FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 2018
BIG SHOES DELIVERS "STEP ON IT!" FEBRUARY 23, 2018
Nashville, TN – Biglittle Records proudly announces the release of BIG SHOES’ debut national release STEP ON IT! on February 23, 2018.
Recorded at Biglittle Recording studio and produced by Andy Peake, Step On It! is the second album by Big Shoes -- the remarkable 7-piece band of journeymen musicians based out of Nashville, TN and Muscle Shoals, AL. Step On It! includes 11 original tunes by various band members. Will McFarlane (guitars) and Mark T. Jordan (keyboards) bring an impressive list of credentials to the band beginning with both of them as members of Bonnie Raitt’s band (at different times). The rest of the members, Andy Peake (drums,) Rick Huckaby (vocals and guitar,) Kenne Cramer (guitars,) Tom Szell (bass) and Bryan Brock (percussion) add to the sideman credits. All together, the list of employers including Van Morrison, Delbert McClinton, Etta James, Taj Mahal, Bobby Blue Bland and many more, thicken the mix of blues music experience as well as a love for the music.
Step On It! kicks off with the bouncing blues shuffle “Duplex Blues,” with vocalist Rick Huckaby describing the torment of “paper thin walls” in this tongue-in-cheek description of being stuck in less than perfect living situation. Following up is the funky little halftime swing of "There You Go" -- highlighted by some great guitar work and a message that gives a lesson on how to enjoy life more. “The Last One to Leave” is a moving ballad set in the best tradition of great soul-flavored love songs like “When a Man Loves a Woman” or “Unchained Melody.” Rick Huckaby’s lyrics and delivery have created a recording that we believe to be a romantic classic.
Big Shoes then launches right into a New Orleans-style mambo/second line “Don’t You Do Me That Way.” Mark T. Jordan's solo makes it clear he spent a lot of time absorbing New Orleans piano master, Professor Longhair. "Too Early For the Blues" is a B. B. King-inspired minor blues that reminds us that things are NOT always better tomorrow morning and "Bad For You" gives new meaning to phrase “love sick.” "Dixie Melody" is a clever little musical interlude composed and played by Mark T. Jordan that pays homage to blues pioneer greats like Stephen Foster, Fats Waller and Scott Joplin.
“Walked Out the Front Door”, co-written by Big Shoes' keyboard man Mark T. Jordan, was originally recorded by Bonnie Raitt on her Home Plate album. “Ain’t Nobody Loves You Like Me,” “Give it To Me Now” and “Honey Pie” round out the collection. The final track “Honey Pie”, (Big Shoes' recipe for southern cooking), can be tasted only on this album on a regular basis. (You also might be able to order a slice in Memphis at the Commodore Hotel.) It’s a slow, sweet recipe that leaves a great taste to the album.
Big Shoes is a Nashville, TN-based “Blues & Rhythm” band that grew from a group of experienced musicians/friends with a love for rhythm and a love for blues. Marrying smart/clever/insightful lyrics with exquisite musicianship, the band incorporates traditional blues influences like B.B King and Ray Charles along with flavors of The Allman Brothers' Band, Bonnie Raitt, the Neville Brothers and Little Feat (from whom the band got it's name). Keyboardist, Mark T. Jordan, was a band member on the Van Morrison classic album Tupelo Honey, Bonnie Raitt's Road Tested live CD and scores of other albums that can only be classified as "music history.' Guitarist Will McFarlane has contributed to albums by Levon Helm, Joss Stone, Bonnie Raitt and Bobby "Blue" Bland. Will resides in Muscle Shoals, AL and is in constant demand with the Muscle Shoals rhythm section, aka, "The Swampers." Big Shoes lead singer, Rick Huckaby is an "in demand" session singer on Nashville's Music Row after being on the Warner Brothers, Nashville artist roster for 4 years. The list of credentials goes on for Big Shoes members. The combination of talents is impeccable.
If you take a pinch of Muscle Shoals, a sprinkling of New Orleans and the overall melting pot of American musical roots cultures over the last 50 years, you get the tasty music of Big Shoes.