Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Pianoman Dan Gillogly has been making a living in music for over 30 years. Based in Chicago as a singing piano player forced him to remain versatile so he could work a lot! Then in June of 2008 he dislocated his elbow and tore ligaments while cycling.
It kept him from playing and working for over 4 months. During that time he had a chance to reflect. He realized making a living performing music was pretty cool, but when was he going to go back to playing more of the songs he wrote? So this album is the first release in over 15 years for Pianoman Dan. Eight original blues & boogie tunes including 2 ballads; one a very true story of a good friend of his who is 'Livin' Life Today' because of a lung transplant. It is a record he has been wanting to put out for a long time now. The blues and the boogie patterns have been a staple of his repertoire now through all the gigs in bars, brothels and corporate parties.
Monday, January 30, 2012
About ten years ago, in the backyard of his parents' house in Ithaca, New York, Jeremy Lyons showed me his newly purchased 1935 National Guitar. At the time I was playing in a band with Lyons' life-long friend and future Deltabilly Boy Greg Schatz. Lyons would occasionally sit in with our band, and I knew him to be a pretty decent electric guitar player. When he sat down on the picnic table and began finger-picking that National, I knew he had found his niche. Anyone who knows the music scene in New Orleans these days or reads this magazine knows the rest of the story.
Lyons was a little hesitant when I asked if I could review his new CD, Live at Fribourg. He was concerned about the quality of the mix. Given that Mark Bingham produced the last Deltabilly Boys disc (with great results) and that Live at Fribourg is a no frills live soundboard mix, I can see his point. Although there are some rough edges that you would associate with such a live recording, there is really only one track (the last) where the mix is slightly distracting. That nit having been picked, let's get down to business.
This CD rocks. It is by far the loosest, greasiest recording of this band to date. Eleven of the tracks are from 1998 appearances at a festival in Switzerland. These cuts feature the current line-up of the Deltabilly Boys (Lyons on guitar and vocals, Greg Schatz on bass, accordion, and vocals, and Paul Santopadre on drums) augmented by multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and fellow Ithacan A.J. Strauss. He provides backing on piano, guitar, trumpet and upright bass with amazing facility. His Slam Stewart-style bass/vocal solo on "Everybody Loves My Baby" is one this disc's many highlights. Also of note is a red hot version of the Jr. Parker classic "Mystery Train," as well as a stunning seven minute workout on Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?" The playing and in particular the vocals on this album are as on time as you would expect from a band that gigs as constantly as these guys. If you're a Deltabilly fan, this is a must have.
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Sunday, January 29, 2012
The band come from Germany, influences Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Robert Johnson, Elmore James.
Fritz Köster : Vocals
Helge Preuß : Guitar, Vocals
Michael Brünig : Drum
Sven Jordan : Piano, Organ
Axel Uhde : Harp, Guitar
Saturday, January 28, 2012
In 2005 St. Louis resident Jeff Konkel decided to make a life altering decision. He started a new record label called Broke & Hungry and released a raw-sounding disc titled Back to Bentonia by a Mississippi blues artist little known outside of his home town by the name of Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. Five years have since passed and though the label has not become a house-hold name or made a ton of money, they have recorded and released an impressive seven albums by musicians who would’ve been lost in obscurity forever otherwise, as well as being partnered with Roger Stolle from Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art in Clarksdale and Mudpuppy Recordings in the filming of the award-winning M For Mississippi.
Field recordings may have changed significantly since the days of John Hammond, Sr, John Work or John Lomax, with the use of much more impressive equipment. But it is the locating of the musicians that truly matters. To find those who’ve been overlooked and still perform in the truest, pure sense of the blues as handed down from their forebears. Broke & Hungry has brought us exceptional material from artists such as the aforementioned Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, plus Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Odell Harris, The Mississippi Marvel, Pat Thomas, Terry “Big T” Williams, L.C. Ulmer, T-Model Ford, Bill Abel and R.L. Boyce. The only one of the bunch with somewhat prior recognition being T-Model Ford for his releases on the Fat Possum label. But unless you’ve come across them playing on the street in Clarksdale, or in a juke joint in Bentonia, or just for their neighbors, their names were most likely completely foreign to you. But each of their recordings were awe-inspiring and natural in a sense that this is a sound that could’ve easily been played in these same locations some fifty-sixty years back sounding just as they do today.
