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Blue Collar Man

by Paul Miles

A mix of solo & full band tracks from the "Detroit Music Award Winner for Outstanding Blues/R&B songwriting.. This effort reflects the atmosphere of the Motor City music & social phenomena as seen by "The Blues Man"
Genre: Blues: Detroit Blues
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1. Blue Collar Man
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2. Overtime
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3. I See the Light
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4. Gonna Make It
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5. Out of Luck
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6. Does Anybody
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7. Hi Ho Silver
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8. Way Down Moses
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9. Rock Me Out
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10. Bring Me Some Gumbo
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11. Back To the City
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12. Way Back
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13. Big "D"
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14. Sweet Dreams-Good Night
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Album Notes
This album by the multiple Detroit Music Award winner ,allows him to take a look at the city he’ been associated with now for almost a decade. Starting off with the title song Blue Collar Man, he’s announcing to the world who he is and what he intends on doing for himself and his family. This song could be the new anthem for the working class men and women. He asks you the listener a question about your life and how are you living in the next cut “Overtime”. Looking at the title you would think the obvious, but the author takes you on a different outlook on what he perceives about a reflection of life. The next two song deals with spirituality and tenacity of one’s self. He demonstates sensitivity with health care concerns and homelessness plight on "Out Of Luck" and "Does Anybody". In “Out of Luck” he starts the song as a dialogue with a Dr and gives great feeling in expressing his disgust and realization of the moral of the story. "The Blues Man' guitar playing picks up tempo as he goes back to revisit a childhood hero, a certain “Masked Man” It seems that the hero in the song wants to be a regular guy, sorry Kimosabe you got wear and carry the mask and what responsibility it challenges you . The next six tracks are collaboration with a full band. You hear the acoustic element being joined a full band, he uses two of Detroit’s best to bring that effect, In "Way Down Moses' , we have the cry for freedom demonstrated once again with Larry Everhart’s harmonica stirring the people to rise up. The lyrics also help us to move quickly in heart and mind to understand a lot of us are still trapped in many of society’s lairs. Rock me out is a playful rock a’ billy style that simply states this will be a new dance craze and needs to be heard at the Grand Old Opry. His connection to good food and years living in Lousiana is felt in” Bring Me Some Gumbo.” He might be hungry for more than the gumbo in this one. (smiles). Back in the city and Big D are devoted to the city of Detroit, Zhelin(violin) does captures the mood of folks in the Back to the City playing a spirited solo while showing some fire in Big “D”. Miles finishes with a closing song Sweet Dream-Goodnight . He finishes the album as he started playing and singing solo. The CD will make you want to listen more thank once… A good one that may become a classic one... Rozier International-2009


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Diard Erick

Paul Miles ???? (+ La tête d’abruti qui va bien au mec qui tombe des nues)… Voila ma réaction quand mon amie Queen B m’en a touché deux mots en me passant un CD du dit gars.
Bon ben, on va pas rester comme une tanche, vite fait la nourinade et aussi vite fait, la banane ! Ce CD est superbe et ce Paul Miles est une pointure vain dieu ! Une véritable régalade que d’écouter ces 14 tunes interprétées avec passion, ferveur et bourrées de feeling. Ce mec chante merveilleusement bien, d’une voix légèrement couverte et bien ronde, une voix puissante qu’il n’a aucun besoin de forcer pour convaincre, une voix qu’il marie à l’envie avec un jeu de guitare acoustique tout en sobriété, en finesse, un jeu de guitare « chairdepoulisant » total magique….. Une régalade !!
Paul Miles ne compose pas et ne chante pas des tunes de blaireau, pas des niaiseries, fait plutôt dans le protest blues song, dans la chanson sociale et raconte la misère des sans abris, la misère du système social aux USA, cris pour la liberté, dénonce les travers de la société et demande aux gens de refuser de se laisser faire. Des textes forts qui ramènent l’auditeur, un tantinet concerné, face aux réalités…. Faut dire qu’il en connaît un rayon et qu’en vivant à Détroit difficile de louper la misère.
De superbes chansons mais que dire de la zique qui les accompagne… Que ce soit seul (8 tunes) ou avec une bande de potes pas manchots (6 tunes), des gars du coin : Ken Murphy (drums), Tony Lannen (contrebasse), Larry Everhart (harmonica) et Zhelim (violon). Le groove est monstrueux et la puissance rythmique ne vous laisse pas une seconde de répit, c’est envoûtant, ripatonnant, magique.
Le blues de Paul Miles, qui navigue entre Blues urbain, Delta Blues, Louisiana Blues et country Blues, est résolument moderne tout en restant proche de la tradition.
Certes c’est pas son dernier CD, date de 2009 et depuis il en a fait 3 autres, tous du même calibre, c’est dire…..
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