While strolling the narrow streets of Sorrento on vacation I thought I heard bluegrass. Maybe. I mean we were in Italy and I expected Italian love songs (which I was humming all day) But I was right, there on a small street on a hot summer day was an Italian Bluegrass Band. And to top it off, they were getting ready to embark on a tour of America. Well, not really a tour. They had a radio station booked. More of a journey to document the roots of bluegrass and country music. And to make a video of their journey through Tennessee, North Carolina and many mountain towns. I predict: It will not be like Italy though we suspect they’ll have a great time in Nashville. (And they sounded pretty good!)
We’ve always known Jim Wurster had a way with a song. He has a very unique ‘Jim’ quality. It’s hard to put into words so we call it: Jim. (+ we like it a lot) And this summer Jim has been garnering world wide acclaim with his album ‘Raw’. Who would have known they love modern country so much in Germany?
Here’s the review (first in German) + then the translation for all of you who don’t speak German.
Der CD-Titel sagt alles: Raw steht für Musik, die befreit von jedem unnötigen Firlefanz, erdig, handgemacht daherkommt und versehen mit knackigen Riffs und Soli zu einer unwiderstehlichen Einheit aus Americana, Roots und Folk-Rock verschmilzt. Unter der Regie des Produzenten Bob Wlos verliert der Sänger und Songschreiber JIM WURSTER aus Miami, Florida nie das Wesentliche, die Songs, aus den Augen, legt Schicht für Schicht über Schicht zu einem faszinierenden Soundgebilde zusammen. Neben fünf eigenen Liedschöpfungen wie dem wunderschönen „A Little Bit Of Room“ und dem tief bewegenden „Ojus“ setzt Wurster auch mit den fünf Cover-Songs, darunter Werke von Neil Young, Sonny Bono und Jim Morrison, ein echtes Ausrufezeichen. Eine spannende CD mit Herzblut und viel Traditionsbewusstsein. Schön!
LABEL: BLACK JANET MUSIC (HEMIFRAN)
PRODUZENT: Bob Wlos
Southern Pacific * A Little Bit Of Room * Bang Bang * Loping Vampire Blues * Riders On The Storm * Big Surprise * Ojus * She Was * Dade County Jail * Sunshine Medley: You Are My Sunshine/Ain’t No Sunshine
AND IN ENGLISH:
The CD title says it all: Raw stands for music that freed from any unnecessary frills, earthy, handmade and comes equipped with crunchy riffs and solos melts into a compelling unit of Americana, Roots and Folk-Rock. Under the direction of producer Bob WLOS the singer and songwriter JIM WURSTER from Miami, Florida never loses the essence of the songs, from the eyes, puts layer upon layer upon layer to a fascinating soundscapes together. In addition to five own song creations such as the beautiful “A Little Bit Of Room” and the deeply moving “Ojus” Wurster is also with the five cover songs, including works by Neil Young, Sonny Bono and Jim Morrison, a real exclamation point. An exciting CD with passion and a lot of tradition. Nice one!
A very productive session with Ross!
When it rains in Florida. It pours. And Saturday in The Studio was no exception. Ross Reuning laid down a bunch of tasty vocals on his latest Dragon Rose project but then (curses!) as I was about to leave to head down to Coral Gables- the torrential rain began. I jumped puddles (pretty nimble) + made it down south to join the 18 Wheelers in a sort of Elvis tribute. Luckily the 18 Wheelers + Elvis were not rained out.
Here’s some photos of Ross hard at work.
Sunday Afternoon at L-7
Presenting The mighty rhythm section (m.r.s.) + Mr Eric Adzima
From Left to right: Mike Vullo, Eric Adzima and Chris DeAngelis
History repeats itself. History teacher Eric Adzima is off for the summer and back in the studio with his newest pop project. Last year’s rousing project turned out excellent and this project promises to have the same results.
We spent a Sunday afternoon doing what we love best- laying down tracks. Stellar rhythms brought courtesy of Chris DeAngelis on bass and Mike Vullo on drums and Eric singing some scratch vocals. (We’re all in sync: All men fashionably attired in their coordinating Converse + Though you can’t see me, I am also attired in Converse.)
Sunday June 22, 2014 and the session unfolds:
Eric Adzima (in gray converse) laying down some scratch vocals:
Chris DeAngelis (in green converse) part of the mighty rhythm section:
Mike Vullo laying down some mighty rhythms (though not seen in photo- fashionable attired in black converse with striking red laces)
Eric Adzima (still in gray converse) and still laying down scratch vocals:
All the guys hard at work.
Chris laying down stellar rhythms despite his uhm. .. short-comings.
(Still fashionable dressed in converse)
Ross Reuning continues. . . . .
The RossThe Ross up-close
The mic up-close
Recording is a process + it takes time. You start out with a blank canvas. Then you put down tracks, sing, edit + mix. Good equipment, good musicians + good tunes sure help.
I have to say my tube mic sure sounds smooth + groovy. And Ross Reuning singing some original songs on his project is sounding pretty groovy, too. ‘Yo Ross. Good work!’
In the studio with creative songwriter Ross Reuning and the cast of esteemed studio musicians: Mike Vullo, Dave Cook + Del Mize. Rocking, rolling, arranging + enhancing. All in a days work. I’m pleased + most importantly Ross is pleased.
And now less chatter + more photos.
Vullo ‘a drumming
Dave ‘a bassing
Del ‘a strumming
Ross ‘a singing
From the control tower, I mean control room
Vullo drumming away
The Rosey Robbins Project is moving along briskly. Sounding really good. We should be able to wrap up the three songs next week. Of course, Rosey is talking more. I guess she’s pleased.
Here are a few photos from last night . . . featuring Dave Cook + Mike Vullo (they rock) + Rosey Robbins (she rootsy rocks) .
(I don’t do ‘selfies’)
An original: Dave Cook on guitar
The one + only Mike Vullo on iphone