CAROLYN BLUES SINGER GAINES
the new album from Carolyn Gaines: THE THRILL IS GONE:
Carolyn Gaines Pays Homage
To B.B. King, Buddy Guy & Other Blues Greats
With The Thrill Is Gone Out on August 2
Hand-picked covers convey her vocal prowess
Featured players: Grady Gaines, Sr and Grady Gaines, Jr and Ric Jaz
“Lady with Soul” – Johnny Rawls
“Gaines’ powerful, expressive voice has hints of the languid swing of Billie Holiday” – Blues Blast
Last year, fans and critics fell in love with Carolyn Gaines’ debut album, Beware Of My Dog, this year, she continues to sing her backside off, like Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Bessie Smith, and Diana Ross on her new album, The Thrill Is Gone via Polka Dot Records out on August 2, 2019. The collection is colorful and filled with snarls, sneers, growls, and guts all sung with a smile on the singer’s face. Gaines produced the album herself, and she recorded at Leon Haywood’s (“It’s Got To Be Mellow,” Guitar Slim, “Bad Mama Jama”) Sunnyside Studio in Los Angeles, CA. The studio was on the verge of closing, and she had one month to do it, so Carolyn called on some legendary musicians and Family to get the job done. So, this album, The Thrill Is Gone was one of the last recordings to come out of the studio.
Special guests on the album include Ric Jaz; blues guitarist for Buddy Guy, her uncle Grady Gaines, Sr (Little Richard, Gatemouth Brown, Sam Cooke, Jimi Hendrix) and his son Grady Gaines, Jr (Grady Gaines, Sr band) both on saxophone along with Gino Baronelli, “The Blues Don” on guitars. Other players on the album are Charles Sherman on piano, Moe Bleek on organ, Glen Doll on harmonica and upright bass; duties were cover by both Dale Atkins and Paul Kennedy.
Having an album with no drums and very sparse instrumentation allows a lot of space around the notes so you can hear the emotion in Gaines’ voice. She opens with the Buddy Guy classic lines; “Damn Right I Got The Blues – from my head down to my shoes,” with the same real raw vocal prowess as Guy still conveys. Buddy Guy has always been an artist that Carolyn looks up for inspiration with his long-standing and celebrated career. Her cover of “Guess What” she confirms in song, that she won’t let her man walk all over her, “Your house all messed up, baby, and your line don’t sound true, I smell a rat, cause it stinks all over you, say” (From Buddy Guy’s album, Living Proof, 2010).
On Ma Rainey’s tune, “Deep Moanin’ Blues” (1928) her uncle Grady Gaines, Sr and her cousin, Grady Gaines, Jr wail away on the saxophone while she sings deep from her bottom of her soul to get that lioness feeling out of her, [they] “just rock my socks!” laughs the blues singer. Carolyn’s voice has the swagger to it, and the attitude in her stylings and delivery is perfectly perfect like her father Roy Gaines, Buddy Guy, Ma Rainey, Bobby “Blue “Bland, The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger. Carolyn’s voice will remind you of the blues pioneer, Big Mama Thornton – a raspy, seductive sneer.
Side story: Leon Levy, a longtime mentor of her Carolyn’s played her music for the legendary Queen of Rock, Tina Turner and she said that her voice sounded like Big Mama Thornton.
“A celebration of the distinctive vocal tone that has a roughness that is never smoothed into something that it isn’t; her vocals are full of warmth and expression. “– Blues Doodles (UK)
Carolyn digs way down with Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind,” and that’s when she starts to blend tears with her vocals as she begs her man to reconsider their love. Her vocals are with mixed emotions met with the sparse sounds of her cousin Grady Gaines, Jr on saxophone with guitar, bass, and organ, so her vocals stand out. On the halfway mark of The Thrill Is Gone – her version of Muddy Waters’ “I Got My Mojo Working” is fun, sassy and her vocals are confident as Muddy Waters with Gino Baronelli’s hopping guitar licks matching her phrasing. Carolyn’s voice sounds like honey on Otis Redding’s “Dreams To Remember” her bittersweet melody of heartbreak with Gino’s chiming chords behind her, but it was Buddy Guy’s version that drew her to the song. The lonesome harmonica cries behind her voice, on Bobby “Blue” Bland’s ultimate heartache song, “Stormy Monday” and she comes back rocking out to Robert Johnson’s “Sweet Home Chicago” as she sings playfully with her uncle, Grady Gaines, Sr, on saxophone.
