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Red Top4954
Liz Mandeville
Earwig CD 4954

This is Liz's Fourth album on Earwig. She has surrounded herself with some of the finest Chicago musicians, many of whom have been or are currently in her touring band. They play their hearts out here under her able leadership, and Liz and I thank them very much for their efforts. We are especially pleased that Chicago bluesman and sax great Eddie Shaw blew his horn on two tunes. Eddie is a great band leader who has provided inspiration, musical leadership and tutelage to many younger musicians all over the blues scene.

This album is comprised of 15 songs, all of which were written by Liz Mandeville. Guests outside of Eddie Shaw include Allen Batts, Rodney Brown, and Twist Turner.

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Travis Haddix
Earwig CD 4955

Since cutting three well-received CDs from 1988-1994 on the Ichiban label, Travis "Moonchild" Haddix has released ten CDs on his own label - Wann Sonn Records (distributed by Earwig Music), which have also received fine reviews. He has performed in seventeen countries, and is especially popular in Scandinavia. 

Travis is also a prolific songwriter, very adept at a hook and a groove.

In a 2005 feature story, Living Blues Magazine had this to say about Travis: "Haddix delivers his fables of mischief, mayhem and mercy in a smooth but sinewy baritone, backed by arrangements that meld aggression with horn-leavened soul. His leads, influenced by the string-bending Kings, yet back-alley raw, are both incendiary and insinuating - a blend of uptown elan and down-home raucousness, shot through with sensual fervor, calculated to please listeners and dancers from the 'burbs as well as the 'hood..."

In a February 2008 review of this CD, Daylight at Midnight, Living Blues reviewer David Whiteis said: "... the fretwork is both tasteful and soulful throughout. The result, combined with Haddix's accomplished vocal and lyric artistry, is a set that should appeal to aficionados of traditional postwar blues, and more contemporary, soul-accented sounds..."

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Scott Ellison
Earwig CD 4956

talent. Eric Clapton's rhythm section and Freddie King's band were both based in Tulsa, as was Leon Russell's Shelter Records. Influenced by the british invasion bands, moved by the sounds of motown, and touched by the soulfulness of Rhythm and Blues music coming out of Memphis, Scott organized his first band as a youngster.

In 1977, he began touring as a guitar player with Jessica James (Conway Twitty's daughter), and by 1981 "Gatemouth" Brown had tapped scott to play rhythm in his band. By the 1990s, Scott had formed a blues band and was opening shows for such legends as Joe Cocker, Roy Orbison, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Leon Russell, Bobby Bland and Buddy Guy. He considers opening for B.B. King at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in January, 2008 a major highlight of his career.

A prolific songwriter, Scott has composed and released numerous CDs. Cold Hard Cash, produced by Dennis Walker of Robert Cray fame, featuring all songs written by Scott and Dennis, Live At Joey's, Chains Of Love and Bad Case Of The Blues have all been well received.

Scott's compositions have been played on the soundtracks of several popular TV shows, including "Buddy The Vampire Slayer," an MTV movie, and the 2007 movie, "Feast Of Love," starring Morgan Freeman.

Scott tours the U.S. and Canada extensively.

Stop And Think About It4957
Chris James & Patrick Rynn
Earwig CD 4957

Blues fans know vocalist and lead guitarist Chris James and Patrick Rynn as the leaders of their own band, the Blue Four, as well as for their stellar work with a dazzling array of blues legends. Now they're stepping out on their own in Stop And Think About It, their new release on the Earwig Music label.

Over the last 18 years, the duo has honer their on-stage interplay to ESP-like levels. They're proud traditionalists who delight in digging deep into a postwar Chicago vein, yet this debut album also boasts a plethora of satisfying originals. Their rollicking energy level instantly grabs young audiences who may not even be familiar with Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.

Loving revivals of vintage numbers on this disc, such as Elmore James' crashing "Hawaaiian Boogie" and Bo Diddley's "Confessin' The Blues" mesh seamlessly with their invigorating fresh material such as "You're Gone" and "Mister Coffee."

Special guests on this album include Sam Lay, David Maxwell, Bob Corritore and several more!

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Jutta & the Hi-Dukes
Earwig CD 6901

“[Their] music is exciting, and listeners will find it hard to keep from leaping up to dance.” — Natalie Wainwright, Arts & Life reviewer, Round Table

From grooving Balkan Gypsy songs like “Ushti, Ushti, Baba,” “Rumelaj,” and “Djelem, Djelem,” to “Valravnen,” a meditiative Medieval Danish song about Ravens taking away the bad luck, this World Music CD has something for just about everyone to like.

Like a big, brassy sound? Check out the quintet lineup on the Klezmer tune “Der Rebbe Is Gegangen” and the Serbian dance tune “Merak Chochek.” Ever hear the Dixieland tune “Twelfth St. Rag” played on Bulgarian flute, cornet, and tuba?

You’ll want to grab your sweetie and swirl around the floor when you listen to the delightful mandolin / accordion / guitar waltz, “Lyse Nætter,” written by Jutta Distler, the band’s name sake. If you don’t have a sweetie, then dance your sorrows away to the Sephardic heat of “Ven Ermoza” and the Greek “Sala, Sala.”

Hankering after something in an odd-time signature? Then go on the ride of “Din Al Fatar.”

The group has been around quite a few blocks over the past two plus decades, including multiple tours in Europe as well appearing at the largest folk festival on the North American continent, the Canadian Winnipeg Folk Fest.

The band’s instrumentation is as eclectic as their repertoire. When Jutta Distler, Terran Doehrer, and Zoi Doehrer appear as a trio, their three singing voices top off kaval (Bulgarian end-blown flute), mandolin, guitar, tupan and darabuka (Balkan percussion), and drum set. The wide array of sounds is complemented on this CD by the accordion playing of long-time Hi-Duke Velizar Shumanov, the tuba playing of Steven Hart, and the cornet – flugelhorn – saxophone work of Peter Bartels.

So stay “On The World Beat” with Jutta & the Hi-Dukes! It is a wonderful road to travel when you have seasoned tour guides like these!

Special guests on this album include Velizar Shumanov, Peter Bartels, and Steven Hart.


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