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Old News To Me

by Chris Simmons

Blues. Slide guitar, a bit of piano and dash of gospel singing. Guest appearance by Leon Russell.
Genre: Blues: Blues Vocals
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1. Get On Board Little Children
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2:58 album only
2. I Ain't Dead Yet
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3:41 album only
3. Damn Shame
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6:04 album only
4. Permanent Lovin Man
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3:05 album only
5. Easy To Love
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6. Lyin' Again
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4:47 album only
7. Hellhounds On My Trail
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8. To Be Lovin You
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9. The Blues Most Every Day
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10. Whiskey Wine Blues
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11. Amazing Grace
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Chris Simmons grew up in a little town in Alabama. He picked up the guitar at age 12 and before long, he knew that playing that guitar would always be his life. After joining his first band at age 15, he roamed the southeast playing southern rock and blues in dirty little bars and house parties and such... until moving on to log some miles with a nationally touring rock n roll group as a side man for awhile... He made Austin, Tx, his next home. He spent 5 years living and learning in the heart of Texas Blues playing legendary venues such as "The Steamboat", "Antone's" and the "Saxon Pub". Now, again he makes his home in the backwoods of Lacey's Spring, Alabama. With some mileage on his feet and hands, his heart has pointed him back to the blues the likes of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Freddie King...where it all began for him. For the last couple of years Chris has been fortunate to play guitar for the legendary Leon Russell. Over the last few months, between the days and nights on the road, in his little studio by the edge of those Alabama woods, Chris recorded his version of what he hears when he gets the blues. "Old News To Me"- IIt's a little bit rock n roll and little bit a gospel, and a whole lotta blues.


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Matthew

Old News to me:
i think this cd is great it has The one a nd Great Leon Russell and of course my friend Chris who plays a mean slide guitar and has a good singing voice so if u like real blues i recommend this cd.

Matthew

old news to me
this album would go # 1 on the charts form me this sounds like a leon russell album or more like derek trucks i also know chris quit well and he is a down to earth man and is a fair guy and honest. This cd i would highly reccomend to anyone and for the price its worth it. so give it a try and the man Leon russell makes apperence which this song is my favorite song on the cd. Matthew

Plaid Hat Communications

Old News is Good News
The modest CD jacket could fool you. No flashy artwork, no frills. It didnt take this blues fan long to discover that all the flash was recorded on the very cool looking disc inside the jacket. From the opening "desert island" distant drumbeat of the traditional hymn "Get On Board Little Children", I was definitely on board. Track 2 is a definite change of pace and seems to be playing homage to the classic Southern Rock/Blues tunes you might find on an 8-track in any 78 Oldsmobile on an Alabama Saturday night, yet it does so with a very modern sound and vocals that would have been at home in the '78 Olds or the '08 Cadillac.
Track 3, "Damn Shame", is a musical delight. The lyrics are the sort of poetry that first tugs at your chest, and then leaves you hunting for a bottle of Old Number 7, yet the song could have been done as an instrumental and been fantastic. That blues ballad is followed up by a more upbeat and almost comically themed "Permanent Lovin Man" on track 4. An instant classic for the blues fan that likes to smile when they hear the blues. By the time you reach track 5, Chris Simmons' velvet rasp has you captured, and you are caught unaware by an old familiar voice... that of living legend Leon Russell. Leons appearance on the record gives the listener a real treat. The harmonies and terrific lyrics make this easily one of the best "listens" on the record. Track 6, "Lyin Again" puts you back in the Jack Daniels again, but it goes down smooth. Another straight out of the swamp ballad, making it right at home preceeding track 7, the Delta Blues feeling "Hellhounds On My Trail". I could almost feel the ghost of Mr. Johnson riding in the backseat while I drove along an Alabama country road listening to the tune. Track 8, "To Be Lovin You", will leave you feeling like something is missing. Whats missing is a whole albulm of songs with that style of Blue/Jazz piano. I hope the world does not have to wait too long for that. Its a great tune and right at home on this record, but when you are humming it tomorrow, you will be wondering how many more like it there are! Track 9, "The Blues Most Every Day", is traditional Chicago pool room blues. The only thing missing on it is the sound of someone busting a tight 9 ball rack in the background right before one of the stellar but short guitar solos. "Whiskey Wine Blues" on track 10 is more of track 9, but with an even bluer feel, and again you will be tasting a shot of Jack, only this time, just finish the bottle. We return to a hair raising (and I mean that literally) gospel tune with track 11 and "Amazing Grace". A song I have heard no fewer than 10,000 times in my life, and this time was like the first time. Its a very nice touch for the end of the record, but like track 8 it leaves you wondering if there's more where that came from.

The most fun part of the whole recording is that each time through, I hear a new note, a new sound, a new instrument that I missed last time. This record could be the end of the CD changer. On the other hand, its gonna save me a lot of space in the console box of my pickup.