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Piedmont Stew

by Mike Dougherty

Folk, Ragtime Blues, and Chet & Merle-style Country fingerpicked acoustic guitar.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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1. I Am a Pilgrim
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2. West Coast Blues
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3. That'll Never Happen No More
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4. I'll See You in My Dreams
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5. Buckdancer's Choice
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6. Another Brilliant Idea
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7. Deep River Blues
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8. Bluebells
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9. Last Steam Engine Train
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10. Southern Comfort
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11. Freight Train
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12. Bicycle Built for Two
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13. Diddy Wah Diddy
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14. In Christ There Is No East or West
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15. Embryonic Journey
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Album Notes
Original liner notes:

I'm not a musician and I don't play an instrument. I just like music and I've always played the radio, records, tapes, CD's and such. When Mike Dougherty walked into Lunadisc Records, the store I used to manage on King Street in Alexandria Virginia, he seemed like the typical customer browsing for Beatles, Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin or maybe something on the Dischord label. To my surprise he approached the counter and engaged me in a conversation about blues music. Not Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan or Jonny Lang, but acoustic, country blues by artists like Son House, Blind Blake, Sleepy John Estes and Mississippi Fred McDowell. Mike seemed twenty years my junior so I was surprised and pleased that a guy his age was so well versed in pre-war blues idioms. He then began expressing his admiration and respect for Doc Watson, John Fahey, Robbie Basho, Leo Kottke, and other such artists. Turns out he was a guitarist. An acoustic guitarist. Turns out he also went to the same high school that I attended in the ' 60's, Thomas A. Edison (Now there was a guy with a couple of brilliant ideas. The light bulb and the phonograph!) in Franconia Va. Of course I left Edison in '70 so our eras, experiences and ages were a couple of decades apart. So I was wondering how Dougherty got hip to such non-mainstream American music. Having grown up in the D.C. area from the 50's on I was exposed to eclectic, diverse radio fare from DJ's and programmers of all kinds such as Don Owens, Felix Grant, Milt Grant, Jack Alix, Carol James, Bob "Nighthawk" Terry, Bobby Bennett, Dick Spottswood, Jerry Gray, Mary Cliff, Cerphe Colwell, Jerry " The Bama " Washington, Mo' Better Man, Eddie Stubbs, Moon Man, Tom Cole, Bill Wax and many others on the AM and FM band . Guitar figured prominently in most of the musical genres permeating the airwaves and musicians such as Roy Clark, Charlie Byrd, Bill Harris, Libba Cotton, Bobby Parker, John Fahey, Roy Buchanan, Link Wray, Danny Gatton and others were regularly heard with just a spin of the dial . So whether you be listener, luthier or picker you were well served by the D.C. radio and TV market. Mike must have been listening too. Gotta be "air wave osmosis" or something! Guess his tastes leaned toward old-time country, rag time, pre-war delta and Piedmont blues styles. We did get a good dose of folk, bluegrass & blues music broadcast from WETA , WAMU , WPFW and WHFS through the years not to mention The Smithsonian Festival Of American Folklife, various area folk lore societies, etc. After listening to some of Mike's duo recordings I could tell he had indeed done his homework and was a "keeper of the flame.”We swapped tapes / CD-Rs of various guitar centric material from our own collections for a couple years before we lost track of each other. Mike moved off to Fredericksburg Va. and Lunadisc Records closed its doors for good in 2005 . A few years later we reconnected through 'Capitol Rock' author Mark Opsasnick and I discovered that Mike had released a couple of fine CD's comprised of original guitar compositions: "Better Slow Down " and " Southern Comfort.” The guy had indeed remained dedicated to his craft and that brings us to Mike's latest collection "Piedmont Stew" which I will assume you are holding in your hands at this moment.

The Recipe: The disc opens with a fine performance of "I Am A Pilgrim,” the old Merle Travis standard that most of us "baby boomers" heard first on The Byrds "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" album from the late ' 60's. Next up, easy goin' renditions of "West Coast Blues" and “That'll Never Happen No More,” both from the great Blind Blake who recorded for Paramount in the 1920's and '30's. Up next, a magical performance of “I'll See You In My Dreams," an Isham Jones composition from around 1924 that's been recorded by many guitarists over the years such as Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. Then we have "Buck Dancer's Choice" that I'll assume came from The McGee Brothers recording from 1957 which I believe featured Sam McGee on guitar and Arthur Smith on fiddle. Like Mr. Edison Mike has "Another Brilliant Idea" brilliantly delivered in the spirit of guitar legends The Reverend Gary Davis, John Fahey and Jorma Kaukonen. The Delmore Brothers and Doc Watson would be proud of Mike's take on one of my personal faves "Deep River Blues" and I can easily imagine Sheriff Andy Taylor sittin' on his front porch picking "Blue Bells," another Merle Travis piece. Mike more than does justice to the great Libba Cotton's "Freight Train" which was mandatory for this collection and then takes us on a springtime ride around the town square with the old favorite "Bicycle Built For Two.” We then revisit Blind Blake with the classic "Diddy Wah Diddy" sort of a Saturday night tune that leads us into Sunday morning with a wonderful, reverential performance of John Fahey's "In Christ There Is No East Or West" which is probably my favorite track on this CD . (I just don't get to church enough these days I guess). The collection closes with the beautiful ' 60's instrumental "Embryonic Journey" from another legendary D.C. area student and purveyor of working class southern guitar styles, Jorma Kaukonen. Well, "Piedmont Stew" is today's special . Hey! I got "another brilliant idea.” Order up a bowl! Enjoy this CD.
-Art "Lobo" Wray (10-15-15)



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