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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Spider John Koerner & Friends - Music Is Just A Bunch Of Notes

Styles : Modern Acoustic Blues
Released : 2010
Label : Nero's Neptune Records

01 - Macalester Don't Stop Now
02 - Ramble, Tumble
03 - Don't Terrify Me
04 - Be Careful
05 - Waiting For Go With Normal Dub
06 - Cindy's #'s
07 - Everybody's Goin' For The Money
08 - Skipper & His Wife
09 - Thief River Falls
10 - Mr. Image
11 - Taking Time
12 - The Wall

Music Is Just A Bunch Of Notes was cut in 1972 in an upstairs storefront building above a coffee house on Minneapolis' West Bank. One of the counterculture's first entirely DIY efforts, it was engineered by 12-string guitar legend Dave "Snaker" Ray and released on his fledgling Sweet Jane label. All of the songs are Koerner originals; the tunes are sequenced with a cinematic eye and interspersed with weird spoken-word bits. The album includes several mainstays of John's repertoire, including the timeless "Everybody's Goin' For The Money," a song that sums up the uniquely Koernerian brand of existentialism as tidily as any. This CD is mastered from the original tapes and is reissued for the first time since the rare 1972 release.

Personnel :
Stephen Bradley - drums
John Beach - piano
Maurice Jacox - alto saxophone, baritone saxophone
Voyle Harris - trumpet
Mary DuShane
Sandy Herforth - violin

Original CD from sussex

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Nerves & Muscles - New Mind Revolution

Styles : Electric Blues, Country Blues, Down Home Blues
Released : 2012
Lable : Red Rooster Records

01 - 3.95 Euros Blues
02 - Black Line
03 - Nerves And Muscles
04 - Silver Dust Is Fallin' Down05 - Ask The Dust (John Fante's Boogie)
06 - Frankie & Isabel
07 - New Mind Revolution
08 - Sometimes
09 - White Flowers On Your Dress
10 - Smashed To The Ground
11 - Searchin' My Salvation
12 - Take Me Away
13 - Over My Poor Bones
14 - Too Late To Shed Tears

A band made up of the best of Italian blues scene, Tiziano Galli, rhythm & lead guitar, vocals, Angelo "Leadbelly" Rossi, vocals, guitar, Max Prandi, drums & percussions, vocals, Marcus Tondo, blues harp, Joy Going Home, bass, Milena Piazzoli, background vocals. This unique project, which started from the mind of Paul Cagnoni, songwriter and producer of our local blues scene, is the first true Italian super session blues ready to break through the barriers of our borders that express the quality of music. Composed entirely of original songs that summarize all of blues, Africa and Chicago.

original CD from sussex

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Rodrigo Eberienos & Além do Rock - Ao Vivo No Café Etílico

Styles : Harmonica Blues
Released : 2010
Label : Self-Live Recording

01 - Nothing But a Woman
02 - Mustang Sally
03 - Lay Down Sally
04 - Crazy Little Thing
05 - Sexual Healing
06 - Blues Motel
07 - Miss You
08 - Before You Accuse Me
09 - Proud Mary
10 - Shuffle Em G
11 - Evil Way

 Rodrio Eberienos is considered to be among the premier harmonica players in Brazil.
During his 14 years of experience with diatonic and 8 years chromatic harmonicas, he
has practicipated in special recordings for Globo TV on several occasions, in addition
to soundtracks, jingles, commercials, and supporting the records of renowned artists.

 Born in May of 1979, the musician from Rio de Janeiro Started practicing the diatonic
harmonica in 1994 with aid of Flavio Guimaraes and Nilo Guzman. in 1999, he had
the opportunity to learn about chromatic and functional harmonica with Jose Staneck.
He has represented the country twice (1998/2001) at the Society of Preservation and
Advancement of Harmonica (SPAH) and accomplished international recognition.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

David Evans - Live At Alte Post

Styles : Acoustic Blues
Released : 2012
Label : Blind Lemon Records

01 - One Dime Blues
02 - Match Box Blues
03 - Highway 51
04 - Candy Man
05 - State Of Arkansas Blues
06 - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
07 - Kind Hearted Woman Blues
08 - Long Distance Call
09 - Big Road Blues
10 - Poor Boy Long Way From Home
11 - Hard Workin' Man
12 - Mellow Peaches
13 - Lonesome Home Blues ( Live At Zum Schwarzen Ross )

 David Evans Has Travelled up and down that Big Road of the Blues for 50 years. He is one of the world's leading experts on the blues - yet at the same time he is also highly sensitive and accomplished blues musician.
 He got seriously involved in the blues scene during the folk & blues revival of the early 1960s. One of his close friends at that time was late Al Wilson, a founding member of the famous band Canned Heat. Around the same time David started to conduct extensive field research in the South, mostly in Mississippi and Louisiana.

This CD recorded a number of famous blues songs in 1928 and 1930.

original CD from sussex

Friday, May 3, 2013

Vernon Garrett - Don't Look Any Further

Styles : Soul Blues
 BReleased : 2000
Label : Evejim Records

01 - Don't Look Any Further
02 - (You're My) Aphrodisiac
03 - I Still Love You
04 - When a Man Loves a Woman
05 - Going Back to My Wife
06 - The Things I Used to Do
07 - I Just Gotta Know
08 - Given My Love to the Otherman
09 - License to Steal
10 - Miss Rudolph

 Don't Look Any Further album by Vernon Garrett was released Feb 29, 2000 on the Evejim label. Audio Mixers: Leanard Jackson; Leon Haywood.

 Don't Look Any Further music CDs Recording information: Dedrie's Sunnyside Recording St. Don't Look Any Further songs Arrangers: Hense Powell; Leon Haywood; Tony Coleman; Benjamin F. Wright. Don't Look Any Further CD music contains a single disc with 10 songs.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Piero De Luca & Big Fat Mama - Beware Of The Wolf

Styles : Electric Blues, Delta Blues (Diatonic Harp)
Released : 2012
Label : Maia Records

01 - Back Door Man
02 - I've Been Abused
03 - I'll Be Around
04 - Spoonful
05 - Sittin' On Top Of The World
06 - Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy
07 - Who Will Be Next
08 - The Red Rooster
09 - I Ain't Superstitious
10 - Coon On The Moon
11 - Killing Floor
12 - I Asked For Water

 The historical group known as Big Fat Mama started in 1979 from an idea of Piero De Luca, still the only proprietor of the band’s name. In its thirty-year experience, the group has so far recorded eight LPs or CDs and has played throughout Europe and in all the most important Italian festivals, sharing the stage with legends like Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Clifton Chenier Jr, Honeyboy Edwards, Legendary Blues Band, Jimmy Rogers, B. B. King, Blues Brothers Band, Albert Collins, James Cotton, Magic Slim, Sherman Robertson, Little Willie Littlefield and touring across Europe along with outstanding artists such as Louisiana Red, Eddie C. Campbell, Johnny Mars, Zora Young, J. Monque-D, Michael Coleman.

