Written by on June 23, 2011 in June 23, 2011, Music Reviews - Comments Off on SAN DIEGO’S BIG SHOT REUB & THE RELOADERS RELEASE “ROUNDHOUSE BLUES”


Big Shot Reub (Reuben Vigil) performing at the recent Ensenada Rock & Blues Festival.

Reub won “Outstanding Participation Award” at the Festival, now in its fourth year.

“There’s a red hot blues band out of San Diego, Ca. & their name is Big Shot Reub & The Reloaders. Fronted by guitarist/vocalist Reuben Vigil, this powerhouse trio really packs a punch…from the finger snappin’ & toe tappin’ rhythm of “So Much Inside Me”, the beautiful spanish guitar flavor of “Viva Bracero” to the melotic & hypnotizing sound of “Celestial”. This CD covers all the bases & I personally can’t wait to hear what they have in store for us next. Well done y’all!”

Michael Quick/Host/Deejay, “Crossroad Blues”

Performing At The Whiskey A Go-Go In West Hollywood – Thursday, June 30th

Big Shot Reub(HOLLYWOOD) – There is a quality guitar slinger on the Blues horizon, and you should know his name: Reuben Vigil. Vigil fronts trio Big Shot Reub & The Reloaders, who have released a tasty new ten-song set of sumptuous music entitled, ROUNDHOUSE BLUES (Hat and Case Music). The CD was mastered by multi-Grammy-winning Charlie Watts (renowned for his work on Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors among others) and engineered and produced by Glen Laughlin (Dickies, Cherry Bluestorms).

Catch Big Shot Reub & The Reloaders in concert at the Whisky A Go-Go, 8901 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, Thursday, June 30. 10:30 p.m. $12. Info: (310) 652-4202 or

Reviews for Roundhouse Blues have been positive. “I plopped this CD into the player and hoped for the best, and low and behold I was pleasantly surprised just how good of an album “Roundhouse Blues” turned out to be,” writes BLUES UNDERGROUND. “Talk about some classy blues…this is the stuff you look long and hard for.  If you like virtuoso guitar this is one album you need to get!,” raves CASHBOX magazine. “Out of the San Diego area, Mr. Vigil gives us a tour of his world and influences…this ten-song release shows how the multicultural influences of various types of music can be a splendid thing indeed,” asserts BLUES 411.

Big Shot Reub & The Reloaders (Reuben Vigil, lead guitar-vocals); Jodie Hill (bass); Ric Lee (drums) played and performed in various San Diego bands before coming together to record ROUNDHOUSE BLUES, which in Vigil’s words, “is a labor of friendship and getting my friends back to work. In this effort all processes have been near seamless. I am a lucky man.”

The songs on ROUNDHOUSE BLUES reflect Vigil’s diverse influences – B.B. King, Elvis Costello, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix among them. From opening track “So Much Inside Me” (“a jump-swing tribute to the greats, including Wynone Harris and Louis Jordan,” explains Vigil) and melodic “Love’s Come Knocking” (“a song designed to comfort a mending heart…speaking what you want and not what you have”); to the Latin-flavored “Viva Bracero” (“a tribute to the unskilled laborers that helped rebuild America after the Great Depression”); and uptempo, toe-tapping “Big Shot Roll” (“a salute to the West Coast swing dancers that are an integral part of the San Diego blues scene”), there is truly something for every Blues lover on ROUNDHOUSE BLUES.