I Got Blues for Ya

I Got Blues for Ya is an album by guitarist and singer Michael Falzarano, who is best known as a member of the New Riders of the Purple Sage and, before that, Hot Tuna. His first album in six years, it features Falzarano and his "extended family" of fellow musicians playing ten original blues rock songs and two covers. It was released on the Hypnotation Records label, distributed by Woodstock Records, on July 22, 2014.[1][2]

I Got Blues for Ya
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 22, 2014
GenreBlues rock
Length62:01
LabelHypnotation / Woodstock
ProducerMichael Falzarano
Michael Falzarano chronology
We Are All One
(2008)
I Got Blues for Ya
(2014)

RecordingEdit

On his website, Michael Falzarano wrote that he wanted to get back to his blues roots and make an album that sounded like a late '60s / early '70s blues rock record. Most of the tracks were recorded without overdubs, and some of them were recorded in one take, "to catch the true energy and spirit of a song."[3]

Critical receptionEdit

In Relix, Brian Robbins wrote, "Guitarist/vocalist Michael Falzarano has always brought out the best in the players around him, including stints as Jorma Kaukonen’s wingman in Hot Tuna and his present-day role as psychedelicized rhythm cop in the New Riders. When Falzarano’s name is on the label—as it is for his new solo album I Got Blues for Ya—things aren’t any different. A revolving cast of talent (including Crowmatix’ Professor Louie, Kane Daily and Kerry Kearney) assist Falzarano in bluesy greasiness."[1]

On Fab Radio, Fabrizio Poggi said, "A fantastic album by Michael Falzarano, famous for his work with Hot Tuna and the New Riders of the Purple Sage. Recorded with different combinations of musicians, all excellent, the CD features twelve tracks of electric blues, with nuances of Southern blues, electro-acoustic folk blues, rock 'n' roll, and much more."[2]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Michael Falzarano, except "Death Don't Have No Mercy" by Reverend Gary Davis and "Let's Work Together" by Wilbert Harrison.

  1. "The Night King Curtis Died" – 4:12
  2. "I Got Blues for Ya" – 5:14
  3. "I Never Think About You" – 5:29
  4. "Snake Box Boogie" – 7:45
  5. "Big Fish" – 3:59
  6. "We Got a Party Going On" – 4:43
  7. "Good Good Lovin'" – 4:06
  8. "Crossroads Avenue" – 6:53
  9. "The Devil's Gone Fishin'" – 4:54
  10. "Death Don't Have No Mercy" – 7:57 – recorded live at Brooklyn Bowl
  11. "Trouble" – 3:34
  12. "Let's Work Together" – 3:25

PersonnelEdit

Musicians
Production
  • Produced by Michael Falzarano
  • Recording: Vicki Bell, Professor Louie, Danny Sheehan, Scarekrow
  • Mixing: Michael Falzarano, Dan Skye
  • Mastering: Jon Marshall Smith
  • Photography: Gina Guarnieri
  • Design: Kevin Morgan

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Robbins, Brian (September 1, 2014). I Got Blues for Ya, Relix.
  2. ^ a b Poggi, Fabrizio (September 2, 2014). I Got Blues for Ya (Italian), Fab Radio. Retrieved September 27, 2014. "Un disco fantastico questo di Michael Falzarano celebre per il suo lavoro con gli Hot Tuna e con i Riders Of The Purple Sage. Registrato con diverse formazioni, tutte di ottimo livello, il cd presenta dodici tracce in cui a farla da padrone troviamo blues elettrico con nuances southern, folk blues elettroacustico, rock 'n' roll e molto altro ancora."
  3. ^ I Got Blues for Ya, michaelfalzarano.com. Retrieved September 27, 2014.