What the Press is Saying...
(Reprinted from BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE - April 30, 2015)
Growing up on the edge of the Delta, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Dave had an opportunity to be exposed to the regions predominant music - the blues - and once he was, there was no looking back. With early influences such as B. B. and Elmore, and later on the likes of Clapton, Cray and SRV, Dave's style of blues tends to be an excellent blend of straight up blues and blues rock.
"Matchbox" is Dave's third release and of its ten tracks, five are originals. On it, Dave Sadler - on guitars, bass, vocals and harmonica - is joined by: Jim McCarty, Frank Briggs, Mel Sarreal and Jesse Rocha on drums; Randy Landas, James Ryan and Dave Grant on bass; Phil Clarke on keyboards; Roly Platt on harmonica; Pat Murdoch on guitar; Dan Cipriano on horns; and Marvin Taylor on drums, bass and guitar. Sounds to me like there should be some smokin' rhythm coming up, let's go check it out.
Dave Sadler grew up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where blues legends as Big Bill Broonzy and Cedell Davis frequented. Sadler began playing guitar before his twelfth birthday, which is not surprising considering the musical family in which he was raised. His family was related to Johnny Cash, his grandfather sang and his mother was piano/voice instructor. Sadler learned through listening to the old blues musicians to copy their styles. Sadler is, however, also influenced by contemporary musicians as Eric Clapton, Robert Cray and SRV. His style is a collection of styles, including blues, rock, jazz and funk. The singer/guitarist Dave Sadler, with his versatility and technique, is a very sought after live and studio musician.
"Matchbox" follows "Fade To Blue" (2008) as the second studio album by Dave Sadler. It's an album with ten tracks, including five original songs and five covers from genres such as blues, blues rock and jazz fusion, at a somewhat faster pace. The album opens with a Willie Dixon cover 1 "I Got All You Need", a nice blues rocker, a song regularly on the setlist of Joe Bonamassa. 2 "Matchbox" is a song that goes very far back in the history of the blues. "Matchbox Blues" was recorded originally in 1927 by Blind Lemon Jefferson. Carl Perkins added additional lyrics in 1956 and took it on himself in a rockabilly version at Sun Records. "The Beatles", who were a fans of Carl Perkins, covered the song in 1961. Peter Best, their former drummer first sang the vocals. This group only recorded a live version. John Lennon later sang the vocals and performed the song on "Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962 "(published in 1977). "Matchbox" was also released in the UK on their "Long Tall Sally" EP and in the States on the Capitol "Something New" album (1964) and as a single. The blues-rock version of Dave Sadler has changed pace and added slide guitar.
"Junior's Jam"(track 3) is an up-front instrumental funky bluesy jam with Jim McCarty on drums. On track number 4, "Satisfaction Guaranteed", co-written by Sadler, Will Tang (Billy Blackstone) and Pat Murdoch, we find the lead guitar and harmonica from Sadler along with Pat Murdoch on guitar, Mel Sarreal on drums and James Ryan on bass. A second instrumental track 5, "Cissy Strut", by Leo Nocentelli is jazz-fusion. 6 "You Put Me Out" is changing the pace and atmosphere. Sadler here gets his slide guitar out of the closet and blends cleverly with accompaniment by the keyboard player.
With "Matchbox" Dave Sadler, following Blind Lemon Jefferson, Carl Perkins and "The Beatles", puts down a milestone in his career. With his slide guitar he explains bridges between related genres like blues, rock and jazz. Dave Sadler takes his musical ideas searching again in several places, but he will always say, that his first inspiration was found in Arkansas at the edge of the Mississippi Delta.-Eric Shuurmans for Rootstime.be
Wasser-Prawda Magazine (Germany) February 2015
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With "Matchbox" Dave Sadler, a Guitarist from Pine Bluff (Arkansas) sets out his second album: Ten songs, five of which from his own pen, between blues, rock and a little jazz. Some albums you should own solely because of a single. On "Matchbox", "Fourth Street Ruckus "is worth all the money: Driven by a full horn section chasing Sadler’s guitar and providing duels with the hearty harp of the Canadian, Roly Platt. Even without words, the piece is clearly a smash hit!
