Personnel: Al Basile (vocals, cornet); Al Basile (trumpet); Matt McCabe (piano); Duke Robillard (guitar); Jerry Portnoy (harp).
Liner Note Author: Ken Franckling.
Recording information: Duke's Mood Room, Pawtucket, RI (01/2004-04/2004).
Sometime Roomful Of Blues member and lyricist Al Basile assembles a winning team to back him on his fourth solo album, BLUE INK, a laid-back collection of blues and R&B, including Roomful Of Blues's founder, Duke Robillard, and legendary harmonica player Jerry Portnoy. The eclectic set covers New Orleans R&B on "Lonesome Sun," Chicago blues on "I Got to Love and Be Loved," and Southern blues on "School in Hell," with Basile's witty and subtle lyrics providing a fresh take on each genre.