Brian Blain’s 2011 solo “live” recording (with bassist George Koller) has been “sweetened, stacked, mixed and mastered” with new instrumentation on all the songs and a new lease on life. “The Ghost of Clinton’s Tavern” is a full-tilt electronic ambient remix by Blain’s DJ son, Joel Coi, and the stems are available for any remixers who would like to create their own “ghostly” soundscape. You can switch back and forth between old (live) and new (produced) versions of all the tunes. The “live” album has become a “living” album which FYI Music’s David Farrell declared “clearly not your rank-and-file blues album.”
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“Forgotten,” Brian’s ode to the music creators of New Orleans gets a marching horn band treatment from Alison Young and Colleen Allen. “The Day Coke Saved the Blues” (a song about his former record label) and “Alice,“ (a whatever-happened-to tale of a 60s folk icon) both get a “bluesgrass” touch with violinist Drew Jurecka and banjo man Tim Posgate. George Koller gives a bass master class on “Don’t Blame the Bass Player” and Colleen plays some sweet sax on a beautiful ballad about legendary guitarist Lenny Breau. There’s a reggae percussion workout with Trinidadian Wayne Stoute and the wonderful Michelle Josef on “Treasure Beach,” a tragic tale of teen-suicide, some sweet slide from Harry Manx on the French tune, barrelhouse piano from Toronto expat Patrick Godfrey and organ grooves galore from Australian Hammond organ sensation Clayton Doley.
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