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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Blues Historian Review: The 44s, Americana

The 44s from southern California has a new release called Americana.  The cd is produced and features Kid Ramos (who is no kid anymore:-)  I remember the first time I saw Kid Ramos playing with James Harmon, not sure if it was a full time gig, or if he was setting in, but the Kid was on fire.  In fact the 44s remind me of James Harmon from the bad old days. Tight band, playing a nice selection of songs, and styles, yet  sounding like themselves. Slow blues, shuffles, slide guitar, just about anything you want to hear.  All but two of the 13 songs are original.  The guitar playing is exceptional and seamless.  The harp playing by Tex Nakamra is exceptional.  Great collection of blues for any occasion. Their cd is available on both Amazon and Itunes.

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