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Michael Hill's Blues Mob - New York State Of The Blues (1998)

8-06-2016, 21:28
Music | Blues

Title: New York State Of The Blues
Year Of Release: 1998
Label: Alligator Records
Genre: Modern Electric Blues
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 48:31
Total Size: 122 MB

01. Long Hot Night (4:15)
02. A Case Of The Blues (4:20)
03. Soul Doin' Time (6:01)
04. Young Folks' Blues (3:44)
05. Papa Was A Rollin' Stone / Mama Sang The Blues (4:02)
06. Anytime, Anywhere (4:49)
07. New York State Of Blues (4:26)
08. Living For The City (4:59)
09. This Is My Job (4:13)
10. Up And Down The Stairs (4:02)
11. Never Give Up On You (3:34)

New York's Michael Hill's Blues Mob play deep blues for the body and soul, both as an astonishing live act--just ask any of the thousands of people mesmerized through a rainstorm at the 1996 Chicago Blues Festival--and as a rip-roaring and award-winning recording group, Michael Hill's Blues Mob stands out in the small circle of young, African-American blues artists bent on keeping the blues alive by taking the music into previously uncharted territory. "Hill is truly the bluesman piloting the music into the next century," proclaimed Blues Revue. Michael Hill's Blues Mob bring raw sweat, energy and intensity to every song they play. Hill's impassioned, sometimes humorous songs, his sweetly soulful singing voice and explosive guitar playing are perfectly complemented by the expert musicianship of the Blues Mob--Pete Cummings on bass, E.J. "The Professor" Sharpe on keyboards and Tony Lewis on drums. With their new Alligator release, New York State Of Blues (AL 4858), Michael Hill's Blues Mob continue to blaze a modern blues trail filled with cutting edge tunes and foot-stomping rhythms. Through his original songs (Hill wrote or co-wrote nine of the album's 11 songs) and formidable musicianship, Hill and his band boldly raise the bar for their contemporaries meanwhile raising the roof wherever they play. "Incendiary," shouted Guitar Shop. "A wonderful melting pot of R&B, blues, fusion, reggae, and balls-out heavy rock." But it's not just about the fiery music. "For me," says Hill, "writing is as important as playing guitar. The blues is about telling stories. The guitar playing and musicianship are important as long as they're serving the song or story. The lyrics give the playing and singing something to do."

New York State Of Blues is a tour-de-force of tough, inner city scenes, lovers' temptations and blues celebrations co-existing in Hill's guitar drenched, polyrhythmic universe. From the searing opener Long Hot Night (co-written by Vernon Reid) to the prophetic and humorous Young Folks Blues to the reinventions of the Temptations' Papa Was A Rolling Stone and Stevie Wonder's Livin' For The City to the album's closer, the soulful and hopeful Never Give Up On You, Michael Hill's Blues Mob grab their listeners with their every-note-matters musicianship and draw them in with Hill's storytelling skills and his powerful vocals.

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