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среда, 20 февраля 2019 г.

Muskee - Live

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1991
Time: 63:46
Size: 146,1 MB
Label: Black ‘N’ White Music
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Goin' down - 5:01
 2. Too blind to see - 7:45
 3. Caddilac Assembly Line - 5:49
 4. Shaky Grounds - 8:11
 5. I'm in Love - 5:46
 6. Brother Booze - 5:10
 7. Help me - 7:03
 8. Hobo Blues - 9:36
 9. Voodoo Daddy - 4:39
10. Window of my eyes '91 - 4:41

CD " Live". Aka Cuby & the Blizzard, Harry Muskee Band, Muskee's Gang, and here simply as "Muskee".
In 1980, Harry started playing with pick-up bands under the name The Muskee Gang. Former C+B members Eelco Gelling, Hans Lafaille (dr, ex-Sweet d'Buster), Herman Deinum, Ruud van Dijk (s, ex-Flash & Dance Band and Farrago) and Bas Munniksma (s, ex-Human Orchestra) were all members that year as were Jan Holder (tr) and Cees v.d. Laarse (b, ex-Jan Akkerman, to Tao).
When Eelco Gelling permanently joined The Freelance Band, Harry Muskee assembled the following touring band: Hans Lafaille (dr), Lou Leeuw (b), Paul Smeenk (g, ex-Sweet d'Buster), Ruud van Dijk (s) and Jeff Reynolds (tr). The latter tragically died in a traffic accident while touring with the band and was replaced by Peter Kuyt (ex-Massada). The band released the album “The Legend” (dominated by Smeenk’s funky songs) with an accompanying TV documentary.
When in 1984 first Paul Smeenk (who left the music business) and then Hans Lafaille and Lou Leeuw quit, Harry Muskee decided to drop the horn section and get in new musicians. The Gang was joined by Gino Jansen (b, ex-Fox the Fox), Gert-Jan de Valk (d), replaced by Hannes Langkamp (also ex-Fox the Fox), and David Gardeur (kb). The shock surprise was that Eelco Gelling returned to the fold. In 1985, they added Melle-Jan Kleinsma as second guitarist. During the recordings of “Rimshots In The Dark” in the Spring of 1986, Gelling and Kleinsma were fired because of substance abuse in the studio. They then formed The Blues Connection. This was the end of the 25-year collaboration between Muskee and Gelling. Erwin Java (ex-Wild Honey and Wild Romance) was called in as a stand-in, but he has stayed with Harry Muskee to this day. In 1990, the band name was shortened to Muskee with Harry, Erwin, Gino, Hannes and Roy Kushel (kb). The CD  "Live" and "Cut de luxe" was released, from which the single “Brother Booze” got a lot of airplay.

Live

вторник, 19 февраля 2019 г.

Chicago Beau & Friends - Having a Fit Over Your Love

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1994
Time: 48:16
Size: 110,8 MB
Label: GBW
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Having a Fit Over Your Love - 4:42
 2. I Am a Black Snake - 6:55
 3. Mama's Baby Daddy's Maybe - 3:14
 4. Don't Run Me Out of Your Life - 7:15
 5. Hangover - 3:25
 6. Shake Your Boogie Woogie - 4:55
 7. Can't Send the Children to School - 6:21
 8. Dust my Room - 5:17
 9. Wine Time After Hours - 6:07

