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Make a Change Sometime

by Nathan James & Ben Hernandez

acoustic blues, country blues, delta, piedmont, gospel, string band, jug band, hill country, roots
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Get Right Church
3:52 $0.99
2. Everybody Make a Change Sometime
5:12 $0.99
3. Hard Time Here
4:35 $0.99
4. Lonesome Blues
3:57 $0.99
5. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
3:01 $0.99
6. Curley's Blues
2:58 $0.99
7. Please Baby
3:49 $0.99
8. Keepin' To Herself
3:15 $0.99
9. Europe Blues
3:39 $0.99
10. Pains My Heart To Love You
3:11 $0.99
11. Rub-A-Dub
3:10 $0.99
12. Here's Your Breakthrough
2:00 $0.99
13. Mistreatin' Mama
3:28 $0.99
14. Converted
3:59 $0.99
15. The Well
3:45 $0.99
16. Finished Last
6:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
On 'Make a Change Sometime'the first official duo album by Nathan James & Ben Hernandez, these two young & talented artists bring forward a fresh and knowledgable showcase of an American roots music known as country blues. Within the 16 cuts filled with both traditional and original songs, they cover all the styles including: delta, piedmont, gospel, string band, and jug band country blues. As an extension of the variety of instruments palyed in their live show, the album features the added textures of piano by Gene Taylor, fiddle by Sara Watkins, and Vocals and harp by James Harman, on selected cuts. The result is a vast change in dynamics, and moods throughout the album that keeps the listener interested, and on their toes. Nathan James fully utilizes to great advantage the use of several different sounding guitars to create different tones, and timbres; as well as many different approaches to playing them to compliment each songs feel. Also listeners will keep their feet moving to the beat of Jame's foot percussion played on most of the cuts. Ben Hernandez lends his talents on several different unique instruments including: harmonica, jazz kazoo, spoons, jug and washtub bass. With vocals and songwriting equally split between James & Hernandez, 'Make a Change Sometime' is sure to make a mark as a well rounded, timeless classic album for this genre.
With various tools of the trade; during a live show an audience may not know what to expect. During one song, James may be laying down a hypnotic delta rhythm on a National resonator slide guitar, stomping out his foot in time on his percussion board; while Hernandez is singing like a Sunday morning baptist preacher, and chugging a trian whistle sound on his harmonica. A next song could be James creating a ragtime jump on guitar as Hernandez coaxes a jazzy melody on the Kazoo, or bassline on the jug or the washtub bass; as the two sing a timeless song in harmony. Meanwhile all of this never failing to grab anyones attention, and forces smiles, applause, and even dancing feet to all lucky enough to experience. Night after night, this is how Nathan James & Ben Hernandez carve out a living for themselves.

Ben Hernandez (harmonica, vocals, kazoo, jug, washtub bass, spoons) is a naturally gifted vocalist/ harmonica player who is quickly gaining praise from southern California's most critical blues aficionados, and blues veterans. Now still in his twenties; Hernandez has come up singing since before he can remember. During which, he has led his own bands including Brickyard Jones, and the Double Fives, with whom he has performed with all over the state of California. His musical influences include such legends as: Sonny Terry, Peg Leg Sam, Sonny Boy Williamson #1, Hammie Nixon, and Noah Lewis, to name a few.

Nathan James (guitar, vocals, foot percussion, harmonica) has become a well recognized blues guitarist in Southern California, as the guitarist for the internationally known James Harman Band. During his last five or so years with the band, James has honed his chops with seasoned veteran Harman, touring and recording. Also still in his twenties, James has released a solo record 'This Road is Mine', with guest performances by James Harman, and Ben Hernandez; on the Pacific Blues Recording Company label. James's primary influences include such legends as: Brownie Mcgee, Big Bill Broonzy, Tampa Red, and Blind Boy Fuller.



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Paul Carlomagno - Bad Habit Blues Band

Very nice contemporary effort capturing vintage blues flavors and feelings.
Having seen Nathan James a while ago accompanying James Harmon at Big Jim's BarBQ in Encinitas, CA., I thought I'd be seeing more of him soon. I am pleased with this second effort of his, having not heard the first CD. I listened to every song available on CDBaby. It gives me the same sort of feeling I get when listening to early vintage blues recordings - like I am hearing quintessential blues. Ben Hernandez and Nathan James fit together very well in acheiving this unique set of sounds. I will definitely add this music to my collection. I would recommend it to any serious blues lover. Now I want to hear the first disk.

Gary Bork

Great follow-up to Nathans first CD "This Road is Mine"
Nathan and Ben have done Blues legends proud. What power they have in voices as they bring this music up from the delta. Not more then I can say but electric Kazoo


An excellent and entertaining CD. Great lyrics and fantastic guitar playing.


One of my most favorite
One of my most favorite. Great songs, great vocals and guitar playing to die for.

Tony Tomlinson - The Fremonts

Both studied and ignorant
Let me start off by saying the only reason I didn't give this cd 5 stars is that I am a big fan of Ben's song writing and wish there was more of it on this disk. That said, his soulful "Finish Last," the final cut on this record, is one of my favorite songs by any artist in the genre. It gets full four stars because Nathan is a student of the blues without peer. His take on Big Bill Broonzy and Tampa Red material always kills me. What's more, Nathan pulls of Piedmont standards while playing syncopated rhythms on a footboard and playing rack on harmonica on occasion. From Piedmont to Delta, to Memphis jug band this cd offers the best in acoustic blues.

Certain circles may criticize blues traditionalists for "aping" the masters but why are classical musicians not chastised for their interpretation of Renaissance compositions? There is something to be said for musicians who pay their listening dues. These guys clearly have. Buy this record and pay yours


Awesome live too!
Saw these guys 9/25/05 in San Diego at the Adams Avenue Street Fair - bought the CD there - just fantastic!!!

angela aglio

best cd EVER
It is the best cd I have ever heard. Both the artists are amazing I'm so glad that I have this cd. If you don't have it then buy it, you wont be sorry.

Tommy Bodin

I first saw the duo at beach fire in san clemente and they made me feel like i was back in new orleans.The added piano and fiddle are great in the cd and thats saying alot since its hard to improve on greatness.

Bill Bjorstad, Bad Habit Blues Band

Beautiful music from two awesome musicians!
This CD is awesome! These two are very talented young men. The CD is very well produced. A great addition to any blues collection. You must hear this one!

Rand De Mattei

All American Roots Blues Re-born
These young men are carrying the blues torch for a new generation (not about 50 year old white guys.) This very authentic, masterly musicianship displays the early styles of blues in all their raw power. Ben's soulful voice is matched only by Nathan's impeccable guitar work. They're obviously having fun which is what this CD delivers -- A Good Time.