To guests from Japan

私と私の友人sussexは日本の友達とのアルバムを交換したいと思う。
日本で発売されたBlues Albumを所蔵している人たちの多くのご連絡ください。
このブログに紹介されたアルバム以外にも多くのことを分けることがある。

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lars Luis Linek - Big City Blues (3 cds)

Styles : Modern Electric Blues, Acoustic Blues (Diatonic Harp)
Released : 2009
Lable : Document Membran Records


Disc 1 - Modern Blues
01 - Floy & Martin Scheffler - Done It All
02 - Floy & Martin Scheffler - Soul Girl
03 - Floy & Martin Scheffler - Love Love Love
04 - Floy & Martin Scheffler - Sweet Attraction
05 - Floy & Martin Scheffler - Home Sweet Home
06 - Floy & Martin Scheffler - New Generation
07 - Floy & Martin Scheffler - Successful
08 - Floy & Martin Scheffler - Big City Blues
09 - Floy & Martin Scheffler - Hoping For Love
10 - Floy & Martin Scheffler - My Car
11 - Floy & Martin Scheffler - Survival Of The Fittest
12 - Floy & Martin Scheffler - I Love My Man
13 - Floy & Martin Scheffler - Angry Lady
14 - Floy & Martin Scheffler - Angel
15 - Floy & Martin Scheffler - Living Fast
16 - Abi Wallenstein - My Man
17 - Abi Wallenstein - I'm Ready
18 - Abi Wallenstein - Hope
19 - Abi Wallenstein - Travelling
20 - Abi Wallenstein - Got The Blues
21 - Abi Wallenstein - Gentleman


Disc 2 - Blues In Odd Meters
01 - Roger Cicero - Cowboys And Truckers
02 - Madeleine Lang - Someone To Love
03 - Madeleine Lang - Island
04 - Madeleine Lang - Motorbiker
05 - Robbie Smith - Odd Meter Bluesband
06 - Robbie Smith - Herb Geller
07 - Robbie Smith - Time
08 - Cynthia Utterbach - Fight And Struggle
09 - Cynthia Utterbach - Moving On
10 - Cynthia Utterbach - Too Proud
11 - Abi Wallenstein - Wallenstein Blues
12 - Wolfgang Schluter - Schluter Blues
13 - Herb Geller - Geller Blues


Disc 3 - Dark Blues
01 - Tom Shaka - Had Enough
02 - Tom Shaka - New Car
03 - Tom Shaka - Mr. Witchdoctor Man
04 - Tom Shaka - Home
05 - Tom Shaka - Her Eyes Caress My Mind
06 - Tom Shaka - She's Seventeen
07 - Tom Shaka - Getting Old
08 - Tom Shaka - Taxman
09 - Tom Shaka - No Alcohol
10 - Tom Shaka - Lucky Man
11 - Tom Shaka - Blues Preacher
12 - Tom Shaka - Politics Are Polytricks
13 - Tom Shaka - Devil Takes Possession
14 - Tom Shaka - Telefone Blues
15 - Tom Shaka - Healer
16 - Tom Shaka - Wine
17 - Tom Shaka - Play Music
18 - Tom Shaka - Devil Is Evil


Review of sussex
Lars Luis Linek is a professional musician for over 30 years. Main instrument is 'mouth-organ'. In the course of his career has been involved thousand production with several artists.
After his 'Blues In Germany' cd appeared in 1997 on this triple cd Linek illustrate the contemporary German Blues. Of course, only present a small selection of what's really happening on the German Blues scene these days.

On the first cd we can listen the singer Floy. She's accompained by the Lars Luis Linek Band with Martin Scheffler and Abi Wallensten on guitar and slide. Floy are a real happening.

On the second cd presents several guest artists from German Blues as Roger Cicero, percussionist Robbie Smith, Abi Wallenstein on guitar, Herb Geller on sax and Wolfgang Schluter on vibraphone.

The third, and last cd of this set is completely dedicated to the great singer and guitarist Tom Shaka. Tom stands for traditional blues and loves the dark side of this low down dirty genre. His concerts are incredibly intense and true 'celebrations of the Blues'.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ronnie Douglas Blues Band - Big Borther

Styles : Modern Electric Blues (Diatonic Harp)
Released : 2001

01 - On My Way
02 - You Don't Know
03 - Don't You Know?
04 - Big Brother
05 - Foolish
06 - Highway 44
07 - Good Time Baby
08 - Why Am I Drinkin'?
09 - Blow Wind Blow
10 - Whose Been Talking?


Ronnie Douglas is one of many incredibly talented aboriginal musicians. An Ojibway from the Mnjikaning (Rama) First Nation in Ontario, he is the winner of the 1999 Toronto Blues Society New Talent Search Contest.

Douglas' debut disc, Big Brother, won the 2001 Best Blues recording at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Recorded live off the floor, it contains 10 tracks (including eight originals), plays for 47 minutes and was produced by the Ronnie Douglas Blues Band and Stephen K. Henry.

At times, the band's country, R&B and rock roots surface but all tunes are rich in the old Chicago Blues tradition with predictable themes of women and drinking. Though this CD may not attract many new listeners to the genre, it is oh-so-good for those already converted. If you are a purist who feels traditional blues should only be performed by African-Americans, take the time to learn the cultural and musical parallels between them and First Peoples.

With a voice sounding like a cross between Jimmie Vaughan and ZZ Top, Ronnie sings all the songs and plays guitar. The rest of the band includes: Dave Hewitt, drums; Peter Loudon, bass; Bob Federer, keyboards; and Greg Duncan, harmonica.

Picture a stripped-back, "unplugged" blues disc and you will be ready for Big Brother. The keyboards and harp are invigorating throughout the entire disc and support Ronnie's forefront vocals, particularly on On My Way, where ragtime piano is also included. This composition is also featured on the CD Skin Tight Blues - First Peoples Blues Compilation.

You Don't Know contains a slow but memorable rhythm where the organ looms like a dark storm cloud. The lyrics are about the inspiration and support that can only be experienced via a loving relationship. Chess-era blues emerges on Don't You Know? Here, Duncan's harp doesn't wail, but glides while Federer's organ grooves majestically. Meanwhile, Douglas's guitar work is so simple, it is advanced.