Chicago Beau war seit seinem zehnten Lebensjahr zunachst Steptanzer, der von Jimmy Payne ausgebildet wurde, und nahm bis zum 15. Lebensjahr an vielen Cabaret-Shows teil. Dann gab ihm Billy Boy Arnold Harmonika-Unterricht; seinen Kunstlernamen erhielt er von Muddy Waters. Seitdem er 17 Jahre alt war, trat er in kleinen Clubs und in Lagern sowie als Stra?enmusiker auf, nicht nur in seiner Heimatstadt, sondern auch in Neuenglandstaaten und in Kanada, um dann in Amsterdam und in Paris zu arbeiten. In Paris begegnete er Archie Shepp, der ihn mit einem weiteren Mundharmonikaspieler, seinem Vetter Julio Finn, an den Aufnahmen seines Creativ-Jazz-Klassikers Blase , des Albums Pitchin Can und eines weiteren Albums mit Philly Joe Jones und Anthony Braxton beteiligte. Kurz darauf zog ihn auch das Art Ensemble of Chicago zu Auftritten und Aufnahmen (Certain Blacks, 1970) heran. In den nachsten Jahrzehnten nahm Chicago Beau mit eigenen Bands, aber auch mit seinem Lehrer Billy Boy Arnold und mit Cal Massey, Pinetop Perkins, Fontella Bass, James Carter, Frank Zappa, Sunnyland Slim, Famoudou Don Moye sowie mit dem sudafrikanischen Amakhono We Sinto Choir auf. In den 1990er Jahren war er mit seiner eigenen Gruppe, aber auch mit dem Art Ensemble of Chicago auf Europatournee. 2013 trat er mit seiner Band in Burghausen auf (TV-Mitschnitt). Als Musikproduzent nahm er in Chicago Musiker wie Junior Wells, Valerie Wellington, Billy Branch, Willie Kent, Deitra Farr oder Tommy McCracken auf. 1988 grundete er den Verlag Literati Internazionale, der sich dem Schreiben uber Blues und Jazz sowie dem Multikulturalismus widmete und neben Buchern auch Zeitschriften veroffentlichte. Er verfasste drei Bucher. Chicago Beau erhielt den Clio Award fur seine Musik, die Anfang der 1990er Jahre in der Kabelfernseh-Kampagne der Chicago Bulls verwendet wurde.

Having a Fit Over Your Love

Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers - Cloudless Day

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 38:23
Size: 88,4 MB
Label: Dirty Red Records
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Trackjs Listing:
 1. Hot Sauce - 2:52
 2. Creepin - 3:37
 3. Touch of a Woman - 3:39
 4. The Party Don't Start 'Til I Get Here - 3:40
 5. New Day Dawning - 3:04
 6. Sweet Potato Pie - 4:06
 7. Cloudless Day - 4:07
 8. Hard Bad Habit - 2:54
 9. Pretty Boy Blues - 6:11
10. Help Me Baby - 4:09

Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers are a modern-day powerhouse blues band, built on old-school influences and a mutual love for the down-and-dirty style of blues that has come to define the band’s original sound. A tight rhythm section of drummer Forrest Worrell (formerly with Watermelon Slim & The Workers) and bassist John Stendel creates a grooving backbone. The band also features a killer rock and blues guitarist, Ike Lamb (also formerly with Watermelon Slim’s band), and the soulful vocals and harmonica of lead vocalist Eric “Dirty Red” McDaniel. In January 2018, Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers represented Oklahoma at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, and made it into the semi-finals. Touring North America and Europe in 2019, the band performs original songs and the classics. They include blues giants like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Junior Wells and Little Walter among their influences.
For more information, go to www.dirtyredandthesoulshakers.com.

Cloudless Day

пятница, 15 февраля 2019 г.

Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson - Blues in my Blood

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 46:03
Size: 105,9 MB
Label: Nola Blue Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Blues in my Blood - 3:54
 2. Memories to Forget - 4:49
 3. Keep it Simple - 3:55
 4. Michael - 4:50
 5. Diamonds on the Crown - 3:06
 6. No Expectations - 3:33
 7. Do i Move You - 3:29
 8. Slave of Tomorrow - 5:23
 9. Get Lost with Me - 4:51
10. River - 3:33
11. If i Had a Hammer - 4:36

