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Friday, July 13, 2012

Treves Blues Band - Blues In Teatro

Styles : Harmonica Blues
Released : 2011
Lable : Red & Black Records

01 - Good Job
02 - Judgement Day
03 - What You Gonna Do Leroy
04 - Heaven In Hell
05 - Traintime Blues
06 - Delia's Gone
07 - Nobody's Fault But Mine
08 - Talk To The Doctor
09 - Muddy Water
10 - Just About Crazy
11 - From Four 'till Late
12 - Statesboro Blues
13 - Sporting Life
14 - Whiskey Headed Woman
15 - Will The Circle Be Unbroken
16 - Hey Me Hey Mama
17 - Madcat Hop

Born and raised in Milan, Fabio Treves became interested in music at a young age, helped by the father's passion for a variety of musical genres, including classical music, jazz, blues, and Portuguese Fado. Treves' interest in music led him to study a wide range of musical instruments, including bass, organ, trumpet, and alto sax. During the 1960s he began playing what would become his signature instrument, the harmonica.
He settled near Milan as a blues harmonica player, inspired by Sonny Terry, Little Walter, Paul Butterfield, Alan Wilson, and Sonny Boy Williamson II.

In 1967, he played with his first band, the Friday Blues Group. He later joined the Simonluca e l'Enorme Maria band, which performed at the Festival di Sanremo in 1972. The following year, he again took part in the Festival, this time as a chorister for Fausto Leali, in the song "La Bandiera di Sole."

In 1974, Treves founded the first Italian blues band, the Treves Blues Band. Soon after, he met the Texan guitarist and harmonicist Cooper Terry after Terry's move to Italy, and the two began a long musical collaboration. During his career, Treves has played with Dave Kelly, Sunnyland Slim, Johnny Shines, Homesick James, Willie Mabon, Billy Branch, Dave Kelly, Paul Jones, Alexis Korner, Bob Margolin, Sam Lay, Louisiana Red, Gordon Smith, Son Seals, and Eddie Boyd. He met Frank Zappa during his Italian visit and remains the only Italian musician to have played with Zappa on stage.

Treves has participated in many music festivals in Italy and around the world. He continues to publish blues music in Italy, having released more than ten albums to date.

His collaborations have reached many levels of Italian music, having has worked with artists including Angelo Branduardi, Pierangelo Bertoli, Eugenio Finardi, Riccardo Cocciante, Mina, and Ivan Graziani, as well as some non-blues collaborations with Articolo 31

Treves Blues Band1975: Treves Blues Band (Red Record)
1980: Treves Blues Band & Mike Bloomfield Live (Mama Barley Records, MB 0001)
1980: Treves Blues Band 2 (Young Records)
1985: Treves Blues Band 3 (Buscemi Records)
1996: Treves Blues Band Live! (Red & Black)
1999: Jeepster (Red & Black)
2001: Blues Again (Red & Black)
2004: Bluesfriends (Red & Black)
2006: Blues Notes (Red & Black)
2008: Live 2008 (Red & Black)
2011: "Hey Me Hey Mama" (single) (Red & Black)
2011: Blues In Teatro (Red & Black)

1978: The Country In The City (Red Record)
1988: Sunday's Blues (CGD)
1991: Fabio Treves & Cooper Terry, "Live" (Red & Black)
1992: Jumpin' (DDD)

1979: Blues, Rock & Country Things (Spaghetti Records, ZPLSR 34057)
1987: Acoustic in Italy (Hi, Folks Records)
1997: Blues Collection (Verve)
1998: 2120 "Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Italia" (Il Manifesto)
2002: Simply the Blues (Zomba Records)
2002: Blues Express (Edel)

original CD from sussex

Friday, June 29, 2012

Dan Dinnen - Back Home

Styles : Acoustic Blues (Diatonic Harp)
Released : 2010
Lable : Black Market Records

01 - Ain't No Good
02 - Back Home
03 - Honey Bee
04 - Fallin' Back To You
05 - Blues Walked In
06 - You Don't Know My Mind
07 - Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues
08 - Follow Me Down
09 - Write You A Letter
10 - I Don't Care What Nobody Say

The winner of the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society (MBAS) Blues performer of the year competition, Dan proves on this debut album recording, that it wasn’t luck but talent that got him the prize which will see him compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January.

Operating in the well-trodden paths of Leadbelly, Skip James, Muddy Waters etc, Dan is able to bring his own voice to this selection of originals and interpretations. Backed by a combination of full band, duo and solo performances, he demonstrates his respect, and his mastery of the Blues music genre.

