interview Shakedown Tim - Gitarist magazine NL october 2016

"HARD TO CATCH" album review by Heaven magazine NL (8,5)

Originaire de Belgique, Shakedown Tim And The Rhythm Revue déboule sans prévenir et semble prêt à tout pour retourner vos enceintes. La chose s'intitule « Hard to catch » (difficile à attraper, ndlr) et le moins que le puisse dire, c'est que le titre est plutôt fidèle au contenu fuyant de cet album, débordant de swing et rebondissant dans tous les sens. Il est bien entendu question de blues, jump et boogie mâtiné d'un soupçon de jazz ou de rhythm n'blues. Baignant dans une ambiance rétro, le disque possède le charme indéniable de ces albums intemporels qui ont cet étrange pouvoir de figer calendriers et horloges. Rétro certes mais pas nostalgique pour deux sous, grâce à la production dynamique du Français Nico Duportal. En outre, la diversité des ambiances rend le voyage agréable du swing survolté de « Feelin' Good » (également présent en version longue dans les bonus) au sexy langoureux « Take off your clothes » (tout un programme!). Un joli voyage dans le temps en musique, pas prise de tête pour un sou et charmant de la première à la dernière minute. Conseillé.

"HARD TO CATCH" album review by "My Head is a jukebox" (France)

"HARD TO CATCH" album review - Back To The Roots magazine

by Mimi Geukens (january 2017)

Blues, seks, moed en tegenspoed

Johan Op De Beeck

Interview met Tim Ielegems

Back to the Roots

Interview met Tim Ielegems & Steven Troch

"HARD TO CATCH" album review by Racketeer radio

Blues Blast magazine USA issue-11-4-january-26-2017

Featured Blues Review – 7 of 8


shakedown tim cd imageShakedown Tim & The Rhythm Revue – Hard To Catch

Rhythm Bomb Records RBR 5835

11 songs – 44 minutes

Even though guitarist/vocalist Shakedown Tim Ielegams has been one of top performers in the blues scene of Belgium for the past 20 years or so, this debuts his new group, which successfully delivers a combination of jump, swing and boogie guaranteed to keep you on the dance floor.

Hard To Catch was produced by French guitar stalward Nico Duportal, a longtime fan of the blues being produced in the nation on his homeland’s eastern border, and released on the British Rhythm Bomb Records imprint. One of the bands he enjoyed most was Fried Bourbon, co-founded by Shakedown Tim and his harmonica playing partner, Steven Troch.

Fried Bourbon broke up after a decade-long run. When Tim – who’s shared the stage with James Harmon, Gene Taylor and other blues luminaries — launched his new ensemble, Duportal was eager to get them into the studio. This album is the result. The band creates a full sound with a four-man lineup that includes Bart Stone on tenor and baritone sax, Dennis Tubs on drums and Boss on bass. Duportal contributes guitar on one cut and backing vocals and percussion on others, and Joes Brands contributes maracas and shakers on another number.

The loping shuffle, “How Long,” opens the set of eight originals and three covers as Shakedown Tim wonders if the troubles plaguing the world today will ever come to an end. The arrangement is simple with Stone’s horn lines in full command until Tim’s mid-tune solo. He’s got a strong baritone voice and delivers his material in English with just the slightest of accents.

“Red Hair” swings from the jump atop a driving guitar rhythm as it describes a beauty that catches the singer’s eye from the stage and she can’t help noticing him staring. Tim’s single-note lead break shines as the action heats up with Stone’s horn. The band switches to a little Delta blues with the fishing song “Hard To Catch,” which comes across with sexual undertones.

There’s no mistaking the meaning of “Take Off Your Clothes,” a slow blues written by Donnie McCormack that features a beautiful horn intro, before the instrumental “Shakedown” comes across with a swinging feel that hints of T-Bone Walker and puts Tim’s guitar technique on display. Next up is a faithful cover of Junior Parker’s familiar “Feelin’ Good” set up with a spoken introduction about a visit to Red’s, the popular juke in Clarksdale, Miss.

The tempo slows for “This Ship,” a loping account of a boat adrift without a captain and about to go under, a metaphor for difficulties in dealing with problems in everyday life. “Wild Calypso Night” follows with a syncopated island beat before the catchy “Wiggle Wobble” describes the singer’s urge to dance every time he hears the funky beat. Another swinging instrumental, “Takin’ Off,” follows with more fine fret work before an extended version of “Feelin’ Good” serves as a bonus cut and brings the CD to a close.

Available through Amazon, Bear Family and other online retailers, Hard To Catch is a whole lot of fun, especially if your tastes run to jump and swing.

Reviewer Marty Gunther has lived a blessed life. His first experience with live music came at the feet of the first generation of blues legends at the Newport Folk Festivals in the 1960s. A former member of the Chicago blues community, he’s a professional journalist and blues harmonica player who co-founded the Nucklebusters, one of the hardest working bands in South Florida.


Interview met Tim Ielegems en Roland Van Campenhout

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