Big Joe & the Dynaflows return with 13 tracks of traditional blues on Rockhouse Party. Produced in Nashville TN the album features four Big Joe originals and choice cover material expertly performed as only the Dynaflows can. Produced by Big Joe and Grammy Nominee, Kevin McKendree (Delbert McClinton, Brian Setzer, Lee Roy Parnell), the album features stellar guitar work by Robert Frahm, new comer Yates McKendree and the soulful Erin Coburn. Long time veteran, bassist Rookie Brill, makes his vocal debut on 5 tracks. This is a must for any serious blues lover. 180 Gram Vinyl
There’s no doubt in my mind that Big Joe Maher is one of the finest blues drummers – not to mention singers – alive. His heart pounds to an “old school“ shuffle beat and this collaboration with fellow “old-schoolers” is one of the best aggregations of blues talent to record in years. How can Yates McKendree, a 16-year-old guitar prodigy, be “old school?” Maybe he picked it up from his old man, Kevin, a brilliant, “in demand” keyboardist and owner of the studio in which this project was produced. And then there’s the amazing 16-year-old singer/guitarist Erin Coburn. She’s another teen phenom with a facility rooted in the blues tradition. When I first met guitarist Frahm, he was likewise a prodigy of “old school” sensibility. He quickly accrued a formidable reputation on the blues scene. Bassist “Mookie” Brill is a blues veteran of many years possessed of a deeply soulful voice. Incredibly, this is the first time his expressive vocals have appeared on a recording! Produced by Kevin and Joe, this session was engineered by Evan Sarli. If the name sounds familiar, Evan is the song of the late Jeff Sarli, a masterful bassist who left us much too soon. Obviously, this combo boasts an impressive pedigree. So do as the title implies – crank up this disk and have yourself a “Rockhouse Party”! – Marty Baumann
Big Joe Maher Drums: All tracks. Vocals: tracks 1, 4, 5, 9, 10, 13.
Tom “Mookie” Brill Bass: All tracks. Vocals: tracks 2, 3, 6, 8, 11.
Kevin McKendree Piano, Organ: All tracks.
Yates Kendree Guitar: All tracks.
Robert Frahm Guitar: All tracks except track 10.
Erin Coburn Guitar: Track 10. Backup vocals: tracks 3, 6.
Produced by Kevin McKendree and Big Joe Maher
Recorded at Rockhouse Studios, Franklin, TN
Engineer: Evan Sarli
Mixed by Kevin Mckendree
Mastered by Jim Demain
Graphic Design by Marty Baumann