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Anthony Stelmaszack (electric & acoustic guitars)
Simon « Shuffle » Boyer (drums)
Chris Douglas (upright bass)
Ricky Nye (upright piano, Hammond organ and voice)

thanks to Manley Fairchild @ Ultrasuede Studio and to Maurice Mattei for design

a tribute to such varied folk as Bob Wills, Nat King Cole, Jimmy Yancey, Furry Lewis,
Little WIllie Littlefield, Big Joe Duskin & Lonnie Mack, plus a few original numbers

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If you aren’t familiar with the name Ricky Nye, it certainly isn’t due to a lack of effort on his part. His smooth vocals and splendid keyboard efforts have been featured on fourteen previous recordings under his name in addition to cuts on several piano compilations. His latest has him backed by his Paris Blues band for the fourth time. Based in the Cincinnati, OH area, Nye has received numerous local blues awards, including CEA award, Blues Artist Of The Year, for two consecutive years. The band is comprised of Anthony Stelmaszack on guitar, Simon “Shuffle” Boyer on drums, and Chris Douglas, Nye’s regular upright bass player.

The disc opens with a Furry Lewis tune, “I Will Turn Your Money Green”. The band cruises along at a sprightly pace with Nye laying down a litany of woes until Stelmaszack tries to reverse his fortunes with some striking guitar picking. Nye’s fingers give his piano a workout on Memphis Slim’s “Miss Ida Bea,” then he turns “San Antonio Rose” into a magnificent boogie-woogie romp. Dipping into the Nat King Cole songbook, the band sets a swinging pace on “For You My Love,” with Stelmaszack once again creating a strong impression. He follows that up with a blazing solo on an instrumental take of the Chuck Berry classic, ‘Memphis”.

Highlights from the second half of the disc include the good-time instrumental, “Shaggy Rag,” an original performed acoustically, and a showcase for Nye on the instrumental, “Shave ‘Em Dry,” composed by the legendary piano man, Jimmy Yancey. Nye’s fingers roll across the keyboard, spinning out three minutes of piano magic. On another original, “I Miss Your Love,” he switches over to the Hammond organ, giving the contemporary blues track a full, rich sound. Little Willie Littlefield’s classic, “K.C. Lovin’,” gets a rollicking treatment with plenty of piano and a fat guitar tone. “How Long Blues” from Leroy Carr is a standard that every blues pianist has to know how to play. Nye’s version focuses on his vocals with Stelmaszack on acoustic guitar. The title, “Radiate Them 88’s,” tells you all need to know about rousing finale.

This is one of those discs that sneaks up on you, impressing track after track with lively performances and solid musical interplay that makes every song a delight. The players are quite comfortable working together, and with Ricky Nye setting the pace, the disc never wavers from generating an enthusiastic affirmation of the blues that will have you pushing the repeat button on your CD player. Well worth a listen!

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Chris Douglas- upright bass
Paul Ellis- drums
Brian « Boss » Hogg- tenor sax
Sylvain Acher- guitar
Tom Moore- harmonica
Dan Dorff- percussion

recorded @ Ultrasuede Studio– Cincinnati, OH
engineered by Brian Niesz
mastered by Dave Davis
artwork by Maurice Mattei

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THANK YOU Rhyss Williams with Blues Blast Magazine for this excellent review of my latest release, « Swingin’ Some Blues »:

Ricky Nye – Swingin’ Some Blues
11 songs – 39 minutes

The cover of Swingin’ Some Blues features a brightly-colored retro image of a young lady from the early 1950s, dressed in a bikini and energetically working out on a child’s swing, her hair blowing and with a huge grin on her face. In many ways, it is the perfect cover shot for Cincinnati-native Ricky Nye’s new album. There is a retro vibe to the whole release, from the warm-but-not-in-your-face production, to the emphasis on piano rather than guitar and the heavy jazz influence on many of songs. Perhaps more importantly, however, this is music that really swings with controlled abandon and there is a sense that all the musicians were playing with huge grins on their faces throughout the session. This is old-fashioned, good-time dancing music, played with no little vim and wit.

Nye plays piano and organ as well as singing, and he is backed by the seriously good rhythm section of Chris Douglas on upright bass and Paul Ellis on drums (Ellis’s musical swing on “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone” is simply outstanding). Guest musicians include Brian “Boss” Hogg on tenor sax, Sylvain Acher on guitar, Tom Moore on harmonica and Dan Dorff on percussion.

Nye’s keyboard skills are to the forefront of every song, but he resists the urge to overplay his hand, always giving the other musicians plenty of space in which to express themselves (check out Moore’s funky, staccato harmonica on “Low & Slow”). His piano playing however is top drawer, in particular when he pulls out an old classic like Jimmy Yancey’s “The Rocks”. The rhythmic thump of his left hand on a boogie is a joy to behold.

The 11 songs on Swingin’ Some Blues comprise a neat selection of standards (“Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone”, “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home” and “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out” are the first three songs on the album); four songs written or co-written by Nye himself, a rollicking cover of NYC boogie woogie maestro Dona Oxford’s “Let’s Have A Ball”, plus a few piano classics such as Albert Ammons’ “Monday Struggle” and Charlie Booty’s “Davenport Stomp”.

