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понедельник, 30 июля 2018 г.

Jake Hill - Nobody Loves Me

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2012
Time: 53:08
Size: 122,0 MB
Label: Big Wheel Productions
Styles: Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Nobody Loves Me (feat. Hugh Ferguson) - 6:14
 2. Write About Love - 3:45
 3. Walkin' Out the Door (feat. Hugh Ferguson) - 4:00
 4. Caller Id - 2:53
 5. I Don't Know (feat. Hugh Ferguson) - 5:04
 6. My Baby, She Stopped Crying - 6:17
 7. The No No Song - 4:28
 8. This Little Town - 4:51
 9. Waitin' On Roosevelt - 6:20
10. Home Sweet Home (feat. Hugh Ferguson) - 5:21
11. Bangin' Out Da Blues (Memphis) [feat. Hugh Ferguson] - 3:51

Pulling from decades of experience in life and music, this Cd brings a fun, musical, bluesy, rocky, vocal smorgasbord (breath) wonderful journey! It perhaps some of the last captured guitar genius of the late Hugh Ferguson: Bangin' Out Da Blues.

Nobody Loves Me

The Juke Hounds - The Juke Hounds

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2007
Time: 31:27
Size: 72,3 MB
Label: El Rito Records
Styles: Rockin` Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. I'm Evil - 3:08
 2. Everyday Man - 3:12
 3. Love, Love, Love - 4:07
 4. Talk to Me Baby - 2:48
 5. Checkin' on My Baby - 2:50
 6. Built for Comfort - 2:31
 7. Sugar Coated Love - 3:01
 8. Stop Breakin' Down - 3:31
 9. You're Gonna Miss Me - 2:31
10. Just Rode in Your Town - 3:44

Bob Gardner--Vocals, Guitar and Badmitton;
Gerard Dominick--Bass and Cheese Grater;
Keith McFarren--Drums, Percussion, and Salsa Dancing;
Daryl Rowland - Sax, Guitar, Vocals, and Magic 8 Ball.

Mark Smallwood--drums and vocals
Doug Barber - keyboards . . . they will occasionally handle carney duties on the side of the stage with their pet monkeys and tons of butter and cotton candy!

In 2006, the Juke Hounds were drawn together by a shared attitude about the world. A Midwestern grit that made each of them relate to a rockin' sound -- and then to each other. The Juke Hounds play the ”blues with a feeling” all right. But that feeling is not the familiar woe-is-me nobody-loves-me pose, but one of defiance and swagger that says "you can't keep me down." The music, the lyrics and even the bands aggressive stage presence, announce they are a force to be reckoned with.
Brittany Nader Of Buzzbin Magazine agrees that when the Juke Hounds start to play, “it’s impossible not to get up and start shaking along to the rhythm.”
Mike Fuller of Water Street Tavern, echoes the observation: "There are a lot of people dancing and moving around. Not a lot of people are sitting down…. Everyone stands and treats it like a rock show, and that's pretty much how it is."
The Juke Hounds know something about defiance. When friends, family and even fellow musicians insisted that playing the blues in Ohio was a foolish waste of time, The Jukes took their advice as a personal challenge. Today, the Juke Hounds are rocking to packed houses across Northeast Ohio -- not to mention all the way to Memphis. In 2010, The Juke Hounds won the Cleveland Blues Society “Road To Memphis” competition and represented Akron, Canton, and Cleveland at the 2011 International Blues Competition in Memphis where the band showcased at the Hard Rock Cafe’ on Beale Street. This year (2013), The Juke Hounds won the NEOBA Blues Competition and will represent Northeast Ohio at the 2014 International Blues Competition held in Memphis TN. Steeped in electric blues, these seasoned musicians bring their considerable musical skills to put a Midwestern spin on strong original material and traditional blues repertoire. Frontman, Bob Gardner belts out melodic vocals that soar over the groove and with the rock solid bottom by bassist Gerard Dominick, the hard-hitting beat laid down by drummer Jesse Marquardt, and the tasty guitar of Daryl Rowland the Juke Hounds will get you on your feet, as they have in packed houses across Ohio. The Juke Hounds hit hard, that's for sure. But their musical pugilism isn't about knocking anybody down. It's about bringing the crowd to their feet and keeping 'em there until it's time to go home -- maybe even a little later. With their second release, “BluesiTude”, The Juke Hounds bring their aggressive uplifting sound to disc so fans can groove and dance anytime they want.
The bands new release scheduled for late 2015 focuses on The Juke Hounds pride in their home area of Akron/Canton/Cleveland. This area has long been considered a “flyover” and it’s time the record is set strait on the power of music that stems from Northeast Ohio. Their fast moving sets offer bluesy defiance -- swagger in the face of adversity -- and a pace that feels like an accelerating train moving inexorably toward deliverance from our earthly burdens. Catch a show near you or check out their website, TheJukeHounds.com

The Juke Hounds

Marco Pandolfi - Close the Bottle When You're Done

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2012
Time: 36:10
Size: 84,4 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Chicago Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Wonderful Time - 2:57
 2. I Want You to Stay Long - 2:53
 3. Rockin' Like a Cherry - 1:45
 4. Keep it to Yourself - 4:30
 5. Goin' Away Baby - 2:43
 6. Lucky Man - 2:26
 7. You Upset My Mind - 3:22
 8. Close the Bottle When You're Done - 2:45
 9. Blue and Lonesome - 6:07
10. Too Many Ways - 4:22
11. Cuttlefish - 2:16

Marco Pandolfi’s presence on the Italian Blues scene goes back more than twenty years. He has been playing in the most important events on the peninsula, winning the respect of the greatest Blues Musicians in Italy and abroad.
His performances and his recordings have been reviewed by the most authoritative magazines such as: Il Blues, Blues Revue, Soul Bag, Blues Britain Magazine...).
His music is played on radio programs around the world (B.B. King’s Bluesville-XM radio USA, King Biscuit Time-Helena AK, WWOZ New Orleans, WEFT Radio-Champaign, Illinois and more).
Twice at the INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE in Memphis, TN (USA): in 2006 with his band Marco Pandolfi & the Jacknives (representing Roots and Blues Association of Parma) and in 2011 in the category solo/duo (representing MOJO STATION, Roma).
Pandolfi has performed with some of the most famous Bluesmen worldwide, such as Richard Ray Farrell, Paul Oscher, Bob Margolin, Harvey Brooks, Preston Hubbard, Bob Corritore, Willie King, Tom Walbank, David Lee Durham, Paul Cox, King Edward, Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry, Mickey Rogers, among others.
Marco has also played in Europe and the United States in a variety of clubs, such as : The Rhythm Room, Phoenix AZ; Groundzero, Clarksdale MS and BB’s in Saint Louis MO, and has participated in important International Blues Festival: Freedom Creek Blues Festival-Alabama; Rosedale Blues Festival-Mississippi; DeltaBlues, Narcao Blues -Italy; Rapperswil, St. Gallen, Blues To Bop-Switzerland; Darlington Blues Festival-UK...).
In 2008 He was the only European musician invited to the third Delta Groove All Star Blues Revue held at the Groundzero in Clarksdale, Mississippi and the special guest at the 2nd Rocky Mountain Harp Blowdown in Denver, Colorado (the previous year was the turn of Billy Branch and the following was R.J. Mischo).
He was the international guest at the Way Of Blues Revue in Jackson, Mississippi.
On February 2011, after an outstanding world-wide tour as Blues Harmonica solo player, Pandolfi returned to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in the category solo/duo representing Mojo Station (Rome, Italy) surprising the Beale Street IBC goers with a stunning guitar, harmonica and voice repertoire in the purest Spirit of Low-Down Blues.
February 2012; on the CD "Close The Bottle When You're Done" (2012) Marco sings, plays harmonica and guitar.
In may-june 2012 He played Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival (California) with The Mannish Boys sharing the stage with James Cotton, Paul Oscher, Kim Wilson, Bob Corritore, Mud Morganfield, Bob Margolin, Junior Watson, Alex Schultz and more.
He also played Chicago Blues Festival and Bentonia Blues Festival (Mississippi).
In november 2013 He won the italian final for the EUROPEAN BLUES CHALLENGE with His trio - with Federico Patarnello on drums and Lucio Villani on upright bass - representing Italy on april 11&12 2014 in Riga (Latvia).
March 2014:  “No Dog In This Hunt”. 11 new tracks (7 originals by Marco Pandolfi) and the guitar of Enrico Crivellaro as special guest on two songs.
April 2016: NEW CD OUT... "LIVE", recorded live at Arci Tom, Mantova (Italy).
During 2015 and 2016 Marco Pandolfi kept touring in Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, France, Germany, USA.
April 2017: italian tour with Nico Duportal
June 2017: "Homemade Wine" - new duo CD from Greg Izor & Marco Pandolfi. Recorded live in studio in Austin, TX US.
July 2017: Marco Pandolfi at BLIUZO NAKTYS festival, for the first time in Lithuania.

