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Leaflets Vol. II Represents the best of Blues Leaf Records

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By Rob Harrison – February 6, 2012Posted in: Album Reviews, Blues, Reviews

Ten Blues stallions and a mare make up the corral represented in Blues Leaf Records, Leaflets, Volume II 2000-2006, issued this year for blues listeners.

The one mare is none other than the award winning West Coast resident Janiva Mangess, with a sultry Stormy Blues, and deep, almost swing groove of Nobody Loves You Like Me, From her Blues Leaf days. The stallions are made up of a heavy east coast Tri-State contingent of award winner Paul Oshcher’s solo acoustic/harp blues, playing his own all Night; harp players Steve Guyger on his Chicago styled Sometimes I Wonder, and Sandy Mack playing Keep Holding on Baby; The Killer Blues Band with their unique band composition of organ, drums, and violin playing Don and Dewey; The Tonemasters with their three piece presentation of a swingy jazz blues on their Goin’ With The Flow; and the fabulous String Bean Stalkers, with their Back On That Horse and I Wish You Would, on this collection.

From Texas, organ player Red Young dishes up his Texas blues style on his Organ Grind Blues, and from Detroit we have George Friend with his laid back Cajun rock-a-billy styling on his own Whole Lotta Trouble, from Miami native Albert Castiglia, with his beefy version of Graham Drout’s Big Toe, and from Russia via Canada, the cutting Stratocaster sound of Arsen (He set’s it on fire!) Shomhakov.

Two things I like about this CD. First, it’s a great sampler of some excellent artists. Awards are great, but I look for artistry, and this collection is top shelf. Second, this is a great party CD. When I was a carpenter, I’d take my iPod to work, plug it into my iHome and put it on shuffle and make my co-workers listen to whatever came out. That includes classical pieces, university lectures, and the 6,900+ songs I have. Like radio with no commercials, and an education to boot! This CD by Blues Leaf is a smaller version of that, from the quieter Delta style of Paul Oscher to the appropriately named Dangerous, by Arsen Shomakhov. Put it on, turn it up a bit. It’s the perfect backdrop to a night of barbeque with friends.

Albert Castiglia #8 CD of 2011 RMR Charts

http://www.rootsmusicreport.com/index.php?page=yearendchart&genre=blues

1 GREGG ALLMAN - LOW COUNTRY BLUES 2 TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - REVELATOR 3 MARCIA BALL - ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS 4 STEVE MILLER BAND - LET YOUR HAIR DOWN 5 HOT TUNA - STEADY AS SHE GOES 6 ROOMFUL OF BLUES -HOOK, LINE & SINKER 7 MORELAND & ARBUCKLE - JUST A DREAM 8 ALBERT CASTIGLIA - KEEPIN ON 9. BOOKER T. JONES- THE ROAD FROM 10 JOE BONAMASSA- DUST BOWL

