pat mAcdonald and melaniejane perform “Invisible Pistols” during WPT’s 30-Minute Music Hour, hosted by Andy Moore. Recorded in February 2013 at the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, WI. The first airing on Wisconsin Public Television is tonight (3/22), if you still do TV.
View the full episode here: WPT.org
Also: Holiday Music Motel
Also: Steel Bridge Songfest
“Sitting Here Singing My Blues” — Tail Dragger at the Knuckle Down Saloon in Madison on February 8, 2013
The sound system didn’t cooperate the whole night, but a show with Tail Dragger and faulty sound is still better than most shows.
In the photo:
Tail Dragger, vocals (front, seated)
Martin Lang, harmonica
Paul Filipowicz, guitar
Dave Wood, bass (right and back)
Jimi Schutte, drums
A.J. Love, guitar (out of the frame, except for his left leg)
Knuckle Down Saloon, Madison, Wisconsin
Steve Freund in Madison and Chicago
December 13–15, 2012
Steve Freund’s weekend visit to the Midwest dropped him in Madison for two nights and in Chicago for another.
The Thursday night Blues Clinic was a great idea… on paper. Here’s what one of the ads said:
Steve Freund is one of the world’s great traditional Blues guitar players. After spending 18 years in Chicago playing with Hall of Famers like Sunnyland Slim & Otis Rush, he has now been living in California for several years as one of the top Blues musicians on the West Coast.
We’re flying Steve in to perform at the Knuckle Down Saloon for a live DVD shoot on Friday Dec 14th and we thought we would offer the public an EXTREMELY RARE opportunity to learn directly from Steve in a Blues clinic format on Thursday, the night before. He’ll be sharing his knowledge about Blues, rhythm, guitar, and the music in general. You’ll have opportunities to ask questions and hear Steve’s perspective on the Blues in an informal environment. And Steve will be demonstrating live some of how he plays the Blues with a top notch backing band that includes Chris Sandoval on drums and Mike Morrison on bass.
Shit, read that and you’d expect standing room only, right? I did.
Where were you Madison? Madison Music Foundry hosted the clinic and warm-up night to A.J. Love’s Friday Night Blues Party DVD filming, but nobody showed up. Well, nobody else showed up. The band was there—Steve Freund, A.J. Love, Chris Sandoval, and Mike Morrison—and I was there. It was a little awkward being an audience of one, but it was interesting to hear a few stories and to listen to the band practice for Friday.
That’s Dave Specter, Steve Freund, Mud Morganfield, and Harmonica Hinds.
Photo by Harvey Tillis, lifted from Dave Specter’s Facebook timeline.
Reports from Saturday’s show at SPACE in Evanston hint that it may have been the top slot on the Steve Freund weekend highlight reel: solo Steve Freund opening for Mud Morganfield, with Dave Specter and Harmonica Hinds. Dave Specter himself posted this on his Facebook page:
This goes to the top of my list of Highlights of 2012.
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Come On In This House
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Here’s what he has to say about Come On In This House (via SteveFreund.com):
On my last CD, and on my previous recordings, the focus has been on original tunes. On this latest release, I chose to do songs that have always meant something to me. I have been fortunate enough to have worked with Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Junior Wells, and Detroit Jr, all of whose songs have appeared on this CD. Janis Joplin’s Turtle Blues has been a favorite of mine ever since the day I picked up Cheap Thrills in NYC back in 1968. Not many, if any, men have recorded this tune. I met Otis Spann in 1969, and his spirit left an impression on me that I feel whenever I perform. Evil Ways is a sad song that many of us can identify with, and its one that I have wanted to record for a long time.
What can I say about Freddie King???? I saw him perform many times and I also met him in the good old 60s. These are two very distinctly different songs that I chose to do, both of which I have loved for many years. Detroit Jr., when penned Call My Job, was a good friend of mine back in Chicago. I used to get a kick out of seeing him do this tune, as he would often climb out from under the piano and emerge to the sound of an alarm clock as if he was being woken out of bed. If you have a job, you can relate to this one.
I had heard BB King’s version of Blues Stay Away From Me many years ago, but Jan Fanucchi reminded me of the original Delmore Brothers version, complete with catchy bass line. On Scot’s suggestion, I used a whammy bar on my solo. I like it and hope you do, too. Roosevelt Sykes “the Honeydripper” is one of my all time favorite artists. Dangerous Man always brings chuckles to the audience, and it gives me a chance to try my licks on a different beat. Worried About My Gal, an original, is a tune that anyone who has had a crazy boyfriend or girlfriend can understand, plus it has a good bass line and lots of guitar!
Last but certainly not least is Easy Rider, which has to be one of the oldest known blues songs. On this version, we use a different arrangement and traditional instrumentation, the kind of which one might have heard in New Orleans in the early part of the twentieth century. I love the combination of mandolin and trombone. As I have always said, I am not trying to change the blues, I love certain genres of the music and I strive to interpret it in my own way. Scot Brenton and I worked hard on this CD to bring some tunes to the listener that they may not have heard before. We hope you enjoy this CD and that it leads you to further explore these artists and the classic blues stylings.
Steve Freund, November 2012