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понедельник, 25 марта 2019 г.

Knock-Out Greg and the Jukes - It's a Good Thing

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2018
Time: 32:21
Size: 75,1 MB
Label: Magic
Styles: Blues
Art: Front + Back

Tracks Listing:
 1. The Spells on You - 2:43
 2. Backstabbin - 2:48
 3. I Am who I Am - 3:22
 4. Country Boy at Heart - 3:04
 5. It s a Good Thing - 2:56
 6. She s In Love With My Pocketbook - 4:13
 7. Get on Over - 2:32
 8. Your or My Way - 3:42
 9. It s Gonna Get Better - 3:21
10. My New Me - 3:36

Musicians:
Greger Andersson - Harp & Vocals
Gunnar Lidstrom - Guitar & Percussion
Bjorn Viitanen - Guitar & Percussion
Marcus Andersson - Drums
Clarisse Lidstrom - BG Vocals
Linn Segolson - BG Vocals

Oh, it's been way too long since Knock-Out Greg has released a CD. Now he has and it comes on like gangbusters! After 16 years, the long expected 2018 full length CD release by Knock-Out Greg and The Jukes is here. Featuring incredibly tough and low down blues sounds from Sweden, strong but poised vocals, gut bucket instrumentation and songs that make you shiver and shake. Give them your ear - you will like it. "It's A Good Thing" upholds Greg's penchant for setting the gold-bar standard in world class blues..." -Jeff Fleenor.

It's a Good Thing 

Tony Eltora - Virginia

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 44:57
Size: 103,4 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Virginia - 3:09
 2. A Woman Like You - 4:10
 3. Searching for a Miracle - 3:14
 4. Find Yourself - 4:20
 5. Lay Down with You - 5:46
 6. Go - 4:53
 7. You Gotta Go Away (If You Want to Come Back) - 3:53
 8. Whatcha Need - 4:25
 9. Love, Loss and Harmony - 3:40
10. Come See Me - 3:04
11. Insecure America - 4:20

Imagine Paul Simon hanging out with John Scofield playing Muddy Waters songs, this is what Tony Eltora's music sounds like.
Tony Eltora was born in Jessup Pennsylvania to a rather normal middle class Italian/Polish family before eventually moving to a suburb outside of Richmond, VA at the age of 10. As a young boy Eltora was what he would like to call a “creative introvert” spending most of his time with his head in the clouds. Shortly after moving to VA, a friend from the neighborhood was starting a band and needed a guitarist, so Tony persuaded his mother to go down to the local music/jewelry/Christian nicknack/I’ll sell anything to make a dollar store and buy him a guitar. From that point on, the guitar never left his side. Music was the perfect vehicle for Eltora to express himself creatively and emotionally. Influenced by blues, rock and jazz music, Tony began writing and performing with local bands at clubs and festivals in the Richmond area. Known for his raw soulful playing and smooth guitar tone, Tony slowly began turning heads as people started to take notice of his talents. Wanting to further his knowledge of music, Tony left the small town life and moved to the city where he began going to school for music. While living in Richmond, he started to fall prey to city lifestyles that you find in dark alley’s and began a downward spiral that landed him broke, dropping out of school and disenfranchised with playing music. Watching friends and family struggle with addiction and alcoholism and slowly becoming a statistic himself, he found himself virtually homeless. Later that year a chance opportunity to go to Africa came from a friend and Eltora decided to go. His life would suddenly take a drastic turn and Tony would make a move to Hickory, NC in 2001. While in NC, Eltora began working as a counselor with troubled youth and rediscovering the joy’s of writing and playing music again. He would once again start playing and touring with a few local and regional bands and start teaching private music lessons at a local music store. Because of his love of teaching kids and believing in the therapeutic power of music, Tony helped found the Hickory Music Factory in 2012, a non profit organization in Hickory, NC with the mission to build futures through music by teaching, performance and community outreach.

Virginia

среда, 20 марта 2019 г.

Luther Johnson & The Magic Rockers - Slammin' On The West Side

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1996
Time: 65:16
Size: 150,0 MB
Label: Telarc
Styles: Modern Chicago Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. A Pretty Girl - 3:16
 2. She's Lookin' Good - 3:58
 3. Hey Little Girl - 5:03
 4. I Ain't Doin' Too Bad - 4:59
 5. It's Good To Me - 3:31
 6. Sittin' On The Back Seat Of A Greyhound Bus - 6:29
 7. Every Woman Needs To Be Loved - 4:03
 8. Stranded - 3:21
 9. Early In The Morning Blues - 5:03
10. Another Man - 2:22
11. Hard Times - 4:34
12. The Woman I Love - 3:49
13. Get Up And Go - 2:06
14. Why Am I Treated So Bad - 2:57
15. Waiting At The Station - 5:47
16. Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On - 3:51

Lousy album title, great album. Johnson hasn't been based out of Chicago in years, but that sound remains at the heart of his approach -- even when he's recording in Louisiana with a funky New Orleans rhythm section (bassist George Porter, Jr. and drummer Herman Ernest). Jump blues in the form of Buddy Johnson's "A Pretty Girl (A Cadillac and Some Money)," the Magic Sam tribute "Hard Times (Have Surely Come)," the solo acoustic "Get Up and Go," a soul-slanted "Every Woman Needs to Be Loved" -- Johnson smokes 'em all.

Slammin' On The West Side

Blues Boy Willie - Juke Joint Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1995
Time: 42:14
Size: 97,0 MB
Label: Ichiban Records
Styles: Blues/Funk / Soul
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Juke Joint Bluess - 4:42
 2. One Step From Poverty - 5:33
 3. I Should Have Listened - 3:49
 4. Crazy Life - 3:29
 5. I've Seen Blues Like I've Never Seen Before - 4:22
 6. Whose Clothes Is These? - 4:35
 7. Marry Myself - 5:27
 8. Fat Cat Faye - 5:38
 9. A Sudden Change - 4:35

Final Ichiban album is one of his better efforts with more soulful blues and urban humor. The rockin' "Juke Joint Blues" is one of his best cuts- with pounding drums, rolling bar room piano and weaving blues guitar. "Crazy Life" is another upbeat blues shuffle with a sharp guitar solo from Lamont B. Bad. The comic comes out again on the iffy "Marry Myself" where he announces he might as well marry himself because he "can do the same thing a little girl can do...well, almost the same thing.". Interestingly a woman, guest writer Cathy Green, contributes the nasty ditty called "Fat Cat Faye". Even Leroy shows up here. Be warned it ain't pretty!

Juke Joint Blues

Arthur Adams - Soul Of The Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2004
Time: 43:01
Size: 99,9 MB
Label: PM Media
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Twenty Years Gone - 3:45
 2. Good Night In The City - 4:42
 3. Soul Of The Blues - 3:52
 4. Gonna Catch You Tonight - 3:29
 5. Lovin' You Big Time - 3:30
 6. If I Did Not Have You - 5:00
 7. Thank You Pretty Baby - 4:29
 8. You Help My Soul - 3:10
 9. Thumbs Up - 3:12
10. Look For Me - 3:44
11. I Like The Party Life - 4:04

Arthur Adams (born December 25, 1943) is an American blues guitarist from Medon, Tennessee. Inspired by B.B. King and other 1950s artists, he played gospel music before attending college. He moved to Los Angeles, and during the 1960s and 1970s he released solo albums and worked as a session musician. In 1985 he was tapped to tour on bass guitar with Nina Simone  and he staged a comeback in the 1990s when he released Back on Track, and became a respected Chicago blues player and bandleader in B.B. King's clubs.
A prolific songwriter with a blues style that incorporated a variety of genres, and a vocalist with a funky, soul-driven sound, Adams is known for his collaboration with many of blues' elite and continues to perform to date.

Soul Of The Blues

Various Artists - The Most Essential Blues Rock

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2013
Time: 149:10
Size: 352,0 MB
Label: X5 Music Group
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Coco Montoya - Ain't No Brakeman - 3:41
 2. Michael Burks - Hard Love - 3:24
 3. Sonny Landreth - Taylor's Rock - 3:57
 4. Johnny Winter - Lights Out - 2:34
 5. Tab Benoit - Raided That Joint - 5:48
 6. Luther Allison - Will It Ever Change? - 5:09
 7. Lee Rocker - Lost Highway - 2:37
 8. Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater - A Good Leavin' Alone - 4:12
 9. Bob Margolin - Up & In - 2:57
10. Smokin' Joe Kubek - Midlife Crisis, Midnight Flight (feat. Bnois King) - 3:04
11. W. C. Clark - Midnight Hour Blues - 3:25
12. The Kinsey Report - One Step Back - 4:12
13. Roomful Of Blues - Round It Down - 4:16
14. Katie Webster - Two Fisted Mama - 3:21
15. Guitar Shorty - The Sting - 3:23
16. Janiva Magness - Don't Do It - 2:55
17. Lil' Ed - Moratorium On Hate (feat. The Blues Imperials) - 3:59
18. Tinsley Ellis - Somebody - 3:44
19. Cub Koda and the HouseRockers - Take Five - 2:51
20. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats - (I Met Her On The) Blues Cruise - 4:32
21. Lucky Peterson - Dead Cat On The Line - 3:11
22. Jimmy Johnson - Missing Link - 5:59
23. Elvin Bishop - Way Down In The Valley - 3:19
24. Dave Hole - Hawaiian Boogie - 3:03
25. Little Charlie & the Nightcats - Slap Happy - 3:47
26. Charlie Musselwhite - Movin' And Groovin' - 5:46
27. John Hammond - Pretty Thing - 3:01
28. Fenton Robinson - Crazy, Crazy Lovin' - 2:08
29. The Paladins - Follow Your Heart - 3:34
30. Joe Louis Walker - Too Drunk to Drive Drunk - 3:56
31. The Mellow Fellows - Broad Daylight - 4:29
32. Tommy Castro - Make It Back To Memphis - 4:35
33. Lonnie Mack - Double Whammy aka Wham! - 3:35
34. Shemekia Copeland - Two's A Crowd - 2:49
35. Hound Dog Taylor - Wild About You, Baby - 3:39
36. Lonnie Brooks - Temporary Insanity - 3:40
37. Koko Taylor - Better Watch Your Step - 4:55
38. Lazy Lester - Alligator Shuffle - 2:45
39. The Holmes Brothers - Run Myself Out Of Town - 3:25
40. Curtis Salgado - Love Man - 3:12

Dieses Album macht einfach nur Spa?! Nahezu alle Stucke sind horenswert und vermitteln ein positives Lebensgefuhl. Aufnahmetechnisch ok.

The Most Essential Blues Rock

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady - Bear's Sonic Journals: Before We Were Them

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 70:12
Size: 160,8 MB
Label: Owsley Stanley Foundation
Styles: Rock/Psychedelic Rock/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Rock Me Baby -  8:31
 2. Turnaround - 10:29
 3. Star Track -  7:45
 4. Through The Golden Gate - 13:42
 5. Come Back Baby - 10:28
 6. Through The Grove - 11:07
 7. Inspiration in the Hall of Arrivals -  8:07

The Owsley Stanley Foundation presents its third chapter: Bear’s Sonic Journals: Before We Were Them, Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady, Veterans Memorial Building, June 28, 1969, available now on CD. This live concert recording features recently discovered and previously unreleased music from Jefferson Airplane’s fabled guitar and bass players before they became known as Hot Tuna.
This live concert recording features recently discovered and previously unreleased music from Jefferson Airplane s fabled guitar and bass players before they became known as Hot Tuna. Jorma and Jack are joined by Joey Covington on drums, and this intense, hard-driving muscle trio creates a sonic landscape to rival Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. This is essential listening for fans of Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane, with more than 70 minutes of music, including versions of the classic blues songs Rock Me Baby and Come Back Baby, as well as the familiar Airplane tune Star Track. Additionally, the set list includes 4 fully-formed, rare songs that were named by Jorma and Jack for the first time for this release — 49 years after they were played!

Bear’s Sonic Journals: Before We Were Them 

The Marauders - Get Ready

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 40:00
Size: 91,6 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Rockin` Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Lightning Never Strikes Twice - 4:42
 2. She Talks Like An Angel - 3:49
 3. Safer Ground - 5:24
 4. Get Ready - 4:22
 5. Go To Any Town - 3:42
 6. It's All Too Much - 3:34
 7. Baby Come Home With Me - 3:03
 8. Hey Mama - 4:00
 9. Chevrolet - 4:04
10. Morning Noon & Night - 3:16

Lancashire based Marauders have been together in one form or another since 1981. Continuous gigging throughout the UK at most of the country's top blues clubs and festivals, has resulted in a demand for support and guest appearances by the Marauders, from such legends as Bo Diddley, Steve Gibbons Band, Climax Blues Band, to name just a few. The Marauders have been the first act to open many a blues club including: Blackpool’s Kite Club, Fleetwood’s Blues Club, also appearing at the first Burnley and Colne festivals, the Farnham Maltings and many others. A specially recorded session for the Paul Jones BBC Radio Show ‘Blues On Two' caught the attention of many a discerning listener nationwide, leading to a flood of requests for information and recordings.

Get Ready

вторник, 19 марта 2019 г.

Dave Steffen Band - Eve Of Autumn

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2004
Time: 54:29
Size: 125,7 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles:Blues/Rockin' Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Phantom Lady - 4:50
 2. Sometimes - 4:58
 3. Eve Of Autumn - 5:16
 4. Workin' Man's Blues - 4:39
 5. Beep Beep - 4:43
 6. I'm Goin' Home - 4:59
 7. Troubled Man - 3:55
 8. Could It Be - 4:06
 9. Wayward Wind - 4:35
10. Southbound Train - 3:54
11. Long Cold Rainy Night - 5:19
12. Doin' Time - 3:10

Takes you on a musical journey that winds down a road of blues, rock, and a little jazz accented with sultry vocals and singing guitar reflecting different vibrations and emotions.
Dave Steffen has blended newly written songs with a couple of old favorites written in the past that his fans have been asking for on this outstanding CD. The "Eve of Autumn" takes you on a musical journey that winds down a road of blues, rock, and more. The songs were written from personal experiences, life and love, and dreams of a creative musical architect. Dave proves once again that he is an awesome musician. His guitar that has been with him since he was a young lad sings with the caress of his fingers. Craig Neuser, the bands bass player, has written one of the songs called "I'm Goin' Home" that rocks hard with a straight ahead beat. All three members contributed to the writing of the title song, "Eve of Autumn". If you like a little jazz you'll enjoy "Could It Be?" which has a jazzy dreamlike feel. Like the decore of autumn the "Eve of Autumn" reflects different vibrations filled with color and emotions. Dave Steffen invites you to listen to the autumn colors.
Dave had to do double duty while writing the songs for this one. Along with writing the songs for "Eve of Autumn" Dave has also written songs for his other band called the String Benders.

Eve Of Autumn

Dave Steffen Band - Give Me a Thrill

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2000
Time: 55:31
Size: 128,0 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles:Blues/Rockin' Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Hot Mover - 3:14
 2. Gotta Love for You Baby - 3:32
 3. Give Me a Thrill - 2:56
 4. Rainy Blues - 5:34
 5. Mood for You - 3:21
 6. Whisky Train - 3:55
 7. Tell Me - 6:01
 8. Boogie Fever - 2:31
 9. Satisified - 4:08
10. Do What You Gotta Do - 3:12
11. Let Love Light the Fire - 4:41
12. Froggie When a Countin' - 2:37
13. The Boose Has a Bigger Bite - 3:21
14. Ramblin' - 3:27
15. All Night Long - 2:56

Awesome Rock and Blues.This CD was recorded in San Francisco at the Hyde Street studio in the spring of 92 when the band was based in California.
It has heavier blues and rock songs with wailing guitar riffs.“Give Me A Thrill” features the incredible Bill Lordan on drums. Bill has played with many greats in the past including Jimmy Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone. He recorded several albums with Robin Trower.
Davey Pattison, with his soulful voice, makes a guest appearance on “Whisky Train”. Davey was the lead singer from Trower since 87 and they have just got done with a tour of Europe and the US in 2006. Robin Trower, along with Davey Pattison, is again on tour in the United States and soon Europe. Robin Trower himself approved of Dave’s version of his song “Whisky Train” and gave Dave permission to release it on this CD. Davey was also the lead singer of Gamma.
While Dave was on stage at New George’s in California performing “Rainy Blues” Carlos Santana came out from backstage to watch.

