A Long Way From Home

by The Suitcase Brothers

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"I was pleased and honored when The Suitcase Brothers asked me to guest on their CD. The fact that it would be recorded in austin was an added inducement. I first came to Austin with Muddy Waters in 1975. James Cotton and Paul Oscher, both of whom preceded me as the harp player in Muddy's band now live in Austin and so it would be a rare opportunity for the three of us to get together. Paul eventually wound up on the recording session as well, contributing a stinging slide solo on "She's a troublemaker". The main purpose of my return to Austin, however, was to lend whatever support I could, musical or otherwise, to te Suitcase Brothers, who ought to have the kind of recognition, respect and rewards equal to their great talent, but as someone once told me, "The music business is not a good thing to get into if you have an exaggerated sense of justice". If it were a truly just world and only the greatest musicians received the greatest rewards in the form of public acclaim and the money that follows it, the Suitcase Brothers would certainly be drenched in fame and riches. The artistry, taste and virtuosity that they display in their music, across a wide variety of blues styles from Piedmont to the Delta to Chicago with '40s swing thrown in, has few if any equals and justice would demand they be properly rewarded. Just listen to the infectious exuberance of " You'd Better Mind" or "This is the right time" with their uncanny reincarnation of Sonny and Brownie or their take on the Louis Jordan classic "Knock Me a Kiss" featuring Santos' sly relaxed vocal and Victor's stunning, unparalleled harmonica genius. This cries out for JUSTICE!

Jerry Portnoy

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released December 28, 2015

Santos Puertas - Vocals, guitars
Victor Puertas - Vocals, Piano, harmonica

Jerry Portnoy - Harmonica
Paul Oscher - Slide Guitar
Dave Biller - Guitar
Alberto Telo - Drums
Eric Przygocki - Upright Bass

Produced by The Suitcase Brothers

Engineered and Mixed by Mike Mariconda & Ryan Anderson at Active Sound Recording Studio. Austin, TX USA

Mastered by Victor Garcia at Ultramarinos Costa Brava SPAIN.

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Suitcase Brothers Sant Just Desvern, Spain

Santos and Victor Puertas perpetuate through their music, the origin of the genre and make us fall in love deeply with it. Their conviction, along with the love of two brothers to this genre, have led them to an extensive training, wich enables them to offer pure blues. Making you smell the Delta and transporting you to the Mississippi cotton fields while listening. ... more

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