Bursting out of hi-fi speakers like a deranged Yardbird, Adrian Lloyd’s ´´Lorna” rode a booming Bo Diddley beat through 2:23 of unhinged musical madness. Capturing some of the wildestscreams ever recorded, Lloyd also played a pounding drum solo to drive home the song’s tribal tattoo. The flip side, ´´Got a Little Woman,” slows the tempo to a menacing minor key surf beat without lowering the intensity at all.
(2014/Neon Blue) 14 tracks. James Day is a southern blues artist and storyteller from Biloxi, Mississippi. James Day and the Fish Fry have been playing shows and festivals in the Mid-Atlantic for the past ten years. The heart of their music is Day’s fresh, humorous songwriting brought to life by the musical stylings and performances of this talented group of musicians. The Fish Fry are: Mark Shewchuk (guitar) Ron Baldwin (piano), John Merigliano (drums) and Dan Mulvey (acoustic bass).
(1966 ´Decca´) (37:57/12) Neuauflage, neu gemastert. Digipak 1966´s seminal Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton marked John Mayall´s emergence as a major recording artist, as well as his commercial breakthrough. The 12-song LP, considered by many to be the most influential British blues album of all time, marked the official introduction of Mayall´s long-running, ever-evolving combo the Bluesbreakers. Mayall shares the spotlight here with soon-to-be-superstar guitarist Eric Clapton (who quit the Yardbirds in order to pursue his blues muse with Mayall), along with future Fleetwood Mac co-founder John McVie on bass and Hughie Flint on drums. Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton is generally acknowledged as a musical milestone for Clapton; his scorching playing and over-the-top tone dominates the entire album. With the group´s punchy performances captured in straightforward style by noted producer Mike Vernon, the album offers a potent combination of Mayall originals and distinctive interpretations of songs by Ray Charles, Freddie King, Little Walter and Otis Rush.
(1999 ´Delmark´) (61:41/14) Von einigen wenigen geschmacklichen Irrungen abgesehen, ein hervorragendes Beispiel für die sinnvolle Verknüpfung von Blues und Soul, von Memphis und Chicago. Nach ´Back In The Game´ und der ´Antone´s´-CD aus dem letzten Jahr ein weiteres kleines Meisterwerk vom Erfinder der Chicagoer Blues/Soul-Fusion. Klasse / with the exception of one or two rather strange arrangements, this is another excellent example of a powerful soul-blues blend, the musical fusion of Memphis and Chicago. Another little masterpiece from the man who can be regarded as the inventor of modern Chicago soul/blues. Beautiful. SYL JOHNSON - gtr/voc, CHARLES HODGES - org/pno, ORLANDO WRIGHT - bass, WAYNE STEWART - drums, plus horns. Syl Johnson is a unique stylist and one of the greatest singers of Chicago blues, R&B and soul. He comes from a distinguished musical family; his brothers include Jimmy Johnson and Magic Sam´s longtime bassist Mac Thompson. In ´71 Syl went to Hi Records for six years of some of his best work with producer Willie Mitchell including three outstanding albums and the evergreen ´´Take Me To The River.´´ Other huge hits included ´´Diff´rent Strokes´´, ´´Come On Sock It To Me´´ and ´´Is It Beacuse I´m Black´´. Off the scene for awhile, Syl made a glorious comeback with Back In The Game (Delmark 674). With twelve new originals, a revisit to ´´Diff´rent Strokes´´ and a tribute to Magic Sam, Talkin Bout Chicago is dynamite!
(2000 ´Tone Cool´) (43:24/11) Die ehemalige Rhythm Section von Stevie Ray Vaughan mit einem Album voller Gäste. Hier werden in erster Linie Rockfans bzw. Freunde einer harten Gangart im Blues angesprochen / The Stevie Ray Vaughan Band - without the leader. For their first album under their own name, a lot of musical friends came to the studio and participated in this production. It´s an album for lovers of rock music, and for friends of the toughest blues/rock. TOMMY SHANNON - bass, CHRIS LAYTON - drums, with DOYLE BRAMHALL II - gtr/voc, DR. JOHN - pno/voc, LOU ANN BARTON - voc, ERIC JOHNSON - gtr, SUSAN TEDESCHI - voc, JONNY LANG - gtr/voc, MALFORD MILLIGAN - voc, WILLIE NELSON - voc, KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD - gtr/voc, CHARLIE SEXTON - gtr/voc, JIMMY VAUGHAN - gtr, REESE WYNANS - kbds, GORDIE JOHNSON - gtr, VAN WILKS - gtr, DENNY FREEMAN - gtr, DEREK O´BRIEN - gtr.