Give Me a Thrill

Jocelyn & Chris Arndt - The Fun in the Fight

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 40:28
Size: 92,7 MB
Label: Bridge Road Entertainment
Styles: Rock/Blues Rock/Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Witness - 3:37
 2. Kill In The Cure - 3:46
 3. Outta My Head - 3:28
 4. Sign - 3:48
 5. Don't Hang Up - 3:58
 6. Problematic - 3:15
 7. Be That As It May - 3:38
 8. Original - 3:10
 9. Things I'll Never Know - 4:39
10. The Western - 3:24
11. Weatherman - 3:37

The third studio album from sibling rockers Jocelyn & Chris Arndt.
The ties that bind any siblings vary in strength. For brother-sister alt rockers Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, those ties are made of carbon fiber. “He’s my best friend,” says Jocelyn. “Maybe that sounds a little cheesy, but it’s true. And to be able to chase this shared dream with my best friend, well, that’s everything.”
And chase it they have, with honey-badger tenacity, from their first concert in elementary school all the way to their position as nationally-known touring and recording artists today. That determined spirit is stronger than ever on The Fun in the Fight, Jocelyn & Chris’s third full-length album. The title, a line of lyrics from the stomping, unapologetic “Kill in the Cure,” is also a reference to the idea that defined Jocelyn & Chris’s experience writing this record: “Things get hard, and it’s easy to lose sight of what you’re working toward. The best way to get through it is to find enjoyment in the struggle itself. You’ve got to find the fun in the fight.” They’ve certainly had their share of struggles; over the past 5 years, they’ve balanced hundreds of shows coast to coast with an aggressive recording schedule, all while completing studies at Harvard (yep, that Harvard). For these two, their greatest source of strength is their original music, fueled by their love and admiration for the artists in their parents’ CD collection who first inspired them all those years ago.
The album opens with “Witness,” an explosive homage to the spirit of guitar-driven rock. “We owe so much to the artists who came before us,” says Jocelyn. “We’re inspired by them every day.” The album continues as an emotional whirlwind, examining themes of self-expression, anxiety, creativity, and love in all its conflicting forms. Raw feeling and compelling storytelling are the common thread. Leadoff single “Outta My Head” is an exploration of the fine line between attraction and fixation, set to an infectious guitar riff and dark, escalating orchestration. Says Jocelyn, “We’ve all got something we can’t get out of our heads. It’s up to us whether or not that becomes a motivation or a problem.” This is music for music’s sake, not beholden to algorithms or formulas.
Such a diverse record might seem overly ambitious if it weren’t for the sincerity of the Arndts’ performances. Jocelyn’s voice is a vehicle for unrestrained emotion; she whispers, she belts, she tells each story with penetrating honesty. Listen closer to her lyrics and observe a profound depth of meaning. Chris’s guitar playing is the perfect counterpart, aggressive one moment and delicate the next, building tension to work toward a satisfying resolution.
With all that said, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that Jocelyn & Chris are millennials with less than 50 years’ living experience between them. Their live performances exude an easy confidence, a skill they both attribute to years of practice. “When we were kids and we first started out, we’d play anywhere we could get permission and a power outlet.” says Chris. Jocelyn laughs in agreement. “It was this big joke when Chris finally turned 21, because we’d already been playing bar shows since we were in 7th grade.” Onstage today, Jocelyn smoulders with intensity, reaching frantically to the ceiling one moment and then folding herself onto the floor in the next. Chris exudes a less frenzied energy, delivering effortless riffs with an enigmatic cool-guy half-smile hidden behind his shoulder-length hair.
The familial resemblance is there, all right. So is a deep bond forged over years of shared experience. In conversation, they often glance at each other, fluent in sibling telepathy. A stark contrast from their fierce performance personas, offstage they’re both warm, humble, understated, and maybe just a little goofy. Ask them about music, however, and watch as both pairs of eyes take on the same razor-sharp focus. Says Chris, “We’re so, so proud of this album. We love this music, and we’re going to do our best to share it with as many people as possible.”
They’ll get their wish; the spirit behind The Fun in the Fight is undeniable. These two are analog souls in the digital age, proof that rock-driven music is definitely not dead. In fact, it just got its Harvard degree.

The Fun in the Fight

понедельник, 18 марта 2019 г.

Dr. Harp's Medicine Band - Hearts and Minds

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 41:25
Size: 95,1 MB
Label: Hatman
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Unchain My Heart - 4:47
 2. Hard to Forget - 4:12
 3. Sunny - 3:22
 4. People Get Ready - 2:45
 5. Nobody's Fault But Mine - 3:15
 6. Kiss This Troubled Mind - 4:46
 7. Mind's Made Up - 3:12
 8. Lean on Me - 3:47
 9. Complicated - 3:52
10. Back to Black - 4:18
11. Don't Want to Know - 3:02

Dr. Harp's Medicine Band:
"Music is the most powerful mind-altering substance generally available. The Blues has been the single most influential musical form across the world since the last century. It has shaped jazz, given birth to rock and roll and without it, there would have been no Presley, Beatles, Rolling Stones. Popular music would look very different. The Blues is the most powerful form of the most powerful form of mind-altering substance there is. Surely then, it should be prescribed by health services? The Blues doctors- including Dr Ross, Dr Feelgood, Dr John, Dr Clayton claim a title evoking the mystical belief in the musician as healer. The Blues is both state of mind and musical idiom- ‘a bout of depression; melancholic music of black American folk origin, often in the twelve bar sequence’.

Hearts and Minds

Shakey Jake - The Key Won't Fit

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1983
Time: 29:57
Size: 69,1 MB
Label: Murray Brothers Rec.
Styles: Blues/Chicago Blues
Art: Front+Back

Tracks Listing:
 1. Dothe Boogie with You - 3:42
 2. Cross My Heart - 2:55
 3. The Key Won't Fit - 3:11
 4. Down So Long - 3:23
 5. What You Want Me To Do - 2:30
 6. Let Me Tell You Baby - 3:10
 7. Never Leave You - 4:12
 8. Save Your Money - 3:21
 9. Easy Baby - 3:28

Musicians:
Shakey Jake - vocals;
Hollywood Fats, Jr. Watson, Lee King - guitar;
Larry Taylor, Bill Stuve - bass;
Honey Alexander - piano;
Rod Piazza - harp;
Sam King, Bill Swartz - drums.

Shakey Jake Harris (April 12, 1921 – March 2, 1990) was an American Chicago blues singer, harmonicist and songwriter. He released five albums over a period of almost 25 years. He was often musically associated with his nephew Magic Sam.
James D. Harris was born in Earle, Arkansas, and relocated with his family to Chicago, Illinois, at the age of seven. He played in several Chicago blues ensembles in the late 1940s. He also worked as a mechanic and as a professional gambler (his nickname came from a dice players' expression, "shake 'em"). His debut recording was the single "Call Me if You Need Me", backed with "Roll Your Moneymaker", released by Artistic Records in 1958, featuring Magic Sam and Syl Johnson on guitar and produced by Willie Dixon. Harris was not paid for the session, but he won $700 shooting craps with label owner Eli Toscano. In 1960, Bluesville Records teamed Harris with the jazz musicians Jack McDuff and Bill Jennings for the album Good Times. His later recording of Mouth Harp Blues returned to a more traditional blues style. Harris toured and was part of the American Folk Blues Festival tour in 1962.Throughout the 1960s Harris and Sam appeared regularly in concert together around Chicago. Harris's patronage of younger musicians helped secure Luther Allison's recording debut. Harris moved on in the late 1960s, recording with Allison in Los Angeles on Further On up the Road. He also played with other harmonica players, such as William Clarke.Harris subsequently recorded for World Pacific. He also owned a nightclub and a record label, but ill health eventually led him to return to Arkansas, where he died, at the age of 68, on March 2, 1990.

The Key Won't Fit

The Groove Orient - Generation Y

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2015
Time: 32:53
Size: 76,3 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Psychedelic Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Bad Man - 7:43
 2. Dead Dog Blues - 4:37
 3. Let's Go - 4:08
 4. Mother Mary - 4:44
 5. Generation Y - 5:39
 6. Fatima's Sensation - 5:59

The Groove Orient is a high energy five piece Rock n Roll band with heavy influences in jazz and blues.

