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28 Apr 2017

Buddy Miles Featuring Rocky Athas ‎ “Blues Berries” 2002 US Blues Rock

Buddy Miles Featuring Rocky Athas ‎ “Blues Berries”  2002 US Blues Rock

Recorded in Austin Texas in 2000, the Blue Berries project sees Buddy Miles being joined by some legendary musicians including Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon (Double Trouble rhythm section). This album is full of rollicking blues. No horns, no tasteless free-form funky drumming, just plain straight up blues played by masters of their craft. 

This album presents the return of a real legend, Buddy Miles, whose career included stints with Wilson Pickett, Mike Bloomfield and Jimi Hendrix's Band Of Gypsies..................

Unsung Texas guitar legend Rocky Athas shines on this one off project.
Rocky was a childhood friend of the late/great Stevie Ray Vaughan and their styles are somewhat similuar.
Fans of blues rock,SRV should enjoy this .........

Buddy Miles has never been an easy artist to categorize. Is he is a rocker, a bluesman, or a soulster? Truth be told, he is all of those things rolled into one; over the years, his work has been influenced by everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Muddy Waters to James Brown and Sly Stone. Recorded in Texas in 2000, Blues Berries is primarily an album of blues-rock with soul and funk references. Miles was 53 at the time, and the veteran singer/drummer is very much on top of his game on sweaty offerings like "Bayou Delta," "Compassion for the Blues," and "Texas Cannonball" (an ode to the late Freddie King). The impressive band that Miles leads, the Blues Berries, is quite mindful of the Texas blues and blues-rock traditions -- fans of King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins, and Johnny Winter should have no problem getting into either the original material or an inspired performance of the standard "Tobacco Road." But at the same time, Miles and the Blues Berries do not escape the influence of Chicago blues. The soul elements are especially strong on "Come on Back," which combines rock with a strong appreciation of Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, and the Stax Records/Southern soul sound of the '60s. Back in the '60s, "Come on Back" probably would have been too rock-minded for most R&B stations in the U.S. -- even so, it's a great soul/rock track that recalls a time when a lot of Ike and Tina Turner and Sly & the Family Stone fans were also Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix fans. Blues Berries is not recommended to blues purists, but this excellent CD offers considerable rewards to those who hold rock, soul, and the blues in equally high Alex Henderson ...allmusic............

Sometimes a life explodes. In other words: have you ever heard about guys who don't have all the luck? Sure, you know them, don't you? Blues man Albert King once had the right song for them: "Born Under A Bad Sign!" If it weren't for bad luck, he wouldn't have any luck at all. King named it! The real Blues man knows all about the downs, which look like ups to him.
Now is the right time to talk about Buddy Miles. More than once, he sang Albert King's tune. He knows it by heart. Buddy Miles, the bandleader, singer, drummer and left-handed guitarist, went through all the "ups" by himself. He has experienced life from the viewpoint of his most famous song, "Them Changes", recorded in 1970. Today, Buddy Miles knows how life can put you through changes. He has the right to sing the blues.

