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Jay White & The Blues Commanders - Jaywalkin' (2015)

6-04-2015, 19:59
Music | Blues | Rock

Jay White & The Blues Commanders - Jaywalkin' (2015)

Artist: Jay White & The Blues Commanders
Title Of Album: Jaywalkin'
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: Blues Rock
Label: Beal Street Records
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 41:58
Total Size: 103 MB
Covers: Front

01. Jaywalkin' (3:27)
02. Cut Me To The Bone (4:02)
03. I Had A Hole In My Heart (4:45)
04. I Got A Good Woman (3:15)
05. I Need You (4:11)
06. New Flame (3:37)
07. Oh Well Oh Well (3:05)
08. Tailspin (3:23)
09. Tell Me That You Love Me Girl (3:53)
10. Too Many Beatles (3:35)
11. What Have We Learned (4:40)

Jay White-Blues Commander is happy to release an 11 song blues album titled “Jaywalkin'”. With the help of David Petty and Joe Schaub Jay lined up an all star cast of musicians lead by two time Texas Musician of the Year Big John Mills on bass; harmonica and guitar synthesizer, Allen Huff on the keys who is currently touring with Roger Creager and Kevin Hall who plays drums for Eric Johnson and Archie Bell and the Drells. The album was recorded in its entirety at The Woodshed in San Marcos, Texas. with Russell Tanner engineering and mastered by Don Moore. All 11 songs are original and in many ways portray the musical journey Jay has traveled over his lifetime.
Included on the album is a remake of “I Need You” written by Jay White and originally recorded in 1967 by The Twilighters featuring Jay, David Petty, David Constance, Ronnie Proctor and Barry Couch. Featured on today's version is David Petty's old electric Gibson, a 1966 SG Special that David played on the original recording. “New Flame” written with Jim Peso and Barry Goldman in 1986 when all three were in Hawaii touring the islands is another song from Jay's past that found its way on this Jaywalk.
Among Jay's personal favorites are “Tell Me That You Love Me Girl” written by Jay White and former Hawk and the King Airs front man Craig Wortham, “Tailspin” a classic blues rocker written by Jay and Barry Goldman, “Cut Me to the Bone” another White/Wortham original in R&B fashion along with “Oh Well, Oh Well” a tongue in cheek social commentary written again by Jay White and Craig Wortham. The album is filled with excellent performances of some exceptional songs and includes a classic blues recording of “I Had a Hole in My Heart” a song that Jay wrote and performed many times with James Jackson and Danny Wainscott in the Christian rock band 3Kord. The song is a testimony about Jay's own personal Jaywalk. Speaking of "Jaywalkin'" the title track was written after the fact while Jay was in the midst of overdubs one afternoon at The Woodshed. Jay, Joe Schaub, Cynthia White, Big John Mills and Russell Tanner were breaking for lunch and crossed LBJ against the light to get to the restaurant and Jay looked up and said “Hey what are we doing here?” to which quick witted Joe Schaub announced, “We're Jaywalkin'” followed immediately by Cynthia White's observation, “That would be a perfect name for the album!” and the rest as they say is history. Originally Jay was thinking seriously about naming the album “Unfinished Business” but that was changed forever one hot afternoon in San Marcos, Texas.
With the title of the album now “Jaywalkin'” Jay felt a strong call to write and include a title track and hence the song “Jaywalkin'”. Since the original studio musicians were at this point long gone Jay used The Blues Commanders: Kevin Bergland on drums, Brett Edds on bass and Robert Bass on the keys for the recording and kept it sweet and simple. "I don't think I could have found a better group for this song if I'd advertised for help," says Jay. "Kevin, Brett and I had the basics, vocals and lead done in just a couple of short hours and Robert put his parts on in his studio in Fort Worth, a true tribute to mastering time and space." “Jaywalkin'” is a cool rockabilly groove that I like to call my song about nothin'".
Big John Mills and Texas legend Kent Finley recently wrote a classic blues shuffle called “I Got a Good Woman” and after listening to Big John sing it Jay knew it would be right for the album so everyone agreed to include that one in the lineup.
Jay approached Joe Schaub a few years back with the idea of writing a song based on an old saying they heard from Joe's dad time and time again. "Joe Senior, a hard working German immigrant was always quick to point out that the reason for all of our problems in life was a lack of focus or as he would put it, 'Too many Beatles, too many guitars, too many Cellars!'” says Jay. "The Cellar was one of our Houston hangouts back in the late 60's,"Jay continues "and Joe Jr. got me booked there the summer of 1969. Joe's work and his college suffered from all of the extra late night activity and Joe Sr. would never fail to point out that we were the product of “too many Beatles, too many guitars, too many Cellars!”. It took decades of living to understand the truth to his words of wisdom and the song is a tribute to Joe Sr. and a historical look back at the events of the day."
Joe continued his writing and Jay and Joe further collaborated on several songs, perhaps the most dynamic being “What Have We Learned” which is a nostalgic look at the roads we take over time. Though one might not agree that it is classic blues, essentially everything is the blues one way or another and this song fits totally with the concept of “Jaywalkin'”.
So whether you're a big fan of the blues, or classic rock or even a little country, you will love this album. "I had the best time I've ever had in the studio," says Jay "and the journey keeps getting better and better. Come on and go "Jaywalkin'" with me!”

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