 After a few years devoted to a much more rock sound, since 2002 the group took the way back to the Blues. The release of the CD I Been Around (Crotalo/New LM Records NLM 146 - 2007) has been the first milestone along the course of this comeback which has reached its aim recording in 2009 the CD Blues on My Side (Crotalo/New LM Records NLM 171) produced by Piero De Luca, Luigi Monge and Antonio "Candy" Rossi. Whether it draws inspiration from some masters of the genre such as T-Bone Walker or John Lee Hooker, revisits the New Orleans beat of Professor Longhair or winks at 1930s hokum blues or 1940s and 1950s Chicago blues, this CD is imbued with blues feeling and fully reflects Piero’s musical vision. All the songs on this CD are original, the lyrics are deliberately modern and deeply rooted and steeped in the genre at the same time in that they are meant to prove that blues music is not dying at all anywhere in the world, Italy included. Now the band features a four people line-up (two guitars, harp, bass, drums and three voices), performing great blues standards as well as the original tracks from the latest two albums. While carrying on live activity in venues and festivals, Big Fat Mama keeps on writing new songs in order to release further records.

original CD from sussex

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bill 'Howl-n-Madd' Perry - The Clarksdale Sessions

Styles : Juke Joint Blues, Delta Blues
Released : 2012
Lable : Mississippi Delta Blues Records

01 - Saturday Night
02 - Burglary in Progress
03 - Oh What a Feeling
04 - It's Your Life
05 - Delta Women
06 - 06 Miss Mary
07 - Jook Nanny
08 - Banks of The River
09 - Find a Reason to Believe
10 - Wanna Cook For ya
11 - Over The Rainbow

The Clarksdale Sessions is a CD that you will keep playing for years to come. The Songs take you from the Mississippi Jukes to a Saturday Night in the Big City.
The music brings to mind a dark steaming night in the Mississippi Delta to that of sitting by the Banks of a River trailing your hand in the water contemplating love lost, love gained or just thinking about what you are going to do with your life. This CD will make you laugh, dance, or just long to sit and chill out for a while.

Bill 'Howl-N-Madd' Perry’s recognitions are many.
Bill Has traveled extensively sharing his music, his stories, and his humor with fans around the world. Mississippi has honored Bill by noting him on two of the Mississippi Blues Highway Markers for his contribution to the blues. Bill is honored with a display about his life and professional career in the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS.

Bill performed in movies and on TV with Cuba Gooding Jr. in the movie the Way of War and played the devil at the Crossroads in the Gene Simmons Family Jewels show. Bill is noted in the book 'Mississippi State of Blues' by Ken Murphy & Scott Barretta and is a featured musician in artist H.C. Porter’s project 'The Legends of the Blues @ Home'.

Early in his career Bill spent time in Chicago writing for musicians such as Little Johnny Taylor, Ted Taylor, and Cash McCall. He worked for Phil chess as a studio musician and for Stan Lewis writing for Jewel Paula Records. Bill did a stint writing for J.J. Taylor on a Willie Dixon Label. Later Bill joined Little Milton’s band and then started his own band.

The Clarksdale Sessions was produced at the Clarksdale Sound Stage, Clarksdale, MS by Gary Vincent. Gary Vincent is a record producer, musician, engineer, and song writer.

original CD from sussex

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Taylor Grocery Band - Taylor Grocery Band

Styles : Country Blues, Delta Blues
Released : 2003
Lable : Taylor Grocery Band

01 - Women Make a Fool
02 - Down Home Girl
03 - One Black Day
04 - Don't Knock
05 - Jesus on the Mainline
06 - Denomination Blues
07 - Pretty Polly
08 - Sunday Morning
09 - Aren't You My Child
10 - Boll Weevil
11 - Rough & Rocky
12 - Abilene

The Taylor Grocery Band plays native to north mississippi, combining the stomp of memphis jug bands, the soul of delta r&b, the spirituality of country blues and the drive of appalachian string bands. Straight outta the yocona bottom in lafayette co. , ms, the taylor boys (whose lineup includes members of the kudzu kings, the cary hudson trio, and the sincere ramblers) have been steadily spreading their message of love and boogie throughout the southeast since the release of their self-titled debut in 2003. The band's influences include such mississippi greats as duff durrough, mississippi john hurt, jim dickinson, professor ellsworth dye, and mr. tater. In their two year stint as the thacker mountain radio house band, the TGB had the opportunity to jam on air with such notables as del mcCoury, the north ms allstars, marty stuart, cary hudson, danny barnes, the drive by truckers, robert randolph, tony furtado, and jimbo mathus to name a few. Look for their latest release, featuring a slew of special guests, from Electric Catfish Records in winter 2005. " The latest branch of a remarkable musical tree that has flourished in North Mississippi over the last decade or so" - An Honest Tune "It stomps, it rocks, and it's been known to get loose and spit tobacco juice on the floor. You've been warned" - Jim Dees, author and radio personality

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Matchbox Bluesband - From Roots To Rock - Live

Styles : Westcoast Blues, Harmonica Blues
Released : 1997
Lable : Blues-O-Matic Records

01 - Ain't Got You
02 - Boogie woogie Country Girl
03 - Hadacol Bounce
04 - I Know How To Do It
05 - Blow Top Blues
06 - It's Been a Long Time
07 - Jivin' The Blues
08 - 32-30 Blues
09 - Early Morning Blues
10 - Papa's On The House Top
11 - Wild Women Don't Have The Blues
12 - Shave'em Dry
13 - Roll'em Pete
14 - 300 Pounds Of Joy
15 - Ain't Nobody's Buisness
16 - Big Town Playboy
17 - As Long As I'm Moving
18 - You're On The Right Track
19 - You Don't Move Me No More

original CD from sussex

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Stonecutters - Secret Handshake

Styles : Modern Electric Blues, Blues-Rock
Released : 2003
Lable : The Stonecutters

01 - I'll Take The 5th
02 - House Party
03 - No Luck With You
04 - Bad Dream
05 - Low Temperature Burn
06 - Can't Sleep
07 - Gopher Valley A-Go-Go
08 - Let You Down Again
09 - Think Bad Thoughts
10 - Moonless Night
11 - Goodbye Happy Home
12 - Kick Me When I'm Down
13 - Last Call
14 - Jacks Or Better Blues
15 - Bed Of Nails
16 - Dream Of Rain
17 - Mars Wants Our Women

 Secret Handshake album by Stonecutters was released Oct 21, 2003 on the The Stonecutters label. The Stonecutters are a band of 4 dedicated musicians who currently work in other professions but have always enjoyed playing writing and performing blues and rock and roll. Secret Handshake music CDs We have been playing together for almost 10 years and the CD featured here is a result of our first collaborative and self financed recording. Secret Handshake songs The CD was completed in 2000. Secret Handshake CD music contains a single disc with 17 songs.

