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Blind Pig Announces January 2009 Releases

Blind Pig Records logoOn January 27, 2009, Blind Pig Records will release new studio CDs from a pair of up-and-coming Blues stars as well as LP reissues from two Blues legends.

The label will release new recordings from vocalist/harmonica player John Nemeth (Love Me Tonight) and guitar player Damon Fowler (Sugar Shack), and audiophile quality vinyl records from Walter Horton (Fine Cuts) and Otis Rush (Tops).

John Nemeth burst on the scene last year with his dazzling debut album, winning acclaim as one of the most gifted artists on the modern Blues scene. He skillfully blends retro and modern Blues and Soul into compelling music that is simultaneously old and new. Brimming with energy, his new CD is tougher and edgier. Nemeth re-visits the inspired sounds of the 1950s and 1960s when Chicago Blues was adding Funk and Rock to the mix. While reinvigorating the sound of vintage American R&B with his spine-tingling vocals and considerable songwriting skills, Nemeth has crafted a timeless slice of American music. Frequent collaborator Elvin Bishop guests on two tracks.

Damon Fowler, another fast-rising Blues star, has made a name for himself with his guitar expertise and fusion of roots, Rock, Blues, and sacred steel. He's been compared to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar has a hint of Ry Cooder and the late Duane Allman. He can play fiery runs with the best of them, but it's his lyrical work on lap steel and Dobro that sets him apart from legions of guitar players. Sugar Shack is pure Southern Americana - a skillful blend of Swamp, Blues, and Southern Rock.

Big Walter Horton, whom Willie Dixon called "the best harmonica player I ever heard," was a highly influential harp master who combined a unique, fluid style, a genius for tone, and a rare emotional intensity. Fine Cuts, released in 1978, was one of the first recordings from the fledgling Blind Pig label, when the company was still headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Otis Rush, another Blues giant and one of the premier Chicago Blues guitarists, is captured live in a searing, soulful performance at the San Francisco Blues Festival in 1985. This fired-up, imaginative program showcases Rush's prodigious skills, immaculate chops, stinging, vibrato-drenched guitar, and tortured, intense vocals.

Above item courtesy of: Debra Ruger and Blind Pig Records

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