Blues The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues.html Tue, 24 Sep 2019 07:47:39 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Lonnie Brooks - 30 Most Slow Blues (Part 2) (2017) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1338-lonnie-brooks/25886-lonnie-brooks-30-most-slow-blues-part-2-2017.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1338-lonnie-brooks/25886-lonnie-brooks-30-most-slow-blues-part-2-2017.html Lonnie Brooks - 30 Most Slow Blues (Part 2) (2017)

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01. Crash Head On Into Love
02. Eyeballin'
03. Figure Head
04. Inflation
05. Jealous Man
06. Wrong Number
07. Belly Rubbin' Music
08. In The Dark
09. Watchdog
10. End of the Rope
11. Feel Good Doin' Bad
12. I'll Take Care Of You
13. Alligators Around My Door
14. The Train And The Horse
15. Wife For Tonight
16. Family Curse
17. Roll Of The Tumbling Dice
18. Brand New Mojo Hand
19. Before You Go
20. Figurehead
21. Like Father, Like Son
22. Something You Got
23. Get Through To You
24. Holding On To The Memories
25. Hush Mouth Money
26. Cold Lonely Nights
27. It's Your World
28. Voodoo Daddy
29. I Can't Stand It No More
30. I Met The Blues In Person 

 

Lonnie Brooks, a Louisiana-born blues musician well-known for his version of the Robert Johnson song "Sweet Home Chicago," died Saturday, April 1, 2017, according to multiple news sources. He was 83.

In a news statement Sunday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised Brooks as “a Chicago blues legend with a towering talent and soulful style that won him legions of fans across the country and around the world. His celebrated career inspired generations of music lovers, garnered numerous awards, and brought him from the clubs of Chicago’s West Side to the concert halls of Europe and beyond.”

Brooks was born Lee Baker Jr. Dec. 18, 1933, in Dubuisson, Louisiana. He was introduced to the blues by his banjo-plucking grandfather. Later, in the early 1950s, he decided to pursue a musical career after moving to Port Arthur, Texas, where he heard live sets by blues legends including T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, and others.

During his solo career, Brooks called himself Guitar Jr., but he dropped the moniker after moving to Chicago in 1960 because Luther Johnson had called himself Guitar Jr. long before Brooks. It was in Chicago that Lee Baker became Lonnie Brooks.

Brooks played clubs on Chicago's South Side and West Side, as well as in joints in neighboring Gary and East Chicago, Indiana.

His debut album, "Broke an' Hungry," was recorded in 1969. Six years later, his album "Sweet Home Chicago" featured the title track that made him famous. Successive albums included "Bayou Lightning" (1979), "Turn on the Night" (1981), "Live at Pepper's" (1985), and "Satisfaction Guaranteed" (1991)."

Brooks made appearances in two films, "Blues Brothers 2000" and "The Express." He also made a cameo appearance on an episode of TV's "Hee Haw."

Brooks also co-authored the book "Blues for Dummies" along with son Wayne Baker Brooks and Michael "Cub" Coda, who wrote the Brownsville Station hit "Smokin' in the Boys Room."

Brooks is survived by two sons, the blues artists Ronnie Baker Brooks and Wayne Baker Brooks. ---legacy.com

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Baba Blues - Excavations: Blues Is A Rainbow (2000) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/6813-baba-blues/25881-baba-blues-excavations-blues-is-a-rainbow-2000.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/6813-baba-blues/25881-baba-blues-excavations-blues-is-a-rainbow-2000.html Baba Blues - Excavations: Blues Is A Rainbow (2000)

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1 	Blues Is A Rainbow 	
2 	Just 'Cos You Got The Power 	
3 	Help Me Through The Day 	
4 	I Ain't Superstitious 	
5 	Bricks In My Pillow 	
6 	You Need Love / Catfish Blues 	
7 	Fisherman 	
8 	The Unnecessery Event's Regretting 	
9 	Last Night 	
10 	The Day My Mother Died 	
11 	Walk On

Richard Danielson - vocals, harmonica, acoustic guitar
Clas Gustavsson - acoustic guitar with wha-wha, backing vocals

 

Richard Danielson and Clas Gustavsson (then mainly a drummer) met in 1984 as members of a touring blues band called "Diving Duck". A little fed up with the cover-mentality of the ordinary blues band-concept they started to play acoustic on late hotel nights after the gigs to get the music out of their system. There they founded a form of blues rooted in the early pre-war blues, with no bas and drums, but with a modern rock attitude. In 1988 they started to play and make gigs under the name of Baba Blues duo and decided to make a tape to sell after the gigs.

