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CD Review: Original – Janiva Magness

Original

Original

When you think of modern day Blues singers, one name always comes to the fore-front, Janiva Magness.

With her latest release ‘original’ Ms. Magness provides us with a deeper and more satisfying look into her psyche and soul than ever before. An eleven song release, in which she has co-written or written seven of the tunes, and took the leap of faith to release it on her own label Fathead Records. I mention this because at the core of the majority of artists is an unspoken fear of failure. The pressure to stay vital can sometimes translate into playing it safe. Ms. Magness has shunned that philosophy and has turned out to be one of her very best efforts in a star studded successful career.

‘original’ starts out with ‘Let Me Breathe‘, a piercing look inside her heart and soul. Singing of the painful loss of a lover, and how it has set in and affected her entire being it is a song that captures the ‘every-person’ situation, it is a song of life and its inherent roller coaster ride.

Moving forward we get to the crossroads where the Blues meets Gospel. ‘I Need A Man‘, a simple statement that questions one’s current situation and takes on the bigger question often summed up as ‘Is You Or Ain’t You My Baby?’  The transition from the soul searching loneliness of ‘Let Me Breathe‘ to the hard rocking declaration of this tune exemplifies Ms. Magness’ ability to take on any type of song and deliver it with professionalism and heartfelt understanding.

The strains of ‘The Hard Way’ is a fantastic soul ballad. It recalls the hey-day of Stax and Motown ballads that painted our early years with multicolored understanding of life’s journey and love’s unpredictable path.

All of these songs are life’s lessons put to words, and in doing that Ms. Magness has opened up herself to our eyes and ears. We welcome her songs with great joy for these are truly the songs of our collective lifetime, each of us has felt these but could not put them to words. It is evident that Ms. Magness has treated her Muse well, and that they are on equal footing, We look forward to many more aural treats from her and her band of brothers. So a shout out to her producer and collaborator Dave Darling, and her outstanding band who so skillfully capture the music of her soul, Zac Zunis, Gary Davenport, Jim Alfredson & Matt Tecu.

Ms. Magness took the time to sit and chat with us at the Blues Music Awards and here is her interview, a must read if you wish to know more about what went on in her putting all these pieces together for the release.

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
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A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: July 7, 2014

A Baker's Dozen Of Blues

A Baker’s Dozen Of Blues

Well no three-peat for Jarekus Singleton - this week it’s Chicago Bluesman Johnny Drummer who holds the top spot with his release ‘Bad Attitude’ Congrats!

In the #2 spot we have Walter Trout from his ‘The Blues Came A Calling’ release and a song he wrote this song while waiting for the transplant to happen. Here is the latest video update from Walter & Marie Thank You From Walter & Marie.

Also in the good news department  Danny Bryant, acclaimed U.K. guitarist-vocalist and Walter Trout protégé, will be fronting the WTB in place of Trout. Jon Trout, Walter’s 21-year-old son, will be accompanying the band on guitar for the entire tour. Danny and Jon first jammed together earlier this year at London’s famed 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, and the onstage chemistry between the two was instant for all to see – making it a must decision for Jon to be added to this very special celebration of his father’s and one of the world’s greatest blues artists. In the same way Walter Trout has mentored Danny Bryant, Danny is now doing the same for the younger Trout. Regular WTB members Rick Knapp (bass), Sammy Avila (keyboards), and Michael Leasure (drums) round out what promises to be a stellar band that certainly has Walter’s stamp of approval! See details here.

Our Amuse Bouche this week features a collection of International Blues artists, there are way to many to list here, but we figured we would highlight several of them and might just turn this into a two-hour show in the upcoming weeks.

This week we are off to Greenville, SC for the 14th Annual South Carolina Discovery Festival a.k.a The Greenwood Blues Cruise. It’s a weekend of super BBQ, blues and fun – and it’s our first time there. So look for pics and updates this weekend.

