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    Bluesamericana

    "I never set out to be a 'blues guy', but the blues is very powerful and
    fuels what I do. The blues puts the 'realness' in it for me." - Keb' Mo'


    Three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller,
    Keb' Mo', embarks on a new chapter in his career with the
    release of BLUESAmericana on Kind of Blue Music. His twelfth full-length
    album marks the 20th anniversary of his self-titled debut. But, more
    importantly, the album is a signpost of artistic and personal growth.


    "I only make albums when I'm inspired to, and these 10 songs come
    from a very honest place," Keb' relates. "BLUESAmericana is the
    beginning of the next phase of who I am."


    Recorded in Nashville, and produced by Keb' Mo' and Casey Wasner,
    BLUESAmericana features some of the three-time Grammy winner's
    most poignant and joyful songs. Wall Street Journal's "Speakeasy"
    premiered the first single, "The Old Me Better," which gets its
    Crescent City sound from guest artists The California Feetwarmers.

    1. The Worst Is Yet To Come
    2. Somebody Hurt You
    3. Do It Right
    4. I'm Gonna Be Your Man
    5. Move
    6. For Better Or Worse
    7. That's Alright
    8. The Old Me Better
    9. More For Your Money
    10. So Long Goodbye
    Keb' Mo'
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    Keep It Simple

    Available On Vinyl For The First Time


    Keep It Simple (2004) is the seventh studio album by blues artist Keb' Mo'. The album won a Grammy in 2005 for best contemporary Blues album, and features Robben Ford, Robert Cray, Vince Gill a.o.


    Keb' Mo' crafted a warm, wry, Blues-informed version of Pop Americana that wrestles with contemporary problems like how to pay the mortgage, the high price of coffee, or how to afford a vacation. This is the first ever vinyl release of this great album!


    Over the past two decades Keb' Mo' (born Kevin Moore) has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through his live and studio performances. His songs have been recorded by the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, the Dixie Chicks, Joe Cocker and Robert Palmer.


    And he's no stranger to acting. His acting career began in the early '90s, and in 1998 Keb' Mo' portrayed Robert Johnson in the documentary Can't You Hear the Wind Howl. Other acting jobs include his role as the ghostly bluesman Possum in the 2007 movie Honeydripper. But Keb stresses that his focus will always be on making music and being a communicator, a songwriter.

    1. France
    2. Let Your Light Shine

    3. One Friend

    4. Shave Yo' Legs

    5. Prosperity Blues

    6. Closer

    7. Keep It Simple

    8. Riley B. King

    9. House In California

    10. Walk Back In

    11. I'm Amazing

    12. Proving You Wrong
    Keb' Mo'
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    TajMo

    TajMo marks a timely convergence of the talents of two unique American artists who've already built iconoclastic individual legacies that have extended and expanded blues traditions into adventurous new territory. The collaboration brings out the best in both artists, with the pair merging their distinctive voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that's firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a playful sense of adventure. The album features guest appearances by Sheila E., Joe Walsh, Lizz Wright and Bonnie Raitt, who lends her voice to a distinctive cover of John Mayer's anthemic 'Waiting on the World to Change.'
    1. Don't Leave Me Here
    2. She Knows How To Rock Me
    3. All Around The World
    4. Om Sweet Om
    5. Shake Me In Your Arms
    6. That's Who I Am
    7. Diving Duck Blues
    8. Squeeze Box
    9. Ain't Nobody Talkin'
    10. Soul
    11. Waiting On The World To Change
    Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo'
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    Keb' Mo'

    Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity


    1994 Self-Titled Major-Label Debut a Folk-Blues Classic


    Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Gorgeous Vocal Inflections, Astonishing Acoustic Guitar Lines Possess Incredible Detail


    Pure Blues: National Steel Guitar Playing, Raw Harmonica Solos, Soulful Strumming Infuse Originals and Pair of Covers


    In an age where most contemporary bluesmen strive to mimic the past and pattern their music after the greats, Keb' Mo' is content to be himself. Original, charismatic, and immensely gifted, the guitarist/vocalist (born Kevin Moore) brings country blues in the late 20th century on his stunning self-titled Epic debut, which quickly climbed the charts and turned the former backing instrumentalist into a household name. Replete with gritty textures, close-up vocals, and resplendent acoustics, Mobile Fidelitys scintillating analog version of this 1994 set finally possesses the fidelity that brings Mos Delta strains out of the backwoods and onto a lively back porch.