These songs on this album were carefully chosen by Carolyn, for she’s known and loved them since was a child from modern-day of Guy, and rockers like Jim Hendrix’s: her rock n’ roll, bluesy vocals on “Hey Joe” and “Red House” are extraordinary. She brings energy and groove to the classics. It’s the teary-eyed cover of Billie Holiday’s classic “God Bless The Child,” that her cousin Grady Gaines, Jr on saxophone and Ric Jaz Buddy Guy’s guitarist both strives to recreate a moment as if Billie Holiday was in the studio with them at Sunnyside. That song has always been a dream of hers to sing, taking cues from Lady Day and the singer who portrayed her on the silver screen, Diana Ross. “I always wanted to sing this song like Diana Ross, and I would dream of how I would combine it with the gracefulness of Billie,” Carolyn gushes.
The album closes with “The Thrill Is Gone,” a B.B. King song written by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell in 1951 became a mega-hit for B.B. back in 1969. Carolyn pays homage to him as being one of her very favorite blues singers and performers. Along with her uncle Grady Gaines, Sr’s soulful saxophone and Buddy Guy’s guitarist Ric Jaz, they “bestowed raw blazing sunshine!” Carolyn shouts after hearing the final recording.
Some of this music history with Carolyn started before she was even born. The singer was born in Houston, TX and moved out to the Los Angeles area with her father as a teenager only to fall in love with blues. Roy Gaines’ career started 60 years ago, with his band in Texas called The Jazz Crusaders, and he has released 18 albums, played with many blues and jazz greats, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Billie Holiday and Diana Ross. He played with the great Lady Day when he was just 21 at Carnegie Hall!
Her father’s love of the blues and jazz carried over to his daughter who developed a creative way, 20 years ago, to teach the American Blues genre, with her Blues School Programs by going into schools to teach children of all ages. She has the support of her father for this endeavor and Roy Gaines along with other artists Ike Turner, Guitar Shorty, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland, Etta James, Keb MO’, Herbie Hancock and B.B. King to appear at various events and show examples of their beloved genre. Roy Gaines’ was a legendary teacher of the blues. She was able to cover a lot of ground through the Los Angeles Unified Schools District; both Pasadena and Hawthorne from elementary to high school, homes for the elderly, and Roger Naber’s Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise. As of today, Carolyn has taught over three million people the blues!
Carolyn’s family’s stories intertwine with so much rich musical history from Billie Holiday, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, to Bobby “Blue” Bland to Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding, it’s only natural for her to pay homage!
“Carolyn Gaines sounds like Koko Taylor” – Paul Goldman, VP at Paradigm Talent Agency (Buddy Guy)
Carolyn’s choice to conserve the blues was a good one, for it’s been rewarding. Accolades from education to local governments to California Governor Gray Davis, Mayor James Hahn, NAACP-President-CEO- Kweisi Mfume and the highest honor came from First Lady Michelle Obama. Her work with the schools in the Los Angles covered the entire city: from 54th Street Elementary School (Nipsey Hussle) to Alma Reaves Woods Watts Library, 74th Street Elementary School to Crenshaw High School and county libraries. Praise came from members many levels of government; Los Angeles City Council Bernard Parks, Superintendent LAUSD, Members of Congress, City Council Members, U.S. Senators Dianne E. Watson/Dianne Feinstein, and California’s Speaker Assembly. In 2015, Carolyn Gaines was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Rhythm and Blues University in Texas an organization led by Dr. Lawrence Redd, for her work in the genre. Now, she joins fellow blues artists like legendary- award-winning Buddy Guy and Aretha Franklin; whom both have Honorary Doctorate Degrees.
Lending their talents for Carolyn’s album was Roy Gaines’ grand-daughter, Jewel, a hairstylist, fashion stylist grand-daughter Rainey, and great grand-daughter Primas, a makeup artist glamourized the blues singer on The Thrill Is Gone’ album art. “And, Grady Gaines, Sr’s; five-year-old great grand-niece (Roy’s great, great-granddaughter), Alisa, is a fantastic blues singer at the age of five! “Our family is keeping the blues energy flowing; groovy and bluesy. The Gaines Family is outstanding!” smiles Carolyn.
”But pedigree will only get you so far. It’s heart, feeling talent that makes a master musician, and make no mistake. Carolyn Gaines is the real deal.” – Blues Matters! UK
Carolyn Gaines album, The Thrill Is Gone will sure to be another hit with fans and critics alike, and she can’t wait to get it out; “I just wanted to cross over from these blues greats’ beautiful, “Bluesy” historical sounds and put my style on these classics! And I hope others will enjoy them as much as I do,” exclaims Gaines. So, this album, an homage, is her way to “Keep the Blues Alive!”
”Carolyn Gaines is an Entertainer.” – Grammy Winner Bobby Rush
website address: blues schools.org in California
Amazon. Com author Dr. Carolyn Gaines
~ Blues!.. Why Blues & Latin Music? ~
California author spreads love for blues and Latin music in new children’s book!
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA — Author Dr. Carolyn W. Gaines introduces kids to the music for dancing and listening styles of the blues and Latin music in her new book, Blues!.. Why Blues and Latin Music? — Second Edition. This wonderful new book is set to be released the week of Nov 19. The book is written in English and Spanish for kids.