Close the Bottle You`re Done

Mark Cole - Cole

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2018
Time: 49:39
Size: 114,5 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Americana
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Solitary - 3:57
 2. Desiccate Me Baby - 3:49
 3. Love Will Make You Blind - 4:45
 4. Bon Ton Boy - 3:19
 5. Let Me Down - 6:22
 6. Water Will Rise - 4:11
 7. Misprint Formica - 3:23
 8. Honeyslide - 3:45
 9. Banus Rain - 5:22
10. Out on a Saturday Night - 4:40
11. Had Our Day - 6:03

COLE is the eponymous debut release from Mark Cole and features original songs across the variety of musical styles that he performs in. The eleven track album not only highlights his flair as a songwriter (one track, ‘Let me Down’, achieving a runner-up place in the globally recognized International Songwriting Competition) but also as a multi-instrumentalist, as Mark plays nearly all of the instruments on the recordings


The Dave Hydie Trio - South Bay Shaker

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1998
Time: 65:16
Size: 151,8 MB
Label: Blue Finn Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Chump Change - 3:20
 2. E.J. Shuffle - 4:08
 3. Irene - 3:32
 4. Violet's Swing - 2:49
 5. Racist Blues - 4:27
 6. Late Night Lounge Lizard - 4:17
 7. Too Many Drivers - 2:48
 8. South Bay Shaker - 3:08
 9. Good Mornin' Little School Girl - 4:29
10. Hydie's Ride - 2:29
11. Mr. Bumble Bee - 2:58
12. Little Mo - 2:25
13. Money Shaker - 4:10
14. Dad's Blues - 6:09
15. Prodigal Son - 2:01
16. Let's Go Fishin' - 4:12
17. Broom Dustin' - 3:02
18. Baby, Please Don't - 4:45

Dave Hydie - harmonica, guitar, vocals
Tim Richard - drums
Kelly Massey - upright & electric bass
with special guests:
Kenny "Blue" Ray - guitar
Sid Morris - piano
Kenny Baker & Noel Catura - saxes

South Bay Shaker

The Tone Kings - Rough Edges

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2007
Time: 43:11
Size: 100,0 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Texas Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Big Chief from New Orleans - 3:16
 2. Bad Case of the Blues - 2:49
 3. River Keeps Rising - 3:29
 4. Let It Rock - 2:16
 5. Red Horse - 3:14
 6. Don't Loose Your Cool - 2:26
 7. Walking Blues - 4:17
 8. Denomination Blues - 3:31
 9. T For Texas - 5:30
10. Stranger Blues - 5:13
11. I'm Just Tired - 3:31
12. Midnight Blues - 3:33

The Tone Kings are a Seattle-based guitar band that play true Texas-style bar band music. With a mix of authentic blues, country and original tunes, they have assembled a show that is a delight to see and will have you saying, “OK, I’m going to have to dance now” before you can think. With roots in the music of Freddie King and Billy Joe Shaver, the Tone Kings original tunes bring out the flavor and boot stompin’ fun of a good old Texas dance bar on a Saturday night.

Rough Edges

Kern Pratt and the Accused - Somewhere South of Memphis

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2002
Time: 34:33
Size: 79,2 MB
Label: Flying Dog Records
Styles: Electric Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. What Time Is It - 2:15
 2. Somewhere South of Memphis - 3:28
 3. Torn Between Love and Hate - 5:17
 4. Crosscut Saw - 3:30
 5. Something's Going Wrong - 5:21
 6. Lovin' that Feeling - 3:13
 7. Everyday I Have the Blues - 3:59
 8. If Ya Love Me Like You Say - 2:59
 9. I've Got a Problem - 4:26

Kern Pratt is an up and coming artist who has several hits already and has included them onto this CD! Bo Ridgeway in an interview with author Valerie Egar on the Important Contemporary Musicians of Mississippi stated," Kern Pratt is one guitarist whose playing is commensurate with his rock 'n roll lifestyle, which also encompasses the blues of the Mississippi Delta. He is unique in this respect and simply not to be overlooked."  Pratt is known throughout the Delta as an accomplished guitarist. He also has the perfect "southern raspy" voice for great blues and country vocals.

Somewhere South of Memphis

вторник, 24 июля 2018 г.

John Brim and Pinetop Perkins - Chicago Blues Session

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1998
Time: 39:53
Size: 92,4 MB
Label: Wolf Records
Styles: Chicago Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. I'm Gonna Let You Go - John Brim - 3:34
 2. Take It Easy Baby - John Brim, Willie Love - 3:11
 3. Let Me Hold You - John Brim - 3:00
 4. High Heel Sneakers - John Brim, Pinetop Perkins - 5:25
 5. Driving Wheel - John Brim, Pinetop Perkins, - 4:07
 6. Naptown - John Brim - 3:12
 7. Going Down Slow - John Brim, Pinetop Perkins - 4:34
 8. Call Me Easy Papa - John Brim - 3:23
 9. How Long - John Brim, Pinetop Perkins - 3:51
10. You Put the Heart on Me - John Brim - 2:40
11. Movin' Out - John Brim - 2:51

John Brim may be best-known for writing and cutting the original "Ice Cream Man" that David Lee Roth and Van Halen covered on their first album. That's a pity, for the seriously under-recorded Brim made some exceptionally hard-nosed waxings.
Brim picked up his early guitar licks from the 78s of Tampa Red and Big Bill Broonzy before venturing first to Indianapolis in 1941 and Chicago four years later. He met his wife Grace in 1947; fortuitously, she was a capable drummer who played on several of John's records. In fact, she was the vocalist on a 1950 single for Detroit-based Fortune Records that signaled the beginning of her hubby's discography.
John recorded for Random, JOB, Al Benson's Parrot logo (the socially aware "Tough Times"), and Chess ("Rattlesnake," his answer to Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog," was pulled from the shelves by Chess for fear of a plagiarism suit). Cut in 1953, the suggestive "Ice Cream Man" had to wait until 1969 to enjoy a very belated release. Brim's last Chess single, "I Would Hate to See You Go," was waxed in 1956 with a stellar combo consisting of harpist Little Walter, guitarist Robert Jr. Lockwood, bassist Willie Dixon, and drummer Fred Below (clearly, Chess had high hopes for Brim, but to no avail).
After a hiatus of a few decades, Brim made a welcome return to studio action with a set for Tone-Cool Records, The Ice Cream Man. Brim, who lived in Gary, IN, remained active on the Chicago blues scene until his passing on October 1, 2003 at the age of 81. ~ Bill Dahl

Chicago Blues Session, Vol. 12

пятница, 20 июля 2018 г.

Eliza Neals - Breaking and Entering

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2015
Time: 51:06
Size: 117,4 MB
Label: E-H Records
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Detroit Drive - 3:06
 2. Breaking And Entering - 7:06
 3. Jekyll and A Hound - 4:14
 4. Goo Goo Glass - 4:00
 5. You - 5:39
 6. Pretty Gritty - 3:17
 7. Southern Comfort Dreams - 3:48
 8. Winshield Wipers - 4:20
 9. Sugar Daddy - 4:07
10. I'm The Girl - 3:26
11. Spinning - 3:27
12. Breaking and Entering (Radio Edit) - 4:30

