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четверг, 19 января 2017 г.

Big Allanbik - Blues Special Reserve

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1998
Time: 69:09
Size: 159,3 MB
Label: Blues Time
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Red Hot Kisses -  6:09
 2. I Feel So Good -  4:59
 3. Down And Out -  5:23
 4. Big Fat Woman -  5:59
 5. Afternoon -  4:46
 6. Where s Yvone ? -  3:37
 7. I Can t Get Next To You -  5:13
 8. Clouds (Tribute To Roy Buchanan) -  3:41
 9. One More Drag To You -  5:54
10. Fore Day Rider -  3:38
11. The Bad Is Shakin  / La Canja -  5:37
12. A Fool For Your Stockings - 10:05
13. Ride On Pony -  4:01

The Big Allanbik blues band appeared in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro and was already releasing its first CD, Blues Special Reserve in the next year. The second one, Black Coffee (1994), was launched during the Nescafй and Blues Festival (Sгo Paulo), where Robert Cray, Lonnie Brooks, Otis Clay, Ronnie Earl, Robben Ford, and Eric Burdon also played. Two years later the band  went to the U.S., playing at the Blue Note (New York, NY) and at the Tobacco Road (Miami, FL).
In Chicago they played with Duke Robillard at Buddy Guy's Legends and with Lonnie Brooks at  the Chicago Blue Note. Their third album, Batuque y Blues (1998), produced by Bob Stander,  mixed a Brazilian percussion to classic rock and blues. In the same year, the band performed  at the Metropolitan hall in Rio four times, on the same night that Steve Winwood and B.B. King  played. In Sгo Paulo they had gigs in the Palace and other major nightclubs. At the Parque do Ibirapuera they did a show on the same day that Johnny Rivers played for over 70,000 people.

Blues Special Reserve

Big Al Carson - Take Your Drunken Ass Home

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2002
Time: 63:48
Size: 146,7 MB
Label: Mardi Gras Records
Styles: New Orleans Blues, Soul
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Because I Got High - 5:45
 2. Champagne & Reefer - 5:21
 3. Nursery Rhymes - 5:16
 4. Dip My Dipper - 6:24
 5. Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On - 4:38
 6. I'll Never Love Like That Again - 5:17
 7. Baby's Love - 5:12
 8. Everyday Dreamer - 2:46
 9. Built For Comfort - 4:44
10. Strokin' (Club Version) - 5:22
11. Tell It Like It Is - 8:37
12. Take Your Drunken Ass Home - 4:21

Big Al Carson leads a band called the Blues Masters, who play six nights a week at the Funky Pirate on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. I've been to N.O. about half a dozen time in the last two years, and I catch at least one of Big Al's sets every trip.
Big Al is a powerful singer with an expansive voice that ranges from an Aaron Neville falsetto to a Barry White growl. He has a great rapport with the crowd, alternately using humor and his commanding presence to keep everyone engaged, entertained and in line. The Blues Masters are a tight trio who provide a solid backdrop for Big Al, who's clearly the focal point of the band. I'm not sure if the musicians on the CD are the same ones who usually play at the Funky Pirate, but the live band exhibits an easy camaraderie that makes it seem like they've all been playing a long time (or maybe that just comes from doing 20+ sets a week.)
"Take Your Drunken Ass Home" does a perfect job of capturing the feel of a Big Al show, with a good blend of up-tempo modern blues, a few soulful ballads, and a handful of lewd and very funny novelties mixed in. It's well-produced, with a good mix that keeps the vocals up front without losing track of the music. If you've ever seen Big Al Carson, you have to own this record. And if you haven't seen Big Al Carson, you better get to New Orleans ASAP.