A Baker’s Dozen of Blues, on MojoWax Radio presented by Blues MusicMagazine at LIVE365.com.

bcradio_edited-1Broadcast times are as follows:
Monday - 1pm EST ALWAYS A NEW SHOW
Tuesday - 10pm EST
Wednesday - Noon EST
Thursday -  11pm EST
Friday -  4pm EST
Saturday – 2pm EST


Baker’s Dozen:

CW LW CD TITLE Artist/ Web Site Record Label Track#/Title
1 3 “Bad Attitude” Johnny Drummer Earwig 4 Bad Attitude
2 4 The Blues Came A Calling Walter Trout Provogue/Mascot 3 Bottom Of The River
3 5 “Betsy’s Kitchen” Back Pack Jones Self 4 Baggage
4 6 “Laying It Down” Arthur Migliazza Hobemian 4 Boogie Woogie Stomp
5 7 original Janiva Magness Fathead 4 I Need A Man
6 9 “Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers” Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers Self 4 Everyday and Everynight
7 8 Never Pet A Burning Dog Ron Tanski Self 8 It Must Be Love
8 13 Taboo Bob Corritore Delta Groove 9 Fabuloco (For Kid)
9 13 Good News Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters Stony Plain 1 I Met Her On That Train
10 11 Happy Little Songs About Futility & Despair Bob Eike Soul Stew 7 Ain’t Nobody Here But Me
11 13 The Beautiful Bones Kelly Hunt 88 Records 7 The Beautiful Bones
12 ~ Bluez of My Soul Dexter Allen Deep Rush 7 Bluez Party
13 ~ Anthology Too Slim & The Taildragges Underworld 2 Blue Heart


Chef’s Suggestions:

Jigsaw Heart Eden Brent Yellow Dog 8 Let’s Go Ahead and Fall In Love
St. Louis Times Jim Byrnes Black Hen Music 6 The Ducks Yas Yas
Love is The Devil Pork Chop Willie Self 3 Snake Drive
A Different World Carmen Grillo Big Surprise 7 Transatlantic Boogie
Giles Corey Stoned Soul Giles Corey’s Stoned Soul Delmark 7 Rita
Meet Me In Houston John McVey Artists International 11 Freddie King Goes Surfing
The Last Laugh The Asylum Street Spankers Yellow Dog 2 Never Going Back
All The Right Moves Little Mike & The Tornadoes Elrob Records 6 Fool Too Long
Hollywood Blvd. Raoul &The Big Time Big Time Records 5 Amphetamine
Michissippi Mick Mick Kolassa Self 4 Reefer Man
Bad Taboo Carolyn Fe’ Self 3 Bad Taboo
Don’t Call No Ambulance Selwyn Birchwood Alligator 12 Hoodoo Stew

Amuse Bouche:

SONG ARTIST ALBUM NATION
She Could Play That Thing Fiona Boyes Blues For Hard Times Austrailia
Just What You’re Looking For Harper Day By Day Austrailia
Get Me Some Claude Hay Deep Fried Satisfied Austrailia
Bad Taboo Carolyn Fe’ Bad Taboo Canada
Bought Myself A Hammer Kirby Sewell Bought Myself A Hammer Canada
Tiger In Your Tank Monkey Junk ..Tiger In Your Tank Canada
Aim To Please 24th Street Wailers Wicked Canada
It’s Gonna Rain Philipp Fankhauser Try My Love Germany
Happy For Good Ori Naftaly Band Happy For Good Israel
Memphis, TN Fabrizio Poggi Harpway 61 Italy
Cut The Cake Average White Band Cut The Cake Scotland
Navajo Moon Ana Popovic Comfort to the Soul Serbia
Baby Don’t You Tear My Clothes Louise Hoffsten Knackebrod Blues Sweden

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease

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Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

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A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: June 30, 2014

A Baker's Dozen Of Blues

A Baker’s Dozen Of Blues

A great night of music once again in Port Royal SC, this time it was with the Bart Walker Band. Bart made quite the splash at the International Blues Challenge a few years ago, and went home with the Guitar Player Award. Was great to see him on the road and playing his heart out for everyone.

For only the second time in our history an artist has retained the #1 spot for two weeks running. First time it was Detroit’s own Bobby Murray, and now it’s Mississippi’s Jarekus Singleton, congrats to my ‘nephew’! Outstanding! He is #reakdogginit all over the US so be sure to see him and his band and see where the blues has evolved to. You will be glad you did. We also included a section of our interview with Janiva Magness where she talks about her release ‘original’ and how cathartic the writing process is and the one of the greatest moments for an artist on stage. It plays right before her song at the #7 spot, be sure to listen in.

