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Blues and the Power of Peace

by Smoky Greenwell

In making this music I have brought you the best of two of my worlds, the joy of playing in New Orleans and recording in Nashville. These 7 original blues songs and 4 covers are fun and lighthearted, but also profound.
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Common Ground (Radio Edit)
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2. Get out and Vote
3:59 $0.99
3. Low Blow for the Blues
5:11 $0.99
4. The Way out Is In
4:56 $0.99
5. Slow Moving Coup
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6. The Power of Peace
6:36 $0.99
7. High Sailing
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8. I'm a Lover (Not a Fighter)
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9. Flat Tire Blues
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10. I Need Money (Keep Your Alibis)
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11. Hot Cha
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12. Common Ground (Extended Version)
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Album Notes
In making Blues and the Power of Peace, I have strived to bring you the best of both my worlds: the joy that is playing in New Orleans and recording in Nashville. The Nashville sessions took place in Johnny Neel’s new studio, Straight Up Sound.

Johnny produced my first five albums beginning in the 1990’s. It’s an honor to renew that musical collaboration for the seven original songs on Blues and the Power of Peace. Playing and recording with Johnny has that wonderful, “old home week” feel. As always, Johnny brings a group of top-tier Nashville sessions players. Working with these terrific musicians, and the fresh perspective that they bring, is both a challenge and a thrill.

The four tracks of the New Orleans sessions were recorded at Audiophile Studios in the French Quarter with guitarist Jack Kolb, bassist David Hyde, and drummer Bob Burke. The four of us have played together for well over a decade. These guys bring a tight musicality which has been honed over our many years as an ensemble.

All of these tracks would be considered bluesy songs with the exception of The Power of Peace, which is more introspective; thus the title. On this recording, the original songs express my feelings about our current political climate and the healing that the spiritual nature of music can bring.

I worked with some amazing musicians on this album:

Melissa Alesi
Melissa Alesi is a contemporary singer-songwriter from Delaware, who now calls Nashville home. Her soulful vocals and songwriting are heavily influenced by artists of the 60’s and 70’s, with a little bit of world music flare. “I remember sitting in the car with my dad and he put on an ELO cassette and we listened to 'Mr. Blue Sky.' I was hooked!"

Melissa released her first of three full-length albums, "ALESI," in December 2008. During the following years of developing her craft as a songwriter and guitarist, Melissa met Johnny Neel of the Allman Bros. Band. In May 2015, she headed down to Nashville to record her third studio album, Lie Again, with Johnny. Nashville felt so much like home that she moved there to pursue her career as an artist and dig deeper in finding her own style and voice.

Melissa currently holds a lead vocalist role in the Christmas production, Brian’s Christmas Songbook, performed with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and has opened for global acts such as The Band Perry, and fingerstyle guitarist, Shaun Hopper.

Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson has been a mainstay on the Southern Rock scene since the 1970s, playing with, touring, or writing songs in groups such as the Outlaws, Grinderswitch, Lucinda Williams, The Allman Brothers, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackhawk, Hank Williams Jr, Steven Stills, Johnny Neel, Neil Carswell and many others. His Debut Album “Old Friend” has been described as a cross between Stevie Ray Vaughan Eric Clapton, and Duane Allman. The New York Times described it as one of the 10 best albums you’ve never heard. Rolling Stone Magazine gave it Five Stars.

“Old Friend” is a well rounded effort charged by Anderson's vibrant guitar playing and the emotional depth of great songs sung with unremitting conviction, and delivered with the authority of a veteran bluesman. Not only does he come off as a major new talent but the performances on his records vindicate Anderson’s instincts as a great songwriter.

Anderson moved to Nashville, Tennessee in the mid 90s, and has been a member of the Multi-Platinum country group Blackhawk for years. He has written songs, played on, and or produced countless recording sessions and CDs and Jingles. His ability to cross many genres such as Rock, Pop, Country, Soul, R&B and Blues only enhance his songwriting in “Music City.” Anderson is one of Southern Rock’s most notable players and sought after producers.

