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Index of Artists

Blind Pig Records

Biography:

Stony Plain Records is proud to distribute the American blues and roots label Blind Pig Records' releases in Canada. Here are the most recent releases we have available from them.

Formed in 1977 in the basement of an Ann Arbor, Michigan, blues club, Blind Pig continues to thrive on the best blues and roots music.

Emergency Situation

Emergency Situation
BPCD 5160
Genre: Blues
Released: 24 June 2014

Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers have long been regarded as one of the best and most entertaining blues bands around. Emergency Situation combines some smoking original tracks with obscure gems from R&B masters like Lee Dorsey, Jimmie Rogers, James "Wee Willie" Wayne and Amos Milburn.
Piazza and the Mighty Flyers have won numerous honours, including four Blues Music Awards for "Band of the Year" and thirty-three BMA nominations; played literally thousands of gigs around the world; and recorded over a dozen highly acclaimed releases. They virtually created a new style of blues - a combination of low-down Chicago grit, suave West Coast swing and jazz, and the rhythmic drive of the best early R&B and rock & roll.

Piazza and his piano playing wife, Honey, have consistently surrounded themselves with players who epitomize the very best in blues: fresh, swinging, tasteful, exciting and creative. Quite simply, Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers are one of the finest, most experienced, and most popular bands in blues today.

  1. Neighbor, Neighbor (4:02)
  2. Emergency Situation (6:05)
  3. Milk And Water (4:09)
  4. Frankenbop (3:50)
  5. Bad Weather Blues (5:17)
  6. Gambling Woman (3:32)
  7. Sleeping In The Ground (3:02)
  8. Tricky Woman (3:15)
  9. The Clock (2:39)
  10. Ya-Ya (3:58)
  11. Colored Salt (6:58)

Just A Wish Away…

Just A Wish Away…
BPCD 5159
Genre: Blues
Released: 24 June 2014

Deanna Bogart, award-winning multi-instrumentalist, broadens her horizons further on "Just A Wish Away…" her newest release. Over a single year Bogart took a personal and musical transitional journey, travelling from Chesapeake Bay to Nashville, from the deserts of Southern California to deep in the Louisiana bayou, where this release was recorded.

"Just A Wish Away…" features some of Bogart's strongest songwriting to date, evoking the excitement of new possibilities tinged with a hint of wistful melancholy at what is left behind. There's the locomotion of "If It's Gonna Be Like This," the tender and surprising "Back and Forth Kid" and the sultry, horn-driven "Collarbone." Throughout Bogart's signature cut-above song-writing demonstrates the diverse dialects of her musical fluency.

Bogart, joined by producer Joe Michaels, creates a band of world class players: Marty Rifkin (Bruce Springsteen), Bonerama Homs (Harry Connick Jr.), Charlie Wooton (Royal Southern Brotherhood), Scott Ambush (Spyro Gyra), Cris Jacobs (The Bridge), Terrence Houston (George Porter), Derwin "Big D" Perkins (Jon Cleary), and more. Together they produce a swinging, funky groove well-suited to the genre defying breadth of Bogart's songs.

  1. If It’s Gonna Be Like This (3:20)
  2. Fine By Me Good Bayou (3:56)
  3. If You Have Crying Eyes (5:37)
  4. Back And Forth Kid (3:58)
  5. Collarbone (4:30)
  6. Tightrope (4:01)
  7. What Is Love Supposed To Do (3:52)
  8. Maybe I Won’t (4:07)
  9. Conversing With Lincoln (4:42)
  10. Hot Fun In The Summertime (4:06)
  11. Bye Bye Blackbird (3:31)

