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The Whiskey Chronicles

by Fat Daddy Special

Hard Rockin Blues & Drivin Grooves
Genre: Rock: Southern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blues Flame
5:17 album only
2. Hell to Pay
4:58 album only
3. Pour Me Tall
4:12 album only
4. Long Way Down
5:25 album only
5. Words to Say
4:45 album only
6. Stomp
4:35 album only
7. Kiss from an Angel
4:17 album only
8. Favorite Color
4:31 album only
9. Movin On
4:48 album only
10. Reverent Blues
4:19 album only
11. Blackened
5:01 album only
12. Goodbye
5:00 album only
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Album Notes
Fat Daddy Special rose from the depth and passion of Vox/ Axe Phil Maldonado. A powerful mesh of musical styles and taste define him as an instrumental part of the FDS sound. His base is rock n roll but his soul demands the blues.
Creating an honest cadre of songs that truly define Rockin Blues…
On the bottom end there is Chief Lee-Bryan on bass. Chief joined FDS in late 2016. In his own words he found himself in a perfect project. Coming from 80’s rock band Charlemagne to soul artist like Solomon Burke. Having the mix of rock and blues was a perfect mix and a dream come true. The final piece in this incredible ensemble comes the amazing thunder of Drummer Mat Diaz. Mat has played for decades on the LA scene, and his amazing style brings a true taste of power and soul in the FDS Sound.

Fat Daddy Special is a band that plays from the heart, bringing in emotion and power that is intoxicating. Having the pleasure of sharing the stage with some of their favorite bands like, Vince Neil, Blue Oyster Cult, Warrant, Dokken, Mr. Big, Y&T, The Tubes, Foghat, and Jack Russell’s Great White.

FDS is intent on bringing their Rockin Blues music to new heights across the world and working hard to leave a positive mark on all that listen.

Here are a few reviews of 2018 album release Somewhere Down The Road...

Fireworks Magazine Review

Fat Daddy Special are a good time, hard rocking, blues-infused bundle of joy.
Their influences include Joe Bonamassa, Whitesnake, 38 Special, Bob Seger, ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughn,
And if that’s not enough of a clue for you, they’ve shared a staged with the likes of Blue Oyster Cult, Mr. Big, Y&T, Dokken and Warrant. Anyway enough name-dropping! Anyone can talk the talk, but can the music walk the walk? Lets crack open a bottle, kick back and take a closer look at Fat Daddy Special with their so-called “breakout release”.

Band founder Phil Maldonado (Vocals, guitar) and guitarist Slappy White are long time buddies, and are joined here by Chief Lee-Bryan (Charlemagne, Solomon Burke) on bass and drummer Mat Diaz. Joining them at the party is their secret weapon and special guest Teddy “Zig Zag” Andreadis on B3 and piano, a man with an apparent pedigree via a CV that includes Guns & Roses, Alice Cooper, Slash, Carole King, Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters (okay, just a bit more name-dropping) He certainly adds some soul to the bands sound.

Opener ‘By The Wayside’ is very smooth, very engaging and, like all the best and most soulful blues tracks here (step up ‘Red Light Serenade’), very Stevie Ray Vaughn in feel. As with all good albums, once the start, they just keep on rolling. ‘Hollow Ground’ is all teeth and gristle as it rocks along Whitesnake-fashion in a hard-earned whiskey swigging groove. ‘One Night In Memphis’ starts like ‘Freebird’ on Halloween before bizarre stereo effects (snakeing guitars to the left, muffled vocals to the right) give way to full-on Rock ’n’ Blues Fun.

Elsewhere, ‘Time And Reason’ exudes good intent and is seasoned with a hint of Buffalo Springfield. ‘Badlands’ features the albums standout keyboard solo, while ‘Miracle’ is all crunching riff and gorgeous keys – it’s a fine example of power-packed Blues Rock. ‘Texas Heat’ is the album’s most atmospheric track that boasts both its most powerful riff and its edgiest vocal. I could go on, but I think you get the idea!

