Chuck McCabe | Bad Gravity Day

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Bad Gravity Day

by Chuck McCabe

Acoustic folkie blues, ragtime and jugband; about half the album is based in fingerpickin' style.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bad Gravity Day
3:54 $0.99
2. Do What I Can
4:24 $0.99
3. Keep Walkin'
3:39 $0.99
4. Minimum Wager
5:25 $0.99
5. One Meatball
2:43 $0.99
6. Can't Hang Up
4:24 $0.99
7. Barefoot John
4:08 $0.99
8. A Prayer For the Living
4:35 $0.99
9. Down Easy
3:36 $0.99
10. Now Is the Hour
3:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
McCabe puts on the fingerpicks for much of this offering, and takes us down the street for a look at bums, bars, rude waiters and hard-working heroes. There's even a visit to church, and a cemetery. These are done with Chuck's trademark wit and good humor, but there's no mistake he's talking about life and death here, and a few of the songs achieve a poignancy unknown in his previous work; witness one of the songs, 'Minimum Wager' which won the Woody Guthrie competition in 2001.

Long-time folk fans will recognize the distinctive vocals of Maria Muldaur singing with McCabe on three cuts, as well as Meridian Green, Gene Parsons of the Byrds and Flying Burrito Bro's and Seattle's veteran bluesgal, Alice Stuart.

Instrumental chores are shared by Myron Dove on bass, (now touring with Santana) Czech mandolin wiz Radim Zenkl, and Pete Grant who toured with Hoyt Axton for many years, plays dobro and slide guitars. Freebo, from Bonnie Raitt's band adds tuba to the title track, and Bobby Black, formerly with Asleep at the Wheel, helps finish the album with some stunning Hawaiian steel (double neck, no pedals!).



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Michael Allison

A mixture of blues and folk, that simply sucks the listener into every song.
Mixing his infectious contemporary blues style with the sweet and gentle
beauty of folk music, McCabe presents his creation with the shine of a
diamond. Bad Gravity Day is one of those albums that makes me want to
tell everyone about it.

The music is a mixture of blues and folk, that simply sucks the listener into every song. There's nothing too complex about the style, but the music is so easy to get into that it's almost unreal. It music that is real and true. It's just
too bad I don't get to hear more of it.

Chuck McCabe is armed with little more than an acoustic guitar throughout much of this album, but isn't afraid to pick up the tempo either. The songs are heartfelt and passionate, allowing almost anyone to easily relate to what Chuck is saying in each song. This is definitely an album worth writing about, and one that you shouldn't wait to check out if you're into this style of music. Truly refreshing!

Dirty Linen

McCabe is good at coming up with memorable lines and pearls of wisdom.

Steve Howard

Every once in a great while, the stars, moons, universes,chords, lyrics and musicianship allign into a truely great CD. Bad Gravity Day is just such an event.