Reverend Raven | Live at Blues On Grand

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Live at Blues On Grand

by Reverend Raven

Original blues played over traditional grooves.
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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1. I'm Your Honeyboy
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2. Loving You
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3. Got Love If You Want It
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4. I've Got To Be With You Tonight
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5. Bee Hive Baby
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6. Bye Bye Baby
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7. In The Open
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8. Louise
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9. Who's Been Talkin
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10. Sweet Man
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11. Please Let Me Explain
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Madison Slim is a terrific harp player" Bruce Iglauer/Alligator Records

"Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys --- My favorite, even the stiffs were rockin'. Buddy Guy quoted them saying "They are very, very good!!!" They really, really were! The harmonica player...all I can do is sigh"
(From the Chris Isaack bulletin board)


Born and raised on the south side of Chicago Richard Raven first heard the blues of Louis Jordan, T-Bone Walker and Pee Wee Crayton coming from his mother's stereo. His older cousin later brought home the records of Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Magic Sam, Slim Harpo, Buddy Guy and Otis Rush.

After seeing Freddy King at the Kinetic Playground, he started going to Maxwell Street on Sunday afternoons to see Johnny Dollar, Lefty Dizz and Jimmie Lee Robinson play in the alleys and on
the street corners.

The 1970s were spent going to the clubs and taverns on the south side of Chicago and Chicago Heights to see and hear raw urban blues.

After playing in bands for 5 years and doing a 15 year stint in U.S. Navy, where he acquired the Reverend tag, Chief Raven hung up his anchors to give music another go.

That was nine years ago and he hasn't looked back. Since then he has become a regular on the Midwest blues circuit, playing Buddy Guy's Legends, The Slippery Noodle, Memphis Smoke, Fat Fish Blue, Blues on Grand, The Zoo Bar, Whiskey Junction and most of the Midwest blues festivals. Rev has won the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award (WAMI) for best blues artist in 1999,2000, 2003,2004 and again in 2006.

Madison Slim walks the walk and talks the talk. He is a direct link to the golden era of urban blues played in the clubs of Chicago in the 1950s and 60s. First as a fan, then a student and finally as a player in his own right. He has played, traveled and roomed with a long list of heavy blues man, including Jimmy Rogers, Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Calvin "Fuzz" Jones, Ted Harvey, Sam Lay and many, many more.

A member of the Sam Lay Blues Band, The Legendary Blues Band and finally the Jimmy Rogers band, he has lived and played hard all around the world. This night at Blues on Grand he was in fine form. This is really his CD and I hope it showcases his passion and commitment to playing his blues.


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Don "T-Bone" Erickson

THE Blues band deserving of more recognition!
Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys are my favorite working Blues band that deserves more recognition and this CD absolutely proves my point without a doubt! Listen for yourself and try to tell me I'm wrong. Ain't gonna happen, baby...

Lori

Great CD--lots of rhythm!
this is blues at it's best--makes me just want to dance!

Blues On Stage - Bill Halaszynski

The interplay between Raven’s guitar and Slim’s harp is what makes this CD work
Madison Slim joins the fray with Harpo’s “Got Love If You Want It”. His husky voice and overblown harp give the proceedings a feeling of authenticity, the inescapable knowledge that this is someone who’s been there and done that. The interplay between Raven’s guitar and Slim’s harp is what makes this CD work. Freddie King’s “In The Open,” comes about half way through the set and the duo wails full out making a joyous noise and claiming this night all their own. Wolf’s “Louise,” is next with a mesmerizing rhythm that sucks the listener in for good. Everything that follows is gravy and worth the time to track down and make your own. Great stuff if you’re a fan of no holds barred barroom blues and, a good place to start if you wanna try some on for size.

The Blues Hound - 90.1 FM KPFT Houston

"It's a great CD that you should be very proud of"
"thanks for sending the disc. I played the opening track, "I'm Your Honeyboy" during last Sundays show. It's a great CD that you should be very proud of & one that will get a lot of future airplay. Thanks again for the copy & keep in touch. Let me know if you ever head our way & I'll give it my best promotional effort"
Love, peace & chicken grease
The Blues Hound
90.1 FM KPFT Houston

Przemek Draheim

"You are doing it in grand style!"
"I am a big fan of Chicago blues and I really enjoyed listening to your album. The blues is all about emotions and from the very first track it is obvious, that you love what you play and that is great. There are not many good, traditional Chicago blues bands out there today and I am happy, that there guys like you who keep this tradition alive. And you are doing it in grand style!"

bobnalong

"I'm ready to hear some more Reverend Raven"
Reverend Raven, playing at Norm's in Superior during the 2005 Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth - blew me away! Short show Sunday in the tent left the crowd unsatified and needing more. At the end of the festival I asked my 26-year old son what he thought. He said "I'm ready to hear some more Reverend Raven".

Leslie Fleury - KSER Frequency: 90.7


"I sure did, and I LOVE it!! I'll air a cut or two this evening. Any chance
you'll find your way out to the northwest any time soon? You'd be a big hit
here, Rev. Very very cool...."

Leslie

Conrad El Paso,Tx.

DIG THE REVEREND,but Slim blewww me awayyyy!!!!!
I sure am happy I bought this cd!!! If you like chicago blues you won't hear no better...Madison Slim is probably one of the top three harp players around!!! Keep it up Rev and the Boys!!!!
Luv it,
conrad

Kalamazoo Blues Society

"They had the Kalamazoo crowd on their feet at the 2003 Festival"
“Live at Blues on Grand” features three Reverend Raven originals and covers of Slim Harpo, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Frank Frost, and more. This four piece band puts out a big sound and I know they had the Kalamazoo crowd on their feet at the 2003 Festival. Crank this one up and you’ll feel like your there. Definitely put this onyour buy list which can be purchased at www.cdbaby.com

Landon

Fantastic!
Real blues without embelishment. You can feel the energy of the live performance. The play between Slim and the Rev. is magic.
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