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Scroll down to read great new reviews from DOWNBEAT, LIVING BLUES, BIG CITY BLUES, BLUES & CO., et al!
COVER STORY!  NEW INTERVIEW WITH BRAD IN BLUES BLAST
Click HERE to read: Brad talks with BLUES BLAST's Henry Carrigan about the beginnings of his career, his songwriting process, and lots more!

NEW INTERVIEW IN BLUES GREECE
Click HERE to read! "Guitarist Brad Vickers talks to BLUES GREECE's Michalis Limnios about Bo Diddley, Pinetop Perkins, Sleepy LaBeef, and the first published blues song." Brad has just updated his interview to talk about his time with Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlin, Odetta, and the new CD, "That's What They Say".

INTERVIEW IN RUDOLF'S MUSIC, NETHERLANDS
Click HERE to read! Brad talks to Rudolf about (among other things) the music that he loves, and some other genres, well, not so much. (Please search or scroll to see Brad's interview on Rudolf's site.)

REVIEWS: What They're Saying About "That's What They Say"

"New Yorker Brad Vickers is a talented guitarist and amiable singer with an unstudied feel for the blues, ragtime and breakdowns of the Old South. Indeed, he and fiddlers Margey Peters and Charles Burnham (James Blood Ulmer, Living Color) combine qualities of integrity and congeniality, encouraging listeners to cozy up to 13 entertaining original tunes, Tampa Red’s “Seminole Blues” and the Lead Belly-associated “Don’t You Love Your Daddy No More?” *** 1/2 (Highly listenable)
– Frank-John Hadley, DOWNBEAT

"I include Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans next to Duke Robillard, The Ragpickers String Band,  and others in the front line. I enter this as evidence: I can safely and wholeheartedly recommend "That's What They Say"."
– Nathan Norgel, WASSER PRAWDA

"There is so much to recommend this brilliant collection..."
– Mark E. Gallo, BIG CITY RHYTHM & BLUES

"This album is a marvel of roots music, rarely performed with such quality, and, if there is any justice, should be crowned as best traditional album ever made for a long time"
- Erick Tonton, BLUES & CO.

"A romp through a thoroughly enjoyable range of blues, Americana, roots, rock 'n’roll and ragtime, all with a great old-timey vibe. This is just the sort of album that makes you smile the whole way through." (On "Best Blues Albums of 2015 List)
-DOWN AT THE CROSSROADS

"I’ve been a fan of Mr. Vickers for a few years now, and am in the habit of saying “He moves around from rockin’ blues, to jump blues, to ragtime, hitting all points in-between”.  And it’s a great sound, one which continues on this latest release...The performances are uniformly excellent, and this is the kind of record that anyone who likes genuine, rootsy music should cock an ear to. There are a host of guest performances, but with Mr. Vickers setting the controls, this is a pure delight."
- Stuart Hamilton, UK ROCKER

Brad Vickers plays good-time traditional blues with authenticity and panache...If your tastes are both eclectic and catholic, this set will delight you!"
–Nick Rainsford, BLUES IN BRITAIN


"If you’ve previously encountered the Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans band with sheer joy, let’s now take it up a notch. One rarely hears music and songs so relaxed and free. The band plows the roots of the earth, criss-crossing the field completely. Old-timey, folk, blues, and rock ’n’ roll have unexpected encounters with each other while still having the whole palette sitting firmly in line."
- Mikke Nöjd, BLUES IN FINLAND

"It’s really a nice dictionary of American "old time music". The disc is number five for Brad Vickers, a good guitar player who came up in the court of Pinetop Perkins. The sound schemes of this new work unfold among old-time country, jug band music, early jazz, Appalachian music—not to mention the good old New Orleans rock and roll-style. We particularly liked the jazzy "Don’t You Love Your Daddy No Nore?",  and "Fightin’ “, a poignant and meaningful gospel."
-Fabrizio Pozzi, FABRADIO

"Wow! This is blues and roots music like it has not been heard in decades..."This disc should garner awards for best traditional album of the year, at the very least..."This is one of those things that will rate high on my list of top picks for the year. Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans are every bit the real deal. there is nothing contrived or unnatural about what they do at all...you won't find anything like this anywhere else in the blues world. These cats and kittens are the real deal!" 
- Bill Wilson, REFLECTIONS IN BLUE

