Guitar driven...blues inspired..."Fade to Blue", a 16 track, full-length 2008 release CD by Dave Sadler, is available on BluezArt Records. On "Fade to Blue" you will find a variety of guitar driven, blues inspired tracks ranging from Chicago, Texas, and traditional Delta influenced tunes, to blues/rock/jazz fusion, and reggae numbers.
Working with accomplished studio musicians from across the U.S. and the U.K., Dave Sadler has compiled a collection of music that draws from the blues/rock heritage of the nation's mid-section. From the farmland Delta of South Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana to the streets of Chicago and the plains of Texas, the early Blues greats paved the way for modern rock, and paid their dues. The music on Fade to Blue is intended to be an acknowledgment of their struggles and contributions, with a few messages for our times.
Collaborating with Dave on several tracks for the Fade to Blue CD is Dan Cipriano, one of the busiest saxophone players in New York. Dan has performed, or recorded with Wilson Pickett, Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers, Gary U.S. Bonds, Michael Bolton, Southside Johnny, George Thorogood, Paul Shaffer, and a host of others. You will love his contribution on Fade to Blue.
In March 2008, Fade to Blue entered the Roots Music Report Blues Chart at No. 33. Tracks from Fade to Blue have been featured on Sounds of Blue with Bob Putignano, Mark Kerr’s Blues Nation Show, and numerous other blues programs and broadcast outlets. Cuts from Fade to Blue have been named among the top songs for 2007 on Midnight Special Blues Radio, originating in Paris, France. Dave was recently named the "Featured Guitarist of the Month" for February, 2009 on IndieGuitarist.com.
Fade to Blue has been listed in iTunes Europe's Top 100 Albums List in the Blues category in 2008. The Top 100 List is based on sales and is compiled weekly. Fade to Blue is currently listed at No. 53 on the chart and is one of the featured releases in the Blues genre.
Read what others are saying about "Fade to Blue".....
Rootstime Review (Belgium):
June 21, 2008
'Fade To Blue' holds many trump cards. With a broad range of bluesrock, jazzy ballads, reggae and funk, this album sought blues inspiration from many places. Arkansas/Mississippi, Louisiana/Texas and Chicago-influences merge into a homogeneous whole, in which Dave Sadler, guitar man from Arkansas, feels at home like a fish in the water. Four instrumental numbers between a dozen songs, all of the hand of Sadler, guarantee a full hour of blues variety. Sadler not being bound by borders is also reflected in his lyrics in 'Shackles and Chains', a protest against everything that man fetters. 'Killing Game' is an indictment against the violence in Baghdad that separates families and children from a peaceful life. His powerful lyrics have been thought through, and are sung with a misleadingly serene voice. He accompanies himself with various guitars, bass, and from time to time with Honner bluesharp. A father of four children, he shows in his lyrics his concern for orphaned children and the dangers that threaten them.
Another high point is the presence of saxophonist, Dan Cipriano, who joins in four numbers with trombone, trumpet and sax. In 'Cold, Blowin' Wind his saxophone cries as a warning against the world of drug dealers. This renowned horn master has played with Wilson Pickett, Southside Johnny, Gary U. S. Bonds and Bruce Springsteen and enriches Dave's album. In addition, five other capable studio musicians contribute on the CD.
Dave's wife, Elizabeth, produced the project which was recorded at BluezArt Studio located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. In addition to his occupation as an architect, he finds time to make music with a local group of musicians for benevolent concerts and other events. Coming from a musical family that included a piano teacher (his mother), he grew up listening to various forms of blues music on the radio. Instead of the practicing the latest rock hits, he chose Elmore James, Robert Cray and Buddy Guy as his imaginary teachers. In 'Rise Above', you hear an Eric Clapton influence. On 'Blues Night Special' he calls out the names of Big Bill Broonzy, Junior Walker, Howlin' Wolf, Luther Allison and Freddie King, all bluesmen for whom he bears a warm heart. Dave Sadler designed this album with solid and really versatile musical building stones that leave a colorful impression from 'Fade To Blue' till 'Blue Reggae'.
–Marcie, Rootstime (Belgium) 6.21.08
"On Fade to Blue, Arkansas blues singer Dave Sadler offers up an eclectic mix of 16 guitar driven songs based in the blues/rock tradition of the Midwest. He’s an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and clearly knows what he’s doing on the guitar...On “Shackles and Chains," Sadler wails out on the electric guitar while on the softer bluesy “Killing Game,” he provides a social commentary on poverty and war...Sadler also includes a slew of instrumental numbers on the album which showcase his mastery of the guitar. As well, he gets by with a little help from his friends such as prominent saxophonist, Dan Cipriano, whose playful exchanges on “Can’t Take It With You” is an instant listener’s delight....
...Sadler definitely has the voice and musicianship to stand apart from the crowd...."
-Skott Freedman, Indie-Music.com Magazine
Comments from Around the Music World:
“Hey Dave…Great sound, man!”
"Sounds great, well done!!!......"
"Very original, love the horns and guitar...Keep on keeping on...I will be looking forward to hearing your new recording."
President New York Blues and Jazz Society
"Sounds of Blue" radio program
"You've got some really great tunes...Very smooth."
"Beautiful sounds man!!!......"
"Nice material, tasteful playing, reminds me of my friend Dave Specter's style."
"Thanks for coming on Bluzzradio...great tracks on your MySpace site!"
-Alain Bouet- Bluzzradio
-Smiling Jack Smith
“Man I like the sound. You have the Clapton "feel" down on “Fade To Blue”…Pack an ax and come on over and play at the KY Blues Festival. We'd love to have ya!”
Bowling Green, KY
“Loved "Fade To Blue", very smooth. I can't wait to hear the other tracks here….”
Cedar Crest Studio
"...The music's as great as usual and being played on 'Helsinki's Blues Cafe' "
- Geoff Barton
Helsinki Blues Cafe Radio
"Great songs Dave!"
- Roxy Perry
"....love your music taste!"
“Your tracks are awesome, I got a lot of great feedback on them….keep rockin the planet my friend....”
Tornado Valley Radio
“Superb blues guitar and songs, really like "Fade to Blue"…very Robert Cray…”
"Some very nice guitar playing here!"
"Very nice tunes...very nice"
-Twin Cities Radio
“You didn't take 2 many 'Wrong Turns'…excellent music…best wishes from all your friends in Ireland.”
-Monaghan Blues Jam
Mc Kennas Bar, Dublin Street, Monaghan, Ireland
"LOVE the sound you get with that T5 . . . awesome music . . . keep it up!"
-Sweet Willie Milton
“I enjoyed listening to your songs ...
tasty and passionate playing !!!”
Barry Richmond Band
"You play a mean tune mate…."
-Midnight Blue Lounge