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пятница, 5 июня 2020 г.

Dion - Blues With Friends

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 60:53
Size: 139,6 MB
Label: KTBA Records
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Blues Comin’ On (with Joe Bonamassa) - 4:48
 2. Kickin’ Child (with Joe Menza) - 4:00
 3. Uptown Number 7 (with Brian Setzer) - 3:56
 4. Can’t Start Over Again (with Jeff Beck) - 4:26
 5. My Baby Loves To Boogie (with John Hammond Jr.) - 5:19
 6. I Got Nothin’(with Van Morrison & Joe Louis Walker) - 5:05
 7. Stumbling Blues (with Jimmy & Jerry Vivino) - 3:00
 8. Bam Bang Boom (with Billy Gibbons) - 3:57
 9. I Got The Cure (with Sonny Landreth) - 4:07
10. Song For Sam Cooke (Here In America) (with Paul Simon) - 4:24
11. What If I Told You (with Samantha Fish) - 4:44
12. Told You Once In August (with John Hammond Jr. & Rory Block) - 5:34
13. Way Down (I Won’t Cry No More) (with Stevie Van Zandt) - 2:58
14. Hymn To Him (with Patti Scialfa & Bruce Springsteen) - 4:30

OK, so the concept and even simplistic title of this album is played out. After all, the “superstar guest” model often used to prop up veteran artist’s flagging careers, has been done to death. But before you throw up your hands in frustration that an artist as timeless and talented as Dion, one who has been a professional musician for over 60 years, felt he needed to go this clichéd route, listen with an open mind to the final product. It’s not every artist that gets liner notes written by Bob Dylan, an old friend from Dion’s 60’s New York folkie days. On the paragraph specifically written for this album he says “…when you have a voice as deep and wide as Dion’s, that voice can take you all the way around the world and then all the way back home to the blues.”  After you push “play” that’s clear as Dion, now a spry 81 but sounding half that, tears into the blues with the enthusiasm and power of the finest practitioners of the art form, many of whom join him. The list of guests is a who’s who of roots and blues. From contemporaries like Van Morrison, John Hammond, Billy Gibbons, Jeff Beck and Paul Simon to younger players such as Joe Bonamassa, Samantha Fish and Brian Setzer, there is no shortage of high wattage star power assisting Dion on these 14 tracks. All feature at least one, and some two (Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen team up on the folk ballad “Hymn to Him”) supporting Dion who stays firmly and confidently in the spotlight despite the famous assistance.
Dion co-wrote all but two selections in conjunction with Mike Aquilina and his sure, sturdy but never overwhelming vocals steer each track. Bonamassa whips off sizzling slide lines on opener “Blues Comin’ On,” Setzer rips rockabilly riffs for the swinging “Uptown Number 7,” Gibbons brings the swamp to the slow shuffle “Bam Bang Boom” (about Dion meeting his wife) and Jeff Beck finds the blues in the country/Hank Williams influenced “Can’t Start Over Again.” Each track is a gem but the combination of two icons, Morrison and Dion, along with blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker, on the stomping “I Got Nothin’” is one of the disc’s high points. Dion pays tribute to an old tour mate on “Song for Sam Cooke (Here in America),” with Paul Simon (who also contributed to 2016’s New York Is My Home), referencing the doo-wop and soul roots of Cooke as the song’s lyrics decry the racism of the time. Samantha Fish wasn’t born—it’s possible her parents weren’t either– when Dion had his early radio hits like “Runaround Sue,” but she contributes searing lead guitar to the steaming blues rocker “What If I Told You.” And when he unplugs for some raw Delta blues with Hammond and Rory Block trading licks, it’s clear Dion could have recorded an entire album in this rootiest of styles. Unlike similar projects where artists sometimes get lost in the midst of legendary invitees, Dion not only holds his own but shows that he’s every bit as vital and vibrant as in his younger days. The “friends” may bring more eyeballs, but Dion matches and even surpasses them on these fiery blues originals which, considering the stars involved, is an impressive achievement.   

Blues With Friends

Joe Louis Walker - Blues Comin' On

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 62:13
Size: 142,6 MB
Label: Cleopatra
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Feed the Poor (feat. Jorma Kaukonen) - 4:13
 2. Blues Comin' On (feat. Eric Gales) - 5:55
 3. Someday, Someway (feat. Carla Cooke & Lee Oskar) - 5:32
 4. The Thang (feat. Jesse Johnson) - 6:38
 5. Old Time Used to Be (feat. Keb' Mo') - 5:17
 6. Come Back Home (feat. Mitch Ryder) - 4:31
 7. Bowlegged Woman, Knock-Kneed Man (feat. Waddy Wachtel) - 4:55
 8. Awake Me Shake Me (feat. Carla Cooke) - 6:50
 9. Lonely Weekends (feat. David Bromberg) - 4:24
10. Seven More Steps (feat. Albert Lee) - 5:24
11. Uptown to Harlem (feat. Jellybean Johnson) - 4:23
12. 7 & 7 Is (feat.Arlen Roth & Charlie Harper) - 4:04

Soulful blues phenom and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Joe Louis Walker is joined by a host of talented friends and peers on his superb new studio album, Blues Comin' On. The album features guest performances by fellow blues icons Keb' Mo', Eric Gales, and Albert Lee, plus Detroit soul singer Mitch Ryder, harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar, Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen, punk rock vocalist Charlie Harper, legendary session player Waddy Wachtel, and so many more! This album explodes with the passionate playing and soulful melodies that have made Walker a favorite among true blues aficionados including the Rolling Stones. The first single to be released is the "Old Time Used To Be," which features guest appearances by Keb' Mo' and John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful. "From the opening track to the final note, the guests and fellow musicians on this album made this one of the best musical journeys I've ever had. I hope it's the same for you!" reveals Joe.
Originally from San Francisco, Joe Louis Walker, a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award-winner, celebrates a career that exceeds a half century. His musical legacy as a prolific torchbearer for the blues is proven by his 26 albums. A true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer, and prolific songwriter, he has toured extensively throughout his career, performed at the world's most renowned music festivals, and earned a legion of dedicated fans. NPR Music has called Walker "a legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues," and within the blues world, he is already being referred to as a living legend.

Blues Comin' On

четверг, 4 июня 2020 г.

Rusty Zinn - The Chill

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2000
Time: 50:34
Size: 116,1 MB
Label: Alligator Records
Styles: Blues/Chicago Blues/Jump Blues/Modern Electric Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Just Like A Fish - 3:37
 2. Meet Me Halfway - 3:19
 3. Fallin' Rain - 5:02
 4. She's Got Style - 3:21
 5. The Big Eye - 3:41
 6. Ladies Choice - 5:23
 7. Drinking My Last Dime - 4:51
 8. I Played The Game - 5:33
 9. The Chill - 5:04
10. Moonlight Blues - 4:07
11. Dying On The Vine - 4:27
12. Looking Back - 2:03

Musicians:
Rusty Zinn - Guitar and Vocals;
Bob Welsh - Piano and Rhythm Guitar;
Randy Bermudes - Acoustic and Electric Bass;
Richard Innes & Paul Revelli - Drums.
With
Elvin Bishop - Slide Guitar on Moonlight Blues;
Jimmy Pugh - Organ on Ladies Choice;
John Firmen - Tenor Sax on Meet Me Halfway.

Rusty’s third CD, and his Alligator debut, The Chill, confirms his maturation as a blues stylist of grit, honesty, authority and facility.  Given his own resume and his new label, it’s no surprise that his immersion in 1950s Chicago blues has never been more obvious. Placing his own stamp on songs by Chicagoans Tucker, Arbee Stidham and John Brim (along with a ‘50s rocker by Johnny “Guitar” Watson) and putting a different Magic Sam groove to “Just Like A Fish” than Sam did is just part of Rusty’s bag of tricks.  Like Magic Sam, Rusty commands and reveres the tradition but can’t help updating it just by adding his own bad self to the mix.  The Chill includes five songs composed all or in part by Rusty, plus contributions from Rick Estrin and Ronnie James Weber, a bassist who’s worked with both Rusty and Rick.  Add in the solid contributions of two of Rusty’s road band, bassist Randy Bermudes and guitarist/pianist Bob Welsh (check out Bob’s tasty piano solos on “I Played The Game” and “She’s Got Style”), plus a cameo on slide guitar by Elvin Bishop on “Moonlight Blues,” and an engineer in Jerry Hall who’s The Man for capturing the vintage tube-era studio vibe of the music upon which Rusty’s is based, and it’s a powerful package.
Some people seem to be born out of their times, and maybe Rusty was born a bit after his; so the closest he’ll come in this life to rubbing elbows with too many of his closest musical kindred spirits is via his own interpretations of their classic blues sounds and styles.  But that timing bodes well for the future of the blues, when it receives such respect from a young man of as much talent, dedication and freshness of outlook as Rusty.  Come to think of it, it bodes exhilaratingly well for us listeners too!

