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The Blues Had a Baby...

by Emilio & Los Bluzanos

Emilio Crixell & Los Bluzanos pay tribute to the blues by performing surprising, original blues renditions of classic rock hits in addition to some South Texas originals.
Genre: Blues: Texas Style
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Whole Lotta Love
5:36 $0.99
2. Waitin' for the Bus
3:41 $0.99
3. Lodi
4:25 $0.99
4. Rock and Roll
3:34 $0.99
5. Like You and Me
3:06 $0.99
6. And I Love Her
7:11 $0.99
7. Evil Ways
4:43 $0.99
8. La Mala Mujer
4:12 $0.99
9. Foxey Lady
4:22 $0.99
10. Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll
3:46 $0.99
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Titled after the Muddy Waters' song "Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock And Roll," Emilio Crixell & Los Bluzanos pay homage to the blues masters who influenced so many artists of the sixties and seventies by performing blues renditions of popular classic rock hits. Led Zep's "Whole Lotta Love" is given a South Texas flavored blues groove, while ZZ Top's "Waitin' For The Bus" is stripped down to a Muddy Waters' like juke joint treatment. CCR's "Lodi" is done in a blues/gospel type arrangement, and Led Zepplin's "Rock and Roll" pays tribute to the rocking style of Houndog Taylor. In contrast, the version of the Beatle's "And I Love Her"with a soulful sax solo by special guest Tomas Ramirez and Emilo's extended heartfelt guitar is as hauntingly bluesy as it is beautiful. Crixell's original contribution "Like You And Me" is a Texas blues rocker all the way, worthy of national airplay. "La Mala Mujer" is a soon to be bilingual blues classic in the vein of San Antonio's chicano bluesman, the late Randy Garibay. Mixing musical styles with it's own Latin influences is nothing new to South Texans and is evident here in the blues remake of Santana's "Evil Ways." On this track, as on the rocking "Foxey Lady", Emilio is joined on guitar by Albert Besteiro and Charlie Harrison for an ol' fashioned Texas Shootout on the six strings. The title track "Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock And Roll" is a blues rocking version of the Muddy Waters' classic hit. All said and done, "The Blues Had A Baby..."and Emilio & Los Bluzanos heard its cry all the way from South Texas and brought the rock and roll baby back home!

Los Bluzanos, formed in 2006, has always been a bit of a revolving door of some of South Texas' best musicians. For these sessions, a special lineup was put together to record at Smilin' Castle Studios in Kyle, Texas, just south of Austin. Making the trip north with Emilio from the Rio Grande Valley was Charlie Harrison on bass; & guitar on "Evil Ways" and "Foxey Lady." There they would reunite with some Valley natives living in the Austin area: Roland "Wo" Guajardo on harps; Albert Besteiro on guitar; and Henry Crafts on bass. All were old friends and had previously performed with Los Bluzanos, giving the sessions a feeling of picking at a backyard bar-b-que. Austinites Michael "Lefty" Lefkowitz and Jack Price rounded out the lineup on drums and keyboards/sax, respectively. Lefty's drum tracks on these sessions are greasier than the grease on your fingers at a Texas bar-b-que, and that is a high form of flattery in our world. Jack's keyboard work on these tracks are signature, and his gritty sax solo on "La Mala Mujer" is reminiscent of San Antonio's late, great saxaphonist, Rocky Morales. And it just doesn't get any better than that. As well are Wo's harp tracks on "Waitin' For The Bus" and "Blues Had A Baby... ," more grease. Albert Besteiro and Charlie Harrsion add wailing guitars to "Evil Ways" and "Foxey Lady," and Henry Crafts contributes with his always steady bass work.

This CD was recorded at Smilin' Castle Studios, owned and run by Rick Del Castillo of Austin's popular flamenco / rock band 'Del Castillo.' Rick's excellent engineering skills and contributions to the making of these recordings were priceless. His attention to mic placements and assisting musicians with arrangements and details, proved to make the difference in getting the vintage sound and song dynamics the band was looking for.



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