The Almighty Dollar

The Almighty Dollar

by Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers


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The Almighty Dollar

Since the 1960s, in one configuration or another, singer/harmonica player Rod Piazza has been performing in the blues styles of the 1940s and '50s, combining covers of songs of that era with his own originals in the same style. His band the Mighty Flyers has had varying personnel, the constant being his wife Honey on piano. He appears on the cover of 2011's Almighty Dollar with his hair white, and on the title song, an original, he notes that he hasn't exactly gotten rich by spending his life playing the blues. Yet he's still at it, and the album is a representative one for him and the group (whose other permanent members are guitarist Henry Carvajal and drummer Dave Kida). They play some '40s-style jump blues on the leadoff track, Jimmy Liggins' "Move Out Baby," and Jesse Belvin's "Baby Don't Go," complete with some tenor sax work by Jonny Viau. Traditional Chicago blues is heard in Muddy Waters' "Loving Man" and Little Walter's "Confessin' the Blues." Piazza gives himself harmonica showcases on the instrumentals "That's It" and "Con-Vo-Looted." Most unusual -- but still rooted in the '50s -- is the cover of Robert & Johnny's doo wop-tinged R&B ballad "We Belong Together." Almighty Dollar is thus another traditional collection of blues-related revivals by a veteran loyalist who by now is something of a blues legend himself.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2011
Label: Delta Groove Prod
UPC: 0850021001612
catalogNumber: 147
Rank: 145896

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers   Primary Artist
Rod Piazza   Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
Johnny Dyer   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jonny Viau   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Rusty Zinn   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Honey Piazza   Organ,Piano,Group Member
Hank Van Sickle   Upright Bass,Guest Appearance
Dave Kida   Drums,Group Member
Henry Carvajal   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Group Member
Norm Gonzales   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Lloyd Glenn   Composer
Rod Piazza   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Jesse Belvin   Composer
Jimmy Liggins   Composer
Randy Chortkoff   Executive Producer
Henry Glover   Composer
Porter Grainger   Composer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Hy Weiss   Composer
Robert Carr   Composer
Johnny Mitchell   Composer
Walter Jacobs   Composer
Everett Robbins   Composer
Jimmy Binkley   Composer
Preston Boebel   Engineer
Joshua Temkin   Artwork
Carl Herman   Composer

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