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JULY ALBUM OF THE MONTH. Simon Kinny-Lewis – A Day In San Jose.

Here at TME.FM Radio we always try to avoid favoritism when choosing an Album of the Month, be it a Country, record label, PR company, sex of artist or genre. All we do is choose a favorite album of ours over the last few months.

 

 

This month we have another Australian taking the place of Liza Ohlback June’s Album of the Month, Simon Kinny-Lewis and his album of covers A Day In San Jose.

 

Seeing as we still have not replaced our review writer and this is not a Blind Raccoon record I will copy/paste from Simon’s Bandcamp Page

the excellent review by Ethan Burke of The Blues Source.

 

Simon Kinny-Lewis (SKL) is the full package. If you get the pleasure of seeing him live (either solo with his acoustic guitar, or with his full band) he beams with energy, soul and passion for the music. His vocals have been compared to Joe Bonamassa’s, but his overall style and delivery is unique and peppered with character. Also, Simon’s guitar playing is up there with the best guitarists of today, conveying all of the right elements that make an enthusiast satisfied, including tastefulness, technique and great tone.

Although one of SKL’s strengths is song-writing too (be sure to check out his albums ‘Street Blues’ and last year’s ‘Bad Whiskey’), we were ecstatic to hear that the next album would be Blues standards, classics and covers. And where would an Australian Blues-man go to record such an album? The Home of the Blues – the U.S.A., of course.

The successful and well received 2018 tour of the states saw Simon and his also Aussie drummer Tony Boyd team up with Californian musos Nate Ginsberg (keyboards), Dewayne Pate (bass), Andy Just (harmonica), and Walter Jebe (slide guitar), for a one day session at premiere studio Reeds Recordings. The resulting new album – ‘A Day in San Jose’ – is magnificent and a golden highlight in Simon’s discography.

It could have been a risky affair executing an entire album of covers of Blues classics. Blues purists might throw a phrase like: “Muddy got it right the first time,” but these are the closed-minded ones, scared of the new. What Simon is doing is paying tribute to some of his heroes, with the help of an experienced and respectful group of musicians. Nothing sounds old or tired either. Freshness circulates through each track as Simon offers every slice of his individual talent and energy to the performance, while keeping true to the soul of the originals.

We get a hard-driving ‘Crossroads’, before the laid-back cool of Robben Ford’s modern classic ‘Chevrolet’, followed by Blues favourites such as ‘Further On Up The Road’, ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’’, and ‘Walking Blues’, the latter two of which are perfectly complimented and supported by the slide guitar skills of Walter Jebe.
Freddie King’s ‘Have You Ever Loved a Woman’ is carried along by Just’s raucous honking mouth-harp as the band swings and struts, before the album closes with a cover of Blind Willie Johnson’s gospel Blues masterpiece ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’. Led Zeppelin already had a turn with this song on their 1976 album ‘Presence’, but Simon’s arrangement of the song makes it the most impressive track on the album, sounding like no other cover we’ve heard of this song before.
Nate Ginsberg’s keyboards flow like a zephyr in the background, while Simon’s sustaining guitar pierces through in spires of tone. And leading towards the climax, we get an impressive and funky bass solo from Dewayne Pate.

Along with others such as Ray Beadle and Matty T. Wall, Simon Kinny-Lewis is a shining beacon of musicianship and talent on the Australian Blues scene, now making a crossover to pleased U.S. audiences. Awesome releases like ‘A Day In San Jose’ simply support that the Blues is still a genre of strength to keep your eyes and ears on.

Simon Kinny-Lewis – Vocals/Guitar
Tony Boyd – Drums
Nate Ginsberg – Keys
Dewayne Pate – Bass
Andy Just – Harmonica
Walter Jebe – Slide Guitar

Produced by Simon Kinny-Lewis

Engineered by Adam Reed at Reeds Recordings San Jose, CA, USA

Mixed and Mastered by Simon Cotsworth

All songs arranged by Simon Kinny-Lewis except #3 Walking Blues and #7 Rollin’ And Tumblin’ by Walter Jebe

Photography by Kevin Case, Paul Rutigliano, John Mcdonald, Rachel Kumar, Brian Phillips

Artwork by Simon Kinny-Lewis

 

Liza Ohlback and her MERCY TRAIN arriving to be our Album of the Month for June.

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WOW our web site editor went over the top with that poster.

With so many great albums albums arriving at the moment the choice for Album of the Month was very difficult so using democracy I decided and the others followed.

 

We still have not replaced our overly expensive reviewer so if you want to read a great review Google Liza Ohlback – Mercy Train, that’s what Google is for and cheaper than paying for a reviewer. Below are a couple of tracks from album so you can all review it yourselves.

 

Originally from Tasmania , Liza started out in Classical music playing Cello
and singing in her mum’s Gospel singing group.  She grew up in the Blue Mountains
supporting touring bands at a very young age, and then she moved to Sydney where
her love of artists such as Ann Peebles, Gladys Knight and Tony Joe White led her immerse
herself in the Blues, Jazz, Soul  and Funk scene.

This triple Chain Award winner has been a force on the Blues Scene for years now, with her distinctive style Of Jazz laced Blues with a Gospel spirit. She has a stunning voice inspired by the great Southern singers including Etta James, Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, and her performances are embellished with witty tales and wrapped up with emotionally driven performances like that of a 1940’s Torch singer.

Her last Album “Give you Hell” reached no 2 on the Australian Blues Charts and saw her as a finalist in Australian Blues artist of the year, and got to no 12 in the UK. She has also performed at the Sydney opera House for the Billy Holiday 100 year anniversary and the Ella Fitzgerald 100 year anniversary and played the lead of Janis Joplin in the successful Theatre Rockumentary Pearl – The Janis Joplin Story.