Generation Y

Alex Zayas - Deal with the Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2016
Time: 31:29
Size: 72,3 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Contemporary Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Deal with the Blues - 5:36
 2. Come to Chicago - 4:29
 3. I Am a Good Man - 3:50
 4. Down on My Knees - 6:50
 5. You Make Me Lose My MInd - 3:42
 6. Every Body Needs Some Money - 3:29
 7. Where Do We Have to Go - 3:30

Alex started playing guitar and singing at age 7. Influenced by his brother, who opened him the doors to all kinds of music. After playing with several local outfits in Barcelona, an 18 year old Alex joined  harp bluesman Hook Herrera (Gov’t Mule, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Kid Ramos, Denny Freeman)
Hook was Alex’s first mentor and also introduced him to the start of a music career by teaching him how to understand the music, specially the blues, and opening the doors into the profesional bussiness. With Hook Alex had the chance to play in the best festivals and clubs all over Europe.
Three years later he formed his own band Alex TNT, and got a residence in “La Boite”, a prominent Barcelona music club, as well as playing in other clubs and festivals in the Barcelona area. As Alex TNT, he has released 3 albums, Walking your way (Discmedi, 2001), I feel the blues again (Mas i Mas, 2003) and Alex TNT (Gaztaluzpeko, 2009) all on which he explored different facets of the Blues exclusively.
He later joined African bassist/vocalist Steve de Swardt’s blues band, where he met a key influence in his career, string master Javier Mas (Leonard Cohen, M? del Mar Bonet, etc). He shared countless nights onstage playing together with them and St. Louis drummer Julian Vaughn (Albert King, B. B. King, Johnny Copeland) at the Jamboree Jazz club in Barcelona. During this time he toured in Canada and the US with a couple of Chicago artists and later with his own band. In November of 2006, Alex had the privilege to open for the King of Blues B. B. King at the Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. After many years on the circuit and being known as Alex TNT, he decides to ultimately shift his artistic identity to ZAYAS / Alex Zayas for the occasion of the release of his fourth album Guitarshock (Mitik, 2012), where he underwent a deep self exploration to find a new path through which to forge all of his past and present influences. Alex Zayas has also played with artists such as Larry McCray, Johnny B Gayden, Lynwood Slim, U.P. Wilson (Texas Tornado), Paul Orta, Alvin Youngblood Heart, Julian Vaughn, Javier Mas, Slam Allen, The Roadmasters, Mike Wheeler, Russell Jackson, Larry Williams, Alex Napier (Bassplayer for The Cobras), Carl Weathersby, Keith Dunn, among others.. And has perfomed all around Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, Italy, Canada and the USA, where he performs in venues like Buddy Guy’s legends (Chicago), Knuckle down saloon (Madison), The Blu room (Dubuque), The Barrel room (Fort Myers), The Funky Biscuits (Boca raton),  The House Pub (St.Charles), Saxons pub, Kenny Durham backyard, Vince Young steakhouse and Sams burger joint music hall, in Texas.
Alex tours Canada since 2005 playing in venues like: The Blues on Whyte (Edmonton), The Blues Can (Calgary), Fratter’s (Red Deer), The Drake (Canmore) and Lynnwood Station (Calgary) to name a few. In the summer of 2014 he toured Nova Scotia and played at The Calgary international Blues Festival.
In 2015 Alex had the honour to replace Walter Wolfman Washington at the Calgary Blues festival and play with The Roadmasters from New Orleans.
In 2016 also at The Calgary international Blues festival, Alex Zayas became an Honor citizen in Calgary by doing the White hat ceremony, a very old tradition in the city.
On his fourth album “Guitarshock”, he found his own and original style and it’s an electric blend of Blues, Funk and Rock.
His fifth album “Electric Ryder Vol.1 (Sun)” Alex keeps flying from The Blues to Rock, Funk and Psicodelia.
On his latest work “Deal with the Blues”, Alex go back to his Blues roots, originals Blues tunes where you can hear his earliest influences, Albert King, B.B.King, Buddy Guy, etc….

Deal with the Blues

Mick Clarke - Cut Loose, Vol. 1 (EP)

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 17:09
Size: 39,3 MB
Label: Rockfold
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Please Baby - 4:30
 2. Now I Got A Woman - 4:10
 3. Jumpin' - 4:34
 4. Loafers And Liars - 3:54

A collection of four brand new tracks recorded by Mick at Rockfold Studio 2019. "Please Baby" was originally recorded by the Mississippi Sheiks back in the 1930s, "Now I Got A Woman" is from "Now I've Got A Woman", one of Freddie King's early releases on the Federal label. "Jumpin'" was the B side of a 45 single called "Polaris" by a British group called the Boys, originally Marty Wilde's backing group the Wildcats. "Loafers and Liars" is a new song by Mick Clarke.
The tracks will be considered for a future album release.
Recorded and Mixed by Mick Clarke at Fabulous Rockfold Studio, Surrey, England 2019.

Cut Loose, Vol. 1 (EP)

Bud Summers - Hard Lessons

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 37:09
Size: 85,7 MB
Label: Fre Lor Sound
Styles: Blues/Folk-Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. So Deep - 4:55
 2. Endless Fantasy - 5:12
 3. Bad Fish - 3:11
 4. Who's Your Daddy - 5:09
 5. City of the Blues - 4:24
 6. Goodbye to Nashville - 5:49
 7. End Times - 3:01
 8. Auld Lang Syne - 1:25
 9. Hard Lessons - 3:59

A kernel of truth and a bushel of lies.
Bluesy/jazzy songwriter, guitarist, singer.
The characters and settings are real.
You'll meet a piano player from Memphis and go on a "date" in Chicago. You'll meet a group of "cougars" out having drinks that are definitely not "Spring Chickens" and you'll laugh at a "catchy" tale of a young man who caught a "Bad Fish" in the lake. You will revel in love and faith as Bud recounts his addiction, belief, and the people that helped him get through it.
Bud dropped out of college during his senior year to join a touring band. They never made it big but he's been making it small ever since.
His vocal style is edgy but smooth and his writing is an eclectic blend of blues, jazz, rock, and folk.
"A little bluesy, a little jazzy and not too far from the rock."- Floyd Duncan - St Louis, MO
“played with a degree of passion and enthusiasm that you just don’t see…with feeling and artistry"-A.E. Hamberg–Carbondale, IL
He's toured from the Great Lakes to New Orleans and all points in between.
His live shows can be all original music from his seven independently released albums or cover tunes- a wide mix of 60's through 2000's pop, blues, classic rock and easy listening styles on a playlist that features songs from Sinatra to 3 Doors Down.
Raised in a musical family- his dad was a jazz bassist and his mom a public school music teacher. Bud tried violin and piano early on but found his true instrument with a second hand guitar. Exposed to jazz, classical, opera and show tunes, he favored blues and rock. He eventually returned to school and earned a B.A. in Music Performance from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville focusing on classical guitar and playing in the college jazz band.
Bud has been a member of the music faculty at Lewis & Clark College, Principia College, and Greenville College and he’s been a guest instrumentalist on over a dozen albums for fellow artists.

Hard Lessons

Magic Slim & The Teardrops - I’m Gonna Play The Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 77:58
Size: 179,0 MB
Label: Wolf Records International GmbH
Styles: Blues/Chicago Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Come On In This House - 6:04
 2. I’m Gonna Play The Blues - 5:36
 3. Please Don't Dog Me - 7:04
 4. 4.59 A.M. - 4:30
 5. It Hurts Me Too - 6:04
 6. Think - 6:33
 7. Love Somebody - 6:29
 8. She's Though - 6:12
 9. The Things That I Used To Do - 6:12
10. Playin' With My Mind - 3:08
11. That Will Never Do - 6:05
12. Bad Boy - 4:46
13. Older Woman - 5:15
14. Rough Dried Woman - 3:55

The blues world has waited so long for this moment, the new album of Magic Slim!
Morris Holt, known as Magic Slim was one of the best Chicago Blues musician ever, with his band The Teardrops, he made history! They won 3 times the Blues Music Award (W. C. Handy Award) with Wof Records International! The new album “I`m Gonna Play The Blues ” from Magic Slim, show what Magic Slim was great in, performing on stage, he was a great show man! On this album are live recordings from the legendary concert in Vienna 2010!The Recordings are amazing, very clear sound, we worked together with the TV so all the recordings are produced with high quality !This Album is going to be one of his best ever, we put a lot work and love into this album, beacause we want to give all of his fans and blues lovers something great !

I’m Gonna Play The Blues

Fish Eyed Blues - Nothing Personal

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 53:16
Size: 122,9 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Long Gone - 5:30
 2. The Runaround - 3:32
 3. Crossed The Line - 5:30
 4. Baby Daddy - 4:23
 5. Grey Goose Blues - 4:15
 6. Smoke & Mirrors - 4:43
 7. Bye Bye Baby - 4:13
 8. Don't Do Nothing - 5:34
 9. Dangerous Games - 5:32
10. Walk Away - 5:21
11. Tobacco Road - 4:36

Our first album "NOTHING PERSONAL" is complete...!! 11 killer tracks....
Thanks to Adam at Retromedia Studios (Red Bank) for all his help...!
2019..New year, new season.  Come on warm weather!! 
Gearing up for upcoming season to play shows..Playing some cool blues covers and stuff from Nothing Personal,,
Last season we had a fun summer playing some cool blues in the "hot" weather and some "cool" fall festivals
...thanks for the support...

