Jill Watkins Band | Just One Good Man

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Just One Good Man

by Jill Watkins Band

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Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Red Train
3:03 $0.99
2. Too Happy
2:38 $0.99
3. Just One Good Man
4:22 $0.99
4. Can't Treat a Woman Like That
2:59 $0.99
5. New Orleans
3:22 $0.99
6. Big Men
2:59 $0.99
7. Friday Night
2:21 $0.99
8. Leave Me Alone
3:51 $0.99
9. When I First Met You
2:52 $0.99
10. Tell the Truth
2:43 $0.99
11. Tore Down
4:15 $0.99
12. Summertime
5:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
The red-hot redhead from the Rocky Mountains, Jill Watkins, delivers a rocking and soulful performance on the new Jill Watkins Band CD "Just One Good Man". Ten exciting original studio songs are featured on the CD, as well as two superb live performances of the classics "Tore Down" and "Summertime", recorded at Denver, Colorado's longtime home of great blues, Brendan's Pub. A profile of the Jill Watkins Band in the Colorado Blues Society's "Holler" magazine said, "I'll promise you this: if you go see the Jill Watkins Band, you'll have a great time and leave with a smile on your face". Music fans across Colorado certainly agree, and now people everywhere can enjoy the powerful vocals of Jill Watkins on the new CD "Just One Good Man".

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Terry Michel

great voice, great talent and surrounded with talent

Rick Bevan

Just One Good man
Saw this lady perform at a jam session in Boulder some time ago, and I was ABSOLUTELY blown away! She has soul and charisma like none I've ever seen before. Truly awesome perfomer. Definitely a must see (and hear) if you are anywhere in the vicinity! You will NOT be disappointed.Guaranteed!

Dan DeMuth

Just One Good Man by the Jill Watkins Band
"Reviewers should approach a project with an open mind. Having said that, I would be the first to admit I would pony up the price of admission just to watch her groove to the music. “Red Train” kicks off this album in which the line “This red trains comin’ and its rollin’ right through your town” aptly describes what’s on board here. This is true ‘get on and hang on’ music. Backed by her own tight band which includes John Ragan on lead guitar, Chris-Dax doubling on bass and acoustic guitar and drummer Walt Sorrentino, Jill handles the vocals and blows some occasional trumpet licks. While some performers and artists are ‘adequate’ we occasionally get treated to the ‘real deal’ and that’s what this lady is about. Stage presence with a heavy dose of talent. The vocal nuances come naturally – not contrived. Some may recall a few years back when jazz diva Cleo Laine rendered a great version of “I’ve Got The Music In Me” a song which could have been written to describe Jill. She exudes the feeling that she lives this music. Jill credits a choir and family musical background with getting her into the music business. Her father fronted several bands and both parents insisted she take piano lessons. I don’t know – I’m not sure if anything could have kept all of this from bustin’ out.

This release has a nice blend of bluesy material as well as some raucous rockers. “Friday Night” showcases jump-blues roots. “New Orleans” has some, well, New Orleans roots, while “Just One Good Man” and “Big Men” may be giving us just a little insight into the inner-workings of this woman’s mind. The entire band shares in credits for all but two of the 12 tracks, with perhaps Ragan’s contributions weighing just a little more heavily. Two of the cuts, Freddy King’s “Tore Down” and “Summertime” round out this album. Steve Sheridan blows great harp on both, and Marcia Kent Davis contributes some haunting vocalese on the latter. If “Stardust” is the most recorded song of all time, surely “Summertime” doesn’t lag far behind. Arguably, this might be the crème de la crème of this release. It copies no one, and the entire outing is great.

Rumor has it that Jill may be making a second appearance with George Whitesell’s All Stars in a few weeks in our area. This will be a true ‘don’t miss it’ as the All Stars favor a jump blues approach with the honking saxes and pumping piano and Jill’s vocals are more in line with the Ruth Brown/LaVerne Baker/Etta James/Wynona Carr school. (Okay Jill, when can we expect a “Jill Watkins sings the best of” CD of the above ladies?)
Find out more about Jill and where to get this release at www.jillwatkins.com. For George’s gigs check out amusiccompany@hotmail.com or watch for updates in this newsletter."


Just One Good Album
The musical form of blues seems to be an enigma to many people. It's something where the basics are fairly simple to grasp, but that doesn't mean you can play it. Some feel it can't be that difficult with child prodigies like Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd playing it since their teen years. But good blues isn't so much matter of technique and skill as much as it is feeling.

The Jill Watkins Band recently released their first album Just One Good Man. The first 10 songs were recorded in the studio and the last two are live. The tricky part is taking a good live band playing music that relies heavily on feeling and trying to capture it in the studio. Fortunately for us, the Jill Watkins Band (JWB) has managed to pull that trick off.

The band's core is Jill Watkins on vocals and trumpet, John Ragan on guitar, Walt Sorrentino on percussion and Chris Dax on bass and acoustic guitar. Jill has an outstanding voice for the blues and plays a mean horn. The rest of the band compliments and highlights her skills, and each member is quite good at what they do. They are also joined on the live tracks by Marcia Kent Davis (vocals on "Summertime") and Blue Advisory
Band's Steve Sheldon (harmonica on "Summertime" and "Tore Down"). JWB songs can have a nice sense of whimsy to them, which is always appreciated. This is demonstrated by "Big Men" and the title track (which has a conspicuous use of the number 42, a significant number to those not from around here). Also particularly strong songs include "Too Happy to Sing the Blues" and "Summertime."

The best part about the album is how consistent it is. While some tracks jump out more, there are no weak songs. It shows the genre of the blues is not dead, especially when you consider that most of the tunes are originals. It's a strong effort from a strong band.