Her new CD”Mercy Train” was released in late November to rave reviews and in 2019 for the rest of the world to enjoy, and is now no 1 on the Australian Blues Charts – a mix of New Orleans Blues/Jazz with plenty of Sass and funk, a wicked Brass section , Gospel style Harmonies and featuring some of the finest musicians around, including Internationally renowned organ Whiz Clayton Doley (Harry Manx) and Rick Melick (Jo Bonamassa) who cowrote some of the songs plus Eric Rasmussen (Heatwave) plus the Mercy Train Gospel singers.
of the world, and is now no 1 on the Australian Blues Charts – a mix of New Orleans Blues/Jazz with plenty of Sass and funk, a wicked Brass section , Gospel style Harmonies and featuring some of the finest musicians around, including Internationally renowned organ Whiz Clayton Doley (Harry Manx) and Rick Melick (Jo Bonamassa) who cowrote some of the songs plus Eric Rasmussen (Heatwave) plus the Mercy Train Gospel singers.

 

Kelly’s Lot are back with new album “Can’t Take My Soul” and their usual PR Company, Blind Raccoon.

Yes Kelly Slot (as they are known here at TME.fm) are back and in style, probably their finest work to date but only been listening and playing on radio a couple of weeks so the final verdict is not in yet.

 

Released on the 17th of MAY “Can’t Take My Soul” is already climbing the charts and heading for a Top 5 spot real soon, thanks in part to Betsie the Blind Raccoon, all the radio stations playing the album and of course Ms. Zirbes and band members great work getting the Self-Released album out for the world to enjoy.

 

We finally decided to get rid of our expensive one word reviewer and use the review provided by the PR Company and written by Rick J Bowen, the king of Blues reviews.

 

Los Angeles-based Kelly’s Lot celebrates 25 years of delivering West Coast Soul with a Texas Heart, an eclectic mix of blues, roots, rock & Americana with their 14th album, “Can’t Take My Soul,” containing 12 original compositions that highlights Kelly Zirbes’ smokin’ hot alto. The mix of original songs written by Kelly and her longtime partner in crime, guitarist Perry Robertson, speaks truth to the issues of the day, from our political climate and world struggles to tender matters of the heart, real-life inspiration and tragedy.
Kelly Z opens the album namechecking all her heroes from Muddy to Koko, and Buddy to Etta, on the rockin’ number ‘All I Ever Want Is The Blues.’ She then gets right to the point urging us all to “Don’t Give Up” on the political rebuke ‘All Hope Ain’t Lost.’ The gently swinging blues ‘Alyssa’ was inspired by a young woman born with a terminal illness, who defied the odds and lived to be 23 years old and became a medical pioneer as one of the world’s first to receive gene therapy for Canavan Disease. This song will live on as a loving tribute to her inner strength.

Eddie Baytos joins the crew on accordion and washboard for the Cajun dance party anthem ‘Woe Is Me,’ adding authentic Louisiana spice to the rue. The testament of love, ‘Safe And Warm,’ is delivered on a soft bed of acoustic underpinnings deftly delivered by this veteran band. The notorious French bluesman Jean-François Thomas (recorded by Martial Semonsut at Studio La Vallée in the Auvergne region of France) joins Kelly for a scalding duet ‘Rise Up (Leve-Toi)’ sparing with her in French and English about the fire burning deep inside forbidden love and the Revolution. Frank Hinojosa adds some greasy blues harp to the slinky R&B groove of ‘Broke Myself.’ The acoustic driven ballad, ‘Let It Breathe,’ has that distinct bittersweet and dusty Laurel Canyon feel only Southern California musicians know how to deliver.

Kelly opens a vein and exposes all her depth on the dynamic call for redemption and self-preservation called ‘Dirt,’ a simple title for an expansive and complicated song. She then goes back to her folk-singer roots on the sweet optimistic hymn ‘Little Bit Of This,’ before busting out the rabble-rousing surf rock ‘Can’t Take My Soul.’ We are transported to a sidewalk café in Paris for the final track of the album ‘Mon Ami.’ The lovely encore reveals a softer side of Kelly Z as she serenades us eloquently in French and then translates the images of love and devotion in English with graceful ease.

“Can’t Take My Soul” fully demonstrates the skills and variety in the repertoire Kelly’s Lot have developed over two and half decades performing as an acoustic duo, trio, an electric 5 to 8-piece that are now a mainstay on the Southern California music scene.

Rick J Bowen

 

‘All Hope Ain’t Lost is one of the new songs from our CD, ‘Can’t take My Soul’. The CD version has background vocals and B3 keys. Get your copy at www.KellysLot.com

 

One of the best parts of working with Blind Raccoon is they provide everything, not just the music but reviews, biographies and pretty pictures.

 

Kelly’s Lot was formed in 1994 by Kelly Zirbes (sounds like “service” – likes to go by Kelly Z), a folk singer/songwriter with a heart for the blues. With 14 albums and lots of touring in the USA and Europe, the band will celebrate 25 years since the first night they hit the stage at the Roxy in Hollywood. Kelly Z met soundman, Perry Robertson, in 1996 who soon produced their “Live At The Troubadour” album. Within a year he joined the band, started writing songs with Kelly Z and added the Southern Rock and Texas influences that have shaped their sound. As a duo or band, they have played coffee shops, theaters, festivals, clubs, house concerts and a variety of events.