 Fingerpickin' guitar, wailing harmonica and piercing slide are the tools that Dan employs to accompany his distinctive and emotive vocals. This debut is the beginning of a talent that is now realized.

original CD from sussex

Monday, June 25, 2012

Claire Tomlinson - Black, White & Blues 2

Styles : Piano Blues
Released : 2001
Lable : Claire Tomlinson

01 - Cairo Blues
02 - They Ain't Walkin' No More
03 - Sugar Babe, It's All Over Now
04 - County Jail Blues
05 - Curriculum Vitae
06 - Ode to Billie Joe
07 - Before You Give It All Away
08 - Monkey Man
09 - Steel Mill Blues
10 - Blue Bird
11 - You've Been a Good Old Wagon
12 - Dark Hollow
13 - Spoonful
14 - JES
15 - It Rains In My Heart
16 - Mea Culpa

Claire Tomlinson was born and raised in New York's upper Westside.

Listening to 1940s radio, she reveled in black gospel music and country music and later experienced the blending of these musical strains in the explosion of rock and roll.

In the late 1950s discovering the Harry Smith blues and folk collection was an epiphany revealing the roots and sources of the music she had been listening to for so long.

She immersed herself in the sounds of these obscure and profoundly original singers: Robert Johnson, Skip James, Blind Lemon Jefferson, John Estes, Henry Thomas, John Hurt, Doc Watson, and Clarence Ashley, to name a few.

They pointed the way to other singers, men and women, black and white, whose recordings surfaced and greatly influenced musicians of the 60s and 70s.

Claire first sang and played piano as a child. taking up guitar, she began to play the blues and studied with Dave Van Ronk.

Many years later while living in St. Louis, she returned to the piano, working and studying with venerable blues man Henry Townsend.

"The voice that comes out of this little lady takes you by surprise. She's small, but her sound isn't. Claire mixes up black and white sounds in a way that makes her music sound familiar, but original. She puts her own mark on it."
- Henry Townsend

"Gritty piano blues from a woman's point of view by an appealing new artist."
 - Peter Pezollo

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Making Blues - You

Styles : Acoustic Blues, Harmonica Blues
Released : 2012
Lable : Powerhill Studios Records

01 - Stagolee
02 - Pawn Shop Blues
03 - You
04 - Hustle On Down
05 - You Got To Move
06 - Glory Of Love
07 - Penny Pinchin Blues
08 - Chump Man Blues
09 - Trouble In Mind
10 - Midnight Special
11 - Train To Coleraine
12 - Goin' Down This Road
13 - Blue Skies

1970 founded Robbe Kirchmayer and Ignaz Netzer her first band "Company Kischke", a knotless Chicago blues band with Klaus Roggors on piano (later only "studied" musician of the band, composer of feature films and many a "crime scene") and Franz Werder (dr ) varied, the bassist.

"Making Blues" goes for Ignaz one small dream come true, the word "making" impressive keep a play on words: The "M" stands for harmonica, "A" for Albert, "K" for cooking, "I" for Ignaz , "N" for Netzer and "G" for guitar. Of course, this duo is also dedicated to the unique way the old blues, just take a lot of space but other musical styles and original compositions one, so. e.g. Netzer's anti-neo-Nazi song "Brown Monkeys" or pieces with 2 Harps as the "Two Harps Boogie". In addition, the collaboration with a harmonica player for a lot of guitar players freedom.

Albert Koch on Harp, Vocals
Ignaz Netzer on all Guitars and Vocals
Werner Acker on solo Guitar

original CD from sussex

Saturday, June 16, 2012

East River Blues Band - East River Blues Band

Styles : Chicago Blues (Diatonic Harp)
Released : 2001
Lable : East River Blues Band

01 - Gibson Creek Shuffle
02 - Sick and Tired
03 - Why Why Why
04 - Standing Around Crying
05 - Baby What You Want Me to Do
06 - Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby
07 - Across Town
08 - Mind Your Own Buisness

The band features the blues triumvarate: harmonica, guitar and piano, made standard by Muddy Waters a half a century ago. We approach their repertoire with real excitement as this music is deep in our blood.

Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Louis Jordan and His Tympani Five, Sonny Boy Williamson, Junior Wells, William Clarke, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Eric Clapton and original compositions.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Francesco Piu - Ma-moo Tones

Styles : Acoustic Blues, One Man Band
Released : 2012
Lable : Groove Company Records

01 - The End Of Your Spell
02 - Over You
03 - Trouble So Hard
04 - Hooks In My Skin
05 - Blind Track
06 - Colors
07 - Stand-By Button
08 - Overdose Of Sorrow
09 - Down In My Knees
10 - Soul Of A Man
11 - Third Stone From The Sun

The future of Italian blues comes from Sardinia. This young self-taught guitarist, harmonica player and singer, appearing in solo version has already been able to impress audiences in prestigious festivals such as the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and the Pistoia Blues. He has opened for the father of British blues John Mayall, duetted with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, was two years on tour as guitarist David Van De Sfroos.

 An explosive mix of blues, funk and soul in acoustic, this is the magic formula of the sound of Francis More, a prodigious one-man band that is defined by the magazine Guitar Club "a veritable force of nature."

Accompanying her own voice with instruments like acoustic guitar, dobro, Weissenborn, banjo, lap steel and harmonica, this blues Sardinian has carved out a prominent place in the panorama of Italian and international blues.

