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понедельник, 27 марта 2017 г.

Liz Mandville Greeson - Back In Love Again

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2001
Time: 56:39
Size: 130,2 MB
Label: Earwig
Styles: Blues/Blues Vocals
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Soul Tender - 3:08
 2. Juicehead Man - 5:01
 3. All Alone - 5:12
 4. The Gift - 4:01
 5. Face The Music - 5:13
 6. Back In Love Again - 5:49
 7. For Real - 3:00
 8. Johnny And Me - 4:33
 9. The Night Thing - 5:57
10. All My Love - 4:49
11. Lip Service - 3:33
12. Brokenhearted Fool - 4:14
13. Shine Clear With Joy - 2:03

Musicians:
Liz Mandville Greeson - vocals, washboard, acoustic guitar;
Phil Baron, Alan Batts - piano;
Billy Branch - harmonica;
Tom Culver - cello;
Mike Gibb, Mark Wydra - guitar;
Dave Kaye - bass;
Twist Turner - drums;
Sonny Seals - tenor sax;
Ann Bridges, Del Brown, Precious Jewel, Bruce Thompson - background vocals;
The Chicago Fire Horns [Hank Ford, tenor; Bill McFarland, trombone; Kenny Anderson, trumpet]

Liz   Mandville   Greeson  is a talented, soulful, and versatile singer. Blues-based and at her best in that idiom, she can also sing with the ferocious passion of Janis Joplin, she leads a gospel-style a cappella group on "Shine Clear with Joy," and she straddles the boundaries between blues, R&B, country, and folk, with doses of rock here and there. Even more impressive is that she wrote all 13 of the songs on  Back   in   Love   Again . Joined by a crack backup group,  Liz   Mandville   Greeson  puts on a colorful and memorable show throughout this recommended set.

Back In Love Again

Shari Puorto - My Obsession

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2015
Time: 44:43
Size: 102,7 MB
Label: Little Lightning Productions
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. It's a Damn Shame - 4:08
 2. Home of the Blues - 3:33
 3. Six Months Sober - 2:55
 4. Sugar Daddy - 3:50
 5. My Obsession - 3:56
 6. Old Silo Road - 3:55
 7. Workin' the Room - 2:52
 8. Better Left Unsaid - 3:44
 9. What's the Matter With the World? - 3:20
10. All About You - 3:51
11. Turned to Stone - 4:39
12. When a Man Loves a Woman - 3:54

It is always good to come across an album that, on first listening and all subsequent plays, holds your interest right through from beginning to end, and this certainly qualifies on that score, from the early 70s rock sound of the introduction to the otherwise funky blues of ‘It’s A Damn Shame’ to the closing notes of the oh-so soulful cover of Percy Sledge’s ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ 44 minutes later. Shari is now based in Los Angeles, and although she is probably best categorised as a blues artist, she has that Muscle Shoals approach down pat, with a couple of detours into country too. She is a powerful vocalist and writes some good songs too – all apart from that closing item are her own. Mind you, she does have Barry Goldberg as co-author on eight tracks, and the calibre of musicians helping out on this set includes the likes of keyboards players Barry, Jim Pugh and Mike Finnigan, and guitarists Johnny Lee Schell, Jimmy Vivino and Steve Fister, all highly respected names. This is most definitely Shari’s album though, with her coming over all sexy on ‘Sugar Daddy’, rocking out soul-wise like The Rolling Stones on ‘Six Months Sober’, telling us her vital statistics with a smile on the title track (well, OK, her shoe size) and dipping beautifully into Americana on the moving ‘Old Silo Road’. ‘Working The Room’ is one to get the crowd up on a Saturday night, ‘Better Left Unsaid’ is wistful retro-soul with that Muscle Shoals touch, ‘What’s The Matter With The World’ has a New Orleans tinge, and ‘All About You’ is a controlled, steadily building blues. ‘Turned To Stone’ is a fine country number with a very slight tinge of gospel and beautiful lap steel guitar by Johnny Hawthorn.
All in all, this comes highly recommended! More please, Shari, and on behalf of Flyin' Shoes Review,  I do hope you get the footwear you want.
Norman Darwen (www.bluesrockmusic.com)

My Obsession

The Snake Charmers - Been Gone Too Long

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2008
Time: 43:03
Size: 99,0 MB
Label: Skunk Eye Records
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Ain't Nothin' But the Blues - 5:34
 2. No Mercy - 4:19
 3. Can't Trust a Heart - 4:53
 4. Big Big Love - 4:45
 5. Been Gone Too Long - 4:37
 6. I Wanna Do Right - 3:28
 7. Move On Blues - 4:04
 8. Half a Cup - 3:53
 9. Just a Little Kiss - 3:49
10. (I Wanna Be a) Hoochie Mama - 3:36

