Harpdog Brown | Travelin' with the Blues

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Travelin' with the Blues

by Harpdog Brown

16 Page Booklet included with CD as Canadian blues icon Harpdog Brown unleashes a world class album joined by a cast of blues heavyweights that include the legendary Charlie Musselwhite, Kid Andersen, Big John Atkinson & more. A "must-have for blues fans!
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Better Days (feat. Kid Andersen)
4:40 $0.99
2. Must Have Been the Devil (feat. Carl Sonny Leyland)
4:06 $0.99
3. Sacrifice (feat. Big Jon Atkinson)
3:59 $0.99
4. Bring It on Home (feat. Jimmy Morello)
2:58 $0.99
5. Moose on the Loose (feat. Charlie Musselwhite)
2:46 $0.99
6. For Better or Worse (feat. Kid Andersen)
3:22 $0.99
7. Fine Little Girl Rag
3:09 $0.99
8. Cloud Full of Rain
4:02 $0.99
9. What's Your Real Name
4:36 $0.99
10. Facebook Mama (feat. Danny Michel)
3:10 $0.99
11. Home Is Where the Harp Is (feat. Rusty Zinn)
2:51 $0.99
12. Another Fool Like Me
2:27 $0.99
13. Hard Days Blues (feat. Little Victor)
2:50 $0.99
14. Hayward Boogie
1:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
Charlie Musselwhite says "Harpdog Brown is all blues man!"

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 is but I gotta say I REALLY like Must’ve Been The Devil. I’ve always liked that tune and Harpdog does it great. I love his harp playing on this one especially. Home Is Where The Harp Is has a cool 8-bar blues groove and I love 8-bar blues progression. Fool Like Me, Hayward Boogie, Cloud Full Of Rain, Fine Little Girl, are all fine and For Better or Worse has especially good lyrics. What’s Your Name has some tasty first position harp playing. All in all I think you have a very satisfying album on your hands. I really enjoy listening to it again and again. The tune I did with Harpdog, Moose On The Loose, was a lot of fun. It’s got a good feel and good energy and I remember the fun we had recording it. Give it a listen. I hope hope you can hear the fun like I can. It was recorded the old school way…right off the floor….with fine old tube amps and the works…at Big Jon Atkinson’s studio, Bigtone in Hayward, CA. Jon knows how the blues are supposed to sound and he totally captured that sound with Harpdog and his great band.

-Charlie Musselwhite

In the words of our producer, the one and only Beale Street Blues Bopper, Little Victor Mac. . .

"A coupla years ago I was contacted by a North American harmonica player by the name of Harpdog Brown. He told me his young talented guitar player Jordie Edmonds was a total fan of mine and he got him hip to my music. I checked out Harpdog and his band and I discovered a fabulous harp player and and fantastic guitarist. I could see he was right up my alley. I also discovered that Harpdog was some kinda living legend up there in Canada. These two gentlemen had a very solid upright bass player: Pat Darcus. Now you can set your clock on Pat. The trio would occasionally play with a drummer on special occasions, but they mostly worked without drums.

They included one when they backed me up in Canada last year and with the right one, the band sounded really good. In spite of of a career that spanned over 4 decades, Dog never recorded an album that really did him justice. He did many records. Some better than others but often at random studios with not always the most appropriate musicians for his style. After spending many long hours riding with Dog from coast to coast and back the idea of this record came like sunrise comes after dark. I told him the he needed a "proper" album with the best possible songs, the best possible band and the best possible studios. He already had a great guitar player and a great bass player and I could provide everything else, if they were willing to travel to California. I knew my bro Big Jon Atkinson had the perfect studio, Bigtone Records in Hayward, CA, with all the vintage gear you can dream of. But on top of that, he's got the KNOWLEDGE that goes with it. Jon is a multi-talented musician that plays incredible drums, guitar, harmonica, bass and can sing like a MAN too.

I reckon Danny Michel, the sound engineer working with Jon on this album was just as skilled and it was helpful in more than one way. I also thought of other great players that could bring a different sound and their own "mojo" to this album... Rusty Zinn, Kid Andersen, Jimmy Morello and Carl Sonny Leyland. Harpdog brought his friend Charlie Musselwhite and that was really something else. We also booked a session at Kid Andersen's Greaseland Records in San Jose, CA to have a more "contemporary" sound on a few tracks, but this record is mostly a post-modern album, mainly recorded in mono in the spirit of the "classic" blues records of the 1950's. There's very few blues albums out there with this sound recorded after 1966, but that's not the point. I could get the best out of Harpdog against all odds - we experienced all kind problems during the sessions and we recorded a killer album!

I will could never praise Big Jon, Pat or Danny enough for all they did, We all actually went the extra mile or two to make this happen. Massive thanks to Ken Simms, the "other" producer and Harpdog's Manager. And to Marta and Jimmy Morello, Jessica Atkinson, Rusty, Kid, Memphis Charlie, Sonny and everybody that contributed to this great piece of work. I've produced many records - and some pretty successful ones - this album is something I will always be proud of.

- Little Victor Mac, Producer



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