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Frankie's Blues Mission - Sleepin' Dog (2010)

30-04-2016, 18:34
Blues | Rock

Title: Sleepin' Dog
Year Of Release: 2010
Label: Frankie's Blues Mission
Genre: Blues, Electric Blues
Quality: Mp3/320
Total Time: 53:43
Total Size: 138 Mb


1. I'm So Lonely Since You're Gone
2. Lyin' Thinkin'
3. Sleepin' Dog
4. Five Long Years
5. Blues For CK
6. I Need Me Some You
7. When A Guitar Plays The Blues
8. Soul Shuffle
9. Who Been Talking
10. Woke Up This Morning
11. McDaniel Street

For "Frankie Lee" Robinson, bandleader of Frankie's Blues Mission, the supple mix of blues, R&B and soul music that comprises Sleepin' Dog is the product of a lifelong musical passion. It's also a continuation of a family tradition.
Growing up in the area of Jesup, a small town in southeast Georgia, Robinson recalls that his dad worked primarily in education, but also managed bands. As a child, young Frankie Lee, "the principal's kid," tagged along when his dad was working in local R&B clubs. Robinson also had an uncle who played guitar, and an aunt who was a classically trained singer.
Recordings were also part of the soundtrack of Robinson's youth: The music his dad played at home ranged from T-Bone Walker's blues to the gospel of Sister Rosetta Thorpe. Late at night, after everyone was asleep, young Robinson tuned in to WLAC, a powerful Nashville station that played the likes of Bobby "Blue" Bland, Albert King and B.B. King. Robinson played saxophone for a time in those days, practicing tirelessly, but perhaps without too much success: His dad took the sax away "to get it fixed," Robinson recalls, and he never saw it again.
But fate, as it often does, stepped in: The family relocated to Pennsylvania when Robinson was about 12, moving into an apartment where someone had fortuitously left an old Kay acoustic guitar. He began to learn to play, and the hook was set. "I still have that guitar," Robinson says. By age 17, now in Atlanta, he was guitar taking lessons and was interested in playing blues and R&B. Upon seeing B.B. King perform at the Great Southeast Music Hall, he was sure of it: "I said, 'I want to do what he's doing. I want to sound like that." For more than two decades, Robinson has performed as a bandleader, vocalist and songwriter, gigging tirelessly around metro Atlanta and beyond. His previous band incarnations include Frankie Lee and the Solid Senders and Native Sons. He formed Frankie's Blues Mission since 2000. The current lineup, including bassist Kermit J. "Max" Maxwell and drummer Al Largo - two musicians themselves steeped in blues, R&B and jazz - has been intact for four years. "Time to record", Robinson thought.
"It's time to let people know that Frankie's Blues Mission is a band that pays attention to the blues tradition, but is not chained by it," Robinson explains. "We use it as a foundation and branch off into a whole lot of other areas, wherever the spirit takes us." With Robinson and bassist Maxwell as the group's principal songwriters, Sleepin' Dog features seven originals that showcase the band's versatility. "So Lonely Since You Gone" is a soulful, heartbroken lament set to a mid-tempo, funky R&B groove. The minor-keyed "Lyin' Thinkin'," with its have/have-not lyrics, is the "socially conscious" tune of the set, Robinson notes. The title track, with a guest harmonica spot from Vince Alexander, is an upbeat shuffle in which Robinson becomes a de facto six-string horn section.

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