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Bongo Boy Records: Backroom Blues, Vol. 3

by Various Artists

Volume Three in The Blues and Blues based Rock compilation series that you will enjoy. Collect the Volume series released by Bongo Boy Records and recorded by International recording artists. Delta Juke Joint Blues and more
Genre: Blues: Juke Joint Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. All Your Love
Topham McCarty Band
4:22 $0.99
2. The Ringing Phone
Plainfield Slim
2:46 $0.99
3. Work Me Baby (feat. The Trevor Sewell Band)
Mia Moravis
3:42 $0.99
4. Can You Tell Me
Big Bone Daddy
4:19 $0.99
5. Must Be Somethin' Going On
C.C. Bronson
3:58 $0.99
6. Still the Same Young Man (feat. Plainfield Slim)
Alvin Madison
3:57 $0.99
7. Stuck to My Shoe
Lisa Coppola
4:13 $0.99
8. Luv Me Up
Big Bone Daddy
2:41 $0.99
9. Pay Some Money
Billy Hamilton & The Lowriders
3:00 $0.99
10. Moon Madness
Blind Lemon Pledge
4:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
From The UK, the long lost rarity from the never before officially released album until 2014 by two of the founding members of The Yardbirds...Jim McCarty and Top Topham comes the leading track on Backroom Blues Volume Three. Top was the original lead guitarist for The Yardbirds but was forced to leave the band when they turned pro. His parents wanted him to stay in school. But 50 years later Top is BACK in The Yardbirds here on this track. Recorded in London, England 1990. Remastered.
Executive Producer for Mooreland St Records LLC-Russ Garrett. Jim McCarty (drums) and Top Topham (guitar) along with Yardbird John Idan on guitar and vocals. Andy Cleveland on bass. "All Your Love" is featured as the leading track on Bongo Boy Records Backroom Blues Volume Three.

From Jersey Delta Juke Joint Blues Land The Blues Man is back!! Plainfield Slim is bringing a brand new Blues track "The Ringing Phone" to Backroom Blues Volume Three.
Plainfield Slim aka Gar Francis is an award winning songwriter and guitarist with The Doughboys and is also known for the comeback album "Life Out Loud" by Mark Lindsay (former lead singer Paul Revere & The Raiders) as co-producer and co-writer. Bongo Boy Records is thrilled that Plainfield Slim found his BLUES and is bringing AN EXCLUSIVE NEW RELEASE "The Ringing Phone” to Backroom Blues Volume Three. WOW !

From Keene, NH, New England and The UK, England comes Mia Moravis with The Trevor Sewell Band. They are Award-winning songwriters and Bongo Boy Records artists; Mia Moravis and Trevor Sewell unite with award-winning musicians Trevor Brewis, Ray Johns and James Ward of The Trevor Sewell band to bring you "Work Me Baby", a rockin', rompin' dance hall Blues original by Gar Francis! This piece brings you forward to the future and back in time to a place where a girl knows she'll be well understood! EXCLUSIVE NEW RELEASE "Work Me Baby"

Big Bone Daddy is a SMOKIN' Rock & Blues band from Eastern PA and Western NJ and has joined Backroom Blues Volume Three with two great Blues songs.
"Can You Tell Me" and "Luv Me Up" both written by Bill DeHart. Big Bone Daddy also is featured on Backroom Blues Volume One and Backroom Blues Volume Two.
They have rocked clubs and festivals from New Jersey to Pennsylvania to North Carolina. Look for them at the Mustang Festival in Corolla, NC this year! The band members are Bill DeHart, guitar & vocals, Paul Berger, guitar and vocals, Ric Carhart, Bass and vocals, Jim Flynn, drums and vocals, and Ray Higgins on harmonica. These are experienced professional players who know how to bring it to audiences everywhere.

