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Kid Man Blues

by Bert Deivert

Blues mandolin, slide guitar, and powerful voices creating bonds between musicians from Mississippi to Bangkok, Thailand! Delta blues, country blues, and North Mississippi Hill Country blues like you have never heard it before.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Goin' Down South
3:55 $0.99
2. State Street Pimp
3:03 $0.99
3. Rob and Steal
3:04 $0.99
4. Come Back Baby
5:03 $0.99
5. Kid Man Blues
2:58 $0.99
6. Keep On Truckin'
3:19 $0.99
7. Cypress Grove
5:34 $0.99
8. Lula
2:28 $0.99
9. Diddie Wah Diddie
3:49 $0.99
10. Death Letter
4:03 $0.99
11. Special Agent
3:40 $0.99
12. Nongharn Blues
4:45 $0.99
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Album Notes

I would like to dedicate this album to the memory of Sam Carr, who so graciously played on this recording with Bill and myself despite his own personal and health problems at the time. He was a great musician and storyteller with a great sense of humor. We were saddened by his passing in 2009, and the blues community lost its greatest Delta style drummer. May his legacy inspire others.

As always, the mandolin playing of Yank Rachell and Carl Martin have inspired my blues mandolin playing, which is the dominant musical style on this album. I hope that other musicians will also discover the challenge and joy of blues mandolin.

1 Goin’ Down South 03:50   R.L. Burnside
2 State Street Pimp 03:00 Traditional
3 Rob and Steal 03:01 Paul Jones   
4 Come Back Baby 05:01 Traditional
5 Kid Man Blues 02:56 Carl Martin   
6 Keep On Truckin’ 03:16 Traditional
7 Cypress Grove 05:30 Skip James
8 Lula                      02:32 Bert Deivert
9 Diddie Wah Diddie 03:52       Traditional
10 Death Letter 04:05 Son House
11 Special Agent 03:37 Sleepy John Estes
12 Nongharn Blues 04:45    Dulyasit Srabua & Bert Deivert

© ℗ 2011 Bert Deivert / Hard Danger Studio ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

About the songs……

Goin’ Down South: recorded at Hard Danger Studio - Karlstad, Sweden, February 2010
Bert Deivert - vocals, 1914 Gibson F-2 mandolin, 1940’s Rickenbacker lap steel / Janne Zander  - Sundberg S-00 guitar,  backing vocals / Nina Pérez - violin / Per-Arne Pettersson - double bass / Emmy Deivert -  backing vocals / My Sohlin -  backing vocals / Suchet Malhotra - cajon / Memphis Gold  -  backing vocals and guitar solo   Memphis Gold’s tracks were recorded at Cue Recording - Washington, DC

I was inspired by the original acoustic recordings that R.L. Burnside did of this song, and decided I would do my own version, using the ideas I have worked on with mandolin and fiddle added with the guitar. That is the way we do this at live gigs.The rest of the things just grew into the track!  It was great to have Memphis Gold helping out on this and Kid Man Blues, too, with his resonant, soulful voice. And a special thanks to Suchet Malhotra, the wonderful Indian tablas and cajon player.

State Street Pimp: recorded at Hard Danger Studio - Karlstad, Sweden May 2011
Bert Deivert - vocals, Stanley V-5 mandolin / Måns Tingberg - drums / Willie Salomon - piano - recorded in Regensburg, Germany / Brian Kramer - 1932 National Duolian guitar -  slide - recorded at Red Carpet Recordings, Stockholm

Willie Salomon’s piano playing just knocked me out when we toured together in Germany. He is also an equally adept ragtime and fingerstyle guitarist. Brian Kramer, a great US bluesman who also settled in Sweden, lays his inimitable slide riffs on this. The song is from the repertoire of Carl Martin.

