Styles: Modern Electric Chicago Blues,
File: mp3 @ 320 kbps
Size: 163.31 MB
1. C.J.'s Swing - 5:47
2. Lisa - 5:41
3. I'll Play The Blues For You - 10:38
4. High Heel Sneakers - 6:32
5. I'm Cold And I'm Wondering - 9:42
6. Everyday I Have The Blues - 7:08
7. What's Going On - 6:33
8. Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong - 8:48
9. I Wonder Why - 10:59
Personnel: Carlos JOHNSON - Guitar, Vocals
Sam Green - Bass, Vocals
James Knowles - Drums
Dave Rice - Keyboards
Note: Chicago IL is called the “Home of the Blues” for many reasons. It is certainly debatable which city should hold that title, but until you find another city where one can hear live Blues seven nights per week in several clubs, Chicago is the “Home!”
B.L.U.E.S. on Halstead Street is one of Chicago’s oldest and most intimate clubs. It is a smoke stained, smallish, narrow room so far from swank that it is the stereotypical Chicago juke-joint of today. It is the setting for this live recording made June 29 & 30, 2006.
There are well over 80 Blues musicians who live and work in the Chicago area, and one that is about to be much better known, based on this album, is Carlos Johnson. Born in Chicago on January 17, 1948 and raised on the South Side, Johnson spent 30 years learning his craft as a sideman. The spotlight hit him in May of 2004 when he accompanied Otis Rush on a Japanese tour. Suffering from a stroke a few months earlier, Rush could barely play or sing. Johnson, who had worked in Rush’s band at one time, filled in ably and dazzled the Japanese fans.
Johnson’s smoking left handed guitar style reflects influences of Otis Rush as well as Albert King. Like King, he strings his guitar like a righty, which, when inverted to play left handed, puts his bass strings on the bottom and the treble strings on the top. There is also a jazz influence in his licks derived from the early ‘70s when he was playing jazz as well as blues.
Some of that jazz is heard in the 5:47 minute opening track, an original instrumental, “C.J.’s Swing.” Carlos’ bouncy guitar notes float above the rhythm like a migrating Monarch butterfly darting in and out, up and over, this way and that, but always progressing onward. One 10-second passage is a snippet from the theme song from Dick Clark’s American Bandstand show. The well rehearsed rhythm is provided by The Serious Blues Band: Dave Rice – keyboards, James Knowles – drums, and Sam Green – bass and background vocals.
Japanese release only. Solid set of contemporary Chicago blues recorded at the B.L.U.E.S. club in Chicago in 2006. Singer/ guitarist Johnson is accompanied by a tight backup trio on some originals and old favorites. ~~ by James “Skyy Dobro” Walker
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