Al Basile's fifth solo CD is a follow-up to 2005's Blue Ink, which was #18 on the Living Blues chart for March of 2005. Groovin' in the Mood Room features producer Duke Robillard on guitars and piano, and is another collection of blues and roots originals from singer/writer Basile. For those who like to get up and dance, this disc boasts deep grooves in 60s blues and roots styles from Memphis to Texas. For those who listen to the words, as always, Basile's voice changes character as his lyrics tell stories.


"Al Basile has a genuinely raw and soulful singing voice...Basile’s voice is personal and pleasurable, and his songs and style are a perfect match for Robillard’s six-string prowess"

Brian D. Holland
Modern Guitars Magazine
December 07, 2006

"Highly personalized songwriting and upfront  vocals." 

Jim DeKoster
Living Blues, Issue #185

"This relaxed, tremendously likeable set of songs boasts a nearly perfect combination of tunes, players and direction ... Basile and Robillard find a sweet spot and work a casual midtempo style that's the very definition of soul-blues ... 'Groovin' in the Mood Room' is the perfect title for an album where nothing is forced and the groove and mood come naturally... Basile's lyrics are sharp, and he never overthinks a song...Basile really shines on great old '60s Muscle Shoals sides rescued from the vaults."

Hal Horowitz,
Blues Revue Oct/ Nov Issue


"Al Basile has attained a perfection that others hardly dare dream of...The formidable singer stands in the foreground with the no less excellent songwriter...Every note is considered but in no way contrived...The music flows with a rare naturalness."

Dietmar Hoscher
"Concerto" (Vienna, Austria)

"A deliciously masterful excursion through American roots idioms."

The Philadelphia Inquirer

"He has the credentials that make this music one of our national treasures."

Bill Bentley
Studio City Sun

"One of the most literate blues records ever released."

Eric Shoaf
Vintage Guitar
August 2006

"Like Robillard, Basile stays true to the blues while finding novel approaches to keep the music vibrant."

Joseph Taylor
August 2006

"Yet another winner from Al Basile."

Mick Rainsford
Blues in Britain

"It's the kind of music that you freak over when you get the chance to discover it for yourself."

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