The Elgins

Elgins – Back To Chicago (Feb. 2011)


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Mark Mumea – guitar

Fredrik Zahl Marken – vocals / guitar

Oyvind Stolefjell – vocals / piano

Mark Bukich – vocals / harmonica

Bob “PaceMaker” Newham – drums

w/ Special Guest – Johnny Dyer



1. Ah’w Baby

2. Sad Sad Day

3. Sad Hours

4. She loves Another Man

5. Tin Pan Alley

6. Tough Times

7. Layaway Plan

8. Can’t Hold Out Much Longer

9. Don’t Have to Hunt

10. Gypsy Woman

11. Anna Lee

12. Keep it to Yourself

13. PlayHouse

14. Left me with a Broken Heart

15. Seems Like a Million Years

16. Juke


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What began as a reunion album for Johnny Dyer and the L.A. Jukes became that and much more.  In addition to having three original members of the formidable band of the late 70’s and early 80’s, this session also introduces fresh, new talent.  Two of the featured musicians, who traveled from Norway to join this project, are some of the most exciting blues artists to emerge in decades.

It took this international effort to recapture the soul of 40’s and 50’s post-war blues pioneers such as Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, Baby Face Leroy, Sunnyland Slim, John Brim, Robert Nighthawk and Floyd Jones.

Small tube amps, vintage equipment and low tech arrangements help give these recordings the magical nuance that has vanished from so many contemporary blues tracks. With its reliance on restrained playing, in the pocket feel, leaving space and low volume dynamic phrasing, this album truly takes you “Back To Chicago.”


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