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Shades of Blue

by Kirk Fletcher

Classic electric Chicago, Delta, and West Coast blues played with passion and fire by one of the best blues guitarists in the business, with a little help from some high-profile friends.
Genre: Blues: Guitar Blues
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1. Blues For Boo Boo
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2. Bad Boy
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3. Welfare Blues
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4:58 album only
4. Don't Go No Further
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5. Club Zanzibar
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6. That's Why I'm Cryin'
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7. Worried Man Blues
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8. Country Girl
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9. Down Home Woman
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10. Stranded in St. Louis
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11. Little By Little
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12. My Home Is A Prison
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13. The River's Invitation
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14. Hip Hug Her
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15. You Don't Know
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16. Club Zanzibar (alternate take)
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17. Don't Go No Further (acoustic)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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KIRK "ELI" FLETCHER

Guitarist Kirk "Eli" Fletcher is, ironically, a rare presence on todays blues scene: a 20-something African-American man who has thoroughly immersed himself in the classic blues sounds of the 1950s and '60s. Son of a Baptist minister, Kirk's introduction to the blues came as a teenager, through his older brother's copy of B.B. King's "Live At the Regal", and he hasn't looked back since. In Kirk's relatively short time playing music, he's made some big waves and impressed a lot of the right people. Coming up through the ranks of the West Coast blues scene, he's spent valuable time with Al Blake (former frontman of the legendary Hollywood Fats Band), Richard "Lynwood Slim" Duran, and Junior Watson, among others. Eventually he was handpicked for Kim Wilson's Blues Revue, the modern day equivalent of joining, say, Muddy Waters' band in the 1950s. From there he was recruited for veteran harp man Charlie Musselwhite's band, and not long afterwards, with help from Wilson, Blake and Duran among others, he recorded his first CD, for England's JSP label. While continuing to work as one of the most sought after 'hired hands' on the West Coast blues scene, he began an association with blues producer and promoter Randy Chortkoff, which resulted in Kirk's most recent solo CD, "Shades Of Blue". On that project Kirk was supported by some the hottest and most experienced West Coast blues veterans, among them vocalist Finis Tasby, laying the groundwork for his most recent recording with all-star supper group The Mannish Boys.


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Robert Gonzales

Astounding guitar range and styles and keeps good company.
I have Kirks three releases and they are all great.He's
been in some good company of artists such as Kim Wilson
and Finnis Tasby. His age is not a shocker, but his depth
and wisdom and knowledge of music I've been singing for over
50 years, is. He plays the BLUES the way I feel, straight
from the heart. Waiting for more great BLUES from KIRK.

Phil Martowski

CD offers an impressive array of blues that come straight from the heart.
CD immerses you in the blues right from the start, one song after another enticing you to hear the next. Lovers of blues, especially blues guitar will be surprised by the stylistic range and depth of artistry that permeates this CD. Subtle, yet compelling CD that creates the expectation that more good stuff is just around the corner.

Eddie Soye

Another winner
Kirk is a great guitarist with great technique and a deep understanding of the blues. Another winner by a remarkable talent that is highly and unreservedly recommended. Buy it

Peter Le Faucheur

Will acheive legendary status.
After purchasing Kirk Fletcher's FABULOUS debut CD called "I'm Here & I'm Gone"(JSP label) back in 1999 i approached this 2004 release with trepidation thinking 'surely he can't pull it off again!'
I was wrong. He got even better!!
His debut album featured a horn section but this one is in Charlie Musselwhite Chicago-style mode with earthy harp/vocals from Kim Wilson as well as vocalists Finis Tasby & Janiva Magness.
Every track is superb and Kirk holds the tension keeping you on the edge of your seat with some of the most imaginative Blues guitar that i've heard for 30 yrs.
So many legends come to mind when one hears Kirk play...Hollywood Fats, Buddy Guy,Johnny Guitar Watson, Freddie King,Albert Collins, Otis Rush and soon i think Kirk will join the list of legends.
By far the best thing to occur with the Blues genre for along while.
I'd give this one 10 stars!

Wayne

Good Stuff!
Great feeling throughout. The addition of Kim Wilson sends this disc over the top!

Bluesfan60


Saw you at The Riverfront Blues Fest a few weeks ago.You made such an impression i looked you up on the net & bought your CD.Its also great.

Grant Sexsmith

Kirk Fletcher
This is a Great Modern Blues Guitar Album! I enjoyed all of the Guest Artists as well as Kirk Fletcher!

Very Good CD!!!