Hear the Charles ‘Big Daddy’ Stallings interview and some of the most fun, up beat jazzy-blues you will hear this side of heaven. Come on let’s boogie.
Charles ‘Big Daddy’ Stallings was raised in Hobbsville, N.C. When Charles was six or seven years old he heard Fred Hill playing an electric guitar for the first time. That changed his life, all he thought about and all he talked about was guitar. Finally a friend Buddy Mitchell gave Charles an old guitar he had. Charles would go watch Fred Hill and Buddy Mitchell play guitar so he could learn more about playing guitar. Later when Charles was in the Army, stationed in France, he meet a lot of other musicians. This became another big learning experience for him. After getting out of the Army in 1967 Charles settled in Baltimore, MD. where he has lived ever since. By day he would work a regular job, but by night Charles would play in different bands. One jazz band would let him play one blues song every night that would draw a standing ovation but the band would not let him do any more than that one. Sounds to me like they knew he could be the star of their band. After years of playing he finally put the guitar down for about ten years.
Lucky for us Charles decided he still wanted to play the blues. This time Charles became Big Daddy, the leader of his own band. In 2004 they released their first CD called One Night Lover. A very fine blues record that shows that you don’t need a million-dollar budget to make a really good record, you just need talent. The song “4×4 Woman” reached #1 on XM Radio, as well as on one radio station in Paris, France. “Gettin’ Old” is another very cool song that talks about how if you keep on living you’re going to get old. Other outstanding songs include “I Got the Blu-Hoos,” which is a bit funky with good harp playing. Then you have “Swing,” a good horn driven dance song. There are some horns on One Night Lover but not as much as on the newest one Blues Evolution.
Blues Evolution is a good title because you really hear a change in the music. One Night Lover is more blues, less jazz and horns. Blues Evolution brings everything up more. The horns play more of a role in the songs as well as the jazz influence. One Night Lover’s sound quality is good, but Blues Evolution is even better with sharp clear sound. There are more versions of styles of music too. You have a jazzy boogie, a down south blues, a cowboy blues song, a blues Cha Cha, and a Spanish blues song. All of these work very nicely. The CD starts off with introduction boogie (0:30) by Big Daddy then goes right into “Let’s Boogie” a fun jazzy/blues song that will get you enjoying the band right away. “Doing Down South” is just a down south blues song with Mark Wenner giving us the first taste of his talented harp playing. Because a lot of people like to line dance in Baltimore Big Daddy came up with his own blues line dance song, not bad. After watching a cowboy show on TV one day, Big Daddy decided blues lovers should have a cowboy blues song too. While really both of these songs are just blues songs with a few things that make them a line dance or cowboy song, they are good songs with some nice changes from your standard blues songs. There is a ten minute song called “Hobbsville # 2″ (#1 is on One Night Lover) it’s a good blues stomp with Big Daddy telling interesting stories about growing up in the south. Once again Mark Wenner add some fine harp playing. The man himself Charles ‘Big Daddy’ Stallings writes all the songs. If that is not enough Big Daddy, along with Kelvin O’Neal (trumpet) and Joe “E Flat” Thomas (sax), did all of the horn arrangements. These horn arrangements really make this CD stand out. I could go on and on about every song but what you really need to do is listen to the show so you can really hear for your self this wonderful CD. Then click on over to CD Baby’s Website to buy Blues Evolution. Hey, while you’re there listen to the samples of One Night Lover. You may want to get both CD’s while you’re there.
Songs in the show are:
Hard Times/Good Times
Blues Train Express
Thank You Boogie (at the very end)
I’d like to thank Charles ‘Big Daddy’ Stallings for taking the time to talk to me.
Big thanks to Joe “E Flat” Thomas for all his help in getting things set up.
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