For the 5th release from this San Diego, CA based band, Black Market III has signed with Rip Cat Records, home to The Blasters, Kid Ramos, The John Clifton Blues Band, and many other relevant recording/ touring bands.
BMIII crosses over using the Blues as the root of their sound. In addition to their hard hitting original music, BMIII is steeped in the deepest traditions of the Blues with influences such as Leadbelly, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Freddie King, Otis Blackwell, Tomcat Courtney, (more currently) Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, and a very long list of the most important Blues artists.
“Tone” and “phrasing” are the bedrock of BMIII’s sound, and veteran guitarist/ vocalist Scottie Blinn’s approach to this music has been described as “thrilling” by CrossCut Records founder Detlev Hoegen. Bruce Iglauer of Alligator Records once stated Blinn’s CD submission was “better than 90% of submissions” to the label.
Keeping their sound unique and current, BMIII also sites Tom Waits, Dead Weather, ZZ Top, Tito and Tarantula, Social Distortion, Led Zeppelin, and The Black Keys as major influences. No pigeon holing this band that has its roots firmly planted, and isn’t afraid to take chances and explore many back alleys.
While bringing their established sound to a wider audience with this release for Rip Cat Records, “Dashboard Jesus” also takes the band into some new territory. The “Soul” side of the Blues is represented by a couple of great covers of Otis Blackwell’s “Daddy Rollin’ Stone” and Bobby Bland’s “I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me).
There’s also a Latin influence over the entire CD with the addition of Alan West (formerly with James Harman) on drums and percussion throughout. A beautiful rendition of Tito & Tarantula’s “Regresare” features bassist/ vocalist Roxanne Coverdale singing entirely in Spanish, Jesus Cuevas (The Blazers/ Los Fabulocos) on accordion, and Breanna Wallace and Jules Whelpton on violins.
Their original songs “Prelude”, “Black Roses”, and “When The Sun Goes Down” are classic BMIII crossovers, while “Your Love Is So Cruel” (featuring co-writer and harmonica legend Billy Watson) channels Tom Waits, and “Live And Let Live” pays tribute to aforementioned Blackwell and Bland. The last two mentioned are fronted powerfully by Roxanne Coverdale.
A haunting rendition of “House Of The Rising Sun” is a standout cut, featuring Gary St. Clair of the 60’s band, “Flavor” on B3, and 4 part harmonies from the band.
Two “traditional” songs round out the program. “O’ Mary Don’t You Weep” is given a New Orleans feel, and features guests Anson Funderburgh (guitar), Carl Sonny Leyland (piano), Joey Harris (The Beat Farmers) and Roni Lee (The Runaways) doing choir vocals, and Cami Smith (Lexington Field) on violin.
A special version of “Gallows Pole” features guitarist/ frontman Scottie Blinn on acoustic guitar with his friend and mentor of 30 years, 89 year old Tomcat Courtney on vocal.
“Americana from the heavy end of the CD bin. After a lifetime of exploring the history of the blues, Scottie Blinn and his bandmates turn their explorations to postwar and modern American folk and gospel…with big fat soul-shaking electric guitar!” ~~Joey Harris (vocals/guitar for The Beat Farmers, San Diego, CA)