2009 Winner of 3 BC Canada Music Awards Blues Recording of the year R&B Soul Recording of the Year Group of the Year 2009 WCMA nomination, Outstanding Blues Recording
Produced 2008 by John Lee Sanders & The World Blue Band www.worldblueband.com Executive Producers: Frank Folgmann and Gottfried Angerer Production Notes: Basic tracks recorded by Andreas Luger at: NiceView Studios Linz/Austria Additional recordings at: “Attic Studios” Linz/Austria, “RV-Studios” San Francisco/USA, “ Tor 2” Aachen/Germany Mixed and mastered by Christian Bachner, Lambach/Austria John Lee Sanders, Piano, Tenor Sax, Lead & Background Vocals Frank Folgmann, Guitar Gottfried Angerer, Bass Raphael Wressnig, Hammond Organ Jeff Boudreaux, Drums Butch Coulter, Harmonica Garth Webber, Guitar on "Bucket Full of Blues" All Music by John Lee Sanders except "Midnight in New Orleans", and "Me and Your Pajamas" Lyrics by Chris Caswell, Chip Sanders, Frank Folgmann
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Liner Notes by David Ritz Thirty years ago, still in the full bloom innocence, I walked into a little club in Dallas, Texas, and had the top of my head blown off by a bluesman with firepower to burn. The kid’s name was John Lee Sanders, and now the kid’s a man, and the man, steeped in the towering tradition of deep-fried funk, is offering up his Bucket Full of Blues. The bucket is overflowing with creative gifts The bluesman has reached full maturity, and that promise of youth, heard so long ago, has been realized. I’m grateful for this chance to celebrate John’s most recent achievement and offer my testimony. Here’s what I feel about John Lee Sanders: He’s a truth-teller, an artist who can’t help but give it to you straight. Here’s what I love about John Lee Sanders: His voice. Raw. Real. Sweet. Tart. An instrument of tremendous emotional and spiritual range.
DAVID RITZ / WWW.RITZWRITES.COM David Ritz is an American author, most of whose books are biographies of soul music and R&B legends such as Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye. On four occasions, his co-authored autobiographies of musicians for books with Jerry Wexler, The Neville Brothers, B.B. King and Etta James have been awarded the Ralph J. Gleason Award. He is also a novelist (Blue Notes Under a Green Felt Hat, The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn) and co-composed „Sexual Healing“
His writing. His hooks. His stories. His sense, as he puts it, of “The World As I Know It.” His deep Louisiana roots. His powerful connection to the fertile soil. His grit, his grooves. His honesty. His haunting cry, his courageous assault on anything false.
“I’ve never claimed to be something I’m not,” he writes in “Handful. “I’ve got my flaws, but my heart is good.” His music, his singing, his aesthetic vision are more than good; they’re flat-out great. At this troubling moment in the history of the Music Nation, John Lee Sanders stands tall. He’s major. In his own words, he’s hitched a ride from Memphis, dealing with the ghosts of Highway 61, arriving in New Orleans in order to comfort us with the good news: that true music is truer than ever. His songs, full-bodied and blood-washed, are rooted in reality. He reminds us that blues are concerned with neither nostalgia nor self-pity. John Lee Sanders’ blues are about nothing less a renewal of strength, a resurrection of the human spirit, a projection of hard-earned hope and a declaration of extravagant love.
Review, Maple Blues Magazine, Toronto Blues Society August 2010 John Lee Sanders Bucket Full Of Blues PAO Kelowna, BC is now the home of John Lee Sanders, a music industry veteran who is amultiple talent on vocals, songwriting, keyboards, tenor sax & guitar. He lived and worked in the US for many years, backing such as John LeeHooker (Jealous), Tower of Power, MarciaBall & many others. More recently he was LongJohn Baldry’s bandleader and it was during one of their many European tours that this connection to a German record label came about. In addition, Sanders has some 9 CDs in his solo discography but news of that treasure trove has been slow to trickle east. This disc could change that. For much of that long history Sanders has been in or near New Orleans and the sub-title here, ‘New Orleans Deep Fried Funk’ is on the money - you’d think it was recorded in Treme and not in Austria. None other than author David Ritz agrees, he’s supplied a liner note that many would kill for –
check it out at www.johnleesanders.com. Sander’s WorldBlue Band is superlative and includes ex-pat Butch Coulter on harp, another Baldry alumnus. The Baldry link is further strengthened with one of the finest performances here: “Midnight In NewOrleans” written for Baldry’s It Still Ain’t Easy on Stony Plain. “(Just me, myself and a) Bucket Full Of Blues” is one of the better titles around and it’s as good as it sounds, a tremendous opener. It doesn’t let up after that until “Blue Eyes Gone” which slows the pace temporarily – a tuneful slow blues. “When To Leave” is even slower, a beautiful soul ballad. “Up To No Good” is another highlight - the singer is suspicious about his partner, not an unusual subject perhaps but seldom so well done. More unusual is “Hello”, a philandering singer makes a series of phone calls.
Loneliness is also a common subject in blues but it is not often expressed as bluntly as the acoustic closer, “Me And Your Pajamas”. If you like New Orleans funk with a goodly helping of blues, this one’s for you.