    Half-speed mastered from the original tapes, this numbered limited-edition 180g LP represents the very first time that Mos watershed album has been given a much-needed sonic facelift. Gone are the hazes that obscured his singing, artificial ceilings that blunted the highs, and digital fog that interfered with the multitude of illuminating tones, details, and notes. Whats revealed is startling intimacy and soothing emotion, Mos gorgeous vocal timbres and inflections given equal space with his guitar, harmonica, and pace. Finally, a great-sounding contemporary blues record that does not resort to derivative recycling and bland revivalism.


    The son of Southern parents, Mo' channels his heritage via a batch of superb folksy songs that relax, refresh, and regale. While hes since traveled in a more commercialized pop-oriented direction, Mos initial salvo is nothing but raw, pure blues played with unbridled passion, tremendous conviction, and what is best deemed the essence of heart and soul. Keb' Mo' engages with a compelling mix of tradition and modernity, the headliner refraining from any attempt at assuming an artificial personality and instead basing his reputation on quality songs. As such, Mos material resonates with deep, mellow vibes and extraordinary National steel guitar work, which complements his fluid, acoustic finger-picking and soulful strumming.


    Mo' occasionally teams with an ensemble. But this record is mostly all about the basics: guitar, voice, and harmonica. Tunes such as Victims of Comfort and Angelina testify on behalf of his phenomenal country-blues songwriting; his covers of Robert Johnsons Come On In My Kitchen and Kindhearted Woman Blues speak to his reverence for the past. Shuffles, ballads, dance songsMo nails them all.


    You owe it to yourself to hear this master musician in the finest possible sound. Every movement on the guitar fretboard, every breath Mo' takes before exhaling words, every crisp and gutsy pluck of the strings they have never possessed more dynamics, detail, or life. Imaging and soundstaging are incredible.


    Keb' Mo' remains one of the finest blues albums made in the post-Stevie Ray Vaughan era. Don't miss this American gem that so many have since tried to copy.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Every Morning
    2. Tell Everybody I Know
    3. Love Blues
    4. Victims of Comfort
    5. Angelina
    6. Anybody Seen My Girl?
    7. She Just Wants to Dance
    8. Am I Wrong?
    9. Come on in My Kitchen
    10. Dirty, Low Down and Bad
    11. Don't Try to Explain
    12. Kindhearted Woman Blues
    13. City Boy
    Keb' Mo'
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Suitcase (Pure Pleasure)

    On Suitcase, his eighth studio release, Keb' Mo' (Kevin Moore) reunites with John Porter, the producer of Moore's critically lauded first album, and the result is a pleasant, midtempo suite of songs dedicated to the emotional baggage everyone carries with them as they plow through increasingly complicated lives in search of peace, love, and some measure of personal redemption. Moore covers this ground with a wink and a grin in his voice, though, and Suitcase emerges as a wry commentary on modern life that still manages to sound bright and positive, beginning with the effervescent, sprung reggae rhythm of the opening track, Your Love, one of the best cuts here. Other highlights include the lovely ballad, Still There for Me, a celebration of the little man and his private victories, I'm a Hero, and the soothing, hopeful shuffle that closes things out, Life Is Beautiful. Moore is generally classified as a blues player, but the truth is, aside from his first album, he has actually done very little true blues material, and it is probably more accurate to call what he does blues-informed, but even that ignores the point that he is probably much closer in tone, theme, and feel to James Taylor than he is to Robert Johnson or any other blues figure. He does turn to the blues here, though, on the title track, Suitcase, and morphs it into a wonderfully engaging song about what people bring into a romantic relationship and what they take away in the end, making full use of the 'emotional baggage' connection inherent in the title. It is Keb' Mo' at his best, drawing on his ability to synthesize roots forms like the blues into completely contemporary commentaries on the struggles, travails, and blind faith in personal redemption that accompanies people as they slog their way daily ever deeper into the 21st century.




