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Chicago Breakdown

by Frank Raven Band

original chicago blues from chicago.wailin' harp & hot hot guitar.
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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1. Sunday Driver
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2. Whatever Happened To Yesterday
6:29 $0.99
3. Chicago The Blues Today
3:43 $0.99
4. Good Old Days
4:55 $0.99
5. Chicago Breakdown
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6. Blues Attack
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7. Missed Opportunities
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The Frank Raven Band

THE FRANK RAVEN BAND have been blues rockin the Midwest music scene for the past 14 years. Originally known as the BLUE WATUSIS and later as FRANK RAVEN AND THE BLUE WATUSIS, they have appeared everywhere from funky blues
nightclubs to restaurants, cafes, concerts and festivals performing their killer original songs and classic blues favorites.

Frank Raven, a veteran of legendary Chicago bands bohemia and Slammin' Watusis, is the founder and driving force behind this quartet of first-class musicians. Some of his earliest playing experiences on the Chicago blues scene include Blue Monday jam sessions with Lefty Dizz and Buddy Guy at the original Checkerboard Lounge on 43rd Street and a short stint with J. B. Hutto and the Hawks. Frank has studied music with Edward Wilkerson Jr. at the AACM School of Music and with Delmark recording artist Rich Corpolongo. His recording credits include 6 records with bohemia including a Billboard "Hot Pick", and 2 albums with Sony Epic recording artists The Slammin' Watusis. His contributions on blues harp, saxophone, and songwriting helped set these groups apart from the pack and transcend their rock roots to become true examples of "Chicago Style" music. His solo recordings include the highly acclaimed "The Sadness of Winter" and "This Dream's On Me". As a guest soloist he has played on countless recordings for groups such as The Insiders, The Juleps, Texas Rubies, Pat Hall & The Fat Guys, and Prong.

Guitarist Dave Menet is a virtuoso picker who can be tasty and blistering, sometimes in the same breath. The interplay between Dave's guitar and Frank's harmonica is a highlight of the group's live shows as they trade licks back & forth and inspire each other to new heights of musical ecstasy. Dave's experience includes playing with I Speak Jive and Ronnie Baker Brooks. A guitar teacher at the Beautiful Music School of Music, his style has been compared to Peter Green and Michael Bloomfield, but in the end he is his own man.

Switching off between electric and standup acoustic bass, Fran Kondorf is a veteran
sideman and longtime Raven compatriot. His experience includes playing with The Juleps, The Fuzzbusters, Slammin' Watusis, Rude Guest, and numerous recording projects.

Drummer Greg Campbell, the youngest member of the group, is an accomplished blues drummer having played with Nick Moss, The Chicago Blue Angels, and a series of gigs with Texas harp man Kim Wilson.

This unique and exciting group of musicians has played such venues as Buddy Guy's Legends where they did a 2 year stint as the house band hosting the Blue Monday jam, Boulevard Cafe, Redfish, Harlem Avenue Lounge, The Slippery Noodle and many more. They were finalists in the Benson Hedges "Best Blues Band" contest and winners of the Sandstone Recording Studio "Best Unsigned Blues Band" contest. Their first album "Welcome to the House of the Blues" received rave reviews and nationwide radio airplay. Their 2nd album "Blues on a Stick", a mix of studio and live recordings, is out now, and a 3rd album "Bluesitis" is in the works.

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Pretty good work by a fine blues band
There's nothing that moves your soul like the real deal blues, and the Frank Raven Band delivers exactly that. Good playing and good vocals by real musicians playing with taste and soul.

Tom K

Pretty good.
Good Chicago blues sound from the band. Vocals were alright and the lyrics were fairly well written. My only beef is the poor quality paper label which caused the CD to get stuck in truck's CD player! Fortunately, I was able to coax it out and then I spent about an hour tearing it off so I could reload it. I'd suggest the band get some quality labels for their CDs to match the quality of the music on them.