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  • Linsey Alexander, Come Back Baby, Delmark Records, blues CD review
    plenty of compelling material that mines various styles of Chicago s rich musical heritage The title cut is a stoned soul groover as the singer s striking voice sails over a melodic horn pattern The opener Little Bit of Soap also benefits from the horns Ryan Nyther on trumpet Chris Neal on tenor sax and Bill McFarland on trombone while Alexander vows to wash away any traces of an unfaithful lover Booty Call lacks a strong lyrical narrative but Greg McDaniel s bouncing bass line ensures that this number will quickly fill any club s dance floor Alexander has more woman troubles on Funky Feeling leading him to pry some biting licks out of his instrument Veteran Roosevelt Purifoy handles keyboards throughout the disc with his organ playing being the focal point on Booze and Blues The leader s guitar work on Snowing in Chicago is as cutting as the city s winter weather McDaniel and drummer Pooky Styx lay down a solid shuffle on Things Done Changed while Alexander offers a terse response to the racism he has faced throughout his life Goin Out Walkin finds him hitting the road promising not to rest until he has his baby back Purifoy s nimble piano phrases push the singer along leading to his own six string ride Three tracks feature the great Billy Branch on harmonica On Call My Wife his bright tone and hearty blowing lighten the mood of Alexander s vivid portrayal of a whiskey soaked lost evening The emotional turmoil continues on Can t Drink Can t Sleep Can t Eat another forlorn tale of love lost Branch provides expert accompaniment to support Alexander s vocal then plays a twisting solo that utilizes his entire instrument He switches to chromatic harp on Too Old to Be a

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  • Dave & Phil Alvin, Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy, Yep Roc Records, blues CD review
    and the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago During their visit to Chicago s folk music Mecca on West Armitage Dave and Phil played Big Bill s Martin guitar an event which inspired this album Broonzy along with Old Town School s co founder Win Stracke and fellow Chicago area I Come For to Sing alumnus Studs Terkel were early champions for the Old Town School s first home on North Avenue home in the last years of his life Broonzy s career spanned 30 years and many musical eras ranging from hokum and minstrel shows to the electric Chicago blues sound and from big band and protest songs back to traditional American folk songs on visits to Europe in the 1950s predating Lippman and Rau s American Folk Blues tours that introduced Muddy Waters Sonny Boy Williamson 2 Sister Rosetta Thorpe Willie Dixon and many other post war blues artists to European audiences Three decades ago Dave and Phil formed The Blasters a Southern California based roots and rockabilly band that reinvigorated Americana with high energy songs like Marie Marie Border Radio and the title cut from their critically acclaimed 1981 release on Los Angeles Slash Records American Music In 1986 Dave left the band to pursue a solo career in punk with X and alt country with The Knitters and in 2000 Dave received a Grammy for Public Domain Songs From the Wild Land a collection of traditional folk songs with members of his band The Guilty Men on the Hightone label Phil continued to helm The Blasters after his brother s departure If Common Ground doesn t land on Top 10 lists of roots Americana or blues critics by New Year s Eve this year I ll be very surprised There s an easy old timey feel to an acoustic version of Key to the Highway and an amped up full band electric treatment of Just a Dream which presciently imagines Big Bill sitting in President Obama s chair in the West Wing Highway is punctuated nicely by Phil s harmonica and together Dave and Phil s vocals and guitar playing serve this song nicely As I listened to Dave and Phil s CD I revisited Broonzy s early recordings of varying quality and provenance online After comparing this CD with the originals I think the Alvin Brothers have not only honored Big Bill s memory but they also have put their own unique twist on many of the songs and made them their own The frenetic How You Want It Done is a finely wrought race to the finish line in under four minutes and Tomorrow is an unplugged acoustic gem that s a stark contrast to Broonzy s original version that featured big band swing style horns and keyboards The set ends with an acoustic instrumental Saturday Night Rub that reminds me of my favorite Grateful Dead songs Friend of the Devil and Uncle John s Band Saturday Night Rub was one of