Good Time Baby is in the vein of the Allman Brothers' version of "Stormy Monday". Why Am I Drinkin'? is a humourous reflection on the many reasons why drinking should not be such a popular pastime. Ronnie's arrangement of Muddy Waters' timeless Blow Wind Blow meshes perfectly with the original tunes. In fact, if you didn't recognize the song's name or the lyrics, you may not think it is a cover.

A couple of instrumentals showcase this band's two greatest strengths, those being the keyboard and harp work. The title track is a shuffle while Highway 44 is a lively number with a swagging and intertwining organ.

Though perhaps not progressive enough to stand out in a crowd with elements bordering on stereotypical, Big Brother does demonstrate solid musical talent complementing Douglas' songwriting abilities.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

James 'The Sleeping Giant' Winfield - The Sleeping Giant

Styles : Soul Blues, R&B
Released : 2007

01 - Lonely, Lonely, Nights
02 - Flip, Flop, Fly
03 - Now You Know
04 - Sick and Tired
05 - I Waited Too Long
06 - I Don't Take It So Hard
07 - I'm Tore Down
08 - The Things That I've Used to Do
09 - Hallelujah, I Love Her So
10 - Precious Lord


The record, the rhythm and blues singer's first single, dates to the mid-1960s. Copies are exceedingly rare; this one, a gift from a WWOZ-FM disc jockey in 2005, is his only copy.

Until this year, it was not just Winfield's first, but his only, recording. After 40 years of repairing cars, he finally returned to a studio and cut "Lonely Lonely Nights," his first-ever full length album. Tonight at Ernie K-Doe's Mother-in-Law Lounge, James "The Sleeping Giant" Winfield, 64, makes his debut as a headliner, for an 8 p.m. CD release party.

James Winfield has spent his life around New Orleans R&B. He’s hung out the Dew Drop Inn. He worked alongside Lee Dorsey at Dorsey’s body shop. He had one single in the late 1960s for the obscure New Orleans Trend label. When that failed to make noise, he gave up music until he learned bass guitar after his 50th birthday. Winfield’s new record, Lonely, Lonely Nights, shows a confidence and ease with New Orleans music. He has a warm voice with the slight hint of a rasp or falsetto when he wants it. His song selection runs the gamut from Earl King’s “Lonely Lonely Nights” to Chris Kenner’s “Sick and Tired,” to the ending “Precious Lord.” However, there is little to distinguish this studio effort. The arrangements are standard. The sound of the recording is neither particularly modern nor J&M Studios vintage. The listener is left wishing that Winfield would show more emotion such as the catch in his voice in “Lonely Lonely Nights” or the soft yelp during “The Things I Used to Do.” The band also suffers from the same malady by not reaching for something a little more intense or beyond the relative, not-bad-but-not-particularly-inspiring level of playing that is exhibited here. This is a good record in a style that few people in or out of New Orleans are pursuing, but neither the band nor Winfield live up to the level of company Winfield has kept, nor the praise that OffBeat’s Jeff Hannusch’s informative liner notes suggest it merits.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sheba the Mississippi Queen - Butter On My Roll

Styles : Soul Blues, Jazz Blues
Released : 2009

01 - Dance Jump Shout
02 - Real Good Woman
03 - Big Man
04 - Can't Help Lovin' My Man
05 - Oh So Good
06 - Pourin' Rain
07 - Blues of My Soul
08 - Butter on My Rolls
09 - Tell Me Why
10 - Don't Say Goodbye
11 - Hay Girlfriend
12 - Ms. Good and Plenty
13 - Good Good Lovin'


Sheba was born Martha Booker with twin sister Mary Booker in Sunflower Mississippi. Sheba learned to sing the blues while her sister fell into her father's footsteps singing gospel music. Their father Leroy Booker a gospel singer that traveled all over the south selling insurance; he was call the singing insurance man.

The cotton fields, and the church, that's where Sheba started singing. Sheba's family was sharecroppers barely making it, when Sheba was 12 years old her mom left for Florida in search of opportunities, and later returned to get Sheba and her brothers and sisters.

They all came to South Florida in a Migrants Worker Bus. The family started working in the tomatoes, bean fields, and lime groves in Homestead Florida. There were many other people that had left the Delta in search of a new life. The work was very hard but singing helped them make it through the day; often hands bleeding from the thorns on the lime trees and running from the snakes in the fields. It was very painful.

Sheba formed a group, she named The Grove Girls. They would sing in all the fields and on the bus on their way to and from work. Years later her family moved from Homestead to Miami. Sheba met musician Freddie Nelson, she teamed up with Freddie and together they moved to New York. Freddie and Sheba forming a group called The Swingers. Freddie and Sheba did their first recording joined by one of New York Big Bands. In the Big Apple where Sheba had the opportunity to meet with Red Fox, Flip Wilson, Arthur Prysock, and Carmen McCray.

In New York Sheba was introduced to the sultry sounds of Billie Holiday and fell in love with her music; that why you can hear the flavoring of Billie in some of her songs. The Swingers performed in places such as Under the Stairs" Jimmy Ryan’s Village Gate" and The Library Club. After fifteen years of abuses treatment from Freddie both mental and physical, with pain in her heart Sheba had to move on.

Sheba returned to Miami and teamed up with Yosiah Israel who was a keyboard player, he immediately fell in love with her voice and together they produced numerous original songs. Sheba and Yosiah were jazzy performers and were able to be seen at clubs like, Top of the Home, Supper club, in Hollywood Florida, Emilio in Davie Florida where Shaba had a chance to present her one of Billie Holiday styles. One night Sheba remembers a fan giving her two hundred dollars to sing Good Morning Heartache.

After leaving Mississippi Sheba did not sing the blues, she was ashamed of coming from a state that was so hard on black people. In those days when you said you were from the Delta, people would make fun of you and call you country. Yosiah convince Sheba about the Blues, little did he know that he was taking her right back to her Mississippi roots. Once more she had to leave another man because of mental and physical abuses and pain in her heart.

