I.M.P. Music PR announced today the release of Phil Gammage's latest release with his Adventures In Bluesland band, Used Man For Sale. The eighth studio album to come from this lifetime New Yorker, Phil Gammage has been releasing music since the early 1990s. Used Man For Sale is a ten track continuation on a legacy that spans decades. This album was put together as an attempt at a blues record that was stripped down and free of gimmicks. It represents an emphasis on melody in blues music and explores many sides of the genre, from more traditional styles to countrypolitan.
Phil Gammage has been a massive figure in the New York City blues scene for years now. Ever since his initial 1990 solo release, Night Train he has traveled the world with various bands, most notably Certain General and used his massive catalog for music licensing and synchronization. His 2014 release Adventures In Bluesland saw the formation of his Adventures In Bluesland band who have since been one of his main groups for live performance (In addition to the Phil Gammage Quartet) and have now been able to record multiple albums together. Bucketful of Brains wrote of Adventures In Bluesland, “Gammage has delivered an album that is an infectious, perfectly paced and varied exploration of the most American of musical forms. It captures a band that sounds like they’ve been playing in smoke-filled basement joints since the age of the Beats.”
This is one of the busiest phases of Phil Gammage's career. Not only has Used Man For Sale been making waves across the music scene in anticipation of the albums October 4th release, but Gammage also just got off a European tour with Certain General. Beyond that – the last few years have seen Gammage not only put together Used Man For Sale but also 2014's collaboration with John Sinclair Keeping The Blues Alive and then 2015's The American Dream. One might think that 4 releases in three years is overkill, but for Phil it's par for the course, as he put it in an interview with Village Voice, “When I was a teenager I used to listen to a lot of music that had electric guitar and it was an instrument that always fascinated me. At one point I picked it up and haven't been able to put down since.”
Now as he gears up for the upcoming release of Used Man For Sale many are excited about the potential critical acclaim. No stranger to 'Best of' lists and a two time veteran of the CBGB Music Festival in New York it seems that Phil Gammage can do no wrong. Having been referred to as “no ordinary copycat , but an artist with a unique sound, vision, and musical message.” by Dutch magazine Keys And Chords and “An explosive and dynamic force of musical nature…” by the Italian publication Il Sibilo Del Silencio one gets the impression that Phil is going to keep on keeping on to create something truly transcendent. As he put it, when he was asked in a recent interview why he wanted to play blues music, “ It's simple, direct, heavy, and soulful. Why would I want to play anything else?"
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