In the last 15 years they have created a 5 to 8-piece band that is well respected on the American blues scene. Some of the larger festivals they have played are Waterfront Blues, Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival, Ventura County Blues Festival, Lavaudieu Music Festival, to name just a few. In France, Jean Francois Thomas joined Kelly’s Lot to play in front of 18,000 for the Nuits De Sologne Festival.

Their songs have been heard in movies and television and covered by other artists. Kelly Z is currently working on songs for a couple film projects while still grabbing some inspiration from her fans on Facebook. Challenging them to look in their hearts and share just one word, she then challenges herself to choose a word and write a song in two hours. Perry Robertson, who shares the band leader title with Kelly Z, has recorded and produced most of the band’s music including the soon to be released ‘Can’t Take My Soul’. Releasing on May 17, 2019, the new CD features a lot of Blues but with a couple Folk and Roots/Rock additions. It’s a journey of messages, inspirations and some toe tapping rhythms. Mostly featuring a 4 piece of guitar, bass, drums and vocals, the CD also offers some accordion, harmonica, keys and even a Kelly Z whistle. As a duo, trio or 5 to 8-piece band they always pack a lot of energy while still getting to the heart of the listener.

Kelly and her band have opened for Tommy Castro, Shemekia Copeland, Marcia Ball, John Mayall, Curtis Salgado, Coco Montoya, to name just a few, and have hosted blues events for charities and for fellow blues musicians. With the support of European fans, the band toured across Belgium, France, Germany, England, Scotland, and The Netherlands.

 

So there you have all the inside info of the band a great review and pretty pictures, what more do you want?

Social media links, ok.

ARTIST LINKS

 

An interview? 

I will see what I can do about that.

Not the usual run of the mill interview?

You are a demanding reader but we will try our best for you.

An interview with Perry not Kelly Slot?

I don’t know what Kelly Z will say about that, I have it from a good source she is “a bit of a Tom Boy” she might come over to Spain and give me a good slapping!

Listen reader just go listen to Kelly Slot on TME.FM will you.

This post was made possible by Blind Raccoon.

The Kerry Kearney Band – Smokehouse Serenade

Received this excellent album today and it will be getting lots of play time at TME.FM Radio.

Thanks to James at Highlander Records for making it available.

 

 

Reviews:
“Straight up blues rock guitar choogle that makes you wonder which came first, this music or the beer. With mostly originals leading the way, this is a fine example of how frat parties sound when Otis Day and the Knights are unavailable. Fun party stuff that does the job quite nicely.”~ CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher Copyright 2019 Midwest Record

“A singing, song writing, guitar playing, showman sensation with great chops and a really hot band.”~ Modern Drummer Magazine

“…raucous, gritty wailing and upbeat blues…”~ Laura Dobbins, ATOMIC Magazine

“Start with honest emotions, mix with a selection of the finest support musicians you will find, season the whole dish with some New York attitude and get ready for some of the tastiest blues ever to be served up.”
~ Joe Grandwilliams Good Times Magazine

 

Bio:
~Kerry Kearney’s style, music from the “Psychedelta”, is his own brand containing an upbeat mix of American Blues & Roots. The sounds Kerry creates from his vintage, stock and custom made guitars are as unique as his song writing and original melodies. His wailing, foot tapping style of blues, driven by tasty, inspired guitar riffs, electrifying slide and infectious rhythms, has allowed Kerry to amass a huge loyal following. The KKB have continued to experience an overwhelming, positive response over the airwaves, especially when performing live.

The Kerry Kearney Band recently celebrated 20 years to a sold-out show at the Boulton Center in Bay Shore, NY.~Kerry was voted “Best Guitarist” & “Bluesman of the Year” & is the recipient of the prestigious Long Island Sound Award (L.I.S.A.) from the LI Music Hall of Fame and most recently he and his band mates were each inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.
~Kerry Kearney has toured nationally & internationally with the Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts, Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane) and has performed with Sonny Landreth, Robert Randolf, BB King, Robert Cray with the Blind Boys of Alabama & The Blues Brothers….. Most recently seen rocking out with Kenny Wayne Shepherd at The Space in Westbury NY & with Legendary ZZ Top Frontman Billy Gibbons in NY and D.C. on the 2018 Big Bad Blues Tour…

 

Meg Williams album Take Me As I Am: The Muscle Shoals Sessions from Nola Blue Records released on Good Friday.

Now we know why it is called Good Friday, you all get a chance to get your copy of Take Me As I Am: The Muscle Shoals Sessions, we have had a digital copy for airplay a few weeks now and it is a cracker of a recording.

It’s a SHAME pure rocking blues will not be Song of the Month, doesn’t need that title to get lots of airplay. SHAME will not be played on a Spotlight Album of the Month, the album is already in the Spotlight.

WHAT ABOUT ME? sings Meg, “what about you?”asks our music director shrugging his shoulders. “calling me Baby will not get you made Artist of the Month“. Our music director is a hard man.

Don’t worry though because as you sing “TELL EVERYBODY” we will be telling everyone about Take Me As I Am: The Muscle Shoals Sessions every chance we get.

OK so we know what Meg and her album is not going to be? but what about a review? Now there is a problem, our highly paid reviewer has gone on holiday so the music director is writing one right now. While you wait watch the video below ok.

 

Well the Music Director is taking a lot of time with his review so our very own Program Director has copy/pasted the review provided by Meg’s PR company and written by Rick J Bowen.

Thanks to Betsie the Blind Raccoon for providing this time filler.

