Watch Your Step!
ARTIST: Andy Santana and the West Coast Playboys
TITLE: Watch Your Step!
FORMAT: Compact Disc
LABEL: Delta Groove Music
RELEASE DATE: October 16, 2015
CATALOGUE NUMBER: DGPCD170
UPC NUMBER: 850021001926
Andy Santana: vocals & harmonica, lead guitar (2-4, 9), 2nd guitar lead (10), percussion (13)
Kid Andersen: lead guitar (7), 4th guitar lead (10), baritone guitar (2, 12, 13) rhythm guitar (3, 4, 6, 9, 11), acoustic guitars (5), Farfisa (7), Moog (10)
Anthony Paule: lead guitar (6, 8, 11), 3rd guitar lead (10), rhythm guitar (1, 6-8, 12, 13)
Mighty Mike Schermer: 5th guitar lead (10)
Bob Welsh: lead guitar (5, 10), 1st guitar intro & lead (10), piano (1, 3, 6-8, 11-13), Rhodes (5)
Rusty Zinn: rhythm guitar (2, 4, 9)
Lorenzo Farrell: keys (13), B3 (5, 6, 8, 12, 13)
Nate Ginsberg: keys (2, 4), B3 (4), piano (2, 9), Rhodes (9)
Mike McCurdy: acoustic/electric bass (3, 7, 11)
Mike Phillips: electric bass (2, 4-6, 8-10, 12, 13)
Robi Bean: drums (1, 3, 7, 11)
June Core: drums (5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13)
D’mar: drums (2, 4, 9)
Frankie Ramos: tenor saxophone (1, 13)
Eric Spaulding: tenor saxophone (4, 13)
Jack Sanford: baritone saxophone (4, 13)
Manny Angel: trumpet (4, 13)
Lisa Leu Andersen: background vocals (5, 6), percussion & shouts (13)
01. Knock Knock (2:30)
02. Watch Your Step (3:51)
03. Playgirl (3:22)
04. One Way Love Affair (3:23)
05. Love Sickness (3:52)
06. You May Not Know (3:55)
07. No Double Talk (3:00)
08. Can’t You See (5:23)
09. Take Me Back (3:30)
10. Greaseland (6:49)
11. You Smell Like Cookies (3:25)
12. What’s Wrong? (2:36)
13. Go on Fool (3:15)
Produced by Andy Santana & Kid Andersen
Except tracks 3, 4 & 9 by Rusty Zinn
Watch Your Step!Artist: Andy SantanaGenres: Rhythm and Blues (R&B), West Coast Blues.
There is a true California ethos in which the state is an amalgamation of America. The Golden State has absorbed virtually every American culture and made it her own. Native Californian Andy Santana and his music speak directly to this notion. His music has always drawn from styles whose roots can be found in Chicago blues and New Orleans R&B for instance. He adds a dose of swinging West Coast blues to the mix and invariably comes up with something that sounds fresh, exciting and just plain fun.
Andy Santana is such a gifted musician it is almost scary. He has a unique voice on three different instruments; his singing, harmonica and guitar. Combine that with his natural flair as a songwriter and it is virtually impossible not to have the highest regards of this immense talent. For Andy’s part, he exudes a kind of laid back modesty that is often present in the true greats and yet stands in sharp contrast to his musical prowess. Longtime admirer and close personal friend, Rusty Zinn, speaks to this effect by stating, “The man is just that bad ass. What can I say? He moves me in a way that many players who are perhaps considered masters, don’t!”
His career is also like his home state in that it has been somewhat isolated from the rest of the country. He has been a consistently exciting recording artist and live performer for many years, but too few east of the High Sierras are aware of Andy Santana. That is about to change, for after years of releasing his music independently, Andy Santana has found a record company that shares his vision of West Coast cool.
Andy Santana has fronted talent laden bands for years, such as the West Coast Playboys and the Soul Drivers. Both bands were big hits wherever they played. In the Northern California beach/college town of Santa Cruz, for instance, the affection for the music of Andy Santana borders on cult and/or legendary status. His band the Soul Drivers played a weekly Tuesday night gig in front of a packed house at the biggest joint in town, Moe’s Alley, for nine years, as well as making four appearances at the San Francisco Blues Festival, including one performance backing legendary R&B singer Nappy Brown.
For his new CD, Andy Santana has resurrected the infamous West Coast Playboys. “Watch Your Step!” features an army of talent including Rick Estrin and the Nightcats’ guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Kid Andersen, longtime musical companions Mighty Mike Schermer and June Core, as well as Bay Area blues stalwarts Rusty Zinn, Anthony Paule, Bob Welsh and others. Here Andy’s originals stand alongside some interesting covers that have the iconoclastic sensibilities of a true American original.
While listening to “Watch Your Step!” it is as if you are in a New Orleans dance hall that just happens to be on a beach in California. Sorry Santa Cruz, your secret is out of the bag.
“Andy Santana plays the guitar exactly like I like. He has a clean precise tone that is very melodic. It is simple and to the point never losing sight of the melody just like his wonderful vocals.” – Anson Funderburgh
“Andy’s a great musician and singer. Plays a mean blues guitar. Love his material and the recording.” – Billy Flynn
“I’ve known Andy for 42 years and he has always been a very good singer, very good harmonica player and now he’s great on guitar. I think he’s a triple threat.” – Junior Watson
“Andy Santana is a local legend in Northern California, having been soulfully singing, blowing harp, playing rocking blues guitar and leading first class blues combos for four decades. Now Andy is a Delta Groove artist and hopefully the world will know what a shining star we have in the NorCal region. Show us what you got dude!” – Mark Hummel
“Santana is a commanding, fat-toned harmonica player in the George Smith tradition and a tough guitarist whose staccato approach brings to mind such Texas pickers as Gatemouth Brown and Johnny “Guitar” Watson.” – Lee Hildebrand / Living Blues Magazine
“What cements this album in my permanent library is one of Santana’s original tunes. Why have we had to wait so long for someone to write a love song entitled “You Smell Like Cookies”? Well, it’s here; enjoy it.” – Steve Daniels / Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine
“Between the superb musicianship from one and all, the incredible arrangements and the fact that they play so smoothly together, this one should come with a warning label. This album might very well be a life-changing experience.” – Reflections in Blue