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DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND

LIVE AT THE PALAIS ROYALE

2007-12-05

This 11 cut live disc of all original material reveals that the blues don’t stop at the border between the United States and Canada. A Canadian blues institution, the Downchild Blues Band has numerous discs to its credit and regularly performs to packed houses. A quick listen reveals why: this band is versatile and performs with passion. While there are ample dose’s of Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh’s guitar, vocalist/harmonica player Chuck Jackson, keyboardist Michael Fonfara, and the horn section of Pat Carey on saxophone and Peter Jeffrey on trumpet get equal billing and, equally important, push him to excel lest he be left in the dust by their well oiled chops. Featuring everything from the rocking "(I Got Everything In Need) Almost", which received international attention by virtue of the Blues Brothers’ performance of the tune, to the slyly sarcastic spoken word blues of "I’ve Been A Fool" to the jump blues of "When I Say Jump" this disc never lets the energy wane. There’s not a weak track in the entire set. If you are looking for a smoking blues party on a single disc throw this one into the player, grab the beverage of your choice and get ready for some fun. Smitty

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