27 June 2008
Press Release from Adam Gussow released on-line album
Satan and Adam to release first CD in 12 years
I'm happy to announce the release the first new album in 12 years from the blues duo Sterling Magee and Adam Gussow, aka Satan and Adam. It's called Word on the Street, and it consists of 14 tracks--more than 2 hours total--that I recorded on the streets of Harlem in 1989 when we were a neighbourhood act up there. I'm really proud of this stuff. Although I love our three "legit" albums on Flying Fish and Rounder, particularly the raw stuff on Harlem Blues (1991) that first got us some attention, this album is much more representative of what we were actually doing in those days. Six of the tracks are more than 10 minutes long; we were a jam-band duo, really.
In the All-Music Guide to the Blues, DJ Rich Skelley wrote: "Satan and Adam have redefined and shaped the sound of modern blues so much that 'I Want You' from their Harlem Blues début was included on a Rhino Records release, Modern Blues of the 1990s." Word on the Street shows you how that sound was forged.
Tracks on the album include covers of "What'd I Say," "Every Day I Have the Blues," and "Big Boss Man," plus a whole mess of jazzy, funky, bluesy, soulful originals.
The album is available for immediate download at a price of $12. There's a nice preview track available so people can check it out.
We're doing some touring this summer, mostly in July.
We've got two record release parties planned at which I'll have actual double CDs for sale: May 20 at the Peninsula Inn in Gulfport, Florida, where Sterling lives. And Saturday, July 5 at Red's Lounge in Clarksdale, Mississippi, about 60 miles from where I live.
This is not the same old retro blues. This is risk-taking, inventive, fierce, new down-home-up-North blues.