By participating in the most important festival of its kind (IBC Memphis, Pistoia Blues, Blues Narcao, Trasimeno Blues, Blues Magic, Santa Blues de Tenerife, Blues au Chateau, Salaise Blues to name a few) has also opened concerts for major artists such as Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray, Johnny Winter, Charlie Musselwhite, The Derek Trucks Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Sonny Landreth, Joe Bonamassa, Larry Carlton and trod the stage with artists such as Eric Bibb, Roy Rogers, Guy Davis, Sandra Hall, Kevin Welch, Andy J.Forest, Sugar Blue, Keith Dunn, Fabio Treves, Eugene Kelly and many others.

After winning the national selections he performed in January 2010 AT THE INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE in Memphis, Tennessee as Italian representative.

But this is not the only awards granted to Francis More: in 2003 the first prize in the "Blues From Sardinia" to Narcao Blues Festival, in 2008 the first prize in the "Out of the Blue's" Samedan (SWI) and in 2011 it awarded the prestigious "Premio Maria Carta".

He has had two albums under his name. The first titled BLUES JOURNEY (2007) where he plays all by himself. The second, amygdala LIVE AT THEATRE (2010) as a trio, with the support of Master Pablo Leoni on drums and percussion and harmonica David Hope, won the prize for BEST CD OF 2010 to the Second edition. the "National Radio Award Trampa" dedicated to independent productions and gets rave reviews from the press. "Live at Theatre Amygdala: without a doubt one of the CDs of the year!" - Silvano Brambilla, The Blues.

A new chapter of his discography will open in February 2012 with the publication of MA-MOO TONES produced by Eric Bibb.

original CD from sussex

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wendy Dewitt - Boogie Teaser Too

Styles : Piano Blues
Released : 2008
Lable : Wette Music

01 - Bass Key Boogie
02 - Sitting On To of the World
03 - Sunshine Boogie
04 - Hilltop Stomp
05 - Chicago Breakdown
06 - Southside Boogie
07 - Walking
08 - Messing Around With the Blues
09 - Go Tell It On the Mountain
10 - Boogie Woogie Rambler
11 - Route 66

Blues and Boogie Woogie have been a life long passion for Wendy DeWitt - a San Francisco Bay Area favorite in the blues and boogie scene and in her travels to Europe and around the US. Her style is influenced by Sunnyland Slim, Albert Ammons, Otis Spann and Memphis Slim ? the greats of blues and boogie piano .

Wendy has appeared with Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Rush, Jimmy Thackery and Mavis Staples. She headed to Boston with Hank Ballard and the Midnighters for a performance at the Boston Symphony Hall and played one of her last concerts wit the original Queen of the Boogie Hadda Brooks, who not only congratulated Wendy’s left hand delivery, but also blessed her as a Queen of Boogie Woogie with a mission to keep the tradition alive.

Hank Ballard, author of The Twist and Look at Little Sister and with whom Wendy toured for five years named Wendy his favorite piano player. Hank’s roots were in the blues and he was also a big fan of Delmark recording artist Steve Freund, with whom Wendy worked for 10 years touring and appearing on one of his Delmark releases C for Chicago. Steve returned the favor by producing two of Wendy’s CD’s.

 From Les Nuits des Boogie Woogie in Paris, France, to the San Francisco Blues Festival, Wendy shares her passion for boogie and low down blues. Wendy’s writing has been praised by Robben Ford and Danny Caron (Charles Brown) and is heard around the world on blues radio. Jump and swing, or settle in and groove to a soulful moment with Wendy at the 88’s singing and stomping your blues away.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Matt Southon - Australian Verandah Blues

Styles : Acoustic Blues (Diatonic Harp)
Released : 2011
Lable : Pirate Records

01 - Winning Team Blues
02 - Drought Blues
03 - Hot Hand Blues
04 - Snail Blues
05 - Pat Shanks Pony
06 - Whip Herb Stan And Tom
07 - St. James Infirmary
08 - Trapman Joe
09 - Nowhere Blues
10 - The Overflow
11 - The Ballad Of Wally Burden
12 - Old Bill
13 - Life's A Funny Thing

Matt’s music is inspired by The passion and fire of old style bluesman
the likes of Son House and Charlie Patton.

Living on a bush property near Bega, Australia; Matt’s verandah has played home to much of his raucous stomping about, with his style developing through absolutely no need to turn it down!