"Each song is better than the last.Regardless of whether it is a blues, ragtime, jazzy number or soul blues, it's obvious to the listener that the musicians sound really great. If you need and assessment of the album, it is a pure ten!"
- Mladen Loncar, SOUNDGUARDIAN

"The music jumps and swings just like an old-time string or jug band, with elements of Django and Grappelli interspersed throughout.  The set starts with the only two covers out of the fifteen songs.  First up is a poppin’ version of Tampa Red’s “my baby’s gone” song, “Seminole Blues.”  Next up is a song Brad learned thru Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, “Don’t You Love Your Daddy No More.”  On this version, Jim Davis’ clarinet and Dave Gross’ mandolin give it a ragtime feel.  Speaking of ragtime, both Margey and Charles add fiddle to the “Twenty-First Century Rag,” where “your watch is a computer,” and “you can take a “robotic car” wherever you wanna go!
One of the most powerful cuts on the set is done a capella, save for Dave on percussion.  It is “Fightin' , (in the name of the Lord)” a brooding tale of greed and the sordid direction this country seems to be heading, and features some deep gospel shoutin’ from Mikey Junior.
We had three favorites, too.  Brad knows his love affair is coming to an end, due to the constant “ringside fights,” because “Everything About You Is Blue.” Margey takes the lead vocal on a jumpin’ little tune about every conceivable ethnic food delight one can imagine, “Mama’s Cookin.”  Early in his career, Brad worked with Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry.  You can hear that influence in one of the first songs Brad wrote.  It’s done as a duet with Margey, but with those fluid guitar lines and punchy sax, all that’s lacking in “Another Lonesome Road” is Nadine in that coffee-colored Cadillac!"
- Don and Sheryl Crow, DON & SHERYL'S BLUES BLOG







 
"The latest from the New York City-based guitaritst and singer-songwriter and his band, The Vestapolitans, amply demonstrates their mastery of various roots music forms...Brimming with carefree cool, “That’s What They Say” is a handsome addition to Brad Vickers and His Vestapolitans’ catalog.
 – Melanie Young, LIVING BLUES

"When it comes to remembering, reviving, and renewing the roots of American music (blues, folk, rag, rock & roll, etc….), there are few that can hold a candle to Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans.  With their fifth and latest release, That’s What They Say (ManHatTone Music), Vickers and crew bring us another outstanding set combining classic tunes from back in the day with their best batch of new songs yet."
- Graham Clarke, FRIDAY BLUES FIX

"They're all about roots music, whether it's blues, folk, ragtime, tinged with a healthy dose of rock 'n' roll...Sober, simple, and elegent...Excellent!"
– Jean Claude Mondo, MUSICZINE


"Vickers is an accomplished and versatile guitarist as evidenced by the diverse music herein. Devoid of generic blues-rock bombast and werewolf-in-heat vocals, That’s What They Say is a refreshingly mature change of pace and audio treat for big-eared fans.”
– Thomas J. Cullen III, BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE

"I knew I would love this album as soon as I saw the classy ol' vintage acoustic guitar on the cover; I took it as a mission statement for what lays within and I was not disappointed. Brad Vickers and His Vestapolitans, with 'That's What They Say' and its mostly original compositions, take us on a creative odyssey across the width and breadth of the blues and roots genres, including gospel ... Paying homage, but giving a fresh new edge, making this recording thoroughly modern . Breathing life into what could be lost post and prewar standards, there is humor here too, there is rock 'n' roll, and there are echoes of Ry Cooder and J.J. Cale. What more could one want? This is a superb recording crafted by musicians at the top of their game, honoring their past but playing for now. 'That's What They Say' is sure to be on high rotation on my turntable and will have pride of place in my CD collection."
- Pete Williams, MADE IN THE SHADE

"With "That's What They Say" Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans place themselves in a time capsule and travel back in time, back to the roots. What they give their guests, is an excellent mix of blues, folk, roots and rags 'n' roll. This is a retro album which will please many!"
- Eric Schuurmans, ROOTSTIME

"Blues, folk, Americana, roots music, and ragtime are skillfully combined. This fine and powerful combination of styles is Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans’ trademark."
- Rudolf Van der Ree, RUDOLF'S MUSIC

“The fine-grooving rhythm is contagious. If you're open to blues, rags, country, folk, gospel and jazz-oriented sounds, this is just about the best there is.”
- Joachim “Joe” Brookes ROCKTIMES

