Dion - Blues With Friends 180g Vinyl 2LP
Dion Blues With Friends 180g Vinyl 2LP
Featuring Guitar Icons Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa, Brian Setzer, Sonny Landreth, Samantha Fish, John Hammond Jr., Joe Louis Walker, Rory Block, Jimmy & Jerry Vivino, and Joe Menza Plus Stevie Van Zandt, Patti Scialfa, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison and Paul Simon!
Dion's Blues With Friends represents the fulfillment of a lifelong vision. Dion explains the album's impetus, "I wanted an album of songs that were strong and memorable and told stories that were worth telling." His songwriting efforts were supported by a cadre of great players, which all jumped at the chance to collaborate with a music legend they each think of in heroic terms. He's quick to point out just how enduring this creative relationship has been, "The blues have been at the heart of my music since the early 1960s. ‘The Wanderer' is a 12-bar blues and I was covering Willie Dixon and Jimmy Reed in my early years at Columbia – much to the dismay of my corporate masters."
That's the way it's long been for the man Lou Reed inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more than 30 years ago. That night the normally taciturn Reed exalted, "And then there was Dion – whose voice was unlike any other I had heard before – a voice that stood on its own, remarkable and unmistakably from New York. Bronx soul." As one of the very few first-generation rock ‘n' rollers still seriously pursing new avenues of expression, Dion's Bronx soul is very much in evidence on this new album, a full-tilt blues offering.
The blues songs therein are not "covers" nor Dion's versions of blues standards. These compositions are in fact original blues masterpieces which are destined to become classics. He came up with the music and words for twelve of them and finished those with co-writer Mike Aquilina. The two exceptions are "Hymn To Him" which Dion wrote with Bill Tuohy and "Kickin' Child," written with Buddy Lucas.
To tell those stories, Dion recruited help from a few notable friends and admirers. He thought, "I needed to round up the best guitarists and musicians alive and pick them from every generation, every variation of blues." And that's just what he did, surrounding himself with those who feel the blues spirit as he does. The album's guests include the cream of the contemporary scene's blues-rooted slingers including Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa, Brian Setzer, Sonny Landreth, Samantha Fish, John Hammond Jr., Joe Louis Walker, Rory Block , Jimmy and Jerry Vivino, vintage guitar guru Joe Menza as well as icons Stevie Van Zandt, Patti Scialfa, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison and Paul Simon.
Yes, that's a whole lot of star power but each participated not because of his or her marquee appeal but because of what each could add musically. The result is one reflective of nuanced devotion to the blues rather than a gratuitous display of individual virtuosity. It's very much Dion's album and those bold face names participating are most convincingly there for him.
Dion Blues With Friends Track Listing:
1. Blues Comin' On with Joe Bonamassa
2. Kickin' Child with Joe Menza
3. Uptown Number 7 with Brian Setzer
4. Can't Start Over Again with Jeff Beck
5. My Baby Loves To Boogie with John Hammond
6. I Got Nothin' with Van Morrison & Joe Louis Walker
7. Stumbling Blues with Jimmy & Jerry Vivino
8. Bam Bang Boom with Billy Gibbons
9. I Got The Cure with Sonny Landreth
10. Song For Sam Cooke (Here In America) with Paul Simon
11. What If I Told You with Samantha Fish
12. Told You Once In August with John Hammond & Rory Block
13. Way Down (I Won't Cry No More) with Stevie Van Zandt
14. Hymn To Him with Patti Scialfa & Bruce Springsteen
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