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19
Nov

Ralph De Jongh – Slow Turtle Sundance & Breathe Of Life & Life 2017 – Ralph De Jongh Recordings

Slow Turtle Sundance

“All One” is the starting title of “Slow Turtle Sundance”. Ralph’s voice is absolutely enthralling and sensitive from the very start. Magician Ralph puts an absolute positive spell on you and additionally by his guitar-artistry. Hell of a blues with a great “Indian Spirit”. The absolute peak of the cd. More songs like this, or a whole cd with such phenomenal spirit-blues, please Ralph!!! By “Crazy Boy Wants to Sing the Blues” & “Whole Lotta Courage” Ralph is in the mood for good ole rock’n roll with a modern , fresh attitude and off course a buckshot of blues. “Sail Your Ship”; “ Surrender” & “Girl” are three extraordinary, empathetic  ballads creating a love-romance merrymaking by the first and a melancholy mood by the two consecutive titles. Maestro Ralph as storyteller by excellence and finest, virtuoso fingerpickin’ guitar solos, featuring even a classical notch. “Heartache Man” sets you on fire for funky and wild dancing.  The title song “Slow Turtle Sundance” features Ralph as slide-daredevil on dobro. By tunes it is a captive blues’n roller and by chant Ralph de Jongh is starry.  “Sweet Operator” has captive calypso rhythms – a song to keep the depressive winter’s blues depression away, or to dream by closed eyes and imagination of a caribbean sea-cruise enjoying the hot sun and some finest rum-cocktails…  Hey Keith Richards listen to “Right Here; Right Now”! The crazy Dutchie Ralph would be the congenial master of chant for your next cd solo-output and he will duel you on axe, too… For lovers of classic rock the 70’ies style “Pin Up Girl” is the deal. “Battle Against Our Own Light” is a good time honky-tonkin’ roller with a bluesy and even jazzy  spice-up. By Louisiana cuisine you would entitle it a Hot Demoniac Gumbo. Ralph is by chant the good-humored hoodoo-professor. By the final  “Merry Christmas” as conclusion he is your personal Christmas-boogie-rockin’  “Sinterclaas” or “Papa St. Nick” or “Papa Noël“  or “Weihnachtsmann” or “Вайхнахтсманн (Father Frost) wherever you are… By the joyous melodies Krampus and all the bad and evil demons will hyde and creep back to their vault.

“Hallelujah” & “Amen”!

Breath Of Live

When Ralph deJongh met Ewa Pepper this was musical love at first sight. Their congenial creativity, virtuosity on guitars and violins got intensified by numerous duo- gigs and here is the first studio-magnificence eternalized on double-cd “Breath Of Life”!

By “A Better Not A Bitter Man” as starter of cd one Ralph is the personal storyteller. He has experienced by his specially daily hard work life the bad and ugly side of it, but by his always positive vibrations he is always tries to take the bright side out of life and works hard to have a smile for everyone again. His chant is melancholic and his acoustical six-string magic is absolutely to charm. Ewa is contributing some marvelous violin solos. She can be entitled the fiddle fairy-queen to lighten up every day!  By “Throw Out The Bottles”  & “BE” Ralph and Ewa spread climax- happiness, hell of  luminous country-blues featuring on top guitar and wild violin sorcery. By “Yogi Bear” Ralph is telling his impersonator-tale of managing good and bad daily situations.  “Stars In The Sun” is the “Over The Rainbow” Highlight of the first cd, first by the shiny fiddle-intro, second by Ralph’s ever so soulful chant and sensitive fingerpickin’ guitar-melodies.  A Serenade to remind you  to enjoy every little moment of life and even tiniest beautifications, like flowers, animals and off course your lovely ones…  “Good Night Girl” is definitely his ode to his lovely Moon Anderson as conclusion of the first cd. By “Feel Me” as beautiful ballad as opener of cd two Ralph continues his storytelling by his warm-hearted chant and EWA is again the extraordinary fiddle-queenie.   By “Keeper Of The Key” Ralph and Ewa  affectionately intend to make your day bright and shiny by the melodies. “Harry” & “Love Is Not A Friend” shine as culmination songs on cd two by the Spanish Guitar- and classical violin-magic. Ralph’s voice is sensitive and mystical by it… 

Maestro DeJongh bids farewell by song-interpretation as virgin-like “Man” on cd-two, haha… He is already on cloud number nine being aware that on 16th of December he will get happily married to beautiful  Moon Anderson @ iconic Vanslag in Borger!

