Mitch Kashmar - 2 albums: Live At Labatt / Wake Up And Worry MP3/Flac

Album: Live At Labatt
Bitrate: 320K/s
Time: 66:12
Size: 152.6 MB
Label: Delta Groove
Styles: West Coast harmonica blues
Year: 2008
Art: Front

[5:17] 1. I Got No Reason
[6:16] 2. Dirty Deal
[5:54] 3. Whiskey Drinkin' Woman
[6:33] 4. Evil Man Blues
[9:28] 5. Song For My Father
[6:37] 6. Sugar Sweet
[7:14] 7. You're The One
[5:47] 8. Lollipop Mama
[5:07] 9. Wake Up & Worry
[7:54] 10. Castle Rock

On August 24, 2007, Mitch Kashmar was invited to perform at the 9th Annual Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival in Canada. Fortunately for blues fans everywhere the event was captured for posterity in front of an enthusiastic crowd by the CBC.

Recording information: 9th Annual Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival, Edmonton, (08/24/2007).

Mitch Kashmar (vocals, harmonica); John Marx (guitar); Jimmy Calire (piano, keyboards); Steve Nelson (bass guitar); Tom Lackner (drums).

Live At Labatt

Album: Wake Up and Worry
Bitrate: 320K/s
Time: 47:39
Size: 111.3 MB
Label: Delta Groove
Styles: West Coast harmonica blues
Year: 2006
Art: Front

[3:37] 1. I Got No Reason
[3:22] 2. Dead Presidents
[3:20] 3. Green Bananas
[5:57] 4. Funky Dee
[4:07] 5. Wake Up & Worry
[3:59] 6. Night Creeper
[4:07] 7. Half Pint-A-Whiskey
[3:42] 8. Black Dog Blues
[3:51] 9. You Dogged Me
[2:50] 10. Up the Line
[4:42] 11. I'm Sorry
[3:59] 12. The Waddle

Mitch Kashmar (vocals, harmonica, cowbells, shaker, percussion, background vocals); Mitch Kashmar; Bobby Watley (vocals); James Calire (bass baritone, saxophone, piano); Rusty Zinn (guitar, wah-wah guitar); John Marx (guitar); Alastair Greene (National guitar, background vocals); Randy Chortkoff (harmonica, background vocals); Richard Innes (drums); Cynthia Manley, Andy Santana , Shane Drake (background vocals); Junior Watson (guitar); Fred Kaplan (piano).

Recording information: Hard Drive, Analog & Digital Studios, North Hollywood.

Mitch Kashmar is an established West Coast harmonica veteran who has been knocking around for several decades but first made a dent on the international blues scene with his 2005 Delta Groove debut, Nickels & Dimes. As if to make up for lost time, he followed it up a year later with Wake Up and Worry, another solid blast of left coast swinging blues. Ignore the cartoonish and rather garish cover of a groggy Kashmar in a bathrobe surrounded by scantily clad models and dive into the disc for a rollicking jump blues party. Kashmar has a surprisingly compelling and distinctive voice, but it's his astounding harp work that propels this music. Sure, there is plenty of Little Walter's overdriven electrified blowing in his style -- he covers both "Dead Presidents" and Walter's "Up the Line" -- but Kashmar puts his individual stamp on this sizzling music. Blues fans familiar with Little Charlie & the Nightcats will want to own this as well, since Kashmar works comparable territory. The harpist/singer takes a break from his jaunty style for "I'm Sorry," a jazzy R&B ballad with female backing singers and some tasty guitar lines from John Marx. Elsewhere, Rusty Zinn and Junior Watson, two of the finest West Coast guitarists, add their energy and talent to an album that has no low points. Those who remember the late William Clarke will also gravitate toward this as Kashmar works a similar groove and possesses the same combination of nimbleness and attitude that characterized Clarke at his finest. The album's closing instrumental shuffle of "The Waddle" will leave any blues fan impressed with its thick, gooey solos but the entire disc is one of the finest contemporary blues harp albums of the year. If Kashmar can maintain the quality and pace of this output, he should find belated fame as the master of the instrument he obviously is. ~ Hal Horowitz

Wake Up and Worry

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