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пятница, 14 февраля 2020 г.

Peter McGraw - Follow Me To The Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2008
Time: 51:47
Size: 119,2 MB
Label: Blues Destiny
Styles: Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Follow Me To The Blues - 2:16
 2. Sweet Home Chicago - 3:37
 3. The Sky Is Crying - 9:15
 4. Hoochie Coochie Man - 6:27
 5. I Got A Woman - 5:02
 6. Bring It On Home To Me - 5:44
 7. Unchain My Heart - 3:35
 8. I'd Rather Go Blind - 5:30
 9. Let The Good Times Roll - 4:11
10. As The Years Go Passing By - 6:05

If you're going to release a record with nine of the ten tracks being covers of blues standards, and you hope it will get some recognition, then you - and the rest of the musicians on the disc - better be very good. On Follow Me To The Blues, Peter McGraw, and the rest of the musicians, are exactly that. On his first solo album, vocalist McGraw is joined by: Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh on harp; Hans McMinamin on guitar; Roy “The Maestro” Powers on keyboards, Richard Love on drums, and Larry “O” Mayo on bass. The disc opens with the title, and sole original track, written by Powers. The song does exactly what an opening track should do - impress and expose the listener to a taste of what they're in for. In barely more than two minutes, everyone gets in some impressive highlights and McGraw establishes himself as a singer I want to hear a lot more of. My immediate thought was that if this was the type of stuff I'd hear, I'd follow these guys anywhere.
By the next track, “Sweet Home Chicago,” the guys are locked into a groove they never lose. Love, Mayo, and Powers, old band mates in The Vagrantz, are obviously still in tune with one another after all these years. Their outstanding rhythm on this - and the rest of the disc - is evidence of that. With repeated harp highlights by Walsh, great guitar riffs from McMinamin, and gruff, yet melodic, vocals from a voice that was made to sing the blues, by McGraw, this one's a winner.
In the first 60 seconds of “The Sky Is Crying,” the little pieces you'll hear from everyone in the band will make you happy that there are eight more minutes of it still ahead. I don't care how many times you've heard this track and how many bands you've heard do it - this version will knock your socks off. With everyone at their best, this one's unquestionably the disc`s best. Another track that will have you comparing it to the original is “I Got A Woman.” With Love absolutely relentless on the drums behind him, this one has McGraw sounding as soulful as Ray Charles. Anyone who has ever read my reviews of CDs containing the song “I'd Rather Go Blind” already knows that the song is my all time favorite. As a matter of fact, I've been known to bring the Koko Taylor version of it to clubs with me, so that I could lend it to the band to learn it. The results were always good - I've never heard a version of the track I did not like. McGraw`s version allows me to keep that thought intact. This song is meant to be sung by a strong, soulful and raspy voiced vocalist and ya don't get any stronger, more soulful and raspier than Peter McGraw. Of course, you also need an incredible guitar lead to make this one work and McMinamin is all over it. Great stuff! Another track that had me shaking my head in awe was “As The Years Go Passing By.” This ballad is one of the slower and more low-down blues tracks....the kind that always make me smile. With the rhythm section so softly locked in just the right spot, McGraw, McMinamin, and Powers excel on the vocals, guitar and keyboards. Other tracks on Follow Me To The Blues include: “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Bring It On Home To Me,” “Unchain My Heart,” and “Let The Good Times Roll.”
This review has been complimentary written for www.bostonblues.com by Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro/

Follow Me To The Blues

Michael Powers and The Powder Keg - Power Stomp (Live)

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1998
Time: 55:27
Size: 127,4 MB
Label: Lightning Rod
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Let the Good Times Roll -  6:38
 2. Crossroads -  6:37
 3. Smokestack Lightnin' -  5:14
 4. Night in Madrid - 11:11
 5. Graffiti -  3:34
 6. Dust My Broom -  4:04
 7. Killing Floor -  4:22
 8. Baby Caught a Train -  4:18
 9. Successful Son -  5:19
10. Power Stomp -  4:06

