Root Doctor | Been A Long Time Coming

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Been A Long Time Coming

by Root Doctor

Classic soul and rhythm & blues with first-rate musicianship, a contemporary twist, and one of the best singers you'll ever hear.
Genre: Blues: Blues Vocals
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1. Me And My Wife
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2. Michigan Roads
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3. Last Two Dollars
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4. Love Bones
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5. The Turning Point
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6. Mississippi Blues
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7. Respect Yourself
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8. Too Late To Try To Do Right
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9. Been A Long Time Coming
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10. Rainy Night In Georgia
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11. My Foolish Pride
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12. Hold On
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"...[Root Doctor] fits together hand in glove."
Chicago Sun Times


...you boys be playin’ da blues mighty fine! Good luck in all and stay in the groove! Chuck Leavell, Keyboardist for Allman Brothers, Sea Level, Eric Clapton,
Rolling Stones


Lansing, Michigan-based Root Doctor recently made an excellent showing on the Living Blues radio charts with this record, and deservedly so: Been A Long Time Coming is a beautifully executed project, from the performances to the repertoire and production. Balancing traditional blues with soul and even prewar country blues material (Greg Nagy's John Hammond–inspired reading of Willie Brown's Mississippi Blues), Root Doctor emerges here as the consummate working band, worthy of any festival or club audiences' attention.

Freddie Cunningham is an authoritative blues singer whose voice wavers and perforates like a hard-nosed version of Bobby Bland. This is delightfully apparent during straight soul numbers like the Brook Benton hit Rainy Night In Georgia and a powerhouse read-through of Leo Graham's Turning Point, a strong composition made popular in 1975 by Tyrone Davis. On the latter track, as with most of the R&B material, the Sofa King Horns form a brass stronghold as robust as any performing traditional soul today.

Memorable original songs bookend the album, and the first two tracks are at once instrumentally savvy and lyrically inventive. Me And My Wife shuffles through a blues that celebrates marriage (rather than being heartbroken by it), and Michigan Roads cites new and unlikely blues highways over sly funk.
EH, Living Blues Magazine, June/July 2006

My first encounter with Root Doctor was infectious, the band dancing its way into my head. For three days I listened to the album; then I started listening again from the beginning. Root Doctor took me on a journey from their Michigan base to the Mississippi Delta, for a shuffle down the street of Chicago and even on a jaunt through Georgia, conjuring images and memories I am sure are not mine - but while submerged in the experience I am unable to decipher my reality from that of the songs. Root Doctor continually mixes it up from track to track, proving the flexibility of both the band and the genre.

The vocal stylings of Freddie Cunningham were a surprise, meaty and delicious from start to finish. Moved along by James Williams on bass and vocals, and Matt Hayes on drums, the rhythms provide a perfect place for Greg Nagy (guitar, vocals) and Jim Alfredson (Hammond B3, keyboards, vocals) to evolve and complete the sound. Fun, energetic, and soulful, their music is a promise to rhythm and blues that what is past is as close as the present: traditional does not have to be complacent.
Pip McKay - Elmore Magazine, May 2006

I was impressed with this disc the first time I heard it and my listeners apparently agree. Been getting calls for Last Two Dollars and Too Late to Try to do Right since the first time I played them on the air. Solid groove, soulful vocals and great songs. This disc has it all. Freddie Cunningham may be the best soul blues vocalist working today.
Mark Hillsman - Host of the Blues Blowout, Pirate Radio WIVI 96.1 FM
St. Thomas Virgin Islands

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Jeff Harris


It's easy to get jaded as we regularly get inundated with dozens of blues records a month, most decidedly unmemorable. Root Doctor is a band that made us take notice, blending a powerful mix of R&B, soul, funk and hard blues delivered by terrific vocalist Freddie Cunningham.

