(2009/COW ISLAND) 10 tracks (32:13) the missing tracks recorded live at Charlie-O´s in October 2007. This is actually the second volume of the Charlie-O concert, produced by Sean Mencher! Get volume one (CD CIM 011) as well and enjoy the whole damned thing!! Howdy Friends, Since the release of Live at Charlie-O´s World Famous, Starline Rhythm Boys fans have been clamoring for more tracks from those sessions and we happened to have had some sitting right here at Cow Island headquarters all along. Recently the Boys called down and requested that we ´Open up the vaults!´ to give the fans another dose. So here it is, Masqueradefir Heartache. Ten more tracks capturing the Boys doing what they do best, which is entertaining a real live audience. It´s all here: some rockin´ rockabilly, some honky-tonk with sweet harmony vocals, Big Al´s blistering Tele, Little Danny C´s driving Gibson acoustic rhythm and Billy B´s pedal-to-the-metal slap bass. Another stellar performance by the hardest working band I know. —WJ Hunt, Cow Island Music
Joseph Luzzi´s harrowing story of his wife´s sudden death in a car accident and how Dante´s The Divine Comedy helped him to endure his grief, raise their infant daughter, and rediscover love. Where do we turn when we lose everything? In 2007 Joseph Luzzi´s wife, Katherine, was eight and a half months pregnant when she was involved in a fatal car accident. Their daughter, Isabel, was delivered by emergency C-section and somehow survived, even while her mother could not. In the days when his life changed irrevocably and the years of heartache that followed, Luzzi turned to a man who had been an unassuming part of his life since college: Dante. A memoir of grief and healing divided into three parts, the book traces Luzzi´s journey through Dante´s The Divine Comedy and his journey through a world without Katherine. The first part, The Underworld, follows Luzzi´s descent into grief and his examination of Dante´s accounts of early exile. In the second, Purgatorio, Luzzi explores how Dante found the will to carry on and how he himself began to find hidden opportunities in everyday life. The last part is called Squaring the Circle, referring to Dante´s metaphor for coming face to face with God and the mysteries of love; in it Luzzi shares his gratitude towards family members who set aside their lives in his time of need as well as his experience of meeting the woman who would become his wife and mother to his daughter. Luzzi tells his story of personal loss and digs deeper into Dante almost simultaneously, allowing the poet to guide his thinking and forging connections between life in the Inferno and the long life of grief. His memoir is both a personal odyssey and a reminder of the power of great literature in the darkest of times. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rick Adamson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002081/bk_hcuk_002081_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
(2006 ´Delmark´) (63:36/12) Als diese Aufnahmen 2006 gemacht wurden, konnte niemand ahnen, dass sie zum musikalischen Vermächtnis Carey Bell Harringtons werden sollten. Einer der letzten großen Harpspieler Chicagos starb am 6. Mai 2007. Anfang der achtziger Jahre begann eine Phase erfolgreicher Zusammenarbeit des Vater/Sohn-Gespanns. ´Son Of A Gun´ (1984) war - und bleibt - ein sensationell gutes Album. Von persönlichen Dämonen besessen verschwand Lurrie bald darauf von der Bildfläche. Erst in den später 90er Jahren hatte er sich soweit gefangen, dass er gelegentlich ´live´ auftrat und neue Alben für Delmark einspielte. Diese exzellenten Aufnahmen entstanden in zwei Chicagoer Clubs und bei Lurrie zu Hause und zeigen vor allem Lurrie in bestechender Form. Sein Spiel lebt von ungeheurer Intensität und einem erstaunlichen Einfühlungsvermögen, der perfekte Partner seines Vaters. Carey hält sich wacker. Obwohl von seiner Krankheit gezeichnet, spielt er gewohnt stark und souverän. Fazit: ein bewegendes Dokument und ein Beispiel für den Blues aus Chicago, wie er besser kaum gespielt werden kann The amazing aspect of the gig at Rosa´s Lounge is that Carey made it at all. Illness nearly forced him to remain at his Charlotte, N.C. home. Carey had a stroke, fell and broke his hip and was in the hospital four weeks. Three days after he left the hospital Carey was in a car going to Chicago. Just as wondrous as the harpist´s steely resolve to join his son for the show is the fact that Carey was clearly at the absolute top of his harp-blowing game. Born November 14, 1936 in Macon, Miss., Carey started playing harp at age eight, made his first album, Carey Bell´s Blues Harp (Delmark 622), in 1969 and spent time in the bands of Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon during the ´70s. The first time a teenaged Lurrie ever played guitar in a studio was on Carey´s ´77 album Heartaches and Pain (Delmark 666). Lurrie played in Koko Taylor´s Blues Machine for a year-and-a-half and teamed with Carey to wax a 1984 album, Son of a Gun, that deftly exhibited their musical empathy. By crossing musical paths anew, father and son fulfill a shared destiny that once seemed unlikely when Lurrie was battling personal demons. He´s since triumphed over them to assume his rightful place as one of Chicago´s top blues guitarists. In tandem with his dad on this disc, he´s more brilliant and focused than ever. Complete notes by Bill Dahl enclosed.