    Musicians:



    • Keb' Mo' (guitar, dobro)

    • Fran Banish, Kat Dyson, Greg Leisz (guitar)

    • Michael Finnigan (organ)

    • Reggie McBride (bass)

    • Sergio Gonzalez (drums)

    • Jeff Paris (electric piano, organ)

    • Jon Cleary (piano, organ)

    • Paulinho da Costa (percussion)

    • background vocals and the Texacali Horns




    Recording: at Shangri La Studio, Malibu, and Stu Stu Studio, Los Angeles, by Rik Pekkonen & John Porter

    Production: John Porter



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Your Love
    2. The Itch
    3. Eileen
    4. Remain Silent
    5. Still There For Me
    6. Rita
    7. I'm A Hero
    8. Suitcase
    9. Whole 'Nutha Thang
    10. I See Love
    11. I'll Be Your Water
    12. Life Is Beautiful
    Keb' Mo'
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Keb' Mo' (Pure Pleasure)

    Keb' Mo's self-titled debut is an edgy, ambitious collection of gritty country blues. Keb' Mo' pushes into new directions, trying to incorporate some of the sensibilites of the slacker revolution without losing touch of the tradition that makes the blues the breathing, vital art form it is. His attempts aren't always successful, but his gutsy guitar playing and impassioned vocals, as well as his surprisingly accomplished songwriting, make Keb' Mo' a debut to cherish.




    Musicians:



    • Keb' Mo' (vocal, guitar, harmonica, banjo)

    • Tommy Eyre (keyboards)

    • James 'Hutch' Hutchinson (bass)

    • Laval Belle, Quentin Dennard (drums)

    • Tony Draunagel (percussion)




    Recording: 1994 at Red Zone Studios (Burbank, CA.) by Joe McGrath and at Penguin Recording (Los Angeles) by John Strother

    Production: John Porter




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.




    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Every Morning
    2. Tell Everybody I Know
    3. Love Blues
    4. Victims Of Comfort
    5. Angelina
    6. Anybody Seen My Girl
    7. She Just Wants To Dance
    8. Am I Wrong
    9. Come On In My Kitchen
    10. Dirty Low Down And Bad
    11. Don't Try To Explain
    12. Kindhearted Woman Blues
    13. City Boy
    Keb' Mo'
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Just Like You

    Available On Vinyl For The First Time


    Featuring Bonnie Raitt & Jackson Browne


    Just Like You is the third album by three-time American Grammy Award-winning blues musician Keb' Mo' (born Kevin Moore). Keb'Mo' has been described as a living link to the seminal Delta blues that travelled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America. His post-modern Blues style is influenced by many eras and genres, including Folk, Rock, Jazz and Pop.


    Originally released in 1996, the album features guest artists Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt, both on the title track Just Like You. Unlike the first album, Just Like You features a more Blues-Pop to Blues Rock feel and more of its tracks feature a full band. The album was produced by John Porter (Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Taj Mahal, a.o.).


    In 1997, Just Like You won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. This is the first ever vinyl issue of this classic album!

    1. That's Not Love
    2. Perpetual Blues Machine
    3. More Than One Way Home
    4. I'm On Your Side
    5. Just Like You
    6. You Can Love Yourself
    7. Dangerous Mood
    8. The Action
    9. Hand It Over
    10. Standin' At The Station
    11. Momma, Where's My Daddy
    12. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
    13. Lullaby Baby Blues
    Keb' Mo'
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Door The Door Quick View

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    The Door

    Available On Vinyl For The First Time


    Few musicians can captivate with just their voice and guitar, but Keb' Mo' pulls it off on his fifth release The Door. It's as if DNA from Robert Johnson and James Taylor fused inside this singer-songwriter, simply known as Kevin Moore when he played guitar with Papa John Creach back in the '70s.


    At 49 years old, Keb' Mo' has paid his dues. More importantly, he 's a compelling singer, a versatile stringman, and a fine songwriter. He's also one of the few best-selling artists today whose music genuinely deserves a big audience.


    Keb'Mo' has a knack for advancing the pure Blues formula into uncharted territories. Take his remake of the Elmore James' classic "It Hurts Me Too." It's nearly impossible to make a synthesizer work in a Blues context, but Keb' Mo' finds a way on this track. On gentle numbers like "Anyway" and sophisticated compositions such as the jazzy "It's All Coming Back," Keb' Mo' also extends himself well beyond the Blues.

