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Transblues

by Spiros Soukis

The music is blues-rock oriented, with funky grooves and the freshness of Mediterranean breezes.
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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1. Time Was
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2. Suspicious
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3. I've Made Up My Mind
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4. My Baby's Coming Back
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5. A Million Years
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6. Mad Rain
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7. Kathleen
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8. Na'rtheis
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9. I Ain't Superstitious (Live - Willie Dixon)
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10. Messin' With The Kid (Live - Junior Wells)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"Crazy About the Blues!"

Growing up in Athens, Greece I spent all of my free time trying to find, buy, listen to and study every blues record I could get my hands on at the US/UK-import record stores. And I was also hearing people like Howlin' Wolf on the American radio broadcasts from the then-existing US military base in Athens.

Although the British blues-guitar masters like Peter Green, Eric Clapton and Robin Trower were my first huge influences, the impact on my style from American slingers like Johnny Winter, Harvey Mandel, Duane Allman and, of course, Jimi Hendrix was equally important.

In the early '80s I became the lead guitarist for the pop icon, Sidiropoulos - a Greek Jim Morrison whose lyrics are drug related, erotic and philosophical - with whom I performed and recorded extensively until I moved to Sweden where I continued my classical musical studies at Stockholm University and performed in various clubs around the city.

In the late '80s I moved back to Athens, where I formed a powerful blues-rock trio, 'That's Why,' opened for bands as diverse as the Pixies and Peter Green himself and recorded two songs for the Live at Rodon album. My first self-produced CD "Fota Tou Iliggou" (Lights of Vertigo), was released in July 1996 and received overwhelmingly positive reviews from the critics who gave it the highest points of reference. Including "CD of the Month" in Audio (July, 1996).

Between 1996 and 2000 I recorded several songs and in 2000 my Greek record label re-released my CD in a re-mastered, repackaged and re-titled version "I Magissa Tis Arapias" (The Sorceress of Arabia). The title track is a popular Hellenic tune from the that is a mixture of minor blues blended with rembeticko--the Greek blues--for which I created a new arrangement.

When the year 2003 was declared by the American Congress to be "Year of the Blues," I took this to be an excellent sign I should pack up my guitar and head for the motherland of the blues: America! To be specific: New York City. Where I immediately started going to the jams, meeting musicians and making new friends who, like me, had come to the city from places all over the world. Manhattan is a musical mecca and I was blown away by the abundance of musical talent the city had to offer.

Last summer I started to play at some clubs in and around New York. And over the course of various gigs I was able to play with a wide variety of different players some of whom I really clicked with. That's when I decided it was time to go into the recording studio and begin to record my newest songs with--for the first time--English lyrics.

Now I've just completed my first all-American recording with eight news songs for which I've written all the music and lyrics and recorded in NYC and Athens. Performing with me are some amazing musicians: Ms. Bernice "Boom Boom" Brooks, diva of drums, Mr. Ivan "Funkboy" Bodly, bassist extraordinaire, Mr. Jeff "Breathtaker" Stewart, harmonica king and yours truly on guitar and vocals.

The music is the blues played with Greek soul, spiced up with a funky groove and with a rock intensity that brings to my beloved American roots a European touch. And the soft freshness of a Mediterranean breeze. Pump up the volume and enjoy!

Soukis


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Jasmin Cromwell

This was a wonderful blend of sounds.
The sounds and blends that Mr. Soukis performs on this CD are just wonderful. Some very strong sounds and wonderful lryics make this CD enjoyable and we find ourselves just leaving it in the CD player and hearing it over and over. We enjoy it very much.

Ella

A must-buy cd!!
This has become one of my new fave cd's. Every song is great, I especially like Time Was, Suspicious and Na'rtheis. The whole cd is very bluesy but with a rock n' roll kick that gets you jammin hard to his tunes. His voice has that -I've-been-around- sound that makes you believe he really means what he's singing about. It got me hooked. I'd recommend this cd to anyone who likes good music and if you like classic rock or blues this is a serious MUST BUY!! Yeah, baby!!

Yiorgos

Excellent!!!!
Rock Solid and Hopelessly Airborn!!!!!

Paula Bomer

I love this CD! Honest, straightforward blues rock. The real stuff!
From start to finish, from the great, mid-tempo opener "Time Was", to the last two, rocking, raw, live tracks, this CD is a treat. Reminiscent of Eric Clapton--it shows why pared down blues rock is having such a revivival. And then there's the song "Na'rtheis" a Greek song-- so lovely, so heartfelt! An emotional, true feeling CD. Highly recommended.

Jason Trask

A truly memorable album.
When I heard that a friend had married a blues man from Greece, I had my doubts. I bought his c.d., more out of a sense of duty than anything else. And though I listened to it, I see now that I didn't give it the time it deserved. Not until I was listening to my iPod on shuffle mode did I hear how good Transblues really is. When the song “A Million Years” came on, I suspected it might be Stevie Ray Vaughn, but I didn’t recall putting him on my iPod. I looked and sure enough it was Spiros Soukis. The man is a powerhouse, a truly inspired blues guitarist who has not only the technical proficiency to make his guitar do his bidding, but the emotional daring to let the music do its. And his voice has the rough-sawn quality of someone who has experienced all sides of life. All of the songs except one are in English, but even the Greek song “Na’rtheis” has the feel of the blues. Every song on Transblues reveals a slightly different facet of the blues, and they all work together to create a truly memorable album.

smith duncan

Greek blues strikes ya funny, but think tragedy-comedy ROOTS
When I first heard about this guy from Greece playing a regular blues gig in a mid-town bar, it sounded kinda not kosher. But I heard him once, I heard him twice, and now I keep giving my friends copies of this CD and trying to find other places for him to come play. He's the real damn deal. And when I listen, I start to associate the feeling behind his delivery of these standards and originals with what I know and love about the history of Greek drama -- the fundamental understanding of the tragic side of life, and the funny side of feeling bad, mad, and dangerous to know. Someday maybe he'll come out with a CD jacket with the faces of tragedy and comedy wailing and weeping, and my theory will catch on. Til then, I'm a Transblues fan, and wish Soukis all the luck in all the world, wherever he travels, and especially wherever he plays.

Henry Patterson

This cd rocks!
This cd is great, got a real genuine sound. Spiros rocks the blues!