From Naples Florida, C.C. Bronson is joining Bongo Boy Reords on Backroom Blues Volume Three.
C.C. Bronson Blues song "Must Be Somethin' Going On" is a great Blues track that is also a welcoming addition to this hot smokin' Volume Three. Her influences range from her mother Ruby Lee a church musician to Ray Charles to Etta James, B B King, Tina Turner, Tracy Chapman, Aretha Franklin, Buddy Guy and so many others. What sets this artist apart is that she performs traditional blues with the same love and intensity that she performs contemporary blues and soul.She has been featured on national and college radio and television around the country and has opened for national and international blues artist such as Sue Foley and Chris Cain.

From Plainfield, New Jersey, Alvin Madison feat Plainfield Slim "Still The Same Young Man". A Chicago Blues song written by Gar Francis aka Plainfield Slim for Blues singer Alvin Madsion.
This song is a faster Blues with a steady beat, lots of energy. Great instrumental 3/4 into the song. In General a very happy Blues song with a catchy beat and lyrics.
The Story behind the Song: As most of the songs Gar Francis writes; they are based on live experiences and situations he has lived through as a musician and songwriter. This is a great sample. Mature but still have a lot of spark!

From New Jersey - Lisa Coppola is a dedicated, ambitious and gifted singer/songwriter. A life long Jersey Girl with a four and a half octave vocal range, Lisa has a passion for music and has developed a style that blurs the lines between love-gone-bad country and heartfelt, confrontational rock and the Blues. Lisa's performing credits include backing vocals with Billy Joel on Saturday Night Live ("River of Dreams" and "All About Soul') as well as Billy's "All About Soul" video. She has sung with Pat Dinizio (The Smithereens), Marshall Crenshaw, John Eddie, Glen Burtnik (Styx), and Mitch Malloy. She has opened for acts like the Smother's Brothers and The Charlie Daniels She teamed up with Robbie Viola to bring us their Blues song "Stuck To My Shoe"

8. BIG BONE DADDY ( see No. 4)

Billy Hamilton founded The Lowriders band in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA back in 2001. after three decades in the music business. Playing blues, soul, and old-school R&B, the group performed at venues throughout southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky for the next five years. During that time, Billy Hamilton & The Lowr iders recorded three CDs: Blues/Soul/R&B (2002), Live at the Oxford Music Festival (2005), and Campesino Blues (2006). Armed with these recordings and 30 years of experience, Billy Hamilton left the U.S. for Europe in early 2006. Bongo Boy Records is excited to welcome Billy Hamilton & The Lowriders.

Blind Lemon Pledge is a San Francisco based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer who plays a combination of blues classics, re-imagined rock/pop standards and crowd-pleasing originals. His sound has been described as "Muddy Waters meets Hoagy Carmichael meets Bob Dylan meets Randy Newman." Since 2008, he has released five critically acclaimed albums with international airplay and rave reviews. His latest album "Pledge Drive", released March 2016, has been critically hailed as a "masterpiece", while Blind Lemon was called "a national treasure" by one writer. He both records solo albums and leads an eponymously named Blues and Americana band playing all over the Bay Area. As a producer and multi-instrumentalist, his albums are sophisticated and layered with Pledge supplying most of the instrumentation himself. His original songs are known for their eclectic music and diverse themes, with styles incorporating elements of hard core blues, jump jive, jazz, blues rock and even salsa and Caribbean influences. His new album is a combination diverse musical styles and lyrical content ranging from Bo Diddley beats to slide guitar driven rock to saxophone dominated R&B to a modern take on Jug Bands.

Bongo Boy Records Backroom Blues Volume Three
Review by The Grouch | Sweden

Hej Folks,

I am back with another review. This time, Bongo Boy has sent me a prerelease copy of their upcoming compilation album Backroom Blues Volume Three. It is always a good day when I get a new album from Bongo Boy.
If you are not familiar with their work, you should be. Bongo Boy has carved out a niche in the compilation scene. Personally, I like what they are doing. They take relatively unknown artists who play the same type of music and stick some of their best tracks on an album. I say relatively unknown because this is not like the old K-Tel albums that were only available on television. The stuff on the Bongo Boy albums is fresh and compelling. Volume three of the Backroom Blues series is no exception.