Born as George Miles in 1945, he started out as a teenage prodigy. At the age of twelve, he began playing drums in his father's jazz combo, The Bebop's, in Omaha, Nebraska. In those early days, his career included stints with such luminaries as the Ink Spots (who are credited with inspiring the "doo-wop" vocal genre of the 1950s), The Delfonics, Ruby & The Romantics, Otis Redding and, last but not least, Wilson Pickett in 1966. In 1967, young blues-guitarist Mike Bloomfield (Paul Butterfield's Blues Band, Al Kooper, Bob Dylan) attended a Wilson Pickett show at the RKO Theatre in Brooklyn, New York, and was impressed by Miles inimitable bottom-heavy drumming style. Afterwards, Bloomfield successfully recruited Miles for his own brand-new psychedelic blues-rock band, the Electric Flag. Bloomfield's subsequent departure left the drummer in control. In the wake of a disappointing second album, Miles retained its horn section for his next venture, the Buddy Miles Express. During these days, he had also become friends with Jimi Hendrix. Both of them had played the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. Later on, it was Miles who laid down a solid backbeat for "Rainy Day" and "Still Raining" on Jimi's Electric Ladyland. Hendrix, in return, produced and wrote some sleeve-notes for Expressway To Your Skull, the first hard driving, electric soul album by the Buddy Miles Express. In 1969, the Jimi Hendrix Experience broke up, and Miles replaced the former Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell. Arguably the first true "black rock band" - long before Living Colour - Jimi Hendrix's Band Of Gypsys debuted at Bill Graham's Fillmore East on New Year's Eve 1970. They opened their historic second set with the Hendrix classic "Machine Gun". Later on, they did a fine version of Buddy Miles's Hit "Them Changes", sang, and played together on "We Gotta Live Together", another track written by Miles. Sadly, Hendrix died in 1970, and soon afterwards, Buddy Miles could be heard drumming along with his own band, called Buddy Miles Band. With Them Changes (1970) and the eponymous title track, Miles hit the charts. Them Changes lasted an impressive 74 weeks on the Billboard Album Charts. An integral part of his career, the song returned in great form on Miles's collaboration with another prominent guitarist: Carlos Santana. The resulting album Carlos Santana And Buddy Miles! Live! (1972) was recorded live in an extinct Hawaiian volcano - you can feel the heat still today!

Up to here, it sounds like a fairytale success story, at least on the surface. In those days, it seems, as far as musicians were concerned, you couldn't go wrong with Buddy. He played the drums on Muddy Waters's classic Fathers And Sons album (1972), where he was reunited with old friend Mike Bloomfield. In 1979, he began a four-year stint as the lead singer for Santana and recorded one more album with the guitar legend in 1987 (Freedom). Perhaps you remember his singing on a California Raisins commercial in 1986? His re-recording of Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" became one of the most successful commercials in television history. However, it wasn't only dancing raisins, which were in need of his singing and playing. Once again, musicians wanted him. He worked with Parliament-Funkadelic alumni Bootsy Collins, and they recorded Hardware - Third Eye Open in 1992. He reformed The Express and recorded Hell And Back (1994) - and these were only some of his musical activities. Over the years, he could be heard on more than forty albums on his own or along side Stevie Wonder, David Bowie and John McLaughlin. He has been touring constantly, playing small and big venues, ripping off the roofs with his ecstatic interpretations of Hendrix's "All Along The Watchtower", or doing some fine version of Albert King's "Born Under A Bad Sign". The people love him for doing his thing. Everything sounds fine. Is there any reason to sing the blues? However, what about "them changes"?

Well, all right, that is only one part of the story. While Miles-o-philes hail him as an "innovator whose embryonic fusion of Rock and Soul supplanted the advances made by such contemporaries as Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone" (Scott Wagoner), there is also a special kind of disagreement from the critics. He never was everybody's darling, not even in 1979, when "The Rolling Stone Record Guide" wrote: "His taste is awful, his playing almost always overbearing and he manages to make more judgmental errors than seem possible. 'Them Changes' is his anthem, and a decent funk song, which in this context is miraculous." Criticism is one thing but what's worse-even the law fought him! Johnny Cash may have played a gig at San Quentin, however, Miles stayed there, and in Chino, as an inmate.

More than once it was alleged in the eighties and nineties that Miles had fallen on hard times. In fact, he paid his dues. His life fell to pieces and he had to struggle hard to get back on his feet again. But he did! Today he knows what he is singing about. Born under a bad sign, singing for love and understanding! So, if you are looking for the real thing, do not look any further. Buddy Miles is your man. He is a real dude!

