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Eddie King



Eddie King - Another Cow's Dead - 1997 - Roesch

"Eddie's approach can be likened to George Pickett's assault on Cemetery Ridge, straight ahead, yellinâ and shoutin', total commitment, but unlike the doomed Pickett, Eddie has pulled it off with a stunner of a release....You just have to check Eddie King out." Phil Wight. © Blues & Rhythm Magazine UK (www.bluesworld.com)

"Eddie King is solid as a rock." - Dan Aykroyd, Feb. 1998 House of Blues Radio Hour

"Eddie King is a real deal bluesman with a capital B whose authenticity should put him up there in the ranks of his various namesakes (B.B., Albert, Freddie, Earl). A great record and a delightful discovery." - Bill Milkowski © Jazz Times Magazine May 1998 (www.jazztimes.com)

"This is an album that just makes you want to hear more from this highly overlooked artist." - Cub Koda © Vinyl Junkie Nov.1997

"Eddie King's beautifully crafted Another Cow's Dead is a result of the all-too-rare synergy between prodigious musical talent and inspired production...The whole set is focused, coherent, and consistently brilliant." Jack Oudiz © Blues Access Magazine Winter 1998 no.32 (bluesaccess.com)

"Stax era soul...solid modern blues by an undeservedly neglected artist--- maybe he won't stay neglected long." Jim DeKoster © Living Blues magazine Vol.31 no.4 (www.LivingBluesOn Line.com)

"Gritty, back alley vocals, biting guitar solos, soulful blues arrangements, and a killer horn section provide a distinctive mix for Another Cow's Dead." Bill Mitchell © Phoenix Blues News July/Aug.1997 Vol.8 no.6 (www.phoenixblues.org)

"King's got a hot and heavy band, churning out jumps and swings with a mean groove. The Blues Brothers horn section was arranged and led by "Blue" Lou Marini, and play melodic backup that doesn't overpower the rest of the band. Scott Spray, bass; Joe Roesch, drums; Tim DeHuff, guitar; and Roger Young on piano and organ; move the driving rhythms. But Eddie King is the star here. His strong and impassioned vocals and flamboyant, biting guitar steal the show. I like this high-powered dance music." Tony Lombardi © Holler Magazine- Colorado Blues Society Aug/Sept 1997 Vol3 no.1 (www.coblues.com)

King's recorded output is slight bordering on criminal, so these 12 tracks from the West Side Chicago bluesman are a welcome addition to his scant discography indeed. King sports a strong, gospel-tinged voice and a nasty, thick-toned guitar style that never grates, and both are well served here. Featuring the Blues Brothers-plus horn section of Birch "Slide" Johnson, Alan Rubin, and "Blue" Lou Marini, abetted by Ronnie Cuber on baritone saxophone, the originals veer between soul and straight blues with "Kitty Kat," "Walk Right On In," "How Long Are You Going to Be Gone," "Pocketful of Blues, "Never Loved a Woman" and the set closer "Hey Mr. Bluesman." The covers mine the same genre turf with Luther Ingram's "If Lovin' Is Wrong," Albert King's "Angel Of Mercy," Eddy Giles' "Losin' Boy" and Elmore James' "Yonders Wall" being notable highlights. This album just makes you want to hear more from this highly overlooked artist. © Cub Koda © 2012 Rovi Corp | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/album/another-cows-dead-mw0000023833

Flame-throwing Chicago blues guitarist Eddie King lays down blistering solos and impassioned vocals in this stunningly recorded album which won the coveted 1998 WC Handy Award as Blues Comeback Album of the Year. The Blues Brothers Horns and Ronnie Cuber steam through this album with their signature sound and expert articulation. Marini's high-powered horn arrangements fit Eddie's blues attack like a glove. Eddie King drives every song with his smokey soulful voice and delivers seven new original compositions. © http://www.roeschrecords.com/anothercowalbum.html

Great, high intensity Chicago soul blues from the late Chicago blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Eddie King backed by the brilliant Blues Brothers Horns on all tracks. In 1998, the album earned Eddie a W.C Handy award for "Best Comeback Album Of The Year". Try and listen to Eddie's "The Blues Has Got Me" album [All tracks @ 256 Kbps: File size = 105 Mb]

TRACKS / COMPOSERS

1 Kitty Kat - Eddie King 5:17
2 Angel of Mercy - Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson 6:11
3 I Like the Feeling - Homer Banks, R. Jackson 6:59
4 Yonders Wall - Elmore James 4:42
5 Another Cow Dead Tonight - Eddie King 6:03
6 How Long Are You Going to Be Gone - Eddie King 4:26
7 Walk Right on In - Eddie King 3:56
8 Never Loved a Woman - Eddie King 3:43
9 Losing Boy - Eddy "G" Giles 4:46
10 Pocketful of Blues - Eddie King 2:46
11 (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right - Homer Banks, Carl Hampton, Raymond Jackson 5:32
12 Hey Mr. Bluesman - Eddie King 3:32

