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November 13-19, 2006

BluesBeat Las Vegas Blues Events Calendar

Ronnie Baker Brooks

Chrome Showroom Santa Fe Blues - 8pm November 15th    Ronnie Baker Brooks, guitarist and band leader, and son of the legendary Lonnie Brooks, is scheduled for the Wednesday Night Blues series inside Santa Fe's Chrome Showroom. He will also appear at Boulder Station the following evening. See below for more information on these events. Check out Wednesday Night Blues at Chrome for a complete schedule of upcoming concerts. Santa Fe Station is located at 4949 N Rancho Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89130 Tel 702.658.4900    Santa Fe Station Map

Railhead

Ronnie Baker Brooks    Thursday, November 16
Boulder Station Casino (702-432-7575)
Two Shows: 8 & 10 p.m. FREE


Ronnie Baker Brooks Ronnie is the son of blues rocking, Alligator Records recording star Lonnie Brooks. He first stepped on stage when he was nine years old, playing with Lonnie at Pepper's Lounge in Chicago. Ronnie recalls, "Dad told me if I learned to play 'Messin' With the Kid' and 'Reconsider Baby,' he would allow me to perform with him on stage to celebrate my birthday." Ronnie did learn the songs, performed with his dad, captured the audience and was bitten by the blues bug. "That's one birthday I'll never forget!" says Ronnie.

Ronnie joined Lonnie's band full-time in 1986 and has grown to be an accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter. Until he struck out as a solo artist in January 1999, Ronnie opened his Dad's live gigs with a blistering set of his own and closed each show playing a few acoustic numbers with Lonnie.

Ronnie made his recording debut in 1988 on Lonnie Brooks' Live From Chicago - Bayou Lightning Strikes. Ronnie is also featured on Satisfaction Guaranteed and the Alligator Records 20th Anniversary Tour. On that album and tour he played with Elvin Bishop, Lil' Ed Williams, Katie Webster and Koko Taylor.

Ronnie played his first solo gig in 1992 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival filling in for Lonnie who was ill at the time. The following night he also soloed in Memphis while one of his idols, Albert King, watched approvingly from backstage. "The pressure was great," Ronnie says. "I was worried about Dad, and I knew I had big shoes to fill; but when Albert King appeared to show his support, I knew then I was on the right track." He made the jump to permanent solo status after a New Year's Eve gig (December 31, 1998) at Buddy Guys Legends in Chicago.

Ronnie has jammed on-stage with many blues giants such as Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Luther Allison, and Buddy Guy. He has worked alongside talented artists including Junior Wells, Eric Johnson, Jonny Lang, Slash, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Keb' Mo'.

"The importance of crossing cultural barriers is one of the most important lessons I've learned," says Ronnie. "I loved playing with my Dad, but I know I can make it on my own. I am determined to keep the family legacy, to keep the blues alive." -- Source: www.bluesfest.de

Coming Soon to Station Casinos    On Wednesday, November 22 Magic Slim & The Teardrops will perform at the Chrome Showroom, and the Railhead Lounge on November 23rd. Go to the Station Casinos' Boulder Blues Page for a schedule of upcoming concerts. Boulder Station Casino is located at 4111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89121    Boulder Station Map


Blues Blues News News

The Tenth Annual Maple Blues Awards

Maple Blues Awards Announces 2006 Nominees. Western Canadian Artists Make Strong Showing in Maple Blues Nominations.

Maple Blues Awards The Maple Blues Awards, Canada’s nod to outstanding achievement in blues music, has announced the nominees for 2006 awards. The tenth annual affair is slated to take place Monday, Jan 15 in Toronto, where winners will be announced at a gala hosted by Vancouver bluesman and actor Jim Byrnes.

The roster of multiple nominees reads like a who’s who of Canadian blues, with western Canadian artists Byrnes, Harry Manxx and Kenny Blues Boss Wayne receiving recognition, while the east coast’s John Campbelljohn, Quebec’s Dawn Tyler Watson, and Ontario’s Harrison Kennedy, Mel Brown and Sue Foley also received multiple awards.

Calgary artists to receive nominations in 2006 include guitarist/vocalist Tim Williams, drummer/vocalist Donald Ray Johnson, saxophonist Mike Clark, and the Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir. Other western artists receiving recognition include Victoria guitarist Bill Johnson, Vancouver guitarist Colin James, and Vancouver harmonica player David Hoerl.

