Dogskin Suit | Diggin' Up the Yard

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Diggin' Up the Yard

by Dogskin Suit

Eclectic blues grooves from Memphis to Motown!
Genre: Blues: Memphis Blues
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1. I Found Out
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2. Get It Right
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3. Too Fast to Love
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4. You Don't Cry Anymore
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5. Struggle and Strive
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6. Go Man Go
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7. Riley's Lament
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8. Dogbone Boogie
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9. See Whacha Dun
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10. Trukk's Song
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Here's an interesting one... Dogskin Suit finds its home in the Kelowna, BC, region of Canada, and while not a straight-ahead blues band, they keep traditions alive while moving forward. Led by Rick "Poppa Dawg" Halisheff on guitar and vocals, he's ably followed by Charlie Faulkner and Brian Maquire, holding rhythm section duties, Sig Schnellert on sax and keyboards, and Jamie Marshall's harmonica on occasion. Logging in at three-quarters of an hour, the 10 song disc is a well-produced effort with lots of positive attributes. Halisheff's voice is strong, with a whiskey-soaked edge, and as a songwriter, he tackles interesting subjects with a humorous, tongue-in-cheek style, while his guitar work is focused and to-the-point. Standouts are the rustling "Too Fast To Love," which features some talk-box guitar effects, "Riley's Lament," an instrumental dedicated to B.B. King, and the smoldering, in-your-face slow blues of "You Don't Cry Anymore," where Halisheff seems to take on a Tom Waits persona. The driving "Struggle And Strive" boils along a chugging, lowdown groove with everyone locking in, while boasting a fine tenor sax solo. Closing out with "Trukk's Song," dedicated to Halisheff's father, the sweet slide tones and syrup-drenched harp bring you back to earth with ease. Discs like this don't come along often enough, so it's truly appreciated when they do. - Craig Ruskey, MN Blues

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It was dusk on a June day when three friends and I stumbled from a road-fatigued Jeep Cherokee into the first bar we could find in Kelowna, B.C.

We were far from our Calgary homes and wanted little more than several beers, some passable grub and - hope beyond hope after noticing the bathroom-sized stage - music that wouldn't make us bolt for the door and the comfort of the truck stereo.

We chugged our chilled beer, wolfed platefuls of authentic Cajun and the four of us didn't hit the exit until the end of what turned out to be a magical night in Don's Blue Gator bar - where we were totally and utterly blown away by Dogskin Suit.

I've been to dozens of blues bars across the continent and applauded scads of good bands, but never have I heard anything that compares with what Dogskin did to, and for, the audience that night.

I don't remember the first song they played in the butt-to-butt packed bar, nor can I accurately recall the last incredible blues tune of the evening, but it's easy to again summon the extraordinary experience that later prompted me to beg a friend in Kelowna to purchase and send me a copy of the band's first CD, Diggin' Up the Yard.

Led by gifted guitarist/singer Rick 'Papa Dawg' Halisheff, a bear of a man with the surest hands since Roy Buchanan grabbed an amplified six-string and a voice that can evoke a myriad of emotions, the fat sound of Dogskin Suit is amply fortified by the incredible sticks and vocals of Brian Maguire Pattison, Sig Schnellert's skilled fingers on keyboard and sax and the solid pace of journeyman bass player Charlie Faulkner.

What's most incredible about this unbelievably talented group is they are relatively unknown outside B.C., save for a rabidly devoted and select fan base near the band's stompin' grounds in the luscious, vista-rich Okanogan Valley.

They are they privileged fans who've seen and heard Dogskin play live, the way the blues should be heard - balls-out-raw and in person.

Now, with the release of this CD that was recently recorded live in Kelowna's Blue Gator, lovers of the blues - hell, anyone who loves music period - has in their fingers the pure pleasure of Dogskin Suit, a band definitely at their best in this bar full of friends and fans.

This assortment of tunes, which include the jaw dropping, definitive version of Hit the Road Jack - this will forever dissuade other musicians who once considered performing it - to Halisheff’s emotionally wrenching rendition of Johnny Copeland's Greater Man, will force you to buy, beg, steal or borrow this disc.

After hearing them only once, I became a true fan of Dogskin Suit.
After listening to the first cut on this CD, I promise you will be too.

Mike D'Amour
Calgary Sun
October 22, 2001

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I had the blues. Or should it be, the blues had me?

Sept. 22, I was asked to judge a blues competition presented by the White Rock Blues Society at the Princeton Pub. Nine acts would play 25 minutes each with the top rated band representing the B.C. West Coast at an international blues showdown in Memphis. Past two winners are David "Boxcar" Gates and the teenage Sam And Luke. The society takes the judging and everything else involving it very seriously. It has published an attractive photo book and raffles off a hand-painted guitar.

I take being asked to judge very seriously myself and have come to a few conclusions about the nature of these battles of the bands. What makes judging a blues battle harder is that chances are you know a few of the contestants; blues isn't new, so you aren't dealing in trends as you might be in rock; there are many blues styles from Chicago electric to Delta acoustic, to New Orleans rumba to Stevie Ray Vaughan flash.

Lastly, most are good musicians and singers who know their craft, which makes choosing one over another especially difficult. Steve Kozak is a very good guitarist, but so are James "Buddy" Rogers and Arsen Shomakhov. They have completely different styles. Is one better than the other?

The winner was Poppa Dawg, a trio from Kelowna. It was in the groove right from the start. It felt good and satisfied one of the criteria I used: Would I like to see this band again? Poppa Dawg also revealed personality, which probably was an ultimate deciding factor. You have to wonder how the band will transform the humorously titled I May Be Ugly But I Know How To Cook into a viable blues. Poppa Dawg did it, and I hope it does the song in Memphis.

Tom Harrison
The Vancouver Province
October 1, 2012

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