Tiffany Ann Pollack is a product of the musical mecca known as New Orleans. At an earlier age Pollack began to write songs and sing. Her first professional gig was singing background vocals for Russell Batiste & Friends. She eventually formed her own band Beaucoup Crasseux. Her performing career fizzled and Tiffany studied mortuary science. After the birth of her third child she returned to her music career. She now sings with her own jazz band Tiffany Pollack and Co.
Eric Johanson was recognized as a soulful blues guitarist while still in high school. He’s been the lead guitarist for both Cyril Neville and Terrance Simien. In 2017 Johanson released “Burn It Down” on Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou Records. In 2018 New Orleans’ Offbeat Magazine nominated “Burn It Down” as the “Best Blues Album of 2018”. Pollack had been adopted at birth. She was reunited with her biological parents when she was twenty-five. Always having music in her soul she learned that her mother, Margaret, plays bass and sings in a jazz band. As luck would have it her aunt, Margaret’s sister, was the mother of Johanson. So Pollack and Johanson discovered they were first cousins and after years of having their mothers edge them to work together, finally united for this project. The eleven tracks feature seven originals written or co-written by Pollack and Johanson. Also contributing to four of the songs is the Grammy nominated and Emmy winning producer Jack Miele. Miele’s production credits include Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Erykah Badu, The Rebirth Brass Band, The Roots, Jill Scott, Beyonce and countless others. The album is engineered and mixed by Miele at The Music Shed Studios in New Orleans. The album is co-produced by Brentt Arcement.  Six tracks are recorded with a band including Miele, bass, additional guitar and percussion; and Arcement, drums, organ, piano and percussion. The title track includes John Gros on organ. “Memories to Forget” features Johnny Sansone on harmonica. The brass of the 504 Horns helps complete the production on “Michael” with a beautiful solo from Johanson. “River” is the Joni Mitchell classic. Vocalists Pollack and Johanson sing beautifully as their voices perfectly complement one another.  Five more songs feature a band lineup with Phil Wang replacing Miele on bass; and Gros playing both organ and piano. Included are three more specially selected covers. Nina Simone’s “Do I Move You”; Pollack singing a beautiful version of the Rolling Stones “No Expectations”; and a wonderfully re-arranged duet on “If I Had A Hammer”, originally recorded by the Weavers and popularized by Peter, Paul and Mary. Both Pollack and Johanson are seasoned veterans. They bring a roots based approach to their blues while still reflecting the rich musical heritage of New Orleans.

Blues in my Blood

Veronique Gayot - Wild Cat

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 39:46
Size: 91,7 MB
Label: Grand Cru Records
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Shake You up and Down - 3:47
 2. The Revolution - 4:18
 3. Sinner - 4:02
 4. Gasoline - 3:56
 5. Monkey See, Monkey Do - 3:50
 6. Asylum - 4:20
 7. Back to the Roots - 3:45
 8. Not Alright - 4:25
 9. Let it Go - 3:11
10. Blessing Master Time - 4:09

Musicians:
Veronique Gayot - lead vocals, backing vocals;
Timo Gross - guitars, bass, keyboards, harmonica, backing vocals;
Olav Federmann - drums, percussion.

Guests:
Christoph Schnell (drums – #9)
Markus Lauer (Hammond B3 – #2)
Marius Tilly (acoustic guitars – #10)
Rev. Percy Hairless (backing vocals – #7)
Kirsten Guthohrlein (backing vocals – #1,9)
Yannis Darcy (guitar, programming, backing vocals – #8)

Veronique Gayot, la chanteuse blues-rock francaise, est unique! C’est un concentre d’energie comme on en trouve rarement. Sa voix est unique, reconnaissable entre toutes. Son expressivite ressemble a celle d’un chat sauvage. Elle est forte et directe mais neanmoins vulnerable. Elle chante comme si une seule vie ne suffisait pas. Sa voix sauvage et indomptee peut varier entre les doux ronronnements d’un petit chat et les cris et hurlements que certains critiques comparent au chanteur du groupe Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant.
Sur scene Veronique occupe chaque recoin de l’espace et c’est la qu’elle se sent comme a la maison! Authentique et avec une profondeur reelle, elle emmene le spectateur dans un tourbillon d’emotions. Le public la suit avec enthousiasme dans ce voyage.
Veronique Gayot a quelque chose a vous dire! Ses chansons varient entre le Blues et le Rock, sans oublier des ballades, dans le style du debut des annees 70. Le tout arrange avec des sons tres modernes. Pour son nouvel album elle a travaille en etroite collaboration avec le producteur allemand Timo Gross qui, lui aussi, est une bete de scene depuis de nombreuses annees. Elle a ecrit 10 chansons qui parlent de toutes les richesses et les abimes qui font partie de la vie! Des titres comme « Sinner », « Revolution » et «Asylum » annoncent la couleur.

