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Prime Blues

Jim Allchin

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Prime Blues features 14 new tracks performed by an all-star group of musicians including bassist Glenn Worf, rhythm guitarists Rob McNelley, Bob Britt and Kenny Greenburg, keyboardist Kevin McKendree, drummer Tom Hambridge, vocalist Mycle Wastman, The Memphis Horns and special guest vocalists Grammy-winner Bobby Rush, and Blues Award winner Mike Zito.

Produced by 2x Grammy-winner Tom Hambridge. Recorded, mixed, and mastered in Nashville.  ​ "Once again, we are blessed to have Jim Allchin share with us his quest for universal truths and superb guitar tone on what could prove to be his crowning achievement.  Rick J Bowen ." Rick Bowen, Blues Writer Award Winner 2013- 2017

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Prime Blues Reviews

“Allchin gets plenty of raves for his guitar chops, but he’s also developed into a first-rate songwriter (with assistance from Hambridge and Richard Fleming on a few tracks). Prime Blues will certainly please guitar fans, but this is also Allchin’s most blues-oriented effort to date. The results are truly satisfying." – Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes, April 2019 

"Prime Blues is hands down a must have album. Jim Allchin is right when he says it’s flat out fun. Get yourself a copy and you’ll hear what both he and we mean." – American Blues Scene, JD Nash, October 2018 

"Jim Allchin is the consummate blues guitarist and vocalist.  His brand of the blues is strong, energetic and funky, with impressive horns that complement his voice and guitar riffs. Recommendation:  If you love the blues, you must have this album in your collection.  Get it today!" – Bob Leggett, LA Music Critic, October 2018  

"...a savory collection of 14 amazing new tracks that dig deeper into the Blues and prove the notion that indeed lightning can strike twice.  " – Rick Bowen, Blues Writer award 2013-2017  

"A sensational album but hey that's why we had to move young Allchin to the top of the class. Score yourself an "A" and get your copy of "Prime Blues" or you will have to stay after class." – Peter Merrett, PBS, October 2018  

"Releasing his debut at a time where there were a lot of people with extra coin taking a breather to chase the dream, you knew that Allchin was one to bet on.  Four records in, this white boy with the blues has jacket copy on his latest full of names like Hambridge, Zito, McKendree, Rush, Memphis Horns and more.  He delivers.  Loaded with gusto and a half, he doesn’t stoop to manqué around when he can keep it his real---which is really good.  White boy blues has entered the next level of the game." (Sandy Key 5) – Chris Spector, Midwest Record, October 2018  

"Allchin delivers some great new songs and he and his band and guests are up to the task of making them all sound fresh, new and varied. He plays with an assortment of styles and is able to make each new cut sound as vibrant as the prior one. He's a helluva guitar player, a very good singer and he really has another winner here. The ex-Microsoft engineer once again excels and delivers a super CD for us with Prime Blues. I think this one is even better than last year's effort, so if you liked that one then don't wait to run out and buy this one- you won't regret it!" – Steve Jones, Blues Blast Magazine, October 2018  

"The title “Prime Blues” not only refers to Allchin’s love of the blues but also to his love of mathematics. His songs tell a story and his guitar technique and tone are perfect.  This is Allchin’s bluesiest effort to date and his most enjoyable." – Richard Ludmerer, Making A Scene, October 2018  

"Guitarist/songwriter, Jim Allchin will likely wind up back at the top of the Blues charts again with his newly released collection Prime Blues, available through Sandy Key Music. ... There is a real point-of-view on display here, as well as a level of craft and quality that will certainly create some real buzz in the Blues community and beyond." – Tom O’Connor, Rock and Blues Muse, October 2018 

 "American blues guitarist Jim Allchin lets rip on the descriptive instrumental Jimmy's Boogie on Prime Blues (Sandy Key Music CD-JA005) Jazz licks, big band sounds and full-tilt blues-rock all come together wonderfully."  – Norman Darwen, Pipeline, March 2019

