Blame It On Me — Charlie Smith Blues Band: Master Class & Live Set at Jack’s Place, College of St. Rose, Albany, NY.
Charlie Smith the legendary bluesman from New York’s Capital District. A true gem of the region, and one who bears listening to over and over.
One of the things that really sets him apart from the amateurs is his use of dynamics. He is all over the place in terms of volume — never flatlining at a fever pitch, but truly showing the ups and downs of life with his volume and intensity.
Charlie’s newly released album Steppin Down Blues Lane has been years in the making, and you can even chart the development of the group through a listening of this album.
Charlie is always joined by Rob ‘Stingray Bob’ Aronstein on piano, and often Mike Lawrence on bass, and Andy Hearn on drums.
Steppin’ Down Blues Lane comes from live recordings made at various venues over a 10-year period. Cruising through these righteous slices of club life (which is the only way to experience the blues, to my mind), you see the kind of full-throated, unvarnished havoc Smith has been wreaking on the Empire State during this century. Read more…