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Heritage Blues Orchestra

Listen to their debut album, or witness a live performance by the Heritage Blues Orchestra and you'll recognize this group as something breathtakingly new even as they honor old African-American musical traditions. How can something so deeply rooted in the past still seem so adventurous-even audacious? Heritage Blues Orchestra delivers by serving up a compelling new take on America's Blues legacy. This utterly contemporary group is digging into innovative musical territory and making a distinct contribution to the African-American musical canvas. The band features Bill Sims Jr., on vocals and guitar, his daughter Chaney Sims on vocals, and Junior Mack on vocals and on both electric and slide guitars. The group is driven by the powerful rhythms of Grammy-awarding winning blues drummer Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith; it is buttressed by the churning, precise and percussive rhythms of harmonica virtuoso, Frenchman Vincent Bucher; and ablaze with some of New York City's heaviest horn players who have worked with everyone from Wynton Marsalis to Sting and Springsteen. Heritage Blues Orchestra also boasts contributions from Bruno Wilhelm, the group's highly esteemed tenor saxophonist and horn arranger

Album

And Still I Rise

Label: Raisin Music
Released: 2012
Track listing: Clarksdale Moan; C-Line Woman; Big-Legged Woman; Catfish Blues; Go Down Hannah; Get Right Church; Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down; Going Uptown; In The Morning; Levee Camp Holler; Chilly Jordan; Hard Times.

Video

Get Right Church

Featuring the music of Heritage Blues Orchestra
Duration: 3:54

Featuring : Bill Sims, Jr: vocals & guitar, Chaney Sims: vocals, Junior Mack: vocals & guitar, Vincent Bucher: harmonica, Kenny Smith: drums, Bruno Wilhelm: Sax & horn arrangements, Jean Michel Feugère: Trumpet, Jean Gobinet: Trumpet, Didier Havet: Trombone/ Sousaphone.
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Heritage Blues Orchestra - Live

Featuring the music of Heritage Blues Orchestra
Duration: 6:59

Heritage Blues Orchestra clips recorded live in France- featuring Chaney Sims: vocal - Bill Sims Jr.: guitar, vocals; Junior Mack: guitar vocals.
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Article: Album Review

Heritage Blues Orchestra: And Still I Rise

Read "And Still I Rise" reviewed by James Nadal


If ever there was a perfect title for a blues record, it has to be And Still I Rise , serving notice that the Heritage Blues Orchestra is a revival force with which to be reckoned. The group dishes out pure blues, blending greasy gut-bucket, hallelujah gospel, down home country, Chicago's South Side and everything in ...


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