Welcome subscribers of MapleBlues-L@YahooGroups.com. We hope you enjoy this teaser from Harpdog Brown’s new release Travelin’ With The Blues set to be released August 1st!
This is Charlie Musselwhite's favourite track off the new album. Other that Moose On The Loose of course which is the tract that the legendary gentleman of the blues harmonica recorded with Harpdog at BigTone Records in Hayward, California. It is a fine tune as Charlie says and they had a lot of fun playing together. After hearing the tracks Charlie shared this. . . "My good friend Harpdog Brown has a new CD out. He’s got a smokin’ band playing and he’s singing the real deal, old school blues just like you want to hear it. It’s easy to tell from listening that Harpdog knows what he’s doing and loves what he’s doing. I’m not applauding this CD just because I happen to have the honor of joining Harpdog on a tune…it really is some great smokin’ blues! Every tune is a winner. If you love the blues you won’t go wrong with this wonderful session. I LOVE the killer guitar playing! It’s hard to say what my favorite song is but I gotta say I REALLY like Must’ve Been The Devil.
Producer extraordinaire, Little Victor, describes the track. "This comes straight from Otis Spann's songbook. Otis did not "create" the song but he made up a brand new tune using a classic blues theme. Harpdog is doing his own version here loosely based on Otis’ 1954 single (Checker 807) for the Chess brothers. There's a lotta great things about this song - witty vocals, greasy harp, stellar piano, cool upright bass and drums - but the interplay between the two guitars (a disappearing art) is probably one of the greatest. My "low" guitar is a bit buried in the mix -like in many old recordings- so the other guitar played by my pupil and protégé Jordie Edmonds is totally in the spotlight. Listen to his solo. Jordie claims he got all this stuff from me. I must be a good teacher then 'cause he plays it better than me now."
So here it is just for you. . .recorded with Jordie Edmonds (guitar), Little Victor (guitar), Carl Sonny Leyland (piano), Pat Darcus (Doghouse Bass), and featuring Big Jon Atkinson (guitar).
Thanks for your interest in this album. We won't spam you with emails but we will certainly update you on the progress of the release so that you'll be amongst the first to know when it hits the streets.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Harpdog, please email Ken Simms, ThinkTank Marketing 604.940.4888