Soul of a Sinner, features guitar wizard Kirk "Eli" Fletcher and vocalist Michael "Pink" Arguello. This CD is far from predictable and is a Very Exciting Blues Release! Deep, Raw and Soulful Blues at it's Best, Straight from the Heart! 5 Stars!
A fixture in the Southern California music scene since the 80’s, known mostly for his up-tempo 40’s style Jump Blues, Mike Arguello and his band 2000 LBS OF BLUES, is doing something a little different this time around with the newly released CD SOUL OF A SINNER. Arguello isn’t leaving jump blues for good, only stretching his musical muscle and songwriting abilities with something a little deeper, a little edgier and even a little darker than his previous 3 CDs.
SOUL OF A SINNER is an unpredictable musical journey through a collection of soulfully interpreted, heartfelt songs. Twelve of the 13 songs are original works that run the musical gamut from big-time gritty harmonica blues, to guitar-crunching funky rockers, a smooth Latin-Jazzy number, all the way to a chest-pounding rap honoring the city of New Orleans. Never forgetting their well-loved roots, the band takes you on that journey via a wild, musical tightrope walk led by fearless bandleader Arguello, who, jumping from side to side, bouncing you up and down, crazily coming close, never lets you fall off!
This long awaited 4th CD was recorded, engineered and mixed entirely at Ardent Audio Productions in Torrance, CA, by Rich Wenzel. Over a long weekend this past February, Arguello and Wenzel gathered together a powerhouse lineup of well known, 5-Star musicians all of whom have been or are 2000 Lbs of Blues band members. Those players include:
Michael Arguello ~ Vocals, Acoustic guitar
Rich Wenzel ~ Piano, Keyboards (Dave Mason Band)
Kirk Fletcher ~ Guitar (Fabulous Thunderbirds, Charlie Musselwhite)
Gonzalo Bergara ~ Guitar (Jon Jorgensen, Dan Hicks)
Bobby Tsukamoto ~ Bass (John Trudell, Jackson Brown)
Tom Fillman ~ Drums (Spencer Davis Band, Alejandro Escovedo)
Eric Von Herzen ~ Harp (Social Distortion, Walter Trout)Johnny Mastro ~ Harp (The Mamma’s Boys)
Teresa James on some great backing vocals
Scott Martin ~ Saxophones, Andrew Carney-Trumpet,
Walter Wagner ~Trombone, Jesse MacLeod ~ Rap Master
“It was important to me to maintain the rawness and excitement of a live performance as well as a level of soulful grittiness for this CD. By having everyone in the studio together, recording live, collaborating as a band we were able to get just the right feel as well as sound I was hoping for,” says Arguello. “Having these guys who possess so much talent, in one room at one time is what really made SOUL OF A SINNER come alive.”
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CD Review by Freddy
2000 LBS OF BLUES (US)
Soul of a Sinner
Michael “Pink” Arguello is getting dirty!
I'll classify "Soul of a sinner" immediately in the blues category and to be more precisely in the category "how blues really should sound". Michael is not the party animal anymore as he (Pink) was before, but strong and mature.
The first time I saw "2000 LBS of blues" was in a place where live music was played somewhere in Orange country, when I was on the road with Eric Von Herzen. After the show Michael came immediately to sit with us at a table and the Californian heat 'beamed with joy' off his face (Robert/translator: I'm not sure if 'beamed with Joy is the right translation, sorry but it's meant positive!!) , friendly and always ready to tell a joke and that's how we learned to know him later on too when he came to Europe in January 2008.
For this 4th album Michael clearly chose a bunch of real fine colleagues, and we saw also that Kirk Fletcher (Fab. T-birds) is playing more with 2000 LBS of Blues. Afterwards (?) he will have plenty of work with this band and with the Mannish Boys.
Names like Kirk, Tom Fillman, Johnny Mastro, Eric Von Herzen and even Teresa James are on this "Soul of a sinner" too!
You can call it "blues with balls", if you listen to the song "Love in the dirt". Also with the raw sounding "Gravedigger" we come close in the neighborhood of Eric Von Herzen, raw harmonica sound, and that's why it becomes clear why they asked Eric and Johnny Mastro to do the harmonicas. Also little Willie John's "I need your love so bad" is pretty close to Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac version, but in addition, in this 2000 LBS version, we get a soul sauce on top of it thanks to the "Horn section", and a nice guitar solo by Kirk Fletcher.
Something else... with 'Good Heart Black Soul' , a subdued song with an acoustic guitar and subtle harmonica sound Michael clearly wants to show his "black soul" and he also shows here that he's got the true spirit in him, a song in which he sounds reminiscent of the old blues singers. With "Bad Reputation" it looks as if Michael wants to wrench himself in a bodice, and from now wants to manifest as the roughest blues performer from the West Coast, something he proves with the last song "Soul of a sinner" and so he becomes the "Belly of the Beast"...
'Soul of a Sinner' became a strong and raw album and shows Michael from a side we never heard from him before. The playful and swinging part made room for a deep and raw Blues straight from the heart, and I'm curious if after this 4th album, which is by far his best, he's ever going to have time to cross the ocean again!
*Thank You to Robert from Belgium for translating this Review.
Link to review: http://www.rootsville.be/CD%20REVIEW%20TOTAL/CD%20REVIEWS%202009/2000lbs%20of%20blues.html