The Chill

среда, 3 июня 2020 г.

Teddy Harpo - Onemanband

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2018
Time: 37:54
Size: 87,2 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Harmonica Blues/Garage Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Ride On - 3:08
 2. Red Corner - 3:20
 3. Few Girl - 4:38
 4. Run - 3:02
 5. My Girl Is Gone - 3:48
 6. Keep It - 4:03
 7. Come Out Baby - 2:27
 8. The Fooling - 5:41
 9. Just For Fun - 4:21
10. Little Alien - 3:21

Teddy Harpo is a great musician and performer from Budapest HU. He is playing on acoustic and electric guitar, on hohner blues harmonicas and Salgo footdrum. Favourite genres are garage r'n'r and blues rock.

Onemanband

The Western Sizzlers - For Ol' Times Sake

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2012
Time: 39:15
Size: 90,0 MB
Label: Roar Hide Records
Styles: Southern Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. One More Beer - 3:43
 2. Keep Smilin' - 3:53
 3. Can't Win For Losing - 3:39
 4. Sugar Pie - 4:03
 5. I'll Die A Happy Man If It Kills Me - 3:09
 6. Break The Rules - 3:28
 7. Shine - 4:00
 8. One Day Closer To Crazy - 3:12
 9. The Last Straw - 3:10
10. The Lion's Cage - 2:21
11. Unfinished Business - 2:48
12. The End - 1:44

The Western Sizzlers are a honkin’, stonkin’ and of course rockin’ country outfit from Atlanta, Georgia. Led by Englishman Kevin Jennings (ex-manager of The Georgia Satellites, and The Black Crowes), Jennings has since toured with royalty acts as diverse as The Stray Cats and Kris Kristofferson. Legend has it that The Sizzlers sprang to live back in the 80’s, at the infamous Hedgens Tavern in Atlanta, and in various incarnations at that. This feel-good collection boasts songs penned by Jennings over the past decade. According to the man himself, the songs are all pretty much just three chords and the truth, and were inspired by his love of Status Quo, The Satellites, and the real country music. Little wonder the songs were now turned into an album - recorded with a little help from his friends. These includeCharlie Star (Blackberry Smoke) on vocals, Jeff Bakos (Jason & The Scorchers) on bass, Toby Marriott, Nicky Ford and Rick Richards (The Georgia Satellites) on axe slinger duties, Larue Riccio, Wayne Glass and Kevin Fitzpatrick on drums, and our man Jennings as the ringleader. With a pedigree as immaculate as Jennings’, and musical friends just as talented, the result can only be impressive. The fun-laden bar-room anthem ‘One More Beer’ might be in the best country rock tradition (ok, more country than rock), but this oompah sing-along ditty should be made compulsory in pubs up and down the country. C’mon everybody: “One more beer, and I’ll buy you a diamond…” I should be so lucky!  Scorching riffs and some spirited slide guitar work on track 2 remind of Black Crowes and ZZ Top even, yet ‘Keep Smiling’ is nicely held together by an overall harmonious feel. The band’s sense of humour is particularly evident on roots rocker ‘Can’t Win For Losing’, sporting some tongue-in-cheek lyrics: “Well honey, I’ve been from rag to riches, now I’m back to rags… One day, I might get it right.” Dedicated to all men with three ex wives and four children! Humour prevails on next song ‘Sugar Pie’, a slow and classic country song in the best Kristofferson/Nelson vein, and with effective banjo play.  ‘I’ll Die A Happy Man If It Kills Me’ is an up-temp barn stomper with full-on Southern rock roots and a mighty lot of guitar twangs, while the Sizzlers’ cover of Status Quo’s ‘Break The Rules’ perfectly captures the honky-tonk swagger of the original. Every rose has its thorn, just like every cowboy has a sad, sad song… This much is true, especially when listening to ‘Shine’, a tearjerker of a love song about a guy who just can’t seem to get over the break-up with his ole lady. Try one more beer, perhaps?  ‘One Day Closer To Crazy’ comes across as a little Tom Petty influenced, and the searing country & western guitars nicely underpin the lament “I miss my other life, you know, the one when I was young…”   The chirpy choppy fusion of country and rockabilly works perfectly well on ‘The Last Straw’, but it’s the subtle complexity of ‘The Lions Cage’ which brings to great effect the unusual combination of R&B and country with the off-hand riff mastery akin to ‘Get Back’ by The Beatles. In contrast, ‘Unfinished Business’ is more serious in content, and the melancholic mood is emphasized through the use of pedal steel and slide. The song is about how life is forever an unfinished business, and that we should make the most of it because one day we run out of time. But even death has its plus points, as suggested here, namely the fact that we never need to wake up again with another headache or pain. Or another hangover, in case of too much beer!  The aptly titled closing track ‘The End’ is short and purely instrumental, but boy let the Sizzlers rip on this one! You don’t have to be a connoisseur of country rock to enjoy For Ol’ Time Sake, but it helps, especially as the numbers are all steeped in traditional roots and performed that way. Which makes the songs sound sizzling alright, but not overtly varied as far as the style department is concerned.

For Ol' Times Sake

вторник, 2 июня 2020 г.

Phil Bee's Freedom - Live at Moulin Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 66:08
Size: 151,5 MB
Label: Soul Sacrifice Records
Styles: Blues/Electric Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Down the line -  4:47
 2. Your love -  4:47
 3. Down don't bother me -  7:24
 4. Got to get better in a little while -  7:45
 5. Soulshine -  8:34
 6. Power of love -  4:42
 7. Crosstown traffic -  4:52
 8. A salute to Bert (intro to One last kiss) -  2:01
 9. One last kiss - 11:35
10. Big legged woman -  9:36

Musicians:
Phil Bee - vocals
Guy Smeets - guitar
Stef Paglia - guitar
Pascal Lanslots - keyboards
Arie Verhaar - drums
Carlo van Belleghem - bass
Tarah Ouwenkerk - backing vocals
Nicole Verouden - backing vocals

Zanger Phil Bee (Phillippe Bastiaans) is op 1 december 1958 geboren in Jemappes, een deelgemeente van Bergen in de Belgische provincie Henegouwen. Later verhuist hij naar Margraten in Limburg. Hij begint zijn muzikale carrière in 1990 in coverbands en in 1996 wordt hij zanger bij Doctor Rhythm. Weer later wordt hij lid van de tributeband The Hendrix Files. In 2004 vormt hij zijn eigen band Phil Bee and the Buzztones. Met deze band maakt hij twee albums. In 2009 maakt Phil Bee, inmiddels met zijn nieuwe band King Mo, een grote tournee door Nederland en België. Van King Mo verschijnen twee albums. In 2013 ontbindt Phil Bee zijn band King Mo en formeert zijn nieuwe band Freedom. In 2014 komt van hen het album ‘Caught Live’ uit. In 2015 worden zanger Phil Bee en gitarist John F. Klaver bekroond met een Dutch Blues Award en in 2016 wint Pascal Lanslots de Dutch Blues Award voor beste toetsenist. In 2016 verschijnt ook ‘Memphis Moon’, het eerste studioalbum en in januari 2019 het album ‘Home’ van Phil Bee’s Freedom. Op 4 mei 2019 treedt Phil Bee’s Freedom op tijdens het Moulin Blues Festival in het Limburgse Ospel, al meer dan 35 jaar een toonaangevend bluesfestival in Nederland en dat wereldwijd aanzien geniet. Opnamen van dit concert zijn begin november uitgebracht op cd en dvd. Het album ‘Live at Moulin Blues’ begint lekker swingend met Down The Line, een nummer van hun album ‘Memphis Moon’. Your Love, een nummer van hun meest recente album ‘Home’, is een midtempo gedreven gezongen blues met een strakke ritmesectie, spetterende gitaren en een wervelende orgelsolo. Down Don’t Bother Me is een cover van Mike Mattison van de Tedeschi Trucks Band. Een fraaie soulblues van grote klasse met striemende gitaren en een prachtige slide van Stef Paglia. Met ‘het wordt een mooie dag, de zon gaat schijnen’ kondigt Phil Bee Got To Get Better In A Little While aan. In deze cover van Eric Clapton uit de tijd van Derek & The Dominoes, zijn funky gitaren, een vette bassolo en gedreven zang te horen. Een van de hoogtepunten is Soulshine, een schitterende ballad van Warren Haynes van The Allman Brothers uit 1994. Het is achteneenhalve minuut genieten en met de lyrische en gierende gitaren worden The Allman Brothers bijna naar de kroon gestoken. In het bluesy Power Of Love mag Pascal Lanslots zich weer helemaal uitleven. Spetterend gitaarwerk is er daarna weer in Crosstown Traffic van Jimi Hendrix. Dan is het tijd voor een kippenvel moment als Phil Bee speciaal applaus vraagt voor zijn bluesmaatje Bert Reinders uit Meppel en hij draagt One Last Kiss op aan iedereen die er niet meer is en waar we veel van houden. One Last Kiss begint met gedragen orgelklanken, en na een ingetogen begin ‘explodeert’ het nummer in een bad van gitaren en keys om tenslotte weer ingetogen te eindigen. Deze indrukwekkende en ontroerende ballad vormt het absolute hoogtepunt van het album. Het slotakkoord is Big Legged Woman (with a short, short mini skirt). Dit nummer van Israel Tolbert en vooral bekend geworden door Freddie King, is een uitstekende funky uitsmijter, met een fantastische orgelsolo, een vlammende gitaarsolo van Paglia en soulvolle backing vocals.

