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Backline (Live)

by The Paul Speidel Band

A live instrumental album by veteran Boston-area Jazz and Blues musicians...featuring all-original contemporary arrangements and improvisation.”
Genre: Blues: Funky Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Keeper (Live)
3:21 $0.99
2. Hurry Up and Wait (Live)
6:36 $0.99
3. Giddy Up (Live)
3:41 $0.99
4. Wobbles (Live)
7:32 $0.99
5. The Fourth Wall (Live)
7:53 $0.99
6. Shatterbolt (Live)
4:59 $0.99
7. Lorem Ipsum (Live)
8:22 $0.99
8. Kind Farewells (Live)
3:09 $0.99
9. Hurry Up and Wait (Festival Edit) [Live]
3:50 $0.99
10. He Said, She Said (Live)
4:38 $0.99
11. Never Touching the Ground (Live)
3:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Led by sizzling electric blues guitarist Speidel, this ensemble takes the stage...with a melding of Blues, Rock, Jazz and Latin flavors."
--Boston Magazine

"Paul Speidel's guitar playing is impressive. He manages to mix blues and jazz and funk naturally and effortlessly. The band is tight and the songs are strong. If you haven't seen Paul, you're missing out on something special right here in Boston!"
--WXRV 92.5-FM The River

“Speidel shines with calibrated, elevated playing that draws on his muse and on a congenital sense of what makes sense musically.”
-–Downbeat Magazine

"Backline" refers to the instruments and/or musicians at the back of a stage supporting the bandleader or frontman. Individually and collectively, the three players in The Paul Speidel Band have been been the “backline” for other artists for many years. However, this new live CD celebrates them stepping forward to the front of the stage with their most progressive recording to date. Performed live, it includes material taken from shows the band opened for two legendary names from Blues history books: Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson (of Muddy Waters' band) and John Lee Hooker, Jr. With redoubled energy and imagination, The Paul Speidel Band comes into its own with a musical sound forged from Blues and Jazz to Gospel and Rock, with a touch of Psychedelia.

As the house band at the Blues Showcase Series through the 1990s, The Paul Speidel Band provided backline support for music legends like Jay Geils, Duke Robillard (Roomful of Blues) and Danny Kalb (Blues Project), as well as “Sax” Gordon and David Maxwell (Freddie King), among numerous others. After 10 years of dues-paying, they eventually released their debut CD in 2004…and a year later, their first live offering. Both efforts received hallmark reviews in the traditional print media, as well as the emerging digital sphere.

In 2007, Bassist Ed Lucie joined the group, bringing an extensive resume of backing up artists like Stevie Wonder, Warren Haynes and Buddy Rich, among many others. The Paul Speidel Band recently celebrated their 20th anniversary at world-renowned Boston Jazz club Scullers, and has since expanded its profile, bringing their high-energy show to audiences from the stages of clubs and festivals throughout the region, opening for such artists as Johnny A. and Kenny Neal.

With the release of “Backline”, this group steps forward to the front of the stage with their strongest recording to date. Representing a generation of artists coming into their maturity, The Paul Speidel Band is not content just to tip their hat to music traditions, but to push the creative boundaries with truly unique interpretations. This is new music for new audiences…



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