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Bingo! is an album by the Steve Miller Band released on June 15, 2010.
The album is the first studio release by the band since 1993's Wide River. It was recorded alongside a second album which is expected to be released next year. The album is dedicated in memory of Norton Buffalo, who died on October 30, 2009. The first single, "Hey Yeah", was available to stream online in April 2010 and available to purchase on May 18, 2010.
"Seventeen years removed from the 1993 release of Wide River, The Steve Miller Band is back with Bingo!, a smokey yet upbeat album that takes Miller back to his early days in the Chicago blues scene. Although earlier Steve Miller classics can be heard almost everywhere you go, rock and blues fans can (and should) appreciate the fact that Steve Miller is making new music after so many hits that are as much American cultural fabric as apple pie and Uncle Sam. The great thing about guys like Steve Miller and others from the '70s is that they've never disappeared. In many cases, they've simply gotten better as musicians, lyricists, and songwriters.
Although Steve Miller puts his own spin on early blues songs that he grew up with, tunes that may be less complex at first listen, Bingo! shows Miller's commitment to producing high calibre music. Recorded at Skywalker Ranch (yes, that Skywalker Ranch), one of the premiere audio production facilities on the planet, Bingo! resides on a level of excellence that you don't normally get from rockers in their Sixties. In fact, Miller could have easily walked into an old Chicago blues bar, sat down with his guitar, and recorded Bingo! on the most simplest of stages. Instead, Steve Miller pushed himself to do better in lengthy Skywalker sessions and fans get a great 10-track album in Bingo!, one that taps into the music of such blues artists as BB King, Jimmie Vaughan, and Jimmy Reed.
Given how personal Bingo! is for The Steve Miller Band, fans receive an upbeat bluesy good-time straight from the heart of Steve Miller, as the album shows a side of Miller that has always been at the heart of his music. Although Bingo! is a true highlight on its own, "Hey, Yeah", "Don't Cha Know" (both Jimmie Vaughan songs), "Rock Me Baby", and "Come On" are tracks that have already made my weekly play list and won't soon go away.
Having seen Steve Miller and been a lifelong fan who was somewhat disappointed by Wide River in 1993, Bingo! is a complete album, offering more quality and enjoyment than you'll find from ten one-hit wonders of today's generation of pop rockers. Although Bingo! is more blues than jet airliner rock, the latest from Steve Miller got me dizzy in a way I haven't felt for years." -TheDeadbolt
Rolling Stone (p.80) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Steve Miller returns to his blues roots but gives BINGO! the slick party-pop vibe of classic Miller albums like THE JOKER and FLY LIKE AN EAGLE."
Living Blues (p.50) - "Blues-rock doesn't get much tougher than the sounds found on BINGO!."
Billboard (p.48) - "'Ooh Poo Pah Doo' is a welcome wild card, a roadhouse R&B gem treated here in a smooth and polished fashion."
Uncut (magazine) (p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e's chosen to cover three tracks from Fabulous Thunderbird Jimmie Vaughan's 1994 solo album, STRANGE PLEASURE, most pleasingly the finger-clicking 'Sweet Soul Vibe.'"
Personnel: Steve Miller (vocals, guitar); Norton Buffalo (vocals, harmonica); Joseph Wooten (vocals, piano, Hammond b-3 organ, keyboards); Sonny Charles, Billy Peterson, Kenny Lee Lewis (vocals); Gordon Knudtson (drums).
Audio Mixers: Kent Hertz; Andy Johns.
His first studio album in 17 years, Bingo! collects some of Miller's favorite blues and R&B songs. The album will feature guests like Joe Satriani, Michael Carabello, and Jose Areas, as well as the late Steve Miller Band harmonica player Norton Buffalo, and will be the first release on Miller's own Space Cowboy Records.
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