Root Doctor hails from Lansing, Michigan where they've been voted Best Blues Band four years in a row. "Been A Long Time Coming" is their first album in seven years and their first full-studio date. Hopefully this new record will spread the word about this fine soulful outfit who certainly deserve wider recognition.

Root Doctor's sound harks back to the 60's and 70's era that melded soul, blues and funk similar to band like Tower of Power, Blood, Sweat and Tears as well as drawing from soul factories like Muscle Shoals, Stax and Hi Studios. Interestingly the record was recorded through a mixing console purchased from the legendary Muscle Shoals Recording Studio. Custom-built and delivered to Muscle Shoals in 1978, the board was used on sessions by Aretha Franklin, Johnnie Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland, James Brown, and many many others. Underpinning Root Doctor's sound is a strong classic soul undercurrent delivered magnificently by front man Freddie Cunningham in a warm, rich baritone. The band has great chemistry, laying down a deep groove on soul drenched numbers like a steamy version of Johnnie Taylor's classic "Last Two Dollars", the irresistibly funky, catchy "Love Bones" and a great R&B hook on "Been A Long Time Coming" featuring vocals by keyboardist Jim Alfredson. Root Doctor handles the blues with equal authority on numbers like the down home acoustic blues of "Mississippi Blues", the tough "Too Late To Try To Do Right" or the chugging good time feel of "Me And My Wife." Throughout the band is rock solid featuring stellar guitar from Greg Nagy, fabulous Hammond organ from Jim Alfredson who gets plenty of room to cook and batch of soulful horn players that give the whole project that classic soul/R&B feel.

"Been A Long Time Coming" is knockout disc from start to finish and fans of classic soul, R&B and blues should enjoy this one immensely.

Steve James

Simply Amazing!!!
Tasty, well constructed, powerful, and soulful record from start to finish. Samples here don't even begin to touch on the depth of this recording. Simply amazing!

Rockin Ralph/Oldies Unlimited and Blues Rocket Music


"Been A Long Time Coming"--the New CD by Root Doctor was worth the wait!

Root Doctor propels the listener into that steamy realm of the Great
Blues/Soul/Funk Sound of the 60's and 70's.

It's drenched in Deep Groove and Inspiration.

Solid Vocals by Freddie Cunningham with Greg Nagy's fine guitarwork is
propelled even further by the "funky as hell" Hammond and Keyboard work
from Jim Alfredson. Greg even shows his vocal talent on one tune. Terrific
voice, indeed.

Thick, Thumpin' Bass from James Williams with Matt Hayes workin' the Drumkit
drives Root Doctor through 12 tracks of Smokey Soul-Blues & Flat Gettin'
Down.

Pulling the Mojo from Root Doctor's bag----is just the right prescription
for all your CD ills !

Really Good CD ! Great release!

John Carlton

A Real Band!
Something that is sorely missing into soul and blues music today: a real band with a creative and unique sound. The samples here don't do this cd justice. Amazing interplay among the musicians, stellar arrangements, tremendously genuine vocals, and a warm recorded sound. I heard these guys on the radio while driving home from work. They were doing a live in studio appearance on Mitch Albom's show (the Tuesdays With Morrie guy). Mitch seemed blown away by these guys.. he said something along the lines of "we get a lot of bands in here, and to be honest most times it is just business as usually...but these guys are amazing!" Highly recommended!!

Dick Fairchild - City Sounds Radio

Been A Long Time Coming is like an old friend.
If you are truly a blues fan, this is one album you definately must add to your cd collection!! Been A Long Time Coming is one of the best albums to cross my doorstep in a long long time. To make an analogy, I'd have to say that listening to this album is like putting on that old favorite pair of shoes or those old Levis that always feel sooooooo good. This album has that type of a comfortable feel to it.

The Root Doctor has been around for a number of years and if you read the bios of the band members, you'll quickly see there is enough cumulative history to sustain several bands. They have individually played with many of the best blues artists in the business.The band claims to play a diverse mix of classic soul, R&B, a little traditional blues and original material. They do all of that and more. The best part is that no matter what they play, there is a soulful thread that weaves it's way through all the tracks.

