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Dave Weld and The Imperial Flames / Press

“Possessing a sweet, yet strong mezzo, Monica Myhre sings lead on Looking for a Man, Sweet Love (Dulce Amor), the wild boogie-woogie Louise and the slow-burning Walk on Down. She bids good riddance to an abusive lover on Too Bad, So Sad, as Greg Guy—Buddy’s son—shares guitar duties with Weld. Myhre’s plummy vocals blend well with Weld’s raspier ones, and their congenial harmonies are scattered across the record. Packed with tight, lively musicianship, Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames’ Slip Into a Dream is an enticing set of contemporary Chicago-style blues.”

“Guitarist Dave Weld honed his chops in Chicago’s West Side clubs, playing with Hound Dog Taylor and Howlin’ Wolf’s bands. He later studied with J.B. Hutto, formed the Blues Imperials with Hutto’s nephew Lil’ Ed Williams, and since 1988 has fronted his own group, the Imperial Flames. The Flames’ latest release, Slip Into a Dream, captures the potent blues-rockers at the height of their powers. Bearing the influence of Taylor and Hutto, Weld’s torrid guitar playing steals the show, whether on the sultry title track, the full-throttle soul of Take Me Back or the loping Chicago blues of May Be Right, May Be Wrong and Tremble. Sweet Rockin’ Soul is just what its title suggests, Bobby Rush’s clear, centered harmonica tone flits around Weld’s runaway-train licks on the sassy shuffle Looking for a Man and the chooglin 20% Alcohol.”

“According to Weld in the liner notes, “We just wanted to go in the studio and play our ass off.” Well, that’s apparent throughout these dozen originals and one Hutto cover. “Sweet Rockin’ Soul,” the second track, really sets the tone of this raucous, party-style album of real as hell Chicago blues and things. The song just kicks ass, Weld singing gleefully. Myhre steps up in short order for “Lookin’ For A Man,” and all hell breaks loose as one of the most passionate singers you’ve ever heard floors you with some floorboard stompin’ blues. “Take Me Back” has a real 1960s funk and groove feeling to it, and “Sweet Love (Dulce Amor),” a horn-pumped, Latin way. In every song, Weld steps up with something sweet. Jagged and real, and very soulful but rockin’, this music strikes home as some of the best real-deal coming out of the Windy City right now.”

“Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames have a new one, “Slip Into A Dream,’’ out since the middle of September on Delmark Records – six months old and the smoke is still rising from their gigs. This one’s on fire. Weld shreds on that guitar and Monica Myhre tears it up on the vocals and they more than hold their own with all those famous alumni of the Chicago blues scene – a city they call home and also, these days the Murder Capitol of the USA, cause for blues for the foreseeable future. Weld and his band are jaw dropping, show stopping, but unfortunately not chart topping yet this one of the greatest blues albums in years, and when Myhre assures us that she’s “Looking For A Man,’’ there will be no shortage of takers who would gladly eat rocks, drink swamp water, sleep in a hollow log, just for the chance to hear her say “`Beat it , Bub.’’ Dave Weld fronts a remarkable band doing remarkable things and a textbook example of why we love the blues.”

“I’m listening to the instrumental break on the insanely grooving ‘May Be Right, May Be Wrong’, so I’ll just mention that), but this is not Lil’ Ed #2, A rocking and rather straightforward version of J.B. Hutto’s ‘20% Alcohol’. Dave is forging his own style within the Chi-Town blues scene, and one in which singer Monica Myhre plays a large part, either singing in harmony with Dave or taking the lead vocals herself. She is a powerful singer, well-suited to this versatile outfit, able to handle the smooth soul-blues of ‘Sweet Love (Dulce Amor)’ as capably as the rather rawer ‘Too Bad, So Sad’ and the rock and roll stylings of ‘Louise… speaking of whom, many of these tracks have a huge sound. It’s fun to spot the influences on this album - you may pick out Little Richard, Hound Dog Taylor, Slim Harpo, Magic Sam and no doubt others, but Dave’s approach is fresh and original. All in all, one of those sets which gives (a lot of) hope for ”

