Sunday, December 19, 2010
The Texas Tornados
The ultimate Tex-Mex super group is back - Augie Meyers and Flaco Jiménez reunite with the son of Doug Sahm, Shawn Sahm in a new recording that includes five previously unreleased vocal performances from the legendary Freddy Fender. The collection, entitled “Esta Bueno,” includes new songs written by Fender such as the swamp pop ballad “If I Could Only,” an instant new Tornados-style classic written by Doug and Shawn Sahm “Who’s to Blame, Señorita?” and several Augie Meyers songs recorded for the first time by the Tornados, such as “Velma from Selma” and “My Sugar Blue.” The album was produced by Shawn Sahm and will be released nationally by Ray Benson's Bismeaux Records on March 2, 2010.
Shawn Sahm has been around the music since he was 13 and was the perfect person to entrust with preserving the Tornado’s legacy. He fine-tuned each track according to the group’s feedback giving each detail serious attention. Throughout the process, he insisted to all of them, “It is not done until you are happy.” For the release of the album, Ray Benson’s label, Bismeaux Records in Austin, was an obvious choice. Shawn comments, “Everyone knew they had a great record and they felt it would be important to go with someone who understood the legacy of the Texas Tornados. I knew Ray was the right guy. They have been friends for a long time. If anyone understood the legacy of the band, it was Ray.”
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Los Lonely Boys expand and enhance their trademark all-embracing Texican rock'n'roll sound on their new album Rockpango (to be released March 29th), the band's fourth and finest studio album yet. Continuing to creatively draw from and meld blues, rock from classic to modern, soul, their Latino heritage and even snippets of hip-hop, jazz and more, they display greater assurance, creativity and sophistication than ever on their new disc while continuing to offer infectious music that goes straight to the heart. The stuff that made Los Lonely Boys stars, "luscious brotherly vocal harmonies, potent songs with unshakeable pop appeal, irresistible grooves and Henry Garza's masterful guitar work", are in full abundance on Rockpango. It's a great leap forward by one of rock music's finest groups.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
It’s been an almost 20-year journey for Jim Heath, aka the Reverend Horton Heat, whose country-flavored punkabilly and onstage antics have brought him and his band a strikingly diverse fan base and a devoted cult following, not to mention the respect of fellow musicians worldwide.
Undeniably, The Reverend Horton Heat, aka Jim Heath, is the biggest, baddest, grittiest, greasiest, greatest rocker that ever piled his hair up and pounded the drinks down. Without question, for all of his outlandish antics, blistering stage performances and legendary musical prowess, the one thing The Rev always gets asked about is the story behind his unusual and rather clerical moniker. "Well, there used to be this guy who ran this place in Deep Ellum, Texas who used to call me Horton- my last name is Heath," says The Rev. "Anyway, this guy hired me and right before the show he goes, "Your stage name should be Reverend Horton Heat! Your music is like gospel" and I thought it was pretty ridiculous. So I'm up there playing and after the first few songs, people are saying, "Yeah, Reverend!" What's really funny is that this guy gave up the bar business, and actually became a preacher! Now he comes to our shows and says, "Jim, you really should drop this whole Reverend thing."
It's been an almost 20-year journey for Heath, whose country-flavored punkabilly and onstage antics have brought him and his band a strikingly diverse fan base and a devoted cult following, not to mention the respect of fellow musicians worldwide. Revival, the band's first release for Yep Roc Records, is a return to Heath's roots - musical and geographical.
The album was recorded at Last Beat Studio in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas, just a block from where The Rev played his first gig and next door to where the group currently rehearses. Along with eating a lot of world-class Mexican food and BBQ, the band recorded the album's 15 tracks with a minimum of overdubs, bells and whistles. With tour manager/engineer Dave Allen at the board, they wanted an album they could duplicate live.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Genres: Blues / Blues
RockLabel: Skunk Eye Records, GoGirls Elite/GoGirlsMusic.com
Management: Marie Angell
The Snake Charmers deliver strong story-based songwriting with a feminine perspective, sultry vocals, and their own brand of blues stylings where sometimes less is more.