 Matt has performed at the Bruthen, Narooma and Goulburn Blues Festivals and supported the likes of Glenn Terry and the Blues Bombers and Lloyd Spiegel.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Eugene 'Lucky' Fluker - Caroll County Mississippi

Styles : Downhome Blues
Released : 2002
Lable : Tee Time Records

01 - I 'm the One You Need
02 - What Up St. Louis
03 - Play That Rock and Roll
04 - Hey Baby Blues
05 - C. C. Rider
06 - Since I Met You Baby
07 - Caroll County Mississippi
08 - I'm in Love with You Honey
09 - Hip Hop

Born and Raised in a small town called Black Hawk in
Carrol County Mississippi (highway 17 near Lexington),
Eugene was the youngest of four brothers and one sister, children of Jesse and Luella Fluker (sharecroppers), deceased in 1957 and 1963. "After working in the fields, at age 13, I saved enough money to go to Greenwood and bought my first box Guitar for $13.95. My cousin John Thurmond (Jagould) taught me a lot. Inspired by blues musicians such as Lightening Hopkins and John Lee Hooker, I always wanted to play and sing the blues".

Eugene was 18 when he came to St Louis and began to play on the bandstand with Ace Wallace, Henry Williams and others noted musicians in St Louis and East St Louis. He continued to play in the metropolitian area until after he met his wife Mattie and began to riase a family which consisted of 4-daughters Avis, Gina, Carmen, and Deloris, a family of six.

After a considerable absence from the music world, Eugene came back, not only performing throughout the St Louis area but recorded a group-CD (Not Over The Hill Yet) with such personalities as Willie Richardson, Johnny Jones and Willie (Green) Allen.

Lucille: Eugene, I know that you already have a Guitar, so why purchase another one named Lucille. "This Guitar was designed by B B King and list for $3,600. I purchased it because you can get just about any sound that you want out of it, including stereo. It also has a cord the allows you to change sound and tone quality. You can even sound like B B King if you have the talent". The picture to the left that we are looking at here is really laid-out, a beautiful guitar and case.

The picture at the top of the page is the Bluesfield Blues Band, the group that Eugene is playing with now.

 Eugene's newly released nine-song CD, Carrol County Mississippi has a picture of himself on the front cover and a picture of his grandson, Michael who plays bass guitar, on the back cover.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Clay Cotton - Do You Know What It Means

Styles : Piano Blues
Released : 1989
Lable : Clay Cotton

01 - Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
02 - Whole Lotta Loving
03 - House Party
04 - Dangerous
05 - Language of the Heart
06 - My Wife Can't Cook
07 - Oowee Baby Blues
08 - Red Beans
09 - Sweet Little Sixteen
10 - Washable Ink
11 - Watching You Fall into Sleep

Over a span of decades playing at the very pinnacles of show business, Clay Cotton's piano gained the respect, loyalty & musical companionship of legends like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Janis Joplin, Mick Jagger, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis, Charlie Musselwhite, Jerry Garcia, Cher, John Lee Hooker, Hank Williams Jr, Chuck Berry , Grace Slick , Boz Scaggs, Robert Cray, Steve Ray Vaughn, Jim Morrison, Etta James, Muddy Waters, Tina Turner and scores of others...

 The irresistible tracks in this treasured collection are stellar examples of Clay Cotton's rip-snortin', off-the-cuff, good-time piano playing and singing, plus smoky, poignant ballads.

This is the same, remarkable music which earned Clay both global media recognition & raving hoards of near-rabid fans who now eagerly gobble up each & every available recording unearthed from Clay's pleasure chest of archived tracks.

This batch is composed of seamlessly-interwoven, boogie woogie blues-based tracks, marked by Clay's rich, sexy, vocals.

Most of these tunes are from the legendary "Santa Fe sessions of 1989", recorded just before Clay contracted the crippling Multiple Sclerosis which plagues him to this day and prevents him from ever again playing piano.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ricky Nye - The Fifth Annual Blues & Boogie Piano Summit

Styles : Piano Blues, Boogie Woogie
Relaesed : 2003
Lable : 1-2-3 Records

01  - Deep Elem Blues
02  - Euro Blues
03  - Hociel Blues
04  - K&M Stomp
05  - It's You Baby
06  - Any Old Lonesome Day
07  - Oakley Boogie
08  - Worried Life Blues
09  - He Really Makes It Hard For Me
10  - Midnight Hour Blues
11  - Three Hundred Pounds of Heaven
12  - I'd Rather Be Sloppy Drunk
13  - Suitcase Blues
14  - How Long Has That Train Been G
15  - Chicken A-La-Blues
16  - Creole Boogie

The Blues-iest edition of the 'Highlights From The Blues & Boogie Piano Summit' series- the Fifth Anniversary Edition-recorded LIVE at Newport, Kentucky's Historic Southgate House on Saturday, November 8th, 2003- this edition lays heavier on the blues, with outstanding contributions from the one and only Ann Rabson, Chicago's son of piano blues, Chuck Goering (better known as Barrelhouse Chuck), patriarch of Texas/Santa Fe-style piano pickin', Charlie Booty, and myself, Cincinnati Ohio's Ricky Nye - outstanding accompaniment from my partners in 'The Swingin' Mudbugs', Tony Flanklin on drums & Nick Lloyd on upright bass.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Stefan George - Song Tower