Veronique Gayot est une artiste vraie! Elle ne s’est jamais compromise. Bien sur une femme comme elle ne tombe pas du ciel. Elle a vecu, intensement, eleve un enfant. Elle a chante dans l’ombre du succes avec des musiciens de tous les genres. Elle n’est jamais devenue lisse et son moteur n’est pas la celebrite mais la curiosite et la quete d’un developpement authentique.
Pour completer le portrait de Veronique Gayot, il faut aussi parler de sa deuxieme passion: les Beaux Arts. On retrouve dans ses tableaux et ses sculptures la meme expression sauvage et indomptee que dans ses chansons.
Soyez curieux et venez decouvrir Veronique et son groupe sur scene a partir du mois d’avril 2018. Elle sera en tournee avec son nouvel album « Wild Cat » a partir du mois de septembre 2018.

Wild Cat

Little Freddie King - Absolutely The Best

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 60:09
Size: 138,5 MB
Label: MadeWright Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Crack Head Joe - 4:08
 2. Great Great Bamboozle - 3:47
 3. Messin' Around tha House (Little Freddie King) - 5:15
 4. Run Here Baby, Run - 4:42
 5. Chicken Dance - 4:33
 6. Bywater Crawl - 4:36
 7. Kingshead Shuffle - 5:04
 8. I Wanna See Dr. Bones - 6:19
 9. Crackho Flo - 3:47
10. Walking with Freddie - 4:51
11. Do Da Duck: Quack Quack - 5:35
12. Louisiana Train Wreck - 3:34
13. Can't Do Nothing Baby - 3:52

Absolutely The Best is nothing but a fascinating and raucous array of fun songs from the last truly unselfconscious blues moaners. The songs emphasize the wild good times and the karmic payback of surviving the rough-and-tumble life of a bluesman. Little Freddie King is a national treasure at 79 and the last of the New Orleans blues musician still playing in the U.S and abroad. Kings music preserves the country-style delta blues as tradition and embodies a major artistic shift of the twentieth century: the rural-to-urban blues migration. His cheerfulness in the face of adversity, his commitment to community after Katrina and his boundless energy onstage are reasons why New Orleans and the World loves His Royal Highness. This compilation includes tracks from his releases in this millennium including his album on Fat Possum Records.

Absolutely The Best

Jens Filser - Organic Blues Project

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 57:10
Size: 130,9 MB
Label: Valve Records
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Just Your Fool -  5:34
 2. Thank You -  3:38
 3. If You Live -  4:31
 4. It Will Be Good -  7:47
 5. Your Wave -  6:16
 6. Smokey Town -  7:53
 7. Twelve Bars -  4:44
 8. Make It Easy On Me - 10:51
 9. The River -  5:51

Der Bluesgitarren-Virtuose Jens Filser meldet sich eindrucksvoll zuruck:
Mit dem ORGANIC BLUES PROJECT und gleichnamiger CD zelebriert er facettenreich das Genre mit funky Grooves, packenden Shuffle und intimen Balladen.
Die neun Titel bestehen uberwiegend aus Eigenkompositionen und werden im druckvollen Orgeltrio-Sound prasentiert. Live im Studio eingespielt, mit den herausragenden Musikern Dirk Schaadt und Mickey Neher-Warkocz,, besticht die Produktion neben der hochinspirierten Spielfreude und dem dichten 3D-Sound durch das authentische, kraftvolle Bluesfeeling.
Jens Filser (Voc/Git)
Dirk Schaadt (Hammond B3 Organ)
Mickey Neher- Warkocz (Voc/Drums)
Das Vorganger CD-Release “Picks & Licks“ aus 2008 erhielt den Vierteljahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik / Sparte Blues. Neben einem Auftritt auf dem Montreux Jazz Festival war Jens Filser seither lange als gefragter Sideman unterwegs, u.A. jeweils als Co-Produzent und Livemusiker fur Anne Haigis und Tommy Schneller, dessen letzte CD-Produktion kurzlich ebenfalls mit dem Vierteljahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik ausgezeichnet wurde.