Sheba found great enjoyment listen to BB King, Koko Taylor, Jimmie Reed, Etta James, and all the great Delta singers (including Elvis) Sheba started singing with Wild Rob Moore Blues Band, singing at a club called the Poor House, the owner Bob wanted her to sing at the Ft. Lauderdale Blues Fest, this is where Sheba met Ken Minahan he like her voice and took over putting a band behind her called The Rhythm Kings.

Sheba and The Rhythm Kings went all over, from the Florida Keys ,all the way back to Mississippi where she did a live radio performance singing Billie Holiday's famous song Strange Fruit. Shortly after Sheba produced the Miss Good -n-Plenty CD, it receives some airtime on DMX Blues station. There has always been growth in pain for her after five successful years it was the end of Sheba and The Rhythm Kings. Sheba survived it picked up her tracks and started doing a singles at parties, clubs, and hotels.

After the breakup with the Rhythm Kings she tried other bands, True Blue Band, where she pickup some new songs that on her CD. Sheba has her own band The Soul Kings. Sheba has taken control of her life, and music and doing her own things, she is in charge, and it showed in her CD, Butter on My Rolls.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Max Prandi Cha-Tu Kings - Max Prandi Cha-tu King

Styles : Down Home Blues
Released : 2010

01 - Can't Be Satisfied
02 - Catfish Blues
03 - Skynny Woman
04 - Proud Mary
05 - Last Fair Deal Gone Down
06 - Mellow Down Easy
07 - Goin' Down South
08 - Rollin' And Tumblin'
09 - Someday Baby


Max Prandi is one of those historians bluesman born and raised in the fertile area of the Po valley, which right from the 'immediate post-nourished and cultivated some of the best blues talents who have shared the stage national. Now come to 'climax of a glorious career boasts collaborations with important artists such as Fabio Treves Blues, Arthur Miles, R. L. Burnside, Ronnie Jones, Terry Cooper. Inspired by his love for the North Mississippi Hill Sound and all the artists Down Home Blues, Frank Frost, Big Jack Johnson, Sam Carr...etc often channeled into production Fat Possum, The project: "CHA TU KINGS" with the characteristic low-free formula, which makes the band's sound thin and hot at the same time. At this moment it is looking for a label to print / distribute / promote the self-titled CD.

Personnel
Max Prandi : guitar and voice
Marcus Tondo on harmonica ..tracks 3 & 7


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Jean Shy - Amazing Grace

Styles : Soul Blues, Gospel, Soul
Released : 1999

01 - Search Me Lord
02 - You Got To Move
03 - I Bow On My Knees
04 - Just A Closer Walk With Thee
05 - Elijah Rock
06 - He's My Light
07 - When The Saints Go Marchin' In
08 - How Great Thou Art
09 - We Shall Overcome
10 - Go Tell It On The Mountain
11 - Somebody Bigger Than You And I
12 - Amen
13 - Silent Night
14 - The Battle Hymn Of The Republic
15 - Amazing Grace


Album Review
Amazing Grace is a wonderful collector Item for all "Traditional Gospel" Lovers. The Gospels and Spirituals on this CD take Jean Shy back to her roots to the Baptist Church in Chicago and to her first Idol in Gospel Music, the great Gospel Singer: Mahalia Jackson.
Includes only Titles, except for one, from the Repertoire of Mahalia Jackson and is an absolutely great CD which was produced on the request of many Fans of the Jean Shy & The Shy Guys' yearly Gospel Tours.

Biography
Jean Shy is an internationally acclaimed Soul, Blues, Jazz, and Gospel Singer; Songwriter, Music Producer, Actress, and Author. With four Top Ten Hits under her belt, the 2009 Blues Music Award Nominee for Soul Blues Female Artist Of The Year, is definitely a multi-talented, truly unique Artist, and audiences are overwhelmed by her powerful vocal delivery, and entertaining Show.
On Oct. 31.2008 King Edward Records released the Jean Shy & The Shy Guys CD The Blues Got Soul. In conjunction with this Album Jean Shy received a nomination from the Blues Foundation for the 2009 Blues Music Awards in the category of Soul Blues Female Artists of the Year.

The Music of Jean Shy & The Shy Guys are comparable to The Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, and Aerosmith.

Born in Chicago, Jean's vocal background had it's beginning in Gospel Music. Elvis Presley was her first inspiration to become a professional Entertainer in commercial Music. Later she was also greatly influenced by Mahalia Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Harry Belafonte, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Dinah Washington, Carmen McRae, and others. Jean was already receiving awards for her musical talents by the time she reached High School. At the age of twelve she was signed by Leonard and Phil Chess to the legendary Chess Label in Chicago. The release of spring Fever by Tim & Jean became a Regional Hit.

Just before leaving High School Jean was signed by Carl Davis for Brunswick Records. With various regional Record successes she toured as an Opening-Act with Otis Leavill, Tyrone Davis, Barbara Acklin, The Chi-Lites, The O'Jays, Al Green, The Stylistics, and Jackie Wilson, gathering a tremendous amount of Stage Experience.

Jean wrote her first Album which was produced by Hense Powell; Executive Produced by Emerson Featherstone. One Single from that production Speak Talk About It was signed by Jay Butler to Playboy Records.

Jean Shy was later produced by Harvey Fuqua who was the founder and lead singer for seminal R&B/doo wop group The Moonglows. He was an early mentor of Marvin Gaye, (co-producing "Sexual Healing" and Gaye's hit duets with Tammi Terrell), helped to develop several Motown acts, and helped to launch the careers of '70s soul-pop group New Birth, and disco superstar Sylvester(Disco Heat, You MakeMe Feel Mighty Real). The Songs Harvey produced on Jean were released on Honey Records, and a few others in conjunction with Fantasy Records.

