Keeping the Blues Alive (album)

by John Sinclair with Adventures in Bluesland

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    Bonus items:
    - short album promotion video.
    - promotional graphics for album release.
    Bonus tracks:
    - two songs not on the original release.

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In the fall of 2014 poet, blues/jazz historian, and Amsterdam resident John Sinclair visited New York for a series of readings and performances. Several were with the New York-based group Adventures in Bluesland. and one of them was recorded. The result is an audio document of a magical night of spoken word and music.

The focus that night in New York was on blues music and its rich history in America. Sinclair read from his published collection of poems Fattening Frogs for Snakes while the band provided a firm yet always shifting musical foundation. The night started with an early set by Adventures in Bluesland. After a short break, John Sinclair was introduced and he took command of the stage performing the epic “The Delta Sound” with just lap steel player Don Fiorino. The full band then joined them on stage and everyone eased into playing “Cross Road Blues.” They went on to perform several lengthy pieces, each with its own twists, turns, and mood swings. Throughout the night everyone took risks, and that sense of danger and improvisation only served to give the performance a timeless edge.

What transpired on that stage was a perfect example of what kind of dynamic power a collaboration of spoken word performance with music can create. It was a truly remarkable live concert event which evoked a unique mojo vibe that fortuitously was captured through this recording.

This version of the album includes two previously unreleased songs (Robert Johnson and Ain't Nobody's Business) from another live performance the same week.

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released November 12, 2014

Phil Gammage – guitar, harmonica; Don Fiorino – lap steel guitar; Kevin Tooley – drums; Johnny Cement – bass; Seaton Hancock – saxophone; Mac Gollehon - trumpet (bonus tracks).

Mix produced by Kevin Tooley at World Wide Vibe Studios, New York, N.Y.

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Adventures in Bluesland New York, New York

Adventures in Bluesland offer a good time mix of blues, soul, and boogie featuring original songs as well as a diverse selection of classic covers. It is not your typical “bar blues band”. The band is based in New York and perform at numerous venues throughout the United States. ... more

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