MP3 Stormcellar - Whiskey Talkin'
A rollicking barrelhouse ride on Slide Guitar and Blues Harp from this five piece tells of late nights, tough chicks and bad company.
12 MP3 Songs
BLUES: Electric Blues, BLUES: Slide Guitar Blues
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Stormcellar are a blues outfit from Down South. Waaaaay down South. Only thing more South than us are Penguins.
Ok, and Melbourne. Oh. And some Japanese whaling ships with Hippies chasing them. But I digress.
If you''re reading this, it may be because you heard some of the songs and got curious about just who the heck we are.
If you haven’t, go back and listen. No, really. That’s the whole point. I''ll wait.
Back? Great! How''d you go? I''m guessing you liked it, or at least you didn’t hate it, or maybe you''re just curious?
Anyway, the simple facts are that Stormcellar (that''s us, by the way) is made up of a bunch of Old Blues Hands and New Blues...um... Er... What do we call them? People? Musicians?
Ok. Locally, we call them ''Blokes'' - which is what Australian refer to Men as. Men are ''Blokes'', for all you Non-Aussies reading. It''s important to be known as a Good ''Bloke''. Ask any Australian. Again, I digress.
So, Stormcellar is made up of a bunch of ''Blokes'' and yes, they are Good Blokes and fine musicians too. You''d be surprised how much Blues goes on down here. Then again, you may not.
For those of you with a historical bent, Australia shared some of the influences that blended into American Blues and Folk - the Irish, the Scots, and the depression.
Aha! I hear you say. But how can you play blues? You didn''t have African Influences brought in through slavery!
Ok, you got me there, but what we did have were Convicts. The early folk influences of Australian music were songs about How Horrible It Is To Be In Chains. Sound familiar?
If you make the argument that Blues comes about as a reaction to bad times, as a way to exult in the face of adversity, then brother, we had it in bushels. Whole boatloads of it. So maybe it gives us a certain affinity for music that gets rid of bad vibes, that exorcises demons. Or, maybe I''m some white guy who likes Howling Wolf. Both of these statements are true.
The songs on Whiskey Talkin'' are stories. Paul Read (who plays the slidie guitar thingie) has collected ‘em over half a lifetime of playing, mixed it in with a little down home funky blues and squeezed a whole lot of fun into a shiny round disc like thing. I can vouch for it. I was there when they did the squeezing.
The songs move from the Mississippi to Tokyo and back via Newtown and Dulwich Hill, like some crazy blues boomerang. There''s all sorts of favourite blues flavours - slide guitar, Plain Old Guitar Guitar, N''awlins piano riffs, Harmonica Kungfu (maybe Tai-Chi?), songs about naughty girls, songs about naughty blokes (see previous explanation), dangerous poker games; Something that seems to have warped out of a back catalogue from a 60''s blues label and lain dormant until it grew in a foreign soil.
Now it wants to come home (Mommy!).
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