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Teeny Tucker
Teeny Tucker
Voodoo To Do You
TeBo Records

By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © August 2013

With "Voodoo To Do You" being her third release, and having garnered a Blues Music Award nomination along with several Blues Blast Award nominations over the past three years as well, you should be quite familiar with the name Teeny Tucker. If you're not, then come out from under that rock and get hep to the woman who's got the blues of Koko Taylor, the soul of Ruth Brown and the sass of Denise LaSalle.

"Voodoo To Do You" contains thirteen tracks of which five are originals. Joining Teeny, on lead & background vocals, are: Robert Hughes on guitars; Mary Lusco-Ashley and Paula Brown on background vocals; David Gastel on harmonica; Robert Blackburn on bass; Darrell Jumper on drums; Linda Dachtly on Hammond B3 and piano; and Jackie Tate (background vocals) & Scott Keeler (bass) on a special bonus track titled "Sun Room" - which was recorded at Sun Studio as part of their Sun Sessions TV show.

On this track, Teeny seems to be concerned that she just might "Commit A Crime". And as cranky as she sounds, I think the dude she might commit it on needs to be quite concerned as well. Damn, she's pissed! As bad as that all sounds, it actually sounds quite good. Teeny, with some strong help from her background posse, is quite entertaining vocally. And although she doesn't need any additional steam, Robert B. and Darrell are providing her with plenty from the bass and drums. Fun song.

Since they wrote it, they obviously have this one down pat. Together, Teeny on the vocals and Robert H. on guitar, both nail it on "Love Spell". Her commanding and emotionally charged vocals and his precision like guitar leads are equally masterful. Being one of just a few tracks she appears on, Linda's expertise on that Hammond helps quite nicely on what surely is one of the disc's best tracks.

Even sounding tuff as all hell when she says it, Teeny certainly makes it quite clear that she's looking for a "Tuff Lover". Once again, Teeny does a stellar job vocally on this rhythm fueled smoker which is led by Darrell doing some of the disc's best drumming.

"I got shoes in the closet, lying across the wall. Stack ones, flat ones, ones that make you tall. I got shoes for my red dress, shoes for my jeans, a pair so dainty, a pair for when I'm clean. I got a pair that look nice, a pair that look cool, I got a pair for when I want to cast a spell on you." Now guys, if that sounds like something you might have heard before, welcome to the club. When it comes to "Shoes", Teeny apparently has a lot in common with our ladies. However, in Teeny's case, it doesn't end there. There are several more verses about shoes everywhere. Very well done song.....lyrically, vocally and musically.

Another of this disc's many highlights is this nicely done version of "Death Don't Have No Mercy". At this stage of her career, I don't know that auditions or demo tracks are any longer a part of Teeny's life but should it, hearing her sing this one would win over any listener. Additionally, Robert H. and David stand out on guitar and harp and Robert B is a discs best on bass.

The CD closes with "Sun Room", which Teeny and Robert H. wrote just a few hours before recording it live at world renowned Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. It's a song that pretty much relates to some of the history of the studio and you can actually sense the excitement from the session in her voice as Teeny belts out the story.

Other songs on "Voodoo To Do You", which you will notice all have a common theme, include: "Voodoo Woman" , "Voodoo Voodoo".....see what I mean?....."I Can Do All That", "It's Your Voodoo Working", "Muddier Things Get", "I'm A Woman" and "Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues".

I'd like to close this review with a statement that should really make you understand the quality of Teeny Tuckers voice. Let me just say that if she were to appear on a certain reality TV show that she'd probably start a free for all between Adam, Shakira, Usher and Blake. "There's a whole lot more going on in Teeny Tucker's life and you can - and should - go to to find out all about it. Once you go, please tell her the Blewzzman sent you.

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @
2011 Keeping The Blues Alive Award Recipient

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Lisa Lim
Lisa Lim
Self Titled CD
Spin Dog Records

By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © August 2013

Any of my regular readers who might be familiar with Lisa Lim's music as well, might just be wondering when did the Blewzzman become a rocker? And considering my admitted narrow-mindedness for too much deviation from traditional blues, I could actually understand their skepticism. However, every once in a while an artist comes along that removes the blinders and actually broadens my horizon. Enter, Lisa Lim.

Lisa Lim's self titled disc is her second release. It features Lisa on vocals, guitars, distorted bass & percussion; Thoman Johansen on Hammond organ, programming, Moog, CP70, Rhodes, harmonica & backing vocals; Andreas Holmstrom on bass; Scott Rabino on drums & percussion; Mary Shaver, Tara Jacobs and Pauline Anson Dross on backing vocals. The disc contains twelve self penned tracks that vary enough to appeal to the rockers and the purists alike.

If Lisa's as rough and tough physically and mentally as she is verbally and musically on this track, I wouldn't want to be the man who gives her the "Broken Promise Blues". That dude better watch out. Lisa tears this one up both on the vocals and the axe. Calling this blues rock won't quite cut it. Let's just reverse the words and say this is some serious rockin' blues.

Each time you leave my heart screams no. Please, please don't go. I'm everything with you, nothing without. Please, "Please Don't Go". Now that sounds like a blues song to me and the soulful and heartfelt vocals, the blistering guitar leads, the scorching Hammond chords and the intense rhythm all make it sound like one as well. A very good one at that.

The perfectly meshed sounds of Lisa and Scott's percussion with Thomas' keyboards on the opening chords of "I Got You" sounded like something you'd hear the band playing as you arrive at a Caribbean resort. That steel drum and tambourine sound that put you in the mood for a Bahama Mama and some conga line dancing. Then Lisa starts singing and that beautiful voice tied into the beautiful melody just brings the whole thing together. This is the kind of song that if performed by one of those other genres well known stars becomes a chart topping hit.

"Our River" is where Lisa intends to one day reunite with those loved ones who have given her comfort and guidance before departing from her life - her parents and grandparents. If those words sounded beautiful and emotional when you read them, just wait till you hear the song. I've listened to it so many times now and each time had me shaking my head in awe. Everything about this song is perfect: the inspiration; the lyrics; the way it's being sung; the way it's being performed; the heart pounding rhythm; the soothing and hymn like sounds of the organ; the angelic sounding backup vocals; and the fierce, yet spiritually influenced guitar leads. Unbelievable! This isn't just song of the year material, it's song of a lifetime caliber.

I'm still on the high from the last track and here I am listening to another mind blower, "The Letter". Now I don't know if these songs were set together as a segue, but it's working like one for me. Other than featuring different backup vocalists, this song is having a mirror effect on me. This is more flawless music, the kind that I can listen to all day long.

I decided to have some fun and consult with an outside source on what I should say about this next track. When I did, words like frenzied, excitable, furious, rage and madness were suggested to me. Then I got to thinking that by throwing all that into the mix with a guitar, organ, bass, drums and several percussion instruments that the dictionary did a hell of a job describing "Manic Energy".

Other tracks on Lisa Lim's self title CD include: "Superstitious Mind", "My Perfect World", "Distant Second", "Perfect Fit", "Denial" and "Let Go". All of which seriously kick some rock blues ass.

Learning more about Lisa and her music can easily be done by going to When you go, please tell her she had the Blewzzman rockin' harder than he's rocked in a long, long time.

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @
2011 Keeping The Blues Alive Award Recipient

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Charles Stallings
Charles Stallings
(I Like it When They) "Call Me Big Daddy"
Tai Jeria Records

By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © August 2013

Because most of the bands I write these reviews for are from all over the world, I have never seen a large majority of them. For that same reason, other than knowing of them from their CD submissions, I've not heard of many of them as well. However, the music on all of them has been quite good and there are many that I would just love to be able to see live. "Charles "Big Daddy" Stallings is not just one of them but he is the one, out of all of them, that I'd most like to meet. Not because of his talent, his singing, his writing or his performance abilities - which are all top notch. I want to meet him because of his sense of humor, his attitude, his bizarreness and his fun, interesting and exciting ways of telling a story. The guy is a classic. I think the best way to sum him up is to say that if he was a TV show, he'd have to be on USA because that networks' motto is "Characters Welcome".

In case there's any doubt as to how many CDs Big Daddy's released and who's helping out with this one, Charles' intro to this one starts off with......"Hello World, I'm back with CD # 4....Y'all miss me? I've got some heavyweight help this time: Nadine Rae (vocals), Anthony "Swamp Dog" Clark (harp), "Sweet, Sweet" Debbie Brown (vocals & background vocals), Clarence Ward III (trumpet, flugelhorn & tenor sax), Dawoud Said (piano), Nova Peele (vocals & background vocals), Deletta Gillespie (background vocals), LeRoy "Hit Man" Flowers Jr (bass, lead and rhythm guitar & background vocals), Gail Parish (bass), Steve Levine (harp), Joe "E Flat" Thomas (alto sax), Michael Devilson (drums), and the name of this CD is (I Like it When They) "Call Me Big Daddy......Let's go to work". {Not verbally mentioned is "Fooman" Bill Pratt (strings, Rhodes & keyboards) and of course, Big Daddy's on vocals and guitar}.

As with all of his releases, (I Like it When They) "Call Me Big Daddy", features all original music - and lots of it. The disc contains 20 tracks, totaling close to eighty minutes of all kinds of fun filled music.

On "Boody Pop And Lock" there was just so much goin' on that it had to run into the next track, "Boody Pop And Lock # 2". These are two of the discs funkiest tracks. Together they combine lots of great dance...excuse me, boody popin' music, cool spoken, sung and rapped vocals with great backup harmony, blaring horns, smokin' rhythm and a whole lot of sass.

"Million Dollars" is about as close to a traditional blues song that this very nontraditional bunch get. Charles and Nadine do a hell of a job vocally, with Charles getting in several scorching guitar leads and Clarence and Joe providing some beautiful, sultry horn accompaniments.

So the harmonica player on this one is Steve Levine and the song is called "Levine Boogie".....need I say more? Of course not - It's just what you'd expect - nearly five minutes of Steve blowin' his brains out on the harp with the rest of the guys goin' as crazy as he is.

Deviating from his whimsical story telling vocal style, Bid Daddy sings his heart out on "Don't Cry". The sincerity and pain that can be felt through his singing tell as much of a story as the songs lyrics. Then, as if throwing salt into his wounds, Deborah - as the woman causing his hurt - starts loudly ridiculing him as he puts forth his feelings. Possibly the discs best song and easily it's most heartfelt.

"E. Groove" is one of the more serious and possibly the most beautiful tracks of the lot. It's a relaxed semi-instrumental shuffle that features "Big Daddy" softly strummin' the guitar while being backed up by a soothing rhythm. What actually makes the track are the wordless vocal improvisations being performed by Nova and Delleta. Wanting to hear much more of this harmonious Doo...Doo Doo....Doop Doop Do Do Do....Wop...Woop Woop Woo Woo...Bomp Bomp Bomp Wee Oooo, I replayed this one at least a a dozen times. Great Stuff!

The "Outro" is a smoker that leads into the closing track. The band is once again being introduced but it's happening while they're in the midst of an all out jam with boisterous cheers coming from the obviously very happy crowd.

Just as he did on his energized introduction, Big Daddy spends another four minutes saying good-bye on the closing track appropriately called I'm G-O-N-E gone. This time instead of shouting out band member's names he's shouting out cities around the country as he individually tells them he's G-O-N-E gone. It's actually quite a good track with heavy duty rhythm comin' out of LeRoy and Michael with the "Swamp Dog" blowin the hell out of the harp.

The rest of the songs would take forever for me to tell you about. They're all cool and apparently real stories about a bunch of friends and acquaintances (all characters, of course) of Big Daddy. They're about drinking, fighting, shooting, laughing, crying, gambling and a whole lot more. They include: "Call Me Big Daddy", "Lost And Found" "Beaulah Mae", "James #2", "Young Boy, Young Man", "Bunny Hop", "Hobsville #3 Part 1", "Hobsville #3 Part2 (O.C. Hoffler)", "Hobsville #3 Part 3 (Bonny Lee's)", "My New Chevy Van" and "City Life".

I strongly suggest you visit Charles "Big Daddy" Stallings at and in addition to looking into getting your hands on some of his music, should you live in the D.C / MD area, look at his schedule as well. As I said earlier, this has to be one hell of an act to catch live. If you go, walk up to him and tell him the Blewzzman sent ya.

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @
2011 Keeping The Blues Alive Award Recipient

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Keeping the Blues Alive
Various Artists
Mary4Music Presents: "Keeping The Blues Alive" Volume Three
Mary4Music Records

By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © August 2013

Pickin' In High Cotton (4:25) / Memphis Gold

"Pickin' Cotton" is the tile track of Memphis Gold's fourth release. Good ol' fashion, real deal, traditional blues featuring strong & sincere vocals, exceptional slide guitar and outstanding drum work. Songs by Memphis have appeared on all three volumes of this compilation series.

I Hear Mama's Voice (6:20) / Bobby BlackHat Walters

Beautiful and melancholy aren't words I usually use in conjunction with each other but they both perfectly describe "I Hear Mama's Voice". It's a beautifully done melancholy song that appears on Bobby's third release titled "Blues On Cardboard". This was the 2013 Blewzzy Award for Best Song.