Brad Vickers and the Vestapolitans have a winner with "That's What They Say", thanks to solid songwriting and excellent performance."
– Rex Bartholomew, BLUES BLAST

"It's a lot of fun! 'Seminole Blues' is a cool opener ... Leadbelly's 'Don't You Love Your Daddy No More?' has a super Bourbon Street feel ... really stripped down, almost Lou Reed like, 'That's What They Say' is a cool track with compact vocals and distinctive rock guitar riffs played acoustically. Very nice!"
- BMAN'S BLUES REPORT

"Please support my friends Brad and Margey and their sensational new CD!"
– Dave Rubin, HAL LEONARD PUBLICATIONS

"Delta roots atmosphere mingles with country alternating originals with some covers. Blues as viewed by Brad Vickers and his group shows a mix of experience offering a traditional sound re-read with freshness...A very pleasant and substantial listening experience!"
– Michele Manzotti, IL POPOLO DEL BLUES

"A very successful and varied roots album!"
– Fra, CONCERTO

"Playing traditional blues, jazz, and rags has always been one of the characteristics of the music of Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans, and on his fifth album this is richly represented. Using mostly acoustic instruments, he does it all without sounding dated. His album is full of varied material. Forty-eight minutes spread over fifteen songs with high-quality listening pleasure.
–Eric Campfens, NIGHT OWL BLUES

Responses from listeners:
 
"It is a great album, deep down into American roots music."
- Bernhard Schulte, GERMANY
 
"There’s a lot of great music about at the moment, and this album is up there with the best."
- Trev Jones, UNITED KINGDOM

"Stellar songs, beautifully performed, it has an old time sound that will brighten your day. Buy this as soon as possible. 5 Stars"
- Adam Tebrugge, US









 

REVIEWS: Great Response To "Great Day In The Morning"

"Thanks for providing us with such good traditional blues in a contemporary setting."
—Bill Wax
 
“ 'Great Day In The Morning' is an album that lifts your spirits with every note, yet it never sounds trivial or embarrassing. Acoustic blues at its finest."
—Nathan Norgel, WASSER-PRAWDA, Germany
 
"Brad Vickers quietly plies his trade to plenty of acclaim from those lucky enough to hear him–but maybe this will bring him a wider audience. Brad’s music is unassuming yet always listenable, respectful, and fun–and as such, it deserves to be heard more widely than it is!"
—Norman Darwen,  BLUES IN THE SOUTH
 
"Margey Peters and Brad Vickers are not only impressive musicians, but they can also write great songs. A very special album."
—ROCKTIMES, Germany
 
“ 'Great Day In The Morning' is a vibrant album. And if the spring is of short duration, I recommend you just put this CD into the player, and the sun returns immediately
—Gerrit Schinkel, BLUESMAGAZINE, Netherlands

 
"Brad fits the spirit of the Memphis jug bands into the modern world. Using open tuning, he lights up this magical product in my lap. The more I listen, the more I’m convinced. A nice easily accessible album, which draws on a variety of roots influences with a rare intelligence!"
—Joel Bizon, BCR MAGAZINE, France
 
"So enjoyable and easily accessible. You won't believe how quickly this…grows on you. Simply fun stuff that any muso that likes to run off the beaten track will love." —MIDWEST RECORD ENTERTAINMENT
 
"Gets you moving and gives you something to hum to yourself all day long. A great listen, and one I highly recommend."
—MUSICREVIEWS.com

"Stellar bottleneck slide. It’s easy to enjoy this set of old-time blues from Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans, and we give this one two big thumbs up!!"
—Sheryl and Don Crow.

