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Living with the Blues

by Wayne Sharp & The Sharpshooter Band

Contemporary blues rock, passionate music that matters
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wang Dang Doodle
Wayne Sharp & The Sharpshooter Band
5:08 $1.29
2. Even Now
Wayne Sharp & The Sharpshooter Band
4:39 $1.29
3. Close
Wayne Sharp & The Sharpshooter Band
3:13 $1.29
4. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
Wayne Sharp & The Sharpshooter Band
3:09 $1.29
5. Southern Storm
Wayne Sharp & The Sharpshooter Band
3:45 $1.29
6. Drivin' Thru the Delta
Wayne Sharp & The Sharpshooter Band
3:29 $1.29
7. Runnin' Out of Time
Wayne Sharp & The Sharpshooter Band
4:13 $1.29
8. I Got My Gris Gris On You
Wayne Sharp & The Sharpshooter Band
3:00 $1.29
9. A Whiter Shade of Pale
Wayne Sharp & The Sharpshooter Band
5:48 $1.29
10. Put Me Down and Let Me Walk
Wayne Sharp & The Sharpshooter Band
2:36 $1.29
11. Empty Promises
Wayne Sharp & The Sharpshooter Band
6:09 album only
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Album Notes
After 12 years and over 2500 shows around the world with blues master, Michael Burks on Alligator Records, Wayne Sharp is a recognizable and known blues talent on the international circuit. He's sung and played Hammond B3 organ from Australia to Russia. His last album with Michael Burks, Show of Strength, has garnered four Blues Music Awards nominations for the 2013 April awards. During Wayne's career with Michael Burks, they received 14 Blues Music Awards nominations on a total of four CD's for Alligator Records. Since Michael Burk's untimely passing May 2012, Wayne has opted to do what he has alwarys done... keep playing the blues! On this CD, Wayne's passionate vocals are finally unleashed. So in that spirit, this album represents the rekindling of a dream.

This new project is uniquely exciting in that it also involves, Terrence Grayson from the Michael Burks Band, as well as his sons, Sean and Grayson Sharp. Rounding out the ensemble is guitarist Jon Woodhead (Ace, Leon Russell, Maria Muldaur, Jon Stewart). On the CD, we were also fortunate to enlist the talents of Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie, Hank Williams, Jr.), and the Legendary Jackie Avery (Otis Redding, Johnny Taylor, Chi-lites, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and many more) on a few tracks. As he always did with Michael Burks, Wayne brings the passion and spirit to the music that you've come to expect... always professional and ready to shake the house down! So do yourself a favor, check out the new Wayne Sharp & The SharpShooter Band's album, "Living With The Blues", and prepare to join us on the road for those rocking times we all live for. Wayne Sharp, the "Cajun soul healer", will put a smile on your heart... after all, we're ALL, Living With The Blues!



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Vickie Huffman

Hottest New Blues Album -Living with the Blues
Wayne & one of the best FAMILY bands in the USA & sharing their love of music with the rest of the world,,,if u haven't gotten Wayne & the Sharpshooters cd Living With The Blues...give yourself a gift of rockin blues...Michael Burks is smiling down on Wayne & Band b/c they are doing the thing he loved the most in this world....sharing beautiful music with the world....GREAT CD

Steve Cagle, Radio Broadcaster & Writer,“Blues Spectrum”,KVMR Co

When Michael Burks invited him to join his band, Wayne Sharp put a promising solo career on hold and never looked back until Burks’ untimely passing in 2012. After establishing himself as an integral part of the Michael Burks Band sound for twelve years, Sharp picked up where he left off and is now carving out his own legacy with the release of “Living With the Blues,” a solo project started before his musical journey with the “Iron Man.” Wayne Sharp’s music is a well- crafted blend of deep southern soul, Cajun rhythms and roadhouse rock that he and his Sharp Shooter Band deliver with precision and style. His original songs are honest and heartfelt, conveying the spirit and wisdom acquired from years of traveling on the road and around the world. “Southern Storm” is rich in imagery and deep in emotion, each verse and chorus ebbing and flowing like ocean waves. “Runnin’ Out of Time” is another deeply soulful gem, with Wayne giving his most powerful and poignant vocal performance on the album, belting out sublime, self-penned lyrics that confirm his exceptional songwriting talents. Wayne also puts his personal stamp on songs he chose to interpret, breathing new life into classics by Willie Dixon (a jazzy “Wang Dang Doodle,” sharing vocals with soul legend Jackie Avery) and Jerry Reed (“Baby What You Want Me To Do,” set to a groove that flows like molasses). Wayne keeps his rendition of “A Whiter Shade of Pale” true to the Procol Harum original, instead putting emphasis on his soul-drenched vocal delivery, as he does with the album-closing Michael Burks composition, “Empty Promises,” a fitting finale that pays tribute to his departed friend and collaborator. Even though he began working on this project many years ago, the finished product was well worth the wait and shows no signs of age, past or future. This album deserves to be regarded as a “timeless classic,” forged from the heart and soul of an accomplished world-class artist who lived the blues and tells it in his songs with finesse and master craftsmanship.

Shea K.

You'll be dancing "all night long!"
Take what you know about Wayne Sharp: his tenure alongside guitar virtuoso Michael Burks, his career with Jaimoe and Lamar Williams of The Allman Bros and his current project touring with his sons as Wayne Sharp & The Sharpshooter Band, and that is everything you hear lovingly concentrated into his album “Living With The Blues.”

The album has all the moody grittiness that initially drew fans to the Michael Burks’ sound, only this time it is unequivocally Sharp’s own vision. It’s a vision that embodies an unparalleled maturity and musical wisdom that few of today’s artists can ever hope to achieve. To refine his ambition even further, he enlisted the talent of the acclaimed Jimmy Hall, who is about to embark on a world tour alongside Jeff Beck and who is known most notably as the founder, lead singer and harmonica player for Wet Willie. Second only to family, you can tell that music is Sharp’s core passion and you can hear that in every note and syllable.

Though Sharp’s precision on his old Hammond B3 organ is the heartbeat of the album, it is his voice, deep and slightly rough around the edges, that directs the bittersweet heartbreak in many of the tracks, especially evident in “Runnin’ Out Of Time” and his cover of “A Whiter Shade Of Pale.” His first cover off the album, originally written by Willie Dixon and made a hit by Koko Taylor, “Wang Dang Doodle,” breathes fresh life into the original with the "Legendary Jackie Avery”(Writer, Prod / Otis Redding / Wilson Pickett / Allman Bros.) sharing the lead vocal, this will surely have you dancing “all night long."

The last song on the album “Empty Promises” is a Michael Burks composition and serves as tribute to Burks’ soul and legacy. It is a heartfelt rendition that once again highlights heavy emotions that pair perfectly alongside each organ chord progression and guitar riff. It is hard not to get lost in the instrumentals that escalate to a soul wrenching crescendo that refuses to let go until the final notes ring in with profound resolution.

If you have fallen in love with the album, it would be an injustice not to see his live performance with his sons by his side because there are some experiences that words simply cannot convey. Despite a long hard road through the music biz and the untimely death of Michael Burks, Sharp sees his efforts validated in performing alongside his sons, and it is that family chemistry that really earn Wayne Sharp & The Sharpshooter Band’s spot as one of the best blues bands on the circuit today.

Wayne Sharp & The Sharpshooter Band will set off on another US tour this spring with their first date set for March 14.