Blues The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. Fri, 07 Oct 2022 07:25:57 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Freddie Roulette - Spirit Of Steel (1999) Freddie Roulette - Spirit Of Steel (1999)

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1 	River's Invitation	4:16
2 	Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White	3:21
3 	Honeysuckle Rose	5:17
4 	Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven	6:06
5 	Dis Tang	6:24
6 	Lucille	7:53
7 	You Don't Love Me, Yes I Know	4:33
8 	You're Going To Need Me	4:54
9 	Song For My Father	5:25

Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Kalimba, Zither – Rudy Costa
Lap Steel Guitar, Vocals – Freddie Roulette
The Holmes Brothers, Bass – Sherman Holmes
The Holmes Brothers, Drums – Popsy Dixon
The Holmes Brothers, Electric Guitar – Wendell Holmes


Freddie Roulette is a true original. He has forged a unique personal approach to the 8-string lap steel guitar that is instantly identifiable; even one note is enough to let you know it’s Freddie.

He’s usually referred to as the greatest of blues lap steel players (that’s small, exclusive club that also includes Hop Wilson from Houston, Texas and two San Francisco Bay Area bluesmen, L.C. Robinson and his disciple Sonny Rhodes). But the thing about Mr. Roulette is that he is much, much more than a blues player. Like Bob Wills, Jerry Garcia, Bill Frisell, or Ry Cooder, he is an American Roots Music player who transcends the basic idioms of American popular musics and not only plays rock, soul, blues, country, jazz and classical but creates new hybrids of these idioms that are uniquely his own.

Before the advent of this release it has been difficult to get an idea of the wide ranging creativity of Freddie Roulette. There have only been a few solo recordings released and they have been pretty narrow in their musical breadth. Here you can finally begin to hear some of Freddie’s special magic that I have long enjoyed seeing him perform over the last 25 years in our mutual home, The San Francisco Bay Area. ---Henry Kaiser,

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]]> (bluesever) Fred Roulette Wed, 09 Jan 2019 15:43:04 +0000
Fred Roulette - Sweet Funk Steel (1978) Fred Roulette - Sweet Funk Steel (1973)

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1.Smoked Fish 	2:55
2.Joaquin 	3:55
3.Del Conto Shuffle 	5:10
4.Cause And Effect 	4:15
5.Mr. Roulette 	3:15
6.Million Dollar Feeling 	3:34
7.Springtime 	4:07
8.Alleluia 	4:30

Freddie Roulette – lap-steel guitar
Randy Resnick – guitar
Don "Sugarcane" Harris – violin
Victor Conte – bass
Earl Palmer - drums


The slack key and steel guitar tradition of Hawaii has been adapted for the blues by Illinois-born and San Francisco-based guitarist Freddie Roulette. Known for his cool tone and intense, high-note, squeals, Roulette provides some of the blues' most unique sounds. In addition to recording as a soloist, Roulette has collaborated with bluesmen Earl Hooker and Charlie Musselwhite and guitar wizards Henry Kaiser and Steve Kinmock. His 1978 debut solo album, Sweet Funky Steel, was produced by former Canned Heat guitarist, Harvey Mandel. Roulette's lust of the steel guitar was sparked when he saw a girl playing the instrument at St. Mary's elementary school in Evanston, IL. Taking lessons in the seventh and eight grade, he soon mastered the instrument. Brought to San Francisco in the mid-'70s by Musselwhite, Roulette has continued to call the area "home." Performing mostly with obscure groups, including, Robert Leroy Jones and the Crossroads, Roulette supplements his income from music by managing a low-income apartment building in West Berkeley. ~ Craig Harris,

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