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Blues At The Border

James Armstrong Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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listen  4. Blues At The Border 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Good Man, Bad Thing 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Young Man With The Blues 5:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Brand New Man 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Catfood Records
  • ASIN: B005W4S4O8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


With a skintight band and a well-balanced combinaton of fire, technical proficiency, and taste, Armstrong continues on his way to the upper echelon of contemporary blues artists --Living Blues

Armstrong smoothly defines the range of contemporary blues. --Blues Access

Armstrong smoothly defines the range of contemporary blues. --Blues Access

Product Description

Blues At The Border is the first release in 11 years for the talented James Armstrong. It received rave reviews and rose high on the blues radio charts including being an XM-Sirius Bluesville Pick To Click. Featuring the stellar slide guitar work of James as well as his strong vocals. In this day when everyone's cousin thinks they can put out a blues album if they can play the guitar even if they can't sing or write, it is welcome to listen to a true artist, with talented backing musicians give us great songs with intelligent lyrics that are well-performed and produced. This contemporay blues CD will be nominated for album of the year awards as it truly is one of the best of the year.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues that more than borders on brilliant! December 5, 2011
Format:Audio CD
'Blues At The Border' marks a welcome return to the recording studio for James Armstrong, who releases his first new album in eleven years this month on Catfood Records. A tribute to former mentor Sam "Bluzman" Taylor 'Everything That's Good To Ya' (Ain't Always Good For Ya) gets us straight in the groove, followed by the soulful 'Somebody Got To Pay' & 'Baby Can You Hear Me', both co-produced & written by bassist Bob Trenchard. The title track 'Blues At The Border' inspired by frustrating post 9/11 border controls, unleashes some sensational slide guitar that gets even more low down and dirty on 'Devil's Candy'. 'Nothing Left To Say' glides into soul blues before the funky 'High Maintenance Woman' & 'Good Man, Bad Thing' raise the tempo!

James Armstrong always lends a certain 'authenticity' to proceedings and his autobiographical 'Young Man With The Blues' surely has to be the best original blues song written this year... an absolute gem! 'Brand New Man' takes the band into improvised jazz territory ahead of a soul shuffle cruise on 'Long Black Car' that closes the set!

'Blues At The Border' successfully blends traditional & contemporary blues with James Armstrong delivering superb guitar licks and soulful vocals that will resonate for a long time to come!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blues At The Border review December 8, 2011
Format:Audio CD
It has a really relaxed manner about it and it has a great bluesy swing. James has a smooth voice and plays really tasty guitar riffs over a tight rhythm section. The recording features 11 tracks which were all written by Armstrong or his production affiliates. Armstrong, a native of LA was born into a blues performing family and was performing at 8 and touring at 17. He has worked with Albert Collins, Keb Mo', Cooco Montoya, Roy Brown, Chaka Khan, Ricky Lee Jones, Jan and Dean, Mitch Mitchell and Tommy Castro to name a few. James is a real entertainer! This is a recording that you should check out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blues at the border February 27, 2012
By Viola
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
An amazing piece of work. James has compiled a great collection of music for you enjoyment. This very talented man's music will stay in your head for days. Blues At The Border
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