Nothing Personal

пятница, 15 марта 2019 г.

Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith & The House Bumpers - Drop the Hammer

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 51:16
Size: 117,9 MB
Label: Big Eye Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Head Pounder - 3:50
 2. Hey Daddy - 4:11
 3. Drop the Hammer - 3:59
 4. Scratchin' Your Head - 4:39
 5. What in the World - 3:32
 6. No Need Brotha' - 5:12
 7. Puppet on a String - 4:11
 8. Keep on Pretending - 4:11
 9. Living Fast - 4:11
10. Second Hand Woman - 4:05
11. One Big Frown - 3:54
12. Moment of Silence - 5:16

Release: Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith "Drop The Hammer"
Music is about chasing a feeling- happiness, excitement, anger, sadness. Blues is the most intense combination of music and feeling. The power and emotion of the music transcends time and can be felt by people of all ages and ethnicities- the sole reason why the blues will survive
and thrive for generations to come.
The blues, like all elements of life, is meant to grow, change and progress while retaining its essence. Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith and the House Bumpers accomplish just this with their latest album, “Drop the Hammer.”
Kenny honored the blues legends he admired by laying down a few traditional tracks. Much of his playing was molded by the teaching of his late father, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, who was the drummer for Muddy Waters for over 18 years, and it was important to give this nod of respect.
To know who you are and where you are going, one must always honor and acknowledge from
where you came.
This album focuses on contemporary subject matter while using modern and innovative sounds. As much as Kenny loves and respects traditional blues, he was compelled to take his blues to a new realm and dimension. Kenny didn’t live and experience picking cotton in the fields. He is a native Chicagoan and inspiration for this album was drawn from the rhythm of footsteps on jagged pavement, the soulful, shadowy noise of the city at night and the soundtrack from the eras in which he grew up to be the man and musician he is today. This music is transgenerational. It is raw. It will grab you by your core and will feel familiar yet foreign at the same time.

Drop the Hammer

Sverre Kvam & Ivan Storm Juliussen - The Music Of My Life

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 38:52
Size: 89,1 MB
Label: Daniel Engen
Styles: Blues/Country/Folk
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. For Once In My Life - 2:59
 2. It's Impossible - 3:37
 3. Lonesome Town - 4:04
 4. Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker - 4:12
 5. The Nearness Of You - 4:46
 6. Tonight I Celebrate My Love - 4:00
 7. True Love - 3:47
 8. Vem Kan Segla - 3:25
 9. Visa Vid Vindens Engar - 3:37
10. Where Do We Go From Here - 4:22

Storm Juliussen is out with The music of my life.
May it not be like David Bowie, that I die before the album comes out, said Jæren's profiled marine paints, when Aftenbladet received him this summer.

The Music Of My Life

Lewis Floyd Henry - Blues Baby

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 59:51
Size: 137,7 MB
Label: Self Released/L.F.H Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

 1. Going Fishing - 3:36
 2. Memories of You - 4:39
 3. Mr. Tripple Bypass - 3:42
 4. Off the Rails - 3:22
 5. Winters Cruel - 5:38
 6. Transatlantic Lady - 4:56
 7. Psycho Girl - 7:04
 8. Uptight - 5:08
 9. Mercury Rising - 6:04
10. Collide - 5:20
11. Gonna Get Drunk - 6:35
12. Sick or Guilty - 3:41

Lewis Floyd Henry has been out on the streets and stages of the world evolving as a one man band and gaining the reputation of being a great live act. Whilst developing his unique approach to performing, musical ideas have flourished in the form of his own compositions and recordings.

Blues Baby

Gary Hoey - Neon Highway Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 48:18
Size: 112,4 MB
Label: Provogue/Mascot Label Group
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Under The Rug - 4:58
 2. Mercy Of Love - 6:20
 3. Your Kind Of Love - 3:37
 4. Don't Come Crying - 4:33
 5. Still Believe In Love - 3:44
 6. Almost Heaven - 3:36
 7. I Felt Alive - 5:26
 8. Waiting On The Sun - 4:14
 9. Damned If I Do - 4:42
10. Living The Highlife - 3:52
11. Neon Highway Blues - 3:11

Mascot Label Group and Gary Hoey have announced a March 15 global release date for "Neon Highway Blues" via Provogue Records. The album's eleven tracks display Hoey's confidence and assuredness alongside the freshness of someone who's still in the process of discovery and refinement. Hoey produced the album himself at his New Hampshire-based home studio, while also enlisting friends Eric Gales, Lance Lopez, Josh Smith and his 17-year-old son Ian for guest appearances. He shares: "I really wanted to make sure this album had a lot of blues on it. I kept sticking to the blues and listening to the classic players, all the Kings — Albert King, Freddie King, B.B. King — and finish with some Burger King… [Laughs] …I tried to get that to be a focus of this record — and still put some songs for that my long-time, die-hard fans expect; instrumentals and some rockin' [LED] ZEPPELIN-type stuff. There's definitely a variety here."
Hoey's 21st album, "Neon Highway Blues" kicks off with "Under The Rug", a funky, Jeff Beck-style workout with Eric Gales. Up next is the dynamic 6:29 slow blues "Mercy Of Love", featuring Josh Smith, with biting guitar solos. Hoey gets his Texas swing on for "Still Believe In Love" and settles into some roadhouse shuffles on "Your Kind Of Love". "Damned If I Do" is a big, stomping blues rocker with Lance Lopez trading licks. And those majestic instrumentals he mentioned? Check out "Almost Heaven", "Waiting On The Sun" and the cinematic title track, all showcases of virtuosity that complement the grittier fare around them.
A very personal highlight for Hoey is "Don't Come Crying", an aching blues track that features his son Ian Hoey, then only 16, planting his flag in the family business. "I'm so blown away my son is actually on the record," Hoey says. "He loves the blues. I said, 'If it turns out good enough, I'll have you on the record, and he did a great job. After it was mixed and I listened to it, I totally forgot where he was playing and where I was playing. It brought tears to my eyes." "Neon Highway Blues" "wasn't a quick record to make," nor was it easy, according to Hoey, and displays the care that came with the time spent on it. "I always say that's why they call it the blues, because it ain't easy," he notes. The album took about a year and a half, he estimates, much of it done during gaps in his heavy touring schedule. "I just kept going in and trying to come up with the right licks or the right lyrics, and some days it just wouldn't come," Hoey recalls. "It was really about staying in there and trying things, abandoning some ideas, going on to new ideas. There was a lot of that on this record. I'm kind of a stickler for making sure I'm happy with it — even though I had people breathing down my neck to get it done." "Neon Highway Blues" will, of course, take Hoey back on the highways and byways for plenty of touring and playing, well, the blues — and more. He can't yet predict where the next road will take him, but Hoey is confident it will be an adventure. "My son and I were talking about new music, some new technique I just found on guitar, and he said dad, 'You've been playing 44 years and still get excited,'" he says. "I was, like, 'Yeah, man, that's the amazing thing about music — you never really get there. If you think you're there, that's when you're in trouble because it's all about the journey."
Hoey will appear on both the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (February 3-10) and the Rock Legends Cruise VII (February 14-18), after which he'll visit Nashville to participate in Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp (February 28 - March 3). Additional confirmed appearances include Bull Run in Shirley, Massachusetts (March 8), Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania (March 29), Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, New Hampshire (May 3) and the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, Pennsylvania (May 24). A complete itinerary for spring, summer and fall will be announced shortly.

Neon Highway Blues

Brandon Santini - The Longshot

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 50:19
Size: 115,7 MB
Label: American Showplace Music
Styles: Blues/Electric Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Don't Come Around Here - 4:20
 2. Beggin' Baby - 4:04
 3. One More Day - 4:50
 4. Drive You Off My Mind - 3:47
 5. Heartbreaker - 5:15
 6. Broken Bones - 4:51
 7. Back to You - 4:42
 8. My Worried Mind - 4:40
 9. Going Home - 4:07
10. Evil (Is Going On) - 4:59
11. Somebody's Gotta Go - 4:39

International touring vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is undeniably a worthy player to keep an eye on as the latest surge of young blues artists leave their footprint in blues history, combining his love and respect for traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing/ Brandon Santini s latest release, The Longshot, from the American Showplace Music label takes listeners on a slight detour from the traditional blues highway he has logged many miles on. From the ferocious album opener, Don t Come Around Here to the embattled acoustic driven, Broken Bones, Santini ties his blues and rock influences together to deliver an energetic album of introspective heartbreak and lament.

The Longshost

среда, 13 марта 2019 г.