"Been Gone Too Long" is a 10-song album of original contemporary blues, including "Hoochie Mama (I Wanna Be a)," "Ain't Nothin' But the Blues," "Big Big Love," and, of course, "Been Gone Too Long."
We take Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's words to heart when he said he played "American Music." We do, too, writing and producing our own albums with a variety of songs within the blues/blues rock genre.
The Snake Charmers are a 4 member contemporary blues band featuring Marie Angell (vocals/keyboards), Will Blumentritt (bass), Larry Meeker (guitar) and Eric Blumentritt (drums). They are 2009 and 2010 Houston Press Music Award nominees and their music is played on radio stations worldwide. All lyrics and music written by Marie Angell.
Genres: Blues / Classic Rock / CountryLabel: Titty Bingo, Inc.
The band whose name you can't say on radio, Titty Bingo - Dahr Jamail, Freddy Fletcher, Larry Fulcher, Derek O’Brien, Bobbie Nelson, and Willie Nelson (when he feels like it) - are rooted in the roadhouse of outlaw country, classic hard rock, and Texas electric blues. Formed 20+ years ago, the band has performed at Farm Aid, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnics, the House of Blues, and various honky tonks, bars, and dives.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Monte Montgomery is a triple threat, not merely a soulful singer and
accomplished songwriter, but a true virtuoso on his beat-up electrified
acoustic guitar. Winner of the Best Acoustic Guitarist award in the Austin
Music Awards seven years straight (1998-2004), Monte was voted as one of
the 50 Greatest Guitarists of all time by Guitar Player
Magazine in 2004. His unique brand of aggressive pop-rock takes listeners
by surprise, and people watching his energetic live performances for the
first time have been known to say, "Who is this guy, and why haven't I
heard of him before."
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Monte learned to play guitar in the Hill
Country of central Texas after following his mother, Maggie, when she
moved there while he was in his teens. After years fronting various rock
bands in the San Antonio area, he moved to Austin in 1990 to concentrate
on his own original music. Monte's first big break big break came in 1999
with his electrifying appearance on Austin City Limits. Musical influences range from
Mark Knopfler and Lindsey Buckingham to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Lee, Steve
Vai, Steve Morse and Larry Carlton. - via Reverbnation - Bluesdaddy
Sunday, October 10, 2010
DEL CASTILLO has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of Flamenco, Rock, Latin, Blues, and World music that is being referred to as “Nuevo Americano”. Between the release of their first CD back in 2001, to their 2006 release, DEL CASTILLO has received an astonishing 18 awards including SXSW/Austin Music “Album of the Year” Awards, “Band of the Year , ASCAP’S “Best Independent Group of the Year ”, and Austin Music Pundits “Best Live Act ”. Del Castillo has worked with Willie Nelson, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, and George Lopez to name just a few.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Thе deep аnd proud Texas blues tradition catches fire again fοr ουr modern times whenever Rick Kelley аnd Thе Fort Worth Blues Band take thе stage. A brotherhood οf veteran players whο live tο mаkе music, thеу deliver a tаѕtу simmering stew οf pure blues аnd rollicking rock’n’roll topped wіth a hearty dollop οf soul thаt never fails tο satisfy.
Wіth hіѕ chops more fiery thаn еνеr аnd singing іn a voice rich wіth genuine experience аnd emotion, Kelley hаѕ gathered around hіm a blue-ribbon band οf musical compatriots: Guitarist Pete Mayer, Drummer/Vocals Sean Bailey аnd Bass Player/Lead Vocals Bobby "B-Bop" Shaw and Keyboard Player Greg "The Professor" Blye. Wіth collective decades οf experience playing music throughout Texas аnd thе U.S. аѕ well аѕ іn Europe, thеу share Kelley’s zeal fοr mаkіng thе blues nеw again fοr listeners ready tο lеt thе gοοd times both roll аnd rock out. The true diversity of the band is what makes this unit so good. Rick wanted and got together a group of players from very different backgrounds.