My Guitar's My Only Friend (3:45) / James Buddy Rogers

"My Guitar's My Only Friend" is the title track of James Buddy Rogers' debut disc. It doesn't take very long for James to introduce us to one of his influences. His very impressive guitar highlights scream out Albert King...and that's always a good thing. Great vocals, with intense rhythm. This was the 2012 Blewzzy Award winner for Best CD.

Let's Not Fight, Let's Make Some Love (5:01) / Joel DaSilva & The Midnight Howl

"Let's Not Fight, Let's Make Some Love" - a track from the CD titled Joel DaSilva & The Midnight Howl - might get you thinking you'll like it just from its name. Then, after just one listen you'll know you do. Smooth vocals, tight rhythm and monster guitar leads highlight this one.

Flyin' Blind (4:50) / The Doc Robin Band

"Flyin' Blind" is the title track off of The Doc Robin Band's second release Doc's been playing keyboards since he was 4 and since he looks like he might be around my age, let's just say the term 'seasoned veteran' fits him well. His expertise on the piano and Hammond organ are credentials enough for me.

What More? (3:56) / Georgie Bonds

"What More?" is a track off of Georgie's second CD titled "Stepping Into Time". It's highlighted by guitars smokin', horns blarin' and rhythm rockin'. Having not heard of him before, I looked for some info at Georgie's website. There I watched quite an interesting video of an ESPN commercial he did for a NY Giants vs SD Chargers game. Blues and the NFL - "What More" could I ask for?

Ease My Mind (3:36) / The Cazanovas

"Ease My Mind" is a track off of The Cazanovas' second release titled "Just Gettin' By". Fierce rhythm, killer slide guitar, smokin' harp and powerful vocals all rock this one. The Cazanovas refer to what they do as playing 'Kick Ass Blues' This one will testify to that, it made me a believer.

Talk To Me (3:25) / Hip Shakin Mama and the Too Damn Pretty

The Hip Shakin' Mama's moniker surely lives up to itself. This, and the rest of her music, will definitely have you shakin' your hips. It's a smoker, off of her upcoming second release titled "I'll Raise Your Flag". Mama takes charge as she belts the hell out of the vocals while the Too Damn Pretty - led by smokin' guitar leads - are jammin' out behind her.

Louisiana Country Girl (3:57) / Donald Ray Johnson

"Louisiana Country Girl" is a track off of "It's Time", one of Donald's many releases. As the title may indicate, it's a song featuring some Cajun flare. The funky rhythm is fueled by the squeeze box and Donald's vocals, as they are on anything he sings, outstanding. Donald allows us to say we have a "Grammy" winner on the disc. In '79 his group - A Taste Of Honey - won the Best New Artist Award.

Naughty Girl (4:22) / Octavia Blues Band

This track, off of Octavia's upcoming 5th CD - "It Ain't What You Get, It's What You Give" - is a song about the kind of girl - that as troublesome as they may be, all guys like - a "Naughty Girl". Be it vocally or blowin' her harp, Octavia's a driving force that commands attention. Although she's using a full band, Octavia's - as a talented vocalist, harpist, guitarist and songwriter - can do it all.

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @
2011 Keeping The Blues Alive Award Recipient

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Jook Bourke
Jook Bourke
"Up All Night"
Independent Release

By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © July 2013

Jook Bourke is certainly no stranger to us here at In addition to having worked with him on two of his three previous releases, last year a killer track of his was also part of our Mary4Music Presents: Keeping The Blues Alive - Volume Two Compilation CD and back in 2007 his song titled "Just A Minute" - off of the CD with the same name - was the winner of our website's Blewzzy Award. With that said, it was with great anticipation that I awaited the arrival his fourth release - "Up All Night".

As with his previous releases, "Up All Night" features all original music. As a matter of fact, recalling how his wonderful songwriting skills have impressed the hell out of me in the past, I can't wait to be hear these twelve. But let's first give credit where it is certainly due: Jook Bourke on vocals, backup vocals, guitar, saxophone, keyboards and harmonica; Mike Wilps on drums; Ron Grkman on bass; Donn Overly on Hammond organ, piano, percussion and guitar; and Tim Renshaw on piano.

Although the strong bass lines, led by Ron, and swinging sax leads by Jook, jazz this one up nicely, it's the vocals that make the track. Hearing Jook so coolly and so melodically sing the chorus on "Precious Eyes" is what did it for me.

The thirty second sultry sax intro into "What Am I Gonna Do" already had me, then Jook's vocals and background vocals kicked in and I was groovin' to an absolutely beautiful song that just kept getting more and more beautiful. Done in a style reminiscent of some of the classic fifty's hits, this one had a great beat and would be a hell of a song to dance to.

The very first few notes of this track had me swaying in my chair and the very first line had me wanting to quickly learn the chorus because I couldn't wait to sing along with Jook on "Two Will Nicely Do". Since I've been listening to this 2:36 song for over 20 minutes now I guess I'll tag this one the 'replay special'.

I can't help sounding like I'm gaga over the vocals on this disc, because I obviously am. However, the musicianship on all of these songs is quite good as well. As a matter of fact it's downright smokin' on "Ain't No Body Knows". Mike and Ron are rhythmically at discs best and Jook's showing his mastery over his guitar and sax equal that of his vocals.

This one's an absolute riot. Because his mother always told him that people in China are starving so he should eat all his food, the fact that he doesn't like the crust has him feeling guilty as he looks at a box full of "Pizza Bones". However, the fact that almost everything he sees says "Made in China" seems to have him confused as to how they could be starving. Great guitar chords, solid rhythm and timely hand claps all highlight this one.

"A Gift For Everyday" was obviously written for someone special in Jooks' life. That kind of someone who just by being themselves makes others feel good. We could all use a few dozen more of these kind of people in our lives. This song was beautifully written, beautifully sung and beautifully performed. Soft sax leads, relaxed rhythm, with soothing organ and piano backgrounds highlight this slow dancers delight.

On this particular track Jook's quite upset that in spite of being a handsome guy and real good guy who's a great provider he can't seem to get any of that "Toby Love". Cat people will enjoy the hilarious lyrics on this one.

Other tracks on "Up All Night" include: "Up All Night", "Come On Man", "Capable Woman", "There She Goes" and "Thunder Comin'".

It's such a sad fact that in this wide, wonderful world of music there are literally an uncountable amount of outstanding writers, singers and performers that will never be heard by the masses. Allowing Jook Bourke to be one of them would be a travesty. Please check him out at where you can read about the stories behind his music and give it a listen as well. And don't forget to tell him the Blewzzman sent ya.