Jonah Tolchin - Thousand Mile Night


Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2016
Time: 34:56
Size: 80,9 MB
Label: Yep Roc
Styles:Acoustic Blues/Americana/Singer/Songwriter
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Beauty in the Ugliest of Days - 3:03
 2. Thousand Mile Night - 3:53
 3. I Wonder - 2:26
 4. Completely - 5:09
 5. Paint My Love - 3:34
 6. Song About Home - 3:40
 7. Unless You Got Faith - 3:23
 8. Where the Hell Are All of My Friends - 3:13
 9. Working Man Blues #22 - 2:54
10. Hard Time Killing Floor Blues - 3:37

Jonah Tolchin may hail from New Jersey but he has acquired a Southern soul. Breaking out as a young folk/blues acolyte on his 2012 self-released album, Tolchin drifted more to the singer/songwriter side of the road on 2014’s Marvin Etzioni (Lone Justice) produced sophomore disc, Clover Lane, released on Yep Roc. That garnered substantial critical respect and found him gaining a commercial foothold through airplay and perhaps more so by touring the country opening for like-minded artists such as Dave Alvin, Chuck Prophet and Tony Joe White. He follows with the similarly styled Thousand Mile Night, also produced by Etzioni at Memphis’ legendary FAME studio.
Etzioni smartly realizes that less is more with Tolchin. Instead of adding subtle strings and Steve Berlin’s sax as on the previous disc, he strips down the approach to a tight, taut three piece backing unit. One listen to the swampy chugging title track with its swirling, ominous slide guitar and oblique concepts (“radio plays but nobody listens”) shows he made the right decision. Tolchin’s comforting, dusky voice and somewhat mystical lyrical slant (his web site lists various recommended spiritual books and authors) combines with low key, generally acoustic based fare like the lovely, lilting, tender opening “Beauty in the Ugliest of Days” and “Song About Home,” the latter shuffles along on bubbling percussion, the singer’s comfortable, natural voice and his sure sense of melody.
There’s an understated Guy Clark feel to the laconic country-tinged “Paint My Love” but Tolchin is more convincing in the tougher, bluesier fare of “Where the Hell are All of My Friends.” That song snakes its way through its changes with a low key yet forceful and intoxicating mood drawing in the listener to its darker landscape. The  one-two closing punch of the driving “Working Man Blues #22” and a haunting solo, acoustic cover of Skip James’  “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” brings Tolchin back to his beginnings. Yet it’s the organ led, gospel based “Unless You Got Faith” shifting from a sweet, loping vibe to a closing rave-up that jumps out with an immediately accessible melody you’ll return to as soon as it’s over.
The mix of upbeat folk-rockers with moodier fare makes this such an impressive and convincing album.  It’s a logical step forward for Tolchin whose performance feels grounded and lived in and reflects a talent who has absorbed rustic, humid, red clay sounds, employing that groove for his own often hypnotizing originals.

Thousand Mile Night

Shawn James - Live at the Heartbreak House

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2018
Time: 49:25
Size: 113,7 MB
Label: Shawn James Music
Styles: Acoustic Blues/Folk/World & Country
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. The Wanderer (Live) - 3:33
 2. Flow (Live) - 4:18
 3. Number of the Beast (Live) - 6:46
 4. Crossroads (Live) - 3:02
 5. The Thief & the Moon (Live) - 4:22
 6. Pendulum Swing (Live) - 4:47
 7. The Shadow (Live) - 3:13
 8. Son of the Wolf (Live) - 5:45
 9. Midnight Dove (Live) - 6:52
10. Through the Valley (Live) - 6:42

I’ve always loved Shawn James’ take on blue-eyed soul, his emotive vocals verging on gospel in their conviction. Yet, with each latest release, I started feeling like there wasn’t much new happening.
On this album, he is reaching forward, and backward at the same time. Forward in that he has brought on a violinist who perfectly completes the music, and backward in that he sounds like he has found renewed inspiration for his old songs, pouring out his heart through his vocals. He sounds better than ever here.This is one of those rare live recordings where something special was captured. The recording and mixing are flawless. I also want to say the violinist has an amazing tone and style.
This album features Shawn James & Sage Cornelius performing new versions of older songs live at the Heartbreak House in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Live at the Heartbreak House

Bobby Rush - Raw

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2006
Time: 51:56
Size: 119,0 MB
Label: Deep Rush Records
Styles: Acoustic blues/Country blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Boney Maroney - 3:34
 2. School Girl - 3:51
 3. Glad to Get You Back - 3:30
 4. Howlin' Wolf - 3:56
 5. Knockin' at Your Door - 3:18
 6. What's Going on - 4:20
 7. 9 Below Zero - 4:47
 8. What's the Use - 3:40
 9. You Don't Love Me - 4:41
10. I'm Tired - 2:53
11. How Long - 5:46
12. Uncle Esau - 3:57
13. I Got 3 Problems - 3:37

I had been aware of Bobby Rush for a number of years. He was always out there. I would occasionally hear a cut or two and always liked what I heard, but it didn't hit close enough to my main musical loves to make me a real "fan." So, when I had the opportunity to review his recent release, Raw; an effort billed as something more in the acoustic roots vein, I decided to give it a listen. I popped the CD in the drive and up comes Boney Maroney. Not what I was expecting. And not hitting the spot for me either. Hmmmmm……(more on this one later.) Then we get Good Morning Little School Girl. Better. Not Bad. Hey, this isn't bad at all. I think I'll sit down and really listen to this now. It is a fairly sparse arrangement. The kind of sparse that comes when an artist wisely never uses four notes when one will do to convey the feeling. And after all, blues is about feeling first. The third track, Rush's Glad To Get You Back, starts raising the energy a bit. Shawn Kellerman has joined in on some tasty slide. Bobby Rush steps out on harp and we have definitely found the groove. My wife has come into the room for a better listen. The energy in the room keeps building as the CD moves through its tracks. A build up here; a little mellow reprise there. The wife sits down and I notice her foot tapping. Another track or two and my teenage daughter is laying across the ottoman listening intently to 9 Below Zero. I'm not sure when I grabbed my own guitar to play along but I realized I had during track eleven, How Long. Fortunately, the supper was just starting to burn as the CD finished so we didn't ruin our entire meal! No one got up until the album had played all the way through and I had started it a second time, then a third, then a fourth. I heard someone describe Robby Rush's performance as being heavy on the sexual energy. I'll have to see for myself now that I've heard Raw. The decision to use Boney Maroney as the opening track was perfect and after listening to the entire work again I understand the context. The whole package works to build just the right energy and just the right mood. With Raw, Bobby Rush is delivering a spectacular contemporary translation of the traditional blues idea!

Raw

вторник, 12 марта 2019 г.

Cyril Neville - Brand New Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2009
Time: 45:33
Size: 104,4 MB
Label: Mc / MCR / M.C. Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. I Found Joy - 3:15
 2. Brand New Blues - 5:13
 3. Shake Your Gumbo - 4:14
 4. I'll Take Care Of You - 3:01
 5. Cream Them Beans - 4:07
 6. Cheatin &  Lyin - 5:05
 7. Mean Boss Blues - 5:17
 8. Blue Blue Water - 2:44
 9. Don't Move My Mountain - 3:51
10. Slave Driver - 8:43

For his fourth solo album, youngest Neville Brother Cyril has taken a break from his group Tribe 13 and made a successful return to the blues. But this is no ordinary blues. It's a gumbo cookin', alligator whuppin' serving of blues – Louisiana style. Using a crew of decorated musicians including guitarist Tab Benoit and Neville family members Ian, Ivan and Art, Brand New Blues seasons the medium's conventional structures with just the right amount of New Orleans funk to avoid over-powering the mix.A cover of Jimmy Reed's I Found Joy is a 12 bar organ shuffle that turns the notion of the blues as inherently sad music on its head; the title song pairs an old school drum machine with a twin guitar attack; whereas Shake Your Gumbo is a Funkadelic type heavy blues wig out in swing time. Neville has a longstanding interest in the business side of being a musician (he founded New Orleans Musicians Organised to prevent local players from getting ripped off). This savvy informs Mean Boss Blues, a searing lament on the state of the US economy. And his well documented love of reggae and outspoken views on the Hurricane Katrina disaster collide for an anguished, eight-minute version of The Wailers' Slave Driver – with an extra verse written in – the album's piece de resistance and final track. Cyril found fame as the percussionist with older brother Art in the funk group the Meters before joining The Neville Brothers (who continue to play together til this day). His voice may be rougher and tougher than that of his angel toned sibling Aaron, but against this low key, traditional-instrument-based

