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Shake Your Boogie

by Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys

"Any fan of straight ahead tough electric blues will really like this record...A very enjoyable and professionally made record, everyone plays really well, it sounds good...I really enjoyed it a sincere compliments" Bruce Iglauer/President - Alligator Records
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Looking For Love
4:26 $0.99
2. Stomping and Shouting
6:01 $0.99
3. Your Didn't Even Say Goodbye
4:44 $0.99
4. Just Count the Days That I'm Gone
6:15 $0.99
5. She's Murder
3:18 $0.99
6. Bricks In My Pillow
4:47 $0.99
7. Like Wolf
3:33 $0.99
8. The Woman I Love
6:19 $0.99
9. I Can Do You Right
5:56 $0.99
10. PT's Home Cooking
4:25 $0.99
11. Mail Box Blues
4:28 $0.99
12. Walking To Chicago
5:10 $0.99
13. Shake Your Boogie
4:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
Shake Your Boogie Debuts at #13 on the Living Blues Chart and #10 on the Rootstime Blues Chart moves to #6 by second week.

"Any fan of straight ahead, tough electric blues will really like this cd" Bruce Iglauer/Alligator Records

"The music on this CD is excellent, well played and recorded, with variety but most importantly a fair degree of excitement....I really enjoyed this CD and recommend it highly." John Mitchell/

"I f$%^ing love it" Stefan Levy, Blues Foundation

" It is a really great CD" Bob Kieser, Blues Blast

"Great show at Blues Saloon on Saturday night! I picked up the new CD "Shake Your Boogie" and it is wonderful. In my opinion, it is the best yet and belongs in every stocking this Christmas." James Pickney, President, Greater Twin Cities Blues Music Society

"I just listened to your CD tonight and really dug it! Excellent work." Linda Cain/Owner/Managing Editor/

"A formidable and incredibly diverse guitarist...Shake Your Boogie will surely serve to save some souls for the blues". Geoff Trubow/

" Spectacular new disc has debuted #7 on our brand new Top 30 chart, which we submit monthly to Living Blues Magazine. This is, in my opinion, far and away the best album you have ever good possible for our End Of Year Chart for best cd releases of 2010." Gary Reinhard, Blues Director and host of Bad Dog Blues on WITR Radio

"Thanks for a super show Reverend! And seeing Slim bringing it again with you was icing on the cake. The Suncoast Blues Society heard real Chicago Blues Saturday night." Tom Carter/Suncoast Blues Society

"Rev, received the new CD, it's an exciting release. Look forward to your gigs in the Virgin Islands." Doug Dick/WVGN/Virgin Islands

"This is good time Chicago blues played by some seasoned musicians who know how to play the blues the right way. The clever song selection and the live feel of the album make “Shake Your Boogie” a CD well worth attention" Przemek Draheim/Poland Blues

"Just listened to Shake Your Boogie. Easily in my top ten cd's of the year. I will be playing this cd a lot." Kevin Hardy - Main Street Blues- Kansas City Online Radio

"Love your new cd. It's killer" Bob Ancheta Sunday Night Blues Room

"I wanted to let you know I received your latest CD on Saturday. It's smokin" Hieronymus Muryphy's Blues Podcast

"Our Blues hosts were eager to share and it got some spins last Blues Friday night." Jeff Dabel/WXPR Radio

"It was great having you guys at Bluesmore this year! What a fine show." Evan Vulich/Linn County Blues Society

"You put on a great show" Randy Hoffman/Alpena Blues Society



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Stefan Levy

This is a must have for your Blues collection
These guys are guaranteed not to disappoint. All these songs present a wonderful medley of instrumentation and vocals, as tight as you can get. Makes you happy, gets your feet movin, makes you want to boogie. Some wonderful hot guitar licks, foot stompin fun , boogie down home soulful harp that wails, mellow subtle sax with all the right tones at the right moments, lifts you up and takes you down slow and funky. Suberb blend of multiple talents. This is a must have for your Blues collection that’s gonna make you feel Good!

Stefan Levy

Steve Seymour,

Reverend Raven throws blues party
Nobody has accused Reverend Raven of rushing to get new product released.
Since his "Slow Burn" debut with the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys in 1998, Raven took his time to issue "Live at Blues on Grand" in 2004, while "Big Bee" arrived two years later.
Just out, "Shake Your Boogie," Raven's new CD, is well worth the four-year wait.
The fresh disc features an hour-long program of well-honed originals and a hot batch of lesser known covers.
Raven put the disc together from two live shows--performed years apart-- at Milwaukee's Miramar Theater.
The older recordings spotlight Madison Slim (harmonica and vocal), Andre Maritato (bass), Spencer "Kid" Panosh (drums) and the late Mickey Larson (keys) putting their all into four cover songs, including a terrific version of "She's Murder."
Current Chain Smokin' Altar Boys, including Big Al Groth (saxophone), P.T. Pedersen (bass) and Bobby Lee Sellers Jr. (drums), demonstrate their powess on the originals, penned by Raven and Chicago-area songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gerry Hundt.
Raven opens the disc with his own "Looking For Love," before tackling Hundt's "Stomping And Shouting."
The singer and guitarist follows with another original, "You Didn't Even Say Goodbye," with a lyrical surprise and the end.
With drummer Sellers taking lead vocals, the band puts an insistent groove on Little Milton Campbell's "Count the Days," augmented by keyboardist Danny Moore.
Madison Slim combines harmonica playing with singing on St. Louis Jimmy Oden's "She's Murder," also known as "Murder in the First Degree."
Sellers returns to sing Robert Nighthawk's gritty "Bricks In My Pillow."
Slim takes on Sonny Boy (Rice Miller) Williamson's "Like Wolf," delivering an awesome vocal along with tasty harp breaks.
Raven delivers the vocals for "The Woman I Love," apparently adapted from "She's Gone," the opening track on Hound Dog Taylor's first album.
The lead guitarist continues with the original, "I Can Do You Right," pleading: "Honey, you said some man done you wrong, well I can do you right."
Next, the band shines on the instrumental work-out "P.T.'s Home Cooking," credited to Pedersen.
Then, Madison Slim makes another appearance to lead the band through Slim Harpo's "Mail Box Blues."
Midwest bluesman Gerry Hundt also composed "Walking to Chicago," which Raven sings with conviction.
Raven's blues get-together concludes with an exhuberant rendition of the title song, "Shake Your Boogie," which starts with Slim's harmonica. The band cooks on this country blues song written and recorded by Big Joe Williams in 1965.
The CD runs seamlessly despite alternating between the two different line-ups and three different singers.
Raven's flawless Gibson guitar work ties the two shows together in fine fashion. Although Raven shares lead vocals on this album, he's a distinctive blues singer in his own right.
Long-time band cohort Bill Stace engineered the sessions for the new CD, which were done without an audience, and with minimal overdubs.
If you want a blues party, go to a live Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys show. Or, listen to "Shake Your Boogie."
You'll have fun either way.

Melodie Carr

More Wonderful Music to Keep Your Feet Moving
Yeah... Mmmm... The next best thing to seeing the Reverend and his band live is to slip one of their CDs into your CD player. This new CD is just what the doctor ordered -- makes you want to dance, laugh, cry, get mellow, and more. Great vocals, wonderful guitar riffs, tight band. It's nice to be able to always count on that! Big Al's sultry, subtle sax on track 9 is some of his best. Thanks, guys, for another great CD!