To celebrate the fact that the label has endured for five years, Broke & Hungry has released a retrospective of tracks from those seven albums that shows their progress. There are thirty tracks in all, but only sixteen have been previously released, meaning there are fourteen new tunes making this 2-CD compilation indispensible if you love blues on edge, maybe a little out of tune and completely from the musicians’ hearts.
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Friday, January 27, 2012
Some famous musicians he played with :
Carl Sonny Leyland
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Buckwheat Shacker is a project that producer/guitarlist Phil Robins has
create with other talent : Doug Haberle, Janina Williams, Matt Farren, and
George Williamson. Thier lyric and vocal ability has made it possible
for this collaborative project to be a success.
This CD deals with totally digital compositions, except for the guitar and vocals.
The ability to mix different instrumentation and vocals digitaly is what make
this a complete composition. Each track was original in its conception and recording.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Lable : Wolf Records
01 - Poor Girl
02 - Insurance Policy Blues
03 - Prisoner Blues
04 - Court-House Blues
06 - New Block And Tackle Blues
07 - Breathtakin' Blues
08 - Bedroom Stomp
09 - Boarding House Blues
18 - Ticket Agent Blues
19 - New Minglewood Blues
21 - I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World
22 - How Long How Long Blues
23 - Cow Cow Blues
24 - Beale Street Breakdown
Recorded in Chicago, Georgia, North Carolina, and Memphis.
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Monday, January 23, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
01 - An't Nobody
02 - Years Gone By
03 - I'm Lost Without You
04 - Too Drunk to Stagger
05 - Old Orange Peel
06 - Baby Song
07 - Mfhj
08 - If I Wasn't Such a Rambler
09 - Which One Am I
10 - What More Do You Want
11 - Indiana Country Boy
12 - We Be Jamin'
13 - Red Man, White Man Blues *bonus Track
14 - Song For You *bonus Track
15 - Te Power *bonus Track
16 - About You Blues *bonus Track
17 - Rain Keeps Falling *bonus Track
18 - Out of My System *bonus Track
19 - Bad News Blues *bonus Track
20 - There You Are *bonus Track
21 - Smoke Off Our Cigarette *bonus Track
22 - Hawaiian Cowboy *bonus Track
23 - Quicksand *bonus Track
24 - Talkin' Bout *bonus Track
25 - Spud Rap *bonus Track
26 - Outhouse Trots *bonus Track
27 - Dead End (live with the blues crackers) *bonus Track
Rocky Zharp, born in Indiana, was given his first musical instrument, a harmonica, by his great grandmother when he was a toddler.
By age 15, Rocky was working as a bass player in a three-piece rock band. Rocky won a local talent contest, before joining the army, playing guitar, harmonica and singing original songs
After moving to California, Rocky began playing harmonica with Bodie Mountain Express, a blue grass/country band, which had recorded on RCA Records and worked with Col. Tom Parker (Elvis' manager). They performed at county fairs and festivals throughout southern California.
This is when Rocky started his recording career. Before recording his own songs, Rocky did harmonica work for other recording artist. Rocky now has 9 cds out.
Rocky won the Inland Theater League Award for his part in the theater production of "The World of Carl Sandberg" and had rave reviews while performing in "Hard Travelin' a Tribute to Woody Guthrie". Rocky has done some stand up comedy and has been a comedy traffic violator school instructor for thirteen years.
Rocky has hosted a weekly blues radio show, "The Great Blues Mix" on KHPY radio out of Moreno Valley, Ca. (the station has now gone Spanish)
Rocky has played harmonica with such jazz/blues greats as; Eric Burdon, The Mighty Flyers, The Toller Brothers, Jerry Van Blair, Bill Shields, and Big "J" McNelly. Rocky has played with other well-known artist such as: Don Ho, Freddy Fender, Rosie & the Originals, Randy Fuller, and Buddy Merrill.
Rocky has recorded with Junior Watson, Larry Taylor, Honey Piazza, Jody Reynolds, and Johnny Neal.
The following is some of the artist Rocky has opened for: Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Canned Heat, Corey Stevens, Molly Hatchet, the Crests, Utah Phillips, and Highway 101.