Brand New Blues

Cyrill Neville - Magic Honey

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2013
Time: 54:10
Size: 124,2 MB
Label: Ruf Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Magic Honey - 5:15
 2. Swamp Funk - 4:33
 3. Something's Got a Hold on Me - 5:14
 4. Another Man - 4:59
 5. Still Going Down Today - 4:56
 6. You Can Run But You Can't Hide - 3:22
 7. Invisible - 4:11
 8. Blues Is the Truth - 4:18
 9. Running Water - 4:05
10. Working Man - 4:59
11. Money and Oil - 4:00
12. Slow Motion - 4:15

Few musicians have embodied the spirit of New Orleans music as long a Cyril Neville. While brother Art redefined funk with the Meters, Aaron captured our hearts with his soaring voice and Charles kept us from forgetting the city’s jazz heritage, Cyril laid down percussive rhythms on several classic Meter recordings before branching off with his own group, Soul Machine.
When the Meters disbanded, the four brothers coalesced into the Neville Brothers Band, gaining international fame for music that mixed all of their individual strengths into one potent package.
Hurricane Katrina scattered the brothers across the country. Cyril found a like-minded spirit in Tab Benoit and joined the Voices of the Wetlands band, where his commitment to social activism fit right in. Next, he formed the blues/rock super group, Royal Southern Brotherhood, with guitarists Devon Allman and Mike Zito. No matter what project he is involved in, Neville’s contributions always come wrapped up in the fiery intensity of a man who wants to right the wrongs of the world.
You can hear that intensity on tracks like “Still Going Down Today”, which tackles the issue of equality, and “Money and Oil”, a guitar-driven rant about big business with Mike Zito sitting in on guitar and Norman Caesar on keyboards. The funky backbeat created by “Mean Willie Green on drums and Carl Dufrene on bass serve as a counterpoint to Neville’s indictment about the plight of the common man on “Invisible”. As he does throughout the disc, guitarist Cranston Clements fires off blistering guitar runs that help drive the point home. Zito is back for a rousing cover of the Rush classic, “Working Man” as Neville reaffirms his concern for those still struggling to get by.
Walter Trout makes an appearance on “Running Water”, a sturdy rocker he co-wrote with Neville. “Swamp Funk” is a rollicking tribute to the music from Louisiana, where the sounds of the swamp mixed with the intricate melodies of the big city. Neville gets the help from the reigning kings of the New Orleans keyboard style – Allen Toussaint on piano and Dr. John on organ. “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” does a slow burn until Cranston unleashes several gut-busting solos that send the track into Led Zeppelin territory.
“Magic Honey” is a swirling musical gumbo seasoned with a strong dose of New Orleans funk as Neville brags about the special love he gets from his “queen bee”. He transforms the lighter, Caribbean-style rhythm on “Another Man” into a brooding admonishment of a cheating woman. Neville drives the message home with gusto on “Blues is the Truth”, then closes the disc with an elastic reggae rhythm on “Slow Motion”, celebrating love, sun and water.
Cyril Neville is at the top of his game throughout this recording. He is in command through all of the shifting musical styles and line-up of special guests. Whether he is raising his voice against injustice or simply relating the facts of life, Neville makes you listen – and care. It’s not all blues but it certainly is damn fine music that comes highly recommended!

Magic Honey

Good Rocking Sam - Luxury Life

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2006
Time: 55:49
Size: 129,3 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Electric Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Cheatin' Man - 4:33
 2. Good Rocking Sam - 2:36
 3. Change My Ways - 3:28
 4. Ain't a Young Man - 4:52
 5. One Time's Enough - 4:58
 6. I Don't Need - 3:21
 7. Big Beat Harvest - 3:08
 8. Taking Out the Trash - 5:08
 9. Allison's Barbeque - 3:28
10. My Thing - 5:51
11. Lefty Lucy - 4:03
12. Luxury Life - 5:43
13. Luella - 4:34

This is, at its core, Blues. Specifically, Blues & Deep Roots. Taking cues from West Side Chicago Blues masters with a heaping dose of New Orleans and Memphis R&B, each band member contributes to writing all the songs on this album.
This is the second album by Good Rocking Sam. The first album, Try To Hold On (released under the name The Ravens) is no longer in print. The songs on this collection follow the themes we've been working on since 2002: love, food, cars, cheating men, bad women, boasts, apologies.
Drawing inspiration from West Side Chicago Blues masters and New Orleans & Memphis R&B, the members of Good Rocking Sam all contribute to the songwriting process. Each member brings a unique perspective to the process by virtue of being from all different parts of the country and bringing those life experiences and musical styles to table.
Personnel: Mike Conway - Guitar, Dave Sword - Drums & Vocals, Walter McClements - Keyboards & Vocals, Chuck Taylor - Bass Guitar & Vocals, Coda Bell Kendall - Barking. All songs written and recorded by Good Rocking Sam.

Luxury Life

Good Rocking Sam - Bllu Dur'm

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 43:51
Size: 101,4 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Memphis blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Poppin' and Crackin' - 3:24
 2. Memphis - 4:52
 3. Engine 9 - 3:26
 4. Soul Crusher - 4:04
 5. Only Man - 4:47
 6. Cheated You Fair and Square - 4:04
 7. Hey Hey Yeah - 3:55
 8. Love Crime - 3:56
 9. Where Y'at - 3:31
10. No More Water - 3:55
11. Red Line - 3:52

This Is our third album in a series of explorations of American Blues & Soul music. Largely driven by our experiences leading up to, and following our visit to Memphis and the International Blues Challenge in 2017, these are our take on Modern Blues.
Bllu Dur'm is Good Rocking Sam's third album of songs celebrating our love of American Blues, R&B, and Soul music. As always, all the songs are original. Some of the songs, like No More Water (a Marley-esque corn-field holler and ode to the struggles of farm life), have been in the live repertoire for years, while others were written in the last few years. Memphis, for example, was inspired by our visit to Memphis, Tennessee for the 2017 International Blues Challenge. Soul Crusher, wonderfully sung by Chuck Taylor, is another Memphis inspired tune -- perhaps something one might hear from Stax Records.
The bluesy Cheated You Fair and Square is another GRS song that has been kicked around for a while but has never sounded as good as it does now. Like many of our songs, Love Crime is a collaborative effort: Mike Conway had a basic idea for the music, Dave Sword picked up his golden book of unused lyrics, and the song fell into place. Hey Hey Yeah is a playful romp with references to Willie Dixon’s Wang Dang Doodle and other good times had in the piney woods.
Several songs are very personal: “Going to hell just a Poppin' and Crackin'” is a phrase Dave Sword's great-uncle would say, and -- despite the rockabilly fun -- his was not a happy ending. Engine 9, an American train song of sorts, is one of two songs written while David Mozier was being treated for cancer. The other, Only Man, is a love song written to his wife, with a nod to Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions. The album’s closer, Red Line, is a revived highway classic that marries Mitch Ryder and Otis Redding. One can almost hear Mike Conway singing along as he travels from Detroit down south.
The title Bllu Dur'm is a play on the legendary name “Bull” Durham and refers to the city that we call home. "Dur'm" is how locals refer to Durham, North Carolina. A resurgent and dynamic city, Durham has become an epicenter of North Carolina Blues music, with an explosion of nightclubs and restaurants that feature live Blues and Soul music. Where Y’at chronicles a drunken pub crawl of our fair city, including such familiar landmarks as the old Durham Bulls’ ballpark and the Blue Note Grill -- the hub of the Triangle Blues universe.
We hope that you enjoy our music and our take on life and the Blues. More to come, and soon!

Bllu Dur'm

Craig Caffall Band - Turns to The Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 49:21
Size: 114,1 MB
Label: Global Recording Artists
Styles: Blues/Electric Blues
Art: Front

 1. Da Groove - 3:13
 2. Tell Me - 3:24
 3. Turns to The Blues - 4:52
 4. Blue Voo-Doo - 2:56
 5. Highway of the Blue Moon - 5:09
 6. Love and Good Road - 5:15
 7. Traveling on - 3:44
 8. Back Slide - 4:22
 9. Winter Mountain Blues - 4:41
10. Helluva Time Last Night - 3:22
11. Back Door Blues - 4:25
12. Fade to Blue - 3:53

Craig Caffall, lead guitarist for Maria Muldaur, who just played at the Redwood Cafe on Dec. 8th to a sold out show, will be bringing his own band, CCB-Craig Caffall Band, to the venue for some for some fun and frivolity. Their infectious grooves will get and keep you dancing the night away. Although based in the blues this quartet brings it from many angles of music. Funk, old school R&B, Latin grooves, blues, and good ol' rock 'n' roll in a way the keeps you coming back for more.
Caffall has been the lead guitarist for Maria Muldaur for the past 13 years but has also worked with other local artists like Shana Morrison, Nancy Wright, Joe Tate just to name a few.
Caffall has also recorded and produced several album projects including three CD's of his own on the GRA label, and is currently putting the finishing touches on his new album "Turns To The Blues". One production paired him up with Buffy Ford Stewart (husband is John Stewart from Kingston Trio) and Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristoferson, Timothy B. Schmidt of the Eagles, and the late great Dan Hicks.
Caffall's penned some fine tunes ready to be classics. From personal experiences to family stories to fantasy situations all backed by music based in the blues that really highlights the songs.

