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Award-winning blues pianist DAVID MAXWELL teams up with longtime friend, slidemaster LOUISIANA RED for an untamed session of original songs and stories that recalls back rooms, roadhouses, and the earliest days of Chicago blues. Red is at his spontaneous best, and Maxwell complements and solos with sensitivity, fire and originality.
This is a long-overdue collaboration between two of the deepest bluesmen alive. David Maxwell and Louisiana Red met each other in the early 70s, when David was touring with Freddie King. Their paths would continue to cross in the decades that followed, and although they became good friends and often performed together, this is their first pure duo recording, and it summons the fire and spirit of the greatest days of Chicago blues.
"Blues, deep and raw and honest. Right here, don't go no further. Louisiana Red and David Maxwell are today's recognized masters of the 'Old School.' They inspire each other and bring the magic of the legends who were their teachers and friends. Muddy Waters and Otis Spann would love this album."
- Bob Margolin
Coming next month...
* * DEBBIE DAVIES * *
A pioneering woman in the world of electric blues guitar and a veteran of 22 years on the road, DEBBIE DAVIES brings her seasoned licks and soulful sensitivity to her twelfth solo release, the groundbreaking, all instrumental Holdin' Court. Along with a collection of her own originals, this VizzTone release is peppered with homages to the electric blues players of the 1960s such as Otis Rush, Albert Collins, Gatemouth Brown, and Kenny Burrell, who all inspired her to pick up the guitar in the first place. Having spent three years as a featured guitarist in Albert Collins' Ice Breakers and shared the studio and stage with a veritable "who's who" of top blues artists, this time Debbie brings her road-tested rhythm section of Cassandra Faulconer (bass) and Don Castagno (drums) into the studio and keeps it simple. With the addition of Paul Opalach on the organ, the sound is classic and tight.
Since leaving Albert Collins' band in 1991, Debbie has struck out on her own, earning the love and respect of her peers and a worldwide fan base. She has released 11 CDs, been honored with countless nominations and a W.C. Handy (Blues Music) Award, and continues to blaze a trail as one of the world's outstanding blues players.
* * MAC ARNOLD & PLATE FULL O' BLUES * *
MAC ARNOLD’s career reads like a “who’s who” of Blues/R&B legends. James Brown played piano in his Macon, Georgia high school band. In 1965 Mac moved to Chicago to work with saxophonist A.C. Reed, and soon began playing with the Muddy Waters Blues Band, helping to shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement of the decades to follow. Regular guests of the band included Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, and Elvin Bishop. Mac also appeared on seminal recordings by John Lee Hooker and Otis Spann. After leaving Muddy’s band, Mac formed the Soul Invaders, backing up artists including the Temptations and B.B. King. Mac then moved to Los Angeles, where he worked at ABC Television and Laff Records (Redd Foxx). This led to four years on the set of Soul Train and work with Bill Withers before moving back to South Carolina in the 80s.
Mac now resides in Pelzer, South Carolina, where at the age of ten he got his first taste of the blues when he learned to play his brother Leroy’s home-made guitar. Going back to his roots, Mac is serving up a mess of blues with his own band, MAC ARNOLD & PLATE FULL O' BLUES. The band consists of Danny Keylon on bass and vocals, Austin Brashier on guitar and vocals, Max Hightower on keyboards, harmonica, guitar and vocals, Mike Whitt on drums, and Mac Arnold on vocals, bass and Gas Can Guitars. Country Man was produced by Bob Margolin, who sits in on three songs.
More VizzTone News...
BOB MARGOLIN is working on a live album for early 2010. For the rest of 2009, he will be playing in the US, South America and England with Chicago Blues legends Pinetop Perkins, Willie Smith, and Bob Stroger. They'll all be in a band together with Sugar Blue and Hubert Sumlin to do shows that cross-promote with a fine music-themed drama film called "The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll." And he'll be doing plenty of gigs with his own band. Steady Rollin' for real!
GINA SICILIA has had a busy summer touring, living on the highway. She played some major blues festivals and opened three shows for Joe Bonamassa in the midwest. Right now she's on the verge of recording CD numero tres!
BOYES, BRILL & DELGROSSO "got the band back together" and had a great time at Edmonton Labatt's Blues Festival. And Fiona Boyes was thrilled to have Terry Hanck blow some fantastic old-school sax on her set at the Waterfront Blues Festival (and catch up with Chip Eagle) in Portland Oregon.
SCISSORMAN Ted Drozdowski has grown a mustache, winning unwanted comparisons to various '70s porn stars. Also, two episodes of PBS's syndicated Miles of Music TV series featuring Scissormen have begun showing in major markets across the country, including New York, Philadelphia, Nashville and Dallas. The band was extensively interviewed by host Bob Miles and played a half-dozen songs from Luck In A Hurry. You can check it out at the band's YouTube.com/Scissormen and MySpace.com/Scissormen.
MATTHEW STUBBS has been out on tour with Charlie Musselwhite as well as doing selected dates with his band. Come on out to a gig, or say hi to Matt on Twitter www.twitter.com/mattstubbs88 or Facebook www.facebook.com/mattstubbs88 !
GAYE ADEGBALOLA has been busy wrapping up Saffire's farewell tour. Although Saffire is retiring as a group, they all plan to continue playing music and will be pursuing new opportunities, like the band Gaye put together for a special event Sept 12 at the Colonial Inn in Fredericksburg, VA, "Miz A & the Freedom Band." Gaye was recently featured in the Advocate magazine, the largest of the GLBT publications. Check it out here: http://www.advocate.com/exclusive_detail_ektid91241.asp .
SHANE DWIGHT has been touring heavily and having fun playing shows throughout the US and Canada with artists like Los Lonely Boys and Johnny Winter.
DAVE GROSS was nominated for a Blues Blast Award in the Sean Costello Rising Star category - winners will be announced October 29!
Latest VizzTone releases from BIG BILL MORGANFIELD, BIG PETE PEARSON and SHANE DWIGHT have been getting a great response at radio, and appearing on the Living Blues and Roots Music Report radio charts.