Jean formed her own Band Streetblues with Vladimir Rada (Bass), Gerd Freymann (Drums), Hannsjoerg Scheid (Guitar), and Mike Hoffmann (Piano). With the finishing of their first Album together in 1984 entitled Tough Enough the Band Name was changed to "Bordell". When King Edward Records signed a licensing deal with Record Shack Records for a UK release of the Album, the Band Name was changed once again: Jean Shy & The Shy Guys was born. Soon after, The Shy Guys consisted of new members only.
Two original members of -The new Shy Guys- Klaus Zimmermann (Guitar), and Martin Hoette (Guitar) as well as long time members Bernhard Spiess (Drums), Sascha Kuehn (Keyboards), and Bernd Winterschladen (Sax) are still performing as part of the Band today.
The newest addition to the Group was Michael -Schnuff- Strohm (Bass.) and a few years later Georg Mahr on the B3 Hammond Organ, who had been a Guest Musician on many Jean Shy Shows during the last 15 Years.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Jenny Bohman - Live At Mosebacke

Styles : Acoustic Blues (Diatonic Harp)
Released : 2011

01 - The Party is Over
02 - Billys Walk
03 - Coming Home
04 - I Just Want Youre Money
05 - Another Woman
06 - Waste
07 - I Wanna Be Loved
08 - The Reason Why


Although the year was 1977 not listening all Swedish high school kids on the punk. Some discovered the blues instead. Jenny Bohman saw a friend fall at a piano and just, completely out of hand, she began driving boogie woogie. Without scores! Jenny was flabbergasted. She had been playing classical piano since she was small and had been able to get through the whole "Für Elise" even as a ten year old, with all the crescendos and diminuendon and everything. Now she tried to learn to play piano boogie but it did not work at all. So Jenny ended with piano. And started with the guitar instead. This time without any notes. Blue Tradition must be learned by other means.

Harmonica came a few years later, when she traveled around by train and decided to stay a few months in Paris. She lived at the Pompidou Center with a bunch of bohemians. Portrait Painters, hobo and street musician. Fakirs used to let Jenny take on their bodies, or hold her high above their heads as they walked on broken glass. She was short and dilute, so she worked well for the task. She also had to borrow a harmonica from one of the street musicians. When she came home to Stockholm again harmonica was her main instrument.

In the late '80s and early '90s, there were actually people who could support themselves full time as a blues musician. The blues had a strong period. Jenny resigned from his job at a service to tour with Monaco Blues Band in a large, converted coach. Germany was an important market. Was once the main act on a motorcycle hit in Berlin and played for 25 000 German bikers. They cheered just as much to Jenny for the Polish and East German strippers who had acted "dressing".

But Jenny never came to be associated with the large format. Blue scene would shrink, and in a genre that was already commercially slim established herself in an even narrower subgenre: country blues. It was so narrow that it was difficult to know what at all to do with it. Not even the blues festivals, it felt natural. Blues Festival will be easy röjiga. Then took her other projects, Little Jenny & The Blue Bean's better. In the case of country blues so you can say that it was Jenny Bohman, who made the music in Sweden. There was no precedent, and now when she died, it is nobody else on tour.

During the period between the recording and release of her solo album "Coming home" was her producer and fellow musicians Tomas Almkvist suddenly removed. It was now she was told that she had suffered one of the most malignant forms of cancer there is. She was very anxious to get their slice of time, and the release show of "Coming Home" in October last year was an intense concert loaded with life and death. Although the concert is now released on disc.

Recorded live at the famous Mosebacke in Stockholm, Sweden, friends, family and fans of Jenny's crowded the room, but you could still sense the common sadness that this person who was loved so dearly was stricken with cancer. Then Jenny took to the stage.

Personnel
Jenny Bohman (vocals, guitar, harmonica)
Brian Kramer (guitar, slide guitar)
Christer Lyssarides (guitar)
Mats Qwarfordt (harmonica)
Björn Lundqvist (upright bass); Kjell Gustavsson (drums)
Michael Blair (percussion)


Tips of ymd5270
I did not know this CD made a live stuff before i see the title. because am i stupid?
Absolutely no.
This CD enough to cause such a mistake.
Very elegant, simple and clean sounds, understated performances...album of the year until now, although in my opinion.
Indeed, difficult to meet with excellent CD in these days, recommend this CD strongly!

Unfortunately she died.  this is her last album....it's a pity.


Original CD from sussex

Trítono Blues - Groovin' (Re-Post)

Styles : Diatonic Harp
Released : 2008

01 - Route 66
02 - Viva Carlos Santana !
03 - Groovin'
04 - Got My Mojo Working
05 - Georgia On My Mind
06 - Sossego_Hoochie Coochie Man
07 - Summertime
08 - Unchain My Heart
09 - Easy
10 - What I'd Say

About band
Created in 2006, Tritono Blues brings together three great musicians of Sao Paulo blues scene, performing in piano, voice and harmonica. Andre Carlini, Bruno and Andre Youssef Sant'anna share the stage and show the classic blues and soul music, and songs from the CD Groovin ', released in 2008.

In the repertoire are the songs What I'd Say, Summertime, Got My Mojo Workin ', Route 66, Georgia On My Mind, Unchain My Heart, Easy, and successes of Ray Charles, BB King, Muddy Waters, Otis Redding, Tim Maia, James Brown, Jair Rodrigues and Lulu Santos.

The harmonica player Andre Carlini is the frontman of the funk-groove-jazz side Black and coordinator of the folder harmonic of AT & T (School of Music and Technology). The pianist and organist Andrew Youssef accompanying blues greats national and international organization made up of Nasi. The singer, percussionist and harmonica player Bruno Sant'anna, besides commanding the Bruno Sant'anna Blues Band, incorporates all Blindong Blues-Rock, with two CDs released.

Personnel
Andre Carlini - gaita
Bruno Sant'Anna - voz e percussao
Andre Youssef - piano

Tips of ymd5270
Every day of the new album has been released. It is indeed difficult to meet a great album. Expect to be disappointed to listen something new ... In an iterative process for this, seems natural for them to hang on which listened a excellent CD in the past.

