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» PercyandTheStorm 07/15/18 » comments: 0

PercyandTheStorm

Blues Blast Magazine Review
2018 BY 
Percy Fairweather & The Storm with The Winters Brothers Band – Reign Of Blues
SouthStar Records
13 songs – 68 minutes
As band names go, Percy Fairweather & The Storm with The Winters Brothers Band doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue. To add to the intrigue, the musicians’ names are pseudonyms, the band comprising various old musical friends from different bands together with some family members. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Percy Fairweather is actually Dennis Winters, who founded and led the Winters Brothers Band with his brother Donnie in the 1970s. The Storm is also known as crack guitarist/producer/engineer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jamie LaRitz. Both players forged their reputations in the world of Southern Rock and they have played with everyone from the Allman Brothers to ZZ Top.
The new moniker has a distinctly British sound to it. So, with hints of Doug Sahm’s Sir Douglas Quintet in the band’s name, how well do these Southern Rockers play the blues? Rather well, it transpires.
Reign Of Blues was recorded in Ritz’s studio in Nashville and opens with the roaring slow blues of “Baby Hates To Love Me” with muscular-but-melodic lead guitar from LaRitz perfectly complementing Winters’ heartfelt vocals. A second slow blues, “When You Love Somebody”, quickly follows before we start to move into rockier territory with “One More Time”.  The stop-time chorus and singalong chorus of “Go With The Flow” recalls late-era Blackfoot when Ken Hensley joined on keyboards. LaRitz’s playing is again quite outstanding.
Winters’ daughter, Casey Winters, takes over lead vocals on the funky “Lesson Learned”. The core band however comprises Winters on vocals and guitars; LaRitz on vocals, guitars, bass, drums and keys; Chad Booher on drums and percussion, Cody Winters, Carly Winters, Jason Pitts and “Trez” on background vocals;  Dave Murphy on keys and backing vocals; Matthew Randall on sax; Charles J Reagan on trumpet; and Joel “Taz” DiGregorio and Phil Wolfe on B3. Rick Brothers and TJ Wilder take the drum stool for one song each.
Winters and LaRitz co-wrote all the songs except for the Dennis Winters/Austin Winters composition, “One Fine Day”. One of the emotional highlights of the album, “One Fine Day” features Winters singing a heartbreaking gospel melody solo and a capella.  Clocking in at just over three minutes, there isn’t a wasted second on the song. (There is a live recording of “One Fine Day”, equally as good, added as an uncredited bonus track at the end of the album).
The musicians are quite comfortable stretching out on songs. “Baby Hates To Love Me” is over seven minutes long. “Don’t Get Me Started is only a few seconds shorter. And the minor blues title track is a few seconds shy of nine minutes in length. It reflects the quality of both the songs and the musicians that no track outstays its welcome.
Reign Of Blues isn’t really a blues album. “Don’t Get Me Started”, for example, recalls Robbie Williams’ “Let Me Entertain You”. “Heroes In Heaven” has a 1970s classic rock vibe. It’s a blues-rock album, and it’s one that will greatly appeal to fans of Gary Moore and Walter Trout.  The songs are well-written and well-played, with some stellar guitar playing from LaRitz. And while it may not be a blues album, Reign of Blues is a very impressive, very enjoyable album.

 


NEW BLUES ROCK CD released - Marshall Lawrence - Feeling Fine

» Marshall Lawrence 07/13/18 » comments: 0

NEW BLUES ROCK CD released - Marshall Lawrence - Feeling Fine

Marshall’s 5th release “Feeling Fine” (2018) I snow available for download on Radio Submit.

Here’s the URL to download the tunes

http://www.radiosubmit.com/rs/Doctorblues/

Feeling Fine is a return
to high-energy rock & blues reminiscent of the late 70s and 80s British and American rock scenes. Marshall’s
ery approach to guitar playing and catchy song-writing come together for 10 original, exciting, hook-laden tracks. Marshall has the distinction of being a Maple Blues Award and Canadian Independent Music Award nominee. In reviews of his previous CDs, Marshall has been described as a Neo-Delta Visionary (Living Blues) and has been compared to Woody Guthrie (Living Blues) and to Taj Mahal, Roy Bookbinder and Corey Harris (Rootstime).

