"force of nature to be reckoned with..."
Blues Revue Magazine wrote:
"If LIVE is your first exposure to Jim
Branca, prepared to be blown away.
The Vermont-based singer and guitarist's show documented here is more uplifting, fun, spiritual, and invigorating than ought to be possible..."
The Vermont Courier writes:
"EVERYTHING about the JIM BRANCA LIVE CD grabs all that stuff that drags you down by the collar and shouts, shakes, and sings it all out the door letting the sun in... Emotional spring cleaning, so to speak. From its opener, a spirited and electric romp through The Beatles classic "Here Comes The Sun" through the Hendrixian power-groove of "As Muddy Water Flows" to the tight funk and organ-drenched spontaneity of "Life's Been Livin' Me"
Branca declares war on hard times - and he has a great time chasing those demons away...
Â Â Electric blues fans and ANYONE looking to get their blood flowing should stand up and take notice if they haven't already."
Jumpin' Jim Branca -
"Master of the Mystic Mojo" is a well-loved Burlington-based bandleader who uses his home in timeless blues as a launching pad to create music that embraces soul, jazz, gospel, funk, swing, folk & rock traditions, while exploring his own mission and unique "voice" in the world of modern music. Â Â Â Â
Â Â After transplanting himself in good Vermont soil 10 years ago, Jim has sown a lot of creative seeds.
He's been named "Best Blues Artist" by Good Citizen Magazine's Critic Poll, was 1st place winner at Advance Music's "Guitar Summit" showdown, and hosted the much loved "Howlin' @ the Moon" Roots Radio hour on 104.7FM WNCS. Â Â Â Â
Jimmy plays nothing but ORIGINAL music.
Some of it, was written by other people,
but anything he choses to cover, he makes his own.
These days, Jimmy is busy creating a stir with his new CD: "JIM BRANCA - LIVE" which captures the lucid Branca's firey magic as it occured one stormy Vermont winter's night at the famed "Nectar's" in Burlington.
Packed with warm, happy fans, and a burning back-up band featuring the South-Side of Chicago Solid Groovology of Tommy "Lightnin' Rod" Buckley on Bass & Backing Vocals, The Soul-Stirring, Organic Heavenly Wail of Greg "Vital Organ" Sefner on the Hammond B3, and the Joyous, Surefooted Stomp of Grammy-Nominated Jason "Thunderboy" Corbiere of Roomful of Blues on the drums.
Neil Charnoff of
Vermont Public Radio said of Jimmy:
"Stevie Ray Vaughan could take the
essence of the blues and write a great song. Likewise, Branca succeeds in trancending the genre. He has the ability to careen from a philosophical rap into an atmospheric howl, and then let loose with a truly astounding solo from his guitar. He can happily supply exciting, sweat-drenched, progressive blues all night long... having heard this band live,
I can only urge you to check it out for
a heavy dose of engaging, mind-blowing,
howling at the moon!"
...a "force of nature to be reckoned with"
FOR SURE! Check it out...
Check out the artist's website:
1. Here Comes The Sun
2. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
3. As Muddy Water Flows...
4. Howlin' At The Moon
5. (how many people are here tonight?)
6. Life's Been Livin' Me
7. Trouble In Mind
8. Won't Die In Me
9. (bitter or better?)
10. Dancing In The Same Wound
11. Over The Circumstances
12. (let's hear it for the band!)
13. I Wanna Hold Your Hand