Al Carmichael | Life Number Nine

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Life Number Nine

by Al Carmichael

My music is blues/rock based, focusing on a variety of grooves and song forms, leaning heavily on electric guitar.
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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1. Lonesome Road
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2. Life Number Nine
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4:15 $0.99
3. I've Got Trouble
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4. Ain't Goin' Back Again
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4:07 $0.99
5. Stop the Rain
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5:01 $0.99
6. I Need a Good Woman Bad
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7. I've Been Deceived
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8. Handgun
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9. Just Another Stone in the Road
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10. Sugardaddy
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11. Dark Angel
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12. Who Have You Been Talking To?
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13. Payday
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Album Notes
I began a blues/rock album project about seven years ago. My goal with this album was to put together a number of blues and blues/rock idioms together that would become a cohesive whole. “Life Number Nine” combines my love of blues with focused songwriting, tasteful guitar and passionate vocals. I think I have achieved that goal, but there are still a number of blues styles that I have not explored—thus, a second record is in the works.

Most of this record is built around electric guitar in full band arrangements. All songs except Payday feature vocals.

I must extend special thanks to saxophone virtuoso Steve Hutter (Louisiana Steve) for the amazing tracks he created for the record, including Life Number Nine and Ain’t Going Back Again.


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Gary McCoy

Choose these blues.....
I've already burned a CD so I can listen in the car. This is delicious stuff....really superb guitar playing...the kind that gets my attention. Wonderful interplay between the instruments, particularly two guitars. There is a melodic content in the soloing that most blues players just never accomplish. And the guitar tone...oh my! Everything the blues fan would want and more. Al goes from stinging Tele to creamy distortion and everything in between.

The vocals hit the mark. Always in the pocket and never over the tasteful ad the guitar work.

As good as the guitar playing and the vocal, I might say the the real strength in this set is the quality of the songs themselves. Al's songwriting chops really shine through. The songs fit snugly in the blues box, with respect for the genre, but still sound fresh and original.

Great work.

Thomas Peasley

A Shining Gem!
There are many albums released each week and as former radio DJ, I am aware of how much never get the exposure they deserve. After listening to Life #9 I think this is among some of the best material released in today's market. Having heard Al live on quite a few occasions, I find his live performance as flawless as his studio material. Don't miss an opportunity to hear this material either live or MP3-both if you are fortunate.

Paul Evans Pedersen, Jr.

The Blues Rain Down On "Life Number Nine"!
Every once in a great while, an album comes along and sounds so good it makes you feel like the music just somehow rained down on you and soaked you through and through, right to the core of your soul, with a warm, quenching flood of 'feel'. Al Carmichael's "Life Number Nine" is such an album. The guitar playing is extreme, and cuts to the bone...sometimes softly, sometimes violently and ripping, but always with the precision, care, and purpose of a fine surgeon.
The vocal performances grab you by the ears and by the heart, and at once you know that you're listening to someone who has been to and dwelled where the songs are coming from. The songs themselves are striking portraits, painted by an artist who's brush and palette are guided by the wisdom and knowing of an old soul.
If you were waiting for just the right cd to arrive this year, wait no longer. "Life Number Nine" is this years "must have"!