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Revolution Rhapsody aka Uprising Music

by Bushmaster

“Revolution Rhapsody aka: Uprising Music” draws on several current political and social topics in the today's news, Brown’s songwriting on this new disc evokes both hope and angst, wrapped in a funky blues rock setting.
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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1. Cumberland Blues
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2. I Will Shine
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3. Victim of Nostalgia
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4. Arizona Shame On Ya
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5. Phony People
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6. Ball 'N' Jack
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7. Sidewalk Strut
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8. War On the Poor
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9. River Flow - Splash!
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10. Trudi
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11. 40 Acres and a Mule
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12. Nothing Up Your Sleeve
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13. We All Fall Down
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14. Alycia Outro
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15. Randy Intro
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16. Victim of Nostalgia (Remix)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
If you know Gary then you know that if you ask him his opinion on any topic he will be happy to discuss his thoughts honestly and enthusiastically - no matter the topic or how controversial. He loves exchanging ideas and debating topics. Which is why it will come as no surprise to those who know him and his music to find that some of his new tunes address some of today's dire political and environmental landscape.


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Nate S

Rockin and Meaningful
Just like Gary himself, this album is full of political and social meaning. For this record he got some beautiful backup singers on equally beautiful tracks. My favorites are probably "Trudi" and "Arizona Shame on Ya". I was also pleasantly surprised with the electronic remix at the end. If you want to hear bangin blues tracks about phony people and bullshit politics- check out this CD. Also funny side note- inside it says "Murky, polluted water courtesy of bp." Sad but true. Keep rockin gary!

Roger Riggins

The Revolution that Rocks
Gary Brown and Bushmaster’s latest release, “Revolution Rhapsody”, is a masterpiece of modern rock and blues that transcends its delicious musical textures to deliver highly charged cultural and political feelings that simmer beneath the ever-grinning expression that usually surfaces when Gary straps on a guitar.
From the opening track, “Cumberland Blues”, Gary Brown and Bushmaster blaze through a collection of original tunes that sparkle with Gary’s fiercely articulate guitar attack and solid performances from Jay Turner on bass. Gary brings a cast of seasoned, talented players on drums, keyboards, and harmonica who ably support the amazing playing springing from his Fender Statocaster from track to track. Ever-present in Mr. Brown’s beautiful guitar passages is the undeniable influence of Jimi Hendrix, though Gary’s diverse playing style on this album strays far from familiar Bushmaster material and picks through rap, rock, and funk influences that are sure to delight. From Steve Cropper to Robin Trower, Gary Brown digs deep into his riff bag to pull out a remarkable breadth of guitar stylings, all delivered with both precision and raw energy. The delightful “Trudi” is remarkable for its beautiful, bouncing melodies and flowing rhythmic pulse; “I Will Shine” glistens with gorgeous lead lines and some of Gary’s finest singing on the record; “Victim of Nostalgia” moves the feat with its funky grooves; “Ball and Jack” speaks pure Stevie Ray Vaughan through its persistent, deliberate guitar passages. There are no dull moments or wasted tracks on this album.
Gary’s lyrics on Revolution Rhapsody are sure to appeal to anyone with an awareness of the cultural struggle that is ripping through the Nation, as class warfare, racial prejudice, Occupy protesters, and the 2012 presidential election rages on. Gary Brown taps into this torrent of feelings and evokes strong emotions that are sure to spark debate, but it is Gary’s powerful musicianship that unites all who would dare to ponder the tough questions being raised in today’s Revolution Rhapsody.

Ellie Meade

Bushmaster Revolution Rhapsoday!
This CD is a fantastic piece of music! The music, the words, and the lead guitar is sensational! I thought I was listening to Jimi or Stevie at times!

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!