Live at Moulin Blues

Paul Hughes - Hughesey Volume One

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 40:44
Size: 93,6 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Electric Blues/Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Moving On - 3:44
 2. Holding On - 3:06
 3. A Town Called Malice - 2:48
 4. Tell Your Story To A stranger - 6:23
 5. Its All Over Now - 4:55
 6. Season Of The Witch - 8:06
 7. You Gotta Try - 2:36
 8. Sonnet - 4:49
 9. March Song - 4:12

A well produced electric of blues and Rock styled songs/

Hughesey Volume One

Rich Cohen Blues Band - Who's That Knockin'?


Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2005
Time: 50:45
Size: 116,5 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Electric Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Tell Me Why -  4:17
 2. Help Me -  5:09
 3. I'm Gonna Find My Baby -  3:08
 4. Sidetracked -  4:09
 5. 219 -  5:54
 6. The Swirl -  4:22
 7. Who's That Knockin'? -  3:17
 8. Move On Over -  4:15
 9. Pinned - 12:25
10. Down Low -  3:46

Musical Chameleon, Rich Cohen, can do it all. He is a hybrid artist who can effortlessly connect the strains of hundreds of influences into his own sound. As a leader, combining Blues, Jazz, Rock, Funk, Pop, RnB etc... epitomizes his eclectic electric approach. Soulful, heart-felt vocals and mature songwriting reflect his Singer/Songwriter talents, while his instrumental Acoustic playing traverses territory as diverse as Blues, Jazz, Folk, Celtic, Classical, Indian, Brazilian and African. As a freelance Guitarist/Vocalist, Rich's wide range of musical abilities find him in demand by Singer-Songwriters, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Pop and Rock artists. ...
"My CD Who's That Knockin'?  that features guest appearances by harmonica players Jason Ricci-Harp, Mason Casey-Harp, Miguel Weissman-Harp and more. Traditional Blues/Swing that pays homage to some of my blues heros".

Who's That Knocking'?

Sidewalkers - Take Your Time

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 30:08
Size: 69,7 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Take Your Time - 4:32
 2. Blow On With The Breeze - 4:02
 3. Blood Runs Blue (Lessons Learned) - 5:14
 4. Dreams - 5:22
 5. Cut You Loose - 4:39
 6. Waiting For You - 6:18

Sidewalkers is an Atlanta based band with blues roots at its core.

Take Your Time

Roscoe Beck - Walk On

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2009
Time: 45:17
Size: 103,9 MB
Label: Austone
Styles: Contemporary Blues/R&B
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Wasn't It Fine - 5:24
 2. Outrage - 4:55
 3. Say What's on Your Mind - 5:20
 4. Together All the Time - 3:46
 5. Rockin' Like 2 a.m. - 4:03
 6. Come Back Baby - 4:21
 7. Cotton - 3:05
 8. Think Twice - 4:51
 9. Rhumba Nhumba #9 - 4:09
10. Blues for a New Day - 5:18

Musicians:
Roscoe Beck - Bass, Lead Vocals;
Malford Milligan, Mike Cross, Omar Dykes, Ruthie Foster - Lead Vocals;
Mitch Watkins - Lead Guitar;
David Grissom, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford - Electric Guitars;
Neil Larsen, Riley Osbourne - Electric Organ;
Kim Wilson - Harmonica;
Brannen Temple, John Calarco, Tom Bretchclein - Drums;
Paul Ostermayer - Alto Saxophone.

Roscoe Beck is from Poughkeepsie, NY, and he moved in 1971 to Austin, where he met and played with Eric Johnson and brothers Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan. Later in the 1970s he formed an R&B-fusion band called "Passenger" which in 1979 played a gig in Los Angeles where Robben Ford was present and asked them to be the opening act on his tour. After having shuffled between Austin and Los Angeles for a year, Beck was asked to play on Leonard Cohen's album Recent Songs. The experience led him to start working as a record producer, and in 1986 he produced Jennifer Warnes' Grammy-nominated album Famous Blue Raincoat. He also played bass and served as musical director for Leonard Cohen's 2008–2010 and 2012–2013 world tours. Beck played with Robben Ford through the 1980s, which in 1992 resulted in the release of the debut album of Robben Ford & The Blue Line, with Tom Brechtlein on drums. The band received a Grammy nomination for their 1993 album Mystic Mile.The Fender Guitar company produced two different signature bass guitars that carried the Roscoe Beck name, available in 4 and 5-string versions. Both were based on the Fender Jazz Bass. The 5-string version was introduced in 1995, followed by a 4-string version in 2004. Discontinued in 2009.

Walk On

Gerald McClendon - Can't Nobody Stop Me Now


Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 45:10
Size: 105,1 MB
Label: Delta Roots Records
Styles: Blues/Chicago Blues
Art: Front+Back

Tracks Listing:
 1. Can't Nobody Stop Me Now - 3:02
 2. Where Do We Go From Here - 3:41
 3. Groove On Tonight - 2:06
 4. She Don't Love Me Anymore - 3:38
 5. Runnin' Wild - 3:02
 6. It's Over Now - 4:20
 7. Mr. Wrong - 4:10
 8. I Started Over - 3:29
 9. You Can't Take My Love - 3:43
10. Why Can't We Be Together - 4:02
11. Cut You Once - 5:08
12. I Think About You - 4:43

Chicago-born singer/songwriter/performer Gerald McClendon earned the moniker “The Soul Keeper” by being one of the most versatile and dynamic R&B and soul stylists “The City of the Big Shoulders” has to offer. He has a voice with tremendous range that draws instant comparisons to other great singers such as Otis Redding, Ben E. King, Marvin Gaye, Z.Z. Hill, and Wilson Pickett. He is a master storyteller and provocateur, who will entice and entertain. McClendon’s latest release, “Can’t Nobody Stop Me Now,” is a collection of a dozen new songs about love and lust, fatal attractions and heartfelt devotions that will tug at your heartstrings and lure your feet onto the dance floor. For the 2020 Delta Roots Records release, McClendon
teamed up with the claimed producer Twist Turner to record at Sound Studios in the heart of Chicago. The duoemployed a team that included Art Love on bass, three great guitar players, Herb Walker, Joe Burba and Mike Wydra, and three keyboardists, Roosevelt Purifoy, Sumito Aryioshi and Brian James, along with Skinny Williams on saxophone and John “Boom” Brumbach on trumpet. Turner, who has worked with over 40 Grammy winning artists, laid down the drum tracks as well as handling producer duties. The album opens with the horn-driven title track ‘Can’t Nobody Stop Me Now’ with McClendon laying out his plan to leave the past and hard times behind him, take control and fulfill his dream. The blazing tenor sax of Skinny Williams introduces the passion play ‘Where Do We Go From
Here’ with McClendon pouring his heart out on the dramatic blues number. He then demonstrates that he is versed in the art of persuasion on the smooth R&B tune ‘Groove On Tonight.’ Williams delivers another great solo on the desperate ballad ‘She Don’t Love Me Anymore.’ Taking cues from his mentor Z.Z. Hill, McClendon chastises a bad girl on the bumpin’ ‘Runnin’ Wild,’ then channels Bobby “Blue” Bland on the piano-driven track ‘It’s Over Now.’ He spells out his manly attributes on the cheeky track ‘Mr. Wrong,’ before sharing more testimony to his selfreliance on the uplifting number ‘I Started Over.’ McClendon expresses his vulnerability on the delicate hymn, ’You Can’t Take My Love,’ and the haunting love song ‘Why Can’t We Be Together.’ The tawdry tale of a man in the doghouse, ‘Cut You Once,’ plays out over an easy funk groove with hot-horn jabs. The team then pulls out all
the stops for the dramatic finale ‘I Think About You’ unleashing sweeping horns and churning Hammond B3. With this fine solo release “Can’t Nobody Stop Me Now,” Gerald McClendon further displays his passion for traditional R&B and cements his mission as “The Soul Keeper.”

