Soul Of A Sinner ~
Michael Arguello and his band
2000 Lbs of Blues, is doing something a little different this time around with the newly released CD Soul of a Sinner. Arguello isn’t leaving jump blues for good, only stretching his musical muscle and songwriting abilities with something a little edgier and even a little darker than his previous 3 CDs.
Soul of a Sinner is an unpredictable musical journey through a collection of soulfully interpreted, heartfelt songs. Twelve of the 13 songs are original works that run the musical gamut from big-time gritty harmonica blues, to guitar-crunching funky rockers, a smooth Latin-Jazzy number, all the way to a heart-pounding rap honoring the city of New Orleans. Never forgetting their well-loved roots, the band takes you on that journey via a wild, musical tightrope walk led by bandleader Arguello, who, jumps from side to side bouncing you crazily up and down, coming close, but never letting you fall off!
This long awaited 4th CD was recorded at Ardent Audio Productions in Torrance, CA, by Rich Wenzel. Over a long weekend this past February, Arguello and Wenzel gathered together a powerhouse lineup of well known musicians all of whom have been or are 2000 Lbs of Blues band members.
Those players include: Michael Arguello Vocals, Acoustic guitar Rich Wenzel Piano, Keyboards (Dave Mason Band) Kirk Fletcher Guitar (Fabulous Thunderbirds, Charlie Musselwhite) Gonzalo Bergara ~Guitar (Jon Jorgensen, Dan Hicks) Bobby Tsukamoto ~ Bass (John Trudell, Jesse Ed Davis) Tom Fillman Drums (Spencer Davis Band, Alejandro Escovedo) Additional musicians: Eric Von Herzen Harp (Social Distortion, Walter Trout) Johnny Mastro ~ Harp (The Mamma’s Boys) Scott Martin Saxophones Andrew Carney ~ Trumpet Walter Wagner ~ Trombone Oliver C. Brown ~ Percussion Jesse MacLeod ~ DJ,-Background Vocals ~ Teresa James, Neysa J. Mathews, Ptolemy Mathews, Marcia Mathews.
1999-"Livin' Large,'' the band's debut cd, received extensive airplay and landed on the European sales charts. Tracts from the cd were picked up by Virgin Records Europe for release on their boogie-woogie compilation cd that year.
2001- Gave birth to a new cd, "King Size" featuring guitar wizards Junior Watson and Kirk Fletcher, with appearances by Janiva Magness, Tom Mann, Sue Palmer and a host of boogie-woogie piano playing' monsters.
2003- The circus came to town one more time with 2000 Lbs of Blues disc entitled "Almost The Greatest Show On Earth!" Featuring red-hot tracks from Kid Ramos & Kirk Fletcher on guitars; English born boogie woogie virtuoso Carl "Sonny" Leyland on piano; co- producer Lynwood Slim plays some very cool chromatic harp and a complete horn section of Johnny Viau & Troy Jennings blowing down the tent! Come on! Come all! Check out "Almost The Greatest Show On Earth!"