Before you go, don't forget to check NEWS UPDATES and BUYERS' REVIEWS below.
BRETT MARVIN AND THE THUNDERBOLTS
We shouldn't forget the impact Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts have had on not just British, but European blues music history. They were at the heart of Great Britain's Blues Boom that 'Ruled the (Air)Waves' in the 60s, a revolution championing the black blues heritage that was then unfashionable within it's own continent. Such bands as the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds, and later Brett Marvin, reinvigorated an interest in the blues back home. It is to these latterday pioneers that traditional blues largely owes its survival, and modern blues interpreters their living.
Here, at last, Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts break out. Unshackled from record company barons, they tell me that this release includes some of their best tracks on their favourite label - their own - 'Sun House Records.'
The 'Bolts are not afraid to extract every ounce of excitement and variety from blues classics, or the originally-penned compositions of Taffy Davies, Pete (Gibbo) Gibson, and Graham Hine. They have an eclectic attitude to a remarkable range of instruments - moving from one to another from song to song. This, with their good humour and camaraderie, gives the unique flavour that is typical of Brett Marvin events - and they are events!
It's great to hear renowned keyboardists Jonah Lewie and Taffy Davies 'eating music at the same table.' There's also Graham Hine on guitar - to me he is London's Ry Cooder - this CD shows it. And on five tracks, the Kokomo Singers - you can't get better than that!
Brett Marvin typically feature six lead singer instrumentalists:
Graham Hine - electric lead and slide guitar.
Taffy Davis - keyboards, clarinet.
Keef Trouble - zob stick and electric ironing board.
Jim Pitts - banjo. harmonica, sax, guitar , slide mandolin.
Peter Gibson - trombone, violin, tin can percussion, whistles and sirens.
John (Jonah Lewie) Lewis - keyboards.
These bluesmen are skilfully supported by:
Pete Swan - bass guitar.
Big John Randall - drums and washboard.
Many new to Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts might not know of their musical acclaim, and their international hit, 'Seaside Shuffle,' under the name of Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs.
This CD is a necessity for blues lovers, and fun lovers, everywhere.
(Whistling Jack Slipper, composer and blues musicographer, is a reviewer for music magazines worldwide).
NEWS UPDATE 01:
Also on CD BABY ...... KEEF TROUBLE - 'OASIS'
Brett Marvin's 'in house' performance/fine artist, top zobstick player, writer and performer of many Brett Marvin songs, Keef Trouble, has his own album, 'OASIS' on CD Baby.
He co-wrote "You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties" with and for Jonah Lewie, (of Xmas song 'Stop the Cavalry' fame), which became a top five hit in the U.K., Europe, Asia and Australia, and 'Keep the Furniture but Leave Me with the French Au Pair!'
Many songs on 'OASIS' are orchestrated by Tony O'Malley (international soul-man also on CD Baby), and include ex-Roxy Music guitarist Neil Hubbard, with Duffy Power, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Frank Mead, and Kokomo singers Frank Collins and Dyan Birch. And - a rare appearance by 'Whistling' Jack Slipper!
Keef is a prolific writer, recorder and performer of his own work - look out for more albums by him in the future on CD Baby.
WORTH A LISTEN! - Type in: Keef Trouble.
NEWS UPDATE 02:
There has been a happy, but unanticipated overdemand for the 'Unchained' album, and a not much less a one for 'Bootleg.' Sun House is rushing extra CDs to CD Baby. Apologies if you are experiencing delays in product arrival.
Sun House Records.
NEWS UPDATE 03:
See Keef Trouble, Brett Marvin percussionist/writer/singer, perform with songs such as 'PE Teacher,' 'You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties,' and 'Jodrell,' in the great 'Broadstairs Folkweek 2008,' August 8th to 15th, at Broadstairs, Kent. Look for him at this event with the Okee Dokee Band. Details: www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk