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Vernon 'Chico' Banks - Stray Kitty Kat (2008)

7-01-2015, 17:25
Music | Blues | Soul | Funk | R&B | Rock

Vernon 'Chico' Banks - Stray Kitty Kat (2008)

Vernon 'Chico' Banks - Stray Kitty Kat (2008)

Artist: Vernon 'Chico' Banks
Title Of Album: Stray Kitty Kat
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Chicago Street Sound Records
Genre: Blues, Soul, Funk, Rock, R&B
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 58:01 Min
Total Size: 142 Mb


02.Five Long Years
03.Travelin' Man
04.Why Are You So Mean To Me
05.I'm Leaving Home
06.Stray Kitty Kat
07.Bad Luck
08.Mercy Mercy Mercy
09.My Babe
11.Big Leg Woman With A Short Short Miniskirt

The Chicago blues community gathered on Wednesday, December 10th at the West Side’s United Baptist Church to celebrate the life of one of their own. Guitarist/singer-songwriter Vernon “Chico” Banks, aged 46, passed away December 3rd of an apparent infection of a heart valve that was replaced more than a year ago.
The sanctuary was overflowing as fellow musicians, family, and friends came to pay respects to a young man taken too soon. Banks was a dynamic presence as both a man and musician (he was a master guitarist with a high-energy, deep-blues approach). As an urban bluesman, he brought soul, R&B, funk, and rock to the mix. Chico’s father, Jesse Banks, is an accomplished guitar player and an early influence. He played with the renowned Mighty Clouds Of Joy and instilled in his son a lifelong love of gospel music. It is no wonder Banks brought that gospel fervor to his blues. His brother, Stanley Banks, is a noted keyboard player, who is recovering from an injury sustained in a van accident with Koko Taylor’s Blues Machine.
Banks’ personality was as electric as his music. He was often seen at B.L.U.E.S. or Kingston Mines, surrounded by friends and fans, laughing and holding court: People gravitated toward him. He cared passionately about the music and about the plight of his generation of local musicians, who are generally unrecognized by the industry.
With his rock-star good looks, incendiary guitar playing, and outgoing personality, Banks seemed poised to become the next big thing.
He was preparing to release his self-produced CD, Stray Kitty Kat, a heady mix of blues, soul, funk, rock, and R&B. In the autobiographical opening track, the funky “Sacrifice,” Banks sings about his new direction – sacrificing the party life in order to get serious about music – “Now that I’ve got a lot older now, ain’t no time for fooling around/I’ve got to sacrifice, in order to get myself right . . . I’ve been putting things off for so very long/I begin to think that’s what’s going on.” Having struggled with heart problems, perhaps Banks sensed the urgency to step-up his career.
Banks’ unthinkable passing will leave a deafening silence for years to come, but ultimately, it might signal a call to action for those of us you struggling to take the blues in a new direction. I know it has awakened a sense of urgency in me to get out there and start interviewing like mad in order to bring the blues focus back to Chicago, where it belongs. May he rest in peace.

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