Organic Blues Project

четверг, 14 февраля 2019 г.

Rich O'Reilly - Rich O'Reilly and the Revelators

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 32:27
Size: 74,6 MB
Label: ROR Records
Styles: Christian Blues/Singer Songwriter
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Leaving Boston (Have You Ever Seen Peaches) - 4:11
 2. The New Step It up and Go - 2:22
 3. Delia - 4:06
 4. The Running Blues - 3:09
 5. Rejoice in Your Trials - 3:39
 6. Poverty Blues - 4:02
 7. Take a Stand - 3:59
 8. Stagolee - 4:15
 9. Hard Time Killing Floor Blues - 2:42

Boston based singer songwriter Rich O’Reilly composes material gleaned from life experiences as a man with a Christian world view. His music combines biblical themes with a mix of styles borrowed from his musical influences over the years. True to these roots, Rich’s sound is an eclectic mix spanning the genres of Americana, roots, acoustic country, gospel blues and folk.

Rich O'Reilly and the Revelators

Jeff Vincent - Blind Dog and the Crosseyed Cats

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 39:08
Size: 89,9 MB
Label: TNT Groove International,Inc
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracls Listing:
 1. Can't Keep a Woman - 3:04
 2. Strip Poker - 3:54
 3. Too Drunk to Fish - 2:53
 4. Ships on the Sea - 5:32
 5. Can't Hold Out - 4:29
 6. Black Cats and Broken Mirrors - 5:59
 7. The Bitch Comes Out - 2:54
 8. Yellow Moon - 4:56
 9. Wish You Would - 5:23

Jeff “The Blind Dog” Vincent is a singer songwriter, harmonica player and longtime Florida resident from Pittsburgh PA. Though his musical roots stem from childhood listening to his family of fine musicians. Blind Dog did not begin playing until the age of 33. Advancing rapidly in his skills as a musician and singer he became a regular featured artist in the Pittsburgh club scene, eventually forming his own band ‘Blind Dog” for a short time. He then was asked to join “Blue Razor” a favorite Pittsburgh area group.After moving to the Tampa Bay Area in 2001 he soon joined the Walker Smith Group as a sideman & featured singer. The following years were spent playing & recording with Walker and other Bay Area musicians with two trips to the International Blues Competition with the Walker Smith Group where they earned the title of Beale Street Blues Kings in 2007. After leaving the Walker Smith Group he concentrated more on song writing, occasionally featuring in local venues and blues festivals. Encouraged by his many musician friends he completed and recorded an album of original music and arrangements, Blind Dog and The Crosseyed Cats, released in 2019 featuring many of the Bay Area’s finest artists.

Blind Dog and the Crosseyed Cats 

Bowman, Hull & The Instant Band - Inspired Bird

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 36:29
Size: 84,9 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Rhythm & Blues/Ragged Rhythm 'n' Rock 'n' Roll Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. All In The Game - 2:45
 2. Treasure Hunt - 2:29
 3. Golden Mean - 3:24
 4. Vegetarian Fingers - 2:53
 5. Possibly Everything - 2:43
 6. Inspired Bird - 5:19
 7. Elvis Gravy - 3:39
 8. A Friend Is What I've Got - 2:06
 9. Happy as a Tambourine - 3:05
10. Darts Band - 3:53
11. 1933 - 4:07

