I refuse to tell you how fabulous I think Dave Hannon & the Solid Sinners are. I mean, I could, but I really want you to discover that for yourself. Listen to “Solid Sinnin’,” the first audio release from Dave Hannon & the Solid Sinners. It speaks well enough for itself without me yammering on from my obviously biased point of view. Think about it. Why would I want to inflate your expectations? What good does that do me, or you, for that matter?
Take the Solid Sinners, for instance. To what end would I inform you that their collective resumés read like a Who’s Who in the Blues? Members of the Solid Sinners have played in the actual bands of: Junior Wells; Buddy Guy; John Lee Hooker; Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson; Jerry Portnoy; The Radio Kings, and many others, but...the proof, as they say, is in the pudding, baby, ...(right there on that cd there)....I certainly wouldn’t want to encumber your experience by disclosing that guitarist, Charlie Baum is one of the most artful and inventive players on the contemporary Blues & Roots circuit, and that his original style refreshingly avoids the clichés that overwhelm the genre. I’m afraid you’ll just have to hear that for yourself....Of course, I would never wax prejudicial, telling you how bassist, Dave Clarke and drummer, Frosty Padgett burn some of the meanest and deepest grooves into these cuts that I’ve heard since my mammy had me in nappies. You’ll figure all that out on your own, ....and please...please don’t let me burden you with overwrought descriptions of Dave Hannon’s clever songwriting or his spot-on vocals. Let’s not even bring up his soulful and driven harmonica playing. Why should I give it away and spoil the surprise? OK. Go ahead now, and give it a good listen. I’ll wait...
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While listening to these five cuts, you might sense that these guys are seasoned professionals. You would be right. A strong blues aesthetic and professional musicianship elevate Dave Hannon and the Solid Sinners above the typical beer-soaked, barroom blues band. Instead, expect a roller coaster ride of high-energy original songs. Tight, groovy and rhythm-driven, this band will move you with their smart, contemporary take on the blues. When you hear them play, you just might rediscover what made you love the music in the first place.
UNSOLICITED DISC JOCKEY COMMENTARY ON SOLID SINNIN’
“I like this one even better than the other one, and I liked that one a lot! This one''s got a bit more of a raw edge, very cool. Keep up the good work, and I''ll start spinnin'' it Monday. “
- Dave Isaac, WKIT-FM, Bangor, ME
“Hi Dave. Thanks a lot for the new cd. It`s really great music! “
- Kjell Andreassen, RadioHolstebro, Denmark
“Dave, just received the new disc this morning, played it in my office immediately and decided right then and there that it goes on the show for this Saturday in our "New Blues Spotlight" segment. Keep up the great work!” Sincerely,
- Michael Right, Program Director, KXRA-FM, Alexandria, MN
“Hi Dave - One smokin'' ep..... Keep up the good work!”
- Chris Maley/Program Manager, KMBH-FM Radio, Harlingen, TX
“Hallo Dave, Thank you very much for sending me your cd. The music is great. I think your band would do very well in Europe. “
- Frits Krieg WOS Blues, Gravenzande, The Netherlands
“Hi Dave, Received your demo album on Tuesday and aired it on my show on Thursday. Played no.1. Good stuff, I like the harp sound. Nice groove and tight band. Thank you for sending me the cd. Will play more in the weeks to come. Keep up the good music.” Regards,
- Aldo Druda, CFID 103.7 FM, Quebec, Canada
“Hey Dave, I recieved your new cd last week, and I love it !!That baby is smokin''!! You’ve got a killer band behind you.” Thanks,
- Dan Lacasse, Blues Director WRBC, 91.5FM (Bates College radio)
“Dave, Just letting you know we did receive the latest from you and the Solid Sinners...Awesome!...Rest assured Solid Sinnin'' will be getting some nice airplay from us...We are also a reporting station to Living Blues Magazine, so I am in high hopes we will certainly be charting Solid Sinnin'' to Living Blues in the months to come... Best,
- Mike Halmo Blues Director WBOR-FM Brunswick, ME
REVIEWS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC PRESS:
Le Tonton writes in Blues & Co. -2006:
"Behold Boston. It’s been a long time since we took a stroll on this side of the States. Nevertheless, there are things happening over there in the question of music, and it’s not for the discovery of Dave Hannon and his pals, the Solid Sinners, that one would change one’s opinion. Here is a guy who endlessly pleases the ears of Tonton, because cyclically, one has to keep replaying the music of this guy, Dave. A sacred music that we love, by God !!! It’s beautiful. It’s rich. It’s gripping, that joyous, wholesale soundfest! In all, a great missive sent forth from Boston- as usual. Obviously, there is a nest there [in Boston] I tell you (and I tell you often!!!). So, when there is so much [good music] there, it is well that we reach for the top level and immerse ourselves in that, of course.!!! Their music, a cross of Chicago and West Coast, a powerful barroom blues full of energy stays very personal and rich. Brimming with swing and maximum groove, it’s necessary to say that the band is not built of bric a brac- all of them have long resumes reaching back with no end... with references to Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, or again, Jerry Portnoy, so for sure this works...
