Blue Guru

Blue Guru

by Jon Tiven
     
 

Known for his production work with everyone from Frank Black to Nick Lowe, guitarist Jon Tiven also makes bluesy pop
ock in his spare time. Working with former Arrows frontman Alan Merrill, drummer Todd Snare (Wilson Pickett,See more details below

Overview

Known for his production work with everyone from Frank Black to Nick Lowe, guitarist Jon Tiven also makes bluesy pop
ock in his spare time. Working with former Arrows frontman Alan Merrill, drummer Todd Snare (Wilson Pickett, P.M. Dawn), and Sally Tiven (his wife and former B.B. King bassist), Tiven has a wonderful talent for soulful blues-rock without a trace of needless guitar exercises. Tiven is all about the songs and puts more effort into writing good hooks and riffs than anything else. That may partially be why his talents as a guitarist are so underrated, but even his incidental playing on songs like "I Smell Smoke" is littered with perfect little flourishes and fills. His talents as a lyricist are not quite as impressive, but the excellent performance from Merrill makes lines like, "Ooh honey, this party's off the hook/I have to take a closer look" sound like Shakespeare when paired with Tiven's subtle guitar work. With so many blues-rock albums popping up every year, it is easy for a release like this to slip through the cracks. But to fans of the genre, this is some smoking stuff that contains these performers' best work in a long time. Professional sidemen don't often get showcases this impressive, but anyone wondering what these musicians do when they're left to their own devices should invest in Blue Guru.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/1996
Label:
Fountainbleu Ent.
UPC:
0700702100427
catalogNumber:
21004
Rank:
320132

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jon Tiven   Primary Artist,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Arthur Alexander   Vocals,Track Performer
Gary "U.S." Bonds   Background Vocals
Graham Parker   Background Vocals
John Waite   Background Vocals
Alan Merrill   Vocals
Frank Black   Background Vocals
Will Calhoun   Drums
Mickey Curry   Drums
Anton Fig   Drums
Michael Hill   Rhythm Guitar
Eddie Hinton   Background Vocals
Spooner Oldham   Organ
Mack Rice   Tambourine,Background Vocals
Muzz Skillings   Bass
Mitch Weissman   Background Vocals
Sarah Nagourney   Background Vocals
Charlie Feldman   Background Vocals
Sally Tiven   Bass,Bass Guitar,wah wah guitar
Louis Appel   Drums
Todd Snare   Percussion,Drums
Wilbur Bascomb   Bass
Laura Merrill   Vocals,Background Vocals
Cheryl Beattie   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Dennis Ferrante   Mastering
Joe Ferry   Producer
Vernon Reid   Producer
Jon Tiven   Producer
Jol Dantzig   Artwork,Illustrations
Joe Johnson   Engineer

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