Blues Shock

Blues Shock
BPCD 5158
Genre: Blues
Released: 25 February 2014
Blues Shock represents the first studio-recorded release in nearly fifteen years from veterans Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, and their first for Blind Pig. The result is a fascinating mix of daring, and fullbodied new compositions and fresh-sounding standards that followers have long savoured at their live shows.
Speaking of 'blues shocks,' it hardly seems possible that Billy Branch - once touted as one of the 'new generation' of blues musicians - is verging on elder statesman status in the blues community. Over a career spanning close to forty years now, Branch has become one of the blues' most eloquent spokespersons and an ardent evangelist and teacher of the blues, not to mention an award-winning veteran artist on the Chicago, national and international music scenes.
"I'm on close to 200 recordings at this point," estimates Branch. But this one feels destined to be one of the standouts. The virtuosity and sheer exuberance that Billy and the SOB's bring to this stylistically diverse material make for a recording sure to garner accolades from critics and fans alike.
The centerpiece of this recording is clearly "Going To See Miss Gerri," a tribute to Gerri Olier, whose 47th Street Palm Tavern was a landmark and a centre for Chicago's Bronzevill nightlife for decades until City Hall removed it in order to build an as-yet unfinished "Blues District." "Gerri called me her son. She used to come to my shows. And I used to spend a lot of time down there. Gerri is in a nursing home in Jackson [MS]. We took the song down to her, and I played it for her. She's 93."
"That's the most difficult song I've ever written," says Branch. "And I think the best song I've ever written."
"But I've been kinda like this underground person," says Branch with a laugh, referring to his 15 year studio hiatus. "Hopefully this will, like the title says, create a 'blues shock.'"
  1. Sons Of Blues (4:30)
  2. Crazy Mixed Up World (4:48)
  3. Blues Shock (4:47)
  4. Dog House (5:58)
  5. Function At The Junction (3:41)
  6. Going To See Miss Gerri One More Time (6:27)
  7. Back Alley Cat (2:21)
  8. Boom Boom (4:48)
  9. Slow Moe (4:36)
  10. Baby Let Me Butter Your Corn (4:27)
  11. Song For My Mother (5:24)

Sounds of Home

Sounds of Home
BPCD 5157
Genre: Blues
Released: 25 February 2014

After spending much of the past year touring with the band Southern Hospitality, Damon Fowler is back with his third solo project for Blind Pig Records, Sounds of Home. Damon chose swamp blues master Tab Benoit to produce and record him at Tab's rural Louisiana home studio, and their collaboration has resulted in Damon's strongest effort to date. The tension between his measured, laid-back vocal delivery and the hallmark intensity of his guitar virtuosity has never been keener, and the stories told in his songwriting here - sometimes in collaboration with long-time writing partner Ed Wright and Benoit - exhibit a combination of depth, grace and humour very few of his contemporaries can match.
Damon sets the standard for what is to come on the first track, "Thought I Had It All." It's an introspective, brooding tale shot through with razor sharp, frenetic guitar leads. Other songs like the title cut and "Where I Belong" flow in an easy Southern groove. Damon offers up two covers, peppering Johnny Winter's "TV Mama" with slithering slide guitar runs, and doing a great version of Elvis Costello's "Alison." The country tinged "Old Fools, Bar Stools, And Me" offers a poignant take on a familiar theme. "Do It For The Love" is a sweetly contemplative ballad featuring the lyrical counterpoint of Damon's lead guitar and Tab's pedal steel. The album closes with an inspired, finger-picked rendition of the traditional gospel song, "I Shall Not Be Moved." As with Damon's legendary live performances, Sounds Of Home takes the listener on a tour through the rich traditions of American roots music, presented by one of its foremost practitioners.

  1. Thought I Had It All (5:18)
  2. Sounds Of Home (4:22)
  3. Trouble (4:46)
  4. Spark (3:16)
  5. Old Fools, Bar Stools, And Me (4:30)
  6. Where I Belong (4:02)
  7. Grit My Teeth (5:27)
  8. Alison (3:42)
  9. TV Mama (5:13)
  10. Do It For The Love (5:59)
  11. I Shall Not Be Moved (3:33)

Daddy Told Me

Daddy Told Me
BPCD 5156
Genre: Blues
Released: 1 October 2013
The blues world mourned the passing of Magic Slim this past Spring, and now the Fall is bringing a new recording showcasing the passing of the torch from one generation to the next.

Daddy Told Me is the debut release by Slim’s son, Shawn Holt, with the high energy, hard-driving sound of his old man’s band, The Teardrops.

Shawn Holt’s booming vocal presence is reminiscent of his father’s, while his guitar playing exhibits a broader mix of classic and contemporary influences. On this album he mixes five of his own compositions, with two of his Dad’s songs and rounds off with some tunes that are connected with Magic Slim, leading the Teardrops into a new era.

