Thursday, September 16, 2010

Rick Kelley & The Fort Worth Blues Band

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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

Bona Fide Blues

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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.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Elvin Bishop

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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.”

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Smokin Joe Kubek & Bnois King

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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.”

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.”

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