Metronome March ’18
Thanks to Brian Owens, Publisher & Editor of Metronome, Boston’s venerable music magazine, for the fun interview and support!
Thanks to A.J. Wachtel for the above quote and great review of “Live From Somewhere” in the January 2018 issue of Blues Music Magazine!
From Tuesday 12 December it’s possible to download this show by clicking the image on the right or…
STREAMING on www.radiorcc.com
Rock ‘n’ Blues Today is a Reporting Station to LIVING BLUES
Rock ‘n’ Blues Today playlist (RCC):
on air 12/12/17 time 9.30 pm
and 15/12/17 time 8.00pm (replica)
1 Mark Nomad – Last time (Blue Star)
2 Nico Brina – Barrell of monkeys (Stormy Monday)
3 Chris Daniels – you can stay but… (Moon Voyage)
4 Bobby Kyle – Daily bread (Luicy Baby)
5 Al Corté – Juke joint jive (Self Release)
6 Miss Freddye – Lady of the blues (Self Release)
7 Tommy Castro – Blues around me (Alligator)
8 Corey Dennison – Nightcreeper 2 (Delmark)
9 Ghalia – Hey little baby (Ruf)
10 Jade Bennett – Death time love (Rip Cat)
11 Pam Taylor – Make you mine (Self Release)
12 T-Bear and the Dukes – Tears on the run (Self Release)
13 Altered Five Blues Band – Small talk (Blind Pig)
14 Heather Newman – Bring the swing (Vizztone)
15 Luther Allison – You can’t always… (Ruf)
16 The Highjivers – Always talkin’ down (Self Release)
“May The Blues Be With U”
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The complete review of “Live From Somewhere” in the December issue of Boston’s The Noise:
Blue Star Records
Live From Somewhere
This is an eclectic mix of blues styles, performed live, in which Nomad runs the gamut of city and country blues covers, and even a Jagger-Richards song, plus no less than three Robert Johnson numbers. In addition to a steady and skillful hand on guitar, Nomad is also one hell of a harmonica player, squeezing out those high notes like a pro. It all mostly works; recasting the Rolling Stones warhorse “The Last Time” as a moaning Delta Blues showcase with a beautiful finger-picked instrumental break is a daring strategy. His approach to most of the other blues classics seldom deviates too far from the feel of the originals. His rendition of Jimmy Reed’s “Honest I Do” is somewhat plodding; his takes on Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t be Satisfied” and Willie Dixon’s “The Little Red Rooster” are eminently satisfactory. His cover of Mississippi Fred McDowell’s chilling “Write Me a Few Lines” is magnificent, with a great deal of the relentless feel of the original, and some truly excellent National Steel guitar work. The B.B. King cover of “Watch Yourself” is nimble – almost snazzy – and Nomad replicates the tidy walking bass line here. He also performs an astonishingly lively rendition of John Lee Hooker’s “Dimples” (which is of course where ZZ Top got most of their shtick). Of the three Robert Johnson covers, “Walkin’ Blues” is the most successful, replicating the near-staccato guitar of the original and coming somewhat close to Johnson’s primal howl. “Rambling on My Mind” rounds out the rough edges of the original and adds a liquescent harp solo. “Come On In My Kitchen” is adequate but comes across as a pale reflection of the original. But to even attempt to cover Johnson’s magisterial songs says a great deal about Nomad’s skill as an interpreter; after all, it would be a travesty to merely parrot Johnson’s tortured yowl; it simply can’t be done. I’ll be coming back to this record; notably, to “Dimples” and “Write Me a Few Lines.” Recommended. (Francis DiMenno)
Boston area’s Metronome Magazine December 2017 issue reviews “Live From Somewhere”
“Singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Nomad is as comfortable in the electric realm as he is in the acoustic arena as this live recording will signify. Wielding an emotive resonator guitar, a wailing harmonica and testifyin vocals, Nomad interprets a spectrum of blues progenitors that spans the Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time,” Jimmy Reed’s “Honest I Do” and Mississippi Fred McDowell’s “Write Me A Few Lines” to John Lee Hooker’s “Dimples,” Muddy Waters’ “Long Distance Call” and Robert Johnson’s “Rambling On My Mind” with bluesy back porch conviction.
As the album’s title implies, this album was recorded live reflecting Nomad’s journeyman guitar work, harmonica playing and soul-filled vocals. There’s no overdubs here folks… It’s as pure as it comes.”
Thanks to Brian M. Owens for his continued support!
Don Odell has been tireless in his support of roots music. He has aired hundreds of episodes of performances and interviews with outstanding artists including John Mayall, Rick Derringer, Kim Simmonds, Joe Louis Walker and Jimmy Thackery to name but a few. My own band has appeared twice and I have interviewed Nikki Hill, Corky Laing and John Ginty for their respective episodes of Legends. I look forward to my coming interview with Mark Hummell.
Here are links to John Ginty’s interview and a performance:
Live From Somewhere is Mark Nomad’s tenth album. Recorded completely live with just an acoustic guitar, voice and harmonica, Live From Somewhere is Nomad’s homage to the Delta bluesmen who first inspired him and contains vintage classics he’s been performing ever since.
I’m honored that #9 made it onto another Best of List for 2016! This time, it was included in the venerable Boston area magazine, Metronome, in their Top Picks of 2016.
Many thanks to Brian Owens for his tireless support of music for over 30 years!