Rob and Steal:  recorded live at Big Toe Studio, Duncan, Mississippi, October 2008  
Engineer: Bill Abel
Bert Deivert - vocals, National RM-1 mandolin / Bill Abel - 70‘s Sigma acoustic guitar / Sam Carr  - drums / additional tracks  recorded at Hard Danger Studio - Karlstad, Sweden July 2011 - Janne Zander - National Style 97 resonator guitar / Bert Deivert - Stanley V-5  mandolin / Per-Arne Pettersson - double bass / Bill Abel - Sundberg S-00 guitar / Sven Zetterberg -  harmonica - recorded by Anders Lewén

Bill Abel is a fantastic blues musician from Belzoni, Mississippi who has worked with many of the older musicians in the Delta area and as far up as Chicago, and done so much for keeping the music alive. He is one of the unsung musical heroes of the Delta. Sven Zetterberg, one of Sweden’s finest, blows some great notes on this one too.

Come Back Baby: recorded at Sexy Pink Studio - Bangkok, Thailand, January 2011 Engineer: Arjampol FatZ Chandravuth
Bert Deivert - vocals / Dulyasit ¨Pong¨ Srabua - 1973 Fender Telecaster / John Dooley - Fender bass / Dr. Klui - Hammond organ / Arun Muanpreecha - percussion / Naruedon Suteerasak - drums / Additional tracks recorded at Hard Danger Studio - Bert Deivert - Davy Stuart TC-6 guitar, tuned to DADGAD, Pomeroy mandola and slide mandola / Emmy Deivert - harmony vocals

This track is one Eric Bibb and I originally recorded on one of our duo albums in the early 80’s. Eric learned his version from Dave Van Ronk and Lightnin’ Hopkins. I adapted the song to DADGAD tuning in my own arrangement based more on Walter Davis, the pianist and singer who first did it in 1940. My friends in Bangkok helped me nail this track which I have also tried to record again over the years, but could never get right. Bangkok is definitely one of my musical hotspots for inspiration!

Kid Man Blues: recorded at Hard Danger Studio - Karlstad, Sweden, February 2011
Bert Deivert - vocals, 1940 Gibson F-4 mandolin / Memphis Gold - vocals / My Sohlin - vocals / Janne Zander - Sundberg S-00 guitar / Per-Arne Pettersson -  double bass / Staffan Jonsson - fiddle

This is from Carl Martin, who was one of the foremost blues mandolin players of his time.To learn to play mandolin, I listened primarily to Carl Martin and Yank Rachell, inspired by string band music and blues. The theme of this song intrigued me, because I was once infatuated with a lady, who at the time I considered a much older woman. She was a 33-year-old folk singer in San Francisco, and said I was too young for her. I was 22 years old at the time and I really had the kid man blues then!

Keep On Truckin’: recorded at Hard Danger Studio - Karlstad, Sweden, August 2008-2011
Bert Deivert - vocals, Stanley V-5 mandolin / Tom Paley - vocals, 1920’s Martin 00-40H / Per-Arne Pettersson -  double bass/ Fredrick Karlsson - National Style 1 tricone resonator guitar

Tom Paley and I have known each other for about 30 years. He was my favorite banjo player when I was in my 20’s and used to listened to records of his band, The New Lost City Ramblers. What a coincidence to later become friends and play music together. His guitar playing and singing is always top notch! The song is from the repertoire of Blind Blake.

Cypress Grove: recorded at Sexy Pink Studio - Bangkok, Thailand, January 2011
Engineer: Arjampol FatZ Chandravuth
Bert Deivert - vocals, National M2 resonator guitar, tuned DADFAD / Dulyasit ¨Pong¨ Srabua - 1970’s Yamaha guitar   tuned DADFAD / Mats Qwarfordt - harmonica - recorded at Red Carpet Recordings, Stockholm

This song by Skip James, originally recorded in 1931, has always been a favorite. Pong and I sat in a dark studio in Bangkok and played like it could have been recorded in Mississippi 80 years ago. It was a magical moment for me. Mats Qwarfordt, from the great folk band Yonder, guests with his incomparable minor harp riffs.

