JASON RICCI & NEW BLOOD "DONE WITH THE DEVIL"
“Make no mistake about it; Jason Ricci is the Best Thing to happen to Blues Harmonica in decades.” – Andy Grigg / Real Blues Magazine
“Shawn Starski is the perfect foil for Ricci, an inventive guitarist who achieves great tone, has a long reach, and can express a number of styles, from psychedelic and funk to rocking or blue.” - Cashville
"a fiery, thrilling and boundary-smashing rock band...Ricci takes the harp into terrain with squonks and squalls that sometimes sound more like horns or guitars than harmonica.” - Dave Richards / Erie Times-News
“It’s almost like Blues Traveler, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and O.A.R. slammed some tequila and had a 15-pound love child, decided they couldn’t keep it, and then placed it in a steel barrel and sent it down to the river to be raised by aging black blues kings and their families.” – Graffit
When Jason Ricci & New Blood unleashed their genre bending album "Rocket Number 9" for Eclecto Groove Records in October of 2007, the band unwittingly turned the blues world on their respective ear with a visionary and sonically bombastic recording that created legions of new fans and spent a total of seven weeks on the Billboard Blues Charts hitting a peak position of #4. Ironically the band’s initial intentions were not designed with the blues connoisseur in mind, but instead to forge an album that could reach out to a new audience by implementing a wildly artistic and innovative approach. Surprisingly, rather than alienating the blues community the album was embraced and accepted with open arms.
Reviews began to pour in heaping praise on the band’s bewildering cache of talent and spectacularly breathtaking arrangements that rewarded the adventurous listener with a revelatory auditory experience that blasted them straight up into the stratosphere. Ricci landed a six-page feature article in the 2008 Feb/March issue of Blues Revue magazine and Living Blues (known for their strict coverage of the purely black traditional aspect of the art form), even heralded Jason as “one of the most innovative young harmonica players since Paul deLay and Charlie Musselwhite.” In addition, New Blood veteran Shawn Starski was named one of the Top Ten Hottest New Guitarists by a reader’s poll in the 2008 June issue of Guitar Player Magazine.
Now with the arrival of “Done With The Devil," Jason Ricci & New Blood deliver their most ambitious project to date. Recorded at the rustic Shadow Lane studio in Nashville, Tennessee, New Blood explores an album filled with even darker imagery than its predecessor. Prepare yourself for a journey unlike any other as the band throws into the fold all matter of instrumentation including chromatic, diatonic, chord and polyphonia harmonicas; tuba, bass harmonica, electric and upright bass; electric, acoustic and dobro guitars; Hammond B-3 and various percussion. Longtime fans can also revel in the surprising vocal debuts of guitarist Shawn Starski and drummer Ed Michaels. A truly collaborative effort, “Done With The Devil” represents another significant step forward musically for the band; an album that Jason Ricci mischievously exclaims “is a record that even a rhinoceros would like!”
Jason Ricci: Vocals & Chromatic, Diatonic, Chord, Polyphonia harmonicas
Shawn Starski: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro Guitar, & Vocals
Todd "Buck Weed” Edmunds: Tuba, Electric Bass, Double Bass, & Vocals
Ed Michaels: Drums & Vocals
Shawn Kellerman: Guitar & Vocals
Rudy Miller: Drums & Percussion
Phillip Wolfe: Piano & Organ
Produced, Recorded, Mixed & Engineered by Phillip Wolfe (Shadow Lane Studio - Nashville, TN) • Executive Producer: Randy Chortkoff • Creative Fulfillment President of Eclecto Groove Records: Robert Fitzpatrick • Mastered by Glenn Meadows (Sheridan Square Entertainment) • Artwork, Design & Photography by Joshua Temkin • Sequenced by Jeff Fleenor • Liner Notes by Jason Ricci • Radio Promotion by Jody Best • Retail by Jeff Fleenor • Business Affairs by Malcolm Wiseman