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This World Is Not My Home

by The Mescal Sheiks

Roots R&B with a twist of Memphis and a New Orleans shake.From the sands of the Mojave to the banks of the Mississippi.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. How Long
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2. It Doesn't Really Matter
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3. Got To Have Me Two
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4. Better Get Ta Steppin'
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5. Fool For You
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6. Honey The Night Is Young
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7. Live From The Gates Of Hell
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8. Walking To The River
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9. Baby Whatcha do
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10. Sugar Hoodoo
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11. Looking Out 4 #1
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12. Healin' Love
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13. This World Is Not My Home
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Mescal Sheiks are Los Angeles based musicians and songwriters who first collaborated on various Hangan Brothers projects.

Now, drawing collectively from their culturally diverse backrounds in the New York, Chicago, Arkansas, and L.A. music scenes, the Mescal Sheiks have combined a unique blend of ingredients to create their
own dynamic gumbo - sometimes greasy, often funky, inevitably rootsy, and always soulful!

The Mescal Sheiks are proud to announce their initial Blue Cap release, "This World Is Not My Home," an electrifying tour de force that transports America's rich musical heritage to the 21st Century.

Clabe Hangan- Vocals
Rick Solem- Vocals/Keyboard
Rick Smith- Harmonica/Percussion
Dean Sterling- Guitar/Vocals


Additional musicians:


Mike Barry- Bass
Albert Trepagnier,Jr- Drums
Billy Watts- Guitar
The Texacali Horns:
Joe Sublett- Tenor Sax
Darrell Leonard- Trumpet
Elizabeth Hangan- Vocals
Billy Sullivan- Percussion


As a follow up to "This World Is Not My Home", the Sheiks are currently involved in the Second Wind Sessions. Beginning in the fall of 2007, they are writing and recording 24 new songs in the sessions with the initial release scheduled for Summer of 2010.

Mescal Sheiks founding member, Clabe Hangan passed away in August 2008.

Producer, drummer and percussionist Phil Bloch began his work with the Mescal Sheiks in 2007.

Rick Solem - keyboards, vocals
Dean Sterling- guitar, vocals
Phil Bloch- drums, percussion
Rick Smith- harmonica, percussion

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Blues Revue Magazine/December 2006- Tom Hyslop


Though the title might suggest an album of spirituals, "This World Is Not My Home" (Blue Cap 1003) is a top-flight set of blues originals. Clabe Hangan compellingly sings the compositions of Rick Solem (keyboards) and Dean Sterling
(guitar). Rick Smith (harp) rounds out the Mescal Sheiks; the Texacali Horns and the rhythm section are guests. The Sheiks touch on the sounds of New Orleans ("Fool for You" and "Sugar Hoodoo"), 1940's Chicago ("Got To Have Me Two"), and Texas shuffles ("Baby Whatcha Do" with a great organ sound and a killer push from drummer Albert Trepagnier. "Healin' Love", "How Long", and "Live From the Gates of Hell" have a contemporary feel, with pulsating bass, big horns, and lush backing vocals. Their strongest tracks --- the title cut (indeed a spiritual); "It Doesn't Really Matter" a brassy, organ-fueled, Southside Johnny-style soul killer; "Walking to the River", reminiscent of John Hiatt's "Bring the Family" ballads- break the mold.
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Southland Blues Magazine-Los Angeles, CA


Growing out of the Hangan Brothers band, a local blues organization that has charmed Southland audiences for years, The Mescal Sheiks pick up the ball and carry on the tradition admirably. They party hearty and boogie tirelessly with lead singer Clabe Hangan at the controls. New Orleans, Chicago, Kansas City and L.A. all come together in this melting pot of blues hues that includes soulful horns, wailing harmonica, fiery guitar, a swingin’ rhythm section, and convincing vocals.

Hangan sings “Honey the Night is Young” with Rick Smith’s harp alongside, reminding us that we’ve been there, done that, and will continue finding a place to have a good time until the world ends. He even mentions The Blue Café in his lyrics, pointing out that we need to get together on a regular basis in order to live our lives to the fullest. Later, he sings “This World is Not My Home” in a solemn reflection that looks for direction. Like the entire program, this is an original song that the band has put together after much soul-searching. Through the song’s lyrics, Hangan asks about society’s role in our lives. Are we alone, or may we count on those around us reliably? The Mescal Sheiks answer his questions indirectly through their music, as they join him in a beautiful musical portrayal that come with deep feeling.


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Jim Santella - Southland Blues Magazine- August 2006
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Southland Blues Magazine-Los Angeles, CA


Growing out of the Hangan Brothers band, a local blues organization that has charmed Southland audiences for years, The Mescal Sheiks pick up the ball and carry on the tradition admirably. They party hearty and boogie tirelessly with lead singer Clabe Hangan at the controls. New Orleans, Chicago, Kansas City and L.A. all come together in this melting pot of blues hues that includes soulful horns, wailing harmonica, fiery guitar, a swingin’ rhythm section, and convincing vocals.

Hangan sings “Honey the Night is Young” with Rick Smith’s harp alongside, reminding us that we’ve been there, done that, and will continue finding a place to have a good time until the world ends. He even mentions The Blue Café in his lyrics, pointing out that we need to get together on a regular basis in order to live our lives to the fullest. Later, he sings “This World is Not My Home” in a solemn reflection that looks for direction. Like the entire program, this is an original song that the band has put together after much soul-searching. Through the song’s lyrics, Hangan asks about society’s role in our lives. Are we alone, or may we count on those around us reliably? The Mescal Sheiks answer his questions indirectly through their music, as they join him in a beautiful musical portrayal that come with deep feeling.


