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Paul LAMB & The King Snakes – I'm On A Roll 2005

Posted in BLUES, Paul LAMB on November 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Paul LAMB & The King Snakes – I’m On A Roll 2005


Harmonica ace Paul Lamb has been a leading figure of the British blues scene since he moved down from the north-east of England and created a real stir at London venues in the mid-eighties, quickly moving on to become a major player on the international blues stage. His backing band the King Snakes have had a fluid line-up over the years, though based around a kernel of players who have come and gone and come again. This time around the band working with Paul includes long-time associate Chad Strentz on vocals, rhythm guitar and piano, Raul De Pedro Marinero on lead guitar, Rod Demick on upright bass, and Sonny Below on drums, plus guest guitarist Ryan Lamb, and two guest hornsmen.

This set consists of a mix of those lovely, lightly skipping Little Walter styled numbers, California jump-blues (and few do these as well as Paul and co.), a little nod to the tough Chicago sound and the odd George Smith slow chromatic piece. One of Paul’s original inspirations was Sonny Terry, and ‘You’d Better Mind’ is a wonderful recreation of the Terry/ McGhee sound. There are several accomplished instrumentals, including a jazz workout from Rau, so that although this maintains the high standards we have come to expect from Paul, it is perhaps a little more varied than some of his previous offerings.

One thing that does not change though is Paul’s position as one of the world’s top blues harmonica men – and that is assured and reinforced by this release.
Paul Lamb was born two decades too late to have been in on the foundation of British blues, and a decade too late to have been part of the blues-rock boom of the 1960s that made stars of so many so young. But that hasn’t stopped him from carving out a three-decade career as a premiere blues harpist (and bandleader) with a serious following in England and around the world. Born in Newcastle in 1955, he became a blues enthusiast as a boy and began mastering the harmonica. Although British music was bursting with talented harpists by then — including the legendary (and late) Cyril Davies, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, and Jack Bruce of Cream — Lamb’s inspiration came from someone who could be rightfully regarded as an original source, Sonny Terry. By 15 he was playing in clubs and actually managed to spend some time working with Terry himself, late in the latter’s career. Lamb also played with such idols as Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, and Brownie McGhee. By the 1980s he had formed his own band, originally called the Blues Burglars, featuring Johnny Whitehill on guitar, who recorded an album for Red Lightnin’. The Blues Burglars later evolved into Paul Lamb & the King Snakes (also including Johnny Whitehill), who got a contract with Ace Records in the early ’90s, resulting in a self-titled debut CD. Lamb and his band have since released half a dozen albums, principally for the Indigo label. The group has also toured extensively, and Lamb’s reputation in the 1990s extended to Asia. He has also worked with Mark Knopfler and the Who, among others, and played on numerous soundtracks for the BBC, a handful of film soundtracks, and numerous commercials in England. He has also won several awards for his blues playing in the course of his career.
By Bruce Eder.
Chad Strentz- (Vocals, Piano);
Raul De Pedro Marinero- (Guitar);
Lee Badau- (Tenor Sax);
Nick Lunt- (Baritone Sax);
Paul Lamb- (Vocals, Harmonica);
Rod Demick- (Bass Guitar, Background Vocals);
Sonny Below- (Drums).
01. I’m on a Roll Demick- Lamb 4:27
02. Down the Road- Lamb 4:44
03. Far Far Away- Strentz 4:29
04. Baby Please Don’t Go- Williams 3:49
05. Calamari Kid- Marinero 2:53
06. Get Up- Strentz 2:17
07. Adopted Child- Lamb, Strentz 8:13
08. Going for It- Lamb 2:44
09. My Baby Don’t Love Me No More- Rogers 2:44
10. You’d Better Mind- McGhee, Terry 3:18
11. Swingin- Lamb 3:47
12. A Piece of Mud- Lamb, Strentz 5:03
13. My Promise- Strentz 2:34
14. Raulin Around- Marinero 2:02
15. Nomad Blues- Demick 2:51
16. Mr. R.C. Robinson- Lamb, Strentz 4:11

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