Lula:  recorded live at Big Toe Studio, Duncan, Mississippi, October 2008
Engineer: Bill Abel
Bert Deivert - vocals, National RM-1 mandolin, Stanley V-5 / Bill Abel - Sigma guitar / Sam Carr  - drums  / additional track at Hard Danger Studio- Fredrick Karlsson - National Style 1 tricone resonator guitar

This tune developed out of some riffs I had in my head for a song. After listening to the groove we have here, I decided just to keep it as is. Lula is a town steeped in history and blues, but its former glory has been overshadowed by the run down and abandoned buildings. I thought about the great music that used to be played when Son House and Charlie Patton met there in 1930. Sam Carr, who is the drummer on this track, lived just up the road from Lula in Dundee. Sam played in the Jelly Roll Kings with Frank Frost, also from Lula, and before that, toured with his father, Robert Nighthawk.

Diddie Wah Diddie: recorded at Hard Danger Studio - Karlstad, Sweden, February 2010
Bert Deivert - vocals, 2008 Pomeroy Mandola, Chris Stanley V-5 / Lasse Johansson - 1941 Martin 00-18

I chanced upon gifted ragtime guitarist Lasse Johansson’s playing on Kicking Mule albums during the 70’s and loved his style. He is an entertaining and enthusiastic man, and is very humble about his own impressive musicianship. He can make a guitar sound like a piano! The song is from the repertoire of Blind Blake.

Death Letter Blues: recorded at Hard Danger Studio - Karlstad, Sweden, July 2011
Bert Deivert - vocals, 2007 Amistar Garden Flower Style 5 Tricone

Son House. What can I say? Son House and his intense delivery and emotion always sends chills up my spine. He got me started on the blues trail when I was 16 years old, and this song moves me more now than it did back then. Life experience has made me realize and understand the hardship he went through -- which brought out songs like this one.  Recording it in a small room by myself was an intense experience. It makes me want to cry out in anguish.

Special Agent (Railroad Police Blues): recorded at Hard Danger Studio - Karlstad, Sweden, May 2011
Bert Deivert - vocals, 1914 Gibson F-2 mandolin, slide National Model 97 Tricone / Janne Zander - 2003 National Model 97 Tricone

Sleepy John Estes always sounds like he is crying when he sings, and his partner Yank Rachell can always back that up with his mandolin playing that accents the lyrics. This is one of Estes’ songs that doesn’t have Yank on it, so I listened to Son Bonds’ backup guitar work on the song and made up a recurring lick based on his playing. The song is about the railroad police, or what my Dad used to call the bulls. They would patrol the railroad yards and throw people out that were trying to catch free rides. During the great depression this was the only way many people could travel around to find work. The bulls could be violent and even killed people. Estes sings that he is on his way to a recording session and trying to grab a ride on a train.

Nongharn Blues: recorded at Sexy Pink Studio - Bangkok, Thailand, February 2009
Engineer: Arjampol FatZ Chandravuth
Bert Deivert - 1960’s Gibson EM-150 mandolin / Dulyasit ¨Pong¨ Srabua - Republic Resolian slide guitar

This tune, composed by Pong and myself, first appeared on his Thai band’s album BANGLUMPOO BAND in 2009. The tune is based on folk music styles of Isaan, the province where Pong comes from. The song won the coveted CHAD LEUK Award for Best Instrumental of the year, 2009, in Thailand. Somehow the minor blues of Bentonia, Mississippi, the folk music of Isaan, and the haunting harmonies of Swedish fiddle tunes all merge here and create something new and exciting.The slide guitar and mandolin share the bill.

Swedish sessions -  Bert Deivert, and Engineer at Hard Danger Studio sessions; German sessions - Willie Salomon; Bangkok sessions -  Dulyasit Srabua, Bert Deivert, Ped Hua-Hin Bluesman, Gunny Rujinarong ; Mississippi sessions - Bill Abel, Bert Deivert

Diddie Wah Diddie and Death Letter Blues by Séamus Deivert & Bert Deivert
Nongharn Blues by Arjampol FatZ Chandravuth, Dulyasit Srabua, Gunny Rujinarong, & Bert Deivert
All other tracks mixed by Gunnar Backman & Bert Deivert

Mastered by Gunnar Backman - brakophonic studios US
Graphic Design - Åsa Klarén
Photographs by François May, Bert Deivert, Jeff Brandon, Dusty Scott , Aigars Lapsa, Bengt Nyman, Chris Moore, Tommy Thörneby, and Finn Deivert

Thanks to:
All my musician friends who took time to help me on this project, playing and giving feedback! I couldn’t have done it without you and your encouragement. You know who you are!

