Ride with the Wind
'Killing Fields' stayed # 1 on Blues Critic's charts for 5 weeks! 'KILLING FIELDS' Nominated; 'Best Blues Song' 'BIG SHANTY' Nominated; 'Best New Artist' Voted #1 Blues Album 2007 by REAL BLUES MAGAZINE Renegade blues-rocker Big Shanty's sonic rain of acid guitars and synth beats blasted across the Internet, Satellite and College radio in '07 with his anti-war song 'Killing Fields' and went number-one for five-weeks on 'Blues Critic' singles chart. Big Shanty's CD "Ride With The Wind" stayed top-ten in their album chart for five-months, his single was nominated as 'Best Blues Song and Shanty was nominated as 'Best New Artist'. Topping the list of amazing kudos for the year, 'Real Blues Magazine' selected the Big Shanty album as the '#1 Blues Album of 2007'. Big Shanty mixes Retro with Techno, Delta Blues and Club Beats to energize his taken-from-life stories, on "Ride With The Wind" Big Shanty delivered a brilliant collection of songs and media reviewers compared him to the White Stripes, Lonnie Brooks, Jimi Hendrix, Root Boy Slim and Neil Young. Big Shanty aspired to measure up to the high praise on his new album and invited some great friends like, legendary Godfather of Jam-Bands, Col. Bruce Hampton; The amazing blues guitar diva, Liz Melendez; Cutting edge guitarists, Spencer Kirkpatrick and Chris Blackwell; The driving basses of Dustin Sargent and Kevin Scott; The Roadhouse 88's of Rick Phillips and the unrivaled drums of Scott Robertson... these self-styled bohemians of rock'n blues gathered at Atlanta's STR studios in late 2008 and came out with a swarm of raw, rocking, high-octane Blues on the new album, 'Big Shanty Sold Out'. ****************** PRESS REVIEWS ******************* REAL BLUES MAGAZINE BIG SHANTY: RIDE WITH THE WIND (KING MOJO) With the U.S. Government's attempts to silence all forms of Independent Media, music fans are finding-out the hard way that Indie. Media also includes Music. Many were naïve enough to think that if we ignored everything else that was going-on we'd be 'left-alone' with our Blues, Rock, Folk and Reggae etc. Well, it's now evident, in 2007 that if we keep our mouths shut that Big Government a.k.a. Big Brother, just gets bolder and meaner. "No man is an island" is something that comes to mind and 'singing out' against Evil is a mandatory requirement if you want to see Democracy survive. While many Musicians/Artists have run-in-fear from Big Brother, others have stood-their-ground and challenged the 'Schoolyard Bully'. Big Shanty gets our respect and a big salute for Singing Out against the Evil that has dragged America down and made it almost unrecognizable as a Nation that once stood for True Democracy. His "Killing Fields" is a powerful condemnation of old lies and self-serving propaganda, delivered with raw emotion and a driving beat. Big Shanty has a large cult following in The South and thanks to Internet Radio (which The Government is trying to muzzle...) "Killing Fields" is getting played relentlessly. (Now that commercial Radio is following the American Government's Don't-Play-Ban on all the 1960s/1970s Anti-War and Peace/Love tunes, "Killing Fields" would undoubtedly be added to that list along with "Give Peace A Chance" and "Sky Pilot"). "Ride With The Wind" is Not typical Blues but it is Blues Rock at it's' very best and drenched with Truths, Honesty and great playing. There's no doubt that "Ride With The Wind" would be a Hit Commercial album if it were allowed to be and we can always hope that the collective Power of The People forces this fine CD into the mainstream. D. Wooley a.k.a. Big Shanty plays wicked guitar and on 5 of the 10 tunes whips-out his slide. There are some killer-diller 'commercial potential' songs on here and Shanty's original "King Bee" is a Hit or my name ain't Fred. While the use of synths may put-off the old fogey blues lovers, anyone who Loves great Rock Blues will not give it much thought as the music is too damn fine. There's a big bunch of Georgia-area talent on here: Scott Robertson - drums/percussion, Ed Sanchez - guitar, Liz Melendez - guitar/vocals, Eddie Jett - guitar, Dustin Sargeant (bass), Bill Stewart (drums), Jack