Ralph de Jongh & Ewa Pepper – “Breath Of Life”  – Magnificent Grand Stories- & Melodies-Celebrations Of Daily & Nightly Life *****

Live 2017 

“Still A Fool“ as opener of cd one is manifesting Ralph’s excellence as singer/songwriter. Superb slow blues-ballad, with utmost perceptive chant. “Shout Myself Back Together” & “Last Goodbye” express the many musical faces and affectations of mister DeJongh. He is by these songs in the mood for some hot funky dance grooves.  ”Highway Man”, his kind of autobiographical song as he still loves to be on the road is a classic rocker with a boogie notch in the vein of the “Glimmer Twins”…  “Blond Boy” makes you dance to the funky cadences  the NOLA (New Orleans) style. By “Breakfast Served” Ralph and band-mates are blues’n boogie rockin’ for your demoniac pleasure. A hotter than hell jam is celebrated. This is definitely a live song-cracker  to turn any venue into a tollhouse. “Misty Train” is a wonderful , enchanting delta-blues. Ralph is the six-string therapist on slide guitar and his suffrage is to hoodoo.  “Let The tears Surface” is the final title of cd 1 concluding it the calm, perceptive style. ”Fine Man” is to whoop it up by its blues-rockin’ variety in the reminiscence to the good ole Blues Brothers. “Everywhere” is an enchanting swampy voodoo- blues the Louisiana style. Ralph is singing utmost bewitching to keep the LOUP-Garou away from any souls. By “All The Sweet Love”  the rhythm duo by Rogier Hemmes on bass and Arie Verhaar on drums is funkin’ it up again. In contrary and as climax there is on top the laidback slide-guitar extravagance. “Life Is like A River” is a shiny country blues-rocker featuring a hellish hot blues harp virtuosity.  “Hurrying By” is a starry, most magical ballad. Ralph’s voice is ever so ghostly-beautiful. “Burden Of Man Funk” starts by a thunderous drum-twirl-solo by Arie  followed by  bass-grooves by Rogier and on top sax-fervidity by Arend Bouwmeester. Ralph is getting’ funky and wild by his vocals and axe-attacks.  The spirit of James Brown” was definitely in da live house! “Last Salute” is a soulful rocker as final song of cd two.

Ralph De Jongh – The Lowland Blonde With His Clogs Goin’ Strong & Wild  At His Best – LIVE!

Hey music-freaks & maniacs, X-MAS daredevils, Lord of The Pandemonium, you absolutely need all 3 cd’s as gift for yourself & your beloved!!!

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22
Okt

The Blues Overdrive – „Overdrive Live“ – cd – Gateway music

Uuh, time is goin’ by quickly. it was already in 2015 when The Blues Overdrive released their last album “Clinch”. This masterpiece of modern blues was also the winner of the European Blues Awards in the categaory Album Of The Year. No worry the band from Denmark was not fallin’ into a sleeping beauty dormancy. They were permanently restless and on tour live from Germany, over Poland till the whole Scandinavia. So here it is in 2017 their sign of life and vitality for the whole world without any overdubs or embellishment of sound – “OVERDRIVE LIVE”

“Death On The Highway” is the rollin’ and strollin’ blues-rocker as kickstarter with a country twang. This song is significant for their life on the road. Martin Olson on vocals proves what hell of a strong shouter he is. Great opening track to kick ass and to electrify. “Three Time Lover” next the Chicago style is dominated by the rhythm guys Brother Birck on bass and Louisian Boltner on drums. On top Andreas Andersen manifests by his solo escapades that he is a virtuoso on the axe, regardless which blues-rockin’ or any music-style he plays. “Ball & Chain” next as extravaganza nine minutes & more longtime blues-ballad is the absolute highlight of “Overdrive Live”. Martin’s canto is ever so sensitive and soulful. The grooves by the rhythm-armada and the six-string-whisperings & moaning spread a spooky, psychedelic, horrifying-beautiful atmosphere. As Halloween nears this is the hot tip for your nightly party. Your beloved will immediately snuggle to you and kiss you fervidly to keep the bad demons away, haha…  “Everybody was Rocking” has a fervid, funkin’ spice-up by bass and drums, besides the rock’n rollin’ guitar-wizardries by Andersen. “Cherry” is a hooky ballad even with a calypso-flair by the guitar-struttings. “I Was Wrong” is the bluesy, rock’n rollin’ grand final with a buckshot of jazzy-boppin’ frequencies.

