THE BEALE STREET BLUES BOPPER
NEW ALBUM "BUZZED, BUSTED & BROKE"
Little Victor's Juke Joint was on it's way to releasing a new album on Swingin' Records, when tragically label owner Mark "Torch" Tortorici lost his life in a fatal car accident. This project was Mark's brainchild. He wanted his friend Little Victor to have a new album just as good as the successful ones with Louisiana Red that Victor produced and played on a little while back. Victor's latest release Boogie All Night was already a few years old, so he accepted. Mark (a well-respected performer on his own) wanted to put Swingin' records, originally founded in the 1950's by Los Angeles disc jockey Hunter Hancock (the Alan Freed of the West Coast) back on the map. After releasing a few new albums on the label (including his own band, the Hollywood Combo ) and all the great classic recordings by sax legend Big Jay McNeely -who recorded for Swingin' back in the day.
This incarnation of Little Victor's Juke Joint, includes the likes of Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds (Muddy Waters, Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Cadillac Records etc.) piano supremo Carl Sonny Leyland (Chuck Berry, James Cotton, Louisiana Red, Lowell Fulsom and many more), guitar ace Nathan James (James Harman, Pinetop Perkins, Billy Boy Arnold etc.) Brent Harding (Social Distortion, Deke Dickerson etc.) on upright and electric bass and the multi-talented Big Jon Atkinson on drums, and guitar, along with other great musicians as Bob Corritore, Steve Lucky and John Palmer.
The album was recorded at Landsberg Studios in North Hollywood by Jeff Moxley of Grandmaster Recordings and It's probably some of Little Victor's best work to this day. Victor won many prestigious awards and prizes around the World, with his "Little Victor's Juke Joint." These include: Grand Prix du Disque (the equivalent of a Grammy Award ) by the prestigious Académie Charles Cros in France, considered by many like a Nobel Prize for records. The German Record Critics' Award ( the German equivalent of the Grand Prix du Disque), earned two Blues Music Awards (the Grammies of the blues ) nominations in the US and rare reviews on major magazines as Rolling Stone, Down Beat, Esquire and many more, for his work with the legendary Louisiana Red. Albums like "Back to The Black Bayou " and "Memphis Mojo" on RUF Records are already regarded as "classic" records,