Styles : Folk Blues, Acoustic Blues
Released : 1992
Lable : Blue Bhikku Records

01 - Road Song
02 - Barbara Jane
03 - What's This
04 - Too Much Too Dream
05 - Sad Eyes
06 - Long Night
07 - Terminal Cafe
08 - Man In Blue
09 - Electric Avenue
10 - 1.000 Points Of Light
11 - Wonderful World
12 - Moon's Companion

Stefan began playing guitar at age eleven. Inspired by legends like Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, and Brownie McGhee, he eventually studied with John Jackson, Steve James, and Del Ray. He made his stage debut at thirteen performing at Green Haven State Prison in upstate New York. At nineteen he hitchhiked around Europe playing cafes and pubs and had a house band gig in Turkey in a Vegas style night club backing a sword dancer. He left NY in the early 70's and played in San Francisco before settling in Tucson, Arizona. He founded a dance crazed World Beat, R&B band: "Brain Damage Orchestra" with partner Lavinia White in 1983, that broke club attendance records around the South West for ten years.

He then began dedicating himself to honing his acoustic guitar, songwriting, and slide guitar playing skills in earnest. Since then he's been a finalist in the Telluride Troubadour, the Kerrville New Folk, the Music City, and the Just Plain Folks songwriting competitions. He's won TAMMIE Awards (Tucson Area Music Awards) for Solo Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Songwriter, and Acoustic Ensemble and has been inducted into The Tucson Musicians Hall of Fame and The Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.

He's opened for and/or performed with a plethora of music greats such as: James Cotton, Mose Allison, Dave Van Ronk, Pete Seeger, Guy Davis, Norman Blake, Taj Mahal, Junior Lockwood, Honey Boy Edwards, Rory Block, Leftover Salmon, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Louden Wainwright III, Little Feat, Elvin Bishop, and many others.

Recent performance highlights include a solo tour of Germany, two tours with his blues trio "The Conrads" in Germany as well, a National Public Radio concert in Honolulu, featured artist on the internationally syndicated radio show "Beale Street Caravan", the SXSW music conference in Austin, Texas, host and performer at The Kerrville Folk Festival's "Blues Project", The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, The Mammoth Lakes Bluesapalooza in California, The Silver City Blues Fest in New Mexico, The Lawton International Festival in Oklahoma, The Leverkusen Jazz Fest and The Verdener Blues Tage in Germany, and many, many other great club and festival shows in eight countries and two continents...

original CD from sussex

Monday, May 14, 2012

R.J. Mischo - Make It Good

Styles : Harmonica Blues
Released : 2012
Lable : Delta Groove

01  - Trouble Belt
02  - The Frozen Pickle
03  - Make It Good
04  - Papa's S.T. Special
05  - Minnesota Woman
06  - Arumbula Part 1
07  - Not Your Good Man
08  - I Got You Covered
09  - Up To The Brim
10  - The Biscuit Is Back
11  - Elevator Juice
12  - All Over Again
13  - Arumbula Part 2

We have RJ Mischo's older brother Mike to thank for having the foresight to present his younger sibling with his first Hohner Marine Band Harmonica around the age of twelve. That very same brother was also responsible for aligning Mischo's career trajectory by taking him to see a Muddy Waters concert when he was only 16-years old. Sitting just a mere 10-feet away from the pioneering blues legend at the Bel Ray Ballroom in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mischo was awe-struck. Witnessing Waters' magnetic performance instilled a life-long hunger and appreciation for the blues that Mischo continues to nourish to this day.

Mischo's formal music career got its start over 30 years ago while working his way up through the thriving Minneapolis blues scene?his first paying gig came by way of Mississippi-bred singer/guitarist Percy Strother in the late-1970s. By the early '80s, Mischo was working with Muddy Waters' band alumni, George "Mojo" Buford, and had discovered the secrets to achieving a full-tone on his harmonica via tongue-blocking, a method taught to him by recent Los Angeles transplant, Lynwood Slim, who had taken up residence in Minneapolis at the time. About a year after establishing an all-star blues jam with guitarist Teddy Morgan every Sunday evening at the Five Corners Bar in 1991, the pair released their collaborative debut effort, "Ready To Go," featuring vocalist Percy Strother on Blue Moon Records. Mischo's first official solo album, "Gonna Rock Tonight," followed in '94. Mischo continued to release top-shelf recordings, building up an impressive and sizable catalog in the process, while always employing the services of high caliber musicians such as Jeremy Johnson, Steve Freund, Junior Watson, Frank Goldwasser, Rusty Zinn, Kid Andersen, Barrelhouse Chuck, June Core and Richard Innes. He's also maintained a consistently aggressive touring schedule, making regular trips overseas to Europe, and has even travelled to South America for performances with Brazil's own blues emissaries, the Igor Prado Band.

