On guitars the Strange Tones feature Guitar Julie and Whit Draper. Raised on a steady diet of Jimmy Reed’s blues and Ike and Tina’s R&B, Guitar Julie’s incendiary solos light up the CD while her soulful vocals leave no doubt that every word she sings has got to be true. Known mostly for his traditional acoustic blues work with the band Back Porch Blues, Whit Draper clearly relishes the electric world of The Strange Tones. From understated blues to surf-a-billy madness his playing always entertains. The big fat groove of The Strange Tones comes from one of the finest rhythm sections working the Northwest. Bass player Andy Strange and drummer J.D. Huge lock in with a driving force that can only come from years of misspent youth playing together in bands. J.D. Huge propels the band with a steady hand, at times with a subtle shuffle, at others swinging like a man possessed. Andy Strange, an alumni of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ band, keeps the band firmly anchored in the roots with the deep throb of a Fender bass. Mr. Strange also spices up the mix with some lowdown harmonica, heartfelt vocals, and even a splash of theramin. Recorded at Relentless Recording by Jim Sanders the featured guests on the CD include the legendary Jon Koonce, nationally recognized slide guitar master Henry Cooper, and Hammond B3 heavyweight Mike Walker. NOTABLE QUOTES: “Bluesy, rockin’, raw, gritty, and oh so cool!” – Tom Addis, Host of “Blues Palace” KMHD 89.1 FM Portland, OR USA “The Strange Tones are a fine funky band that plays rockin’ roots music with the fervor of true believers. Their sound is stripped of gratuitous flash because these guys know Jimmy Reed’s secret, that one note is better than a hundred, especially if it’s the perfect one.” – John Foyston, The Oregonian “The best bass man I know” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins “SIZZLING-SMOKIN’- RAW- ROLLICKIN’ Are the words that best describe the Strange Tones brand of new roots blues. They transform the sounds of the past with their unique interpretations and influences and creative energy. Each performance is like boarding a runaway train which races you on down the tracks taking you on a wild, energetic ride into the future of blues.” – Rowan DeSantis, Positively Entertainment “YEAH!!!!!! Very Nice!” – Bob Anchetta, Host of Sunday Night Blues” KINK 102 FM Portland, OR USA The Strange Tones consistently deliver the groceries on strolls, shuffles and sneaky instrumentals. – John Chandler, Portland Tribune
August 2003 Featured Artist: The Strange Tones
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Mastered releases for Paul Lesinkski‘s band Isor Wallobee, Fortuna, CA jazz singer Mary-Jo Casasanta, The Bassoon Brothers and Susie Blue. Deep Elm Records artists Desert City Soundtrack and Haywire Recording engineer Robert Bartleson were in to master the new CD entitled “Funeral Car”. Headless Human Clones guitarist, David K. Hopkins came by to master his solo effort entitled “Noble Gases”. A blast from the past, 1966 band The Fugitives were in to re-master their single from the same year. Colorfield brought in their new 5 song EP for some sonic polish. The almighty Duffy Bishop band came in with producer Terry Robb to master their new CD entitled “Ooh Wee!” Bruce Powers and his band Powersjames dropped off their new disc as well. The Court Street Christian Church in Salem, Oregon came by to master their new live CD. Completed editing for Adam Zwig. Tracking continues for Tim Current and The Martindales. Tracked ocean sounds and guitarist Andy Bray for The Musical Sea Records. Portions of this month’s news were published in the “Coast to Coast – Session & Studio News” section of the November 2003 issue of Mix Magazine.
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