Michael Hill Blues Mob

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BILL McCLELLAN: With roots in the red clay dirt of Mississippi, William McClellan Jr. grew up on Chicago's gritty West Side. He regularly heard Gospel music as his mother and her eight siblings sang and played bass and guitar as the Green Family Singers during rehearsals at home. Gospel music further reached his ears through the records of the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, Canton Spirituals, Mahalia Jackson and the Jubilee Showcase TV show. His young aunts meanwhile brought Bill another side of the music with their record collections of such soul artists as Al Green, the Temptations, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin and Garland Greene (a distant relative) and funksters the Barkays and the Isley Brothers. Yet another flavor was added to the mix by his uncles who after their factory shifts ended slipped off to the South Side to hear the deep blues of Muddy Waters or Albert King. It's not surprising that at age six Bill began playing alto sax before switching over to drums, the instrument at which he would excel to become the superlative drummer we hear today.

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Michael Hill Blues Mob - Black Gold and Goddesses Bold!

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Michael Hill Blues MobBlack Gold and Goddesses Bold!Album ReviewLabel - JSPNew York, strangely, has never had a blues style the way that, say, Chicago has. The closest they come is in the CDs of band...

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