Which of course does not mean that you could forget the rest of the album. Whether Sadler plays songs from the repertoire of Howlin Wolf (Killing Floor), Curtis Mayfield (People Get Ready), Blind Lemon Jefferson/Carl Perkins (Matchbox) or plays his own funky tracks, he may not completely convict with singing, however his guitar is always outstanding. This, in turn, is but a personal opinion.
Wasser Prada Magazine
“Historias del Blues” - December 24, 2014
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Guitarist Dave Sadler presents the "Matchbox" album which offers its musical quality and all the heritage of his native Pine Bluff, Arkansas, birthplace of blues legends like Big Bill Broonzy and Cedell Davis, besides his distant relationship with Johnny Cash. As with many of these legendary artists, Sadler is self-taught and trained listening delta blues, jazz and rock. Also present in this production are sounds coming from his influences Eric Clapton, Robert Cray and Stevie Ray Vaughan. With his electric and acoustic guitars, Dave Sadler takes us through the southern delta of the United States, and the sites in Arkansas where he grew up in an album designed musically solid and in a versatile manner.
Diego Luis Martinez –Producer Historias del Blues – Bogota, Colombia
Keeping the Blues Alive, Vol. 1 -July 25, 2012
Of all the musicians on this disc, Dave Sadler is the only one I've yet to have the pleasure of previously listening to and working with. Having now done that I can truly say "Welcome to my blues world, Dave". "Fourth Street Ruckus" could have easily been called Fourth Street Melee, Fourth Street Free For All or Fourth Street Donnybrook. Basically, they all mean that all hell is breaking loose and that's exactly what's going on musically on this five minute instrumental. Leading the way with relentless guitar playing, Dave Sadler and the band are kickin' ass.
-Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro, Blues Editor at Mary4Music.com
"Rootstime" Magazine Review "Fade to Blue" -June 21, 2008
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'Fade To Blue' holds many trump cards. With a broad range of bluesrock, jazzy ballads, reggae and funk, this album sought blues inspiration from many places. Arkansas/Mississippi, Louisiana/Texas and Chicago-influences merge into a homogeneous whole, in which Dave Sadler, guitar man from Arkansas, feels at home like a fish in the water. Four instrumental numbers between a dozen songs, all at the hand of Sadler, guarantee a full hour of blues variety. Sadler not being bound by borders is also reflected in his lyrics in 'Shackles and Chains', a protest against everything that man fetters. 'Killing Game' is an indictment against the violence in Baghdad that separates families and children from a peaceful life. His powerful lyrics have been thought through, and are sung with a misleadingly serene voice. He accompanies himself with various guitars, bass, and from time to time with Honner bluesharp. A father of four children, he shows in his lyrics his concern for orphaned children and the dangers that threaten them.
Another high point is the presence of saxophonist, Dan Cipriano, who joins in four numbers with trombone, trumpet and sax. In 'Cold, Blowin' Wind his saxophone cries as a warning against the world of drug dealers. This renowned horn master has played with Wilson Pickett, Southside Johnny, Gary U. S. Bonds and Bruce Springsteen and enriches Dave's album. In addition, five other capable studio musicians contribute on the CD.
Dave's wife, Elizabeth, produced the project which was recorded at BluezArt Studio located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. In addition to his occupation as an architect, he finds time to make music with a local group of musicians for benevolent concerts and other events. Coming from a musical family that included a piano teacher (his mother), he grew up listening to various forms of blues music on the radio. Instead of the practicing the latest rock hits, he chose Elmore James, Robert Cray and Buddy Guy as his imaginary teachers. In 'Rise Above', you hear an Eric Clapton influence. On 'Blues Night Special' he calls out the names of Big Bill Broonzy, Junior Walker, Howlin' Wolf, Luther Allison and Freddie King, all bluesmen for whom he bears a warm heart. Dave Sadler designed this album with solid and really versatile musical building stones that leave a colorful impression from 'Fade To Blue' till 'Blue Reggae'.
–Mieke Geukens Rootstime (Belgium) 6.21.08
Indie-Music.com Magazine Review- April 5, 2008:
"On Fade to Blue, Arkansas blues singer Dave Sadler offers up an eclectic mix of 16 guitar driven songs based in the blues/rock tradition of the Midwest. He’s an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and clearly knows what he’s doing on the guitar. Interestingly though, his voice reminded me of Morrissey right off the bat, an eccentric match to find on a blues album.
