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/

Sunday, March 30, 2008

What's on Serial April 15, 2005

What's On @ PS Blues 05172005Friday, April 15, 2005
What’s on at Pacific Street Blues? (Vol. No. 2)

Artist: Mem Shannon
Title: I’m from Phunkville
Rating: Very Good
Shannon marketed his first album as the blues cab driver from New Orleans. While his debut album was a worthy effort that occasionally still hits the “turntable” these days, his subsequent albums have been average. Shannon’s new album, “I’m From Phunkville” is an inspired modern blues album. His guitar playing is crisp and aggressive, the songs have non-cliché ridden melody lines, and his vocals are earnest. You know me, I love texture rather than twoXfours and Shannon lays off his playing giving the song room to develop and space to resonate. The packaging is superb. This is a very good modern electric blues album.

Artist: Various
Title: “You See Me Laughin’”
Subtitle: The Last of the Hill Country Bluesmen
Format: DVD
Rating: Great / Niche

Fat Possum Records is one of two or three labels that releases “purist” blues today. I love Alligator and Blind Pig but those are Urban recordings cleaned up for the White Middle Class – NOT that there’s anything wrong with that. On their DVD, ‘You See Me Laughin’ Fat Possum captures the true grit that REAL blues is: pure emotion, heart felt when there’s an absence of “talent.” The DVD features video clips of T-Model Ford and Cedell Davis with a focus on the incredible R. L. Burnside. And like anything that borders on ‘being too cool for the room’ there’s a litany of rock artists that want to add their chic to the project in order to build their own street credibility: so don’t act surprised when U2’s Bona, Jon Spencer’s Blues Explosion or Iggy Pop, ahem, pop-up. For the true-blue Blues fan this is a fantastic piece of entertainment that will sizzle your circuit board; however, for most it’s too deep and too cool. That said, if you’ve read this far you’re probably just the kind of character that would absolutely [adulate] over this DVD!

Artist: Sarah Benck & The Robbers
Title: Suicide Doublewide
Rating: Very Good

I can’t get enough of this band. The focus point of the band is a young Sarah Benck who leads this band through the moves with seeming ease. While I’m the guy least likely to break away for an evening out (young family:family comes first) this band has never failed to create that impression of future possibilities: the songs are there, the live performance is electric, and the band rocks ‘til it hurts. The opening track, Real Friend, is an up-tempo tune that is the featured track on PS Blues these days.

No comments: