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HARMONICA SHAH & HOWARD GLAZER together again!
We are delighted to share the news that Detroit’s Dynamic Duo of the Blues, Harmonica Shah and Ace Guitarist Howard Glazer will be reuniting this January in the Motor City to record their first album together since 2003’s Electro-Fi Release “Tell It To Your Landlord”. Both have had active recording careers since then, but strong favourable reaction to their recent stellar live performances together have led to demand for a new disc. The Spring 2020 release from these two talented artists is available from Electro Fi records at any of your reputable outlets (hopefully your independent record store!).
“Harmonica Shah is a Star in my book, and worthy of the attention of all Blues fans . Authentic, Hard Core Blues of the First Degree”. Fred Rothwell, Blues & Rhythm U.K.
“Howard Glazer uses his solos to show us what playing Blues Guitar is all about”. Soul Bag (France).
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Ain’t Gonna Worry About Tomorrow is the first studio collaboration between bluesman Harmonica Shah and guitarist Howard Glazer since their 2003 recording Tell It to Your Landlord. Shah’s quirky, self-deprecating humor and uninhibited performance style make him a wholly original voice in today’s blues scene. Glazer’s bare-knuckled guitar work, seasoned with judicious amounts of distortion and feedback, makes him a perfect musical foil for Shah. Together, these two Detroit-based musicians have created an album that’s filled with the grit and scrappy underdog spirit of their adopted hometown.
Opening track Reality Blues (I’m too Old to Be Your Man) wastes no time introducing the listener to Shah’s blunt, cynical humor. Shah’s beautifully unpolished vocals occasionally stray out of meter, but his delivery is perfectly suited to lyrics like, “When I come back down to reality, I think I’m too old to be your man.” Glazer’s tough-toned guitar leads and terse riffs from rhythm guitarist Mike Blaskiewicz flesh out the arrangement while bassist Steve Glazer and drummer Skeeto Valdez keep the proceedings grounded. Shah’s bravado and defiant personality are in full flower on Dirty Bastard Blues. When Shah sings, “I’m a two-faced dirty bastard / Everything I do is no damn good / I go out there late at night / Be stinking dirty like I should,” listeners will laugh and wonder why more blues artists don’t write such direct lyrics.
The music takes a darker turn on the simmering, minor-key workout Pretty Girl, Pretty Girl. While Shah once again meditates on the subjects of aging and attraction to younger women, the ominous mood is reminiscent of Junior Kimbrough. Even when performing a familiar warhorse like Fenton Robinson’s Somebody Loan Me a Dime, Shah and Glazer sound like no one else in the blues world. Shah adds a few improvised verses that drip with his trademark hard-bitten attitude. Glazer’s rough and ready guitar style is a drastic departure from the late Robinson, but he’s a perfect collaborator for Shah.
Listeners who appreciate originality will love Ain’t Gonna Worry About Tomorrow. In these troubled times, Shah and Glazer’s blues is a much-needed dose of soul and resilience.
Harmonica Shah and Howard Glazer Ain't Gonna to Worry About Tomorrow Reviews:
Blues Blast Magazine POSTED ON JANUARY 3, 2021 BY JOHN MITCHELL : https://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/harmonica-shah-and-howard-glazer-aint-gonna-worry-about-tomorrow-album-review/
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