They had both played in several band for many years being parts of the Swedish "progg-scene" going on in the seventies, with lyrics in Swedish and slightly psychedelic "make your own thing"- approach.

When they, in the early 90:s, started to write and record their own blues songs in Swedish and put them on the debut-album "Fishermen" the radio stations immediately started to played it. TV- shows invited them and they became favourites of the newspapers critics that put it on "the best of the year lists". They made two albums "Kompassernas man"(-93) and "Den rasande balansen" (-96) in Swedish with hits on the radios play-lists before they decided to try to communicate with the world outside of Sweden.

In 2000 their album "Excavations: Blues is a rainbow" knocked the critics who again put them on "the best of the year lists". This time the songs were in English, some of their own, some old blues stuff and unexpectedly a Motorhead song. All in very personal way with their very unique approach left. ---Alexandrr, hixboard.com

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Blues Cousins - Hoochie Coochie Man (2001) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/6791-blues-cousins/25876-blues-cousins-hoochie-coochie-man-2001.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/6791-blues-cousins/25876-blues-cousins-hoochie-coochie-man-2001.html Blues Cousins - Hoochie Coochie Man (2001)

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01 - Crossroads 03:44
02 - Hoochie Coochie Man 03:54
03 - Sleepless Night 03:09
04 - Johnny Guitar 03:32
05 - What You Want Me To Do 04:22
06 - You Better Watch Yourself 03:13
07 - I'll Be Waiting 04:36
08 - You Don't Love Me 03:01 

Levan Lomidze - guitar, vocals
Dmitry Chestnykh - bass
Slava Ignatov - drums, vocals

 

The leader of Blues Cousins band, Levan Lomidze is not just simply outstanding guitarist and bluesman, he is also and extraordinary showman. His behaviour on stage during performances does not leave anybody indifferent. The legend of a world blues and a rock'n'roll is the first Russian guitarist recognised in the USA where Levan has in total spent more than 100 concerts, including performances on the most prestigious blues festivals of America. ---eng.ucclub.ru

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Talking with the Blues 08 - Desaster City Blues - Los Angeles Vol.1 (1996) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/6714-talking-with-the-blues/25871-talking-with-the-blues-08-desaster-city-blues-los-angeles-vol1-1996.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/6714-talking-with-the-blues/25871-talking-with-the-blues-08-desaster-city-blues-los-angeles-vol1-1996.html Talking with the Blues 08 - Desaster City Blues - Los Angeles Vol.1 (1996)

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1 	–Doug MacLeod 	Come To Find 	4:10
2 	–Robert Lucas 	Blues Man From L.A. 	3:42
3 	–Terry Evans 	Walking In The Same Tracks 	4:19
4 	–Red Eye Blues 	Just Another Fool 	3:43
5 	–Jaime Troy 	Is This What It Takes? 	3:35
6 	–Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan 	Roll Of The Tumblin' Dice 	4:07
7 	–Chris Smith  	Born In Chicago 	4:01
8 	–Hula Monsters 	She Don't Mind 	5:29
9 	–Terry Evans 	Down In Mississippi 	7:42
10 	–Robert Lucas 	Talk To Me 	3:54
11 	–Chris Smith  	You And Me 	6:45
12 	–Red Eye Blues 	Crescent Smile 	4:02
13 	–Tom Ball  	Wing And A Prayer 	2:46
14 	–Red Eye Blues 	Keep On Tryin' 	5:42
15 	–Jon Bare 	Don't Let The Sun Pass You By 	5:19
16 	–Doug MacLeod 	When I Left Missouri 	3:22

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Fissure Cat - Real Blues (2019) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/6843-fissure-cat/25866-fissure-cat-real-blues-2019.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/6843-fissure-cat/25866-fissure-cat-real-blues-2019.html Fissure Cat - Real Blues (2019)

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1.Harmony 03:13
2.White Light 03:49
3.Passage 03:19
4.L. 03:34
5.Mirror 03:08
6.Suppression 04:01
7.Winter 05:08
8.The Peasant and The King 04:46
9.Time To Shine 04:35
10.The Shine Of Time 02:26 

Fissure Cat (Thomas Matherly) - composer, lyricist, performer

 

Thomas Matherly - Fissure Cat - is a singer, song writer, and multi-instrumentalist from Massachusetts. With a focus on healing and nature, he performs blues/folk/acoustic when playing solo and hard electric blues/rock n' roll with his current drummer Stefanie Jade Marotte. He fell in love with Beethoven, Miles Davis and The Beatles whilst gently floating in the womb. In 1987 he successfully exited the womb in New York City and continued his love affair with great music. Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, Sound Garden and many other popular grunge and rock bands captured his interest in the early 90's and have heavily influenced his music. Fissure Cat began taking lessons on djembe, piano and violin at the age of three while growing up in Worcester Massachusetts. He has played a variety of other instruments including recorder and alto saxophone. He began playing guitar in 1997 and bass guitar in 2000. He has written over 40 original songs, which he is now sharing around the Pioneer Valley and Northeastern U.S. ---cdbaby.com

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Piedmont Bluz - Ambassadors Of Country Blues (2019) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/6842-piedmont-bluz/25861-piedmont-bluz-ambassadors-of-country-blues-2019.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/6842-piedmont-bluz/25861-piedmont-bluz-ambassadors-of-country-blues-2019.html Piedmont Bluz - Ambassadors Of Country Blues (2019)

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1 Ol' Freight Train
2 When the Levee Breaks
3 Avalon Blues
4 Last Kind Words
5 Beulah Land
6 Statesboro Blues
7 C.C. Rider
8 Canned Heat
9 Needed Time
10 Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor
11 Whistlin' Blues 

Valerie Turner - guitar, vocals
Ben Turner - washboard, bones, harmonica

 

Just when people think the old country blues of the Mid-Atlantic has faded away, along come the wonderful husband and wife duo of Valerie and Ben Turner who are the heirs to the Piedmont blues tradition. They are known as the duo 'Piedmont Blūz' and play the truehearted, authentic country blues with love. It'll warm you heart. Keep your ears on Piedmont Blūz. - Frank Matheis, piedmontbluz.com

 

We have been fortunate to host many great performers. But your insights into the history of the music are fascinating and most entertaining. Your interpretation, lyrics and performances of the songs are deeply steeped in the tradition yet truly original and uniquely your own. Your mastery of your craft is a joy to see and hear. And your love of the music is fully communicated and hypnotic. Ben's understated support vocals, washboard and harp playing are the perfect complement to your lead vocals and guitar work. His beautiful artistry in washboard contruction is also remarkable. ---Ralph Litwin, piedmontbluz.com

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Piedmont Bluz Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:04:59 +0000
Jarekus Singleton - Heartfelt (2011) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/4466-jarekus-singleton/25856-jarekus-singleton-heartfelt-2011.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/4466-jarekus-singleton/25856-jarekus-singleton-heartfelt-2011.html Jarekus Singleton - Heartfelt (2011)

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1 	Gotta Believe Me 	3:50
2 	I'm Telling You 	4:24
3 	Singing the Blues 	3:24
4 	I'm Leaving You 	5:14
5 	Suppose to Be 	4:26
6 	I Don't Need You 	7:36
7 	Tired 	4:56
8 	Use to 	3:57

Jarekus Singleton - Guitars and Vocals
Ben Sterling - Bass
John Blackmon - Drums
Sam Brady - Keys 

 

In 2009, Jarekus formed The Jarekus Singleton Blues Band, quickly building a reputation as a tremendously gifted musician and performer. Jarekus self-released his first CD, Heartfelt, in 2011, and fans and media quickly took notice of these brand new original songs. Three tracks from that CD play in regular rotation on B.B. King's Bluesville on SiriusXM Radio, the most-listened-to blues radio station in the world. But radio wasn't alone in praising the rising blues star, as the rest of the world began paying attention. Singleton was named a "star on the rise" by Blues & Rhythm magazine in the UK. Guitar Center named him the 2011 King of the Blues in Mississippi. He received the Jackson Music Award for 2012 Blues Artist of the Year and for 2013 Local Entertainer of the Year. The Jackson Free Press named him the 2013 Best Local Blues Artist. ---facebook.com

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Tracy Kash - Fierce (2019) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/6835-tracy-kash/25850-tracy-kash-fierce-2019.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/6835-tracy-kash/25850-tracy-kash-fierce-2019.html Tracy Kash - Fierce (2019)