This is a cool and accessible release from a band that clearly loves their craft, and are delighting in the opportunity to present it to a world, that quite frankly, needs more of this sort of thing.
Somewhere down the road? You’re more likely to be dancing in the street.
Michael Anthony

Blues Magazine Review

By Peter Marinus
Now Whitesnake and Bon Jovi are pretty far beyond their expiration date, I have a great alternative for the fans of these bands. Fat Daddy Special is an American band with members, who have a history in hard rock bands like Prime Cutt, Rage In Eden and Voodoo Shuffle, while the bassist once played in the band of Solomon Burke!
I'm talking about Phil Maldonado (vocals and guitar), Chief-Lee Bryan (bass), Slappy White (solo guitar), Mat Diaz (drums) and Teddy Andreadis (keys). The latter played ao in Guns N 'Roses, Alice Cooper and the band of Gilby Clark.
Their second album is full of music that you can safely call "classic rock". A mix of the already mentioned Whitesnake and Bon Jovi with here and there a big funk injection.
They open the album with the fiercely funky blues rock of By The Wayside in which the band sounds like a grooving blues rock machine with whooping guitars and soulful pumping organ. This song is a bit like the funky work of Glenn Hughes. The metal history of the band is the headline in Hollow Ground . A Whitesnake-like song in which the poprock goes well with a bluesy sound. After a soulful organ intro, a raw cutting guitar starts the prickly pumping One Night In Memphis . Again with Whitesnake influences, bluesy vocals and the harmonica of Teddy Andreadis. Whitesnake and Bon Jovi go hand in hand in the pumping classic rocker Pieces . This song is adorned with a nasty bluesy guitar solo.
All poprock is suddenly thrown overboard in Time & Reason . A light funly pop / rock song with a high Bon Jovi content. The guitar sound of Somewhere Down The Road cuts right through your soul from minute one in this funky pumper. Miracle is a filthy rocker at a thrilling pace. A merciless rocker who completely blows you over. The same is true for the massive grooves of Texas Heat . Could Red Light Serenade be a tribute to "our" Red Light Districts? In that case, the term "pump-hopper" really is in place. The funky rocker Shake The Pain is dominated in an excellent way by Stevie Ray Vaughan-like guitar work. The search for a new bikersong can immediately be discontinued, as Badlands with his screeching guitar work will be lovingly embraced by all bikers. Finally, you will hear the acoustic When I See You Again , a Mr. Big-like ballad with only vocals and acoustic guitar.
Lovers of classic rock know what to do ... ..

Powerplay Magazine Review..

Well,here we have a combo from Southern California that sound as though they are from Texas or similar. The Blues they play is mean, fast and loud and it conjures up images of the kicking up a storm behind some chicken wire in a disreputable bar in the middle of nowhere.All the musicians fit the part, wearing Stetsons, lumberjack shirts and bandanas, with all sporting various amounts of facial hair. The music on this offer is not ground breaking but delivered with a fire and a passion that makes this an exceptional release in this genre.
Standout tracks include 'One Night in Memphis" with it's infectious chorus, meaty southern guitar and fine harmonica mid track, my own personal favorite 'Badlands' with fine keyboards and excellent guitar picking throughout, and the semi acoustic closer 'when i see you again', which is an absolute pearl of a track to finish on. Twelve tracks to choose from, so you get your money's worth,but I personally think they could have trimmed it down a bit to give this excellent release a little more impact. Just a little downer on an otherwise very enjoyable release
Andy Taylor



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Malcolm Scott

Hint of Southern Rock in Cal
Huge fan of Fat Daddy Special. Some great stuff here.-the band continues it's growth and evolution. Some of this new material reminds me of the great southern bands I listened to around the music scene in the south ( ie; Pour me Tall and Long Way Down) And then some of their other choices like; Hell to Pay and particularly, 'Blackened 'have almost an 'alternative' feel to them-never leaving behind that musical nuclear blast that they're known for. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this as well... I also feel a kind-of Texas blues subtext to the driving sound they produce. Warning: This is not Enya. Listening to this album at high volume or the band live at a club could cause you to drink more than you had originally planned on...