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Somewhere down the road

by Mariëlla Tirotto & the Blues Federation

Winner Dutch National Blues Award 2010! “… One hell of a CD...exciting…Blues of a high caliber ...in my opinion...varied, different, jazzy and with a lot of soul... " (Johan Philipsen, Timeswitch web-log)
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Playing the Game
4:07 $0.99
2. You Don't Care
3:54 $0.99
3. Confused Woman's Blues
6:51 $0.99
4. Somewhere Down the Road
5:40 $0.99
5. Wintertime Blues
4:01 $0.99
6. Tourist Fun
4:19 $0.99
7. Sometimes
4:35 $0.99
8. High Fever
5:09 $0.99
9. Come To Me
3:27 $0.99
10. Window of My Eyes
5:02 $0.99
11. Bad Soul
6:32 $0.99
12. House On the Hill
5:07 $0.99
13. After Hours
5:53 $0.99
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Quotes about the CD Somewhere down the road

“… One of the best and most exciting bluesbands, currently touring the country, in my opinion, is Mariëlla Tirotto & the Blues Federation… With this CD Mariëlla Tirotto & the Blues Federation have done a wonderful job. Musically it is put together perfectly and lyrically too it is noticeable that the band has a lot more to offer than the average poetry…” (Eric Campfens, Barnowlblues)

“… which is the reason we can look forward to an exciting album, of course, and which it definitely is…Looking at the interpretation of the tracks I can only say that the band have done a very good job and people like Heins Greten (bass), Michiel de Kok (blues harp), John Kakiay (drums), Harald Koll (guitar and bass) and a couple of others really sparkle on this new disc…Enjoyment with a capital EEEEEEEE!…” (Frank van Engelen, Bluesiana, Purmerend)

“… With their CD 'Somewhere down the road' Mariëlla Tirotto and the Blues Federation have got a splendid business card which should open doors to many festivals in Belgium and the Netherlands…” (Kris Vermeulen, Keys & Chords)

“… We cannot but say that Mariëlla Tirotto and the Blues Federation has made a beauty of a CD. It is simply a very good début and with it the band put up a tremendous achievement…” (Babs van Geffen, Bluesrockpagina)

“… 'Somewhere Down the Road' has become a CD with a treasure of tender lyrics, nearly all written by Tirotto herself…am over the moon with this album and, to be honest, I am a bit surprised about the terrific texts…The music has framed this poetic stock of words with a variety of styles, but remains true to the main road of the blues…” (Dr. Blues, The Bluesman)

“… I listened to the entire CD with pleasure, tops, tops, tops, what a great songs , feeling and variety, very refined repertoire…” (Giel Coenen, Jazz Maastricht)

“… to see and hear a born talent at work, or rather, born talents, for the lead singer Mariella as well as her Blues Federation know perfectly well what they are doing…Add to that the fact that she has a splendid feeling for song writing and you know straight away that you are dealing with a born talent. Together with Harald Koll and Heins Grieten she wrote most of the compositions. A Blues CD, no way. Here we can listen to 13 beautiful compositions which have been thought about and with which they slightly stretch the Blues classification…” (Freddy, Rootsville)

“… One hell of a CD...exciting…Blues of a high caliber ...in my opinion...varied, different, jazzy and with a lot of soul! And that is really good for the Blues. That’s just the way it is ... " (Johan Philipsen, Timeswitch web-log)

“… 'Somewhere Down The Road' is fascinating because of its variety of styles…Colourful, with powerful charisma and slow passages…Her band – all experienced virtuosos and skilful musicians, who master their trades…Blues Clubs and Blues Festivals in Germany: Remember this name! (Rainer Molz, Monsters and Critics)

“… They have clearly shown what they are capable of which is more than enough to build up a multitude of fans…Ten of the thirteen songs are written by themselves, all the texts by the leading lady herself as is the largest part of the music, partly written together with Harald Koll (guitar and bass) and Heins Greten (bass and piano)… Then their own numbers with very personal texts and the necessary social involvement…With this CD everything is taken care of, the package as well as the contents…'Confused Woman's Blues', belonging to the better Dutch blues ballads, 'Somewhere Down The Road', funky, subdued with a wonderful text, 'High Fever', beating blues, 'Bad Soul', sinister, threatening... " (Ton Kok, Bobtje’s Bluespages)