Bowman & Hull are a duo who compose and perform songs in  rhythm & blues style, With electric and acoustic guitars, vocals and a dash of harmonica Bowman & Hull deliver assured and entertaining performances. Backed by the extraordinary 'Instant Band' with James Pheasant on Ukulele Bass and Jason Allum on drums, Bowman, Hull & The Instant Band serve up a cocktail of ragged rhythm n rock n roll blues. Hailing from Nottingham, England, Bowman, Hull and The Instant Band have been playing together for a decade. Their debut album ' Dirty Shuffle' was released in winter 2014 and can be purchased at gigs, however the band often present free copies to audience members who get up and dance.
Band members: Jade Bowman, Chris Hull, James Pheasant and Jason Allum/

Hailing from Nottingham England, Jade Bowman & Chris Hull have played music together for 12 years. Sharing a passion for guitar playing, they have developed a repertoire of material broad in stylistic influence displaying a deep in understanding of a range of rhythm & blues, finger picking guitar styles. Backed by the extraordinary ‘Instant Band’ with James Pheasant on Ukulele Bass and Jason Allum on drums, Bowman, Hull & The Instant Band deliver stunning performances and display excellent musicianship. Jade Bowman plays a Gibson 335 improvising sublime solos with subtlety & flair. Chris Hull sings with a rich warm tone and plays acoustic guitar, resonator and electric guitar. With a repertoire consisting of pieces by rhythm & blues artists Muddy Waters, Son House & Robert Johnson, combined with original compositions both songs & instrumental pieces Bowman & Hull performances are as diverse as they are dynamic. Jade & Chris began playing as a duo in bars and venues around Nottingham as Bowman & Hull in 2009. The combination of Chris’s vocal, harmonica & guitar playing coupled with Jades stinging lead playing and solos soon enabled them to quickly build a reputation for delivering quality performances.

Inspired Bird

вторник, 12 февраля 2019 г.

Eric Farran&The Ramblers - Suicide Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 55:27
Size: 127,1 MB
Label: Miss Bean Musique
Styles: Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Late Night Sex Chat - 4:41
 2. Rolling Stoned - 3:14
 3. Suicide Blues - 3:51
 4. Sasabrina - 6:16
 5. She's out of My Life - 3:38
 6. This Bottle is a Woman - 6:48
 7. All That Remains - 4:23
 8. Everybody's Busy Doing Nothing - 3:49
 9. Mauvais caractere - 3:47
10. Rolling By - 4:35
11. Send Your Heart by Mail - 6:34
12. Sasabrina (Radio Edit) - 3:45

Sexy exciting fiery emotional blues rock'n'roll, a ballad and a folk songs.
Montreal four piece band, drums, bass, guitars and me - Eric Farran - on vocals harmonicas and crowd animation and lap dances.
Been playing live for over 16 years in Festivals of all kinds, our biggest career moment being ThE Montreal International Jazz Festival, our gig was a memorable Sunday June 29 2914 at 7pm,

Suicide Blues

понедельник, 11 февраля 2019 г.

Gurf Morlix - Impossible Blue

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 44:43
Size: 102,8 MB
Label: Rootball Records
Styles: Blues/Folk/Singer-Songwriter
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Turpentine - 5:45
 2. 2 Hearts Beating in Time - 3:35
 3. My Heart Keeps Poundin' - 3:57
 4. I'm a Ghost - 5:49
 5. Sliver of Light - 4:35
 6. Bottom of the Musquash River - 5:09
 7. Spinnin' Planet Blues - 6:13
 8. I Saw You - 4:52
 9. Backbeat of the Dispossessed - 4:44

