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The Sky Blues Of Boston Live

by The Sky Blues (Early Bird Mancini)

Soulful blues flavored rock with an edgy, contemporary feel...guitar solos that grab your attention like a freight train at full throttle...vocals high pure and heartfelt.
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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1. Introduction
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2. She's A Sweet One
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3. Before You Accuse Me
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4. Running To You
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5. Night Time Is The Right Time
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6. In A Letter
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7. Flamenco Dancer
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8. Unchain My Heart
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9. Brick
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10. Chickenbone
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11. Time To Come Home
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12. Big Fat Mama
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13. I Put A Spell On You
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14. Diggin' My Potatoes
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15. Mustang Sally
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Album Notes
Most of The Sky Blues' career has been supported by rowdy bar crowds. After multitudinous requests for a recording of their classic cover renditions as well as originals, we finally have here a self recorded, direct-off-the-stage capture of a typical high energy, raw, intense, emotionally charged, get-yer-ya-yas-out, Sky Blues rock 'n' blues show. For old and new fans alike, enjoy it....while you can.

THE SKY BLUES (Early BIRD MANCINI) have released to critical acclaim their second compact disc, "THE SKY BLUES of Boston LIVE" on Second Story Records. Their debut CD, "Pie in the Sky" helped bring them to the forefront of the regional blues scene, and also facilitated their invitation to perform at the 1997 North by Northeast Music Festival and Conference in Toronto. The Sky Blues have made numerous appearances on TV and radio, and have continuously performed live shows in Boston and throughout greater New England. Also, the band was chosen as a national semi-finalist in Musician Magazine's 1996 Best Unsigned Band Contest.

THE SKY BLUES is the culmination of years of collaborative professional musicianship and songwriting by Ruby and Bill Mason (AKA Ruby Bird and Billy Carl Mancini). Their extensive touring career in the Northeast has included opening engagements for nationally acclaimed artists such as David Crosby of Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Gregg Allman Band, Beatlemania, The Pousette-Dart Band, Jonathan Edwards, James Montgomery, and The Mighty Sam McClain.

THE SKY BLUES perform their own original blend of rhythm, blues, and rock, as well as plenty of classic and crowd pleasing blues and blues/rock covers. First rate vocals--often with three part harmonies--are featured with Bill on guitars and Ruby on harmonica and keyboards, with backup support from an excellent rhythm section, bassist John Bridge and drummer Philip Harris. They have been seen and heard in New England's best clubs including The Rynborn, Harper's Ferry, House of Blues, Hard Rock Café, The Yard Rock, and on countless college and university campuses. They have played on the Bestcruise and the Bluescruise in Boston Harbor. Their songs have been featured on major radio stations WBOS, WBCN, WFNX, WAAF, WXRV, WGIR and college radio stations throughout New England. Their versions of several classics have been featured on WZLX. Live radio performances include WERS, WBRS, WJUL, WMFO, and WKNH. Television appearances include WABU Channel 68's "ECU with Gail Harris", Continental Cable's "R&R TV" and "The Exploding Envelope", Cambridge Cable's "2000+", WCCA's "Naturally Wired", and Boston Cablevision's "Party in the Park" summer concert series.

Prolific songwriters, THE SKY BLUES received a nomination by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for the Boston Music Awards. Their song "I Wanna Be Ready" was recently featured on Mona Lisa Records "Blues Deluxe" CD Compilation, and their song "You Know Me Too Well" was included on Empire Records International (ERI) CD "Remnants of a Higher Culture" featuring talent chosen from all over the country. In addition, Billboard Magazine honored their song "Homesick" with an Honorable Mention in their Third Annual Song Contest.

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Jamaica Plain Arts News- by Holbrook

This is about as good a documentation of high-powered live performance as you're
"Most of The Sky Blues' career has been supported by rowdy bar crowds," begin the liner notes to the Boston based quartet's latest CD release. Indeed, the CD starts up with the sound of one of those crowds, and by the end of the disc I was feeling a bit rowdy myself. If I owned a bar I would have The Sky Blues play there. Every night. "The Sky Blues of Boston Live" is the second release on Second Story records for this Northeast rhythm-and-blues staple. Bill and Ruby Mason, who front the band and write the original material, have a long list of impressive songwriting and performance credits, including opening spots for David Crosby and Gregg Allman, featured appearances at The House Of Blues and the Hard Rock Cafe, and airplay on an alphabet soup of radio stations, such as WBOS, WBCN, WFNX, WAAF and WERS.
The recording at the Ashuelot Yacht Club was a no-frills, direct-off-the-stage affair, and that suits them just fine. No need to pad anything with studio sweetening or enhancement...it's all there: the sweet, the sad, the hot and the wild. The instrument tones are wonderful and raw. Bill Mason's guitar blazes on solo after solo with great tones and stylistic nods to Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and BB King. John Bridge's bass tone is full and round with a nice bright top end. The drum kit, played with style by Philip Harris, provides a solid foundation of thump and thwack for The Sky Blues' freight train of blues/rock power to rocket over. In the vocal department, the folks at the Ashuelot Yacht Club were treated to the "real thing" with powerful performances by Bill and Ruby. Check out Bill's Little Richard-esque falsetto on "She's A Sweet One", or any of Ruby's tunes, where she's liable to go from Janis grit to 'Retha belt to Ella smooth in a single number. The ensemble background vocals are a standout feature of this recording as well. It's almost a shame to call them "background". Listen to the group croon on "Night Time Is The Right Time", or th the whole crowd chant the chorus to "Big Fat Mama". After 15 rock and soul-filled numbers, I was feeling as flushed and boisterous as that crowd up in Keene-and I hadn't touched a drop, I swear. This is about as good a documentation of high-powered live performance as you're likely to find anywhere, so next time you can't make it out to party at the bar, bring the bar and the party to you with "The Sky Blues of Boston Live"!
Holbrook, who owns SoundSmith Digital Audio and Anvil Records in JP, can't explain why he had a hangover the morning after reviewing this disc.
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