Bryant

So good, kids and old folks gonna boogie!
This album has what you need; funky rhythm, incredibly accomplished guitar parts, sexy voices and most importantly, an enduring message. From clever descriptions of oppressive local and national politics, to flirtatious invitations to shake grooves that get into your pants, Gary Brown has covered every base of listening importance. As somebody stated below, his refined approach to guitar playing and musical arrangement has only served to embellish what he as the artist is after: the music. Any who pick up this album will be sweetly impressed.

Moe Faux

Best album so far
I am continually impressed with the quality of work that this guy produces. It's the shit, and I don't mean like diarrhea shit.... I mean like.. one of those I haven't pooped in 3 days, ohh my god this is so good shits.

Jay Turner

How to fill the void
Gary has filled the musical void with Revolution Rhapsody. Excellent balance of content and performance. Oh right, it sounds good. Simply, Pick up a copy and play it. That`s all you need to do:) You might say "Void Filled"

Michelle Myers

Awesome
I gave this album 5 stars even though I loved loved loved drowing on dryland and I only love revolution rhapsody :) Mr gary brown has an amazing voice and his music ALWAYS comes straight from the heart keep it up and i look forward to all upcoming albums

MYSTR Treefrog

Revolution Rhapsody by Gary Brown and Bushmaster
Traditional Blues purists suffer from a safety syndrome that can occasionally stunt their ability to grow past the security of "tradition" and accept evolution as a naturally occurring artistic process. On Revolution Rhapsody , the newest release by phenomenal guitarist/songwriter Gary Brown these concepts of S.O.B.S.(Same Old Blues Sh**) are thankfully evolved and transmuted into a CD that flows with blues-tinged rock, heartfelt soul, and funky beats; showing that Revolution and Evolution are the twin babies of CHANGE. This album showcases Gary Brown's depth, humor and concept of social justice. Politics and Music don't mix? Really? That depends on your historical knowledge (read: perception) of just how powerful a social force music has been in the U.S. (and the world). As a result of musicians who have been bold enough ( many of whom have paid the price of this sort of artistic courage),to speak their minds openly and reflect injustice through song, we all see the wisdom and embrace change.

This is what separates technicians and entertainers from ARTISTS.

This entire Cd flows like a river of soul and D.C. funk, both reflecting the blue sky on the surface, and the murky depths of self-evaluation under the surface of anything that is precious or worthwhile.

Stand-out tracks (Subjective evaluation) are : Victim Of Nostalgia, War On The Poor, 40 Acres and A Mule, Trudi, ( a joyful musical expression of love for Mr. Brown's life partner-and the hardest working woman in show business-Trudi Brown).

..and this reviewer's personal favorite -the deeply moving and soulful-Nothing Up Your Sleeve:

hands down one of the best reflections of hope for humanity ever written by this fine artist.

You want FUUUNNNNK? Listen to River Flow-Splash!

Lock-Jaw Rock? : We All Fall Down. ("where you tryin ta take us? We been there once before, and now weer here ta tell ya ,ain't goin back no more..") Uh-huh.

A special acknowledgement of ' in- the-TOTAL-FUNKY- pocket 'great percussionists, bassist and vocalists on this album. Simply put It KICKS. Gary Brown's vocals and guitar mastery have never been better. The production on this Cd is exemplary.

In music-(as in life)-"It ain't where you come from, it's where you go.."

(Rock on with yer Bad self Gary Brown.) Go buy it and TURN IT UP.

IF you like your music ALIVE and HOT-don't miss this cat LIVE at a venue near you. WORD.

KCT

Music with Meaning
This album is balanced mix of blues, funk and rock with original songs that have thought provoking and inspiring content in the lyrics. Easy to listen to, the album flows from to start to finish without ever becoming repetitive. Capable of burning fretwork, Gary's refined approach keeps the guitar playing tasteful and melodic, staying away from the all- to-common gratuitous overplaying. With solid vocals, a carefully selected wide range of tones, intricate mixing and mastering, driving percussion and bass lines, catchy hooks and background vocals, this album will be really enjoyable for everyone who loves music.
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