Jim Kweskin Band | Now and Again (feat. Samoa Wilson & Geordie Gude)

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Now and Again (feat. Samoa Wilson & Geordie Gude)

by Jim Kweskin Band

Acoustic folk and jug band legend Jim Kweskin joins forces with Geordie Gude on harmonica and vocals, and singer Samoa Wilson, who has a long history of performing with Kweskin since her stage debut with his band as a twelve year old.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sweet Sue
3:57 $0.99
2. Why Don't You Do Right (feat. Samoa Wilson & Geordie Gude)
4:25 $0.99
3. Linin' Track (feat. Geordie Gude)
3:49 $0.99
4. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (feat. Samoa Wilson)
3:43 $0.99
5. The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me
3:15 $0.99
6. Exactly Like You (feat. Samoa Wilson)
3:44 $0.99
7. Sugar in My Bowl (feat. Samoa Wilson & Geordie Gude)
5:28 $0.99
8. Brother Can You Spare a Dime (feat. Geordie Gude)
5:25 $0.99
9. Trouble in Mind (feat. Geordie Gude)
3:37 $0.99
10. Cry Me a River (feat. Samoa Wilson)
4:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
Music that is timeless - and that's increasingly rare - is music that performers play by and for themselves. In jazz, this kind of infectious fun would take place at after-hours jam sessions, which have almost disappeared. And I've had a similar relaxed, joyful experience years ago at a Greenwich Village loft when singers and players of various traditions, some centuries-old, joined for the sheer pleasure of conversing across time in music.

Back in the 1960's, I found, to my surprise, an energizing group of musicians who got together to enjoy themselves, and I wrote the liner notes for that band's first album led by guitarist and vocalist Jim Kweskin. I kept playing the music long after I'd sent him the notes because it never lost its spontaneous, unselfconscious immediacy.

As Kweskin said to me then, "We don't sound like anybody ever sounded before. We're not imitating, although you can say we've been highly influenced by a wide variety of sources. What we are doing is taking old styles and building new things out of them. We're ourselves all the time."

Jim has always had a special talent for gathering great musicians around him. And so it is with the regeneration of this Jim Kweskin Band with new personalities, featuring: Geordie Gude, Kweskin's harmonica player, who on two songs delivers what the New York Times calls "a reedy, lonesome (vocal) sound reminiscent of the country pioneer Jimmie Rodgers"; and singer Samoa Wilson, who has a long history of performing with Kweskin since her stage debut with his band as a twelve year old singing "You Are My Sunshine." Recently, Kweskin's various groups have featured her more and more, and now, with this album, Samoa is front and center. Neil Strauss of the New York Times exactly describes her as having "a sweet, effortless, old-timey voice that she was able to sustain perfectly." But "old-timey," while accurate to a point, doesn't fully evoke a quality of innocence and experience that transcends ordinary categories of time or styles. She is the very essence of unaffected musical story-telling.

The headline in the April 10, 2011 New York Times was: "A 60's Legend Returns With Old Tunes and New Faces," as Neil Strauss heralded this "great return" of an ensemble unlike any other in its ability to sound continually inspired by the wonder of having so much fun without trying to be part of any trend or fashion. Not many folks can so enjoy just being themselves - in public as well as in private.

On National Public Radio's Fresh Air, rock historian Ed Ward listed, among the most important bands of the early '60's, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Byrds, "and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band." Ward added: "I'm not kidding."

Listening to the music here, a natural progression from those good old days, you'll understand why he wasn't kidding. As Daniel Gewerts, the wide-rantingly perceptive music critic for the Boston Herald notes, this new band "explores the old-time music for which Kweskin is known: vivid versions of pop, country, blues, swing and jug band songs from the 1920's through the '50's." These are the standards originally brought to life by Lil Green, Big Bill Broonzy, Leadbelly, Fats Waller, Clancy Hayes, Bing Crosby, Bessie Smith, Julie London, Chippie Hill, and the father of "Western Sing," Bob Wills.

But the abiding charm of this band is its extraordinary capacity to absorb and transmute all these tributaries into a musical microcosm that is immediately identifiable as unlike any other. This music doesn't fade with time and new trends because it's always its own life force and intersecting rhythms.

Jim Kweskin's day job is managing a general construction business, Fort Hill Construction. But what keeps his spirits up is music, not by any fixed schedule of performances, but when the need moves him (now and again).

"Music," he told Craig Harris of twononline.com/metrowest, "is something we do when we feel like it, where we feel like it... We get together at parties or I invite my friends over to jam. Then, every once in a while, I say, "This is getting pretty good, let's play a gig."

It's that freedom to perform when they really feel it that gives the Jim Kweskin Band the enlivening ease, wit, and communal bond that extends directly to the listener - as you're about to find out.

- Nat Hentoff



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