This year’s Blues Booster Award honouring outstanding contribution to the Canadian Blues industry will be given to filmmaker Mako Funasaka in recognition of his success in documenting the Blues in Canada through his network-broadcast Talkin’ Blues series.

The nominees were selected by a panel of blues experts from across the nation, while the winners are selected by the public, who can make their choices known online from Nov 13 until Dec 16 2006 at www.mapleblues.ca

The Maple Blues Awards Gala is the culmination of Blues Summit III, an industry conference bringing together blues festivals, societies, labels, musicians and fans. Blues Summit III will take place from January 13-15 at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto.

Cast your vote online for your favourite performers for the Tenth Annual Maple Blues Awards. By participating you are helping to promote blues music in Canada, and will honour the outstanding achievements of blues musicians across the country.

Other Blues News of Note    headlines provided by Fresh Content.net


Theodis Ealey: I'm The Man You Need CD Universe Top Ten Blues Chart
as of Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Check the complete and current blues chart
Jonny Lang: Turn Around

1Buddy GuyCan't Quit The Blues Purchase from CD Universe
2John Mayall & The BluesbreakersHard Road Purchase from CD Universe
3Maria MuldaurHeart Of Mine: Love Songs Of Bob Dylan Purchase from CD Universe
4Joe BonamassaYou & MePurchase from CD Universe
5Ford Blues BandButterfield / Bloomfield Concert Purchase from CD Universe
6Mike Bloomfield/ Al Kooper / Steve StillsSuper Session Purchase from CD Universe
7Joe BonamassaBlues Deluxe Purchase from CD Universe
8Theodis EaleyI'm The Man You Need Purchase from CD Universe
9Jonny LangTurn Around Purchase from CD Universe
10John Mayall & The BluesbreakersPlays John Mayall: Live At Klooks Kleek Purchase from CD Universe

Blues Birthdays    This week's blues artists birthdays include:

Nov 13    Louisa "Blue Lu" Barker (vocals), 1913-1998
Nov 13    John Hammond, Jr. (guitar, harmonica, vocals), 1942
Nov 14    Carey Bell (guitar, harmonica, vocals), 1936    [
biography]
Nov 14    Valerie Wellington (vocals), 1959-1993
Nov 15    Anson Funderburgh (guitar), 1954
Nov 15    Clyde McPhatter (vocals; r&b), 1932-1972
Nov 15    Little Willie John (vocals; r&b), 1937-1968
Nov 16    Hubert Sumlin (guitar, vocals), 1931
Nov 16    Francis Clay (drums), 1923
Nov 16    W.C. Handy (piano, songwriter, bandleader), 1873-1958
Nov 17    Tab Benoit (guitar, vocals), 1967
Nov 18    Hank Ballard (vocals, songwriter, leader), 1927-2003
Nov 19    Ivory Joe Hunter (piano), 1927

blues on the internet Danny Gatton

blues on the internet

Danny Gatton - Slide Playing
Danny Gatton, "the telemaster", playing some incredible slide guitar. Gatton, sadly, committed suicide in 1994. Runtime: 04:12


Hank Ballard    CD and artist biography brief:    Greatest Juke Box Hits

This rock & roll Hall Of Famer had a tremendous impact on the R&B trends of the '50s and '60s, and consequently on rock & roll, Motown, and even newer, funkier styles of jazz. The composer of "The Twist" and many other now-classic hits, Hank Ballard had a career often overshadowed by those whom he had influenced; both James Brown and Chubby Checker notably borrowed from Ballard's innovations. On GREATEST HITS, we hear why Brown and Checker became enamored of this former Ford assembly line worker's style. There's a hard gospel edge and intense, passionate singing on all 12 tracks, and 1953's "Get It," replete with the little "ouwww's" that are now associated most often with James Brown, is a prime example of Ballard's bluesy, Southern-fried attitude. Other titles of note include Ballard's series of "Annie" songs: "Work with Me Annie," "Annie Had a Baby" and "Annie's Aunt Fannie". This collection of ballads and blues shuffles is a window into the true history of R&B. - CD Universe

This week's new blues releases and re-issues:

