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C-Leb & the Kettle Black / Bio

“North West originated but definitely Southern Fried, C-Leb & the Kettle Black offer an energetic “Hott Mess” of throaty blues, wicked slide guitar, and honky tonk harmonica on their debut. It ain’t got that “Parental Advisory — Explicit Content” sticker on it for nothing as it’s profane as all get out (though it has “clean versions” of four of the songs at the end of the disc… y’know, after your ears have already melted off).”

Rick J. Bowen – No Depression The Roots Music Authority
“Raw and Rockin’ right out of the gate! The self titled debut from Seattle’s C-LEB and the Kettle Black reaches right out of the speakers for your throat.”

Bebe Besch – SSG Music
“Their “Urban Blues” rang robustly to the crowd of early attendees who appreciated each effort made by the band. C-leb worked the front of the stage, owning his title as his rich voice carried the blues-rock deliveries out, sometimes paired with a harmonica.”

Frank O. Gutch Jr. - Rock & Reprise.net
“This is take no prisoner stuff, the kind of stuff the real Southern bands used to play.The Celebration is straight-on rock with a touch of Delaney & Bonnie thrown in for good measure. My favorite, though, has to be One For the Road, a medium-beat ride on a musical hog of no mean size. It is wall-of-sound perfection when you turn it up, and I would bet that anyone who really wanted to listen would turn it way up.”

Cat Hennebury – Cat’s Litter Box
“The Kettle Black only took one listen to become one of my all time favorite albums. It definitely ranks up there with The Black Crows ~ Shake your Money Maker, Dire Straits ~ Brothers In Arms, Lynyrd Skynyrd ~ Pronounced ‘Leh-’nerd ‘Skin-’nerd…”

The Daily News, McKeesport, PA
“The Kettle Black” (self-released)
— Take old-school blues and inject it with some modern flourishes and instrumentation and you’ll wind up with C-Leb & the Kettle Black. The collective’s debut album, “The Kettle Black,” is a rousing collection of synth-fueled blues. The 14-track release makes for a very enjoyable listen and there are clean versions of a handful of songs to make it more appropriate for younger ears. There isn’t a clunker to be found here, with C-Leb and his mates soaring highest on “Call It Love,” “Hell Don’t Pay Taxes,” “One for the Road,” “Man Down,” “Another Man’s Son” and “Hott Mess.” can’t wait to hear more from these guys. (JJSS)

General Info

Band Members
Jesse - Guitar, Sandy - Bass, James - Drums, C-Leb - Vocals/Harp
Artist Name
C-Leb & the Kettle Black
Home Page
Active Since
Alternative / Blues / Rock

Contact Info

Seattle, WA

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