The Blues Overdrive manifest by “Overdrive Live” how alive, tantalizing and diversified the Blues & Blues-Rock” can be!

Band:

Martin Olsen – vocals & guitar

Andreas Andersen – lead-guitar

Brother Birck  – bass

Louisian Boltner – drums Andreas Andersen (single guitar)

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18
Sep

Richard Van Bergen & Rootbag – “Walk On In“ – Naked / Donor – record company / in-akustik – distribution

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18
Jul

SaRon Crenshaw And Blind B’ & the Visionairs – “Goin’ To Get Deep” – cd – Blind Bee Records

SaRon Crenshaw is unfamiliar to you as blues-fan or genuine lover of wonderful music? Ooh, you gotta absolutely listen quickly to his electrifying new cd “Goin’ To Get Deep”!!! The “New York Hall of Fame” bluesman recorded it live at the Berkelse Bluesclub in Holland with his Dutch friends from Blind B’ & The Visionairs featuring Bart Kamp on bass; Patrick Cuyvers on Hammond, piano and Frank Duindam on drums. They raised a magical musical storm live past weekend on Sunday at Blues Peer 2017. Ladies & Gentlemen – Are you ready to praise the blues at home, work or on the highway by “Goin’ To Get Deep” by SaRon Crenshaw And Blind B’ & the Visionairs?

The opener and title cd-track “Goin’ To Get Deep” is a phenomenal Chicago Blues featuring SaRon at his best! His string string solos are ever so hotblooded and his voice is ever so powerful. Bart and Frank are escorting him most vibrantly as rhythm-duo. Enchanting start to hoodoo you. By “The Moon Is Full” it’s gettin’ funky-bluesin. A great band jam is to emerge. The high-peaks are definitely the solos of SC and Patrick as Hammond wizard. By “Lie To Me” SaRon takes you on a journey way down south to New Orleans. His guitar-extravagance can be described as mélange of “Mississippi Delta Meets Nawlins’ Swingin’- Jazzin’Blues”. “Feels Like Rain” is a most soulful, recreative, sensitive and just beautiful ballad. By “Guitarman”, a self-composition by SaRon, he and Blind B’s were in the mood for groovin’ funk- blues-rock to animate you to dance. Play it at your next party as hot-tipp! By the consecutive “44 Blues” Crenshaw’s guitar intro is the fingerpickin’ delta-blues style. It progresses into a groovy band-tease jammin’ axe, hammond, bass and drums tempest. The absolute highlight of the cd!  “Old Love” can be entitled by the live-presentation as Southern Blues Hymn with soulful voice and a gospelous attitude.  By “Wang Dang Doodle” SaRon Crenshaw & Blind B’ & the Visionairs bid farwell to their auditorium and you by this “Laisser Les Bons Temps Rouler” anthem the blues-rockin’ kick-ass style! The live-sound is superbe and authentic.

“Goin’ To Get Deep” – Live & Starry At The Climax!

SaRon Crenshaw & Blind B’ & the Visionairs – Magnificent Blues-Greats!

The live photos are from Blues Peer 2017!

 

Line Up:

SaRon Crenshaw – vocals, buitars

Bart Kamp – bass

Patrick Cuyvers – Hammond, piano

Frank Duindam – drums

Songs:

Thank you very much bluesther.nl and Esther Menke for the promo!

You may book Saron & Blind B‘ on their next European Tour by contacting Esther!

Pls. click on the pic above four the homepage.

 

8
Jun

My Baby – “Prehistoric Rhythms” – cd – Glitterhouse

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30
Mrz

Starlite Campbell Band – Blueberry Pie – cd – Supertone Records

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27
Feb

BLUESPAM- “What Is Mojo” – cd – bluespammusic

BLUESPAM is since its foundation in 2009 and by devotion a blues & -rockin’ band teasing on top by a sweet-hot liquor buckshot of funk, soul and heavy-rock. Their home region is the shire of Bentheim in Lower Saxony, Germany. The border to The Lowlands and Enschede is only a rock throw away. This town is well known as the domicile of the famous NIX & MEER blues club. Blues-icons like Candye Kane, The Mason Rack Band, The Delta Saints or “Uncle-Boogieman” Michael Katon love or loved to perform there live whilst being on European tour. The stylish venue is also famous for its “Jamsesjuns“ (jam sessions). The founding members „Pappen“ Geert Hermann Meyer on bass; background-vocals, „Alex“ Alexander Rosenhof on guitar; lead-vocals  and „Mike“ Bosch on  drums till his sad death in 2014. They have been regularly and gladly welcomed line-up guests to excite there live. In 2011 their ferocious blues-harp player Heino Sluet was joining in and in 2016 Wilfried „Cis“ Pötter was replacing internationally renowned drummer Joel Purkess who persued his intl. career. By so many gigs they have really gained by their energetic and sweaty shows the high reputation as a top blues-rockin’ formation. So now you know a bit of history of BLUES P (for Pappen) A (for Alex) and M (for Mike). In 2017 “What Is Mojo” as their debut cdis catching finally the glimpse of light. So get excited, ready to dance as longhorn-torrero and torrera and bang your head!