Don Leith - Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals, Keyboard, Trumpet and Harmonica
Joe Tovey - Drums, Percussion, Djembe
Frank Weintraub - Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Slide Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Joel Munn - 6 string Bass, 5 string bass, Upright Bass, e-bow, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Joe Willie Wilkins & His King Biscuit Boys - Memphis Blues Caravan

Styles : Delta Blues, Memphis Blues (Diatonic Harp)
Released : 1977
Lable : Adamo Records

01 - Mr. Downchild
02 - Sad Letter03 - Hucklefinger
04 - Me & The Devil Blues
05 - Everyday I Have The Blues
06 - Tribute To Joe Willie Wilkins
07 - Little Care Blues
08 - It's Sad To Be Alone
09 - Na's Blues10 - Walkin' Blues - Feel Like Goin' Home - It's Too Bad

 Joe Willie Wilkins spent the majority of his career in the shadows as a session guitarist, playing behind Sonny boy Williamson II, Willie Love, Will Nix among others and off record with bluesmen such as Robert Lockwood Jr., Elmore James, Robert Nighthawk, Walter Horton and others.
Through his studio contributions, his time broadcasting on King Biscuit Time on KFFA and out of West Memphis on WDIA, and the sheer number of bluesman he worked with throughout the Delta, Wilkins exerted a sizable influence despite never cutting records under his own name until the 70's. Those who cite him as an influence include Pat Hare, Little Milton, Jimmy Rogers and Brewer Phillips. He stepped out of the shadows in the 70's performing at festivals, making television appearances and a long overdue full-length album.
As Luigi Monge wrote in the Encyclopedia of the Blues: "Wilkins incorporated in his playing the intensity of downhome blues, the elegance of jazz, and the power of urban sounds. His achievement transcends the quantity of recordings he left and has more to do with quality and originality." And as his supporter Jim O'Neal wrote: "One of the greatest blues guitarists Memphis has ever known".

 The only child of Frank Wilkins, an accomplished bottleneck guitarist, Joe Willie became interested in music at a very early age.Wilkinswas born just southwest of Clarksdale in a tiny spot known as Davenport, Mississippi. Wilkins taught himself harmonica and often played with his father at local parties and dances in the Bobo, Mississippi, area, where his family had moved in 1933 to work on a farm. After being taught some fiddle by "Fiddlin’" Sam Harris and accordion by Walter "Pat" Rhodes, Wilkins learned guitar from his father, the members in his band, and phonograph records so well that he was nicknamed "The Walking Seeburg" after a brand of jukebox). His musical education was also enhanced by meeting several musicians around Clarksdale including Muddy Waters, Robert Lockwood and Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller).
After playing in the Mississippi streets and barrelhouses with Sonny Boy Williamson II (Aleck Miller) and Robert Lockwood, Wilkins briefly served in the U.S. Navy. From 1942 he regularly participated with his mentors and other fellow musicians in the famous radio program King Biscuit Time over KFFA in Helena, Arkansas, and with Robert Nighthawk (whose sister he married) in the Bright Star Flour show. At the end of the decade Wilkins often toured the South with a group known as the Four Aces (Sonny Boy Williamson II, Willie Love, Willie Nix). Wilkins moved to West Memphis in 1948 where he played with local musicians and met B.B. King whom broadcast with.

 Wilkins first entered a studio as late as 1951, when he played guitar on the first recordings Sonny Boy Williamson II made for Lillian McMurry’s Trumpet Records in Jackson, Mississippi, where Wilkins acted as house guitarist for two years. Wilkins backed Sonny Boy on ten sides in 1951, four sides in 1952 and final three sides in 1953. One of the songs was “Mr. Down Child” a Robert Johnson composition that he never recorded. It was Robert Lockwood who transposed the song and taught it to Sonny Boy who recorded it on December 4th 1951. Lockwood recorded his version in 1973. It seemed to be a favorite of Wilkins' who cut the song as the b-side of his first 45 for the Mimosa label in 1973, another version was cut for Wilkins' debut album and another version appears on the soundtrack fro the BBC TV series The Devil's Music...Wilkins passed March 28, 1979 in Memphis.

original LP from sussex

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Precious Bryant & Algia Mae Hinton - Gran'mas I've Never Had

Styles : Acoustic Blues, Country Blues
Released : 2012
Lable : Moi J'Connais Records

01 - Precious Bryant - It's Alright
02 - Precious Bryant - Someday Baby
03 - Precious Bryant - Hey Baby
04 - Precious Bryant - Sitting Tight
05 - Precious Bryant - Georgia Buck
06 - Precious Bryant - Ain't That Loving You Baby
07 - Precious Bryant - Don't Jump My Pony
08 - Algia Mae Hinton - Honey Babe
09 - Algia Mae Hinton - Out Of Jail
10 - Algia Mae Hinton - I Ain't The One You Love
11 - Algia Mae Hinton - Cook Cornbread For Your Husband
12 - Algia Mae Hinton - Going Down This Road
13 - Algia Mae Hinton - Shine On
14 - Algia Mae Hinton - If You Want To Go To Heaven

