Salgado's Alligator debut highlights his deep soul vocals on four original tunes as well as songs by Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Otis Redding, Bobby Womack and George Clinton. He's backed by The Phantom Blues Band and they provide power-packed accompaniment, whether setting the stage for smoldering ballads or hard-driving rockers. "Triumphant, joyful blues-soaked R&B...one of the most soulful, honest singers ever" -Blues Revue
Produced by Marlon McClain and Tony Braunagel Co-Produced by Curtis Salgado Recorded at Ultratone Studios, Studio City, CA and Falcon Studios, Portland, OR E...
Produced by Marlon McClain and Tony Braunagel Co-Produced by Curtis Salgado Recorded at Ultratone Studios, Studio City, CA and Falcon Studios, Portland, OR Engineered by Johnny Lee Schell Additional engineering by Dennis Carter Mixed by John Porter Mastered by Robert Vosgien at Capitol Mastering, Hollywood, CA Photos by Paul Natkin, Photo Reserve Packaging design by Kevin Niemiec Alligator logo by Michael Trossman
Curtis Salgado Vocals and Harmonica Tony Braunagel Drums Johnny Lee Schell Guitars Mike Finnigan Organ Larry Fulcher Bass except on He Played His Harmonica Jim Pugh Piano
with: Joe Sublett Saxophone Darrell Leonard Trumpet Lenny Castro Percussion Marlon McClain Guitar on "Gettin' To Know You," "She Didn't Cut Me Loose," "Let Me Make Love To You," "He Played His Harmonica" and "Baby, Let Me Take You In My Arms" Nathaniel Phillips Bass on "He Played His Harmonica" Franck Goldwasser Lead Guitar on "Strung Out" Kurt Clayton Clavinet on "He Played His Harmonica"
Background Vocals: Margaret Linn, LaRhonda Steele and Sean Holmes Additional Background Vocals: Curtis Salgado, Johnny Lee Schell and Archie Love
Horn arrangements by David Mills Horn arrangements for Love Comfort Zone by Darrell Leonard Vocal arrangements by Margaret Linn and Curtis Salgado Vocal arrangements for Love Comfort Zone by Archie Love
Special thanks to Philip and Wendy Salgado, Andrea Crawford, David Leiken, Kathy Goranson, Roger Naber, Scott Serpa, Lowell MacGregor, Tony Braunagel, Marlon McClain, Bruce Iglauer and the staff at Alligator Records, Dick Shurman, Bruce Bromberg, Randall Grass, Dave Duncan, Dave Mills, Dave Fleschner, Scott Cramer, Mike Crider, everyone at Intrepid Artists, Nick and Kate Moss, Rick Estrin, Alby Allen, Tracy and Louis Pain, Vic and Jackie Linsley, Elizabeth Tappendorf and Matt Graber
Curtis Salgado plays Hohner Harmonicas customized by Joe Filisko
Singer, songwriter and harmonica master Curtis Salgado was building a stellar resume as a major force in modern blues and R&B well before recording this equally stellar album, which hopefully is serenading the reader. Born in Everett, Washington and long based in Portland, Oregon, he has now recorded eight CDs as a leader and progressed from a longtime popular Pacific Northwest icon to a headliner of blues festivals and Legendary Blues Cruises, and winner of the 2010 Blues Music Award for "Soul Blues Male Artist Of The Year." His widely acclaimed previous release, , was nominated for four Blues Music Awards. He co-led The Robert Cray Band and was integral in its rise, was featured with Roomful Of Blues, Santana and Steve Miller, was a major factor (during the filming in Eugene, Oregon of "Animal House") in John Belushi's creation of The Blues Brothers (Cab Calloway's character in the movie bore Curtis' name), and branded blues guitar great Albert Collins with his durable nickname "Master Of The Telecaster."
Just how beloved Curtis is was manifest when he encountered costly and life-threatening health issues which culminated a few years ago. The extent to which the local and national music community rallied on his behalf was as remarkable as his recovery has been; in fact his current stature as a live attraction and his newest CD affirm that, happily for him and his many fans, he is at a peak.
So I was already expecting great things when Curtis sent me to present to Alligator as a possible release. Even so, I was blown away when I heard what struck me immediately as being arguably his best recorded work ever. Everything that makes Curtis Curtis is here at a high level. His searing but nuanced gospel-drenched blues and soul vocals and his hip, fat-toned harp, applied judiciously but to great effect, are highlights as always. Four strong originals blend his deep immersion in the legacy of the genre with his up-to-the-minute street sense, as does his informed and tasteful selection of covers (of The O'Jays, Otis Redding, O.V. Wright, Parliament, Johnny "Guitar" Watson/Frankie Lee, Bobby Womack et al on ), all conveyed with swagger and virtuosity. With production from Marlon McClain and Tony Braunagel and his own co-production, and using a foundation of the highly regarded Phantom Blues Band plus some distinguished cameos, Curtis and his cohorts pack a seamless and powerful punch which is bound to rack up more awards and airplay as a highlight of the year and an instant classic. Go see Curtis and his band as they continue to tour worldwide, and appreciate a survivor, an inspiration and a mainstay of blues and R&B at the absolute top of his game.
-Dick Shurman Dick Shurman has produced or co-produced Alligator albums by Johnny Winter, Albert Collins, Roy Buchanan, Johnny Heartsman and Fenton Robinson and is a prolific album annotator and contributor to blues publications around the world.