Follow Artist. Veteran Chicago harmonica virtuoso keeping traditional Windy City blues alive since the late '60s. Read Full Biography. Find the latest tracks, albums, and images from Billy Branch. Sounds like what it used to be before amps but with juice Billy Branch has followed a very non-traditional path to the blues.
Unlike many blues artists, he isn't from the South. Billy was born in Chicago in and was raised in Los Angeles. He first picked up a harmonica at the age of ten and immediately began to play simple tunes. Billy returned to Chicago in the summer of '69 and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in political science.
His family moved from Chicago to Los Angeles when he was five years. United States. All songs by Billy Branch. Since then he has played on over albums and been nominated for and won several awards.
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In earlyTurner was inspired to track down McCall after hearing of the death of gospel singer Clay Graham of the Pilgrim Jubilees. McCall had settled in Memphis a few years back but was in ill health battling stage four lung cancer.
The two talked by phone a few times and decided to collaborate on a project paying tribute to their shared roots in Chicago blues. Sadly, McCall passed away on April 20th, but thank goodness he and Turner were able to record this wonderful set before his passing.
Chicago blues fans will want make that NEED this set in their collection. King, Bob Margolin, and Taj Mahal. C in Walters and Euler both get considerable space to Boogie Man - Billy Branch - Satisfy Me (CD on harmonica and guitar, respectively. Put On Your Red Shoes is an excellent set of blues that combines the best qualities of traditional and contemporary styles. Trust me when I say that Bobby BlackHat is an artist who deserves to be heard by a wider audience.
His debut album, Mr. Be sure to track down 7 Minutes Late at your earliest convenience. Willa Vincitore returns with a sophomore release, Choice s, that continues and even improves upon her excellent debut, Better Days. Many of the musicians from the previous effort return as well, including drummer Lee Falco, saxophonist Jay Collins, keyboardist Scott Millici, along with bassist Brandon Morrison and guitarist Chris Vitarello, who both guest on one track.
New guitarist Karl Allweier and bassist Doug Abramson pick up the slack quite well, thank you very much. Oh, yeah. Vizztone Recordsis a entertaining, fast-paced set of tunes that mixes blues with a heady dose of funk, pop, and soul. A gritty, energetic set of high-energy 21st century blues and rock, Who Shot John? Gaye Adegbalola is probably best-known to blues fans as the frontwoman for Saffire, The Uppity Blues Women, but after the ladies called it a day in she embarked on a solo career.
There are very few icons left in the music world as popular as John Lee Hooker. That fact is evident by the number of world class musicians who have gone into the studio to record with Hooker over the last ten years. What's interesting is how easily these musicians, representing a wide variety of musical styles, are able to blend their sounds with that of Hooker and still maintain the distinct personality of each artist.
I was just wondering what had ever happened to talented multi-instrumentalist Geoff Muldaur. This album is a collection of Muldaur's favorite old blues and gospel tunes, complete with comprehensive historical and biographical information on each song.
This CD's not to be missed! LeRoi Sorgo has been hosting a series of 'Harp Attack' harmonica showcases in Southern California for the past five years. Harp Attack Making Boogie Man - Billy Branch - Satisfy Me (CD Music issues some of the best live cuts from these shows. As expected Album) this type of CD, there's a wide range in both sound quality and musicianship represented here.
This collection does not include any of the better known L. Swing and Jump Blues bands are becoming fashionable everywhere, so I'd expect trendsetting Seattle to have more than its share. Sound quality is at least adequate, Casey is a hot guitarist, and the band delivers fun, jumpin' blues. Most of the numbers are covers, with one of my favorites being the red hot "She Knocks Me Out. Album) is a strong Stevie Ray Vaughan-influenced guitarist, and really gets a chance to show his stuff on the instrumental "88 Miles.
The album ends nicely with an Album) version of "Dust My Broom. If you like your Chicago blues flavored with a heavy dose of horns, then go looking for Horns Appaloosa from B. Vaughn is the better known of the pair through his fine CDs for Alligator, but this is Emery's show. He's got a rich voice, although limited somewhat in range, and plays a mean trombone. You'll hear his best horn work on the slow blues "Big Bad Circle.
Three of the true pioneers of boogie woogie piano assembled at Chicago's Hotel Sherman in for a live recording session, the results of which are now available on Boogie Woogie Stomp Delmark. The sound quality is excellent, especially considering that the recordings were made nearly 60 years ago. All cuts are instrumentals, and represent some of the finest piano work of that era.
The CD concludes with four studio recordings from This double-CD packs in 32 cuts, with the music sounding fresh and not at all dated. Red Holloway contributes nice alto sax work here. He's got a solid, Chicago-style band behind him, and the blues cuts are first rate. The best is the closing cut, a strong slow blues entitled "Blues For A Living. Sampson, who doubles on bass, is a good singer, although on a few tunes he pushes his voice just a little too much. I'm starting to get a tad bored with the more recent albums from Little Charlie and The Nightcats.
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