New Blues News – 4/6/2021
Jimmie Bratcher – I’m Hungry (Self-produced): Jimmie Bratcher has mostly one thing on his mind and he’s sure to let you know just how tasty a set like this can be. It’s chicken, bacon, cheese, grits or even bananas (except when they’re green). He is hoping to bring his show of smokin’ blues just to whet your appetite! Enjoy, but don’t over do it! These blues are hard! Here’s Jimmie ready to serve you one of his best dishes – just click!
Chris Cain – Raisin’ Cain (Alligator): I haven’t heard Chris Cain in some time and my first impression was this really sounds like B.B. King! I’m on my second listen and Cain’s performance really makes the grade. Cain plays solid and large guitar throughout as well. What a treat! Cain is backed up by Greg Rahn (playing every keyboard available and sooo well) and Steve Evans (bass), with Derrick “D’Mar” Martin and Sky Garcia trading drums and Kid Andersen backing up on guitar, drums, melodica with Lisa Leuschner (backing vocals) and a horn section thanks to Michael Peloquin (saxes), Mike Rinta (trombone), Jeff Lewis (trumpet) and Doug Rowan (bari sax). If you are a fan of B.B. King or just wonderful blues, grab this immediately! This is a certified Professor Bebop “Wax Devoid of Cracks”! Click here and scroll down to listen to samples of the songs on this release.
Chris Eğer Band – Show Me Where To Sign (Psychobilly): “The Chris Eger Band is a fresh and soulful group that blends a variety of American-born music types into a style of its own. The group draws on Blues, Rock, Soul and Country to create an energetic experience of original music and songs that leave crowds all over the Northwest calling for encores. CEB is lead by guitarist/vocalist Chris Eger, whose funky, blues guitar work and powerful tenor vocals are sure to excite. Chris is backed by bassist and father Randy Eger, who has over 35 years of live performance experience. Drummer, Mark Clark, is a veteran of the Northwest music scene, playing with the likes of the New Deal Rhythm Band and the Chryslers. Clark brings a solid, funky foundation to the group. Many shows also feature the Powerhouse Horns from Seattle. Their addition is always impressive.” (https://www.reverbnation.com/chrisegerband) Straight-up rockers. Click here to listen to samples of songs from this disc.
Hanks Martin – Somewhere On A Beach (Lone Wolf): “Hanks Martin plays a nice mix country, blues and rock music, as well as their own tasty mix of original music.” (https://studioxmusic.com/hanks-martin) Martin sings and plays guitar and he wrote all of the songs on this disc. He is backed up by Dudeman on bass and Myles Henderson on drums). The set is mostly mellow with a few smiles along the way. Click here to listen to a live set by this band.
Mitch Pumpian – Original Recipe Blues (Dream Come Through): “Began playing and singing in the mid ‘70s and moved to LA in 1980 where he played with many bands. Moved to Seattle in 1992 and worked with a myriad of Blues, Rock, R&B, and Soul orientated bands. Performed 7 years with Kathi MacDonald Band & Patti Allen and Monster Road.” (Band members are Mitch Pumpian (Vocals and Harmonica), Scotty Harris (Bass), Andrew Cloutier (Drums) and Rafael Tranquilino (guitar). Pumpian composed all of the songs on this disc. Click here to listen to the songs on this disc.