Daryl Burgess
Playing music professionally since the age of 15, Daryl lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he writes songs, and plays sessions. Originally from British Columbia, Canada. Daryl tours Europe once or twice a year drumming for the Mark Selby Band, where he is known as "The Groover from Vancouver".

He is a multi-instrumentalist, playing drums, piano, guitar and bass guitar. Daryl has been a session player since about the age of 22 as a drummer. Daryl has had songs cut by numerous artists in genres ranging from Patty Loveless's classic country voice to Colin James BluesRock "Just Came Back to Say Goodbye". He is known for his soulful voice, and he is asked to sing demos for other writers in Nashville regularly. Daryl has written and recorded over a thousand songs as a professional song writer.

Bob Burke
Robert Burke has performed for the last 30 years throughout Canada, USA, France and Japan. In addition to working with Smokey Greenwell, he has worked with Lee McBee, Shuan Cassidy, Johnny Sansone, Eddie Bo, Frankie Ford, Brian Lee, Mason Ruffner and Dale Spalding to name a few. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music and has performed with Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic and Louisiana Philharmonic. Burke has recorded with Mike Bacon, Swinging Bovines, Edmonton Symphony, Mark Pentone, Stu McNair and Smokey Greenwell and Jeff Chaz.

David Hyde
Bassist David Hyde was 8 years old when he formed his first band. A native of Hammond, Louisiana, he was playing mostly black nightclubs by the time he was 12 years old. It was in the black clubs that Hyde had an opportunity to hear and be influenced by the great blues legends of the time, Bobby Bland and Little Milton. His ongoing love affair with music ever since has resulted in a bassist of exceptional talent. From roadhouse nightclubs with chicken wire stretched in front of the stage to protect the band from thrown beer bottles to Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration, Hyde has seen and played them all.

In 1995 he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame when he was playing with the Boogie Kings. He appeared on Austin City Limits with Marcia Ball, blues singer Tracy Nelson and New Orleans soul queen Irma Thomas. He was featured with Grammy Award winner Clarence Gatemouth Brown on "Jazz Central" on the Black Entertainment Television Network in 1997. David has played several festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

In addition to above, this musician has toured much of the world and recorded with some of the top names in the business; Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, Bonnie Bramlett, Spencer Davis, Percy Sledge, Felix Cavaliere, and more recently the legendary American songwriters Bobby Charles and Dr. John.

Jack Kolb
An accomplished guitar player and musicologist in New Orleans, Kolb has been accompanying Smoky Greenwell on stage for years. Jack is a member of the Excelleauxs, an old school swamp blues band performing music from the Excello Records catalog, including songs by Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim, Lazy Lester, and Tabby Thomas. Kolb continues to play with Smoky Greenwell during his weekly performances at Club Bamboula's in New Orleans as well as with the Excelleauxs in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Johnny Neel
Born blind in Wilmington, Delaware, Neel cut his first single at the age of twelve in 1966, as “Johnny Neel and The Shapes Of Soul“. Neel moved to Nashville, the premiere song writing city, in 1984, where he immediately became recognized as a session “A” studio player. Performing with various bands in area clubs drew the attention of former Nashville resident Dickey Betts, who asked Neel to join his road band, and begin working on Dickey’s solo LP for Epic Records. Neel’s talented keyboard and harp playing on that album convinced Gregg Allman to ask Neel to tour with his road band.

Neel decided to join the reunited Allman Brothers Band, immersing himself in a successful tour, which led to a number one AOR smash hit during the summer of 1990. “Good Clean Fun” (co-written by Neel with Allman and Betts), from the Seven Turns Album, provided the Allmans with their highest charting single since “Ramblin’ Man” fifteen years prior. Neel’s songs have been recorded by such artist’s as Montgomery Gentry, Delbert McClinton, John Mayall, John Louis Walker and many others. Johnny Neel is a recipient of the “Life Time Achievment Award” from the 2012 Grammy’s with his work with the Allman Brothers.

In 2016, Johnny celebrated 50 years in music with his double CD “66/16”. A man with boundless energy, Neel still manages to juggle studio work, local club gigs, road work and hit song writing, and somehow between the chaos maintains his sanity.



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