Precious Bryant and Algia Mae Hinton have wandered through the century, singing lullabies to their children and grandchildren. Real, timeless, their music has travelled across the Atlantic, meandered between the Piedmont and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and settled into a style of fingerpicking a little reminiscent of Mississippi John Hurt, Jimmy Rodgers, or their buddy Elisabeth Cotton of this particular sound that travelled all the way from Europe and collided with Africa. Deep in the rubble of a forgotten South West, far away from the Mississippi, both river and State, the two fine fingerstyle guitarists play, evoking the tingle of rain on sheet metal. Gentle and unobtrusive, unaffected by a half- century of changes, they have salvaged the precious and youthful feel of the timeless blues: an enthralling and beautiful sound, distinctly feminine, with major chords and melancholy textures. Their more recent recordings have earned them some measure of success, and a few nominations and awards - what you have here is a selection of works from both grandmothers  as a tribute to the grand'sas I've never had. Precious Bryant was born in Talbot County, Georgia, in 1942. She was raised in a family of music-makers, in a village packed with stomping blues and spirituals. She soon developed her own inspired style of blues, away from the mainstream, with only her voice and her guitar. She played the Newport Folk Festival as well as concerts in Europe but mostly she stuck to Georgia and the surrounding areas. In 1967, she walked into a studio for the first time to record with George Mitchell. Three wonderful songs still remain from those sessions. Her music is simple, yet inspired, and speaks of daily struggles. Precious Bryant is one of the last living great blues women from the 20th century and still living in her mobile-home in the deep woods of Georgia. Algia Mae Hinton was born in Johnston County, North Carolina, in 1929, to a family of farmers. The youngest of 14, she was soon put to work in the fields. At the age of 9, her mother taught her the guitar. In 1965, after her husband's death, she was left alone to raise her 7 children. Despite those circumstances, Algia still managed to impress the musical arts on her household and to pass them on to her children. Music provided the family and the whole community with crucial solace throughout their trials and tribulations. Algia Mae plays the 6- and 12-string guitar, and the banjo. She's also an accomplished singer and a fantastic Buck dancer."

original LP from sussex

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Ludwig Seuss Band - Virginia Blues Connection

Styles : Blues, Boogie Woogie, Zydeco
Released : 2012
Lable : Downhill Records

01 - Toni's Boogie
02 - Helpin Hand
03 - Don't Start Crying Now
04 - Lead Me On05 - Stormy Monday
06 - Flip, Flop And Fly
07 - Little Lina
08 - I Had My Chance
09 - You Gotta Take Sick
10 - Drive It Home
11 - St. James Infirmary
12 - Messin' Around
13 - Strange Things Happening
14 - Magic 8

The band from Germany, as blues and boogie pianist among others at the Spider Murphy Gang, east as one of the most accomplished organist of the Republic and one of the best zydeco accordionist and composer of the Mississippi - the Munich Ludwig Seuss has long played in the first groove-League. Seuss has always been a team player and musician musicians, the idea of the band is more important than even being in the center.

Ludwig Seuss mixed with his own band, classical piano boogie with jump blues and Louisiana-R & R. Since Ludwig Seuss has also imported the Zydeco from New Orleans and the band rages behind him as the deepest swamp of Louisiana, the success of this band and their extremely danceable sound is unstoppable.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Charley Simmons - Full Circle

Styles : Acoustic Blues
Released : 2001
Lable : Charley Simmons

01 - Southbound
02 - Suffocation Blues
03 - Deep Gap Salute
04 - Your Town Now
05 - You Can Love Yourself
06 - Doc's Guitar
07 - San Francisco Bay Blues
08 - Pacing The Cage
09 - Windy and Warm
10 - Black Label Blues
11 - Deep River Blues
12 - Lullaby Baby Blues
13 - Sunrise Over Sinbad

Charley was born and raised in rural Delaware on a farm near Blackiston Crossroads. He started playing guitar at the age of nine. His travels carried him south to St. Augustine, Florida where he studied on the styles of Merle Travis and the late Gamble Rogers among others.

These days he makes his home in southeastern Utah and performs throughout the Intermountain West from Salt Lake City to Telluride,Co. He was the 1992 Utah State Flattop Champion, the 2002 Wyoming State Fingerstyle Champion and the winner of the 2003 Gamble Rogers Fingerstyle Competition.

"Full Circle" is a collection of thirteen songs and instrumentals by the extremely talented guitar player and singer Charley Simmons. Mr. Simmons accompanies his singing with masterful finger-style guitar music. His voice is a combination of dry, long-cut shag tobacco and honey, which is complemented perfectly by his guitar work. All the selections were played on a Breedlove C-25 Northwest. For you guitar aficionados and aficionadas, this is an extremely sweet, well-balanced guitar, punchy and quite piano-like in tone. The CD was recorded cleanly, without any over-produced effects. Just one voice, one guitar, pure and unprocessed. Turn up the volume, and it sounds like a live performance in your living room.

Some of the tunes are traditional, others are by writers such as Greg Brown, Bruce Cockburn, Keb'Mo', and Doc Watson. Two of the tunes are by Mr. Simmons. His closing tune of the CD, "Sunrise Over Sinbad," is breathtakingly beautiful. The compositions on the CD range in style from Delta to country blues, to Doc Watson-style to Akins-Travis-style fingerpicking. In the liner notes, Mr. Simmons cites Doc Watson, Chet Atkins,Merle Travis, but especially the late Gamble Rogers, as strong influences on his guitar style.

"Full Circle" includes an extremely energetic rendition of Doc Watson's "Southbound" and "Doc's Guitar," a heartfelt version of Greg Brown's "Your Town Now," an astute and haunting interpetation of Bruce Cockburn's "Pacing the Cage," an old favorite, Jesse Fuller's "San Francisco Bay Blues," and John Loudermilk's "Windy and Warm," which you will recognize instantly when you hear it. The seven other tunes are played with an overwhelming sense of competence, compassion, and soul.

original CD from sussex

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Richard Earl - One More Song

Styles : Soul Blues, Electric Blues
Released : 2008
Lable : Great Blues Recordings

01 - Henpecked
02 - Comin' Back Baby03 - I'll Be Right Here
04 - Baby It's You
05 - Bad News
06 - Blues Over You
07 - His Old Lady And My Old Lady
08 - Too Many Lovers
09 - One More Song
10 - Riding All Night

One of the finest blues singers to ever take a stage, with a soul-filled blues CD.

Richard has shared the stage with other blues performers including Little Milton, Tyrone Davis, Barbara Lynn, ZZ Hill, Ervin Charles, Johnnie Taylor and others. Richard's work with the late Ervin Charles on the Dialtone CD "Greyhound Blues" added more fans to his growing list. At the 2001 Utrecht Blues Festival in Europe, Richard Earl made a great impression on those in attendance with his effortless blues phrasing.
Roger Wood, writing in the Houston Press, says "Earl's straight from the pulpit inflections testifies with righteous fervor".

