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Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans | Le Blues Hot

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Le Blues Hot

by Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans

Just Call it "Le Blues Hot". A rich, rootsy brew that incorporates elements of blues, ragtime and skiffle and other American Roots music. 20 great tracks in the Vestapol tuning from Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans!
Genre: Blues: Prewar Blues
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1. Freight Car
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2. Baby, Please Don’t Go
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3. Dogs Don’t Sing
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4. I Don’t Want To
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5. Hudson’s Stomp
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6. Where Can My Baby Be?
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7. Hesitation Blues
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8. Up From The Bottom
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9. Give It Up, Buddy
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10. Our Real Good Thing (...Gets Better Everyday)
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11. On The Sunny Side of the Street
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12. It’s Gonna Be Me (There'll Be A Day)
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13. ‘A’ Rag
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14. Hands Off
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15. I’m Homesick
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16. Gonna Quit You
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17. Woogie On Down
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18. Mississippi Shadows
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19. Boogie For Jimmy Reed
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20. Raisin’ Praise
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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CD REVIEWS:

This exhilarating collection encapsulates several genres of roots music…Vickers does a wonderful job on guitar and has a nice, soothing voice that is a perfect fit with the material…it’s obvious that Vickers and company had a ball recording it... What may be most impressive is that the group’s original tunes fit so seamlessly with the older songs…Le Blues Hot is just what the doctor ordered for fans needing a fix of old-timey blues, jazz, and ragtime.
—Graham Clarke, BLUES BYTES

Brad Vickers may be know to some from his recordings with Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, or Little Mike & The Tornadoes; or maybe you've been lucky enough to catch his shows. He tunes his guitar in "Vestapol", hence the band name--and what a band!
Sax and clarinet master Jim Davis (Hubert Sumlin, Paul Oscher) adds an old-fashioned jazzy feel, drummer Barry Harrison is best known for his work with Johnny and Shemekia Copeland--which speaks for itself--and bassist and sometime fiddler and singer Margey Peters is a familiar name to New York blues watchers (both she and Barry play with Big Frank & The Healers). Special guest the up-and-coming Dave Gross supplies guitar and upright bass, too, bu this is Brad's album, as he turns in excellent slide guitar number (occasionally tending towards the Hawaiian, or on "I'm Homesick", guess who?), skiffle, hokum and/or ragtime-styled tunes, or fine down-home blues. A very distinctive and appealing sound.
—Norman Darwen, BLUES ART JOURNAL, Austria

A CD by a fabulous musician! One of the baddest blues bassists around, it turns out that Brad also knows his way around guitar's neck and microphone! With 20 songs and almost 70 minutes of music, great playing and some first-class musicians, "Le Blues Hot" is a CD that should have been released a long time ago!
—Przemek Draheim, RADIO SFERA, Torun, Poland

Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans, "Le Blues Hot" has a great sound, and a lot of fun, spirited tunes. With 20 great tracks of recorded work, it will get a lot of airtime here on "AB!"
-Bill Nolan, "ANTIQUE BLUES" WPKN/WPKM fm, Bridgeport, CT

I adore the fresh-astounding-amazing and unusual mix of Blues (slide guitar, upright Bass…) with Jazz (clarinet, sax…).… that's why "Le Blues Hot" made me jump my heart and stomp my feet !!!
-Alain Mallaret, editor, BIG BEAT MAGAZINE, France

Le Blues Hot is precisely that, a singularly unique masterpiece of music, which, in its simplicity is literally brilliant...each song is better than the last...highest praise goes to Brad Vickers & HIs Vestapolitans.
Soundguardian.com - 5 STARS
-Mladen Loncar, RADIO/KRIZEVCI 96.60 Croatia

Love the album! [It] serves tradition well should get the recognition it deserves. You have...created some grooves here that would add magic to any party. The 20 tracks reflect an accomplished musician who has covered a lot of ground, and the interpretations never lose their footing—bringing genuine warmth and emotion to the rich mix of tunes!
MIK THE WHO, host, DUBLIN CITY RADIO 103.2 fm, Ireland

[“Le Blues Hot” is] Another fave of the year for me! .—Olivia Greene, WWOZ fm, New Orleans, LA


CD DESCRIPTION:

This is front porch music. It’s the product of a lifetime of listening to and playing a wide variety of roots music. The sounds and feelings began to bubble and ferment, until one day they were ready to be distilled. The result is a rich, rootsy brew that incorporates elements of ragtime, jazz, blues, skiffle—and more. Just call it “Le Blues Hot.” This 20-track recording marks Brad Vickers’ first project as a leader. Since he tunes his guitars in the open “Vestapol” tuning, Brad decided to call his group “The Vestapolitans.” He hopes you’ll enjoy their music as much as they love playing it!

Born in the Pine Barrens of Long Island, kown as a blues bassist, and earning his reputation by having the good fortune to back up some of America’s greatest vernacular artists, Brad here plays guitar and sings. A good half of the songs are his own compositions. Most of the rest are interpretations of his favorite roots classics. Both the writing and treatment are inspired by the work of artists he loves, especially the great bluesmen Tampa Red and Jimmy Reed.

Brad’s long list of credits includes playing and recording with rock ’n’ roll founding fathers Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, Chicago blues legends Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers, Pinetop Perkins, Louis Meyers, Magic Slim, Luther Johnson, Lefty Diz, and James Cotton; country bluesmen Sam Carr, Frank Frost, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Lightin’ Slim; folk blues matriarch Odetta; Texas bluesmen Johnny Copeland and Frankie Lee; rockabilly great Sleepy La Beef; R ’n’ B legend Roscoe Gordon; master drummers Charles Otis, Bernard Purdie, and Willie Smith, great modern blues artists Slam Allen, Wild Child Butler, Paul Butterfield, Robert Cray, Saron Crenshaw, Christopher Dean, Ronnie Earl, The Frost Kings, Big Daddy Kinsey, Bob Gaddy, Steve Guyger, Michael Hill, Big Jack Johnson, Floyd Lee, Junior Mack, Little Mike and the Tornadoes Band, Paul Oscher, Jerry Portnoy, Bobby Radcliff, Danny Russo, The Dean Shot Revue, Bill Sims, Jr., Somethin’ Blue, Andy Storey, Taj Mahal, Tony O. Band, Kim Wilson…and many more.

Brad is joined on “Le Blues Hot” by a great group of musicians. The extraordinary Jim Davis, whose saxophone credits include Paul Oscher and Hubert Sumlin, also takes the clarinet through some dazzling turns. His horns dance among genres with eloquence and aplomb. The estimable Barry Harrison, alumnus of both Johnny and Shemekia Copeland’s bands, holds the house drum chair at the famous Terra Blues club where he backs the creme of NYC’s blues artists. Here he plays drums and percussion with great variety—and humor. Take note of his fills on “ ‘A’ Rag!” Rising star Dave Gross shows off his Gypsy-jazz-tinged guitar talent on “Sunny Side of the Street,” and “‘A’ Rag”—and he contributes some very solid upright bass parts! The versatile Margey Peters, long-time bassist with Big Frank & The Healers, plays electric bass, fiddle, and sings. Margey also co-wrote several of the tunes, as well one she wrote with collaborator Steve Tarshis. Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans have some great music in store for you. Now grab a seat, sit back, and enjoy!

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