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Showing posts with label Robert Lee Coleman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Robert Lee Coleman. Show all posts

Monday, June 11, 2012

Music Maker artist: Robert Lee Coleman - One More Mile - New Release Review

I just received the new recording One More Mile, by Robert Lee Coleman. The recording opens with Somebody Loves Me, a light shuffle. Coleman doesn't waste any time before demonstrating his tasteful guitar trade. Shoe Is On The Other Foot is asmooth slow blues track with a nice long instrumental segment. Coleman spits out a flurry of hot guitar riffs and there are also some really tasty keys playing by Danny Wilder. Right back into the shuffle groove he goes with My Life Story, a hot instrumental track. Definitely one not to miss. Four Wimmens In My Life retains the hot shuffle tempo and the band continues to demonstrate solid clean playing. Mama Told Me Don't PlayThem Blues No More is a country style blues track providing a contrasting break in tempo and showing Coleman's roots and versatility. Raisin' Cain is a funky rock style track that is likely to get you up and shakin. Coleman of course slaps out some cool riffs and the drummer, Billy Teichmiller gets to show a little spiff. Country Woman finds Coleman back in shuffle groove again. Both he and Wilder take some extended solos and the groove is solid. The recording concludes Cookie Jar, with a little acoustic number with Lance Almon Smith on guitar accompanying Coleman. Overall a very solid cd and one that I believe most blues fans will enjoy!
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Friday, May 25, 2012

Former James Brown-guitarist Robert Lee Coleman releases One More Mile


HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. - Music Maker is excited to say that Robert Lee Coleman's new album One More Mile will be released on May 29th of this year. This album is filled with the driving blues that Coleman has brought to the scene ever since he started over fifty years ago. This is his second album in partnership with Music Maker.

"Robert Lee Coleman is among the guitarists that invented funk. But in this album you hear him playing stinging rock blues, showing his musical versatility," Says Tim Duffy, Music Maker's founder.

Coleman was born May 15, 1945 in Macon, GA. He grew up in a time when the central Georgia area was a hotbed of Blues, R&B, and early Rock 'n Roll, and his album One More Mile is the culmination of a lifetime of blues. In 1964, Coleman was picked by R&B legend Percy Sledge to play guitar in his touring band; he was able to travel all over the Americas and even over to Africa.

In April of 1970 James Brown came to Macon looking for players to be in his backing band; the newly formed J.B.s. His playing from this time is documented on three of Brown's albums: "Hot Pants," "Revolution of the Mind," recorded live at the Apollo Theater in NYC; and the song "Make it Funky" from the "Soul Classics" LP.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s Coleman played in Macon, and continued to tour. Then in 2011, Coleman was invited to play at the Paul Reed Smith experience, where Paul Reed Smith gifted him a guitar.

Coleman's true calling is driving blues and One More Mile is drenched with it. Coleman will be performing songs from his album July 27th at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, N.C. for the "Train to Train" music series.

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Music Maker Relief Foundation, Inc. is a tax exempt, public charity under IRS code 501(c)3. Music Maker aims to keep our Southern culture vital by directly supporting senior

(over 55) American roots musicians in need, expanding their professional careers, and assisting Next Generation artists in the development of their professional careers. Since the organization's

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Somebody Loves Me - Robert Lee Coleman

Born: May 15, 1945, in Macon, GA
It is perhaps an overly simplistic summary for a man who has spent his life playing the guitar with legends like Calvin Arline, Newton Collier, “Shing-a-Ling” Smith, Percy Sledge and James Brown. Having spent decades of his life traveling the world to play for audiences, Coleman currently is working the festival circuit in Georgia.
After years of playing the Blues, Robert continues on while his stirring vocals and dynamic guitar playing light the stage on fire.
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