Blues luminary John Primer, a former Teardrop, is featured on two tracks.

  1. Fannie Mae (4:18)
  2. Daddy Told Me (3:27)
  3. Hold You Again (5:11)
  4. Down In Virginia (3:22)
  5. Buddy Buddy Friend (4:20)
  6. Get Your Business Straight (3:12)
  7. Mean Little Woman (3:49)
  8. Before You Accuse Me (4:00)
  9. Love Got Me Walkin' (4:13)
  10. Little By Little (3:15)
  11. Please Don't Dog Me (5:19)
  12. You Done Me Wrong (4:11)

The Original Honeydripper

The Original Honeydripper
BPCD 5155
Genre: Blues
Released: 1 October 2013

Picture Roosevelt Sykes (1906-1983): The dapper gentleman at the piano keys, cigar firmly set in the corner of his benevolently smiling round face, singing and playing to a lively, appreciative audience. It’s 1977 and you’re front row in Ann Arbor’s fabled Blind Pig Café, and on stage is The Honeydripper, Roosevelt Sykes, the consummate entertainer that enjoyed a career that spanned some sixty years.

Remastered and with two original outtakes, this first reissue of that live show spans the length and breadth of Sykes’ career. Opening with his interpretation of Cow Cow Davenport’s trailblazing 1928 boogie woogie composition, and featuring seven of Sykes’ own compositions including “Drivin’ Wheel,” now regarded as a blues standard, this recording gives us a brief retrospective of his career and the many influences on his piano style.

This is a classic live recording by one of our greatest and most beloved blues masters.

  1. Cow Cow Blues (3:42)
  2. Drivin' Wheel (2:58)
  3. Honeysuckle Rose (2:18)
  4. St. James Infirmary (3:58)
  5. I Like What You Did (2:17)
  6. What'd I Say (2:19)
  7. I'm A Nut (2:09)
  8. Running The Boogie (2:38)
  9. Too Smart To Soon (3:46)
  10. Viper Song (1:56)
  11. Don't Talk Me To Death (3:22)
  12. Early Morning Blues (3:22)
  13. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (2:09)
  14. Dirty Mother For You (4:35)

Remembering Little Walter - Arnold, Musselwhite, Hummel, Norcia, Harman

Remembering Little Walter - Arnold, Musselwhite, Hummel, Norcia, Harman
BPCD 5154
Genre: Blues
Released: 14 May 2013

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Walter Jacobs receives a sparkling tribute on this live recording that brings together five of the blues scene’s greatest harmonica players: Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Mark Hummel, James Harman and Sugar Ray Norcia.

Little Walter’s influence on the Chicago blues scene in the ‘fifties and ‘sixties is recognised by Keith Richards, who calls him "one of the best singers of the blues and a blues harp player par excellence."

Musselwhite and Arnold both knew and played with Little Walter. Producer Mark Hummel has toured and recorded with Lowell Fulson, Eddie Taylor, Charles Brown, Brownie McGhee, Jimmy Rogers and many others. James Harman has been a mainstay on the scene for forty years, having played with everyone from Canned Heat to ZZ Top. Sugar Ray Norcia is best known for his lengthy tenure with the acclaimed Roomful of Blues and with the Bluetones - a band he started thirty years ago with guitarist Ronnie Earl.

On Remembering Little Walter, each artist performs two tracks from Little Walter’s discography, then they collaborate on a balls-out, jamming finale of Walter’s signature tune, "My Babe."

