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Trouble & Strife

by Trouble & Strife

A low down hard edged and soulful blues band. Nothing fancy, just pure original blues sound. Songs written by Larry & Bruce feel as though they have been around forever, yet are fresh and exciting.
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Keep On Drinking
2:45 $0.99
2. Millie's Blues
3:52 $0.99
3. Too Many Problems
3:27 $0.99
4. Nothing Left To Take
7:51 $0.99
5. Little Maggie
5:18 $0.99
6. Slow Down Baby
4:35 $0.99
7. Hard Times On A Blue Planet
3:40 $0.99
8. I Got The Blues
4:05 $0.99
9. So Glad You're Home
2:43 $0.99
10. Better Life
3:24 $0.99
11. Dead End Blues
1:18 $0.99
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Self Titled CD Release From
Trouble & Strife

* Larry Kurtz - Harmonica, Vocals * Bruce Ley - Guitar, Piano, Vocals *
* Michael Ley - Guitar * Greg Smith - Bass *
* Maureen Brown - Drums, Vocals *

Trouble & Strife are a band that makes no excuses for playing only the blues. Bruce & Larry have been playing their brand of soulful low down; take your time blues together for almost ten years. Bruce’s son Michael is an exciting young guitarist who really gets what the blues are all about. Add in one of Canada’s best blues drummers, Maureen Brown, and the highly talented Greg Smith on Bass and you have a potpourri of blues talent! Bruce and Larry both make their homes in the beautiful hills surrounding Orangeville Ontario Canada. This area has the highest elevation in Ontario and is the headwaters to four rivers. It really comes out in their sound; the natural countryside resonates back to where the blues began in humble rural locations.
Larry Kurtz Started singing as a young boy in the church choir and also picked up the harmonica at an early age. He was exposed to much country and rock & roll music, but heard a Little Walter song on the radio and fell in love with the sound. Larry wrote six of the songs on this recording. He has had his own blues radio show on The Voice 88.1 and is the founder of the highly successful Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival.
Starting on the road as a professional musician at age 16, Bruce Ley has done it all in the music business. He is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer, produce and music teacher. Bruce played piano in the house band for the Ronnie Prophet and Tommy Hunter television shows, backing up legends like Chet Atkins and many other stars. He has written film scores and music for children’s television shows. Bruce wrote three songs on this recording.
Maureen Brown is one of the top blues drummers in Canada. She has been awarded Maple Blues Drummer of The Year three times and a Real Blues Award as well.
Larry & Bruce have had the privilege of sharing the stage performing with or opening for James Cotton, Lucky Peterson, Willie “Big Eyes’” Smith, Bob Stroger, Downchild Blues Band, Jack DeKeyzer, Fathead, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Mel Brown, Michael Pickett, Tony D and many more!

Reviews & Playlists

Trouble & Strife Trouble & Strife T&S

I've not made it to Orangeville yet to catch this band on their home turf. If you haven't either, get this CD. Get it anyway _ it's a good one. The band is Larry Kurtz on harp & vocals, Bruce Ley on guitar, keyboards & vocals, Michael Ley on lead guitars, Greg Smith on bass and Maureen Brown on drums. They've been performing for a while now and it shows. They've also come up with some fine original songs in the electric blues tradition. The best of these is "Hard Times on a Blue Planet", a stomping rocker that could be a single. The CD opener, the traditional "Keep On Drinking", gets a rousing performance, it should go down well at the Winchester Arms or any blues club. "Millie's Blues" is an autobiographical piece, perhaps placed second to show they can be serious as well but the rest of the songs easily dispel that notion. "Slow Down Baby" and "Dead End Blues" show what these players can do if there's a power failure _ no need to worry. Www.troubleandstrife.ca is still under construction but you can contact them through it to get a CD _ do it!

John Valentyne - Maple Blues Magazine May 2nd 2006

Review from Mlidan Loncar - RADIO KRIZEVCI 96.6 MHz/ CROATIA
Just a few days ago I recieved the new cd by an excellent blues band named Trouble & Strife from Canada. This album was self produced and distributed by the band.
With many new names in the blues scene today, it's very hard have it all, but this album is a real discovery for me. The band Trouble & Strife, from Canada... these guys are really good musicians who overwhelmed me on the first listen. They really knocked me out with their energy and their simple way of blues presentation. Today we have so many musicians who want to experiment when we talk about blues music, but not very many are good at that. We haven't had very many really good blues musicians who go deep into the roots of blues. I have so much material but only some of them overwhelm me the way this record has. I selected for this for the web site and in the radio show ''Rock - Eye'', especially in the blues part of the show.
The album Trouble & Strife is really good stuff . Right from the first listen, we have images of all the ''most important'' blues elements. Because of that, these guys have a really good - excellent album, which has so much positive energy and simple blues themes.