Busting down the backdoor is Detroit’s Eliza Neals with “Breaking and Entering,” the blues-rock pry bar to her award winning album “messin with a fool.” Prowling with Detroit’s blazing blues guitarist Howard Glazer + hit producer Mike Puwal these housebreaker’s know how to sneak their way to your crown jewels. A team of safecracker musicians, with featured guest guitarist Kenny Olson (Kid Rock) plus Gabe Gonzelez (George Clinton) on drums drills open a pandemonium of grit-grime and gris-gris from power bluesy vocalist, musician, songwriter and producer Eliza Neals.
“Breaking and Entering” is eleven songs worthy of the finest cat burglar’s bag. The spoils of vintage analog studios plus hours of planning a musical caper that many a Blues-Rock fan can’t escape. “A well-proportioned mix of toughness and vulnerability, the robust-voiced Neals can match power and attitude with most any soul diva around.” Roots Music Report 2014
On Wurlitzer, Hammond B3 and grand piano, Eliza Neals laid down the grooves in the famous SST-iiWii in Weehawken, New Jersey with engineer Billy Perez. Working on one of the only fully operating vintage Focusrite boards in the world, named "number 11" was a thrill. Creating at Tempermill studios in Ferndale, Michigan on vintage microphones plus board, with international Blues guitarist Howard Glazer was a match. This true pursuit paid off with minimal recording and mixing, capturing the music and vocals just as they are, raw.
The accomplice in engineering, producing and mixing was Billboard charting producer Mike Puwal at his Univox 1 studio in Nashvile TN. Hit guitarist Kenny Olson dialed right into the plan beautifuly. Mastered by Dave Feeny (White Stripes) owner/engineer of the Tempermill.
Rounding out the team of musicians includes Detroit's funky bassist Paul Randolph (Mudpuppy) and engineer Eric Maluchnik (Tempermill) on drum. Tim Grogan (Desert Rose Band) out of Nashville on drums, adds his extra special tools. Eliza Neals New York musicians also got in on the bounty by featuring Tyrone Smith (KT Turnstall, Joss Stone) on Hammond B3, piano and saxophone. Michael Galante on drums with guitarist Shane Visbal and Chris Vega on bass also out of the 'Big Apple.' NYC back-up soul vocalists are Lizz Kristi and Renee' Flemings.
"It’s said that everybody has had the blues, but we’d like to add not everybody can sing about ‘em. Fortunately for Detroiters, Eliza Neals can sing. And she can sing well. The Detroit Music Award-winner has a range that we don’t see a lot of around these parts. Not your grandpappy’s blues, Neals puts a modern spin on a form that birthed what we listen to today. She expertly draws from inspirations that include the legendary Barrett Strong…" Voted Best Blues Artist/Group by Real Detroit Weekly Readers Feb 2013
National press and radio says "Eliza has such power in her voice that she can take on a big song and do it real justice" DJ Phill Penny Radio Trent UK. "Eliza Neals hits you right between the eyes…" Blues Blast Magazine. "songs that are easily imagined as going down a storm in a drink-fuelled late-night after-hours lock in." The Blog of the Blues. "Eliza Neals’ soulful voice is the key instrument for her firebrand version of blues-fueled tunes” Eclectic Pop “Eliza Neals “The Detroit Diva" is the name: This Diva has claws and sharp teeth..." Wasser Prawda German Magazine. " The DirtyLowDown "Neals' style is incendiary and unabashed." Real Detroit Weekly.
The award winning sultry and powerful blues rock soul vocalist, recording artist, composer, performer, publisher and producer is being compared to greats like Etta James, Janis Joplin and Ricki Lee Jones among others. Catch a live show and feel the music that drives your soul!

Breaking and Entering

Eliza Neals - Messin With A Fool

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2012
Time: 46:18
Size: 106,4 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Misery - 2:49
 2. Man's Man - 3:09
 3. Shame - 3:21
 4. ESP - 3:14
 5. In Charge - 3:57
 6. Rather Go To Jail - 4:05
 7. Rainin In Detroit - 3:42
 8. Living with yo Mama - 3:30
 9. Been A Long Time - 2:32
10. Money - 3:10
11. Can't Stop (No No) - 3:44
12. Pig - 3:35
13. Love Hurts More - 5:23

Eliza Neals is a dynamic front woman, multi-talented musician, confident producer and outstanding live performer plus the voice of the ‘new blues’ for this generation.
National press and radio says “Eliza has such power in her voice that she can take on a big song and do it real justice” DJ Phill Penny Radio Trent UK. “Eliza Neals hits you right between the eyes…” Blues Blast Magazine. “songs that are easily imagined as going down a storm in a drink-fuelled late-night after-hours lock in.” The Blog of the Blues. “Eliza Neals’ soulful voice is the key instrument for her firebrand version of blues-fueled tunes” Eclectic Pop “Eliza Neals “The Detroit Diva” is the name: This Diva has claws and sharp teeth…” Wasser Prawda German Magazine. “This album of “Stiletto Blues” first came out in January 2012, but it keeps finding itself back in the news and for a very good reason… ” The DirtyLowDown “Neals’ style is incendiary and unabashed.” Real Detroit Weekly. The award winning sultry and powerful blues rock soul vocalist, recording artist, composer, performer, publisher and producer is being compared to greats like Etta James, Janis Joplin and Ricki Lee Jones among others.

Messin With A Fool

Bruce Katz Band - Crescent Crawl

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1992
Time: 50:29
Size: 116,3 MB
Label: Audioquest Records
Styles: Blues/Jazz Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Crecent Crawl - 7:02
 2. Just an Expression - 3:29
 3. Contrition - 6:54
 4. BK's Broiler - 4:57
 5. Buzz Cut - 3:30
 6. One Way Ticket - 6:53
 7. Boomer's Thing - 5:06
 8. Beast - 4:52
 9. Will It Go 'Round In Circles - 6:18
10. Just a Closer Walk With Thee - 1:25

After many years as a side man, Bruce Katz stepped out on his own in 1992 to record Crescent Crawl. Although it is an all-instrumental album, Katz is the "frontman" on this recording, taking the spotlight -- and most deservedly so -- on both piano and Hammond B-3 organ. Crescent Crawl blurs the line between blues and jazz (the utilization of an upright bass assists in this effort). The title tune has -- as you would expect -- has a New Orleans groove. "Contrition" appeared on Ronnie Earl's Still River a few years later when Katz was a member of Earl's band, although this version is a bit more understated. Both "Contrition" and "BK's Broiler" feature Katz on the B-3. "Buzz Cut" is essentially a swing tune, but one with a funky feel thanks to guitarist Kevin Barry's rhythmic backing. Billy Preston's "Will It Go Round in Circles" is superb. Katz closes with a harmonically complex solo piano version of "Just a Closer Walk With Thee," a tune he also included in every live gig in the early '90s. This disc is about loose definitions of blues and jazz, strong grooves, and, first and foremost, improvisation -- Just check out the Irish jig that suddenly dances from Bob Malach's sax on "One Way Ticket"!

Crescent Crawl

Richard Van Bergen - Rootbag

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2014
Time: 38:59
Size: 90,1 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Nobody - 2:51
 2. When He Comes - 3:22
 3. All The Time - 3:25
 4. Give Me Your Heart - 3:22
 5. Stand in Line - 2:52
 6. One Day - 4:02
 7. Od on Love - 1:37
 8. Tired of Being the Fool - 2:36
 9. Don't Lose Your Pride - 2:16
10. Nothing in This World - 3:42
11. Will This Love - 3:30
12. Love Tells No Lies - 3:11
13. Od on Love (Slight Return) - 2:07

Richard Van Bergen - Guitar & Vocals
Dick Wagensveld - Bass
Jeroen Goosens - Drums
Andert Tijsma  - Bass
Isa Azier  - Guitar
Erik Spanjers  - Percussion

If there is a blues musician in the Netherlands with blues in his veins, it is undoubtedly Richard Bergen. More than three years after his bassist died, Richard van Bergen has decided to get his hands dirty and, with a vengeance, bring this album to the light of day. “Rootbag” is an album of thirteen songs influence by the Mississippi Delta blues and all were written by Richard. This CD is a great find with the sublime guitar playing of Richard and his somewhat raw voice, coupled with very beautiful lyrics and tight bass-playing, along with sophisticated drumming, making a fine blues feeling.


Damon Fowler - The Whiskey Bayou Session

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2018
Time: 45:02
Size: 103,7 MB
Label: Whiskey Bayou Records
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. It Came Out Of Nowhere - 2:55
 2. Fairweather Friend - 3:34
 3. Hold Me Tight - 3:44
 4. Up The Line - 5:08
 5. Ain't Gonna Rock With You No More - 3:23
 6. Just A Closer Walk With Thee - 3:18
 7. Pour Me - 3:52
 8. Holiday - 5:18
 9. Running Out Of Time - 5:09
10. Candy - 3:43
11. Florida Baby - 4:52

Fiery soul-blues guitarist Damon Fowler was born and raised in Brandon, Florida, just outside of Tampa. He first picked up a guitar at the age of 12, and after being shown a few chords, quickly developed an affinity for the instrument. He also fell in love with the blues, and he was soon gigging regularly in small clubs in the Tampa Bay Area. By now adding hints of R&B, soul, and country to his approach, Fowler learned to play lap steel guitar and Dobro and also added a wicked slide guitar style to his arsenal, while developing a serviceable singing voice along the way, too. He continued to build his fan base and reputation with his impressive shows until he was earning support tours and featured spots on the festival circuits. Along the way he worked with artists like Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter and Edgar Winter, Robin Trower, Gregg Allman, Jimmie Vaughan, Junior Brown, Rick Derringer, Delbert McClinton, and many others. Fowler self-released an album, Riverview Drive, which featured all original material, in 1999, following it with two more self-releases, Roots and Branches in 2000 and the concert set Live at Skipper's Smoke House in 2003, all three of which garnered accolades from blues critics. Signing to Blind Pig Records, he released the swamp blues-tinged Sugar Shack album on the label in 2009, following it with Devil Got His Way two years later in 2011. The impressive Tab Benoit-produced Sounds of Home was next on Blind Pig in 2014. ~ Steve Leggett

The Whiskey Bayou Session

четверг, 19 июля 2018 г.

