West Coast House Party

West Coast House Party

by Kid RamosKid Ramos


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West Coast jump blues was spun off Texas roots to entertain the stylish and newly moneyed African Americans who migrated to California in the '40s and '50s. The greatest proponent of this early R&B was guitarist T-Bone Walker who could do the splits and play his guitar behind his head at the same time. Though Kid Ramos isn't known for his acrobatics, his pompadoured hair, retro outfits, and lively yet loose guitar licks recall this potent and playful era. With guest guitarists Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Duke Robillard, Rusty Zinn (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Charlie Baty (Little Charlie and the Nightcats), Rick Holstrom, and Junior Watson (Canned Heat) joining in, West Coast House Party turns into one big blues gala. A horn section and vocalists Lynwood Slim, Kim Wilson, "Big Sandy" Williams, James Harman, and Janiva Magness help produce a booting sound akin to the energetic package shows that toured the country during the early days of R&B. The material is a mix of tunes from the era -- Roy Brown's "Love Don't Love Nobody," Amos Milburn's "House Party," Dave Bartholomew's "Real Gone Lover," and Jimmy Nolan's "Wipe Your Tears" -- and originals like "'Lizabeth" that have the authentic feel of the '50s. But with all the props that Ramos, who produced the set, pays to the past, he never lets the party atmosphere languish into total nostalgia. Many of the cuts are first takes, giving the set the kind of immediacy necessary to pull off one good rockin' party.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2000
Label: Evidence
UPC: 0730182611021
catalogNumber: 26110

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kid Ramos   Primary Artist,Guitar,Soloist
James Harman   Vocals
Duke Robillard   Guitar,Soloist
Larry Taylor   Acoustic Bass
Kim Wilson   Harmonica,Vocals
Charlie Baty   Guitar
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown   Guitar,Soloist
Stephen Hodges   Drums
Rick Holmstrom   Guitar
James Intveld   Vocals
Fred Kaplan   Piano
Joe Krown   Organ
Steve Marsh   Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Big Dad Turmes   Baritone Saxophone
Rusty Zinn   Guitar,Vocals
Junior Watson   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Turner   Trumpet
Lynwood Slim   Vocals
Johnny Viauk   Tenor Saxophone
Janiva Magness   Vocals
Robert Williams   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jerry Gordon   Executive Producer
Jerry Hall   Engineer
Jim Washburn   Liner Notes
Mark Castle   Art Direction
Kid Ramos   Producer

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