quarta-feira, 18 de março de 2009


Michael Packer Blues Band - Live at Lucille's New York City

Michael Packer Blues Band (Artist), David Maxwell (Performer), Jimmy Vivino (Performer), Sandy Allen (Performer), King Bear (Performer)

Audio CD (November 19, 2007)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Iris Music Group

The album was recorded live on a steamy August-summer night in 2007 at Lucille s blues club on 42nd Street, in the heart of Times Square, New York City. They came to play and smoked the tunes til they owned them. Born Under A Bad Sign , Sweet Home Chicago , Willie Dixon s The Same Thing , all spectacularly performed by a magical assemblage of players. Led by Iris Music Group recording artist Michael Packer on guitar and vocals, the band consisted of Jimmy Vivino, guitar and additional vocals (he s the Conan O'Brien TV show guitarist and Levon Helm s musical director); pianist David Maxwell (of the James Cotton Band); Iris Music Group recording artist Sandy Allen, playing mandolin (he and Michael founded Papa Nebo and Free Beer); blues harp extraordinaire, Felix Cabrera; Ed Jackson on Bongos; Japan's finest bass player, King Bear; Billy Schroeder on drums (of Louisiana Red); and special guest blues harp and vocalist, Dave ' Snakeman ' Runyan (James Cotton protégé) performing his Snakeman Blues . The live recording session was engineered by Blue Note soundman Everette Ramos for Jack O Hara. The album was produced by Michael Packer for Iris Properties, Inc. Executive producer is Alan Lorber.
This album is a companion album to the recording of the opening set, the country/folk part of the evening at Lucille s, Michael Packer/Sandy Allen Reunion Live At Lucille s,performed as a reunion of Michael and Sandy who were the founding members of their early bands, Papa Nebo and Free Beer, also release by the Iris Music Group label.

Singer, songwriter & guitarist Michael Packer knows the blues. He has lived the blues. Born in New York City in 1950, he did his first professional gig at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village at the age of 15. Packer formed the group "Papa Nebo" and was signed to Atlantic Records in 1970. After releasing an album and touring the Northeast, the band eventually broke up with a few members going on to successful solo careers such as Bob Mintzer, saxophonist for the Yellowjackets and Ann Leathers, violinist for Lyle Lovett, Elton John to name a few.
Michael Packer then took his sound to the west coast, playing on the streets of San Francisco during the day and in the coffee houses at night. There, he met George Thorogood, who turned him on to the blues. Eventually, Packer made his way back to New York and hooked up another project, Free Beer. The group had a good deal of success with albums on RCA Records which all hit the Billboard charts. They toured constantly opening for such headliners as Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show, Johnny Rivers, Atlanta Rhythm Section and many more. But as it seems to go in the music world, good things don't last forever and despite the success, Free Beer broke up. In the 80's, Michael Packer opened for various blues artists such as John Hammond, Paul Butterfield and Son Seals.
Today, Packer continues to perform and record with his group the Michael Packer Blues Band. He has released four CD's. The latest CD "Live @ Sweet Rhythm" has received rave reviews from Blues Revue, Living Blues and Blues Matters (UK) magazines. The band continues to tour and has been receiving radio airplay across the nation and Europe.

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