Hall (bass), Col. Bruce Hampton (pedal steel), Matt Smart (harp), Ron Heath (keyboards & bass), Diane Durrett (vocals) and Chris Blackwell (drums & synth) and the sum total is some of the finest hard-rockin' Blues/Rock you'll hear on the scene today. "Born Up In Trouble" sounds like Rob Zombie in Mississippi Hill Country and I say that in a totally complimentary sense. What a tune to open with! It grabs you by the ears and it don't let go. "Killing Fields" is permeated with anger, disgust and contempt for the White House maggots. A more powerful anti-War tune does not exist! And, the music is as powerful as the uncompromising lyrics. "New Messiah" continues in this vein with a scathing put-down of the TV Christians who really are no different than Politicians as Bullshit Peddlers. "...the Law doesn't touch him as he's crossed their palm..." I can visualize this powerful imagery and these incredible songs need video representation. Saying that, it occurs to me that Big Shanty paints visual pictures with his songs and he's almost without competition in that sense. "Gone Downtown" is a powerful tune about someone who went for the downward spiral of Heroin. Beau Hill's guitar solo is incredible. "Ride With The Wind" is an ode to Motorcycle peace-of-mind while "Whiskey Woman" is an excellent Pure Blues rocker, showing that Big Shanty can get down and basic if he wants to. "Know What I'm Saying" is Southern-Fried Boogie that should slay the whole Allmans/Gov't Mule/Lynyrd Skynyrd audience. "King Bee", as mentioned earlier, is a Mega-hit waiting to happen and let's hope it does happen as it'll score major points for Real Rock/Blues and have all those poseurs running for cover. "Living On The Edge" is a Masterpiece tune closing out a Masterpiece album. It deals with the Moral Cesspool we've sunk into and the manipulation of Truth and Reality. 6 Bottles of Truth Serum for the biggest dose of Truth Rock you'll ever hear. Let's see if the Bad Guys can keep this album suppressed...not bloody likely! Big Shanty has arrived. ...A. Grigg, August 07 --------------------------------------------------- BLUES SOURCE MAGAZINE Big Shanty, Ride With The Wind I'm scair'd! Really scair'd! I just heard this maniacal CD called "Ride With The Wind". It disturbs me, (am I being a purist?) but I like this. It's a real amalgam of Blues and Rock, but it's mostly Blues. I got scared cause these guys frighten me! Like ZZ Top, when you first heard them. Remember? I just got a little frightened, but how could I not love it? I didn't know that someone else would come up with this strong Blues-Rock thing that has real sell-power. This is Powerful Stuff! Big Shanty is one heck of a writer, but his playing is what takes this CD off the map. The band is made up of some great people too. Liz Melendez is so hot on solo guitar, as usual. Scott Robertson on percussion & Dustin Sargent on bass complete the base group. There are some other sit-ins here, like Col Bruce Hampton on pedal steel, Matt Smart on harp and Jack Hall (Wet Willie). They all make some funky, loud, unnerving rhythms and hair-raising licks. This is not for the timid. If you think, for one minute, that you can be mellow and plop down in your easy-chair to listen to this, you are mistaken. IT'S LOUD! This is great for playing while riding on your Harley. Damn good live dancing music too! Get ready to ROCK! (C) 2007, Gary W. Miller BluesSource.com ------------------------------------------------ UK ROCK Magazine: BIG SHANTY 'Ride with the Wind' ......The continued rise of the blues bopper in clubs seems stuck in the fifties and sixties when DJs seem quite prepared to accept later recordings in jive and rockabilly. Rockin' blues continues, though, and track one of this self-titled collection from this stout Fender toter entitled Born Up in Trouble sounds ideal dance floor material with it's insistent beat. American Big Shanty plays principally slide guitar on 100 per cent originals, some of which have socially aware lyrics that are worth a listen but not a dance. As his name suggests, Big Shanty has a big voice, and no doubt a big personality ... -------------------------------------------------.