"Vickers sounds like he's having a grand old time. His genial spirit filtering through his hickory-smoked vocals, slide guitar, and original tunes that hark back to the blues artists he reveres. 'Little Gem' is the title of one tune, and an apt description of the whole album."
—Bob Weinberg, JAZZ BLUES FLORIDA

"Pure riches! 'Great Day in the Morning' enters the list of Best Blues CDs of the 2013!"
—Mladen Loncar, SOUNDGUARDIAN.com
 
"Nothing less than exquisitely entertaining! A great collection of tunes covering the blues, ragtime, hill country breakdowns, roots, and Rock ‘n’ Roll.  And not only do they cover these genres, but they cover them with absolute authenticity. That comes across in all of the music that this amazing ensemble creates, and no more so than with their latest release, 'Great Day In The Morning'. Highly recommended and thoroughly enjoyed." —John Vermilyea, BLUES UNDERGROUND NETWORK

"Fabulous roots music. CD of the Week!"
—Roberto Rossi, PNR fm, Italy
 
"Why the Vestapolitans, such an entertaining group with so much rhythm and feeling, were never on the big festival stages, is one of those incomprehensible things that can only be compensated for by an adventurous organizer or a pioneering leader who dares to take the risk." —Marcie Geukens, ROOTSTIME, Belgium

"Full of quirks, humor and a whole lot of spirit, this band is absolute joyful noise."
—PLANET E BLUES
 

 
"Delicious. Another fine album from Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans. Very varied, adventurous, and swinging. Just try to sit still; you cannot do so."
—Eric Campfens, BARN OWL BLUES, Netherlands
 
"Vickers knows better than anyone how to build a track. And his bottleneck slide guitar gives a full range of feeling. With this intelligent, unusual sound Brad Vickers brings a little sunshine into this rather cold springtime. A surprising blast of a release!"
—Philip Verhaege, KEYS AND CHORDS, Belgium
 
"I first encountered Mr. Vickers and his Vestapolitans on his 2011 release “Traveling Fool”.  I said, 'The original material is highly enjoyable, as Mr. Vickers moves around from rockin’ blues to jump blues to ragtime, hitting all points in between.' This time around, it’s all change as he embarks on a hip hop concept album about his relationship with the Feds.  Or, could be it’s more of the same. Yup, it’s the latter and very nice it is too! Unusually, for a blues man, he’s a believer in positivity, which would normally grate with me, but somehow it’s OK here. It’s very old school, and it’s all the better for it."
—Stuart Hamilton, UK ROCKER
 
" 'Great Day In The Morning' is fun - a collection with heart and soul. A likeably laid-back exuberance!" —John Taylor, BLINDED BY SOUND

"Brad Vickers and his versatile Vestapolitans tap expertly and wonderfully into the tradition again, on their fourth release, 'Great Day in the Morning.' "
—Rainey Wetnight, BLUES BLAST

"It's self-described 'Great American Roots 'n' Roll' —and talk about your truth in advertising—that's exactly what this is: blues, rock, soul, Americana, all smoother than the aftermath of a 50 foot slug. Vickers is backed by a knock-out band of pros that might just be the definitive bar band or even a top tier blues society presentation. Vickers learned his trade playing with the likes of Bo Diddley, Pinetop Perkins, Sleepy LaBeef, Chuck Berry, and evidently, took good notes."
—Bill Locey, ROCKIN' ROLL CALL
 
“ 'Great Day In The Morning' is another fine addition to the Vestapolitan catalog…Vickers gets plenty of opportunity to show off his bottleneck guitar skills…It’s sure to put a smile on your face and a hop in your step."
—Graham Clarke FRI BLUES FIX, BLUES BYTES
 
"A nice change up from the steady diet of electric guitar-driven blues that dominates most blues playlists!"
—Mark Smith, WEST MICHIGAN BLUES SOCIETY
 
"Ever since we discovered Brad Vickers And His Vestapolitans, we have eagerly waited for each one of his new releases. So we were delighted when 'Great Day In The Morning' arrived. It’s much more of an Americana-Roots style, and very cool as only Vickers and Company can be."
—Henry Cook, TIME FOR THE BLUES
 
“ 'Great Day In The Morning' is a vibrant album. And if the spring is of short duration, I recommend you just put this CD into the player, and the sun returns immediately."
—Gerrit Schinkel, BLUESMAGAZINE, Netherlands

"There are several links back to the earliest days of recorded blues on this immensely entertaining album, the fourth from this New York-based outfit. On all 15 tracks there are sounds that should appeal to all the real blues lovers. Definitely recommended."
—Victor Ian Leyland, BLUES MATTERS, UK

"On this new album, Brad and two original Vestapolitans, Margey Peters, and Bill Rankin, play with the support of a whole gaggle of musicians who are really fun to hear and will fill lovers of blues music with joy…The best album of Brad’s to date."
—Bernard Boyat, CRI DE COYOTE, France
 

