Blues & Roots
This Blues & Roots repertoire is based on the early blues and bluegrass music created in the United States of America back in 1900s. A special musical instrument known as Resophonic, Dobro or National guitar has been used along an acoustic steel guitar. The first one is mostly played in the "bottleneck style" (fitting a bottleneck on the finger) and the second "lap steel style" used in bluegrass music.
Dedicated in loving memory of harmonicaplayer and friend Louie Lista.
1- Blues March It is inspired in the early blues style used in parties back in the days. A bluesman would go to a drinking joint and make a living grooving people and keeping them dancing all night long.
2- Train song The train was always a symbol of freedom. Few were those who could scape from the cotton fields jumping on the train, hoping to reach a better place.
3- Friends I composed this tune remembering all those friends made along the road. During my days learning the Blues from California to Missouri. Remembering country side evenings at any backyard in Kansas.
4- High society The classic ragtime sound of the early 1900s. That amazing guitar playing used to be called "piano style". It happened that the aristocratic french arrived to the Americas bringing the european classical music. When blues players heard this music readily included touches from it into their blues creating the Ragtimes.
5- Swamp Blues There are many types of Blues. Among the early ones I discovered the swamp blues style. So heavy, you need to be totally worn out to play it right.
6- Spooky It is a musical joke. Playing with jazz sounds creating that atmosphere from the mystery 1930s movies.
7- Bluegrass dance I still remember the first time I entered in an all american Western saloon. Cowboy hats, jeans, boots, and cheerful people dancing to the sound of a good bluegrass tune.
8- The morning song It is a little piece I made up one morning when I have just moved to California. Used to play it as I woke up, receiving the warm sunrise in the West coast.
9- Going down to the river A nice stroll down to the river, enjoying the country side and jumping in the water to cool down the summer afternoons by the Mississippi.
10- Louie & I After meeting during a Blues jam in Los Angeles, Louie and I met in my place at Hollywood Blvd. I threw a mic and recorded all might come. Here is the result, at around 2 min 40 sec you can even hear the neighbour downstairs hitting the ceiling to complain for the music!
11- The way back home I wrote this tune one night after work as I was coming back tired and weary. Letting go the many thoughts in my head just walking my way back home.
12- Wiki Wiki Ragtime I composed this tune giving it a hawaiian twist. Wishing to put all the fun and groovy feel into a cheerful melody.
13- Farewell Remembering all those friends made along the road. Always remembering the words "there is people for a reason, for a season and for a lifetime".