Junior Watson – Nothin’ To It But To Do It
“I have never heard any guitarist combine the blues with such jazz-tinged playfulness and unpredictability, and with such a seductive fat and greasy tone. Instantly recognizable and 100% original. There is no guitarist on earth I value higher than Junior Watson. Making this record with him is one of the biggest honors in my life.” -perennial Blues Music Award nominee for guitarist of the year, Kid Andersen on his guitar hero, Junior Watson.
Kid Andersen’s Greaseland Studios and Jim Pugh’s Little Village Foundation strike gold again with this much anticipated new recording from one of the most exciting, unpredictable, and unique blues guitarists we’ve ever experienced, the legendary West Coast blues guitarist Junior Watson!! This phenomenal recording not only features the wild & swingin’ jaw-dropping guitar antics from Watson, but also 3 severely underrated lead vocalists, including Jr himself, rising star Lisa Leuschner Andersen, and one of the most authentic and best real deal blues vocalists of today, Alabama Mike!
Alabama Mike absolutely tears it up on his and Junior’s deep blues original, “Shot In The Dark,” definitely one of the many highlights! Besides a fun & fascinating Pee Wee Crayton tribute from Watson, “Pee Wee Classic,” the songs are all killer covers of wildly obscure 60’s R&B buried treasure recordings that we believe have improved upon the originals! You’re going to be absolutely blown away by the standout vocals from special guest Lisa Leuschner Andersen, the “Queen of Greaseland,” her hubby, guitar star/multi-instrumentalist/producer, Kid being the “King of Greaseland!” Lisa may not be widely known in the blues world because she’s mostly been a background vocalist, supplying her powerful and seductive pipes for countless Greaseland recordings. But this CD will change that, being her first major blues recording featured as prominent lead singer. Her incredibly moving voice, charisma, and talent has even brought her to the big stages of Showtime at The Apollo and American Idol. This West Coast All-Star blues band is full of leading musicians in their own right, including unsung West Coast harp legend Gary Smith , keyboard master and Little Village Foundation record label heart & soul, Jim Pugh, and the rhythm section of standup bassist Kedar Roy and drummer Andrew Guterman. Special mention going out to the one and only Sax Gordon, who adds his always in the pocket and in demand swingin & honkin sax is all over this record!