    1. The Door
    2. Loola Loo
    3. It Hurts Me Too
    4. Come On Back
    5. Stand Up (And Be Strong)
    6. Anyway
    7. Don't You Know
    8. It's All Coming Back
    9. Gimme What You Got
    10. Mommy Can I Come Home
    11. Change
    12. The Beginning
    Keb' Mo'
    $37.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Peace... Back By Popular Demand (Pure Pleasure) Peace... Back By Popular Demand (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Peace... Back By Popular Demand (Pure Pleasure)

    Peace ... Back By Popular Demand finds Keb' Mo' covering nine classic protest and peace songs from the 1960s and early '70s, and what is immediately apparent is how well these songs translate forward into the current political milieu. This is an album where the songs themselves are the stars, and Keb' Mo' wisely takes a low-key and measured vocal approach to each of them, letting the messages take hold over light soul-jazz backings, with just enough funk in the horn charts to give the arrangements some push. It's hard to argue with the song selection, but as an interpreter, Mo' seldom makes any of these tracks his own, and behind each stands the ghostly but clear memory of the original version. Obviously Mo' isn't trying to top the Hit Parade with anything here, and his effort to bring these important songs into a new light is laudable. Peace ... Back By Popular Demand is not a major album, but it does have some major things to say, or re-say, in this case, and it serves as a reminder that every era could use (and deserves) some peace.





    Musicians:



    • Keb' Mo' (guitar, bass, mandolin, vocal, dobro)

    • Mindi Abair (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone)

    • Nick Lane (trombone)

    • Jeff Paris (keyboards, mandolin, piano, organ)

    • James Harrah (guitar)

    • Mark Cargill (violin, director)

    • Reggie McBride (bass)

    • Paulinho Da Costa (percussion)

    • Stephen Ferrone (drums)



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.




    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. For What It's Worth
    2. Wake Up Everybody
    3. People Got To Be Free
    4. Talk

    5. What's Happening Brother
    6. The Times They Are a Changin'
    7. Get Together
    8. Someday We'll All Be Free
    9. What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love
    10. Imagine
    Keb' Mo'
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 Quick View

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    Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013

    Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 has proven to be a great success, with the DVD, Blu Ray and CD continuing to chart globally. We will complement the other formats by releasing Crossroads 2013 on vinyl for the very first time! The four-LP set features Clapton along with guitar greats Gary Clark Jr., Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Vince Gill, The Allman Brothers Band, Robert Randolph, John Mayer, Keith Urban, Keb' Mo', Robert Cray, Doyle Bramhall II, Los Lobos, Albert Lee and more.
    LP 1
    1. Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
    2. Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton with Vince Gill
    3. Green Onions - Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb' Mo', Blake Mills, Matt "Guitar" Murphy & Albert Lee
    4. Heavenly Bodies - Kurt Rosenwinkel
    5. This Time - Earl Klugh
    6. Mirabella - Earl Klugh
    7. Great Big Old House - The Robert Cray Band
    8. She's Alright - Doyle Bramhall II with Gary Clark Jr.


    LP 2
    1. Bullet And A Target - Doyle Bramhall II with Citizen Cope
    2. Queen Of California - John Mayer
    3. Don't Let Me Down - John Mayer with Keith Urban
    4. Next Door Neighbor Blues - Gary Clark Jr.
    5. Damn Right, I've Got The Blues - Buddy Guy with Robert Randolph & Quinn Sullivan
    6. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad - The Allman Brothers Band with Eric Clapton


    LP 3
    1. Congo Square - Sonny Landreth with Derek Trucks
    2. Change It - John Mayer with Doyle Bramhall II
    3. Ooh-oOh-Ooh - Jimmie Vaughan
    4. Save The Last Dance For Me - Blake Mills with Derek Trucks
    5. Don't Worry Baby - Los Lobos
    6. I Ain't living long like this - Vince Gill with Albert Lee
    7. Diving Duck blues - Taj Mahal with Keb' Mo'


    LP 4
    1. When My Train Pulls In - Gary Clark Jr.
    2. Mná Na HÉireann - Jeff Beck
    3. The Needle And The Damage Done - Allman, Haynes, Trucks
    4. Midnight Rider - Allman, Haynes, Trucks
    5. Key To The Highway - Eric Clapton with Keith Richards
    6. Gin House Blues - Andy Fairweather Low with Eric Clapton
    7. Got To Get Better In A Little While - Eric Clapton
    8. Sunshine Of Your Love - Eric Clapton

    Eric Clapton
    $69.99
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  • Muddy Waters 100 Muddy Waters 100 Quick View

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    Muddy Waters 100

    Includes 12 Page Insert


    Muddy Waters 100 is the centennial celebration of his birthday (April 4, 1915) and also a commemoration of this immense legacy. This compilation covers the broad spectrum of the Waters catalog from Country Blues to the pioneering Chess studio sessions in Chicago.


