Delta blues artist Lonnie Shields and two-time Living Blues Magazine Critics Choice award winner is back and better than ever with his 6th release, “Code Blue.” This release contains Lonnie’s new original material and covers by various artists who have been extremely influential to blues lovers everywhere. With a rock solid rhythm section and a powerful, dynamic horn section, “Code Blue” covers: 50’s Big Band style Blues, Soul, R&B, Funk, and everything in between. If you want to hear the blues like you’ve never heard before, this CD is for you!
Strong debut album by young bluesman from West Helena, Arkansas. Recorded over a period of several years with accompaniments by a number of fine Southern musicians the result is a well crafted and varied selection of material. Lonnie has a strong soulful voice, not unlike that of his hero Z.Z. Hill and is a good, if not terribly distinctive, guitar player. The material, all written by Lonnie, ranges from soul (Boxing Gloves) to R&B (Eight Days A Week) to tough juke joint blues (Fistful Of Dollars/ Cry, Sky). 12 tracks in all. Accompanying musicians include Eddie "Vaan" Shaw, Big Jack Johnson, Lorenzo Smith, Sam Carr and others. Nice." ~RootsAndRhythm.com
"BLUES FROM THE HEART Volume 11"
--Blues Artists' Gift to the Autism,
Society was recorded live at The Soup Kitchen Saloon
in Detroit in March, 1996. Lonnie performed Fistfull of Dollars as his live selection out of the eleven tracks on the disc.
"BLUES IS ON FIRE"
The second release for Lonnie on the JSP label, released in 1997 out of London. Performing are some notable names in the blues today with Lonnie on guitar and vocals, Barry Harrison -drums, Randy Lippincott -bass, Johnny Rawls -guitar and vocals, Bruce Feiner -tenor sax, Robert Feiner - baritone sax, Shemekia Copeland -vocals, Brian Charette -keyboards and Hammond organ, and Mike Jones -trumpet
"KEEPER OF THE BLUES"
"I listened to these tracks here online and have to say I haven't heard as much
reality in a singer and writer in a long time!
Lonnie is the 'Keeper' of bluesy soul!!!" ~Miguel Henhagen
Released in April of 2000, his second work on the Rooster Blues label.. Performing with Lonnie on this release are Dennis Bates -trombone, Charles Hodges -organ, Johnny Rawls -organ, piano and guitar, Anthony Royal -trumpet, L.C. Luckett -bass, piano, keyboards, Johnny Sangster -tenor sax, James "Super Chikan" Johnson -guitar,
Sidney Ford -tenor sax, and Eric Thomas -bass.
"TIRED OF WAITING"
Lonnie recorded and released Tired of Waiting in June of 1996 for
the London-based JSP Records label.