His Delta Groove debut, "Make It Good," is RJ Mischo's tenth release and he makes good on the promise of that title by delivering a high-octane fueled album?complete with 100% original material?backed by a formidable stable of talent featuring Austin's foremost blues elite. Mischo explains: "I was at the King Biscuit Blues Festival watching a performance of Anson Funderburgh when the vision for this album came to me. I knew the drummer Wes Starr lived in Austin, Texas. I asked him right then and there if he would be interested in working with me on this project." Joining Starr on the Austin sessions are guitarists Nick Curran and Johnny Moeller, bassist Ronnie James Weber, and pianist Nick Connolly. Drummer Richard Medek, and Mischo's old pal, guitarist Jeremy Johnson, are also on board for a couple of lowdown tracks recorded in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prepare yourself for some big blues and a little rock 'n roll, on what most assuredly adds up to one of RJ Mischo's toughest sounding and most satisfying ventures yet…make it good indeed!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Brian Kramer - A Tribute To Robert Johnson

Styles : Acoustic Blues
Released : 2011
Lable : BKB

01  - Phonograph Blues
02  - Ramblin' On My Mind
03  - Stones In My Passway
04  - Dead Shrimp Blues
05  - Drunken Hearted Man
06  - Honeymoon Blues
07  - When You Got A Good Friend
08  - Steady Rollin' Man
09  - Stop Breakin' Down
10  - Last Fair Deal Goin' Down
11  - Little Queen Of Spades

A Tribute To Robert Johnson, Brian Kramer does it justice with clear blues acoustic guitar playing and an understanding of traditional blues. His voice is full of emotion and clarity so that every word is heard and the stories behind the songs clearly unfolds.

Sympathetic and skilful production has been used recording live in a studio with no over dubbing, this is an genuine recognition of Robert Johnson delivered by Brian who has passion for traditional blues. Brian's 1932 National pounds out the rhythm demonstrating all the lessons he has learnt from the greats including Junior Wells who was both his friend and mentor putting these skills to great use on the CD.

Eleven tracks have been carefully crafted from the opening number 'Phonograph Blues' through to 'Little Queen Of Spades'. The combination of his voice and guitar skills makes this a fine tribute and a must for traditional Blues and Robert Johnson fans alike.

All songs written by Robert Johnson (traditional), music arranged by B. Kramer

Brian Kramer: Vocals, acoustic guitar & slide on 1932 National steel Duolian
Mats Qwarfordt: Harmonica
Bert Deivert: Mandolin

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Kai Strauss Band - This Time

Styles : Modern Electric Blues
Released : 2012
Lable : Timezone

01 - Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don't
02 - A Good Day
03 - 07.30 (Seven Thirty)
04 - This Time
05 - The Harder You Love
06 - One Woman Man
07 - A Whole Lotta Medicine
08 - Just The Man I Am
09 - I Wish I'd Known
10 - Still A Fool
11 - No Easy Way
12 - Procrastination Blues

Actually known as a guitarist Kai Strauss on the side of Gonzales memo, the original American blues with rock 'n' roll ambitions. But Strauss has now freed itself and with singer Jeffrey Amankwa started a band, the Soul, beaten rock, pop and reggae to a vibrant mix. Result: an album titled "This Time", where the blues act governs in the background.

Terry 'Harmonica' Bean With The Cornlickers - Rock This House Tonight

Styles : Harmonica Blues, Juke Joint Blues
Released : 2011
Lable : Mississippi Railroad Recordings

01 - Old Macdonald
02 - Hoochie Coohie
03 - Come On Baby
04 - Men Go Crazy
05 - Love Me
06 - Little Red Rooster
07 - Hey Pretty Baby
08 - So Long
09 - Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man
10 - Lookin' Good Tonight
11 - Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man
12 - Story 3 - Terry's Dad
13 - Lookin' Good Tonight

Bean first heard downhome blues at home. His father Eddie Bean, a native of Bruce, sang and played blues guitar and prior to Terry’s birth traveled with an electric blues band.

For many years Eddie Bean, who died in 1985, hosted informal music and gambling gatherings at the family’s house on 'Bean Hill' in west Pontotoc. He also worked as a sharecropper, enlisting Terry and other of his fourteen children to pick cotton in the surrounding fields.

Terry began playing guitar and harmonica as a child, and eventually his father began featuring him at the home gatherings and taking him along to other house parties. Terry decided to 'get serious' about the blues in 1988 after visiting the Delta Blues Festival in Greenville. Every weekend for three years Terry traveled to Greenville and its environs to play harmonica with James 'T-Model' Ford as well as Asie Payton at various juke joints. He also played across the Delta with artists including Lonnie Pitchford.

These days Terry travels the world solo and with his band bringing Hill Country and Delta blues to every growing authentic blues loving fan base. His live performances are an amazing example of what it means to have fire and raw power. He is one of the best living bluesman in the world and would have held his own in any generation. Terry is hands down at the top of the heap as a Harmonica and Guitar player.

