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New Sounds From Kansas City

by The National Debonaires

Guitarist Steve Gerard masterminded the making of "New Sounds from Kansas City" with some of the area's best players. The material is original with a local flavor, along with gems from T-Bone and BB.
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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1. Let's Run
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2. My Baby's Gone
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3. Missing My Baby
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4. Clear View
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5. Bette Jane's Smile
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6. Wrapped Around Her Finger
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7. Rocking Fool
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8. Send For Me
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9. Ain't Gonna' Happen Again
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10. Been Chasin' My Baby
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11. Heavy Weight Baby
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12. Steady Driver
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13. (I Like) Pretty Women
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14. The Hustle Is On
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Album Notes
SoundGate Productions is proud to announce the release of “New Sounds from Kansas City” by Steve Gerard & The National Debonaires, featuring vocalist Dave “Elmo” Bailey.

“New Sounds from Kansas City” includes 14 tracks of high energy Blues, featuring 10 original songs, six of those penned by Gerard and two by drummer Andy Graffiti. SoundGate, owned and operated by Steve McBride, is recognized in the region as one of the top independent labels.

“I set out to make a record that focused on and featured a blues singer,” said Gerard. “New Sounds is really exciting because we were able to present Elmo in a way that’s never been done before. The musicians on this record just gave themselves to Elmo’s voice and the stories that are being told in the songs,” said Gerard. “The original songs are fresh and the performances are strong. I’m really proud of this work.”

Internationally recognized blues artist, Lee McBee, plays harp on three tracks. Bassist Patrick Recob and Mike “Shinetop Jr.” Sedovic, piano and organ, played key roles in the recording sessions. Recob is renowned in Kansas City for his fine work with Lee McBee. Shinetop Jr. performs regularly in and around Kansas City as a solo act. Other guest performers on the CD include world famous drummer Jimi Bott (The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Rod Piazza) and pianist Sarge Rynack (Anson Funderburgh and Holland K. Smith bands). Canadian sax legend, Mike Clark performs on two tracks.


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First class musiciens...,"savoir faire".Alley style


"The disc ya gotta' beat!"

It's a beautiful thing to be able to instantly recognize a beautiful thing. That's exactly what happened as I listened to "NEW SOUNDS FROM KANSAS CITY" by the NATIONAL DEBONAIRES. It was barely twenty-five seconds into the opening track when I had decided I was listening to a winner of a disc, and the next fifty-one minutes repeatedly validated that decision.

The NATIONAL DEBONAIRES are: STEVE GERARD on guitar; DAVE "ELMO" BAILEY on vocals; ANDY GRAFFITI on drums; PATRICK RECOB on bass; MIKE "SHINETOP JR" SEDOVIC on piano and organ; And their very special guests on "NEW SOUNDS FROM KANSAS CITY" include: LEE MCBEE on harmonica; DOUG "SARGE" RYNACK on piano; JIMI BOTT on drums; MIKE CLARK on sax.

"LET'S RUN", the opening track referred to earlier, starts out with a hot piano and guitar lead, by DAVE and MIKE, backed by the rhythm section setting the pace that immediately had me snappin' and tappin' my fingers and feet. Then, ELMO started singing and what was already good, just got better.

The very same groove continues right into "MY BABY'S GONE", with MIKE adding some great sax highlights. Meanwhile, ELMO continues to blow me away on vocals. I think it may be due to the fact that his voice and style are so much reminiscent of the late "Barkin" Bill Smith, one of my all time favorites blues vocalists.

"CLEAR VIEW", is another of several STEVE GERARD originals. It's a smoker with that rockin' "Johnny B. Goode" thing happening on guitar and that wailin' "Great Balls of Fire" thing going on the piano. One of the discs best right here.

ANDY, PATRICK and MIKE are on fire on "WRAPPED AROUND HER FINGER". The pace they set on drums, bass and piano absolutely rips. This one will definitely delight the dancers.

One of ANDY'S originals, "ROCKING FOOL", has such a great, line in it. It goes like this........
"I had a job pumping gas, I just had to quit it.....I tried to tell the boss, but he just didn't get it.......When the radio was rockin', I just had to stop.....You can't check the oil when you're doin' the bop". Damn could I relate to that. In many a review, I've mentioned not being able to type due to excessive bopping. Some of the discs best guitar work can be heard on this one.

One of the more serious blues tracks is "AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN AGAIN", another original by ANDY. This is the kind of stuff that gets my blues boat floatin'. ELMO'S super soulful vocals sent chills right through me. Damn, who is this guy and why have I not heard of him before? Also highlighting this one is some great blues guitar work by STEVE and lots of masterful mood setting organ by MIKE. Unquestionably this listeners favorite track.

The closing track, "THE HUSTLE IS ON", is the one that features all of the special guests with MIKE'S tenor sax being the highlight.


I know I recommend a lot of CD's to my readers, but this one's a must have. Check out the NATIONAL DEBONAIRES at and grab a copy. While you're there, tell the guys that Blewzzman's saying that if you want to win the 2007 BLEWZZY AWARD, "NEW SOUNDS FROM KANSAS CITY" is the disc ya gotta' beat.

This review has been complimentary written for your newsletter by Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro, a contributing writer for BLUESWAX and the Blues Editor at where you can read many more CD and live show reviews, view lots of blues photographs and find an abundance of blues material. I can be reached at

Sean Carney

"Bold Original Blues!"
Steve Gerard & The National Debonaires rocket out of the Midwest with New Sounds From Kansas City, debuting a collection of bold original blues and lesser known gems. Make no mistake, Gerard has assembled a top notch blues orchestra to take these sounds beyond Kansas City with strong regional flavoring from Chicago, New Orleans and California. Big voiced blues singer, David “Elmo” Bailey has got to be Kansas City’s best kept secret, with a deep, powerful blues moan that is all his own, providing the perfect counterpoint to Steve’s in-the-pocket, soulful guitar work. “New Sounds From Kansas City,” is one of the most exciting blues releases I’ve heard in quite some time. Enjoy!

Sean Carney
2007 International Blues Challenge Champion
2007 Albert King Award Winner

Jerry Hall, Pacific Blues

"Icing On The Cake!"
Guitarist Steve Gerard masterminded the making of "New Sounds from Kansas City" with some of the area's best players. The material is original with a local flavor, along with gems from T-Bone and BB. The flavors also extend to the Chicago/New Orleans/California styles as well. David 'Elmo' Bailey's vocals are the icing on the cake, having a unique and powerful voice and delivery. An original project powered by local musicians to bring attention to the blues heritage of their town. A concept others should consider...”
Jerry Hall, Pacific Blues