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NEW CD 'GOING TO CHICAGO' , feat. Eddy 'The Chief' Clearwater, Ronnie Baker Brooks & Ana Popovic. OUT NOW !

After 26 years, 11 albums and an unimaginable number of blistering shows, the Juke Joints, masters of rock rollin' blues, have succeeded in stretching their limits with undoubtedly their best and most diverse album so far.

When Juke Joints leadsinger/drummer Peter Kempe visited the 2008 Chicago Blues Festival, he was so impressed with Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater's performance there, that he simply had to have a word with him after his show. This resulted in an invitation to their Kwadendamme Blues Festival in 2009. Eddy fired on all cylinders and The Juke Joints excelled as his backing band. This cooperation led to mutual enthusiasm, more shows around Europe and the determination to record together as soon as possible.

The contact with Eddy Clearwater, whose latest (Alligator Records) album 'West Side Strut' was recorded in the Rax Trax Studios with renowned producer Ronnie Baker Brooks, opened up the doors to that same studio for The Juke Joints and in June 2010 they made the long-awaited trip to the home of the blues, Chicago.
There they recorded what surely must be The Juke Joints' magnum opus, with a collection of songs that of course includes plenty of the high energy rhythm 'n' blues, and shuffles and boogies that have earned them so much praise. However, there are also ventures up, until now, un-trodden paths.

Stand out tracks include "Stax Sound", which has that inimitable Stax soul groove that Peter Kempe experienced when visiting the legendary
Stax studio. There is a heartbreaking ballad, "Goodbye Baby", with some beautiful acoustic guitar and driven on by a massive Hammond organ sound, a track that will no doubt enthuse large, lighter-toting audiences. Guitarist Michel Staat shows his wizardry in the enthralling slow blues "Bad Bad Feeling" and "Strollin' Down Lincoln Av." is a jazzy instrumental, highlighting Sonnyboy van den Broek's awesome talents on the chromatic harp.
Female blues guitar slinger Ana Popovic shines on slide on "Make A Stand" which evokes fond memories of John Lee Hooker. Absolutely top-notch is the closing track "Going To Chicago", penned by Ronnie Baker Brooks especially for this album, with Eddy Clearwater really letting loose on electric guitar. Producer Ronnie Baker Brooks belts out some great guitar solos here as well, and provides solid support on vocals and rhythm guitar.

A highly diverse album it has become indeed, which is to be released worldwide and which should win The Juke Joints global recognition as one of the most energetic rock rollin' blues bands around.

The Juke Joints shared stages stages with the best that blues has to offer :
Kim Wilson Band, Buddy Guy, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, The Paladins, Walter Trout, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers,
The Nighthawks, Jim Shuler, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, George Thorogood , Roomful of Blues, Eddy 'The Chief' Clearwater, Joe Bonamassa , Johnny Winter........

Peter Kempe - Lead Vocals , Drums
Michel Staat - Guitar
Sonnyboy vd Broek - Harmonica, Vocals
Derk Korpershoek - Bass, Vocals

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Juke Joints were usually a one room shack on the outskirts of a southern plantation. During Prohibition, Juke Joints were the only places people could go and buy bootleg liquor. It was also a place to go to listen to music, dance and cut loose from the daily hardships of being a plantation migrant farm worker or sharecropper.
The term juke-joint was brought into the daily language in the South by the Afro-Americans. The words juke and jook, which are both corruptions of the ancient Elisabethan jouk, were according to reliable sources brought to America by the not quite voluntarily immigrated colored workers, that originated from the western part of Africa, and the word should mean 'to dance' or 'act wildly (disorderly)' in the evening after a long hard days work in the (cotton) fields. The Juke Joints became known as a place where they played ( what was referred to as) "The Devils Music". The so-called "Devils Music" became the foundation for Rock and Roll and thus Blues was born.
The small cafés and public houses, which were reserved for blacks only in the southern States, were usually named jukes or juke-joints. The cafés were from the very beginning normally located next to the cotton fields and owned by the white first or second generation immigrated citizen and owner of the fields. In few cases, however, the café could also be leased to a long-time loyal old labourer, who could no longer work as hard as before.
The good local colored musicians formed a basis for the classic blues in the joints.
There are, however, still old juke-joints in the poor, rural areas of the southern States, where the music is provided by real juke-boxes and not just by portable radios or stereos. A fantastic documentation of those jukes can be found in the pictures printed in the great book entitled "Juke Joint" by Birney Imes. The book was published in 1990 by the University Press of Mississippi. Another great source of documentation is also in this case the Junior's Juke Joint website edited by John Lee Doughty Jr..
The juke-joints represent an American cultural heritage that ought not be forgotten, and it is the hope of the editor of this site that more people in the southern States will preserve the story of the juke-joints, including the knowledge about closed locations, and the life that took place in and around the small, inexpensive establishments for eating, drinking, and dancing to the music of a juke-box.

The " Tin House" on our CD with the same name is an authentic juke joint, just a few miles outside Greenville Mississippi.
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