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Rip Cat Records

Rip Cat Records

A southern California based Blues and Roots label

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Last Time Was the Last Time Cover
  • Last Time Was the Last Time
  • Blues
  • Whiteboy James and the Blues Express
  • 03/10/2010
  • Last Time Was the Last Time
Liner Notes: (Whiteboy James CD liner notes) 2/15/10 Some of the wildest stories of blues clubs and bands in Long Beach start with "Whiteboy James ... ." In my three decades of experience booking bands and events, there's no one quite like Whiteboy for a good tall tale. Before I began publishing Southland Blues Magazine in 1990, I was KLON FM88’s (now KJAZ) first blues radio host, producer of the Long Beach Blues Festival, and promoted hundreds of blues shows at the The CSULB Nugget Tavern, Golden Sails Hotel and Bogart’s Restaurant in Long Beach. California. During the ‘80s I was privileged to work with many blues legends who had made L.A. their home like Big Joe Turner, George “Harmonica” Smith, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulson, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson and Johnny Otis. I also began to book shows with some younger generation blues bands and artists in the area like The Mighty Flyers, William Clarke, The Delgado Brothers, Luke & The Locomotives, and Doug MacLeod. One of those promising young artists among that group was Whiteboy James. It was obvious that James and his band members held the old masters in very high regard and they took their approach to the blues very seriously. The early Whiteboy James band displayed great showmanship and a lot of energy on stage, but in the last two decades they have really honed their craft and are now one of the best swing-blues bands on the West Coast. The Blues Express features blues veterans Scott Abeyta on guitar, Blake Watson on bass and Max Bangwell on drums. These bad boys can play with the best of them and when they get take stage with Whiteboy James on vocals and harp you are in for one house rockin’ night of blues! If you haven't seen Whiteboy James & The Blues Express in a juke joint bar like the Blue Dog Tavern in Long Beach, you've been missing one of the greatest shows around. Sporting his patented black trench coat, Whiteboy has the audience in his command within moments with his driving vocals and tasty, punctuated harp work. The band soon gets the groove just right and the joint in jumping before you know it. James is a dynamic showman and his humorous, slightly raunchy lyrics and comedic delivery on songs like “Big Butted Women” add to the fun. I know you will really dig their new CD but take my word for it—be sure to catch Whiteboy James & The Blues Express in live action at the next opportunity. They’re on their way so go see them while you can. Dan Jacobson, Publisher Southland Blues Magazine Last Time Was the Last Time – Credits Song List: 1. Chicken And The Hawk (J. Lieber, M. Stoller) 2. Last Time Was The Last Time (J.Page) 3. By My Side (J.Page) 4. Upside Your Head (J.Page) 5. Reefer Man (J. Hoover, S. Roberts, A, Razaf, R. Robbinson) 6. Don't Fuck Around With Love (J. Burns, C. Demetrius) 7. Fat Chance (S.Abeyta) 8. Have Your Way Baby (J.Page) 9. Keep It Clean (C. Jordan) 10. Worried Life Blues (M.Merriweather) 11. Walked Around The World (J. Page) 12. Untamed Melody (D. Gonzales) 13. Kiss Me When I Kiss (J.Page) 14. T-Bone For Daisy (S.Abeyta) 15. Shave'em Dry #2 (L.Bogen) Artist: Whiteboy James, vocals, harmonica Scott Abeyta, guitar Blake Watson, bass Max Bangwell, drums Additional vocals on Reefer Man: Whiteboy James, Scott, Blake, Max, James Page Jr., Shady Lane Produced by: Johnny Mastro Recorded and Mastered at: Jel Recording Studios, Newport Beach, CA Additional Recording at: TANFK, Costa Mesa, CA – Joseph Guthier Tracking Engineers: Shantih Haast and Joseph Gauthier Mix Engineer: Edo Guidotti Mastering: Edo