European rock’s best kept secret, Little Bob is a true rocking class hero raised in the French city port of Le Havre. A town chosen by the Finnish filmmaker
Aki Kaurismäki for its atmosphere and music scene in his 2011 comedy-drama that he called “Le Havre”, saying “this city is the Memphis, Tennessee of France and Little Bob is the Elvis of this Kingdom”. Having recorded some 20 albums, Little Bob with “Howlin’” is paying homage to the great blues shouter Howlin’ Wolf, one of the main influence of his beginnings, some 50 years ago. And beware, this guy is not a living museum of rock‘n'roll, he IS rock‘n’roll.
A new album by this bluesman who hails from North Carolina but sings like no one else. This CD switches between acoustic and electric blues with strong soul and gospel influences. Produced by Big Daddy Wilson, Eric Bibb and Staffan Astner, who, together, co-wrote most of the songs. The guitar playing was shared by Eric and Staffan and Big Daddy's magic voice brings in an irresistible glow.
By the time he moved into adulthood, Harrison was swimming with the tide, selling millions of records and touring the world as part of a stellar soul outfit, the Chairmen of the Board. For the past decade, his goal is to offer the blues world an original voice, both innovative and true to its roots. This new recording on the Dixiefrog imprint - after the much celebrated Soulscape - is a winner on all counts. Squeezing the sponge of musical memories gathered as a youth in the hills of Tennessee and on the streets of Detroit, Harrison runs the gamut of the blues, from prewar acoustic sounds to rhythm & blues rockers.
Dom Flemons is the « American Songster," pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played all over the world during the last ten years.
Today Dom releases his third solo record, and hisfirst since leaving the Carolina Chocolate Drops. With Prospect Hill Dom Flemons brilliantly revisits Blues, Ragtime and Early Jazz adorned with atinge of Folk Music and Rock’n Roll.
The sixth installment of his Blues Odyssey takes Maurice Rodgers into the South of the past. Throughout this haunted musical trip, we see Mo traveling with the memories of an uncle who spent more than twelve years on a chain gang, of a father who was born a mere 20 years after the end of slavery.
“To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi” wrote William Faulkner. Mo Rodgers says nothing else with this poetic masterpiece.
Eric Bibb’s new album is both a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech, and a homage to the original “blues people,” the Afro-American creators of a style celebrated today as part of the common heritage of mankind.
"Blues People" is an album voluntarily bare, haunted by the spirit of the blues. Many good friends managed to join the recording sessions and brought their own contributions. They include The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Taj Mahal, J.J. Milteau, Popa Chubby, Ruthie Foster, Harrison Kennedy, Leyla McCalla and Guy Davis.
This album chronicles the encounter of one of the most talented blues writers and composers of the day with his German cohort, 2nd place winner at the International Blues Challenge, Memphis 2013. Larry and Michael invited their fans in the studio for this 100% acoustic, 100% live (no overdubs) recording. Be prepared for the ultimate private concert in your living room!
I’m Feelin’ Lucky is an ambitious project for Popa Chubby. Helped by Dana Fuchs and Mike Zito of the Royal Southern Brotherhood band, he celebrates his 25 years on stage, as well as his return under the Dixiefrog imprint.
The cherry on top is the addition, for the first buyers of this opus, of a bonus CD containing rare and early “pre Chubbian” recordings (with the Noxcuse and Bloodclot bands, New York poet Joe Lobelle…), and some of his outstanding work with Popa’s hip-hop friends from Brooklyn, the Streets Docs. Miss these rarities at your own risk!
« Calling All Blues » is the new album from two-time Grammy nominee and multi Blues Music Award winning guitarist Duke Robillard.
As acclaimed producer and Blues Hall of Fame member Dick Shurman said upon hearing the new CD, “Duke and his seasoned band bring a sublime mastery, a bold authority and some of his best songwriting to Calling All Blues, a diverse but cohesive survey of the many blues-based musical facets at they’re gratifying command. Heed the Call!”
