Bitter Midnight

by Chris Bergson Band (March 17)

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The Chris Bergson Band’s new release Bitter Midnight is the band’s first studio album since 2011’s critically acclaimed Imitate the Sun. Bitter Midnight showcases the band’s “gut-busting, horn-bedecked NY blues” (MOJO) with eleven original songs all recorded to two inch tape at Brooklyn’s Mighty Toad Recording Studio. New York Blues Hall of Fame guitarist/singer Chris Bergson "...one of the most inventive songwriters in modern blues music" (All Music Guide ) is joined on the album by soul singer Ellis Hooks (Steve Cropper), baritone saxophonist Jay Collins (Gregg Allman), trumpeter Steven Bernstein (Levon Helm), drummers Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors), Tony Mason (Darlene Love), bassists Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule), Richard Hammond (Joan Osborne), Matt Clohesy (Patti Austin), and keyboardist/tenor saxophonist Craig Dreyer (Dispatch).

“It was great to record with some of my favorite musicians,“ says Bergson. “Some of the guys, like Richard Hammond, Aaron Comess, and Tony Mason, I’ve been playing with for years but had never recorded with before, so it was nice to finally document the rapport we’ve developed over many gigs.” “I got it - just drums and clav on the intro!” And with that impromptu suggestion in the studio from drummer Aaron Comess, so begins “Pedal Tones”, the album’s opening track which Bergson penned with one of his most frequent collaborators, co-lyricist Kate Ross. With Comess’ opening snare drum fill leading to a funky clavinet riff from Craig Dreyer, the swampy groove keeps percolating with the addition of Jay Collins’ cowbell in this rumination on absence and loss.

Many of the songs on the record were inspired by Bergson’s recent European tours that have included performances in France, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and Ireland.

Chris Bergson Band - Bitter Midnight Tour Dates, March 2017
1 March - Le Croque Notes, Seclin, FR
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3 March - l'Entrepot, Paris, FR
www.lentrepot.fr/Chris-Bergson-Band.html
4 March - Hageland Blues & Roots Night, BE
www.hagelandblues.be
6 March - Purpur, Mullheim, DE
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7 March - Mehlsack, Emmendingen, DE
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8 March - Chabah, Kandern, DE
www.chabah.de/veranstaltungskalender.htm
11 March - Blues Night, Friedrichsdorf, DE
www.friedrichsdorf.de/freizeitundkultur/kalender/
12 March - Bluescafe Apeldoorn, NL
www.bluescafe.nl?tribe_events=cris-bergson
17 March - QBus, Leiden, NL
www.muziekhuis.nl/details.php?id=626
18 March - Bullen, Blues & Rock Festival, Rendsburg, DE
www.bullen-blues-rock.de

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released March 17, 2017

"One of the most talented bands playing today...From blazing rock to funk to soul to Delta blues and all that's in between." Elmore Magazine

"Over the past decade, Chris Bergson has become one of the most interesting blues-inspired songwriters. He describes the streetscapes and nightscapes of city life, painting small, memorable pictures, a kind of Edward Hopper of the blues. Bergson doesn't do predictable, but there's a visible thread of blues awareness running through the fabric of everything he writes, sings and plays: he is a concise and subtle guitarist and tough, grainy singer."
The Blues Magazine (UK)

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