Jorge Calderon | Blue Rhythm Highway

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Blue Rhythm Highway

by Jorge Calderon

Blue Rhythm Highway is the newest release from Grammy-winning musician, vocalist, songwriter and producer, Jorge Calderon.
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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1. Sky Blue Chevrolet
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2. Steppin' It Up
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3. Blue City
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4. A Rock'll Roll Down
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5. Alicia
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6. On Mardi Gras Day
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7. Deeper Blue
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8. The Western World
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9. Solid Sender
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10. Speak out to Me
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11. Thorn in Your Side
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12. Down by the Breadfruit Trees
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
GRAMMY-winning musician, vocalist, songwriter and producer Jorge Calderón has been an integral part of the Southern California music scene since he first came to Los Angeles in 1969. He'd been playing around New York City with his band for a couple of years before that, and headed out west in search of something new. Early on in L.A., Calderón met producer Keith Olsen, who at the time was working out of Sound City with Curt Boettcher (The Association, The Beach Boys).

"I told him I had some songs I'd like to demo, and he invited me to come to his house to play them," recalls Calderón. "When I arrived, there were two people there, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. They were doing the same thing, playing songs. That's how we met, I had my audition in front of them." Calderón ended up connecting the duo with the drummer that played on the Buckingham Nicks album (produced by Olsen, among his now hundreds of credits), and also did his own demos with Olsen, which led to his Warner Bros. deal for City Music (1976), produced by Russ Titelman.

Around that time, Calderón also met Warren Zevon, and through him, Jackson Browne. He decided to play and tour with Zevon and others, rather than making another album and continuing on the singer-songwriter path.

Calderón produced and co-wrote Warren Zevon's 2003 album, The Wind, which received five 2004 GRAMMY nominations (including "Song of the Year" for "Keep Me In Your Heart") and two wins—"Best Contemporary Folk Album" and "Best Rock Vocal Performance, Duo or Group" for "Disorder In The House," Zevon's duet with Bruce Springsteen.

For Calderón, making The Wind was ultimately a poignant coda to a deep friendship and creative bond dating back to Zevon's self-titled 1976 debut LP and the 1978 breakthrough Excitable Boy, as well as three decades of L.A.-centric music history. Zevon was diagnosed with terminal cancer as work on the record began, and he passed away just just a few weeks after its release. "We trusted each other very much, that's why he felt comfortable enough to do that album," says Calderón. "We knew each other so well, we could dig in and write songs about mortality."

Calderón's musical and personal journey to Los Angeles began more than 3,300 miles away in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He grew up on Latin music from Cuba and Puerto Rico, and calypso from other islands, but when he first heard rock 'n roll—on records people brought back from the States, and through powerful AM stations like WABC and WNBC that reached Puerto Rico—he fell in love. The first record he owned was a 78 of "Long Tall Sally" by Little Richard, and he went on to form a band that played rock 'n roll, R&B and blues.

After great success at festivals and clubs in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, Calderón's band relocated to New York City. For most of 1967, the group had a residency at a popular Manhattan club, and then landed a record deal. "We heard it on the radio a few times," remembers Calderón, "but that was that." Shortly after moving to Southern California, the band broke up and dispersed. Calderón stayed, connecting with the constellation of friendships and creative alliances that has produced—and continues to generate-so much remarkable music.

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