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Bluesoul

by Dov Hammer

This collection of songs features Dov Hammer's trademark soulful harmonica, dynamic singing and heartfelt songwriting and spans a wide range of Blues styles, from tough Chicago style shuffles, through New Orleans rhythms and even country and hip-hop!
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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1. Make It Count
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2. I'm Gone
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3. Find a Way
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4. Magic
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5. Bad Luck Charm
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6. The Fighting Blues
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7. Tear It Down
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8. King (feat. Assaf Rozov)
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9. Dance the Blues
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10. Taking My Time
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11. Bluesoul
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Dov Hammer’s singing is heartfelt and moving. Impossible not be drawn to his voice. His harmonica playing fits the music like a glove. This is not a player who relies on repeating previously recorded licks by other harp masters. He works on his craft, on his tone, and on his unique phrasings. He has his own signature sound.” – Pierre LaCocque , "Mississippi heat"



Welcome to the Blue Soul of Dov Hammer - and get ready for some some hipshakin’, heartbreakin’, earthquakin’ Blues!
For almost 30 years Dov Hammer has plied his trade as singer, songwriter and harmonica player in various bands such as The Blues Rebels, CG & The Hammer and the Daily Blues, as well as backing top notch artists such as Joe Louis Walker, Lucky Peterson, Bernard Allison and many others.
Now comes “BlueSoul”, Dov Hammer’s new album, the first recorded under his own name since 2004’s “Going deep”. While that album was strictly stripped -down, raw acoustic Blues, “BlueSoul” is a bubbling pot of Blues gumbo - a variety of styles ranging from Chicago to New Orleans, from traditional to modern and all points in between, all anchored by Hammer’s soulful vocals, soaring harmonica and unique songwriting. The songs deal with love and loss, going through challenges and changes and enduring trials and tribulations with grit and determination and some hard earned humor...
The album kicks off with classic Chicago -style Blues shuffle in “Make it count”, then immediately heads south for some New orleans “second line” party music in “I’m gone”
Some heavy blues-rock is at play on “Find a way” and “Magic” (featuring the fantastic lap-steel slide of Ori Beanstock), while Hammer features his chromatic harmonica on the tongue-in-cheek, jump-Blues of “Bad luck charm”
“The fighting Blues” is a stark, Skip James -style Delta Blues, while “Tear it down” rocks and rolls like a freight train rumbling through the Mississippi night…then a brief stylistic detour into country-rock as Hammer and special guest Assaf Rozov pay homage to their late friend and mentor “King” Earnest Baker on “King”.
“Dance the Blues” is another Chicago Blues, paying tribute to the slow grinding pleasure of the Blues dancers.
“Taking my time” is a raunchy, semi-electronic Bluesy love song, then the album signs off with the autobiographical title track, a melding of Blues and hip-hop featuring Dov Hammer’s daughter Naomi Jo Hammer on the soul chorus.

Thanks and praise
Special thanks to Tzafrir Lichtenstein - a great musician, a fine drummer and the best friend a man could ask for. Without him this album might not have been made

Thanks to all the musicians who put their heart, soul and talent into my music, to Sarit Kleinman for great video clips, to Tal Fogel for beautiful art and to Ma’ayan Bar Yoel for wise advice and guidance - I am truly blessed to have such gifted friends!

Finally - much love to my best friend, my soulmate and my favorite person in the world, Michal Drori, and to our wonderful daughters, Naomi Jo, Shira and Ronnie Hammer. You are the best.

This album is dedicated to the memory of two legendary musicians who I was blessed to meet, play with and learn from early in my career. I wouldn't be the same artist without the lessons I learned from these great men who were taken from us much too soon and never achieved the fame and success they deserved:

King Earnest (Earnest Baker ,1939-2000) was one of the great unsung heroes of the Blues, an amazing singer, dancer and performer and an exceptional human being. God bless you, King, wherever you are, I learned so much from you about singing, performing, and living. The song “King” is dedicated to his memory.

Paul deLay (1952-2007) was one of the greatest , most innovative harmonica players to ever walk the earth - but he was much more: a great singer, songwriter, and performer . It was a joy to spend time with him,and I learned so much from him about being honest in your art, and about being part of a musical tradition while avoiding cliches at the same time...RIP


Dov Hammer plays and endorses Seydel Harmonicas

The CD was produced with the help of ACUM'S SOCIAL & CULTURAL FUND



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