On album Trouble & Strife we have following songs:
1. Keep On Drinking
2. Millie’s Blues
3. Too Many Problems
4. Nothing Left To Take
5. Little Maggie
6. Slow Down Baby
7. Hard times on a Blue Planet
8. I Got The Blues
9. So Glad You’re Home
10.Better Life
11.Dead End Blues
These are my choices of my favourite songs on the record: Keep On Drinking, Millie’s Blues, Too Many Problems, Little Maggie, I Got The Blues, Better Life and the excellent instrumental theme Dead End Blues.

If you come across this album Trouble & Strife, don't hesitate a second! Buying it is the right thing to do! And if you are a fan of blues by any chance, this is the right choice for you.
Find out more on:
Mladen Loncar – Mike

RELEASE/PROMOTION/PRESENTATION:cd-album''Trouble & Strife'''- Trouble & Strife/By Independent,2006/
Hosted By Mladen Loncar - Mike
32.Trouble & Strife/Keep On Drinking/Independent
33.Trouble & Strife/Millie's Blues/Independent
34.Trouble & Strife/Too Many Problems/Independent

Palatine, Illinois
"Paul Parello's Blues Power" 4-23-06
Live Sunday night radio from 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM CT.
@ _www.chicagobluesman.com_ (http://www.chicagobluesman.com/)
14) Trouble & Strife//So Glad You're Home//Trouble & Strife//Independent

Eugene, Oregon
Here is the playlist for Breakfast With The Blues show for Sunday (7
AM until 11 AM Pacific time) April 23, 2006. The show is streamed
on the internet and has it's own web site. The BWTB show is
broadcast by KRVM (Eugene, Oregon USA) and features 23 hours of
blues programming a week. I am also a member of the Rainy Day Blues
Society. Links below. Stop by and check it out.
I am back from my visit to the San Francisco Bay Area. No real theme
this week as I played a lot of new material. Featuring a new CD
from a Canadian band...Trouble & Strife. The CD is cleverly titled
Trouble & Strife. Lots of good stuff on this one.
#Trouble & Strife-Nothing Left To Take
#Trouble & Strife-Slow Down Baby
#Trouble & Strife-Little Maggie

Ithaca, New York
Crossroads, Sat. 9am-12pm, WVBR-FM 93.5, Ithaca, NY,

Host - Miss Emm
Trouble & Strife - Nothing Left To Take
Johnny Winter - Don't Take Advantage of Me (Alligator 35th)
Bonnie Raitt - Round and Round
Shemekia Copeland - Salt in My Wounds (Alligator 35th)
Janis Joplin - One Good Man
Etta James - You Shook Me
Keb Mo - Am I Wrong
Blind Boys of Alabama - Soldier
Otis Taylor - My Soul's in Louisiana
Delbert McClinton - Baggage Claim

Mississauga Ontario
What more can I say about Sunday Night Soul on Am1430, every Sunday night at 10PM....All I keep hearing is that it's great to have an outlet to hear some great "New" R&B...It's true that we "Play the Music that radio Forgot"...there ain't no doubt about that, but there is some fantastic stuff that is being released and not being heard, as it should....This show is a throwback to the times when DJ's played music that they found interesting...the time before Program Directors ruled...this is just my opinion, though.....This week we give a little bit more of that R&B sound, from James Hunter to Colin James to The Band, Jools Holland and new releases by Trouble & Strife, Dean McTaggart...plus a little up tempo Jazz....never fear, we only play the best of the best.....that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!!!
Playlist for Sun Apr 9th
How Long Was It Going To Take...Pat Carey's Jazz Navigators....Starlight...Independent...Iridescent Music Co.....www.Iridescentmusic.ca
3 Times A Fool...Otis Rush....The Cobra Records Story vol 2...Capricorn Records
Slow Down Baby...Trouble & Strife....Trouble & Strife....independent....www.troubleandstrife.ca

Calgary, Alberta
Max Trax is a digital music service that is available to over 2 million subscribers to Shaw, Rogers and Cogeco cable systems and to Star Choice satellite subscribers as well. If you'd like more information, please take a look at our website....www.maxtrax.com.
Peter Silversides
Music Director
Max Trax Digital Music

