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Reclamation

by The Vincent Hayes Project

2010 debut from Vincent Hayes. "Reclamation" quickly propelled Vincent and his band to international notoriety, garnering multiple award nominations, including a prestigious 2011 Blues Music Award (Best New Artist).
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Hit Me High, Hit Me Low
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2. Insecurities
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3. I've Got A Right To Change My Mind
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4. Middle Man
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5. I Just Want To Get You High Tonight
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
2011 Blues Music Award Nominee, "Best New Artist Debut"
2011 Blues Blast Award Nominee, "Best New Artist, Rising Star Award"
2011 WYCE Jammie Award Recipient, "Best Album, Best Blues Album, Best Group, Producer of The Year”

Nominated by the Blues Foundation for a prestigious 2011 Blues Music Award for "Best New Artist Debut" for their internationally successful debut CD, "Reclamation", the West Michigan-based quartet has carved a rapidly growing reputation as one of the favorite roots and blues bands on the horizon.

Recorded with producer/engineer Glenn Brown (Kid Rock “Rebel Soul”) on the infamous Muscle Shoals Neve console, Reclamation was released in early 2010, and quickly became a favorite on play lists of 100's of terrestrial radio stations in 12 different countries, before making it's debut at #20 on the July 2010 Living Blues National Radio Chart. The disc additionally remained on the National Top 50 Roots Rock Radio Chart for nearly four months.

In the fall of 2010 Reclamation caught the ears of programmers at BB King's Bluesville on Sirus/XM Ch. 70, including Tony Colter as well as rock radio legend Pat St. John, and by November the disc had topped off at the #4 spot as a “Pick to Click” on Bill Wax's “Rack of Blues” weekly countdown. In February 2011, Vincent and the band swept the WYCE Jammie Awards by winning four Jammies in the categories of "Album of the Year, Best Blues Album, Best New Artist, and Producer of the Year (Glenn Brown)", before receiving two 2011 Blues Blast Award Nominations for "Best New Artist, and the Sean Costello Rising Star Award." Reclamation was additionally voted as one of the Top 100 Blues CD's of 2010-2011 by Real Blues magazine. The disc is still in regular rotation on BB King's Bluesville on Sirius/XM.

Formed as a power trio in 2005, The Vincent Hayes Project soon earned national attention after competing as semi-finalists in the 2006 & 2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Later that year, former MC5 manager and White Panther Party founder John Sinclair invited the band to serve as his "Blues Scholars" on a leg of his 2007 tour. In 2006 they were invited to open for rock legend Steve Miller to a crowd of 20,000. Miller was so taken by the band that he watched their entire set from backstage, and offered words of support to Vincent and the band that in Hayes's words, "really let us know we were doing something right." The festival invited them to return the following year to warm up the crowd for hip-hop icon Ludicris. "We knew we were more than just a blues band at that point, that we were truly capable of crossing genres and reaching wider audiences," says Hayes.

The long-awaited follow up CD, titled “The Grind”, is slated for release in August 2013, again on Hayes's independent label, North 61 Records.


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Daniel Poel

Outstandinig Blues
I have heard Vincent Hayes by himself and with the Project and have always enjoyed their sound. This new CD, Reclamation, is outstanding. The addition of the keyboard was a great move and adds a good sound to an already great band. Buy this CD and you will not be sorry you did. It’s been the only sound coming from my iPod since I got a week ago and is one of a very few CD's I own that I really like every track on it.

Diard Erick

Une dynamique rare
C’est pas souvent que je vous parle de Blues-rock, mais là, c’était pas possible de me taire…. C’est que ce Blues Rock là c’est autre chose de ce qu’on a l’habitude de se goinfrer, ou plutôt de subir au détour des concerts et autres festives. C’est pas du bruit, pas de la démonstration, pas du rabachage ni de l’usé jusqu’au trognon, etc….. (‘tention y’a des fois c’est bien, mais c’est rare……). Que dalle, cette rondelle nous offre total autre chose, voire que même que classer cela, de manière réductrice, dans le Blues Rock c’est, comment dire ??? Réducteur !
Ce CD est l’œuvre d’un power trio à la puissance monstrueuse, mais qui se la gère en orfèvre cette foutue puissance et se la fait à la subtile, à la ciseleur, riche d’une variété infinie d’influences comme le funk, le jazz, la soul, le rock ou le folk, pour, à l’arrivée réaliser un album résolument blues, un blues moderne cadrant bien avec l’époque…. D’ailleurs Vincent Hayes, qui écrit la totalité des tunes, ne dit pas autre chose, quand il dit qu’il adore le vieux blues, mais que n’ayant pas connu les situations qu’il raconte, il écrit des chansons qui parlent de ce qu’il connaît et de son époque.
Vincent Hayes est un guitariste redoutable, inspiré, virtuose doublé d’un chanteur à la voix fraîche et plaisante, total libre car porté par ses deux compères, David « The Butcher » Alves (basse) et Donnie Hugley (batterie), qui forment une section rythmique terrifiante de cohésion, pas un poil de jeu, une machine à groove et un booster démentiel. Rien que cela c’est du lourd, mais quand tu ajoutes les claviers cela devient carrément jouissif. Claviers tenu par Christian VanAntwerpen (Orgue) et Steve « Doc » Yankee (piano).
Un groupe, un son et une dynamique rares pour un album bourré de feeling, de musicalité et d’originalité….. Un grand groupe de Blues tout court, définitivement !
Le site : www.vincenthayes.com
Tonton Erick

David Beighley

Finally!!!
Finally, a complete blues work of the 21st century that is worthy of the genre. From the smooth tones, subtle harmonies, classical blues riffs and nuanced nuveau flavors crossing the entire blues spectrum, this is a must own CD for the serious blues lover. I bouight it, put it in my car, and was 20 minutes late for an appointment as I sat until it was done. The Vincent Hayes Project pushed the envelope on this one, and it will rise to the top quickly. Thanks, guys...for the biggest musical treat I have encountered in years!

Bob Dunsby

Excellent Blues Album. Keep this on your CD/MP3 player
I bought this album just over a month ago and it hasn't been off my play list since. It is absolutely fantastic stuff with no tracks being filler or a throwaway. I have being listening to blues now for 30 years and have many albums by the classic blues kings such as BB King, Muddy, Freddy King, Albert King etc and more contemporary artists like Robert Cray, Joe Louis Walker, Magic Slim etc. This album stands alongside the work of these contemporary guys, its riveting stuff and stands for repeated plays. The guitar work is great with a very tight rhythm section. I really like this ban and cant wait till they come to the UK so I can get a chance to see them. Hats off to one of the best blues albums of 2010.