Blues

Nick Moss – Live at Chan’s – Combo Platter No. 2

So the other day after I listened to Nick Moss’ new CD Privileged I said I was going to go back and listen to some of his other CDs. So today I listened to his album Live at Chan’s – Combo Platter No. 2 and I think I like it more than Privileged. The album is just flat out great! Because the tracks are longer the band gets to stretch a little more and the results are some fantastic tracks, starting with the opening  track “Spare Ribs & Chopsticks” an eight plus minute instrumental featuring the basic band Moss on guitar, Gerry Hundt on bass, Willie Oshawny on piano and Bob Carter and it is a fantastic start. On the next track  Gerry Hundt switches to harmonica and provides some tasty licks on “Try to Treat Me Right” Things switch up a little on the third track “Whiskey Makes Me Mean” a Gerry Hundt song  and Gerry provides the vocals and mandolin, Moss takes over the harp duties and Moss’ wife Kate sits in on bass and everything again is stellar!!  Things move along for the  next few tracks through the 9 minute plus instrumental “Fill’er Up” again on this track Hundt provides some great harp work and Kate sits in on bass! After this track things go from great to fantastic as Moss brings out his  special guest Lurrie Bell a second generation blues guitarist Lurrie Bell on of harmonica legend Carey Bell. and for the next three tracks Bell handles the vocals and Moss and Bell swap solos through “Don’t Lie to Me”, an Eddie Boyd song ” Five Long Years” a stellar track and Willie Dixon’s “I’m Ready” (which I listened to by Hubert Sumlin the other day)  and the closing track a Moss original Moss takes back over the vocals and again Bell and Moss swap solos.

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Quick Pick – Blues Harp – Mark Hummel

So yesterday, I ended the day listening to some of the tracks on Mark Hummel’s album Ain’t Easy No More. An older Hummel album Married to the Blues has been on the CD player for a while now and it is ok but maybe a little too old swingy? Anyway, I liked this album a whole lot more. If you don’t know Hummel, he is on of the most respected blues harp players around. Here are some press quotes from his website and the second quote is from a guy who just may  know a little about the blues.

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Blues Wednesday – Blue Bella Records

So this Blues Wednesday, I didn’t start by checking any charts. I thought that since I had good luck last week with Blue Bella Records I’d just check and see what other bands are on their label with new albums out! What I found were two names first Matthew Stubbs and second The Cash Box Kings. So when I got to work and started work and listening I started with The Cash Box Kings album I-94 Blues. I listened to the first track “Default Boogie” a little boogie number about the current economic conditions! It sounded great but not a good sound for doing writing, which is what I was doing so I tried the other name Matthew Stubbs and his album Medford and Main. This album was great for writing since it was an instrumental album! According to his website Stubbs plays soul drenched roots and blues guitar instrumentals. Stubbs is a  great guitarist who currently plays with the legendary Charlie Musselwhite Band, as well as his own band, The Matthew Stubbs Band. He was named 2009 Outstanding Guitarist from Blues Audience Magazine and was a 2009 Boston Music Award Nominee for Blues Act of the Year. I listened for a little while liked what I heard and this will definitely be a listen while you work CD!

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New Blues – Nick Moss

So Wednesday when I was looking for some new blues and downloaded the Kilborn Alley Blues Band I also downloaded another album on the same label Blue Bella Records, Privileged by Nick Moss. Well I’ve listened to this album many times over the last three days and each time I listen to it I like it more and more and it’s quickly catching up the Kilborn Alley as a new favorite. Before listening to this album I had never heard of Nick Moss and evidently I was missing out on some great Chicago Blues! From his website biography Who is this Nick Moss? you can read the full biography at his website.  Chicago Blues was once synonymous with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, Elmore James, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and so many more. But today:

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Blues Wednesday – Part 1 – The Kilborn Alley Blues Band

So tonight, I was thinking about how to write today’s post about a new group (to me) The Kilborn Alley Blues Band and the album that I listened to first this Blues Wednesday Better Off Now and I thought, what do I like in a blues band. Well, you need a good strong guitar see Stevie Ray, Corey Stevens, Mike Bloomfield any of the guitarist for John Mayall….Kilborn Alley- Josh Stimmel and Andrew Duncannon on guitars sound pretty good to me… maybe you can throw in a little harp see James Cotton, Paul Butterfield,John Mayall, Kim Wilson …. Kilborn Alley – Joe Asselin sounds as good and bluesy as any of them…… throw in vocals with a lot of feeling take your pick of vocalists B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells… Kilborn Alley Andrew Duncannon provides some great blues vocals in a great Chicago Blues style! Maybe you mix in a little organ see Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield….Killborn Alley it’s there but I don’t know who it is! Throw in Chris Breen on bass and Ed O’Hara on drums and what do you get – A great gritty Chicago Blues Band!!!