 
"Of all of the albums that I know by Brad, this is the best. The best success is, without doubt, 'Dallas Blues', a kind of folk blues without the Jimmie Rodgers yodel. The result is superb."
—Bernard Boyat, Chroniques Boyat, SUR LA ROUTE, France

"A refreshing experience! This great music creeps under your skin, and bears repeated listening."
—Timo Kuappinen, BLUESNEWS, Finland
 
"The perfect recipe, 'Great Day In The Morning' is a 'diamond in the rough.' It is American roots music like you have never heard it, loaded with Americana, blues, ragtime, and hill country break-downs. It is a great way to start your day!"
—Rick Davis, CROSSROADS BLUES SOCIETY of Southern Illinois
 
"The extremely well-written songs form their own style, processing and rather more evoking, blues music of the '30s than the sound of the modern world."
—Attila Horvath, BLUES VAN, Hungary
 
"In previous situations Brad has deservedly traced both the rich blues and rock 'n' roll traditions. But here he goes a step further. Never before has he sampled as many slices, and never before has he mined so many different genres as he does here. We hear smoking examples of the appropriate instruments—for example, master violinist Charles Burnham, with or without Margey Peters on second fiddle—plays on five notable songs. 'Great Day in the Morning' is undoubtedly most Brad’s most eccentric disc to date, but a very nice one!"
—Lambert Smits, BACK TO THE ROOTS, Belgium

 
 " 'Great Day In The Morning' is fresh and definitely worth a listen. It's another strong output from Vickers and His band."
—Barbara Pavone, SKUNK Magazine
 
"American roots music that convinces!"
—Fra (Franz Richter), CONCERTO, Austria
 
"Sounds great! An album that sounds really good, and it is not surprising knowing Vickers’ past. The excellent band features the ubiquitous violin of Charles Burnham."
—Fabrizio Poggi, Blues Borders, FOLK BULLETIN, Italy
 
"Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans immediately catches the audience with the original way they play music. They always give us a snappy interesting proposal, firmly based into pre-war blues legacy, but they turn it over to perform it in their own way, including very interesting and surprising arrangements. A creative album full of lyricism and interesting detail, that I am sure fans will properly value and enjoy with warm enthusiasm." 
—Vicente Zumel, LA HORA DEL BLUES, Spain
 
"Brad Vickers and his team have been getting glowing reviews wherever their disc has been reviewed, and one has the choice only to stammer out words of tribute. It is a liberating, relaxed music that streams out of the speakers. Brad's own 'The Way It's Got To Be' is probably in my opinion, the best song, and here we find again, the saxes and the punishing groove. It is good and relaxed music that takes us back to the 50s."
—Jimmy Johansson, JEFFERSON MAGAZINE, Sweden
 
"Classic rock ‘n’ roll and blues, always with elements of swing and ragtime. One of my favorite songs is Peters’ "Together For Good”, with breathtaking gospel singing by [Margey] Peters, [Christine] Santelli, and [Gina] Sicilia, with Vickers' bottleneck guitar and Jeremy Baum accompanying them on piano and Hammond B3—A varied and highly recommended album."
—FOLKWORLD, Denmark

REVIEWS: What the press says about "Traveling Fool"

“Their best so far. Each disc has improved upon its
predecessor, but this one will be hard to top.”
–Graham Clarke, BLUES BYTES

“You could put any track on the player and enjoy it.
Highly recommended.”
–John Mitchell BLUES BLAST US

 "This “rootsy” group settles themselves firmly
in the “Masters” category. Vickers is a natural.”
–Marcie Geukens, ROOTSTIME Belgium

“A set of “old school” blues and R&B that can’t fail to delight.”
–Mick Rainsford, BLUES IN BRITAIN UK

“A real success and a group to discover right away.”
–Bernard Boyat, BLUES MAGAZINE France

“Guardian of The Flame. An exciting recreation of those jug, ragtime,
and old timey bands that first educated me in the 1960s and ’70s.”
–Richard Ludmerer, BLUESWAX US

“Brad Vickers is an artist who quietly creeps under your skin.”
–Rune Endal, BLUES NEWS Norway

 “Brad thanks those...from whom he has learned so well.
They would be damn proud of this release.”
–Chef Jimi Patricola, BLUES 411 US