Freddie King: Texas Guitar Blues Nick Rossi Set: On The Outset Willie Dixon: Spoonful Of Blues
Bernie MarsdenBlues N Scales: A Snakeman's Odyssey 1970-2005CastleNovember 13
Earl BosticEarl Bostic StoryProperNovember 13
Barry Goldberg & FriendsChicago Blues ReunionMusic AvenueNovember 14
Betty PadgettNever Coming HomeMediaNovember 14
The Billy Gibson BandSouthern Livin'Inside SoundsNovember 14
Champion Jack DupreeChampion Jack DupreeCollectablesNovember 14
Daddy MackBluestonesInside SoundsNovember 14
Eddie Taylor Jr.Mind GameWolfetonesNovember 14
Freddie KingTexas Guitar BluesMusic AvenueNovember 14
Incredible Bongo BandBongo RockMr. BongoNovember 14
Josh WhiteChain Gang SongsCollectablesNovember 14
Junior WellsJunior Wells & Guests (DVD)ImmortalNovember 14
Malford Milligan BandRides AgainVarese SarabandeNovember 14
Men From S.P.E.C.T.R.E.The Living EyeSawdust AlleyNovember 14
Muddy WatersHoochie Coochie Mannish BoyMusic AvenueNovember 14
Nick Rossi SetOn The OutsetSawdust AlleyNovember 14
Phat FredDon't Spoil The Soup!Broke & HungryNovember 14
Sippie WallaceSippieCollectablesNovember 14
Willie DixonSpoonful Of BluesMusic AvenueNovember 14
Various ArtistsYellow Sun Blues Volume OneSunNovember 14

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Bluesin' Round Town

M o n d a y, November 13

Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-2am Chris Tofield & Friends Jam
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651

T u e s d a y, November 14

Bunkhouse Saloon 10pm-2am Open Blues Jam
hosted by Lipz & The Bunkhouse Blues Band
124 S. 11th St. 702-384-4536
E-String 8pm Katie Logan & The Songwriters Session
2031 W Sunset Rd. 702-437-8674
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Tailspin 9pm Open Mic & Jam
6295 S. Pecos Rd. 702-436-7925

W e d n e s d a y, November 15

Brendan's Irish Pub (inside the Orleans) 9:30pm-1am Pete Contino Band
4500 W. Tropicana Ave. 702-365-7075
Chrome (inside Santa Fe Station) 8 & 10pm Ronnie Baker Brooks
4949 N. Rancho Dr. 702-658-4900 [new]
E String 8-11pm Blues Chicago Style
2031 W. Sunset Rd. 702.437.8764
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Sand Dollar Blues 8pm-12am Rick Smith & Blackjack
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]

T h u r s d a y, November 16

Bootlegger Bistro 9:30pm Ruth Brown
7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South 702-736-4939
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Railhead (inside Boulder Station) 8 & 10pm Ronnie Baker Brooks
4111 Boulder Hwy. 702-432-7777 [new]
Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-2am Junior Brantley Band
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]

F r i d a y, November 17

Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-3am John Earl's Boogie Man Band w/ Chris Tofield
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]
Squiggy's Lounge 9pm-1am Monk & The Po' Boys
3805 W. Sahara Ave. 702-871-4952
Tequila Cantina 10pm-2am Moanin' Blacksnakes
5486 Boulder Hwy. 702-457-3001

S a t u r d a y, November 18

Celebrity Nightclub doors open at 8pm Moanin' Blacksnakes 10th Anniversary Party
201 N. 3rd St. 702-384-2582 [new]
Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-3am Moanin' Blacksnakes
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]
Squiggy's Lounge 9pm-1am Larry Travis Band
3805 W. Sahara Ave. 702-871-4952

S u n d a y, November 19

The Heights 4-8pm Blues Jam hosted by The Gonnerz
4655 S. Decatur Blvd. 702-870-7009
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-2am Al Ek & The All Star Open Jam
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651

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The Blues Dr. Brian Spencer
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Blues Beyond the Neon

Eric Sardinas Band Appearing at
Cafe Boogaloo
Hermosa Beach, CA 10 PM Friday, November 26th

"The blues is an emotionally pure form of music. If you're not speaking from the heart with true emotion or being honest with who you are... you will be revealed." – Eric Sardinas

Eric Sardinas: Black PearlsEric's signature brand of Delta dynamite has been a long time in the making. At the incredibly early age of six, he already had his fingers on the fretboard. Though born a lefty, he naturally gravitated towards playing the guitar as a right-hander. Admittedly, this could be considered a difficult approach, but it never slowed Sardinas down. In fact, it's actually been a major contributing factor in the formation of his unique style and specialized technique. -- Source: www.ericsardinas.com

Showtime: 10 p.m. Tickets: $10 Cafe Boogaloo is located at 1238 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 Tel: 310.318.2324    Cafe Boogaloo Map

'Nuff Said    Now it's your turn. If you have any information you would like to see in this column send an e-mail to bluesbeat@jazzinternet.com. We especially welcome club listings. Telephone numbers are supplied for all venues.

