12 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The blues veteran powers through a set of original compositions on his latest album.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The blues veteran powers through a set of original compositions on his latest album.

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Curtis Salgado-‘The Beautiful Lowdown'

Steve Douglas,

Curtis Salgado is not one to be pigeon-holed into any singular musical genre as his past CD releases ‘Soul Shot’ and this latest release clearly prove. ‘The Beautiful Lowdown’ delves into wherever Curtis Salgado’s passion leads him whether it be rhythm and blues, soul, swing or down home blues.
After more than 40 years performing with his own bands, being the front man for the Robert Cray Band and a member of Roomful of Blues and guesting with the likes of Santana and Steve Miller, Curtis has the backlog of experience to expertly handle any genre that touches him. Despite a long history of health issues dealing with cancer, hep C, gallstones and more, Curtis fought the good fight and has come back stronger for it. ’Hard to Feel the Same About Love’, the opening cut on this release is a solid R&B cut with a driving rhythm and deep horn work; a tune that would have been a radio hit when Motown ruled the roost. A soulful ballad, ‘Healing Love’ unleashes the loneliness that pervaded until he met the one who provided that healing love.
‘I Know a Good Thing’ brings an acoustic blues slide to a mix that creates the ‘old sitting on the front porch jam’ vibe. ‘Is There Something I Should Know’ is a heartfelt bluesy duet ballad, and ‘Lowdown Dirty Shame’ brings strong support from backup vocalists. ‘Walk a Mile in My Blues’ says it all for Curtis Salgado and probably for anyone reading this or listening to this CD.
Going back to my initial opening sentence, you will find an excellently produced potpourri of blues, soul, and R&B on Curtis Salgado’s new ‘The Beautiful Lowdown’. I’m already looking forward to his next release.

Big dose of soul here

ol' bilk,

Curtis: I'll never forget seeing you in the can at the cultural center in Cedarburg WI getting your vocal cords ready for the your part of the show with Nick Moss & Co and you asking if I knew of Jim Liban. What an honor it was to connect the two of you and see the smiles when you met each other, got to talk and your invite for him to blow your harp on a number with the band. Your songs on this album reach a new height for you. What a perfect choice for the female side of your duet "Is There Something I Should Know." You know songs are great when they raise goosebumps and cause a few tears and sniffles. Man, you got it all. Thank for letting us walk along with you for a bit in your blues-you've walked the many miles in them. Glad you are back on your feet pouring out your soul again after your "little" bump in the road. Thank you for your soul blues

About Curtis Salgado

A well-respected veteran of the American blues scene, Curtis Salgado has been rocking audiences with his full-force vocals and powerful harmonica work since the late 1960s, and has performed with some of the biggest and most enduring acts in the genre. Salgado was born on February 4, 1954 in Everett, Washington. He grew up in a family of music lovers -- his folks were fans of classic jazz and blues, from Kid Ory to Fats Waller, and his siblings were hip to soul shouters such as Wilson Pickett and blues masters like Muddy Waters. Seeing Count Basie when he was 13 first inspired Salgado to consider a career in music, and after hearing Little Walter for the first time, he began learning to play the harmonica, picking up some tips from an instruction book his mother gave him. By the time he was 16, Salgado was playing paying gigs, and only a few years later he and his band the Nighthawks (not to be confused with the long-running Washington D.C. act of the same name) were a major draw on the Northwest club scene. In 1975, Salgado and a handful of other blues fans in Eugene, Oregon (which had become Salgado's home) began booking a blues festival that gave Salgado and his bandmates the chance to share stages with (and often back up) a number of legendary musicians, including Willie Dixon, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Albert Collins, Big Walter Horton, and Otis Rush. In 1977, Salgado & the Nighthawks were playing a typically raucous gig in Eugene when he struck up a conversation between sets with an especially enthusiastic patron. The fan turned out to be actor and comedian John Belushi, who was in town shooting the film Animal House. Belushi, whose tastes at the time ran to metal and hard rock, struck up a friendship with Salgado, who turned Belushi into a blues fan, and much of Salgado's suggested listening would form the set list for the Blues Brothers' top-selling debut album Briefcase Full of Blues. Salgado also became friends with up-and-coming guitarist and songwriter Robert Cray, who frequently played the Northwest at the time, and when Salgado's Nighthawks began to splinter, he joined Cray's band on harp and vocals. Salgado appeared on Cray's debut album, 1980's Who's Been Talkin', but left Cray's band in 1982; between 1984 and 1986, he was a member of Roomful of Blues, and sat in on the sessions for RoB's 1988 collaboration with Earl King, Glazed. Salgado then formed a new band, Curtis Salgado & the Stilettos, and after making the rounds of the Northwest club circuit, the group released their self-titled debut album in 1991. Steve Miller, a longtime fan and friend of Salgado's, invited him to open Miller's 1992 summer concert tour, and in 1994, Salgado took a sabbatical from his own band to sing with Santana for a U.S. tour. Salgado released a solo album in 1995, More Than You Can Chew, and a year later he and his band hit the road again with Steve Miller; Salgado also found time to release another album that year, Hit It ‘N Quit It. In 1999, Salgado signed a deal with the roots music label Shanachie Records, who released his album Wiggle Outta This the same year; Soul Activated would follow in 2001 and Strong Suspicion in 2004, as Salgado continued his busy touring schedule. In 2006, Salgado was diagnosed with liver cancer and underwent treatment that included a liver transplant; two years later, he was found to have lung cancer, but was declared cancer-free in time to release the album Clean Getaway in 2008. In the fall of 2011, Salgado signed with powerhouse blues label Alligator Records, and his first album for Alligator, Soul Shot, appeared in February 2012. In July 2012, Salgado announced that another cancerous growth had been discovered on his lung, but after undergoing surgery, he and his doctors expected him to make a complete recovery.

He did.

In 2013, he won three Blues Music Awards: B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year, and Soul Blues Album of the Year. While in recuperation Salgado wrote songs in earnest. When he re-entered the studio in 2015, he was armed with 17 originals. During the sessions, he pared the set back to 11 of his own tunes and Johnny Guitar Watson's "Hook Me Up." He also co-produced with Marlon McClain and Tony Braunagel, and wrote the horn charts. Beautiful Lowdown was released on April 8, 2016.~ Mark Deming

  • ORIGIN
    Everett, WA
  • BORN
    February 4, 1954

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