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ARTIST: The Mannish Boys
TITLE: Wrapped Up and Ready
FORMAT: Compact Disc
LABEL: Delta Groove Music
RELEASE DATE: June 17, 2014
CATALOGUE NUMBER: DGPCD165
UPC NUMBER: 850021001858

THE MANNISH BOYS:
Sugaray Rayford: vocals (1, 2, 4-6, 8, 9, 12-14)
Randy Chortkoff: vocals (10), harmonica (7, 10)
Kirk “Eli” Fletcher: lead guitar [center channel] (16), guitar solos (4, 8, 10), rhythm guitar (1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10)
Franck “Paris Slim” Goldwasser: vocals (3, 15), lead guitar (3, 6), slide guitar solo (15), 2nd guitar solo (11), rhythm guitar and 3rd solo [left channel] (16), rhythm guitar (8, 9, 11-13, 15), eletric bass (10)
Willie J. Campbell: electric bass (1, 3-6, 9, 11-16), acoustic bass (2, 8)
Jimi Bott: drums and percussion (except 7)

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Steve Freund: vocals (11), lead guitar (5, 11)
Candye Kane: vocals (7)
Trenda Fox: vocals (10)
Bob Corritore: harmonica (12)
Jacob “Walters” Huffman: harmonica (8)
Kim Wilson: harmonica (4, 9, 13), backup vocals (4)
Laura Chavez: guitar (7)
Nico Duportal: rhythm guitar and 1st solo (2)
Kid Ramos: lead guitar (2, 14), 2nd solo (2)
Monster Mike Welch: lead guitar (1, 9, 12, 13), 2nd solo (15), rhythm guitar & 2nd solo [right channel] (16), rhythm guitar (4, 15), tremolo guitar (10)
Fred Kaplan: piano (1, 2, 4, 5, 7-9, 11-14)
Rich Wenzel: piano (3), B3 (7, 9, 16), Wurlitzer (3)
Bill Stuve: acoustic bass (7)
Dave Kida: drums (7)
Ron Dziubla: tenor & baritone saxophone (2, 9)
Ralph Carter: backup vocals (4)
Clifton Curtis & Larry Dopson: backup vocals (2)
Cynthia Manley & Jessica Williams: backup vcls (7)

TRACK LISTING:
01. I Ain’t Sayin’ (3:31)
02. Everything’s Alright (4:!5)
03. Struggle in My Hometown (4:10)
04. Wrapped Up and Ready (4:33)
05. It Was Fun (4:59)
06. I Can Always Dream (3:06)
07. I Idolize You (4:41)
08. You Better Watch Yourself (4:19)
09. Something for Nothing (5:53)
10. Can’t Make a Livin’ (4:47)
11. The Blues Has Made Me Whole (4:15)
12. I Have Love (4:18)
13. Troubles (5:06)
14. She Belongs to Me (4:26)
15. Don’t Say You’re Sorry (3:54)
16. Blues for Michael Bloomfield (8:13)

Produced by Randy Chortkoff & Jeff Scott Fleenor

Wrapped Up and Ready

Artist: The Mannish BoysGenre: .

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From the beginnings of the band six CDs ago, Randy Chortkoff has worked like the ringmaster of a three-ring circus, keeping one the tightest all-around blues bands in the world today busy in the center ring, while performing amazing feats of coordination around them by spotlighting countless guest stars on each and every release. As a result the Mannish Boys have featured some of the best and brightest names in blues today, from the most seasoned veterans to the most exciting young talent, all carefully mixed and matched to field teams of artists perfectly in synch with one another on each song they take on. It wasn’t at all unusual for past releases to feature three or four different singers, four or five different guitarists, and a full cast of all-star guest soloists. But this time out, the plan was different: scale things down, simplify, strip everything down to just the fundamentals. However…as you now know, they’ve never been known to do anything halfway, so that plan went out the window on day one.

The result is the latest Mannish Boys extravaganza, complete with an all-star guest lineup worthy of most full-blown blues festivals. And much like a perfect wedding, there’s something old, something new, something borrowed, and plenty of blue(s). The core band is led by powerhouse vocalist and front man Sugaray Rayford, and features the double-barreled guitar firepower of Kirk “Eli” Fletcher and Franck Goldwasser, anchored by the skin-tight rhythm section of bassist Willie J. Campbell and drummer Jimi Bott. Chortkoff himself contributes harp and vocals as needed, and right there you’ve already got one of the best lineups in the business. But of course, that’s only half the story.

Among those making guest appearances are the sultry singer Candye Kane (helped out by her amazing guitarist Laura Chavez), Bay Area great – by way of New York and Chicago – Steve Freund, blazing young guitarist Monster Mike Welch, and piano master Fred Kaplan. Blues harmonica fans will also find plenty to enjoy as three guests are also on hand to help hold down harp duties: Delta Groove recording artist Bob Corritore, teenage phenomenon Jacob “Walters” Huffman, and the great Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Also notable on this release is the return of guitarist Kid Ramos, one of the leading blues guitarists of his generation, who has been off the scene for the last couple of years dealing with serious health issues. And that’s not all, folks…also on hand are bass player Bill Stuve and drummer Dave Kida, both veterans of Rod Piazza’s Mighty Flyers, French import Nico Duportal on guitar, a full array of background singers including promising newcomer Trenda Fox, and much more. So – no halfway measures here. But just what you’d expect from the Mannish Boys: an exciting tour through the very best that blues has to offer in the 21st century.

“…an infectious revival of both ’40s jump and ’50s to ’60s Chess-like styles from a band that lives inside the music…” – Wall Street Journal

“It is both refreshing and encouraging to see a song selection that favors a broad range of little-known gems respectfully presented by a deep stable of talent.” – Living Blues Magazine

“All fans of the MBs will know they consist of an ever changing roster of superb bluesicians who deliver blues and R&B of the highest order.” – Blues in Britain Magazine

“I could wax eloquently for an hour about this, a virtually flawless CD.  From top to bottom it delivers high powered performances that grab the listener and tells them to take notice… This is West Coast Blues done as well as any group can deliver.” – Blues Blast Magazine

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