The CD-R Frank Goldwasser With The Alastair Greene Band is exactly that - a teaming of Portland-based bluesman Frank Goldwasser with Santa Barbara's own Alastair Greene in a thirteen track blues guitar summit. With the screams and yells on the high-octane instrumental opener, "55th Street Boogie", the band sets the tone for the entire album - take no prisoners, and deliver great blues music until someone passes out. When the wah-wah leads and funky rhythms of "I'm Gonna Wait", you'll be sure you've been sent to blues heaven, or at least the groovy waiting room. The two guitarists trade solos like their souls depended on who cuts who's head. Hey, and the rest of the album is equally as hot, so check out this combo, blues freaks.
When Frank Goldwasser was a child growing up in Paris, France, his parents had bought him a guitar. A classical acoustic model, he never found the time to learn how to play. But after being seduced by blues music, Frank began to work with the instrument. Attending blues concerts in Europe with his father, he met Sonny Rhodes and hung as close to him as possible, which led to Frank's first paying blues gig in 1981. He eventually migrated to the San Francisco area, and began sitting in with various house bands, until he hooked up with Troyce Key's band. This gave the young guitarist the chance to back artists such as Lowell Fulson, Jimmy McCracklin, Elvin Bishop and Percy Mayfield. Frank later formed the Paris Slim Band and kept gigging as much as possible. 1989 saw the debut of the first Paris Slim Band album, "Blues For Esther", while in 1998 Frank received the "Best Blues Guitarist Of The Year" award from the prestigious Trophees France Blues Association.
After moving to Portland, Oregon, Goldwasser has discovered a deep wealth of blues talent around the city. Collaborations with artists such as Alastair Greene are just some of the ways we'll be hearing a lot more of his voice, harp and guitar.
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