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Various: Lockdown Sessions - A Downhome Blues Revue (2-CD)

LOCKDOWN SESSIONS - HOT BLUES AND BOOGIE TO FIGHT THAT CABIN FEVER!
2-CD, 6-sided Digisleeve, 25 tracks. Total playing approx. 85 minutes.
  • Spontaneously produced non-profit release on the occasion of the global lockdown and shutdown triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • More than thirty musicians from eight nations recorded 23 tracks in their homes and shared them with international colleagues, who in turn added their contribution.
  • Virtual sessions emerged with some amazing results!
  • Stylistically, the spectrum ranges from acoustic contributions, boogie woogie and lowdown blues to luscious R&B with powerful horn sections.
  • Graphic designer, sound engineer, producer, promo agency and label a.o. waive a fee in favor of the participating musicians, all net proceeds from sales go to the artists' accounts!
  • Elegant 6-page digisleeve with 24-page booklet with biographies of the participating artists.
  • Notes by Dirk Föhrs (bluesnews.de) and Bill Dahl from Chicago.
Please, support this release! Spread the information and buy this album, either as double CD or digital, also in streaming.

They say necessity is the mother of invention. Right now, we’re seeing plenty of evidence of that. The effects of the ongoing Corona crisis have forced many of us to scramble and that includes blues musicians: With the closure of live music venues and cancellation of major festivals, they’ve seen their main source of income dry up overnight. Many of them have taken to extraordinary measures to make ends meet, like the countless living room concerts being live-streamed on social media. Denied the chance to perform in front of audiences, it’s their virtual way of passing the hat – and whatever goes in helps each musician survive these tough times.

On the surface, ‘Lockdown Sessions’ came about for similar reasons. The musicians involved are facing the same problems. Yet this border-crossing production is far more than a mere call for support. It’s a one-of-a-kind double CD that brings together more than 30 acclaimed blues practitioners from all over the world, who’ve united to combat cabin fever and transcend physical separation while the world is on lockdown.

The project was spearheaded by Roger C. Wade, an England native considered one of the most outstanding harmonica blowers in Europe. As clubs began closing and gigs started evaporating, Wade reached out to musician friends in Germany, where he’s been based since the early 1990s. He and a few others started trading song ideas, unaware of where this time-killing exercise was heading. Before long, the crème de la crème of Germany’s rich blues scene had gotten involved, including singer-guitarist Kai Strauss, saxophonist Tommy Schneller, multi-instrumentalist Michael van Merwyk, blues veteran Abi Wallenstein and – last but not least – Andreas and Maddy Arlt of B.B. & The Blues Shacks. 

Since the musical exchange was not taking place in any studio, but rather exclusively via digital communication channels, there were practically no limits as to who could join in the ‘Lockdown Sessions’. Soon, top musicians from Italy, Spain, Belgium, Finland, France and the UK had joined the party. Many of them have never met or played together onstage. Invitations were sent across the Atlantic as well, and several American and U.S.-based bluesmen made important contributions, including Larry Garner, Nathan James, Aki Kumar, Fred Kaplan and Big Daddy Wilson.

While some may think it impossible to conjure a true blues feeling without being together in the same room, the experienced pros playing on this recording prove it can be done. The collection’s 25 tracks sizzle with energy in showcasing the multi-faceted talents of the players involved. Together, they cast a wide stylistic net covering sophisticated city blues and boogie-woogie, swing, R&B and downhome country blues. The hallmarks of every good blues recording represent the common thread: The playing and singing is authentic, dynamic, real.

It’s true that the release of ‘Lockdown Sessions’ is for a good cause. Any funds earned from the project will wind up in the pockets of the musicians involved, making life just a little bit easier during the Corona crisis. But beyond that, these recordings fulfill a vital function for all of us: They provide us with a most powerful medicine, a potent dose of the blues, to give us hope and brighten up our days during dark times. After all, the blues has always been there to help us see the light at the end of the tunnel. - Vincent Abbate


Article properties: Various: Lockdown Sessions - A Downhome Blues Revue (2-CD)

  • Interpret: Various

  • Album titlle: Lockdown Sessions - A Downhome Blues Revue (2-CD)

  • Genre Blues

  • Price code AR
  • Label Crosscut Records

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  • Year of publication 2020
  • EAN: 4014924111120

