“Helluva songwriter,” says bluesman Jimmy D. Lane of Hallal.
“The right elements of blues and funky sensibilities keep it real” with his "gutbucket" band, says The Noise of Boston.
Their sound is "tight... smoldering... electrifying..." declares Blues Bytes.
And their new live-in-studio album, Hatchet Blues, is "lyrically and sonically... a fine piece of work," judges the UK's Blues Matters!.
Have a taste.
Jim Antonellis (drums): Brother-in-arms with Hallal for some 15 years. His shuffle grooves and 4-to-the-floor stomps recall Chicago blues drummers Ted Harvey and Fred Below. Influences include Gene Krupa and Charlie Watts.
Robert DeCorte (bass, vocals): Longtime jam partner and vinyl-hunting bud of guitarist Schluntz. Wrote and sings the evocative "Last of the Great Train Robbers" on new album. Also plays with Rhode Island jam band institution, Loose Change.
Mike Hallal (guitar, vocals): Some “superb” songs, says Blues Matters! of Hallal’s latest. Influences include Beatles, Rolling Stones and Robert Johnson. Hatchet Blues is the 10th full-length release featuring his songs and performance.
Chris Schluntz (lead guitar): Burns thruout the new album, helping ignite riff-heavy cuts like “Crying at the Sun” and the title track. Also authored the funk for “World’s a Place.” Vinyl collection includes Buddy Guy and The Black Keys.
RADIO PLAY FOR HATCHET BLUES
WMRA 90.7 (VA)
WUCF 89.9 (FL)
KDHX 88.1 (MO)
WMBR 88.1 (MA)
WHUS 91.7 (CT)
WRUW 91.1 (OH)
LT38 104.3 (GA | Argentina)
CFBX 92.5 (Canada)
UKW 104.5 (Germany)
RTV 105.1 (Netherlands)
VFM 91.6 (Croatia)
Radio 2: 94.1 (Macedonia)
WPRB 103.3 (NJ)
QUE 98.2 (UT)
WOA 99 (UK | India | Dubai)
AIR 105.4 (India)
MUST 107.8 (India)
Drums: Jim Antonellis
Bass, vocals: Robert DeCorte
Guitar, vocals: Mike Hallal
Guitar: Chris Schluntz
ALBUMS ON iTUNES*
Live at Lizard Lounge
Chains of Being
*Also Amazon, Spotify et al
"powerful, unvarnished blues/rock" (Graham Clarke, bluenight.com)
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The Mike Hallal Band’s latest release, Hatchet Blues (Pi Records), picks up where their previous rel...The Mike Hallal Band’s latest release, Hatchet Blues (Pi Records), picks up where their previous release, the well-received Live At Lizard Lounge, left off. Although recorded in the studio this time around, the new album still has that live-in-the-studio feel, and their powerful, unvarnished blues/rock approach is still in place.
"lyrically and sonically... a fine piece of work" (Martin Norris, Blues Matters! Magazine)
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... both lyrically and sonically this is a fine piece of work. At the third play one even begins to ...... both lyrically and sonically this is a fine piece of work. At the third play one even begins to appreciate the gruff and slightly menacing vocals, never more than in the title track... Hallal wrote most of the songs, and some of them are superb, like "World's a Place" whose lyrics were inspired by an extract from Barack Obama's work Dreams from My Father - the music written by fellow band member and guitarist Chris Schluntz...Their covers, for example in the manner of Eric Clapton's "Outside Woman Blues" and Charlie Patton's "Poor Me," are sensitively executed and suggest that this band are both musicologists and musicians.
"4 carrots ... Tasty!" (Peter McGee, bluesbunny.com)
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Modern electric blues can get a bad rep at times. And it’s no wonder, when high falutin’ studios att...Modern electric blues can get a bad rep at times. And it’s no wonder, when high falutin’ studios attempt to polish the guts and soul out of the raw recording or when some loser takes the notion that he’s the second coming of Clapton. So having considered the above and more, it was nice to hear “Hatchet Blues”, the latest release from the Massachusetts-based Mike Hallal Band... The title track takes on an almost tribal sincerity, a slow-burning rumination on revenge by way of the blues. Around the halfway mark, we hear a little of Hamlet, further proving that this band are not short on influences... The Mike Hallal band require no tutoring on what it means to play the blues... You need the CD!
"poignant, haunting" (kayleeusa, jango.com)
"Thumbs Up" for Hatchet Blues. [Comment:] poignant, haunting
"Top 5 ... There isn't a dog on this disc" (Douglas Sloan, Metronome Magazine)
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Mike Hallal and company serve up a collection of funky blues rock numbers that make you shake your m...Mike Hallal and company serve up a collection of funky blues rock numbers that make you shake your money maker while rattling the earth from underneath your feet... There isn't a dog on this disc... Good stuff!
"Hatchet Blues: Top 100 Blues CDs [2010-12]" (Andy Grigg, Real Blues Magazine)
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... 33. Elvin Bishop: Raisin’ Hell Revue (Delta Groove)... 35. Mike Hallal Band: Hatchet Blues (Pi R...... 33. Elvin Bishop: Raisin’ Hell Revue (Delta Groove)... 35. Mike Hallal Band: Hatchet Blues (Pi Records)... 48. Roomful of Blues: Hook, Line & Sinker (Alligator)...
"Live at Lizard Lounge: Top 100 Blues CDs [2008-10]" (Andy Grigg, Real Blues Magazine)
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1. Dennis Jones: Pleasure & Pain (Blue Rock )... 4. Delaney Bramlett: A New Kind Of Blues (M...1. Dennis Jones: Pleasure & Pain (Blue Rock )... 4. Delaney Bramlett: A New Kind Of Blues (Magnolia Gold)... 54. Mike Hallal Band: Live At Lizard Lounge (Pi Records)...
A stew of original bluesrock, roots, jams and cover gems. Can cook for 1-3 hours: Sample set:
World's a Place
Outside Woman Blues
Crying at the Sun
Last of the Great Train Robbers
Day at the Races
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