The CD album contains seven original songs and three cover songs. Richard wrote six of the songs and is co-writer with his guitarist, Jack Edery, on one song. Other members of the band include Chris Thibodeaux on Keyboard, Bob Stidham on Bass, and Robert Smith on Drums.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lino Muoio - Mandolin Blues

Styles : Acoustic Blues
Released : 2011
Lable : Cheyenne Records

01 - Girl From Arkansas
02 - Bound To See My Babe
03 - Master Cheater Man
04 - Memphis Blues
05 - Picture Of You
06 - Swing Thing
07 - Harmony H35
08 - That Old Time Blues
09 - Louise
10 - Miss Swmiss
11 - Take Me Away
12 - Sweet Little Woman
13 - Homeward Blues
14 - Slidin' Grass

Guitarist, mandolinist and songwriter Lino Muoio has been a part of the Italian Blues music scene for over 20 years, playing many gigs and festivals with his main band “Blue Stuff” with various appearances on National television, and participated in many recording sessions for a variety of artists in Italy.

Not many folks view the mandolin as a Blues instrument, but Lino believes the Blues and the Mandolin fit perfectly together!
After the first solo album (Blues on Me), he decided to dedicate an entire project to producing a fine piece of work dedicated to the Blues Mandolin.

The CD has fourteen original songs and English lyrics. There are no covers songs at all, and almost all of the songs were written and performed in collaboration with many fine musicians from all over the world. Some of those artists include: Mike Supnick of Swing Maniacs, Sebastiano Forti of Sweetwater Jazz Band, Bobby Ray Green of The Network Band, Lonnie Wilson and the Kompoz Community, Veronica Sbergia, and my group Blue Stuff.

The collaboration resulted in a diverse offering of styles, from the vintage country Blues inspiration of Yank Rachell to the Chicago style of Carl Martin, and a healthy dose of jazz, swing and bluegrass.

original CD from sussex

Monday, March 25, 2013

Boogielicious - Route 88

Styles : Piano Blues, Boogie Woogie
Released : 2010
Lable : Herzel Records

01- Dadlow
02 - Shake Rattle ' n roll
03 - Swingy Thingy
04 - State Street Special
05 - Route 88
06 - The Boogie Woogie blues
07 - Dave Speaks
08 - Flip Flop and Fly
09 - AA Booghee
10 - Sweet Patootie Boogie
11 - Eeco's Boogie
12 - Low Street Blues
13 - The Boogie Woogie Rocks
14 - Summertime

Eeco Rijken Rapp (NL) :
Eeco studied classic piano for over ten years.
At the age of sixteen, after attending a concert of jazz pianist Rob Agerbeek he decided to switch to jazz and boogie woogie
He is specifically known by boogie woogie connoisseurs for playing the authentic style from the era of celebrity Albert Ammons. They also recognize the very fluent and seemingly effortless way he plays the piano.
As from the first publication in 2006, his video’s and boogie woogie lessons on Youtube immediately drew and keep drawing the attention of many from all over the world.
Since then he performed at many jazz and boogie woogie occassions all over Europe, such as festivals in France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and Holland.

David Herzel :
Eeco is supported on drums by David Herzel (Germany) He is certainly one of the most astonishing drummers of our time with a mind boggling concept of time, creativity and speed. David is a professional drummer for more than 20 years, a lot of people will know him from "The Original Contemporaries".

Betram Becher:
Bertram Becher played the keyboards in many different bands since he was 15 - ranging from "Beatles" to Rock. At the age of 24 he found the harmonica and it grew to be his first instrument. Since then Blues and Boogie were his first choice. He wrote the "Interactive Blues Harp Workshop" (CD Rom, Voggenreiter) together with world-class harmonica player Steve Baker in 1998.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Marco Pandolfi - Close The Bottle When You're Done

Styles : Harmonica Blues
Released : 2012
Lable : Abnegat Records

01 - Wonderful Time
02 - I Want You To Stay Long
03 - Rockin' Like A Cherry
04 - Keep It To Yourself
05 - Goin' Away Baby
06 - Lucky Man
07 - You Upset My Mind
08 - Close The Bottle When You're Done
09 - Blue & Lonesome
10 - Too Many Ways
11 - Cuttlefish

Marco Pandolfi’s presence on the Italian Blues scene goes back twenty years. He has been playing in the most important events on the peninsula, winning the respect of the greatest Blues Musicians in Italy and abroad.
His performances and his recordings have been reviewed by the most authoritative magazines such as: Il Blues, Blues Revue, Soul Bag, Blues Britain Magazine...).
His music is played on radio programs around the world (B.B. King’s Bluesville-XM radio USA, King Biscuit Time-Helena AK, WWOZ New Orleans, WEFT Radio-Champaign, Illinois and more).

Marco Pandolfi is the only Italian Blues musician to have participated twice at the INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE in Memphis, TN (USA): in 2006 with the band Marco Pandolfi & the Jacknives (representing Roots and Blues Association of Parma) and in the last edition of 2011 in the category solo/duo (representing MOJO STATION, Roma).

Pandolfi has performed with some of the most famous Bluesmen worldwide, such as Richard Ray Farrell, Paul Oscher, Bob Margolin, Harvey Brooks, Preston Hubbard, Bob Corritore, Willie King, Tom Walbank, David Lee Durham, Paul Cox, King Edward, Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry, Mickey Rogers, among others.

"Close The Bottle When You're Done" (2012) Marco sings, plays harmonica and guitar.
During his last tour in the States (may-june 2012) He played Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival (California) with The Mannish Boys sharing the stage with James Cotton, Paul Oscher, Kim Wilson, Bob Corritore, Mud Morganfield, Bob Margolin, Junior Watson, Alex Schultz and more.