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Jim Santella - Southland Blues Magazine- August 2006
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George P. Seedorff - Big City Blues Magazine (Apr/May, 2006)


This one fine, sophisticated and unique hybrid of influences makes this one album not to be ignored..The Mescal Sheiks are made up of a group of musicians and songwriters based in Los Angeles, who first collaborated on various Hangan Brothers projects. Though California they are, not all started out in the Golden State. Points of origin for the diverse crew, made up of Clabe Hangan (on vocals), Rick Solem (on keyboards and vocals), Rick Smith (on harmonica) and Dean Sterling (on guitar and vocals) vary widely, and include New York, Chicago, and Arkansas. All this makes for some powerful and impressive crosscurrents of which they exploit to the hilt. Like a bowl of fruit tossed into a blender, the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Musically, that same principal equals inventiveness, risk-taking and things that are new. The depth of talent on this project is further expanded by bass player Michael Barry, drummer Albert Trepagnier, Jr., guitarist Billy Watts, backing vocalist Elizabeth Hangan, percussionist Billy Sullivan, and the gold standard duo among all horn sections these days, the Texacali Horns- made up of Joe Sublett on tenor sax and Darrell Leonard on trumpet (known for their distinguished work as members of the Phantom Blues Band). Maybe it's the weather, or something else, but there is something unique about a city that can spawn outfits like War and Los Lobos. There is something about both the Hangan Brothers, and now The Mescal Sheiks, that comes from that same fertle soil. This is American music all the way, and it draws life from any number of influences, not the least of which is the blues. Thirteen tunes. Highly recommended.
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Carol Douglas


You guys just rock with all your superb, feel-good material, and I'd do anything to catch you live if you come to tour in England.
Love your new songs up at MySpace, and my favorite of those "Looking out 4 No 1" is another cracker with vocals to die for.
From your new fan in the UK, all the best.
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The Blues Bunny - London


Although based in Los Angeles there are influences from as far a field as the Mississippi delta, Chicago and Memphis. And they've clearly stopped off to pick up a bagful of New Orleans' eclectic musical salsa to add to the melting pot that makes up the sound of the Mescal Sheiks. The result is a sound of their own that can best be described as 'Mardi Gras blues'.

This mix of styles and genres is evident throughout this fine collection. "It Doesn't Really Matter" has a hint of Stax and a just a bit of gospel feel to it coupled with a wonderfully subtle Booker-T style organ in the background that makes it the highlight of the album. The opening track, "How Long", has a 'funkier up tempo blues sound; while "Better Get Ta Steppin' is reminiscent of Troyce Key & JJ Malone mixed with Louis Jordan and his Tympani Five. "Healin' Love" opens up with a Bootsy Collins style funky bass line, and then just keeps on going. With "Baby Watcha Do" and "Live From The Gates of Hell" it sounds like Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown and Doctor John have joined the party.
The diversity and versatility of the band is emphasised by their rendition of the spiritual influenced songs "Walking To The River" and "This World Is Not My Home". Ably assisted on many of the tracks by the Texacali Horns this is music that is stripped back to the basics. No frills, nothing fancy and no over laboured production to distract you. It's just good music - plain and simple.

www.bluesbunny.com/February 18, 2007
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Susan Stone-Balazs

Powerful collaboration of some fine musical flavor
Check your egos at the door with This world is Not My Home. The CD's music is the healing kind which brings back the R&B of old. It is a tight mix of Soul, Blues, R&B, and Gospel. From the opening track - How Long - to the closing title track - This World is Not My Home, the Sheiks play with redemption, joy, and pain. The music is authentic and it simply makes you feel good. This is an outstanding CD that will lift you to places your soul never thought it could go. If music is an expression of the soul, The Mescal Sheiks CD delivers with pure soul. Enjoy the ride!
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Blue Suede News Summer 2006 Issue #75


This group is related to the Hangan Brothers, who we reviewed sometime back there. Clabe Hangan is the singer, and Rick Smith is playing harmonica, but the other musicians are different, and this CD is more of a Soul/Blues/R&B effort where the earlier title was kinda Country Blues. Clabe's wife Elizabeth also sings, giving a Staples Singers feel to some tracks. While the group is listed a 4 piece (keyboards, harmonica, guitar and vocals), extra help is provided by the Texacali Horns and rhythm section players. "Got To Have Me Two" has a nice funky down home feel. Keyboard player Rick Solem also does some of the singing, as on "Better Get Ta Steppin" with a nice two beat feel. All the tunes are original to the group, with Solem having his hands on most, and guitarist Dean Sterling also having a hand in 9 of the 13 tunes. Harmonica player Rick Smith and Hangan also are involved in some of the writing. "Fool For You" has a Taj Mahal ("She Caught The Katy") feel. "Honey The Night Is Young" is a nice lazy shuffle. "Walking To The River" returns to that Gospel feel as does the title song. I like the organ on "Baby Whatcha Do" and "Sugar Hoodoo" has that second line feel, and may be my favorite track."

Marc Bristol
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Gator


Obviously influenced by their diverse backgrounds from New York, Chicago, Arkansas, and L.A. the Mescal Sheiks have combined a unique blend of ingredients to create their own sound. It’s not Memphis, or New Orleans, or Mississippi, it’s the Sheiks own. I hear a little influence of the Blind Boys of Alabama if there is any direct association. Nonetheless it’s good, subtle, and solid. Good enough for a 4.7 on my STLBluesometer
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Frank Robinette

The Mescal Sheiks
This is not only an excellant album, it is also a final legacy of Clabe Hangan, who died in august 2008 at age 74. It may be the only commercial recording of that legendary blues singer. Each song is a treasure, and the last one "This World Is Not My Home" is a great showcase for his powerful voice.
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