“Originally from the Finger Lakes of NY State, singer/songwriter/guitarist Meg Williams (now based in Nashville), has signed with Nola Blue Records for her debut full-length album, “Take Me As I Am: The Muscle Shoals Sessions.” Her 2017 EP, “Maybe Someday,” opened many doors for Williams, including the chance to compete in the 2019 International Blues Challenge (Memphis, TN), representing the Kentucky Blues Society, and become the house band director for the Women In Blues Showcase.
Williams, who draws instant comparisons to Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt, was obviously inspired during her sessions at FAME Recording Studios to take full advantage of the aesthetic of the space that gave birth to 100’s of hit records and is home to the world-renowned Swampers rhythm section, and its formula for rocking soul and R&B.

The sessions, produced by Meg and engineered by John Gifford Ill, has Williams backed by an all-star rhythm section including Will McFarlane on guitar, Bob Wray on bass, Clayton Ivey on keys and Justin Holder on drums. Also appearing are Dan Wecht on guitar/slide guitar and Sara Rogers on background vocals. The album is a collection of 12 original songs, penned by Williams alone or in collaboration with Nashville-based songwriters Claire Kelly, Scott Barrier, Chase Walker, Terry Goose Downing, and Jenny Teator, that includes new versions of ‘l Feel A Heartache Coming’ and ‘Little Bit Of The Devil’ from the EP.

The bump and grind blues ‘Come On Over To Me’ kicks open the set with greasy slide guitar and alluring vocals from Williams. But don’t be confused, this isn’t a soft-sell record as Williams dons her Gibson for the country-fired riff rocker ‘Tell Everybody,’ shouting out the chorus before throwing down hot lead guitar on the heavy-duty funk burner ‘Shame.’ The tale of a wild woman, ‘Little Bit Of The Devil,’ is revved up and refined into a tighter narrative showcasing the tasty chops of the rhythm section. Fellow Nashville transplant Chase Walker co-wrote the tome of hard luck and trouble ’Played By The Blues,’ a fine update of a familiar theme. While singer-songwriter Claire Kelly helped her write the optimistic love song ‘Sometimes I Need You Too’ that ramps up to a great jamming Allman Brothers vibe.

The title track is Williams declaration that she is in this for the long haul, and will be true to herself, as she sings about life, love and the choice to compete in the ruthless world of the music business. Some fine Hammond B3 from Clayton Ivey sweetens the easy groove of ‘What About Me?’ and the dynamic rocker ‘Can’t Keep Waiting On You,’ has a slow-burning intensity, while the full-blown soul rock blaster ‘I Feel A Heartache Coming,’ lets loose all the fury of Williams and the crew. Williams plays the femme fatale for the slinky ‘Make A Move’ and the album closes with a classic swinging blues ballad ‘Take A Chance On My Love,’ surrounding Williams’ sultry alto with Gospel flavored harmonies and soaring guitar from Will McFarlane.

With each track tinged with that Muscle Shoals Sound, “Take Me As I Am” exquisitely sets the stage for Meg Williams to become a rising star in the blues rock world.”

Quotation marks added by our Blues DJ, Dick.

Program Director is one finger typing so while he finishes off the review let us all read Meg’s Bio.

Meg Williams performs frequently at venues across the country with her band, Meg Williams Band, as a solo/duo act, and as a guitarist for other artists. She recently competed in the 2019 International Blues Challenge (Memphis, TN), representing the Kentucky Blues Society, and was the house band director for the Women in Blues Showcase. Meg has additionally performed main-stage at the 2018 Venice Blues Festival (Venice, FL), RedGorilla Music Festival (Austin, TX), Blues Radio International during the BMA’s (Memphis, TN), Knoxville’s WDVX Blue Plate Special, Tennessee Motorcycles & Music Revival Festival, & Loretta Lynn’s Ranch as an artist, and performed at Cheyenne Frontier Days & CMA Fest as a guitarist for other artists.  Meg’s newest blues-rock EP, ‘Maybe Someday,’ has been played on SiriusXM’s Bluesville and radio stations world-wide – ‘Maybe Someday’ reached #10 on the Top 50 Blues Rock Album charts and on the Roots Music Report, and #38 on the Top Blues Album charts. Often compared to Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt, Meg’s guitar playing has captured the attention of listeners throughout Nashville and increasingly the US. Meg just signed with Nola Blue Records and  released her full length album, recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, “Take Me As I Am: The Muscle Shoals Sessions” on April 19, 2019.

Well not much to gossip about in that biography was there.

 

Indie Music Women interview

Maybe some gossip here, thank you Indie Music Women. (click on the photo and you can read it, if you leave here don’t forget to come back for the review)

You back? Ok a few photos to look at and the review will be ready.

Ok not very big but Blind Raccoons don’t care.

 

So the review of Meg Williams album Take Me As I Am: The Muscle Shoals Sessions from Nola Blue Records is ready, are you?

 

“Splendiferous.”

Oh, there is a word you don’t see much in reviews never mind being a review! At least he tried.

 

Finally some links to Meg and that is it for another review post. See you all soon.

 

ARTIST LINKS

 

 

 

Hope no bias toward Blind Raccoon was noticed, if you did then that is your problem, they are only doing their job of promoting one of their artists.

 

No payment is received for using that image, just a way of saying thank you to Nola Blue for allowing the world to hear “Take Me As I Am: The Muscle Shoals Sessions”.

 

Introducing our ARTIST of the MONTH for APRIL, California’s one and only KATIE KNIPP.

NO SPOTLIGHT, NO ALBUM, APRIL WILL HAVE AN ARTIST OF THE MONTH.

Having hit #10 on the Blues Albums Billboard Charts with her 5th album release titled “Take it With You,” Northern California Blues Americana Siren Katie Knipp is equipped with powerful vocals and plays a variety of instruments from boogie woogie piano to slide guitar, to honest harmonica laden stories in between.  Her various performance formats from raw solo act to full band captures audiences hearts from her first notes.  She has opened for Robert Cray, Joan Osborne, The Doobie Brothers, Tim Reynolds, Jon Cleary, The James Hunter Six, among many others.  Her sound has been compared to Larkin Poe, Bonnie Raitt, Joss Stone, Beth Hart, and what the late Taz Digregorio of the Charlie Daniels band once said, “Dylan in a Dress!”

Blues Americana artist Katie Knipp has been on a passionate musical journey her entire life. Always in choir, she was drawn to the piano at the age of 15. Since there was no piano at home, she began teaching herself on every lunch break during high school in the choir room. Beginning college, Katie believed it would be practical to major in medicine. Singing in a choir rendition of Mozart’s Requiem changed her future path. The haunting beauty of the music made tears roll down her face, and she knew that, in order to follow her heart, she would dedicate herself and her studies to music. Attending U.C. Santa Cruz, Katie enjoyed the calm, serene new environment.

Driven to continually grow, she taught herself guitar on the beaches of California’s coast. “The waves would drown out any mistakes I made, so that I wouldn’t be embarrassed by wrong notes,” says Katie. As she dug deeper into her music major, it became clear to Katie that she also wanted to write her own material. Witness to a gruesome on-campus suicide on her 21st birthday, she decide she needed a change of scenery; she transferred to Cal State Hayward, where she would earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an emphasis in vocal performance. The dark experience of the suicide, however, would stay with her, and became one of many events that helped mold her writing into the gutsy, soul-on-a-platter type material. To date, Katie has released four studio albums, a DVD, and played hundreds of venues throughout California. Sacramento News and Review nominated her for Best Blues Artist in Sacramento in 2017.

Readers of The Northbay Bohemian voted her band “Number One Band in Marin County” for two consecutive years. Currently laying down roots in Sacramento, Katie has worldwide radio support, has opened for such acts as Robert Cray, The James Hunter Six, Jon Cleary, The Doobie Brothers, Tim Reynolds and Tommy Castro, and shared the stage as a back up singer for Barry Manilow. Her music can be found on iTunes, many other digital mediums, as well as retail cds on www.katieknipp.com. Katie unflinchingly maintains the goal of being a viable force in the music world. Her success is largely based upon her willingness to take risks, diversify her format and learn from collaboration with others. Katie performs in several formats, from solo to full band. Equipped with a powerful voice, Katie also plays piano, guitar, dobro and harmonica. Her hard work has shaped her into a mature artist, focusing on the organic, free elements that reach people the most.  She is also busy raising her two toddler boys as well as teaching piano and voice lessons in Rocklin, California.

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Listen to the new single Alyssa by Kelly’s Lot from the upcoming album’Can’t Take My Soul’

Provided us with a copy of the new single from Kelly’s Lot.

We provide you  all a chance to listen to this beautiful, sad song.

 

Kelly Z told us

“Alyssa is the first song released from our upcoming CD, ‘Can’t Take My Soul’. Alyssa was the daughter of DJ Mark Mushin. We met on facebook after he started playing my last release ‘Rescue’ He asked me for a station ID, personalized for his daughter. He told me stories about Alyssa, her spirit and her battle with Canavan Disease. A few months later she passed away and the song was inspired by all the stories Mark told me. By writing the song, Perry and I wanted to reach out to everyone who needs to be reminded that we must grab a hold of the joy we have today because we don’t now how long it will last.”

 

A note about Alyssa from her family -“Alyssa was born with Canavan Disease, a rare and fatal genetic brain disease. In her short 23 years, without ever speaking a word, Alyssa was able to shine her light on everyone around her. She had a smile that would melt your heart and her laughter would always sooth your soul. Her amazing journey started with me holding her for 4 hours when she was born, forming a bond that will live for all time. She then became a medical pioneer being one of the worlds first to receive gene therapy. She continued to share her pure spirit throughout her whole life making all who knew her the best they could be and taught us all the meaning of true love. Although her earthly experience is done, she still sends us signs from above and continues to inspire us all.”

ALYSSA Credits

Written by Kelly Zirbes and Perry Robertson
Kelly Z – Vocals
Perry Robertson – Guitar
Matt McFadden – Bass
Mike Sauer – Drums
Bobby Orgel – B3
Background vocals – Jenna Mushin, Andrew Mushin, and Jeri Goldenhar
Mixed by Fred Paragano
Mastered by Mike Milchner at Sonic Vision Mastering

ALYSSA Lyrics

It’s there in your heart not trapped in your mind
And easier to feel than to search out and find
And Alyssa she knew the way to get you through
She was never behind but one step ahead of the blues

Some just don’t know what’s right there to see
Looking for easy to set them free
And Alyssa she knew these things don’t get you through
She was never behind but one step ahead of the blues
She was never behind but one step ahead of the blues

Don’t hold on to worry when the answer is there
Don’t try to fix every why, when and where
Take a deep breath and throw away your fears
Cause it’ll all be gone before you know that you’re here

She was never behind but one step ahead of the blues

Don’t hold on to a worry when the answer is there
Don’t try to fix every why, when and where
Take a deep breath and throw away your fears
Cause it’ll all be gone before you know that you’re here.

