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1st Strike

by Blue Lightning

traditional delta & hill country blues (featuring Mad Dog Friedman & Louisiana Sam Gillis)
Genre: Blues: Country Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Come on in My Kitchen (Live)
4:04 $0.99
2. Too Many Women Blues (Live)
2:28 $0.99
3. Ain't No Heaven
3:10 $0.99
4. Harmonica Cadillac (Live)
3:36 $0.99
5. Hear Me Crying (Live)
5:24 $0.99
6. Shake It on Down (Live)
3:12 $0.99
7. Shortnin' Bread & Jam (Live)
3:54 $0.99
8. Holding the Bag Blues
6:30 $0.99
9. Get Right
3:13 $0.99
10. Pass My Hat
4:44 $0.99
11. Poor Ol' Maddie (Live)
2:59 $0.99
12. It's Raining on My Chickens (Live)
4:34 $0.99
13. Mojo Hand (Live)
2:54 $0.99
14. Shining Through
4:34 $0.99
15. Going Down South (Live)
3:31 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
This album bristles with spontaneity. A couple of the songs featured here were being played for the first time by either Louisiana Sam or Mad Dog as they were being recorded live. One was actually composed on the spot from a phrase from the audience, and the arrangements of all the songs were unique to the moment. From the heart-felt rendition of Robert Johnson's delta blues classic, "Come On in My Kitchen," to the playful creativity of the original spontaneous composition, "It's Raining on My Chickens," 1st Strike is deep Southern country blues at its best -- live, raw and aching for deliverance.

Louisiana Sam Gillis on all guitars.
Mad Dog Friedman on blues harp.
Louisiana Sam Gillis on vocals on tracks #1, 3, 6, 9, 11,13 & 15.
Mad Dog Friedman on vocals on tracks #2, 4, 5, 8, 10 ,12 & 14.

Tom Rose was the main clapper on "Poor Ol' Maddie" & "Going Down South".

Recorded, engineered & mastered by Mad Dog Friedman.

Cover photo by Tarry Underwood. Cover design by M. D. Friedman.
Tracks #1- 2, 4-7 & 12 were recorded live at East Simpson Coffee House in Lafayette, Colorado, on May 25, 2017.

Tracks #11 & 15 were recorded live on Cervantes Patio in Denver, Colorado, on May 15, 2017.

Tracks #3, 8-10 & 14 were recorded "live in the studio" in Mad Dog's basement on September 14, 2017.



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