Janne Zander, my main man in Sweden; Pong Srabua, my main man in Bangkok; Bill Abel, my main man in Mississippi.

Eva, Emmy, Séamus, and Finn, who have all helped me in countless ways.
David Sundberg, luthier, for his fine custom S-00
Chris Stanley for his amazing mandolins  
Franta and Amistar Guitars, for the Garden Flower Tricone
Don Young and Robynne at National Resophonic for help with the RM-1 hotplate, my main touring mandolin
Davy Stuart for his great TC-6, my DADGAD guitar
Ian McWee at Diamond Bottlenecks for the ABSOLUTE best slides in the world
The Abel family in Duncan, Mississippi for their warm welcome and hospitality.
Gunny Rujinarong for his hospitality and good times at Sexy Pink Studio.
Andy Martin for lending us his guitars in Bangkok for the sessions, and for suggesting I do Special Agent.

And a VERY SPECIAL THANKS to Nong Dankormai at Adhere the 13th Blues Bar for her friendship and generosity and making all the blues folks feel welcome in Bangkok.



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Bert Deivert

New Review from Italy
Review Kid Man Blues October 18th, 2011

It is once again a choral experience that Bert Deivert produces in this new work that has just been released. Many of his friends are present as guest musicians on this album. On all these collaborations, the ones that stick out the most are those with Sam Carr, drummer, to whom this album is dedicated. Carr died in 2009 not long after the recordings were completed. He remains an undisputed legend, having played in the golden years of blues with musicians like Sonny Boy Williamson II, the legendary Jelly Roll Kings, Frank Frost, and Buddy Guy (to name only a few of the most significant ones from Chicago and Mississippi). He is a legend of contemporary blues.

Memphis Gold, Tom Paley, Bill Abel, Brian Kramer, Willie Salomon and Swedes Janne Zander, Lasse Johansson, Mats Qwarfordt, Sven Zetterberg, as well as Nina Perez, feature alongside the late Sam Carr. In this new and exciting journey, Bert arrives at his tenth release. "This recording is not meant to be just a solo vehicle for myself, but rather as a showcase for this fine music that is being made all over the world, and great musicians who are not recognized by a larger audience." is how Bert describes his project.

Another interesting aspect is the participation of the Thai "gang" as Bert likes to call them, consisting of musicians such as Dulyasit ”Pong“ Srabua, Chai Blues, Ped, Gunny, Wan, and Tony, with whom Bert has performed numerous times during trips to Thailand. He has also earned an award and recognition by local critics there.

The album is a true tribute to Delta blues, the traditional kind, but also enhanced by his mastery of the mandolin. Mandolin is once again featured as a key instrument in this new material, confirming all his research work carried out over the years on blues standards, especially the playing of the legendary Yank Rachell and Carl Martin. All of this elevates this American bluesman to one of the few players of note on this instrument. The mandolin is less common now, but was in vogue in the recordings of the early 20th century and has also characterized the entire production of precursors of this genre.

The album contains new and unique covers of songs such as Goin 'Down South by RL Burnside, Cypress Grove by Skip James, the traditional Diddie Wah Diddie, Kid Man Blues, the title track by Carl Martin, Special Agent by Sleepy John Estes and Death Letter by Son House, but also has two original songs, Lula and Nongharn Blues, the latter co-written with Dulyasit Srabua. Another nice touch is the collection of photos in the the booklet accompanying the CD, that portrays the musicians and their surroundings in Mississippi, Thailand and Europe -- in other words, the places where the CD, during its various phases, was conceived and recorded. Once again, this is quality blues and great music, characterized by tradition, but always taking a unique look at the "devil's music", thereby revitalizing and tracing an indelible link between the past and the present.

Mario Bartilucci - EYE ON MAGAZINE, ITALY (English translation - Daniel Alegi)

Attila Horváth

Review from Hungary
„Overall the Kid Man Blues is a perfect, professional record, which is able to obtain pleasant moments to all listeners, independent from age and gender. I have already listened it to frazzle and I think we will often see each other in the future.” (Blues van - www.bluesvan.hu)