Natural Child - Okey Dokey

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2016
Time: 43:42
Size: 102,5 MB
Label: Natural Child Records And Tapes
Styles: Garage Rock/Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Sure is Nice - 5:22
 2. NSA Blues - 3:32
 3. Out of Sight - 4:36
 4. Now & Then - 2:52
 5. Transcendental Meditation - 3:48
 6. Okey Dokey - 1:59
 7. Juanita - 3:40
 8. Self Centered Blues - 4:27
 9. Benny's Here - 6:41
10. It's a Shame My Store Isn't Open - 6:43

Wez Traylor - vocals, bass, Nashville guitar, acoustic
Seth Murray - vocals, guitar, xylophone
Steve "Bones Dessimone - guitar
Benny Divine - keys, guitar
Zack Martin - drums, percussion
Cooper Crain - synthesizer, percussion
Rob Frye - congas, flute

Okey Dokey (9/16) is the latest full-length from Nashville, TN's Natural Child. The band's first new music in two years is also the debut release on their new label, Natural Child Records and Tapes. Natural Child started recording the album in Memphis and completed it in Chicago, where they worked alongside Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas). With Okey Dokey, Natural Child says come on in give us your tired, your weak, your poor; give us your rockers and rollers and grimy punks and suburban cowboys. Get down how you wanna get down.

Okey Dokey

Natural Child - For the Love of the Game

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2012
Time: 37:16
Size: 85,7 MB
Label:  Burger Records
Styles: Garage Rock/Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. 8 AM Blues - 3:16
 2. She Got a Mind - 4:20
 3. Baby - 2:10
 4. That's How i Got to Memphis - 3:29
 5. Hey Little Girl - 5:17
 6. No One Writes Sad Song Anymore - 4:06
 7. D.T.V. - 4:31
 8. Paradise Heights - 3:19
 9. Faces of Death Blues - 2:59
10. Ain't Gonna Stop - 3:44

NATURAL CHILD are back with their sophomore LP For the Love of the Game on Burger Records. This power rocking trio takes their classic rock and roll sound and fleshes out with some new styles and new ideas.  1971 was easily one of our favorite records last year and it’s looking like that could happen a second time around. Natural Child haven’t slowed down and now after just dropping this second LP they’re already working on a new 7″ – but we’ll deal with that later. Since 1971, this Nashville trio has certainly stepped up their game in both the instrumentation department as well as song writing while still maintaining what they do best – rocking the fuck out and having a good time. This becomes evident in many of the songs, but there’s a few where they take a different route and try some new formulas. This includes songs like “That’s How I Got to Memphis” with it’s weeping guitars and “No One Writes Sad Songs Anymore.” Granted “That’s How I Got to Memphis” is a cover originally sung by Tom T. Hall, but it still evokes the same feeling. It also goes to show that Natural Child aren’t afraid to try something new and clean up pretty nicely when they have to. The good thing about that is they don’t always have to clean up. This is where more rowdy tracks like “She Got a Mind,” “Baby,” or “D.T.V.” come into play. “Baby” probably turns out to be the most easily accessible track on the record, followed by others like “8 AM Blues” or “She Got a Mind.” The classic rock vibes are literally overflowing from a track like “Baby,” where the band offers us a rockin’ good time with plenty of positivity – not to mention dueling searing guitar solos and a hardheaded attitude that’s tough to crack and easy to love. “She Got a Mind” sees the band sticking to their roots with a ridiculously heavy and heated psychedelic edge that possesses the song and takes it on a path of its own. Suddenly you find yourself being swarmed by throbbing bass lines and a scorching guitar that literally steals the show until the very last note. This brings to mind a later track like “D.T.V.” The beginning features a gradual guitar build-up until they can’t contain the rage anymore and put the pedal to the metal. From here on out it’s a streamlined blazer that courses through your veins and gets the blood boiling. You should be warned now that this fiery onslaught will certainly require a few extra plays. Aside from this stuff, there’s still plenty of other things you will encounter along the way. “Paradise Heights” is definitely a reggae song which might be a hit or miss for some, followed by the twangy, folksy “Faces of Death Blues.” They close it all out with one last banger in “Ain’t Gonna Stop” which is definitely a fitting title. It leaves you hope for the future, which apparently for Natural Child isn’t too far around the corner. I speak, of course, of their newly announced 7″ on Jeffery Drag Records (go download that shit for free while you still can).

For the Love of the Game

среда, 18 июля 2018 г.

Pat Ramsey & The Blues Disciples - Live At The Grand

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1999
Time: 53:57
Size: 134,3 MB
Label: Rampat Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Build Me a Woman -  5:11
 2. Got Love if You Want it (Texas) -  3:29
 3. Love Her With a Feeling -  8:23
 4. One Step at a Time -  6:02
 5. Chitlins Con Carne -  5:38
 6. Highway 49 -  6:01
 7. I Love You -  5:59
 8. Allergic to Work , Dead Shrimp Blues - 13:10

If you love great blues, great blues harp, great blues guitar, YOU MUST HEAR PAT & COMPANY! Pat's passing was a great loss to all who knew him. They are from New Orleans & usually a 3 or 4 piece band. Dave Renson is on par with Buddy Whittington, Robben Ford, etc. & Pat was in a league all his own!

Live At The Grand

Latvian Blues Band - Live in B.B.C.

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2006
Time: 75:01 + 61:43
Size: 173,3 MB + 143,4 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
Volume 1
 1. Statesboro Blues (Will McTell) with Bill Perry - 6:26
 2. I Just Want To Make Love With You (Willie Dixon) with Frank Bang - 7:37
 3. T-Bone Shuffle (Aaron Walker) with Frank Bang - 5:59
 4. Lucille (B.B.King) with Long John Hunter - 3:33
 5. Punk (Andrejs Osis) with Andrejs Osis - 5:51
 6. Barber (Doc Pomus - Mac Rebennack) with Andrejs Osis - 6:26
 7. I'll Play The Blues For You (Albert King) with Andrejs Osis - 7:05
 8. Don't You Lie To Me (Hudson Whittaker) with Sharon Lewis - 4:42
 9. I Got My Mojo Working - with Sharon Lewis - 8:32
10. Helhound On My Trail (Robert Johnson) with Chris McDermott - 4:49
11. Lil' Boogie Jam - with Chris McDermott - 3:00
12. I'm Gonna Make You Mine (Chris McDermott) with Chris McDermott - 7:01
13. What A Wonderfull World (George David Weiss - Bob Thiele) with Pete Special - 3:55

Volume 2
 1. Killin' Floor (C.Burnett) with Bob Margolin - 5:13
 2. Kansas City (Lieber/Stoller) with Bob Margolin - 6:14
 3. Baby What's Wrong With You (J.Reed) with Bob Margolin - 6:10
 4. I Just Keep Lovin' Her (M.W.Jacobs) with Bob Margolin - 2:21
 5. Slow Down (L.Williams)nwith Shawn Pittman - 4:53
 6. It's Your Turn (S.Pittman) with Shawn Pittman - 5:52
 7. Hell Or High Water (S.Pittman) with Shawn Pittman - 6:27
 8. Feast Or Famine (Pittman/Hale) with Shawn Pittman - 5:11
 9. Lunar Love (J.Connor) with Joanna Connor - 3:14
10. Heaven (J.Connor) with Joanna Connor - 5:15
11. Guitar Dove (J.Connor) with Joanna Connor - 4:37
12. Good Woman Go Bad (H.Calloway) with Joanna Connor - 6:15

Features highlights from Latvian Blues Band performing electric blues together with Frank Bang, Giles Corey, Chris McDermott, Sharon Lewis, Long John Hunter, Bill Perry, Pete Special.

Live in B.B.C.

вторник, 17 июля 2018 г.