    The album With an all-star lineup of Blues specialists and veterans under the direction of vocalist/guitarist, longtime Waters alumnus, and close friend John Primer, the mood is set with the trademark Got My Mojo Working, featuring vocalist Shemekia Copeland trading verses with Primer.


    Also featuring Bob Margolin, who also spent many years in the Waters band. Johnny Winter (who produced four Muddy Waters albums in the 1970's) was brought in as guest slide guitarist on I'm Ready, and harmonica wizard James Cotton livens up Good News, and I Feel So Good, adding an authentic touch, as he played on the original recordings in the late 1950's. Representing the younger generation of bluesmen are Billy Branch, who sits in on harmonica on several tracks, and guitarists Gary Clark Jr., Keb Mo,' and Derek Trucks, who were requested to add a contemporary flavor to the celebrated repertoire.

    1. Got My Mojo Working
    2. Still A Fool
    3. I Be's Troubled
    4. I'm Ready
    5. Mannish Boy
    6. Rosalie
    7. Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You
    8. Good News
    9. Trouble No More
    10. She Moves Me
    11. Can 't Get No Grindin'
    12. 40 Days And 40 Nights
    13. Last Time I Fool Around With You
    14. I Feel So Good
    15. Fee L Like Going Home
    Various Artists
    $37.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Porcupine Meat

    Naming one's album after a song titled "Porcupine Meat" may seem a little unusual - unless, of course, you're Bobby Rush, who earned his first gold record in 1971 with a hit entitled "Chicken Heads." He elaborates on his recent composition: "If a lady won't treat me right, but she doesn't want anyone else to have me, that is hard to digest." Hence the lyric, "too fat to eat, too lean to throw away."


    Porcupine Meat is Rush's debut release for Rounder Records, and one of the best recordings of his astonishing 60-plus year career. The album is due out September 16, 2016.
    Rush estimates that he has cut over 300 songs since he first began making music. He has been honored with three Grammy nominations, as well as ten Blues Music Awards and 41 nominations. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006.


    Make no mistake: Rush is not your typical octogenarian. At age 82, he exudes the energy of a 20-year-old, on the road for more than 200 dates a year. His hectic tour schedule has earned him the affectionate title King of the Chitlin' Circuit. Rush has traveled the globe including Japan and Beirut. In 2007, he earned the distinction of being the first blues artist to play at the Great Wall of China. His renowned stage act features his famed shake dancers, who personify his funky blues and the ribald humor that he has cultivated during the course of his storied career.


    Born Emmet Ellis, Jr. in Homer, Louisiana, he adopted the stage name Bobby Rush out of respect for his father, a pastor. According to Rush, his parents never talked about the blues being the devil's music. "My daddy never told me to sing the blues, but he also didn't tell me to not sing the blues. I took that as a green light."


    Rush built his first guitar when he was a youngster. "I didn't know where to buy one, even if I had the money. I was a country boy," he says. After seeing a picture of a guitar in a magazine, he decided to make one by attaching the top wire of a broom to a wall and fretting it with a bottle. He also got some harmonica lessons from his father He eventually acquired a real guitar, and started playing in juke joints as a teenager, when his family briefly relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas. The fake moustache Rush wore made club owners believe he was old enough to gain entry into their establishments. While he was living in Little Rock, Rush's band, which featured Elmore James, had a residency at a nightspot called Jackrabbit.


    During the mid-1950s, Rush relocated to Chicago to pursue his musical career and make a better life for himself. It was there that he started to work with Earl Hooker, Luther Allison, and Freddie King, and sat in with many of his musical heroes, such as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, and Little Walter. Rush eventually began leading his own band in the 1960s. He also started to craft his own distinct style of funky blues, and recorded a succession of singles for a various small labels. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Rush finally scored a hit with "Chicken Heads." More recordings followed, including an album for Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Label.
    Rush relocated one final time, to Jackson, Miss. in the early 1980s. He was tired of the cold up north, and he realized that setting up his base of operations directly in the center of the South would make it easier to perform in nearby cities on weekends. More indie label recordings followed. Songs like "Sue, A Man Can Give (But He Sure Can't Take It)," "What's Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander Too," and" I Ain't Studdin' You" became regional jukebox favorites in juke joints throughout the region, and many of those songs are still fan favorites that are an integral part of his live repertoire.


