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Dicky James & The Blue Flames - Hard Rain

Dicky James & The Blue Flames - Hard Rain

Funk Soul Disco Jazz
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Richard Wagster is better known in the blues world as Dicky James, and he and his Indiana-based band, The Blue Flames, have been tearin’ it up in the Midwest since their formation in 2008. With their second album, “Hard Rain,” they have taken a major step forward in the heady playing field of contemporary blues. It consists of nine originals and two covers, and showcases Dicky’s maturity both as a writer and guitarist. He’s joined by Bob Freeze on harp, Johnny Beeson on B-3, Mark Ford on bass, and Will Cox on drums, who handles some tricky arrangements throughout the set, all without missing a beat!! The set kicks off with the funky “A Real Good Blues,” with its message of the spiritual, feel-good power of the blues. A no-good lover is warned in “It’s All True,” that” you reap just what you sow,” featuring sweet harp and B-3 interplay. An ultra-funky horn section adds spice to the tale of another lover who’s been messin’ around, “Game On,” where “every dog has his day and every man has his say!” Bob Freeze’s harp drives the instrumental tribute to Little Walter, “Icehouse Shuffle,” while guest vocalist Wes Cox lays down a reggae-fied rap delivery to the love story entitled “Special To Me.’ We had two favorites, too. The classic riff to “Born Under A Bad Sign” is given a chugging rhythm pattern here, while “Bulldog Talkin” takes us on a trip deep down to the Delta with Dicky’s dobro and Bob’s harp leading the charge on the tale of a lover who gets a little too rowdy after a night of too much partying! This set is dedicated to the memory of the late Pinetop Perkins, and fittingly so. Like Pinetop’s music, “Hard Rain” keeps the soul and history of the blues intact while simultaneously looking ahead to the future!! Until next time…
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The album code is : ODI2164571

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