Kristi Johnston Band - That Would Be Fine

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2000
Time: 46:14
Size: 106,3 MB
Label: Stony Plane Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Train - 2:34
 2. Midnight Rambler - 4:34
 3. Shake Your Sugar Tree - 2:14
 4. If I Ain't Got - 3:31
 5. The Moose Is Loose - 2:37
 6. Eyesight To The Blind - 2:19
 7. That's All Right - 5:10
 8. Rock This Morning - 3:34
 9. Guilty - 3:50
10. That Would Be Fine - 3:42
11. Outta Love - 4:05
12. We Get By - 5:30
13. Hidden Track - 2:28

Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kristi Johnson is a capable blues guitarist and a startlingly fine singer and songwriter. On her debut album she leads a bare-bones trio (augmented by the occasional guest musician) through a program of hardheaded blues and R&B, most of it original. "Train" starts things off with a bang: after a slow-strutting intro, the song transitions without warning into a quick blues shuffle, then breaks down as Johnson takes her first solo, which alternates masterful understatement with fleet-fingered heat. "Shake Your Sugar Tree," another Johnson original, sounds like a cross between Tin Pan Alley and early jump blues with a slightly nastier edge. And speaking of a nasty edge, "If I Ain't Got" is a slow, snarling scorcher; a brazen challenge to her lover punctuated by filthy guitar fills. Best of all is the soulful kiss-off "Outta Love." Johnson doesn't maintain this level of quality perfectly -- her solo on "That Would Be Fine" is ponderous and sloppy -- but for a debut album, the level of musicianship here is very impressive. She'll probably only get better.

That Would Be Fine

Tomcat Blake - 'till I Get Back Home

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2012
Time: 75:29
Size: 173,1 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Goin' Back South - 6:34
 2. My Heart Would Know - 7:40
 3. Jessie Mae ( Interlude) - 0:41
 4. Nobody Else - 4:07
 5. That's How I Know - 4:50
 6. How Long, How Long Blues ( Interlude) - 1:21
 7. That's Why I Love You - 3:52
 8. All Alone - 4:49
 9. It Was the Devil - 6:43
10. Baby Please Don't Go ( Interlude) - 0:36
11. Let You Down - 4:47
12. Blues Again - 3:38
13. Appaloosa ( Interlude) - 1:06
14. The Earth Is Crying - 3:04
15. Sally's Song ( Interlude) - 0:45
16. Hole in Me - 7:37
17. A Real ( Interlude) - 0:27
18. 15 Years - 6:55
19. Adios Senorita ( Interlude) - 1:26
20. Something to Say - 4:20

Rock and Roll for your Bluesy Soul!Honesty. The word that sticks best to the personality of Tomcat Blake. Honesty in his way of life, honesty in the path he’s chosen, musical honesty in his writing and live appearances. Whether acoustic, electric, solo or with a band, whatever “style”, he shares rather than claims the almost endless influences that have shaped the originality of his style. A style anyone can identify with, depending on their musical preference .

'till I Get Back Home

суббота, 14 июля 2018 г.

Perry & The Pumpers - Movin' At Midnight

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2012
Time: 62:20
Size: 142,8 MB
Label:  Sweetgrass Music
Styles: Blues/West Coast Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Roberta - 3:54
 2. I'm a Hog for You, Baby - 4:51
 3. Mess Around - 3:23
 4. If You Love Me Like You Say - 3:01
 5. Ain't That Just Like a Woman - 3:24
 6. Got You On My Mind - 4:20
 7. My Younger Days - 3:21
 8. She's Murder - 4:12
 9. Movin' At Midnight - 4:43
10. People Are Talking - 4:55
11. Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go - 3:47
12. Hello My Lover - 4:27
13. Hey Little Girl - 4:04
14. Hush Hush - 5:33
15. How Come My Bulldog Don't Bark? - 4:19

It was the early 1970’s and, musically speaking, it was all going on in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. The Summer of Love had gone up in smoke, and around Grant and Columbus Streets, the remnants were everywhere. Hippies, beatniks (the movement was spawned in North Beach), college kids, strippers and barkers going to work on Broadway…and musicians of every stripe… busking on the street, playing in the strip joints and nightclubs, hanging out in the coffee houses. Within a three block radius of the intersection of Columbus and Grant, you could hear Cannonball Adderly or Jimmy Smith at the Keystone Korner, McCoy Tyner or Cal Tjader at El Matador, John Coltrane at the Jazz Workshop, Azteca at the Keystone San Francisco, Larry Graham and Grand Central Station at the Orphanage…and at many more venues that have come and gone.
If your tastes ran to Blues Music, you were in luck. You could start at one end of Grant, walk up the street past The Saloon (still there today and the City’s oldest bar), Gulliver’s, The Coffee Gallery (where Janis Joplin used to perform), the Grant and Green, The Savoy Tivoli, Mooney’s Irish Pub….. Those places all featured blues performers, and not just any run-of-the-mill performers. Stars like Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Albert Collins, Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop, Luther Tucker. Up-and Comers like Ron Thompson, Robert Cray (featuring a young Curtis Salgado)... It was heaven for Night Owls and Blues Lovers.
Tucked in the middle of the street, next to the Coffee Gallery, in what seemed to be the hub for all this musical energy, was a joint called Wumper’s Old Man. There was a giant photo of Albert Einstein above the bar, and you came in through two swinging saloon doors, past two very large door men – Big Jack and Joey. The bar ran the length of the room, with a large wooden dance floor, tables and chairs, a low stage, and a jukebox against the far wall.
The reigning Musical King of Wumper’s was Perry Welsh, with his band, Perry and the Pumpers. Perry migrated to California with his longtime buddy, the great keyboardist/singer Stephen Miller, and the two became part of Elvin Bishop’s Band. Perry soon jumped ship and formed his own group, and he consistently found musicians who loved equal parts of fun, mayhem, and the soulful Blues and R&B that Perry taught (because joining The Pumpers meant qualifying for a sort of “finishing school”). Over the years, several members of Perry and the Pumpers went on to play with Elvin Bishop, as well as with musicians as different as John Lee Hooker and Peter Gabriel. But while with
Perry, they pumped out that Sound demanded by The Boss, a driving, thumping, good-time blend of American Roots music. Dancers would be sweatin’ and rockin’, Drinkers would be drinkin’, and the energy would build to a crescendo, often culminating with Perry walking the bar, wailin’ on that harmonica and belting out “Got My Mojo Workin’”, while drop-kicking shot glasses off the bar.
The band was no less colorful, including, at different times, characters like “Fly” Brooks, Johnny “V”, “Cheetah”, Johnny “Ace”…. Bishop would come in to jam almost every night when he got off the road, along with bluesmen like Tucker, or Nick Gravenites. The joint would get to jumpin’ and every once in awhile, somebody’d get out of control. Jack and/or Joey would “escort” them, rolled up into a ball, out into Grant Street,. The saloon doors would slam open and Perry would yell, “And there goes another satisfied customer”!
The cast of regulars included “Millie the Flower Lady”, “Ernie, The Dancin’ Fool From the Fairmont”, “Red”, a young man dressed in overalls with no shirt or shoes, who had a Gibson guitar with no case strapped on his back, and would sit in and play like BB King (he later morphed into “Johnny Nitro”, performing successfully at the Saloon for decades.), beat poet Bob Kaufman…. Pimps and Preachers mingling with Streetwalkers and Celebrities…What a scene! They don’t make ‘em like that anymore.
Almost unbelievably, Perry is still doing that thing he does so well, and it must have been fate that, through a convoluted series of circumstances, he was reunited with some of his old bandmates Phil Aaberg and Steve Ehrmann, and a few new Characters – and exceptional musicians. Some of us feel that he’s never sounded better. The result is this CD, just honest music, heartfelt and soulful, without the electronic and contrived gimmicks present in so much of what passes for music today. These tracks were recorded live with no cheating ( no perfection here, just like life), and a few solos and vocals were added later.
The spirit of Wumper’s Old Man and North Beach lives on in this music and in Perry and the Pumpers…

Movin' At Midnight

понедельник, 9 июля 2018 г.

Leon Kittrell - Tore Up From The Floor Up

Bitrate: VBR
Year: 2008
Time: 44:06
Size: 80,3 MB
Label: R Double D
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Tore Up From The Floor Up - 5:57
 2. DNA - 4:15
 3. Down So Long - 3:49
 4. Down Low ( Re- Mix ) - 3:20
 5. Maybell's Place - 4:28
 6. Country Road - 3:16
 7. Please Tell Me Something - 4:26
 8. One Foot in the Blues - 3:57
 9. Turn Back - 3:11
10. Thompson Blues - 4:07
11. So Wrong - 3:17

Leon G. Kittrell II, started playing drums very early on, at the age of two. His father’s influence along with the influence of many other drummers whom he admires informed his playing and allowed him to perform in diverse musical settings across many genres. His career was launched with his first major gig in the Hip Hop world and he has also performed with artists such as Bo Diddley, TLC, Jidenna, Janelle Monae, Monica, Wondaland, Mac Miller, 2Chainz, Norman Brown, Travis Porter, Syleena Johnson, Roman GianArthur, Lyric Jones, Kontraband and Too Short. After being given the nickname "Kwikstiks" by Bo Diddley, this talented self- taught drummer has been busy in sessions and actively touring for the past 7 years.