Rocky released a live cd as well as a studio cd, "Crackin' the Blues" with his band The Blues Crackers, (Official promoters of mandatory fun and audience participation). In 2002 Rocky released two CD's: "The Best Of Rocky Zharp" (which has been getting air play in the United States and throughout Europe) and "The Blair Zharp Project," a children's cd with Irish folk singer Andrea Blair (which had two number one songs on mp3.com.)
files from sussex
Saturday, January 21, 2012
02 - Back Door Friend
03 - I Was Fooled
04 - Annie Lee
05 - Blues On Blues
06 - I'm Gonna Move
07 - Tomorrow Night
08 - Troubles
Sinner's Prayer (1976, Red Lightnin')
Checkin' It Out (1979, Sequel)
Eldorado Cadillac (1995, Alligator)
Friday, January 20, 2012
11 - Special Agent
12 - Nongharn Blues
At first glance “Kid Man Blues by blues mandolin man Bert Deivert is fine easy listening collection of acoustic based blues delivered front porch style with a live off the cuff feel. But when you dig deeper into the liner notes you find there is more to the story and the album becomes the portrait of a man on a global quest to find the source elements that drive his passion for the blues. Deivert traveled the globe, recording in Sweden, Germany, Mississippi and Bangkok to collaborate and commune with like minded souls who celebrate the blues with the same fire. Opening with R.L Burnsides “Goin’ Down South,” featuring the ghostly wail of the lap steel alongside his mandolin that ramp up vibe of this call and response chant, setting the stage for what is to come. Big Toe Studios in Duncan Mississippi was site for delta style jam session that produced foot stompers “Rob and Steal,” and “Lula,” with the late Sam Carr on drums. Dievert sites Carl martin as the prime influence on his blues mandolin and this reading of Martin’s “Kid Man Blues with help from My Sohlin and Memphis Gold on vocals could serve as an archetype for the genre. Most intriguing is how Deivert captured the ghost of Skip James and his 1931 classic “Cypress Grove,” in Bangkok with help from Dulyasit “Pong” Srabua on guitar. Who knew the Delta had move to Thailand. Kid Man Blues shows us that the mandolin is the oft forgotten right hand man of traditional acoustic blues that sits perfectly alongside slide and nation guitar, and Bert Deivert is a man on a mission to keep it alive and kicking.
08 - Baby Please Don't Go
09 - Somebody Stole My Christmas
10 - Hideaway
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Released : 2011
Lable : Document Records
01 - On The Sunny Side Of The Street
02 - 44 Blues
03 - Night Time Is The Right Time
04 - Honeysuckle Rose
05 - Drivin' Wheel
06 - My Baby's Gone
07 - Goin' Down Slow
08 - Runnin' The Boogie
09 - St. James Infirmary Blues
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Released : 2003
Lable : Castle Toadstool Records
01 - Fingertips
02 - Take Care (But Don't Take It Easy)
03 - You Need It, It's Gone
04 - Risk It For A Biscuit
05 - High Ground
06 - California Zephyr
07 - I've Got To Be With You Tonight
08 - Blue River Rising
09 - Gone Gershwin/Summertime
10 - Cold Chills
11 - Comin' Home (Sailor's Song)
10 - Smokestack Lightning
11 - Everyday I Have the Blues
12 - Who Do You Love
13 - Bonus Track
St. Louis has a blues tradition that stretches back to the post WWI migration of Black laborers up the Mississippi to industrial jobs in northern cities. Along with their high hopes and matchbox luggage, they brought the musical traditions of the Delta. In St. Louis, those mixed with the ragtime piano traditions already in place to bring us a distinctive boogie-woogie style. The St. Louis blues tradition lives on today in the clubs of the South Broadway district and the performances of musicians like the three in The Bottoms Up Blues Gang.
Singer Kari Liston, guitarist Jeremy Segel-Moss and harmonicist Adam Andrews produce a much fuller sound than the lineup might suggest, even when not augmented by some of the guests that periodically appear on their debut CD. The most notable addition is pianist Matt Murdick, whose presence allows Segel-Moss, a rock solid rhythm guitar player for the most part, to open up and demonstrate some impressive facility as a lead player as well.
In addition to singing, Liston adds some original songs into the group's set of blues standards, but it's hard to tell the originals from the classics, they're that good. She's a very effective stylist, with an emotional richness that belies her relative youth. Andrews rounds out the lineup with a harmonica that fills the place of a keyboardist, a horn section, a harmony vocalist, a lead guitarist or just about anything else that might be missing, and fills those places completely.
