The Last Shade Of Blue Before Black By The Original Blues Brothers Band

April 8, 2018

Who knew? Almost 40 years ago the Blues Brothers film starring John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd was released to huge commercial success. The backing band was appropriately called The Blues Brothers band. Now, almost four decades later, The Original Blues Brothers Band, is still touring the world and has just released a new album titled The Last Shade Of Blue Before Black.

The Blues Brothers originally were and remain a band that plays the blues while having some fun along the way. That philosophy remains intact as guitarist Steve Cropper and sax player Lou Marine, along with their old band mates and assorted guests, romp through 14 tracks of original tunes and classic blues covers.

The original band was somewhat limited by Belushi and Ackroyd. Now, some of the best musicians working today are fronted by vocalists  such as Eddie Floyd and joe Louis Walker.

The band burns though Eddie Floyd’s original composition, highlighted by his vocals, “Don’t Forget About James Brown” and then morphs into the Paul Schaffer produced “Sex Machine.”

Jimmy Reed’s “Baby What You Do To Me,” Delbert McClinton’s “Cherry Street,” and Willie Dixon’s “Don’t Go No Further” continue the band’s trend of introducing new listeners to the blues.

“You Left The Water Running” and the old rock classic “I Got My Mojo Working” plum the essence of the band. Basically recorded live, they are sprawling pieces that one can envision in a smoky bar late at night. The Lou Marini title track album ender is seven minutes of proving that the band is still relevant.

For those of use who were actually around in 1978 when the Blues Brothers debuted as a one-time skit on Saturday Night Live, it’s good to have them still around. And be sure to turn up the volume.

Soul Man 45 by The Blues Brothers

March 21, 2012

The Blues Brothers started as a SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE skit and ended with John Belushi’s death during 1982. In between they sold millions of records and made a hit movie.

Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi were smart enough to recruit such musicians as Steve Cropper, Donald “Duck” Dunn, and Paul Schaffer to be a part of their band.

Their biggest single hit was a cover of the Sam & Dave hit, “Soul Man.” It reached number 14 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.

They may not have changed Anerican music but they were sure a lot of fun.

Gimme Some Lovin’ 45 by The Blues Brothers

December 20, 2010

John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd performed as the Blues Brothers for a skit on an episode of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. This led to a series of appearances and finally too a huge movie of the same name.

They decided to record as The Blues Brothers and sold millions of albums. “Gimme Some Lovin,” was one of four singles to reach The American charts. It was released May 31, 1980 and climbed to number 18.

They had the good sense to surround themselves with the likes of Steve Cropper, Donald “Duck” Dunn, and Paul Schaffer.

Their time as music and movie stars ended with Belushi’s death on March 5, 1982.