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More Sweet Jams: ‘JIM MCCARTY & FRIENDS II: Live from Callahan’s’ just released
DETROIT, MI–Legendary Detroit guitarist Jim McCarty loves a good jam, and on his home turf he doesn’t have to go far to find one. On his latest CD, “Jim McCarty & Friends II: Live from Callahan’s” (2016, Cally’s Records & Tapes), McCarty sits in with some of today’s most respected blues artists at the renowned Callahan’s Music Hall in Auburn Hills, MI.
Known from his work with Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Buddy Miles, Cactus and The Rockets, McCarty is featured on nine electrifying impromptu performances with a veritable Who’s Who of contemporary blues and R&B, including Coco Montoya, Tommy Castro, Nick Moss, Jason Ricci, Joe Louis Walker and the late Johnnie Bassett, another son of Detroit.
The CD is an eagerly awaited follow-up to 2011’s “Jim McCarty & Friends: Live from Callahan’s.” Mike Moss, owner of Callahan’s and fan, returns as executive producer. McCarty again produced the disc.
“Callahan’s is blessed to present some of the finest musicians in the world,” says Moss. “Jim continues to drop by the room, sometimes jumping on stage to jam a couple of tunes.”
The disc features such blues standards as “Fannie Mae,” “Put the Shoe on the Other Foot,” “Homesick for My Baby,” “Let Me Love You Baby,” “Every Day I Have the Blues,” “I Got a Mind to Give Up Living” and “Born in Chicago”; a mini-medley from McCarty’s days with Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, “Jenny Take a Ride” and “Good Golly Miss Molly”; plus “Excello Boogie” from McCarty’s recent group, Mystery Train.
Whether he’s wielding his trusty Les Paul or a making a borrowed guitar sing, screaming out a lead or laying down the groove, McCarty shines on these tracks. Throughout, the playing is world-class, the vibe is energetic.
“Nothing beats the excitement of an unplanned ‘jam,’” says Moss. “The musicians push each other and the music to a higher level.”
McCarty says, “I’m very happy with the way the CD has turned out. Considering that it’s just jamming, every track has something to say.”
“Jim McCarty & Friends II: Live from Callahan’s” is available directly via www.jimmccartyandfriends.com and at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and other major online sellers.
About Jim McCarty:
Jim McCarty’s career as a blues-rock guitarist spans more than 50 years. In the Sixties he garnered international acclaim with Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, playing on such classic hits as “Devil with a Blue Dress On,” “Sock It to Me” and “Jenny Take a Ride.” He has performed with the Buddy Miles Express, power-rockers Cactus, popular Detroit rock band The Rockets, the Detroit Blues Band, Mystery Train and others.
As a member of the Buddy Miles Express, McCarty met Jimi Hendrix, who produced half the tracks on “Electric Church” (1969). That led to an early-morning jam session featuring the two guitarists, “Jimi Jimmy Jam,” was released on Disc One of the “Studio ’69” box set and also on “Nine To Universe” (March 1980).
McCarty played on a number of early Bob Seger tracks, including the Top 100 single “Get Out of Denver,” which appeared on “Seven” (March 1974). This was the first album featuring the Silver Bullet Band. McCarty was offered the guitarist position in the band and turned it down because he was committed to the Rockets.
In February 2006, McCarty added award-winning songwriter to his resume when Les Paul received a Grammy for “Les Paul and Friends: American Made, World Played,” which included a cover of “69 Freedom Special,” an instrumental co-written by McCarty while in the Buddy Miles Express.
Revered among Gibson enthusiasts, McCarty was interviewed for Guitar Player in 2006 when he participated in a Cactus reunion. The band is slated for a fall tour this year with McCarty and original drummer Carmine Appice.
In an August 2006 interview on VH1 Classic, Ted Nugent remarked, “I’m the only guy in rock ‘n’ roll that plays that hollow body jazz guitar and it’s because in 1960 I saw Jimmy McCarty creating those big fat full chords like I do on ‘Stranglehold’; I learned that from Jimmy McCarty. Remember the name Jimmy McCarty. He is as important as Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry and Les Paul … a god on guitar.
On Sept. 25, 2010, McCarty was inducted into the Canada South Blues Society “Living Blues Museum” in Windsor, Ontario. In 2014 he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Detroit Blues Society.
McCarty currently uses a 2006 Les Paul played through a ’66 Fender Pro Reverb; he also uses a ’64 Fender Twin.
Visit www.jimmccartyandfriends.com for more information.