“… a band that has a lot to offer musically seen... " (Blueswalker, Rootstime)

“… the results are fantastic and hint greater things to come... " (Jamie Hailstone, Blues Matters)

“… Because of these extremes you are presented with an amazing CD with practically all the songs written by themselves. And the latter you can call admirable... " (Wil Wijnhoven, Bluesbreeker)

“… They have delivered mighty good work for their début C.D. by which all facets of their skills are displayed... " (Jean-Paul Sabyn, Bealestreet Radio)

“… 'Somewhere Down The Road' is a very varied CD in which blues dominates, but in which there is also room for jazzy influences, funk, rock and even a touch of Latin... " (Ben Vanhoegaerden, MazzmusikaS)

“… Recapitulated: a number of really good musicians have contributed to the prospering of this CD... We would really like to hear more…” (Noel Verleyen, Back to the Roots)

“… you cannot deny that they are jewels…Funky blues with brass-sections, blues rock, Latin, sensual bar-jazz, straight rhythm and blues – you can hear that this formation, characterizing these sounds, consists of experienced musicians…” (Karl Leitner, Bluesnews)

Quotes about the band members

Mariëlla Tirotto - vocals
“… Mariëlla Tirotto, a Dutch/Italian beauty with a deep sultry voice ... time and time again they manage to win the hearts of the audience, especially Mariëlla knows how to play to the audience with her humor and accessibility …” (Eric Campfens, Barnowlblues)
“… A power woman with a big voice and lots of humour... In a business that seems to revolve more and more around appearances, Tirotto’s attitude appears of a charming and refreshing honesty…with a voice, that, in her smoky-raw depths sometimes reminds of the androgynous Pop-Chanteuse Grace Jones (»Slave To The Rhythm»)…” (Hans von Draminski, Hilpoltsteiner Zeitung)
“… Mariëlla Tirotto eroticizes at bar "Flames"…a distinctly fascinating singer that totally convinces with her deep, raw, or, to put it bluntly, erotic voice…”
(Tobias Tschapka, Donaukurier)
“… Above all the front lady makes a deep impression. Barely standing 1.60m, with her South European looks, she doesn’t bear any resemblance to the blues-archetype. This thought however is to be punished when hearing her voice. Dark, deep and throaty, herewith completely different from what you may expect from her appearance. The timbre as well as her articulation sometimes reminds one of Grace Jones, sometimes of Tina Turner…” (Claus Kohlmann, Hildesheimer Allgemeine)
“… Thanks... It was really nice to share the stage... cool!!! You have a deep and original voice.. I like your style!!! …” ( Maurizio Pugno, Maurizio Pugno Organ Trio)
“… Mariella with a performance that takes your breath away…” (Freddy, Rootsville)
“… Beautiful voice, when she sings low, it reminds me a bit of Eartha Kitt, one of my favourite singing ladies …” (Nicko Christiansen, Livin Blues Xperience)
“… Mariëlla Tirotto, a Dutch/Italian beauty, equipped with a sultry low- pitched voice, puts her emotions into her singing…” (Ton Kok, Bobtje’s Bluespages)
“… A superb voice, the register of Eartha Kitt, Etta James, etc... In a seemingly fragile and vulnerable lady ...” (Michel Preumont, Rootsville)
“… This little lady has a lot of spunk and content (in her voice)…” (Jean-Paul Sabyn, Bealestreet Radio)
“… Mariëlla Tirotto has got a marvellous sound… She spreads her strong qualities over a wide range of musical styles such as Pop, Rock, Blues, Funk, Soul and Jazz...Full of emotions, charm and melancholy…” (Rainer Molz, Monsters and Critics)
“… Vocally, the range of Mariëlla Tirotto's voice goes beyond blues and even reminds you of Nina Simone at times. Whether it is jazz, funk, rock or blues, her voice covers it all…” (Blueswalker, Rootstime)