Can't Nobody Stop Me Now

Cherry Lee Mewis - Late Night Lock In (Live)

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 51:47
Size: 118,7 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Doodlin' - Shake That Thing (Live) - 3:30
 2. All You Need (Live) - 3:18
 3. Come Back Home (Live) - 4:05
 4. Just Can't Live Without You (Live) - 3:56
 5. Kissin' in the Dark (Live) - 3:46
 6. Let's Go Back to the Beginning (Live) - 3:41
 7. Man Overboard - Long Distance Lover (Live) - 6:49
 8. Meet Me at the Station (Live) - 3:24
 9. One Night Stand Boulevard (Live) - 4:33
10. Something You Can't Have (Live) - 3:29
11. Time Limits (Live) - 3:12
12. Travellin' Light (Live) - 2:55
13. Wade in the Water (Live) - 5:01

The folks at LITTLE RABBIT BARN are very chuffed to feature the new live album from CHERRY LEE MEWIS. A big favourite with the LRB audience.  Five tracks featured on this superb live album were recorded at LRB when Cherry and the guys came to town back in July 2018. Late Night Lock In features crowd favourites Man Overboard, Come Back Home, Meet Me At The Station, Time Limits, as well as Cherry's version of Wade In The Water, All You Need and much more! Recorded over three separate performances from 2018 & 2019, this is an album you simply must add to your Cherry collection, the one album that truly captures that high energy CLM vibe, only experienced live.

Late Night Lock In (Live)

понедельник, 1 июня 2020 г.

Rockit 88 Band - Too Much Fun

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2006
Time: 61:50
Size: 141,7 MB
Label: 7 Arts Entertainment
Styles: Blues/Electric Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Keep Me In Trouble (My Eyes) - 4:24
 2. Can't Stop Lovin' - 4:36
 3. Key To The Highway - 3:48
 4. The Seventh Son - 3:30
 5. Broken Heart - 5:07
 6. Too Much Fun - 7:03
 7. Bon Ton Rouley - 6:13
 8. Rock Me Baby - 5:27
 9. Drifting Blues - 6:50
10. Crazy For My Baby - 4:19
11. Goodbye Baby - 5:23
12. Dust My Broom - 5:03

It was 1965 and half past nine outside the Barn in Indianapolis and Jerry Lee was still a no show. Downstairs the Shadows were arranging the last bit of sound equipment and testing microphones before what we perceived a monumental gig – playing opposite the true King of Rock & Roll. Just above and slightly bending under the weight of a thousand plus teenagers I could hear shoes scuff and drag along the sagging wooden floor. Suddenly, someone screams, “He’s here, Jerry Lee’s here.” It seemed half the house makes an impromptu dash towards the side door to watch this pale white figure escape the stylish sedan.Young girls beg for autographs as boyfriends sneer from afar. Jerry didn’t disappoint or satisfy his legion of followers offering a few hasty slashes across promo pictures and scraps of paper.By the time Jerry Lee finds sanctuary we’d already started booming away Lonnie Mack covers; “Wham, Memphis, Susie Q” and the rest. Within ten minutes the march begins and we disappear under the weight of the deafening sound. Jerry Lee kicks his platoon in order and the rhythmic stomping begins. The heavy banging of shoes clocking beats one and three nearly crushes the floor of the old structure. Every five or six minutes there’d be a brief pause then the pounding would resume. So went the night. As for the Shadows – we didn’t stand a chance.Jerry Lee was the polar opposite of Elvis. There was nothing pretty about him. I’d be like comparing the Rolling Stones to the Beatles. What Lee possessed the rest of the pretty boys didn’t was a maniacal sense of urgency and clear and present danger in presentation and playing. For me it was the piano styling. The boogie-woogie was there but played as straight eights – good chunks of country blues and plenty of that Southern revival sound. The evening would play over and over in my dreams.
By the mid to late sixties I found myself onstage with Chuck Berry in front of ten thousand reverent fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum recreating Jerry Lee’s hard-hitting piano rhythms. Chuck banged out the favorites, duck walked and rocked with great ferocity. I played as hard as I could on an imported upright piano and smiled broadly from low A to top E.In 1983, I joined the Hawks backing rebel rouser Ronnie Hawkins. That band with Bill Dillon, Steve Hogg, Robin Hawkins and Dave Lewis had Great Spirit and solid connection with the past. This was during the Hawk’s eating and sleeping phase. We played six nights a week in rock houses in Nashville and Little Rock. Every night the Hawk would proclaim the band the best he’d had since Robbie and Levon strayed north.Here we are in 2003 and I’ve paired down my dream band - the Saturday Nite Fish Fry to the rhythm section and allowed it to feast on it’s own vices. A steady Friday night gig at RD’s Barbeque & Blues in Toronto helped the four-piece find a name, conscience, distinct personality, and new repertoire. The sound is classic blues with a bit of New Orleans and Southern rock sprinkled on top for seasoning. The material for our first session – ‘Too Much Fun’ spans the history of an idiom rich with songwriters. There are no band originals only words and melodies borrowed from the saints of the blues.

Too Much Fun

Vargas Blues Band - Del Sur

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 49:22
Size: 113,8 MB
Label: Rock Estatal Records
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Spanish Wine - 4:13
 2. Del Sur - 6:52
 3. Guitarras Amigas - 4:48
 4. Back To La Fusa - 4:03
 5. Blues For Jaky - 4:36
 6. Southern Days - 5:06
 7. Hipster Blues - 4:59
 8. Open Heart - 4:09
 9. Next To Your Fire - 3:08
10. Satisfaccion Guarantee - 2:57   
11. Highway To Paradise - 4:35
12. Deep Water - 2:47


Javier Vargas was born in Madrid shortly after his parents had left Buenos Aires where they had migrated some years before. Nine years later, the family returned to Argentina and it is there where Javier started playing the guitar. His first musical influences can be traced to Argentine rock of the late 60’s and early 70’s, bands such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Cream, Rolling Stones, The Doors, and musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana or B.B.King, who are powerful sources of inspiration still today.

Vargas Blues Band - Del Sur

четверг, 28 мая 2020 г.

Keith Thompson - Steel Strings & Bruised Reed

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2008
Time: 55:15
Size: 126,7 MB
Label: Density Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Why Can't You Be Good - 2:38
 2. Bad Rain - 4:28
 3. Heart & Soul - 3:46
 4. Not the Same As Love - 3:51
 5. Choice - 3:39
 6. Long Road Home - 3:48
 7. You Don't Know Me - 3:09
 8. Feel the Kiss - 3:42
 9. Stealin' Back My Heart - 3:49
10. Preachin' the Blues - 2:59
11. All Comes Down - 3:52
12. Alright - 4:14
13. Sinner Boy - 5:17
14. All Rise - 4:31
15. Nothing Separates Us - 1:25

This is the long awaited acoustic album from Keith Thompson. A raw and passionate collection of songs showcasing the singer/songwriter in Keith. As the title suggests strength and weakness, the songs tackle subjects as diverse as lost love, the Mississipi floods, moral choices and political correctness. Also featuring some great slide guitar from Keith and some mean saxophone from Patsy Gamble.

Steel Strings & Bruised Reed

Kris Lager Band - Roots Revival

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2006
Time: 73:13
Size: 169,9 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock/Country Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Turn Me Loose -  3:24
 2. Travelin' Jones -  4:08
 3. Since I've Been Gone -  4:20
 4. Carelessly -  6:47
 5. 80 On 80 -  3:32
 6. Feelin's Gone -  5:45
 7. Rain Song -  5:20
 8. I Don't Care Anymore -  7:42
 9. I Feel Alive -  4:50
10. Killin Time -  4:46
11. Keep On Movin -  5:38
12. Rollin' Stone -  6:47
13. When The Night Starts Falling - 10:08

Well when I hear music like this it reminds me why I have a radio show. I like it when music suprises me and this album blew me away. Check out the bands website krislagerband.com. This music is an ecclectic mix of blues, folk, rock, and even soul and a jam band song thrown in. Kris has a voice that reminds me of Joe Bonamassa and has a sweet guitar sound. If you haven't heard the name yet, it'll only be in due time. The Kris Lager Band is an original, high energy, midwestern, rootsrock, blues-based band that is solely dedicated to playing passionate, heartfelt music. If that sounds a little confusing to you it's because KLB creates a musical landscape that crosses all genres and can fall wherever, whenever. From Blues, to Rock, to Country, to Jam, to Zydeco, to Gospel... always sounding familiar, yet always sounding original.

Roots Revival

Roberto Morbioli Trio - Acoustic Me

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2015
Time: 50:31
Size: 116,2 MB
Label: Phamosa Records
Styles: Acoustic Blues/Electric Blues
Art: Front+ Back

Tracks Listing:
 1. Mother's House - 3:56
 2. My Baby's Gone - 4:46
 3. I Love You Much and More - 4:04
 4. I'm In The Blues - 5:08
 5. Love Affair - 3:46
 6. You Smile - 5:01
 7. Specchi Rosa, Specchi Blu - 4:00
 8. Childhood Memories - 3:04
 9. Mama Told Me - 4:51
10. Miracles - 4:38
11. Train To Tyngsborough - 3:20
12. Under A Sky Like This - 3:51

Known for his work with his band Morblus and as the guitar player of Big Daddy Wilson, Roberto, lately dedicated himself more and more to acoustic Blues music. It was only in 2015 that he founded his new trio and wrote a series of songs. Powerful songs about his artistic career but also pensive and very private ones about his affections and feelings. The new project Roberto Morbioli Trio approaches to a refined and demanding audience, an audience that wants to listen silently to the subtle shades of the guitar and to every note that expresses passion and love for music and life. Roberto Morbioli - gtr,voc, Paolo Legragramandi - bass gtr,background voc, Nicolo Taccori - drums.
(https://www.bear-family.com/morbioli-trio-roberto-acoustic-me-cd.html)

Acoustic Me

пятница, 22 мая 2020 г.