Tore Up From The Floor Up

Frank Robinson & Guitar Curtis - Deep East Texas Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1996
Time: 65:27
Size: 150,3 MB
Label: Black Magic
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Walking With Frankie - 4:02
 2. Katie Mae Blues - 4:42
 3. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean take 1 - 3:08
 4. Mean Old Twister - 4:19
 5. Going To Navasota - 5:03
 6. My Thang - 4:30
 7. Crockett Blues - 4:18
 8. Lucy Mae Blues - 3:08
 9. Santa fe - 3:07
10. Rolling Stone - 2:42
11. Navasota Part 1 - 4:15
12. Curtis Shuffle - 2:55
13. Navasota Part 2 - 4:07
14. Santa Claus - 5:18
15. Penitentiary Blues - 3:10
16. Tom Moore Blues - 3:10
17. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean - take 2 - 3:22

"Deep East Texas Blues" features two top-flight, little-known Texans. Colter, it seems, preferred being heard in a juke joint, while Robinson would rather have his amp set up on his front porch. That does not mean that "Deep East Texas Blues" is badly recorded, on the contrary, it is very well done. Most importantly, the fun never breaks down. The guitars, drums and harmonicas all contribute to a satisfyingly gritty feeling, while the saxophone of Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff is somewhat sophisticated. The guitar interplay (within the album, as a whole) of Frank Robinson and Curtis Colter has a great dose of Texas soul that provides the base of the recording. East Texas is special ... with rich, tradition-soaked black music.

Deep East Texas Blues

Jewel Stone Prophets - Hookers Pt Rd

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2013
Time: 31:59
Size: 73,3 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Drivin From The Backseat - 4:31
 2. River Bottom Mud - 4:15
 3. Pockets Burnin - 5:14
 4. Takin It Out - 4:37
 5. Just Come Home - 3:20
 6. Stitches - 5:52
 7. Sugarcane - 4:07

Jewel Stone Prophets is a collaboration by long lost cousins Gary Hooker and Howlin Buzz. Separated for over 30 years, the South Florida natives have united to record their debut EP. Hooker is a Nashville guitarist and currently a longstanding member of the Drama KIngs, Brad Paisleys band. Buzz is active in the Tampa blues scene,singing and playing harmonica.
The idea to do a project started not long after Hooker heard a live CD that Buzz had recorded. Impressed with his cousins authentic blues delivery, he was inspired to start writing with co-writer James Stevenson " swampy, southern, gritty" material that he wanted to record featuring Buzz. Sessions started in Nashville shortly thereafter.
Eventually it evolved into calling the project Jewel Stone Prophets in honor of Buzz and Hookers grandmother, whose maiden name was Jewel Stone.

Hookers Pt Rd 

пятница, 6 июля 2018 г.

Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat - Tijuana Bible

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2007
Time: 71:48
Size: 164,8 MB
Label: Underworld Records
Styles: Blues Rock/Modern Electric Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Tijuana Bible - 4:11
 2. Devil in Me - 3:31
 3. Drunken Hearted Boy - 4:42
 4. Up to My Neck in You - 4:53
 5. Long Hot Summer - 5:24
 6. Black Sky - 5:10
 7. Deep Water Lullaby - 6:08
 8. Years of Tears - 5:14
 9. Po' Lightnin - 4:10
10. Border Rock - 3:30
11. Mexicali Run - 4:03
12. Sunday Drunk - 3:45
13. Chaos in Tejas - 3:56
14. Juice - 4:07
15. I Could've Had Religion - 5:22
16. Cold Light of Day - 3:36

Longtime fans of Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat have come to expect the finest in flamethrower-style Texas rockin' blues and to plug Tijuana Bible into your CD player is sort of like having Billy Gibbons, Freddie King, Johnny Winter and T-Bone Walker show up to paint your house. The house won't get painted in fact, it'll probably be destroyed in the subsequent party but you're gonna have a damned good time while it happens. Tijuana Bible contains 13 new Suhler originals - witty, literate, groove-basted barroom classics along with finely interpreted material by such Jim Suhler heroes as Rory Gallagher, Elvin Bishop and AC/DC. Not only does Bishop guest star on the album, so do guitar master Joe Bonamassa and vocalist Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie fame. Suhler has a fireworks approach to lead, rhythm and slide guitar. It's the sort of attitude and approach that has always sparked his fine live and studio work with Monkey Beat as well as with George Thorogood and the Destroyers, for whom he's played lead guitar since 1999.
For over 17 years, Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat have been churning out rousing border-rock music, and it shows in the aged and perfected sound on their new CD, Tijuana Bible. The hard driving music is awash with first-rate musicianship and southern melody. But other than a chronic belief in hard driving blues-rock, there's really nothing remotely religious in the title of the new album from Suhler, who is also a member of George Thorogood and the Destroyers; Tijuana Bible is the phrase used for X-rated comic books that circulated throughout the United States during the Great Depression and into the '60s in the heyday of media censorship, in kind of an underground manner. The content on the CD cover, though colorful and superior in quality to the real thing, pokes fun at the sexual humor that was found in the shoddy little publications.
The opening riff in Tijuana Bible, the first track on the CD, carries enough weight of its own to put smiles on the faces of Tex-Mex rock lovers everywhere, those with a taste for the hot 'n nasty. The song's heavy blues atmosphere is coerced along in a lethargically funky ZZ Top manner. Suhler's delightfully malicious chicken pickin' and rhythmic groove is as addictive as tequila and sangria on a warm summer night. And that's just the salt flanking the margarita glass. The second song, Devil In Me, yields a potent slide guitar within a devilishly driving rhythm, putting the monkey into Monkey Beat for sure.
Joe Bonamassa is special guest guitarist in Deep Water Lullaby, an interesting accolade to Jimi Hendrix in which both Joe and Jim strut their stuff side by side. Jimmy Hall of Wet Willy sings backup in Po' Lightnin. Though Black Sky takes it to another place, the vigorously electrifying arrangement is too hyper to stick around anywhere for too long. It's an excursion of sorts, vivid in melody and instrumental diversity. Border Rock goes off in a rockabilly tangent, and Mexicali Run brings it back into Tejas mode again, a la ZZ. Of course, Chaos In Tejas maintains that approach in a deep, dirty, and funky way. Juice is an intense acoustic blues.
While the 13 original tracks on Tijuana Bible are sufficient enough to make it a superb CD, the three added covers are nice complements. Elvin Bishop's Drunken Hearted Boy is an excellent choice, especially with Bishop there to play slide guitar throughout the relaxed slow blues track (not that Suhler needs any help in that category). Though you keep waiting to hear the wild vocal angst of either Bon Scott or Brian Johnson rise up over the guitar fire in Up To My Neck In You, Suhler does a fine job on his own in the AC/DC cover, and his blistering guitar solo is turbo charged and cranked. Rory Gallagher's I Could've Had Religion is another good choice, as its energetic atmosphere and vocal angst are enough to please even the late Irish blues rocker. And again, Suhler's slide guitar technique is brilliant.
Tijuana Bible is an all inclusive collection of stimulating border rock and blues songs from Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat, which is Suhler on guitar and vocals, Carlton Powell on bass, Shawn Phares on keyboards, and Jimmy Morgan on drums. Though all are standout musicians, Jim Suhler's guitar playing is amazing. His songwriting and vocal abilities are top notch as well. And as the cover states, the contents are 16 lurid chapters from Suhler's Tijuana Bible. It's a quality CD that should not be ignored by music fans who like a straight shot of Tex-Mex rock with a strong twist of blues. --Brian D. Holland, Modern Guitars, March, 2009

Tijuana Bible

Vivian Campbell - Two Sides Of If

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2005
Time: 48:46
Size: 112,3 MB
Label: Sanctuary Records
Styles: Electric Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Messin` With the Kid - 3:23
 2. I`m Ready - 3:10
 3. Calling Card - 4:54
 4. Come on in My Kitchen - 4:38
 5. The Hunter - 3:55
 6. Like it This Way - 4:23
 7. I Ain`t Superstitious - 4:59
 8. Spoonful - 4:39
 9. Reconsider Baby - 2:58
10. Good or Bad Times - 3:54
11. 32/20 Blues - 3:14
12. Willin` for Satisfaction - 4:32

Vivian Campbell - Vocals, Guitar
Joan Osborne - Vocals
Mark Browne - Bass
Michael Fell - Harmonica
Bruce Cornell - Guitar
Toy Hyams - Piano, Hammond B3
Billy Gibbons - Guitar
Terry Bozzie - Drums

After his tenure in several of heavy metal's most legendary groups (most notably Whitesnake and Def Leppard), Vivian Campbell steps out into the spotlight for his first solo endeavor, and the results are nothing less than impressive. Taking his first vocal bows behind the microphone is a big step for someone who usually lets his fingers do the talking, but Campbell's vocal delivery is surprisingly inoffensive, especially in comparison to some axe slingers who think they have vocal cords. On this 12-song session of gritty, no-frills blues-rock, Campbell pays homage to blues gods like Willie Dixon and Robert Johnson alongside latter-day geniuses like Rory Gallagher. Fans of Campbell's shredding may be taken aback by the switch, but those with open minds and ears will be treated to a pleasant surprise.