Two-time Blues Music Award / Handy nominee Michael Powers is without a doubt a true master of the blues. His mother Doris had noticed that Michael walked around with a broom pretending it was a guitar every time the Rock It Hour would be on television. Doris bought him a guitar by cashing in a book of saving stamps. Doris was convinced that her son had a special talent and imposed a strict musical routine. Every day, Michael had to listen to records and play along with them. Doris' words “Michael turn the record over” still echo in his ears. It would prove to be a strong influence as Doris' favorites included Muddy Waters, Lightnin Hopkins, Jimmy Reed, Billie Holiday, and John Lee Hooker. After seeing Jimmy Reed play weekly sets at Max’s at the tender age of 12, Michael went on to start his own band in high school. Michael then joined the Adlibs, with whom he recorded the cult hit “Boy from NYC”. They toured and opened for numerous Top-10 bands, including the Everly Brothers, Kool and the Gang, The Boxtops, and Ritchie Havens. Two weeks before graduating, Michael became James Cotton’s guitarist. He then founded The Moonbeams, which for 13 years opened for acts like The Ronnettes, James Brown, and Bo Diddley. Michael went on to perform with icons like Chuck Berry, Johnny Winters, Robert Cray, and John Lee Hooker, and has now embarked on a solo career to critical success.

Power Stomp (Live)

Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets - Rack 'Em Up

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1989
Time: 38:15
Size: 88,6 MB
Label: Demon Records/Black Top Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Tell Me What Have I Done Wrong? - 3:08
 2. Since We've Been Together - 3:23
 3. Rack 'Em Up - 2:19
 4. Mama and Papa - 2:45
 5. 20 Miles - 3:09
 6. Hold That Train, Conductor - 4:22
 7. I'm Your Professor - 2:49
 8. I'll Keep On Trying - 2:58
 9. All Your Love - 3:32
10. Are You Out There - 3:34
11. Lemonade - 3:34
12. Meanstreak - 2:35

Anson Funderburgh (born James Anson Funderburgh; November 14, 1954) is an American blues guitar player and bandleader of Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets since 1978. Their style incorporates both Chicago blues and Texas blues.
Rack 'Em Up is a straightforward blues album that demonstrates Anson Funderburgh's affection for the Texas shuffle. Nobody on the album, whether it's Funderburgh or the Kamikaze Horns, overplays their hand and it delivers the goods efficiently although without flair.

Rack 'em Up

Ron Addison - Testify

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 33:37
Size: 77,8 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Long Ago Another Time - 2:58
 2. No Damn Good - 5:02
 3. Testify - 3:08
 4. Chocolate Cherry Pie - 3:58
 5. Keep Loving Me - 2:40
 6. Never Gave Up Loving You - 2:27
 7. Crayons In Heaven - 4:09
 8. Long Way Down - 4:18
 9. Together Not Alone - 1:59
10. Oyster Man - 2:53

The new CD is coming out Friday and  listen to "Keep Lovin Me" and "Long Ago Another Time". I believe you will like the other artist in my playlist as well.
From the long arm of the law to the outstretched arms of the blues, Ron Addison has come around full circle and released his debut CD, Testify.  Ron  personifies rhythm and blues with his soulful and rocking lead singing.  After a career in the military as a helicopter pilot and a second career as a Virginia State Trooper, Addison returned to his first love, music.  Growing up on country music, as a teenager he also started loving the blues and rock and roll.  Ron played and sang while in the military and then, when he was in the State Police, had a trio with his brothers. The music became full time after he retired and is truly a labor of love.  His music is tight and loose in all the right places, and shows a precision and maturity some artists take a lifetime of recording to achieve. Testify isn't just a powerful debut, it's a testimonial to perseverance.
The TomCats are a band that will remind you why you love music or introduce you to a whole new heartfelt world in music.  This Southwest Virginia based band plays blues and rock  to make your feet dance and your heart ready to burst with emotions.  Many influences set the groundwork from a blend of professional musical abilities and personalities.