Marc Bristol - Circus Dog Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 51:25
Size: 117,9 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Acoustic blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Circus Dog Blues - 4:58
 2. Hatchet Headed Woman - 3:54
 3. Goin' Down To The River - 4:56
 4. Too Close For Comfort - 3:12
 5. Born To Be A Misfit - 4:31
 6. Northern Train N 1 - 2:23
 7. Gonna Play With Fire - 4:42
 8. Sweet Misery Moan - 3:05
 9. Fish In The Sea - 4:05
10. Let Me Be Your Lovin' Man - 5:00
11. Northern Train N 2 - 2:27
12. Some City Blues - 4:24
13. Love Me Back - 3:42

Marc Bristol is an underrated songwriter, better known for his work editing and publishing Blue Suede News - his songwriting goes far beyond the novelty rocker "Sucker For A Cheap Guitar" recorded by Ronnie Dawson. Marc has written Cowboy love songs ("More Than One Night"), Jimmy Reed style Blues ("Let Me Be Your Lovin' Man"), New Orleans style funky R&B ("Hatchet Headed Woman"), Western Swing ("Goin' Down To The River"), Rockabilly ("Sweet Little Boppin' Gal"), Honky Tonk ("Sweet Misery Moan"), Country Blues ("Circus Dog Blues"), Cajun ("Glad You Come To Visit"), Bluegrass ("Feel Like Flying"), Rock'n'Roll Tributes ("Screaming In Tongues"), Funk ("Gonna Play With Fire"), even guitar instrumentals ("Shuffle, Don't Run"), and Southern Rock ("My Way Is The Highway"). More styles could be named, but just check out some of Marc's music.

Circus Dog Blues

Charlie Bedford - Good to Go

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 33:08
Size: 75,9 MB
Label: Blue Heart Records
Styles: Rock/Pop Rock/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Money Junkie - 2:25
 2. Honey - 2:57
 3. No Rain No Flowers - 3:39
 4. Good to Go - 2:24
 5. Windy Wednesday - 3:06
 6. Enemy - 2:21
 7. Get Rude - 3:13
 8. Upgrades - 1:44
 9. Just a Little Longer - 3:10
10. Telephone - 2:17
11. Steady Driver Man - 2:24
12. Blues for John - 3:21

Charlie from Melbourne Australia, is signed to USA based Blue Heart Records & endorsed by Hagstrom Guitars of Sweden. His new album “Good to Go” a collection of original blues infused pop/rock songs is due for worldwide release on May 22nd 2020. Charlie Bedford closes the set with the somber delta duet with Hanger, ‘Blues For John,’ fulfilling his dedication of the album to the memory of former Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society president and fellow jammer, John Jerman, who was a pillar of the Aussie blues community. A young man with a bright future, Charlie Bedford is indeed “Good To Go,” and this strong release should take him where his dreams lead.Home in Australia, Bedford has played alongside & been mentored by some of Australia’s biggest blues artists. He has also had the honor of performing on stage in the US with band members from great acts such as B.B. King, Albert Collins, Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, & Wilson Pickett.
Bedford began playing in bars & clubs at 12 years of age & now, at the age of 19, works as a full-time musician. He performs regularly as a solo artist, fronting his own band & is also the guitarist in both The Great Unknown & The New Savages. He’s a fresh act, representing the next generation.

Good to Go

четверг, 21 мая 2020 г.

Ken Tucker - Looking For A Brighter Day

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2007
Time: 52:07
Size: 119,5 MB
Label: Jomar Records
Styles: Blues/Guitar Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Looking For A Brighter Day - 3:32
 2. Call Me Up - 3:14
 3. The Sun Is Always Shining - 3:23
 4. Where Are You Tonight - 4:47
 5. Walking Cane - 3:10
 6. Tin Cup Blues - 5:01
 7. Guitar Man - 3:50
 8. Lord, Your All I Need - 3:59
 9. Why Do You Hurt Me So Bad - 3:44
10. Cold Rain Coming - 4:25
11. Hang My Head - 4:21
12. The King Is Coming - 5:05
13. Wayfaring Stranger - 3:30

Ken Tucker is a well-seasoned blues rocker in the tradition of the Allman Brothers, Joe Walsh, Georgia Satellites, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Lynyrd Skinner.
“Looking For A Brighter Day” is the follow-up to Tucker’s debut “Back Porch Pilgrims”, and finds the burly Tucker joined by Josh Hammond on harmonica. Ken’s specialty is hard rockin’, bone crunchin’ blues of the “take-no-prisoners” variety. This is Southern-fried rock/blues that’s finger-licking good. Like steaming racks of meaty BBQ at a summer music festival!
Indiana-based, Ken used to let his guitar do all the talking, but friends convinced him those “hard-as-nails” vocals would bump up the excitement. They perfectly complement his fiery guitar licks. The Ken Tucker band has made tremendous headway recently, like winning Best Emerging Artist for its stage and recording prowess at the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival. I should have been there!
Thirteen smokin’ tracks on “Looking For A Brighter Day” raise the energy level enough to increase room temperature by about 15 degrees. Tucker’s assertive guitar is the key that unlocks the door—throughout. The title track goes beyond another hook-laden piece of power pop thanks to Tucker’s highly distinctive guitar riffs.
“The Sun is Always Shinin” is a slice of party-time blues with some wonderful interplay between Tucker’s axe and Hammond’s harp. “Walkin’ Cane is a thrill-a-second shuffler that perfectly sets the table for “Tin Cup Blues”, an unabashed grinder with lots of distorted torrid guitar and emotionally-charged vocals----plus a very touching piano break from Larry DeVincent. And it has an unmistakable “Jimi Hendrix” vibe! “Guitar Man” is a case study in pure Southern rock.
Tucker does a couple songs with some religious overtones where restraint is the order of the day, allowing him to get the seriousness of the message across: “Lord You’re All I Need” and “The King Is Comin’. “Why Do You Hurt Me”’ is a rock/blues anthem number that reminded me of Bruce Springsteen: more evidence of Tucker’s seamless versatility. “Cold Rain Comin” is more rock-solid Blues, and may just be my favorite cut---but that could change.
For those who crave honest, unadorned Blues that rocks out and gets close-to-the bone and packs an unforgettable wallop, I give “two-thumbs-up” to Ken Tucker’s “Looking For A Brighter Day”.

Looking For A Brighter Day

Ken Tucker & The Back Porch Pilgrims - Kings Of Candleburg Road

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2005
Time: 58:31
Size: 134,9 MB
Label: Flat Rock Records
Styles: Blues/Guitar Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Hang My Head - 4:21
 2. The King Is Coming - 5:04
 3. Rock In The Sand - 3:53
 4. Jesus Gonna Be Here - 4:03
 5. Wayfaring Stranger - 4:53
 6. Loser's Ball - 5:28
 7. You Love Me - 4:49
 8. A Thousand Times - 3:44
 9. Property Of Jesus - 4:15
10. The Way it Is - 5:34
11. Never Make It Home - 4:16
12. Slave To Love - 2:43
13. Watch What Your Doing - 5:21

What do you get when you put one of Larry Norman's former guitarists with a dynamic blues harp player. You get one Hot Blues & Folk CD from a group called, The Back Porch Pilgrims. From the Halls of Flat Rock Records who brought you Blues Legends Yank Rachell and Pat Webb comes one of the hottest blues/folk projects in years. Combine screaming guitars, whaling harmonica and a foundation of funky bass rhythms, to deliver a juicy and tasty serving of blues, gospel and soul. On the other side ,they bring you sweet, melodic, acoustic folk with powerful lyrics and earthy vocals. This is a must have CD for Folk/Blues/Gospel music lovers.

Kings Of Candleburg Road

вторник, 19 мая 2020 г.

Paul Black - Paul Black & Taxi

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2009
Time: 59:43
Size: 140,1 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Kisting:
 1. Piece By Piece - 4:43
 2. Double Dealin' - 4:23
 3. Bad Man - 4:21
 4. Pie - 4:32
 5. Government St. - 5:29
 6. Lady Luck - 2:58
 7. Black & White - 4:28
 8. Whiskey Bottle - 4:08
 9. Fork In The Road - 5:30
10. Let Me Through - 3:25
11. Only You - 3:39
12. I Did It Right - 4:37
13. Smile Again - 5:17
14. Coyote Arm - 2:07

Remember the group EXTREME? They did a beautiful song called "More Than Words". There is a song on this CD that is very similar called "Smile Again". Another acoustic slide tune is "Let Me Through". Most of the tunes on this CD are basic blues tunes that are under produced with an occasional harmonica & organ. A little like Walter Trout or Southern Gentlemen. This is a diamond in the rough blues fans.