Take Your Drunken Ass Home

Jeff Gates - Secession

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2013
Time: 53:07
Size: 134,9 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Southern Rock/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. The New Way - 4:01
 2. The Truth - 4:18
 3. When You Lay Me Down - 5:29
 4. Love Offering - 4:34
 5. Crazy - 3:31
 6. Pins and Needles - 3:00
 7. Here Comes the Night - 4:44
 8. Get It Gone - 3:27
 9. Don't Look Down - 4:32
10. Demons - 3:33
11. Southern Style - 5:04
12. Rush - 6:47

"Secession" - is full of Southern Rock songs written, played, sung and recorded by Jeff Gates in the Soul Shack Studio, this album is not for the meek and mild!
To categorize Jeff Gates’ music would be like choosing one color to describe an entire range of mountains.  Jeff has written and performed volumes of tunes that run the gamut from good ol’ back porch blues to 80’s hair band rock.  His two latest CDs, ‘You Make Me’ (2011) and  ‘Colorblind Blues’ (2012), mix funky blues with pop rock.
From an early age, Jeff knew that he wanted to play music, and because of his drive and determination, has done just that.  Jeff is a musician…not just someone who plays in a band occasionally, but a true musician.  As the owner of a recording studio, he can usually be found recording a band, teaching his students, or writing his own music.  When he is not in the studio, Jeff is performing; entertaining audiences with his brilliance on the guitar and his amusing banter on the mic.  His guitar style has been compared to Hendrix, Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and his voice likened to the raspy sounds of Bob Seger and Bryan Adams.  Jeff’s style may bring to mind these other musicians, but his original songs and his passion for music set him aside as a one-of-a-kind.   There certainly is a wealth of talent contained in this enthusiastic individual.

Secession

Jeff Gates Band - Colorblind Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2012
Time: 32:33
Size: 74,6 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Call Me Up - 3:25
 2. Bad Mood - 3:39
 3. Colorblind - 4:28
 4. Layin' In the Bed - 2:07
 5. Why You Wanna Be So Bad - 3:43
 6. When My Baby Lets Me - 3:22
 7. Over You - 2:48
 8. I Saw the Light - 4:57
 9. Blue Condition - 4:00

Written, composed, performed, recorded and mastered by Jeff Gates. Drums played by Scottie Thomas.

Colorblind Blues

Jeff Gates Band - You Make Me

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2011
Time: 40:20
Size: 92,9 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues Rock/Southern Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Wanted You Too Much - 4:45
 2. Poor Little Rich Girl - 3:44
 3. You Make Me - 2:46
 4. Work - 3:26
 5. Dreams - 4:28
 6. Nobody - 3:59
 7. Dangerous - 4:02
 8. Sweet Sweet - 4:45
 9. Get It Gone - 3:31
10. Everybody Knows - 4:49

Upstate South Carolina’s Jeff Gates has been there, done that, and got the t-shirt. A former member of the 80’s rock staple Nantucket, Gates has traveled the highways and biways of these United States in style, sharing stages with the biggest names in rock. Now he delivers a CD that is all Jeff. A blues rocking collection that will set your toes to tapping.
From the opener, “Wanted You Too Much,” the gravel-voiced Gates belts out the blues rock from the heart, augmenting the vocal with some might tasty guitar artistry. Of course, “Poor Little Rich Girl” may be my favorite cut on the record. It’s downright funky.
The title track, “You Make Me,” sounds good with a little volume behind it. Try tuning up the volume control a but on this bass and drum driven rocker. I’m just sayin.’... And the lead guitar work is really nice on this one as well. Oh, and the rocking “Work” is one of the finest songs about walking away from a bad relationship I have heard lately, and when Jeff utters the words “I ain’t gonna work for you no more,” he means it, and echoes those sentiments with a scorching lead solo. You go brother.
Of course, Gates can dish up a fine ballad as well, as with “Dreams,” and sing a smoldering blues with “Dangerous.” And “Sweet Sweet” is another good one that showcases Jeff’s guitar playing on both acoustic and electric.
You Make Me is a rocking good time, with infectious blues, some southern funk and a whole lot of fine guitar playing. Buffalo says
Check it out.” - Michael Buffalo Smith

You Make Me

среда, 18 января 2017 г.

