2016 Blues Blast Music Award Nominee!

NEW COOL OLD SCHOOL

 

"New Cool Old School is one sensational album if your tastes run to traditional Chicago blues like mine do. ...one of the best CDs I’ve heard this year." 

Marty Gunther / Blues Blast Magazine

"...may very well be an award-winning tribute to Chicago's best blues of past and present."

Wayne Goins / Living Blues Magazine

 

Available on CD Baby, Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play

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NEW COOL OLD SCHOOL was recorded in June and July 2015 in Chicago.

featuring
Eddy Clearwater, Willie Buck, Katherine Davis, Milwaukee Slim, Erwin Helfer, Sumito “Ariyo” Ariyoshi, Rie “Lee” Kanehira, Billy Flynn, Gerry Hundt, Harlan Terson, Marty Binder, Mark Fornek and Grant Kessler

Here is a quote from CD's liner notes.

"When I booked the studio and invited the musicians, there was no “song list”. I simply asked everybody to sing and play music as if we were at one of the blues clubs in Chicago having fun as we always do.  We had a great time in the studio and kept recording one song after another. There were no second takes and almost no overdubs. After three days of sessions, we ended up with over forty tracks of high quality Chicago blues songs. " SHOJI

 

If you purchased on iTunes or other download sites, please view the entire CD artwork here.

cover designed by Grant Kessler




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Dig In / Morry Sochat & The Special 20s 

released in November 2015

Shoji plays guitar and harmonica

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Soul Funky / Eddy Clearwater

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Shoji plays guitar & harmonica 

 
THE UNION MEETIN’ / Rie "Lee" Kanehira's released in July 2014 Shoji plays guitar

THE UNION MEETIN’ / Rie "Lee" Kanehira's

released in July 2014

Shoji plays guitar

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EATIN' DIRT/ Morry Sochat & The Special 20s

Shoji plays guitar and harmonica

Lake St. Lullaby / Chainsaw Dupont Shoji plays bass and harmonica

Lake St. Lullaby / Chainsaw Dupont

Shoji plays bass and harmonica

SWINGIN' SHUFFLIN' SMOKIN' / Morry Sochat & The Special 20s Shoji plays guitar

SWINGIN' SHUFFLIN' SMOKIN' / Morry Sochat & The Special 20s

Shoji plays guitar

Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater Live In France At Jazz à Junas DVD Shoji plays bass

Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater Live In France At Jazz à Junas DVD

Shoji plays bass

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Chicago Blues Shuffle in 12 Keys / Shoblues Harptracks

Famous Dave's CD, BBQ Blues Festival 2007 Shoji plays guitar with Eddy Clearwater

Famous Dave's CD, BBQ Blues Festival 2007

Shoji plays guitar with Eddy Clearwater

Palmwine Joint / Soetan and Friends Shoji Plays guitar and bass

Palmwine Joint / Soetan and Friends

Shoji Plays guitar and bass

The Sexiest Man On Earth [Explicit] / Aaron Ackerson Shoji Plays harmonica


The Sexiest Man On Earth [Explicit]
/ Aaron Ackerson

Shoji Plays harmonica

 

Top photo by Aigars Lapsa