Two Sides Of If

Hugo Race & Michelangelo Russo - John Lee Hooker's World Today

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2017
Time: 47:40
Size: 109,3 MB
Label: Glitterhouse Records
Styles: Modern Blues/Psychedelic/Indie Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Hobo Blues - 9:50
 2. Love Blues - 3:06
 3. Serves You Right To Suffer - 6:11
 4. Decoration Day - 5:46
 5. The World Today - 3:48
 6. The Motor City's Burning - 6:54
 7. Country Boy - 6:03
 8. My First Wife Left Me - 5:58

An important and prolific figure on Australia's post-punk scene, Hugo Race has enjoyed a busy solo career while also working with some of the best-known and most respected names in the Antipodes. Hugo Justin Race was born in Melbourne, Australia on May 23, 1963. Hugo's first musical influences came from his family; his mother played piano, and his father was an avid music buff who favored classical music and musical theater. As the first wave of punk and new wave swept through Australia, Race was swept up, and he formed his first band in 1978, playing guitar and singing lead with the group Dum Dum Fit. In 1980, Race joined the regionally popular new wave-noise combo Plays with Marionettes, but he left the group in 1983 to join a new project from the lead singer of the Birthday Party. Originally known as Nick Cave: Man or Myth, the group was soon renamed Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and Race played on two of their albums, 1984's From Her to Eternity and 1986's Kicking Against the Pricks.
In 1987, Race parted ways with Cave to form the Wreckery, a blues-influenced band featuring fellow Plays with Marionettes alumnus Edward Clayton-Jones. The Wreckery released three albums in their short history, 1987's Yeh My People and Here at Pains Insistence and 1988's Laying Down Law, before they split and Race stepped forward with his own band, Hugo Race & the True Spirit. Describing their music as "Trance Industrial Blues," Race & the True Spirit would release 13 albums between 1988 and 2015, making it Race's most prolific ensemble, though he also found time for other projects. Sepiatone was a collaboration between Race and Italian musician Marta Collica that resulted in three albums, beginning with 2001's In Sepiatone. In 2001, Race teamed with the Italian ambient group Sacri Cuori to create Hugo Race & Fatalists, who released their first album, We Never Had Control, in 2011. With Chris Eckman of the Walkabouts, Race formed Dirtmusic, who issued four albums been 2007 and 2013. And in 2014, Race presented the live premiere of Long Distance Operators, a project featuring Belgian artist Catherine Graindorge; the duo released their self-titled debut album in early 2017. ~ Mark Deming

John Lee Hooker's World Today

Sean Chambers - Humble Spirits

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2004
Time: 41:17
Size: 94,6 MB
Label: Vestige
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Time Passes - 4:19
 2. Rock Me Baby - 4:29
 3. Tom Cat - 4:36
 4. Loneliness - 4:15
 5. Return to Groove - 2:45
 6. Livin' Together [Ain't Always Easy] - 4:26
 7. I Still Love You - 3:52
 8. I'm Ready Now - 3:36
 9. Love Can Find A Way - 4:38
10. Humble Spirits - 4:17

This is Sean Chambers' 2nd release, and features special guests Bernard Allison on 3 songs, The Toler Brothers and more!. Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Sean Chambers counts Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan among his primary guitar influences, and their type of guitar stylings can be heard in his recordings and at his live shows. Raised on the Gulf coast of Florida, like so many others enamored with blues and blues-rock who played guitar, the younger Sean Chambers also lent his teenaged ears to recordings by Johnny Winter, Freddie King, B.B. King and Albert King, as well as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and ZZ Top.
Chambers released his debut album, Strong Temptation in 1998, after 15 years of playing out in clubs and refining his vocal and guitar talents. After finishing up college, Chambers caught a break in Memphis in 1998 when he was asked to play with former Howlin' Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin at a Memphis blues festival. He subsequently toured with the veteran guitarist -- who recovered from cancer to get back on the road -- for the next four years. Chambers has shared stages and sat in with many of his blues and blues-rock heroes, including Derek Trucks, Gregg Allman, Kim Simmons, Tab Benoit, Jeff Healey, Leslie West, Rick Derringer, Pat Travers, Kim Wilson, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Walter Trout, Big Bill Morganfield, Koko Taylor, Ike Turner, and Robert Cray, among dozens of others who frequent the Tampa area club scene. Chambers tours mostly in Florida with the occasional foray north or to the Midwest or to Great Britain. His discography includes just two albums, but a third is in the works. They include Strong Temptation for Vestige Records and 2005's Humble Spirits for Rockview Records. In 2001, Great Britain's Guitarist magazine named Chambers one of the Fifty Greatest Guitarists of all time. ~ Richard Skelly

Humble Spirits

Sean Chambers - Ten Til Midnight

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2009
Time: 40:59
Size: 93,9 MB
Label: Blue Heat
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Ten Til Midnight - 3:35
 2. Blues and Rock 'N' Roll - 4:12
 3. All the King's Horses - 4:46
 4. You're Gonna Miss Me - 3:56
 5. In the Winter Time - 6:06
 6. Too Much Blues - 3:37
 7. Make It Go - 3:19
 8. Brown Sugar - 4:00
 9. When I Get Lonely - 3:13
10. I Don't Know Why - 4:09

Sean Chambers - Guitar, Vocals;
Tim Blair - Bass;
Ben Crider - Hammond B3;
Gary Keith - Harmonica;
Jack Henriquez - Piano;
Paul Broderick - Drums;
Robin Bouie - Backup Vocals;
Clarence L. Stevenson - Backup Vocals.

Sean Chambers - Ten Til Midnight was produced by Sean Chambers and released on Blue Heat Records an independent record label. Introduced to the guitar at 10 years old, Sean Chambers found his calling and the blues along with Rock n' Roll became his life. Feeling his music was his approach as he shunned music lessons and was self-taught taking his lead from the sounds of the Jimi Hendrix catalogue. His talent showed through quickly and by 19 he was opening for the likes of B. B. King, Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Johnny Winter.
Ten Til Midnight is Sean's third release (Strong Temptation (1998), Humble Spirits (2005)), but he wanted this to diverge from his other music, he was looking to depict the feeling of a live session with the band playing as if they were at a gig. From the opening riff he succeeded in projecting a live free flowing sound. Sean wrote 7 of the 10 tracks allowing for only 3 band favorite covers to be included (Brown Sugar, All The Kings Horses, and You're Gonna Miss Me).
The release opens with the title track Ten Til Midnight that blazes from the opening riff and only cools down to pass the sound to the next track. Sean's guitar work, praised as being one of the top 50 Blues guitarists of all time, is not about energy, though he has enough of that, or about speed, it is about rendering a sound that engages the listener and complements the band members and his vocals, which are raw and evocative of the music.
The track Blues and Rock ‘n' Roll is driven by a combination of Sean's guitar and vocals and Gary Keith's scintillating harmonica. True to the title, this is a captivating meld of blues and Rock n' Roll that pays homage to the music that bore Sean Chambers. The cover track All The Kings Horses (Luther Allison) was one of Sean's all-time favorite songs, and his rendering is as powerful and pointed as that of Luther's live gigs.
Other tracks include You're Gonna Miss Me, a fiery blues track that kicks in from the opening note; In The Winter Time is down and dirty blues with sizzling guitar work and engaging vocals "In the winter time my baby, she keeps me warm;" Make It Go, a rollicking hard-driving track that captures the musicianship of the band; the cover Brown Sugar (Bill Gibbons) feels like the band is blowing off steam as they stretch their blues and rock legs to achieve a powerful adaptation; When I Get Lonely was written while the band was on the road and was penned in a hotel room and has become a Sean Chambers standard; and the release closes with the track I Don't Know Why a number where the guitar riffs are toned down and the harmonica takes center stage to ride Sean's compelling vocals "..she left me, she left me, and I don't know why, I know she's leaving, she'll stay for good, and I will be here lonely like a good man never should."