Marco Pandolfi - guitar, harmonica and vocals
Federico Patarnello - drums track 2, 3, 5, 7, 9
Jean Charles Carbone - Bass track 5 and drums track 11
Live Session recorded in the studio. No overdubs.

original CD from sussex

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Pat Savage Band - Hog Wild

Styles : Bluesrock, Southern Rock
Released : 2002
Lable : Savageworks International

01 - Main Street Daytona (Audio Picture)
02 - Hog Wild
03 - Doncha Listen
04 - Gotta Git Out
05 - Chevrolet
06 - Hungryman Blues
07 - The Beat Goes On
08 - Matter Of Time
09 - Downtown Came Uptown
10 - Cash Money
11 - To Have The Blues
12 - Midnight Ride
13 - Too Much Monkey Business
14 - Bad Go Getter
15 - Snake Bite
16 - I Can't Wait Much Longer

It was Pat’s third solo release “Hog Wild” which secured his first major record deal with SONY in Europe. He subsequently relocated to Europe, basing himself there for a 6 years, before returning to live in his home town of Toronto, Canada.
Pat Savage has graced many stages in many countries with rock & blues artists such as Joe Cocker, Foghat, Saxon, Savoy Brown, Matt Guitar Murphy, Albert Collins, Uli Van Roth, Scorpions, Manfred Mann, Slade, Sweet, Uriah Heep, Steppenwolf, Molly Hatchett, Lynyrd Skynyrd, BB King, Marshall Tucker Band, Grand Funk, Georgia Satellites, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jeff Healey and Colin James to name but a few.
Pat’s many talents in writing; production and performance have won him accolades in Canada, the USA & Europe throughout his vast music career, and his CDs have been critically acclaimed in major bike magazines, blues and rock magazines and in the mainstream press all over the world.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Big A & The All Stars - We Juke Up In Here - Mississippi's Juke Joint Culture At The Crossroads

Styles : Delta Blues, Juke Joint Blues, Acoustic Blues (Diatonic Harp)
Released : 2012
Lable : Broke & Hungry Records

01 - Big A & The All Stars - We Juke Up In Here
02 - Louis 'Gearshifter' Youngblood - Rabbit In A Log
03 - Lil' Poochie & Hezekiah Early - You Know I've Tried
04 - Red Paden - (dialogue) I Don't Have To Pretend
05 - Terry 'Harmonica' Bean - Baby (Do Anything For Me)
06 - Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes - Could've Been Married
07 - Red Paden - (dialogue) I'm Moving At My Own Pace
08 - Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early - Jug Of Wine
09 - Louis 'Gearshifter' Youngblood - Get Rich And Marry You
11 - Red Paden - (dialogue) The Game's For Life
13 - Big George Brock - Down South
12 - Lil' Poochie & Hezekiah Early - Bring Your Fine Self Home
14 - Holmes & Bean & Vick - Someday (Get Over You)
15 - Louis 'Gearshifter' Youngblood - Bonus Song With Motorcycles

We Juke Up In Here: Mississippi’s Juke Joint Culture at the Crossroads is the new film and music project from the makers of the award-winning blues movie M For Mississippi: A Road Trip Through the Birthplace of the Blues. We Juke Up In Here follows producers Jeff Konkel and Roger Stolle as they explore what remains of Mississippi’s once-thriving juke joint culture. The film is told largely from the vantage point of Red Paden, proprietor of the legendary Red’s Lounge in historic Clarksdale, Mississippi. Paden, a true Delta character and jack-of-all-trades, has been running his blues and beer joint for more than 30 years – providing one of the region’s most reliable live blues venues and an authentic stage for a cavalcade of veteran blues performers, both legendary and obscure. Some of the blues performers in the DVD/CD include Anthony “Big A” Sherrod, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Big George Brock. Told through live music performances, character-driven interviews and rare on-camera blues experiences, viewers are taken below the surface of the quasi-legal world of real Delta jukes. We Juke Up In Here is a joint production of Broke & Hungry Records and Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art. You can watch trailers for the documemtary and purchase it here. All the photos above were taken by Lou Bopp, whose additional work can be seen here.

Original DVD from sussex

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Jake Matson - Comin' Home

Styles : Acoustic Blues (Diatonic Harp)
Released : 2000
Lable : Storyville Records

01 - Goin' To Take Some Time
02 - Death's Limousine
03 - Savannah Town
04 - Ramble On
05 - Crossroad Blues
06 - Blind Willie's Medley
07 - Deployment Blues
08 - Raise Up Mama
09 - Preachin' Blues
10 - Vacaville Prison Blues
11 - Little Bird
12 - You Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond

Jake Matson learned to play the blues while living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His tour of duty with the United States Army took him all the way to Alaska, where he worked on the songs you now hold in your hands. He fashions his music with the raw energy and syncopated rhythms he absorbed from the count blues masters of the past like Son House, Blind Willie Johnson and Robert Johnson. In Jake Matson’s songs appear trains, phantom women, highways and towns, the comings and going of lovers and thieves. He sings with passion and plays his National guitar with a ringing intensity. Like the blues men he studies, Jake Matson has been taken far from home, but along the way he has cultivated a genuine feeling for the rollicking good time beat of the country blues.

Jake Matson, Barry Levenson - guitar
Rick Reed - bass
Larry David - harmonica
Dave Kida - drums

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Matchbox Bluesband - Ain't Doin' Too Bad

Styles : Chicago Blues, Harmonica Blues
Released : 2011
Lable : Blues-O-Matic Records

01 - I Got To Go
02 - I Hear You Knocking
03 - Come On In This House
04 - I Feel So Good
05 - Teardrops From My Eyes
06 - Aint' Doin' To Bad
07 - No Matter How She Done It
08 - Mighty Long Time
09 - Make Up Your Mind
10 - Bo-Frost Man
11 - Trouble No More
12 - I Hear You Knockin'
13 - Black Nights
14 - My Buddy Buddy Friends
15 - Tough Times
16 - Number 9 Train

Latest live album by veteran German blues band featuring the vocals and harmonica of renowned German Blues expert and performer Klaus "Mojo" Kilian and the exquisite guitar playing of Bernd Simon. A mixture of Chicago Blues and classic R&B.

For almost 30 years the Matchbox Blues Band plays traditional blues in many shades. Based on the classic Chicago blues contains our repertoire swinging and rocking rhythm and blues, earthy Down Home Blues and acoustic variations. The long-term stability of the occupation has led to a very homogeneous group sound that is equally true to style, individually and intoxicating.

original CD from sussex

Monday, March 11, 2013

Stefan George & Tom Walbank - My Old Friend The Blues

Styles : Acoustic Blues (Diatonic Harp)
Released : 2011
Lable : Self Lable

01 - Stop Breaking Down
02 - It Hurts Me Too
03 - Me And The Devil
04 - Can't Be Satisfied
05 - Dead Shrimp Blues
06 - St. James Infirmary
07 - My Old Friend The Blues
08 - Malted Milk
09 - Walk On

Stefan George is one of those dependable artists who plays blues-folk. He's also a prolific artist, with more than 10 albums to his credit over the past 12 years.
 He was heading into the studio to finish up mastering a live album recorded in Tucson with English harmonica player World-renowned 'Harmonica Guru' Tom Walbank who born in 1969 Englishman. 
They played well excellent piece of blues music very compactly in this album.

original CD from sussex

Friday, March 8, 2013

Good Time Charlie - Garage-A-Go-Go!

