April 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm #90138
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That lineup is killer, indeed!.. Really gonna try and make that festy next year. Never been been to Minnesota before. Im reeeeeeal jealous of anyone attending it. this year!June 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm #90139
26 bands and brownies tooJune 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm #90140
dusty reeds – 1 month ago »
Damn , that's one hell of a lineup! Good job cjohnson! Will have to see what we're doing on that weekend. May be makin' the trek west to see ya.
I'll be in Detroit Monday June 25th with
Henry's Funeral Shoe
Mark Porkchop Holder
Dooley Wilson and the Staving Chain
If you can't make the fest, this is four of the 26.June 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm #90141
yesterday went well. I'm expecting a lot of greatness the rest of the weekend.
Friday June 29
4 to 5pm Tijauna Hercules!
5 to 6pm Rue Moor Counts
6 to 7pm Reverend Deadeye
7 to 8pm Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires
8 to 9pm Purgatory Hill
9 to 10pm Henry’s Funeral Shoe
10 to 11pm Ben Prestage
Saturday June 30
1 to 2pm Brian Olive
2 to 3pm Charlie Patton’s War
3 to 4pm Left Lane Cruiser
4 to 5pm Speaking Tongues
5 to 6pm John The Conqueror
6 to 7pm Mark Porkchop Holder
7 to 8pm Buffalo Killers
8 to 9pm Daniel Kroha
9 to 10pm Radio Moscow
10 to 11pm Ben Prestage
Sunday July 1st
1 to 2pm catl
2 to 3pm Adam Gussow
3 to 4pm Restavrant
4 to 5pm Molly Gene One Whoaman Band
5 to 6pm Possessed By Paul James
6 to 7pm Delaney Davidson
7 to 8pm Broken Spirits
8 to 9pm David Kimbrough Jr.
9 to 10pm William Elliott Whitmore
10 to 11pm Ben PrestageJune 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm #90142
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Wrought and I were seriously considering attending next year. Sounds fantastic!
The brownies may have just put us over the top. *drooling emoticon*
All joking aside, we are going to try to make it next year.July 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm #90143July 27, 2012 at 3:27 am #90144
celebrating 2 years of the bayport bbqAugust 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm #90145
in the BOMP email this morning!
"Coming this fall…The ALIVE AT THE DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL live album with Radio Moscow, Left Lane Cruiser, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Buffalo Killers, Henry's Funeral Shoe, John the Conqueror, and Brian Olive, plus new LPs by John the Conqueror, Waves Of Fury, and Andre Williams. Keep an eye on the site for details. Thanks for supporting our artists!
Suzy Shaw "September 29, 2012 at 12:53 am #90146
Coming the end of November!October 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm #90147
Earlier this summer Chris Johnson (owner of Bayport BBQ in the Twin Cities' suburb of Bayport, MN) resurrected his popular Deep Blues Festival for three glorious (sold-out) days of great music, Southern-style BBQ and camaraderie between musicians, fans and friends alike. Far from the corporate sterility of many larger modern music fests, Johnson's Deep Blues Fest instead successfully revived the communal spirit of late '60s and early '70s music gatherings, evoking the vibe of a large summer picnic with family, friends, good food and great music.
The 2012 Deep Blues Fest featured 26 bands from four countries & 16 states. Out of these acts there were seven phenomenal performances from the current Alive roster. Alive At The Deep Blues Fest is the document of these incendiary and unforgettable performances. All 13 tracks were mixed by famed Detroit producer/musician Jim Diamond, who managed to capture the loose and spontaneous feel of live albums produced in the Golden Age of rock'n'roll. Buffalo Killers and Radio Moscow turned in super heavy sets soaked in psychedelia and reverb, while Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires fiercely ripped through their show with a blistering set of songs steeped in Southern rock, R&B, soul, gospel and punk from their critically acclaimed debut LP There Is A Bomb In Gilead – an album that has been helping to define the sounds of The New South. Brian Olive and his backing band melded soulful R&B with technicolor garage-pop for their early daytime set, while the Welsh duo Henry's Funeral Shoe, Left Lane Cruiser and newcomers John The Conqueror perhaps kept closest to the Deep Blues curriculum with their respectively raunchy and heavily amplified modern interpretations of rural gutbucket Delta Blues.
To get a sense of this intimate yet electrifying festival, grab a copy of Alive At The Deep Blues Fest, invite a bunch of good friends over for some food & drink, and PLAY IT LOUD.
Alive at the Deep Blues Fest will be released November 27th through Alive Naturalsound Records in the following formats: CD, Digital and Black Vinyl with mp3 download card & poster, as well as Limited Edition "BBQ SAUCE RED" Colored Vinyl exclusive to the Bomp mail-order.
