"Is it music that brings people together, or is it the other way around? Evoking the shadow of Hank Williams brought us together for a detour to Lost Highway*.
This recording, as serene as it was, is the pursuit of a restless dream. The dream of a century of music: jazz, rock, soul... and others less popular but just as fascinating: blues, folk, country, which delight those curious about humanity, seekers of singular stories, horizon gazers... As a teenager, the harmonica was my direct line to America, the land of all misunderstandings and all possibilities. Through music, I discovered a world of injustice and violence, of passion and multiform cultures. But above all, a world of living music as we had lost the use of it. Getting together and playing, just to tame solitude, before resuming a road that only ends with oblivion."
Carlton is not only a talented multi-instrumentalist (Grammy nominated in 1985 and 1988), but above all an inspired singer in the tradition of Appalachian music, "soul music of the white South"...
Blues n'Soul is a rereading of the first music I listened to: Blues, Soul, Rock, Folk... They sang of hope for a better tomorrow. For the first time, young people the world over were using a common language to express their desire for openness and tolerance. We were moving away from the great world butchery, we were emerging from colonization, and Western society seemed rich enough to come to the aid of the most destitute, wherever they might be".
J.J. Milteau had long wanted to offer them a sound: as natural as possible. A few sound check sessions, backstage, emails, hotel rooms and a lot of good times later, here they are on stage, a generous music that sounds just like them.
Yet the concert halls where J.J. Milteau has been performing for ages are packed to the rafters, and the audience is always on its feet at the end, clamoring for encores.
It has to be said that the harmonica player considers his instrument more as a motivating spice than as a roborative main course. Always surrounded by excellent musicians, he invites one or more exceptional voices to each of his concerts.
A blues fan from an early age, he learned to play the little instrument by listening to Sonny Boy Williamson records, where the interplay between voice and harmonica borders on genius. J.J. Milteau went on to enter the world of music, accompanying renowned singers such as JJ Goldman, Renaud and Eddy Mitchell in the studio and on stage.
After receiving his first Victoires de la Musique award in 1992 for the album Explorer, he embarked on a solo career at the dawn of the 2000s, recording an album in Memphis with local guests, which earned him another Victoires de la Musique award and a Grand Prix du Jazz de la Sacem.