Monday, July 28, 2014

VIDEO REVIEW * Ian Siegal – Live at Paradiso, Amsterdam Performs ‘Mortal Coil Shuffle’

Sit down and lose yourself in this slow, hypnotic blues. ‘Mortal Coil Shuffle’ will find its way inside your head and you will want to play it again and again.

Ian's simple, chord-based guitar style cut with his distinctive solo's is complimented with the sympathetic but powerful rhythm section of Andy Graham on bass and Nikolaj Bjerre on drums. 

We were fortunate enough to see Ian and his band at a gig in Nottingham a few years ago. His ‘Meat & Potatoes’ album was in his set and 'stunning' but doesn't do justice to the music we heard that evening.

We asked him if he was planning to come to Spain to gig in the future. Sadly, he answered no. This is one artist that we must encourage to come to the Costa Blanca. Believe me, you will not be disappointed.

The first time I got to hear Ian Siegal was in 2007 when his second album Swagger came out and I was immediately hooked ! I sought out his first album and managed to get the limited edition copy with a free DVD. The DVD was made at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and is amazing. 

Ian dropped out of college in the late ‘80’s and busked in Germany for several years. His break came in 2003/2004 with two successive European Tours opening for Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings.

He then toured the UK with Muddy Water’s son, Big Bill Morganfield. During this time Ian was also building up a following in Holland, Belgium, Austria & Hungary.

Ian plays with sweat, passion, humour & amazing slide guitar ! I have bought every album Ian has made, both solo albums and also the more recent collaboration albums with the Mississippi MudBloods & The Youngest Sons.

Albums includes Meat & Potatoes Swagger The Dust Broadside The Skinny Candy Store Kid Man & Guitar You can also hear tracks from his ( almost ) annual trip to the Mustique Blues Festival on YouTube.

VIDEO REVIEW by WilfRaydo

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

INTERVIEW with BLUES KEYBOARD MASTER * GENE TAYLOR

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American born blues piano player and showman, Gene Taylor has a list of accolades and has performed with so many of the blues greats, it boggles the mind.

His powerful, foot stomping, heart pumping, dance driven syncopated boogie woogie piano playing is what everyone in the blues music world now thinks of when you mention the name Gene Taylor.

That is not to say, that Gene doesn't know how to take it slow on the keys and drive home a heart stopping blues ballad too!

There isn't a blues fan alive today in the USA or Canada - and now spreading across Europe -  that has not been touched by the music of this magic man! He is even archived in Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Taylor_(pianist)

I was very surprised and pleased to see that Mr. Taylor since 2007 has been living and working part-time in Europe spreading his brand of boogie blues to the Belgians and to the rest of Europe – even Spain. (Visit GENE-TAYLOR.COM - to see his tour dates in Spain)

Karla with Gene at the
Catalina Blues Fest 2001
Over the many years that I have been a music journalist, I have only met Gene Taylor on two occasions – once in Ontario, Canada and once in California. Both times, I felt like I had known him forever. This time was no different as I got right down to asking the questions that were on my mind.

I had to know what Mr. Taylor thought of Spain and of course how he felt about the Spanish people and musicians adopting and integrated the blues into their culture.

Gene Taylor offers some interesting and insightful wisdom into the world of blues music and its effects on all cultures reinforcing the knowledge that the blues is truly an international music format that comes from the heart and soul.

INTERVIEW 

CBBLUES: You are probably the hardest working blues musician in the world today!!! You have been travelling far and wide and I am very curious as to what you think of Spain? What parts have you seen? Do you like the culture, the wine, the food, the beaches, and the history?

  • GT: I'm certainly not the hardest working blues musician in the world (ha-ha-ha), but I do get around. I've been to quite a few of the different areas of Spain (north, south, central, the beaches, mountains, most large cities and some small towns) and enjoy the culture, food, wine and — most of all — the friendly people. 



Gene Taylor performing with Valencian blues band the Fabulouso Blueshakers

CBBLUES: I know that you have played with some Spanish musicians while on tour here. Do you find that their interpretation of the blues is different or the same? If so - how do you think it compares or is unique?

  • GT: The many fine Spanish musicians I've played with do have slightly different interpretations of the blues. I've found that the more experienced players, those who are already quite comfortable in basic blues, are able to incorporate various Latin rhythms into the music to great effect. The drummers and bass players in Spain are particularly good.

Gene Taylor performing with Valencian blues band the Fabulouso Blueshakers

CBBLUES: Does it surprise you that Spanish musicians have a keen interest and understanding of the blues? Please explain..

  • GT: It doesn't surprise me because blues, and its subject matter, is fairly simple music that the average person can relate to. I've found in virtually all countries that, despite any language differences, most people can relate to the emotion of blues music, even if they can't always understand the precise meaning of the words of a particular song. 


