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Jeff Michaels - Long Live Texas Blues (2014)

7-07-2014, 06:28
Music | Blues | Rock



Jeff Michaels - Long Live Texas Blues (2014)


Artist: Jeff Michaels
Title Of Album: Long Live Texas Blues
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: SRO Records
Genre: Blues, Texas Blues
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 50:47 Min
Total Size: 123 Mb

Tracklist:

1. Riverside
2. Texas Sky
3. Saxonite
4. Long Live Texas Blues
5. Family
6. Is It True
7. Come On Mama
8. My Truck (Still Has Some Gas)
9. I Should Have Known
10. Down That Road

"No one was more surprised than us, when after seemingly decades of commercially failed screaming rock assaults, a more sophisticated Jeff comes back around with effortless, soulful, elegant nuance with heavenly vocals, all while throwing a hell of a party - exactly what the doctor ordered - Bravo, Jeff. Folks, wait till you hear THIS guy.." ~ Austin Blues & Jazz Society
The maturity in the phrasing and melodic statements are a far cry from lightning fast licks from the early days. “I can practice all day out back (in the studio) but it’s a different ballgame when the song starts; playing for the song is all I do these days.” As Jeff is now nearly constantly ensconced in his studio, obviously his natural habitat, I sense a level of comfort and ease he evidently hasn't possessed in a long time... I knew him when he was couch surfing his way from gig to gig, skinnier than a toothpick and even though he was in many dire situations by today's standards, he smiled and carried on as if all was perfect; a king of the world, unaware of his royal bloodlines.
With a nearly nonexistent viable music outlet for the music he loves and chooses to explore and an antiquated yet disarming old school studio veteran approach coupled with the liberating freedom of limitless experimentation, a decade ago he had the simple epiphany that by merely indulging his equally insatiable technical interests, he would be free to record whatever he wanted to, whenever he wants.
"Look, no more slime from the music industry getting their hooks in, I simply keep the profit/loss equation out of the picture and suddenly I'm free to create for the sake of creating and hopefully, the magic will just happen." Besides, while surely the music industry is shark infested waters, the tech industry are shark hunters. "After decades of a life on the run punctuated at times with every conceivable variation on the personal or business trainwreck imaginable, why do I need to revisit that? I'm happy, I work with people that help make me keep a solid work/life/play balance and I still somehow sleep at night". Anything is now possible: blues, jazz, funk, rock, urban, indie... instrumental or traditional; the door has been flung wide open.
He's played thousands upon thousands of the scrappiest gigs in some of the roughest places you'd ever find yourself, and as a result knows how to throw a party for even the most hardened listener. After realizing where the endless roadhouses and drastically deteriorating health were leading, he made the decision that changed everything. "I'm done. I'm not spending time away from my family to go play to rowdy drunks for, after expenses, chump change. I'm an adult, I need intellectual challenges that far exceed the limitations of the pop realm and I need to support my family better than "getting by." Little did he realize this would lead to the ultimate musical freedom; "I can play anything I want. I immediately adopted a Becker/Fagan-like philosophy that was essentially "I can play the stuff I'm best at, then bring in exactly what I want for the rest. Mix it when I'm ready." The happy result, is unstoppable.
This is a new chapter in his life; indifference to trends or market share, playing for the sake of playing, listening for the sake of listening and finding songs and himself in instruments he never knew he could play. This is going to be a great ride.





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