Sultry Texas vocals lead the listener through rockin', swingin', bluesy slices of life that everyone can relate to.
“Been Gone So Long,” features ten contemporary blues tracks written by The Snake Charmers' own Marie Angell. The album is eclectic mix of blues, blues rock, and The Snake Charmers own brand of charm itself. “Been Gone So Long” features music that leads the listener through the breadth of their music, capturing slices of life that everyone can relate to:
The full-of-life “(I Wanna Be a) Hoochie Mama,” the misery-when-life-goes-wrong blues ballad “Ain't Nothin' But the Blues,” the standard 12-bar of “Move On Blues,” the roots/rock meld of “Can't Trust a Heart,” the Southern Blues/Rock “No Mercy,” the New Orleans-flavor of “Big, Big Love” and the seductive blues swing, “I Wanna Do Right.” The title track, “Been Gone Too Long,” with a touch of the spirit of The Doors warns that the heart hardens after it's been broken. “Half a Cup” reminds us that something is better than nothing while “Just a Little Kiss” can lead to more.
After years in other music ventures, The Snake Charmers began in 2002 when spouses Will Blumentritt and Marie Angell created a band to “play what they like, and like what they play.” Keeping it in the family, they added eldest son Eric Blumentritt and relative through the “Brotherhood of Man” Larry Meeker.
“Been Gone Too Long” is not just the album title, but an apt description of the travails of producing the CD, which was delayed just before completion by Hurricane Ike. Summed up by Larry Meeker, The Snake Charmers' guitar player, “It's like the Book of Revelations: It's supposed to happen but not in my lifetime.”

Been Gone Too Long

воскресенье, 26 марта 2017 г.

Samantha Fish - Chills & Fever

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2017
Time: 54:13
Size: 125,1 MB
Label: Ruf Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. He Did It - 2:59
 2. Chills & Fever - 3:18
 3. Hello Stranger - 4:21
 4. It's Your Voodoo Working - 3:38
 5. Hurt's All Gone - 3:42
 6. You Can't Go - 4:02
 7. Either Way I Lose - 5:26
 8. Never Gonna Cry - 4:11
 9. Little Baby - 2:55
10. Nearer to You - 3:23
11. You'll Never Change - 3:10
12. Crow Jane - 3:30
13. Somebody's Always Trying - 6:02
14. I'll Come Running Over - 3:23

2017 release from the blues rocker. Samantha Fish goes all in with her fourth Ruf Records release delivering a heavy dose of Chills & Fever. Recorded deep in America's Rust Belt in Detroit the city that has filled America's musical tapestry with it's legendary Motown Sound to it's embedded punk music scene spawning top acts from Iggy Pop to the White Stripes. On Chills & Fever Samantha makes musical history enlisting members of the punk blues band The Detroit Cobras along with producer Bobby Harlow (The GO/ Jack White) to record a futuristic set of songs and a chilling walk through memory lane. Samantha's soulful sultry voice and hot rod guitar slinging is layered against a poly rhythmic horn entrenched background all mixed and mastered by Jim Kissling (The Crystal Method, Fat Boy Slim) delivering a cool, exciting, and one of the best American Roots records of 2017.

Chills & Fever

Coco Montoya - Hard Truth

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2017
Time: 51:52
Size: 119,2 MB
Label: Alligator Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Before The Bullets Fly - 3:12
 2. I Want To Shout About It - 3:39
 3. Lost In The Bottle - 4:47
 4. Old Habits Are Hard To Break - 5:35
 5. I'll Find Someone Who Will - 5:39
 6. Devil Don't Sleep - 5:02
 7. The Moon Is Full - 5:23
 8. Hard As Hell - 4:42
 9. 'Bout To Make Me Leave Home - 3:42
10. Where Can A Man Go From Here? - 5:01
11. Truth Be Told - 5:06

Musicians:
Coco Montoya - Guitar and Vocals;
Billy Watts - Rhythm Guitar (Tracks 1, 5, 6, 8, 11);
Johnny Lee Schell - Rhythm Guitar (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10), Slide Guitar (Track 6);
Bob Glaub- Bass;
Mike Finnigan - Keyboards;
Tony Braunagel- Drums;
Lee Roy Parnell - Slide Guitar (Track 3);
Background Vocals by - Teresa James, Deb Ryder and Billy Watts (Track 5);
Teresa James, Deb Ryder, Mike Finnigan and Billy Watts (Track 6);
Mike Finnigan and Billy Watts (Tracks 9, 11).