Chris Johnson and Alive Naturalsound Records will be throwing a special Alive At The Deep Blues Fest Record Release Show featuring Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires on Sat. Dec. 1st at 8:00pm at Bayport BBQ, 328 5th Ave. N., Bayport, MN
ALIVE AT THE DEEP BLUES FEST TRACK LISTING
01 River Water – Buffalo Killers
02 It's a Shame – Buffalo Killers
03 There is a Bomb in Gilead – Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
04 The Red, Red Dirt of Home – Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
05 Traveling – Brian Olive
06 Bonelle – Brian Olive
07 Hold On Me – Radio Moscow
08 Little Eyes – Radio Moscow
09 24 Hour Blues – Left Lane Cruiser
10 Rambling on My Mind – Left Lane Cruiser
11 Three More – John The Conqueror
12 Be your own Invention/Stranger Dig – Henry's Funeral Shoe
13 Henry's Funeral Shoe – Henry's Funeral ShoeOctober 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm #90148
If you like your blues big, bad, live and loud, then Alive At The Deep Blues Fest is for you. You can just smell the hot amplifier tubes and feel the mid-summer sun beating down on you with this collection recorded in Bayport, Minnesota just a few months ago. It's a sizzling set of winners taken from a weekend of heavy-duty electric blues that reminds us how good it feels when the blues get down and dirty.
Beyond the roster of talent, there's a real feeling here of recapturing the loose and spontaneous vibe of live albums produced in the Golden Age of rock’n’roll. Recorded live – just this summer – at the sold out Deep Blues Festival, this event was really about friends and family, quite unlike the corporate sterility of many larger modern music fests. Credit goes to Chris Johnson who successfully revived the communal spirit of late ‘60s and early ‘70s music gatherings here, and this authenticity of concept really shows through in every detail.
BUFFALO KILLERS and RADIO MOSCOW turned in super heavy sets soaked in psychedelia and reverb, while LEE BAINS III & The GLORY FIRES fiercely ripped through their show with a blistering set of songs steeped in Southern rock, R&B, soul, gospel and punk. BRIAN OLIVE and his backing band melded soulful R&B with technicolor garage-pop for their early daytime set, while HENRY’S FUNERAL SHO (the Welsh duo), LEFT LANE CRUISER and newcomers JOHN THE CONQUEROR perhaps kept closest to the Deep Blues curriculum with their respectively raunchy and heavily amplified modern interpretations of rural gutbucket Delta Blues.
Alive At The Deep Blues Fest will transport listeners to another place and time, whether they listen to it today, or years from now. The feeling of an organic event fueled by authenticity is totally different from the mass-packaged tours that many bands are stuck on just to get a paycheck. This is an event where artists really had a connection with the fans, and you can really hear the love. One listen to this album and you'll be buying your tickets for next year's event, Very Highly Recommended.November 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm #90149
Scrambled eggs. That was the first thing I thought of when I heard the new LP, Alive At The Deep Blues Fest. There use to be an anti-drug commercial that showed a couple of eggs frying in a skillet, and the tagline read, “This is your brain on drugs.” And after listening to this LP of howling electric guitars, and feedback, and thick, dense, heavy blues rock, my brain wasn’t fried, but it was definitely scrambled. I had to sit back at the breakfast table and have a slice of bacon, and some milk before I asked for seconds.
Recorded in Bayport, Minnesota this past summer as June turned to July, the album features seven of the best bands from the Alive-Natural Sound stable of acts, and while it’s not the first time the label’s acts have been showcased on one LP, it is the first time they’ve been showcased together in one place on the live stage. And on stage is where these bands shine. Buffalo Killers, Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, Radio Moscow, John The Conqueror, Brian Olive, Left Lane Cruiser, and Henry’s Funeral Shoe are all here. If they’re not names yet in your household, your household probably isn’t wired for electricity.
I bought the vinyl record from the Bomp website. It’s pressed on BBQ Sauce Red vinyl – which would probably spice up a plate of scrambled eggs just right, come to think of it – and features one track from each band. But here’s the cool thing: the LP comes with a download card that allows you to download not only the seven tracks on the LP, but an additional seven more – one more from each act – so you can carry it around in the car with you when you’re driving to the diner for more eggs. So add the vinyl to your collection, and stay plugged in with the digital download. Or, keep the digital download for yourself, and give the LP to your little brother, Tommy for Christmas to start that record collection he’s been wanting. As his older brother, it’s your responsibility to get him hooked on vinyl. It’ll keep him off the streets and out of trouble. And pick up the CD for your little sister Tiffany so she stops playing that infernal One Direction album.