“… Mariëlla has got a voice which you cannot just classify under one specific sound or it must be among that of the very old Jazz singers such as Eartha Kitt, Carmen McCray and also Cassandra Wilson…It is a voice with many aspects: a low and dark one with a beautiful vibration, another time she sings with a rough voice which then changes into a caressing one which gives you a shiver of excitement…” (Frank van Engelen, Bluesiana, Purmerend)
“… The fact that Mariëlla's voice is greatly suitable for the sensual blues and jazz is a personal preference , but it ís a fact; I would even go as far as to make a comparison with Diana Schuur and Peggy Lee…” (Dr. Blues, The Bluesman)
“… Mariëlla has a deep, distinctive and raucous voice and shows with her singing that she is capable of singing various music styles … Once again, Mariella’s voice was like Fireworks. She can do an amazing draw out, but she is also amazing in quiet numbers ...” (Fons Kersbulck, Bluesmagazine)
“… The title track, a slow burning track, really showcases Mariëlla's husky, Bluesy voice...” (Jamie Hailstone, Blues Matters)
“… The band is fronted by singer “Mariëlla Tirotto” with her unprecedented voice…” (Babs van Geffen, Bluesrockpagina)
“… Marvellous band, fronted by a golden throat…” (Peter van Maris, Het Wapen van Hilversum)
“… Mariëlla proves to be an excellent singer to whom not only singing blues comes easy…” (Ben Vanhoegaerden, MazzmuzikaS)
“… We were delighted to hear Mariëlla, her beautiful jazzy blues voice, coming to us through the speakers from nuanced to overwhelming...” (Jack, Jack’s Blues)
“… The warm and relaxed voice of the slim, dark haired Mariëlla lingers between blues and jazz…” (Anke Mensink, Block Magazine)
“… Whatever happens, with a voice like that, you can make it ... if it were wine, I’d describe it as deeply dark woodland berries with full, woody tones and a very long aftertaste…” (Sante Brun, reviewer)
“… The half-Italian Tirotto has a smoky voice that has you starting upright in your chair, very low: she’s a dark contralto. She has a powerful voice and can do anything. Mariëlla Tirotto can’t be given a label…” (Nico Koolsbergen, Brabants Dagblad)
“… It’s this voice that’s so immensely fascinating … warm, deep, raw, with the power of a canon, then again it’s soft and subdued, but you can almost taste the restraint…” (Hans Jacobs, De Gelderlander)
“… Mariëlla Tirotto has a low, husky voice that’s sometimes reminiscent of the unsurpassed Cassandra Wilson…” (Jean Paul Heck, De Telegraaf)

Harald Koll - guitar
“… the great Santana-like guitar-play by Harald is fantastic…Splendid guitar-play by Harald…” (Babs van Geffen, Bluesrockpagina)
“… and the fierce guitar work complete a gorgeous interpretation of this classic…” (Eric Campfens, Barnowlblues)
“… framed by wonderful guitar play by Harald Koll…” (Dr. Blues, The Bluesman)
“… Confused woman’s blues… a crying guitar …Window of my eyes, a lingering slide guitar, a sensitive song that gives you pimples... again, a fierce guitar …”
(Michel Preumont, Rootsville)
“… guitarist and occasional bassist Harold Koll surprised us several times, but also, in particular, with his version of Little Wing…” (Fons Kersbulck, Bluesmagazine)
“… as for the guitar works ...clever solo work without any doubt…” (Blueswalker, Rootstime)
“… The eagerly playing guitarist Harold Koll…” (Eric Campfens, Barnowlblues)
“… not to mention the highly skilled guitarist … change the Hafenhaus into a dance hall from time to time…” (Karl-Heinz Janssen, Emder Zeitung)
“… His timing is characteristic … his attack is powerful… (Stefan Woldach, Akustik Gitarre)
“… Harald Koll's guitar techniques are superb…” (Henk te Veldhuis, Bridge Guitar Reviews