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @
2011 Keeping The Blues Alive Award Recipient

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Eric Hughes
Eric Hughes
"Drink Up"
I-55 Productions

By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © July 2013

Beale Street, Memphis, TN. If you've happened to be there during the International Blues Challenge or the Blues Music Awards, you know what it's all about. If you haven't, you'll just have to take my word for it when I say that as a blues fan, there's no place like it. The "Boss of Beale Street" himself, Eric Hughes, surely agrees. But for him there's no place like it all year long. In addition to being one of Memphis' busiest musicians, he's one of the most sought after by the Beale Street juke joints. A look at his schedule will testify to that.

With "Drink Up" being his fourth release, Eric Hughes keeps himself quite busy in the studio as well. On this project, Eric - on lead vocals, guitars and harmonica - is joined by: Leo Goff on bass guitar and backing vocals; Walter Hughes on guitars, mandolin and backing vocals; Robert Nighthawk Tooms & Chris Stephenson on keyboards; and Doug McMinn on drums, congas and percussion.

As most of us know, there are all kinds of so called drinking games. Now, thanks to Eric Hughes, there's an official drinking game theme song. It's appropriately called "Drink Up", and it's the discs opening and title track. It's a snappy number with good rhythm and guitar work and it sounds like it's a heck of a song to dance.....and drink to. The catchy chorus line goes like this: "Drink up, drink up, drink up, lift your glass or your cup...
Don't tell me you've had enough, drink up, drink, up."
Unless, of course, you're the designated driver.

"That's My Baby's Mama" is Eric's way of referring to his ex, or as he says it - "my old used to be". Excellent lead vocals and backup harmony, smokin' rhythm led by Leo's deep bass lines and Doug's significant percussion - especially on the congas - and impressive organ and piano interludes easily make this one of the discs best.

Not everyone believes in black magic but us blues lover's all believe in blues magic. Since blues music is usually about bad things but yet it makes us all feel so good, you might just say that a blues musician is a "Blues Magician" - turning something bad into something good. Just ask any one of them and I'm sure you'll hear them say something like this - "I turn the sad to glad, but I ain't no magician, I sound good when I feel bad, I'm a blues musician." As I said, I'm a believer. Featuring strong blues vocals and lyrics and super blues harp blowin' from Eric with lots of blues guitar leads by Walter, this is one of the discs more traditional blues numbers. Which, of course, always rates high on my lists.

There are many things I never want to be told I've tested positive for, but hearing I've "Tested Positive For The Blues" is fine with me. That's what Eric's doctor told him, and we listeners are happy to hear it. Fun filled lyrics and real good guitar and piano leads from Walter and the keyboard cats highlight this one.

As a frequent visitor to Memphis, I've spent many a night partying while it was "Raining On Beale". Dealing with it is easy, you just stay in one club and drink up. This one's a cool, funky instrumental that for some reason made me think it would be a great theme song for a TV show. It's just got that feel. Leo and Doug, along with some help from the organist, are all of the rhythm right here, and Eric's guitar leads, as mellow and relaxed as they sound, are quite good.

Picture a scene you might see in a western movie that takes place along a boarder town in Texas. Now picture a bank robber arriving into town and heading into the bank. Now imagine the music you'd hear playing during this scene. You should mentally be listening to something that sounds like "The Ballad Of Weevil Point Willie". The lyrics may update the story but the music sounded just like I'd imagined it. Eric on the acoustic guitar, Walter on the mandolin and Doug on the drums are masterful on this one. Great track!

Other songs on "Drink Up", which features all original music, include: "Frostina", "Mama Don't Allow", "Repo Man", "Going To Brownsville", and "My Baby Got A Black Cat".

On a personal note, I want to say that I've had the pleasure of listening to all of Eric Hughes' releases and have also had the pleasure of seeing him live at least a half a dozen times. From those experiences, I highly recommend you go to and find out how you can do the same. While you're there, tell him his buddy the Blewzzman sent you and that I'll see him on Beale Street sometime soon.

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @
2011 Keeping The Blues Alive Award Recipient

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King King
King King
"Standing In The Shadows"
Manhaton Records

By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © July 2013

Don't let the title of King King's second release make you think any different - this band stands in no one's shadow. As a matter of fact, in spite of their debut release - "Take My Hand" - receiving rave reviews, garnering various British Blues Awards and creating a frenzied touring schedule, it wasn't a tough act to follow. "Standing In The Shadows" is just going to compound the furor. One listen will attest to that.

Not messing with perfection, "Standing In The Shadows" features all the bands original members: Alan Nimmo on vocals and guitars; Lindsay Coulson on bass; Wayne Proctor on drums & percussion; and Bennett Holland on keys and backing vocals. Additional backing singers include: The Butler Family; Mike & Elayne Forster; and Liz & Egly Lucas. The disc features eight original tracks plus two covers from several of the bands neighbors - Scotsman, Frankie Miller and English rockers, Free.

I love it when my favorite track on a disc happens to also be the longest track and "A Long History Of Love" is just that. It's over seven minutes of blues bliss. It's a slow ballad that starts off with great lead and backup vocals backed by mellow rhythm led by steady and ever present organ chords. About halfway through the song, Alan unleashes an intense two minute barrage of guitar licks that take the song to a whole different level. The song then settles back into it's earlier relaxed mood and closes with Alan singing his heart out and sending me directly to the replay button for seven more minutes of blues bliss.

"Jealousy" is another striking track. Alan's nailing it with earnest, soulful vocals and scorching, red-hot guitar leads and what Lindsay, Wayne and Bennett are doing with the rhythm is nothing short of masterful. Great rendition of a truly great song.

The deeper I get into this disc the more it seems to excite me. Song after song I'm getting more and more blown away. "What Am I Supposed To Do" is another hit. Being excellent musicians is one thing, but writing songs that sound so good - track after track - is uncanny. As is the case with everything I've listened to so far, this is another very well sung song with amazing rhythm. This time it's Wayne's drum and percussion work that's the catalyst.

If there were such a thing as a top 40 blues radio show "Coming Home (Rest Your Eyes)" would be on top of the charts for weeks. It's one of those beautifully done songs that you can listen to over and over, day in and day out. It's got a great beat, the lyrics are romantic and sing along inducing, the vocals are melodic and the instrumentation is flawless.

Hybrid is about the best word to describe the style of "Let Love In". It starts out as a smokin' rocker with a pinch of funk and then turns into quite the soulful number with a heavy dose of Gospel. The last two minutes of the song will get your body shaking and your hands clappin' as you join the chorus singing "Let your love shine in.....Let your soul shine bright.....Let your love shine in.....Loving you feels right....." over and over again. Hey, I did. My ultimate compliment to any song is to say it's song of the year material - AND THIS ONE IS!

