Posted May 2021
If you love the blues (and Boomerocity most certainly does) and if you’ve never heard of – or never listened to – Sean Chambers, then you don’t know what you’ve been missing!
Boomerocity was first turned on to Sean’s work during our review of his then-new album, Trouble & Whiskey, four years ago (here). We hate to be so slow, but we’ve finally been able to link up with the amazing blues guitarist for an interview.
Chambers conjures up audio images of great blues sounds by the likes of John Mayall, Eric Clapton, Cream, and Walter Trout, to name a few. Raw. Gritty. Foot-stompin’. It’s all of that and so much more – and with Sean’s own signature sound and audio DNA.
The opportunity to chat with Sean came with the announcement of Chamber’s pending July 9th release of his latest album, “That’s What I’m Talkin’ About”. The album is a tribute to Hubert Sumlin, the late guitarist for blues great, Howlin’ Wolf.
Boomerocity has been wearing the ether off the preview download of the album and we can say with all sincerity that this is one of the must-have blues albums of 2021.
Yeah, it’s that great!
Watch the interview, below. You can also read the press release about the album that is provided below the interview video. We encourage you to share this interview with anyone you know who loves the blues because they’re going to love Sean Chambers!
The Boomerocity Interview With Sean Chambers
Press Release For “That’s What I’m Talkin’ About”
Quarto Valley Records announces the release date of the label’s debut album from acclaimed blues-rock guitarist/singer Sean Chambers, That’s What I’m Talkin About (a tribute to legendary former Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin), has been moved to July 9. The date change will accommodate the release of the disc’s first single and video for the track, “Hidden Charms,” on June 11, when the album will also be available for preorder.
Recorded in March 2020 just before the coronavirus shut everything down, the Florida-based Chambers went into Showplace Studios in Dover, New Jersey, for the sessions of his 8th album. That’s What I’m Talkin About was engineered and produced by Showplace owner Ben Elliott, who suddenly passed away shortly after the album was recorded. In addition to Sean Chambers (guitar, vocals) and members of his band, That’s What I’m Talkin About also features guest appearances from lauded keyboardists Bruce Katz and John Ginty. The 11 tracks on the new disc include 10 songs Sean regularly performed on the road as a member of Hubert Sumlin’s touring band, as well as “Hubert’s Song,” a Chambers original saluting Sumlin. The music showcases a tour-de force of Sean’s blazing guitar pyrotechnics.
“This album is a tribute to my mentor, and friend, the late great Hubert Sumlin,” Sean Chambers says. “Back in 1998, I got a call asking if my band and I would be interested in backing up Hubert at ‘Blues Stock’ in Memphis. Of course, I was honored and said yes. The band and I woodshedded the songs for a month or so and went to play with Hubert for the first time in October of 1998. It was a magical night for me, and the chemistry between us and Hubert worked really well. After that show, Hubert asked if we would become his full-time group. My band and I continued to play and tour with Hubert for over four years. I look back on that time with Hubert as my ‘college education in the blues’. ‘That's What I'm Talkin About’ was a phrase that Hubert used to say a lot, so we thought it would be a fitting name for this album. Ben Elliott, who engineered and produced the album, sadly passed away suddenly shortly after this session, and it would turn out to be his last project. The picture in the album package of Ben and I behind the mixing board was the last one of us, as we listened back to the tracks we had just recorded, hoping that Hubert would be proud. My previous two albums, Trouble & Whiskey and Welcome To My Blues were also recorded with Ben Elliott. He was a great friend and partner in the business and will be sorely missed by everyone that knew and worked with him. I will always be grateful to both Hubert Sumlin and Ben Elliott and will never forget all the work we did together, as well as all the lessons that I learned from them both. The music will always live on, and I hope that you enjoy this album as much as we enjoyed making it.”
Sean Chambers will begin a post-COVID tour in support of the new CD with his band throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He currently resides in Southwest Florida with his wife Karen, who handles his merchandise sales while on tour.
“I am bringing back my old bass player, Todd Cook, who played bass on Trouble & Whiskey and Welcome to My Blues. New touring drummer Andrei Koribanics was the drummer on the new album, That's What I'm Talkin About, and played percussion on Trouble & Whiskey,” Chambers says about his new touring band.
Sean Chambers - guitar/vocals
Todd Cook – bass
Andrei Koribanics – drums
Rick Curran – Hammond B3/keyboards