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Americana

The 44s Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rip Cat Records
  • ASIN: B0078464E2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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California blues rockers that fuse traditional LA and Chicago hard core blues pull off a wonderful back to the future fusion of old and new with steam powered energy and Kid Ramos at the controls adding his guitar fuel to their existing fire. The cats in this quartet were obviously born in a road house and grew up licking spilled beer off the floor while their parents ignored them. How else could they come up with such an authentic sound that is familiar without being derivative while it kicks ass all over the yard? No two ways about it, party over here. Grab a ride on this blues train, pronto. --Midwest Record - Entertainment News

There is no sophomore jinx for The 44s. The album is a big step forward for this Southern California based band. Their first outing, Boogie Disease sounded like ''the Red Devils meets Kid Ramos.'' There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but Americana reflects more of the band's own emerging personality. They offer up 11 originals and just two covers. Ramos is, again, at the helm as producer. His guitar can be heard all over this fine CD. It is however the band's vocalist and guitarist, Johnny Main, who comes across as the star on this outing. Bassist Mike Turturro, drummer J.R. Lozano and harmonica player Tex Nakamura round out this band which has broken out of the local scene here in Southern California and just returned from their second tour.

This record also benefits greatly by the album's other special guest, tenor saxophone monster Ron Dziubla. If you are a fan of the 44s, you will also appreciate the album's generous helping of music. At 13 songs and 54 minutes, there is simply more music to enjoy than in their debut release. On Americana the band spreads its wings and takes a more varied, multi-textured approach to their music. The 44s have come a very long way, very quickly.

The bottom line here is that this band has chosen not rest on its laurels. Their debut album Boogie Disease was very well received. The 44s however made the decision not to try and recycle a successful formula but to grow as artists. Americana proves that they are not only a solid live performing ensemble, but are an emerging force to be reckoned with in the studio as well. Americana serves notice that the 44s are driving down the blues highway at a break neck speed and are going in the right direction. --David Mac, Blues Junction

Product Description

The much anticipated second release from the 44s features blues guitar legend Kid Ramos both playing and producing. After the success of their first CD, the 44s are following up with mostly originals and even some horns on a few songs. With the release of this CD expect to see the 44s on the road full time.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fully Loaded with Rockin' Blues July 11, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Out of Los Angeles area, these cats mix West Coast Blues with Chicago and other American styled roots music into their own brand of hi energy infectious music.
Opening with 'Hanging Tree' we are treated to a serious boogie based song of the effects and cost of high and hard living. Featuring Kid Ramos, on this and several tracks, we get the feeling that there is no regrets and this was the the road chosen and therein lies the tale.
'Lady Luck' slowly smokes as Johnny Mains sings of the abandonment by this fickle lady and his quest for the smallest bit of appeasement in the battle called life. Some great horns, arranged by Kid Ramos and Ron Dziubla, add depth to this cut which has a familiar riff to it - I'm thinking 'Mama Told Me Not To Come' and actually it would make sense knowing the overall theme of the song. Let me know if ya hear it!
Well versed in many styles but all lead to the well trodden path of dangerous women, uncompromised living and the harsh dramas found along that path. In 'Cocaine' we ride the wave of the lady's love being equated to that seriously addictive drug and other vices that are so easy to pick up on and ever so hard to put down.
To further show their ability to detail the dark side they take us on the highway to 'Dixie'. A taste of Southern rockabilly that stomps and kicks, smokes and chugs before ending like a train that has hit the restraining wall just as the brakes finally kick in. Good fun!
The two covers here are the gritty 'Mr. Highway Man' by Howlin' Wolf, and the rockin' "You'll Be Mine' by Willie Dixon.
There is a classic old-school party till you drop feel to many of the eleven original cuts (of thirteen) the road, the take no prisoners approach to life that is refreshing and straightforward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome album!! March 8, 2014
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Great album!! If you like roots music and southern rock you will love this. Check them out live if you can...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great band. Even better live October 7, 2013
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I had previously seen this band several times but didn't have any of their music. I'm very pleased that their studio albums are excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice blues! August 17, 2013
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Never heard of this group but this has become one of my favorite listens of the year. Nice Chicago style chops.
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