Medication Time Todd Sharpville
Subgenre: Electric Blues
Artist: Todd Sharpville
Album including Album cover
- 1Walk Out In The Rain05:01
- 2Get Outta My Way02:48
- 3Tangled Up In Thought05:24
- 4House Rules05:03
- 5Brothers From Another Mother04:08
- 6Medication Time08:15
- 7God Loves A Loser05:47
- 8Money For Nothing04:37
- 10Stand Your Ground05:45
- 11Red Headed Woman03:37
- 12I Don't Need To Know Your Name06:34
Info for Medication Time
"Medication Time" explores a period of his life 16 years ago when the stress of a custody dispute with the children during a chaotic separation led to a total breakdown and a two-month stay in a psychiatric hospital in West Wales.
"I was not emotionally prepared for the sudden separation from my children that came with the divorce. Until then, I was a control freak, and the realization that control was just an illusion didn't dawn on me until I was overtaken by reactive depression, became suicidal, and was placed in a state facility. Men rarely talk about these kinds of emotions, so they can often take us completely by surprise and overwhelm us.
As a musician, I've been fortunate to be able to balance my work life with my predicament. I also have some great friends. I've managed to get back on my feet. A lot of people can't afford that luxury. A lot of people fall by the wayside and never get back on their feet."
Spanning 12 blues/rock-fueled tracks (consisting of nine originals and three covers), Medication Time examines and expresses many of the emotions that led to the breakdown, the hospital stay, and the slow climb back to figurative normality. The album was recorded at West Lake Recording in Greenwich, Rhode Island, produced by two-time Grammy nominee and multi Blues Music Award-winner Duke Robillard and features two duets: one with Detroit guitarist/singer Larry McCray; the other with multi-BMA winner Sugar Ray Norcia.
Todd Sharpville, vocals, guitar
Bruce Bears, Hammond, piano
Brad Hallen, bass
Mark Texeira, drums
Larry McCray, vocals, guitar (track 5) (right speaker)
Sugar Ray Norcia, vocals, harmonica (track 8)
Larry McCray, backing vocals (track 12)
Doug James, baritone saxophone
Mark Early, tenor saxophone
Carl Querfurth, trombone
Doc Chanonhouse, trumpet
Produced by Duke Robillard
has been at the coalface of the British Blues Scene for 30 years. His first album “Touch Of Your Love” was released in 1992 on Red Lightnin Records, winning “Best Album” & “Best Guitarist” in the British Blues Awards, marking the beginning of an international career that’s seen Todd & his band perform at the vast majority of blues venues & festivals across the globe.
Originally turned onto the blues as a child thanks to the music of Freddie King, Todd’s burgeoning guitar style ended up being further inspired by the likes of T Bone Walker, BB King, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, Eric Clapton, Lightnin Hopkins, Albert King, Otis Rush, Peter Green, & Magic Sam among others. He was mentored through his teens by Californian bluesman Joe Louis Walker, changing his life forever.
The 90’s saw Todd regularly put together European backing bands for visiting American artists, working with the likes of Hubert Sumlin, Ike Turner & Byther Smith, and touring relentlessly; participating in Mick Ronson’s memorial concert at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1994 alongside Dana Gillespie, Gary Brooker, Bill Wyman, Ian Hunter, Roger Taylor, Roger Daltrey, and the decades since have seen him recording and performing with a plethora more luminaries, heroes, & household names. Standout career moments include playing with Taj Mahal, Peter Green, Little Milton, Lonnie Brooks, Duke Robillard, Little Charlie Baty, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Branford Marsalis, Anson Funderburgh, Lonnie Mack, Ronnie Earl, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Terence Simien. Todd was the first European artist to ever appear on the bill of the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, and has subsequently performed at 8 of these floating Caribbean festivals alongside Koko Taylor, Taj Mahal, Dr John, Etta James, Little Milton, Otis Clay, Tyrone Davis, Shemekia Copeland, and a host of other luminaries.
This album contains no booklet.