  1. I Got To Go - Mark Hummel (3:53)
  2. Just A Feeling - Charlie Musselwhite (6:53)
  3. You’re So Fine - Billy Boy Arnold (4:01)
  4. It’s Too Late Brother - James Harman (3:36)
  5. Mean Old World - Sugar Ray Norcia (4:55)
  6. One Of These Mornings - Charlie Musselwhite (5:50)
  7. Blue Light - Mark Hummel (5:21)
  8. Crazy Mixed Up World - James Harman (4:46)
  9. Up The Line - Sugar Ray Norcia (4:40)
  10. Can’t Hold Out Much Longer - Billy Boy Arnold (4:30)
  11. My Babe - Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman (6:59)

13 Live

13 Live
BPCD 5153
Genre: Blues
Released: 14 May 2013
Conan O’Brien show’s Music Director and leader of the house band, Jimmy Vivino, regrouped his band of twenty-years past, The Black Italians, for an unforgettable night of music at Levon Helm’s
Woodstock studio.
Interspersing Vivino’s original songs with covers of tunes by the likes of Bob Dylan, James Brown, Traffic and Johnny Winter, the Black Italians immediately fell into a soulful, joyous groove.
A night of truly inspired music making was capped off by “Song For Levon,” written by Vivino for the occasion, and a rousing version of The Band’s “Shape I’m In.”
13 Live captures that truly unique evening in November of 2012.
  1. Fat Man (5:25)
  2. Soulful Dress (4:04)
  3. From A Buick 6 (3:01)
  4. Fast Life Rider (4:58)
  5. Fool’s Gold (5:51)
  6. Heaven In A Pontiac (3:30)
  7. Animalism (4:21)
  8. Light Up Or Leave Me Alone (4:36)
  9. Miss Mona (4:36)
  10. Maggie's Farm (5:41)
  11. Song For Levon (4:33)
  12. Shape I'm In (4:43)

Easy Livin'

Easy Livin
BPCD 5152
Genre: Blues
Released: 26 March 2013
The band creating all the buzz is Southern Hospitality, comprised of lap steel guitar master Damon Fowler, guitarist extraordinaire JP Soars, and keyboard wizard Victor Wainwright. With echoes of Muscle Shoals and Macon, these dynamic young sons of Dixie draw on their rich heritage of Southern soul, blues, and rock music to create a fresh translation of Americana and Southern roots music with a modern sensibility. Easy Livin' is the band's debut recording and was produced by Louisiana luminary Tab Benoit.
  1. Southern Livin’ (4:42)
  2. Long Way Home (4:57)
  3. Kind Lies & Whiskey (5:12)
  4. Mile After Mile (2:12)
  5. Certified Lover (7:58)
  6. Fried Neck Bones and Home Fries (7:46)
  7. Shoestring Budget (3:25)
  8. Don’t Feel Like Going There Today (5:55)
  9. Come Back Home (2:50)
  10. Powered For the Mountain (5:32)
  11. Don’t Boogie Woogie (4:31)
  12. Sky Is What I Breathe (5:22)

All In

All In
BPCD 5151
Genre: Blues
Released: 26 March 2013

For her second recording, Sena has teamed up with one of the foremost producers in the worlds of rock and blues, multi-Grammy Award winner Jim Gaines. throughout, Sena's performances are fresh and incisive, delivered in a style that moves effortlessly from sultry to declarative to passionately forceful. Of special note is the interplay of her vocal phrasing with Ed Ehrhardt's bold, empathetic lead guitar.

  1. Buried Alive (3:40)
  2. Cry To Me (3:10)
  3. All In (3:36)
  4. I Want To Get You Back (4:20)
  5. Cold Cold Feeling (5:56)
  6. Live And Learn (3:46)
  7. Man Up (3:36)
  8. Storm’s Coming (4:58)
  9. Baby Valentine (3:36)
  10. So Excited (4:45)
  11. Dreamin’ Or Dyin’ (5:05)

Black Toppin'

Black Toppin
BPCD 5150
Genre: Blues
Released: 26 March 2013

While remaining dedicated to carrying on the musical traditions of post-war 1950's Chicago blues, the Kings stretch out and cover some of the other musical landscapes that blues music has traversed over the last 70 years on their new release, "Black Toppin.'" On display is their deep affinity for Delta and Louisiana swamp blues, jump blues and their own signature "blues-a-billy."

