Rick Galusha's Pacific St. Blues and Americana

Since inception (1989), Pacific St. Blues & Americana strives to be a discerning voice helping roots fans sift through the mountains of music released every year. We are not for everyone; we want to engage active, critical listeners that hear beyond d'jour. Interviews include: Johnny Winter, Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Jerry Wexler, Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton, B.B. King, Dr. John, Robin Trower, Robben Ford, Mato Nanji, Joe Bonamassa, Harry Manx, Sue Foley, Marshall Chess, Billy Lee Riley, Charlie Louvin, Kim Richey, Radney Foster, Eric Johnson, David Clayton Thomas, Al Kooper, Phil Chen (Wired, Blow By Blow), Ian McLagan, Art Neville, Southside Johnny, Miami Steve Van Zant, Nils Lofgren, Bruce Iglauer, Charlie Musselwhite, Studebaker John, Chris Duarte, Smokin' Joe Kubeck, Hamilton Loomis, Peter Karp, Roomful of Blues, James Harman, Hadden Sayers, Malford Milligan, Melvin Taylor, Otis Taylor, Dave Alvin, Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery, Marsha Ball, Maria Muldaur, Shelby Lynne, Magic Dick & J. Geils, Lil' Milton, BuddyGuy, Aynsley Lister, Matt Schofield, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, James Cotton, Robin & Jesse Davey, Hugh Coltman (Hoax), Sean Kelly (Samples), John Entwistle (The Who), Mark Olson (Jayhawks), Walter Wolfman Washington, Anthony Gomes, Bob Malone, Chubby Carrier, Buckwheat Zydeco, Murali Coryell, David Jacob Strain, DeAnna Bogart, Michael Lee Firkins, Guy Davis, Jason Ricci, John Doe, Little Feat, Matt Woods, MikeZito, Peter Buffett, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Corky Siegel, Todd Park Mohr, Watermelon Slim, Magic Slim, Corey Harris,- - - - - - ------------------------Radio archives: http://www.kiwrblues.podomatic.com/. Playlists: http://www.omahablues.com/ Reviews featured in http://www.blueswax.com/. Email: KIWRblues@gmail.com Live online; Sundays 9 a.m. (-6 GMT) http://www.897theriver.com/

Thursday, January 10, 2008

John & the Sisters (Kevin Breit)

It'll be TOO DAMN BAD if you miss this

Monday, May 10, 2004

Artist: John & the Sisters featuring Kevin Breit
Title: Domino Vacancy

Kevin Breit achieved "fame" for his songwriting with multi-Grammy winner Norah Jones, Cassandra Wilson, and to a much lesser extent for his work with the incredible Harry Manx (who is playing the Omaha Blues Society's Blues Cruise later this month). While not yet a household name, Breit's music has been heard at least once by every American (able to hear). It's no wonder; he's an incredible talent.

On his latest release, a solo effort disguised as 'John and the Sisters', Breit delivers a blues based album that older music fans will be able to sink their teeth into without having to be dumbed down for mass consumption. Inevitably we've all purchased an album that we adored upon initial listening and quickly never played again. The best albums are the records that unfold upon repeated listening. This album promises to be one that non-traditionalist blues fans are going to be playing repeatedly for decades. Breit bends and perverts musical boundaries to create songs that challenge the listener. The opening track, Too Damn Big, is a song that Aerosmith should have done on their latest album. Much like a Tyler/Perry composition, Too Damn Big, is a super funky blues number that cuts across genres with a Tom Waits sort of bite to it. By the time Breit reaches the track, Good Day, he's transmogrified into a tasty John Mellencamp sort of approach.

If you experiment with one "blues" album this year, this album is a five star gem that has that great 'FM blues based classic rock sound' we grew up on. What's better, the performances are exceptional and the songs are excellent. Yes, upon initial listening it's going to be coming at you from left field but it's quite good and worthy of your consideration.

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