“Weld released his second album for Delmark Records, Slip Into A Dream, a first-rate set of Chicago-styled blues and soul. The title track kicks off the disc and has a definite Magic Sam West Side vibe with some scorching guitar work from Weld, who also sings with his musical and life partner Monica Myhre on this track. Next up is the aptly titled “Sweet Rockin’ Soul,” and Weld really tears it up again on guitar. Myhre takes the mic for the sassy “Lookin’ For A Man,” backed by Mr. Bobby Rush on harmonica. The punchy “Take Me Back” features the horn section from the funk/jam band The Heard, and “May Be Right, May Be Wrong,” is a churning rocker. Rush also appears on the albums’s lone cover, a rowdy reading from Weld’s mentor J.B. Hutto, “20% Alcohol.” Most of the songs were penned by Myhre, who shares composer credits with Weld on a few numbers. Mhyre’s vocals are a perfect complement to the band’s wild spirited attack and she shines on upbeat numbers lik”

“Since 1988 Dave Weld went touring with his own band, Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames. In 1995 the band released the album Rough rocking in Chicago and a year later Keep on walkin '. Meanwhile, the band had changed record label and in 2010 appeared on the Delmark album Burnin 'love. After five years in mid-September, a new album by Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames appeared Slip Into A Dream, an album with pure Chicago blues. The tone is immediately put into the opening and title track, a sharp slap on the drums, guitars and organ. The pace remains with Sweet rockin 'soul, a very hard guitar solo, a thumping bass and a pounding piano. Monica Myhre sings”

"Slip Into A Dream', which from the first notes effortlessly lives up to expectations. Flaming, stirring passionate guitar parts, beautiful harmonies and guest musicians who are still perfecting the whole. Those guys are none other than Bobby Rush on harmonica, guitarist Greg Guy and master saxophonist Sax Gordon Beadle. Opener and title track immediately sets the tone for an hour of passionate brought Chicago Blues, who have immediately will be followed when the second track after the countdown has emerged in a rocking of pumping piano provided 'Sweet Rockin' Soul '. In "Looking For A Man 'Welds life partner Monica Myhre draws in her quest for the prince on the white horse all the stops, while Dave takes care of the distorted guitar sounds. At over five minutes long funky "Take Me Back" the band goes all out in true James Brown style. Stirring, hypnotic guitar and Sax Gordon who takes care of the soul spirit. The same is repeated in 'Dorothy Mae. Gas is taken back to the quieter soul

“Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames - Slip Into A Dream - New Release review I just received the newest release, Slip Into A Dream, from Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames and it's nothing short of outrageous! Opening with title track, Slip Into A Dream, Weld leads with solid vocals and confident guitar work. Backed by Monica Myhre on vocal, Dave Kaye on bass, Jeff Taylor on drums, Graham Guest on organ and Harry Yaseen on piano, this track is slinky and pendulous. Dave doesn't wait too long to unleash the dogs and his guitar work is off the hook. Simply terrific! Sweet Rockin' Soul is a rock n' roller with Yaseen driving the train. Weld and Myhre harmonize on this track but yes... he's hammering on the guitar again. Yaseen plays a cool piano solo illiciting a hot drum response from Taylor. Cool! Lookin' For A Man features Myhre on lead vocals and Weld slips on the slide. Joined by Bobby Rush on extended harp this shuffle track lets Dave get into full slide mode..right off the fret board.”

“Monica Myhre's “Louise” sounds like Little Richard getting in touch with his feminine side, “Lucille” sung by a woman lit by a hotter torch. Sax Gordon lends a hand, blistering the paint with his tenor and bari saxes. “Tremble” starts off like fallout from the Link Wray catalog, ominous and fuzzy, till Weld cuts in with some Hound Doggery, his guitar sounding like he's plugged into a toaster and using an electrified fork as a slide. The songs are originals that sound like deep dish Chicago fare from the '50s and '60s, rockin', raucous stuff punched up by a righteous horn section and a rhythm sect”

“Dave Weld and the imperial Flames play raw Chicago bar band blues that rocks so hard it'll make your ears ring and your feet stink. Its house-rockin', window bustin' music fit for a lease-breakin' throw down. Mentored by J.B. Hutto, Weld honed his skills playing with Hound Dog Taylor sidemen Brewer Phillips (rhythm guitar) and Ted Harvey (drums) before hooking up with Hutto's nephew's band Lil' Ed and the Blue Imperials, where he played rhythm guitar for a decade. Even when he labels it soul, its still raw rock on “Sweet Rockin' Soul,” with rattly, screamin' guitar, not as fuzzy as Hound Dog but more hysterical.”

“Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames - Slip Into A Dream With "Slip Into A Dream 'Dave Weld and his band after a break of five years, released another album. And after listening to the album it soon becomes clear that the wait has been worth more than worthwhile. We hear Dave and his band as always steal the show with delicious Chigago blues. The thirteen songs on the album sound from the first note energetic. The album is varied and therefore continues to fascinate the entire album. The enthusiasm and the love with which the album was made clear to the listener back. Unnoticed the volume knob is always a little harder a nicer compliment I think is almost impossible to make. I enjoyed the album by Dave Weld & The Imperials Flames. A blues album to cherish.”

“A storming second album from Dave Weld – a contemporary figure on the Chicago blues scene, and one who's often joined on vocals by female singer Monica Myhre! The presence of Monica makes the record almost feel more like a collaborative ensemble outing – still blues, but with some old school soul elements – kind of a blues fusion with older Memphis or southern modes at times – and less the traditional Chicago blues you might expect. Part of that also comes from a larger horn section on a few numbers – who flesh out the sound. The album also features Bobby Rush on guest harmonica – and titles include "Slip Into A Dream", "Tremble", "Walk On Down", "Sweet Rockin Soul", "Looking For A Man", "May Be Right May Be Wrong", and "20% Alcohol". © 1996-2015, Dusty Groove, Inc.”

““The Chicago native slide guitarist, singer, songwriter, bandleader and JB Hutto protégé has spent most of his life playing countless gigs in divey bars, toiling in the trenches of the blues…displays the same earnest, honest, unvarnished approach that won my adoration when I saw him years ago…joyous romp through the many faces of the blues...danceable groove behind Dave’s relaxed tenor…Jeff Taylor shuffles like a mutha, keeps time like a watch…his smooth spot on vocal treatment remind me of classic Johnny guitar Watson…the nicest surprise is singer Monica Mhyre...”Talk dirty” with a kittenish growl, if you liked Lou Ann Barton give Monica listen…spot on intonation great phrasing and a dose of moxy…Dave’s tribute to his mother (Donnie Lee)..this is some deep blues…Lil’ Ed careens at breakneck speed, proceeds to light his guitar on fire… I can’t get enough of Monica…teardrops were falling from Dave’s guitar….Dave this was well worth the wait”…”

Liz Mandville - Chicago Blues Guide

““ he’s played gigs with J.B Hutto…Weld’s blues are as heartfelt and pure as that slide maestro’s… he’s not capable of turning out anything contrived. The jangling rhythm on “She’s mine” is life-affirming…”Ramblin” is, at the same time clean and dirty…tenor saxophonist Abb Locke delivers a solo…uptown and greasy…as Stanley Turrentine. Myhre’s voice has a telling element of sass…it’s a whole lot more than declaiming…she doesn’t have any of those irritating affectations…she gets the message across. He and his band hit the spot—which on the basis of “Burnin’ love”, is second nature to them. ”

Nic Jones - All-about-jazz

““On this CD, Weld returns as strong as ever as a songwriter and guitarist. He shows why, despite being less well known, he is one of the best practitioners of the Chicago Blues. This is Chicago Blues at it’s boogie best! …Abb Locke, who has played with everybody from Buddy Guy to Magic Sam ,blows a powerful solo… The sound is tight ...it is possible to imagine that it is a lifetime ago…playing for $5 a night and the glory of the blues. Dave Weld and Ed Williams are two distinct guitarists and songwriters. But together they are magic…we should thank the great Delmark label.. ”

Tom Callahan - Blurt-online

““Using a metal slide, the guitarist draws on lessons learned from the great JB Hutto, and makes his emanations of power and energy ever so purposeful…Abb Locke is a true Chicago Blues hero!!”… ”

Frank-John Hadely - Downbeat Magazine

““His latest release on Delmark records brings Dave and his fantastic band to the forefront of contemporary blues…Dave Weld learned his lessons from “uncle JB” and Hound Dog Taylor well. His joyous, soulful slide playing and vocals keep the traditions of the legends alive, and “Burnin’ love” makes for quite an enjoyable listen”… ”