“When I’M Grey And Old” as red hot opener will hoodoo you from the very first chords by the sensational, extraordinary “Mississippi-Sax”- intro-battle by Heino and stomping drums by “Cis”. It is to mélange consecutively into an extravagance jam-session by Alex playing a diabolic slide-axe, also on whiskey-matured canto, the general of rhythms “Pappen” on forceful bass and Heino on harmonica. Play this cracker loud and it will blow your house’s roof of and torment your ground! “Let’s Talk About It” is by play-style of BLUESPAM by the theme of “Texas Meets British Blues”. The U.S. South is famous for its spicy cuisine, so “Eh La Bas” they would say by the interpretation of “Are You Moving On” – the gumbo is chily-ardent by the musical spice-up of funky grooves. After so much heat there is time for a bourbon on ice and some relaxation by the beautiful ballad “Someday” as commemoration to Stevie Ray Vaughan as blues guitar-god. “What Is Mojo” surprises as cd title-song with a kick-ass heavy rocking impact and the axe-shredding solos by “Alex” are in the vein of JoeSatriani and Steve Vai*. The magnificent highlight-song of “What Is Mojo” is “Star Wars” as meditative ballad featuring harp-enchantment in the tradition of the group WAR, warm-hearted and melodic six-string artistry and chant. Close your eyes and dream of a journey to the Milky Way galaxy  and back to Earth on a comet. By “One of A Kind” the guys celebrate their modern façon of honky tonkin’ rock’n roll. BLUESPAM celebrate the Dixieland hymn “Cross Roads” utmost miraculous by their Spanish Flamenco inspired intro, vocals from perceptive to sinewy and even heavy guitar artistry.  Their version will absolutely put a spell on you! Texas struttin’ “Worries On My Mind” concludes the cd. It is the song of the low-tone-maestro Meyer on four-string, the sensitive vocals  of Rosenhof in the beginning and melting into a concluding hurricane jam the heavy southern-rock-style to boogie your wazoo a final time.

A stunning first energy power blues-rockin’ opus! A purchase chef’s suggestion for all music enthusiasts  and not only genre-specialists. If you are after the first listenings of phenomenal by sound-production by maestro Rosenhof “What Is Mojo  still negotiating BLUESPAM with the word of spam the sympatico guys would not would not mind if you spread a good word as promotion-spam for them to sell millions of copies of “What Is Mojo” as their lucky charm to get rich, haha…

BLUESPAM – The Lord Of The Pandemonium’s Flamy, Helluva & Hot-Blooded Royal Blues-Rock Sorcerers!

Musicians:

„Alex“ Alexander Rosenhof – guit., lead-vocals

„Pappen“ Geert Hermann Meyer – bass, vocals)

Heino Sluet – harmonica

Wilfried „Cis“ Pötter – drums

Cullen Corley – live-drummer

 

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Order stunning „What Is Mojo“ by sending an e-mail to: bluespammusic@gmx.com

Pls. click on the photos above to watch live videos @ NIX & Meer!

All photos, videos and logo c@ BLUESPAM

 

16
Feb

Vanessa Collier – “Meeting My Shadow” – cd – Ruf records – Ruf 1239

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12
Feb

Edenbridge – “The Great Momentum“ – cd – STEAMHAMMER/SPV – SPV #270692

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6
Feb

Ralph De Jongh – “Dancing On A Volcano – 20 Years of Burst Out Explosions” – 3cd’s – “Highway Man” / “Bemuse Me” / “Misty Train” – Ralph de Jongh Records

Ralph De Jongh – The Flying Dutchman is back with a sensational 3 cd box “Dancing On A Volcano -20 Years of Burst Out Explosions”! You can entitle him a lovely blues-rockin’ and songwriting lunatic. Also in 2017 he will be permanently on the road for solo, duo and band shows.  The utmost special on maestro De Jongh is that he never loses his creativity. Every show is different, even the song interpretations On top he has the gift of writing and getting hooky song-inspirations within minutes even at a gig. He retrieves his powers by enjoying nature together with charming singer and partner in crime Monique Anderson. He even continues to find the fervor for painting. His early and continuing love to the good ole sheiks of blues & rock’n- rollas, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, JerryLee Lewis, Harry Muskee and off course The Rolling Stones will be his everlasting love and inspiration. When all the old masters will jam heavenly at one time he will continue their earthly musical heritage.

