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Big George Brock & the Houserockers
Clarksdale, MS -- August 19, 2005 -- 73-year-old bluesman Big George Brock recently celebrated the release of his new Club Caravan album at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups in St. Louis.

Big George demonstrated his mastery of the instrument to a very enthusiastic house of harp lovers. Showcasing his Delta sound, Big George played the originals that make up the tracks off his Club Caravan CD, and displayed his worthiness of being crowned the 'Holder of the Heavyweight Harmonica Belt'.

"I've called St. Louis home since the '50s, but I'm from Mississippi and play that old Delta blues," says Brock. "I've played BB's many times and looked forward to releasing my CD there."

Born in Grenada, Mississippi in 1932, Brock spent much of his youth near Clarksdale, sharecropping, boxing, and playing blues on the weekends. Later he owned a series of blues clubs in St. Louis, including Club Caravan for which the CD is named. During his lengthy career, he's played shows with everyone from Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf to Jimmy Reed and Albert King. "I knew them all," remembers Brock. "It's that old sound that I like. If you come see me now, you'll think they're all in the room with me."

Recorded at ex-Squirrel Nut Zipper, ex-Buddy Guy guitarist Jimbo Mathus' Delta Recording Studio in Clarksdale, the new CD exemplifies Brock's vintage blues style and the studio's "future primitive" sound. It's also the first release on the new Cat Head Presents recording label.

"We started the label specifically to record Big George," says album producer Roger Stolle, a former St. Louis resident and KDHX deejay. "My wife and I first saw George at a St. Louis juke called Climmie's back in the mid-90s. Ever since then I've tried to get existing labels to record him. Finally, George suggested that 'we just do it,' and the rest is history, I guess."

"Yeah, it turned out real good. Everybody seems to like it. My family and friends keep playing it over and over," says Brock. "I just wanted everyone to know what I sound like. I'm hoping to do more shows because of it. I'd like to go overseas and show them what some real blues sounds like. I've been doing this a long time, you know."

So far, reviews for the Club Caravan CD have been strong. A reviewer for Blues in Britain magazine said, "Every track on this set is an explosive example of real deal blues guaranteed to drill a hole to your soul and as such deserves your full support." Blues Matters magazine said, "The music is 50's real deal blues, and has been recorded in the same vein; in fact it's a perfect accompaniment to Southern fried chicken and cold beer."

CD liner notes, photographs and purchasing information are available at www.cathead.biz.
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