Marshall has previously written and released “Where’s the Party” (2003), “The Morning After” (2008), “Blues Intervention” (2010), and “House Call” (2013). He has charted in the top 10 on Roots Music Report’s Roots Blues Top 50 Blues (International) – radio play, in the top 10 on Canada’s Roots Music Report – radio play, and in the top 10 on Roots Music Report - Roots Blues Top 50 Blues - internet radio play.

Yours in Music,

Marshall Lawrence

www.marshalllawrence.com


KBPR Makes History at the Ermatinger House Grand Opening!

» KBPR 07/09/18 » comments: 0

KBPR Makes History at the Ermatinger House Grand Opening!

July 7, 2018

It's the oldest home in Oregon City. It's the location of the famous "coin toss" that decided whether our River City would be names "Portland" or "Boston". It's a restoration project that has taken many years and many dedicated people to bring to fruition. And we got to be a part of the Grand Opening of the Francis Ermatinger House in Oregon City, Oregon on July 7, 2018!
About 350 men, women and children showed up to enjoy the tours, goodies, games, food and music provided by the City of Oregon City Parks and Recreation Department. As with all events like this, there were speeches - but they were timely and very interesting!
We opened the musical part of the day with a set of "Top 40 Hits" from the era, and delighted the crowd with our slogan of "Once A Top 40 Hit - Always A Top 40 Hit" as they sang along and were surprised at all of the songs that they knew (Oh! Suzanna!, Camptown Races, and many, many more!).
We took a break for the reenactment of the coin toss after asking the crowd for their bets. The majority of the audience came away winners as, yes, our River City will now be officially known as BOSTON! (And there were certificates passed out to prove it!)
After wrapping up the proceedings we took a short break and came back to get the party jumping with our greatest hits, and got such a kick out of watching our phenomenal sound man Tim Bly grab for the sound controls as we went into full on 2018 Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising mode! (And we do have to give a shout out to West Wind Audio - what an attentive and fun to work with sound company!).
It was fun to see so many friends and fans present and get to chat with so many new people. The entire crew was a dream to work with, and even left out a table and chairs for us after the event when Big Red Events treated us to the most amazing Braut and Elk Sausages - EVER!
Not quite ready to call it a day, we headed up the hill to visit our friends at 12 Bridge Ciderworks to beat the heat and see what their latest offerings were.
Thank you Rochelle Parsch and everyone involved for having us as part of this very special day. You did an amazing job!


KBPR at the 2018 International Airstream Rally

» KBPR 07/02/18 » comments: 0

KBPR at the 2018 International Airstream Rally

June 23, 2018

We kicked it off! That's right, it was "Show off Salem" night and the powers that be decided to treat Airstream owners from far and near to some amazing BBQ and bluegrass!
Sponsored by the good folks at Travel Salem, our hostess Tara Brooke Preston was everywhere at once, and it was immediately apparent that EVERYONE onsite already knew her - just hours after the event had begun!
Organization President Jim Cocke was also everywhere at once, and was so helpful not only helping to haul our stuff, but in giving us some wonderful feedback after the event.
We met so many amazing people from all over, and had such a great time hearing their stories. (Our favorite, of course, were our friends who just bought an Airstream and were telling others that they had all of our CD's including the out of print one!).
It was a full and enthusiastic house, with dancers and clappers and folks singing along. We even had a Korean War Veteran to celebrate when we sang "Til They Come Home"!
A wonderful time was had by all, and we can only imagine how exuberant this crowd got by the final concert of the week if they were this fun at the first show! Airstream people are our kind of folks!
Special thanks to our own personal angel Austin from Cascade Sound & Stage Lighting, INC., who randomly came by and ended up assisting us with our brand new sound system. You're the BEST Austin!
Thank you Tara for thinking to bring Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising to this event!

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