Artists

  •  Jim Allchin:  Vocals, Lead Guitar 
  • Bob Britt: Rhythm Guitar (Found The Blues, Pawn Shop Man, Snuggle Up
  • Kenny Greenberg: Rhythm Guitar (Give It Up, Devil Don’t Sleep, Jimmy’s Boogie, Summer Sunrise, Enough Is Enough, Lost My Mind, Up To Destiny, Tech Blues
  •  Tom Hambridge: Drums
  • Kevin Mckendree: Hammond B3, Piano 
  • Rob Mcnelley: Rhythm Guitar (Voodoo Doll, Two Bad Dreams, Logoff 
  • Bobby Rush: Vocals (Two Bad Dreams), Harmonica (Two Bad Dreams, Tech Blues
  • Mycle Wastman: Background Vocals  
  • Glenn Worf: Bass 
  • Mike Zito: Vocals (Enough Is Enough)

 The Memphis Horns: Charles Rose, Jim Hoke, Steve B. Hermann, Douglas D. Moffett  on Two Bad Dreams, Give It Up, Summer Sunrise

 Production

  • Produced By Tom Hambridge 
  • Recorded May-August, 2018 At Blackbird Studios D&H, Nashville TN and Studio 3038, Seattle WA 
  • Engineered By Ernesto Olvera-Lapier 
  • Engineered By Zach Allen (Bobby Rush Vocal And Harmonica Solo) 
  • Assistant Engineer: Sean Badum 
  • Production Assistants: Tommy Macdonald & Evan Nickels 
  • Mixed And Mastered By Tom Hambridge And Michael Saint-Leon at The Switchyard, Nashville, Tn 
  • Project Executive: John L. Heithaus 
  • Sandy Key Music, BMI, Hambridge Tunes, ASCAP, Richard Fleming Music, BMI

Decisions

Jim Allchin

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Produced by Grammy Winner Tom Hambridge.  Recorded, mixed, and mastered in Nashville with world-class musicians.  Grammy Winner Keb' Mo' makes a guest appearance on one song. ​ "... a study in the decisions we make in our life about identity, relationships, and “how to live life authentically.” Themes reflected in the lyrical content and in the choice of every note from his cerebral guitar work and soulful vocals. This is quite an album; the stuff dreams are made of." Rick Bowen, Blues Writer Award Winner 2013- 2017

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Decisions Reviews

"Decisions is a kickass blues album" - J.R. Miller, High Note Reviews, July 2017 

"Decisions is Jim Allchin’s best release to date.  He continues to impress not just as a guitarist, but as composer and vocalist.  Blues-rock fans will definitely want to have this, but it will also appeal to a broader range of music lovers as well." - Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes, August 2017 

"Fret board aficionados, tone junkies and fans of hot stove blues guitar will be glad to hear the return of Seattle guitarist Jim Allchin... Allchin that rips like Gary Moore... This is quite an album; the stuff dreams are made of." – Rick Bowen, Blues Writer award 2013-2017, May 2017 

"Wonderfully hard hitting stuff that doesn't quit. ...Well done." - Midwest Record Review, June 2017 

"Seattle super guitar player Jim Allchin has a new CD out called “DECISIONS.”  Your next decision should be how soon am I going to get a copy?  I doubt you can play as good as he can, so you might as well just sit down and listen.  Jim’s voice is a perfect reflection of his music, and his music is fabulous!  This is his third solo album and every one of them is better than the last.  Jim’s guitar skills are simply remarkable!  His songwriting comes from the soul, and from life lessons he’s learned.  This CD just has no weak spots.  This is a top-flight CD.  Jim’s guitar work is unbelievable.  From slow blues, to boogie, to scorching, you can’t do this riffs, Jim gets to speak his mind musically and we’re all better off for it.  If you decide to hear some great music, here it is.  Jim Allchin – “DECISIONS.”  Can’t go wrong.  You’ll be surprised!" – Smoky Mountain Blues Society, June 2017 

"I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Decisions, from Jim Allchin and his records just keep getting better. Allchin's first two releases garnered strong review but I believe that this one is his best yet." – Bmans Blues Report, July 2017 

