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Showing posts with label The Blowin' Smoke Rhythm and Blues Band. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Blowin' Smoke Rhythm and Blues Band. Show all posts

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Blowin' New Life Into Classic R&B, Blues, & Soul: BLOWIN SMOKE & THE FABULOUS SMOKETTES In Concert At Harvelles

Hotter Than St. Louis BBQ!
Larry "Fuzzy" Knight Presents... 
Blowin' Smoke  - St. Louis-Style Rhythm & Blues Revue
Saturday, April 13@Harvelle's/Santa Monica   
            
                    
"Cross Soul Train with American Bandstand and you get a good idea  
of what a Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue show is like!"   

Blowin' Smoke & The Fabulous Smokettes In Concert  
At Harvelles in Santa Monica - Saturday, April 13, 2013

BLOWIN' SMOKE RHYTHM SECTION USED FOR TWO SONGS IN THE AWARD-WINNING MOTION PICTURE "THE SAPPHIRES," JUST RELEASED IN THE U.S.
 
 

  (SANTA MONICA, Calif.) - Take the legendary TV show Soul Train and cross it with Dick Clark's very-hip-in-its time American Bandstand and you get a good idea of what a Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue show is like. That is, a packed dance floor full of sweaty souls enjoying themselves more than should be allowed by law! :- Hence the band's 'warning/disclaimer:' "Seeing and listening to Blowin' Smoke live will cause permanent joy and happiness to occur during and after performances."

   "Blowin' Smoke has its very own signature style of taking classic R&B, blues, and blues-rock songs and rearranging them, turning them all into their own style of songs - adding new energy along with the (vocals of the) sassy, sultry and sexy Smokettes - Lyrica Garrett, LaQuita Davis and Madame 'Dee' (Dwanna Parker)," explains longtime band front-person and bassist-vocalist, Larry "Fuzzy" Knight.

  Catch the acclaimed longtime eleven-piece R&B/Blues/Soul ensemble live in concert at Harvelle's, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica, Saturday night, April 13. 9:30 pm-1:00 am. $10. Info:  (310) 395-1676  or http://santamonica.harvelles.com/.

                               

   The Blowin' Smoke rhythm section - Larry "Fuzzy" Knight (bass); David Raven (guitar); Don Littleton (bass); and John 'JT' Thomas (keyboards) - perform on two songs, "Hush" and "Burnt Biscuits," that appear in the motion picture release "The Sapphires"  - an inspirational tale set in the heady days of the late '60s about a quartet of young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission, discovered and guided by a kind-hearted, soul-loving manager. The film  - which won awards at the Aspen, Palm Springs, Portland, San Jose, Key West and St. Louis International film festivals among others - was released domestically in the U.S. this past March.
 
   For nearly two decades, Blues/R&B/Soul group Blowin' Smoke has been one of the most in-demand, successful bands on the Southern California live music circuit. Front and center in Blowin' Smoke is its creator, bandleader/bassist/vocalist, Larry "Fuzzy" Knight - whose impressive musical resume' includes a decade-plus stint as bassist for one of the great SoCal bands to emerge from the psychedelic era of the Sixties, Spirit.  Knight has also recently launched a new band project, Sky King, featuring some top-name musicians, all the while keeping Blowin' Smoke going strong

  In a recent review of the band's Beyond the Blues Horizon CD, BMans Blues Report writes, 'lead vocalist and bass player Larry 'Fuzzy' Knight delivers the goods..."C.O.D." is a hot R&B track featuring Michael Murphy on Hammond and Jimmy Delgado rippin' a great lead guitar...this is the kind of recording you can put on while you're working and driving and it will make the day fly...great tracks, great instrumentation, great vocals and great energy." In another review of the same album, the L.A. Music Examiner states, "this eleven-person act emphasizes electric rhythm and blues with a touch of funk, rock, and Southern soul...the Fabulous Smokettes are a tuneful trio of ladies."  

   Here's the Blowin' Smoke Rhythm And Blues Band performing Aretha Franklin's "Won't Be Long" recently at Harvelle's/Santa Monica. 
               

                                            www.blowinsmokeband.com 
                    https://www.facebook.com/blowinsmokeband?ref=ts&fref=ts  

Monday, March 11, 2013

Santa Monica, Harvelle's Host L.A.'s Greatest Dance Party: Blowin' Smoke & The Fabulous Smokettes on Saturday, March 16

Hotter Than St. Louis BBQ!
Larry "Fuzzy" Knight Presents... 
Blowin' Smoke  - St. Louis-Style Rhythm & Blues Revue
Saturday, March 16@Harvelle's/Santa Monica   
            
                    
"Cross Soul Train with American Bandstand and you get a good idea  
of what a Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue show is like!"  

  (SANTA MONICA, Calif.) - Take the legendary TV show Soul Train and cross it with Dick Clark's very-hip-in-its time American Bandstand and you get a good idea of what a Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue show is like. That is, a packed dance floor full of sweaty souls enjoying themselves more than should be allowed by law! :-) Hence the band's 'warning/disclaimer:' "Seeing and listening to Blowin' Smoke live will cause permanent joy and happiness to occur during and after performances."  