Cold Blue Steel - Drivin' to Mexico

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1990
Time: 47:10
Size: 110,4 MB
Label: PeeWee Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. I Vibrate - 1:58
 2. Louisiana Mojo Man - 3:13
 3. The Girl That Radiates - 2:51
 4. Oh Baby - 3:22
 5. Drivin' To Mexico - 3:05
 6. Big City Woman - 4:12
 7. Reconsider Baby - 4:59
 8. Good Good Lovin' - 2:26
 9. Pink Machinery - 3:30
10. Souhern Woman - 3:27
11. Waco Stomp - 3:24
12. Charley's Shuffle, Or 10-11 Boogie - 2:50
13. Pretty Little Lights - 3:53
14. Road Runner - 3:55

Blues, Rockabilly, and Good Ol' Rock and Roll. Texas Style.
Texas in the '50s... When a car was the only way to go places and gasoline was 14 cents a gallon. This was the reason interstate highways were designed. This was the land of Chevys, Buicks, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and rest stops. This was the land of roadhouse boogie.
Dallas' Cold Blue Steel plays music that sounds like it was written in roadhouses up and down the Texas countryside. A white-hot blend of blues, boogie, shuffle and electricity, its cool musical touch can scorch the ears off its listeners.
Dressed in their rockabilly/Texas blues drag, the band started in 1986 opening shows for such blues legends as John Lee Hooker, Man "Guitar" Murphy, and Grammy Award-winner, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. Chosen 'Best Overall Act" in the 1993 Buddy Magazine Year End issue, Cold Blue Steel was featured at the State Fair of Texas for the last four years opening for Bruce Hornsby, 38 Special, Webb Wilder and the Iguanas. They have toured with X-Beatle Ringo Starr, Bo Diddley, Delbert Mcclinton and many others.
Two-time Dallas Observer Music Award-winners for "Best Blues Band", Cold Blue Steel performs a variety of classic American tunes with incomparable enthusiasm, showmanship and authenticity. Their song list includes Stax and Motown soul favorites of the early '60s, Elvis and Memphis rockabilly, tunes from many Texas blues artists (Freddie King, Albert Collins, T-Bone Walker and the Fabulous Thunderbirds), swing compositions, and finishing oft with some classic country and western and '50s rock and roll.
CBS is still enjoying the success of their second hit CD, "Headed Out Of Memphis" which is being re-released on TopCat Records. It was originally released in 1996 on Icehouse/Priority Records. The CD is being played on over 100 radio stations nationwide as well receiving international airplay in several European countries. It has also gotten favorable reviews in a number of prominent national music magazines such as Blues Review and The Album Network Several well-known Texas musicians are featured on the new CD, including Grammy Award-winning keyboardist Tim Alexander from Asleep at the Wheel and national recording artist Reverend Horton Heat.
Their first CD, "Drivin' To Mexico" was the largest independent selling blues release in Texas history. Both the CD and cassette versions are in sixth pressings and requests for live appearances are at an all-time high.

Drivin'  to Mexico

понедельник, 16 января 2017 г.

Karen Lovely - LIVE in Los Angeles

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2014
Time: 62:11
Size: 142,4 MB
Label: Pretty Pear Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Ocean of Tears - 4:36
 2. Sunny Weather - 4:49
 3. Knock Knock - 7:46
 4. That's Cold - 3:58
 5. Still the Rain - 5:59
 6. Older Fool - 4:38
 7. Too Little Too Late - 4:14
 8. Ask Your Heart - 3:17
 9. Never Felt No Blues - 6:45
10. Other Plans - 3:32
11. You Don't Move Me No More - 3:44
12. Blues Ain't Far Behind - 3:16
13. I've Had Enough - 5:29