"...a well done album with nice guitar, good vocals, and great backing support.  I've heard Allchin's prior two albums and this seems to be the biggest and best.  He offers a variety of styles and approaches along with well-crafted songs.  I enjoyed the album and those who like their blues with a big rock flare and contemporary sound will love this one too." - Steve Jones, Crossroads Blues Society, July 2017 

"Allchin is impressive as a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist." - Richard Ludmerer, Making A Scene, June 2017 

"Jim Allchin reminds us that the choices we make in life–good, bad, or ugly–all define who we are and how we function in today’s society.  The fact that he does it with a fine flair for contemporary blues makes the “Decisions” to enjoy this set a no-brainer!!" - Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society 

​ "I remember hearing his album Overclocked a number of years ago and being blown away.  Life’s still the same.  His new one (Decisions) blows me away too.  There used to be an old cartoon in which all of the would-be-musicians are standing in front of the stage watching a guitarist and every one of them saying “I could do that.”  The difference between them and Allchin is that he could.  And does. " - Frank Gutch Review, June 2017 

"Jim Allchin is a fine player, maybe one of the best. By resuming his musical career later in life than many, he’s accumulated many more life experiences from which to draw. What he’s done on Decisions is take everyday things and boil them down to the decisions we make. What is their outcome?  When I was a math student, I loved decision trees. Allchin has made them into music and I really like what I’ve heard. If you find yourself intrigued by this fascinating man, be sure to visit his website, https://www.jimallchin.com/, and look at his previous work as well as everything else he has posted. You just might find a new favorite artist. " - Professor Johnny P's Juke Joint Review, June 2017 

"This is an album to savour and with every listen there is more to discover such is the complexity of the sound and the layers of the tapestry. Vocally Allchin has again impressed as his vocals have become stronger and stronger with more and more live shows under his belt. One thing for sure is that anybody who happens to take you for just another guitar slinger will find that they are horribly wrong as you can match it with the very best of the best. For me this album was all highlights and l could not find a lowlight. There was no filler here, just a great album of Blues, Blues/Rock, Rock/Blues, Blues/Pop and Country/Blues." -  Peter Merrett, PBS Melbourne, Australia, June 2017 

"Certainly lovers of the modern blues should check this album out." - Blues in the South, Norman Darwen, August 2017 

​ "Jim Allchin proves that a computer specialist can also be a guitar virtuoso." - RootsTime, Belium, Eric Schuurmans, July 2017

Artists

  • Jim Allchin: Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar 
  • Bill Bergman: Tenor, Bari Sax, Horn Arrs* 
  • Pat Buchannan: Guitar 
  • Kenny Greenberg: Guitar (After Hours, Destiny
  • Tom Hambridge: Drums, Background Vocals 
  • Steve Mackey: Bass (After Hours, Destiny
  • Rob McNelley: Guitar
  • Wendy Moten: Bkg Vocals (Healing Ground
  • Keb’ Mo’: Vocals (Healing Ground
  • Michael Rhodes: Bass
  • Lee Thornburg: Trumpet, Trombone* 
  • James Wallace: Keys (After Hours, Destiny)  
  • Mycle Wastman: Bkg Vocals** 
  • Reese Wynans: Hammond B3, Piano

*The Heart Attack Horns:  The Mexican End, Healing Ground, Blew Me Away, Just Plain Sick, Friends, You Might Be Wrong, Stop Hurting Me, My Father's Eye 

**She is It, You Might Be Wrong, Healing Ground 

Production

  • Recorded and Mixed at Blackbird Studios D + F Nashville, and Studio 3038 Seattle 
  • Mastered at The Switchyard Nashville 
  • Tracking and Mixing Engineer: Ernesto Olvera-Lapier 
  • Assistant Engineers: Sean Badum (Studio D), Jason Mott (Studio E) 
  • Project Assistant: Tommy MacDonald 
  • Graphic Design: CRRNT, Seattle 
  • Photo Credit: Laura Harmondale 
  • Project Executive: John Heithaus 
  • Produced by Tom Hambridge

Q.E.D.