Track 1 - All Your Love - by Topham McCarty - The guitar player in this band can rock! The solos are some of the most emotion filled jams I have heard. There is a definite Stevie Ray Vaughan/Eric Clapton vibe going. It is no wonder considering that three Yardbirds are playing on this track. Jim McCarty
(drums) and Top Topham (guitar) along with Yardbird John Idan on guitar and vocals give this track a whole lot of energy. Topham is taking the lead on All Your Love. I could listen to these guys play all day long. This track is both polished and soulful. In a nutshell, these are some very good players.

Track 2 - The Ringing Phone - by Plainfield Slim - This track is not quite as polished as the album’s opening track. That does not mean this track is inferior to Topham McCarty’s track; what it does mean is that it is much grittier than the first track. Grit is good. There is no doubt that the Slim band can make some noise. Plainfield Slim, aka Gar Francis, was also on the first Backroom Blues album with his track Miss Stacey,

Track 3 - Work Me Baby - by Mia Movaris with The Trevor Sewell Band - Man, I hear Chicago all over this track. Folks, I think I am in love. Firstly, Mia has a FANTASTIC voice; when she purrs out the title of the track, my mind melts. When that voice is combined with a smoking band the result is magic. I dig the old school backup vocals! The band is just so incredibly tight and they can make those guitars scream! Then comes that beautiful voice. Man!
This is a mind blower! I should mention that this song was written by Gar “Plainfield Slim” Francis and has never been released anywhere prior to this album. Trevor Sewell can also be found on volumes one and two of the Backroom Blues series.

Track 4 - Can You Tell Me? - Big Bone Daddy - If you are familiar with other Backroom Blues releases you are familiar with Big Bone Daddy. If you are not, you should be! Nasty, raunchy, gritty blues with a harp player who can do the impossible. I don’t think this man needs to breath as we mere mortals do. Combine that harp with the absolutely wicked leads and all I can say is WOW. I would hate to come on after these guys!

Track 5 - Must Be Somthin’ Going On - by C.C. Bronson - Man, what a funky rocking jam. The guitar reminds me of something George Benson would do. If you don’t know, George Benson ROCKS, not in the way that Judas Priest rocks, he rocks in a quiet elegant sort of way. I hear that same kind of sophistication in the guitar on this track. The horns, keys and the prototypical blues bass line along with the soft sensuous vocals make this track a winner.

Track 6 - Still the Same Young Man - by Alvin Madison featuring Plainfield Slim - All in all this is a good song. The vocals are old school and the guitar rocks. The rhythm section is back there just letting these two guys shine. You have to dig it! This is a classic example of the traditional two man team of a vocalist with attitude and an axe man who can make some righteous noise. Still the Same Young Man is another exclusive new release available only on Backroom Blues Volume Three

Track 7 - Stuck to My Shoe - by Lisa Coppola - I love this song! Yet another outstanding female vocalist! I like the intro to the song a lot. The first 8 seconds are nothing short of hypnotic. The music has a very funky groove that seems to deviate a bit from the standard blues formula. It works really well in this song. Then all of a sudden at the 1:46 mark the guitar player opens up with an outrageous solo that makes me smile each time I hear it. This is another band I really hope makes it to Sweden!

Track 8 - Luv Me Up - Big Bone Daddy - The man with the herculean lungs is back! If you dig the harp then you have to listen to these guys. This, folks, is how you play the electric blues. It is all here, wicked guitars, massive harp and vocals that snarl.

Track 9 - Pay Some Money - by Billy Hamilton & The Lowriders - This song makes me smile. OK the music is good. These guys can play for sure. The backing vocals are hip and the sax is killer. What really makes me smile though is the lyrical content. Anyone who has ever played in a traveling band can feel their pain. The guys want to get paid for their show. A long time ago, I played in a band and can remember the anger I felt when a club owner tried to pay us in hotdogs. So, Billy, I feel your pain!