Other outstanding songs on "Standing In The Shadows" include: "More Than I Can Take", "Taken What's Mine", "One More Time Around", "Can't Keep From Trying" and "Heavy Load".

As I mentioned in the opening of this review, King King's first CD - "Take My Hand" was the winner of various British Blues Awards. Those awards were for "Best Band" and "Best Album". From what I just heard, this release - "Standing In The Shadows" - should have no problem repeating. And, if enough of the right people here in America get to hear it, there may just be a few other "Blues Music Awards" in their future.

For more on King King just go to While you're there, please tell them their newest best fan the Blewzzman sent ya.

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @
2011 Keeping The Blues Alive Award Recipient

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Dan Treanor
Dan Treanor's Afrosippi Band with Erica Brown
"Tangled Road Again"
P & C Plan-It Records

By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © June 2013

Listening to any of Dan Treanor's music makes it quite obvious that he is as equally knowledgeable, as he is fond, of the history of the blues. As a matter of fact, just last year he was presented a Keeping The Blues Alive Award, in the Educational Category, for his work with the Blues In The Schools Program. With a Masters Degree in American History; outstanding vocal, harp, guitar and songwriting skills; and the knowledge and love he has of this genre, this was easily a no brainer for the Blues Foundation.

On "Tangled Road Again", the latest in a long line of Dan Treanor releases, The Afrosippi Band consists of: Dan on harp, guitars, Khalam and vocals; Erica Brown on lead vocals; Michael Hossler on guitar, lap steel, gitjo and vocals; Mike Wysocki on bass and vocals; Gary LaDuke on drums and percussion; and Merriam Johnson on lead and backup vocals. Guest Afrosippians include: Lionel Young on Violin; John Magnie on accordion; Dan Haynes on organ; Chuck Smith on keyboards, and Gary Flori on percussion.

The CD opens with the very intensely produced and presented title track, "Tangled Road". As Dan's narration goes: "Blues came from Africa a long time ago. Based in the African tradition of ring singing and call and response. Oldest kind of blues there is, it's called a field holler or a work song". With that said, Erica's vocals - with some tremendous help on backup vocals - then transcends you right to the middle of that field. Bordering on bizarre, the culmination of the intense voices combined with the profound instrumentation and percussion create a near maddening effect. To say this was one hell of a moving song would be a severe understatement.

"Hey Mister", whatcha gonna do? shouts Erica on the opening line of this track and from what I'm hearin', my answer is "PAAAAAAARTY"! With Lionel wailin' away on the violin, John squeezin' the hell out of the accordion, Gary LaDuke making various noises on various percussion type things, and Dan blowin' hell through the holes in the harmonica, it's sounding a lot like Fat Tuesday in my house.

"Nothing Can Take The Place Of You" and nothing can take the place of good, slow blues. This beautifully done ballad's filled with whispering rhythm, delicate harp tones, mellow guitar notes and wonderfully soulful and emotional vocals. The slow dancers will be in heaven with this one.

This time it's Merriam with the explosive voice on a track called "Dynamite". It's one of those head bobbin', toe tappin' shuffles that just reeks of blues. Gary and Mike are in the right spot rhythmically, the guitar leads smoke, Dan's blowin', suckin' and even grunting on intense harp leads and while that's all going on Merriam's belting the hell out of the blues. So much music - so little time. I never wanted this one to end.

If "Ernestine" knows what the hell is good for herself she'd better heed Erica's advice and find her a man of her own. As mean as this vocal whooping is sounding I wouldn't want to be her if Erica gets physical. Damn girl, you're belting the hell out of this one. Dan and Michael are also all over this one with the harp and guitar as well. Great stuff!

The Latin vibe of "Love Knot" makes this another good one for the dancers....but you'd better have the moves, 'cause the song sure does. The smooth guitar and harp chords and the relaxed rhythm on the bass and drums create the perfect background for Gary Flori to work his magic on this tracks' percussion. Once again, Merriam's magnificent vocally.

In a word association exercise the words "Wang Dang Doodle" would most likely draw responses like Koko Taylor, Willie Dixon and Howlin' Wolf. And rightfully so! However, responding with Merriam Johnson, Dan Treanor, or The Afrosippi Band, shouldn't sound so far fetched... especially after you hear this version. It's a classy rendition of a classic song with Merriam, along with superb backup, doing a stand up job on the lead vocals.

Other tracks on "Tangled Road Again" - a sure contender for the 2013 Blewzzy Award - include: "Tell Me Daddy", "I Want Love", "Bridges", "Your (sic) Going to Miss Me", "3 O'Clock In The Morning", "Love Is Just For Fools" and "Give Me My Roses".

You really should check out Dan Treanor at There you'll be able to learn a lot more about this interesting man, purchase some CD's and tell him his buddy the Blewzzman sent ya.

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @
2011 Keeping The Blues Alive Award Recipient

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The Cazanovas
The Healers
"Live At Knuckleheads"
A Concert For Blue Star Connection

By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © June 2013

If you aren't yet aware about Blue Star Connection you really should be. For blues lovers, it's such a good charity to be involved with. The people who run it and the people who are involved in helping it are all lovers of the genre as well. In addition to very generous donations, a lot of the money raised by, and for, the organization is raised from the proceeds of live concerts featuring some of our favorite blues artists. Basically, it's a win - win - win situation when you donate that way. You get to see a great blues show, while making a donation to an amazing charity and writing the event off on your taxes. How cool is that?

Now I'm not going to spend a lot of time telling you about the actual organization because you can find all that out for yourself by going to However, I'm here to tell you about the CD + DVD set that's available from them. The band is appropriately called The Healers and they are: Jimmy Hall on vocals, harmonica and sax; Reese Wynans on piano and B-3 organ; Samantha Fish on guitar and vocals; Danielle Schnebelen on bass and vocals; Kate Moss on guitar; and Kris Schnebelen on drums. The performance was recorded live on 11/11/2012 at Knuckleheads in Kansas City, MO.

I'm going to tell you a little bit about some of my personal favorite highlights from the DVD, which includes two bonus tracks not on the CD.

The show opens with "San-Ho-Zay". It's supposed to be your typical opening instrumental which gives the band a chance to feel each other out and get into just the right groove. However, this crew locked in immediately and turned the number into a three alarm smoker led by Reese pumpin' fuel on the fire from the keyboards.

"Messin' With The Kid" is another one of my favorites. With Jimmy beltin' it out on vocals, Kate, Dannielle and Kris are rockin' it on rhythm. Then Jimmy, Reese and Samantha pass the lead around as they take turns kickin' it on harp, piano and guitar. Oh yeah!

Next at the mic is Samantha, and she gets the place "Rollin' & Tumblin'" with a version of.......yeah, you guessed it. Vocally - by singing her heart out, Musically - by rocking out on guitar, and Visually - by looking absolutely stunning, Samantha - while leaving them roofless - treats the Knuckleheads to one hell of a show.