Testify

Rob Williams And The Bluesdrivers - Gone Too Long


Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 46:43
Size: 107,0 MB
Label: Mudcat Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Gone Too Long - 5:01
 2. Take A Shot - 4:45
 3. Bad Mojo - 5:22
 4. Hard Times - 3:58
 5. The Letter - 3:29
 6. Get Through My Days - 4:38
 7. No One Else To Blame - 4:15
 8. Street Corner Blues - 4:04
 9. The Warrior - 6:00
10. Moonlight On The Shore - 5:07

Having the blues does not always mean sadness and pain. Blues music is an expression of emotion from deep inside. It means something and different to everyone,but the blues has one common goal in mind: its a release and a way to celebrate life, love, pain and happiness. Rob Williams began his journey at the age 8 when his mother bought him his first guitar. He taught himself to play from there, he played in church groups and surrounded himself with music and was in his first band at 12.  Playing all over the east coast, Pittsburgh has remained his home and there he has honed his skills and style by playing with many blues musicians in Pittsburgh such as the great Chismo Charles.With many influences in his music he has combined these influences into a melting pot of guitar driven music and soulful playing. Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joe bonamassa, Tommy castro, Walter Trout, and Albert Cummings are among the styles your ears will enjoy at one of the shows. The Bluesdrivers are from many backgrounds and areas, with Cory Derringer on Bass guitar. Cory has a funky, bluesy groove that he lays down to keep the thump going. His influence is Victor Wooten which he attends Victor's camp with him. Ben Skinner on drums brings his unique style and flavor to the band with his influemces being many from jazz, rock and funk. John Hicks on The harmonica is a master at the blues harp and has been playing for 40 years with many greats and bands from Pittsburgh. His soul bending style is a treat to behold and to see him is to believe him Erik Zettelmayer, also known as Z, has played since he was 14 and performed in Nashville, and Rosa's blues club in Chicago. Working with Mark Lucas has helped shape Z into th eblues guitarist he is today. He loves chiicago blues and has honed his skill around that style.

Gone Too Long

четверг, 13 февраля 2020 г.

J.R. Clark - Icicles On My Ceiling

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2012
Time: 54:28
Size: 125,0 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Electric Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Icicles On My Ceiling - 6:23
 2. I Need Some Love - 4:19
 3. Tribute to the Boogie - 6:16
 4. The Day You Walked Out On Me - 7:24
 5. I Can't Have It - 5:59
 6. Married Woman Creepin' - 4:04
 7. Sunday Morning - 5:46
 8. Where Have You Gone With My Love - 4:46
 9. How Many More Times - 4:38
10. One Eyed Woman - 4:47

Greasy slide guitar, to a Boogie that would be reminiscent if you poured Freddie King and John Lee Hooker into a glass for a high energy boogie drink! This CD has it all! Chicago blues, Soul and even a Southern Rock ballad! This disc is a can't miss!

Icicles On My Ceiling

Corby Yates Band - Back From Yesterday

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2005
Time: 52:25
Size: 120,2 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Dallas - 1:32
 2. Back From Yesterday - 4:54
 3. Green Eyed Girl - 3:45
 4. Are You Not There? - 3:48
 5. Back To You - 4:50
 6. Salty Pain - 5:31
 7. Is This Evil? - 5:26
 8. Do You Know? - 4:51
 9. I Don't Mind - 4:06
10. The Wrong Song - 6:38
11. The Cure - 3:32
12. Angel - 3:27

Recorded at Dawghouse Studios and originally released on NTS records in 2003. 12 songs produced and mixed by BB Chung King. Corby Yates is one of the best guitar players of all time! His dad Jim on the bass and now Ian on the drums makes a wonderful addition to the group. The Corby Yates Band Rocks my socks off!!

