Hear Sean Chambers talk about his new album, Ten Til Midnight, as well as the songs from it.
Sean Chambers grew up in Tampa Bay, Florida, which is about 30 minutes from where he is currently living in Florida. When he was around ten years old he got his first guitar and would play with a bunch of his friends. Sean also liked sports. He played baseball but his real thing was football. After the first half of his freshman year in high school he found football was taking up too much of his time. That is, too much of his guitar time. Sean played in several cover bands, doing songs by different blues-rock artists. In 1998 he released his first record called Strong Temptation. In this week’s show Sean talks about being Hubert Sumlin’s musical director and guitarist. This lasted from 1998 to 2003 and took Sean and his band around the world as Hubert’s backup band. In 2005 Sean put out his second record called Humble Spirits. He’s also been the opening act for blues artists coming through Florida like Robert Cray, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy. In a few weeks he will be opening for Johnny Winter, and then for Robin Trower.
This past Tuesday Sean Chambers’s third record came out called Ten Til Midnight. As you will hear in the show this is a raw blues-rock record with a lot of guitar. This is no slick record it’s just the raw and real blues-rock.
The band is simple just:
Sean Chambers on guitar & vocals
Paul Broderick on drums
Tim Blair on bass
A couple keyboard players drop in on a few songs as well as Garry Keith who blows harp on one song. The band travels as a trio although Garry does show up some times to plow harp on a few songs.
Sean wrote all but three of the songs on Ten Til Midnight. The song “You’re Gonna Miss Me” is a fast pace fun rocker written by Guitar Slim but Sean and the boys really take it up a notch or two. Then “In the Winter Time” is a powerful slow blues that really shows off Sean’s guitar playing, as you will hear in the show. The Luther Allison song “All the Kings Horses” is covered on this record too. I played the songs back to back and it’s pretty much a tie as to which version is the best but hey if you can tie with Luther Allison you’re a winner in my book. The sound quality is better on Ten Til Midnight it’s a little fuller and stronger. Luther’s was recorded about fifteen years ago. “Make It Go” and “When I Get Lonely” are both very good as you will hear in the show. One song I really wanted to play but just couldn’t kick any of the other songs out to make room for is “I Don’t Know Why”. This is the last song on Ten Til Midnight, and it’s just Sean playing an acoustic slide guitar and Garry Keith blowing harp. Boy what a nice way to end this all-electric blues-rockin record. Sean said the title of the record Ten Til Midnight was the time most of the record seemed to get recorded but it will probably be the time you’ll be staying listening to it.
If you like what you hear in the show you will love all the other songs on Sean Chambers’ Ten Til Midnight please buy the CD.
Songs in this week’s show:
Blues & Rock ‘N’ Roll
Make It Go
When I Get Lonely
Ten Til Midnight
In the Winter Time
Buy Sean Chambers’ Ten Til Midnight iTunes
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