STATION_MANAGER for Hambone's Blues Party
Long Grove, Illinois, United States
Scott "Hambone" Hammer, a Chicago-based attorney, went on-air with Hambone's Blues Party in November 1995, broadcasting from a small Arlington Heights radio station, WCBR 92.7FM. Thirteen years and 650 shows later, he currently can be found on listener-supported public radio, WDCB 90.9FM, simulcast on the web at www.wdcb.org, every Thursday, from 10 p.m. until midnight.
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Peaking at #15 on The Roots Music Report's Top 50 World Album Chart back in January, 2022, it was a delight to hear Stefano Saletti & Banda Ikona sing their stories of the “tenacious Mediterranean and its ancient, resilient people” accompanied by a variety of string, wind and percussion instruments. Multi-instrumentalist Stefano Saletti plays bouzouki, oud, saz, guitar, tzouras, gambrì, cavaquinho, piano, bodhran, darbouka, tammorra and marranzano. Other band members layer clarinet, sax, bass and various drums into the mix, while guests color arrangements with occasional violin, organetto, ney, daf, ciaramella, cello, percussion and added vocals. At track 3, “Boulegar” even enlists the Baobab ensemble for a full choir of vocalizing.
Opening the set with “Anima de Moundo,” the vocals of Barbara Eramo and Yasemin Sannino
Bareto Album: El Amor No Es Para Los Débiles Label: Agogo Genre(s): World
Posted By: Joe Ross
May 20, 2022
The meaning of Bareto’s new album means “Love is not for the weak,” and the songs composed by guitarist Rolo Gallardo speak to your memory (“Tu Recuerdo”), being lost (“Perdido”) and being asked to be let go or released (“Sueltame”). Opening with birds chirping and lyrics chanting about healing love, “Cura Cura” sets the stage and seems to explain the vision of Bareto’s spiritual music to cleanse one’s being, grateful for healing love that will allow our spirits to run free.
The Peruvian band’s music is straight-forward and direct, and the departure of lead singer Mauricio Mesones left them with a key personnel vacancy, subsequently filled by the recruitment of Javier Arias. This eclectic album also presents a new type of vocal vibrancy featuring sturdy voices of several guest singers.
In 2020, the band Vinyl Hampdin released their album Red and in 2022, as promised, they release a new album called Blue. The 12-track Blue continues on loudly with a stellar mix of jazzy blues, rock, pop and much more. Led by group leader, trombonist and composer / arranger Steve Wiest, Blue features the same musicians that played on Red, including powerhouse vocalist Lisa Dodd. For music fans looking for music that evokes the eclectic nature of music from the late 1960s and early 1970s, Vinyl Hampdin’s Blue more than fits the bill.
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Jim Dan Dee Album: Real Blues Label: Self-Release Genre(s): Blues Rock
Posted By: Duane Verh
May 15, 2022
Saxophonist Jason “Bobby” Sewerynek colors the ensemble sound and guitarist Jim “Dan Dee” Stefanuk’s powerhouse vocals and fretboard fireworks serve as the formidable front for this tough, tight Toronto four-piece. The leader’s pipes are on full display with the leadoff cover of Guitar Slim’s “The Things I Used To Do”. Tasty originals make up the remainder of the set including an infectious double-shuffle “Two Timing Woman”, the catchy rocker “Two Shakes of a Lamb’s Tail” and the boogie shuffle closer, “Money Don’t Work on the Devil”.
Mirla Riomar Album: Afrobrasileira Label: Self-Release Genre(s): World
Posted By: Joe Ross
May 13, 2022
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Riomar’s Afrobrasileira entwines the syncopated rhythms of soulful Bahia jazz,