Back From Yesterday

Dennis Siggery & Neil Sadler - Half & Half

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 53:44
Size: 123,1 MB
Label: Southside Music Uk
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Don't Want Your Tears - 9:27
 2. Voodoo Woman - 4:37
 3. The Cat Done Got My Tongue - 5:23
 4. Little Red Rooster - 4:12
 5. Unchain My Heart - 5:49
 6. Money Can't Buy Me - 5:37
 7. Handbags & Gladrags - 4:29
 8. It's Gonna Hit Your Soul - 4:20
 9. Rock and Roll Band - 5:14
10. Knocking on Heaven's Door - 4:32

Dennis Siggery and Neil Sadler were the creative force behind the old Eric Street Band (before Dennis formed the new band for the latest 2 albums). So if you were a fan of the old ESB you'll love this new album of Blues and R&B songs! Dennis Siggery and Neil Sadler were the creative force behind the first 10 albums by the Eric Street Band (before Dennis started working with a new band and co-writer on the 'Purple Passage' & 'Eye Of The Storm' albums). This new album, 'Half & Half' sees a return of the old partnership, featuring the unique vocals of Dennis and the guitar and production talents of Neil. Most of the tracks are new original songs by Dennis and Neil - so if you loved the old Eric Street Band songs, you'll love these! The album also includes their reworkings of the classics 'Little Red Rooster' - a big hit in the 60s for the Stones, 'Unchain My Heart' - made famous by Ray Charles, 'Handbags & Gladrags' - famously used as the theme for The Office, and Dylan's 'Knocking On Heaven's Door' - with an extra verse written by Dennis.

Half & Half

Evan St. James - Unperfect

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2010
Time: 51:24
Size: 118,6 MB
Label: Big Evolution Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Don't Mess With Me Baby - 4:18
 2. Hey Hey Hey Hey - 4:28
 3. Unperfect - 5:08
 4. Every Dog Has Its Day - 5:16
 5. You Gotta Go - 2:44
 6. This Broken Love - 4:23
 7. Why Baby Why - 5:11
 8. Everythings Gonna Be Alright - 5:04
 9. Fairytale Blues - 5:17
10. Sunset Blues - 5:09
11. This Song - 4:20

Pianist, bass player, guitarist, poet, composer, singer and producer - Evan St. James has been performing concerts since 7 years. Winner of two dozen contests, winner of two dozen music awards, a friend of BB King and an excellent bluesman. This album is designed in the style of a classic rhythm and blues interspersed with modern pop jazz.

Unperfect

Ryan Perry - High Risk, Low Reward

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 52:37
Size: 121,3 MB
Label: Ruf Records
Styles: Blues/Guitar Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Ain't Afraid to Eat Alone - 5:30
 2. Homesick - 4:14
 3. Pride - 4:52
 4. A Heart I Didn't Break - 4:36
 5. Why I Sing the Blues - 4:29
 6. One Thing's for Certain - 4:53
 7. High Risk, Low Reward - 5:36
 8. Changing Blues - 4:06
 9. Oh, No - 4:54
10. Evil Is Going On - 4:14
11. Hard Times - 5:08