On this live album, Terry "Harmonica" Bean and the Cornlickers take you back in time with "Rock This House Tonight", an incredible recording that captures the sound and furry of the house parties Terry grew up with.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Chino & The Big Bet - 100 Years - Tribute to Robert Johnson

Styles : Acoustic Blues, Country Blues
Released : 2010
Lable : Selflable

01 - Stop Breakin' Down Blues
02 - I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
03 - Come On In My Kitchen
04 - Stones in My Passway
05 - Love In Vain
06 - Last Fair Deal Gone Down
07 - Rambling On My Mind
08 - They're Red Hot
09 - 32-20
10 - If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
11 - When You Got A Good Friend
12 - Malted Milk
13 - From Four Till Late

Hernan Senra "Chino" has proposed to pay tribute to one of his historical references. This album recorded by 16 August (day of his death) contains 13 of the 29 songs recorded by Robert Johnson. In this adventure is accompanied by Rod Deville on bass, Marti Elias on drums, and Victor collaborations doors on harmonica and ukulele Albert Bello.

Getting out of the lane along the shoulder and avoiding the use of trying to copy note fornote,"Chino" revisits the teacher, as they did at the time who electrified the music of "Delta" during the first half of the twentieth century.

Keeping the essence, but by appropriating the issues and impregnating them with his character, "Chino" delights us with a record that simply tastes like Blues ...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Robert Pete Williams & Son House - Live

Styles : Country Blues, Delta Blues
Released : 1966
Lable : Roots

01 - Son House - Depot Agent Blues
02 - Son House - County Farm Blues
03 - Son House - The Pony Blues
04 - Son House - Death Letter Blues
05 - Robert Pete Williams - I'm A Poor Boy Long Ways From Home
06 - Robert Pete Williams - Workin' Woman Blues
07 - Robert Pete Williams - I'm Down On My Knees
08 - Robert Pete Williams - Oh Lord Please Help Me On My Way
09 - Robert Pete Williams - I'm Drunk Now

Robert Pete Williams recorded in Hinterbruhl, Austria, 1966.
Son House recorded in 1965.

original LP from sussex

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Andy Cohen & Jack Radcliffe - Four Hands No Waiting

Styles : Acoustic Blues, Piano Blues
Released : 2005
Lable : Wepecket Island Records

01 - Four Hands No Waiting
02 - Midnight Hour Blues
03 - Cincinnati Flow Rag
04 - It's Too Short
05 - Organ Grinder Swing
06 - Weenie Man
07 - Furry's Blues
08 - Miss New Orleans
09 - Cold In Hand Blues
10 - Cow Cow Blues
11 - Florida Blues
12 - If I Could Be With You
13 - Honey It Must Be Love

Andy Cohen and "Ragtime" Jack Radcliffe were strong-armed into conducting a piano "duel" at a folk music convention in New York in November, 2003, and the joint was positively jumpin'! Since then, the two have collaborated (and traded musical and verbal insults) on a number of occasions. The recording was done at Sounds Interesting Studios in Middleboro, MA, and features piano and guitar duets as well as some four-hand, two-piano work.

Andy Cohen:
Andy grew up in a house with a piano and a lot of Dixieland Jazz records, amplified after a while by a cornet that his dad got him. At about fifteen, he got bitten by the Folk Music bug, and soon got to hear records by Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, both of which reminded him of the music he grew up to. At sixteen, he saw Rev. Gary Davis, and his course was set. He knew he had it in him to follow, study, perform and promote the music of the southeast quadrant,America's musical mother lode.
A list of Andy's musical friends and acquaintances would fill several pages. He has studied the music
of hundreds of blues guitar players and piano players. Here is a list that hits the high points:
Willie Walker, Lemon Jefferson, Lead Belly, Davis, Broonzy, Skip James, Bukka White, Rev. Robert Wilkins, Brownie McGhee, the list goes on. He's been "lead boy" for Jim Brewer, Rev. Dan Smith, and Brother Daniel Womack and briefly, Rev, Davis himself; hung out with John Jackson, Phil Wiggins, John Cephas, Hank Duncan, Honeyboy Edwards, Mad Dog Lester, Big Joe Duskin, Pigmeat Jarrett, Howard Armstrong, Carl Martin,Ted Bogan, Elizabeth Cotten, Etta Baker, John Dee Holeman, Fris Holloway, Larry Johnson, Eugene Powell, Johnnie Shines,Will Dukes and many others. He has given support when he could to deserving players, and arranged work for many more, organized festivals and small venues for them and others to play in, written about several of the old guys and studied their work in a systematic way, and taught a couple of dozen players who are now professionals.
Andy salutes Tony Piedade, who sold him his first fiddle half a lifetime ago.

