Ticket To Chicago
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Australian slide monster jams with Chicago blues giants--Billy Branch, Gene Barge, Johnny B. Gayden, Ray Allison, & Tony Z. "Exhilaratingly relentless...he produces solo upon blistering solo"--GUITAR WORLD
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All songs by Dave Hole, Dave Hole Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI except Bullfrog Blues by William Harris, publisher unknown.
Dave Hole, Guitars and Vocals
Tony Z., Piano and Organ
Johnny B. Gayden, Bass
Ray "Killer" Allison, Drums
Billy Branch, Harmonica on Empty Train and Bermuda Triangle
Gene Barge, Horn Arrangements on Phone Line, You Got The Blues, and Why Can't You Be True?
Ken Anderson, Trumpet
Steve Eisen, Tenor Sax
Brian Ripp, Baritone Sax
Steve Eisen, Tenor Sax and Arrangement on You're Too Young
Produced by Dave Hole and Bruce Iglauer
Engineered and mixed by Gus Mossler
Recorded and mixed at Chicago Recording Company, Chicago, IL
Engineering assistance by Jeff Lane
Mastered by Jay O'Rourke at Monster Disc, Chicago, IL
Cover and Background Photos by Jim Matusik
Design by Matt Minde and David Forte
Inlay and Booklet photos by Noel Grigalunus,
except Billy Branch photo by Dan Silverman
Tony Z. appears courtesy of Tone-Cool Records
Billy Branch appears courtesy of Verve Records
Special thanks: Tim Kolleth and the Alligator Records staff, Jan Van Der Linden and the staff of Provogue Records, Daryl Upson, Terry Atterton, John Wilson, Bob Patient, Al Kash, Michael Burn, Roy Daniel, Peter and Barbara Holland, John Villani, Les Williams, Tom Gold, Raymund and Angelika Tillman, Neil Mumme, Rik Van Der Velde, Ron Parker, Leslie Hinton, Mark Baier of Victoria Amplifiers and Dave Katzman.
Bullfrog Blues is in fond memory of Rory Gallagher
On his last album, Steel On Steel, Dave Hole sang "take me to Chicago" and dreamed out loud about flying from his home in Perth, Australia and jamming with some of the giants of Chicago blues. With Ticket To Chicago, we've made his dream come true. Dave has melded his amazing over-the-top (literally) slide guitar style and impassioned vocals with the deep blues feeling and superb musicianship of some of the Windy City's finest young bluesmen and most experienced veterans. Inspired by the energy and focus of his accompanists, Dave delivers his bluesiest album yet, an album that evokes the spirits of Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor, Muddy Waters and Albert King yet rocks just as hard as Dave's fiery live shows and previous albums.
The players on this album have impeccable credentials. Ray "Killer" Allison has powered the bands of James Cotton, Muddy Waters and, for the last two years, Buddy Guy. Johnny B. Gayden is Chicago's most in-demand bassman; he's recorded with Koko Taylor, Son Seals and dozens of others, but his most famous credit is the decade he spent on the road as the key member of Albert Collins' Icebreakers. Tony Z. toured with Ronnie Earl before coming to Chicago and joining Larry McCray's band. Now he's backing Buddy Guy, but also cutting his own solo albums for the Tone-Cool label. Billy Branch leads the Sons of Blues and has appeared on literally hundreds of records after serving his apprenticeship in Willie Dixon's band. Gene "Daddy G" Barge is one of the great R&B tenor sax players and a superb songwriter and arranger whose career spans five decades. He's backed everyone from Gary U.S. Bonds to Chuck Willis to Little Milton to Big Twist, and his horn arrangements are a crucial part of the Chicago blues sound of the last thirty years.
Since Dave Hole burst out of Australia and onto the world blues/rock scene a few years ago, he's toured long and successfully through the U.S.A., and taken every opportunity to hear the blues played live by American bluesmen on their home turf. He's jammed with some of the best, and absorbed all this experience into his own high-energy sound and style. TICKET TO CHICAGO is Dave Hole's ultimate blues statement, one he's waited his whole life to make.
-- Bruce Iglauer