By “Highway Man”, as title track in a short and long version Ralph is the Lord Of The Blues-Rock’N & Rollin’ Pandemonium by chant! It is also ever so magical and sultry by the seductive background-vocals of Lovely Van de Wetering / Patries Van Iterson& Monique. Ralph is the devilish slide guitar-slinger and he is in fervid duet-entrancement specially with his guitar-mate Maarten Ouweneel and saxophonist Arend Bouwmester. “Fine Man” is a honky tonkin’ southern celebration tune and Roel Spanjers is in the spotlight by his extraordinary piano solos. “Everywhere” is like a bewitching dream-song where the mighty Loup Garou or Mississippi Bigfoot is haunting you. It is definitely considered to be dedicated by the song-charisma to the unforgettable and iconic Willy DeVille.  “Last Salute” as highway hymn is a last dynamic, brilliant, thrilling and jamming blues-rocker. A starry grand-final!

“Bemuse Me” represents the singer-/songwriter sight of Ralph. Beautiful melodies and even meditative songs manifest that Ralph can also be a calmer and peaceful artist. The cd is specially stunning because of the saxophone-wizardry by Arend. “Bemuse Me” as title-song even has funky bass and drums-grooves by Nico Heijleigers (b) and Arie Verhaar (dr.)  and may inspire you and your beloved for an erotic dance.  By “Still A Fool” Ralph’s chant is ever so to hoodoo you, besides his sensitive string-wizardry. On top the sax-extravagances makes it the absolute highlight of the cd. Off course Ralph cannot totally keep calm, so by “You Got To Try” he’s powering again and is the sultan of slide-guitar. The joyous “Gimme Some More” is concluding the cd. It will make your day bright from wake-up till sleep-time.

“Misty Train” features three live-songs, of which “Waist Deep” is the reason for the title “Burst Out Explosion”. DeJongh the man was ever so spontaneous and just created this tune within moments. Vow and ever so surprising!  Ralph live and in ecstasy is really a hot deal. On the other spiritual songs he manifests his fingerpickin’ six-string artistry and addiction for delta-blues. “Lay My Burden Down” leads you way to the bayous of any majestic river, here Holland got the beautiful  Ijssel. Swampy melodies may ecstasize you to dream of demoniac fable creatures. On “Songdust” violinist Ewa Pepper highlights her extraordinary, virtuoso solos. Beautiful & shivering the samemoment! The concluding “As I Passed” is his song for peace and like an ode to the unforgettable blues-icons in heaven.  But, hey mister De Jongh, we need you still on earth, you are way too young, haha!

Hell of a great, loveable artwork and booklet featuring liner notes from Ralph, photos (specially with friends) and press-reviews.  The cover of “Highwayman” has to be specially mentioned, it shows his two drivers – Leen Wander and Max Joosten (also a virtuoso harmonica-player). Leen is mostly his driver and also a great photographer. It is unbelievable how he conducts Ralph through the nites for every show safely. Leen you absolutely rock!!!

The sounds of the cd’s are modern, powerful and stunning and absolutely authentic for each song interpretation.

Ralph de Jongh – “Dancing On A Volacano“ – A Stunning Bluesy Hotter Than Hell Stellar Crystal More Extravagant & Breathtaking Than A Salto Mortale*****.

 

Ralph De Jongh – guitars, vocals, harmonica

Band:

Moon Anderson – background vocals

Arend Bouwmester – saxophone

Maarten Ouweneel – guitars

Arie Verhaar – drums

There is a song by Professor Longhair expressing “If you go to New Orleans you ought to see the Mardi Gras – So if you visit Holland you must absolutely experience Ralph de Jongh live and buy all his cd’s, haha…!

Why not on a release show of “Dancing On A Volcano“!!!

Pls.click on the flyer for all tour-dates.

Order the cd-box and other cd’s immediately here by click on the photo you will be directed to Ralph’s shop.

Thank you – Ralph for sending me the complete box- set. “Dancing On A Volcano“ will be in my heart by your artistry, passion and gratitude!