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  • Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, You Asked For It -- LIVE, Alligator Records, blues CD review
    it s evident on every cut of this runaway release I hate to drop names but it s hard to go wrong with a nomenclature of musicians like the one behind Estrin Norway s Kid Andersen guitar and background vocals began playing as a teen backing American blues artists who came to his country since back in the early 80s from Homesick James to Willie Big Eyes Smith and Nappy Brown He got his green card and came across the pond to California at age 21 and was called an Alien Of Extraordinary Ability After a 2004 stint with harpist Charlie Musselwhite he joined Estrin The Nightcats where his standout picking provides a solid backing for Estrin s harp Little Charlie is a hard act to follow but Andersen exerts his own slick style and fits right in with the band Kid s a fearless nut on the guitar says Estrin Take a listen to the opening cut Handle With Care and you ll hear some of Andersen s tasty licks bouncing along in bebop style countered by Estrin s catchy lyrics It s okay to nibble but baby please don t bite And sure enough this opening track is a real nice nibbler setting things up for the blues romp to follow Andersen is capable of some truly remarkable blues playing and he really deals them out he just has a great feel going for this live show Tagged on a plethora of instruments from electric and standup bass to piano organ and synthesizer Lorenzo Farrell keeps up the bottom end of the rhythm adding a lot of nice keyboard and effects along the way Another Californian with a degree in Philosophy from Berkeley that he earned during a respite from his musical career Farrell joined the band in 2003 bringing his jazz influence and nice touch on the keys You can hear some of his fine work on the 88s on Dump That Chump a song that not only carries the torch but also seeks to extinguish it as well chumplessly Slammin the skins and helping out with the vocals is J Hansen who chooses to stand while he plays He s a prolific songwriter and as any bandleader will tell you represents a golden musical mean as a singing drummer that sought after combo that so many bands crave to add A veteran on the California music scene since the 80s he was mentored by multi instrumentalist Clint Baker eventually leading to a chance to hone his chops playing in the Preservation Hall Jazz band in New Orleans He joined the Nightcats in 2002 after fronting his own Bay area funk band Vero The band has the crowd from the downbeat and they ramble through a catalogue of blues styles as the show rocks on Some homage to the Coasters on Clothes Line lets Estrin show off his uncanny ability to ramble through a dense flock of words that tickle the funny bone too He sounds like

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  • Steve Freund & Gloria Hardiman, Set Me Free, Delmark Records, blues CD review
    This crew is featured on three of the album cuts The actual vinyl pressing contained 10 tunes and they are featured in the original running order Remember that in 1983 making a record was a big deal it represents a big investment that normally results in only the best being preserved for the ages One listen to Set Me Free and it s clear that Freund Hardiman were up to the task Set Me Free kicks off with a stinging guitar figure from Freund that propels the listener into Bobby Blue Bland s You Got Me Freund and the band absolutely own the groove with Hardiman pulling no punches taking the listener on a tour de force rendering of the Bland classic Her control pitch rhythm and pace are perfect The next two selections Jimmy Rogers That s Alright and Jammin with Sam feature the Sunnyland crew and not surprisingly is Chicago Blues at its finest played by some of the best in the business The interaction between the players on these cuts is easy and natural belying their obvious familiarity with each other Jammin With Sam in particular is a rollicking syncopated instrumental featuring saxophone courtesy of Sam Burkhardt with Freund offering a textbook example of what to play and when to play it It s worth noting that while the musicianship on Set Me Free is first class in every way there no sense of showboating or overplaying by anyone Guitar solos are melodic and appropriate for the groove the piano is never too forward or overpowering and with Stroger and Terson on bass there s always a smooth reliable low end to tap your foot to Ike Turner s The Way That You Love Me is up next and it rocks the house leaving Let Me Down Easy s slow soul to shore up Side One original LP cover for Set Me Free Side 2 vinyl remember starts out with Aretha Frankin s Dr Feelgood and if there was ever a song to demonstrate vocal chops this is it Hardiman mixes equal parts control and tone with power and confidence to near perfection To have witnessed her performing this song live in a little club like Lilly s in 1983 would ve been an unforgettable experience Next up is the South Side staple I Done Got Over It and it s a great example of the authority Freund and the Blueprints brought to the stage every night On Things I Used to Do Freund takes the vocal lead with Sunnyland and Co contributing their third performance of Set Me Free Freund s vocal is mature beyond his years and certainly leaves the listener wanting more His rendition of this road worn chestnut is smooth and sure Last up is Eddie Cleanhead Vinson s classic Kidney Stew giving the entire band a chance to stretch out instrumentally and blow some licks It s a trip back to Lilly s again Here s one more before we take a

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  • Rod Piazza and the Mighty Fliers, Emergency Situation, Blind Pig Records, blues CD review
    variety of lesser known but no less deserving blues numbers originally by Jimmy Rogers Sam Myers and Amos Milburn Instead of a more familiar Rogers song such as Walking By Myself Piazza digs deep for Tricky Woman Better known is Piazza s choice cover of Myers Sleeping In The Ground a personal fave which Sam once performed with Anson Funderburgh also covered by Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood on their landmark 2009 tour Piazza also reaches southward to New Orleans for a lively version of Lee Dorsey s Ya Ya with lead vocals by guitarist Henry Carvajal A native of California Piazza has been on the blues scene since 1965 when he formed the Dirty Blues Band in Los Angeles at the age of 18 They cut two records including a 1968 release for ABC Bluesway a label which also recorded B B King and John Lee Hooker Piazza was also gigging with blues luminaries such as Big Mama Thornton Big Joe Turner and T Bone Walker That great early start led to his twin blues harp collaboration with Muddy Waters onetime harpist George Harmonica Smith in the band Bacon Fat for two albums in 1969 70 By 1980 Piazza was recording under the Mighty Flyers monicker with albums for the Black Top label He s been recording for Blind Pig since 2004 The Mighty Flyers lineup is distinguished by the presence of Rod s wife Honey who plays piano in the band She s been playing with Rod since 1973 when he hired her impressed by her assimilation of the classic blues keyboard stylings of Chicago blues giant Otis Spann The current edition of the band is rounded out by Henry Carvajal on guitar David Kida on drums and Norm Gonzales on bass Rod s mastery of the blues

