Friday, November 27, 2009
Kilborn Alley Blues Band - Tear Chicago Down 2007
The Kilborn Alley Blues Band is the real deal, a rip snortin', fire breathin' gang that puts heart and soul into every note they play. Gritty, raw, and a bit sloppy in the best sense of the word, they hold nothing back and play the blues with a nasty rock edge that will appeal to youngsters as well as die-hard fans. They kick things off with "I'm Spent," a Chicago-meets-the Delta rave-up with hints of Little Walter in the wailing harmonica work of Joe Asselin. Andrew Duncanson lays back on the lead guitar to deliver a sweaty lead vocal while Asselin's honking accents up the ante. "Christmas in County" has a Memphis soul feel, the sad tale of a Christmas Eve drug bust, with stinging lead guitar work from Duncanson and wailing harp from Asselin laid down over the sinister groove of Chris Breen's bass and Ed O'Hara's drums. "Come Home Soon" has a bit of Al Green in its arrangement, a sad tale of a soldier in Iraq longing for his family. Sideman Gerry Hundt's organ provides a churchy, sanctified vibe to the proceedings, complementing Duncanson's sparse, stinging guitar and weary vocal. "Redneck in a Soul Band" is played tongue in cheek with a bouncy, bluegrass-like rhythm. Duncanson's singing is pure Chicago while Asselin's country blues harp zigzags in and out of the mix like a hungry fly dive bombing a puddle of barbecue sauce. Breen's extended melodic bassline brings extra tension to the aching soul of "It's a Pity." Duncanson's big, emotional vocal and his searing guitar set up Asselin's minimal but effective solo on this tale of anger and heartache. On funky dance tracks like "Lay It Down" and the title track, the ensemble lays down deep grooves marked by solos with an innate swing that's always impressive. Every member of this fine quintet can play their ass off, with Duncanson's guitar and Asselin's harp the obvious standouts, but everyone in the ensemble contributes formidable chops to this blistering set. ~ j. poet, All Music Guide
The Kilborn Alley Blues Band is a ferocious young band receiving tremendous national and international attention. In 2007 and 2008 the guys in KABB have/will play the Chicago Blues Festival, The Cincinnati Blues Festival, The Heritage Blues Music Fest in West Virginia, The Bucks County R&B Picnic in Pennsylvania, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Iowa, the Budweiser Illinois Blues Festival, the Hot Licks Blues Festival in Ohio, Summer Camp and the Beluga Nights Summer Music Series in Fairbanks, Alaska-- among many others.
Their 2006 Blue Bella Records release Put It in the Alley went to number 8 on the Living Blues magazine national blues radio charts and earned the band a 2007 Blues Music Award (formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards-- the highest international awards in the genre) nomination for "Best New Artist-- Debut." Their 2007 Blue Bella release Tear Chicago Down went to number 7 on the Living Blues radio charts and has gained Kilborn Alley Blues Band a second BMA nomination, this one for "Best Contemporary Blues Album." Tear Chicago Down was recently runner-up to Koko Taylor for in the Bluescritics reader's vote for "Best Contemporary Blues Album" for 2007.
They have accompanied and jammed with the likes of Honeyboy Edwards, the Bobby Rush Band, Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones, Louisiana Red, Lurrie Bell, MarK Hummel, Joyce Lawson, Eddie C. Campbell, Bill Lupkin, Billy “Soul” Bonds, the late Percy Strother, Sonny Rhodes, Nick Moss, Mary Lane, Eddie Taylor, Jr., Taildragger Jones, Mississippi Bill Abel, Frankie Lee, Master James Farrow, Pee Wee Hayes, Kate Hoddinott Moss, the late Harmonica Khan, Shirley King, Arizona’s Bad News Blues Band, and other wonderful players. Kilborn Alley has opened for Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Shemekia Copeland, T-Model Ford, Tommy Castro, and Artie “Blues Boy” White. They have been on the bill with the late Little Milton on three occasions, plus Pinetop Perkins, Sam Lay, Hubert Sumlin, Elvin Bishop, Lonnie Brooks, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, Delbert McClinton, the late Willie Kent, Guitar Shorty, Billy Branch, Watermelon Slim, The Kinsey Report, Deborah Coleman, The Mannish Boys, Michael Burks, Jody Williams, Magic Slim, Denise LaSalle, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Bob Margolin, Carol Fran, Magic Dick, Reneé Austin, Fruteland Jackson, Rita Chiarelli, Otis Taylor, Jimmy Burns, James Harman, Sean Costello, E.C. Scott, Fiona Boyes, Jason Ricci, Hollywood Blue Flames, Roy Hytower, Cash McCall, Floyd Taylor, Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones, Mofro, and many others—and this does not even count those who played the BMA’s in Memphis in 2007.
The eagerly anticipated follow-up to the Blues Music Award-nominated Put It In The Alley! The members of The Kilborn Alley Blues Band - Andrew Duncanson, Joe Asselin, Chris Breen, Josh Stimmel, and Ed O'Hara - are a true band, together of personal volition and sheer joy. According to Chicago blues matriarch Mary Lane, "You meet a lot of people in a lifetime in music, and the guys in Kilborn Alley are the kind I can say I am glad to know. They have that crazy love for blues and stay true to it." Nick Moss produced the recording and joins the band on guitar on three tracks. Also guesting are Gerry Hundt and Abraham Johnson.
Nick Moss- Guitar
Gerry Hundt(Guest)- Organ
Abraham Johnson (Guest)- Vocals
Andrew Duncanson- Vocals, Guitar
Chirs Breen- Bass Guitar
Dave Fauble- Saxophone
Ed O'Hara- Drums
Joe Asselin- Harmonica
Josh Stimmel- Guitar
01. I'm Spent (4:19)
02. Christmas In County (4:42)
03. Fire With Fire (3:38)
04. Crazier Things (4:49)
05. Come Home Soon (3:39)
06. Redneck In A Soul Band (2:52)
07. It's A Pity (6:33)
08. Tear Chicago Down (3:13)
09. The Weight On You (4:14)
10. Lay It Down (3:35)
11. She Don't Know (3:01)
12. Redneck In A Soul Band (Alt) (3:04)