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Coming from the Old School
     

Coming from the Old School

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by Sam Myers
 
It's taken Sam Myers fully 50 years to make his first solo album. But he's no stranger to either stage or studio, having worked with Elmore James and Anson Funderburgh. For his debut he's assembled a top-notch band, led by guitarist Mel Brown, to work not so much behind him as with him. Brown is a

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It's taken Sam Myers fully 50 years to make his first solo album. But he's no stranger to either stage or studio, having worked with Elmore James and Anson Funderburgh. For his debut he's assembled a top-notch band, led by guitarist Mel Brown, to work not so much behind him as with him. Brown is a standout as an accompanist, offering wonderful decoration to "I Got the Blues" and "Burning Fire." But understandably, it's Myers who's the star of the show, and his driving harmonica playing carries its own momentum, as on his version of Rice Miller's "Ninety Nine." But there's also a very pleasing grit to his singing, whether on the slow and deeply soulful"After Hours When the Joint Is Closed," or "Waitin' On Your Mama," which could have come directly from the Chicago school of blues. It might have taken him five decades to get to this, but from the music on the disc, not a single minute was wasted.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
Label:
Electro-Fi Records
UPC:
0775020548428
catalogNumber:
3383
Rank:
138082

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sam Myers   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals
Mel Brown   Guitar,Piano,Guest Appearance
Pat Carey   Saxophone
Michael Fonfara   Organ,Piano
Jack de Keyzer   Guitar
Alec Fraser   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Jimmy Boudreau   Drums
Alex Fraser   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Sam Myers   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Mel Brown   Producer,Audio Production
Robert Lockwood   Composer
Rice Miller   Composer
Otis Spann   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Alec Fraser   Engineer
Andrew Galloway   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production

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Coming from the Old School 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sam Myers's voice is melodic, soulful, and slightly roughened around the edges with maturity and experience. Listening to his songs, you know he lived the Blues, not just sang and played them. His music is joyful, mournful, wise, and friendly -- all at the same time -- especially when he adds his harmonica to the songs he sings. It is almost as if Otis Redding, BB King, Fats Domino, your grandfather, and your best friend all sang with the same voice at the same time. His music rings true, every line and every note. It makes you smile, nod your head in agreement, roll down the windows, turn up the volume, and sing out loud. If you like this album, check out the discs he recorded with Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets -- Mississippi and Chicago-style Blues with a little Texas Swing thrown in ("Texas Blues," in other words) -- IF you can find them. At least "Change in My Pocket" and "Which Way Is Texas" can occasionally be spotted in stores. Great music, fun songs. You had better get "Coming From the Old School" while you can, since Myers passed away in July 2006. If you do buy it, you will not regret it -- not if you love good music.