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Various - Lockdown Sessions - A Downhome Blues Revue (2-CD) CD 1
01 Lockdown Blues Tommy Schneller, Gary Winters, Marion Wade, Tomi Leino, Jack O Roonie & Micha Maass
02 Can't Get Too Close Aki Kumar, Andreas Arlt, Jack O Roonie & Micha Maass
03 Personal Shutdown Maddy Arlt, Marion Wade & Tomi Leino
04 Death Letter Blues Abi Wallenstein & Roger C. Wade
05 Mean Old Quarantine Fred Kaplan, Jack O Roonie & Andre Werkmeister
06 Low-Down Lockdown Michael Van Merwyk, Victor Puertas, Jack O Roonie & Micha Maass
07 Get Me Outta Here Roger C. Wade, Andreas Arlt & Jack O Roonie
08 Blow A Poor Man Down Timo Gross, Krissy Matthews & Micha Maass
09 Boogie Galore Christian Bleiming & Andreas Bock
10 The Death Of Louisiana Red Little Victor, Roger C. Wade & Jack O Roonie
11 Home Alone Stomp Andreas Arlt. Marion Wade, Jack O Roonie & Micha Maass
12 World Crisis Blues Kai Strauss, Aki Kumar & Fred Kaplan
13 Be ready When He Comes Black Patti & Joe Filisko
Various - Lockdown Sessions - A Downhome Blues Revue (2-CD) CD 2
01 Why You Lie Larry Garner, Michael Van Merwyk & Roger C. Wade
02 Hey Sweet Marie Nico Duportal, Victor Puertas, Jack O Roonie & Andre Werkmeister
03 Destination Mississippi Abi Wallenstein & Victor Puertas
04 Come See About Me Big Daddy Wilson, Veronica Sbergia, Victor Puertas, Gary Winters, Tommy Schneller, Juergen Weiching & Andre Werkmeister
05 I Know Roger C. Wade & Andreas Arlt
06 Sax Supreme Tommy Schneller, Marion Wade & Jack O Roonie
07 Fuck You, Mr. Virus Michael Van Merwyk & Fredinand Kraemer
08 I Can Tell The World Veronica Sbergia, Max De Bernardi & Joe Filisko
09 Lockdown Shuffle Christian Bleiming, Jack O Roonie & Micha Maass
10 Everything Has Changed Aki Kumar, Tomi Leino & Fred Kaplan
11 Come What May Nathan James & Victor Puertas
12 Give Me My Heart Back Jens Turowski, Gary Winters & Tommy Schneller
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Customer evaluation for "Lockdown Sessions - A Downhome Blues Revue (2-CD)"
19 Jun 2020

was für ein tolles Projekt mit TOP-Musikern - die CD´s sind ein MUSS im Player

7 Jun 2020

eine wunderbare Idee schön umgesetzt - macht Spaß

es macht Spaß diese Mischung von tollen Musikern zu hören. Zusammensetzungen die es im realen Leben nicht unbedingt gibt, da ist gute Laune vorprogrammiert und der Lockdown wird erträglich! Danke an Alle die sich an diesem Projekt beteiligt haben - ich hoffe wir sehen uns bald wieder!

17 May 2020

Ausgezeichnet!

Alle strotzen nur so vor Vitalität, keine Spur von einem Blues’n’Lagerkoller: von den akustisch dargebotenen Bluesern über Boogie Woogie, Swing, R&B und Country-Blues. Und da alle anderen (Grafiker, Toningenieur, Produzent, Promo-Agentur und Label) auf ihr Honorar verzichten, finden sich die Netto-Erlöse im Beutel der Künstler wieder. „Yeah, that´s my personal shutdown.“ Ausgezeichnet!

7 May 2020

Ich freu' mich schon

Werde auf alle Fälle die CD kaufen, SUPER IDEE - weiter so.