And whаt fires thеіr sound іѕ thе spirit οf Fort Worth’s musical legacy. One саn hear thе trail blazed bу musical greats through such legendary Cowtown locales аѕ Panther Hall, thе Jacksboro Highway аnd J&J’s Blues Bar within sets filled wіth favorites thаt channel thе legends аѕ well аѕ such later innovators аѕ Jimi Hendrix аnd Stevie Ray Vaughan. However, Rick's real hero is Buddy Guy. Thеn Kelley аnd thе band feed thаt fire wіth a rock’n’roll energy tο delight listeners frοm six tο 60 аnd beyond. “If уου lονе Fort Worth, thеn уου lονе thе blues,” hе notes.
Wіth a sound аnd songs ideal fοr clubs, festivals, parties аnd anywhere live music саn bе heard, thеу’re a musical tour de force guaranteed tο gеt thе party ѕtаrtеd аnd take іt tο thе limit, bе іt a family-friendly fete bу day οr thе night οf уουr life out οn thе town. “Wе’re gonna put the wood on the floor". Hey Now!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
From the home of Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughan, Bona Fide Blues is an Oak Cliff, Texas based blues band dedicated to keeping Texas blues loud and proud. Heavily influenced by artists like Lonnie Mack, Albert King, SRV, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters we strive to live up to the musical standards of these great players.
Keep listening!!! - Bluesdaddy
Monday, September 6, 2010
Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Elvin Bishop didn’t have much exposure to live music as a youngster. But his family had a radio, and in between the pop schmaltz and the C&W that ruled the airwaves in the 1950s, that radio could sometimes catch the legendary R&B programming beamed throughout the southern part of the U.S. at night by Nashville radio station WLAC. That station introduced Bishop to the classic records of Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, and once his ears had been hooked, there was no turning back for young Elvin. He soon got his first guitar and on his own began scratching out the basic outlines of the blues, R&B and rock & roll that had captured his imagination.
Elvin’s brand new release “Red Dog Speaks”, his second on Delta Groove Music, is the exciting next step in his blues journey. Right out of the gate, Bishop leaves no doubt where his heart is, cleverly introducing his long-time cohort - a 1959 Gibson ES-345 that lovingly answers to the name of “Red Dog”, with a gritty slow blues calculated to set the pace for what’s to come. Along the way he smoothly steers the way from strutting blues and R&B, to a good dose of good-time rock & roll, and even an occasional detour through doo-wop, zydeco and gospel. Elvin has made plenty of talented friends over the years, and many of them jumped at the chance to help out including John Nemeth, Buckwheat Zydeco, Roy Gaines, Tommy Castro, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Kid Andersen who all make guest appearances. And all of it adds up to an amalgam that can only be called “Elvin Bishop music.”
Thank for listening!!! - Bluesdaddy
In 1989, Kubek met guitarist/vocalist Bnois King at a Monday night Dallas jam session. The two became fast friends, and melded their seemingly divergent styles—Kubek a rocking and fierce picker and slider, King a jazz-inflected chorder (who could also solo with flaming electricity)—into one of the most potent guitar combinations the Southwest had ever produced. Kubek explains the relationship succinctly: “I pull the blues out of him, and he pulls the jazz out of me. Bnois knows so much about jazz it’s amazing.”
MORE ABOUT SMOKIN' JOE KUBEK & BNOIS KING
Of all the blues legends the great state of Texas has produced, none sounds quite like Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King. The two Lone Star guitarists—one a hard-edged, hard rocking blues player and the other a jazzy, elegant rhythm player who delivers raw, spontaneous solos-—have taken their dual guitar attack from the heart of Texas to fans around the globe. Kubek and King’s twin-frontman lineup is unparalleled on the blues scene. Backed by their rock-solid rhythm section, Kubek’s fiery fretwork is perfectly matched by King’s sophisticated rhythm playing and rough-edged, down-home soloing and his soulfully conversational vocals. For more than 20 years and thousands of live shows, the duo’s scorching blues and telepathic interplay has been thrilling fans all around the world. Their new CD (their second for Alligator and the 14th of their careers), Have Blues, Will Travel, is a collection of fresh original songs played with passion, taste and a white-hot intensity. Billboard said the band plays “hard-hitting, original blues. Kubek is one of the fiercest Texas blues guitarists…his fiery leads are complemented by King’s adroit rhythm guitar and classic vocals.”
Thanks for listening!!! - Bluesdaddy