Top 25 Blues CD's of 2010 Blues Leaf #15 & #25

http://www.rootsmusicreport.com/index.php?page=news&id=259 The TOP 25 BLUES albums of 2010. Receiving the most radio airplay worldwide as tabulated by Roots Music Report. Ranking Artist CD Title Label 1 PINETOP PERKINS / WILLIE 'BIG EYES' SMITH JOINED AT THE HIP TELARC 2 ERIC BIBB BOOKER'S GUITAR TELARC 3 JANIVA MAGNESS THE DEVIL IS AN ANGEL, TOO ALLIGATOR 4 PETER KARP / SUE FOLEY HE SAID SHE SAID BLIND PIG 5 THE HOLMES BROTHERS FEED MY SOUL ALLIGATOR 6 JAMES COTTON GIANT ALLIGATOR 7 ELVIN BISHOP RED DOG SPEAKS DELTA GROOVE 8 CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE THE WELL ALLIGATOR 9 GUITAR SHORTY BARE KNUCKLE ALLIGATOR 10 MAGIC SLIM & THE TEARDROPS RAISING THE BAR BLIND PIG 11 ROBIN ROGERS BACK IN THE FIRE BLIND PIG 12 LITTLE JOE MCLERRAN BELIEVE I'LL MAKE A CHANGE ROOTS BLUES REBORN 13 JOHN NEMETH NAME THE DAY! BLIND PIG 14 BUDDY GUY LIVING PROOF JIVE 15 ALBERT CASTIGLIA KEEPIN ON BLUES LEAF 16 HARRISON KENNEDY ONE DOG BARKIN' ELECTRO-FI 17 VARIOUS ARTIST THINGS ABOUT COMIN' MY WAY - A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF THE MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS BLACK HEN 18 MARIA MULDAUR MARIA MULDAUR & HER GARDEN OF JOY - GOOD TIME MUSIC FOR HARD TIMES STONY PLAIN 19 THE ROLLING STONES GET YER YA YA'S OUT! 40TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET ABKCO 20 SMOKIN' JOE KUBEK & BNOIS KING HAVE BLUES, WILL TRAVEL ALLIGATOR 21 JOE LOUIS WALKER BETWEEN A ROCK AND THE BLUES STONY PLAIN 22 MORELAND & ARBUCKLE FLOOD TELARC 23 DEBBIE DAVIES HOLDIN' COURT VIZZTONE 24 TINSLEY ELLIS SPEAK NO EVIL ALLIGATOR 25 ARSEN SHOMAKHOV ON THE MOVE BLUES LEAF Written By: Robert Bartosh, Roots Music Report

Albert Castiglia's Keepin On Tops at Blues RadioPosted

http://blogcritics.org/music/article/albert-castiglias-keepin-on-tops-at/ Part of: Blues Power Rankings Author: Josh Hathaway — Published: Oct 02, 2010 at 4:36 Congratulations go out to Albert Castiglia this week for reaching #1 on the Blues Power Rankings. Keepin On is ferocious, aggressive blues record that climbed the blues radio charts for several weeks. It has been in the upper reaches of the chart for some time but hadn't gathered enough steam to get to the top until this week. The big debut in this week's chart comes from one of the legends of blues harps, James Cotton. Cotton is indeed a giant in the blues story and Giant, his latest, debuts in the Top 10. The new disc just came out this week and I got to spend some time listening to it. It is near the top of my "to review" list and I hope to have something ready for us all to discuss really soon. One of the many things I love about the blues is the sense of history that comes with the music and fans' willingness to embrace the continued work of giants and grizzled veterans who helped shape and define the music. "Superharp" still has something to offer and it's great to have him still here with us, still playing, and fans lapping it up. Another great harp stylist who hasn't been at it quite as long as Cotton but is no rookie, Bob Corritore, has his Harmonica Blues making another nice surge this week. Other notable names in the Top 10 are Charlie Musselwhite, who is out touring in earnest to promote his The Well and Robin Rogers' Back In The Fire. Here is this week's Blues Power Rankings, the hottest albums and artists at blues radio. 1 Albert Castiglia - Keepin On 2 Elvin Bishop - Red Dog Speaks 3 Robin Rogers - Back In The Fire 4 Charlie Musselwhite - The Well 5 Kenny Neal - Hooked On Your Love 6 Bob Corritore & Friends - Harmonica Blues 7 James Cotton - Giant 8 Jimmie Vaughan - Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites 9 The Robert Cray Band - Cookin' In Mobile 10 Dr. John And The Lower 911 - Tribal 11 JJ Grey & Mofro - Georgia Warhorse 12 Davis Coen - Jukebox Classic 13 Mitch Kashmar & The Pontiax - 100 Miles To Go 14 Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters - Spread The Love 15 Duke Robillard - Passport To The Blues 16 Gary U.S. Bonds - Let Them Talk 17 The Derek Trucks Band - Roadsongs 18 Eddie Turner - Miracles & Demons 19 Karen Lovely - Still The Rain 20 Walter Trout - Common Ground 21 Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - Have Blues, Will Travel 22 Steve Miller Band - Bingo! 23 The Blues Masters Featuring 'Big Al' Carson - 3 Phat Catz And 1 Skinny Dogg 24 Dave Specter - Spectified 25 Jay Gaunt - Harmonicopia

