Archive for July 1st, 2014

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Jul
14

JOE LOUIS WALKER, LONG JOHN BALDRY GET “THE BEST OF STONY PLAIN YEARS” TREATMENT–“AND BOY DOES IT WORK”-CD REVIEWS JOHN EMMS

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Artists don’t become legends overnight.

Unless you count American Idol, Rising Star and all that other crap.

Then again, don’t get me started on that “shite”

No, you get your dues when you pay your dues.

These two releases will begin Stony Plain’s best of compilation series.

What a way to start.

The very cool liner notes, by label head Holger Peterson are very insightful and often moving.

It adds to the package in a big way.

My 12 cd changer in the vehicle is never without a Joe Luis Walker cd.

That’s a fact. I love his work as whole albums.

Having said that you simply cannot go wrong with tracks like Highview with Duke Robillard, the excellent solos on Hustlin, or the simply coolness factors of tracks like Eyes Like a Cat, the live Slow Down GTO, or the matter of fact blues belt of I’m Tied.

Why not end with the great soul of Witness, one of my fave soul vocals of all time.

It hits me emotionally every time.

Honestly folks if you don’t know JLW this is a great place to start.

Long John Baldry’s voice was and still is a force of nature.

There is no other way to put it.

If you have heard Jack White’ Little Willie John cover of I’m Shakin then you must hear the LJB version on this cd

Just listen to the superb musicianship on Easy Street, Midnight Hour Blues, the wicked shuffle of Gallows Pole and the oh so excellent Time’s Getting Tougher Than Tough with Jimmy Witherspoon

Talk about killer!!!

Fans will also love to check out the great guitar work of Papa John King and the always spine tingling vocals of Kathi McDonald

BTW…..I still own my two vinyl copies of It Ain’t Easy and Everything Stops For Tea

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, online radio host and songwriter/guitarist/vocalist with Canadian Blues Rockers THE SHAFTMEN … the band’s latest cd is here

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570

 

 

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01
Jul
14

DEANNA BOGART-“CHOPS THAT MESMERIZE’ CD REIVEW jUST A WISH AWAY-JOHN EMMS

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DEANNA BOGART’S new album  Just A Wish Away has chops that simply mesmerize.

But as many folks already know, this is not a straight, or even blues blend album.

Bogart tries on a lot of genre hats. The excellent Maybe I Won’t is an example of this.

A great song, influenced by a soul/blues mix

Straight out of the box, the galloping If It’s Gonna Be Like This mixes country and slide induced rock n’ roll, Find Me Good Bayou brings on the “answering”  Bonerama Horns, while Back and Forth Kid simply is one of the most intimate songs I have heard in 2014.

A gorgeous ballad it is breathtaking in it’s scope lyrically and dynamically

Elsewhere the covers,  a funky version of Sly Stone’s Hot Fun In the Summertime, and a jazzy take on SRV’S Tightrope has a killer piano solo but does not fire you up like the original.

Collarbone an instrumental shows off a superb tenor sax solo from Bogart, and Conversing With Lincoln with it’s  Paul Simon”Graceland” hook are examples of how this is just straight up great playing by the whole band.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, online radio host and vocalist/guitarist/songwriter with Canadian Blues ‘rockers THE SHAFTMEN    https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570

 




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