Live at Labatt
ARTIST: Mitch Kashmar
TITLE: Live at Labatt
FORMAT: Compact Disc
LABEL: Delta Groove Music
RELEASE DATE: November 18, 2008
CATALOGUE NUMBER: DGPCD128
UPC NUMBER: 850021001315
Mitch Kashmar: vocals & harmonica
John Marx: guitar
Jimmy Calire: piano
Steve Nelson: bass
Tom Lackner: drums
01. I Got No Reason (5:16)
02. Dirty Deal (6:15)
03. Whiskey Drinkin’ Woman (5:52)
04. Evil Man Blues (aka Evil Gal Blues) (6:32)
05. Song for My Father (9:27)
06. Sugar Sweet (6:37)
07. You‘re the One (7:14)
08. Lollipop Mama (5:47)
09. Wake Up & Worry (5:07)
10. Castle Rock (7:55)
Recording courtesy of the Canadian Broadcasting Company
Live at LabattArtist: Mitch KashmarGenres: Harmonica Blues, Live Album, West Coast Blues.
Mitch Kashmar has come a long way since his humble beginnings in the quaint beachside community of Santa Barbara, CA. Kashmar first began establishing his reputation in the early 1980’s as leader of the Pontiax, performing in the clubs and venues of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties before making his move to the city of Los Angeles in ‘83. The Pontiax released their debut album, “100 Miles to Go,” on LP in ’89, and was later issued on CD in 1990 by Blue Sting Records out of Belgium. Over the years the Pontiax became a highly sought after backing outfit, allowing Kashmar the honor to share the stage with such legendary blues figures as Lowell Fulson, Albert Collins, Roy Gaines, Johnny Adams, Luther Tucker, John Lee Hooker, Larry “Texas Flood” Davis, Jimmy Witherspoon, Pee Wee Crayton, Big Joe Turner and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson.
Kashmar released his solo album debut, “Crazy Mixed-Up World,” in ‘99, but it wasn’t until his 2005 effort, “Nickels & Dimes,” for Delta Groove that his stock really began to rise. Kashmar was recognized two consecutive years in a row beginning in ‘06 with a Blues Music Award nomination for Best New Artist Debut and then Instrumentalist–Harmonica the following year. He also signed on for active duty with the latest touring incarnation of the classic ’70s funk-rock band War, and even made rock ‘n’ roll history appearing onstage alongside legendary British rocker Eric Burdon & War for a reunion concert held on April 21, 2008 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
On Friday, August 24, 2007, Mitch Kashmar was invited to perform at the 9th Annual Edmonton’s Labatt Blues Festival in Western Canada, and fortunately for blues fans everywhere the event was captured for posterity in front of an enthusiastic crowd by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Joining Kashmar on his performances for this release are Pontiax drummer Tom Lackner, bassist Steve Nelson, pianist Jimmy Calire, and former William Clarke guitarist John Marx, providing the perfect foil to Kashmar’s dynamic harp playing and emotive vocals. The live concert format allows Kashmar to really stretch out instrumentally and strut his stuff as he runs down a program featuring fan favorites off his two critically-acclaimed Delta Groove releases and additional material including, “Lollipop Mama,” a tribute to his old friend the late great William Clarke. “It’s the best stuff I’ve ever done!” says Kashmar, and we think you’ll whole-heartedly agree!
“Live at Labatt proves that Kashmar is ready to join the top ranks of fellow West Coast harpmen like Rod Piazza and Mark Hummel.” – Tim Holek / Living Blues Magazine
“…Californian Kashmar bursts out…drawing intensity out of original material about women and drink as skillfully as anyone emoting through Marine Bands today.” – Downbeat
“Kashmar is a mighty, tuneful vocalist who also plays trainloads of wicked harp.” – Hittin’ the Note