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You Asked For It...Live!

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Every night that award-winning harmonica player, singer and songwriter Rick Estrin and his cohorts The Nightcats perform live wherever in the world that may be a crowd of dancing, shouting and cheering people will be enjoying some of the best live music they've ever heard. On one of these nights October 5, 2013, at San Francisco's Biscuits And Blues the proceedings were captured live. The result is Rick Estrin & The Nightcats' irresistible new release, YOU ASKED FOR IT...LIVE!. The band was, as they always are, on fire. The hometown, sell-out crowd was ready to explode, and the front man was celebrating his birthday. According to Estrin, ''Cutting loose and stretching out in an intimate, nightclub-type setting is the natural environment for the Nightcats to kick maximum ass. The fact that it was my birthday, in the town where I was born and raised, only added more fuel to the fire.''

YOU ASKED FOR IT...LIVE! has the immediacy, feel and fun of a true Rick Estrin & The Nightcats performance. ''No matter how much fun we have and how relaxed we can be in the studio, there's still nothing like being in front of, and interacting with, our live audience,'' Estrin says. The album features some of Rick Estrin's best-loved and most-requested songs, dating back to his days as lead singer, songwriter and harmonica player of Little Charlie & The Nightcats. The album is an up-to-the-minute and totally accessible slice of original, wry and witty blues with a simmering, funky rock edge fueled by Andersen's blazing genre-hopping guitar and Farrell's and Hansen's dazzling keyboard and rhythm work. One listen makes it clear that this is a group comprised of four world-class musicians, who together form one of the tightest and most original bands in any genre.

Rick Estrin, who holds the 2013 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist Harmonica, is, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, ''an amazing harmonica player, a soulful lead vocalist and a brilliant songwriter.'' He ranks among the very best harp players, singers and songwriters in the blues world. His work on the reeds is deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs, while at the same time pushing that tradition forward with his unforgettable original songs. And his hipster, street-smart vocals are the perfect vehicle for driving those songs home.

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats jaw-dropping guitarist Chris ''Kid'' Andersen, singing drummer J. Hansen and dynamic multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo Farrell (electric and acoustic bass, organ and Moog synthesizer) serve up fresh and modern original blues injected with a solid dose of gritty roadhouse rock 'n' roll and Estrin's trademark philosophical wiseguy humor. Since the 2009 release of their celebrated Alligator Records debut TWISTED and the 2012 follow up ONE WRONG TURN, the band has toured non-stop, sharpening their musical telepathy to a razor s edge.

Estrin won the 1994 Blues Music Award for Song Of The Year for his composition ''My Next Ex-Wife'' and has written songs for a growing legion of other musicians. Three of his songs found their way onto Grammy-nominated albums: ''Don't Put Your Hands On Me'' (on Koko Taylor's Force Of Nature), ''I'm Just Lucky That Way'' (on Robert Cray s Shame + A Sin), and ''Homely Girl'' (on John Hammond's Trouble No More). Estrin cites Sonny Boy Williamson II, Percy Mayfield and Detroit bluesman Baby Boy Warren as his major songwriting influences. Besides Estrin's streetwise songwriting and musical skills, he is among the most entertaining and colorful showmen around. His quick wit (as heard to great effect during the introductions to ''My Next Ex-Wife'' and ''That s Big'') and his signature look coifed hair, pencil-thin mustache and sharply pressed, custom made suits add even more color to his performances.

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''Infectious, captivating, powerful blues….Intense Chicago-style harp playing, witty songs and tough-as-nails grooves.'' --Living Blues

''These are serious musicians out to have a hotter than hot good time. It s tough to stay in your seat when Estrin and his musical cohorts get cooking.'' --Chicago Sun-Times

''Fabulous, remarkable original material.'' --Billboard

''These are serious musicians out to have a hotter than hot good time. It s tough to stay in your seat when Estrin and his musical cohorts get cooking.'' --Chicago Sun-Times

''Fabulous, remarkable original material.'' --Billboard

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Product details

  • Audio CD (July 8, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B00K5GHM7S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,412 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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