Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Feeds

Heritage Blues Orchestra- James Armstrong

.
Heritage Blues Orchestra
And Still I Rise

Raisin' Music

Sometimes the old songs are the best songs and that notion rings completely true with And Still I Rise, a hot set where Heritage Blues Orchestra covers songs originally performed by legendary blues masters. HBO has wisely chosen a set list of lesser-covered tunes, kicking off And Still I Rise with a horn enhanced version of Son House's "Clarksdale Moan" that, thanks to Junior Mack's vocal turn, completely lives up to its title. The band has several lead vocalists including Chaney Sims; her voice floats over a jazzy tribal rhythm on "C-Line Woman" while the others chant "C-Line" in the background. Leadbelly's "Go Down Hannah" and Muddy Waters' "Catfish Blues" are given the HBO treatment and Mack's composition "Chilly Jordan" shows that the band can get by nicely on their own material.

James Armstrong
Blues at the Border

Catfood

"Blues at the Border" is a commentary about how some types of "security" have gotten a little out of hand in the post- 9/11 world, especially for travelers, but otherwise Armstrong's subject matter here deals with favorite blues topics---women, cars and money (or the lack thereof.) Armstrong is a guitarist with a silky voice and on "Everything Good to Ya" his vocals are informed by the knowing inflection that Jimi Hendrix employed in much of his work. Overall Armstrong's music, a mix of blues, R&B and little snippets of funk fits into a category that fans of Robert Cray will be very familiar with, especially noticeable on "Baby Can You Hear Me?" Organist George Papageorge adds tasty counterpoint to Armstrong's guitar playing throughout and the pair whips up a great Creedence-tinged bayou blues on album standout and Armstrong original "Devil's Candy." It's been 11 years since Armstrong popped with a new album but clearly it was worth the wait.


Share this article


tell a friend about this review

.


...end


advertisement


advertisement

.
News Reports
.

Day in Rock: Arrest Warrant For Former Pearl Jam Member- Metallica To Headline Rock In Rio- Coverdale Revisits Deep Purple On New Whitesnake Album- Hinder Album And Tour- more

Day in Pop Bobbi Kristina Being Removed From Medically Induced Coma- Madonna Falls Down A Flight of Stairs At The Brit Awards- Famed U2 Joshua Tree Vandalized- Kelly Clarkson- more

Yesterday's Day in Rock: Scott Weiland Releases Cover Of Rock Classic- Veteran Metal Guitarist Fears The 'Ageing Out' Of Rock- Aerosmith's Brad Whitford Talks DVD, Tour Plans, Guitars and More

 Subscribe To Day in Rock


advertisement

.
Top Rock News Stories

Today's Full Day in Rock Report

Arrest Warrant For Former Pearl Jam Member

Metallica To Headline Rock In Rio

Coverdale Revisits Deep Purple On New Whitesnake Album

Hinder Announce New Album And Tour Dates

Coverdale and Blackmore Discussed Deep Purple Reunion

Pete Townshend Remasters Solo Albums For Reissue Campaign

The Scorpions Reunite With James Kottack Following Rehab

Global Release Day For All New Music Moving Closer

Paul McCartney To Headline The Firefly Festival

Sun Kil Moon, Blackberry Smoke Lead Led Zeppelin Tribute Album

Mastodon's Troy Sanders Says Killer Be Killed Could Play Again

Top Pop News Stories

Today's Full Day in Pop Report

Bobbi Kristina Being Removed From Medically Induced Coma

Madonna Falls Down A Flight Of Stairs At The Brit Awards

Famed U2 Joshua Tree Vandalized

Kelly Clarkson Releases John Legend Collaboration 'Run Run Run'

Earlier Bobby Shmurda Gun Charges Dropped

The Singles Demand Scarlett Johansson's Group Stop Using Their Name

Lady Gaga To Appear On 'American Horror Story'

Jason Aldean Duets With Alabama's Randy Owen

Starbucks Names Drink For Ariana Grande

Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood Lead Watershed

Kanye West Debuts New Song 'All Day' at Brit Awards

Latest Reviews

Recent Reviews and Interviews

Josef Salvat - In Your Prime (EP)

Album of the Week: Nirvana's Nevermind

Root 66: Murder By Death- Jim Ed Brown- Sam Morrow

Best Films Of 2014

Riot V - Unleash the Fire

Album of the Week: Black Sabbath's Heaven and Hell

Obituary - Inked in Blood

Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute

Dave Plaehn - Radio Sister

Come Together: A Beatles Tribute Documentary

Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!

Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email- Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2015 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.