Track 10 - Moon Madness - by Blind Lemon Pledge who has appeared on all three of the Backroom Blues albums - I am of two minds about this song. On the one hand, the music is really good. The harp is eerily evil sounding and I dig it. The lyrics, however, I find more than just a little creepy. Dude, you might want to talk to someone...all in all, it is a good song, just a creepy good song.

So what is the bottom line? The bottom line is if you want a really good blues album featuring bands you might not have heard of take a listen to Backroom Blues Volume Three.

- The Grouch | Sweden

Backroom Blues Volume Three
Bongo Boy Records
Review by Sophia | The Gypsy Poet

FIRST OF ALL— This album is HOT TO TROT!!!

1) Starting with Topham McCarty Band, WHOA!! This band rocks it like they talk it! I cannot believe that this sound is still fresh despite the sounds of today being so computer generated! I can see this song outselling some of the crap that that the record labels are promoting! Seriously! With members of the Yardbirds, there couldn't be a more better sound! Old school blues introduced to a new generation, and this sound if flowing with lots of blowing kisses from the guitars! WOW!

2) "The Ringing Phone” By Plainfield Slim is fun, and fresh! I love vintage sound and Plainfield got it going on!! WOW! I miss this sound!! I am in love! the old sound with crunchy chords is a blast! WOW!!!

3) Mia, Mia Mia!!!!! Mia Moravis Feat. The Trevor Sewell Band— “Work Me Baby" There is only ONE that can rock it with Trevor Sewell and his band! This is truly a colorful delightful sound with soul and light! I am thrilled to hear this!! "Work Me Baby” will WORK YOU to a FRENZY!! This is so perfect! Could I get an "Amen!" on this?? WOW! Real blues, real soul real people!! YES!!

4) Big Bone Daddy ROXX!! Can You Tell Me screams Blues, and I fell in love! WOW! These guys can make a live show out of anything! They are loud, hot and wild!! They really make the blues loud and sexy! Seriously! It sounds real and hot!

5) C. C. Bronson.... Attitude, Mojo, and sweetness! I love this song. With a jazz feel and blues at its sweetest! The sound is rich; with a feel of old-school Glenn Miller meets Miles Davis! This is hot to trot!!

6) Alvin Madison Ft. Plainfield Slim’s ''Still the Same Young Man” WOW!! More and more, this is my kind of sound! Is it me? Or are the 50s making a comeback! I'm walkin' I'm talkin' and I'm having a blast! This is music for the good times to roll on! FANTASTIC!!! This is what real writing is, too!

7) Lisa Coppola’s "Stuck to My shoe!" This is a blast with a country feel! This is a ride!! Who knew?? This is fun and cool!! The sound is trademark Lisa's! This is true blue Lisa Coppola! Country and Blues to the core!!

8) Big Bone Daddy’s "Luv Me Up” THIS is FUN!!! Big Bone Daddy's Got the Mojo with the Mos' Joe! YES!!!! The more guitar, the better, the more they got the drums rumblin' the better! They are the Motley Crue of Blues!!

9) Billy Hamilton & The Lowriders’s "Pay Some Money” ….Here we go! This is cool, with winds and Brass and tried and true fun! Bill Hamilton and The Lowriders bring us the sound that is long gone into the limelight once again and It is hard not to enjoy the flow, the absolute artistry in writing music as well as the lyricism! Substance and struggle are truly a joy, here. I cannot wait to see what Billy and the Boys do next! Total enchantment!

10) Blind Lemon Pledge “Mood Madness”— Sexy, hot and wild. Who can resist a sound like this? With Jazz in the mix, this song makes you want to slow-boogie! This sounds awesome! It shimmers with excitement and anticipation! Total Yummy in the mouth!!

- THANK YOU!!!! HUGS Sophia!



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