Jim Allchin

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“With a devastating combination of hard-hitting, incisive original material, passionate, expressive vocals and virtuosic guitar playing that will have jaws dropping, Jim Allchin rightly claims his place in the forefront of contemporary blues musicians.”  Dave Rubin, KBA recipient in Journalism

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Q.E.D. Reviews

“Q.E.D. is a devastating combination of hard-hitting, incisive original material, passionate, expressive vocals and virtuosic guitar playing that will have jaws dropping, Jim Allchin rightly claims his place in the forefront of contemporary blues musicians.” – Dave Rubin, KBA Winner in Journalism, July 2013 

“Q.E.D. is a guitar player’s dream.” – Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes, August 2013 

“Over the years I have stated that blues has two major schools of thought or of playing…there is the technical school where music is played with technical perfection, the second school has more to do with emotional content, playing directly from the heart. Allchin is one of those performers who are equally adept at either style and his latest release proves that point extremely well. He has spent years in the woodshed, honing his skills. The result is nothing short of amazing. He has undoubtedly secured a spot for himself among the world’s greatest guitarists. He burns up the fret board with lightning fast leads but can do equally well at heating up the night with passionate solos played straight from the heart and with such a burning emotional power that they leave the listener changed long-term. This is a tight band that knows what it means to play as a single unit. This is where we find true power. A band can only be as good as its weakest link and in this case trying to find a weakness would be a real waste of time and energy, so just kick back, relax and enjoy contemporary blues at its finest. This is music that has a timeless quality. It will remain strong over the years. During my years in an independent record store, I realized that there were some albums that never got old. Jim Allchin reached deep into wells of personal experience and used those experiences to help create an object of incredible beauty. Q.E.D. is superb on so many levels. Many artists master one or two of those levels but Allchin is a phenomenal guitarist, singer, songwriter band leader, overall performer and more. To find an artist who excels in so many areas is rare indeed. This is an inspirational album. You will be inspired to either hit the woodshed yourself to hone your own skills or to throw your gear from the nearest bridge. I highly recommend the first alternative and am certain that Jim would suggest the same. Here are those who would say the man is gifted but it should be pointed out that a gift without the working out of the details is simply a gift. There are many gifted artists in the world but there are a very few who reach this level.” – Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blue, August 2013 

“Allchin fluently moves from subtle string work to blistering attack.” – Brett Fleming, WEVL, August 2013 

“Allchin has proven he belongs in the hierarchy of contemporary blues guitarists.” – Don & Sheryl Crow’s Blues Blog, August 2013 

“Flawless screaming guitar riffs.” – Bman’s Blues Report, August 2013 

“If you missed Jim Allchin’s 2011 CD “Overclocked,” please DON’T miss his new one “Q.E.D.” Jim Allchin can absolutely blister a guitar. I’m telling you, there’s not many people who would want to follow this guy at a show. An absolute headliner, guitar slinger, beautiful tone, unreal skills, and he can play anything. This new “Q.E.D.” CD is outrageous with 13 original tunes, none of which you can probably play. Jim plays screaming electric blues, slow ballads, boogies, instrumentals, an acoustic piece, a couple of minor keyed songs, and leaves you shaking your head on every one of them. This guy is a phenomenal talent! Jim has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford. He got tired of it and wanted to play blues. Say what? Did he ever! “Q.E.D.” is a phrase used in math when you need to end a proof. Well the proof is here. He can play.” – Blue Barry, Smoky Mtn. Blues Society Review, August 2013 

“Allchin is a former Microsoft executive who retired in 2007 and became a blues guitarist. Actually, that’s not true because Allchin actually took up guitar as a youngster and dropped out of college to play in several bands before returning to get a Computer Science degree in the early 70’s, so he’s actually returned to his roots by picking the guitar back up. Since his retirement, he’s released three albums, with Q.E.D. being the most recent. If you’re a guitar player, you should want this disc. It’s loaded to the brim with energetic performances. Allchin can pretty much play it all, and does….moving from blues/rock to jazz to Texas shuffles to acoustic country blues. He reminds me a bit of Robben Ford with his vocals and his amazing dexterity on the six-string. Microsoft’s loss is the blues world’s gain. This one is a keeper.” – Fridaybluesfix, October 2013