Title - 'Songs of Inspiration'
Artist - Professor Louie and The Crowmatix
For those not in the know, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix is a Woodstock, New York based Americana/roots/Blues musical group led by Aaron Louis Hurwitz, who collaborated with The Band for over fifteen years.
Indeed, he is a musician and producer, nicknamed "Professor Louie" by Rick Danko.
Professor Louie & the Crowmatix' music is American Roots Music. Meaning it's a righteous blend of blues, rock, R&B, gospel, and folk with harmonic vocals.
The current members - Professor Louie (Keys, Accordion, Vocals); John Platania (Guitar, Vocals); Gary Burke (Drums); Miss Marie (Vocals, Percussionist, Keys); and Frank Campbell (Bass, Vocals) - all hail from New York state although as a band, they have all lived, traveled, and performed extensively around the globe.
The torchbearer of the true spirit of Americana Roots music, this seasoned set of live performers, led by the prolific recording artist, and versatile multi-instrumentalist Louie, will soon release a brand new album entitled Songs Of Inspiration (April 5th, 2019 via Woodstock Records).
1. 'I Shall Not Be Moved' (Traditional) (2:47)
2. 'Up Above My Head' (3:31)
3. 'I'm On My Way' (Traditional) (4:15)
4. 'Rivers Of Babylon' (3:30)
5. 'You'll Never Walk Alone' (4:10)
6. 'Open Hand, Open Heart' (3:56)
7. 'Glory Now' (4:13)
8. 'Melody Of Peace' (4:01)
9. 'Motherless Child' (Traditional) (3:48)
10. 'Angel Band' (Traditional) (3:01)
11. 'Daughters & Sons' (3:51)
The opening track, the traditional 'I Shall Not Be Moved' is the most perfect way to introduce us back into their musical fold, and that's backed seamlessly by both the upbeat and powerfully vibrant 'Up Above My Head' and the Hammond organ, fantastic blues vibe of 'I'm On My Way' (Traditional).
One of my all-time favorites through my time listening to music has always been 'Rivers of Babylon' and that's the next track here. A Rastafari song written and recorded by Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton of the Jamaican reggae group The Melodians in 1970, it was popularized in Europe by the 1978 Boney M. cover version.
Originally a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, next up is 'You'll Never Walk Alone.' However, and for the longest time now, the song has also been sung at British soccer grounds; a tradition that began at Liverpool F.C. after the chart success of the 1963 single of the song by the local Liverpool group Gerry and the Pacemakers.
The mysteriously alluring 'Open Hand, Open Heart' is next and is followed by the joyous and upbeat accordion-based 'Glory Now.' The quietly peaceful 'Melody Of Peace' is next and that's backed by the foot-tappin' organ and guitar Gospel work of the spiritual 'Motherless Child' (Traditional).
This quite breathtakingly stirring album then rounds out with the accordion work of the Celtic-laced 'Angel Band' (Traditional) and then the rockabilly, twistin' and turnin' dancefloor beauty 'Daughters & Sons.'
Professor Louie and The Crowmatix have released 17 CDs (inclusive of this one) and maintain a steady performance schedule.
Their CD Crowin' The Blues was voted top 50 CD's of 2017 by RMR and in 2018, their EP The Lost Band Tracks-Funzalo/Woodstock Records received great reviews and strong radio airplay.
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