“Vickers expertly conjures his heroes on originals...
and receives superb support from his band.”
–Bob Weinberg, JAZZ/BLUES FLORIDA US

“A true one-of-a-kind band, mixing and mastering
wildly divergent styles, always sounding credible,
and never mass-produced.”
–Roger & Margaret White, BIG CITY RHYTHM & BLUES US

“‘Traveling Fool’ is simply wonderful.
One can hardly withdraw oneself from the disc.”
–ROCKIN’ BLUES Germany

“A highly-entertaining set of vintage rockin’ blues
that’s guaranteed to liven up your next party!”
–Sheryl & Don Crow, NASHVILLE BLUES SOCIETY US

“Very fine songs...perfect for airplay...irresistible instrumentals!”
–Roberto Rossi, MYSTERY TRAIN, Italy

“Just what the people want, and never tire of. 4 Stars.”
-Bernard Boyat, SUR LA ROUTE DE MEMPHIS, France

 “This is the kind of music that gladdens the heart.”
–Stuart Hamilton, ROCKIN’ THE BLUES

“A well-thought-out collection of amusing and witty tunes.
Highest praise!”
–BLUES VAN, Hungary

“If rootsy, Americana and early rock-influenced blues is your thing,
this...will make you swing.”
–Dave Rubin, GUITARINSTRUCTOR.COM

“Great music, that reminds me of the laid back
Chess Records of the 50s and early 60s.”
–Henrik Linden RED HOT ROCK, Sweden

“Masterly work from all band members.
This one should be a must-see-live band.”
–Steven ‘Nick’ Nickerson, WYCE MUSIC JOURNAL US

“…Straight up, well-executed rock’n’roll.
The rhythm section is solid and the saxophone work
gives the underbelly of the music plenty of life…
executed with taste and professionalism.”
-David Hintz, FOLKWORLD

“A steady and enjoyable cruise through authentically traditional blues,
rockabilly, honky-tonk and ragtime numbers.
`Don’t Take My Cadillac’ stands out as the best of [Vickers’] own songs... 
Leroy Carr’s plaintive ballad `How Long Blues’ is well done too,
with some nice interplay between the guitar and Jim Davis’s clarinet.”
-Neil B. LEICESTER BANGS, UK

 “Perfectly captures the spirit of early rock instrumentals, channeling
Duane Eddy, the Ventures and Booker T. and the MGs, and
they’re just as much fun as those old gems, with lots of burning guitar and sax breaks.”
—George Kopp ELMORE MAGAZINE Review Blog US

“The Vestapolitans, have the amazing ability to carry on the traditions and sounds
of an older style of music without their efforts ever sounding pre-planned or forced.
Playing this music just comes naturally to them.
    Give a big shout out to producer Dave Gross and V.D. King for the job they did
mixing this album. Every instrument is represented so wonderfully,
and nothing is masked by someone else's playing—It's truly impressive work.
     I have to take time to mention...Don't Take My Cadillac...
it is without question my favorite tune on this record, and that's saying something,
because these songs are all phenomenal. "Don't Take My Cadillac" is the perfect storm
of songwriting, arranging and performance, crafting what would have become a
timeless smash hit had it been released in the height of the Chess era. This song is an instant classic!
     Standout Tracks: All of them! Personal favorites include
"Don't Take My Cadillac," "Low Down Dirty Shame," "Without Moolah," and "In My Dream" “
-Johnny Full-time, FULL-TIME BLUES RADIO

“This is a very fine, good-timing, and extremely entertaining set.
As I said the last time I reviewed one of Brad’s albums – more please!”
-Norman Darwen, BLUES & RHYTHM, UK

“ I'm transported indeed to a romantic and uniquely American road trip.
There's no need for hurry---we done forgot where it was we were going anyhow!
But oh the sights along the way! And all of those hip joints we got to stop and hang-out at!
Folks back home are gonna love hearin' some of these tales!
That's the takeaway for me now playing the Vestapolitans
as sonic wallpaper in my shop right now...I'm “THERE!!” "
-Dale Thomas Rates in BLUES 411 US

“Just plain, enjoyable music! A vaired and enjoyable CD.
The use of the horn section reminds you
of the glory days of Chess in the fifties and sixties."
- Eric Campfens BARN OWL BLUES, Holland

