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“Summertime” and “The
Road Goes on Forever,” “Going Down the Road Feeling Bad,”
“On the Road Again,” “Further on up the Road!”
Road trips is a favorite theme in music as well as here at Big City
Rhythm & Blues Magazine because we have been on the road for over
100 issues, almost 20 years! Thus our second CD Sampler of 2013, CD
Sampler #14, Holding Onto Nothing But The Wheel, describes what I,
“Junior” and many blues men spend most of their time doing
in the summer: driving to festivals and gigs. Sugar and I spend from
February to November on the road, spreading the word and getting the
word. Once again our CD Sampler #14, Holding Onto Nothing But The
Wheel has gathered some of the best music from all over these great
states: New Orleans, Ohio, Michigan, Memphis, New York,Virginia, California,
Florida, Alabama and much more to come in our August issue. The cover
shows me, “Junior,” driving away from the “Bright
Lights, Big City” and into the country, the night, the unknown
and the known. Past the crossroads and juke joints to all points east,
west, north and south.
CD Sampler #14 Holding Onto Nothing But The Wheel is here just in
time for the summer festival season enjoyment. We have compiled this
CD sampler with some of the favorite tunes that have crossed “Junior’s
Jukebox” and we have asked the bands to spread the love to you
through this CD sampler. It is hard these days to keep a band on the
road with the gas prices and the blues clubs coming and going so except
for the top dollar acts, most bands have to stay near home base. But
in the old days bands would load up their “station wagons”
and head out til they had money to come home, “Holding onto
nothing but the wheel.” So we dedicate this CD sampler to those
road warriors like Eddie Kirkland who preferred sleeping in his car
over a hotel. (Alas Eddie died making a U-turn in front of a speeding
truck). “Holding on to nothing but the wheel” is a song
by Mr. Peter Wolf, previously recorded by Patty Loveless and written
by Patty Loveless and John Scott Sherrill.
Please take me when you go — Robert Jr. www.bigcitybluesmag.com
1. Sugar Mae, Bob
Monteleone & Robert Jr
“Been Down The Road”
Robert Jr. (words), Shirley Mae (vocals) and Bob Monteleone (vocals
2. Eric Burdon
“Devil & Jesus” (4:22)
Til Your River Runs Dry,
England’s gift to the United States, Mr. Burdon is back with
authority. there are many cuts we liked on his CD “The Devil
and Jesus” won us over. Thank-you Eric!
3. Gaye Adegbalola
“Blues For The Greens” (2:09)
Blues In All Flavors,
An award winning children's CD. One of the nicest, funniest, talented
performers, we are lucky to have in the blues world. Fresh and healthy
like a nice head of broccoli—”Blues for the Greens”
4. Ruff Kutt Blues Band
(with Finis Tasby,
Zac Harmon, Anson
Funderburgh and James Goode)
“Deep Elam Blues” (4:42)
That’s When The Blues Begins,
Finis Tasby, Zac Harmon, Anson Funderburgh, James Goode is a magical
combination that comes together with this Texas gathering on “Deep
Elam Blues.” God bless Finis Tasby!
5. Mighty Mojo Prophets
Flying Home From Memphis,
The newest West Coast masters of swing, the Mighty Mojo Prophets continue
that tradition with "Sweetness." Great Delta Groove release!
6. Billy J
“New Car” (5:07) Billy J
Billy J and his powerhouse band bring a classic rock edge to their
blues roots sound with their new single "New Car," off his
new self-titled EP out November 2013.
7. Eric Hughes
“Drink Up” (2:35)
Award winning Memphis blues player, Eric “Scrappie” Hughes
delivers the imagery, wit and groove that have become the trade mark
of his original sound; honed by hundreds of nights performing in the
clubs on Beale Street.
8. Randy Volin & The Hard Ones
“When She Says Jump” (4:43)
From the streets of the Motor City, gritty and greasy recorded in
Detroit and Los Angeles, “How High To Jump” is a blast
from the past, straight into tomorrow.
9. Nigel Mack
“King For a Day” (3:53)
Nigel Mack’s powerful vocals, blistering slide and killer harp
drives this highly anticipated all original third release from Canada’s
blues ambassador to Chicago, “Devil’s Secrets” is
available on CD Baby, Amazon and itunes.
10. Tweed Funk
Are you ready for some funk? Milwaukee has the Funk that will wear
out your shoes and party away your blues!
11. Lisa Biales
“Magic Garden” (3:45)
Just Like Honey,
This Ohio songbird has mixed in a little “Parisian” to
her wonderful old time feel. Old and new, this music will lift your
spirits and leave you feeling like you are on top of the world!
12. Hurricane Hawk
& The Invaders
“Stay Away” (4:06)
Cold So Cold,
Hurricane Hawk & the Invaders bring the Florida heat to the rest
of the world. Blues is alive and well and don’t “Stay
Away” from their new CD.
13. Smoky Greenwell
“My Own Blues Club” (4:05)
Smoky, our friend from New Orleans sings the blues about buying a
“dream” bar in New Orleans only to lose it because of
hurricane Katrina. Smoky has lived the blues!
14. The Forgotten
Borough Blues Band
“All That Glitters” (4:34)
What do you get when you combine a couple of 20 yr old college students
with a couple of 50+ yr old blues vets? NYC’s Forgotten Borough
Blues Band looks to answer the question with their take on American
15. Jay Willie Blues Band
“New York Minute” (2:41)
New York Minute,
- The Jay Willie Band from Connecticut lays down some vintage Texas
blues, rock and ballads by Johnny Winter’s ex-drummer Bobby
T. Torello. Seven blues classics and eight band originals.
16. George T Gregory
“After Hours” (4:40)
Saxophonist and vocalist, George T. Gregory, has been delighting audiences
from New England to the San Francisco Bay Area for many years with
his modern mix of original and cover songs in r&b, electric blues,
motown, pop jazz, and New Orleans style rock and roll—a flavorful
mix of music that makes everyone get up and dance.
17. Packard Slim
"Credit Card" (3:48)
Studebaker Blues 45
From Milwaukee to California, Slim brings his down home blues stylings
from the street corners to the country roads. Slim walks the walk!
18. Detroit Frank Dumont
(wsg Billy Cox)
“Blues For Buddy” (5:07)
Let Me Be Frank,
With Deacon Jones and Billy Cox, Frank Dumont cannot do wrong especially
in our opinion his best CD out there. From the streets of Detroit
to the Black Forest of Colorado. Enjoy!
19. Dave Fields
“You Will Remember Me” (3:38)
Dave Fields is the definition of electrifying rocking blues originals
with a lot of hot New York soul!
20. Sugar Mae, Bob
Monteleone, & Robert Jr
“See You Down The Road” (:22)
Robert Jr. (words), Shirley Mae (words/vocals), Bob Monteleone (guitar)