9 Below is pleased to announce two new releases this month, Steve Freund’s Come On In This House and the Hound Kings’  Unleashed!

FreundCoverSquareCome On In This House is receiving rave reviews from the like of Living Blues.  Featuring a host of seldom covered songs, on this his second release on 9 Below Steve’s singing and guitar chops have never been stronger. Steve has dedicated his life to this music and it shows.  Backed by a superb supporting cast this record spans a wide variety of songs from a chilling rendition of Janis Joplin’s Turtle Blues to the funky New Orleans vibe of Easy Rider to the low down Evil Ways.

 

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With their debut release Unleashed, the Hound Kings are positioned to become a favorite among enthusiasts of acoustic blues music.   Although reminiscent of classic country blues, this CD displays something new and fresh on the acoustic blues scene. Of the 10 tracks, 8 are original compositions penned by the Hound Kings. Alabama Mike has a knack for writing lyrics in a classic blues style with subject matter pertinent to today’s world. The talents of guitarist Anthony Paule, and Scot Brenton on the harmonica, bring these lyrics to life. The results are the original tunes you hear on Unleashed.

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Spring 2013 News

by scot on April 25, 2013

Hi all…Here is a quick update on recent releases. Hot off the disc burners are two excellent CDs, Steve Freund’s “Come On In This House” and The Hound Kings debut “Unleashed”.

Living Blues printed the following stellar review of “Come On In This House”:

“Steve Freund is one of the most consistently creative guitarists playing blues today. His crisp, cleanly executed solos are marvels of invention, filled with surprise yet firmly within traditions established by such giants as Hubert Sumlin and Albert, B.B., and Freddie King. Noted for his extensive credits as a sideman for the likes of Koko Taylor and James Cotton, the New York–born musician has concentrated on a solo career since relocating to the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area from Chicago in the mid-’90s. He also has evolved into a commanding, quite soulful vocalist.
His fifth solo album—and second for San Francisco harmonica blower Scot Brenton’s 9 Below label—is made up mostly of tunes by other artists, rather than his own songs, which had been the focus of his earlier CDs. He does open the current set with an original blues composition titled Worried About That Gal but then moves into a program of great tunes by others that are too seldom performed these days. They include Junior Wells’ Come On in This House, Detroit Jr.’s Call My Job, Janis Joplin’s Turtle Blues, Roosevelt Sykes’s Dangerous Man, Freddie King’s Play It Cool, Eddie Vinson’s Cleanhead Blues, and St. Louis Jimmy’s Evil Ways. The set deviates from the urban blues format with a delightfully old-timey treatment of the traditional Easy Rider, on which mandolinist Dave Earl and trombonist Mike Rinta help give the song an early New Orleans flavor, and with the Delmore Brothers’ Blues Stay Away from Me, one of two duets with the powerful vocalist Jan Fanucchi. Also making noteworthy contributions to Freund’s outstanding new recording are bassist Steve Wolf, drummer Paul Revelli, and keyboardists Wendy DeWitt and Sid Morris.”

 

With their debut release UNLEASHED, the Hound Kings are positioned to become a favorite among enthusiasts of acoustic blues music. Although reminiscent of classic country blues, this CD displays something new and fresh on the acoustic blues scene. Of the 10 tracks, 8 are original compositions penned by the Hound Kings. Alabama Mike has a knack for writing lyrics in a classic blues style with subject matter pertinent to today’s world. The talents of guitarist Anthony Paule, and Scot Brenton on the harmonica, bring these lyrics to life. The results are the original tunes you hear on UNLEASHED. 

About the 2 cover tunes on this CD…Red Light is an obscure tune written by California blues man, Mercy Dee Walton. The humorous, suggestive lyrics are reminiscent of tunes like Chick Willis’ Stoop Down Mama. The Hound Kings take this piano boogie and turn it into a rompin’ stompin’ guitar and harmonica driven groove. You Gotta Move is the Fred McDowell and Reverend Gary Davis classic. In this recording, the Hound Kings give the gospel tinged tune a new acoustic arrangement with an infectious shuffle groove.

If the names Alabama Mike, Scot Brenton, and Anthony Paule sound familiar to you, perhaps it’s because they worked together on previous releases Day To Day and Tailor Made. Both releases were favorites among fans and critics alike.

Stay tuned for more!

Peace,

Scot

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