Big Boy Little Band | Live from the XM Satellite

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Live from the XM Satellite

by Big Boy Little Band

Original, harmonica-driven blues recorded live at XM Radio Studios in Washington, D.C. Finalists in 2010's IBC Competition in Memphis, Tennessee, where guitarist Matt Kelley won the Albert King Award for his soulful playing.
Genre: Blues: Blues Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shuck and Jive
5:32 $0.99
2. Downhome Girl
5:45 $0.99
3. Deer Rifle
3:58 $0.99
4. The Heat and the Humidity
4:13 $0.99
5. Twelve Bar Blues
3:19 $0.99
6. Beg for the Money
2:26 $0.99
7. Carondolet
6:33 $0.99
8. The Legend
2:54 $0.99
9. The Idiot Talking
5:03 album only
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Album Notes
“There are many great harp players, but only a few who also write songs that, while staying within the blues idiom, move well beyond the standard fare of good/bad woman/man broken hearted bad luck fast car and fried chicken fare over a same ‘ol, same ‘ol riff. James Harman, Paul DeLay and Rick Estrin certain come to mind. D.C. harpist Bret Littlehales’ compositions on this disc are certainly comparable.
“The disc highlight is “The Idiot Talking,” bound to get the dance floor moving and singing along and somehow managing not to be pretentious even with Shakespeare and Dostoyevsky mentioned in the same verse!”
-Bob Sekinger, President, Baltimore Blues Society

“In 2009, [Big Boy Little] won the DC Blues Society’s Battle of the Bands and represented the Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis where they made the finals and guitarist Matt Kelley was awarded the Albert King award for best guitarist.
“The band has a distinct sound with Kelley’s trebley guitar adding a menacing tone at times behind Little’s world-weary street smart lyrics with the crisp rhythm. This live recording in fact is pretty representative of the band’s music and 8 of the 9 selections are originals....
”Maybe the highpoint is “The Heat and Humidity,” a gritty bit of urban storytelling about a woman shooting a man (on TV she never thought the gun would ever sound so loud) as Little plays some tasty harp that is based on Alan Wilson’s solo (with a couple of quotes) on Canned Heat’s recording “On The Road Again,” while Kelley takes a tasty short break. With the spare backing from the rhythm it is a very impressive performance.
“There are nine songs and slightly under 40 minuets of music, but no fat or gristle, just lean meat.”
-Ron Weinstock, In a Blue Mood

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