All shows, dates and times are subject to change. Call the club or venue for confirmation before diggin' any of the music. May all your Blues be minor. -- Bion

Hear The Blues With Russell

Russell Luzio is the nations only deaf DJ turn talk show host. With only 1% hearing Russell still hears the blues loud and clear. And "wow ee!" - as he's often prone to exclaim - he sure does play 'em on his internet radio show. Hear The Blues With Russell airs out of Los Angeles every Thursday from 7-9pm PST.


BluesBeat CD News

Blues Legends Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker Release Box Sets

Buddy Guy: Can't Quit The Blues Robert Cray says that Buddy Guy's guitar solos sound like laughter from space, but they can also peal like the cries of lost souls attempting to cross the River Styx. If these 47 songs on three CDs plus a DVD boasting a new 75-minute documentary and six performances from the Montreux Jazz Festival prove anything, it's that Guy is one of the most dynamic, diverse, expressionistic, and emotional guitarists--in any genre. The set neatly examines the 70-year-old Chicago blues legend's half-century career, starting with a ragged but soulful "The Way You Been Treating Me" cut in 1957 at a radio station in Guy's native Louisiana that finds him developing his searing, exploratory style. A year later, he's in Chicago working with tunesmith Willie Dixon, and the rest is history (chronicled in Anthony DeCurtis's excellent lines notes) that leads from the glory days of Chess Records to Guy's early breakout recordings for Vanguard to his modern-day mastery. The most recent recordings often find him working with acolytes: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Keb' Mo', Jonny Lang, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, and John Mayer (who duets with Guy on the unreleased "I'd Rather Be Blind, Crippled & Crazy"). B.B. King, who along with Guitar Slim was Guy's most important early influence, also joins Clapton and Guy on a stirring acoustic version of John Lee Hooker's "Crawlin' Kingsnake."

This set makes the argument for Guy's ever-continuing growth as a musician--not only as a player whose frenzy, improvisational instincts, and tonal control keep stretching with age, but as a stylist who was unafraid to put aside his trademark electric approach in 2003 to make the acoustic Blues Singer (represented here by "Bad Life Blues" and the Hooker tune) and to embrace primal North Mississippi juke joint music with Sweet Tea, which lends this set a pair of Junior Kimbrough covers. Guy's sole artistic weakness is his songwriting. He's never been prolific, and even in the '60s his lyrics drew on well-established clichés. But, as these performances attest, his playing's never been less than daring--and his voice knows every nuance of heartache and joy. -- Ted Drozdowski

John Lee Hooker: HookerJohn Lee Hooker's first-career box set has just been released by Shout! Factory. John Lee Hooker, legendary blues original and undisputed father of the boogie, recorded for dozens of labels over a span of over 50 years. The 4-CD set, entitled Hooker, culls material from the primitive 1948 recording of “Boogie Chillen’”, a million seller at the time, to a version of the same song recorded exactly 50 years later in 1998 with Eric Clapton. Hooker also features performances by Van Morrison, Ben Harper, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Ry Cooder, Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, Charles Brown and Los Lobos. Rosebud founder Mike Kappus acted as Executive Producer on all recordings since the late 1980's and as Co-Producer on Eric Clapton and Ben Harper tracks. -- Rosebud News, October 2006

Although blues legend John Lee Hooker has been compiled on more best-of sets than anyone would care to count, it wasn't until 2006's HOOKER that a box set spanning the entirety of his vast, sprawling discography appeared. Arranged chronologically, HOOKER spans four discs and five decades, reaching all the way back to the man's seminal 1948 recording "Boogie Chillen,'" one of the rawest, purest, most groove-intensive blues performances put to wax. The set rightfully allots a good deal of space to Hooker's '50s and '60s work, emphasizing the spare guitar-and-voice sides he cut for Modern, and the full electric band sides he cut at Chess, Vee-Jay, and a host of smaller labels. It's to Shout Factory's credit that there's little from the '70s or '80s here, with a stress instead placed on Hook's resurgence in the '90s, and his duets with Bonnie Rait, Robert Cray, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, and the like. There's barely a skippable cut in the entire box, but it's the early stuff that still slays, with Hooker's drone-centric guitar, unique sense of time, and urgent, earthy vocals slicing through the air like a stiletto. A beautifully assembled set of essential music, HOOKER is a necessity for anyone seeking a comprehensive introduction to the king of endless boogie. -- CD Universe

