Next release: B.B. & The Blues Shacks - Businessmen June 20, 2014
‘Businessmen’ - the long-awaited seventh CrossCut album
featuring the Hildesheim, Germany based group, will finally be
released on June 20, 2014.
Later this year, the blues and soul quintet will celebrate its 25th
stage anniversary. ‘Businessmen’ perfectly reflects the history and
artistic growth of Europe’s leading blues force, performing a
marvelous set of originals in sparkling form, excellent and
Like its predecessor, ‘Come Along’, ‘Businessmen’ was recorded
under the supervision of Andreas Wingert at Koka Studios in
Vienna, Austria. With the exception of “It Was A Dream”, a John
Brim Chicago blues classic, all songs were written by Andreas and
Michael, the Arlt brothers and founding members of the band.
With confidence, competence, and power B.B. & The Blues
Shacks are presenting themselves as a straight blues band with
some soul notes, showing their enthusiasm and their attention to
detail. More than any of their previous studio recordings,
‘Businessmen’ reflects the fascination and energy of their 3,000
plus live performances on international stages on all five
Blues with a capital "B" might be a suitable headline of this
production. Drummer Jochen Reich is the band’s latest addition.
Along with long-time member Henning Hauerken on upright bass
and bass guitar he represents the rhythmic force and powerful
backbone, delivering new grooves and steady rhythms, providing
the playground for soloists such as keyboardist Dennis Koeckstadt
and guitarist Andreas Arlt. Fans of Michael Arlt’s exquisite art of
harmonica playing will enjoy this set. He’s playing his heart out!
The No Show No Blow Horns deliver that certain something,
razor-sharp and accurately arranged horn parts and solos at the
highest level - almost an integral part of the musical concept of
B.B. & The Blues Shacks.
‘Businessmen’ - anything but ‘business as usual’.
Mellow, fat, and rich sounding blues at its very best!