Michel de Kok – Blues harp

“… Take ‘Somewhere Down the Road’, a thumping good number with a sublime Michel De Kok at the blues harp. Fantastic…” (Freddy, Rootsville)
“… Michel's tearing harmonica playing raises the long slow-blues 'Confused woman's blues' to the ultimate 'goose pimple moment'…” (Kris Vermeulen, Keys & Chords)
“… The feeling, the emotion and, above all, the passion that he can transfer with his blues harp is of a phenomenal level. A name to remember. That night he gave the audience pimples several times…” (Fons Kersbulck, Bluesmagazine)
“… And then you hear Michel Kok's marvellous Mississippi saxophone…” (Blueswalker, Rootstime)
“… ‘Confused woman’s blues’ with a harmonica in the spirit of Ennio Morricone…” (Michel Preumont, Rootsville)
“… Michel's extremely subtle blues harp…” (Babs van Geffen, Bluesrockpagina)
“… top again as is Michel de Kok's subtle harmonica-playing…” (Ben Vanhoegaerden, MazzmuzikaS)
“… and subdued blues harp by Michel de Kok…” (Dr. Blues, The Bluesman)
“… and features some fine harmonica work by Michel de Kok…” (Jamie Hailstone, Blues Matters)
“… Michel de Kok demonstrates how he can make the harmonica cry, just as Toots Thielemans can…” (Bert Lek, Bobtje’s Bluespages)
“… a solid foundation on which blues harp virtuoso Michel de Kok…” (Eric Campfens, Barnowlblues)

Heins Greten – bass / piano

“… Herman Brood's 'Window Of My Eyes' focuses on the musical talent of piano player Heins Greten…” (Noel Verleyen, Back to the Roots)
“…‘Window Of My Eyes’ with a divine piano performance by Heins Greten…” (Freddy, Rootsville)
“…‘Window of my eyes’…starting with a marvellous piano-intro…” (Babs van Geffen, Bluesrockpagina)
“… I was absolutely delighted listening to the bass lines played by Heins Greten, they were both thorough and exciting…” (Wil Wijnhoven, Bluesbreeker)
“… a funky solo on bass…” (Michel Preumont, Rootsville)
“… and all neatly and tightly backed up by a strict rhythm…” (Blueswalker, Rootstime)
“… The accompaniment by the tightly playing drummer John Kakiay, guest percussionist Onny Tuhumena and bass player Heins Greten provided a solid foundation …” (Eric Campfens, Barnowlblues)
“… and 'Window of my Eyes'. Simply first-rate, especially the simultaneous solo of Bass and Harp in the aforementioned number …” (Frank van Engelen, Bluesiana, Purmerend)
“… bass guitarist and piano player Heins Greten (Mariëlla’s husband) came very much into his own while playing the cover 'Window of My Eyes' on the keyboard
…” (Fons Kersbulck, Bluesmagazine)

John Kakiay - drums

“... the band is tight. For the greater part one has to give credit for that to the phenomenal drummer John Kakiay. He is the Grand Master of grooving. Little people can swing as effortless as he does, switching from one musical mood to another…” (Claus Kohlmann, Hildesheimer Allgemeine)
“… drummer John Kakiay had a lot of success, playing a sensational drum solo, almost drowned out by the applause and the cheers of the crowd…” (Fons Kersbulck, Bluesmagazine)
“… in every song you can hear the great talent of drummer John Kakiay. The little man with the big headphones switches from one rhythm to another effortlessly
(Bert Lek, Bobtje’s Blues Pages)
“… The accompaniment by the tightly playing drummer John Kakiay, guest percussionist Onny Tuhumena and bass player Heins Greten provided a solid foundation …” (Eric Campfens, Barnowlblues)
“… and all neatly and tightly backed up by a strict rhythm…” (Blueswalker, Rootstime)
“…Drummer John Kakiay has a steady hand and a tight sense of rhythm…” (Ton Kok, The Bluesman)



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