Time: 39:27 + 54:34
Size: 91,2 MB + 125,7 MB
Label: It Works/Redroom
Styles: Blues/Soul Blues
1. Born under a Bad Sign - 5:54
2. Black Cat Blues - 3:09
3. Smile at me - 6:58
4. Snatch it Back and Hold it - 7:51
5. Since i fell for You - 3:37
6. Shake for Me - 5:07
7. Gypsy Woman - 6:47
1. Walkin' thru the Park - 6:58
2. Twenty-Four Hours - 6:20
3. I just wanna make love to You - 13:34
4. Phonecall from Leavenworth - 7:12
5. Evil is Goin' On - 11:33
6. There Was a Time - 8:53
Cafe R&B are gaining a reputation as one of the greatest live bands there is. Their first two studio albums are critically acclaimed masterpieces of modern Blues, Soul, and Rock. With "Very Live" the band presents their first ever official live release. The double CD set features the incomperable vocals of 'ROACH' and her devistatingly tight band; Byl Carruthers, Stephen Klong , John Thomas, and Bobby Pickett. In this love letter to the blues they band tears through 12 songs to a packed house. You can feel the sweat.
Cafe R&B is a five-piece band from the Los Angeles area consisting of female singer Roach, guitarist Byl Carruthers, keyboardists John "JT" Thomas, Harry Cohen and Stevie Utstein, bassist Bobby Pickett, and drummer Don Swanson and Adam Gust.
Longtime music fans may remember lead singer "Roach" from her days fronting Los Angeles' "Roach and the White Boys" in the early 1980s. Critics in the U.S. and Europe have compared her hard-rocking vocals to the likes of Etta James, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin. HITS Magazine declared: "Imagine Etta James riding a Harley out of an active volcano, and you'll have some vague inkling as to the vocal power..." Her producer/husband, Byl Carruthers, does amazing guitar work and writes the band's original material. When not producing music, he also produces and directs television shows - his credits include "Oprah," "Spy TV," and others. He’s also known as a walking encyclopedia of the blues, and has written liner notes for several blues compilations. Cafe R&B has passion for gritty, hard-hitting early blues and R&B. For the past ten years, Cafe R&B has honed their legendary live performance skills at venues and blues clubs throughout the U.S., such as the House of Blues and "Buddy Guy's Legends," the legendary San Francisco Blues Festival in 2005, Fire on the Mountain Blues Festival in '05, 06, and '07, and the Long Beach Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival 2010 just to name a few. In Europe, they have performed at jam-packed and sold-out residences in London, Barcelona and Paris. In May 2010 they headlined the 19.Grolsch Blues Festival in Schoeppingen/Germany and the Jazz Festival in Cloppenburg/Germany. In October 2009, 2010 and 2012 they performed on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.