Living Blues Radio Chart For August 2010

Living Blues Radio Charts Living Blues Radio Chart For August 2010 (Compiled 09/01/10) 1. Elvin Bishop, Red Dog Speaks, Delta Groove 2. Pinetop Perkins & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Joined At The Hip, Telarc/Blues 3. Charlie Musselwhite, The Well, Alligator 4. Chris James & Patrick Rynn, Gonna Boogie Anyway, Earwig 5. Bob Corritore & Friends, Harmonica Blues, Delta Groove 6. Mitch Kashmar & The Pontiax, 100 Miles To Go, Delta Groove 7. Albert Castiglia, Keepin' On, Blues Leaf 8. Davis Coen, Jukebox Classic, Soundview 9. John Lee Hooker Jr., Live In Istanbul Turkey, Steppin' Stone 10. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Have Blues Will Travel, Alligator 11. Magic Slim & The Teardrops, Raising The Bar, Blind Pig 12. Various Artists, Jimmy Dawkins Presents The Leric Story, Delmark 13. Rob Stone, Back Around Here, Earwig 14. Eddie Turner, Miracles & Demons, NorthernBlues 15. Daddy Mack Blues Band, Bluesfinger, Inside Sounds 16. Travis “Moonchild” Haddix, A Dozen Times, Benevolent Blues 17. Steve Miller, Bingo!, Roadrunner 18. John Nemeth, Name The Day, Blind Pig 19. James Day, Firecracker, Neon Blue 20. Mississippi Heat, Let's Live It Up!, Delmark 21. Walter Trout, Common Ground, Provogue 22. Piano Red, Lost Atlanta Tapes, Landslide 23. J.J. Grey & Mofro, Georgia Warhorse, Alligator 24. Janiva Magness, The Devil Is An Angel Too, Alligator 25. Mitch Woods, Gumbo Blues, Club 88/Vizztone