CBBLUES: Do you think you will back in Spain again, after this tour? If so - perhaps with some planning, you could come and meet our small but loyal blues aficionados here on the Costa Blanca :)

  • GT: I plan to keep coming back to Spain as long as the audiences want me. And I would enjoy playing for the blues fans in Costa Blanca.


CBBLUES: Have you heard about or seen the new Mel Brown tribute movie. I have only seen bits of it - as I am in Spain, but everyone says it is very well done :)

  • GT: I haven't seen it but have heard good things about the film.


CBBLUES: All the best - and hope to see you soon. Karla Darocas xx

  • GT: All the best to yourself and the blues fans of Spain.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

VIDEO REVIEW * Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi & Warren Haynes at the White House

With the President and First Lady occupying the best seats in the house, Trucks, Tedeschi and Haynes performed the blues classic "I'd Rather Go Blind" written by Ellington Jordon and originally sung by Etta James & covered by practically every blues singer in the world.

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Warren Haynes is seen comfortably playing rhythm as Derek Trucks displays his incredible slide guitar skills on his Gibson SG. Susan Tedeschi swayed to the music until her turn came to join Haynes on the hauntingly-simple lyrics.

The President and First Lady are glimpsed moving in time to the music and the exchange of lines between Haynes and Tedeschi was the highlight of a truly incredible four minutes and thirty six seconds of sublime blues.

Derek Trucks (born June 8, 1979) became an official member of The Allman Brothers Band in 1999 and formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2010 with his wife Susan Tedeschi (born November 9, 1970). Warren Haynes lead guitarist with Govt Mule, also plays with the current Allman Brothers Band. However, on January 8 2014, Trucks announced that he and Warren plan to leave the Allman Brothers Band by the end of 2014. ( More on Warren Haynes in another review. )

Nephew of  Butch Trucks ( drummer with the Allman Brothers Band ), Derek’s musical style encompasses several genres – including qawwali music (a genre of music from Pakistan and Eastern India) and he has twice appeared on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Trucks bought his first guitar at a yard sale for $5 at age nine and became a child prodigy who played his first paid performance at age 11. Trucks began playing the guitar using a "slide” because it allowed him to play the guitar despite his small, young hands.  By his 13th birthday Trucks had played alongside Buddy Guy.

In 2006 Trucks began a studio collaboration with JJ Cale & Eric Clapton called “The Road to Escondido” and performed with three bands in 17 different countries that year. Trucks was invited to perform at the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival and after the festival he toured as part of Clapton's band.  An article in the Wall Street Journal described him as "the most awe-inspiring electric slide guitar player performing today.

Susan Tedeschi  born November 9, 1970 met Derek Trucks in New Orleans when she was the opening act on the Allman Brothers Band's 1999 Summer Tour. They married in 2001. They have two children; Charles Khalil Trucks, born in March 2001, is named for saxophonist Charlie Parker, guitarist Charlie Christian, and author Khalil Gibran. Sophia Naima Trucks, born in 2004, takes her unusual middle name from the John Coltrane ballad, which was also the jazz legend's first wife's name. They reside in Jacksonville, Florida.

She opened for The Rolling Stones in 2003 and played in huge venues, gaining national exposure. Her voice has been described as a blend of Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin who she admits were two of her greatest influences.

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If you would like to see more of the Tedeschi Trucks Band * check out the second video below. It is from the Peach Festival 2012 – one & a half hours of blues delight !!
Stay Tuned to CBBlues.com for more VIDEO REVIEWS by WilfRaydo




CBBLUES FANS SHOW OFF THEIR SPECIAL RAFFLE PRIZE

At the last CBBlues Summer Social event, I quickly painted up some freestyle blues-with-a-feeling artworks as raffle prizes for the draw.

Happy winners - Jim & Sue Harper (UK Residents) are blues aficionados and were over joyed to win this token of my blues appreciation at the raffle. Jim and Sue also shared their enthusiasm for the blues by telling us about their blues trips to America - visiting the top blues clubs in Chicago and the Southern USA.

We were surprised to find out that they also belong to a blues appreciating group up in the UK. Jim and Sue will be visiting us again in the fall and winter, so we had better live up to their expectations and get our next social sorted out!!

Karla Darocas, editor

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

LETTER FROM DAVID WALTON

Hi Karla,

I’d just like to thank you once again for treating us so well and for creating the conditions for such a great afternoon for us.

We really loved playing for you all and met so many nice people (including your good self!). We felt the concert went very well and that was partially owing to such a welcoming crowd - small but sensitive.

When Tom got up with me to jam 'Rock Me Baby' I nearly dropped the guitar - he’s a great bass player and it was so much fun to jam a classic with him and Nat, who really came alive!

Many thanks, too, for your kind words in the CBBlues review and on the day. I admire what you’re doing up there in Teulada and I hope everyone appreciates the incredible effort you are putting in to 'make it real’ - you’ve really done a great job.

 David Walton - (DAVOID BLUES TRIO) = Murcia City