"As The Years Go Passing By" has always been one of my favorite songs. Probably because it's slow, gut wrenching blues and that's just the way I like it. Although everyone does a heck of a job making this one hell of a rendition of the song, it's pretty much Jimmy who nails it. Vocally he's about as emotional and soulful as a singer can get...and then there are the long, scorching and sultry sax leads...OMG. He's on a high right here and he's bringing me right up with him. Incredible stuff!

It's Danielle's turn to shine and shine she does on a rockin' version of "Love My Baby". Watching her is a treat and I'm not even referring to her good looks. Danielle's enthusiasm, vocal prowess and perpetual smiles just light up a stage. She likes having fun at the show as much as we do and it truly shows. What a vibe! One of this tracks highlights is the way Damielle features the whole group for individual highlights. Kate and Samantha each get in some scorching guitar leads, Jimmy and Reese take turns going nuts and in addition to singing, Danielle and her brother Kris are rhythmically on fire. Another gem.

On the Blues Cruise I saw Danielle and Victor Wainwright do a version of "I'd Rather Go Blind" and it was as spine chilling as the version that Etta James and Dr. John did many years before. Now, here are Danielle Schnebelen and Jimmy Hall doing a twelve minute version of "This Is A Man's World" and the flashbacks are starting. Amazing!

There's so much more and I can go on and on and on. However, I'd just rather you find out for yourself. Songs not mentioned are: "Grits Ain't Groceries", "Got My Mojo Working", "Keep On Smiling", "Going Down" plus "I Still Want To Be Your Man" and "I Put A Spell On You" which are two bonus tracks on the DVD only.

Hopefully I've whet your appetite for more and you can get all you want by going to and clicking on the link that says Purchase Healers CD/DVD. It's just $30 + $5 for S&H and in addition to the many hours of pleasure it will give you, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you helped a worthy cause. And don't forget, it's tax deductible. And please tell my friends at Blue Star that the Blewzzman sent ya.

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @
2011 Keeping The Blues Alive Award Recipient

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The Cazanovas
The Cazanovas
"Just Getting' By"
APIC Records - Sumnazco Music

By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © June 2013

I can't believe that it's been over six years since I reviewed The Cazanovas' first CD. Punning the title of that release, I can't help but wonder where has the "Borrowed Time" gone?

Their second release - "Just Getting' By" - still features front men Maurice Nazzaro on harmonica and vocals and Danny Vinson on guitars along with the new rhythm section of Jacob Holliday on bass and Theron Peterson on drums. Guest Cazanovas on the project include: Jeff Baker on harmonica and vocals on "Who's Foolin' Who"; Sal Padillo on percussion on "I'm Tired"; and Matt Wauchope on piano & organ on several tracks. As was the case with disc one, disc two also features all original music.

Although the opening track is extremely traditional musically, it's topical lyrics make it quite contemporary. The song is about a situation that way too many people are struggling with these days - "Just Getting' By". As Maurice says "Day after the day it's the same old game, money goes out faster than it came". And those of us "paying yesterday's bills with tomorrow's money" know just what he means, we're "just getting' by with what we've got". So true. So sad. This shuffle features the new guys putting out some hot rhythm behind several smokin' harmonica and guitar leads.

From a pure precision point of view,"Walk With Me" may very well be the discs most perfect track. The rhythm is profound, the harp and guitar work are some of the discs best and the vocals are outstanding. This was the point in production where everyone was on top of their game. Excellent track!

"Worried Mind Blues" is good old slow and lowdown blues and that's just the way I like it. The rhythm guys are right where they should be on a song like this - in a tight and mellow groove, while Maurice and Matt switch back and forth on smooth piano and harp leads. Add the magnificent way that Maurice is singing the song and as far as I'm concerned, I'm listening to the discs best track.

Sometimes, getting caught up is pretty tough. And as Maurice will attest, it's virtually impossible when someone keeps moving the "Finish Line". Super harp and vocals highlight this one.

"Who's Foolin' Who" had me fooled. Who knew that The Cazanovas - known for their incomparable kick ass style blues - were capable of some slow pickin' acoustic blues with soft harmonious vocals? Not me! This very interesting and very well done track features excellent string pickin', lazy harp blowin' and great harmony 'tween Maurice and Jeff on the vocals. Somebody get me a rockin' chair.

The disc closes out with an all out, no holds barred, whammin' jammin' instrumental called "Boppin' at Bakos". The plan on this one was for each musician to take his instrument and kick it's ass and the plan was followed well. Very hot stuff! FYI, Bakos is the name of the recording studio.

Other tracks on "Just Getting' By" include: "Played For A Fool", "Ease My Mind", "Hands Of Time", "I'm Tired" and "Love At First Sight".

For more on The Cazanovas check them out at, Reverbnation or become their friend at Facebook. Once you find them, please tell them the Blewzzman's the reason you did.

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @
2011 Keeping The Blues Alive Award Recipient

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Donald Ray Johnson
Donald Ray Johnson
"These Blues / The Best Of Donald Ray Johnson"

By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © May 2013

"These Blues" is a compilation of songs that are the best of Donald Ray Johnson's work from his previous six releases. How he narrowed it down to only thirteen tracks beats the hell out of me. Had the task been mine to pick which songs should be included, this would be a double, or maybe even a three disc set. Of the four albums I have: "Don Johnson", "Travelin' Man", "Pure Pleasure" (Blewzzy Award Winner, 2008) and "It's Time", there isn't a bad song on any of them.

The title track, "These Blues", is off of Donald's "This Time" album. As with a lot of Donald's music, especially since he is the drummer, this one features profound rhythm from him and the bassist. Add some smoking guitar leads and a scorching sax solo by Ralph Moncivais and this one sizzles.

It's going to soon be apparent to you why "Pure Pleasure" - the album this song first appeared on - was my choice for the 2008 "Blewzzy Award". The song is titled "Slow Down" and - trust me when I tell you this - none of the musicians did. This one smokes.

Musically, "Here To Stay" has it all going on: piercing sax leads, great guitar riffs, monstrous rhythm and yet it's Donald's vocals that steal the song. If you thought Barry White sounded soulful and sexy, forget about it, you haven't heard nothin' yet.

About thirty years, or so, ago I heard a song done by a local Ft. Lauderdale Blues musician named Junior Drinkwater (and The Thirst Quenchers). Although the song wasn't an original I couldn't recall having ever heard it before. However, after hearing Junior singing "These Last Two Dollars", it became one of my all time favorite blues songs. Now I'm listening to Donald do it and I'm thinking I'm hearing my favorite version of all time. With the band in a slightly funky groove, Donald and the backup vocalists are belting this one outta the park. I could easily listen to this one for the rest of the afternoon. Incredible stuff!

