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Blueskings

Blueskings

www.blueskings.net

Verite Cover
  • Verite
  • Blues
  • Earl Seratte & The Blues Kings
  • 12/15/2007
  • Verite
Liner Notes: Earl Seratte And The Blues Kings When Earl Seratte plays the blues, people listen. They often assume they are hearing the voice of a mighty big man, because he’s got such a mighty big voice. And when they hear him play the harmonica, they’re often unsure what they’re hearing, because his is such a unique sound on the blues harp. It’s a soulful sound based on traditional blues but with an electric edge created by the use of effects that add a rich and colorful depth to his tone. Influenced by blues legends Sonny Boy Williamson, Jimmy Reed, and Paul Butterfield among others, Seratte has developed a style all his own. A potent amalgam of traditional blues with the dynamic intensity of rock & R&B, Seratte has toured with Johnny Otis, Big Joe Turner and Elvin Bishop. Seratte played with many different incarnations of the Blues Kings before the ideal combination of musicians was realized. First on board was Billy Salisbury, who Seratte discovered at an open jam at a club in Riverside, California. Impressed by the soulful and fluid precision of his playing, Seratte invited him to join the band. Salisbury, a New York native was a veteran of numerous rock, jazz, fusion and Top-40 bands. Seratte had the perfect bass player for the band, but needed the right drummer and guitarist to complete the puzzle. The Blues Kings remained essentially incomplete until they teamed up with the multi-talented singer-guitarist-songwriter Dan Kirkpatrick and solid “in the groove” drummer Steve Gaynor. Kirkpatrick, hailing from the Midwest, was a veteran of many touring rock bands before moving to Hollywood where he led his own bands for years and had been a band mate previously with Salisbury. He was the missing link for the Blues Kings, bringing a mainstream blues-rock feel that was the ideal counterpart to Seratte’s earthy blues. Seratte suggested drummer Steve Gaynor to fill the final role. Gaynor, a Southern California native, had worked with Seratte in the 70’s and 80’s and had shared the stage with the likes of Curtis Salgado, Etta James and Tommy Castro to name a few. With the new and improved ensemble featuring the talents of singer-guitarist Kirkpatrick, bassist Billy Salisbury and drummer Steve Gaynor, Earl Seratte and The Blues Kings are on the cutting edge of the new power blues resurgence presently sweeping through America. Earl Seratte and The Blues Kings critically acclaimed first CD “Verite” released in 2002, has what reviewers have said is “a great combination of traditional blues, swing and modern rock-style songs delivered with panache and makes this band a must see if they hit a club near you”. Earl Seratte and The Blues Kings perform throughout Southern California and have added writing music for film and television to their repertoire, including songs heard on the NBC hit series “My Name Is Earl” and Showtime’s “Huff”. For interviews and booking information, please call Blues Kings Productions at 661/252-8024, email the band dan@blueskings.net, or visit them at their website at www.blueskings.net.
  1. Why Don't You Love Me
  2. She Walks Right In
  3. Walkin' In Your Sleep
  4. That Girl
  5. Complicated
  6. 4:59 In The Morning
  7. Just A Little Bit
  8. Bendin' Like A Willow Tree...
  9. Walking By Myself
  10. Keep On Movin'
  11. Don't Drink The Water