Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Celebrate The Power Of The Blues With New Music From Dave Keller, John McLean & Charles Barkatz

Two-time Blues Award nominee, Dave Keller recently released his new studio album titled "You Get What You Give, Duets." Keller is an amazing songwriter, singer and guitarist who decided to unite like-minded artists to raise money that goes toward charity groups that fight racial injustice and equality. Dave Keller shares the spotlight on these newly recorded tracks that shine a light on some very talented singers and musicians. The album begins with a duet between Keller and Annika Chambers on the up-tempo soul number "One More Tear," as their voice fit together perfectly. The blues come on full-force with the title song "You Get What You Give," featuring the vocals of Annie Mack, before an all-star cast of voices come together for the stark, but strikingly powerful ballad "The Evil That Men Do." Legendary blues artist Joe Louis Walker joins up with Keller on the burning blues vibe of "Scratching At Your Door," which is highlighted by a pair of electrifying guitar solos. The one solo piece on this album, which only includes Dave Keller on vocals and Ian Friedman on piano is the emotion-fueled ballad "The Spark," that is certainly an inspirational highlight on this release. The only cover song to appear is the timeless gospel hymn "Precious Lord, Take My Hand, which is delivered by the strength of Brother Bob White's vocals and piano. Dave Keller closes out his new album with the help of Katie Henry on the soulful blues of "The Kiss I Want" and the bayou, swampy blues of "I'm Gonna Let It Shine," featuring the inspirational words of Toussaint St. Negritude. To find out more about Dave Keller and his latest release "You Get What You Give, Duets," please visit davekeller.com.

Another new arrival comes from fellow bluesman John McLean, who teams up with fellow blues guitarist Charles Barkatz on the album "Shadow Man." It was released on December 4th, and features an all-star cast of jazz/blues musicians from the Austin, TX area to create ten new, exciting pieces of music. The album kicks off with "Leaky Shoes Blues," which will find you instantly approving this collaboration on this up-tempo opener. McLean's experienced vocals are the perfect fit for the soulful feel of "The Brooklyn Blues CafĂ©," before the energy picks back up for the fun, sing-along chorus of "Shadow Man," which features some stellar guitar work from Charles Barkatz. The simmering blues of "She Cry Blues" has that timeless feel that has you following every word John sings. The album wraps up with the graceful, gentle swaying melody of "Silver Lake" and the final blues romp of "New Life." To find out more about this latest collaboration between John McLean and Charles Barkatz, please visit leakyshoesblues.com.

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