Most recently nominated for two Muddy Awards: Best Female Artist and Best Northwest Recording for her Prohibition CD. Known for her passionate, driven performances and always backed by stellar musicians, this powerhouse vocalist delivers a blistering mix of contemporary & old school blues. Lovely's standout performances have garnered awards, critical acclaim and standing ovations at festivals and venues throughout the US, Canada and Europe.
Karen Lovely shot onto the blues scene out of  the Pacific Northwest like Stack O' Lee's .44 placing 2nd at the 2010 International Blues Challenge followed by three2011 Blues Music Award Nominations for BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES FEMALE ARTIST, BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM and BEST SONG for her sophomore release STILL THE RAIN. She is a two time “#1 Pick to Click” artist on XM Radio Bluesville and has just been selected to be the 2014 Featured Blues artist by KJZZ FM in Los Angeles. Lovely’s records have topped the national blues and roots charts and made the Top 10 favorite artist list for dozens of nationally syndicated radio stations.
Bill Wax, of XM Radio’s Bluesville calls her “a star in the making.”  Downbeat Magazine thinks she’s “outstanding”and Don Heckman, former music critic for the NY Times, LA Times and the Village Voice, wrote in his review of her live show at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato in Los Angeles,  “Lovely’s style begins from sources within such classic blues singers as Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith.And, like Janis Joplin before her, she has translated those influences into an utterly gripping contemporary style of her own.”
This past year, Karen completed 4 successful European tours, playing to packed houses and sold out shows in France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.  Her performance at the 44th Internationale Jazzwache in Burghausen, Germany was taped for broadcast and began airing on German TV in December 2013.  A crowd favorite at the 2103 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival - the 2nd largest blues festival in North America – Karen played on 4 different stages, wowing the main stage audience with contemporary blues, followed by classic 1920s blues with her Prohibition Orchestra on the dance stage and a special late night show with Grammy Winner Patrick Lamb, and renowned Michael Jackson guitarist Jennifer Batten.

Live in Los Angeles

Simon Kinny-Lewis - Country Fried Chicken

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2014
Time: 37:04
Size: 85,2 MB
Label:  Skl Music
Styles: Country/Blues/Jazz
Art: Front

Tarcks Listing:
 1. Blue Pellet Shuffle - 5:00
 2. Conan The Barbarihen - 5:08
 3. Fire Fox - 2:34
 4. Ocean Call - 4:53
 5. The Pluck - 3:53
 6. Poached Or Not Poached - 5:19
 7. Feather Comb - 2:15
 8. Spade Says - 3:52
 9. String Pie - 4:08

Simon Kinny-Lewis - one of the most exciting and diverse local Sydney Guitarist/Singers was born February 18, 1981 in Sydney, Australia. He started on the instrument early, making his first live appearances at 11. Guitar Influences include blues/jazz masters such as Robben Ford, Larry Carlton and Country and Rock great's Doug Seven, Brent Mason, Richie Kotzen. Songwriting influences include Robert Cray, Steve Winwood and Bob Seger.
He has recorded and shared the stage with Violin virtuoso Christian Howes, ( Chic Corea, Robben Ford ) Ric Fierabracci, ( ASIA, Frank Gambale, Brett Garsed ), Simeon Cain ( Henry Rollins Band ),Goran Rista, Hamilton Harden, Ray Beadle, Eko Wicaksono and many more. ?He has performed shows/festivals including the Manly Jazz, Bridgetown Blues, Tamworth Country Music and is looking forward to performing at the Thredbo Blues 2014.
Venues Simon plays regularly in Sydney are The Bourbon, Opera Bar, The Manly Fig, Camelot Lounge. Sydney Morning Herald under Ten bands you must hear wrote “ Not many up-and-coming Sydney guitarists profess they want to sound like Robert Cray. Then again, not many upcoming Sydney guitarists can play like Robert Cray. Simon Kinny-Lewis can.”

Country Fried Chicken

пятница, 13 января 2017 г.

Paul O'Brien - Long May You Sing

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2013
Time: 54:33
Size: 125,9 MB
Label: Blues, Folk, World, Country
Styles: Stockfisch Records
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Long May You Run - 3:32
 2. Silvia's River - 3:56
 3. Jasper - 3:57
 4. Cold Missouri Waters - 5:26
 5. Hallelujah - 3:57
 6. Big Yellow Taxi - 2:59
 7. If You Could Read My Mind - 3:41
 8. I Will Remember You - 3:23
 9. Brooke's Waltz - 5:16
10. Pacing The Cage / Creation Dream - 4:32
11. Northwest Passage - 4:13
12. Lord Inchiquin - 1:53
13. Sonny's Dream - 4:10
14. A Song For All Seasons (Prayerful Hymn) - 3:31

