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1. Handsful O' Blues 4:50
2. It's The Slide Of Your Size 2:27
3. She's Trouble 4:01
4. The Devil 6:57
5. Sometimes That Bear Bites You 4:18
6. Always Lookin' T' Upgrade 2:08
7. Another Lover 3:41
8. Blues In My Lap 3:42
9. Katrina Blues 6:51
10. Drunk 3:42
11. Blue Collar Blues 3:11
This is my first disc of original Blues and novelty songs. The approaches vary but all are played with acoustic guitars, my own style of fingerpicking and many feature a healthy dose of bottleneck slide.
The guitars used in this collection are several that I've picked up on the garage sale trail, a late 1930s Gibson made Kalamazoo flat-top, a late 1920s Knutsen Hawaiian lap guitar, a Martin D 12-20 and my very own "Nobro" resophonic. This last of of these is something that I fashioned myself from recycled garage sale junk, twenty years ago. Some of the items that I used in its construction include a door kick plate, record player parts, piano sound board, a baseball bat, a part from a vegetable steamer set and a table leg.
Yep, I was going "green" decades before going green was even cool.
My chosen bottleneck slides include a frictionless marine propeller shaft bearing, a Bromo Seltzer bottle and a slide projector lens housing.
I primarily play in standard tuning, open E and E minor tuning forms (low to high - EBEG#BE and EBEGBE). The same open tuning form is altered to offer some of my songs in different keys, but the form is the same. You'll also hear a little rack mounted harp with some of these songs.
These songs were all recorded by Mark Willet at Falcon Audio in Sultan, WA. in the spring of 2008. Many were recorded in single takes, without additional over-dubs and only minimally processed for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!
If you enjoyed the song, "Hands Full Of Blues", you may want to check out Jeff Hanley's live video capture of me sharing it on the Street at Seattle's Pike Place Market,,,