"Everything is executed and arranged so that you have the impression
you're right in the middle of American music!
This can surely satisfy most connoisseurs of the the beautiful music of the
pre-war era, and multiple styles of roots music."
-Piotr Gwizdala TWOJ BLUES, Poland

“Keeps you excited not only for the song you are hearing,
but also excited with anticipation for the next track to come…
Traveling Fool” is simply a tour de force .
Highly Recommended for the sheer Fun and Enjoyment of it.
-John Vermilyea BLUES UNDERGROUND NETWORK

Fun, unaffected dance music you will enjoy listening to again and again.
it will immediately grab all listeners. GREAT.
-Vicente Zumel, LA HORA DEL BLUES Spain

The very first jump jive song out of the box ("Traveling Fool")
elicits that primal urge to toe-tap or more. Really tight group, and the sax just smokes.
This is one band that should be a must-see-live band. That's my two nickels worth!
-Steven "Nick" Nickelson: WYCE MUSIC JOURNAL Grand Rapids, MI

“This album called ‘Traveling Fool” is fabulous.!
Thanks for the music and your wonderful band, The Vestapolitans.
Keep playing those blues”. -Pat St John SIRIUS /XM radio

Love the production of this, old school. I like Brad and a bunch of the musician's on this disc,
Some good songs n good feel. Great cover art, which i think is important. Damn good!
-Todd Wolfe WLVR

Brad and His Vestapolitans keep honing their unique sound.
Great to finally have their new disc on the air!!!
-Mike Reisz “Blues All Over The Place” WDPS Dayton, Ohio

 Your new disc arrived yesterday, and you guys just "Knocked My Socks Off”!!!
I think this is another super disc from you!
-Peggy Nagel KAFM Grand Junction, CO

I love the album and its songs – they are so joyful and happy.
With Bobby Radcliff again as a guest star “Traveling Fool” is a fully satisfying blues release
–played by a pro and produced by a pro. -Przmek Draheim RADIO SFERA Poland



...And about Brad's other CDs

“Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans
deliver another batch of honest, irresistible blues”
—Tom Hyslop, BLUES REVUE

“Gets better each time you listen.”
—Richard Thomas, BLUES MATTERS

“Plenty of instrumental sass
by way of Vickers’ astute acoustic picking and
sax man Jim Davis’ sonic strut…”
—Mark Uricheck, LIVING BLUES

“Intelligent, lofty, & very ‘30s Jazz-Ragtime!”
—Andre Hobus, SOULBAG

“Few bands can cover more than a half-century of blues styles
and give each its own authentic reincarnation. This sets Brad Vickers
& His Vestapolitans apart from every other blues band in the land.”
—Roger & Margaret White, BIG CITY BLUES

“Seduces you from the first songs, scores a direct hit!”
—Marcie Geukens, ROOTSTIME

“One of the most uninhibited,
original works of these years!”
—Eduardo Fassio, IL BLUES

“New York based singer/guitarist
Brad and his versatile group impressed me with their debut
‘Le Blues Hot’, they do it again with their new release”
—Norman Darwin, BLUES & RHYTHM

“Several—make that many—replays were in order…
The disc closes out with an all-out jam,‘I’m A Love You’.
On this one, it’s Brad on top of his game with the guitar.”
—Peter ‘Blewzzman’ Lauro, MARY4MUSIC

“A CD by a fabulous musician!”
—Przemek Draheim, RADIO SFERA

“They are the real deal blues-early-rock-and-roll
torch carriers...a consistent, danceable, boogie-woogie,
foot-tapping, thigh-slapping cacophony on every track.”
—Belinda Foster, ILLINOIS BLUES BLAST

“Fresh-astounding-amazing
and unusual!”—Alain Mallaret, BIG BEAT

“A great sound, and a lot of fun,
spirited tunes.”
—Bill Nolan, WPKN/WPKM

“Outstanding musicians!”
—Vincent Zumel, L’HORA del BLUES

“Brilliant and wide-ranging,
‘Stuck With The Blues’ is a perfect
sequel to the amazing ‘Le Blues Hot’”
—Roberto Rossi, RADIO PNR

“Would add magic to any party.
The interpretations never lose their
footing bringing genuine warmth
and emotion to the rich mix of tunes.”
—Mik the Who, DUBLIN CITY RADIO

“One of my favorites of the year!”
—Olivia Greene, WWOZ

© 2011 Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans