Jun 08

Tanita Gaines – Another City Day

Tanita

 

I picked out Tanita’s album simply because it was on of the best blues album released last year.   Tanita hails from Louisville Kentucky and belongs to The Kentuckian Blues Society in Louisville for some background.  Let me start off that the caliber of her vocal delivery is second to none.   She can wail like Big Momma Thornton or Koko Taylor.   If you are looking for a more soft vocal well it’s mixed in there as well.

Lets start off on her first song, AT&T Blues which is a slow blues number.  Odd to start off an album with slow blues till you give the whole album a listen.  Seems to me most albums start with the first song to be an upbeat number to get your attention.  This is the power of Tanita’s voice to make you pay attention right off the bat.

Lay Me Down the second track is a soul number very reminiscent of Aretha Franklin s delivery.  It shows off her softer side.

Midnight Screams is the third track.   Man oh  man this one had the hair on the back of my neck standing up and goose bumps on my arms.   What an amazing slow blues number and what a show this is.  To me this song alone was worth the cost of the cd.  Great mix great guitar that fits the mood of her voice and again that vocal delivery.

So just when I think I’ve heard the best track on the album the 4th track comes up. I’ll Sing The Blues.  Great upbeat number with a wonderful mix and again Tanita’s vocals on this just cements the whole song together.  Shades of Koko Taylor  and Big Momma Thornton all rolled into with with more of a  melodious voice when she’s not belting you with her amazing growl.

Mood Elevator is a funky fun track followed by I Don’t Have To Understand You.   This song has a great melody!!!  Man once again you just have to hear her sing to get what a great track this is.

Touched In The Night .   More of good shuffle and again more great vocals followed by Another City Day a jazzy number that has just more great vocals.

The album ends with Rock & Roll Till The Cows Come Home, a great rocker which once again shows off her rougher side her vocal delivery.

 

If you don’t have this in your collection you should!!   You can find it at …. CD Baby!   or at…  Amazon

 

 

 

May 24

A Celebration Of Blues And Soul: The 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert

Found again in a basement in Boston, dusted off, baked (literally, at 110 degrees) … and morphing into a musical phoenix, arises the video of the 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert for Young Americans, “A Celebration of Blues and Soul” featuring the some of the best musicians from the Stax and Chess Records years along with a number of Texas (of course) bluesmen at the height of their careers.

A celebration it certainly was.  The brainchild of Lee Atwater, George H. W. Bush’s campaign manager who was a big blues fan, one evening of stellar blues and soul with a equally stellar lineup:  Chuck Jackson, Percy Sledge, Dr. John, Joe Louis Walker, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins, Delbert McClinton, Koko Taylor, Bo Diddley, William Bell , Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, Sam Moore and ending with five killer jams by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble along with his brother Jimmie Vaughan.  All these were backed by names such as Ron Wood, Billy Preston, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Steve Cropper and more.

This 2 hour DVD produced by the Shout Factory (www.shoutfactory.com) is packed with a 28-page booklet chock full of photos and event background information written by Richard Harrington, accompanying a 2 hour DVD which is a virtual “Who’s Who” of Blues and Soul.  Anyone who is a fan or who wants to be should put this on their “must purchase” list. (and you can purchase it here at Amazon)

Blues should always be performed before a live audience, is my humble opinion. Being able to feed off an audience and ratchet up the performance even more and then capture those moments on video — that’s a treasure, and that’s what you have here.

Great tunes, everyone bringing their “best of” songs to contribute to a great Blues and Soul set list:

“Any Day Now” and “I Don’t Want To Cry” Chuck Jackson
“When A Man Loves A Woman” Percy Sledge
“Right Place, Wrong Time” Dr. John
“747” Joe Louis Walker
“Hoochie Coochie Man” Willie Dixon, Albert Collins, Delbert McClinton
“Wang Dang Doodle” Koko Taylor feat. Willie Dixon
“Bo Diddley” “I’m A Man” “Hey Bo Diddley” – Bo Diddley
“Born Under A Bad Sign” William Bell
“B-A-B-Y” Carla Thomas
“When Something Is Wrong With My Baby” Carla Thomas and Billy Preston
“Knock On Wood” Eddie Floyd
“Soul Man” Sam Moore
“Just A Little Bit” “Standing On Shaky Ground” “Maybe Someday” “B-Movie Boxcar Blues” Delbert McClinton
“Frosty” Albert Collins feat. Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
“Texas Flood” “Lovestruck Baby” “Superstition” “Scuttle Buttin’ ” Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

A real thrill for me on this DVD is capturing a 73 year old Willie Dixon with Albert Collins and Delbert McClinton jamming on Hoochie Coochie Man.  Having turned into a blues fan later in life, I never had the opportunity to see live performances by greats like Collins and Dixon… so seeing them “bring it” on a high quality video recording such as “A Celebration of Blues and Soul” was a great treat.

But if you’re a Texas blues fan, seeing Stevie Ray Vaughan partying in a tux while throwing out killer blues solos like its nobody’s business is the number one reason to catch these performances on DVD.

Dec 15

BluesMusicFan RADIO – Everything Blues!

Officially Launching January 1, 2014!

neonbluesGreat blues grabs your soul and never lets go.  Starting January 1, 2014, we will be officially launching BluesMusicFan Radio – bringing you EVERYTHING BLUES. Ride that blues roller coaster – 24 hours a day, every day as BluesMusicFan Radio and our live DJ shows stream all your long time favorites and the favorites you haven’t yet heard – to your computer, smartphone, tablet – anywhere on the planet!  DJ talent from around the globe – Germany, Portugal, US, Canada, Australia and more!

Here is that opportunity to hear the bands that we write about on bluesmusicfan.com and – listen up blues artists! – here is the opportunity to be heard worldwide.  Use the “Contact Us!” form above or email bluesmusicfan at gmail.com.  Send us your tunes (mp3 only) and press releases, news, etc.  We believe in supporting the new blues talent!  if we like what we hear we’ll air it. Not only radio – but MUSIC – should be back in the hands of the people… and out of the hands of the corporate accountants!

Keep watching this space for the upcoming DJ schedule and talent roster, or like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, and you’ll be sure to know the absolute latest news!

Please be patient as we are currently in our training and testing phases – but you are welcome to tune in right now! Press that button to the right that is titled  “Listen Now” and choose your player… and then you’ll be plugged in to the best blues on the planet!

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