A compendium of Eric Bibb's best recordings from the past decade.
50 tracks, 3 CD's, three hours and twenty minutes of outstanding music.
Considering the high level of quality that any Eric Bibb album has, one can imagine how exciting a collection of his favourite tunes, recorded between 2003 and 2013, would be! Here it is - The crown jewels indeed! As a bonus, Bibb re-recorded three especially cherished songs : a brilliant conclusion to the third CD.
Fred Chapellier has now joined the ranks of the top French blues rock guitarists. Semi-finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (the largest gathering of blues musicians in the world) and having toured with some of the best French vocalists, all this managed to propel him front stage.
With this "Electric Communion" totally warm and dynamic, the logical continuation of his recent "Electric Fingers", Fred confirms that he is more than able to succeed when recording in a studio as well as performing on stage.
Kenny « Blues Boss » Wayne is a veteran blues and boogie piano player and also a three-time Juno Award nominee (Canada's Grammy), including a win for his Let It Loose CD. His main influences are Fats Domino and Chuck Berry's long-time piano player Johnnie Johnson. On Rollin' With the Blues Boss, he flashes all of that and more on the album's 11 all-original tracks, loaded with excursions into boogie woogie, New Orleans-fueled R&B, blues, jazz and good-time rock'n'roll. Blues Music Award-winner Diunna Greenleaf trades lead vocals with Wayne on the soul-blues ballad, "Baby, It Ain't You" and another BMA winner, Eric Bibb, supplies lead vocals and an acoustic guitar solo on the rollicking "Two Sides".
Big voiced Leadfoot should have been born in Louisiana where some of his RIVET cousins are still livin'. For the last 40 years he has been suckin' american music's bone marrow firsthand from a bunch of the great artists he used to work like Bobby Bland, Sam Myers, Albert King, Wilson Pickett, Tommy Castro, Jimmy Thackery or Zachary Richard, all he is missin' is an american passport or a green card! The atmosphere of this live is electric, intense and really moving. Leadfoot offers us a raw slice of blues and spicy soul. Cherry on the cake: his long-time friend Amos Garrett offered him some magic guitar chorus on two songs!
With this new album (celebrating 20 years of collaboration with his French label Dixiefrog) Neal Black once again defies the stereotypical expectations of being a Texas Guitar Slinger. His lyrical content leans more towards a Bluesy version of Bukowski and his unique approach to Lead Guitar still tastes of Texas but comes closer to sounding like a Turbo-Charged Chris Rea or Peter Green.
The album’s underlying theme of “in darkness there is hope” is accentuated by Neal Black’s raw, smoky vocals that make us believe every word he sings is the Voodoo Gospel truth. With Songs like “Jesus & Johnny Walker” and “Dead By Now”, Neal Black crosses into new territory musically and lyrically.
“Before Daylight” is the 9th Album and a celebration of a 20 year relationship between Neal Black and Dixiefrog Records and features Neal’s incredible backing band “The Healers” including Mike Lattrell (Piano, Organ, Mandolin, Accordion) and Kris Jefferson (Bass & Percussion), both former Popa Chubby musicians, but also Dave Bowler (Drums & Percussion) and Bako Mikaelian (Harmonica).
In 2014 the Beeps are still in top form as they deliver their latest CD, the tonic,inventive and powerful invasion.
A world of their own that unfolds on 13 self-penned compositions including several “anthems” on the borders of rock & blues !
Since their debut album under Dixiefrog Records licence, MALTED MILK continues to grow up and the band is, now, considered as a real new soul attraction. Today they have invited, on their damn Live album, 20SYL from the national acclaimed HOCUS POCUS band (with the hit band C2C in the top of the European and worldwide charts) plus some other guests as the fresh young female singer and guitarist NINA ATTAL or KARL W. DAVIS. With this first live recording, MALTED MILK takes a real turn in its career and becomes a huge and concrete French value in the afro american music style!