Ten Til Midnight

Little John Chrisley - Little John Chrisley

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1995
Time: 57:46
Size: 135,4 MB
Label: Shrapnel
Styles: Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Born In Rochester - 5:27
 2. War Headed Woman - 3:18
 3. The Way It Goes - 3:49
 4. Disconnected - 8:55
 5. Big Bad Boogie - 6:53
 6. Master Plan - 5:27
 7. Don't Suffocate Me - 4:43
 8. Buried In Bills - 2:50
 9. Beer Goggles - 4:41
10. Life's Undertow - 6:39
11. Stone Cold Blue - 4:59

Little John Chrisley's self-titled debut album is filled with his burning blues-rock harmonica, which is occasionally truly inspired.

"I can't remember where I came across this artist but am glad I did. Very tight blues-rock with excellent harmonica virtuosity, and he's a great vocalist to boot. I concur with this reviewer, "He plays so fast that he is three notes ahead before your own brain can even hear, much less appreciate, the first." Wish this guy still played live since I think he lives in my general area".

"I used to see this guy in the mid-80's at the OMNI,(Oakland, best club ever.). I have been looking for this CD for a long time and glad that I have found it. Wonderful Harmonica-Guitar Blues. All tunes rock and roll, guitar is great and the harmonica is terrific. Has a style that is right between Butterfield-Popper, which ain't too bad at all. "Born In Rochester" is sounds like a tribute to Butterfield's "Born In Chicago". "Big Bad Boogie" really ROCKS. It is great to see that there are still great young blues players continuing the tradition. If you like Blues-Rock with alot of harmonica, find this and buy it.

Little John Chrisley

четверг, 5 июля 2018 г.

Michael Lee Firkins, Little John Chrisley, Jimmy O'Shea - Howling Iguanas

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1994
Time: 61:42
Size: 142,1 MB
Label: Shrapnel Records/Blues Bureau International
Styles: Blues Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Saturday Morning - 5:36
 2. Self Control - 7:26
 3. Psycho Train - 4:10
 4. Where'd Ya Go ? - 4:48
 5. When Life Has It's Way - 5:45
 6. Everybody Wants Something - 5:44
 7. Soul - 7:26
 8. Free - 3:54
 9. Throw It All Away - 4:40
10. All Behind Me - 4:52
11. When All You See Is Blue - 7:17

Michael Lee Firkins - Guitar;
Jimmy O'Shea- Bass;
Little John Chrisley- Vocals, Harmonica, Keyboards

Released on Shrapnel Records specialty imprint Blues Bureau, Howling Iguanas is a classic rock collaboration of Shrapnel veterans. Led by guitar instrumentalist Michael Lee Firkins and vocalist/harmonica player Little John Chrisley, Howling Iguanas amounts to an exercise in relentless soloing over 11 original classic rock selections. Kicking things off with three busy jams, the band gets off to a frantic, blurry beginning. Fans of Black Crowes and Blues Traveler will be impressed with Chrisley's down-home wailing and rapid-fire harp lashings, just as listeners familiar with Firkins will enjoy the continued exploration into his tremolo bar as slide guitar technique. The players would have been wise to limit themselves to one or two solos per song instead of the seemingly endless trade-offs that take away from riff-heavy cuts like "Saturday Morning" and "Psycho Train." After the initial flurries, Howling Iguanas shifts into a mellow four-track, song-centric groove reducing the solo quotient to improved musical results. Unfortunately, just as the music gets interesting, the record's woeful production starts wearing perilously thin. Any musical or songwriting prowess demonstrated by these musicians is drenched in a flood of unnecessary reverb, delay and instrument double-tracking. Stunningly uneven mixes also diminish the impressive performances. Perhaps the disc's best song, "Everybody Wants Something" is the only track in which Firkins's superb rhythm guitar playing briefly stands out. The guitarist's chordings are often buried and even his solos prove difficult to pick out from within the mushy soundscapes. Only bluesier cuts like "When All You See is Blue" -- with their slower tempo and minimal drums creating space for the multi-tracked guitars and over-used studio effects -- overcome the record's technical limitations. Howling Iguanas talented members manage to impress with their considerable musicianship, however, the record is bogged down too often by it's unworthy production.

Howling Iguanas

Turning Blue - Years And Years

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1996
Time: 55:12
Size: 127,6 MB
Label: Black Market Music
Styles: Blues/Electric Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Mid-Life Crisis - 3:55
 2. Take My Time - 4:43
 3. Pack Up Your Bags - 7:39
 4. Steppin' Out Tonight - 3:12
 5. Red Hot - 5:52
 6. Boogie Some More - 3:17
 7. Long Way There - 4:24
 8. Merrijig Road - 3:48
 9. One Moment Please - 1:42
10. Years And Years - 2:46
11. You Make Me Feel - 3:35
12. Down By The River - 6:09
13. Time To Go Home - 4:03

This album is also a little-known Australian team. Until I met a man whom this disc would leave indifferent, regardless of whether the fan is blues or not. There is one or two more albums in nature. The bandlider is engaged in the implementation of CD.

Years And Years

Joe Colombo - Borderlive

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2011
Time: 52:14
Size: 119,9 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Intro - 0:12
 2. Upside Down Blues - 7:11
 3. Just Got Paid - 6:25
 4. By My Side - 8:54
 5. Kalamata Bass Blues - 1:48
 6. Third Stone From the Sun - 2:16
 7. Albiz Drums Solo - 6:09
 8. It Hurts Me Too - 3:39
 9. Playin' the Blues - 9:02
10. Cold Night - 6:32

Franco Campanella - Vocals;
Joe Colombo - Slide Guitar, Dobro;
Gian-Andrea Costa - Bass;
Rocco Lombardi - Drums.

Doch hat Joe es sich nicht nehmen lassen live gleich ganz neue Songs zu bieten. Von seinem ersten Album "Deltachrome" (wie die Band, erschienen am 19.12.09) sind folgende drei Songs mit auf dem Live-Album: "By My Side", "Upside Down Blues" und "Cold Night".  Die restlichen 7 Songs sind neu und absolut hörenswert, einfach genial dieser Sound, man könnte sagen brachial die Stimme von Franco Campanella und die Musik von Joe Colombo, Rocco Lombardi und Gian-Andrea Costa, zusammen im positiven Sinne.
Das Live-Album ist sein Geld auf jeden Fall wert, ein "Schatz" unter den Blues Rock Alben! Was bei seinem zweiten Album als schlagkräftiger Blues Rock der Superlative hiess, hat sich nicht nur bewahrheitet, sondern auch noch gesteigert. Joe Colombo und Deltachrome live zu hören ist ein Genuss für Herz und Seele, dieses Flair eingefangen auf einer Live-CD. Joes tanzende Finger auf seiner Dobro sind ein Hochgenuss anzusehen aber auch mit geschlossenen Augen die damit entlockten Töne zu hören eine Freude. Dazu noch der Beat seiner Band Deltachrome und die Musik, die sich Blues Rock nennt ist einfach perfekt. Reine, schnelle, mutige, kraftvolle Tongebung und die raue Stimme von Franco Campanella, überaus passend zu all ihren Kompositionen werden Eins mit dem ersten Takt und verblüffen die Zuhörer mit gekonntem Zusammenspiel und Teamwork dieser vier Vollblutmusiker aus dem Tessin. "Borderline" bringt zweifelsohne die Atmosphäre des Live Konzertes in die Wohnung eines jeden Bluesliebhabers, dem es nicht möglich war vor Ort am Gig zu sein. Joe Colombo ist meisterlich auf seiner Dobro und bringt sie zum Klingen wie wir es alle gerne hören.


среда, 4 июля 2018 г.

Jef Lee Johnson - The Zimmerman Shadow

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2009
Time: 62:33
Size: 144,7 MB
Label: HS
Styles: Blues Rock
Art: Front+Back

Tracks Listing:
 1. I Am A Lonesome Hobo -  5:33
 2. Highway 61 Revisited -  8:17
 3. As I Went Out One Morning - 11:34
 4. Knockin' On Heaven's Door -  1:35
 5. Idiot Wind -  7:56
 6. Ballad Of A Thin Man -  4:45
 7. Blind Willie McTell -  5:10
 8. One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below) -  4:09
 9. Knockin' On Heaven's Door -  2:47
10. From A Buick 6 -  6:38
11. Not Out Of The Book -  0:20
12. Knockin' On Heaven's Door -  3:44

Some of the great, iconic songs in the history of recording (obviously), which Jef Lee Johnson makes utterly his own. Johnson was an extraordinary guitarist, with the entire history of the music of the African diaspora under his fingertips. Bringing, along with some of the most intense and psychedelic electric guitar playing you'll ever hear, makes all of these songs startling and new.
Love his versions of Highway 61 and Ballad of a Thin Man. Jef does some good stuff though I wouldn't mind if he did a little less of the Hendrix thing. His other albums of originals are really great. He segues into a bit of a Sonny Sharrock groove on a few of the tunes which keeps things lively.

The Zimmerman Shadow