While you’re at it, check out the rest of the catalog at http://www.alive-totalenergy.com/x/. Every one of these artists is responsible for some of the best music to flow through the pipeline and into the collective subconscious over the past couple of years. But they’ve been underground long enough. It’s time to shine a light on ‘em, and it’s time for you guys to get on the bandwagon. Rock ain’t dead – not by a long shot. In fact it’s on a steaming platter on its way from the kitchen to your turntable as we speak. Pass the sauce.November 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm #90150November 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm #90151
All Music Guide
The blues will never die, but making sense of its life cycle is a bit puzzling at times. In the latter years of the 20th century, blues fans became purists and developed a greater interest in the music's acoustic roots, but not long after the millennium turned over, the one-two punch of the White Stripes and the Black Keys flipped the script and hip rock dudes began running blues figures through dirty pickups and overloaded amps like depopulated versions of Savoy Brown or Foghat. Alive Naturalsound Records has become one of the most enthusiastic supporters of the new blues-rock movement, and a number of their acts were booked at the Deep Blues Festival in Bayport, Minnesota during the summer of 2012. A recording rig was on hand to document the proceedings, and Alive at the Deep Blues Fest offers up 63 minutes of high-impact blues wailing from seven different acts. It's probably telling that the most exciting tracks here come from the band that strays furthest from standard-issue electric blues; Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires add a healthy portion of country and Southern rock to their formula, and the mixture is at once lighter and more combustible, and their two numbers connect with genuine force and energy. Brian Olive clearly digs the blues, but there's as much R&B and classic soul in his songs, and while his music is less physically powerful than the other acts featured here, in terms of songcraft "Bonelle" and "Travelling" are standouts. The five other bands on deck traffic in variations on the traditional big guitar/heavy drums formula, with Henry's Funeral Shoe sounding the most fiery and inspired, and Radio Moscow coming in last, verging on self-parody with their psych-infused crunch. Even the least of the acts is livelier here than on its studio albums, and fans of high-velocity blues-rock are likely to enjoy this, but for all the sound and fury there isn't a lot here that won't sound awfully familiar to anyone with a sense of history.November 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm #90152
review by Brian Robbins
Be forewarned, boys and girls: running your thumbnail through the plastic wrap and pulling Alive At The Deep Blues Fest out of the package is like opening a half-gallon of bourbon and throwing the cap out the window. You touch this album off and things are going to happen …
Recorded at Bayport, Minnesota’s Deep Blues Fest this past summer, Alive is a sampler of rocking blues at its best, with plenty o’ grease and grit and growl. You might expect that a compilation album with seven different bands would have its low points, but not here: the energy never slacks. Every human on this album plays his living ass off.
The Buffalo Killers kick things off with “River Water” – a lesson in the classic power trio sound. (Listen at the 2:30 mark when Andy Gabbard takes off on the guitar with his brother Zachary’s walloping bass and the rolling and tumbling drums of Joey Sebaali right behind. That’s what I’m talking about – right there.) Things take a turn for the Humble Pie-ish when The Buffalo Killers roar into “It’s A Shame” – due in no small way to the raunchy, swaggering blues harp of special guest Mark “Porkchop” Holder. Holder – who also sits in with Left Lane Cruiser later on – needs to be signed by somebody, now. The man is a blues harp monster who deserves to be heard by the rest of the world.
The essence of legends wafts through this music: Radio Moscow’s “Hold On Me” is pure Hendrixian wah-pedaled voodoo; their run through “Little Eyes” is total Electric Ladyland -style tar pit bellow.
“24 Hour Blues” and “Rambling On My Mind” find Left Lane Cruiser crunching out the groove like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. And if The Faces had hailed from Alabama, they would’ve sounded like Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires on “The Red, Red Dirt Of Home”. (Bains and the boys corner the soul market on Alive with a powerhouse version of “There Is A Bomb In Gilead”.)
It’s Yusef Quotah’s keyboard work that propels Brian Olive’s two tunes into a space of their own. Quotah doles out sheets of B-3 behind the midnight jungle-thump rhythms of “Travelling”; his flicks of straight-up electric piano add tension to “Bonelle” (and hang on tight when Olive pulls the pin on a gloriously fuzzed-out guitar solo). John The Conqueror only contribute one tune to Alive At The Deep Blues Fest, but it’s a killer: “Three More” is all street cool and blues lurch – crash and wail that gives way to midnight tippy-toe about halfway through before slamming back into full roar.
The last two cuts on Alive are by Henry’s Funeral Shoe, a duo (brothers Aled and Brennig Clifford) from – I’m serious – South Wales. No matter: the Cliffords more than hold their own with their Alive Naturalsound labelmates when it comes to playing the blues, baby. The song “Henry’s Funeral Shoe” is a total two-man tightrope act, with multiple tempo changes and near-meltdown guitar squall that leave you with no doubts that these lads mean business.
The booklet that comes with Alive At The Deep Blues Fest is fairly sparse on notes (basically band lineups and thank-yous) but the photos throughout it say it all: a lot of grins; a lot of sweat; different bands/different approaches/common bond.
These folks came to play.
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