Stop chasing the questions when its all right there
No one promised this life would be fair
And Alyssa she knew the way to get us through
She was never behind she was one step ahead of the blues
She was never behind she was one step ahead of the blues
She was never behind she was one step ahead of the blues

 

TME.fm Radio Album of the Month…. is…. Beatles Blues Blast from Gaetano Letizia & the Underworld Blues Band

 

Yes folks after much deliberation we have decided on our Album of the Month and what a treat it is, Beatles Blues Blast , 17 of the Liverpudlians great tunes Bluezed up by Gaetano and the boys.

 

The Fab Four are unquestionably one of the most influential groups of modern times, with over 500 artists recording cover versions or full tribute albums of Beatles’ songs. The list of artists spans the gamut from Ella to Elvis, the Philharmonic to Phish, even The Muppets and Alvin & the Chipmunks have had a go at them. The Beatles themselves began as a cover band, recording songs by 50’s icons Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Carl Perkins and the influence of classic R&B and blues can be heard on all the group’s albums. Several notable R&B stars had hits with Beatles songs, such as Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles, but only a few authentic blues acts have ventured into the territory of the lads from Liverpool.

Cleveland Ohio is the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and birthplace of guitarist extraordinaire, Gaetano Letizia, leader of the Underworld Blues Rock Band, who was a teenager during the years of Beatlemania and the British invasion. The effect of those heady days has stayed in the forefront of his mind for decades and now, with a little help from his friends, Mike D’Elia on drums and bass man Lenny Gray, Gaetano presents “Beatles Blues Blast.” The third disc from the trio is a rowdy romp through 17 classics from the Beatles’ catalog, cleverly arranged and reframed as a funky blues jam session. Recorded live off the floor in a single day at Bad Racket Studio in downtown Cleveland, this lo-fi indie blues rock album takes this magical music back to its roughneck roots of dance clubs in a hard-working industrial town.

 

In classic Beatles’ fashion the album begins at the end with ‘Come Together,’ which was the opening song of their final studio album “Abbey Road,” where the trio forgo the dramatic intro and jump headlong into the groove setting up the formula for the project. D’Elia turns McCartney’s first drum track into a jungle beat of swamp rock fury on ‘Do It In The road,’ and then we all yell “More Cowbell!” during the four on the floor funk ‘Drive My Car.’ 1960 Motown hit ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’ is injected with surf guitar as a tip of the hat to the American bands that also covered it. Harrison’s Rocker ‘Taxman’ is given a Texas Shuffle treatment, and his beloved ode to the six string, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’ shifts between a samba and power ballad. ‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,’ retains the funky groove of the Joe Cocker version, and they keep the psychedelic blues rocker, ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy),’ true to its original metal prototype form. The Latin tinged ‘And I Love Her’ has a 70’s Santana vibe, and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love,’ is turned into a Chicago Blues. Letizia steps hard on the fuzz pedal for ‘You Can’t Do That,’ and plays ‘Yesterday,’ as a soft blues rhumba.

The boys pick up the rooftop party right where the Beatles left off for a rocking ‘Get Back,’ then bring out the full drama for ‘With A Little Help From My Friends.’ The novelty song with a great riff, ‘Birthday,’ is tossed in for laughs before a sweet country blues reading of ‘Blackbird’ that features marvelous finger picking lead guitar and articulate counter point on the bass. The aptly chosen closer ‘A Day In The Life,’ also the final track of the 1967 album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band,” is bumped up with touches of Soul and Rockin’ Fire for an epic climax.

By tackling this iconic repertoire, Gaetano Letizia and The Underworld Blues Rock Band, have created a whimsical and yet sincere tribute with “Beatles Blues Blast,” that will find a respected place in the Pantheon of Beatlemania that remains strong some 50 years on.

Rick J Bowen

 

BIOGRAPHY

Gaetano Letizia – Guitarist, Song Writer, Vocalist

Gaetano, also known as Tom, was born in Cleveland in 1951. He began performing his own blues shows at the age of 16. One of his first stage appearances was with the James Gang, sitting in for Joe Walsh at his Alma Mater, Kent State in 1970. Since then, he’s performed all over the U.S. along with Europe and Asia. Early performances with June Core of Robert Jr. Lockwood’s band, gave Gaetano a strong blues foundation based on B.B. King, Albert King, Muddy Waters and all the great blues patriarchs.

Producer of ten blues and jazz guitar CDs, Gaetano has received stellar reviews in DownbeatGuitar Player and many national/international publications and his music has been played on radio stations in every state as well as most foreign countries.

The Underworld Band is Gaetano’s blues trio formed in 2010 and now beginning to tour the U.S. with plans for European and Asian tours in the works. The band won the Cleveland Blues Society’s 2014 Memphis Challenge and did four great shows in Memphis. The Underworld Band plays creative blues shows that audiences love and will remember. The band has two excellent albums, “Voodoo Doll & Other Blues Lessons” (2014) and “Resurrection” (2016).

Described as “a guitarist’s guitarist” and a “virtuoso” by music critics, Gaetano’s music stays true to the roots of blues while advancing the standard blues forms to delight the listener. “A new take on the blues” describes Gaetano’s treatment of modern blues problems in our lives now that we’re far from sharecropping in Mississippi. With blazing electric solos, red hot slide playing and nylon string guitar, listeners will be treated to a fun style of blues rock combined with funk and R&B that grooves and makes you move. The guitar playing is top shelf and the performances are high energy, audience oriented fun.

