This double-disc set is one of the more bountiful compilations gleaned from Mitch Miller's voluminous Columbia Records catalog. Unfortunately, the contents of 50 All-American Favorites (2004) have been confined to the years 1958 to 1962, during which time Miller's unconventional performance style was on its final descent. Mitch Miller & the Gang consisted of Miller fronting a full choral ensemble of vocalists who sang in unison.
Bob Schneider is one talented guy. There's nothing he's done that isn't fantastic. But Underneath The Onion Trees is even better than much of his other work. It's a mellow, acoustic side of Bob that we've seen glimpses of on other albums. Mitch Watkins is the guitarist here, and he's amazing. His playing is stunningly beautiful, and Bob has provided some lovely songs to go with Mitch's playing.
This is the debut album by a highly talented singer and harmonica master. Mitch Kashmar is one of the finest blues singers and harp players in the world today, and a gifted songwriter to boot. But despite unanimous rave reviews for his years of performances on the stages of clubs and festivals up and down the West Coast - and no fewer than fourteen foreign countries - the big breakthrough he's deserved has eluded him until now. "Nickels and Dimes" is not Mitch's first release, but it is certain to be his breakthrough into the mainstream of the blues world. He's got it all - powerfully soulful vocals, incendiary harp, and great original songwriting. One of the west coast blues scene's strongest performers.
"West Coast Toast" heralds the arrival of Mitch Kashmar’s long-awaited third studio album from Delta Groove. Although fans had the live recording "Live at Labatt" (2008) and a CD reissue of his early ’80s era LP "100 Miles to Go" (2010) to tide them over, it’s been ten years since his last full studio effort, "Wake Up & Worry" (2006). This time out, Mitch pays tribute to his legacy, tipping his musical hat to the unique sounds of West Coast blues with a program of well-chosen covers mixed in with his own original compositions, all filtered through his own individualistic approach to the blues, and distilled down into the essence of what the blues is today. Along the way, Mitch Kashmar, together with the stellar backing musicianship of Junior Watson (guitar), Fred Kaplan (piano), Bill Stuve (bass) and Marty Dodson (drums), ably proves that the golden era of West Coast blues harmonica isn’t behind us – it’s still happening right now!
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