On “Shackles and Chains," Sadler wails out on the electric guitar while on the softer bluesy “Killing Game,” he provides a social commentary on poverty and war....
Sadler also includes a slew of instrumental numbers on the album which showcase his mastery of the guitar. As well, he gets by with a little help from his friends such as prominent saxophonist, Dan Cipriano, whose playful exchanges on “Can’t Take It With You” is an instant listener’s delight....
...Sadler definitely has the voice and musicianship to stand apart from the crowd...."
-Skott Freedman –Indie-Music.com Magazine
"All I can say is "OH WOW!!! Last night at the prison was a really spectactular event, and I just wish it could have been recorded live on video. The women had been on lockdown and without priviledges for some time, so it was even more special for them.
Thank you is not really adequate for all your work, Dave, plus hauling the equipment, and Elizabeth's backup support and shuttling the car.... But it WAS a special moment, wasn't it? And you were great...so thanks to you both, and please know how much you are appreciated."
Comments from Around the Music World:
Damn Dave! Nice stuff there brother!
-Big Llou Johnson (voice of B.B. King's Bluesville, SiriusXM Radio)
"Very original, love the horns and guitar...Keep on keeping on...I will be looking forward to hearing your new recording."
-Bob Putignano (President New York Blues and Jazz Society)
"Wow! Very professionally made video and the sound rocks!!"
Martin Clarke (host of the award winning show The Blues Session)
"WOW! Love this sound! Really tight. Very happy to have you on the station.
Sheila Cain (Blues City Radio)
“Hey Dave…Great sound, man!”
-Scott Holt (formerly with Buddy Guy)
"Beautiful sounds man!!!......"
-Sugar Blue (Grammy Award winning harmonica player)
More Comments from Around the Music World:
"Coolness goes beyond words to experience"
-Carmen Allgood host of The Colorado Wave
"Sounds great, well done!!!......"
"You've got some really great tunes...Very smooth."
"Nice material, tasteful playing, reminds me of my friend Dave Specter's style."
"I love your sound......"
"Thanks for coming on Bluzzradio...great tracks on your MySpace site!"
-Alain Bouet- Bluzzradio
-Smiling Jack Smith
“Man I like the sound. You have the Clapton "feel" down on “Fade To Blue”…Pack an ax and come on over and play at the KY Blues Festival. We'd love to have ya!”
Bowling Green, KY
“Loved "Fade To Blue", very smooth. I can't wait to hear the other tracks here….”
Cedar Crest Studio
"...The music's as great as usual and being played on 'Helsinki's Blues Cafe' "
- Geoff Barton
Helsinki Blues Cafe Radio
"Great songs Dave!"
- Roxy Perry
"....love your music taste!"
“Your tracks are awesome, I got a lot of great feedback on them….keep rockin the planet my friend....”
Tornado Valley Radio Online
“Superb blues guitar and songs, really like "Fade to Blue"…very Robert Cray…”
"Some very nice guitar playing here!"
"Very nice tunes...very nice"
-Twin Cities Radio
“You didn't take 2 many 'Wrong Turns'…excellent music…best wishes from all your friends in Ireland.”
-Monaghan Blues Jam
Mc Kennas Bar, Dublin Street, Monaghan, Ireland
"LOVE the sound you get with that T5 . . . awesome music . . . keep it up!"
-Sweet Willie Milton
“Thank you so much, great tone, great playing..”
“I enjoyed listening to your songs ...
tasty and passionate playing !!!”
Barry Richmond Band
“Love the soulful touch you have.”
“There is some great music here! I really like your style of playing…Highest Regards”
“Really enjoy your soulful guitar playing”
-Blues on Tap
"You play a mean tune mate…."
-Midnight Blue Lounge
Reviews of "Every Child"
"Lead Guitar: Some tasty tone control, nice light and shade and contrasting dynamics here on the extended intro. Reminded me of solo sections from 'Still in love with You' by Thin Lizzy, no bad comparison at all! Lovely soaring lines and crying bent notes. The song is a showcase for a virtuostic performance.
Yes...straight groove...minor blues for solo guitar......and what a lead guitar in here...amazing...great blues feeling... starts to fly away......really "mothers finest" with blues strings! The male vocals are nice too... are believable and have blues mood...nice words by the way...but the "champion" in here is this magnifique lead guitar- fantastic!!!