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 1. Face Time - 3:46
 2. If I - 3:52
 3. Buried Treasure - 3:58
 4. Don't Say Goodbye - 3:17
 5. Moments - 4:49
 6. I Love Me More - 4:29
 7. A Little More Time - 3:49
 8. Lucky Penny - 4:23
 9. Dearest (Theme from Lion's Paw Film "Possessive") - 2:53
10. You Can't Come to My Party - 3:50
11. Mezzanine - 4:21

Tracy Kash - vocals, flute, keys
Pat Shanley - guitar
Chuck Bartels - bass
Van Hunsberger - drums

 

Tracy’s… latest release “Fierce” is a throwback to the good old days. A multi-talented singer songwriter (she also plays keys and flute), Tracy is not afraid to have equally talented musicians back her up. Personal favorites are “You Can’t Come to my Party”, and “I Love me More”. Like all her songs, these are things that one can identify with in different ways depending on your personal perspective and history.” ---Scott Boatright, tracykash.com

 

Tracy Kash began her musical life as a classical musician. She received a Bachelor’s degree from University of North Texas- and a Master’s degree from the venerable Boston Conservatory, in orchestral music and music theory. Tracy is an accomplished flutist, vocalist, composer, arranger, and pianist.. Tracy has composed for and performed with a variety of ensembles in and around the Detroit area, including Pebble Creek Chamber Orchestra, Theatre Bizarre Orchestra, Nighthawks Jazz Orchestra and her own soul ensemble, Tracy Kash and the Bro’ Fos. She recently released her 4th studio album, Fierce, in April 2019. Her previous releases were nominated for Detroit Music Awards and her 2010 release, “Sound Truth” was chosen as one of the “Top 10 of 2010” by the Detroit MetroTimes culture magazine. She is currently collaborating with award-winning poet Diane DeCillis on creating a musical of the absurd. She has also written companion music for the historical novel “Remembrance”, by Heather Buchanan and inspired by the Harlem Hellfighters during World War I. ---tracykash.com

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Tracy Kash Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:45:24 +0000
Big Daddy Wilson - Deep In My Soul (2019) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1351-big-daddy-wilson/25846-big-daddy-wilson-deep-in-my-soul-2019.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1351-big-daddy-wilson/25846-big-daddy-wilson-deep-in-my-soul-2019.html Big Daddy Wilson - Deep In My Soul (2019)

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A1 	I Know 	3:12
A2 	Ain't Got No Money 	3:15
A3 	Mississippi Me 	3:35
A4 	Tripping On You 	4:25
A5 	I Got Plenty 	4:08
A6 	Hold On To Our Love 	3:15
B1 	Deep In My Soul 	4:38
B2 	I'm Walking 	4:16
B3 	Crazy World 	5:23
B4 	Redhead Stepchild 	4:06
B5 	Voodoo 	3:22
B6 	Couldn't Keep It To Myself 	0:49

Backing Vocals – Kimberlie Helton, Mitch Mann, Trinecia Butler
Bass – Dave Smith
Drums – Steve Potts
Guitar – Laura Chavez
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Will McFarlane
Keyboards – Mark Narmore
Organ – Rick Steff
Saxophone, Backing Vocals – Brad Guin
Trumpet, Backing Vocals – Ken Waters
Vocals – Big Daddy Wilson

 

Bluesman Big Daddy Wilson is a gifted vocalist and true son of the American South whose smoky, low-pitched voice and lyric-writing ability have made him a star in Europe, where he has lived for the past 25 years. He has a way with songs few can match and is undeniably one of the most creative and authentic artists working in roots music today. The latest release in Wilson’s long discography Deep In My Soul comes out April 18th, 2019 on Ruf Records and represents a long-overdue homecoming for this multifaceted songwriter and performer and gives ample evidence of the Southern heritage that runs through every bit of his work.

Originally from Edenton, North Carolina, Big Daddy Wilson grew up as a self-described “real country boy” whose family urged him to sing in his church to protect him from the lure of the streets. He joined the Army in 1979 and ended up in Germany. There, he saw the power of live blues in local nightspots and knew he’d found the part of himself that had been missing. He quickly became known on the European circuit for his golden vocal tones and a songwriting style that referenced not only blues but funk, soul, and reggae, too. No matter what he did or where he went, however, he carried the South in his heart and injected it under the surface of his work.