There is one more reason to listen to him: he has made this new album "Blues Berries" full of rollicking blues. No horns, no "tasteless" free form funky drumming and you will not hear any electronic gimmicks. It is nothing but the Blues, played by some masters. The members of his band surely know one or two things about the good old rolling and rocking blues. Some of them are seasoned enough to have played with Johnny Winter in 1968 and later on with Steve Ray Vaughn. They know less is more. Listen to the songs: aren't they stripped down to the bone? It is not the old-fashioned, twelve bar blues, but a special kind of blues-rock with catchy melodies and words of truth. And, please, listen to Buddy singing the Blues. His voice, full of a lifetime of "them changes", is better than ever. If he sings about the ups and downs of life, you can be sure, he is not talking falsely. He may have had a bad reputation, but now with this new album, he is back in full glory and deserves some well-earned respect. There are not too many of the true originators of modern Rock, Soul and Blues left. Buddy Miles has the experience and his own well-worn kind of street-credibility. His fans all around the world know: It is easy to believe him, when he sings the Blues. That is why you too should give him a hand. Before life explodes again. Come on! ..............Adrian Wolfen (Editor of "Jazzthetik"-Magazine, Germany)..............

 "Born George Miles in Omaha, NE, on September 5, 1947, he started playing the drums at age nine, and joined his father's jazz band the Bebops as a mere 12 year old. As a teenager, he went on to play with several jazz and R&B outfits, most prominently backing vocal groups like Ruby & the Romantics, the Ink Spots, and the Delfonics. In 1966, he joined Wilson Pickett's touring revue, then blues-rock guitarist Mike Bloomfield. Bloomfield invited Miles to join up, and the band Electric Flag made its debut at the Monterey Pop Festival with Buddy singing with Jimi Hendrix; Bloomfield left in 1968 followed by the bass player.With the Electric Flag's horn section in tow, Miles split to form his own group, the similarly eclectic Buddy Miles Express. Signed to Mercury, the group issued its debut album, Expressway to Your Skull, in 1968, with Miles' fellow Monterey Pop alum Jimi Hendrix in the producer's chair. In turn, Miles played on Hendrix's Electric Ladyland album, and later took part in an all-star jam session that resulted in Muddy Waters' Fathers and Sons album. Hendrix also produced the Miles Express' follow-up, 1969's Electric Church, and disbanded his backing band the Experience later that year; shortly afterward, Hendrix, Miles, and bassist Billy Cox formed Band of Gypsys, one of the first all-black rock bands. Bluesier and funkier than Hendrix's previous work, Band of Gypsys didn't last long in its original incarnation; Miles departed in 1970, replaced by Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell, but not before his powerhouse work was showcased on the group's lone album, the live Band of Gypsys.After backing John McLaughlin on 1970's Devotion, Miles returned to the role of bandleader and recorded his most popular album, Them Changes, in 1971; it stayed on the charts for more than a year, and the title cut became Miles' signature song. From December 1971 to April 1972, Miles toured with Carlos Santana, which produced the CBS-released concert document Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live!; recorded inside an inactive volcano in Hawaii, the album sold very well, climbing into the Top Ten. Miles cut a few more albums for CBS, participated in a short-lived Electric Flag reunion in 1974, then moved to Casablanca in 1975 for a pair of LPs. Aside from a one-off album for Atlantic in 1981 (Sneak Attack), Miles kept a low profile over the next decade, partly to battle personal problems. Miles returned in 1986 as the lead voice in a TV ad campaign that featured clay-animated raisins singing "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"; the ads proved so popular that a kid-friendly musical franchise was spun off, and thus Miles became the lead singer of the California Raisins, performing on two albums (mostly R&B covers) and a Christmas special. Additionally, Miles rejoined his old friend Carlos Santana as the official lead vocalist of Santana during part of the late '80s, making his studio debut on 1987's Freedom. In the early '90s, Miles played with Bootsy Collins (both solo and as members of Hardware), and in 1994 he formed a new version of the Express and recorded Hell and Back for Rykodisc. Miles Away From Home followed in 1997 on Hip-O. Miles toured steadily through the '90s, and subsequently formed a more straightforward blues band called the Blues Berries with guitarist Rocky Athas; their first album, Blues Berries, appeared on Ruf in 2002. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide"..............