This is uptown, swinging music that is reminiscent of the likes of Big Joe Turner, Charles Brown or maybe Jimmy Witherspoon, where blues meets jazz and the result is good old-fashioned party music.

One of the many highlights of the album is the jungle rumble of “It’s Wrong”, which features more excellent harmonica from Moore and another demonstration from Douglas and Ellis of how a rhythm section should operate.

The closing track, “Epididymitis Boogie”, is a fine way to finish the album. It’s a barreling instrumental, led by Nye’s pounding boogie woogie piano but also featuring short but entertaining instrumental breaks by Hogg, Ellis and Douglas. In contrast to its name, this song will have people up and dancing rather than wincing at the mere thought of it.

Swingin’ Some Blues is a short but highly enjoyable slab of good-time, piano-led, upbeat and fun music and is warmly recommended, especially if you like your blues to include a hefty dose of melodic jazz.

(Reviewer Rhys Williams lives in Cambridge, England, where he plays blues guitar when not holding down a day job as a technology lawyer or running around after his children. He is married to an American, and speaks the language fluently, if with an accent.)


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FRI. 1RICKY NYE @ MAURY’S TINY COVE (513-662-2683) 3908 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, OH 7:30-10:30 PM

SAT. 2RICKY NYE @ THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE (513-403-0672) 10104 Columbia St., Metamora, IN 3:00-4:00 PM

SAT. 2RICKY NYE performs with @ MARK UTLEY & BULLETVILLE @ METAMORA MUSIC FESTIVAL (765-647-1212) 19021 Lovers Lane, Metamora, IN 5:15-6:15 PM

SUN. 3RICKY NYE performs with MARK UTLEY & BULLETVILLE @ NORTHSIDE TAVERN (513-542-3603) 4163 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 8:30-11:00 PM

THURS. 7RICKY NYE & BEKAH WILLIAMS @ LATITUDES CAFE (513-827-9146) 7454 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, OH 6:00-9:00 PM

FRI. 8RICKY NYE (drums) with THE HEATERS featuring BEN LEVIN @ STANBERY PARK- FRIDAY NIGHT FUN SERIES (513-827-9146) 2221 Oxford Ave., Cincinnati, OH 7:00-9:00 PM

SAT. 9RICKY NYE INC. @ SMOKE JUSTIS (859-344-0832) 302 Court St., Covington, KY 9:30-PM-1:00 AM

SUN. 10RICKY NYE INC. @ MAD FROG (513-784-9119) 1 E McMillan St, Cincinnati, OH for the BIG ED THOMPSON & ALBERT WASHINGTON PLAQUE DEDICATIONS 4:30-7:00 PM – plaque dedications @ 5:30 PM

THURS. 14RICKY NYE & DOTTIE WARNER @ ARNOLD’S BAR & GRILL (513-421-6234) 210 E. 8th St., Cincinnati, OH 7:00- 9:00 PM

SAT. 16RICKY NYE with guitarist STEVE NARDELLA and his trio plus special guests
tenor saxophonist JONNY VIAU, guitarist/vocalist BILLY SEWARD and chief instigator TOM MOORE @ THE MIDWAY TAVERN (574-255-0458) 810 W. 4th Street, Mishawaka, IN 7:30-11:30 PM $10

WED. 20RICKY NYE @ THE LISTING LOON (513-542-5666) 4124 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 8:30-11:30 PM

corner of Cooper & Hunt Rd., Cincinnati, OH for their SUMMER CONCERT SERIES 5:00-7:00 PM

FRI. 22RICKY NYE @ MIO VINO (513-407-0486) 7908 Blue Ash Rd., Deer Park, OH 8:00-10:00 PM

SAT. 23RICKY NYE INC. @ TOWER PARK AMPHITHEATER (859-781-1700) 911 Cochran Ave., Ft. Thomas KY for the BAND OF HELPING HANDS BLUES FESTIVAL 3:00-4:00 PM

SAT. 23RICKY NYE (drums) with BEN LEVIN (piano/vocals) & RICK HOWELL (harmonica) @ TOWER PARK AMPHITHEATER (859-781-1700) 911 Cochran Ave., Ft. Thomas KY for the BAND OF HELPING HANDS BLUES FESTIVAL (859-781-1700) in the mess hall from 6:30-8:30 PM

MON. 25RICKY NYE @ MIAMI UNIVERSITY HAMILTON (513-785-3005 ext. 3) 221 High St., Hamilton, OH 7:00-8:30 PM Monday Night Music Series

THURS. 28RICKY NYE & DOTTIE WARNER @ ARNOLD’S BAR & GRILL (513-421-6234) 210 E. 8th St., Cincinnati, OH 7:00- 9:00 PM

FRI. 29RICKY NYE (drums) with THE HEATERS featuring BEN LEVIN @ PAPPADEAUX SEAFOOD KITCHEN (513-671-4473) 11975 Northwest Blvd, Springdale, OH 6:00-10:00 PM

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