  Come see what all the fuss is about and catch the acclaimed longtime eleven-piece R&B/Blues/Soul ensemble in concert at Harvelle's, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica, Saturday night, March 16. 9 pm-2 am. $10. Info: (310) 395-1676 or http://santamonica.harvelles.com/.

   For nearly two decades, Blues/R&B/Soul group Blowin' Smoke has been one of the most in-demand, successful bands on the Southern California live music circuit. Front and center in Blowin' Smoke is its creator, bandleader/bassist/vocalist, Larry "Fuzzy" Knight - whose impressive musical resume' includes a decade-plus stint as bassist for one of the great SoCal bands to emerge from the psychedelic era of the Sixties, Spirit.  Knight has also recently launched a new band project, Sky King, featuring some top-name musicians, all the while keeping Blowin' Smoke going strong

  In a recent review of the band's Beyond the Blues Horizon CD, BMans Blues Report writes, 'lead vocalist and bass player Larry 'Fuzzy' Knight delivers the goods..."C.O.D." is a hot R&B track featuring Michael Murphy on Hammond and Jimmy Delgado rippin' a great lead guitar...this is the kind of recording you can put on while you're working and driving and it will make the day fly...great tracks, great instrumentation, great vocals and great energy." In another review of the same album, the L.A. Music Examiner states, "this eleven-person act emphasizes electric rhythm and blues with a touch of funk, rock, and Southern soul...the Fabulous Smokettes are a tuneful trio of ladies."  

   Here's the Blowin' Smoke Rhythm And Blues Band performing Aretha Franklin's "Won't Be Long" recently at Harvelle's/Santa Monica. 
               
  Blowin' Smoke CDs/Review Show Passes/Band Interviews Available On Request.
                                            www.blowinsmokeband.com 
                    https://www.facebook.com/blowinsmokeband?ref=ts&fref=ts  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hello Harvelle's (Long Beach)!: Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Band In Concert

Hotter Than St. Louis BBQ!
Larry "Fuzzy" Knight Presents... 
Blowin' Smoke  - St. Louis-Style Rhythm & Blues Revue
Saturday, February 2@Harvelle's/Long Beach  
            
Larry "Fuzzy" Knight (pictured above, second from left; and below) fronts high-energy eleven-piece ensemble, Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Band, with hot, sultry and sassy, female singing trio, The Fabulous Smokettes. They're in concert Saturday, February 2 at Harvelle's in Long Beach.   
                       

  (LONG BEACH) - The Blowin Smoke Rhythm & Blues Band is hotter than St. Louis BBQ and twice as tasty! Catch the acclaimed longtime eleven-piece R&B/Blues/Soul ensemble in concert at Harvelle's Downtown Long Beach, 201 E. Broadway, Saturday, February 2. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $10. Info: (562) 239-3700 or http://longbeach.harvelles.com/.  
 
   For nearly two decades, Blues/R&B/Soul group Blowin' Smoke has been one of the most in-demand, successful bands on the Southern California live music circuit. Front and center in Blowin' Smoke is its creator, bandleader/bassist/vocalist, Larry "Fuzzy" Knight - whose impressive musical resume' includes a decade-plus stint as bassist for one of the great SoCal bands to emerge from the psychedelic era of the Sixties, Spirit.  Knight has also recently launched a new band project, Sky King, featuring some top-name musicians, all the while keeping Blowin' Smoke going strong

    In a recent review of the band's Beyond the Blues Horizon CD, BMans Blues Report writes, 'lead vocalist and bass player Larry 'Fuzzy' Knight delivers the goods..."C.O.D." is a hot R&B track featuring Michael Murphy on Hammond and Jimmy Delgado rippin' a great lead guitar...this is the kind of recording you can put on while you're working and driving and it will make the day fly...great tracks, great instrumentation, great vocals and great energy." In another review of the same album, the L.A. Music Examiner states, "this eleven-person act emphasizes electric rhythm and blues with a touch of funk, rock, and Southern soul...the Fabulous Smokettes are a tuneful trio of ladies."  

   Here's the Blowin' Smoke Rhythm And Blues Band performing Aretha Franklin's "Won't Be Long" recently at Harvelle's/Santa Monica. 
               
 
                                            www.blowinsmokeband.com 
                    https://www.facebook.com/blowinsmokeband?ref=ts&fref=ts  

If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Top R&B/Blues Ensemble Blowin' Smoke Return To Harvelle's For Pre-Christmas Concert/Dance Party


Hotter Than St. Louis BBQ!
Larry "Fuzzy" Knight Presents... 

Blowin' Smoke  - St. Louis-Style Rhythm & Blues Revue
Saturday, December 22@Harvelle's   
            
 Larry "Fuzzy" Knight (pictured below) fronts high-energy eleven-piece ensemble, Blowin' Smoke, along with the hot, sultry and sassy, Fabulous Smokettes. They're in concert this Saturday night, December 22 at long-renowned blues club Harvelle's in Santa Monica.   
                      