JazzBeat Nevada

Diane Schuur At Boulder Station Saturday, November 18

Diane Schuur Born in Tacoma, Washington, vocalist Diane Schuur has earned respect and garnered praise from such legendary musicians as Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and B.B. King. Known for her three-and-a-half octave vocal range, Schuur’s remarkable career began at age nine with her first professional gigs, including those at the local Holiday Inn. While still a student at the Washington State School for the Blind, a 16-year-old Schuur was performing original material and wowing audiences with her playful and distinctive voice. Then, Schuur made her Monterey Jazz Festival debut in 1975. The legendary Stan Getz became one of her biggest fans and an important mentor after hearing her perform at the Festival. The rest is history.

Since then, Schuur has become a legend herself. She has been nominated for five and received two GRAMMY® Awards for "Best Jazz Vocalist," as well as headlined many of the world's most prestigious music venues, including Carnegie Hall. Schuur has toured the world and has performed with such greats as Stan Getz, B.B. King, Maynard Ferguson, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and Quincy Jones. She has performed countless times on The Tonight Show, has performed at The GRAMMY’s and at the White House.

Showtime is 8pm. Tickets On-Sale 9/16/06 10:00am $22.50, $27.50, $32.50, $37.50 plus tax. All ages welcome, must be accompanied by an adult. Boulder Station Casino, Railhead Lounge, 4111 Boulder Highway. Go to www.boulderstation.com for more information on this, and other, Boulder Staion concert events.

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Carey Bell Biography
Alligator Records

Carey Bell Blues harmonica legend Carey Bell is one of the very few players today who didn't learn his craft by listening to old records, but by studying directly under the masters. "Little Walter, he showed me a lot of things," says Bell, "but Big Walter, he was crazy. He did all kinds of shit other harp players couldn't do." And like his teachers Big Walter Horton, Little Walter Jacobs and Sonny Boy Williamson II -- each with a sound of his own -- Bell was inspired to forge his own style. It didn't take long for Bell to develop his signature "chopped" harmonica phrasing and deep-blues vocal attack. A veteran of both Muddy Waters' and Willie Dixon's bands as well as a searing solo artist with chops to burn, Bell's classic yet contemporary, funky yet subtle and deeply soulful blues place him firmly on the short list of blues harmonica superstars.

Bell's new album, GOOD LUCK MAN (AL 4854), picks up right where his critically acclaimed release, DEEP DOWN (AL 4828), left off. Along with his friend and musical partner for the last nine years, guitarist Steve Jacobs ("He's like a right arm to me," says Bell), GOOD LUCK MAN is a non-stop ride through 14 tough blues, ranging from inspired readings of Muddy's "My Love Strikes Like Lightning," Willie Dixon's "I'm A Business Man" (a song made famous by Little Walter) and Big Walter Horton's "Hard Hearted Woman" to six Bell originals including "Going Back To Mississippi," "Teardrops" and the smoking instrumental "Bell Hop." Recorded in Chicago and produced by Bell, guitarist Steve Jacobs, Alligator president Bruce Iglauer and dj/harp player Scott Dirks, GOOD LUCK MAN finds Bell's big tone and gritty vocals leading two distinctly different bands. On half the album, Bell's road-tested touring band fuels the proceedings with classic blues grooves. The other half finds Bell in a more contemporary setting, adding the funky rhythms of his old friends, including bassist Johnny B. Gayden (Albert Collins) and drummer Willie Hayes (Luther Allison). Put together, these two bands make GOOD LUCK MAN one great CD.