Sheryl and Don Crow - Nashville Blues Society

““it is some great original stuff! Weld is so adept in his songwriting style telling vivid stories which he sing with great gusto. Myhre (Monica) harmonizes with Weld nicely here and Weld’s guitar just blows you away with the solos. Taylors vocals…showcase his smooth, suave and cool vocal style. Myhre (Monica) fronts the band… which sounds pretty darn cool… shows off her inspired, sultry voice…Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames are a hot inspired blues band worthy of broader acclaim. This is a fine CD done ins the Chicago style with great vocals, guitar and sax. I highly recommend it!!”… ”

Steve Jones - Crossroads Blues Society

““A hot sax player such as Abb Locke indicates that…the party is going to start. Tribute should be paid to the rhythm section, Jeff Taylor on drums, Dave Kaye on bass who bring in some groove,,,Monica Myhre contributes to buttress...Locke starts blowing seriously, Dave Weld who plays wild and raucous solos adding that taste of unvarnished all good Blues records need…set the tone of a more than decent, if not ground-breaking Chicago Blues release”… ”

Luca Lupoli - IL Blues

““Dave works fine on this Chicago Style material…strong sax solo… a real fret burning solo from Dave…Jeff takes lead on the vocals on both of his compositions and does a good job…two tracks feature Monica Myhre on lead vocals, both her own…the variety of vocalists is a strong plus for the cd...harmony vocals from Monica which add…strong sax, guitar…an excellent comeback album for Dave.. ”

John Mitchell - Blues Blast Magazine

““…shearing juiced up guitar… Weld is a graduate of Chicago’s classic slider schools: that of JB Hutto…recreating the buzz of razor wire wildly whipping off its spool. Expectedly, “Burnin’ love is a party. The prominence of Abb Locke’s legendary sax, along with added singing from Monica Garcia and drummer Jeff Taylor helps to better temper the steel on steel romp through originals… he(Weld) makes good on hollering out joys (She’s mine) and their flipside sorrows (She’s lyin’) like his slide slashing barker of a role model (JB Hutto)”… ”

Dennis Rozanski - Bluesrag

““Its been a long time coming…a very strong new CD…the musicianship is excellent throughout. The vocals (four different leads) are also top tier. Add some great guests like Harry Yaseen on piano, Lil’ Ed on rhythm guitar, lead vocals on one track, and this CD is one great comeback for Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames!! Welcome back!”!... ”

Billy Rose - Independent Midwest Music

““…tough slide...with a sharp Chicago band that includes the incredible Abb Locke on sax and original music that delves deep into the Chicago slide mystique. Weld plays intense slide, the band contributes on all levels…a fine little album….” ”

Jim White - BlueNotes

““Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames comb are one of the hardest working, longest running, and most talented Windy City blues bands around…kinetic saxophonist, Abb Locke, Art Hodes protégé Harry Yaseen on piano, Dave Kaye on bass, live wire drummer Jeff Taylor and delightfully raucous vocalist Monica Garcia…she soulfully channels Etta James…longtime friend, band mate, and Alligator artist Lil Ed… marvelously aggressive…boisterously strident…Two thumbs up! ”

Gary Van Tersch - Sing Out

““Approaching 60 years of age is nothing for bluesman Dave Weld. He is the definition of perseverance and poise.. he sat at the foot of the learning tree of great slide man JB Hutto. The finished product is literally an inspired example of great Blues music. Every track was inspired... great call and response going with Weld’s vocals and Abb Lockes saxophone…fantastic slide solo…firey guitar solos…will draw a smile across your face…cleaver songwriting...Monica Myhre gets down...a fantastic rhythm section…”Burnin love soars…Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames keep their momentum from start to finish… turned in a fantastic record...Bob Koester..Delmark Records, have done us all a great service by releasing this CD… ”

““Burnin’ love is a raucous monster…Weld performs wonderfully wild guitar…their sweet vocal harmonies are as animated as Weld’s wicked and rockin’ slide guitar. (Monica’s) “Talk Dirty” is equally suited for a sultry blues diva…here Myhre displays her burly pipes. Weld cut his teeth with Hutto and has a long standing relationship with Lil ED, but Weld is no mere copycat of his mentor or colleague. If you ever wondered what houserockin ’music sounds like, listen to “Burnin’ love”…”

Tim Holek - Living Blues