Coco returns to Alligator with a sparkling new release that reaffirms his place on the top shelf of contemporary rocking bluesmen. From the ecstatic, just-fell-in-love shuffle “I Want To Shout About It” to the scorching “Hard As Hell” to the patented Albert Collins funk of “Moon Is Full,” Coco‘s soul-burning mastery of hard-hitting, long-lasting blues-rock is on full display. Produced by Tony Braunagel (Bonnie Raitt, Curtis Salgado, Taj Mahal) and featuring slide guitar master Leroy Parnell on “Lost In The Bottle.” “Montoya is a show-stopper...Heartfelt singing and merciless guitar with a wicked icy burn...one of the truly gifted blues artists of his generation.” –Living Blues

Hard Truth

Eric Gales - Middle Of The Road

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2017
Time: 49:46
Size: 114,9 MB
Label: Provogue
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Good Time - 2:52
 2. Change In Me (The Rebirth) - 4:37
 3. Carry Yourself - 5:23
 4. Boogie Man - 4:55
 5. Been So Long - 4:43
 6. Help Yourself - 4:34
 7. I've Been Deceived - 3:58
 8. Repetition - 4:59
 9. Help Me Let Go - 4:07
10. I Don't Know - 4:17
11. Swamp - 5:17

Born in Memphis, southern blues man Eric Gales aka Rawdawg, is back with Middle of the Road, which is his sixteenth album and he’s collaborated on countless others. A true professional and child prodigy, (he released his first album at just 16) Gales has been around the block enough times to give a tour.
The album includes a lot of hard work and sweat from Aaron Haggerty (drums), Dylan Wiggins (B3 Organ), Gales’ Wife LaDonna (All backing vocals), Maxwell ‘Wizard’ Drummey (Mellotron on Repetition), with Gales himself providing all lead vocals, guitar and bass.
“Good Time” is the type of song that requires your Sunday best. It’s a gospel blues song with a classic call back structure that epitomizes the southern blues that gales has not only personified, but helped shape. “Change in Me (The Rebirth)” adds a touch more rock but keeps just a whisper of the gospel, especially in the backing vocals added by Gales wife LaDonna. “Carry Yourself” brings in the funk, lays it down thick, and asks you what you think your gonna do about it. Gales wrote “Carry Yourself” with Raphael Saadiq and confesses upon reflection that the song is actually about his wife. The next original track on the album is “Been So Long,” which is an upbeat track with almost a ska rhythm to the guitar. Lyrically it’s my favorite track on the album. It speaks to the desire in all of us to be home.
Gales gives back to the younger generation with his next track “Help Yourself,” which features the guitar styling’s of 16-year-old Christone Kingfish Ingram. And he even goes back to his roots and to the man who taught him to play the guitar as just a boy, his older brother Eugene for “Repetition,” which has a groovy sound instrumentally and yet the lyrics drive the track forward powerfully.
On the softer side, “Help Me Let Go” is like a prayer set to music. A request to a higher power to let go of all the baggage that holds us back from going down the road to our purpose. The album ends with “The Swamp,” an instrumental number that leaves you wanting more and more.

Middle Of The Road

четверг, 23 марта 2017 г.

The Blues Experience with Cash McCall - The Vintage Room

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2007
Time: 46:27
Size: 106,9 MB
Label: Dixon Landing Music
Styles: Blues/Chicago Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. One Touch - 5:09
 2. One Touch (Instrumental) - 5:07
 3. I Just Want To Make Love To You - 3:36
 4. Slice Of That Pie - 3:18
 5. Make A Fool Of Me - 4:40
 6. Gypsy Woman - 5:39
 7. I'm Ready - 2:46
 8. Catch Me Before I Go - 4:21
 9. Mama - 5:00
10. Bring It On Home - 2:45
11. Helluva Time - 4:02

You ain’t gonna’ believe this!  The Blues Experience with Cash McCall has a new CD out called “The Vintage Room” that is straight out of the 40’s.  I mean these guys capture the real old style blues with none of this fancy new stuff cluttering it up.  Cash has the credentials of playing and writing for Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Little Milton.  He also produced Willie Dixon’s “Hidden Charms” that won a grammy for Best Traditional Blues album.  He later joined Dixon’s Chicago All-Stars, and fronted his own band for years.
The only member of the Dixon family playing blues today is Alex Dixon.  Alex was raised by Willie and born in Chicago.   Having played with Willie many times over the years he formed Dixon Landing Music.   This Vintage Room CD is their first offering is the style of the old blues.  It is on the mark too.
The CD has 11 cuts.  Three of them are covers of Willie Dixon tunes, which are on the money.  Alex wrote 6 more, and Cash has a killer tune in there too.  Band members include Cash on vocals and guitar, Alex Dixon on piano, Steve Bell on a fine harp, Bill “Young Blood” Learned and Katy J on rhythm guitar, Brady Wills on bass, Dylan Cooper on upright bass, and Vinnie Threats on drums.
I took a long road trip, about 10 hours, not too long ago and listened to this CD about 10 times.  I love it. These guys got the blues.  Nothing fancy, just the real thing.   I am surprised how well they capture the old stuff, and even with the news songs.  I absolutely endorse this one.  I can just see them playing this stuff on the South side of Chicago anywhere from the end of the war until the late 60’s.  Just great!  I’m ready for you, I hope you’re ready for me.  One love, blue barry

The Vintage Room

понедельник, 6 марта 2017 г.

