Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues – Roots And Branches–The Songs Of Little Walter
Format: CD
Label: Alligator Records
Releasedatum: 5 juli 2019

Alligator Records has set a July 5 release date for ‘Roots And Branches – The Songs Of Little Walter’, the blistering and dynamic new release from Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues. The album finds Branch and the band boldly reimagining the renowned songs of Little Walter Jacobs. Jacobs was one of the principal architects of the Chicago blues sound and one of the most influential blues harmonica players who ever lived.

‘Roots And Branches’, recorded in Chicago and co-produced by Billy Branch, Rosa Branch and longtime Sons Of Blues pianist Sumito “Ariyo” Ariyoshi, features 15 songs written by and or made famous by Little Walter. Each song is played with equal amounts of Branch’s deeply rooted reverence and up-to-the-minute innovation. The music is as timeless in Branch’s and The Sons Of Blues’ interpretations as in Walter’s feral originals. Along with Branch and Ariyoshi, the band features guitarist Giles Corey, bassist Marvin Little and drummer Andrew “Blaze” Thomas. At the end of the album, Little Walter’s daughter, Marion Diaz, shares a few anecdotes of life with her legendary father.

Blues giant Billy Branch is among today’s greatest harmonica players. With his inventive, deeply rooted playing and gritty, soulful vocals, Branch carries on the Chicago blues tradition that he learned first-hand from icons including Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Carey Bell, Willie Dixon and many others. His famous teachers made it clear to anyone who would listen that Branch was the heir apparent to the Chicago blues harmonica throne. With his instantly recognizable sound and his band, The Sons Of Blues, Branch has traveled the world, creating his signature brand of Chicago blues for over four decades.

Tracks:
01 . NOBODY BUT YOU
02. MELLOW DOWN EASY
03. ROLLER COASTER
04. BLUE AND LONESOME
05. HATE TO SEE YOU GO
06. MY BABE
07. JUKE
08. LAST NIGHT
09. JUST YOUR FOOL / KEY TO THE HIGHWAY
10. BOOM BOOM OUT GO THE LIGHTS
11. IT’S TOO LATE BROTHER
12. ONE MORE CHANCE WITH YOU
13. YOU’RE SO FINE
14. BLUES WITH A FEELING
15. REMEMBERING LITTLE WALTER BY MARION DIAZ (LITTLE WALTER’S DAUGHTER)

Website: Billy Branch