The Netherlands
Hai All
Happy Easter to all of you !
Do hope you enjoy these days and spring has at least broken in at your end...:-)
Herewith the playlist for coming tuesday april 18 2006 with very very nice new material both on Jazz and Blues and this ofcourse thanks to all your kind support for which ever gratefull.
Ofcourse you are invited to listen in over the internet and any reactions always highly appreciated. The direct link to the livestream is...... http://waa.meukee.nl:8000/listen.pls , but make sure to to have winamp installed. You also can reach the program during the airtime over the MSN-chat under address; MSN@alphenstadfm.nl and you are quite welcome!
Jazz & Blues Tour
C/O Joost van Steen
PO BOX 471
2400 AL Alphen aan den Rijn
The Netherlands
April 18 # 106 ! 1st Hour 21:00 - 22:00 hrs
Nr. Artist --- Title ====From The Album;
1 New Cool Collective --- Big Mondays ==== MORE !
2 Jeff Healy and The Jazz Wizards with Special Guest Chris Barber --- Bugle Call Rag ==== It's Tight Like That
3 R.J. Mischo --- Hippie's Playground ==== He Came To Play
4 Josh Workman --- OW! ==== Jumpin' At The Border
5 Trouble & Strife --- Too Many Problems ==== T&S IOLOW

Toronto, Ontario
Filling in once again for Ian Angus. Let The Good Times Roll is
broadcast Thursdays from 3-5pm on CIUT-FM 89.5 in Toronto.Artist/Album/Label/Song/Canadian1. Fathead/Theme CDR/Let The Good Times Roll (C)
2. Sue Foley/New Used Car/Justin Time/New Used Car (C)
3. Harmonica Shah/Listen At Me Good/Electro-Fi/I've Got To Help My Own
Damn Self
4. Trouble & Strife/Trouble & Strife/T&S/Millie's Blues (C)

PLAYLIST: BluesTimen with Bjorn Wiksaas
Tuesday 9.00-10.00pm (norwegian time, GMT + 1h)
Air: FM 106,9
Web radio: www.radioung.no
Kristiansand, Norway
Email: hellwiks@online.noSeq - Artist - Track Title - Album - Label / Year - Contact info
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1 - Lee Rocker - Rockin' Harder - Racin' The Devil - Alligator Records
2006 - www.alligator.com
2 - Omar & The Howlers - Mississippi Hoodoo Man - Bamboozeled, Live in
Germany - Ruf Recs. 2006 - www.rufrecords.de
3 - Trouble & Strife - Millie's Blues - Trouble & Strife - own 2006 -



to write a review

Eric Thom - Exclaim Magazine

"Rough-edged, sweaty Stones-grade muscle that puts this disc over the top!"
Trouble & Strife ***Mark of Distinction***
Trouble & Strife

This hard-working, Orangeville-based band plays a polished form of blues-based pub rock that proves we all need to get out more. This is smart music played by a seasoned 5-piece who blend the working class blues and r&b of Dr. Feelgood with a tough, full sound that is distinctively their own. In fact, Bruce Ley’s gritty vocals approximate those of Lee Brilleaux to a ‘t’ while Michael Ley’s crisp’n’crunchy lead guitar and the skintight rhythm section of drummer Maureen Brown and bassist Greg Smith provide them with the rough-edged, sweaty Stones-grade muscle that puts this disc over the top. From the full assault of “Keep On Drinking” to the acoustic, intimate finale, Trouble & Strife are on to something good. Co-vocalist Larry Kurtz shines on the slower numbers where his softer, gentler voice combines with his studied adeptness on blues harp for added penetration. A full ten of eleven songs are homegrown originals, which makes this release all the more satisfying. There’s more heart here than you’d expect from first-timers but the fact that two of these journeymen have actually played together for nine years makes the timing of this release all too perfect. This is an exceptional band who deserves to be seen in their natural setting, followed by copious amounts of ice-cold beer.

Eric Thom - Excaim! Magazine

Scott Jordan

Great CD!
Hello Larry and Trouble and Strife!

I bought the new CD last Thursday and loved it so much I went back to buy
another for a friend. The disc is fantastic, and I can't stop playing it.
I love the hard edge it has. It reminds me a lot of the really early ZZ
TOP stuff. Right now, "Little Maggie" is a standout tune for
me. It's got a really catchy riff driving it.

I checked out the upcoming dates, and I am pleased to see that I will have
lots of opportunities to see the band in the next six weeks.

Although I have always loved rock music, I didn't fully fall in love with
the blues until a year and a half ago when I started playing guitar with
the ODSS teacher band. Since then I have been buying up all the blues I
can- Robert Johnson, Clapton, Peter Green, Mayall, etc. The T and S disc
is right at home with those.

I just wanted to compliment you and the band on a fine effort and to
encourage you to keep makin' tunes.

Scott Jordan


Great first album from this band.
You would not tell this is this band's first album. Excellent original material. Tasteful harmonica work and a lot of variety both on the harmonica and the song material. A lot of energy and creativity from this band. Hats off for a great album!


Great Work!
Thanks for making such a great CD. Wow!! It is fantastic. Best I have heard since Colin James and The Little Big Band. Alexandra (now 3 years old) is even bopping away. Great work!