“Whoa baby … my kids are ugly, and it’s all because of yoooouuu!”
So wails Dale Robertson to start “My Kids Are Ugly,” one of seven tracks on the Dale Robertson Band’s new CD “Briefly Revisited” (DR Records).
The band will celebrate the recording with a CD release party at 11 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at PJ’s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave. in Detroit (313-961-4668).
“My Kids Are Ugly,” written by Robertson, is the sole original on the seven-song, 32-minute release. The other six are the band’s interpretation of blues classics such as “Black Cat Bone,” Big Joe Turner’s “Flip, Flop and Fly,” Slim Harpo’s “King Bee,” “Spoonful” by Willie Dixon, the John Loudermilk standard “Tobacco Road,” and Howlin’ Wolf’s “Who’s Been Talking,” credited here as “My Baby Caught the Train.”
The CD features Robertson’s considerable skills on harmonica, an instrument he has been playing for over 40 years, since starting as a homeless, teenage street musician in Ann Arbor. There’s also some fine guitar work by Dan Dekuyper. Robertson, known for his high energy performances, sings lead vocals on four songs, while Dekuyper mans the mic on “Black Cat Bone,” “King Bee” and “Spoonful.”
The rhythm section on the CD was provided by bassist Terry “T-Bone” Bradley and drummer Tony Coppola. “Briefly Revisited” was recorded and mastered at CC King Studios in Livonia.
“This CD is full of the low down, hometown blues of the Detroit style,” Robertson said. “If you like it raw, you'll love ‘Briefly Revisited’.”
If you can’t make it to the CD release, you can get a copy of the CD by emailing Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on The Dale Robertson Band, click www.dalerobertsonblues.com.
J. Geils tribute band
If you’re a fan of the music of the J. Geils Band, you will want to check out Raputa, Michigan’s only J. Geils tribute band, on Friday, April 26 at the Packard Grill in Utica.
Band members include Herb Kilian (vocals), Dave Yurmanovic (guitar), Larry Everhart (harmonica), Tom Carroll (keyboards), Tracy Garneau (bass) and Doug Nichols (drums). All are veteran performers on the local music scene.
Also on Friday, blues-rock jammers The Muggs debut their new live record, “Full Tilt,” with a CD release show at the Magic Bag in Ferndale. The Steepwater Band and Katie Grace open the party. Tickets are only $10. Click www.themagicbag.com.
On Saturday, April 27, the WHFR Spring Blues Fundraiser will be at The New Place Lounge in Dearborn. The standout lineup includes Big Ray & the Motor City Kings, Jeff Maylin, and Motor City Josh.
Admission to the 21-over event is only $5 with proceeds benefiting listener supported WHFR (89.3 FM). For info, call 313-277-3035.
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