This CD has a deep and lasting Impress!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Caro Bluesband - Gezeiten

Styles : Modern Electric Blues(Diatonic Harp)
Relaesed : 2010

01 - Hey Du
02 - Ex Millionär
03 - Älterwerden Blues
04 - Der Eu Und Der And're
05 - Globsch Du Des
06 - Katerfrühstück
07 - Alkohol
08 - Kniefall Blues
09 - Hint'nrum Und Saudumm
10 - Bleder Hund
11 - Hör Mer Auf
12 - I Will Mei Ruh

Since 1985 the original band with immense enthusiasm and resistance represented in the circus roots. The band was formed by Carin and Roland Bertenbreiter and are now on the white-blue is known beyond borders.
Builds on blues and boogie. A new impetus from the old riffs, sometimes with Swing touch, sometimes with Rhythm and Rock. Unkempt and rough, light and loose, creative and varied, with recognition potential is grooving across the floor. Live they are frankly and honestly, just heart and soul into it!

Red Rooster Revisited with Sture Elldin - It's A Good 'un

Styles : Chicago Blues, Harmonica Blues
Released : 2004

01 - Lonely Teardrops
02 - Sugar Sweet
03 - She's A Good `un
04 - I Fell So Good
05 - 300 Pounds of Joy
06 - Let Me Love You Baby
07 - Mojo Man
08 - I Want Somebody
09 - All Your Love
10 - Sit Down Baby
11 - One More Drink
12 - I'm A Business Man


Red Rooster Revisited play traditional Chicagoblues, with influences from all those great blues musicians like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Magic Sam, B B King, and so on. The band consists of Björn Elldin (guitar, vocals), Per Ängkvist (guitar, vocals), Andrea Ängkvist Resch (piano/organ), Lars Persson (bass) and Per Lindberg (drums) – all of them great musicians who have been playing the blues for quite a while.
Björn Elldin, younger brother to the legendary harmonica player Sture Elldin, grew up with the blues, listening to his elder brother Sture’s records already as a little kid. Only 17 years old he was asked to play in Chicago Express when one of the regular members went ill. Also the other members of the band are all well-experencied musicians who have played the blues in lots of different constellations.
Everything started in 2001 when Björn and Lars, who had been playing together for a while, formed Red Rooster Revisited. After a while Andrea joined the band, followed by Per Ä. and Per L. Since then we have had much fun playing together, a feeling we want to share with our audience. Many people think that blues is sad music – nothing could be more wrong! Blues is like life in general,
The band has been around since 2001 but appear in several different forms. Members are now divided between Malmo and Stockholm. They often perform as a trio, but also as a quintet with the strengthening of the pair Ängkvist from Stockholm.


Personnel
Björn Elldin: guitar / vocals;
Lasse Persson: Bass
Per Lindberg: Drums
Per Ängkvist: guitar / vocals
Andrea Ängkvist Resch: piano / organ
Sometimes amplified band of Sture Elldin on harmonica pillar

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Brandon Santini - Songs of Love, Money, and Misery

Styles : Harmonica Blues
Released : 2011

01 - You Ruined Poor Me
02 - She's Sweet Like Honey
03 - What Can I Do?
04 - Beggin' Baby
05 - Leaving New York
06 - Tomcattin'
07 - Sweet Maggie
08 - I Wanna Boogie With you
09 - Down to New Orleans
10 - Evil Woman
11 - Ida Lee


There are many different opinions as to what the future of blues harmonica will be. Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is undeniably a worthy player to keep an eye on as the next decade unfolds. His name is worthy of conversations that involve Jason Ricci, Billy Gibson, Dennis Gruenling, Rick Estrin and other frontline harmonica players that have become part of a new wave in the blues world. With tasteful speed and licks, he combines his respect to traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing that is often compared to Paul Butterfield, James Cotton, or Sonny Boy Williamson II. Raised in North Carolina, Brandon relocated to Memphis in 2003 where he began to absorb the sounds and culture of the Delta and north Mississippi Hill Country, honing his craft night after night, sweating it out in local Beale Street clubs just like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, & B.B. King. For seven years, Brandon fronted the Blues Music Award nominated band Delta Highway and has toured relentlessly throughout North America and has visited seven foreign countries (including a 2009 Bluzapalooza tour to Cairo, Egypt) bringing his distinct voice and playing style to music lovers everywhere throughout the world!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Rod Piazza & The All Mighty Flyers - Almighty Dollar

Styles : Contemporary Blues, Harmonica Blues
Released : 2010

01 - Move Out Baby
02 - What Makes You So Tough
03 - Blue Shadows
04 - Wine, Wine, Wine
05 - Ain't Nobody's Business
06 - That's It
07 - Baby Don't Go
08 - Loving Man
09 - Almighty Dollar
10 - We Belong Together
11 - Confessin' The Blues
12 - Con-Vo-Looted


That's It! heralds Rod Piazza's latest achievement in a career that spans over four decades and twenty-six recordings.
Piazza has long been recognized for his dedication and commitment to excellence as evidenced by the many awards and accolades he and his band have racked up over the years.

This time out, The Mighty Flyers rocket into the stratosphere as Piazza pilots his crew through another harp-fueled voyage propelled by some very special guests including Bay Area guitarist Rusty Zinn and Mississippi-bred bluesman Johnny Dyer.

from Rubymen

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

V.A. - Let Me Tell You About The Blues - Atlanta (Fantastic Voyage) (3 CDs)

Styles : Country Blues
Released : 2010

Disc 1
01 - Time Ain't Gonna Make Me Stay
02 - My Mamma Was A Sailor
03 - Match Box Blues
04 - Barbecue Blues
05 - Under The Chicken Tree
06 - A Darkey's Wail
07 - Mama 'Tain't Long Fo' Day
08 - Back Door Blues
09 - Kansas City Blues
10 - Turpentine Blues
11 - Vol Stevens Blues
12 - Jealous Hearted Blues
13 - Skin Game Blues
14 - Lonesome Atlanta Blues
15 - C.C. & O. Blues
16 - Georgia Crawl
17 - Midnight Weeping Blues
18 - Look Here Mama Blues
19 - Canned Heat Blues
20 - No No Blues
21 - Charleston Contest Pt.1
22 - Down In The Cemetery
23 - Miss Meal Cramp Blues
24 - Mama, Don't Rush Me Blues
25 - Rising River Blues

