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!
Our French-American harp player and showman Nico Wayne Toussaint just realesed a damn roots and cracking bones blues with his pal Michel Foizon, a fantastic and very fine french guitarist. Both of them are inviting us in the deep south for a journey in the real big country and under a real "blue" sky… Harp playing, great singing, blue guitars and footstomping are the elements you'll find in this superb moment recorded in Miami by those great musicians!
She is Eric Bibb's daughter and Leon Bibb's granddaughter. With such an upbringing it was only natural for her to become a jazz vocalist in order to carry on this rich family legacy.
Whether singing standards or her own delicate compositions, Yana Bibb exudes a likable personality served by a gracious tone of voice and a peerless musicianship.
Her musical instincts are right on target whether she deals with swing or more intimate music. Backed by her father's guitar on "Oceans" or her grand father's presence on "Send Love", her voice becomes even more intimate and touching, filled with sincerity and simplicity. No stranger to either jazz, soul, folk, or blues, Yana Bibb's aesthetic seduces on every track of a wonderful album. A real discovery and the evidence that the Bibb name is here to stay.
Mr Bo Weavil is the direct heir to Bo Weavil, once hailed as the best blues band in France by no less than Ben Harper. Matthieu Fromont has chosen to continue his musical voyage solo this time, writing all of the tracks of this new album. Matthieu also illustrates his instrumental proficiency on this As a Striving Lonesome Bull, playing guitar, bass, percussion, banjo, Jew's harp, flute and drum loops. A gifted alchemist, he throws into his blues mix a touch of rock, a pinch of rap, and a few drops of African gris-gris. A total success!
Pillac is one of those select few French artists capable of breathing new life into the blues heritage. The outstanding quality of his work is the result of ten years of ardent labor, the fruit of Xavier Pillac's total commitment to an art form the Blues Muse lay at his feet at an early age. Pillac mixes blues, funk and soul (in full horn regalia) with astonishing savvy in this self-titled opus. An essential album for all blues aficionados.
For the past decade, his recordings have earned Harrison Kennedy many accolades in the business. No less than B.B. King has hailed him as Canada’s premier blues performer. Singing and playing the mandolin, the banjo, the guitar and the harmonica in a mostly acoustic setting, his strong poetic writing and full sense of irony largely contribute to the growing success of this very special blues troubadour. His latest album, and his finest to date, Soulscape, displays formidable creativity as he delves into the many musical influences passed on to him. The release of this album is not only a giant step for Harrison; it is one for the blues.
Leyla McCall has been a part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops for the past two years. The cross-pollination of her Haitian roots with the African-American folk blues tradition endows her music with a unique, highly poetic freshness.