Weekly Blues Charts 9/3/2010 Three Blues Leaf Artists

Weekly Blues Roots Charts W/E 9/3/2010

Albert Castiglia #3 Anni Piper #46 Arsen Shomakhov $47

TW LW Artist CD Title Label 1 3 ELVIN BISHOP RED DOG SPEAKS DELTA GROOVE 2 7 CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE THE WELL ALLIGATOR 3 4 ALBERT CASTIGLIA KEEPIN ON BLUES LEAF 4 20 LES COPELAND DON'T LET THE DEVIL IN EARWIG 5 5 MAGIC SLIM & THE TEARDROPS RAISING THE BAR BLIND PIG 6 17 JIMMIE VAUGHAN PLAYS BLUES, BALLADS & FAVORITES SHOUT FACTORY! 7 14 JJ GREY & MOFRO GEORGIA WARHORSE ALLIGATOR 8 8 SMOKIN' JOE KUBEK & BNOIS KING HAVE BLUES, WILL TRAVEL ALLIGATOR 9 2 JANIVA MAGNESS THE DEVIL IS AN ANGEL, TOO ALLIGATOR 10 6 JOHN NEMETH NAME THE DAY! BLIND PIG 11 15 THE DEREK TRUCKS BAND ROADSONGS SONY 12 10 WALTER TROUT COMMON GROUND PROVOGUE 13 30 KAREN LOVELY STILL THE RAIN PRETTY PEAR 14 19 BETTYE LAVETTE INTERPRETATIONS - THE BRITISH ROCK SONGBOOK ANTI- 15 45 TRAVIS 'MOONCHILD' HADDIX A DOZEN TIMES BENEVOLENT BLUES 16 12 STEVE MILLER BAND BINGO! ROADRUNNER 17 18 DAVIS COEN JUKEBOX CLASSIC SOUNDVIEW 18 13 DR. JOHN AND THE LOWER 911 TRIBAL 429 19 34 ALABAMA MIKE TAILOR MADE BLUES JUKEHOUSE 20 22 OTIS TAYLOR CLOVIS PEOPLE, VOL. 3 TELARC 21 29 MITCH KASHMAR & THE PONTIAX 100 MILES TO GO DELTA GROOVE 22 0 ERIC GALES RELENTLESS BLUES BUREAU INTERNATIONAL 23 11 TIM WOODS THE BLUES SESSIONS EARWIG 24 0 HOLMSTROM, LOGAN, HODGES TWIST-O-LETTZ MOCOMBO 25 21 MISSISSIPPI HEAT LET'S LIVE IT UP DELMARK 26 46 ERIC LINDELL BETWEEN MOTION AND REST SPARCO 27 23 BOB CORRITORE & FRIENDS HARMONICA BLUES DELTA GROOVE 28 0 JAMES DAY FIRECRACKER NEON BLUE 29 0 JW-JONES MIDNIGHT MEMPHIS SUN RUF 30 36 ROBERT CRAY COOKIN' IN MOBILE VANGUARD 31 26 ANDERS OSBORNE AMERICAN PATCHWORK ALLIGATOR 32 9 PETER PARCEK THE MATHEMATICS OF LOVE VIZZTONE / REDSTAR ENTERTAINMENT 33 33 MITCH WOODS GUMBO BLUES CLUB 88 RECORDS 34 28 EDDIE TURNER MIRACLES & DEMONS NORTHERN BLUES 35 37 VARIOUS ARTIST THIS IS THE BLUES VOLUME THREE EAGLE 36 31 GRADY CHAMPION BACK IN MISSISSIPPI LIVE AT THE 930 BLUES CAFE EARWIG 37 0 OLI BROWN HEADS I WIN TAILS YOU LOSE RUF 38 0 GARY U.S. BONDS LET THEM TALK 101 DISTRIBUTION 39 0 BIG RAY & CHICAGO'S MOST WANTED TRAVELIN' LITE BIGMELLA PRODUCTIONS 40 32 JOHN LEE HOOKER JR LIVE IN ISTANBUL TURKEY CC ENT / COPYCATS 41 35 CEE CEE JAMES SERIOUSLY RAW - LIVE AT SUNBANKS FWG 42 1 PINETOP PERKINS / WILLIE 'BIG EYES' SMITH JOINED AT THE HIP TELARC 43 38 TORONZO CANNON MY WOMAN TA RECORDS 44 0 SWISSISSIPPI CHRIS HARPER FOUR ACES AND A HARP SWISSISSIPPI 45 0 ERIC BIBB BOOKER'S GUITAR TELARC 46 0 ANNI PIPER CHASIN' TAIL BLUES LEAF 47 44 ARSEN SHOMAKHOV ON THE MOVE BLUES LEAF 48 0 MARK ROBINSON QUIT YOUR JOB - PLAY GUITAR BLIND CHIHUAHUA 49 0 DON RAY BAND LONESOME RIDER MARGDON 50 0 RICK DERRINGER THREE KINGS BLUES BU

Arsen Shomakhov - On The Move - CD Review From Germany

Arsen Shomakhov ist einer der aufregendsten Gitarristen, die der Blues zur Zeit zu bieten hat. Zwischen lässigem Swing, jazzigen Tönen, Ausflügen in den Rock oder die kaukasischen Hochebenen spielt die Musik des aktuellen Albums "On The Move".

In den Internetradio-Charts ist das bei Blues Leaf Records erschienene Album prompt bis auf Platz 2 gestürmt. Nur Pinetop Perkins konnte sich vor dem aus Russland stammenden Shomakhov platzieren. Schon lange hat keiner mehr so lässig und brilliant das single-note-Spiel auf der Gitarre zelebriert. Erinnerungen mögen wach werden an Robben Ford (aber der ist meist wesentlich poppiger) oder an den Österreicher Karl Ratzer. Aber all das können nur Hilfskrücken zur Orientierung sein. Shomakhov hat in den Jahren seinen eigenen Stil gefunden und ist nur noch nicht so bekannt, weil er erst langsam international wahrgenommen wird - die russische Blues-Szene ist halt doch noch eher was für Insider.