Disc 2
01 - Worrying Blues
02 - Shelby County Workhouse Blues
03 - Old Rock Island Blues
04 - Ball And Chain Blues
05 - This Is Not The Stove To Brown Your Bread
06 - Framer's Blues
07 - She Shook Her Gin
08 - Brown Skin Woman
09 - Snigglin' Blues
10 - You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond
11 - Coffee Grinder Blues
12 - Furniture Man
13 - South Carolina Rag
14 - I'm On My Way Down Home
15 - Buggy Jail House Blues
16 - Giving It Away
17 - What's That Tastes Like Gravy
18 - What Kind Of Scent Is This
19 - Bed Spring Poker
20 - Talkin' To You Wimmen About The Blues
21 - DeKalb Chain Gang
22 - Decatur Street 81
23 - Hard Times Blues
24 - Atlanta Town
25 - Dying Crapshooter's Blues

Disc 3
01 - Applejack Boogie
02 - Brown Skin Woman
03 - Love Changin' Blues
04 - Gotta Get Together
05 - You're Gonna Weep And Moan
06 - Duck Fever
07 - Stacked Deck
08 - Reliefin' Blues
09 - V-8 Baby
10 - It Ain't Right To Treat Me Wrong
11 - Body Rocking Daddy
12 - Barefoot Susie
13 - Royal Peacock Boogie
14 - Korea Blues
15 - Get Rich Quick
16 - Hey Good Lookin'
17 - Under The Viaduct (In Atlanta, GA)
18 - Thinkin' 'Bout My Mother
19 - Everybody's Got The Blues
20 - Nite Shift Blues
21 - You Made Me Baby
22 - Four Cold, Cold Walls
23 - If You Ever Been To Georgia
24 - Mean Old Train
25 - Wrong Yo-Yo


Like Memphis, at the time, Atlanta was a staging post for itinerant musicians and like Memphis, it was home to an impressive number of guitarists who established a very distinctive style that became synonymous with the city.

This is part of an excellent value 3CD series focusing on various US cities with strong blues traditions & the legends who built them. Atlanta features: Blind Lemon Jefferson Peg Leg Howell, Barbeque Bob, Blind Willie McTell, Curly Weaver, Ed Andrews, Bo Carter and myriad others.

Original CD from sussex

Big Daddy Wilson - Thumb A Ride

Styles : Contemporary, Acoustic, Soul Blues
Released : 2011

01 - Thumb A Ride
02 - Baby Don't Like It
03 - This Is How I Live
04 - Anna Mae
05 - Sweet Tooth
06 - It Don't Get No Better
07 - Who's Dat Knocking
08 - Four Daughters And A Strong Loving Woman
09 - Cold Is The Wind
10 - Drop Down Here
11 - Way Back Yonder
12 - Brother Blood
13 - If You Were Mine


Biography
Big Daddy Wilson was born less than 50 years ago in a small town called Edenton, North Carolina. The population of Edenton counts less than 6000, 55% African Americans, 25% below the poverty line. “We were very poor but I had a very beautiful childhood“, Wilson remembers. “Me and my sisters were raised by Mom and Grandma. We lived a simple life, we went to church every Sunday, school on weekdays. I also worked back then on the tobacco plantation and in the cotton fields, I was a real country boy.“ Wilson sang in church but he never thought about going on stage. “I was extremely shy.“ His guardians meant well for the fatherless boy and they often sent him to church also during the week. “That won´t hurt him, keeps little Wilson away from drugs and off the streets.“
Young Wilson quit school at 16, and sometime later joined the US Army. Being a poor black man in the south and living in a small town, jobs were scarce. After being stations in Germany, the young man became homesick. “I found out the quickest way to go back home was to see that you got married. They’ll allow you a vacation time about two weeks to go home to get married. Wilson convinced his officers of his impending wedding and returned Stateside, refusing to return to Germany. After six weeks his mom was so worried that she begged him to go back to the military. “And so I was back in Germany.“

A few years later Wilson met a German girl who became his wife. She is the reason for him staying and also the reason for a poem which became Wilson´s first song.

And then Wilson heard the blues for the first time. Back in Edenton he had listened to music only in church and from the local, country radio station. But now he went for the first time to a real blues concert. “I met the blues here in Germany. I didn’t know what the blues was before“ Big Daddy Wilson says. “It was here that I found a part of me that was missing for so long in my life.“ It did not take long and the shy guy who had written some poems started looking for melodies. He went on stage, jammed all over the German blues scene and made an impression with his warm and soulful voice. He began touring with bands and as a duo and even released a few records. “My sister came all the way to see me perform and she couldn’t believe it. No, that’s not my brother. It seems like all my shyness was gone ? thanks to my music. “

Champion Jack Dupree, Louisiana Red, Eddie Boyd... many musicians who made Europe their home and brought the blues with them succeeded here better than in the U.S. Even Luther Allison lived in Europe for 14 years before his big break.

And now there´s Big Daddy Wilson, an American singer and songwriter who found his home in northern Germany. But something is different regarding Big Daddy Wilson. When he came over from the U.S. there was no blues in his baggage. He initially discovered the blues here in Germany which is where he will begin his international career.
With his international solo debut on RUF Records Big Daddy Wilson is going to take one step further in his late career as a musician. For “Love Is The Key“ he recorded his own songs exclusively with a small band; taking it back to the roots, often reduced to acoustic instruments, but always full of soul. You can listen to his very first song here,“ Anna“ the song about his wife. Gospel is the foundation for “Keep Your Faith In Jah“, but this doesn’t keep the songwriter Wilson from praising the talents of a gypsy queen from New Orleans, “Jazzy Rose“. In “Hard Days Work“, Big Daddy uses monotone drones for hypnotic effects on the listener, while breezy off beats Jamaica-style let “Dreaming“ to swing along. Autobiographic aspects can be found elsewhere: “Ain´t No Slave“reminds us of the African-American history and at the same time makes us aware of Wilson’s grown confidence. His good friend Eric Bibb guests on two songs about Wilson’s roots ,”Country Boy” , “Walk A Mile In My Shoes”. He’s very proud of Bibb´s presence because “I’ve learnt so much from him,” says Wilson.