Just like Buddy Guy, Grady Gaines, Shemekia Copeland, and Jennifer Lopez the most exciting entertainers of our decade, now, you can read about blues and Latin music artists while enjoying lots of full-colorful photos. Kids can learn about blues and Latin music history from colorful cartoons of Buddy Guy, Roy Gaines, Grady Gaines, Muddy Waters, Bessie Smith, Etta James, Jennifer Lopez, Shemekia Copeland, Ray Charles, Guitar Shorty, Shelia E, Celia Cruz, Carlos Santana, Billie Holiday, Bobby Blue Bland, and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In Blues!.. Why Blues & Latin Music? — Second Edition, young readers will learn about Lead Belly, Bessie Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Ceila Cruz, Shemekia Copeland, Grady Gaines, B.B. King, Roy Gaines, and Buddy Guy and many more. Learn about different kinds of blues, Latin artists music history, the songs they sang and how to do blues and Latin math.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher athttps://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com oramazon.com. To purchase a signed book, email email@example.com or message the author on Facebook at Carolyn Blues Singer Gaines. On a special note: author Carolyn Gaines has also entered the blues world as a new blues/rock singer. For blues educational public speaking and festival booking, contact manager Leon Levy at Jam Productions 760-770-5861.
“Blues!.. Why Blues & Latin Music? Is a small, yet profoundly important book. It tells young children about blues, Latin and historical creators of the art form. Written in English and Spanish from the heart and soul of Dr. Carolyn W. Gaines, and sub-titled blues! Porque Blues y Musica Latina?”
– Reviewer Lawrence N. Redd
The publication cleverly describes an innovative instructional program called, ”BluesSchools.” The program targets a diversity of elementary and middle school kids in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and Roger Nabor’s Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (kids). The blues program is applicable for school districts or educational institutions.
The book’s hand-crafted bright blue, polka dot cover features a colorful, hand-drawn cartoon of legendary guitarist and blues singer, Buddy Guy. The cover was designed and drawn by author Dr. Carolyn W. Gaines. Blues art is used throughout the book to help describe melody, tempo, rhythm; to emphasize the importance of associative properties in mathematics while using both the English and Latin alphabets.
A letter commenting about blues from legendary Roy Gaines grand-daughter, Rainey Washington, said, “Thanks Buddy Guy” for his Sweet Tea CD received at a meet and greet backstage at the Greek Theatre in 2003. 12 year old Rainey Washington’s letter attests to the fact that young kids love blues music and the history, deeply ingrained in English and Latin cultures. Dr. Carolyn W. Gaines constructed 800 blues, Latin, assemblies for LAUSD music Kids.
Roy Gaines, the blues guitarist for Billie Holiday, is the father of the author’s biographical focus of the book. Dr. Carolyn W. Gaines joyfully taught the kids about her legendary Uncle Grady Gaines who was saxophone player and bandleader for both Little Richard and Sam Cooke. Gaines also taught about great the blues and Latin contributions of the greats Buddy Guy, Roy Gaines, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bessie Smith, B.B. King, Sheila E, Jennifer Lopez, Carlos Santana, Bobby Blues Bland, Guitar Shorty, Shemekia Copeland, Lonnie Johnson T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles, and Bessie Smith who are each accented by children’s artwork and bilingual comic book captions. Blues and Latin comic cartoons are drawn by Dr. Carolyn W. Gaines and her daughter Rainey Washington.
Dr. Gaines meticulously credits many important people for their support, covering two decades. She acknowledges a plethora of influential supporters of her ”Blues Schools Program.” Some are well-known and others less visible but powerful achievers. Her detailed citations may require parental and teacher guidance to help children explore the larger blues context. If the purpose of blues education is to successfully pass accumulated cultural knowledge of previous generations onto the next, then Dr. Carolyn W. Gaines has accomplished that with her ”Blues Schools Program.” She has left a clear blues roadmap to replicate its success, in her book.
That, along with intricate details of the music industry that her father Roy Gaines taught her, motivated her to write the book. Blues!.. Why Blues & Latin music?
Dr. Carolyn W. Gaines has taught blues history, art and lyrics classes. She has also produced 800 blues assemblies for Los Angeles Unified School District students. She originated blues projects with local blues musicians, NY-Jazz Foundation, Boys & Girls Club, and superstars such as: Roy Gaines, Rene Jasha, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Keb’ Mo’, Guitar Shorty, Shemekia Copeland, Hubert Laws, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Lisa Terry, Bobby Blue Bland, Taj Mahal, James Brown, and Ike Turner, with music students to meet and greet at major venues. Silverstone Records, Alligator Records, Malaco Records, Universal Records and Black Gold Records send students promotion materials of their blues artists.
Dr. Gaines says, “To all supporters… Thanks!”
|WWW.TATE PUBLISHING. COM|