Seattle-based blues-styled band, C-Leb and his buddies borrow heavily from traditional blues, but dress it up in modern rhythms, dance beats and driving rock funk. This is the outfit’s debut album and is a powerful collection of self-penned tunes that runs the gamut from driving rock to heavy blues through to some jazzy-styled numbers. The abrasive “Hell Don’t Pay Taxes” borrows lyrically from Merle Travis “16 Tons,” whilst the pounding “One For the Road” nods affectionately in the direction of Creedence Clearwater Revival. The kicking “Man Down” is just a little lighter, allowing the lead guitar work to shine out front of the swirling and hypnotic keyboards and the staccato rhythmic attack. A compelling rock record very much for today headbangers.

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The Kettle (out now, self-released, These gentlemen take a very Austin approach to C&W, melding the rougher elements of twang (occasionally with modern electronics) to make music perfect for tossing back a whiskey shot floating in Rainier.”

“Seems like our old friend and local musician C-Leb has gone and redefined himself once again, and this time when you look him up in your Funk and Wagnalls it just says
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This iteration brings on the epitome of da’blues in a way-back throat destroying kinda way. Nothin but a sliding 6 string, harmonica and drum probably stolen from some sleeping hippie and repurposed in an unbelievably great way.”

“North West originated but definitely Southern Fried, C-Leb & the Kettle Black offer an energetic “Hott Mess” of throaty blues, wicked slide guitar, and honky tonk harmonica on their debut. It ain’t got that “Parental Advisory — Explicit Content” sticker on it for nothing as it’s profane as all get out (though it has “clean versions” of four of the songs at the end of the disc… y’know, after your ears have already melted off).”

“Raw and Rockin’ right out of the gate! The self titled debut from Seattle’s C-LEB and the Kettle Black reaches right out of the speakers for your throat.”

“Their “Urban Blues” rang robustly to the crowd of early attendees who appreciated each effort made by the band. C-leb worked the front of the stage, owning his title as his rich voice carried the blues-rock deliveries out, sometimes paired with a harmonica.”

“This is take no prisoner stuff, the kind of stuff the real Southern bands used to play.The Celebration is straight-on rock with a touch of Delaney & Bonnie thrown in for good measure. My favorite, though, has to be One For the Road, a medium-beat ride on a musical hog of no mean size. It is wall-of-sound perfection when you turn it up, and I would bet that anyone who really wanted to listen would turn it way up.”

“The Kettle Black only took one listen to become one of my all time favorite albums.  It definitely ranks up there with The Black Crows ~ Shake your Money MakerDire Straits ~ Brothers In ArmsLynyrd Skynyrd ~ Pronounced ‘Leh-‘nerd ‘Skin-‘nerd…”

C-Leb & the Kettle Black whose sound has been coined as “Urban Blues,” take over the 2 bit Saloon.  The gritty songs are mix between Soundgarden and Hank Williams.”

“The Kettle Black” (self-released)
— Take old-school blues and inject it with some modern flourishes and instrumentation and you’ll wind up with C-Leb & the Kettle Black. The collective’s debut album, “The Kettle Black,” is a rousing collection of synth-fueled blues. The 14-track release makes for a very enjoyable listen and there are clean versions of a handful of songs to make it more appropriate for younger ears. There isn’t a clunker to be found here, with C-Leb and his mates soaring highest on “Call It Love,” “Hell Don’t Pay Taxes,” “One for the Road,” “Man Down,” “Another Man’s Son” and “Hott Mess.” can’t wait to hear more from these guys. (JJSS)