Title Of Album: 35th Anniversary
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: Modern Electric Blues, Blues Rock
Label: Iris Music Group
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 44:06
Total Size: 104 MB
01. Bull Frog Blues (2:53)
02. I'm In Love (4:43)
03. Somebody Have Mercy (4:43)
04. I Got A Mind To Give Up Livin' (3:59)
05. Born In New York City (4:53)
06. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (4:39)
07. Sweet Home Chicago (4:14)
08. Thrill Is Gone (5:02)
09. Gotta Go (Chicago, New Orleans) (5:35)
10. 61 Highway (With David 'Honeyboy' Edwards) (3:20)
Packer soon took his sound to the West Coast with buddy Sandy Allen, playing on the streets of San Francisco during the day and The Coffee Gallery in North Beach at night, Michael met George Thorogood and was turned on to the blues.
The Michael Packer Blues Band has received rave reviews in Living Blues, Blues Matters, Blues Revue magazines for the live @ Sweet Rhythm album (Woodstock Records). A Best of Michael Packer has been released and also reissues of his earlier recordings Papa Nebo and Free Beer. Packer also released a solo album "The Sunny Side of Me" in 2007 featuring lyrics for the title song by a 8 year old girl from Albany NY named Gabby Kasper. Later that year Packer and his band with special guests Jimmy Vivino, David Maxwell, Sandy Allen, Dave 'Snakeman' Runyan and Felix Cabrera recorded a live session @ Lucilles (BB King's) NYC . All of these recordings were released by Alan Lorber's Iris Music Group. A Michael Packer anthology was also released in 2008. In 2009 and 2010 Michael Packer was a semi-finalist in the solo/duo competition @ the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and the Iris Music Group released the CD "Rikers Island Blues" which included liner notes by Blues Wax editor Don Wilcock and was awarded best self-produced CD by The Jersey Shore Blues & Jazz Foundation.
Michael Packer recently found a new home with the Chicago blues label Blue Skunk Music who released his 2010 CD "Free Beer" and as a result of this he met Michael Frank "Honeyboy" Edwards manager and CEO of Earwig Music. Michael Frank presented Packer with the opportunity and the honor of playing 2nd guitar and touring with the late great 2 time Grammy award winner the legendary Delta blues guitarist David "Honeyboy" Edwards who knew and played along side Robert Johnson. They played their last gig together on April 16,2011 in Clarksdale MS. @ The Juke Joint Festival.