Welcome to Big City Rhythm & Blues
Magazine's 8th CD Sampler— Spy in the House of Love.
I took the title from a song by one of my favorite Detroit rhythm &
blues outfits, the great band Was Not Was. Flying "through"
the radar, Don Was and David Was and all the associated musical madmen
that they collected as they wove their out of wack themes and sounds
like their peers Frank Zappa and the Mothers or the electrifying Sun
Ra who made wonderful little visions of the world we are traveling on.
The Spy in the House of Love artwork that I created on the cover was
inspired by the "red light districts" such as New Orleans'
Storyville and others in Shreveport, LA and Clarksdale, MS. The world
is such that we need houses of love and that people need them to make
a living. They call it the world's oldest profession, what's up with
that? To be so desperate for money that the only way to make any is
to sell yourself? Of course the blues were sung at houses of love and
especially rhythm & blues. Is the spy the cat that I photographed
in Algiers, LA or part of the family? The key to life is finding out
"who" the spy is in your house of love. There always seems
to be someone or something that gets in the way of love. I follow Peter
Tosh's advice, "I walk on and don't look back." Love &
Happiness. — Robert Jr. Whitall
1. Monteleone, Whitall &
2. Laith al. saadi
In The Round
A new guitar king has emerged! “In the round’ brings his
vocals, songwriting and guitar playing full circle! Michigan’s
finest guitarist in any groove, blues or jazz.
3. Vasti Jackson
“Blues Booty” (4:17)
A dynamic guitarist, producer, songwriter and performer and he can work
up a sweat whether in steamy New Orleans or chilly Norway.Cool Breeze!
4. Rob Stone
“Give Me Time” 4:31
Back Around Here
Harp playing Chicago bluesman is “Back Around Here” on Earwig
with friends and influences that he has shared the stage with. Welcome
5. JP Soars
“Baby I used To Love You” (4:15)
Back Of My Mind
Monster guitar and slide player, the leader of the Red Hots, is a musical
melting pot . His CD, “Back Of My Mind” shows these many
styles that he loves and has mastered.
6. Chris James & Patrick
“Life Couldn’t Be Sweeter” (4:14)
Gonna Boogie Anyway
Vocalist and guitarist Chris James and bassist Patrick Rynn are staunch
blues traditionalists with a high-energy contemporary edge. Always holding
things together behind the scenes, their new Earwig CD, “Gonna
Boogie Anyway” will bring them out of the shadows.
7. The Randy Oxford Band
“Teach You A Lesson” (4:37)
Teach You A Lesson
West Coast trombone man makes “it feel good!” with his horn-blues
party is in a class by itself.
8. The Kidn’Nic Show
“Nothin’But A Good Time” (3:47)
Nothin But A Good Time
Nothing but a good time! This band of musicians brings a high energy
show that brings a blend of swinging blues and rock and roll.
9. Gus Collins
“A Short One” (3:21)
Soul singer from the northside of Pittsburgh to the “street corners”
of the world, Gus is back with a new dance party on Bonedog records.
10. 19th Street Red
“I’m The Man Down There” (2:48)
& The Blues
Whether leading his tight ensemble or laying it down with his one-man
band, Red is a vital link to the old school blues.
11. Pat Pepin
"Don't Call Me Baby" (4:33)
In It For The Long Haul
“First Lady Of Sax” is in the blues for the long haul, knows
the blues inside and out, will blow the blues your way with a feeling!
12. Jose Alvarez
“Fennel St. Frost” (2:40)
Terrance Simien’s guitarist has played with all the greats including
Ronnie Earl. On this solo album Jose shows his influence & respect
for Albert Collins and Freddie King.
13. Big T
“The Night Doctor” (5:35)
Jump Back, Big T’s In The House
Whether it’s a neighborhood jukejoint in Clarksdale, Mississippi
or a big city blues club in Chicago, IL, T’s makes them happy!
New CD, “Jump Back” Big T’s In The House!
14. David Gerald
Hell And Back
Detroit-based bluesman with roots in Mississippi , the 11th child in
his family is blazing his way out of Detroit with his axe-his guitar.
Soon to be in Memphis and beyond.
15. Chris Canas Blues Revolution
“She’s Breaking Me” (4:41)
She’s Breaking Me
Michigan’s own Chris Canas tries (and succeeds) to blend the old
with the new, soul, jazz & blues.The new CD is putting funky pretty
back out there. “She’s Breaking Me.”
16. Rev Robert Sexton All Star
“Coahoma County” (4:35)
Reverend Sexton’s All Star Blues Review
The planets are aligned, get ready for delta voodoo, blues from the
lowlands, Detroit’s premier blues group’s new CD,”
Rev Robert Sexton’s All Star Blues Review
17. The Swamp Kings
"Mama's Cajun Food” (3:33)
Who says you have to be from the south to have the spicy gumbo in your
music, these guys know how to appeal to the cajun boogie in all of us!
18. HoundsTooth Blues Band
“Soul Rockin” (2:53)
Modern Soul Rocking blues from the Midwest .Soul stirring, soul-satisfying
only if you like your blues electricfied, deep-fried, and BBQ’ed.Stand
up and enjoy the show!
19. Monteleone, Whitall &