Back in 2008, when I reviewed Donald's "Pure Pleasure" CD this is what I had to say about this track: "In addition to musically being another of the discs highlights, "No Guitar Blues" is a lyrical pisser. In the middle of this very serious and low down blues number, while Michael Huston's making his guitar cry out some scorching blues, Donald starts softly telling a story about how a record company exec once said something to him about not having a guitar. The hotter Michael's notes get, the more hilarious Donald gets. Good stuff right here." Yep, it was then and is now.

Here's another direct quote from my "My Pure Pleasure" review: "Had this song been written this year, "Thrilling You Killing Me" would have been my nomination for song of the year. It just does not get any better....or more blue than this. If the question "What is the blues" should ever be asked, this is the song that should be played as the answer. It's the type of song that just stops you in your tracks, makes your eyes close, your head hang down and carries you away. I'm feeling this one. By far, the discs best." That's how I felt then - that's how I feel now. Stop what you're doing, turn up the volume and treat yourself to six minutes of heavenly blues.

Other tracks on "These Blues / The Best Of Donald Ray Johnson" include: "Ain't No Fun For Me", "Gone So Long", "Always On My Mind", "Me And Jack (Daniels)", "It Ain't Easy Being Blue", Working Girl Blues" and "It's Time".

If there was ever a 100% radio friendly CD, this is it. As a show host all you've got to do it put it in and pick a number. Regardless of your selection, your listeners will love it.

Check Donald out at, but before you do, try to guess what late seventies Grammy Award winning group he belonged to. Then after you do, please tell him his buddy the Blewzzman sent you.

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @
2011 Keeping The Blues Alive Award Recipient

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Sabrina Weeks
Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce
"Got My Eye On You"

By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © May 2013

Indulge for a minute, me while I deviate from the music, please. Being from the old school, I remember the days when gentlemen were able to compliment a woman on her beauty and, in addition to it being acceptable to do so, it was well received as well. Having said that let me now compliment Sabrina Weeks on being a stunningly beautiful woman. Additionally, I'd like to send kudos to Brittany Santos for taking such an intense picture for the discs cover. The photo is so compelling it will make you want to insert your name at the end of the in, "Got My Eye On You, Pete".

Since it's been two and a half years that Sabrina and the cats blew me away with their first release, I have to say that I'm quite impressed that everyone who appeared on that disc, in one way or another appears on this disc as well. As the expression goes - don't mess with perfection.

"Got My Eye On You" features Sabrina Weeks on vocals, Bill White on rhythm guitar, Mike Hilliard on lead guitar, Terry Strudwick on bass and Ed Hilliard on drums. Additionally, "Friends of Swing Cat Bounce" include: John Lee Sanders on piano & organ; Linda Kidder on background vocals; Jerry Cook on saxophones; Vince Mai on trumpet; Dave Webb on keyboard; and Jack Lavin on percussion. The disc contains ten tracks that are all band originals.

The title track kicks things off with Sabrina sassily and sultrily warning "(I've) Got My Eye On You". As rich as it is in rhythm, I'm thinking I'm already hearing some of Terry & Ed's best work on bass and drums. Blaring horns and several scorching guitar leads out of Mike help heat this one up.

"Burn That Boogie" is a song that truly defines this band. When they strike this one up you'll start "swinging" if you're standin' and "bouncing" if your sittin'...which won't be for very long. From the sounds of it, everyone in the band is peaking on this one. It's a musical masterpiece and a vocal virtusso. How else can I explain the fact that I've been listening to a two and a half minute song for over twenty five minutes now? This is some unbelievably good stuff!

The title of this one is called "This Lady Sings The Blues". Just add words such as: with conviction; compellingly; magnificently; with masterful range; and as good as anyone, and the title now becomes a testament to Sabrina's vocal artistry. The changes on this track are interestingly varied. During the vocal verses it's a slow steamy ballad with the steam provided by Vince and his wonderfully muffled trumpet leads, then between them there are two smoking instrumental interludes with the rhythm section providing the heat on one and the lead guitar providing it on the other. Another very impressive and well produced track. Jack Lavin, take a bow.

It's been said that it's easier to ask for forgiveness than to beg for permission. However, those situations entirely lack sincerity and usually don't even merit being forgiven. Then there are the times when the sincerity is so evident it can be felt through the emotional and heartfelt request. Hearing Sabrina soulfully and painfully utter "Forgive Me" leaves no doubt that she not only needs to be forgiven but deserves to as well. This tear jerking ballad is one in which I envision the dance floor filled with loving couples......couples who've all shared a forgiving situation. Music? Yeah, it was there, but it's mostly the inspirational lyrics you hear in a hymn. Sabrina, with strong support from Linda, was heavenly on this one.

Ok, after listening to the above emotion driven masterpiece more times than I can remember, I'm ready to rock 'n' roll and "Sunday" is as good a day as any to do so. Get those slow dancers outta the way 'cause here come the movers and the shakers. This rocker's got the whole band back in high gear and this time it's John Lee leading the way with some fancy Jerry Lee style of piano pounding. Of course the rhythm and horn guys are right there with him, and as he does on every track Mike once again gets in his share of heated guitar leads. Sabrina? It's needless to say - she's nailing it as usual.

Other tracks on "Got My Eye On You" include: "I'll Never Let You Go", "Crickets", "Swing Cat Bounce", "Mr. Regret" and "Moving Forward".

Having just presented the 2012 "Blewzzy Award" let me now say that this is one of the ones to beat in 2013. Vocally, instrumentally, lyrically, photographically and production wise "Got My Eye On You" has got it all going on. Do yourself a favor and add this one to your collection.

To do that, just look Sabrina up at When you do, in addition to telling her the Blewzzman sent you, please tell her he said she needs to take the band to Florida....soon!

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @
2011 Keeping The Blues Alive Award Recipient

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Long Tall Deb
Long Tall Deb
"Raise Your Hands"
Vizztone Label Group

By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © April 2013

Although Deb Landolt did have a prior release as Long Tall Deb And The Drifter Kings, "Raise Your Hands" is officially her first "solo" release. Now by no means does that mean she's alone. As a matter of fact, while assembling the band for this project, the long, tall and talented Deb went with a "more the merrier attitude". She pretty much assembled the number of - as well as quality of - musicians you'd commonly see at a two day blues festival.