Delta Moon - Cabbagetown

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2017
Time: 36:52
Size: 88,2 MB
Label: Jumping Jack Records
Styles: Southern Rock/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Rock and Roll Girl - 3:43
 2. The Day Before Tomorrow - 3:32
 3. Just Lucky I Guess - 3:40
 4. Coolest Fools - 2:50
 5. Refugee - 3:46
 6. Mad About You - 3:23
 7. Death Letter - 6:02
 8. 21st Century Man - 3:35
 9. Cabbagetown Shuffle - 2:31
10. Sing Together - 3:47

"Cabbagetown" from veteran blues/rockers Delta Moon is led by the group's two founders, singer/guitarist Tom Gray, the Roots Music Association's 2008 Blues Songwriter of the Year, and slide guitar master Mark Johnson.
It features nine original tunes plus blistering cover of Sun House's "Death Letter." Net Rhythms (UK) has called Delta Moon's signature sound, "Music as it should be ? raw and honest." We call it a voice, a groove and two slide guitars. After winning the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2003, the band widened its travels to include the US, Canada, and Europe. In 2007 bassist Franher Joseph joined Delta Moon and was followed in 2015 by drummer Vic Staff (Blueground Undergrass, Donna the Buffalo, Toubab Krewe) to complete the current line-up. The band's constant recording and touring continues into 2017with tours scheduled for the United States, Germany, England, France, Italy, and more. Gray is also a past Georgia Songwriter of the Year, with tunes recorded by Cyndi Lauper (including the hit "Money Changes Everything"), Manfred Mann, Carlene Carter, Bonnie Bramlett and many others.

Cabbagetown

понедельник, 20 февраля 2017 г.

Chris Belleau - Swamp Fever

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2017
Time: 41:15
Size: 94,6 MB
Label: Proud Dog Records
Styles: Jazz/Swamp Pop/Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Blues Is On The Rise - 6:31
 2. Hold The One Who Cares - 4:15
 3. Bienville Blues - 4:10
 4. The Healer - 4:53
 5. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - 5:46
 6. When You're Smiling - 5:02
 7. The Treater - 3:58
 8. Swamp Fever - 6:36

Chris Belleau- The brand new CD release "Swamp Fever" has been issued on January 1, 2017. The players are  David Hyde - Bass on tracks 1,2,3,5, - Brian Brignac - Drums on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5,- David Ellis - Bass on tracks 4, 6, 7, 8 - Keith Simoneaux - Drums on tracks 4, 6, 7, 8 - Nelson Blanchard - Keyboards/ Hammond B3 on tracks 1, 2, 4, 7 - Mike Esneault - Piano/ Hammond B3 on tracks 3, 5, 6, 8 - Chris Belleau - Vocals, Harmonica, Trombone, Accordian on all tracks - Jon Smith - Saxophone on all tracks.The New CD contains Jazz, Swamp Pop and Blues for your listening enjoyment.
Knee Deep in the Blues features Chris Belleau on vocals, harmonica and cajun accordian. It includes the legendary Texas style Vox organ and piano work of Augie Meyers (Sir Douglas Quntet, Texas Tornado's) and a host Louisiana Music Stars such as Joe Osborn, Jon Smith, Chris Leblanc, Jim Odom, David Hyde, Bryan Brignac, Bobby Campo, Al Courouleau and Margaret Marston. Some are original songs penned by Chris Belleau, David Egan and Al Courouleau as well as a few time honored evergreens by Guitar Slim, Doug Sahm, and Slim Harpo.

Swamp Fever

воскресенье, 19 февраля 2017 г.

Brother Wilson - Utopia

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2017
Time: 38:26
Size: 88,4 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Vega - 2:46
 2. Lonely - 3:17
 3. Inside The Lines - 3:57
 4. Feels Good - 4:40
 5. What's Wrong With Me - 3:18
 6. Kepler - 2:50
 7. Days Like These - 3:01
 8. Ghost City - 4:40
 9. Sunday Morning Blues - 3:28
10. Blues Singer - 4:02
11. Home Sweet Home - 2:22

Brother Wilson has a young blues sound that is smooth and very clean. Smooth and rough at the same time with a good feeling reflecting on a past and very aware of the present. My favorite is between the lines. I love the tempo and the smooth sound.

Utopia