On The Move ist ein wunderbar altmodisches Blues und Rhythm & Blues-Album, voller Hooks, die man so schon in den 50ern gehört haben könnte. Der Fuß zuckt im Rhythmus, die Finger schnippen. Und irgendwie ist einem nach einem sofortigen Sprung auf die Tanzfläche.

Shomakhovs Band ist mit Bläsern, Hammond und einem guten Kontrabass klassisch besetzt. Die Produktion von "On The Move" ist klar und druckvoll. Und die Platte überhaupt ist auf jedenfall in unseren Top 10 für die Blues-Alben des Jahres

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Arsenic Shomakhov - On The Move Monday, 09 August 2010 at 17:43 clock

Arsen_Shomakhov_On_The_Move_-_COVER_WebResShomakhov arsenic is one of the most exciting guitarists of the blues has to offer at this time. Between casual swing, jazzy tones, trips to the Rock or the Caucasian highlands plays the music of the current album "On The Move".

In the Internet radio charts at the Blues Leaf Records released album promptly stormed up to 2nd place. Only Pinetop Perkins was able to place before the coming of Russia Shomakhov. For a long time no one has more casual way and celebrates the brilliant single-note playing on the guitar. Memories may be awake to Robben Ford (but is often much poppy) or the Austrian Karl Ratzer. But all this can be only auxiliary crutches for orientation. Shomakhov has found his own style in the years and is still not as well known because it is only slowly perceived internationally - the Russian blues scene is still rather just what insiders.

On The Move is a wonderfully old-fashioned blues and rhythm & blues album, full of hooks that you could have heard so already in the 50s. The foot twitching in rhythm, snapping his fingers. And somehow an instant after a jump on the dance floor.

Shomakhovs band with horns, Hammond and a good bass filled classic. The production of "On The Move" is clear and punchy. And the record is even at least in our top 10 for the blues albums of the year.

Stringbean - CD Review From Germany

Stringbean - Layin Low (Blues Leaf) Montag, den 09. August 2010 um 13:25 Uhr

stringbeanIn New Jersey ist Stringbean (Ken Sorenson) eine musikalische Institution mit seiner Begleitband The Stalkers. Mit seinem aktuellen Album Layin' Low sollte er in der Bluesgemeinde auch außerhalb ein paar Freunde mehr gewinnen können.

Normalerweise liebe ich es nicht, wenn ich zu einem Künstler keine Informationen im Netz finden kann. Denn ein paar biografische und sonstige Angaben hätte ich schon gern für eine Rezension. Aber Stringbean gibt sich da geheimnisvoll. Selbst bei seinem Plattenlabel Blues Leaf Records gibt's über ihn nur eine leere Seite. Dabei ist so eine Heimlichtuerei doch gar nicht nötig: Sein aktuelles Album "Layin Low" ist eine Bluesscheibe, wie es sie in diesem Jahr noch nicht allzu viele gab:

15 lieder zwischen akustischem Blues, Bluesrock, Boogie, Soulblues Funk, zwischen Texas und Chicago. Und sogar Reggae gibts in einem Stück. Die ganze Vielfalt sozusagen in einer Scheibe. Und dabei klingt das Album doch wie aus einem Guss: relaxed wie Stoppok (das meint: nicht so lahm wie Jack Johnson), grooved dezent vor sich hin und langweilt kein bisschen.

Stringbean StringbeanStringbeanStringbean ist ein Harpspieler mit einem Klang, der sich im Ohr festsetzt, auch wenn man ihn nicht sofort einer der Schulen zuordnen kann. Die Begleiter (Dan Mulvay - b, Joe Murphy - g, Sim Cain - dr) unterstützen den Gesang, der angenehm nölend daher kommt und manchmal gar an den alten Roger Chapman erinnert. Obwohl: Auf Dauer ist der Gesang wahrscheinlich dann doch die entscheidende Schwachstelle. Denn er ist einfach nicht variabel genug. Aber insgesamt ist Layin' Low für mich eine der Neuentdeckungen des Jahres.