Paul Black & Taxi

Brewer Phillips - Homebrew

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1996
Time: 61:02
Size: 140,5 MB
Label: Delmark Records
Styles: Blues/Chicago Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. You Don't Have To Go - 3:51
 2. For You My Love - 3:18
 3. Your So Cold - 3:31
 4. Hen House Boogie - 2:40
 5. Lunch Bucket Blues - 4:41
 6. Don't You Want To Go Home With Me - 3:42
 7. Blue Shadows - 3:47
 8. My Baby Don't Love Me No More - 4:06
 9. Laundromat Blues - 3:14
10. Looking For A Woman - 3:56
11. Cross Examination - 4:55
12. Homebrew - 4:03
13. Right Now - 2:28
14. Tore Down - 4:09
15. Let The Good Times Roll - 3:09
16. Do What You Will Or May - 5:24

It's amazing to think that Brewer Phillips would be 70-plus years old before releasing his U.S. debut album, but after a couple of years in virtual seclusion, Delmark coaxed him back into the studio for this fine set. Phillips's regular working band is aboard with pianist Aaron Moore handling the bulk of the vocals, Magic Sam's drummer, Robert "Huckleberry Hound" Wright, and Willie Black on bass providing simple but effective support. Phillips sings on the Jimmy Reed classic "You Don't Have to Go," "Looking for a Woman" and "Lunch Bucket Blues" and his single string work is highlighted on the instrumental title track. A simple, laidback album with some surprising fireworks in all the unexpected places.

Homebrew

понедельник, 18 мая 2020 г.

Sam Lay Blues Band - I'M the One

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2009
Time: 59:09
Size: 135,8 MB
Label: SuperBird
Styles: Blues/Chicago Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Ride 'Em On Down - 3:04
 2. I'm The One - 3:23
 3. Both Sides Of The Fence - 2:50
 4. Mojo Hand - 2:46
 5. Sam Lay Shuffle - 2:48
 6. Don't Mess With Me Baby - 3:40
 7. Alabama Crawl - 4:00
 8. Eight Feet Baby - 6:27
 9. Poison Ivy - 5:09
10. Red Line (Previously Unreleased Version) - 4:49
11. That's All Right Mama (Previously Unreleased) - 3:36
12. Shoogie Woogie (Previously Unreleased) - 3:59
13. Ride 'Em On Down (Rehearsal Version Previously Unreleased) - 4:28
14. Poison Ivy (Rehearsal Version Previously Unreleased) - 5:34
15. Sam Lay Shuffle (Rehearsal Version Previously Unreleased) - 2:28

Sam Lay, Drummer, vocalist - is one of the most celebrated virtuoso drummers in blues history, and a mainstay since the late 1950’s. He began his auspicious career in 1957 as drummer for the Original Thunderbirds and soon after became the drummer for the legendary harp genius, Little Walter.In the early 1960’s Mr. Lay began recording and performing with the founding fathers of blues,Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. The recordings Lay made during this time, (including Muddy Waters’ Fathers and Sons album recorded in the 70’s), are considered to be among the definitive works from the careers of Waters and Wolf.In the mid 60’s Mr. Lay was persuaded to join with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and recorded and toured extensively with this important blues group. Bob Dylan (with Sam Lay as his drummer) was the first performer to introduce electric-rock at the Newport Folk Festival. Lay also recorded with Dylan - most notably on the Highway 61 album.Mr. Lay’s unique style of drumming can be heard on over 40 recordings for the famed Chess Records label with the most prominent names in the world of blues. He has recently toured the major Blues festivals around the US and Europe with the Chess Records All-Stars.In the late 1980’s Sam Lay was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis. He was recently inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, and the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. He was nominated eight times for the coveted W. C. Handy Award for “Best Instrumentalist” including a recent 2005 nomination.Mr. Lay has two very recent recordings with his own band on Appaloosa Records, Evidence Records, and a recording on Alligator Records with the Siegel-Schwall Band and was nominated in 2000 for a Grammy Award for his performances on the “Howlin’ Wolf Tribute” CD and was honored by the Recording Academy January 2002 for the ” Legends and Hero’s Award” for his significant musical contributions.Mr. Lay was prominently featured on a PBS-TV broadcast of 7 episodes on the “History of the Blues” produced by Academy Award winning director, Martin Scorsese/

I'M the One

American Blues Box - American Blues Box

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2006
Time: 44:38
Size: 102,3 MB
Label: Apocalypse Records
Styles: Blues Rock/Southern Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Mississippi Mud - 4:30
 2. Unconditional Love - 3:14
 3. Some Kind Of Wonderful - 4:42
 4. Whiskey & Water - 4:03
 5. Killing Time - 4:32
 6. When You Were Young - 2:31
 7. Red Hot Lover - 3:42
 8. Rattle My Bones - 3:56
 9. Biscuit Bakin Mama - 2:17
10. Half The Man - 3:24
11. Shake Your Tree - 3:44
12. I Can't Hold Out (Live) - 3:57

AMERICAN BLUES BOX American Blues Box, was formed in 2004 by front-man songwriter Derek Davis and drummer James Pacheco. Derek and James are original members of former Arista Recording artists Babylon A.D. Originating in the San Francisco Bay Area, American Blues Box combines hard rock and screaming blues much in the same style as early Aerosmith. With soulful vocals, colorful story telling, wailing bottle neck slide-guitar and blistering harmonica, the band has made an extremely impressive debut. On their new self titled 12 song CD. American Blues Box displays their talent on the super charged slide-guitar rockers “Mississippi Mud” and “Whiskey and Water”. They deliver the emotional goods on “Killing Time” and “When You Were Young”, and bring home a burning rendition of the classic “Some kind of Wonderful”. This first offering by American Blues Box proves the band has what it takes for a large and diverse audience. Derek and James’ early success began when their previous band Babylon A.D. signed to Arista Records in 1989. Discovered by legendary music mogul Clive Davis, the band recorded two critically acclaimed CDs, scored three number one songs at Metal radio and reached gold on their first release. Constant touring throughout the 1990s and MTV videos made them one of hard rock fans favorites. The band released two more CDs on Apocalypse Records: “Live in your Face” in 1999 and “American Blitzkrieg” in 2002, both well received by their fans. Since their inception two years ago American Blues Box has spent their time performing live, writing and recording. The new CD is a powerful testament to their creativity and originality and is certain to generate a lot of attention! The new CD is available at all music internet distributors as well as all digital down load sites. Check it out! AMERICAN BLUES BOX Derek Davis - Vocals, Slide Guitar, Songwriter. Kyle Bates - Lead Guitars. Eric Pacheco - Bass James Pacheco - Drums.

 American Blues Box

Craig Anderson - Cruising

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 66:53
Size: 153,3 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Modern Electric Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. B Is For Blues - 6:28
 2. Cruising - 5:27
 3. Take My Hand - 4:07
 4. Searching For Love - 5:37
 5. Move Over - 4:26
 6. Drowning - 5:59
 7. What Ever - 4:14
 8. Need You Now - 5:20
 9. Kiss Me - 3:52
10. Stand Alone - 5:15
11. Down To The Beach - 3:24
12. Off Road - 3:42
13. You Blow Me Away - 4:01
14. Woman - 4:53

We really hope you like our record as much as we do and that it gives you power and upliftment to cope with these difficult times nowadays.

Cruising

Paul Black - Blue Words

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2009
Time: 48:04
Size: 110,2 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Contemporary Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Talk To Me - 4:04
 2. Slippin Away - 4:04
 3. Jelly Fish - 3:09
 4. Breathe - 4:33
 5. Blue Words - 3:56
 6. Little Mary - 4:19
 7. Burn - 3:37
 8. Who's In My House - 3:27
 9. It's Alright - 3:32
10. Much 2 Much - 4:20
11. Fly - 4:42
12. Sister Sadness - 4:18

Born and raised in Terrace BC, Paul received his first guitar at 16 but didn’t pick it up until he was 18 – and he hasn’t put it down since. Raised on gospel and country, Paul played in rock bands until the defining moment when his cousin gave him tickets to see Stevie Ray Vaughn. From then on it was nothin’ but the blues, throwing himself into the likes of Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix and Muddy Waters, Paul soaked up everything he could lay his hands on.After moving south to Victoria BC, Paul formed various blues bands until releasing an album under the name TAXI. On their inaugural CD release, TAXI won a spot on the Rocktoria compilation CD (100.3 the Q FM). From there Paul, with his slow-burning, soulful sound, has been featured with the likes of Etta James, Robert Cray and Robin Trower on the North American syndicated show Blues Deluxe out of Arlington Texas. The CD was also rated an impressive 8 out of 10 by ROLLING STONE.com. An avid singer-songwriter, Paul has gone on to win the Vancouver Island Original Music Competition and seized first place in the province-wide Shaw Star Discovery Competition with judges from EMI, House of Blues and Sony Records.Paul has jumped onto the International scene winning first place in the Song of the Year competition for his song “About You,” beating out thousands of entries for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. The competition is judged purely on songwriting and lyrics with judges ranging from Capitol Records to Norah Jones to Universal Music manager Stephanie Wright, who has worked with Sting, U2, The Black Eyed Peas and Stevie Wonder. Playing with bands like Sonny Landreth, Chillawack, Kim Mitchel, Sas Jordon, Long John Baldry, and Buck Wheat Zydeco/In 2010 Paul released his 2nd album ( Blue Words ) with rave reviews and international rotation in Europe and the US, he has enjoyed success selling albums world wide and been captivating audiences with his live performances.