Carey Bell Harrington was born in Macon, Mississippi on November 14, 1936. A fan of Louis Jordan, Bell originally wanted a saxophone. Economic realities forced his grandfather to buy him a harmonica instead. He taught himself to play harmonica by the time he was eight, and began playing professionally with his godfather, pianist Lovie Lee, when he was 13. In 1956, Lee convinced Carey that Chicago was the place to be for aspiring bluesmen, and on September 12, 1956 they arrived. Almost immediately, Bell went to see Little Walter perform at the Club Zanzibar at 14th and Ashland. The two became friends and Walter delighted in showing the youngster some of his tricks. Carey went on to meet and learn from Sonny Boy Williamson II, but it was Big Walter Horton who really bowled him over. "I liked that big tone he had," recalls Bell, "didn't nobody else have that." Big Walter became Bell's close friend and musical mentor.

Carey learned his lessons well but by the late 1950s and early 1960s the gigs were drying up for harp players as the electric guitar began to take over as the predominant instrument of Chicago blues. Bell decided to increase his worth by becoming a bass player (learning the ropes from Hound Dog Taylor). He quickly mastered the instrument and began getting gigs as a bassist with Honeyboy Edwards, Johnny Young, Eddie Taylor, Earl Hooker and Big Walter. While playing bass in Big Walter's band, Bell studied every harp trick in the book first-hand from one of the all-time great harmonica players.

Bell, back on harp full-time, recorded behind Earl Hooker in 1968 for Arhoolie. His friend Charlie Musselwhite brought him over to Bob Koester at Delmark Records in 1969, who promptly signed Bell and recorded Carey Bell's Blues Harp. Bell spent 1970-1971 traveling and recording with Muddy Waters (he can be heard on Muddy's THE LONDON SESSIONS and UNK IN FUNK albums on Chess). Willie Dixon chose Bell for the featured role in his Chicago Blues All-Stars, with whom Bell worked regularly throughout the 1970s, both touring and recording.

Even though Dixon kept Carey busy, Bell still found time for his own projects. In 1972 he teamed up with his friend Big Walter and recorded what was to be Alligator Records' second-ever release, BIG WALTER HORTON WITH CAREY BELL (AL 4702). In 1973 he made a solo album for ABC Bluesway and was featured in 1978 on Alligator's Grammy-nominated LIVING CHICAGO BLUES series (both with his own band and playing behind Lovie Lee).

By the 1980s Bell was already an established giant among blues harmonica players. He recorded albums as a leader and as a sideman for a variety of labels both in the United States and Europe, and was constantly playing live. In 1990 Bell, along with fellow harpslingers Junior Wells, James Cotton and Billy Branch, got together and recorded the Blues Music Award-winning Alligator album, HARP ATTACK (AL 4790). Bell's hot playing and deep blues vocals helped make the recording a modern blues classic. And the record has become one of Alligator's best-sellers.

In 1995, Bell's very first full length solo album on Alligator, DEEP DOWN, secured his reputation as a monster harpist. The Village Voice called Bell, "a master of the double reed harmonica." Option said, "Bell's harp solos are huge ... full of life on the road and classic blues themes ... sung with conviction." Bell's wailing harmonica and pleading vocals give every song on the album a deep soulfulness and classic blues feel while adding urgent, funky grooves to keep things contemporary.

Now, with GOOD LUCK MAN, Bell keeps the blues fire burning red hot. He's touring extensively with his own band (featured on seven of the 14 songs on the new album) and also working regularly as a part of the Grammy-nominated Muddy Waters Tribute Band. And like his teachers Little Walter, Sonny Boy and especially Big Walter before him, Bell is never content to rest on what's come before. "I'm still reaching for something I've never heard before or played before," says Bell. "I'm always searching for different things." GOOD LUCK MAN, with Bell's rich vocabulary of deep harmonica solos and tough city vocals, is a stellar example of what he's found.

Discography:
Last Night (BluesWay 1973), Big Walter Horton with Carey Bell (Alligator 1973), Goin' On Main Street w/ Laurie Bell (Evidence 1982), Son Of A Gun w/ Laurie Bell (P-Vine 1983), Harp Attack! w Junior Wells (Alligator 1990), Mellow Down Easy (Blind Pig 1992), Heartaches And Pains (Delmark 1994), Harpmaster (JSP 1994), Carey Bell's Blues Harp (Delmark 1995), Deep Down (Alligator 1995), Dynasty! w/ Laurie Bell (JSP 1996), Good Luck Man (Alligator 1997), Brought Up The Hard Way (JSP 1998), Superharps II w/ Lazy Lester (Telarc 2001), Blues Show: Live At Pit Inn (P-Vine 2003), Second Nature w/ Laurie Bell (Alligator 2004), Harpslinger (JSP 2004).

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