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LURRIE BELL

PHOTOS OF LURRIE BELL BY KURT SWANSON
E-MAIL: kurtswanson@juno.com

Check out Lurrie at http://www.lurrie.com

Chicago, IL - Aria B.G. Records proudly announces the release of Chicago blues great/vocalist LURRIE BELL'S "LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE" on OCTOBER 15, 2007


With "LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE", Lurrie Bell --- the firebrand Chicago blues guitarslinger whom the Boston Phoenix declared “the most talented blues guitarist of his generation” –- has released his most accomplished, deeply heartfelt album yet. Bell’s masterful creation, produced by longtime associate Matthew Skoller, is upbeat, warm, wise, and deeply inspiring, vividly displaying Bell’s unshakeable faith in the healing power of the blues. Recorded at Joyride Studios in Chicago the album features Bell - guitar/vocals, Anthony Palmer - rhythm guitar, Felton Crews - bass, Kenny Smith - drums/percussion, Sidney James Wingfield - piano/Hammond B-3, Johnny Iguana - piano, Billy Branch - harmonica, Matthew Skoller - harmonica, Jimmy Johnson - background vocals and The Sacred Cousins (Cynthia Butts, James F. Teague, Marro-Di'Jon Murry) - background vocals.

"LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE" is a personal triumph for Bell, who has experienced his share of adversity and come out, as his producer Matthew Skoller describes, “without any bitterness or anger". In 2007 alone, Bell lost two of the most-loved people in his life: his father, Chicago blues harmonica legend Carey Bell; and Susan Greenberg, his partner and the mother of his toddler daughter, Aria (for whom he named his current music label). Bell had already triumphed over a debilitating bout of mental illness that stretched through much of the ’80s and ’90s, a period during which he’d even gone homeless for a time – a far cry from the stardom that authoritative publications including the New York Times and Rolling Stone had predicted for this scintillating second-generation bluesman.

In choosing the songs for the album, “a theme started to emerge,” says Skoller, “and that theme was love.” As with the blues itself, this record covers the full range of emotional expression, guided by Bell’s probing, adventurous guitar. At the emotional core of “LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE” is Lurrie’s voice. It’s hard to believe that this force-of-nature blues stylist didn't write the album’s songs himself, so thoroughly does he make them his own. Bell’s personal connection to these words and music is palpable: filtered through Bell’s arduous life experiences, tracks like Billy Flynn’s “Missing You,” Roebuck “Pops” Staple’s “Why Am I Treated So Bad,” and Hip Linkchain’s “Cold Chills” exorcise his pain, transmuting it to pleasure. The title track, “Let’s Talk About Love” (penned by the late Ray Agee) Bell notes, ”became one of my favorite blues shuffles. It’s telling the truth about love, life and living, right now in 2007.”

For Lurrie Bell, life right now is, at it has always been, all about the music. “Being able to record, to get up onstage and perform, makes you want to get up in the morning and face the day,” he says with relish. “Every day.”

Aria B.G. Records is distributed by Burnside Distribution Corporation www.bdcdistribution.com and will be available at quality record stores
on November 13, 2007.

CD will also be available at http://www.cdbaby.com, or at one of his performances.

Excellent -- if mercurial -- blues guitarist is son of Carey Bell, cousin to Eddy Clearwater, and grandson of Lovie Lee, a storied pedigree from the local blues scene. Bell, who has played the guitar since the age of 6, was taught the blues by family friends Eddie Taylor, Big Walter Horton, and Pinetop Perkins. By his early 20s, he had recorded with Eddie C. Campbell, Eddy Clearwater, Billy Branch's Sons of Blues, and Koko Taylor, and been on several overseas tours, including one -- during the summer of '99 -- to Italy and Switzerland. - centerstage.net

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