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Eric Bibb – Booker’s Guitar

Ok so, Eric Bibb is another of those artists who music I don’t have in my library simply because, say it with me now!  there’s too much music – too little time! Generally. I don’t listen to a lot of acoustic blues no Keb’ Mo’  or Reverend Gary Davis in my library, there is however, Mississippi John Hurt, Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry and one of my favorite Bill Morrissey album’s is Songs of Mississippi John Hurt. Oh and I forgot my new friends Moreland and Arbuckle! Anyway yesterday after listening to some different? acoustic blues Seasick Steve I wanted to listen to something a little more standard and I had been thinking about Eric Bibb, so I download his latest album Booker’s Guitar and have really enjoyed it!

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Blues Wednesday Mix!

So usually on Blues Wednesday I find one artist or album and listen to it enough write a  review but today I don’t think I listened to CDs enough to know how I really feel about them! I started the day by checking Billboard’s Blues Chart and the name that jumped out was Seasick Steve (Steven Gene Wold) and his album Man From Another Time. Wold plays acoustic blues on a variety of homemade instruments and the result is well different and I think it’s going to take several listens until I know how I feel about the album in total. I did like the instrumentation on the album. Wikipedia says that three of the instruments that he plays are the: “Three-Stringed Trance Wonder”, This is a normal guitar that resembles a Fender Coronado, but with only three strings One-Stringed Diddley Bow” This is a one stringed string instrument played with a slide (He uses an old screwdriver for this purpose). It consists of a 2 foot long 2×4, with a semi-loose piece of broom wire nailed to it at both ends. It was made especially for him by James ‘Super Chikan’ Johnson. The Mississippi Drun Machine (MDM)  A small wooden box that is stomped upon, providing percussion. It is decorated with a Mississippi motorcycle license plate (“MC33583”), and a small piece of carpet. Here He is playing the diddley bow! So like I said this CD is gonna take some getting used to – I’ll let you know later what I think! So after listening to Seasick Steve, I said that I need some blues that I know! So I checked out the mp3 player and there near the bottom of the artist list sat a favorite Walter Trout and his album Unspoiled by Progress – 20 Years of Hardcore Blues. And I’ve been a fan for the last 3-4 years of those twenty, sure wish I had found him sooner! Anyway Trout is a great guitarist and I like his vocals, too so it’s a good listen all around!! I listened to the first three tracks “They Call Us The Working Class”, “Goin’ Down” and “Life in the Jungle” all great tracks!

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Blues Wednesday – Eugene Hideaway Bridges

So tonight I am listening to an album that I downloaded a while back but I like the tracks more each time I hear them. The album is Live in San Antonio Special Edition by Eugene Hideaway Bridges. Right now the track ” I Know You Love Me” just finished and that was a great one, one that features the whole band and that would include: Bass Eric King,  Drums Bobby Baranowski, Keyboards & Organ David Webb, (who stands out on several tracks), Tenor Sax Seth Kibel and Trumpet Justine Miller.

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Blues Wednesday – Joe Bonamassa

So today started out a lot like yesterday, still no coffee at the 7-Eleven due to remodeling! Then I listened to tracks from several different blues albums and again nothing caught my attention. So at lunch I checked out the Billboard Blues charts and there are number one sat Joe Bonamassa’s new album Black Rock and at Number 9 Derek Trucks new album Already Free so I loaded both on the mp3 player and set out for a site to do some testing and listening on the way! Now Bonamassa was a name I’d always heard (seems like I say this a lot!) but never listened to, my mistake! Anyway since I heard one of his albums about a year ago his music gets steady play. So I anticipated that I would enjoy Bonamassa’s great playing and good vocals and all around strong sound. The first two tracks did not disappoint me and on the third track “When the Fire Hits the Sea” I caught myself saying is he playing slide guitar on this track – yep – and it was good! Then came “Quarryman’s Lament” which opened with a different sounding instrument, which I have since learned was a clarino (a Greek type clarinet) and I said this is a great album.

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Blues -The Common Ground-Tab Benoit

Last night I pulled out an old jazz album, as I prepared a forgotten music play list, Blues-The Common Ground by Kenny Burrell. When I picked up the album cover, I read the liner notes Burrell had  written and I thought about the question that was asked on No Depression the other week. Should they cover jazz and blues? Here’s what Burrell wrote:

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