Composer, vocalist & guitarist Glenn Patrik has released <em>Original Blues</em>, the followup to his <em>Nuthin’ But A Thang!</em>, on Shakehouse Records).
"I took this CD a little more contemporary (in sound & style) than the previous two albums" explains Patrik. "The Juke Joint pictured on the cover of the CD is the very spot where I got my first blues credibility. It was variously known as H&M BBQ, Harris BBQ, Grace’s (what I called it) and to some, simply, after hours. It was on Wood Ave in a very rough section of Kansas City, Kansas and featured live Blues every Friday and Saturday night, beginning around 10 P.M., from 1968 until 1993. Anybody that was anybody came through that joint. Albert Collins, Bobby Bland, The Temptations, Otis Clay, Duke Robillard, Guns ‘N Roses etc…When I first started hanging out, there was one other fair-skin man that was a regular, but I was the only fair-skin musician. Years later, that all changed. I took that picture on my way out of town moving to California, and the building was demolished soon after. Track 3, "Down To The BBQ," is about Grace’s Blues Party. The last track, "Dance The Blues," is about the last juke joint to close in Kansas City, Kansas (in 2006), the Club Paradox, in an even <em>more</em> dangerous part of town. Ah, home sweet home."
<em>Original Blues</em> features Patrik on vocals and guitars; Bob Gross (bass), longtime Patrik bandmates Rusty Hall (keyboards), Thomas "Freight Train" Walker (drums, vocals), and "Downtown" Michael Brown (of legendary doo-wop band Sha Na Na) on saxophone and vocals. Learn more at glennpatrik.com.