Blue Words

Mark "Muddyharp" Hodgson - The Neighborhood

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2007
Time: 68:36
Size: 158,0 MB
Label: Fugitive Poet Music
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. The Neighborhood - 4:28
 2. Chester Burnett - 6:17
 3. McKinley Morganfield - 5:31
 4. John Mayall - 4:51
 5. Average American Family - 4:47
 6. Loving Scared - 4:12
 7. Survival In A Tourist Town - 3:45
 8. Our Last Goodbye - 4:31
 9. Little Babe - 3:11
10. Noble Watts - 5:36
11. All for You - 5:15
12. Sonny Boy - 5:15
13. Standing in Your Door - 4:22
14. Organization Man - 6:28

Born in Detroit, grew up in Daytona Beach, Mark’muddyharp’Hodgson, started listening to the music through the influence of the British Invasion. John Mayall and the Rolling Stones provided the LP’S that would turn the 12 year old on to the wonderful world of the 12 bar blues. One day at a friend’s house in Daytona Beach, while his buddies were surfing, the youngster noticed a harmonica lying on the kitchen counter. He went over and picked it up. He blew into it and from then on he was hooked. The friend gave the ‘HARP’ to him. This simple introduction would prove to be a turning point in the lad’s life. He devoured everything he could find on the subject of the Blues sometimes walking 10 miles just to go to a record shop that was rumored to carry all the 78’s and 45’s available at the time. Discs by Muddy Waters, Howlin’Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and Sonny Terry would more than satisfy the new found hunger. As the days grew into months and the months became years, Mark’muddharp’Hodgson, became a band leader. The night club scene in Florida was strong in the 70’s and 80’s and would become a proving ground for the Budding Bluesman. The first recording that was released under Hodgsons’ name was a vinyl LP titled ‘Mark Hodgson and The Rootie Tootie Band ‘SURVIVAL IN A TOURIST TOWN’. This was a live recording and put the group on the map. Soon the boys would travel to Nashville to record demos for Gary Lamb productions. The music was ahead of its time incorporating rock and reggae with the blues, in 1981 this was a bit much for the Nashville crowd, tuned into the likes of groups like ALABAMA. Hodgson was asked to stay on in Nashville to become a solo artist but declined out of loyalty to his friends in the band.The years flew by and so did the members of the group. There were more recordings, concerts, nightclubs, videos, and heartaches. Through it all, Hodgson remained entrenched in the Blues and kept writing and performing. In 1985, Hodgson once again tried the Nashville game. Tony Joe White, the composer of Mega Hits, Polk Salad Annie and Rainy Night in Georgia, among others, signed Hodgson to a publishing contract. During this period Hodgson became involved with the Memphis Blues Foundation and placed 1st runner up in the National Blues Talent Search. Many notables were introduced to Hodgson at the time, which led Bob Greenlee of King Snake records to go National with his fledging Blues label based in Sanford, Florida. Hodgson was responsible for placing The Return of the Thin Man, The comeback recording of the late Tenor Saxophonist, Noble Watts, on the W.C.Handy Awards, 1985 ballot for best recording. The partnership of Mark ’muddyharp’ Hodgson and Noble ‘thin man’ Watts lasted almost 20 years. When Noble passed in 2004, Hodgson went solo. In 2005, Hodgson started a scholarship fund, with the Daytona Beach Community College, in the names of Bob Greenlee and Noble Watts. The Florida Blues All-stars were formed by Hodgson to commemorate the music of his two late friends. This yearly event is held each February at the Mike Curb Center in Daytona Beach. (https://www.last.fm/music/Mark+%27MuddyHarp%27+Hodgson/+wiki)

The Neighborhood

Laurie Morvan Band - Fire It Up!

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2009
Time: 54:52
Size: 125,7 MB
Label: Screaming Lizard Records
Styles: Blues/Modern Electric Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Nothin' But The Blues - 4:25
 2. Come On Over To My BBQ - 4:49
 3. Good Girls Bad Girls - 4:55
 4. Lay Your Hands - 4:53
 5. I Speak The Blues - 4:14
 6. Livin' In A Man's World - 7:10
 7. Let Me Carry Your Troubles - 4:14
 8. You Don't Know About Me - 3:59
 9. Skinny Chicks - 3:08
10. Testify - 4:54
11. Ooh Ooh Baby - 3:57
12. Cafe Boogaloo - 4:08

Fire It Up! leaps right out of your speakers. From the opening chicken pickin' punches to the closing searing guitar leads, the 2008 International Blues Challenge Finalists grill up a spicy, blues rockin' feast. Produced by Laurie Morvan and Steve Savage (Grammy nominations with Elvin Bishop, Robert Cray), the band's fourth CD follows up Cures What Ails Ya, a 2008 Finalist for the Blues Foundation's Best Self-Produced CD. Named Winner 2008 Blues Artist on the Rise, Laurie and her longtime touring band serve up tight grooves, sexy inuendo, heart-string pullers and rip-roarin' stompers. Guest artists include keyboardists Sammy Avila (Walter Trout band) and David Matthews (Etta James band). Laurie's guitar playing, singing and songwriting always receive great reviews:
'Wiry, fiery solos.sweet, soaring voice. Morvan's lyrics deserve scrutiny.' (Blues Revue)
'Morvan singes the strings.' (Guitar Player).
'Stunning California axe slinger.' (Vintage Guitar)
'It's slammin'! (Dan Aykroyd, House of Blues Radio Hour)

Fire It Up!

Laurie Morvan Band - Find My Way Home

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2004
Time: 44:27
Size: 102,2 MB
Label: Screaming Lizard Records
Styles: Blues/Modern Electric Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Big Love - 3:25
 2. Hold On To You - 3:45
 3. Find My Way Home - 5:38
 4. I Can't Get Enough - 2:54
 5. Tightrope - 4:27
 6. Holy War - 5:34
 7. Rock Me Right - 3:37
 8. Only Beautiful People Fall In Love - 3:45
 9. Once In My Life - 3:51
10. Let Me Go - 4:56
11. Let Me Love You Baby - 2:30

The Laurie Morvan Band is a 5 piece high energy, rockin’ blues band from Long Beach, CA & has fired up over 700 festivals and club dates throughout the USA, Canada and Europe. Gravity CD made 1st round Grammy Ballot, Best Contemporary Blues 2018. So much more than just a wailin’ guitar slinger, Laurie is a charismatic performer whose stage presence is both powerful and inviting. Her songwriting has a fresh perspective, and her in-between-song banter alternates between inspirational and flat out hilarious. Audiences feel a genuine connection with her and she enjoys spending time with them after shows signing autographs, talking, and posing for photos.
Laurie Morvan Band concerts feature the beautiful harmonies of Laurie and backup singer Lisa Morvan, as well as dueling solos between Laurie, keyboardist Tom Salyers and bassist Pat Morvan. Drummer Lonnie Jones drives this high-octane train. They are a tight-knit unit who love performing together. Their fun-loving enthusiasm leaps right off the stage…and it’s contagious!

Find My Way Home

Linsey Alexander - Live at Rosa's

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 51:30
Size: 118,0 MB
Label: Delmark
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Please Love Me (Live) - 4:38
 2. My Days Are so Long (Live) - 3:21
 3. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (Live) - 8:57
 4. I Got A Woman (Live) - 5:45
 5. Goin' out Walkin' (Live) - 5:06
 6. Somethin' 'Bout 'Cha (Live) - 5:43
 7. Snowing in Chicago (Live) - 4:46
 8. Ships on the Ocean (Live) - 7:57
 9. Going Back to My Old Time Used to Be (Live) - 5:13

Linsey Alexander is a true bluesman, a great artist, and a mentor to so many. He already has three albums on Delmark. His fourth has been recorded during two live shows at the legendary Chicago blues club, Rosa’s Lounge. The highly praised record 'All Your Love, I Miss Loving: Live at the Wise Fool’s Pub Chicago' (DE-781) by Otis Rush was Delmark’s reference for the production of Linsey’s new project. Otis’s live album represents an ultimate example of an authentic blues album and moment. On that path, for Linsey’s new live album 'Linsey Alexander Live at Rosa’s' the Delmark team of Julia Miller, Elbio Barilari and Steve Wagner aimed for the alloy of an updated, big modern sound with a classic concept, energy and warmth which conveys what Linsey and his band unchain on the stage. Continuing the Delmark legacy of great live recordings, this album is a milestone for Linsey Alexander’s career.

