Roots and Branches (The songs of Little Walter)

BILLY BRANCH & THE SONS OF BLUES

CD
2019
BLUES
ALLIGATOR (AL 4992 02)

Chicago harmonica master Branch is a three-time Grammy nominee, multiple Blues Music Award-winner and for over 40 years the leader of one of the world’s premier blues bands, The Sons Of Blues. His deep love for blues traditions and the explosive, cliché-free manner in which he makes them his own have earned him a worldwide following. Billy has released eleven records under his own name and played on over 250 more by artists like Willie Dixon, Keb’ Mo’, Johnny Winter, Koko Taylor and Taj Mahal. As heir apparent to the Chicago blues harmonica throne, Billy Branch is perfectly suited to shine a bright new light on the timeless music of Little Walter Jacobs, a transcendent artist revered by millions of fans and an inspiration to every harmonica player who followed in his wake. Billy Branch has been touring the world since the late 1970s, making multiple tours all over Europe and Canada, as well as South and Central America, the Caribbean, China, Africa and Israel. He and The Sons Of Blues will perform in Germany July 3rd to July 6th at Gaildorf Bluesfest. Billy will then participate in the Chicago Plays The Stones tour throughout Europe from July 7th through the 20th. "Roots And Branches–The Songs Of Little Walter" features 15 songs written by or made famous by the harp genius. Each one is brought to new life by Branch & The Sons of Blues as they blend elements of soul, funk and gospel into the proceedings while remaining true to the integrity of the originals. This will be essential listening for any blues fan.

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