“A new quote from radio personality Stan "The Blues Magician" Bindell KUYI Radio FM. "One very good traditional blues CD is Too Much Talkin’ by Common Ground Blues. This Phoenix area band does notable renditions of Strut, Every Day I Have the Blues and Stormy Monday just to name a few. Common Ground Blues is known for its vibrant guitar, killer keyboards and vocals. They are definitely worth seeing!"”
KUYI Radio FM.
“From the Phoenix Blues scene strong and lively, emerges with this band called Common Ground Blues. With Glen Russell on vocals, Brian Eddie on guitars, Earl Abbott piano and organ, Timothy E. Kinsey bass, and Guy Mazzo drums. The band is really teamed well, with an effective hard punchy but overall excellent sound. Both guitar and keyboards match well on colorful, very technical work, and both musicians develop bright beautiful solos combined along the Cd, there's a good dose of authority and elegance. If we had to define the bands style I would have to say they include many and varied influences, because In their music we can find different nuances. From Ronnie Earl and Duke Robillard to Tom Waits, Mike Bloomfield and even some details of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. In short words, this band gradually revitalizes and captures us. VERY GOOD!
By: Vicente 'Harmonica' Zúmel. Radio PICA 96'6 FM.'La Hora del Blues' Apartado de Correos 12085. 08080 Barcelona - Spain,
"Whew, what a day! Congratulations to Common Ground Blues Band! They are the 2011 winners of the annual Arizona Blues Showdown presented by Phoenix Blues Society. Those guys smoked the place today with their set. Believe it, it was no easy feat winning all the marbles. Everybody there was just superb. What a show!!"
— Phoenix Blues Society
"Glen works hard, has the right attitude and enthusiasm for the blues. He sounds best on 'Every Day I got the Blues.' Good guitar, good dynamics. Good band on what might be their debut disc. Much work on good arrangements has paid off. It's great they paid tribute to the late Lil' Dave Thompson. The T-Bone Walker cover is sympathetic to the original arrangement, well, to a T. A nod to many blues masters and in their spirit. The concluding track is original and catchy. The packaging is professional and sharp.. I am playing them on http://radiophoenix.org/. Archived for several weeks at http://fullmoonhacksaw.com/. Full Moon Hacksaw, Radio Phoenix, A Weekly radio program spotlighting blues and jazz.
“4.5 Overall.. *5 Stars for Great Blues *4.5 Stars for Wanting More Originals. and Overall CD Length "The first thing that stands about Too Much Talkin’- June, 2011 by Common Ground Blues Band, is its title. One might expect an in-your-face type of grind on Blues tunes with an edge. That could not be farther from what you will find from this independent label...
First String Promotions
"Glen Russell guides with command vocals, from warm tones to a Bluesy growl. Brian Eddie.. keeps a masterful yet refreshingly not overbearing projection through his lead and rhythm guitar. In fact, the interplay between this.. and the band’s organist/pianist, Earl Abbott meliorates everything.. Bassist Timothy Kinsey and percussionist Guy Mazza blaze with veracious stride and cadence to impel the band to each overlook."
First String Promotions.
“Common Ground Blues.. comes through without disappointing the listener in terms of performance quality on this project. A CD’s song selections make a big difference, too and the mix is done well. Individual song arrangements and overall selection order takes the listener on a well-routed tour of good Blues. Starting from its throaty organ pieces and carrying through to its sonant whispers, the CD elevates from valleys of Bluesiest imperatives to emotionally exciting peaks of the bouncy, danceable shuffles”
First String Promotions
"Thanks to everyone who came out to support the Common Ground CD release party at the Rhythm Room! .... the crowd enjoyed two excellent sets from the Common Ground Blues Band as they celebrated the release of "Too Much Talkin!" The disc sounds great and Common Ground Blues should be proud of a job well done!"
Excerpt from the Phoenix Blues Society news letter
“Wow, it's nice to hear posative feed back from a club owner ;) From the Eureka Grill "Thanks Glen,You guys had the crowd on their feet. When they started pounding the tables for more I was getting scarred we were gonna have riot on our hands" Gotta love that!
— Just a FB quote from a club owner, this time...
"Bluesy, full of rhythm and even a little jazzy here and there, CG Blues is a great set of guys with chops, spirit and a love of the blues"
— From the Compond's flyer:
“Common Ground Blues still have definitely got what it takes to be one the hottest bands in town. Rarely do you see so much energy & Passion. It's just pure fun.”
Editor in Chief Blue Sky Publishing
"Phoenix Blues Society"... "If you're looking for some good Blues for tomorrow, you might want to check out the Monestery, 4810 E. McKellips Road in Mesa. Our buddies Common Ground Blues will be shakin' it up from 8 p.m. 'til midnight.." Now that's the best kind of promo there is!
FB post PBS
“I played 2 CGB tunes. One was Some Day After A While, the other was Fumbling With The Blues. The keys stand out, but this song is still all about the vocals they really bring it all together.”
Live Blues World / LIVE 365 @ Radio Scooter Intl.
“You now have 3 songs in rotation: My favorite is Fumbling With The Blues, Great! Much better than the original to me!”
Midnight Special Blues Radio
"I played 'Someday after a while' on my blues show on Vixen87 "It's a great track with lots of atmosphere & some great guitar."
"BIG Chicago based blues band, mind blowingly great. We are truly blessed to have CGB play our venue." This is not your typical club owner. Then again it's not your typical club. Both are a cut above. Thanks Craig! Very cool.
— A simple Face Book clip from a clubs events page
"Blues performers will be tough act to follow"..
"The combination of these five great artists produced a sound that set a high standard for the rest of the Concert Under the Stars acts to follow."
The Rim review Roundup Patson, Az
“Cg,Blues is delighted to be one of the "BarStar Best Bands of 2004" award winners.