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Presse Archiv - Lockdown Sessions - A Downhome Blues Revue (2-CD) - Blues News
Presse Archiv - Lockdown Sessions - A Downhome Blues Revue (2-CD) - Blues News Lockdown Sessions Die Doppel-CD „Lockdown Sessions" ist aus mehrerlei Gründen eine außer-gewöhnliche Produktion. So war sie noch nicht einmal geplant, denn Roger Wade (Little Roger & The Houserockers, The Night Walkers) erging es wie vielen Künst-ler/innen, die durch die Corona-Pandemie zum Nichtstun verdammt waren: Er hatte Langeweile. Um dagegen anzugehen, bat er seinen alten Kumpel Andreas Arit (B.B. & The Blues Shacks), „irgendetwas aufzunehmen, um Spaß zu haben". Zu Arlts Gitarrenspiel fügte Wade seinen Gesang und sein Harpspiel hinzu. „Das war witzig und nett", so Little Roger, der den Song im Netz verbreitete und dafür viel Zustimmung erhielt. Nach ähnlichem Strickmuster entstand eine zweite Nummer und schließlich die Idee, Kolleg/innen anzusprechen. Die Sache nahm ihren Lauf. Als dann auch noch Detlev Hoegen die Zusage erteilte. die Home-Recordings auf seinem Cross-Cut-Label zu veröffentlichen, bekamen die ..Lockdown Sessions" Kontur. Derart viele bekannte Namen aus der heimischen Szene gab es noch nie auf einer CD-Zusammenstellung. Hier nur eine kleine Auswahl: Abi Wallenstein, Andreas und Michael Arlt. Big Daddy Wilson, Christian Bleiming, Peter C. Crow. Michael van Merwyk, Ferdinand Kraemer, Kai Strauss, Marion und Roger Wade und Michael Maass. Auch Künstler/innen aus anderen Ländern wie Fred Kaplan, Nathan James, Joe Filisko, Krissy Matthews, Larry Garner oder Little Victor Mac machten mit. Die Erlöse aus dem Verkauf kommen den Musiker/innen zugute. In deren Woh-nungen entstanden die 25 Songs, die mit einfachstem Equipment oder sogar nur mit dem Handy aufgenommen wurden. Es wäre prima, wenn die bluesnews-Leser-schaft zu guten CD-Verkäufen beiträgt!
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Presse Archiv - Lockdown Sessions - A Downhome Blues Revue (2-CD) - Blues News2
Presse Archiv - Lockdown Sessions - A Downhome Blues Revue (2-CD) - Blues News2 Lockdown Sessions An dieser Stelle ein Album zu beurteilen, an dem bluesnews beteiligt war, würde arg befremdlich wirken. Andererseits wäre es kontraproduktiv, die Veröffentlichung der Doppel-CD „Lockdown Sessions" (CrossCut Records) zu ver-schweigen, denn die Erlöse aus dem Ver-kauf kommen den beteiligten Musiker/innen zugute. Daher steuerte bluesnews gerne die Linernotes bei und spendierte der „Interna-tional Down Home Blues Revue" — so der Untertitel des Projekts — eine kostenlose An-zeige in dieser Ausgabe. Was jetzt noch fehlt, sind durch die Decke gehende CD-Verkäufe, damit die von Corona gebeutelten Künstler/ innen etwas Unterstützung erhalten. Weiterer Kaufanreiz: Derart viele heimische Vertreter/innen des traditionellen Blues dürf-te es bislang noch nie auf einer Zusammen-stellung gegeben haben. Dazu zählen Abi Wallenstein, Kai Strauss, Big Daddy Wilson, Andreas und Michael Arlt, Christian Bleiming, Michael Maass, Roger C. und Marion Wade, Michael van Merwyk, Timo Gross, Tommy Schneller, Andre Werkmeister und viele andere mehr. Doch damit nicht genug. An der von Roger C. Wade initiierten Produktion (25 Songs) waren auch Musiker/innen aus anderen Ländern beteiligt, unter anderem Joe Filisko, Fred Kaplan, Nico Duportal oder Larry Garner. Dass die „Lockdown Sessions" im Wertungskasten rechts leer ausgehen, ist einzig den weiter oben geschilderten Umständen geschuldet.
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Tracklist
Various - Lockdown Sessions - A Downhome Blues Revue (2-CD) CD 1
01 Lockdown Blues
02 Can't Get Too Close
03 Personal Shutdown
04 Death Letter Blues
05 Mean Old Quarantine
06 Low-Down Lockdown
07 Get Me Outta Here
08 Blow A Poor Man Down
09 Boogie Galore
10 The Death Of Louisiana Red
11 Home Alone Stomp
12 World Crisis Blues
13 Be ready When He Comes
Various - Lockdown Sessions - A Downhome Blues Revue (2-CD) CD 2
01 Why You Lie
02 Hey Sweet Marie
03 Destination Mississippi
04 Come See About Me
05 I Know
06 Sax Supreme
07 Fuck You, Mr. Virus
08 I Can Tell The World
09 Lockdown Shuffle
10 Everything Has Changed
11 Come What May
12 Give Me My Heart Back