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Live & Blue

by Bushmaster

Live Blues Performance including original songs and re-energized covers
Genre: Blues: Guitar Blues
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1. Night Shift
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2. Have You Ever Been Mistreated (Nine Below Zero)
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3. Lights On, Nobody Home
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4. I Got News
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5. Drowning On Dry Land
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6. Nappy's Boogie
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7. Thousand Miles From Nowhere
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8. Four Times Better
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9. Good Life
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Gary Brown (Guitar/Vocals) is a DC area native (Palmer Park) with 30+ years playing experience. After picking up his first guitar (an old Guild acoustic) at age 14, the 45 year old Brown quickly progressed to electric and after stints with various local bands, most notably The Spoilers, and sitting in around DC area clubs he decided to take the plunge and form his own group in 1992.


Bushmaster - Live & Blues

Produced, and Performed by Gary D. Brown of the band Bushmaster: featuring Jay Turner on Bass; Mark St. Pierre and Joe Schrum on drums/percussion.

Independently Released in the Spring of 2008, Bushmaster\'s third CD is an inspiring collection of original tunes and re-energized blues classics. Recorded live in Carlisle, PA, at two gigs, this album captures the energy and \"musical conversations\" that occur when Gary and Jay take the stage together. Influenced by a host of blues greats, including Alec Rice \"Sonny Boy Williams II\" Miller, McKinley \"Muddy Waters\" Morganfield, Eddie Boyd, George \"Buddy\" Guy, Albert Collins, Roy Alfred, Ray Charles, Elmore James, and many others, the music on this CD is sure to please a wide spectrum of blues music lovers.


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Wes Mallory

Love you live!
I first caught you live in Carlisle with your trio the last weekend in April. I really dug your live performance! In the trio format there was lots of improvisation and it seemed free and open with opportunities for solos and a lot of collaborative interaction. Very high energy and very cool!! Your blues voice is startling good, unexpected these days, and your guitar virtuosity is clear.

That evening I purchased "Revolution Rhapsody" and listened to it carefully. I particularly like "Nothing Up Your Sleeve". "40 Acres and a Mule" was clipped short leaving me wanting more as I had heard you do a version of that live that was a knockout.

I then sent for "Live and Blue". I like that CD very much. With live music there seems to be a communicated level of energy that is not found in studio work and remixes. I am reminded that Jerry Garcia once said 'studio work is like building a ship in a bottle, while playing live is like riding a turbulent sea in a row boat.'

Is blues with a jazz tinge enough today, or does one have to get into the funk and hiphop areas? I always wished I could resurrect Miles and Hendrix, and witness a collaboration. I can see you sitting in on that gig. If you're ever around Cincinnati, Lexington or Louisville, give me a call. Have you ever heard of Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi? You might look into it as a venue. Sticking to blues, I think you'd knock 'em out!

Matt McDunn

Bushmaster: Live and Blue
The cd sounds great Gary, just like all those nights out at the griffin in VA!!

Blues Bunny

Bushmaster Live & Blue - September 2, 2008
You may not realise it from many of today\'s blues albums but the blues was once real and you could feel it. Bushmaster\'s new live album \"Live & Blue\" landed through the letterbox at Bluesbunny Towers recently and we felt we had to review it just in case it was the real thing.

Bushmaster
Live & Blue
34479-83894
2008

There\'s a way to do things when you play blues guitar and this album from Bushmaster is an object lesson in how to do things. It\'s a live album that tells it like it is, warts and all. The sound is nothing special but who cares as it\'s all about coming back from the crossroads inspired and ready to make it all work on stage.

It is also something of an oddity nowadays as most blues albums are polished to an inch of perfection. Here you can damn near smell the sweat. The band lay down a demon groove but it is Gary D Brown\'s guitar that sells this set. He\'s always had the spirit of Hendrix in him (and it\'s still there in \"Drowning on Dry Land\") but this time out he plays the kind of laid back but elegant blues guitar that brought back memories of Freddie King. The thing to note is the discipline of his playing, however. The guitar is the star but this recording is a long way from self indulgence. That fret board get worked - that\'s for sure - but everything is in the right place. Emotion and atmosphere abound. \"Thousand Miles from Nowhere\" was like time travel to late sixties Chicago and some backstreet blues club with nothing but cigarettes and whisky for company. That\'s something that is lost on your rock guitarists - that expression of emotion that the true masters of their instrument can bring.

This album has no pretensions. It is rough around the edges but it is the blues and the fact that I have been playing it every day for the last week speaks volumes. I wish I could play guitar like Gary D Brown - I really do.

Review by: Bluesbunny

Rating

4 carrot rating

Best enjoyed with Wild Turkey