Joining Deb Landolt on lead & background vocals are: John Popovich on Fender Rhodes, organ & piano; Sean Carney, Dave Clo, Damon Fowler, Colin John, Matt O'ree, Brent Pennell, JP Soars, Jimmy Thackery and Bart Walker on guitar; Melvin Powe and Chuck Riley on bass; Jan Roll and Chris Peet on drums; Shaun Booker and Philip Pemberton on lead vocals; Big Llou on step out vocals; Nikki Scott on lead & background vocals; Michelle Swift on background vocals; Victor Wainwright and Reese Wynans on organ; Lynn Williams on percussion; Mark Earley on baritone & tenor sax; Rich Lataille on alto & tenor sax; Doug Wolverton on trumpet - all of whom are collectively known as the Roomful Of Blues Horns; and a half dozen or so of the aforementioned musicians collectively referred to as the Handclapper's Union on.....yep, you guessed it - hand claps.

"Raise Your Hands" features two covers and ten original tracks co-written by Deb and several members of a collaboration group affectionately referred to as the "Wednesday Night Music Club".

The word "train" in the title usually indicates you should expect to hear some smokin' rhythm and "Train To Tucson" has just that. The discs best drum work from Jan Roll has this train rollin' at just the right speed. Additional fuel aptly provided by not one, not two, but three guitarists - Sean, Dave & Colin.

"Goa Breeze" should be mandatory listening for all aspiring female vocalists. With the band in a very relaxed mode, Deb puts on a singing class for anyone interested in learning the perfect usage of vocal range.

After continually hounding her about finding a man and settling down, I'm not quite sure how happy Deb's mother was when she told her that she'd set a date to get "Married To The Blues". As Deb sees it, The Blues are an ideal mate. The Blues don't care if she stay's out all night or if she's wrong or right. The Blues don't care when her money's all run out or if she's down and out. The Blues don't care if she sees other men or even where she's been. Deb's vocals - lead and background - are just one of many of this tracks' highlights. Others include: Big Llou, as the preacher, performing the marriage; and three guitarists - Matt, Jimmy & Bart - doing blistering solos.

Those powerfully, yet sultrily sung ballads - with a strong horn section that's intense when it needs to be, yet subtle enough to blend in with the soothing sounds of the organ - always, always win me over. "Finally Forgot Your Name" is one of those songs. Melvin, Jan and John are magnificent on rhythm; the Roomful Of Blues Horns are being the Roomful Of Blues Horns... no further explanation necessary; and Deb, along with some background help from herself and Michelle, is pure perfection on lead vocals. The number eight suits this song well. It's the eight track you just might replay about eight times...I did.

Even though it's one of the covers, I couldn't wait to hear "Muddy Jesus". It features Deb, on lead vocals, teaming up with all of my good friends from Southern Hospitality: Damon & JP on guitar, Chris on drums, Chuck on bass and Victor on organ. As expected, it delivered. Damon & JP are as good a tandem guitar duo as these ears have ever heard. Add their monster rhythm section and Deb belting out some Gospel style blues and you've got one of the discs best tracks.

The disc closes with one of it's most beautifully done songs, "New Coat Of Paint". It's a short two and a quarter minute ballad that I was wishing was about triple the time in length. On it, Deb and John are absolutely masterful together on vocals and piano.

Other tracks on "Raise Your Hands" include: "What Would A Good Woman Do", "Hush Your Mouth", "Let's Get Lost", "The Last Time", "Raise Your Hands" and "To Find His Home".

To find out more about Long Tall Deb Landolt just go to her website... While you're there, please take a minute to tell her that the Blewzzman sent you and that he's very excited about seeing her at the Rum Boogie Cafe, in Memphis, next week.

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @
2011 Keeping The Blues Alive Award Recipient

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Red Wagons
"Black Satin Blues"
StarBrite Productions

By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © April 2013

I'll take "Bands Home Towns" for $200, Alex.
Answer: A three piece powerhouse trio who was influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughn and Johnny Winter, Texarillo - the "ultimate roadhouse band" - whose sound is steeped in the tradition of American Blues & Roots Rock.
What is Austin, TX?
Buzzzzz! Sorry, the correct answer is Montreal, Canada. Go figure!

For a country that is cold most of the year, Canada is certainly a hotbed of very good blues bands. I've not counted, but I think that about 20% of the music I receive comes from the Maple Leaf Country.

Texarillo consists of Dwane Rechil on guitar & vocals, Ricardo Bacardi on bass & backup vocals, Ken Loudman on drums & percussion, and - having absolutely nothing to do with the music but surely making the CD cover look sexy - Tetyana Martyanova on incredibly gorgeous legs. "Black Satin Blues" is the bands debut release and it features thirteen original tracks all written by Dwane.

The 20 second guitar lead in on "I'd Rather Get Shot Down", the discs opening track, leaves no guessing as to what's ahead - hard driving, rock 'em sock 'em blues. Any doubts about that are quickly squashed as Dwane attacks the instrument for another minute and a half mid song. You wannabes better get those air guitars blown up.

If there was ever an elevator that required seat belts, it sounds like this one should be it. From pushing your buttons at every floor, to bringing you up and then going down, this "Elevator Operator" promises you the ride of your life. Another smoker with intense rhythm and well done vocal harmony.

The guys slow things down a bit - well at least by their standards - on "Long Way (From Loving You)". I've said it a thousand times and every time a song like this comes on I'll keep on saying it - this is my kind of blues. Slow, smoldering guitar leads, emotionally drenched, heartfelt vocals and tight, moody rhythm done as good as it can possibly be done. This was six and a half minutes of blues bliss and I'm still going back for another listen. My ultimate description for a song like this is calling it "song of the year" material.

"The Things I Would Do To You" actually mellows the mood down even more. This is probably the softest, cleanest piece in the bands repertoire. Not necessarily the discs best track, yet it could be it's best vocal and purist musical effort. Very nice, and very different stuff.

At less than a minute, "Rio Grande At High Noon" is the shortest track of the bunch but it's got the biggest sound of them all. Turn it all the way up, close your eyes and hold on. You'll swear you're in an IMAX theater listening to the soundtrack from a Clint Eastwood movie.

Since I can't even begin to imagine Texarillo being able to play another song after one like this, I'm betting that "Hill Billy Idol" not only closes out the disc, but also their live shows as well. This may possibly be the fastest instrumental - or any other type of song, - I've ever heard.

Other tracks on "Black Satin Blues" include: "24-7 Blues", "Flood Water Rising", "The Devil Is Knocking", "Fire Starter", "Stone Cold Heartbreaker", Let You Down Easy" and "Wanna Go Down To Cali".

Fans of rock blues, especially those that bow to the guitar gods, are going to love this one. Check Texarillo out at In addition to telling them the Blewzzman sent ya, please tell them he also wants to meet Tetyana.

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @
2011 Keeping The Blues Alive Award Recipient

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