Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames - Slip Into A Dream
Met ' Slip Into A Dream ' heeft Dave Weld met zijn band na een pauze van vijf jaar weer een album uitgebracht. En na beluisteren van het album wordt al snel duidelijk dat het wachten de moeite meer dan waard is geweest. We horen Dave en zijn band als vanouds de show stelen met heerlijke Chigago blues.
De dertien nummers op het album klinken vanaf de eerste noot energiek. Het album klinkt afwisselend en en blijft daarom het volledige album boeien. Het enthousiasme en de liefde waarmee het album is gemaakt hoort de luisteraar duidelijk terug.
Ongemerkt gaat de volumeknop steeds een beetje harder een mooier compliment is denk ik haast niet te maken.
Ik heb genoten van het album van Dave Weld & The Imperials Flames. Een blues album om te koesteren.
DAVE WELD INTERVIEW
Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Musical and non musical are both j b hutto, because of his teachings in life and teaching me to be a bandleader for a Chicago blues band, write music,and survive no matter what anyone says or does. My early influences are Howlin Wolf, Lightnin Hopkins, Muddy Waters, BB King, Elmore James.
Non Musical is my father, Kenneth Aurthur Weld, who showed the power of character building through example, never complained during extreme hardship, and knew how to smile and laugh in the face of adversity.
What inspires you to do what you do?
I enjoy to entertain, create music, be in a band, drive to gigs, or fly to gigs, be a business owner (the band, The Imperial Flames), and I enjoy to play loud legally.
What was the first LP/tape/CDyou bought with your own money?
"Black Cadillac Blues", Lightnin Hopkins, and "Big City Blues", Howlin Wolf, then BB King, "Live at the Regal", then Buddy Guy, "A man and the Blues".
What's the most unusual place you've ever played a show or made a recording? How did the
qualities of that place affect the show/recording?
We used to play in the Jewel produce dept, without electricity for all those who
wanted produce at the supermarket. It was easy to phrase the singing because it was so quiet! we
have played many funerals and wakes. we used to play the Chicago Marathon in October on Maxwell
and Halsted in the freezing 8PM sunlight in the morning, for all the runners going by who would high five us!
Sometimes I took the long chord and played from inside the van because we could see our breath.
What has been your most memorable moment in your music career so far?
Many, it depends on our level. our first shows in Belgium were
great, but nothing can compare with the big concerts, Chicago Bluesfest, The Blues
Station in Tournon France, Buddy Guy's, The Taste of Chicago, The Fargo Blues fest,
The PA Blues fest, Spring into the Blues Fest in Eccaussines Belgium, a concert in Tokyo
Japan where Sheena and the Jets opened for us (they are very popular there).
Can you talk about a fan encounter that completely took you by surprise?
When someone went in the van and stole my guitar during a concert in Milwaukee, some sort of Cajun Fest.
If you could change one thing in the musical world and it would become a reality,what would that be?
What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
I do not use an mp3 player. I do have an old Kenny Rodgers cassette.
What does the next 6 months look like for you?
A chanceto live, breath, and with life there is hope to share love, work help people.
Do the sort of goals associated with having the best CD of my career. Tour, play and write.
What can people expect to see at your live performances?
We give it everything we have. I have a wireless and I take off and
talk to the crowd and sometimes walk the bar, and we play
loud and soft as well, but feature new stuff and we always
go old school as well. we shift singers frequently since
we have three, and we do three part harmony on songs, and my
favorites are the songs from our new cd "Slip into a
But what we really look for are friends, that we
love and cherish, that follow us and we keep in contact with
them, not as a business but as part of a shared love, blues,
band music, living fully through the joy of performance.
What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?
Probably Japan, we toured for three weeks, Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo.
Do you have any fan comments of how your music or a song affected them?
Last week at our CD release party at Buddy Guy's a very
sincere, and humble older Mexican man came up to Monica and I and said his family was there,
and that Monica (Garcia), was a hero to them, and to their people. This affected
me very deeply, like something you would see in the movies or read about in a magazine or book.
Monica's Grandfather rode with Pancho Villa, and she had to overcome great
hardships in lif before she took a place with us, on stage with us, and at times, leads us.And these
are great musicians we are talking about from Abb Locke, the sax Chess records legend, to
Jeff Taylor who was with every blues band you can mention in Chicago, and Dave Kaye, and
Harry Yaseen, who was taught by the great Art Hodes to play piano. She represents her
heritage well, and is a hero to me as well.
Best track you've ever written and why?
Sorry, can't pick one! Monica's "Sweet love" because it speaks to our age group and is deeply
sweet to me, auto biographical. And "Slip into a dream", that Monica and I wrote.
Or "Tremble", the darkest song I have written. Or "Maybe right, maybe wrong".It is hard to choose!
It also depends on the performance of the song!