Deep In My Soul was the project that lured Wilson back to the USA in May of 2018 to begin pre-production in Memphis with ace guitarist Laura Chavez and bassist extraordinaire Dave Smith. That December, tracking began at Bessie Blue Studios in Stantonville, Tennessee with Grammy-winning producer Jim Gaines (Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan) at the helm. The record was finished at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where Etta, Aretha, and Duane Allman captured lightning in a bottle all those years ago. Even on such hallowed ground, Wilson’s art more than measured up and expanded from his normal acoustic sound to a full band set powerful enough to turn goat’s milk into gasoline.

The record opens with the smooth and brassy soul of “I Know” that shows Big Daddy Wilson giving a fresh spin to the classic soul music recipe. His genius is in his songwriting and the way he makes quintessential American styles sound new and original again. It’s a bit of magic Wilson performs over and over on Deep In My Soul that would fall flat in the hands of lesser creatives. “Ain’t Got No Money” is a juke joint dancefloor filler drenched in the best kind of human feel and packed with lyrics that will make you smile. Wilson isn’t afraid to get mellow and romantic with the ballad “Mississippi Me,” a song that lets his vocal style do what it does best. His willingness to make a record like this full of more than paint-by-number shuffles with long solos is a deep artistic statement and Wilson handles multiple genres of songwriting with complete confidence.

“Tripping On You” is fun, funky, and meant for your car radio on a sunny day. The title track, “Deep In My Soul,” has a hint of reggae to it that balances nicely with the horns and Hammond organ. “Redhead Stepchild” is low-down evil woman blues that makes Wilson’s pain into vibes that any human can believe in. The wah-enhanced guitar groove of “Voodoo” turns into a slow, hard funk about a woman that “makes a preacher want to break all the rules” and would have blown up the radio in the 1970s.

The album winds down with 47 seconds of acoustic gospel called “Couldn’t Keep It To Myself” that gives listeners a moment to breathe following the intensity of the previous tracks. It’s a great bit of music that you’ll wish was longer.

Taken as a whole, Deep In My Soul is a skillful and emotional trek through Wilson’s many abilities and should be heard in a single sitting to fully understand BDW’s talent and intentions. Look for it at year’s end on every “best blues album” list you’ll find. It’s a transcendent set of music from a performer who deserves to be a household name in the land of his birth. ---Mike O’Cull, rockandbluesmuse.com

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Snowy White & The White Flames - The Situation (2019) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/919-snowywhite/25841-snowy-white-a-the-white-flames-the-situation-2019.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/919-snowywhite/25841-snowy-white-a-the-white-flames-the-situation-2019.html Snowy White & The White Flames - The Situation (2019)

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01. The Situation 5:06
02. This Feeling 3:18
03. L.A. Skip 6:50
04. Can't Seem to Do Much About It 5:11
05. Crazy Situation Blues 3:58
06. Blues in My Reflection 4:30
07. Why Do I Still Have the Blues? 8:35
08. You Can't Take It with You 2:22
09. Migration 6:44
10. The Lying Game 4:26
11. Hard Blues 4:32
12. I Can't Imagie 4:46

Guitar [Guitars], Vocals, Bass, Synth [String Synth] – Snowy White
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Bass – Kuma Harada (1,5,7,8,10,11)
Bass – Walter Latupeirissa (3,4,6,9)
Drums, Percussion – Richard Bailey (1,3,710)
Drums, Congas, Percussion – Juan van Emmerloot (2,4,6,7,9,12)
Drums – Jeff Allen (5,8,11)
Keyboards [Keys] – Jessica Lauren (1,3,10)
Keyboards [Keys] – John Rabbit Bundrick (5,7)
Organ, Piano – Ferry Langendrijk (2,6,9,12)
Piano – Max Middleton (3,11)
Percussion, Shaker – Thomas White (1,7,12)

 

In the past (especially the end of the 70’s and beginning of the 80’s) there wasn’t hard to see a musician gathering a set of famous invited guests to play on an album with them. Today, it’s not so usual to see such a thing, but from time to time, one of these albums appears. And “The Situation”, the latest album of SNOWY WHITE AND THE WHITE FLAMES is one of them.

To explain a bit, Snowy White is a British guitarist who played on THIN LIZZY from 1980 to 1982, and his name is linked to bands as PINK FLOYD, ROGER WATERS & THE BLEEDING HEART BAND, and actually plays on the band of Roger Waters. And what could the listeners expect of his album? Well, it’s an eclectic Classic Rock album, because it bears elements from Folk Rock, Blues, Jazz Rock, and even some touches of Latin musical genres. Although such musical format was used many times in the past, in his hands the things flow in a lovely and great way, indeed, with songs of excellent taste.

The sound quality of “The Situation” is excellent, being clean and worried to make everything sound with the right instrumental tunes (the percussive touches on “L. A. Skip” is extremely clear). Yes, it’s a great work with excellent results. The album doesn’t sound aggressive, and it won’t remind of something that he did in his past bands, because it’s not Snowy’s musical focus. But on songs “The Situation” with its Blues/Noir ambiance and excellent chorus, the eclectic feeling of “L. A. Skip” (the Reggae elements can be heard on the percussion and clean guitars), the introspective Jazz/Blues essence of “Can’t Seem To Do Much About It”, the sad Blues introspection of “Crazy Situation Blues”, the party Blues Rock with very good bass guitar and drums presence of “You Can’t Take It With You”, and the classical Blues presented on “Hard Blues” are the best songs of the album.

To hear “The Situation” is a very good experience for anyone. ---"Metal Mark" Garcia, metal-temple.com

 

The name Snowy White may be familiar to some, even those with just a little musical knowledge will probably remember he was famed for having a UK Top Ten hit, ‘Bird Of Paradise’ back in the early 1980’s. To most rockers he will be better known for his stint at guitarist in Thin Lizzy where he featured and co-wrote on both the Chinatown and Renegade albums. True fans will also be aware that he was Pink Floyd’s backing guitarist during their European and U.S tours back in 1977, then again on The Wall tour in 1980. Not to mention his friendship and musical collaborations with the likes of Peter Green and Jim Capaldi amongst many others. But most importantly he is a highly respected solo artist who has always remained true to his own homemade, organic musical style, which is first and foremost blues orientated.

This new album The Situation is no exception, and after several albums with The White Flames, this is the follow-up to his 2017 offering “Reunited”. Speaking of The Situation, Snowy says “These songs are my expression of where I was in 2018… Up and down, good and bad, weak and strong, it’s all here… Just doing my thing as usual, enjoying playing with all my musician friends”. These highs and lows are poignantly captured in this wonderful collection of ambient, atmospheric songs. Setting the framework, the first track, also dubbed ‘The Situation‘, is a funk laden, bass heavy opener interspersed with Spanish guitar and a heavy hook.The gentle meandering of ‘This Feeling‘ has the genius ability to make you consider your very own emotions at this exact point in time.

The beat steps up a notch for ‘LA Skip‘ and you’re transported to Venice Beach at sunset with a pina colada or three, soaking up the vibe while enjoying the eclectic entertainment. A nonchalant mood ensues with ‘Can’t Seem To Do Much About It‘, in which I feel Roger Waters’ influence can be distinctly heard – the lyrics state “no birds in the sky, no fish in the sea, seems like that’s really how it’s gonna be” – a frustrating realisation that something needs to be done to change the way we treat the planet but feeling helpless in being able to do so. We then experience a drop in emotion as ‘Crazy Situation Blues‘ kicks in, reminding me that this guy has evidently collaborated with Gary Moore on occasion. From whatever heartache Snowy was experiencing in the previous track, still in keeping with a chunky blues section, ‘The Blues In My Reflection‘ brings a more positive outlook, with a glimmer of hope that love still exists in its many different forms.

The darkest part of the album then comes with ‘Why Do I Still Have The Blues?‘ which has some sublime guitar work, a deeply emotive moment to which you can only go upwards from and true to word, ‘You Can’t Take It With You‘ is an upbeat jolly jaunt of carefree blues about making the most of what you do have. The instrumental ‘Migration‘ is my favourite piece on the album, somewhat Santana-esque, taking you on a journey through smooth jazz grooves and South American beats that you can easily become totally immersed in. A complete change in tempo then comes with ‘The Lying Game‘, with an intoxicatingly mellow riff and exceptional guitar solo, the spirits are lifted sky high again. Coming back to what Snowy does best with the self explanatory track Hard Blues, the album then seems to come full circle, completing with ‘I Can’t Imagine‘, a song that leaves both you and Snowy questioning what comes next, both musically and in life’s complex situations. This album is perfectly constructed for a philosophical cruise through the many moods of blues. ---Caroline Blood, myglobalmind.com

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