This direct-to-disc release, recorded in the church sanctuary of Blue Heaven Studios, is so fresh and pure... Talk about up to audiophile standards! The immediacy, the dynamics - slam and delicacy alike - are just so startlingly real. There's nothing lost. It's positively lifelike.
Cutting engineer Kevin Gray, using Blue Heaven's Neumann VMS 70 lathe with an Ortofon cutter head and amplifiers, and recording engineer Katsu Naito have made available for your playback the closest thing possible to a live, in-person performance. With direct-to-disc recording, the signal from the microphone is transmitted directly to the cutter head, which then cuts the grooves into a raw lacquer. There's no middleman. No tape. No tape hiss. No distortion or other artifacts inherent in any other type of recording.
A chipped cutting stylus - the last one on-hand - forced the release of one side of this D2D as a tape recording, albeit a very, very good one!
And the music? It's killer! The session was recorded the weekend of the 8th annual Blues Masters in October 2005.
Born in Prairie Basse, Louisiana, in November 1941, Roscoe Chenier began his musical career at age 15, singing with Rockin' CD and the Blues Runners. Two years later, he started his own band after adding guitar playing to his vocals. Since, he's been a fixture on the southern Louisiana scene. He's also revered in Europe, as are many American bluesmen, though his national touring has been limited.
Chenier, himself a member of the Louisiana Hall of Fame, is the second cousin of the late King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier. Though Roscoe favors blues, he does include some zydeco flavor in his music. As one reviewer put it, "it sounded like B.B. King and Clifton Chenier performing together."
Direct To Disc (D2D)
1. Come On Home
2. Please Be On That 519
3. Walking With Frankie
4. Find Me A New Love
5. Back To Louisiana
6. Baby Please Come Back
7. If You Ain't Been To Houston