CD Review – “Stone Crazy” – Kevin Burt

CD Review – “Stone Crazy” – Kevin Burt

CD Review – “Stone Crazy” – Kevin Burt

“Stone Crazy” – Kevin Burt

 

It is my privilege to review Kevin Burt’s newly released CD. This is his first release since he joined the team at Gulf Coast Records.  Kevin recorded Stone Crazy in Nederland Texas where Mike Zito resides in June of 2020 at MARZ studios. Mike produced this release and plays lead guitar on most of the cuts.

I Ain’t Got No Problem With It” is a nice upbeat tune to get started with featuring Kevin’s great lyrics and a catchy melody leaving one with good expectations of the production quality.

Purdy Little Thang” speaks to something we have all witnessed about how a certain kind of “pretty” can control a whole room. Undeniable! Fun stuff.

 

 

Kevin often writes that his wife and partner Nicole provides inspiration for much of his work. “Stone Crazy” the title track is one of the finest examples of this. Love it is!!

On “You Get What You See” Kevin is joined by fellow Gulf Coast Records artist Jimmy Carpenter with some great saxophone work and a jamming horn section. Once again great production quality.

Something Special About You” provides a great blend of Mike Zito’s electric guitar and Kevin on acoustic.

Then there are messages inspired by the times we are living in like in “Same Old Thing” that will have you singing along with Kevin. On this cut with the help of the studio Kevin plays all the guitars. The most heartfelt message comes in “Got to Make a Change” speaking about social change from within.

Then there is “Bustin Out” Kevin’s personal status song about where he is headed. With talents like Kevin Burt possesses we all hope he is headed “to the top”. This was the other song on the CD that Kevin plays all the guitars, studio magic.

Well recorded, very well mixed, good job everyone at Gulf Coast Records.

-Lafayette Reid

“They Call Me Mud”

“They Call Me Mud”

“They Call Me Mud”

“They Call Me Mud”

by Monte Adkison aka “The Blues Stalker”

Some people are just born to sing the blues. Larry “Mud” Morganfield, the eldest son of legendary bluesman Muddy Waters certainly fits in that category. Although his parents divorced when he was young and his father had a hectic touring schedule, his dad’s talent and love of the blues was shared later in his life. He began playing drums that his father bought him every Christmas beginning at the age of seven. He is also skilled on bass guitar but his songwriting and vocals showcase his true legacy.

Mud began his professional music journey at age 50 after a career  as a truck driver and his father’s death in 1983. Beginning with club appearances in the Chicago area, it was his performance at the 2007 Chicago Blues Festival that launched his career to an expanded fan base. An indie release in 2008 “Mud Morganfield with the Dirty Aces Live” was followed by 2012 Severn Records “Son of the Seventh Son” produced by harmonica ace Bob Corritore. In 2014, “For Pops:  A Tribute to Muddy Waters” with the Fabulous Thunderbird’s Kim Wilson, won Best Traditional Blues Album in 2015 at the Blues Music Awards. His most recent release “They Call Me Mud” has 10/12 songs penned by Morganfield and a distinct soul feel with a substantial horn section. Mud has steadily developed his own style and groove.

Mud has the reputation of being one of the best dressed players on stage. Like the late Junior Wells and the old school Chicago bluesmen, he shows up in classy suits that show the audience that they are in for a special performance. No overalls or ripped Levi’s for this stage act. It is show time!

This time a year ago Mud was touring in India. Like all musicians today, their careers have been stonewalled by a cruel pandemic that has affected the entire music industry globally. Mud comes to Florida after months of isolation to play the Bradenton Blues Festival His concern for his ninety year old mother who lives with him is foremost. With the pandemic still raging we are indeed fortunate to have the opportunity to see Morganfield perform  from a safe social distance at an outdoor venue. As Mud’s friend, Jeff Malone, president of the Northeast Florida Blues Society and who also booked him for the Amelia Island Blues Festival (2010-2016) recently told me:  “His father Muddy Waters was the pioneer of that electric blues sound migrating up from the Delta and that same spirit is in the DNA of his oldest son, Mud Morganfield. You are in for a special treat. Close your eyes and just imagine the glory days of the Chicago Chess sound.”

Pasco County Libraries Presents Free Drive-In Concert Dec. 4

Pasco County Libraries Presents Free Drive-In Concert Dec. 4

Pasco County Libraries Presents Free Drive-In Concert Dec. 4

~~Enjoy rock, jazz, blues and more from the comfort of your car, or stream online~~

HUDSON, FL —- Enjoy a live concert from the comfort of your car as Pasco County Libraries presents a free, drive-in and live streaming event at the Hudson Regional Library Friday, December 4, 2020. Local artists Shaun Hopper and Chris Barbosa will open for the Sarasota Slim Band during the outdoor, family-friendly event.

WHAT: Free Drive-In Concert

WHERE: Hudson Regional Library Parking Lot

8012 Library Rd.

Hudson, FL

WHEN: Friday, December 4, 2020

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Attendance is limited to 50 vehicles and you must pre-register at: bit.ly/32wPLds beginning Friday, November 20. For those attending in person, the concert will be broadcast on 88.1 FM.

You can also watch on the Libraries’ YouTube Channel at: youtube.com/pascocountylibraries.

Shaun Hopper and Chris Barbosa are an energetic string duo playing modern and classic rock including everything from Bach to the Beatles. The Sarasota Slim Band plays blues, funk, jazz, and rock and has been entertaining local crowds since the 1980s.

For more information about Pasco County Libraries, including the library catalog, e-content, programs, events and links to all Pasco County Library branches, visit: pascolibraries.org.

Latest Edition of Suncoast Blues News mailed on October 26th

Latest Edition of Suncoast Blues News mailed on October 26th

Latest Edition of Suncoast Blues News mailed on October 26th

The October 26th edition of Suncoast Blues News is on its way to your inbox.

This edition contains a review of Camping with the Blues, highlights upcoming shows at Englewoods on Dearborn, contains a special members-only offer, and focuses on upcoming events.

If you are a subscriber and do not receive your copy, please check your spam folder. With Suncoast Blues Society’s recent change of email providers some members are finding they need to add the email address to their contact.

Interested in receiving Suncoast Blues News?

It’s easy, and free! Just sign up at Suncoast Blues, scroll down past “President Message” and fill out the Subscribe to the Suncoast Blues News form.

 

 

“Rise Up”- Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters CD Review

“Rise Up”- Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters CD Review

“Rise Up”- Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters CD Review

Rise Up 
Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters 

Rise Up, the 27th album in Ronnie Earl’s career, takes the listener through a journey that while bluesy, would at times be comfortable in a jazz club. Part studio, part live performances, this 15-song recording is a must for any Ronnie Earl fan.

Expertly mixed and featuring The Broadcasters along with Ronnie’s signature Stratocaster tone, Rise Up enjoyably begins with a melodic acoustic adaptation of I Shall not be Moved.  A version which left me with a good feeling from what I just heard and anticipating good things to come.

Featured prominently on this recording are the vocals of Diane Blue. On the second track, Higher Love, Ronnie, and keyboardist Dave Limina set up a nice introduction for Diane’s vocals within this Ronnie Earl written song.

Rise Up contains a few tribute songs; some that pay respect to social consciousness, and many others honor fellow musicians. Diane Blue highlights a live version of Fenton Robinson’s You Don’t Know What Love Is. The longest song on the recording is a Ronnie Earl original titled Blues for Lucky Peterson. This instrumental is Ronnie through and through.

Perhaps the most compelling tribute is a version of Magic Sam’s All Your Love. Again, Diane Blue’s vocals shine. Magic Sam licks never sounded so good as coming out of Ronnie’s Stratocaster. Dave Limina mixes in a nice keyboard between Ronnie solos.

The gospel inspired version of Bob Dylan’s Lord Protect My Child is another opportunity for Diane to showcase her talentsRonnie’s playing is superb on his original entitled Talking to Mr. Bromberg – a song that is unmistakably Ronnie from start-to-finish.

Mess Around is an up-tempo instrumental that features Dave Limina and bassist Paul KochanskiThe Broadcaster’s swing it on a live jazzy version of Jimmy Smith’s instrumental Blues for J.  The recording wraps up featuring Ronnie on an original co-written with Pete Ward called Navajo Blues

When speaking about Ronnie, B.B. King said it best:

“…he is one of the most serious blues guitarists you can find today. He makes me proud!” 

Rise Up is yet another class recording from one of the classiest and nicest performers in the business.  Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters fans will not be surprised by the quality of the recording.  For future Ronnie Earl fans, this would be an excellent way to begin your journey into magic sounds crafted from Ronnie’s creativity and smooth guitar playing.  B.B. would be applauding this effort.

Links
Ronnie Earl Website
Higher Love – Live at Daryl’s House
Ronnie Earl Albums
Blues Therapy

A note about Blues TherapyThis book, written by Anita Schlank, Ph. D., and blues fan, contains a series of interviews with blues artists. The goal of the book is to show how blues music helps to heal, including some artist who suffer from mental health issues and addictions. Within, Ronnie Earl is quite open about his past struggles. The book is fine reading and provides insights into the personal life of many we as blues fans revere for their musical talents. Proceeds from the book benefit the HART Fund.

For more information on the Handy Artist Relief Trust please visit HART Fund

 

Special Blues event at The Hideaway

Special Blues event at The Hideaway

Special Blues event at The Hideaway

 

Luther ‘Guitar Junior’ Johnson and The Magic Rockers

with special guest Chris ‘Kid’ Royal.

October 31, Doors open at 6 PM, show starts at 7 PM

November 1, Doors open at 4 PM, show starts at 5 PM

On October 31st and November 1st be part of a special Blues event in St. Petersburg, FL. Blues legend Luther ‘Guitar Junior’ Johnson will be performing both nights at The Hideaway Café on Central Ave.. 

Featuring Luther’s authentic style of Chicago blues, you can be a part of a live recording for an upcoming live album. Luther Johnson has been playing the blues for over 60 years and was a mainstay of the Muddy Waters band from 1972-80. He is a Grammy Award winner and a W.C. Handy award winner. Luther played a role in the original Blues Brothers movie and during a long successful solo career has played in Europe, Asia, South America and even the White House. 

 

Due to COVID19 The Hideaway will practice social distancing and safety protocols, and therefore a limited number of tickets will be available for both nights. This is a rare opportunity to be a part of Blues legend Luther ‘Guitar Junior’ Johnson’s newest album. 

Tickets will be available shortly and are $50.00. Each ticket purchased will receive a special fan club CD signed by Luther. Please visit the Hideaway Café website for tickets.