I've been a fan of Chris Whiteley since he and his brother Ken were members of the Original Sloth Band in the 1970s. To my delight, Drink Muddy Water, a tune that appears in a Sloth Band LP is recreated on this CD. Recorded in November 1998, Blues Party has just been released and is getting considerable radio play on CBC, Canada's national public radio network. Most of the 12 tracks are Chris Whiteley originals and are in the blues/swing revival style so very popular today. Some of Toronto's most acclaimed musicians appear on the new CD. Chris Whiteley - trumpet, vocals, electric guitar, harmonica; Maureen Brown - duet and background vocals; John Sheard - piano; Victor Bateman - string bass; Rick Gratton - drums; Dan Whiteley - electric guitar, mandolin; John Deehan - tenor sax; Chris Gale - alto sax; William Carn - trombone; Ken Whiteley appears on one track playing lap steel. Chris and Ken, "The Whiteley Brothers" previously recorded "Bluesology" and "Sixteen Shades of Blue", the former receiving Blues Album of the Year Award in 1993. Both are among my favorite blues CDs. Chris has also recorded with Leon Redbone. "Blues Party" was recorded live of the floor with no overdubs or remixes. Play it at your next house party. Guaranteed to please!