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Live In Nottingham

by Family Style

The brand new album by one of Europe's Top Urban Blues band Family Style, one of the few bands from continental Europe that had the previlege and honour to cut a live record at internationally famous blues venue "The Running Horse" in Nottingham, England
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lookin' For A Woman
5:57 album only
2. She's Real
2:06 album only
3. Looking For Somebody
5:00 album only
4. Divin' Duck Blues
6:09 album only
5. Pocket Full Of Nothin'
5:00 album only
6. Get Rid Of You
4:13 album only
7. Walking Blues
3:53 album only
8. Body Painter
4:47 album only
9. Cannonball
4:09 album only
10. Thank You All
0:41 album only
11. Jack Daniel
4:42 album only
12. Keep My Businness
4:14 album only
13. I Walk All Day
5:34 album only
14. Easy
4:18 album only


Album Notes
A real family band coming from a small town near Milano (Italy) called Arluno.
The band formed in 1994 from the idea of MARCO LIMIDO, to create a sound group playing the kind of music coming out from the "stuff" achieved by the Singles, after years of live performances.
Together with younger Brother FRANCO LIMIDO, on vocals and harmonica, Cousin DAVIDE BIANCHI on bass and drummer/percussionist GIGI BIOLCATI "Family Style" propose themselves to the world's blues circuit, playing both original songs and the blues "evergreens" with a personal touch.
Their music has been well reviewed on European, American, Australian and New Zealander magazines and web sites such as Blues Revue, Blues Access, Rock 'n' Blues News and many others.
The band is currently on the road celebrating their 10th anniversary around Europe with successful concerts in Belgium, Holland, Poland, England, France,Italy,Switzerland and others....

The new CD "Live In Nottingham" came out on March 3rd 2005!!!

CD Liner notes:

"Family Style have made many friends during their tours of Britain in recent years. They are great guys, of course, but the secret of their success is phenomenal live playing. Their gigs are technical masterclasses and, just as importantly, joyous celebrations of a music they so clearly love - the natural blues. Whether performing distinctive and thoughtfully original material or sensitively interpreting the work of others, they reach out to their audiences who never fail to return the embrace by the end of the evening.

We first saw them at Nottingham's Running Horse pub and were so captivated that we drove to Spalding a couple of nights later and watched contentedly as they cast their spell on a capacity crowd. Another tour brought them to Cleethorpes, where their headlining set at the Blues Club Festival quickly turned into a good old-fashioned 'knees-up'. Guitarist Enrico Crivellaro - good to hear him on the bonus track, Franco's exquisite version of Big Walter Horton's "Easy" - was the more-than-capable replacement for an unavailable Marco on that occasion. But we were delighted to welcome back the elder Limido when he took his seat on stage for this gig. An injured leg meant he had to sit down but there was absolutely nothing sedate about his playing that night - as you will hear!

We are spoiled for marvellous music from Europe and the States at the Running Horse, thanks to owner Barry Middleton's immaculate taste and firm policy of only booking the best. But I had no hesitation in naming the gig on this recording Best Of 2004 in my blues column for the Nottingham Post newspaper, alongside storming sets from Otis Grand and Lightnin' Willie. And you can imagine my delight when Franco suggested I write these liner notes. It was a magical night and soundman Dave Stephenson has managed to capture that atmosphere, as well as the peerless performance of a band on tip-top form.

And so to the recording. It opens with the whomping boogie of "Lookin' For A Woman", a band original, and Franco's cry of 'Take me to Chicago, brother!' just before the gritty sting of Marco's guitar break kinda says it all - you could be sat nursing a shot of bourbon in some West Side bar. Hear the subtle enhancement both harp and guitar lend to each other's solos, the drama added by a responsive backline and the warm audience rapport. This is followed by the Eddie Boyd "She's Real", a tough-as-nails fast shuffle delivered with an almost telepathic combination of laid-back looseness and explosive togetherness. And you can't mistake the sincerity in Franco's spoken intro to the next number - Peter Green's "Looking For Somebody" - or help but notice the passion in those perfectly-executed heartbeat rhythms, dropping the audience into a profound silence. Marco's keening guitar arpeggios are at once a homage to the master and entirely his own, and the exquisite interplay with Franco recalls Greeny's talent on harp. "Diving Duck Blues" is a vehicle for Franco's own harmonica mastery with Junior Wells style kiss pops, an echo of Jimmy Reed in the high register blow bends and hand effects recalling Sonny Boy Williamson II.

The first half ends with a triple whammy: the autobiographical "Pocketful of Nothing", with Gigi showing his all-round percussive prowess; the New Orleans style rumba of "Get Rid of You", its poetically-pained lyrics underscored by Davide's resonant basslines and Marco's ringing slide guitar; and then a stomping version of "Walking Blues", the perfect marriage of bottleneck guitar and tough Chicago harp.

"Body Painter", with its wry lyric, is suitably slow and sleazy apart from one uptempo gearshift, T-Bone Walker style. There are more changes of pace in the Freddy King style instrumental "Cannonball", featuring sweet soloing with a delicious jagged edge from Marco. The band stretches out on the self-penned country rocker "Jack Daniels", its tight ensemble ending giving way to the boogie of Rice Miller's "Keep My Business" with some fluent acoustic harp. Franco gets everyone singing along on the anthemic "I Walk All Day", a final reminder of the warm spirit in the room.

