Mick Martin & the Blues Rockers – Got To Play The Blues


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Mick Martin has played blues harmonica professionally since 1968 and, since 1983, led "Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers." On March 31, 1994, Mick did something highly unusual for a harmonica player: he performed at Carnegie Hall for the nationally-broadcast "Blues in Jazz" concert with mentor Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Witherspoon, Grover Washington Jr., Carrie Smith and Mark Whitfield. That same year, he was featured on Jimmy Smith's Fantasy/Milestone Records release, Sum Serious Blues. Mick has played harmonica on stage behind Freddie King, Jimmy Rogers, Bo Diddley, Mick Taylor, the Yardbirds, Roy Brown and many others. He is a featured artist on Dig Music's Bob Dylan tribute, "Positively 12th & K," which also features Sal Valentino and Jackie Greene. Mick shared the “Best West Coast Blues Harmonica Player” nod with Mark Hummel in 2001. Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers have won the Sacramento Area Music Award (a.k.a. the SAMMIES) for “Best Blues Band” three times, thus entitling them to a place in the SAMMIES Hall of Fame. Mick has been producing and hosting the Blues for 12 years, beginning with "The KZAP Blues Show" in August of 1989. He joined the staff of KXJZ in July 1991 to create "Mick Martin's Blues Party."

Track Listing:
1. Blues In My Soul - 5:41   2. I Believe In You - 4:00   3. Forever Ended Today - 5:57   4. Got to Play the Blues - 3:43   5. Playing With Fire - 4:02   6. Down the Rail - 4:56   7. I Don't Play Games - 3:20   8. Get My Baby Back - 4:43   9. Don't Give Up On Me - 5:14   10. Ride With Me - 5:11   11. Got to Change - 4:09   12. Sugar Pie - 3:27   13. Prove My Love - 4:15   14. Working Man Blues - 8:27

Mick Martin (lead vocals, harmonica) , Tim Barnes (guitar, lead vocals 5,12) , Steve Schofer (bass) , Jerry Banks (drums, percussion) , Russ Skarsten (piano, Hammond B-3 organ) , Steve Gundhi (alt saxophone on 9) , Rick Metz (tenor saxophone on 12, tenor & baritone saxophone on 9)


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