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In New Jersey, Stringbean (Ken Sorenson) is a musical institution, with its companion volume, The Stalkers. With his current album, Layin 'Low, he was in the Blues community and outside a couple of friends can win more.

Normally, I love it when I can find an artist, no information on the web. For some biographical and other information I would have liked for a review. But Stringbean adopt as mysterious. Even with his record label, Blues Leaf Records's about him only a blank page. It is such a secretive but not necessary: his latest album "Layin Low" is a blue disc, as they were this year not so many:

15 songs between acoustic Blues, Blues Rock, Boogie, Soul Blues Funk, between Texas and Chicago. And even reggae in there in one piece. The whole variety in it were a disk. And the album sounds like a unified whole: relaxed as Stoppok (which means: not as lame as Jack Johnson), grooved discreetly to himself, and not a bit bored.

Stringbean StringbeanStringbeanStringbean is a harp player with a sound that settles in the ear, even when it is not immediately be assigned by the schools. The companions (Dan Mulvay - b, Joe Murphy - g, Sim Cain - dr) support the song, which is pleasant and reminds nölend therefore sometimes even at the old Roger Chapman. Although: In the long run is probably the song then but the crucial weakness. For he is just not flexible enough. But overall Layin 'Low for me one of the discoveries of the year.i

Great Northern Blues Society Stripped Down at The Bang Palace by Todd Wolfe Band

Stripped Down at The Bang Palace by Todd Wolfe Band

I give this CD a 8 out of 10 ranking. Stranger Blues is an upbeat rockin’ version of this classic. There is some great guitar soloing here. On Bad Boywe can really feel the funk from the drums and the guitar. Come in My Kitchen stretches out and incorporates some female backing vocals. It turns into a real nice slide fest. The acoustic slide guitar work really blues up the rock classic, Mountain’s Mississippi Queen. Bobby Womack’s It’s All Over Now was a nice choice to cover. Its dirty guitar groove keeps you right in the game, until the slide solo with a familiar riff locks up this choice for you. Three of the songs are original here and once again I look forward to hearing more original stuff in the future. However the worn out classics were done well. This is a talented group of musicians and Mr. Wolfe’s guitar playing is inspired.

Release Date: November 11, 2009

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Record Label: Blues Leaf Records

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ALBERT CASTIGLIA Keepin On Blues Leaf

Former lead guitarist for the late Junior Wells presentshis latest project, KEEPIN ON, with a mix of originals andsome interesting covers that have been ignored by toomany folks in the reading audience for way too long.

In the latter subdivision, the boogie of John LeeHooker's "Goin' Upstairs" is fueled by Castiglia's slidework while Mack Rice's "Cadillac Assembly Line" burns throughout. Add a funky take on Bob Dylan's "Til I Fell In Love With You" and a resurrection of T-Bone Walker's "MyBaby Is Now On My Mind" to the list of orphaned songs finding a new home. Pick of the category, though, has to be Peter Green's "Could Not Ask For More," where both harpist Sandy Mack and piano man Bill "Mighty" Quinn duel for the spotlight, much to the delight of the listener.

On the original side of the ledger, the title cut channels Creedence Clearwater Revival with Castiglia cranking it outat the end, while the guitarist duels with bassist A.J. Kelly during the instrumental "Mojo 305." Although KEEPIN'ON has pretty high standard throughout, that can't besaid for "Do You Love Me?," a funky, and I mean that inevery sense of the word, dance number that I'm still trying to figure out how to razor blade off the disc.

With Toby Walker adding dobro to the shadings of "Sweet Southern Angel" and "Murderin'' Blues," KEEPIN'ON has a lot of fine string work throughout that can be appreciated even if you don't live in the Windy City.

- Peanuts