They played over twenty numbers that night and it must have been hard to choose the final selection. They have chosen well, though, and this CD gives you the essence of a great band doing what they do best - getting an audience on its feet and dancing the blues away. Oh yes, we were jumping around alright and so were our Italian friends on stage. A few snapshots for you - Franco jettisoning his leather jacket and holding the microphone out over the audience, Marco swaying on his seat lost in the music, Davide performing a Chuck Berryish duckwalk, Gigi hitting every single surface on his drumkit. You can't beat live music, can you, and what better way for Family Style to celebrate their tenth anniversary than with this magnificent live recording? Gracie mille, fellahs!

Dave Kingsbury
Nottingham Post
UK-December 2004

Family Style "Live In Nottingham" is the CD of the Month March 2005 on Holland
A grand CD and we had fun listening to it. We've seen the band play live on several occasions and we recognize the great atmosphere and the fun band as well as audience had during this recorded show.

Frank Bluescruiser - Holland



to write a review

Patrick McGinley

One listen and you’ll know why Family Style is one of Europe’s finest blues bands. This live CD captures all the fire and passion these Italians have for the blues. Each member of the band lays down a hard driving groove that blends to make each track a joy to listen to. This is the type of live recording blues fans will love, a hot band in a small venue, playing to the crowd and for each other. The sound quality is as good as you’d want from a live recording. The vocals and harmonica of Franco Limido are as pure and heartfelt as any musician having grown up in the Delta or Chicago. You can feel the words to his originals; they’re not just lines in a song, but life being lived on stage. As for his harmonica playing, buckle up, this is classic iron fist in a velvet glove treatment. Marco Limido’s, (yes they’re brothers), guitar work is truly mesmerizing. I have heard Marco on other CDs and always was I impressed, but this may be his finest work, (not going for the sympathy vote but this concert was performed with Marco playing with a broken knee). Marco spends notes like other people spend $100.00 bills; everything is done tastefully and with a respect for those who came before. Unlike many other “live” CDs there aren’t any throw-away songs on this CD for filler, you get 100% great music, song after song. On any given night, Family Style is balls to the wall, blood, sweat and tears, one of the most engaging blues bands on this or any other continent.

Mary -

Family Style does it again....
Family Style plays the Blues like it's nobody's business. Think high-energy, think electric, think down & dirty, smoky bar-room blues and you've got Family Style. "Live in Nottingham" is Family Style at their best, playing LIVE. Catch this band live if you can, if not... pick up this fabulous cd, it's the next best thing to being there.

Francis Rateau - Blues & Co France

La certitude d’être en présence de l’un des meilleurs groupes européens du momen
Dans le précédent numéro de Blues&Co, il était déjà question de cette famille stylée basée à Milan et qui surprenait tout le monde avec un disque vif de blues. Family Style venait de décider d’affronter les scènes européennes, commençant par quelques pays germaniques,, en attendant la France. Leur sinueux parcours les a emmené encore plus loin, vers les frimas des Midlands anglais. En effet, ces courageux Italiens sont montés à la conquête d’un public britannique perdu du côté de la forêt de Sherwood, à Nottingham ! Et tel Robin des Bois, le gang a dévalisé le répertoire blues pour le redistribuer au fond d’une taverne au petit peuple lassé de subir des musiques electro-pop. Le résultat est ce ‘Live in Nottingham’, un condensé jouissif des capacités de cette famille, du bonheur en boîte, d’où sourde la vérité ambrée : ce groupe a un talent fou, sait joué vrai, possède une énergie effrontée et offre une prestation infernale. Marco et Franco Limido, respectivement guitariste et harmoniciste chanteur, le cousin, Davide Bianchi à la basse, et le pote Gigi Biolcali aux percussions, ces quatre larrons célèbrent un blues très ‘Ol School’, situé quelque part entre chicago, westcoast et roots, partageant le répertoire entre superbes pièces de légendes (Johnson, Horton, Sleepy John Estes) mais aussi plus récentes (Peter Green et même de notre ami Slawek) et compos personnelles (à noter un magnifique boogie en ouverture). Ca swingue, ça blues, ça rock’n roll, dans une authenticité sans faille et si bien fait qu’on a vraiment la certitude d’être en présence de l’un des meilleurs groupes européens du moment !

Francis Rateau

Chris Janssen for Bobtje Blues - Belgium

with their experience, they will bring down the roof!!!
The Family Style exist from Marco and Franco Limido and resides in a small village in Italy, Arluno. The band is completed with drum player Gigi Biolcati and bass player Davide Bianchi. The band has been founded in 1994, to an idea of Marco the guitar player, and they clearly have some experience. They just celebrated their 10 year anniversary. As far as I could track the cd "Live In Nottingham" is their third full Family Style CD and has been recorded in the UK in September 2004. More than one hour blues music consisting in fourteen songs of which four written by the brothers Limido and one of Marco himself. The opener 'Lookin' For a Woman´ is one of their nice own songs with a rapidly recognizable chorus. For nice slide guitar, listen to 'Get Rid Or You' and 'Walking Blues'. Two example songs of how to play slide! If you listen to the slow blues 'Body Pointer' you hear the vocal qualities of Franco and the subtle solo-guitar from Marco. Great! The last number 'Easy' has been recorded in Belgium in January 2004 with Enrico Crivellaro on guitar. The Family Style is a band with perspective in which the main roles have been put aside for the guitar player and the singer/harp player. The drummer and bass player have a limited but effective role in the band. These blues lords do not bring the blues market to something new but it sounds all very pure. And it is without doubt that, with their experience, they will bring down the roof.