  1. Blues Falling Down On Me (3:50)
  2. Black Toppin’ (3:46)
  3. Trying Really Hard (To Try And Get Along With You) (3:31)
  4. Oscar’s Jump (2:32)
  5. Money, Marbles & Chalk (3:36)
  6. My Tinai (4:06)
  7. Too Late (3:29)
  8. Walking Blues (5:06)
  9. I Don’t Wanna Fight (3:36)
  10. Tom Cat Blues (3:29)
  11. Hot Biscuit Baby (3:33)
  12. Gimme Some Of That (3:09)
  13. Run Run Run (4:28)

Fire Red Moon

Fire Red Moon
BPCD 5149
Genre: Blues
Released: 23 October 2012

Craig Chaquico, platinum-selling lead guitarist and songwriter with Jefferson Starship, and chart-topping smooth jazz solo artist, takes a walk on the bluesier side of the street with the release of his Stony Plain/ Blind Pig debut.

From the radio-friendly opener, "Lie To Me," (with vocal by Noah Hunt of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band) to the thunderous conclusion of Robert Johnson’s "Crossroads," Chaquico explores the thoroughfares where blues and rock intersect.

  • Lead guitarist and principal songwriter with Jefferson Starship
  • Successful solo career in smooth jazz and new age fields
  • 20 gold and platinum recordings
  • Multiple grammy nominations in rock and jazz fields
  • Held number 1 spot on jazz and rock Billboard charts
  • Held number 1 spot on jazz and rock national radio charts
  • Performed on Grammy and Oscar television broadcasts
  1. Lie To Me (4:36)
  2. Devil’s Daughter (4:23)
  3. Born Under A Bad Sign (4:49)
  4. Bad Woman (6:19)
  5. Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (3:05)
  6. Fire Red Moon (3:30)
  7. Little Red Shoes (5:25)
  8. Blue On Blue (5:26)
  9. Fogtown Stroll (4:39)
  10. Crossroads (4:41)

Pianoland

Pianoland
BPCD 5148
Genre: Blues
Released: 23 October 2012

"In art, as in life, you can’t have magic if you’re not willing to risk the train wrecks," says multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter, Deanna Bogart. And on Pianoland she took a risk and produced something unique in her recorded work; here is an album that spotlights her considerable skills as a solo performer.

Comprising instrumentals and vocal tracks, her own sparkling compositions, and well-chosen covers by the likes of Errol Garner and Harold Arlen, all arranged in sparse solo and small group settings, Bogart’s risk has conjured pure musical magic.

Bogart has received numerous awards recognising her dazzling keyboards, soulful saxophone and smoky vocals. She’s jammed with Tommy Castro and Magic Dick, and played on stage with BB King, Buddy Guy and James Brown.

  1. In The Rain (4:08)
  2. On And On And (4:05)
  3. Boogie Woogie Boogie (3:08)
  4. Couldn’t Love You More (3:22)
  5. Where The Well Never Runs Dry (3:57)
  6. I Love The Life I Live (2:34)
  7. Death Ray Boogie (2:21)
  8. Over The Rainbow (2:49)
  9. Pianoland (7:08)
  10. Blues At 11 (2:28)
  11. Close Your Eyes (4:19)

Bad Boy

Bad Boy
BPCD 5147
Genre: Blues
Released: 23 October 2012

"Whoever the house band in blues heaven may be, even money says they’re wearing out Magic Slim albums trying to get that Teardrops sound do wn cold." — Blues Revue

Magic Slim, the six-time Blues Music Award winner, proves, once again, his mastery of the electrified Mississippi-to-Chicago blues style.

From the Eddie Taylor-penned "Bad Boy," to Denise LaSalle’s "Someone Else Is Steppin’ In" and Muddy Waters’ "Champagne and Reefer," Slim shows, even as he turns 75, that he can deliver the goods. Also featured are songs from the early blues canon ("Girl What You Want Me To Do," "Matchbox Blues") and some recently written originals ("Sunrise Blues," "Country Joyride").

  1. Bad Boy (3:31)
  2. Someone Else Is Steppin' In (3:44)
  3. I Got Money (3:23)
  4. Sunrise Blues (4:40)
  5. Girl What You Want Me To Do (3:41)
  6. Hard Luck Blues (4:01)
  7. Gambling Blues (3:22)
  8. Champagne And Reefer (3:40)
  9. How Much More Long (3:08)
  10. Matchbox Blues (3:54)
  11. Older Woman (4:50)
  12. Country Joyride (2:47)