I have been very fortunate to discover a great blues group (through Facebook) from Brentwood, New York on Long Island. The band is The Hitman Blues Band. The lead guitarist and front man for the group is Russell “The Hitman” Alexander. Russell is an extremely talented guitarist and their style is an edgy blues-rock brand of music similar to the late 60’s and early 70’s. But there are definite Delta and Chicago style blues throughout their music. I have listened to 6 of their tracks, here they are:
- Better Class of Bums (Blues Enough) @ Podcast No. 83
- Every Piece of Me @ Podcast No. 89
- Hammer Down (The World Moves On)
- Life’s Too Short
- Red Hook (Pale Rider)
- Two Minute Warning (Angel in the Shadows)
They play very few covers, mostly original material. Their arrangements are impeccable. It is so enjoyable to listen to excellent musicians that compliment great vocals. Their current line up is of course; Russell” The Hit Man” Alexander on lead and vocals; Kevin Rymer on Keyboards; Mike Porter on bass guitar; Guy La Fountaine on drums; Mike Snyder on sax, clarinet; Eric Altarac on trumpet; Mike Vitale on baritone sax. The Hitman Blues Band has had six successful tours of the U.K. and two of Europe. They have also performed extensively on the East coast, sometimes as a four piece and other times with their horn section included. I look forward to possibly seeing them if they get close to the Columbus, Ohio metro area. If they get nearby, I will let fans of the Blues Highway know immediately!
The latest release for the Hitman Blues Band is called The World Moves On and that came out May of last year and is available at their website www.hitmanbluesband.com. Enjoy their music and support them when you can.