Blues recording in the making
Darrell is partnering with Jack Shawde on a recording of traditional Delta Blues, with a tentative release date in Summer 2021. Songs include:
Catfish Blues (Robert Petway)
Backwater Blues (Lightnin’ Hopkins)
Love in Vain (Robert Johnson)
Big Road Blues (Tommy Johnson)
Pay Day (Mississippi John Hurt)
Devil’s Got My Woman (Skip James)
Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues (Skip James)
Shinin Moon (Lightnin’ Hopkins)
This roots rock, Americana album features ten songs that thematically run the gamut from existential thought pieces to love and lost-love songs, all with gripping vocal hooks, grooving rhythms, and layers of guitars, wondrous guitars.
The album was released in 2017. Jack Shawde produced the album and plays multiple instruments. In addition to Darrell’s vocals and acoustic guitar, the album features a stellar cast of traditional South Florida musicians, now some transplanted to Nashville: Diane Ward on drums and background vocals, Matthew Sabatella on bass and background vocals, Max Farber on keyboards, and Sarah Jacob and Lynn Bobby on background vocals. It is recorded, mixed and mastered by Luciano Delgado(Looch) at Miami Beach Recording Studios.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Darrell Arnold is a country blues and Americana performer. His own compositions are soulful folk-rock, with a twist of country blues. Darrell has recorded five studio CDs and is now recording an EP of Delta country blues songs.
In the 1990s and early 2000s Darrell lived in Germany and played regularly in Germany and the Netherlands. There he played with two bands, the Dead Buffaloes and the Buffalo Fish. Highlights from that period include opening for two tours with the Yardbirds as well as festivals with Canned Heat, Eric Burdon and the New Animals, Alvin Lee, and Joe Cocker. Darrell produced four CDs while in Germany. For Everyday Stories (2002), Darrell Arnold and the Dead Buffaloes won a national prize for CD production of the Year with the German Pop and Rock Music Association.
Since 2010 Darrell has lived in the Miami area. In 2017, joining forces with some excellent South Florida musicians, he recorded his fifth album, Changing World (2017). Produced by Jack Shawde, that album features Darrell (lead vocal, acoustic guitar) with Jack (guitars, banjo, mandolin), Diane Ward (drums, percussion and background vocals), Matthew Sabatella (bass and background vocals), and Max Farber (keyboards), along with Lynn Bobby and Sarah Jacob on background vocals.
About the other players:
Jack Shawde is one of the US Southeast’s most in-demand performing and recording musicians and producers. In addition to being a craftsman of the electric guitar, nylon string and steel string acoustic guitar, Jack also plays the mandolin, resonator ‘Dobro’ style guitar, lap steel, dulcimer and banjo. Throughout his career, Jack has performed, recorded or toured with such legends as Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, Richie Havens, Stan Lynch (Tom Petty), Al Cooper (Blood Sweat & Tears), Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry. Jack has performed and recorded all over the world, including accompanying Enrique Iglesias at the Latin Grammy Awards, which were televised live to a world-wide audience of 10 million.
Diane Ward is one of South Florida’s most compelling musical talents, who plays guitar, keyboards, drums and percussion. She has lent her drumming and percussion talents to many of South Florida’s finest folk and rock players for over 20 years. Diane has produced five CDs of her own music, toured nationally, had her songs placed in television and films and had national airplay. With numerous musical awards to her name, Diane is one of South Florida’s most highly acclaimed musicians.
Matthew Sabatella has been a widely recognized local bass player, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performer for over two decades. By the early 2000s Matthew had produced his own critically acclaimed albums as a singer/songwriter and provided musical support for a variety of rock/pop artists in Florida. Matthew and his Rambling String Band have also recorded three CDs in a ballad of America series, commemorating the history of American music.
Max Farber, originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was raised in New York City and South Florida. While Max’s main focus has been straight ahead jazz, over the years he has worked with many artists in genres ranging from Latin, Rock, Pop, R&B and many others. Since that time, Max has been performing regularly with some of the finest jazz musicians in South Florida and New York.
Lynn Bobby, who sings background on two tracks of this CD, has her own California based band, the Lynn Bobby Band, and has played over the past few years with Darrell in a duo project in South Florida, the Earthshine Duo.
Sarah Jacob, who sings background vocals on New Kind of War, is also an active South Florida songwriter, originally stemming from London. Darrell and some other musicians featured on this album regularly play together with her in her live band project, the (now misnamed) Sarah Jacob Trio.