Friday, March 19, 2010
John PRIMER - All Original 2008
Grammy Award and Handy Award Nominee, John Primer's history is the real deal! John's life started in Camden Mississippi on his grandmother's sharecropper land, dreaming of a better life and working in the fields. His biggest dream in life was to someday play his guitar with his idol Muddy Waters. John ended up doing that and much, much more! John should be credited for helping Muddy Waters bring the Blues to Chicago and for taking it into the 21st Century. John has been that perfect liaison, filling the gap between the older traditional style and the younger Chicago Blues style. John went from field songs and gospels, into traditional Blues, then R&B and Soul then finally pioneering the infamous Chicago Blues style we know today. All Original is a dream come true for John. 12 all original songs recorded for his very own record label, Blues House Productions, is another first. Cataloging his own music, writing, producing, teaching young musicians and sharing his experiences with the world is now his focus and life mission. All Original starts out fast with "Add A Little Touch", shaking you up and getting you ready for a for a full Blues Experience. "Going Back To Mississippi" pays tribute to his home and let's you into his heart. "I Called My Baby" is a slide guitar lovers dream! "Everyday Brings By A Change" is one of John's favorites and represents how he looks at life. "Blue Eyed Woman", "Other Man", "The Woman That I am Loving" and "Bad Child" are all great examples of John's diverse Blues skills. "Keep On Loving The Blues" is another Primer favorite. John sings this at the end of most of his shows to send the audience home remembering to keep on loving the Blues. "At Home Alone" is a great soul-felt, minor key song, highlighting Johns R&B, soulful voice. "Say Yes, Don't Say No" shows John's playful spirit. "All Original" ends with "Love In My Heart For You" a traditional acoustic duet with just John and Harmonica Hinds.
“All Original” is a dream come true for John. 12 all original songs recorded for his very own record label – Blues House Productions.
Cataloging his own music, writing, producing, teaching young musicians and sharing his experiences with the world is now his focus and life mission.
This first CD is only the beginning, putting 12 all originals into it’s collection.
“All Original” starts out fast with “Add A Little Touch”, shaking you up and getting you ready for a full blues experience. “Going Back To Mississippi” pays tribute to his home and let’s you into his heart.
“I Called My Baby” is a slide guitar lovers dream! “Everyday Brings By A Change” is one of John’s favorites and represents how he looks at life.
“Blue Eyed Woman”, “Other Man”, “The Woman That I am Loving”, and “Bad Child” are all great examples of John’s diverse Blues skills.
“Keep On Loving The Blues” is another Primer favorite. John sings this at the end of most of his shows to send the audience home remembering to keep on loving the Blues.
“At Home Alone” is a great soul-felt, minor key song, highlighting John's R&B, soulful voice. “Say Yes, Don’t Say No” shows John’s playful spirit.
“All Original” ends with “Love In My Heart For You”, a traditional, acoustic duet with just John and Harmonica Hinds. John’s 3 year old daughter Aliya Makayla Becker is with them dancing around the studio, keeping daddy’s music alive and well!
This is only the beginning for John’s new label, Blues House Productions. Many more CD’s are already being worked on. The label’s intent is to preserve the Blues’ precious past, helping less fortunate musicians, while producing original music for our future.
Primer is a Chicago blues guitarist who spent many years as a side man for the likes of Magic Slim, Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters. In the mid-90's Primer finally branched out on his own and has been a solo act ever since. Although Primer has released quite a few albums over the years, this is the first one to feature all original material with no covers. If you like your blues traditional Chicago style this album should be just what you are looking for. The music on this disc is textbook Chicago blues, with lots of tasty guitar and Primer's seasoned voice leading the way. The songs themselves cover typical blues related subject matter. This album is no frills traditional electric blues, but done in a very pleasant way. All in all a fine album from Mr. Primer and company.
By Steven Sly.
John PRIMER- LEAD GUITAR/VOCALS
Melvin "HARMONICA" HINDS- HARMONICA
David ROSS- PIANO/ORGAN
Michael MORRISON- BASS
Vernon RODGERS- DRUMS
01. Add a Little Touch 5:02
02. Going Back to Mississippi 4:36
03. I Called My Baby 6:28
04. Everyday Brings By a Change 5:05
05. Blue Eyed Woman 5:34
06. Other Man 3:59
07. The Woman That I'm Loving 5:25
08. Bad Child 4:17
09. Keep On Loving the Blues 4:37
10. At Home Alone 6:15
11. Say Yes, Don't Say No 5:05
12. Love in My Heart for You 4:10