Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Releases: The Holmes Brothers - Brotherhood; Bill Medley - Your Heart To Mine: Dedicated To The Blues; John Mayall - A Special Life


The album features fourteen songs, including eight new Holmes Brothers originals and six carefully-chosen covers. Brotherhood is a testament to the uplifting musical power that comes from the close-knit, fraternally telepathic relationship of the Holmes Brothers. A wealth of authentic, joyous blues, funk, R&B and soul, dominated by eight new Holmes Brothers originals. Also featured are sparkling remakes of songs by Ike Turner, William Bell & Booker T. Jones and Ted Hawkins, plus the band's unparalleled version of 'Amazing Grace.' 'Fervent, inspired and joyful blues, R&B, roadhouse rock, soul and gospel... beautiful harmonies, true magic' - NPR ~


Bill Medley is a seminal figure in the history of American music. He is perhaps best known as half of the unmistakable duo, The Righteous Brothers. Their raw emotional rhythm and blues sound essentially created the genre "blue-eyed soul." In the mid-1960s, the Righteous Brothers became a fixture on Top Forty radio with hits like "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin," "Just Once in My Life," "Unchained Melody," and "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration," creating an ultra- dramatic take on Sixties pop romance. Their partnership lasted four decades, though Medley explored his solo options apart from the duo on occasion. He went on his own in the late-`60s for six years. In 1974 the duo reunited and resumed their hit-making ways with the prophetic "Rock and Roll Heaven." In the seventies, their live shows continued to attract fans and gained the respect of a new generation of listeners. In 1987, Medley scored a monumental hit with another duettist, Jennifer Warnes, on "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," for the film. On March 10, 2003, The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The induction came just months before Bobby Hatfield's unexpected death. Medley not only lost his singing partner.he had lost a close friend whom he'd known since his late-teens. After a period of mourning, Medley made the decision to continue touring as a solo artist.


As 2013 came to a close and with his 80th birthday mere weeks away, the godfather of British blues quietly entered a North Hollywood Studio with his band, special guest C.J. Chenier and co-producer/engineer Eric Corne. He walked out with one of the finest and most personal records of his career, A Special Life. Along with his accomplished band (Greg Rzab, Jay Davenport and Rocky Athas) Mayall goes back to his roots with an eclectic album centered in the blues but with diversions into rock and Americana. This is John's first studio album in five years. It is an instant classic and a must have for any blues/roots music enthusiast. ~

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