East St. Louis blues boss Boo Boo Davis continues to spend his quarantine time building a new album with Netherlands-based ElectroBluesSociety (Jan Mittendorp + Jasper Mortier) one track at time. Just the other day, the potent transatlantic collaborators dropped their fourth such Covid track. (We discussed some of the prior singles here and here).
“It’s A Sad Thing” starts with a crunchy-as-fried-chicken guitar riff, and Davis’ swaggering howlin’ and blues harp wailing does the rest. As the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion did with RL Burnside, Boo Boo and the ElectroBluesSociety makes obvious the strong relation between the blues and rawer forms of rock, making the two forms of music sound as one.
As usual, Black and Tan Records is distributing ElectroBluesSociety this hot new track from Boo Boo Davis and the ElectroBluesSociety.
today Black and Tan Records released:
B&T 979 – ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis – It’s A Sad Thing
This is the fourth single release from our ‘transatlantic quarantaine sessions’ with Boo Boo Davis. From 1998 up to 2020 Boo Boo used to tour in Europe several times each year and a lot of music was written and recorded during these tours. Covid-19 created a (temporarily) stop to that tradition. But with the help of the internet and Chris Brown in St Louis, we started to exchange idea’s and demo tapes with Boo Boo in East St Louis (USA) and our studio in the Netherlands.
The new track is available on all stream and download platforms.
Today Black and Tan Records released the third single release from our ‘transatlantic quarantaine sessions’ with Boo Boo Davis.
Between 1998 and 2020 Boo Boo Davis used to tour in Europe several times each year and he recorded a lot of his music during these tours. Because of Covid 19 this is not possible at the moment. There for we started to exchange idea’s and demo tapes with Boo Boo in East St Louis and our own studio in the Netherlands (special thanks to Chris Brown).
The single is released digital and available on all the download and streaming platforms.
today Black and Tan Records released our new single with Boo Boo Davis.
Most of Boo Boo’s albums were recorded in Europe during his tours. But because of Covid 19 he can not come to Europe. There for we started to exchange idea’s and demo tapes back and forth to East St Louis.
That way we were still able to create new music together. Here is the second single from these ‘quarantaine sessions’ and this time it’s a song of hope that things will change for the better.
The single is released digital and available on all the download and streaming platforms. Here are the links to a few popular ones:
today Black and Tan Records released our new single
B&T 976 – ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis – Secret
We have been working with Boo Boo Davis for years. We recorded a lot of new music during his European tours. At first Covid-19 meant a complete stop to all this. But the music couldn’t be stopped, and we started to exchange musical ideas and send them back and forth between the Netherlands and East St Louis (where Boo Boo is living). Special thanks to Chris Brown for helping us out with this.
So, despite the fact that we cannot be at the same spot right now we are still able to create new music together. This single is the first result of that, and we are working on a lot more songs. Stay tuned.
The music is available on all digital platforms
Today Instrumental Blues Records released another track from the Riffs & Blues recording session.
After single releases in July and August, Instrumental Blues Records released our full new EP today.
IB 718 – ElectroBluesSociety – Riffs & Blues EP
After exploring possibilities with loops and samples we go back to basic on this new EP. Just our two instruments (drums and guitar), recorded in one take; simple, loud and raw.
The music is available on all Digital platforms and here you can have a listen:
ElectroBluesSociety are an ‘experimental electro blues’ duo from The Netherlands, comprising Black & Tan label boss Jan Mittendorp on guitar and various electronics, and bass player/drummer Jasper Mortier. The label has worked frequently with Drew, Mississippi-born bluesman James ‘Boo Boo’ Davis since releasing his debut album in 1999, and during a European tour in 2018, Boo Boo, now in his seventies, Jan and Jasper laid down seven songs during three hours in the studio. They went back to basics for these performances and added the electronics afterwards. The tracks were originally released as singles (ie.digital releases of single tracks) during 2018 and 2019, and were generally well-received; this new release, styled as an ‘EP’, gathers them together. As the label name reveals, these tracks are cover versions, of course, from Howlin’ Wolf – Boo Boo would frequently perform his songs with his brothers in Saint Louis in the ’60s – and Elmore James, who was a friend of his father’s. Oh, and don’t worry about those ‘electronic additions’ – they may sound a little peculiar on the intro to ‘Back Door Man’, and that track is perhaps the most experimental here, but they are not really that obtrusive overall, and might help with attracting younger audiences. Boo Boo’s rural-sounding, Wolf-ish vocals and raw, wailing harmonica work are good enough to make up for it throughout anyhow. A little surprisingly, ‘Tell Me’ is an unexpected personal favourite, a very, very fine performance with a wonderful vocal.This is a digital only release from Black & Tan subsidiary KuvVer and it is available on all the usual download and streaming platforms. Boo Boo’s scheduled European tour was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a serious loss of income for him – buythis and support a genuine bluesman.
we released another appetizer for our upcoming instrumental EP on Instrumental Blues Records. Back to basic; guitar, drums and one take. Available on all online platforms.
IB 717 – ElectroBluesSociety – Slow And Heavy
This is what SomethingElse wrote on our latest single with Boo Boo:
A couple of months ago I told y’all about this EP that vintage bluesman Boo Boo Davis put out with ElectroBluesSociety sensibly titled Chicago Blues Covers. This makeshift trio (Davis, guitarist Jan Mittendorp and drummer Jasper Mortier) made a mess of covers of electric blues standards charged by the retro-modern studio finagling of the ElectroBluesSociety and the sheer aura of one Boo Boo Davis. And they laid down the tracks for these songs all in one afternoon in 2018. Now we learn that their label KuvVer Records has dropped another track from apparently that same session, Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killing Floor.” Boo Boo’s rendition carries the same machismo as Wolf’s but aside from that, it sounds almost like a wholly different song. If anything, the analog-y, reverb-drenched sonics of this two year-old recording sounds even more ancient than the fifty-six year-old original and Mortier keeps the song lively with a booming backbeat. Davis voice echoes from the bottom his soul but his blues harp shouts louder and authoritatively. Even if you’ve heard this song a thousand times before, your experience with it isn’t complete without hearing ElectroBluesSociety and Boo Boo Davis tackle it. They give old blues back its youthful vitality because they know how to make it brash and raw.