Bill’s track of the week: Down Home Girl

Taken from the album Just For A Thrill and featuring the brilliant Georgie Fame on vocals, Down Home Girl is this week’s track selected by Bill.

Blues Matters Magazine summed up Just For A Thrill with a razor-sharp quote: ‘A quick health check: put this CD on your player. Press Play. Listen. Check 40 seconds later. If you’re not smiling or tapping your toes or drumming your fingers on the steering wheel; get someone to check your pulse…’

Down Home Girl is a real treat – so get the week of to a toe-tapping start! Sit back and enjoy:

Down Home Girl is taken from the fifth album from Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. You can also buy the track as part of The Kings Of Rhythm Volume 3: Tell You A Secret from Bill’s online shop.

Just For A Thrill has Wyman’s usual hit formula – real music, great players, wonderful guests, great songs, some old, some new – and an ever-growing audience just waiting to hear what the former Rolling Stones bassist has come up with now.

Bill and the boys (and girl) don’t disappoint with the new album, released on May 10, 2004 in the UK on R&M records. Lead vocalists Georgie Fame, Beverley Skeete, Albert Lee and Mike Sanchez tackle blues and jazz standards, old classics from Wyman’s encyclopaedic collection and even a Beatles cover together with brand new songs with equal aplomb.

And with a band that features Fame and Sanchez on keyboards, Albert Lee and Terry Taylor on guitars, Graham Broad on drums, and the horn section of Frank Mead and Nick Payn plus Bill Wyman on bass, the tracks are equally sizzling. And did we forget to mention-a certain Mark Knopfler, yes, of Dire Straits fame, adds his guitar virtuosity as well.

Buy the track as part of The Kings Of Rhythm Volume 3: Tell You A Secret from Bill’s online shop.

This third boxset in the series contains Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings’ CD releases from 2003 to 2011. The twelve-piece band that Bill put together after leaving the Rolling Stones in 1992 issued four albums (Just For A Thrill, Live, Live Communication) in this period, including a long-unavailable Bootleg Kings set (On the Road Again).

The band has a core rhythm section, but features a revolving combination of all-star guest front men and women. These recordings feature the talents of Mark Knopfler, Dennis Locorriere, Gary Brooker, Georgie Fame, Albert Lee, Chris Stainton, Mike Sanchez, Andy Fairweather Low, Beverley Skeete, Terry Taylor, Geraint Watkins and Lonnie Donegan.
The booklet contains all the credits and new annotation by Tony Rounce.

Want to hear more? Head over to Bill’s online store where you can buy signed albums, collectables, clothing, bags and books – some signed personally by Bill himself!

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