I have written reviews for this band for every album they have recorded, so I was so pleased and honoured to be asked by Franco to write the English one for the band. This is raw but sophisticated blues recorded in their local bar 'Paddy Cullen's' in Arluno, near Milan, italy. It is a great jam session with their family and friends as the audience, wish I had been there to witness the occasion. The preview MP3 download is a delight to listen to. All of the bands superb playing, Franco is a real Raconteur, one of the great lyric writers of our time. The work on the cover design provided by Franco's lovely wife Leila Bidler and Photographer Marcus Tondo is really Artistic. Now listen on....
1-Rollin Over New Orleans
I remember this track from their first CD 'Family Style - Live Style' way back in 2000, the difference is this is a new live recording. A better arrangement to introduce you to Blues Family Style if you are not already a devotee.
2-Flat Land Shuffle
Lincolnshire where I live is Flat Land here in the Fens, but I think this number is more likely dedicated to Holland as the band play many gigs there on their way to touring the UK. Good 'harp' intro from Franco, good vocal and lyric, a nice little use of the harp mike slipped in to the vocal, listen out for it.
3-I Ain't Breaking Down
Good number reflecting todays Credit Crunch, great lyric that also brings in humourous reference to Franco's cousin Davide and his older brother Marco who plays a good guitar break in the middle of this number.
4-You Dont Have To Go
Now the band are really getting down to some serious Chicago Style Blues, a plee to his woman not to go, not an unusual blues theme, Franco's 'harp' wailing those heartfelt blues.
5-Down To The Bone
A gentler blues this time, very melodic meloncholy sound really down there. Another great lyric and vocal by Franco, really great guitar rif by Marco.
6-Mad Love (I Wanto You To Love Me)
Time for a really slow, down and dirty blues. 'love your baby slow', amen!, I dig that. Good use of the harp mike for effect in the vocal. Lengthy harp on this one Muddy Waters Style.
This is another track from their 'Family Style - Live Style' album, I had a drink with the band in my local 'The Red Lion' in Spalding and in The 'Running Horse' in Nottingham, both in England singing along with the band with the rest of the audience, a definate participating number, lively and great fun. Wish I was there in Italy to witness this recording and continue the 'Pub Crawl'.
A haunting harp, solid rhythm section, meloncholy lyrics about getting drunk over a disagreement with his woman. Makes a great blues.
9-Left My Town
Preaching the blues, Franco weaves a tale of leaving town and his travels. The lord is with him wherever he goes, AMEN .Stirring rhythm thoughout.
10-(The Only) Medicine For You
Solo harp intro by Franco, bring in a solid drum beat from Stefania, and bass from Davide, then superb slide guitar from Marco especialy in the break. Like the lyric too, he is the medicine for all her troubles. A great performance guys and gal.
Drum and audience handclap intro. More slide guitar from Marco, great stuff. Franco's lyrics are a different slant on 'woke up this morning' he also blast some superb notes on his blues harp. He also introduces each band member as they play a solo each. Marco, Davide, Stefania and Himself Franco. Tight band.
Another different harp intro from Franco, interesting intro lyrics too, leads into a full blown version of the classic 'Hip Shake' by all the band.
13-Nine Below Zero
Leading into this classic last number, Franco sings and plays a lengthy solo number. You deserve a beer my buddy, I hope with a bar named 'Paddy Cullen's' they serve some Dublin brewed 'Guiness' Carlesberg own them too. Cheers.
Frank Skinner for Spalding Blues Club
Franco Limido’s (Family Style front man) favorite Bar near Milan is called “Paddy Cullen’s”. This is the place where Franco relaxes after a demanding Italian or European tour. Bar owner Andrea Porrati was the man who persuaded Franco to record his own penned songs.
The result: “Paddy’s Blues”; thirteen songs recorded in the pub, some with an audience, some without. Using basic equipment and the excellent acoustic of the bar resulted in a blues album played with passionate Italian temperament.
The albums opens with the excellent: “Rollin’ Over New Orleans”, but not just this one all the songs on the album “Paddy’s Blues” are just fantastic.
Brothers Franco and Marco (Guitarist of “Family Style”) Limido are responsible for the “penning”, both lyrics and music, they prove that they master songwriting and playing.
“Family Style” and their album “Paddy’s Blues” lean heavily to the Chicago Blues style, but they manage to give it their own touch, their own identity. The chemistry between “Family Style” and the Chicago Blues style results in fabulous songs like “Bourbon Dream” and “I Ain’t Breaking Down”.
“(The Only) Medicine For You” is an almost authentic blues song. The credits for this song go directly to the way Marco plays his slide guitar and the blues harmonica of Franco.
The brothers even play a nice boogie and make a bow ( an ode so to speak) to their hangout “Paddy Cullen’s” in the song “Paddy’s Blues”.
Voice, blues harp, guitar and slide guitar are perfectly balanced without anybody being too prominent. The Limido brothers know what it takes to bring harmony in their songs. Cousin Davide Bianci on Bass and Stefania Avenali on drums provide a solid foundation.
The production of “Paddy’s Blues” is a very well done job!
“Family Style” chose to play some covers of great musicians on their latest album: Jimmy Reed’s “You Don’t Have To Go” and Willie Dixon’s “Mad Love” proves that this is not just a band, “Family Style” is a blues band of High quality. The album breathes the relaxing atmosphere in what it is recorded, that also is a great plus.
Family Style is “dotting the I’s” on “Paddy’s Blues” and they prove to belong to the top of the European blues bands: Real good blues with an Italian Bite!!!
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