style of SBW with well placed guitar tones and some of the best vocal work on the release. Berg plays some really nice slide work on this track with Kristian Koppang on keys making it one of my favorite tracks on the release. Laid back, Kansas City, gives you a shot of Berg and crew taking a leisurely ride in the blues. Smart guitar lead by Berg and nice key work from Koppang highlight the track. On Freddie King's San-Ho-Say, Berg really gets great tone from his tele and snappy surf rhythm from Ola Overby on drums give Daffy plenty of room to lay down some hot harp riffs as well. Kirsten Thien takes lead vocal on When It's Gone, a quiet ballad with slick slide work by Berg and additional acoustic guitar, accordion and bass from Erik Boyd. A great take on Willie Dixon's Hoochie Coochie Man is another of my favorite tracks on this release. A slinky blues number with really fat slide work and great tone, sets a particularly cool groove. Daffy and Koppang trade cool lead lines nicely complimenting Berg who really blows the doors off on this track. Excellent! On Boogie track, St. Pete Boogie, it's Pettersen and Sunde who make the groove. Berg has a special voice and it is perfect for this track. Daffy rides the groove with certainty and Berg steps up once again showing that he knows what to do on guitar. Smokin! Wrapping the release is One Too Many with it's great walking bass line. Berg opens with vocal and Daffy takes the first solo on harp. Berg steps up one last time with his tele and lets it do his talking. He has great feel and phrasing making this a super capper for a super release!  

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