Release Notes
After the positive responds and success of the "Love Is The Key" CD and the "Love Is The Key Tour" the mission was simple and clear to me, to use this platform to spread love everywhere I go. The goal was to produce a fully acoustic CD, using the guys that I am on the road with "The Big Daddy Wilson Trio". Singing and playing the songs that my forefathers played. Using this special gift that "The Almighty" gave me.

That is why this new album is so special to me, it is really the second leg of the "Love Is The Key Tour". The journey "Thumb A Ride". It is not about where you have been or where you are going, it is all about the journey. It is about what you have learned along the way, and who you may have touched and those who have touched you. On this journey I have been blessed and touched by so many beautiful people.

I just cannot name them all. But right now, I am thinking about two great musicians, that I have the chance to ride with, who have inspired and influenced me and the songs of this CD in a great way. I am talking about my right and left hand: Mr. Jochen "Skinny Joe" Bens and Mr. Michael "Big Chief" van Merwyk.

I am very proud and happy to say that all songs on this CD are composed by the "Big Daddy Wilson Trio". And that is why I call this one "Thumb A Ride", cause it is all about the journey. Now, "After all is said and done, more is always said than done" let us do this. Feel me! ~Ruf Records.


from Dreumis

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Blackschu Band - A Touch Of Anarchy

Styles : Boogie Woogie, Piano Blues, Contemporary Jazz
Released : 2008

01 - Beat St
02 - I Feel So Good
03 - Beer Drinkin` Woman
04 - Sister Sadie
05 - Blues For Ben
06 - Alright, Okay, You Win
07 - Key To The Highway
08 - Tuxedo Junction
09 - Jumpin` At The Woodside

All three members of this group have a wealth of professional experience with (literally) thousands of gigs between them.
John Black and Ben Schumann formed the BlackSchu Band in 2004 with the main objective of enjoying every note played. This has largely been achieved. In 2007 they embarked on a project of playing blues and boogie without guitar or bass. While seeming foolhardy to some, it did fulfill the main objective of being really enjoyable. Featuring Richard Booth on sax, they went on to record their first CD at ArtSound recording studios in a session that is said to have had the musicians ‘tearing up’ the floor from the first note to the last.

The BlackSchu Band plays classic boogie-woogie infused with blues and jazz. Every note counts with their infectious grooves, heartfelt vocals and wailing solos.

Personnel
John Black - vocals and piano
Ben Schumann - drums
Richard Booth - sax

Sunday, June 5, 2011

California Blues - Magia Negra


Styles : Modern Electric Blues
Released : 2010

01 - Volver Contigo
02 - Que Pasará Mañana
03 - Funky
04 - Duele
05 - Tú y Yo
06 - Nada de Nada
07 - Adios
08 - Mi ángel
09 - Contigo
10 - Te Perdí

California Blues(Mexico) fusion is like the musical rhythms of blues, ballad and rhythm and blues. they've introduced a clean and simple sound of blues.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Boogie Busters - Boogie Busters

Styles : Piano Blues, Boogie Woogie, Harmonica Blues
Released : 1996

01 - Chicago Breakdown
02 - Cherry Red
03 - Blue Note
04 - The Sun is Gonna Shine
05 - How Do You Feel
06 - Hound Dog
07 - Early in the Morning
08 - Boogie Woogie Stomp
09 - No Dog No More
10 - You Don't Know Me
11 - Keep Your Hands off Her
12 - Mojo Boogie
13 - Bye, Bye Baby (Bonus Track)

The only two people playing, creating a fantastic sound shows on this album.
Simple, but a feeling of deep blues very well played
Strong recommend if you like harp blues and boogie woogie.

Personnel
Klaus Müller - Piano,Vocal
Alex Kühne - Harp,Alto Sax, Vocal

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Big Jay McNeely & The Rocket 88s - AZ Bootin'

Style: Jump Blues, West Coast Blues, Jazz Blues, Early R&B
Released : 1988

01 - Gila Moon
02 - Zydeco Stroll
03 - Summertime
04 - Phoenix Hambone
05 - All That Wine is Gone
06 - Short on Bread
07 - Young Girl Blues
08 - Mercury Falling
09 - Mean Man Blues
10 - Camelback Drive
11 - Beg Jay's Shuffle
12 - Scooby-Doo Blues

 His mighty tenor sax squawking and bleating with wild-eyed abandon, Big Jay McNeely blew up a torrid R&B tornado from every conceivable position — on his knees, on his back, being wheeled down the street on an auto mechanic's "creeper" like a modern-day pied piper. As one of the titans who made tenor sax the solo instrument of choice during rock's...
...More his mighty tenor sax squawking and bleating with wild-eyed abandon, Big Jay McNeely blew up a torrid R&B tornado from every conceivable position — on his knees, on his back, being wheeled down the street on an auto mechanic's "creeper" like a modern-day pied piper. As one of the titans who made tenor sax the solo instrument of choice during rock's primordial era, McNeely could peel the paper right off the walls with his sheets of squealing, honking horn riffs.

 Cecil McNeely and his older brother Bob (who blew baritone sax lines with Jay in unison precision on some of Jay's hottest instrumentals) grew up in Los Angeles, where jazz reigned on Watts' bustling nightlife strip. Inspired by Illinois Jacquet and tutored by Jack McVea, McNeely struck up a friendship with Johnny Otis, co-owner of the popular Barrelhouse nitery. Ralph Bass, a friend of Otis, produced McNeely's debut date for Savoy Records in 1948 (Savoy boss Herman Lubinsky tagged the saxist Big Jay, in his eyes a more commercial name than Cecil). McNeely's raucous one-note honking on "The Deacon's Hop" gave him and Savoy an R&B chart-topper in 1949, and his follow-up, "Wild Wig," also hit big for the young saxist with the acrobatic stage presence.

