Some reviews of the Breeze Kings first CD
"Tying One On ... for the People"  Veritone Records V-1025-2

Click here for reviews of    "Can't Stay Home"  Veritone Records V-1083-2

Click here for reviews of    "Two Guys Live"  Veritone Records V-1079-2

Click here for reviews of    "You Got To Bring Some ... To Get Some"  Veritone Records V-1048-2

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From: Atlanta Blues Society News    Volume 5   Issue 1 February 2000

CD Review: By Larry Stotts

"Tying One On for the People"  The Breeze Kings  (Veritone V-1025-2)

My fellow bluesnatics: How many times have you seen a band do a really amazing performance at a club or festival, and hoping to take them home with you, buy their CD or tape? The next day you put it on and crank it up only to hear a lame studio recording. Well, The Breeze Kings' "Tying One On for the People" aint like that!! This is one exceptional CD that fulfills the need to recapture their lively performance in the privacy of your own home to sing, to dance, shake and sing all over again. It may induce the huggin', kissin', and suggin' that follows if you're lucky. This is not a poorly recorded live performance from a club PA. This is a well done, live performance in a studio.

The first clue that this is going to be a unique experience is an introduction by local harp hipster, Stoney Brooks. It is a stream of consciousness as only Stoney could orate. The CD's clever photos illustrate what could happen to a female Breeze Kings fan who partakes of too much brown whiskey in a dirty glass.

The music? Carefully selected gems done in the true tone of real blues: Jr. Parker, Jimmy Rogers, Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold and many more. Passionate vocals and harp - Carlos Capote; vintage enthusiastic guitar - Jim Ransone; on time drums - Joe Caprara; and rock solid bass - Dave Roth.

PS. Let the CD continue playing after the last song for illicit phone calls and an end of gig Black Sabbath rendition. Inquiries to follow


From BluesWax Magazine, an online E-Zine dedicated exclusively to blues music   http://www.blueswax.com   December 13, 2001 edition

The Breeze Kings are just getting started, (12/12/01)

The fact that they "put greasy stuff in their hair for the people" and they thank "Fender, Gibson, tubes, tweed, and all things vintage and holy" was enough to make me want to listen to this CD. I had heard the group at Sassy Ann's in Knoxville, Tennessee and decided I had to go hear them in their hometown of Atlanta. I have yet to actually go to Atlanta to hear anyone, since I can never find a parking place there. But if you go there, the Breeze Kings can usually be found at the Northside Tavern or the Blue Sky Tavern, knocking out some of the best Blues in town.

Carlos "Breeze" Capote is the vocalist and harp player extraordinaire. Jim Ransone has his stuff together on lead guitar. Joe Caprara on drums and Dave Roth on bass make the rhythms shake. There is a vibrant tone to their proceedings, as Breeze knocks out the harp licks on their vintage equipment and the band rocks out the Blues. One senses their respect for the purer aspects of the Blues, with most of their material coming from artists like Jr. Parker, Roosevelt Sykes, Magic Sam, R.L. Burnside, Billy Boy Arnold and others.

Although this album is made up solely of covers, it is really about the band's influences. It was recorded "in one room, a couple of mics, a bunch of tubes, vintage gear, a few hours, lots of gin, sweat, and soul, all straight to hyper-glorious two-track mono." This combination goes all the way to produce a CD that is rockin' Blues at its best. The material that the band picked is a great combination of Texas, Chicago, Delta and West Coast music that every Blues Cat should be familiar with.

The lead tune, "Feelin' Good," is a Junior Parker takeoff that is done with real attention to style, with Breeze's exciting harp and great vocals offering up an energetic feeling. The rolling guitar of Jim Ransone chops along like a train cuttin' down the track. Great opening song for the CD! "Blind Love" is an early B.B. King work that doesn't get heard much. This one has some nice harp and vocals. "Thirteen Women" is a spooky, guitar-driven tune with lots of reverb.

Roosevelt Sykes' "Drivin' Wheel" is closer to Sykes' version than the ever-popular Jr. Parker cut. Slashing guitar and tormented vocals do the job on this one. "You're So Sweet" is a Jimmy Rogers cover that features some real pretty harp. This cut is probably the standout on the CD for Breeze's harp work, as well as a slashing guitar solo.

My favorite tunes here are Billy Boy Arnold's "I Wish You Would" and Magic Sam's "All Your Love." The harp work on the Arnold tune is terrific, with the energy the same as the unrelenting energy of the band's personal appearances. "All Your Love" is nice and slow, with the right kind of harp vibes and hard-edged vocals of the original. Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "One More Kiss" closes the set, but there's a surprise! Somebody gets a late-night date and the band spooks the crowd with a little ROCK!

The Breeze Kings won the Atlanta's Creative Loafing Award for "Best Blues Band" for the last three years. We appreciate them playing in Knoxville, and we'll be looking forward to the new album.

Gary W. Miller 1999-2002 Visionation, Ltd. All rights reserved


From: the Friday August 16 2002 edition of the Tallahassee Democrat

By Kati Schardl

"Blowin the Blues"

The Breeze Kings, led by harmonica player and singer Carlos "Cool Breeze" Capote, have conquered Atlanta with a jumping mix of styles that ranges from sweet home Chicago electric blues to sizzling Texas blues to raw-and-ready Mississippi Delta and Piedmont blues. On the Kings' reverb-drenched CD "Tying One On ... For the People," it's obvious how the band captured the title of best blues band in Atlanta for three years running - the music swings, shuffles and shakes a mean tailfeather. As the liner notes state, "The Breeze Kings are all about the people. ... They rock for the people. They sweat for the people. They put greasy stuff in their hair for the people. Sometimes they get a little bit too excited ... for the people." Feel that excitement and get ready to move your moneymaker when the Kings rule the dance floor tonight at Bradfordville Blues Club.


 

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