    Since 2003, Rush has self-released the majority of his work (including the critically acclaimed Folk Funk album) on his Deep Rush label, but recently, he came to the realization that having a bigger record company behind him would be beneficial. "I outgrew myself," he says. "I need someone to help in doing the things I can't do. When you are wearing all the hats, you can't be everywhere at once."


    Enter esteemed producer and two-time Grammy winner Scott Billington, Rounder Records' longtime VP of A&R. Billington first met Rush at a Recording Academy meeting 25 years ago, and they became fast friends. He has wanted to work with Rush ever since. "He is the most vital bluesman of his generation," says Billington. He continues, "There are many people who still don't know Bobby Rush, even though he is a hero in the parallel universe of the Chitlin' Circuit - fans stop him on the street in Memphis and Helena and Little Rock."


    Porcupine Meat will not only please Rush's older fans, but is likely to win over many new ones. Billington reflects, "We wanted to come up with something fresh, while staying 100% true to Bobby."


    The album was recorded in New Orleans, and Rush was pleased and proud to be given the opportunity to make an album in his home state for the very first time. His impassioned vocals and in-the-pocket harmonica playing are among the best performances of his career. Unlike most of his recent releases, these sessions only feature real instruments and no synthesizers. All of the rhythm tracks were cut live in the studio, often edited down from jams that on several occasions ran close to ten minutes.


    For the project, Billington assembled some of the best Louisiana musicians, including Shane Theriot, David Torkanowsky, Jeffrey "Jellybean" Alexander, Kirk Joseph, Cornell Williams, and others. Rush brought along his old friend and longtime collaborator, guitarist Vasti Jackson, who worked with Bobby and Scott on getting the songs ready for the studio. Guitar greats Dave Alvin, Keb' Mo', and Joe Bonamassa all make guest appearances on the album.


    Rush has always been a prolific and clever songwriter. The songs he penned for Porcupine Meat such as "Dress Too Short," "I Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around," "Me, Myself And I," "Nighttime Gardener," "It's Your Move," and the title selection, all equal or rival his best material. "Funk O' De Funk" delivers exactly what the title suggests and what Rush has always done the best, which is putting the funk into the blues. While "Got Me Accused" is inspired by events from Rush's own life, the lyrics tell an all-too-familiar tale about the rampant racial injustice that afflicts our society. Producer Billington and his wife Johnette Downing (the well known New Orleans songwriter and children's musician) co-wrote a couple of fine selections, "Catfish Stew" and "Snake In The Grass."


    Bobby Rush is the greatest bluesman currently performing. Porcupine Meat is a testament to his brilliance, which presents him at his very best, and doesn't try to be anything that he is not. "I just try to record good music and stories," he humbly states. With this recording, he has more than accomplished his goal, and has produced one of the finest contemporary blues albums in recent times.

    1. I Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around
    2. Porcupine Meat
    3. Got Me Accused
    4. Snake in the Grass
    5. Funk O' De Funk
    6. Me, Myself and I (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
    7. Catfish Stew
    8. It's Your Move (feat. Dave Alvin)
    9. Nighttime Gardener (feat. Keb Mo)
    10. I Think Your Dress Is Too Short
    11. Standing on Shaky Ground
    12. I'm Tired (Tangle Eye Mix)
    Bobby Rush
    $25.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    "Nothing short of amazing" - Relix Magazine


    "He's the world's best-kept secret" - Bonnie Raitt


    "[Jon Cleary's] genre-bending style is steeped in early traditional New Orleans R&B, soul and funk. " - LA Times


    GoGo Juice is the new album from one of New Orleans' premier musical ambassadors, Jon Cleary. Made in collaboration with multi-Grammy winning producer John Porter (B.B. King, Keb Mo, Ryan Adams, Los Lonely Boys) each of the carefully crafted songs is a delicate balance of the smooth and the rough; instantly memorable hooks over a set of sophisticated and soulful arrangements. The tracks were recorded over several days deep in the bayou country of Louisiana and subsequently honed in his studio in the old Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. A blend of musical intelligence with direct, accessible pop simplicity that draws from tradition and yet is distinctively separate from it, these songs represent the many aspects of Cleary's musical personality as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter.

    1. Pump It Up
    2. Boneyard
    3. Brother I'm Hungry
    4. Get'cha GoGo Juice
    5. Beg Steal or Borrow
    6. Step Into My Life
    7. Bringing Back the Home
    8. 9-5
    9. Love On One Condition
    Jon Cleary
    $18.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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