One new addition to our Baker’s Dozen playlist, Ms. Kelley Hunt, an outstanding piano player, singer-songwriter and her new release ‘The Beautiful Bones’ please give it some love.

Our Amuse Bouche is July Birthdays, so we gathered some very cool tracks from many of the July babies and put them here for you to see and hear, remember you can tune into our show by checking the link and information below.

A Baker’s Dozen of Blues, on MojoWax Radio presented by Blues Music bluescat2A2Magazine at LIVE365.com.

Broadcast times are as follows:
Monday - 1pm EST ALWAYS A NEW SHOW
Tuesday - 10pm EST
Wednesday - Noon EST
Thursday -  11pm EST
Friday -  4pm EST
Saturday – 2pm EST

A Baker’s Dozen:

CW LW CD TITLE Artist/ Web Site Record Label Track#/Title
1 1 “Refuse To Lose” Jarekus Singleton Alligator 5 Keep Pushin’
2 3 “Black Crow” Cathy Lemons Vizztone 10 The Devil Has Blue Eyes
3 4 “Bad Attitude” Johnny Drummer Earwig 4 Bad Attitude
4 5 The Blues Came A Calling Walter Trout Provogue/Mascot 1 Wastin’ Away
5 6 “Betsy’s Kitchen” Back Pack Jones Self 4 Baggage
6 7 “Laying It Down” Arthur Migliazza Hobemian 3 Rockin’ Pneumonia & Boogie Woogie Flu
7 8 original Janiva Magness Fathead 4 I Need A Man
8 13 Never Pet A Burning Dog Ron Tanski Self 8 It Must Be Love
9 10 “Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers” Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers Self 1 Shadowboxer
10 11 Taboo Bob Corritore Delta Groove 3 Ruckus Rhythm
11 12 Happy Little Songs About Futility & Despair Bob Eike Soul Stew 2 My God’s Better Than Your God
12 13 Good News Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters Stony Plain 9 Puddin’ Pie
13 ~ The Beautiful Bones Kelley Hunt 88 Records 7 The Beautiful Bones

Chef Suggestions:

“Jigsaw Heart” Eden Brent Yellow Dog 8 Let’s Go Ahead and Fall In Love
St. Louis Times Jim Byrnes Black Hen Music 6 The Ducks Yas Yas
Hollywood Blvd. Raoul &The Big Time Big Time Records 5 Amphetamine
Bluez of My Soul Dexter Allen Deep Rush 7 Bluez Party
Unfinished Business Lil’ Ronnie & the Blues Beats Ellersoul 11 You Don’t have To Go Home
A Different World Carmen Grillo Big Surprise 7 Transatlantic Boogie
Giles Corey Stoned Soul Giles Corey’s Stoned Soul Delmark 7 Rita
Meet Me In Houston John McVey Artists International 11 Freddie King Goes Surfing
The Last Laugh The Asylum Street Spankers Yellow Dog 2 Never Going Back
All The Right Moves Little Mike & The Tornadoes Elrob Records 6 Fool Too Long
Love is The Devil Pork Chop Willie Self 6 Poor Boy
The Best Of The Stony Plain Years Long John Baldry Stony Plain 11 Time’s Gettin’ Tougher Than Tough
Michissippi Mick Mick Kolassa Self 4 Reefer Man
Anthology Too Slim & The Taildragges Underworld 2 Blue Heart

Amuse Bouche: July Birthdays

  SONG ARTIST
1 The Seventh Son Willie Dixon
2 Cotton Mouth Man James Cotton
3 Keep On Loving Me Syl Johnson
4 Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor Mississippi John Hurt
5 Down In Mississippi Pinetop Perkins
6 Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens Louis Jordan
7 Tanqueray Johnnie Johnson
8 One Dime Blues Blind Lemon Jefferson
9 Mississippi Woman Denise LaSalle
10 Heat Wave Martha Reeves
11 Going Down Slow Mike Bloomfield
12 Feels Like Rain Buddy Guy

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
chefjimi
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Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

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