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Bluhm, Tim - sorta surviving [2019]
Außergewöhlich starkes, hinreißend schönes, mit durchweg großartigen Songs bestücktes Retro Countryalbum von Tim Bluhm. Bluhm ist Mitbegründer, Kopf und Frontmann der kultigen, in San Fancisco ansässigen, sowohl in der Rootsrock-, als auch in der Jamrock-Szene hoch geschätzten The Mother Hips, die mit ihrer fluffigen Bay Area Rock-Brise eher näher dem Terrain von Grateful Dead oder Buffalo Springfield angesiedelt sind, als dem der Countrymusic. Doch Bluhm ist auch ein beinharter Country-Fan. Als The Mother Hips vor rund 25 Jahren ihr Debutalbum für Rick Rubin's "American"-Label einspielten, hatte dieses Label gerade Johnny Cash's erstes, von Rick Rubin produziertes, in den berühmten Cash Cabin Studios von Hendersonville/TN aufgenommenes "Amerivcan Recordings"-Album herausgebracht. Zu dieser Zeit entdeckte Bluhm auch Merle Haggard's Musik für sich und befand sich darüber hinaus in regem, fachmännischem Austausch mit Johnny Cash, für den The Mother Hips schließlich als Opener im Fillmore von San Francisco auftraten. Jetzt, nach all den Jahren, hat sich Bluhm seinen großen Traum erfüllt und dieses bärenstarke Countryalbum eingespielt, und das ebenfalls in den legendären Cash Cabin Studios von Hendersonville, übrigens auch mit zwei alten Johnny Cash-Sidemen an Bord, nämlich Dave Roe am Bass und Gene Chrisman an den Drums. Weitere hochkarätige Mitstreiter sind Jesse Aycock (Hard Working Americans) an der Gitarre, Jason Crosby (Dave Matthews, Eric Clapton) an den Keyboards und der Fiddle, Doug Jernigan an der Pedal Steel und Elizabeth Cook wit prächtigem Background Gesang. Ja, Instrumente wie Piano (wundervolles Saloon- und Honky Tonk-Piano), herrliche Pedal Steel Guitar und feine elektrisch und akustische Gitarren, im Einklang mit Bluhm's für diese Musik wie geschaffene, hervorragende Stimme, und vollendeten Songharmonien, bestimmen das Geschehen. Obwohl in Tennessee eingespielt, so fließt durch diese Countrysongs doch eine wunderbare, californische Leichtigkeit. Alles klingt total entspannt, locker und kommt in einem hinreißenden Retro Hippie-Flair. Enthält neben Bluhm's fantastischen Eigenkompositionen auch großartige Coverversionen von Jonny Cash's "I still miss someone" und Merle Haggard's "Kern river". Purer Retro-Country, vollkommen authentisch und ohne Schnörkel, aus einer Zeit, die längst vergessen schien. Toll! Produziert hat übrigens Widespread Panic's Dave Schools - und das vom Allerfeinsten. Ein absolutes, reines Genre Pracht-Werk!

Aus der Original-Produktbeschreibung:

For a moment, you could almost forget what year it was inside the Cash Cabin, the small sanctuary-turned-recording-studio Johnny Cash built roughly 40 years ago in Hendersonville, TN. The Man In Black's frequent collaborators Dave Roe and Gene Chrisman were back at the bass and drums respectively, and tape was rolling as they counted in the Cash classic "I Still Miss Someone." Tim Bluhm had to pinch himself. "Recording in that space with those guys was like a dream come true for me," says Bluhm. "The depth of knowledge they walk around with in their heads is amazing, and you know you can trust the musical choices they're making because they have the experience to back it up. When they say, 'This is what Merle would have done,' it's because they know firsthand." While Bluhm may be best known for the breezy brand of West Coast roots and soul he helped pioneer with his band, The Mother Hips, his brilliant new solo album, Sorta Surviving, revels in his longtime love for classic country music. Recorded and mixed at the Cash Cabin under the guidance of Widespread Panic's Dave Schools, the collection is earnestly authentic and utterly timeless, and it finds Bluhm backed by elder statesmen like Roe and Chrisman along with younger virtuosos like keyboardist Jason Crosby (Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews) and Jesse Aycock (Hard Working Americans, Elizabeth Cook). "The band brought a certain maturity and experience," explains Schools. "Tim's songwriting is so strong that it naturally suggests how to complement itself, but those guys really know how to play and still leave room for a great singer." Indeed, the arrangements on the album are refined and elegant, yet still stripped-down and raw, enabling Bluhm's warm, easygoing vocals to sit front-and-center as he weaves vivid tales of ordinary men and women facing down hard days and even harder nights. Mixing new originals and reimagined covers, the record pulls from a half-century of American music to craft a thoroughly modern love letter to a bygone era, one that showcases both Bluhm's deft musical hand and his heartfelt reverence for the genre. "I've been a fan of classic country ever since I heard Merle Haggard sing," reflects Bluhm. "I just admired his voice and storytelling so much, but I never made an album like this before because I figured it would take me at least 20 or 30 years to get good enough." Bluhm discovered Haggard around the same time he co-founded the now-iconic Mother Hips, a band the San Francisco Chronicle has hailed as "one of the Bay Area's most beloved live outfits." The group began it's journey at Chico State, where performing at frat parties quickly gave way to club shows, regional touring, and national buzz, and before Bluhm and his bandmates had even graduated, they were already signed to Rick Rubin's American Recordings on the strength of their debut album, 'Back To The Grotto.' "When we signed with American, the label had just put out Johnny Cash's first Rick Rubin-produced album, which was actually recorded at the Cash Cabin," says Bluhm. "I got to meet and hang with Johnny a couple times back then, and after that, we opened for him at The Fillmore in San Francisco. I was so impressed with his presence. He definitely lived up to his legend in real life, and he made a big impression on me." Over the ensuing two-and-a-half decades, the Hips would release nine more studio albums as they cemented their status as festival and critical favorites, sharing bills with everyone from Wilco and Widespread Panic to Lucinda Williams and The Black Crowes along the way. Rolling Stone called them "divinely inspired," while Pitchfork praised their "rootsy mix of 70s rock and power pop," and The New Yorker lauded their ability to "sing it sweet and play it dirty." Ever-curious and wildly prolific, Bluhm simultaneously released a slew of his own solo and collaborative projects on the side. He toured for years as music director with Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, teamed up with The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann among others, and opened up Mission Bells Studio with fellow California favorite Jackie Greene and engineer Dave Simon-Baker. There, Bluhm produced albums for everyone from the Hips and Greene to Hot Buttered Rum and Little Wings in addition to hosting Phil Lesh, Josh Ritter, Rogue Wave, Los Lobos, Jonathan Richman, and more. As if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, in 2007, Bluhm and the Hips launched the Hipnic, an intimate and immaculately-curated music festival that's still held annually amongst the towering redwoods of Big Sur. Sorta Surviving marks Bluhm's first collection recorded outside of California, but one listen and it's clear that he's equally at home in the pines of Tennessee. There's a comfort to the performances, a subtle familiarity that radiates out like a warm invitation. "Most of the songs on this album are second or third takes," says Schools. "That comes from experience and teamwork, but also from working in a great environment. It's a palpable thing you feel when you're working in the room where Johnny Cash wrote his autobiography and recorded some of the best work of his later years. We were definitely all a little nervous meeting for the first time, but we got comfortable real quick there." The songs are character-driven, valuing the visceral over the cerebral, and Bluhm inhabits his narrators with a voice as tough and as pliable as worn-in leather. "It just felt natural for me to sing this way," he explains. "It was a chance to put away the books and focus more on the everyday rather than the existential, a chance to pull out the guitar and really tell some stories." Some of those stories come secondhand: the bluesy "Del Rio Dan" was first popularized by The Everly Brothers in the 1970's, while the waltzing "Kern River" is a Merle Haggard favorite, and Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone" gets a melancholy makeover with a tip of the cap to Neil Young's timeless take on "Oh Lonesome Me." That the covers fit so seamlessly alongside Bluhm's original material stands as a testament both to his gifts as a compelling storyteller and his playful way with words. The shuffling "Jesus Save A Singer" tackles struggle and redemption with a wry smile, while the stream-of-consciousness title track sardonically examines our instinct to perpetually press on, and the honky-tonking "Where I Parked My Mind" finds dark wit even in the depths of addiction. "There's more humor in these songs than anything else I've written before," says Bluhm, "but it's all very tongue in cheek. That's a country music tradition." While tradition guided Bluhm throughout the project, he wasn't beholden to it, frequently taking risks and pushing boundaries with his performances and arrangements. In the end, his goal wasn't just to make a country-tinged record, but rather to craft narratives that could truly transport his listeners, that could breathe new life into stories forgotten and stories imagined, tales of dustbowl farmers and oil men and fugitive outlaws and traveling singers. "As a kid growing up in LA, I never even heard of country music," reflects Bluhm, "but I remember flipping around the radio dial and coming across 'The Gambler.' It was a song that just completely transcended genre. It was no more 'country' than Mark Twain was 'country.' It was a simple, timeless story set to music, and that's what I've ultimately aspired to make myself."

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Jesus Save A Singer - 3:08
2. No Way To Steer - 3:11
3. Jimmy West - 3:44
4. Where I Parked My Mind - 3:28
5. Raining Gravel - 3:46
6. Sorta Surviving - 3:15
7. Del Rio Dan - 4:24
8. I Still Miss Someone - 3:15
9. Squeaky Wheel - 3:55
10. Kern River - 3:05

Art-Nr.: 9792
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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No way to steer
Jimmy West
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Squeaky wheel
Kern river

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Bush, Sam - storyman [2016]
Die Bluegrass-/Americana-Institution,New Grass Revival- und Nash Ramblers-Ikone, der König der Mandoline und Fiddle, der große Sam Bush, begeistert die Americana- und Alternate Country-Welt mit einem neuen, fantastischen Album. Welch ein wundervolles Teil! Herrliche, großartige, frische Songs, präsentiert auf einem bluegrassigen Fundament, allerdings mit Drummer und elektrischen Momenten, zwischen elter New Grass Revival-Kompatibilität, astreinem Country, Alternate Country und rootsigem Americana, eingepackt in tolle Melodien und Arrangements - natürlich, unverbraucht, in höchster musikalischer Qualität. Eindrucksvoll auch, wie hervorragend Sam Bush singt. Gäste sind u. a. Emmylou Harris, Deborah Holland, Alison Krauss und Steve Fishell an der Pedal Steel. Die Stücke bleiben prächtig hängen und gehen zum Teil wunderbar ins Ohr. Kommt mit einem sehr schönen, reich bebilderten, alle Texte umfassenden, 20-seitigen Booklet. Ein absolutes Fest für die "grassige" Alternate Country-, Roots-, und Americana-Fraktion!

Die offizielle Produktinformation im Original:

Sam Bush has long since established himself as roots royalty. His highly anticipated new album, Storyman, is a freewheeling collection that gleefully picks and chooses from jazz, folk, blues, reggae, country swing, and bluegrass to create a jubilant noise only classifiable as the Sam Bush sound. Many of the songs are stories several of them true and the legendary mandolin and fiddle player co-wrote every one of them with friends including Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Jon Randall Stewart, Jeff Black, and others. Instead of kicking back and soaking up honors, such as an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award and his suite of Grammys and International Bluegrass Music Association trophies, Storyman proves once again that the Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride will never stops striving to create something new. I m hoping it just kind of flows for people and makes them go, Hey! It s a Sam record. It sounds like Sam and the band, Bush says of the album. But for the first time ever, I also find myself thinking, I hope you enjoy the stories. It s my singer-songwriter record.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Play By Your Own Rules - 3:31
2. Everything Is Possible - 4:01
3. Transcendental Meditation Blues - 3:53
4. Greenbrier - 4:48
5. Lefty's Song - 3:57
6. Carcinoma Blues - 3:56
7. Bowling Green - 3:32
8. Handmics Killed Country Music - 3:42
9. Where's My Love - 5:53
10. It's Not What You Think - 3:54
11. I Just Wanna Feel Something - 5:35

Art-Nr.: 9204
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Castro, Tommy & The Painkillers - method to my madness [2015]
Der großartige Bluesrock-Veteran und exzellente Gitarrist Tommy Castro legt mit seiner baumstarken, aktuellen Formation, den Painkillers, den Nachfolger zu seinem letztjährigen, famosen "The devil you know" vor und zeigt eindrucksvoll, in welch blendender Verfassung er und seine Jungs nach wie vor aufspielen. Bestens groovender, funky, classic, soulful Blues und Bluesrock, umgesetzt in exzellentem Songmaterial. Sehr inspiriert! Klasse Album!

Die Produktbeschreibung im Original:

Night after night, Tommy Castro, a fierce and fiery road warrior, fervently delivers his driving, blues-soaked, soul-baring music to fans all over the world. Over the course of his four-decade career, Castro has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of fans, packing dance floors, always leaving them screaming for more. He and his band, The Painkillers (currently featuring bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown), play music that is guaranteed to fire up fans and with Method To My Madness, the group turns the intensity up another notch. “My main objective when making a new album,” says Castro, “is to do something different from before. I’ve always been a blues guy; it’s what I’m meant to do. But I’m always listening and reacting to what’s going on in the outside world, experimenting with my guitar tone and my songwriting approach to constantly keep my music fresh. In the end, though, my brand is on every song.” Method To My Madness finds Tommy Castro And The Painkillers at their very best. It is instantly a career-defining highlight in a lifetime full of them. From the opening one-two punch of everyman anthems Common Ground and Shine A Light to the full-tilt energy of the title track to the searing, deep soul ballad Died And Gone To Heaven, Tommy and the band are firing on all cylinders. From the bayou rock of Got A Lot and the atmospheric, autobiographical Ride to the reinvented version of the Clarence Carter hit I’m Qualified and the emotional cover of B.B. King’s Bad Luck, Tommy Castro And The Painkillers continue to break new ground while simultaneously having an incredible amount of fun. After spending his 20s gigging around in a variety of San Francisco-area blues and soul bands, Castro joined Warner Brothers’ artists The Dynatones in the late 1980s before forming The Tommy Castro Band in 1991. He released his debut album in 1996 on Blind Pig and hit the road hard, picking up new fans everywhere he went. In the mid-1990s The Tommy Castro Band served as the house band for three seasons on NBC Television’s Comedy Showcase (airing right after Saturday Night Live), bringing him in front of millions of viewers every week. During the 1990s and into the 2000s, Castro released a series of critically acclaimed CDs for Blind Pig, Telarc and 33rd Street Records, as well as one on his own Heart And Soul label. Castro joined Alligator Records in 2009, releasing Hard Believer and winning four of his six career Blues Music Awards including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year Award (the very highest award a blues performer can receive). His song Hard Believer took first place in the blues category of the International Songwriting Competition. Castro formed The Painkillers in 2012, creating a lean, mean four-piece lineup and leaving his tight horn section behind. Fueled by Tommy’s voice and guitar plus bass, drums and keyboards, the band released The Devil You Know in 2014, winning over hordes of new fans. Castro stripped his music down to its raw essence with the band hammering their point home on the bandstand. Jambands declared, “Tommy Castro And The Painkillers are a crackling, stripped-down band with plenty of grit and a rocking soul.” Now, with Method To My Madness, Tommy Castro And The Painkillers are ready to unleash their new songs on music fans everywhere. “With the new album,” Castro says, “I was trying to get back to my basic ingredients: blues and soul. I went for the energy of connecting with my band. We kept everything raw, capturing the feeling of playing live. I’m not about being perfect,” he says, summing up. “I’m about being real.” Clearly that is the method to his madness.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Common Ground - 4:14
2. Shine A Light - 4:34
3. Method To My Madness - 3:14
4. Died And Gone To Heaven - 5:02
5. Got A Lot - 3:50
6. No Such Luck - 4:23
7. Two Hearts - 3:40
8. I'm Qualified - 3:10
9. Ride - 4:40
10. Lose Lose - 5:17
11. All About The Cash - 4:31
12. Bad Luck - 3:27

Art-Nr.: 9005
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Common ground
Shine a light
Method to my madness
Died and gone to heaven
Got a lot
No such luck
Two hearts
All about the cash

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House and The Blues Cowboys, James - same [2018]
James House, eigentlich im Country zuhause und einer der gefragtesten Songwriter Nashville's, gelingt mit seinen großartigen "Blues Cowboys" ein famoser "Sidestep" in, der Name der Formation lässt es schon vermuten, die Gefilde des Blues und Bluesrocks. Wenn man das hier hölrt, kann man kaum glauben, dass der Bursche etwas mit Country am Hut hat. Denn was er hier abliefert ist rauer, dreckiger, erdiger, Staub- und Whiskey-gegerbter, ungeschliffener Rootsrock, Bluesrock und Southern-Blues voller natürlicher Ecken und Kanten. Die Songs sind kompakt und stark geprägt von dem rauen Gesang und dem klasse (Slide)-Gitarrenspiel des Protagonisten. Das ist der erdige Blues(rock) aus den Honky Tonks Nashville's.

Hier zwei Original-Reviews aus den USA:

Like many in Nashville, James House has a built a career of writing hit songs for others. If you’ve not heard of House, you have probably heard these tunes that have reached well int the millions for radio spins – “A Broken Wing,” “Ain’t That Lonely Yet” and “In a Week or Two.” Count Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, The Mavericks, Dwight Yoakam and Martina McBride, among others who have benefitted from House’s pen. Yet, this prolific and versatile musician has a powerhouse Michael McDonald -like voice that should have him in the lead role more often. His recent work writing for Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart had fans wanting House to do his own blues, roots-rock album. And, like so many in Nashville, who ply their craft in country and Americana worlds, House has always had a love for the blues and it’s been an undercurrent for much of his work. Thus, the self-titled James House and the Blues Cowboys. The Blues Cowboys is indeed a touring band (more on that later) but these sessions were built around some of the best musicians in Music City. House lured them to his studio, Cabin in The Woods, located in a rural area of Nashville. Will Kimbrough plays lead guitar on the first five tracks (side A) while A-list session guitarist Kenny Greenberg joins blues guitarist Todd Sharp on the last 5 tracks (side B). Mike Bradford (Uncle Kracker) plays bass throughout as does drummer Crash Jones. Nashville’s most in-demand fiddler Eamon McGloughlin sits in on Side A while House sings and plays his Fender Strat and organ throughout. That kind of arsenal is built for fire and the sparks fly immediately on “Jail House Blues” with House wailing on lines like these – “Mama killed Daddy in self-defense/Never was one to sit on the fence” as Kimbrough’s slide duels with House’s guitar. “Arkansas Woman’ and “Ain’t No Way” continue the soul aching blues vibe until reaching on of disc’s outstanding tracks “Long Way Down.” It’s taken at a slower, haunting tempo as if John Lee Hooker were singing verses from William Faulkner. “Well Ran Dry” on Side B carries a similar approach. How about this lyric? “I’m an empty soul/At the holy water bowl/Waiting on a rising tide.” Other highlights on Side b include the more roots driven “Gone Again” and the rock tune “Ballad of the TKIngs,” short for Troubadour Kings. Now, let’s go to the touring Blues Cowboys. Singer/guitarist Roddy Romero who just joined Yvette Landry for her recent release, if from Lafayette Louisiana as is lesser know drummer/percussionist Smoove Ras. They back House on the final cut, “What Side of the River Are You on?” the song was inspired by House attending the Buddy Holly Songwriting Retreat and listening to Mary Gauthier sing Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” along the river in Lafayette. In a songwriting meeting with Romero and Ras, his vision for The Blues Cowboys was shaped. Great songs, achingly powerful vocals, and first-in-class musicians make this a terrific album. House has already indirectly put his stamp on contemporary blues with his work with Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart. Now he’s set to make his mark directly with the Blues Cowboys. - Glide Magazine

James House deserves to be better known — or, more accurately, known more widely. He’s co-written several songs with blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, including Bonamassa’s recent song “Redemption.” House is also a Grammy-, CMA-, and ACM-nominated songwriter, but on his new album, James House and The Blues Cowboys, he weaves rock, blues, and roots music into a colorful pattern that reveals many facets. House’s powerful, sometimes raw, vocals dominate, and he can moan with the best blues-shouters but can be as tender as the best of the balladeers. The new album serves as a showcase for his songwriting, singing, and guitar work. He gathered a group of world-class musicians — Will Kimbrough, Kenny Greenberg, Lou Toomey, Todd Sharp, Roddie Romero on guitars; Michael Bradford and Mike Brignardello on bass; Eamon McLoughlin on fiddle; Crash Jones and Smoov-Ras on drums — at his studio, Cabin in the Woods, to record the album. The album opens with a can’t-sit-still, shake-us-to-our-core blues rocker “Jail House Blues.” The raucous, bone-shaking song lifts us so high, we wonder if it can get any better than this. It does. “Long Way Down” opens with a slow funk with blues moan, but then escalates to a burning rocker in the chorus and the bridge, fueled by guitars reminiscent of Alvin Lee and Ten Years After. “Good Love” features a spacious, atmospheric vibe that allows House’s raw vocals to breathe and to call and respond to Kimbrough’s lead riffs. “Arkansas Woman” is one of the highlights of the album. There’s a place for every note, every chord, and every word, and the song wrings every emotion out of us by its end. Kimbrough’s soulful lead guitar brings this song to life in a way such that every note he plays makes a statement. While some of the playing is reminiscent of Eric Clapton’s leads, the difference here is that Kimbrough never wastes a note; both he and Clapton play clean and crisp, but while Clapton’s crispness is soulless, Kimbrough’s inhabits our souls and hearts and touches us with its depth. The layered riffs that open “Boomerang” mirror the action of the object itself — the riffs always come back, circling around and flying high before returning to start over again. The propulsive tune mimics the halting/forward-moving character of love: “We keep coming back to you and me.” The scalding lead riffs on the song’s bridge balance the pain of leaving with the tentative joy of returning and the inability to throw love far away; it always returns to you. “Which Side of the River You On” turns in a down-and-dirty, funky twist to that old folk tune by Florence Reece, “Which Side Are You On?” In this tune, which House co-wrote with Roddie Romero and Joshua Martin, and which features Romero and Smoov-Ras, shimmers with a roiling slide guitar, and with an insistent funk beat asks, “which side of the river you on / Ain’t saying which is right or wrong / When the flood comes down / It’s too late to get to higher ground.” Listen to this album! Words can’t always describe how perfect, how moving, how powerful some of the songs on the album are. James House and The Blues Cowboys is an album that’s meant to be played and to be played loud, and it won’ let you forget James House. - No Depression / By Henry Carrigan, Staff Reviewer

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Long Way Home - 3:06
2. Arkansas Woman - 3:11
3. Ain't No Way - 3:09
4. Long Way Down - 3:42
5. Good Love - 3:47
6. Moving on Over - 3:59
7. Well Ran Dry - 3:31
8. Gone Again - 4:13
9. Boomerang - 3:07
10. Ballad of the Troubadour Kings - 3:40
11. Which Side of the River - 3:47

Art-Nr.: 9680
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Arkansas woman
Ain't no way
Long way down
Movin' on over
Well ran dry
Which side of the river

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King, Albert with Stevie Ray Vaughan - in session... ~ deluxe edition with dvd [2010]
Deluxe Edition! CD & DVD-Set! Ein Meilenstein des Blues und Bluesrocks! Phantastische Neuauflage des historischen Konzertmitschnitts der beiden Blues-/Bluesrock-Giganten und Meistergitarristen Albert King und Stevie Ray Vaughan, aufgenommen im Rahmen der legendären kanadischen Live-Fernsehshows "In session" am 6. Dezember 1983 in den CHCH Studios von Hamilton/Ontario - diesmal, wie gehabt als CD und zum ersten Mal auch als Live-DVD! Bemerkenswert dabei und somit für die Fans höchst interessant ist die Tatsache, dass die DVD ein paar Songs enthält, die es auf der CD nicht gibt. Zudem ist einiges davon auch im kanadischen Fernsehen bislang noch nicht zu sehen gewesen. Was für eine Gänsehaut erzeugende Performance der beiden. Ein Genuß, dieses Konzert nicht nur zu hören, sondern endlich auch auf der "Leinwand" im Musik-/Wohnzimmer miterleben zu dürfen und zu beobachten, wie wunderbar diese beiden Ausnahmemusiker miteinander harmonierten. Begleitet wurden sie von Tony Llorens an den Keyboards, Bus Thornton am Bass und Michael Llorens am Schlagzeug. Die DVD-Performance dauert rund 90 Minuten! Das Teil ist "code free" und somit auf jedem DVD-Player abspielbar! Ein unverzichtbares, historisches Ereignis! Packend!

Die Produktbeschreibung im Original:

On December 6, 1983, legendary blues guitarist Albert King joined his disciple Stevie Ray Vaughan on a Canadian sound stage for the live music television series In Session. Magic happened. The highly sought after video footage from that one-time renowned summit becomes available for the first time ever with the release of Stax Records' DVD In Session.
The DVD contains three classic performances unavailable on the previously issued audio disc: "Born Under a Bad Sign," the landmark title track from Albert King's biggest Stax release written by William Bell and Booker T. Jones; Stevie Ray's "Texas Flood," the Larry Davis-penned title track of Vaughan's immortal debut album; and "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town," made famous by Louis Jordan and later, Ray Charles.
"It was evident from the first choruses," writes liner notes author/musicologist Samuel Charters, "that they were playing for each other. And that was the best audience either of them could ever have. The music never lost its intensity, its quality of something very important being handed back and forth and there was time for Stevie and Albert to see where their ideas took them."
Accolades have showered upon this momentous encounter. "As a document of what was probably one of the greatest nights in the musical life of SRV, this belongs in the collection of every true fan," said the Austin American-Statesman. Sonic Boomers added, "Both men are gone now, but rare recordings like In Session remind us of a time when blues giants still walked the earth side by side." Elmore magazine called it "an indispensible part of any blues fan's collection." And BluesWax noted, "thank goodness, this disc lives on and on."
Now this previously unavilable visual document featuring two giants of American blues can be enjoyed by audiences the world over. Sadly, King and Vaughan would not share a stage together ever again. Vaughan, 31 years King's junior, died in a helicopter crash in the fog on the way back from a concert in 1990. King outlived him by two years, dying of a heart attack in 1992. They didn't meet often, and their careers took different paths. But we can all be grateful for that one long day in a television studio when sparks flew and this timeless performance was forever captured.

Die komplette Setlist:

Disc 1 - CD
1 Call It Stormy Monday - 9:00   
2 "Old Times" - 1:15   
3 Pride and Joy - 5:58   
4 Ask Me No Questions - 5:03   
5 "Pep Talk" - :52   
6 Blues at Sunrise - 15:10   
7 "Turn It Over" - :51   
8 Overall Junction - 8:20   
9 Match Box Blues - 7:39   
10 "Who Is Stevie?" - :43   
11 Don't Lie to Me - 8:57   

Disc 2 - DVD
1 Introduction   
2 Born Under a Bad Sign   
3 Texas Flood   
4 Call It Stormy Monday   
5 "Old Times"   
6 Match Box Blues   
7 "Pep Talk"   
8 Don't Lie to Me   
9 "Who Is Stevie?"   
10 Pride and Joy   
11 I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town   
12 Outro

Art-Nr.: 7180
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Nelson, Willie - band of brothers [2014]
81 Jahre alt und kein bisschen müde. Country-Veteran Willie Nelson präsentiert sein erstes Album mit komplett neuen, selbst komponierten Songs seit fast 2 Jahrzehnten. Großartig!

Die Original-Produktbeschreibung:

The much-anticipated successor To All The Girls... (which became Willie's first Top 10 album in more than three decades when it was released in October 2013) Band of Brothers is the artist's first album of predominately new original material in nearly two decades, debuting the master tunesmith's first major batch of newly-penned songs since his Spirit album in 1996. "I got on kind of a writing kick," Willie Nelson said recently, "it's good to be writing again."
The influential songwriter--whose early successes brought pop and country together with unforgettable standards like "Crazy" (Patsy Cline), "Hello Walls" (Faron Young), "Funny How Time Slips Away" (Billy Walker), "Night Life" (Ray Price) and many others--has added nine new essential songs to his classic catalog. One of Willie's most personal albums to-date, the songs on Band of Brothers range from the introspective ("The Wall" and "Send Me a Picture") to the rollicking ("Wives and Girlfriends" and "Used To Her").
Rounding out the album are five songs, penned by others, which compliment and unite the album's sonic textures and lyric themes. Included are Willie's interpretations of Vince Gill's "Whenever You Come Around", Billy Joe Shaver's "The Git Go" (a duet with Jamey Johnson) and the appropriately-titled "Songwriter," written by Gordie Sampson and Bill Anderson.

das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Bring It On - 2.54
2. Guitar In The Corner - 3.54
3. The Wall - 3.28
4. Whenever You Come Around - 4.12
5. Wives And Girlfriends - 3.00
6. I Thought I Left You - 3.01
7. Send Me A Picture - 3.59
8. Used To Her - 2.46
9. The Git Go - 4.06
10. Band Of Brothers - 2.50
11. Hard To Be An Outlaw - 3.08
12. Crazy Like Me - 3.15
13. The Songwriters - 3.15
14. I've Got A Lot Of Traveling To Do - 3.21

Art-Nr.: 8597
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Rogers, Kenny - you can't make old friends [2013]
Lang erwartetes, neues Album von Kenny Rogers, das die Countrylegende kürzlich als sein vielleicht bestes, das er je aufgenommen habe, bezeichntete. Enthält über 30 Jahre nach "Islands in the stream" mit dem Totelstück "You can't make old friends" ein neues Duett mit seiner "alten" Freundin Dolly Parton.

Hier die offizoelle Produktbeschreibung im Original:

With an astonishing recording career that now spans over seven decades, you would think music legend Kenny Rogers had already accomplished it all. However, you d be wrong. Rogers 2013 album You Can t Make Old Friends proves once again that he still has plenty to say. The album reunites Rogers with long-time friend and collaborator, Dolly Parton, for a brand new duet on the title track, "You Can t Make Old Friends." It was over thirty years ago when Kenny and Dolly released "Islands In The Stream, " which went on to become an instant classic and one of the most successful singles by a duo in history.
"What a thrill it was for me to work again with my buddy, Dolly Parton, and what a special song, " remarked Rogers. "Working with Dolly is always a little like going home. Everything felt comfortable. " With a collaboration of producers, including Kyle Lehning, Warren Hartman, and Dann Huff, You Can t Make Old Friends is Rogers first country album since the release of Water & Bridges in 2006. Rogers considers this release the most varied and complete album of his lifetime.
"I can honestly say this may be the best album I've ever recorded, " added Rogers. "The musical diversity is extraordinary. It goes from songs I would normally sing, to songs I would normally never even listen to. In this business, you do albums to both grow artistically, and for the sheer love of music. We chose what I think are the most diverse and best songs I've ever had access to." You Can't Make Old Friends showcases a certain familiarity that can be expected from Rogers, along with fresh twists of creativity that see the versatile Grammy Award-winner stretching his artistry into new musical territory. In addition to the great story songs and love songs Rogers has become well known for, flavors of rock and roll, soul, gospel, southern rock, zydeco, and sounds of the Southwest are embraced in this bold recording.
Kenny Rogers had a massive year in 2013, including the announcement of his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame this fall. Rogers also performed on the main stage at this year s Glastonbury Festival to a colossal audience on the grounds and around the UK as it was televised on BBC. His Through The Years World Tour included stops in Morocco, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S. In addition, a novel Rogers co-wrote with Mike Blakely, What Are The Chances, and Rogers New York Times Best Selling autobiography, Luck Or Something Like It, were both released.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. You Can't Make Old Friends (with Dolly Parton) - 3:58
2. All I Need Is One - 3:31
3. You Had to Be There - 4:00
4. 'Merica - 3:44
5. Turn This World Around - 4:32
6. Dreams of the San Joaquin - 6:06
7. Don't Leave Me in the Night Time (with Buckwheat Zydeco) - 2:51
8. Look at You - 3:57
9. Neon Horses - 4:31
10. When You Love Someone - 3:41
11. It's Gonna Be Easy Now - 3:47

Art-Nr.: 8349
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Watson & his Lone Stars, Dale - the ruckin' sessions [1998]
Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

Once upon a time, a long time ago, on a faraway planet similar to, yet very different from our own, existed a genre of music called Country Music. Within that genre was a subgenre know as Truck Driving Music, a subgenre mostly populated by big men with deep rumbling voices that sounded of too many cigarettes and too much coffee consumed at 3 AM at truck stops and diners around the country. This subgenre was populated by legendary singers such as Dick Curless, Del Reeves, Red Simpson, and Red Sovine. The king of the genre, the man so loved by truck drivers that the Teamsters Union awarded him a gold membership card, was Dave Dudley.
Meanwhile back on our own planet, the genre of Truck Driving Music barely exists at all, at least to judge from what is played by radio and CMT. What we have instead is songs about ruttish young males with their pickup trucks searching for scantily-clad females. Most of it is garbage and almost none of it is memorable.
That the genre of Truck Driving Music exists at all is largely due to the efforts of one brave man, Dale Watson, who has issued three complete albums of Truck Driving Music, starting with The Truckin’ Sessions, issued in 1993. With this album Watson brings the feel of classic Truck Driving Music front and center for the first time in at least a decade and a half , or since the decline of the CB era.
Dale Watson wrote all fourteen of the songs on The Truckin’ Sessions, and while it might have been interesting to hear Dale’s take on some of the old classics of the genre, the product presented here is more than satisfactory , and is a worthy successor to the tunes of Dave Dudley, Red Simpson, et al.
Most of the songs on the album are taken at an up-tempo reminiscent of Dave Dudley’s “Six Days On The Road” or “There Ain’t No Easy Rides”; however, the overall feel of the album owes more to the ‘Bakersfield Sound’ of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Speedy West and Red Simpson, than to anything produced in Nashville.
“Good Luck ‘n’ Good Truckin’ Tonite” opens the album with one of those up-tempo songs referenced above. This track is followed by “Big Wheels Keep Rollin’ ” a song which reminds me of the Merle Haggard classic “White Line Fever”

    Big wheels keep rollin’
    Feel the rumble ‘neath my feet
    Big wheels keep rollin’
    The feelin’s a part of me

This is followed by “Heaven In Baltimore” an upbeat number about the girl waitin for him in Baltimore. The arrangement is similar to the ‘freight train’ sound that Buck Owens used during the 1960s.

    Heaven in Baltimore
    Heaven in Baltimore
    Put the pedal to the metal
    She’s waitin’ by the door
    My Heaven in Baltimore

“Have You Got It On” is a mid-tempo ballad featuring some really nice steel guitar work by band member Ricky (C-Note) Davis. In fact, Davis shines through the album.

    I see you roving up by tough look side
    You got a six foot Shakespeare stickin’ in the sky
    You’re smiling at me from your side view mirror
    We might be closer than we appear

    Babe, have you got it on?
    Babe, have you got it on?
    Come on, come on, come back
    Babe, have you got it on?

“Makin’ Up Time” picks up the tempo as does “Flat Tire”, a song about a trucker stranded by a flat. The arrangement on this song would fit nicely onto many of Dave Dudley’s efforts.
“Drag Along and Tag Along” is a bluesy ballad in which Davis runs some steel guitar runs that remind one of Speedy West.
“Exit 109″ finds our hero being seduced by a female on the CB radio for a tryst, whereas ” Help Me Joe” tells the tale of a trucker far away from home who is fueled by coffee in his efforts to survive
“Everyday Knuckleclutchin’ Gearjammin’ Supertruckin’ Loose Nut Behind The Wheel” is a trucker’s self-description of himself and his life.

    Stopped to grab a cup of Pick-Me-Up
    At the Pink Poodle Coffee Shop
    I had a pow-wow with a couple of pals
    I said I’d meet there on the flip flop
    We started tradin’ stories with a little added glory
    You’d think we were made of steel
    Just your everyday knuckleclutchin’ gearjammin’ …

“You’ve Got A Long Way To Go” is an older truckers words of advice to a young driver.
“Longhorn Suburban” is a mid-tempo ballad extolling the joys of the open road.
The up-tempo arrangement, reminiscent of Del Reeves’ “Looking At The World Through A Windshield”, belies the sad lyrics of “I’m Fixin’ To Have Me A Breakdown”, a tale of a truck driver whose girl has left him.
Despite the solitary nature of the job, most truck drivers are family men and the reason why they persevere is exemplified by “I Gotta Get Home To My Baby”. It’s a topic that has been dealt with many times, and Dale does it as well as anyone.

    That big eyed smile and a long hard hug
    That’s what I got waitin’ for me
    Move out of my way
    I gotta get there today
    She’s got her heart countin’ on me

I really liked this album and the full and tight sound Dale’s band achieves with only four musicians. Because Dale plays his own lead guitar, he seems to let the steel guitar carry more of the melody lines than might otherwise be the case. Preston Rumbaugh plays bass and Brian Ferriby plays the percussion as it should be played – strictly to keep the rhythm.

Grade: an easy A+
(Paul W. Dennis / My Kind of Country)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Good Luck 'N' Good Truckin' Tonite - 2:18
2. Big Wheels Keep Rollin' - 3:39
3. Heaven in Baltimore - 1:33
4. Have You Got It On - 3:02
5. Makin' up Time - 2:22
6. Flat Tire - 2:23
7. Drag Along & Tag Along - 2:55
8. Exit 109 - 3:01
9. Help Me Joe - 2:28
10. …loose Nut Behind the Wheel - 3:16
11. You've Got a Long Way to Go - 2:14
12. Longhorn Suburban - 2:35
13. I'm Fixin' to Have Me a Breakdown - 2:03
14. I Gotta Get Home to My Baby - 2:30

Art-Nr.: 9748
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 7,90

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Zito, Mike - first class life [2018]
Neues Album, exzellentes von Gitarrenvirtuose und Bluesrock-Maestro Mike Zito (ex Royal Southern Brotherhood), der auch mit "First class life" wieder einmal eine fantastische Leistung abliefert. "Soulful Guitar Bluesrock" vom Allerfeinsten!

Die U.S.-Produktbeschreibung:

2018 release. Blues-rock is a tightrope - and Mike Zito has never lost his footing. At times in his storied two-decade career, the Texas bandleader has rolled up the amps and rocked as hard as anyone. Yet his lifelong fascination with the blues has always reeled him back in. And now, having shaken the rafters with 2016's acclaimed Make Blues Not War, First Class Life finds Mike diving deep into the only genre that can do justice to his hard-won true stories of hardship and redemption. "Make Blues was pretty extreme and rocking," he reflects. "This time, I was definitely thinking more blues." First Class Life is a fitting album title from a man who remembers the hard times. "The title track is a nod to where I've come from and where I'm at," explains the songwriter whose promising early career was almost destroyed by addiction. "It's a rags-to-riches story, and it's certainly true. I grew up poor in St. Louis, and now I'm travelling the world to sing my songs. In the world of excess America, I may not look 'rich', but in my world, I most certainly am. I have a beautiful family, I'm clean and sober, and I get to play music."

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Mississippi Nights
2. First Class Life
3. I Wouldn't Treat a Dog (The Way You Treat Me)
4. The World We Live In
5. Mama Don't Like No Wah Wah
6. Old Black Graveyard
7. Dying Day
8. Back Problems
9. Time for a Change
10. Damn Shame
11. Trying to Make a Living

Art-Nr.: 9619
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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