The only drawback: these guys didn’t work their asses off- five titles, that’s all. Imagine the expression on Tonton’s face every time he’s obliged to press the replay button every twenty minutes?? But to their credit, it’s necessary to note that these five marvels are available for downloading on their web site. So...
Five superb (you already said that!!!) compositions...from this guy Dave Hannon. Excellent singer and moving harmonicist, he conducts the combo with authority and confidence, leaving maximum room for guitarist, Charlie Baum, and that’s even better, because this one, he’s the real thing, all great with a rich game and totally inventive, the guy who doesn’t grease everywhere, but whose understated playing sticks to your soul. As for the rhythm section, you don’t hear one like this so often. It’s solid, heavy, and efficient, so as to force one into the crime of blissing out. Dave Clarke (bass) and Frosty Padgett (drums) consolidate the slap that the other two spun you with by delivering a mega kick in the ass. And yet, worst of all, even after this ass kicking, we still ask for more, because we like it so much.
A huge crunchy for the Tonton."
Norman Darwen writes in "Blues In Britain" (#52):
“The predecessor to Solid Sinnin’ (Damasaca DA-102) by Dave Hannon & the Solid Sinners received a rave review from yours truly just over a couple of years back in Blues In Britain #26, and this five track CD/EP proves the quality of that previous release was no flash in the pan. Dave is a singer and harpman out of Boston, Massachusetts, here accompanied by his own trio [The Solid Sinners] (Charlie Baum guitar; Dave Clarke bass; Frosty Padgett drums) on his own distinctive material. There is a strongly authentic and extremely attractive retro slant to both the production and to the material, which is mostly in a fifties Chicago vein but with a little swamp-blues and more than a hint of good old rock and roll. Excellent vocals, some [tuff] harmonica work and a tight band ensure that Dave and the Sinners are real winners.
Jaime Hailstone writes in BLUES MATTERS! (#36):
You really should buy this CD for the cover alone. As Nigel Tufnel once said, "What''s wrong with being sexy? " and Solid Sinnin''" is the blues turned up to eleven on a steamy and sultry amplifier. This five track CD from the American roots and blues band is a little gem for anyone who likes their blues with plenty of harmonica, courtesy of Dave Hannon himself. Each track comes with an extra helping of the stuff, but his backing band is just as impressive. Guitarist, Charlie Baum has played with JohnLee Hooker and Junior Wells, while drummer, Frosty Padgett worked with Luther "Guitar Jr" Johnson. Bassist, Dave Clarke, who sadly died in October, also worked with Big Mama Thornton and Jerry Portnoy. Mr. Hannon''s CV includes a CD on the DAMASACA label, "Blues Canon," which came out in 2002, and he has been performing with the Solid Sinners since December, 2004. The quartet''s experience really shows on tracks like "Big Bad Wolf" and "Takin'' Me for a Ride," which are both fine examples of this genre. All the songs were written by Dave Hannon. The closer, "One Eyed Jack" recalls the rocking swagger of Dr. Feelgood, while the opener, "Big Bad Wolf" is straight out of the Howlin'' Wolf book of songwriting. You can almost close your eyes and smell the Jack Daniels. It''s that good and a fitting tribute to the late Dave Clarke.
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