Monday, January 16, 2012
03 - Walking Blues (Son House, Willie Brown, Fiddlin' Joe Martin, Leroy Williams)
04 - Shetland Pony Blues
05 - Camp Hollers (Son House, Fiddlin' Joe Martin, poss. Willie Brown)
06 - Delta Blues (Son House, Leroy Williams)
07 - Special Rider Blues (test)
10 - Depot Blues
11 - Interview Demonstration of Concert Guitar Tuning
12 - American Defence
13 - Am I Right Or Wrong
15 - County Farm Blues
16 - The Pony Blues
17 - The Jinx Blues (No. 1)
18 - The Jinx Blues (No. 2)
When, in August and September, 1941, Alan Lomax, then ‘Assistant in Charge’ of the Archive of Folk Song at the Library of Congress in Washington, undertook a field trip to record in Coahoma County, Mississippi, he had already conducted a considerable number of such trips, initially in the company of his father, John Lomax, back in 1933/4. Travelling with him in their Ford car was his wife Elizabeth. Also taking part in the project were John Work, whose idea it was to study the black culture of a limited area in Mississippi or Tennessee in detail, and Lewis Jones, both from Fisk University.
Having made a series of religious recordings after their arrival in Mississippi on Sunday, 31st August, they visited the Stovall Plantation to record a young man named McKinley Morganfield, who had been recommended to them as a good bluesman. Apart from his musical contribution he was instrumental in guiding Lomax to where he could find former Paramount recording artist Eddie James ‘Son’ House. In an interview Muddy told Lomax and John Work that while he admired and was influenced by the recordings of Robert Johnson, his major inspiration was Son House.
House was now living on a plantation near Robinsonville, a small town in Tunica County on Highway 61, where he worked as a tractor driver. On weekends he fronted a country band that included his close friend, guitarist Willie Brown, who had also recorded for Paramount, Fiddlin’ Joe Martin, who played several instruments, including guitar and mandolin, and harmonica player Leroy Williams. On 3rd September this group was assembled at Clack’s grocery store at Clack, Mississippi. The store was chosen as a recording location because it was only one of a few buildings in the area that had an electricity supply. A railroad track ran close by and on two of the recordings a train can be heard - Son’s solo recording of Charlie Patton’s big hit on Paramount, Pony Blues and Walking Blues (with the band) which was based on one of Son’s Paramount recordings, which now exists only as a test pressing but may have been issued commercially.
The first three performances feature the full band supporting Son’s vocal. Levee Camp Blues (originally untitled) fades out during the sixth verse, presumably due to lack of disc space. The intention was to re-record it. However, Government Fleet Blues contains ten verses, only four of which appear (and then in different form) in Levee Camp so I prefer to think of them as related but distinctly individual songs using the same melody.
Fiddlin’ Joe Martin indulges is in his element, in exchanges with Son during the accapella Camp Hollers, capturing the sounds of the levee camps. Delta Blues, which only features Son and Leroy, was House’s personal favorite from the session and it certainly is an absolutely magnificent performance.
In 1942 the Coahoma County study was resumed. Alan Lomax rated Son House, as a blues singer, even above Leadbelly and so was understandably anxious to record him again. The long recording session in Robinsonville had, been extremely successful. It begins with a brief test of an un-named piece that sounds for all the world as if it was recorded for Paramount. Slide-guitar accompanied and with an insistent beat reminiscent of “My Black Mama” it is a great shame that only this fragment remains. The intensity of Son’s performance on Special Rider Blues and Low Down Dirty Dog Blues is almost overpowering. They are fully realized and virtually flawless examples of the finest Delta blues. Only a little lighter in tone, Depot Blues uses a melody similar to Willie Brown’s railroad piece “M & O Blues”. A few months before Son had composed a patriotic song about the War, American Defense with its gloomy message “This war will last you for years” but expressing confidence that it would eventually be won. Was I Right Or Wrong, a raggy non-blues, ends abruptly. Lomax noted that Son forgot the ending. Although the next piece was titled Walking Blues it was in fact a different song to that recorded in 1930 and 1941. Initially, he told Lomax that it was “The Girl I Love Is Dead” but then changed his mind. It is in fact the song that, after his rediscovery, Son called “Death Letter Blues”, which, over the years, had evolved from Part 2 of his Paramount recording “My Black Mama”.
When Son had recorded for Paramount he had been asked to record a song that employed the ‘beat’ and melody of Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” and had composed a stark piece about serving time on the county farm. By 1942 considerable lyric revision had taken place, although the slide guitar accompaniment was retained. The 1930 original of Mississippi County Farm Blues has six verses whereas the Library of Congress version has only 4 (and none in common with the Paramount) but all are really hard-hitting.