Styles : Bluesrock
Released : 2011
Lable : Good Time Music

01 - Net-Zombie
02 - High-Jiver
03 - News For You
04 - Cold Shivers
05 - Shine
06 - Time-Squeezer
07 - Red Lights
08 - Gone
09 - Garage A Go-Go
10 - Horse
11 - Told You Twice
12 - Ditch Diggin'
13 - Part Of My Game

 After close to thirty years on the road as one of the premier Norwegian bands who started out taking their musical inspiration from  American 50-s & 60s soul, savage rock & roll and rhythm & blues, Good Time Charlie are ready with thirteen brand new songs saturated with energy and magical charm.

  Good Time Charlie has been described as “honest tradition-bearers with great love and respect for their craft”, at the same time being able to renew themselves and take the music further in a genre where originality and new ways of thinking have been rare for many years.

Garage-A-Go-Go! is a fusion of the raunchy garage rock of the 60s and the explosive and energetic sounds of soul  music? in a word: Grage Soul. A good tip for a good time!
After having taken a new course with the critically acclaimed Norwegian grammy-nominee Mojo Energy in 2008, this Garage-A-Go-Go! release is a stylish and uncompromising musical experience of unashamed high energy. Purified, unadulterated real music!

 The band has a strong focus on obtaining the enormous power arising from a successful chemistry between the performing and expressive potential of the bandmembers  and the music itself, giving the lyrics and music a strong inner core.

The album was recorded at the legendary Duper Studio and produced by GTC and Yngve Leidulv Sætre (DumDum Boys, Kaizers Orchestra, deLillos, Datarock, Magnet).

Yngve Sætre has once again created a fresh, state of the art production, capturing and enhancing  the characteristic and authentic  Good Time Charlie-sound.

Personnel Arle Hjelmeland  -  vocals,  harmonica
Steinar Karlsen  -  guitars, vocals
Einar Olsson  -  drums, vocals
Morten Skage - bass, vocals

original CD from sussex

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Lösekes Blues Gang - Black Cat

Styles : Chicago Blues (Diatonic Harp)
Released : 1996
Lable : Lava Records

01 - I'm Gonna Leave You
02 - Never In Time
03 - I Need You So Bad
04 - Talk To Me
05 - Sweet As A Flower
06 - The Weight
07 - I Got You On My Mind
08 - Black Cat
09 - Looking Out
10 - I Need Your Sex
11 - Jack, Willie, Slim, The Gumbo And The Fried Chicken
12 - I'm A Looser
13 - Hey, Good Lookin'

 One of the most senior blues bands from Germany. Whether traditional, modern, rock - the driving boogie, the soulful vocal harmonies, which are always good for goose bumps have the public worried more for sensation and the band in a permanent place among the renowned blues bands Germany bestowed. At club gigs with Blues stars like Memphis Slim, Blind John Davis, Errol Dixon and Champion Jack Dupree.

On this album the group conveys exactly what audiences for musical enthusiam, piano boogie, harp blues with good solos that make feels good.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Georg Schroeter & Marc Breitfelder - Live At Blues Baltica ... On The Way To Memphis

Styles : Piano Blues, Harmonica Blues
Released : 2010
Lable : Analoghaus

01 - Sunnyland
02 - All Night Long
03 - Little Piece Of Paper
04 - Long As I Can See The Light
05 - Sugar & Spice
06 - Talk To Me
07 - Rush Hour
08 - Can't Be Satisfied
09 - Shake Your Boogie
10 - Runnin' On Faith
11 - Rock'n'Roll Queenie 

 Pianist Georg Schroeter and harmonica player Marc Breitfelder made history this past February, as they became the first Europeans to win the International Blues Challenge. Representing the Baltic Blues Society in Northern Germany, they took the title competing against approximately 100 solo/duo acts from around the world. Their most recent release, Live At BluesBaltica . . . On The Way To Memphis, captures their live performance to perfection. Though this recording is not only the pair, as it also includes David Herzel playing behind them on drums, they are at their peak here.

 This is the band’s third live recording, which in all reality is the absolute best way to hear their music. Georg Schroeter is an exceptional pianist with strong vocals. Marc Breitfelder’s harmonica work is incomparable; he reach notes that soar well beyond the normal plain with such ease he appears to hardly be drawing any breath. Together they have been working with one another for twenty-one-plus years and make for a very fascinating sound that keeps the performance rolling and exciting as brilliantly displayed on this release recorded at the 2010 Eutin Blues Festival.

 The performance contains a nice blend of original music and covers. What is exceptional here is the songs they have selected often are better known as guitar pieces which have cleverly been reworked to fit in their duet mixture, with Schroeter’s piano assuming the lead lines. Songs to note being done in this manner include tasty takes on Elmore James’ “Sunnyland,” Muddy Waters’ “Can’t Be Satisfied” and Eric Clapton’s “Runnin’ On Faith.” Love the honky-tonk roll that Schroeter takes during “Can’t Be Satisfied.” One of the most noteworthy covers has to be John Fogerty’s “Long As I Can See The Light,” which Schroeter delivers in his own personalized, beautiful incarnation. But the duo’s original songs are not to be overlooked either. “Sugar & Spice” is a romping little number that’ll catch your attention and the harmonica work on numbers like “Little Piece Of Paper” and “Rush Hour” will lead to the question just where does Breitfelder come up with these notes, they far out reach the cosmos and maybe the only other players today who can even compare might be Jason Ricci or Carlos del Junco, but even they may be outmatched. Incredible blowing!

