His Blues are a long journey as he attests in "Job Striles Walking Blues". It's a long rough road that ends with hope and optimism. Job ends up "Sitting on Top of the World". Backed by the best of the West, Rob Rio on piano, the ever elusive Primordial Slim on harp, Rick Reed and Max Bangwell on bass and drums respectively, Job's original songs walk the fine line between modern and traditional. The lyrics are witty and tragic at the same time as on "Mean Mad Woman" and the semi nostalgic "Get Me on the Interstate". If you enjoyed "Job Striles Sings and Plays" you will love this, the next piece of the puzzle that is Job Striles. II.
Sings and Plays CD JOB STRILES is one of the most dynamic and hard working Old School Bluesmen on the West Coast. For ten years he has graced and haunted the stage at the Blue Cafe in Long Beach. From Celveland to L. A., from Monterey to Mexico, Job has worked the clubs, tonks, and joints.
Working with drummer Max Bangwell, boogie woogie piano great Rob Rio, and The Job Striles Band, Job has opened shows for James Harmen, Rod Piazza, the late Jimmy Rogers, R.L. Burnside, the J. Giels Band, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Robert Lockwood Jr... just to name a few. On this, Job Striles debut CD, Job pays tribute to some of his forefathers and influences: Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, B.B.
King, T-Bone Walker, and "Gatemouth" Brown. Job introduces his own brand of West Coast Blues and swinging guitar style on "She's The Only One For Me","Acting Like A Fool", and his tribute to L.A. 's oldest Blues club, "Babe and Ricky's Inn". The themes of his songs are traditional yet timeless.
His lyrics are fraught with imagery and self effacing humor: like Uncle John telling a story on the front porch. His guitar playing is always original and creative. His music drips with soul like the grease from Mama's fried chicken. "JOB STRILES is another in a long line of sharp L.A. based guitarists (Junior Watson, Alex Schultz, Rick Holmstrom)...
Striles' style is distinctive because it's rougher and rowdier than his clean picking counterparts, but still creative and always musical. Four stars." -BLUES ACCESS "JOB STRILES' [songs]... successfully tread the fine line between traditional and modern styles... Striles is one to watch." - BLUES REVUE "...
clean guitar lines and unaffected vocals... Better known California bands playing in this genre should look in their rear view mirrors"-LIVING BLUES "[JOB STRILES SINGS AND PLAYS] is a disc that would make the people at Chess Records proud. [It] should be handled with care though, as it is so hot it could burn your hands". -SOUTHLAND BLUES. III.
Routes CD I'm constantly dumstruck that, with all the words and songs and stories that have been written since the beginning of time, and all the music that has been written using only the 12 notes we Westerners have at our disposal, that people still find ways to arrange them so that an original thought, different from all others that came before,can be expressed. And a Blues song? You only have three lines per verse, one of which is repeated. The song's structure is based on only three chords, often one. Max Bangwell lamented to Willie Dixon that he couldn't write a good Blues song. Willie Said, "Ain't no good Blues song ever been wrote".
WILLIE DIXON! That's because it's not a song. It's a story, a conversation, a tale. And the Blues isn't a tale of misery. Well, it might be, but it's intention is to bring joy to the listener; joy because of the common ground shared.
Man gets to laugh at himself through another persons words. And in a world like this we all need a place like that. More to come. But for now listen and enjoy. JOB STRILES TAKES YOU ON AN EXPLORATION OF BLUES STYLES from Chicago to New Orleans, from Virginia to California, through Memphis, Texas, all the way to Hawaii? HERE ARE SOME GREAT BLUES SONGS:You want love advice? TELL HER A LIE.
even though it's sung "man about woman", women... it works both ways. DON'T KICK THE CAR: a tale about a man that know what's important to him and a woman who know how to destroy it. HI-DE-DA-GIBON, SHE LOVES HER LOVIN', WHAT IS THAT THING YOU'VE GOT?: love songs with a healthy dose of lust and sex.
KNOCKED FLAT: Have YOU ever been drunk beyond drunk? I thought so. I'M MISSING YOU: a great "lost love" song in the vein of "One More For The Road". RED WINE, THAT SPOONFUL, HEART SHOOTING PISTOL: modern versions of classic Blues themes: man's search for a suitable libation, man's quest for satisfaction, over the top bravado. ...
facing the inevitable universal dilemma in I'M GETTING OLDER. MIND YOUR BUSINESS (MOCKINGBIRD) is a fable ala Aesop. We've all seen it happen in the trees right above us. THE BLUE PANIOLA WALTZ (The Hawaiian Cowgirl Waltz)is more Cajun that anything.
But use your imagination and you maybe can see the Blue skies and green pastures. When Glenn Nishida, the engineer, heard it he said, "Tell those guys to put those instruments down and get back on the range... they're not musicians!": The exact feel Job was looking for. TAKE AN HOUR OFF. Go with Job across this vast nation searching for the Blues and it's roots.
ROUTES. CHECK OUT JOB STRILES' OTHER CDS "JOB STRILES SINGS AND PLAYS" AND "OUT OF THIS WORLD" ALSO AVAILABLE AT CDBABY. COM/JOBSTRILES. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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