Son’s 1942 treatment of Pony Blues, with its ‘clip-clop’ rhythm, seems closer to the Charlie Patton original. The two versions of Jinx Blues, one of Son’s most masterly pieces, are considerably different and certainly can’t be considered as ‘Parts 1 and 2’ as they have sometimes been presented.
It was extremely fortunate that Lomax revisited House when he did as the following year House relocated to Rochester in New York State, on Lake Ontario, and the opportunity to capture him performing at his magnificent best would have been lost.
original CD from sussex
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Released : 1989
Lable : Bus Records
01 - Need Someone
02 - Hoochie Coochie Man
03 - Been Alone Too Long
04 - Bring It On Home
05 - Don's Train
06 - I Wish I Had Religion
07 - Used Shoe Blues
08 - Finnerty's Blues
09 - Same Old Blues
10 - Louise
11 - Almost Illegal
Don Baker is one of Ireland's most gifted musicians whose fans include; U2's Bono who publicly declared Don, "the greatest harmonica player in the world", and Charlie McCoy who described Don as "the best Rock & Blues Harmonica player" he has ever heard. Mark Feltham of Oasis rates Don “the best acoustic harmonica player alive”. Don is the author of several instruction books on the harmonica, which are on sale in several languages and are distributed throughout the world, as well as five teaching videos. He also adjudicates bi-annually at the World Harmonica Championships. In the 1993 film, “In the Name of the Father” starring Daniel Day Lewis and directed by Jim Sheridan, Don received critical acclaim for his role as Joe McAndrew, head of the IRA in the UK prison where Gerry Conlon was detained. Don has just completed filming a major role in a Hollywood comic caper movie titled “On The Nose” also starring Dan Ackroyd and Robbie Coltrane due for release 2001. The book "The Winner in Me - Don Baker's Story" by Jackie Hayden (director of Hot Press) has enjoyed success in the Irish Bestsellers list.
Released three singles on Bus Records in the mid80s.
Don's debut solo LP 'Almost Illegal' Don Baker on vocals & harmonica includes
Brian Downey on drums.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The club later moved to Brighton.
In 1971 Roger opened for Muddy Waters at The Gardener Centre, Brighton. He also appeared at the Cambridge Folk Festival and on the first pyramid stage at Glastonbury the same year.
Roger is currently gigging with his band Buick 6 as well as doing solo and duo work.
His song Home Lovin' Man was recorded by US blues man Eric Bibb on his 2003 album Natural Light .
1971 Brighton Belle Blues - Blue Goose Records
2003 Danger Deep Mud - Deep Mud Records
2007 Out of my Hands - Deep Mud Records
1993 Busy Bootin' (John Pearson & Roger Hubbard) - Taxim Records
(Band) Buick 6:
1989 Cypress Grove - Taxim Records
1995 Juice Machine - Taxim Records
1997 Foolin' With This Heart EP - Taxim Records
2008 Live At The Telegraph - Buick Records
original CD from sussex
Released : 2011
1 - 3 Minutes 30 Seconds
2 - In The Future
3 - Face (Movie 'Tokyo Taxi' OST)
Dk Soul is a promising young blues musician in South Korea.
3 minutes and 30 seconds is his first studio album. DK Soul singing a variety of genres about life and his music.
He began music under the influenced by Eric Clapton, Tommy Emmanuel, Adrian Byron Burns.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Released : 2011
Lable : Arcola
01 - Intro - Son House talking
02 - Death Letter Blues
03 - Son House talking
04 - Government Fleet Blues
05 - Son House talking
06 - Empire State Express
07 - Son House talking
08 - I Want to Live So God Can Use Me
04 - Interview
05 - Charlie Patton - Mississippi Bo Weevil Blues
06 - Interview
07 - Willie Brown - M & O Blues
08 - Interview
09 - Rube Lacy - Ham Hound Crave
10 - Interview
11 - Robert Johnson - Terraplane Blues
12 - Interview
13 - My Black Mama pt. 2
A unique and personal presentation of Delta blues legend Eddie James 'Son' House, Jr. recorded while visiting Seattle, this two-disc set comprises Son House's 1968 concert and interview, and features trademark renditions of classic blues songs such as Death Letter Blues, My Black Mama, and Preachin' Blues. Disc 2 also features performances by Louise Johnson, Charlie Patton, Willie Brown, Rube Lacy, and Robert Johnson, followed by Son House's recollections of these musicians and their work. As much a piece of blues history as a commercial release, Son House In Seattle 1968 is an essential addition to the canon of legendary Delta blues.
original CD from sussex