September's Release: The Chris Canas Blues Revolution has released "Live At The Attic Bar" (NCP108) the attic may be gone, but several No Cover CD's were recorded there, which leaves us with some great memories. This offering from Chris Canas features recordings from two different nights at the Attic. There were some personel changes, which makes for a different sound. On one night Chris has Tampa Ted on second guitar while on the other he has the Modfather on keyboards. there are two versions of the song "Unforgiven" here which feature the different lineups.
August's Release: Psychild (Robert Noll) has released "Retrospect Vol. 4" (NCP124) These are early recordings done straight to two track, during the early 90's, and pre-dating the start of the No Cover label. This one again shows Robert's penchant for longer tracks during this time with one song clocking in at over 30 minutes!
August's Other Release: Billy Davis has released "Mr. Rock & Roll" (NCP121) his 5th release for the No Cover Label. As usual this one features all-original songs from Billy, who may be the most prolific songwriter in Detroit today! Billy used the Christy Howard band on some of these tracks, and they are doing shows together as well. Look for Billy to appear on the next Christy Howard Band CD too.
July's Release: Psychild (Robert Noll) has released "Retrospect Vol. 3" (NCP123) These are early recordings done straight to two track, during the early 90's, and pre-dating the start of the No Cover label. This one shows Robert's penchant for longer tracks during this time with one song clocking in at over 22 minutes!
June's Release: 8x14 blues (NCP122) No Cover's 8th CD in our sampler series, This disc chronicles another 14 releases from the Detroit blues label No Cover Productions.
This is the 8th sampler in the series with each one containing 14 tracks. with one song off each Cd No Cover has released, these samplers are a great way to get to know the many artists who have recorded for this prolific label. 8x14 = 112 songs if you have the whole set!
We start this one off with a song by Chris Canas a young singer- guitarist who is keeping the blues alive, while mixing in newer styles to come up with a unique sound. Then Dale Robertson adds a touch of "Witchcraft" to the mix with the title track from his first No Cover release. Spencer Bell, who passed at the young age of 27 left us a great musical legacy. Featured here is Spencer's song "Tourist" from the CD Feudal Brutal and the American Dream. Next CeeCee Collins tells us "Don't Mess Around" from her CD with RJ's Rhythm Rockers. "That's All" is the final cut from John Sinclair's second No Cover release titled Detroit Life" which is Followed by a track from The Christy Howard Band. Then Broken Arrow gives us "Leavin'" a blues-rock ballad. Al Lukas came down from Toronto to be No Cover's first Canadian act. Al is a great writer and this track "Mainstream Blues" is a great example of that. Front Street Blues Band is next with - 15 original songs on their CD it is equal to a double album! Holice P. Wood has been putting on his 4:20 show for 5 years now and we have recorded them all. This cut is from the 3rd year. Finally we close out another great sampler with a cut from The Billy Davis Rhythm Machine written by Billy who really is "Mr. Rock N Roll"! that's all for now, but don't worry we are hard at work on the next 14 releases, which will be featured on 9x14 Blues when it comes!
May's Release: No Cover has released Fall & Flight (NCP118) by Al Lukas (From Toronto). Al was a Solo finalist in last years Detroit Blues Challenge, and while he did not win, he did turn in a fine set. No Cover president Mike Boulan was recording the finals and after listening to those tapes he thought Al would be a fine addition to the label's roster. At the CD release party for the CD "Detroit Blues Challenge Finals 2007" (NCP106) Mike asked Al to record for No Cover and he accepted. Update: we have released the CD and are getting ready to have a release party.
May's Second Release: Front Street Blues Band's has released "Blues Promised Land" (NCP119). The band won the Detroit leg of the International Blues Challenge, and as a result, they also won a recording contract with No Cover. that led us to record this fine disc with 15 original songs on it. The band has a great live show which translates well to studio recordings. They have tried for a "Live" sound on this their second release.
April's Release: John Sinclair John has finished his second CD for No Cover "Detroit Life" (NCP112). This time he is pulling out all the stops! John is using a who's who of Detroit artists to make the most amazing poetry record ever! includes performances from:Johnny Evans Tenor Saxophone James O’Donnell Trumpet Phil Hale Keyboards Chris Rumel Bass
Martin "Tino" Gross Drums Johnnie Bassett Guitar
Jeff "Baby" Grand Guitar Lyman Woodard Hammond B-3 Organ Duncan McMillan Hammond B-3 Organ Ibrahim Jones Bass RJ Spangler Drums Milton Hale Drums John "T-Bone" Paxton
Trombone Rick Steiger Baritone Saxophone Thornetta Davis
Backing Vocal The Lyman Woodard Organization
With Special Guest Marcus Belgrave. You must hear this one to believe it!
April's Second Release: Hollywood of Detroit Life puts on a show every year on 4-20, and now we have co-released "The 3rd Annual John Sinclair Music & Art Festival" (NCP120) with Detroit Life from the 2007 show, which was off the hook! with Bobby East on Guitar, Chris Codish on Keyboards, Paul Randolph on Bass, and Terry Thunder on Drums we had an all star lineup. Special Guests include Jeff "Baby" Grand, Larry and Steve McCray, Shawn McDonald, Eddie Harsh and others.
February's Release: The Broken Arrow Blues Band has released their second CD "Given Right" (NCP116). This one has 11 songs (all original) with a rockin' blues feel that should make people quickly aware of this new band. (With a few familiar faces in it) Including Big Al Grebovic, Rudy Acala, Shadowhawk who is also playing the Drums on the Boogie Chillens CD "Gotta Boogie" (NCP106) and Billy Furman who has just joined the band on Sax, Harmonica, Flute and Vocals.
January's Release: Sweet Claudette is releasing her new CD "That Man's Got To Go" (NCP115) with 9 originals and 1 cover the CD clocks in at just over 60 minutes. Claudette has used an awesome lineup including Howard Glazer and Dan DeKuyper on Guitars, Alonzo "Big Al" Haralson on Trumpet, Marty Montgomery on Sax Greg Manning on Drums and Todd MacIntosh on Bass. This is the fifth release for the "Sweet One" and this time she cut the whole thing "Live" in the studio!
January's Second Release: Yakity Yak & Mike Espy won the Detroit Blues Challenge in 2006 and as a result they cut a great CD titled "Born In The Country" (NCP116). now the Mike Espy Blues Group has returned and recorded a tribute to Mike's Father titled "Son To Father" which features all instrumental songs with 5 from the pen of Mike and 5 covers.