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  • Sena Ehrhardt, Live My Life, Blind Pig, blues CD review, Eric Steiner
    and Sena gets more than a little sultry as she deftly stretches her alto vocals on guitarist Cole Allen s Too Late to Ask Cole also contributes an exceptional guitar solo on the cover of the classic Help Me through the Day as Sena updates this classic Leon Russell blues song from a woman s point of view When not touring with her full band Sena and Cole perform as an acoustic duo in smaller venues In addition to Bruce McCabe Sena recruited some additional first class guest musicians on Live My Life such as Smokin Joe Kubek who lights up Things You Shouldn t Need to Know and Jimi Primetime Smith who adds rhythm guitar on Help Me through the Day The band also covers the Beatles ramped up rockabilly song Slow Down and gives it a bluesy mid tempo Texas twist to accent Sena s seductively flirtatious vocals St Paul Peterson a Prince discovery and veteran of The Time the Steve Miller Band and the Minneapolis All Stars shares bass parts on this CD with Rick Rousell an alumni of the Minnesota Barking Ducks yes there really is a Twin Cities blues band with that moniker I ve seen them and they are a first class bar band the James Solberg Band and Chicago s own Studebaker John Peterson also plays drums and shares engine room duties with Michael Bland a fellow Prince alumnus who has also worked with such other notable Minnesota based acts like Soul Asylum and Paul Westerberg This time out Sena s production team hails from the Gopher State Live My Life was recorded by Josh Levi and Nick Schmidt at Winterland Studios in Minneapolis and produced by renowned producer David Z an LA transplant from the Twin Cities whose considerable blues production credits

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  • Brian Carpy, Rockin' Bollocks, Bamboo Worldwide Inc., blues CD review
    favor of the instrument s vibrato bar Most guitarists would go out of their way to avoid any comparisons with Mr Earl but not our plucky Scotsman He blazes his own trail spinning out strong fluid lines that never fail to hold your attention On Change in My Pocket Carpy navigates his way through Anson Funderburgh s Texas shuffle with equal aplomb ripping off a tasty solo that rides Marty Sammon s lively piano playing Man Needs His Loving All the Time was written by the legendary New Orleans guitarist Earl King It was the opening track for Funderburgh the Rockets Sin album Carpy does his best to equal Sam Myers vocal but fares better when he is turning nimble single note picking into swinging melodic phrases Other covers include a spirited run through of a Smokin Joe Kubek tune I Gotta Have It that starts the disc in fine fashion The veteran rhythm section of Marty Binder on drums and Ari Seder on bass sets up an infectious beat allowing Carpy plenty of space to showcase his arsenal of guitar licks On Postman Carpy tastefully layers his seamless guitar work around an expressive vocal effort on a minor key Kim Wilson original The limits of Carpy s vocal range are exposed on Dyin on the Vine written by Rick Estrin Rusty Zinn however his torturous guitar solo cries out of the depths of grief and pain He offers more examples of his string bending skills on Bad Intentions a song originally done by Bobby Blue Bland The disc also includes two instrumentals that find Carpy sharing the spotlight with several guests Organist Foreman is on both tracks getting a chance to stretch out on Hangin which builds on an infectious riff that Carpy turns inside out with his exuberant

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  • John Primer & The Teardrops, You Can Make It If You Try, Wolf Records, Eric Steiner, blues CD review
    giants when each of the Holt brothers passed We lost Magic Slim early in 2013 and four years earlier he honored his younger brother Nick s memory by playing at his wake at the Zoo Bar in their adopted home town of Lincoln Nebraska During the course of four decades in music Magic Slim received an impressive 47 W C Handy Award or Blues Music Award nominations Fortunately he received the blues community s highest award six times during his lifetime and last year the Blues Foundation awarded Magic Slim a Traditional Blues Male Artist Blues Music Award posthumously Nick Holt received two nods for Blues Instrumentalist Bass in 1999 and 2001 John Primer s blues apprenticeship began at the fabled Theresa s in Chicago in the 1970s before he joined the Muddy Waters Band From 1982 to 1995 John was a Teardrop and during his tenure Magic Slim and Teardrops recorded a number of notable releases on the Wolf Records label including Spider in My Stew Magic Slim the Teardrops Magic Blues Chicago Blues Session Vol 10 and a live CD recorded at The Zoo Bar in Lincoln Nebraska The liner notes by John s manager and partner Lisa Becker Primer and Wolf Records founder Hannes Folterbrauer introduce the straightforward lump style of post war Chicago blues and there are many candid photos in the CD package The photo of Earl Nick and John in front of the old Checkerboard Lounge on East 43 rd Street in Chicago captures the magic of that era the two Holt brothers horsing around over a bottle is hilarious and the photo of Magic Slim in and the Teardrops line up circa 1992 is a picture of four friends just hanging out together There s also John Primer s old business card and

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