There’s a dark intimacy to Gurf  Morlix’s albums. They can be so spooky and real that you’d swear he’s in the same room with you. It’s inevitably a haunting experience. Yet, having survived a scary heart attack a few years ago, his take on mortality with this, his tenth solo recording, offers more slivers of light (there’s even a song with that name here). The blues can provide healing power which sustains him throughout. And, more than ever Morlix takes a deep dive into blues, his favorite idiom, on Impossible Blue. If, by some chance, you are unfamiliar with Morlix, you have most likely heard him as the producer for Lucinda Williams, the guiding light for Ray Wylie Hubbard and folks like Slaid Cleaves and Mary Gauthier. He’s a tremendous guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who graces many albums from roots artists. He was Blaze Foley’s musical partner for years. His modest approach to songwriting can be traced to his many years as a producer and sideman but put that misplaced modesty aside.  Morlix arrived as a songwriter several years ago. It’s only now that he’s finally acknowledged it. Joined as usual by his frequent collaborator, drummer Rick Richards and fellow Austinites, the acclaimed Red Young on B3 and Jaimee Harris with beautiful female harmonies, Morlix handles the vocals and rest of the instruments for these nine original songs.  Morlix considers these nine songs to be “the best songs I’ve ever written.” Morlix’s albums are as pristinely recorded as any you’ll hear because he is a perfectionist. He brings that same level of scrutiny to his songwriting  and you be assured that you’ll understand every single word. Better yet, he’s blessed it. That hasn’t always been the case. We’re going to start with the last song. Take “Backbeat of the Dispossessed,” a haunted bittersweet eulogy to a clearly departed friend, in this case his dear friend from his native Buffalo, drummer Michael Bannister. Morlix sings “I always knew I would see you again” – until he learned of Bannister’s unfortunate suicide. On previous albums he’s memorialized Foley in a similar way. Perhaps combined with his own near brush with death, these thoughts give him a greater strength. Speaking of the heart attack, he says, “I think the main thing I took away from all that is that I realize that every day is a bonus day. I’m living on bonus time now, and I’m just very aware of that, every day. Basically, I’m just in love with life more than ever now. Because here it is, and I might not have been here, but…here I am.”  These thoughts are put to lyrics in “My Heart Keeps Pounding” – “My head is throbbin’/My world keeps wobblin’/All the alarms are soundin’/Bu my heart keeps poundin’”. The optimism of “Sliver of Light,” about driving to his next gig, is quickly offset by his trademark darkness in “I’m a Ghost” and two songs later, a man mourning for a drowned lover at the “Bottom of the Musquatch River.” It’s all deep blues, none more so than the jealous heartbreak recounted in “I Saw You.” He even does as most bluesmen would do, fire up a lengthy guitar solo in “Spinnin’ Planet Blues,” one of only three songs where the iconic Red Young accompanies on B3, clearly pushing Morlix. Morlix is one adult dose. His brutal honesty and raw approach may not be universally appealing but he’s undeniably a force. This could well be his best album, but it won’t be his last. . As he sings in 2 Hearts Beatin’ in Time” – “There’s a bit more I want to do/I left unfinished a thing or two”  Since Morlix is making the most of “Bonus time” we can gladly look forward to more too.

Impossible Blue

Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band - Life at Captain Tom's

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2011
Time: 74:52
Size: 171,8 MB
Label: Fat Hippy Records
Styles: Blues/Electric Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Higher They Climb - 5:41
 2. Sherry Dee - 4:05
 3. Koss - 4:29
 4. Hard to Make a Living - 6:11
 5. High on You - 7:24
 6. Merchants of Soul - 6:01
 7. Hot - 2:59
 8. Slow Down - 3:24
 9. Anybody - 4:23
10. Virgil Cane - 5:21
11. When the Fire is Gone - 5:19
12. Getting Better - 4:54
13. Skinny Blue Eyed Boy - 6:08
14. Prog - 3:45
15. Broke my Heart - 4:40

Captain Tom’s is een studio in Aberdeen waar het tweede album van het Schotse viertal Gerry Jablonski and The Electric Band werd opgenomen.
Onder aanvoering van Gerry Jablonski (gitaar/zang) krijgen we 70 minuten lang energieke blues/rock voorgeschoteld zoals die werd gemaakt eind jaren 60 van de vorige eeuw. Inspiratiebronnen zijn o.a. Paul Kossoff, Clapton, Page en Peter Green.
Opzienbarend is het krachtige mondharmonica spel van Peter Narojczyk, een groot talent die met fantastische solo’s tegenwicht geeft aan de gitaar van Jablonski.
De optredens van de band krijgen goede kritieken, hoog tijd dat Jablonski en co. eens op het vaste land van Europa zijn te zien.

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