    (Santa Monica) -   Blowin' Smoke is hotter than St. Louis BBQ and twice as tasty! Catch the acclaimed eleven-piece R&B/Blues/Soul ensemble in concert this Saturday, December 22 at Harvelle's, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. 9 p.m.-till? Info: (310) 395-1676 or https://www.facebook.com/harvelles?ref=ts&fref=t

    For nearly two decades, Blues/R&B/Soul group Blowin' Smoke has been one of the most in-demand, successful bands on the Southern California live music circuit. Front and center in Blowin' Smoke is its creator, bandleader/bassist/vocalist, Larry "Fuzzy" Knight - whose impressive musical resume' includes a decade-plus stint as bassist for one of the great SoCal bands to emerge from the psychedelic era of the Sixties, Spirit.  Knight has also recently launched a new band project, Sky King, featuring some top-name musicians, all the while keeping Blowin' Smoke going strong

    In a recent review of the band's Beyond the Blues Horizon CD,  BMans Blues Report writes, 'lead vocalist and bass player Larry 'Fuzzy' Knight delivers the goods..."C.O.D." is a hot R&B track featuring Michael Murphy on Hammond and Jimmy Delgado rippin' a great lead guitar...this is the kind of recording you can put on while you're working and driving and it will make the day fly...great tracks, great instrumentation, great vocals and great energy," the review concludes. 

   Check out Blowin' Smoke's terrific live rendition of 2013 Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Albert King's song, "Let's Have A Natural Ball."




If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Band - Beyond The Blues Horizon - New review

I just got Beyond The Blues Horizon, a hot release from The Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Band featuring the Fabulous Smokettes. This live concert recording opens with C.O.D., a hot R&B track featuring Michael Murphy on Hammond and Jimmy Delgado rippin' a great lead guitar. This is a real foot stomper and Larry 'Fuzzy" Knight, lead vocalist and bass player delivers the goods. Willie Dixon's Built For Comfort is up next and is dropped into a smooth swingin' groove. Again with Knight on strong lead vocal this track is very cool. Delgado, shows he's been around the block a few times laying down riffs that would rival many of the prominent Texas blues players. Murphy, on this track adds significant electric piano riffs that really punctuate Knights guttural blues voice. Get Your Money Where You Spend Your Time is a cool R&B/jazz track along the lines of WW Washington. Tenor Sax player the "Count" Yates takes the lead vocal spot on this track. This track has a really nice groove and more prominent horns. Again Delgado really shines with slick funky guitar riffs and Lee Campbell compliments Knight on the bottom nicely with really tight drumming. Carolyn Basley takes over lead vocals on Sam Cooke's Don't Fight It (Feel It). I really like this track as an addition to this bands repertoire. Elvin Bishop did it early in his career and it is a strong track. Turtle Blues takes the pace down real slow and Christiana Vierra does a real nice job. Her delivery is quite "Pearl" like and she takes the track by the scruff of the neck. A slow blues like this of course is always a nice set up for a guitar player with great chops and Delgado steps up and hits it long. You Can Have My Husband But Please, an Irma Thomas track, features Terri Brinegar on lead vocals and the track is done in a bright, uptempo pace. Murphy again plays really slick electric piano riffs and The Count leads up the horn section of Johnny Vandenberg on trumpet, Tom Morgan jr. on tenor sax and Chris Jennings on Bari sax for a full blown blues jam. Screamin' Jay Hawkins' I Put A Spell On You, goes back to the original pace that Hawkins originally had and the vocal interpretation is exciting. The Count blows a great articulated sax solo on this track and the band as a whole is really solid on this track. Willie Dixon/Elmore James track Talk To Me Baby has a really nice Texas lope and Delgado milks it for what it's worth. Knight returns on lead vocals and his delivery is smooth. The Count takes another strong sax solo on this track and leads a strong horn support section on this track as well. It's nice to see an appearance of Ike Turner's I'm Blue. I haven't heard it in a long time and the Smokettes do a great job on it's resurrection lead by Carolyn Basley. Slim Harpo's Shake Your Hips is up next with lead vocals by Brinegar. Instead of the blues or rock treatments that you typically hear, a slick R&B swing takes this track to new places. Luscious harmonic backing vocals and Murphy again on Hammond gives this track a whole new sound. Basley takes the lead on Otis Redding's These Arms of Mine and she delivers a fine cover of this classic soul track. The Temptations, Shakey Ground is the next track up and Vierra takes the lead again with the Smokettes filling out the sound. Jennings gets the chance to play some really memorable riffs and even crosses into some Herbie Hancock with the balance of the band which is a really nice groove. Knight gets a really nice funk going on his bass on this track as well. Larry Williams' Bonie Maronie keeps the original rock n' rhythm but with really hot sax work and featuring the horn section and the Count on vocals. I really like this cd. This is the kind of recording that you can put on while you're working and driving and it will make the day fly. It has great tracks, great instrumentation, great vocals and great energy.

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