 All in all, Live At BluesBaltica is a tremendous outing for Georg Schroeter and Marc Breitfelder, clearly a convincing showing of why these guys took home the prize at the International Blues Challenge. Not to be overlooked. This disc carries a lot of amazing musical passion, energy and down-right fun.

original CD from sussex

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Shelton Powe - Carolina Blues And Gospel

Styles : Country Blues, Gospel
Released : 2012
Lable : Music Maker

01 - Stranger Blues
02 - Send Me
03 - Vestapol
04 - Diving Duck Blues
05 - This Train
06 - One Monkey Don't Stop The Show
07 - When You See My Savior
08 - Down On Me
09 - Buckdancer's Choice
10 - John Henry
11 - Gypsy Woman
12 - When I Lay My Burden Down
13 - This Little Light Of Mine

Shelton Powe was raised in a family of Gospel singers and players. His earliest memories place him on the tent revival circuit surrounded by his music-making parents, aunts, and uncles. As a young man he immersed himself in the Blues scene of Atlanta, learning at the feet of Blues legends Cora Mae Bryant, Neal Pattman, Cootie Stark, and Frank Edwards. Shelton is a collector and over the years has amassed a wealth of lyrics and melodies that none can touch; at the same time, his style and delivery are all his own. He conveys nuance and intricacy recalling Curley Weaver combined with a spirit of spontaneity that forms an intimacy with the listener. The 14 tracks on Shelton's first release are all traditional Country Blues and Gospel but they are delivered with a freshness and sincerity that will make you feel as if you are hearing them for the first time. -- Aaron Greenhood

original CD from sussex

Friday, March 1, 2013

Tomcat Courtney - Tom 'Tomcat' Courtney

Styles : Electric blues
Released : 1995
Lable : Tom 'Tomcat' Courtney (Tape)

01 - Wish Is Magic
02 - Strawberry Girl
03 - The Highway And The Freeway
04 - Freebasing Again
05 - Mocking Bird
06 - 12 O'Clock Midnight
07 - Pain Of Love
08 - The Girl Next Door
09 - Shake It Up Baby
10 - Four Wheel Drive
11 - Blues Singing Woman

 Born in 1929, bluesman Tomcat Courtney shows no signs of slowing down. While growing up in Texas, his pianist father owned a nightclub frequented by blues legends like Sonny Boy Williamson. Courtney pursued tap dancing and began to perform in places like the Barnum And Bailey Circus and other type traveling shows and he also began to sing as well, After learning guitar, he fell easily into the rhythm of the traditional Delta blues groove of his most admired musicians, like BB King and Lightnin’ Hopkins.

 In the early 1960's Tomcat Courtney moved to Los Angeles where in began to do shows in night clubs like the 54 night club,the Eightball ,Polka Dot,Psychedelic Shack and other numerous clubs.
Moving to San Diego in 1971, Courtney formed the Bluesdusters, who became house regulars at O.B.’s Texas Teahouse, where Courtney played every week from 1972 to 1992. Nowadays, he turns up frequently at P.B.’s Chateau Orleans and La Jolla’s Turquoise Cafe .His album Downsville Blues was released in May 2008. It includes many of his own compositions, as well as classic covers like Mance Lipscomb’s “Meet Me in the Bottom”,Buddy Moss first song it 1935 and Tampa Red’s “Cryin’ Won’t Help You , Tomcat Courtney writes and preforms all of his songs

 Tomcat Courtney did a tour at the Lucerne Blues Festival, Marco Fiume Blues Passions Festival in Italy, the Bay-Car Blues Festival in France, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club at Hotel Le Meridien in Paris, Tomcat Courtney also did the Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival Blues Festival in 2010 and captured the audience at the Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club.Downsville Blues was number one on several of the European Blues charts in 2009 and his European charting and record sales earned him an invitation to the prestigious 2010 Montreux Blues Festival. After playing Montreux and touring Europe, Courtney was inducted into the California Blues Hall of Fame. The Bay Area Blues Society and the City of Oakland have been recognizing worthy local and international blues artists since 1985 with their annual West Coast Blues Hall of Fame and Awards show.  This year the event was held in the Grand Ballroom at theHilton Oakland Airport Hotel on March 28th 2010  Tomcat Courtney was awarded  the musical accomplishments of  having contributed greatly to the music

 The 20th annual San Diego Music Awards took place on Sunday, September 12 at 7pm at a concert setting, better known as Humphreys by the Bay Tomcat Courtney won the Best Blues Music Award
The name of some more of that Texas Delta blues that Tomcat Courtney has made and performed so well are Twelve o clock midnight, Sundown in San Diego, Little John, Katrina blues, Downville blues and Mother Davis Tomcat Courtney is a Texas Delta Blues Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Vocal  entertainer, with that foot and stomp box down home sound.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Steve 'Big Man' Clayton - I Like It Like That

Styles : Piano Blues
Released : 2011
Lable : Stormy Monday Records

01 - I Like It Like That !
02 - Low Down Ways
03 - Satisfyin' Baby
04 - Heartache Blues
05 - BMC Boogie Woogie
06 - A Mighty Fine Thing
07 - Medicine Man
08 - Ride That Train
09 - I Feel Like Jivin'
10 - Someday My Luck Is Gonna Change
11 - Grooooovy Boogie
12 - Why Can't We Start Again

Steve Clayton was born in Birmingham, England, on September 1st 1962.
He began to show an interest in music at the age of 10.
This prompted his parents to buy an old upright piano and they promptly shipped him off for weekly piano lessons, which he would keep up for the next 5 years.
Towards the end of his music lessons, his music teacher composed a blues for him to learn. The different tones and rhythms were something totally new to somebody learning the classics.
This new found music had an enormous  effect on him; the record collection mounted, spending all his pocket money on records by Cow Cow Davenport, Albert Ammons and Memphis Slim, to name only a few. His time was spent at the piano, trying to reproduce the sounds he was hearing.
It didn’t take long for Clayton to find his way into his first blues band after leaving school, and he would spend the next few years learning his craft in numerous local bands, being hailed as The Ivory Maradona“ and The "Big Man of Boogie Woogie".
The "Big Man" was requested to back visiting U.S. artists like Louisiana Red, Shuggy Otis and Carey Bell, he toured Europe with them, he learnt from them.
He is also the man pounding the keys on the award winning CD “He knows the blues”, by Otis Grand.
Learning to sing was a real turning point, it led him to song writing. The results of which can be heard on his highly acclaimed debut album “Can’t Stop The Boogie“, which he recorded in 1991 with his long time band “The 44’s“. This prompted the German record label Hot Fox, to send him to Chicago to record his second album “I Got A Right“, which features legends S. P. Leary and Lester “Mad Dog“ Davenport (1993). Five more recordings would follow; “I got to sing these blues“ (1999) ,  “You know what I mean“ (2000) , “Dirty Mistreater” (2004) , “Goin´ back to Birmingham” (2007) and “I Like It Like That” (2011).
The "Big Man" was honoured as best piano player by the British Blues Connection in 1995, 1997 and 1998 before leaving for the Boogie Woogie capitol of the world, Germany, where he now resides.
It didn’t take long for him to make his mark here neither, winning a south German prize as best artist for 2001.
The "Big Man" sings and plays the blues as good as you could hear anywhere in the world. He has taken the old style and put his own personal touch to it, indeed........“there is no mistaking the unique sound of Steve "Big Man" Clayton.