Nickels & Dimes
LABEL: Delta Groove Music
RELEASE DATE: March 22, 2005
CATALOGUE NUMBER: DGPCD103
UPC NUMBER: 850021001094
Mitch Kashmar: vocals & harmonica
Junior Watson: guitar (except 13)
Bob Welsh: piano, guitar (13)
Ronnie James Weber: acoustic & Fender bass
Richard Innes: drums
Arthur Adams: vocals & guitar (8)
Abu Talib (Freddy Robinson): vocals & guitar (5)
Randy Chortkoff: background vocals (2)
01. Dirty Deal (4:01)
02. Nickels & Dimes (4:47)
03. New York Woman (3:31)
04. Just Show It to Me (3:38)
05. Lizzy Mae (4:44)
06. Gettin’ Drunk (3:21)
07. Becky Ann (4:27)
08. Knock ’em Dead (3:34)
09. I Don’t Play (2:14)
10. Whiskey Drinkin’ Woman (5:09)
11. We’re Sittin‘ Home Tonight (4:24)
12. Who (4:01)
13. Runnin’ Off at the Mouth (4:29)
Produced by Randy Chortkoff
Nickels & DimesArtist: Mitch KashmarGenres: Harmonica Blues, West Coast Blues.
Mitch Kashmar is one of the most soulful and powerful blues singers in the business today, black or white; his blues harp playing is second to none for creativity, drive and excitement. He’s shared the stage with some of the biggest names in blues over the years, including Big Joe Turner, Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson, Lowell Fulson, Jimmy Witherspoon, John Lee Hooker, Pee Wee Crayton, and Johnny Adams. Stevie Ray Vaughan paid the ultimate compliment from one musician to another: “Can I sit in?” They’ve all known what the rest of the blues world is about to find out: Mitch Kashmar is a force to be reckoned with in the blues.
“Nickels & Dimes” is certain to be Kashmar’s breakthrough into the mainstream of roots and blues. Under the direction of Delta Groove Music head, Randy Chortkoff, Mitch is teamed with West Coast blues guitar pioneer Junior Watson, plus the all-star rhythm section of Richard Innes and Ronnie James Weber, and pianist Bob Welsh. The end result of this outstanding combination of talent is one of the deepest-rooted, hardest-swinging, funkiest blues outfits you’re likely to come across – and one that is perfectly tailored to Mitch Kashmar’s finely honed blend of old school blues tradition and modern power and sophistication.
Kashmar is also a witty and imaginative songwriter, as he displays on the seven originals included here. Check out the pulsating funk of the title track “Nickels & Dimes,” the struttin’ “Knock ‘em Dead” (with special guest Arthur Adams), or the low-down blues of “Becky Ann”; if there isn’t something here that ignites your groove thing, then your mojo definitely isn’t working. Season the whole mix with a few decades of experience as a bandleader, and the end result is one of the most exciting blues releases of the year, and another winner from Delta Groove. So sit back, turn it up, and make the ‘discovery’ for yourself – Mitch is the real deal.