Paul O'Brien is a songwriter with deep roots and broad horizons. An English-born child of Irish immigrants, he cut his teeth on Irish music. A natural story teller, Paul O'Brien has developed an eclectic folk style that is broadly appealing and not easily categorized.
"A working class poet from British Columbia with a knack for straightforward language held aloft by a sweet gift of melody ... " - Boulevard Magazine
The second studio album from Stockfisch records is an album of Canadian classics plus a brand new song written by Paul. On this album Paul O'Brien is joined (among others) by master Canadian guitar player and composer Don Ross. On the album there are songs written by Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Leonard Cohen to name but a few.
There's something which connects all the songs on this SACD: all are by Canadian composers.  This is much more than a mere collection of hits - thanks to the poetic, strong and never sentimental interpretations of Paul O'Brien.
Canada is often not taken so seriously - particularly in Europe it is often regarded as a mere extension of the USA, a secret 51st federal state, at the most a paradise for sled dogs and canoe enthusiasts.  Paul O'Brien breaks with these clichés on his album "Long May You Sing" and opens up a whole new perspective.  He openly admits to have felt like a child in a sweet shop, picking out these songs by the great Canadian composers.
Paul O'Brien about this recording: "This collection of songs is the audio equivalent of the “big kid in the candy store”. To be able to choose my favourite songs written by Canadian writers was one of the most enjoyable experiences I as a singer could have. On the other hand however, it was the most frustrating because there were so many songs I could have, and perhaps should have chosen. I have a feeling this will be but Volume 1 of a long labour of love.
"All of these songs have in some way touched me more than the fact they are amazing pieces of art. It was not simply cherry picking (although when I look now at the track list it looks just like cherry picking). I have taken a few artistic liberties with these tunes, and I truly hope I do not offend anyone, but it seemed to me that I had to try at least to add a little of me to the performances."
Paul O'Brien was brought up in England, received an Irish-Catholic education and formed his own musical identity in pubs and at festivals, with the inevitable mixture of positive & strengthening, but also negative and sobering experiences.  In 2004, enough was enough - he shut his guitar away in its case and moved with his family to Canada, settling high up in the North-West - a barren landscape, the beauty of which he often documents with photos on Facebook (inlcuding pics of the beloved family Labrador "Dooley").
Even at the risk of sounding sentimental: this country and this landscape changed him - changed the musician within - in a very positive and creative sense.  He took the banished guitar out of its case and the music flowed.  This artistic output reached new heights on his album for Stockfisch Records "Walk Back Home".  The more recent album, "Long May You Sing", could even top that - it is a hymn to his new way of life.
All 14 songs are by Canadian writers - from Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot and Paul O'Brien right up to Neil Young, whose long "Long May You Run" inspired the title of the album. The original impulse for this project is not a secret.  The idea came while thinking about doing something for Joni Mitchell's 70th birthday.  As a tribute Paul decided to record a version of "Big Yellow Taxi".
A big part in this production was played by Canadian master-guitarist and composer Don Ross, who also contributed two solo instrumental pieces.  One particular piece just had to be on the album, for all those who wish to celebrate Canada's independent musical integrity: Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah".  All these songs move Paul emotionally - in his own words "more than just in their function as fantastic works of art".  This project is for him a mixture of thankfulness, fascination and positive energy from the heart of a very special country.  the album has the greatness, the potential and the chance as "volume one of a long labour of love' to go to the top of Paul's personal hit-parade.

Long May You Sing

четверг, 12 января 2017 г.

Griff Hamlin Band - The Griff Hamlin Band

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2002
Time: 41:21
Size: 94,7 MB
Label: Time Blues
Styles: Blues/Rockin' Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Don't Lie - 4:42
 2. Louisiana Holiday - 4:59
 3. Coming Home - 3:21
 4. Running On - 5:19
 5. Morality - 4:57
 6. G String Shuffle - 5:51
 7. Got To End - 3:46
 8. When Evil Comes - 3:12
 9. Where Would I Begin - 5:10

 “The Griff Hamlin Band” contains original Blues/Rock songs. It was nominated for “Best Blues” by the Orange County Music Awards. It received excellent critical and consumer reviews, and Griff Hamlin has been referred to as the next Stevie Ray Vaughan. The band’s line up consists of Mark Smith on bass, Bernie Rubio on drums, and Griff Hamlin on guitars and vocals. The trio works very well together, and each part on the album is crisp and clear, with no instrument overshadowing the others.

The Griff Hamlin Band