I knew from the moment Greg Nagy led off and Jim Alfredson fired up that Hammond B3 organ on Me And My Wife, we were goin' to church. James Williams on bass and Matt Hayes on drums put a solid bottom in the music and throughout the rest of tracks they keep it there. The part that stuck out most to me was the interchange between band members. This band plays as a team and that makes for a rich solid sound with great timing. If there is one team member who could be considered the front man, that would have to be Freddie Cunningham and rightfully so. Freddie has a deep soulful voice that only many years in the business can produce and he, along with solid backing from the members of the band, lay that down for most tracks on the album.

The music covers songs written by the band as well as several covers of other artists. Me And My Wife and Michigan Roads lead off the album and are tracks written by the Root Doctor. Both feature the guitar work of Nagy and the keyboards of Alfredson. The next few tracks Last Two Dollars, Love Bones, The Turning Point, Mississippi Blues, Respect Yourself, and Too Late To Try To Do Right are covers. Love Bones and Turning Point add The Sofa King Horns along with two guest trombones which tend to give that classic soul sound to the music. The next track, Mississippi Blues, is a delta flavored track featuring Greg Nagy on guitar and vocals. Then it's back to Freddie and the band with a solid rendition of Respect Yourself. Too Late To Try To Do Right is a track written by Malaco songwriters Sam Mosley & the late Bob Johnson. The band does an awesome job on this track and Freddies vocals are right at home on this one. Jim Alfredson takes the lead vocal on the title track Been A Long Time Coming. He's backed by Greg Nagy on vocal harmony and a catchy little trombone solo which might sound a bit out of place here, but actually it fits very well. They, then, cover Rainy Night In Georgia and finish up with two original tracks; My Foolish Pride and Hold On.

As I said in the beginning, this is a "must have" cd. It has a mix of several styles on it, but that common soulful thread of Freddie and the Root Doctor, sews these tracks together into one very fine blues product.

Fred Smith

Been a Long Time Coming
I have a lot of Blues CD's. This CD is my favorite. I've seen and heard Root Doctor several times and never tire of their awesome sound. Everyone should buy this CD and add it to their Blues collection. I'm looking forward to getting Root Doctor's next CD - "Change Our Ways". I heard their version of "Soul Shine" at the Eastwood Mall this summer and just for that song, I will buy this CD.

Thomas Jordan


Guys, I just finished listening to the Root Doctor cd and have to say I was really impressed! These guys have really got it down but good. They play a mixture of blues, r & b, gospel and some soul. They have a real tight sounding band. Freddie Cunningham handles most of the vocal chores and he's got a very fine bluesman's voice. Greg Nagy handles the guitar chores and does an outstanding job. The standout track for me is 'Too Late To Try To Do Right' which features some outstanding guitar work. It gave me goosebumps to be quite frank. He takes lead vocal duty on 'Mississippi Blues' playing acoustic. I'd like to hear more of that in the future. Jim Alfredson plays Hammond organ and contributes some real tasty grooves and takes vocals on the title track 'Been A Long Time Coming'. He's also in charge of the horn arrrangements featured on some of the individual tracks. James Williams on bass and Matt Hayes drums, do a fine job keeping the unit intact. Let me say in conclusion the Root Doctor cd is well worth purchasing. I purchased my copy from CD Baby.I think you're really going to be quite happy with this one. This one is getting some serious play in my house right now.

hammond 4060


Really liked this cd. The band really sound good together,alot of good songs on this cd.I am a true fan of the hammond organ& like the organ on this disk.

Blueshound

buy this cd!!!!
If you dig music that moves your soul to dance, then rootdoctor has the prescription READY!!!!!Get this cd now and listen to a band who will warm your soul!!!!



Strong vocals and instrumentals. The title song is a standout.
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