Live at Rosa's

The Smoke Wagon Blues Band - The Ballad of Albert Johnson

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 52:10
Size: 119,5 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Ballad of Albert Johnson - 4:29
 2. Memphis Soul - 3:31
 3. Ain't Gonna Be Your Fool - 3:18
 4. The Fat Man - 2:31
 5. Lay Say Lay - 3:27
 6. Mescaline - 4:30
 7. Sacrifice - 3:37
 8. Poor Man Blues - 4:26
 9. Matapedia River Blues - 5:56
10. A Song for Cheryl - 3:56
11. Can't Take the Blues - 3:48
12. On the Road Again - 4:48
13. Steaming Comrades Harp Boogie - 3:49

The Ballad of Albert Johnson - the long awaited follow up to the award winning Cigar Store album. Over 50 minutes of new Blues classics, stomping swamp boogies, classic R&B, Acadian swing, Memphis soul, and cutting edge barn burners. The Smoke Wagon Blues Band continue their legacy with tales of triumph and misadventure from New Orleans  to the Yukon. This album will get you on your feet and remind you of a time when legends were celebrated through music and story-telling. We hope you enjoy! 

The Ballad of Albert Johnson

воскресенье, 17 мая 2020 г.

Ruthie Foster Big Band - Live At The Paramount (Live)


Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 64:15 
Size: 149,5 MB 
Label: BCM
Styles: Blues/Chicago Blues
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Introduction - 1:09
 2. Brand New Day - 2:57
 3. Might Not Be Right - 4:07
 4. Ring Of Fire - 3:32
 5. Stone Love - 5:21
 6. The Ghetto - 5:09
 7. Death Came A Knockin' (Travelin' Shoes) - 5:28
 8. Singin' The Blues - 3:43
 9. Runaway Soul - 7:25
10. Woke Up This Morning - 3:30
11. Joy Comes Back - 5:45
12. Phenomenal Woman - 5:28
13. Fly Me To The Moon - 3:17
14. Mack The Knife - 7:16

Comfort zones are sweet spots. That’s why they’re so easy to stay in. But Ruthie Foster refuses to get too cozy; she’d rather plot escapes from hers than dwell there. Breaking out wasn’t enough for her latest album, however. This time, she wanted to step out — and on the night of January 26, 2019, she did, right onto the 105-year-old stage of Austin’s grand-dame Paramount Theater, where she fronted a guitarist, keyboardist, bassist and drummer, plus 10 horn players, three backing vocalists and one conductor. And one adorable daughter handling the introduction. The recorded result is Live at the Paramount, featuring Ms. Ruthie Foster and the Ruthie Foster Big Band.
For nearly 25 years, Foster has moved us with her powerful blues, soul and gospel vocals and eloquent songwriting, which have earned her accolades including three consecutive Grammy nominations and nine Blues Music Awards, plus fans all over the world. But Foster, it turns out, has harbored a hankering to further explore this long dormant, and little-known, facet of her talent. So she decided her ninth album for the Houston-based Blue Corn Music label would swing back to the days (and nights) when Lady Ella sang Ellington and Sinatra blasted off with Count Basie and Quincy Jones. Live at the Paramount will be released on May 15, 2020.
Those lucky enough to be in the house that night can be heard cheering delightedly as Foster, wearing a sparkly blue gown, starts grooving her way through conductor John Mills’ Frank ’n’ Quincy-styled arrangement of “Fly Me to the Moon.” But then she unleashes an even bigger thrill: a truly stellar “Mack the Knife,” also arranged by Mills, who teaches jazz composition at University of Texas-Austin. As Foster joyfully scats and semi-adlibs her way through that legendary murder ballad, she invokes both Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong — simultaneously — and name-drops the man who made it a No. 1 hit: Bobby Darin. Of course, she tears the house down. But that’s hardly her first standing O of the night.
Ruthie Foster
By the time she delivers those encores, Foster has already dazzled the crowd with several originals and striking covers charted by celebrated arranger John Beasley (Miles Davis, Steely Dan, American Idol). Foster says she gave him free rein, with just a few instructions — including one request for the opener, “Brand New Day.” That one begins with a ring-shout and swells into full gospel blues, then bursts into a New Orleans strut. That was her idea: Foster wanted to evoke a festive church-meeting vibe “with everybody coming in … the women with hats, everybody clapping.”
She heads toward Memphis for the easy soul of her co-write with William Bell, “It Might Not Be Right,” then sets up her next one with the line, “This is not your grandfather’s ‘Ring of Fire.’” No, indeed. This “Fire” has more in common with Roberta Flack or Sadé than Johnny Cash; instead of crackling with danger, it smolders slowly, like warmly glowing embers.
“I love to watch people’s faces when they realize that’s what’s coming off the stage,” Foster says. On the track, she jokes afterward, “Well, that was smooth. I was wantin’ to sit down and have a drink.”
That’s how Foster, raised on gospel in tiny Gause, Texas, wound up joining Navy Band Southeast, an umbrella for several smaller bands, in Charleston, South Carolina.
“We all crossed over into each other’s bands,” she explains. “It was really based on whatever they needed.” So Foster learned to sing with big-band and jazz ensembles in addition to her main band, the top-40 pop/rock/funk/urban band Pride.
Before Charleston, she had to spend six months training at the Naval School of Music in Virginia. The school library, she discovered, had archival tapes of every USO tour. “You could hear people like Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson, all on reel-to-reel tapes,” Foster recalls. “I spent a lot of time just listening and studying.” She wanted to figure out how to sing around the domineering sound of all that brass.
On Live at the Paramount, Foster and company do the dance expertly. As for why it’s happening now, Foster says the desire had been percolating for a while, and after releasing several studio albums that started to feel somewhat similar, she needed to mix it up some.
“To me, it was like this challenge. I just thought it would be fun, too, because it was just so much fun to front a big band,” she confesses. “You can’t out-sing an 18- to 20-piece band.”
This is Ruthie Foster. All she has to do is open her mouth. With Beasley’s arrangements pushing new life into the Marcia Ball-inspired “Stone Love,” the must-have “bona-fide blues” of “Runaway Soul” and “Singin’ the Blues,” the sanctified gospel of “Joy Comes Back” and the still-relevant message of “Phenomenal Woman,” she could blow the marquee off the building.
For Foster, though, it’s also about breathing life into a currently under-exposed style. “I loved Sinatra, the way he would handle a band like that,” she says. “It’s just a real art form. We need to put it out there in front of people so they realize it. And there’s a glamor behind it, too. I got a chance to wear a gown at the end of the night and be a sophisticated lady.”
And now that she has these arrangements, she’s ready to keep using them. She even mentions booking a Ruthie Foster Big Band New Year’s Eve show — and perhaps starting a new annual tradition.
Might as well. She’s already got the gown. ~Martine Ehrenclou

John Lee Hooker - The Cream

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1989
Time: 73:42
Size: 168,8 MB
Label: Tomato
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Hey, Hey - 6:10
 2. She's Gone - 6:03
 3. Tupelo - 7:32
 4. You Know It Ain't Right - 4:40
 5. Sugar Mama - 5:28
 6. One Room Country Shack - 4:53
 7. I Want You to Roll Me - 3:40
 8. Bar Room Drinking - 8:16
 9. Little Girl - 6:11
10. Louise - 5:02
11. When My First Wife Left Me - 8:00
12. Boogie On - 7:42

Fine concert from the Keystone' in Palo Alto, Kalifornien. John Lee Hooker - gtr/voc, John Garcia Jr. - gtr, Ron Thompson - gtr, Mike Milwood - bass, Larry Martin - drums. Special guest: Charlie Musselwhite - hca.
Joined by a full band that includes two other guitarists (John Garcia, Jr. on lead and Ron Thompson on rhythm), John Lee Hooker is passionately rockin' on this live date recorded at the Keystone in Palo Alto, California in 1977. Hooker has always been known for taking quite a few liberties with his material, something that could easily throw some musicians off. Without a doubt, he keeps sidemen on their toes -- and he presents even more of a challenge on-stage because there are no second and third takes. But this is a band that, although not in a class with Canned Heat, obviously understands (and even thrives on) his sense of spontaneity, and rises to the occasion on such familiar gems as "One Room Country Shack," "When My First Wife Left Me," and "Tupelo," as well as the invigorating "Boogie On" (one of the many variations of "Boogie Chillen" Hooker has provided over the years). Hooker doesn't do as much improvising as he did when playing unaccompanied at New York's Hunter College the previous year, but he never ceases to be confidently soulful. Although not quite essential, The Cream is an engaging LP that definitely has a lot going for it.

The Cream