Barry Big B Brenner's latest CD; "OLD SCHOOL BLUES" is Americana Roots Music at its finest. Recorded in May of 2009, it represents what you would likely hear TODAY at one of Big B's impressive LIVE shows.
There are several songs played on low strung acoustic 12-String Guitar ("You Don't Know My Mind", "Bye Bye Baby Blues" and the rousing "Step It Up and Go!") as well as some strutting National Resonator Bottleneck Slide Guitar numbers ("Denver Blues" and "I'm Worried"). Be sure to also check out the bawdy story line on the swampy "Silver Street Blues", an original and quite novel Blues tune about the infamous denizens of the Under-The-Hill crowd down in Natchez, Mississippi. The self-penned instrumentals "Cat Pause" and "Grand Canyon Mules" are just two of the delightful ear candy tracks to be savored.
All in all, Big B Brenner's latest digital platter is an enjoyable, eclectic mix of foot tapping, dance floor BLUES.
"...His music oozes out of the weird American night. Fine, mellow and yet exciting and invigorating, like the most distinct of distilled spirits..."
Fellow musicians refer to him as; "Mr. Blues, Rags & Stomps!", that's because Barry Big B Brenner plays the Real Country Folk Blues which originated in the Mississippi Delta, Texas Plains, Piney Woods, Piedmont Seaboard, Louisiana Bayou and of course...Chicago's South Side. Barry has performed all over the USA; from Alaska to the back woods of the Arkansas Ozarks, out to the California Foothills and many points in-between.
He was Born and raised on the legendary South Side of Chicago and is a self-taught singer and acoustic guitar virtuoso. Big B has performed alongside such notables as renowned Blues Guitar Maestro Albert King and Eric Burdon of Animals fame.
Barry now continues the grand American tradition of solo country bluesman and folk music songster. He is a lifelong proponent of Finger-style Guitar picking, mastering the genres of COUNTRY BLUES, RAGTIME and DELTA BOTTLENECK SLIDE. Big B always features 4 different, totally unique sounding acoustic guitars in his live performance sets. You'll hear 6-String, 12-String & National Resonator Guitars, "the way they were always meant to be played."
A deep roots Blues Singer, Barry's penetrating vocals evoke the true feeling and meaning behind the expression "Down Home Blues" and revitalizes PRE-ELECTRIC BLUES as a truly original American musical gift to the world.