MUSICIANS

Eddie King - Guitar, Vocals
Tim DeHuff - Guitar
Scott Spray - Bass
Roger Young - Hammond B3 Organ, Piano
Joe Roesch - Drums
"Blue" Lou Marini - Tenor Sax
Ronnie Cuber - Baritone Sax
Alan "Mr. Fabulous" Rubin - Trumpet
Birch "Slide" Johnson - Trombone

SHORT BIO (WIKI)

Eddie King (April 21, 1938 – March 14, 2012) was an American Chicago blues guitarist, singer and songwriter.Living Blues once stated "King is a potent singer and player with a raw, gospel-tinged voice and an aggressive, thick-toned guitar sound". He was noted as creating a "straightforward style, after Freddie King and Little Milton". King was born Edward Lewis Davis Milton in Talladega, Alabama, United States. His parents were both musical, with his father playing guitar and his mother a gospel singer. King learned basic guitar riffs from watching from outside the window of local blues clubs, and was inspired by the playing of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Little Walter. He grew up playing alongside Luther Allison, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, Eddie C. Campbell, and Freddie King. He relocated to Chicago, Illinois, in 1954, and his diminutive stature and the influence of B.B. King led to him being referred to as 'Little Eddie King'. Given a break by Little Mack Simmons, he first recorded under the tutelage of Willie Dixon and, in 1960, played on several tracks recorded by Sonny Boy Williamson II. He also recorded with Detroit Junior. Also in 1960, King had a single released by J.O.B. Records, "Shakin' Inside" / "Love You Baby". He then became the guitarist backing Koko Taylor, a role he undertook for two decades. Separately forming Eddie King & the Kingsmen in 1969, King moved to Peoria, Illinois, in the early 1980s. Since the early 1990s, King's backing ensemble were known as the Swamp Bees, and his output has incorporated Chicago blues, country blues, blues shouter, and soul. His debut album, The Blues Has Got Me (1987), was issued by the Netherlands based record label, Black Magic, and later re-released by Double Trouble. It featured one of his sisters, Mae Bee May, on vocals. In 1997, King recorded Another Cow's Dead, which got a Blues Music Award for 'Best Comeback Blues Album'. It was arranged by Lou Marini. His songwriting credits include "Kitty Kat", described by one journalist as "hilarious". King died in Peoria, Illinois, in March 2012, at the age of 73.

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We're a little late with this one, but we just heard the news that Chicago blues guitarist Eddie King passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 after a lengthy illness with a Parkinson's-like brain disorder. King was 73 years old at the time of his death. Born Edward Lewis Davis Milton in Alabama, King grew up in a musical family, his mother a gospel singer and his father a guitarist. King moved to Chicago as a teen in the early 1950s and became enamored of the city's thriving blues scene. King would sneak out of the house to watch blues performers through the club windows, paying special attention to how they played the guitar, and then he'd rush home and try to remember what he saw. By 1960, then known as "Little" Eddie King, the young guitarist had earned his place among a second generation of Chicago bluesmen that included talents like Luther Allison, Eddie C. Campbell, and Freddie King. In the early 1960s, King worked with musician, songwriter, and producer Willie Dixon; played on several Sonny Boy Williamson recordings; and also recorded with Detroit Junior. King released a single on the J.O.B. Records label, "Shakin' Inside" b/w "Love You Baby", but would record sporadically throughout his lengthy career as a sideman and bandleader. The guitarist is best known for his work as the lead guitarist in Koko Taylor's band, a job he had for better than 20 years and which took him around the world on tour with the "Queen of the Blues." King also led various bands through the years, including Eddie King & the Kingsmen, formed with noted bassist Bob Stroger, which he pursued in-between gigs with Taylor for 15 years. King moved to Peoria, Illinois in the early 1980s, and later formed Eddie King and the Swamp Bees in the 1990s. King recorded his debut album, The Blues Has Got Me, in 1987 with one of his sisters, Mae Bee May, singing. He released Another Cow's Dead in 1997, the album earning King a W.C. Handy Award for "Comeback Album of the Year." In more recent years, however, King struggled with a rare form of palsy that robbed him of his ability to play the guitar, but which didn't deter him from performing as a blues singer as late as 2010. Although not as well known as many of the other "Kings" of the blues, Eddie King was a fine singer and guitarist and a charismatic, dynamic showman who could hold an audience in the palm of his hand. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and many fans around the world. - from Chicago Blues Guitarist Eddie King, R.I.P. By & © Reverend Keith A. Gordon, About.com Guide April 16, 2012 © 2012 About.com. All rights reserved http://blues.about.com/b/2012/04/16/chicago-blues-guitarist-eddie-king-r-i-p.htm

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