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 John Hammond’s new CD, In Your Arms Again, was released on January 25 by Back Porch Records.
The album marks the return of what Hammond does best - the blues. Hammond applies his "throaty, delta-deep vocals"(New York Post) to songs by Booker T, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Percy Mayfield, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, and Jimmy Reed, as well as two new tunes he penned himself, "In Your Arms Again" and "Come To Find Out".

Produced by John and his wife Marla, the new record reunites 'Ready For Love' alums Marty Ballou (bass) and Stephen Hodges (percussion) for an acoustic tour de force. The result is one of Hammond's most rewarding blues sets to date.

The same day the album was released John performed at a WFUV Members Show, City Folk Live, at Fordham Uniiversity, NYC. On February 3, from 8-9pm (EST), if you’re in the New York City area, you can hear the CD in its entirety on 90.7 WFUV (www.wfuv.org).

Information about his 2005 winter tour is posted here, with stops in all major markets including New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and more. An international tour is in the works for the summer of 2005.

What nice folks have been saying about the album:

"There is an in-the-pocket groove about this release to go with its overall vitality & accomplished air. The blues of John Hammond has returned, so arm yourselves with this release." Billy Hutchinson, Blues Matters!

"In a career now entering its fifth decade, it’s safe to say that John Hammond has never released a bad album. In Your Arms Again, continues that streak." Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes

"While In Your Arms Again is a must-have for ALL fans of his music, Hammond has also crafted a musical collection that solidly delivers a very appealing example of the Spartan elegance that is the blues." Son Lewis, The United Jersey Blues Network

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