 From Savoy, McNeely moved to Exclusive in 1949, Imperial in 1950-1951, King's Federal subsidiary in 1952-1954 (where he cut some of his wildest waxings, including the mind-boggling "3-D"), and Vee-Jay in 1955. McNeely's live shows were the stuff that legends are made of — he electrified a sweaty throng of thousands packing L.A.'s Wrigley Field in 1949 by blowing his sax up through the stands and then from home plate to first base on his back! A fluorescently painted sax that glowed in the dark was another of his showstopping gambits.

 In 1958, McNeely cut his last hit in a considerably less frantic mode with singer Little Sonny Warner. The bluesy "There Is Something on Your Mind" was committed to tape in Seattle but came out on disc jockey Hunter Hancock's Swingin' imprint the next year. McNeely's original was a huge smash, but it was eclipsed the following year by New Orleans singer Bobby Marchan's dramatic R&B chart-topping version for Fire. Since then, it's been covered countless times, including a fine rendition by Conway Twitty!

 Honking saxists had fallen from favor by the dawn of the '60s, so McNeely eventually became a mailman and joined Jehovah's Witnesses (no, that's not the name of a combo). Happily, his horn came back out of the closet during the early '80s. McNeely went on to record for his own little label and tour the country and overseas regularly.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Chris Harland Blues Band - Chris Harland Blues Band

tyles : Modern Electric Blues
Released : 2010

01 - Honey Hush
02 - My Love For You
03 - Five Long Years
04 - Hume Highway Blues
05 - Crossroads
06 - Blues Guitar

Chris Harland, blues vocalist and guitarist, formed the CHBB in Brighton, England in October 2003. Joined by Christopher Harland playing Bass Guitar they initially performed as a duo until March 2004 when they were joined by Mike Townsend on drums. Their articulate and sensitive playing demonstrated influences from masters of the blues such as Robert Johnson, Freddie King, Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton. CHBB played an exciting mixture of original songs and cover versions of blues classics with the sound and musical style of the Chicago Electric Blues. During 2004-2007, the trio played over 100 live performances and produced two albums. In June 2007, the band retired and Chris took his blues to Canberra in Australia. Mike Townsend is now playing Rock 'n' Roll and Christopher Harland is taking a rest from live performance.

The simplest formula. The maximum impact. The Chris Harland Blues Band has the command and the precision to nail every number they play. Every CHBB set remains a memorable, musical event, revisiting the best of the Blues standards: B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters the list is long, the excitement sustained.

UK guitarist Chris Harland brought to Oz the tradition of British-made Electric Blues, the authentic riff-driven Chicago sound, a high-voltage heritage of Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Peter Green.

Bassist Paul Leeder has backed the best: Jeff St John, Wendy Saddington, Angry Anderson, the O'onnell Brothers. Paul's bass drives The Chris Harland Blues Band like a diesel locomotive, smooth and strong as a polished steel rail.

Mitch has been on the live music scene since 1975. He's just about played it all: rock, jazz, blues, reggae, funk, country, big band - even the odd stage production.

The CHBB sound is strong; assured; enticing. When this trio works a room, people buy another drink, move towards the music, applaud and shout for more and they spread the word.

Personnel
Chris Harland - Guitar & Vocals
Rick Millband - Drums
Paul Leeder - Bass Guitar

Blues Divine - Shine Like The Sun

Styles : Contemporary Blues, Soul Blues
Released : 2009

01 - Knockin'
02 - Down By The River
03 - Don't Settle For Less
04 - Apocalypse Blues
05 - La Breakdown
06 - Brother, Sister
07 - Axle Grease
08 - Sure Sign
09 - My Father's House
10 - Shine Like The Sun
11 - Sacred Ground


Rooted in the deep southern tradition, Blues Divine, with the leadership of writer, singer and guitarist, Philip Franchini, brings new blood to the blues. His songs are soulful and the vocal arrangements and funky horns are brimming with energy on this new CD.

Pulling in influences from Magic Sam to Robert Johnson and Elmore James, Blues Divine easily moves from contemporary electric to sparse acoustic blues, delivering passionate, evocative performances.

On their second effort Shine Like The Sun, Blues Divine creates a textured album. All of the songs are firmly rooted in the blues, but Blues Divine makes the most of its wide variety of talented musicians to write uniquely arranged songs that make the typical blues sound more interesting. Shine Like The Sun is an album for fans of the blues and clever song writing alike.

Blues Divine definitely proves they can play blues with everything fans of the genre are looking for on the opener “Knockin.” The track has a classic blues feel thanks to punchy, funky guitar rhythms and strong solos. Piano and sax melodies fill the track out perfectly. “Knockin” may sound like what you’d expect out of a blues band, but it doesn’t change the fact that the song is well played and will be instantly enjoyed by blues fanatics.

Likewise, the lively rhythms and powerful sax parts of “Don’t Settle For Less” is an example of the blues at its best. The track also benefits from powerful, choir vocals. Following “Don’t Settle For Less” is “Apocalypse Blues”, another song that blues fans will find impossible not to enjoy. Here, Blues Divine keeps the infectious guitar and horn melodies that drive the album. However, the song features a greater emphasis on piano and organ that separates it from many of the other tracks.

At other points on Shine Like The Sun, Blues Divine adds elements from other genres to their blues foundation. “Down By The River” starts with an organ solo that’s straight out of gospel. The up-stroked guitar rhythms of the song also give off a pleasant reggae vibe. The mixing of styles really helps to distinguish Blues Divine from other bands in their genre.

Later, Blues Divine has success mixing styles again on “LA Breakdown.” The track benefits from a bass line that’s pure 70’s funk. Once again, Blues Divine becomes instantly more intriguing by getting outside the normal blues sound. Blues Divine even has success with a country/bluegrass sound on the title-track “Shine Like The Sun.”

Over all, Blues Divine has all the classic blues elements that a fan of the genre could want on Shine Like The Sun. The band also does a great job of standing out from other blues groups by freely mixing styles.

Band
Philip Franchini
Rob Sherman - keys
Geoff Nudell - horns
Keith Lewis - bass
Nailah Porter and C.C. White - vocals