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Jimmy & The Soulcats - Things Have Gotta Change (1994)

19-12-2015, 17:08
Music | Blues

Title: Things Have Gotta Change
Year Of Release: 1994
Label: Strope Records
Genre: Modern Electric Blues
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 51:07
Total Size: 131 MB

1. Don't Come Back (5:01)
2. You're Not The One (4:36)
3. I'm Sorry Baby (7:10)
4. Things Have Gotta Change (3:40)
5. Cajun Queen (3:53)
6. Just Call (4:11)
7. I've Been Used (4:36)
8. Black Stain Shoes (4:22)
9. Still In Love With You (5:34)
10. Route 17 (7:57)

Although born in Maine, (the same state that has brought us serious guitar slinger Nick Curran formerly with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, the legendary Lenny Breau (Chet Atkins self proclaimed favorite guitarist),country music legend Dick Curless, country guitar "hot rod" Johnny Hiland, all the way to pop rocks' Howie Day, it seems that Jimmys' soul got "raised up" in Louisiana and Texas. Jimmy began playing guitar at the tender age of 7 on an old Sears Silvertone his dad bought for him. By his mid-teens, he was saturated in music from roots rock to bluegrass, soul, gospel, country, folk and blues. Approaching his twenties, the blues stuck like glue. Forming several rock bands in the late 70’s and early 80s’ and while honing his guitar skills on The Allman Brothers, Cream, Hendrix etc. Jimmys’ yearning for the blues took him deeper into Freddie King, Albert King, B.B., T-Bone Walker, Guitar Slim, Magic Sam and those recordings became his University of the Blues. With the birth of Jimmy and the Soulcats in the mid 80s’ he received his P.H.D. and was finally able to perform the music he truly loves. And perform he did, relentlessly, just about everywhere you can imagine!!!!! Maine to Memphis, Lubbock, TX to Canada. In 1993 when the status quo for New England blues bands was to release an album of traditional blues covers, The Soulcats released Things Have Gotta Change, an album of entirely original blues songs penned by Jimmy. Things Have Gotta Change was distributed internationally and won Jimmy critical acclaim not only as a guitarist but also as a songwriter. The cut "You're not the one" from "Things Have Gotta Change" became a minor "shag" hit on WWBZ Myrtle Beach N.C.This recording received extensive airplay in Europe, often on top 10 blues charts as well as here in the states on AOR and college radio. Things Have Gotta Change also opened the doors to some of the most prestigious music venues in the country( House of Blues, Harpers Ferry, The Boston Blues Festival) and appearances with heavies like, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, The Robert Cray Band, Zora Young, Asleep at the Wheel (grammy award winning Texas swing kings), Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, The Eddie Burkes Band, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, Anson Funderburg and the Rockets, and a holy host of others. Jimmy and the Soulcats performed throughout New England on into the south, southwest and into Canada releasing the followup CD, Powerful Love (blu Rocket) in 1998, once again to critical acclaim. In 1999 scheduling and personal matters caught up to Jimmy and it was time for a break. A 3 year hiatus followed. Since then Soulcats appearances have been few and very selective, but in 2004 they re-entered the studio to begin work on an upcoming, highly anticipated release. This recording promised to be the best yet, exploring some of Jimmys’ other influences yet remaining true to the blues, but again fate took a hand and the bands' drummer of 5 years vanished. 2011 found the band finally and seriously in the studio with heavy hitter blues veteran Jeff Davison who had provided the back beat for The New England Blues Prophets and his own long time R/B band Big Chief, and they released "Juke Joint Paradise" a recording that is a bit of a departure from the straight ahead blues that the Soulcats are known for. This recording and songwriting evolved from Jimmys' travels and performances in the Caribbean and a desire to step just a little ouside of the blues. The CD was released on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands in February of 2013 and has gained tremendous popularity throughout the Caribbean Islands. The Soulcats return to the studio soon and promise a return to the blues like never before! The Soulcat party is far from over!!!

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