Michael D’Elia – Drummer, Vocalist

Born in Canton, Ohio in 1953, Mike started playing drums professionally at the age of 8 and toured nationally with various groups in his teens. Mike is the “go to” drummer for almost all the Cleveland based groups not only because he is a dynamic vocalist, but because he is a great drummer whose powerful groove and solos drive audiences wild. Known affectionately as “Daddy Sweet Roll”, Mike is loved by his thousands of music fans and everyone who meets this great lifetime blues rock musician.

Lenny Gray – Bassist

A Cleveland native born in 1950, Lenny started playing drums at 10 years old and switched to bass to play in R&B bands in 1966. Nephew of Slide Hampton, Lenny’s family is loaded with professional musicians, family reunions are big jam sessions. Lenny’s style is based in blues and jazz, heavy on the groove side. A Victor Wooten student and disciple, Lenny pops with the best and swings with all the rest.

 

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JANUARY 11, 2019 Tomislav Goluban RELEASES “CHICAGO RAMBLER” AND BECOMES TME.fm RADIO SPOTLIGHT ARTIST.

CHICAGO RAMBLER the new album from Tomislav Goluban is finally to be released on Friday. We have been lucky enough to have had a copy of the album for a while and after listening to it carefully our highly paid reviewer came up with a cracker of a review – read below.

“PERFECT!”

We got our moneys worth.

So we decided to make Tomislav our Spotlight Artist for the next 30 days so our listeners can agree with our review.

 

After 20 years of intense study of one of America’s greatest artforms from afar in his homeland, Croatia, singer songwriter and harmonica master, Tomislav “Little Pigeon” Goluban made a journey to the source to record an album of authentic blues music in the Windy City for his tenth studio album, “Chicago Rambler.” Goluban enlisted the skills of prominent figures in the Chicago blues scene, led by acclaimed producer and guitarist Eric Noden to collaborate with him on 11 new songs written for the project. A year ago, Tomislav flew to Chicago to record at Joy Ride Studios. Noden wisely brought in two “Sons of the Blues” as the rhythm section; E.G. McDaniel on bass and Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith on drums, both building prestigious careers for themselves while preserving their musical heritage. Harmonica man Joe Filisko also contributed to the project by playing harmonica on two songs, and engineer Blaise Burton manned the console for the frenetic two-day session.

The full tilt ‘Pigeon Swing’ kicks off the album with much pizzazz, as Goluban blows like Little Walter resurrected on an instrumental that was supposed to be a bonus track but has so much fire it was pushed to the lead-off slot. The 12/8 blues ‘Locked Heart’ reveals the influence of Jimmy Reed and Slim Harpo on the timeless tale of a soft-hearted bluesman. The heavy-duty south side shuffle, ‘Bag Full Of Troubles,’ is a spot-on Chicago-land prototype that could only be delivered by seasoned pros. Inspired by the friendship between Goluban and the late country bluesman “Philadelphia” Jerry Ricks, the tasty rhumba, ‘Jerry Ricks On My Mind,’ recants images from the last concert he performed alongside Goluban before his untimely death in 2007. He was buried in the cemetery in Kastav (Croatia) where the annual Tribute to Jerry Ricks – Kastav Blues festival is now held.

Noden’s slide guitar moans with sorrow of a hundred-year flood on the lowdown ‘Can’t Find Myself’ and Smith demonstrates his encyclopedic knowledge of authentic blues grooves as he nails the high energy boogaloo surf blues for the audacious ‘Home Made Honey’ and classic Bo Diddley beat for ‘Do The Right Thing.’ Between those two numbers, Goluban’s fantastic harmonica imitation of a train, an old-time tradition among harp players, introduces ‘One Way Ticket,’ a traveling blues ramble. He lays out a twist on a Muddy Waters’ style blues with ‘Little Pigeon’ extolling his manly prowess to arouse a lover. Track ten is an acoustic version of ‘Jerry Ricks On My Mind.’ The quartet glides thru the Jimmy Reed style country blues ‘Searchin’ For My Baby,’ before transforming a traditional Croatia folk song ‘Išel budem v kleticu (I’ll Go To My Cottage)’ into a straight-ahead Chi-town shuffle from a hot Saturday night at the Peppermint Lounge.

With this album Tomislav Goluban fulfills his dream of wandering the musical streets of the city that gave birth to so many of his heroes and becoming a bona fide Chicago rambler.

Rick J Bowen

BIOGRAPHY

After a 20-year music career and 10 studio albums, the proverb “The older – the crazier” definitely applies to Croatian harmonica player Tomislav “Little Pigeon” Goluban, whose songs and performances burst with energy, passion, humor and above all, fantastic music. Goluban has been playing harp since 1997, inspired by old school masters such as Sonny Terry, Slim Harpo, Paul Butterfield, Gary Primich, Kim Wilson and Joe Filisko to name just a few.

Performing solo/duo and with a band, Goluban has played in the U.S. and across many European countries at festivals and events such as the Notodden Blues Festival (Norway), Amal’s Blues Festival (Sweden), Blues sur Seine (France) and International Blues Challenge (USA).

Looking back at his discography reveals delta, country & Chicago blues, zydeco, rock ‘n’ roll and world music. He’s been recording his music in a wide span from raw delta duo sound to the full instrumental arrangement with 20 musicians playing one song.

 

In the period from 2005 to 2019 Tomislav has:

  • published ten studio albums and three maxi singles,
  • won four Croatian top discography awards “Porin” (the equivalent of a Grammy in Croatia),
  • won three “Croatian Musicians Union” awards “Status,”
  • performed in 20 countries in two continents (Europe and the USA),
  • won 4th place at World Harmonica Championship in Germany 2005,
  • is the sole Croatian endorsee of the world’s finest and most famous harmonica manufacturer “Hohner,”
  • was the first Croatian representative at International Blues Challenge, Memphis, USA in 2009 & returned in 2017,
  • was one of the founders and the first president of the “Croatian Blues Forces” association,
  • developed an educational music program called “The harmonica in Blues” which is presented to the pupils of elementary and high schools all over Croatia.

