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Like everybody else in the Delta, they listened to phonographs, jukeboxes and the radio, and they sang country music, popular songs of the day, even jazz, for both blacks and whites. Singer Johnny Shines, who knew [Robert] Johnson well, said that the singer of the doomy 'Hellhound on My Trail' was also 'a polka hound' - David Gates on the bluesman stereotype, Newsweek

Author Topic: Mercury Blues - James Clem  (Read 329 times)

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Offline Big River

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Mercury Blues - James Clem
« on: August 29, 2015, 09:38:27 AM »
Here is an audio only track from my new "Road's Gettin' Muddy" CD. This is the K.C. Douglas tune he recorded in the fall of 1948 about the uber cool new 1949 Mercury automoblie. There have been lots of versions of this through the years including a goofy corn pone countrified version from Alan Jackson. We recorded this live in the studio (vocals and all) onto analog tape and added a little slap back echo to the vocal. It has Craig Snazelle on upright bass and Ken West on mandolin. I am playing my Fraulini Angelina 12 string on this tune. We are obviously going for an ensemble sound on this as you can't compete with the solo K.C. Douglas original.
Here is a shameless plug in that you can get this on iTunes and CD Baby. The CD has been approved for play on Pandora and will be on there soon. Some of you I hope can appreciate that it is expensive to record a CD in a real studio and pay the musicians a decent amount so you have to recoup those costs somewhere! Cheers,
James Clem
Portland, OR   

Offline One-Eyed Ross

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Re: Mercury Blues - James Clem
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2015, 09:07:19 AM »
Excellent, as always.  It is the kind of sound I have gotten used to, listening to your stuff.

Love that 12 string sound!
SSG, USA, Ret

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