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Sold Out

Sold Out

  • By Big Shanty
  • Release 20/01/2009
  • Music Genre Blues
  • Media Format CD
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Renegade blues-rocker Big Shanty's sonic rain of acid guitars and synth beats blasted across the Internet, Satellite and College radio in '07 with his anti-war song 'Killing Fields' and went number-one for five-weeks on 'Blues Critic' singles chart. Big Shanty's CD "Ride With The Wind" stayed top-ten in their album chart for five-months, his single was nominated as 'Best Blues Song and Shanty was nominated as 'Best New Artist'. Topping the list of amazing kudos for the year, 'Real Blues Magazine' selected the Big Shanty album as the '#1 Blues Album of 2007'. Big Shanty mixes Retro with Techno, Delta Blues and Club Beats to energize his taken-from-life stories, on "Ride With The Wind" Big Shanty delivered a brilliant collection of songs and media reviewers compared him to the White Stripes, Lonnie Brooks, Jimi Hendrix, Root Boy Slim and Neil Young. Big Shanty aspired to measure up to the high praise on his new album and invited some great friends like, legendary Godfather of Jam-Bands, Col. Bruce Hampton; The amazing blues guitar diva, Liz Melendez; Cutting edge guitarists, Spencer Kirkpatrick and Chris Blackwell; The driving basses of Dustin Sargent and Kevin Scott; The Roadhouse 88's of Rick Phillips and the unrivaled drums of Scott Robertson... these self-styled bohemians of rock'n blues gathered at Atlanta's STR studios in late 2008 and came out with a swarm of raw, rocking, high-octane Blues on the new album, 'Big Shanty Sold Out'. **************** PRESS REVIEWS ****************** Big Shanty 'Sold Out' review CRAWDADDY MAGAZINE by j. poet Big Shanty comes on like a rip snortin', fire breathin' son of a swamp dog with whiskey breath harsh enough to blister the chrome on a Harley and a black-and-blue attitude hard enough to make strong men weak and weak men quiver. He's got a guitar sound that's fuzzier than a bucket full of month-old bacon. He's a night walker, a trash talker, and a groove master with a grinding guitar sound that's both dangerous and thrilling. Born in the backwoods and raised on brimstone and moonshine, weaned on tractor exhaust and hard work, and seduced by the primal power of the blues at an early age, Shanty never wanted to be a star, but he did want to make some kind of gut-bucket, bone-rattling, tooth-busting, hell-raising noise. He grabbed a guitar, turned his amp up way past 11, and started wailing out tunes about desperate men, fearsome women, and a world gone mad. He spoke the truth, not giving a damn if anybody was listening, and found that he connected with something ferocious in the souls of his audience. He got discovered and soon found himself tearing up the floorboards of juke joints and blowing the roof off of blues clubs. He put out a couple of CDs and one of them, 2007's Ride With the Wind, which lifted a big middle finger to the powers that be, went viral thanks to the internet. Real Blues Magazine named it the #1 Blues Album of 2007, and internet blues stations around the world drank from his bracingly bitter cup. His thick, greasy sound turned heads and got people all shook up. They began wondering just who this Big Shanty character was. He may be the alter ego of legendary blues lover and promo man Dick Wooley, or maybe not. But one thing is certain: He's laying down some of the nastiest blues-rock you've heard in a long time. Things kick off with "Big Shanty, From Lower Alabama to Hollywood", the story of our hero's journey from obscurity to the bright lights of LA. It's a mellow driving track with a tongue-in-cheek lyric, nice boogie woogie piano from Rick Phillips, and some slashing guitar from up-and-coming guitar goddess Liz Melendez. Shanty sings his own praises with a gruff grace and tongue firmly in cheek. "Love Train" is steaming and frenetic, a simple groove that let's Shanty show off his slide guitar work, while "Kiss the Eight Ball" is a funky rocker full of snarky sexuality with sassy backing vocals by Melendez that adds plenty to the decadent ambience. "They Say It's Raining" tells the usual sad story of a man left alone to wander the neon blasted sidewalks trying to mend a broken heart. The sound is thick and distorted, a voice crying out from the darkness of a bottomless pit. Shanty's vocal is full of frustration and anger, and the guitars fall like a collapsing building. Phillips adds some midnight B3 to "Walking Shoes", another "broke down she done me wrong" song with Chris Blackwell, his stinging leads darkening the mood even