Like all the great artists, Ryan Perry isn’t afraid to rip it up and start again. Since 2007, the Mississippi bandleader has blazed a reputation in the award-winning Homemade Jamz Blues Band. But when it came to this solo outing, Perry took a leap of faith and trusted his talent to land him safe on the other side. Now, High Risk, Low Reward announces the touchdown of an artist to treasure.
Although still in his twenties, Perry has the soul, scars and war stories to rival the most hard-bitten road dog. Rewind to 2007, the singer / guitarist was just thirteen when the Homemade Jamz Blues Band won second place at the 23rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Already, the line-up of Perry and his siblings showed a ferocious musicality and emotional maturity beyond their years. “I learned more about life and the world while playing blues all over than I ever could in school,” he recalls. “And that knowledge has made me grow up faster, something I’m thankful for.” A decade later, life’s triumphs and blows have made Perry an even more eloquent songwriter, able to capture human truths with his soulful guitar work and that fathoms-deep vocal. High Risk, Low Reward will thrill long-standing followers of the Homemade Jamz Blues Band. But the eleven songs that Perry tracked at Berlin’s Studio Erde with producer Roger Inniss will sweep up a whole new fanbase too. From the classic porch-blues vibe of his home state on the title track, to “Hard Times” torn-and-frayed ode to struggle in modern America, this is an album that touches every generation that hears it.“Originally, I wanted to keep the Jamz vibes going into this album,” says Perry, “but while writing, I discovered my music taste has changed. This album branches out in some areas, holds on a bit tighter in others. What I can say is that I always play how I feel at that exact moment. ”
When it came to the sessions, Perry and his studio band attacked these songs in Berlin. “Ain’t Afraid to Eat Alone” is funky and heartfelt, opening with a stinging lead-guitar intro that sets the standard. Homesick has a mid-tempo funk-blues lick and a heavy heart. “That song is about me wanting to leave home (the state, or the woman, you decide) so bad. But then realising I had everything I wanted back home, and wanting to come back. ” Elsewhere, Perry reflects on his own broken-down relationships. “Pride is me acknowledging my prideful (and sometimes toxic) ways and hoping I can change them before the one I love leaves me. “A Heart I Didn’t Break” is about loving yourself before you can love another, something I have only a slight grasp on at this point in my life. The title track is about investing too much into someone who gives too little in return. A lot of people can relate somehow - I just hope it never happens again personally! ”
Wherever the blues scene goes, expect Ryan Perry to be at the head of the pack, still addressing age-old truths, but serving them up with a vigor and vision that chimes with fresh listeners. “The new generation of the blues is here now,” he nods. “And it’s here to stay ...”

High Risk, Low Reward

The Charles Ford Band - A Reunion Live

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1994
Time: 48:49
Size: 112,4 MB
Label: Blue Rock'it Records
Styles: Blues/Modern Electric Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. The Cotton Creeper -  6:55
 2. Help the Poor -  5:26
 3. Kiddeo -  4:09
 4. Forty Days and Forty Nights - 10:36
 5. That Will Never Do -  6:09
 6. Lookin' for a Woman -  9:29
 7. Dance with Me -  6:02

It's quite hard to find some good stuff as this one is. Simply perfect the way the different instruments talks one to the others. Incredibly fast and with soul the harmonica player.

A Reunion Live

Phil Brown - Live in Seattle

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2012
Time: 72:45
Size: 166,7 MB
Label: Grooveyard Records
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - 3:27
 2. Manic Depression - 5:46
 3. Purple Haze - 3:18
 4. I Don't Live Today - 4:15
 5. You Got Me Floatin' - 6:06
 6. One Rainy Wish - 4:46
 7. Love Or Confusion - 5:32
 8. Fire - 5:18
 9. La-Lah Land - 4:44
10. Rollin' And Tumblin' - 4:21
11. Heaven - 4:59
12. If 6 Was 9 - 6:10
13. Voodoo Child - 4:32
14. Spanish Castle Magic - 4:05
15. BBQ - 5:19

Phenomenal Live disc by this amazing and incredibly gifted & talented guitarist featuring 15 tracks of top-shelf, soul-powered, blues-based, retro-vintage, Hendrix-inspired six string mojo of monumentally serious world-class proportions. Phil Brown is a supreme axemaster, an accomplished seasoned veteran of the instrument who speaks beautiful and funky musical language on the guitar. Serious Blues-Based Guitar Rock Mojo is Phil Brown's religion and it is time for us all to dig in deep and worship at his glorious six string temple. The Phil Brown: "Live In Seattle" Grooveyard Records disc rates ultra high on the six string evolution scale and is all about Outstanding Total Guitar Rock at its best. The Man takes us on a mind-blowing "old school" power trio musical journey where James Marshall Hendrix meets Jeff Beck at the Outskirts of Infinity & Beyond. This is the stuff that REAL Heavy Guitar Rock dreams are made of.(((Long Live the Musical Spirit of Jimi Hendrix)))

Live in Seattle