"Ragtime" Jack Radcliffe:
Jack also grew up in a house with a piano and a lot of Dixieland Jazz records.Another barber shop figured prominently in Jack's early musical development. Next door to Romie's Barber Shop on
Mechanics Lane in New Bedford was the Windsor Music Store. After every haircut, Jack would take a few quarters into the music store and buy sheet music, mostly Dixieland arrangements for small combos. Matt Perry, who occasionally subbed on piano for the late great Frankie Carl, was Jack's piano teacher and between the Bartok and the Brahms he'd slip Jack some pointers on boogie woogie and big band.The folk music revival of the 50s came along just in time, as well, and by the time Jack ran into Larry Johnson he had a pretty good understanding of country blues. At that time Larry was being touted as the next generation of country blues players. Prestige even released an album titled "Blues:The Next Generation," produced by Sam Charters. Jack and Larry worked at a few gigs doing a Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell kind of thing. After hitting the road on the folk music circuit during the coffeehouse surge of the 60s, Jack settled in very musical Newport, R.I. Jack's band,"The New Viper Revue" roared and stomped throughout the Northeast in the early and mid-70s, preaching the joyful gospel of the fusion of New Orleans Jazz, Rhythm and Blues and Piedmont Blues.
But it was his 15-year, 2,500-plus-gig partnership with the late clarinetist Al Oliveira where
Jack sprouted his own roots in traditional American jazz and blues.
And the funny thing about this new partnership with Andy Cohen is that Tony Piedade and his barber shop were the cause of it all. It was time for Andy to get back to New Bedford and pick up another of Tony's wonderful instruments ... and Jack just happened to have moved back to his native city.

original CD from sussex

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Speedo 'Harmonica' Jones - Blues From The Archives Vol.2

Styles : Harmonica Blues, Electric Blues
Released : 2006
Lable : Integrity Records

01 - Intro (By John Narucki)
02 - Blues For Speedo - Albert
03 - Call It Stormy Monday - Drink Muddy Water
04 - I Smell A Rat
05 - Double Slide Boogie
06 - Tobacco Road
07 - They Call Me Lazy
08 - Oreo Cookie Blues
09 - Outro (By John Narucki)

Hard Rocking Electric Blues featuring Soul soaring harmonica from Speedo and gut wrenching blues guitars from Albert Collins, Peter Malick, Jumpin' Jon Specter, Kim Simmonds and Larry McCray and the soulful vocals of Delmar "Mighty Mouth" Evans and Organ on Tony Z.

original CD from sussex

Friday, April 27, 2012

Red Wine Serenaders - D.O.C. - Aged In Barrel

Styles : Acoustic Blues, Folk Blues
Released : 2011
Lable : Totally Unnecessary Records

01 - On The Road Again
02 - Just As Well Let Her Go
03 - I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
04 - Out On The Western Plains
05 - In My Girlish Days
06 - Did You Mean
07 - It Calls That Religion
08 - 8.9 & 10
09 - (When It's) Darkness On The Delta
10 - You Rascal You
11 - Lotus Blossom
12 - Samson & Delilah
13 - Linin' Track

The Red Wine Serenaders could not choose the place best suited to their name and title of the new job, DOC in fact, to record the same: the old station now, a pleasant town at the beginning of the province of Bolzano lies in the valley of the Adige, among huge extensions of vineyards and orchards.

The combo drive from Milan (Veronica Sbergia, Max De Bernardi and Mauro Ferrarese, reinforced by the harmonic recordings of Marcus Tondo) with the permanent presence of the bass "Camuna" Alessandra Cecala, puts on record the feelings and the experience of many evenings spent on tour to Italy and Europe, what emerges is a studio album of rare beauty and elegance, as one that typically comes from a barrel in which aging, without haste, a robust red keep for but also great opportunities to sip when you want to do good. Following the metaphor RWS wine say that the mix generated from their respective experiences and technical characteristics of the musicians is a "Bordeaux blend" which expertly mixes the typical varietals that compose partedo fleshy and fruity elegance and softness of Merlot ( Veronica and Max), with the addition of the structure "bony" and powerfully tannic Cabernet Sauvignon (Mauro) and herbal notes, which give that bit of unpredictability, typical of Cabernet Franc (Alessandra and Marcus).

Folk, blues, ragtime, country, jug band and old time music, which draws freely from the American tradition between the two wars, in short, a melting pot of styles and genres, the band wields an extraordinary skill for variety and intensity of interpretation, are reviewed in the thirteen songs that make DOC a valuable treasure trove of musical knowledge. The selections are assembled in a ladder cleverly designed to give the listener the ups and downs of emotions, typical mood that characterizes their unmissable live set. So we pass from the suggestions jug of On The Road Again, typical of the sound of Memphis, to the swing of Just As Well Let Her Go, ending with the gospel of Samson & Delilah and the intense, amazing, hypnotic linin 'Track, a choral song unforgettable.

Max Mauro and a monstrous show versatility in playing any type of rope (probably also would be able to play a drying rack of clothes!), Their voices are full, rich and well intersect with the beautiful Veronica, capable of addressing the larger genera different, really a singer every day more flexible (also note: his performances with more rock Rusties) and Cecala also surprised at hand, how can we appreciate its workhorse, the traditional lead to success by J. Leadbelly version here in the very western, titled Out On The Wester Plains.

original CD from sussex