Turns to The Blues

DMLC - Black & Blue

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2019
Time: 48:06
Size: 110,7 MB
Label: Rushmore Records
Styles: Blues/Rockin' Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Black & Blue - 4:58
 2. My Baby's Lovin' - 3:16
 3. Chance to Shine - 4:32
 4. Loud Ass Shoes - 4:12
 5. Love Is Blind - 4:45
 6. Preacher for Hire - 5:16
 7. Two Ghosts - 6:50
 8. That Mountain - 5:05
 9. Want Me - 5:03
10. What You Say - 4:05

Rockin Blues and a little bit of Funk.Original Blues material squeezed out of a band of four! Pros do what pros do.

Black & Blue

четверг, 7 марта 2019 г.

Brad Kelsey - Just a Step Away

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year:
Time: 58:21
Size: 133,8 MB
Label: Contemporary Blues/Electric Blues
Styles: Self Released
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Latin Lady - 2:06
 2. Baby I've Been - 4:49
 3. Blues Daddy's Blues - 4:02
 4. Wah Wah Willy - 4:35
 5. Love Again - 7:10
 6. My My - 3:18
 7. Nostalgic Things - 6:50
 8. Nasty Weather - 9:43
 9. Once I Lived - 4:33
10. Straight Crazy - 3:32
11. See You This Morning - 3:17
12. Just a Step Away - 4:20

An exciting blend of Rock/Blues.This is a killer disc from start to finish.Pushing all the boundaries but staying true to its roots. JUST A STEP AWAY by Brad Kelsey is highly recommend to fans of Jimi Hendrix and SRV.
Brad Kelsey and Triple Tornado is an exciting blend of Rock & Blues. A young blues band with an edge pushing all the boundaries but staying true to it’s roots. This band has spiraled through the generation gap by their innovated musical style, from their sweet mix of Rock ’n Blues that range from wild to mild.
This is Brad Kelsey’s first album but he’s no newcomer to music. His abilities are rooted back to the 20's, 30's and through the 50's where his great grandfather known as Maverick, produced his own records and played for live crowds throughout New York, Chicago and Cleveland. Brad’s inherited
music abilities show that music flows through him. With the help from influences of Eric Clapton, Robert Johnson, BBKing, Albert King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many others. All this echoes through his vocals and his quick fingers soaked with sweat and passion as he keeps the blues alive.
“Just A Step Away” is an awesome disc by Brad Kelsey and Triple Tornado, as they show that they are an outstanding powerful blues/rock trio. They’re the real thing when it comes to bringing the blues back and keeping it alive. This CD has 12 original tracts which was produced by Brad Kelsey and Tom Temple recorded at Temple Recording Studio. The album was recorded live with the band set up like they would at a live show. Brad and the band steam rolled through all 12 tracts and most of all, they had a great time recording which really shows through on the CD.
This is a killer disc from start to finish. This CD takes you on a journey through slow blues to full blown rock tunes which sounds like Brad is tearing his guitar apart on some of the rocking instrumentals. The quality of the CD is great, from the sound to the great art work you see on the album.
This debut album is just the beginning of his hot licks. “Just A Step Away” by Brad Kelsey and Triple Tornado is highly recommend to fans of Jimi Hendrix, SRV, EC, Buddy Guy, Robert Johnson, BBKing, Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and any other killer blues guys you ever heard of.
Brad Kelsey is as real as it gets and is right up there with all the others. So if you love blues/rock get this disc and experience “ Just A Step Away ” !!
Their goal is to continue making more albums that people will enjoy and help keep blues music alive by staying together and doing what they love for a living. This group has all the right elements that make it a powerful trio that’s guaranteed to rock your blues away.

Just a Step Away

Jimmy Cornett And The Deadmen - The Ride

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2014
Time: 48:18
Size: 111,6 MB
Label: Stringkiller
Styles: Southern Rock/Country Rock/Blue/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Devil Got My Soul - 3:23
 2. For the Ride - 3:51
 3. Guardian Light - 6:10
 4. Killian - 4:12
 5. Lecker - 3:41
 6. Another Wednesday Morning - 3:35
 7. Long Way to the Bar - 3:56
 8. Fields of Stone - 4:50
 9. Red Light - 3:31
10. Rip off Your Shirt - 3:33
11. Raise the Dust - 3:59
12. Red Light (Bonus Track; Remix by Bombax) - 3:31

Don’t jump to the wrong conclusions: Jimmy Cornett & The Deadmen definitely don’t play rockabilly music! Frank Jäger’s highly visible double bass, which he likes to take a bath in the crowd with, playing it on his back, may imply as much, but this band from Hamburg doesn’t go in for clichés. Their career is as colourful as their songs, their lyrics as diverse as life itself. So perhaps we should first of all address the question of what kind of music they actually play. The answer is: blues and southern rock, featuring sounds that originate from different places all over the world. The heat of California, the dry deserts of Nevada, smoky clubs in Amsterdam, London, Berlin – this band draws its inspirations wherever it goes. They’ve developed their international style on tours throughout Germany, but also during Cornett’s visits to the US, for example when they played the legendary Viper Room in Los Angeles, at a show in Uruguay’s capital Montevideo and at major biker meetings and Harley Davidson events in Germany and all over Europe. You have to experience Cornett and his band live, their sizzling mix of classy guitar riffs, distinctive grooves and haunting blues-laden melodies which have wowed audiences during their three tours to date. And there will be plenty of opportunities to catch up with the band from May 2015 (for tour dates see below).
The Deadmen are headed by Jimmy Cornett, vocalist, guitarist and creative songwriter. Raised in the 1980s in the nowhere land of Germany’s Weser Uplands region, Jimmy was soon influenced by legends such as Richie Havens, John Lee Hooker, Dion, Chuck Berry, Elvis and Johnny Cash. He gained his first practical experience as a musician in small clubs and cellar bars, and of course in the streets, which he still feels strongly attached to because that’s where life pulsates. His musical career began to gain momentum in the early 1990s when he moved to Hamburg. Playing in a number of different bands, but mainly as a solo musician, he soon made a name for himself far beyond the city limits. 2007 saw the arrival of his solo debut Rhythm Of Hells – Songs Of Angels History, on which Cornett set to music the history of the Hells Angels, using songs by music legends such as Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones, Jerry Garcia, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. In 2010, he made a video in the Pyrenees to support the title track of the Deadmen’s upcoming debut album Raise The Dust, and his solo EP California Session, which also featured actress Julia Roberts’ nephew, saw the light of day in the following year, proving to be a prime example of the international direction that Cornett’s music was taking.
Soon afterwards, Cornett presented the line-up of his new band The Deadmen, consisting of lead guitarist Dennis Adamus, drummer Claudia Lippmann and the above-mentioned Frank Jäger on double bass. Jimmy returned to the US in spring 2012 to shoot the ‘Road To Heaven’ video in Hollywood, for which he enlisted the support of American actor Emilio Rivera (Spiderman 3, Hitman: Agent 47, among others) as a guest and photographer/author Jonas Mohr, winner of the Independent Book Award, as producer. If you want to see the ‘Road To Heaven’ video and find out more about the band, visit www.jimmycornett.de
Jimmy Cornett & The Deadmen’s second album The Ride was released in 2014, now the arrival of the latest single ‘Guardian Light’ is imminent. And again there’s been what you could almost call a logical collaboration: the Italian motorbike helmet manufacturers Nolan are presenting their latest model – how fitting when you think of Cornett’s single lyric about that invisible protecting hand that we all, and motor cyclists in particular, have probably felt at some time or other in our lives. The special bonus of this collaboration: with every new N21 jet helmet sold, you get the single as a give-away – to make sure that everybody who sets out to see Jimmy Cornett & The Deadmen on their tours in spring/summer or from October 2015 gets back home safely.

The Ride