Buddy Miles - Vocals and Drums
Chris Layton - Drums
Tommy Shannon - Bass
Rocky Athas - Guitar
Greg Diamond - Acoustic Guitar
Robert Ware - Bass
Mark Leach - B-3/Keyboards

Tobacco Road
Big Mama
Compassion For The Blues
Live Is What
Rock & Roll
Come On Back
Texas Cannonball
Bayou Delta
Miss Suga' Fine
Down At The Crossroads

  Buddy Miles discography

The Trip Original Motion Picture soundtrack Sidewalk 1967
The Electric Flag A Long Time Comin' Columbia 1968
​The Electric Flag An American Music Band Columbia 1968
​Expressway To Your Skull Mercury 1968
​Electric Church Mercury 1969
​A Message To The People ‎Mercury 1970
We Got To Live Together Mercury 1970
​Band Of Gypsys Capitol 1970
Them Changes ‎ Mercury 1970
​Devotion John McLaughlin Douglas Records 1970
Buddy Miles Live ‎ Mercury 1971
Three Man Army A Third Of A Lifetime Pegasus 1971
Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles - Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live! ‎ Columbia 1972
Muddy Waters... - Fathers And Sons ‎ Chess 1972
Buddy Miles Live ‎ Mercury 1972
Chapter VII Columbia 1973
The Electric Flag The Band Kept Playing Atlantic 1974
​All The Faces Of Buddy Miles ‎ Columbia 1974
More Miles Per Gallon ‎ Casablanca Records 1975
Bicentennial Gathering Of The Tribes ‎ Casablanca Records 1976
Roadrunner ‎ T Town 1977
Sneak Attack ‎ Atlantic 1981
​California Raisins sing The Hit Songs Priority Records 1987
​I Heard It Through The Grapevine California Raisins Priority Records 1987
Third Eye Open Hardware Rykodisc 1992
Tribute To Jimi Hendrix ‎ CAS (2) 1996
Miles Away From Home ‎ MVM (2) 1997
Buddy Miles Featuring Rocky Athas - Blues Berries ‎ Ruf Records 2002
Changes ‎ (DVD-V, PAL + CD)SPV GmbH 2004
Billy Cox & Buddy Miles - The Band Of Gypsys Return ‎ (CD, Album + DVD-V, NTSC) Image Entertainment ,Experience Hendrix 2006
Jimi Hendrix Featuring: Jim Morrison, Johnny Winter, Buddy Miles - Tomorrow Never Knows ‎ (LP)Happy Bird aka "Woke Up Dead" ?
West Coast Seattle Boy Jimi Hendrix Sony Legacy 2010
People, Hell & Angels Jimi Hendrix Sony 2013
Fatfoot Blues Side Of Buddy Miles w/ The Tonky Blues Band (recorded in 2003 in Spain) 2014


### Electric Flag ####
Mike Bloomfield - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Nick Gravenites - Vocals, Guitar
Buddy Miles - Drums, Vocals
Harvey Brooks - Bass
Barry Goldberg, kybds
Michael Fonfara, kybds
Herbie Rich, org, bar, as
Marcus Doubleday, tp
Peter Strazza, ts
Stemzie Hunter, as

### Band of Gypsys ###
Jimi Hendrix - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Buddy Miles - Drums, Vocals
Billy Cox - Bass

### Buddy Miles Express ####
Buddy Miles - Lead Vocals , Drums, Guitar
Marlo Henderson - Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Karp - Guitar, Vocals
Duane Hitchings
Jim McCarty,
Marcus Doubleday
Terry Clements
Virgil Gonsalves

***Express Active Members***
Mark "Muggie" Leach - organ, Vocals, co-band leader
Rod Kohn - Lead/rhythm guitar, b/u vocals
Hiram Hazley - bass
Byron Bordeaux- Guitar

Michael B. Holden

Charlie Torres- Bass

​ #### MST ####
Buddy Miles-Drums, Vocals
Kevon Smith-Guitar
Joe Thomas-Bass 

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