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Chris Duarte inducted into Canada Blues Hall of Fame

Saturday April 2 2016. The Canada South Blues Society (CSBS) presents The Chris Duarte Group’s Induction into the Canada South Blues Museum (CSBM) Hall of Fame. The Chris Duarte Group hails from San Antonio Texas and will be kicking off their Canadian Tour in Windsor, Ontario as they are inducted into the CSBM Hall of Fame. The Chris Duarte group emerged on the scene out of Austin Texas in the early 90’s and gained notoriety, after working a packed room of industry insiders at the South X Southwest Convention. In the wake of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s passing, Duarte quickly gained a national reputation as a young man imbued with a playing style comparable at times to the late guitarist. After finding interest from a number of labels, Duarte signed to Silverstone Records and his debut album “Texas Sugar/Strat Magik” reportedly sold in excess of 100,000 units in the U.S.  No small feat for a Blues/Rock guitarist. This coupled with Duarte’s strong commitment to touring, was the impetus for Chris winning the “Best Blues Talent” in guitar Players in 1995 Readers Poll. He also finished fourth in the Magazine’s “Best Blues Guitarist” category that year behind legends Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and B.B. King.

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Jo Harman Reviews – Dirt On My Tongue

UK REVIEWS (Dirt on my Tongue)

“Brilliant…get it!” Mail On Sunday
“Sometimes you hear a voice that leaves you speechless..I am!. It’s a ‘must get’ album” Huey Morgan, (Fun Lovin’ Criminals) Radio 2
“A must hear album” Jazz FM
“the finest female soul and blues vocalist in the UK” Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror
“Stunning…our tip for 2013. Harman’s music mainlines the human soul” The Blues Magazine (9 out of 10)
“A landmark album” Ed Mitchell, Editor, Country Music Magazine (9 out of 10)
“A veritable superstar on the British blues and roots scene, she really is that good….the voice is a glorious instrument, immensely expressive and with a tone that can send shivers down the spine…this is an astounding record, timeless, rich and powerful …it’s this disc that truly says that she is a star of our time.” Tone Monkey
“What a voice!” Classic Rock
”Album of the year” Gary Grainger, UK Blues Presenter of the Year
“….Drawing from the deep well of blues, soul, roots and gospel may invite comparison with legendary singers both past and present, but Jo Harman is an original talent of considerable promise and Dirt On My Tongue is a timeless album that will remain relevant far beyond passing musical trends” Midland Rocks
”Album of 2013, if not the decade” Blues Doodles
“Powerful…currently the most talked about singer on the scene” Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

European Press (Dirt on my Tongue)

”Authentic….timeless… and totally engaging” OOR (leading Netherlands music magazine)
”Dirt On My Tongue can undoubtedly be regarded as one of the best ever debuts” Platomania (Netherlands)
”Jo Harman has the most soulful voice to come out of the UK since Dusty Springfield” Keys and Chords (Belgium)
“International Blues Album of the Year” Proper (Music Week’s ‘Distributor of the Year’ 4 years running)
“An absolutely essential album, one which matches the quality of “21″ from Adele” La Guarida del Pensamiento (Spain)
“Album of the Year” (above likes of Jake Bugg, Vampire Weekend etc) ..“Truly great album..important as Amy’s ‘Back To Black’, Adele ‘21’ or Norah’s ‘Come Away With Me’ “Exquisiteces (Spain)

North American Press (Dirt On My Tongue)

“Harman is quite simply an sensational singer, who can wring every emotion possible out of a song.. don’t hesitate to get this album.” No Depression (USA)
“ Album of The Week” Blues and Roots Radio (Canada)
“ This album crosses genres as all great albums do, not least because it’s all about the songs, without a decent one it’s nothing, this has 11 great songs” Sharbizzar Weebley (USA)
Listed at Number 2 in Top Ten Blues albums of the year by ‘Down At The Cross Roads” (USA)

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JP Blues – Make Room At The Table – Album Review

I have always been known as a very straight forward type communicator and always try to call them exactly as I see (or in the CD review business) hear them. Let me cut straight to the chase about my impressions of “Make Room At The Table”, the 3rd release from the Buford, Georgia based blues/rock guitarist John Pagano, aka JP Blues. In a nutshell, after my first listen to this CD, I was left contemplating if I had ever in my MANY years of listening to and writing about blues/rock artists heard a recording by someone in whom I have heard any more potential than I do in this artist. Over the years I have learned that good guitarists are pretty commonplace these days but a truly great and complete artist is much more a rarity.

But please do not misconstrue my above statement aboutpotential as improper indication that this current release is somehow lacking and only exhibits flashes of potential. On the contrary, “Make Room At The Table” has already become a part of my own personal play list. But well beyond this set, I sense such a tremendous future for Pagano, provided of course he is able to avoid the poisons and pitfalls that have cut short so many promising careers. If he is able to safely navigate the waters in which others have perished, I think I can confidently predict that this current release, as much as I like it, will not be anywhere near his best before his day is done.

His music is very difficult to categorize, part blues, part classic rock with Jeff Beck jazz type overtones at times, scorching Trower like solos at others. He displays a powerful attack reminiscent of Walter Trout at one moment, then the gentle weeping of Roy Buchanan at another. This is in short very passionate guitar work, and again, one can only imagine what might yet be to come as Pagano will continue to develop as a guitarist. And, lest I forget, his quality of vocals really surprised me, the man is really a good singer and his original material excellent as well. My crystal ball says that when a guy can write good songs, sing better than most of his peers in the genre, and absolutely destroy a fret board he has the chance to become someone very special.

This entire CD is worth the listen, each track displays different bits of pieces of what is the entire artist. There are a number of very impressive supporting players and singers who will all be listed below, and each add much to the overall quality of the CD. The tracks are radically different at times in style but all of good quality. While JP Blues may be tough to categorize he is very easy to recommend to my readers.

If I had to pick a favorite track, I would say that TODAY it is “Old Man Joe”, which contains powerful electric slide, very strong vocals, and a lead break that could turn Iceland into a tropical island.

“Make Room At The Table” is available via the official JP Blues web site at Keep your eyes (and ears) out for this artist in the future. I’ll be happy to tell you I told you so.

Tom Branson –

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Chris Duarte – Lucky-13 – Album Review

“Chris Duarte delivers a strong dose of pyrotechnics in this collection of 14 original tunes. This is his seventh CD on the Shrapnel Records/Blues Bureau International imprint, home of several crossover guitar masters, including Leslie West, Rick Derringer, Eric Gales and Pat Travers, and, not coincidentally, the 13th in his extensive catalog. It features a heavy dose of blues with the same strong, searing psychedelic, rock and jazz overtones that fans have come to love… Recorded at Count’s Desert Moon Studios in Las Vegas, Duarte delivers all the material here in his normal power trio alignment, aided by John McKnight and Kevin Vecchione on drums and bass. Always interesting, never boring. It’s blues. It’s rock. It’s something else altogether. But it’s solid throughout. Duarte doesn’t disappoint as he continues to redefine the power blues trio idiom.”

- Marty Gunther, Blues Blast Magazine (Jan 19, 2015)


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