Guidotti and Charlee Brooks Photos by Tim Sutton Artwork by Amy Norris Cover Model: Bridget Blonde Special Thanks: Diane Woolery, Bob and Sherri from the Blue Dog, Vince Jordan, Dave and Jackie Hayden, Mark and Mary Rose, Joe Irwin, Amy Norris, Jesse James and Garage Magazine, Dan Jacobson, Leonard Ortiz Da Blues King, Art Martel, Velinda the Taco Girl, Lonnie, CJ, Tom Wheeler, Marshall, Janis and Kyla Watson, Randi Adelman, James Page Jr., Sherri Page, Daisy Campbell, The Ebersole clan of Cleveland, Sam and Dave from Line 9 Blues Review, Junior Watson, Phil Alvin, Scott Lambert, Hollywood Hank Deluxe, Anthony Contreas, Matt Samia, Carl Bass, Henry Carvajal, Shady Lane, Blizzard Entertainment, Shelly Guidotti, and all of our fans and our friends on MySpace In Memory of Fat Paul Avila and Robert Lucas Booking information: whiteboyjames.com All songs that were written by J Page and S Abeyta are published by Abeyta Page Publishing, ASCAP © 2010 Page, Abeyta. All rights reserved.
  1. Chicken And The Hawk
  2. Last Time Was The Last Time...
  3. By My Side
  4. Upside Your Head
  5. Reefer Man
  6. Don't F@#$ Around With Love...
  7. Fat Chance
  8. Have Your Way Baby
  9. Keep It Clean
  10. Worried Life Blues
  11. Walked Around The World
  12. Untamed Melody
  13. Kiss Me When I Kiss
  14. T-bone For Daisy
  15. Shave'em Dry #2
The Mighty Mojo Prophets Cover
  • The Mighty Mojo Prophets
  • Blues, Blues
  • The Mighty Mojo Prophets
  • 02/02/2011
  • The Mighty Mojo Prophets
Liner Notes:
  1. Evil Sometimes
  2. Friday Night Phone Call
  3. Night Train
  4. Life's A Hurtin' Thing
  5. Smile On My Face
  6. Da Switch
  7. West Coast Blues
  8. Hoodoo Lover
  9. My Baby
  10. Love Me Like You Should
  11. Carmen G
  12. Boogie Woogie Rhythm
  13. Travelin' Man
The Late Show Cover
  • The Late Show
  • Blues, Jazz
  • Barry Levenson
  • 02/17/2011
  • The Late Show
Liner Notes: If the great players who stamped out Chicago's West Side as their cutting fields in the 1960's – Magic Sam, Freddie King, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Albert King – had pushed their command of blues melodies into new harmonic territory, one result may have been Barry Levenson's THE LATE SHOW. Interestingly, ten of the fifteen tracks here are instrumentals, and one would have to go back to Freddie King's HIDEAWAY and Albert Collins' THE COOL SOUNDS OF... to find the equivalently successful six-string showcases. Although as befitting a 21st century roots stylist, Levenson has a broader, all-encompassing approach. In this way, THE LATE SHOW is a concept album that mines all facets of blues and blues-based guitar. From the Meters-like groove of “Meters Runnin'” to the Bill Frizzell-shaped twang of “Steel Life” to the Bobby Womack and Curtis Mayfield church-derived “Whole Lotta Blues” and the Les Paul sweep of “Charlie's Ride”, Levenson lays down line after line of single notes whose harmonic backdrop is Grant Green and Kenny Burrell's boplicity. In an era where guitarists throw in every lick that has ever crossed their minds, it's refreshing to hear an album of over sixty-plus minutes of soloing in which the player is tastefully holding back as Levenson offers highly-refined improvisations where all the extraneous notes have been considered and discarded. In an age of post-modern simulations then, THE LATE SHOW is a high modernist masterpiece and the only question that remains is...does blues guitar have anything else to say after this? --Frank Joseph, contributing writer, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Musician, Downbeat Magazine.
  1. Riley's Shuffle / Blue Tears...
  2. Whole Lotta Blues
  3. One For Muddy
  4. Meters Runnin'
  5. The Late Show
  6. Turn Up The A.C.
  7. Slippin' Down Blues
  8. Charlie's Ride
  9. Steel Life
  10. Wrong Side Of The Blues
  11. West Side Rain
  12. Down At The Hill
  13. Rush Hour
  14. Drinkin' Stops Me Thinkin'...
  15. Green Is Blue