(1992/93 ´Delmark´) (59:49/13) Ein kleines Juwel, ein Album, wie sie kaum noch produziert werden: mit minimalem Aufwand ein Super-Resultat erzielt! Jimmie Lee zählt zu den verdienten Veteranen der Chicagoer Szene. Diese CD entstand ganz im Geiste des Blues der 50er Jahre, kleine Besetzung und ein Frontman, der die Richtung bestimmt. Ein sehr emotionales ´richtiges´ Bluesalbum. Mein persönlicher Tip / a beautiful recording strictly ´50s Chicago style blues, recorded without a bass, but with two guitars. A very moving, emotional album. Set like these are not recorded very often any more. He died July 06, 2002. JIMMIE LEE ROBINSON - guitar/vocals, SCOTT DIRKS - hca, JOHNNY BURGIN - gtr, STEVE CUSHING - drums. Jimmie Lee´s style of playing transcends standard 12-bar blues, going beyond its simple formula, traversing numerous musical genres. His repertoire spans the boundaries of early American music such as folk, ragtime and country. The tunes range from standard blues, both slow and jump, through ragtime, to a haunting ballad. His guitar solos are not searing modern day blues solos, but bright sparks of pure musical genius. He is strong at points where strength is needed and provides subtle, smooth cording where only a master songster and musician can feel the touch of soulful tenderness.
.(2015/Vizztone) 12 tracks. Born and raised in Chicago, Amy Hart got her start playing and singing with with a West Side Chicago blues band. Soon she was playing at Chicago clubs with Junior Wells, and opening shows for Koko Taylor and James Cotton. Since then, she has established herself as a wide-ranging musical force— a powerful singer, songwriter, and guitarist — and has been critically acclaimed everywhere from the Gulf Coast to L.A., Nashville, Kathmandu and back. Recorded live on July 16th, 2014 at the Mayne Stage in Chicago. Amy Hart - gtr/voc, Wally Hoffmann - bass, PT Gazell - hca, Gene Bush - dobro, Matt McDowell - drums.
(2017/Grooveyard Records) 11 tracks - Outstanding studio disc by this awesome heavy rock band from South Dakota featuring 11 tracks (57 mins) of phenomenal, powerful, creative, dynamic, melodic, riff:machine heaviness that lands supreme with world-class, hard rock excellence. Closet Monster 96 draw from many killer musical influences and have created their own brand of superb, memorable heavy rock music on ´´What´s Inside Trixie´s Closet´´. Combining the impressive musical talents of Jon Koopman (Lead Vocals & Keyboards), Mike Dresch (Guitar & Vocals), Mike Pennock (Guitar), Brian Masek (Bass, Guitar, Keyboards & Vocals) & Jeff Koller (Drums & Vocals) who praise the loud & shake the walls down to the ground with their awesome brand of way-kool, super-sonic rock. Closet Monster 96 definitely produce & deliver the heavy rock riffage that matters on the amazing ´´What´s Inside Trixie´s Closet?´´ disc. An essential, classic, timeless heavy rock masterpiece of epic proportions that is all about Keeping the Rock alive.
(2017/Grooveyard Records) 13 tracks - Way-kool 8th studio disc by Blindstone, a mega-awesome heavy guitar rock power trio from Denmark who dig in deep and pay serious musical homage on their outstanding ´´Tribute To The Blues´´ disc entitled ´´Blues-O-Delic Celebration´´. Includes 13 tracks (58 Mins) of excellent, powerful, bad-ass, Blindstone-ized, riffage, mojo & grooves that rock the house down and shine a bright light on their blues/rock musical roots. The ´´Blues-O-Delic Celebration´´ disc features a blistering set of way-kool ´´cover songs´´ by the following musical blues artists: The Three Kings: BB + Freddie + Albert, ZZ Top, Leslie West, Rocky Hill, Guitar Shorty, The Gales Brothers, Shuggie Otis, Peter Green and Jimi Hendrix. Many of the tracks are obscure and unknown, all landing rock solid killer and make for a truly excellent musical power trio ´´Blues-O-Delic Celebration´´. Blindstone is fronted by the incredible six string talents of Martin J. Andersen, a legit modern day guitar hero. The man is a bad-ass, mojo rippin´, riff:master who raises the bar and waves his heavy guitar freak flag high. MJA is a true ´´Six String Renegade´´ on a mission to ´´Keep the Rock alive´´, a bright new hope in the face of real guitar rock music. Not only is he an amazing guitarist, Brother Andersen is also an excellent, soul-powered vocalist who delivers some of his strongest vocal performances to date on the ´´B.O.D.C.´´ disc. Blindstone also feature the awesome musical talents of Jesper Bunk on low-end bottom kool bass and Sigurd Jøhnk-Jensen on kick-ass drums, both excellent players who lock in and nail down the bad-ass, heavy Blindstone monster groove machine. As an added bonus on the killer version of ´´Hey Joe´´ that ends the new disc, Martin invites his Dad Jens and Son Magnus to jam on their guitars with him at this classic track. The end result features three generations having some serious, musical fun, celebrating a song that has very special meaning to all three guitar playing Andersens. We hope that you will enjoy this special generational guitar rock family celebration. It´s time to dig deep and ´´Rock Your Blues Mojo On The Killing Floor´´ with Blindstone on the essential, guitar rockin´ ´´Blues-O-Delic Celebration´´ disc. Highly Recommended to fans of Hendrix, Robin Trower, Frank Marino, Leslie West, Eric Gales, Joe Bonamassa and to people who dig and appreciate serious, blues-based, heavy guitar rock music.