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Buckle Up

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Joe Krown follows up his "Down & Dirty" release with another outing featuring his mighty Hammond B-3 organ. He called on the talents of the finest musicians in New Orleans to give life to this set of seven originals and four carefully selected standard organ tunes. Original Meters bassist George Porter, Jr. and Dr. John drummer Herman Ernest form a solid and funky rhythm section for organist Krown, saxophonist Eric Traub and guitarists John Fohl and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown to cut loose with groovy melodies and strong solos.

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Joe Krown is the keyboard player in the Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Band and is featured on the chart-topping Gate Swings and American Music, Texas Style albums. He also performs with Best of the Beat award-winning Hank Sinatras. He currently holds the Traditional Piano Night slot at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans, which was once occupied by Professor Longhair and James Booker. Krown followed that strong tradition with his debut solo release Just the Piano...Just the Blues.

Krown's second STR release, Down & Dirty, explores classic organ combo material reminiscent of Booker T., Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff and others.

In 1998, Krown released his STR debut Just the Piano...Just the Blues to rave revues. That recording captured one aspect of Joe's musical persona, solo piano in the boogie/blues style. With his second effort, Down & Dirty, he wanted to document another dimension in his musical style, the classic organ combo sound reminiscent of Booker T., Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, and Bill Doggit. Joe called on his bandmates from both Gatemouth Brown's band and the New Orleans swing group, Amy and the Hank Sinatras to lend their talent and songwriting skills to this project. The CD features mostly Krown originals with a couple of covers. Among the guest artists are Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, Eric Traub, and Amy Adams. Since its release in April 1999, Down & Dirty has already received several excellent revues and the combos shows have met with very enthusiastic audiences.

Krown has performed with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson, Johnny Adams, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Vassar Clemens, Marva Wright, The Platters, The Drifters, A.C. Reed, Big Time Sarah, and Jo-El Sonnier. Joe has held the keyboard chair for Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown since 1992. He played with Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson from 1989 - 1992. Luther was the lead guitar player for Muddy Waters from 1972 - 1979.

Krown has recorded with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - American Music, Texas Style, the Grammy-nominated The Man and Gate Swings; Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson - I Want To Groove With You and It's Good To Me; Bobby Charles - Wish You Were Here Right Now and Secrets of the Heart; Raful Neal - Old Friends; and Marva Wright - Blueshouse.

Band Members: Joe Krown - Hammond B-3 organ
George Porter, Jr., bass
Herman Ernest, drums
John Fohl, guitar
Eric Traub, saxophone
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, guitar

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 26, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: April 26, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Str Digital
  • ASIN: B00004TETF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,449 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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More like a classic Jimmy Smith album, Buckle Up is so much better than Down & Dirty, and more of the order of New Orleans Piano Rolls.
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