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The debut album from Phil Gammage’s Adventures in Bluesland is The American Dream. Recorded in New York, it features eleven songs in all — nine written by Phil Gammage plus the band’s renditions of two classics, Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “One Kind Favor” aka “See That My Grave is Kept Clean” and Geeshie Wiley’s “Last Kind Word Blues.” Since coming together, the group has created a sound that is built upon taking traditional roots music and playing it in their own unique style. Their music swings, it rocks, it boogies, and it conjures ghosts of our country’s past like no other music you’ve ever heard. It is about exploring what is at the heart of the American music experience.
Driven by the vocals and songs of native Texan Phil Gammage, the New York City based band — whose current lineup includes Don Fiorino (lap steel guitar), Johnny Cement (bass), Robert Aaron (saxophone, keyboards), and Kevin Tooley (drums) — have been performing extensively in the past year as they made trips to the recording studio to complete the new album. Music audiences got a first taste of the band’s recordings with their debut single Ruler of My Heart (2014 World Wide Vibe Records).
While the band itself is relatively new, the collective works of this group of musicians is not. They have all played and recorded together in numerous combinations in the past as session and touring musicians. Their resumes are impressive and include working with a diverse range of artists including David Bowie, Julee Cruise, John Cale, Melissa Etheridge, and others. In live performance, Adventures in Bluesland are an ever-shifting combination of incredible musicianship and kinetic dynamics between the players. For their audience, the interplay between the musicians is a one-of-a-kind experience.
Long-time Gammage colleague Kevin Tooley returns to produce and play drums on The American Dream. Upon listening the high quality of his production work speaks for itself. The recordings have a vitality and energy that captures each song’s true essence.
“Phil is animated by a faith and a passion for this music, without falling into a dubious attachment to the past and especially by not appearing as a mere revivalist. In this way he is similar to Nick Cave or Nikki Sudden.”
Phil est toujours animé d’une foi et d’une passion pour cette musique, sans tomber dans un passéisme douteux et surtout en n’apparaissant pas comme un simple copieur. Il fait partie des grands à l’image d’un Nick CAVE ou d’un Nikki SUDDEN.”