more. "Rolling Thunder" has a late night vibe, a slow blues perfect for driving down a deserted, late night highway. "Can't Hold Out" picks up the tempo for another desperate groove; Shanty's slide and Spencer Kirkpatrick's shrieking leads release some of the tension, but Scott T. Robertson's drums keep up the pressure. "Tybee Town" let's a bit of light into the picture. Shanty sings like a young man in love and plays some delicious acoustic slide to complement the bluesy sitar lines of jam band godfather Col. Bruce Hampton. Things close out with a protest song, "Uncle Sam Go to Rehab." Robertson's drums and the twin guitars of Shanty and Melendez give the track a raw, barebones feel. Melendez smokes while Shanty snarls out his tale of woe. There's nothing fancy on Sold Out..., just down and dirty blues delivered with plenty of attitude and a devil-may-care energy that'll warm up even the coldest winter night. ------------------------------------- Big Shanty 'Sold Out' CD review THE BLUEGRASS SPECIAL By: David McGee (JAN. 2009) Batten down the hatches, Big Shanty's back in town. What that means is a full-on scorched earth assault of searing, buzzsaw guitars and thundering rhythm section in service to the Big one's rough-hewn vocal declamations. Among the estimable musicians on hand to support his efforts are a few of those who made his previous album, Ride With the Wind, a memorable outing, including the honorable Col. Bruce Hampton (Ret.), guitarist Liz Melendez and Scott T. Robertson doing double duty as producer and drummer, plus Hydra founding member Spencer Kirkpatrick joining in on guitar. Keyboardist Rick Phillips shows up a few times, too, notably right off the bat adding some honky-tonk inspired piano to the self-referential barnburner, 'Big Shanty, From L.A. to Hollywood,' returning later to inject some bluesy Hammond organ to the crunch and grind pulse and spitfire guitar work of 'Stop Pushing Me' ('can't take it with you,' Big Shanty growls in what is something of a guiding philosophy on Sold Out, 'but there's no harm in trying'). Fans of malevolent slide work of the Shanty sort will find much to chew on here, with a high point of sorts occurring on 'They Say It's Raining,' an angry chronicling of a soured romance's detritus, given a sharply sinister feel by Shanty's bitter vocal and his howling slide's cosmic wail. Though these blues tend to be electric and raucous, Big Shanty does have his tender side and it surfaces on the atmospheric, Delta-style blues ballad 'Tybee Town,' a warm reminiscence of a good place to be where 'the beer is free, they say the women are too.' In addition to his own evocative slide guitar adding robust, poignant feeling, the arrangement is further fleshed out by Kirkpatrick's rain stick, which sounds like the waves breaking on the white sand beach the song extols, and Col. Hampton's sinewy electric sitar lines snaking around Shanty's slide. Melendez gets into the act in a big way on the final cut, keying the topical 'Uncle Sam Go To Rehab' with roaring, fuzzed out, foreboding electric guitar riffing as Robertson's drums provide the bottom ballast while Big Shanty rages against corporate and government freewheelers enriching themselves as Main Street goes down the tubes; the tune is a timely corollary to Ride With the Wind's 'Killing Fields,' wherein our hero lambasted politicians who send young people off to die to further their own agendas. His suggestion that 'Uncle Sam gotta go to rehab/get a new attitude' makes this the first song to address both the causes of and solution to the economic meltdown. Too bad it had to be written at all, but at least in Big Shanty the subject finds an eloquent, firebrand spokesman. Sold Out triumphs in a landslide. -- David McGee ------------------------------------- Big Shanty 'Sold Out' CD review About.com By: Reverend Keith A. Gordon (JAN. 2009) Blues guitarist Big Shanty will kick off the new year with his rockin' third collection of songs, Sold Out..., which is certain to turn blues purists on their collective heads. Shanty effortlessly blends Delta-inspired blues with 21st century sounds to create something entirely unique, interesting, and entertaining. Helping the big one this time out are friends like Atlanta rock legend Col. Bruce Hampton, and guitarists Liz Melendez and Spencer Kirkpatrick, an original member of the Southern rock cult band Hydra. (Release date: 01/06/09)

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Artist: Big Shanty
Title: Sold Out
Genre: Blues
Release Date: 20/01/2009
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 707541072991
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