BUY STEVEY HAY'S SHADES OF BLUE CD
"Boy! What a great sound and a great band. Everybody sounds terrific. Really good piano player and of course Steve's singing and playing are really cool"
"Swing with a Scottish sting"
- 'Good Morning Blues' on WRFG 89.3FM Atlanta
WINNER OF THE BLUES FOUNDATION 2005 AWARD FOR BEST RADIO
The CD is a celebration of Blues styles that have influenced and inspired me over the 35 years I’ve been playing guitar. Recording with the musicians I have admired and respected for years was an absolute pleasure and special thanks to Neil Warden for organising and instigating the project.
I would also like to thank two sadly departed soul brothers who gave me words of encouragement and wisdom when I was down. Tam White and Ronnie ‘Rootsie’ Tait RIP, I hope it meets with your approval.
STEVEY HAY'S SHADES OF BLUE
- TRACK LISTING
1 Sell My Monkey (B.B. King)
2 Why Get Up (B. Carter/R. Ellsworth)
3 You Upset Me Baby (B.B. King/Joe Josea)
4 Keep Out Of Love (Stevey Hay)
5 Fade To Black (Mark Knopfler)
6 I Just Want To Make Love To You (Willie Dixon)
7 Travelling South (Albert Collins)
8 Willie Brown (Ry Cooder/Joe Seneca)
9 Backyard Blues (Stevey Hay)
10 Shake Rag Boogie (Stevey Hay)
11 Losin’ With The Boozin’ (Stevey Hay)
STEVEY HAY - Guitar & Vocals, NEIL WARDEN - Guitars, PAUL MANSON - Bass, DAVE SWANSON - DRUMS
Special guests: BRIAN KELLOCK - Piano & Hammond Organ - 2,5,6 JOHN BURGESS - Tenor Saxophone - 1,6 LEEANN CUNNINGHAM - Vocals - 6 GARY MARTIN - Harmonica - 8
SHADES OF BLUE
It is hard to believe this is the debut album from a veteran of the Scottish blues scene, 35 years after taking up playing the guitar. A full time musician following his redundancy from his community centre job at the tender age of 50, Stevey now has time to pursue his career with a new band, Shades of Blue. His pedigree augurs well for future success as his CV includes touring with Charlie Musselwhite, appearing with Robert Cray and supporting Popa Chubby and Matt Schoﬁeld. The late Tam White, also from Edinburgh, respected Stevey’s talent and offered much encouragement. lndeed, Shades Of Blue comprise drummer Dave Swanson and bassist Paul Manson, both former members of Tam White’s backing group, The Dexters. Similarly, guitarist and composer Neil Warden, who masterminded this project, recorded and performed extensively with Tam whilst also working with other luminaries such as Maggie Bell and the late Boz Burrell. Not surprisingly given the blues DNA in the line up, this is a high quality CD with some well-chosen covers and a sprinkling of Hay originals. Stevey puts his own stamp on B B King's ‘Sell My Monkey’, with the assistance of the excellent John Burgess on tenor saxophone. Similarly, The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ ‘Why Get Up’ is given the Hay laidback groove, as is Mark Knopﬂer’s ‘Fade To Black’, with guest pianist Brian Kellock giving a very good impersonation of Otis Spann. However, it is the original material which stands out, notably ‘Keep Out Of Love',‘ Backyard Blues’ and the despairing ‘Losin’ with The Boozin’ showcasing Hay at the peak of his vocal and guitar prowess, ably supported by the innovative axeman and co-writer, Neil Warden. Stevey has the determination, the ability and the musicians around him to be a great success. He is an inspiration to the hundreds of other blues men and women out there who have plied their trade and paid their dues over many years without the recognition they deserve.
Seasick Steve proved that age is no barrier when it comes to making the big time and l hope that Stevey Hay and the boys follow in his footsteps with their authentic and unpretentious blues.
- Blues Matters