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Dee Miller Band joins Blind Raccoon with – LEOPARD PRINT DRESS

REPRESENTING MINNESOTA BLUES SOCIETY IN THE BAND CATEGORY AT THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE (IBC)

Minneapolis became noted as a center for rhythm and blues (R&B) in the 1980s, when the multi-talented star Prince rose to fame. But the twin-cities region had long been known for giving birth to notable modern folk music, gospel, blues, alt rock and jazz artists. Dee Miller grew up in Saint Paul Minnesota, singing along to her favorite vocalists and was a member of many local bands earning the title “The Duchess of the Blues” from the Minnesota blues community. The self-proclaimed “barrelhouse” singer formed her own band in 2004 and in the fall of 2018 the Minnesota Blues Society inducted Dee Miller into the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame in the category of “Performer.”

Her sizzling hot band features the vocal lead and harmonies as well as the blazing guitar work of the phenomenal Craig Clark. His rich deep sound is rounded out by the rhythm section of Eric Meyer (bass/vocals), Mike DuBois (drums) and the keyboard work of Jesse Mueller.

Their third album, “Leopard Print Dress,” was recorded at the Villa Studios and features ten tracks – a cross section of house rockin’ blues heavy duty soul and dance party R&B that showcases the muscular abilities of this tight hard-working band. The sharp originals and creative covers reflect the variety of blues, rock, and R&B deep-cuts in the group’s repertoire. Inspired by wild nights in steamy nightclubs the rousing ‘Hot And Sweaty,’ open the set with dance floor filling swing and sizzle. Miller proudly carries the torch for Etta James on the blazing cover of ‘Strongest Weakness,’ with her powerful, deep, earthy voice bridging the gap between R&B and rock ‘n’ roll. John Pinckaers sits in on piano for the gospel-fueled reading on the Eagles’ classic ‘Take It To The Limit.’ Craig Clark shares the lead vocals for the title track ‘Leopard Print Dress,’ which won the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame award in 2017 for “Best Song.” The four on the floor blues rocker was cowritten with Jimi “Primetime” Smith and features a greasy slide guitar solo that has become Miller’s trademark anthem. The house party really gets rolling for the horn-infused boogie woogie ‘Back In The Saddle,’ then Clark steps up on the soul blues burner ‘Last Two Dollars,’ delivering powerful vocals and a ripping lead on the Jonny Taylor hit that has become a staple of the club scene. Steve “Boom Boom” Vonderharr added his hot blues harp to the bump and grind shuffle ‘I Sing The Blues,’ and Toby Marshall lays down sweet Hammond B3 on the lovely cover of ‘Midnight In Harlem,’ with Dylan Salfer tackling the daunting slide guitar part written by Derrick Trucks over a new double chorus outro.

 

The Band gets funky on rousing take of Albert Collins classic ‘Black Cat Bone,’ highlighted by groovy keyboard from Jesse Mueller and icepick guitar from Clark. Miller dedicates the album closer ‘Steppin’,’ to all her “girlfriends out there who’ve been done wrong” then preaches the blues the way it is supposed to be; down and dirty, raw and live off the floor. The Dee Miller Band are poised to make some bold impressions and tell the world what the Twin Cities has known for some time; The Duchess and her boys are here to tear the house down.

Rick J Bowen

“It is upbeat, engaging, tight, and extremely, butt shakingly danceable. If you are lookin’ for a REAL GOOD TIME, you have found it in The Dee Miller Band and “Leopard Print Dress.” A highly recommended addition to your collection!” John ‘blueshammer’ Hammer, Blue Monday Monthly

BIOGRAPHY

Dee Miller is a Minnesota musician who has a performance pedigree that spans many years on the local and Midwest blues scene. Dee’s “barrelhouse” style of singing has earned her the label “Duchess of the Blues” in the Twin Cities and regionally.

From her early days as a child listening to her mother singing the blues around the house in Maplewood, MN, Dee has been a singer. She first started singing along with Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin recordings as she crafted her skills. The sounds of Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, and Mahalia Jackson were part of a life spent singing as she walked down the railroad tracks that were right next door to her house. During these times, Dee realized the power of music and what a refuge it is for her.

Dee’s first professional gig was with the blues band “Minnesota Barking Ducks”. She has also been a member of “Liberty Street”, “Bottom Line”, “Night Train” with her dear friend Liz Cummings, and several others before she started the Dee Miller Band in 2004. Dee has performed in many local music establishments. On a national level, Dee has performed in Chicago at Buddy Guy’s Legends, and in Washington D.C. at Madam’s Organ. Dee has also performed on stages in Memphis, San Francisco, Greenwich Village, Key Largo and Florence, Italy.

During her career she has shared the stage with Koko Taylor, Janiva Magness, Bobby Messano as well as local favorites Lamont Cranston, Annie Mack, Renee Austin, Mick Sterling, and many more incredible musicians. International guitarist Jimi “Primetime” Smith was an integral part of the Dee Miller Band for several years.

Dee was inducted into the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame as Performer of the Year in 2018. Also, in 2018, The Dee Miller Band was selected to represent Minnesota at the 2019 IBC in Memphis in January. Her awards prior to that include a Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame award in 2017 for “Best Song” for “Leopard Print Dress” cowritten with Jimi “Primetime” Smith.

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