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Surreal Memphis Blue

by Fat, Happy and Blue

An entertaining collection of original tunes with their roots in Blues and their tongue firmly in cheek!
Genre: Blues: Folk-Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Doreen and Francie
Fat, Happy and Blue
3:59 $0.99
2. Big Belly Blues
Fat, Happy and Blue
3:09 $0.99
3. Mornings
Fat, Happy and Blue
3:32 $0.99
4. Hey Little Girl
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2:40 $0.99
5. Summer Romance
Fat, Happy and Blue
2:39 $0.99
6. Surreal Memphis Blue
Fat, Happy and Blue - Lyrics by Louise Peacock, Melody by Tony Quarrington, Arranged by Tony Quarrington
4:40 $0.99
7. Lay The Blame
Fat, Happy and Blue
4:18 $0.99
8. Mary Jean
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2:45 $0.99
9. Cry Cry Cry
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3:09 $0.99
10. If I Had A Lot Of Money
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2:51 $0.99
11. Jazz Singer Lady
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3:29 $0.99
12. My Life Is Like A Freight Train
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5:18 $0.99
13. Moonshine Cafe
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3:17 $0.99
14. That's Not So Bad
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3:21 $0.99
15. Christmas Shopping Blues
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4:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
On April 23/09 Fat, Happy and Blue completed the recording phase of their first album, Surreal Memphis Blue.
The new album is being promoted via the internet where it has been getting rave reviews. It is receiving airplay in Australia, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, the U.S. and of course, in Canada.

Fat, Happy and Blue is a songwriting coalition, based in Toronto, and comprised of Tony Laviola, Louise Peacock and Tony Quarrington. Each member brings their own special songwriting talent to the table.

Formed in early 2009, for the express purpose of compiling andarranging songs for their Blues album, “Surreal Memphis Blue”, Fat, Happy and Blue com- bines a mix of excellent and seasoned musicianship and songwriting skills with energy and enthusiasm.

The recently released recording “Surreal Memphis Blue”, was co-produced by Tony Quarrington and Tony Laviola, with production assistance from Louise Peacock. This album has the warm sound of a live recording and makes you feel as though you were in the room with the musicians. The 15 original composi- tions are fresh and original and showcase the combined writing skills of the band members.

Louise Peacock originally wrote all the songs - lyrics and music. In 2007 she and Tony Laviola began to rework some of them. In 2009 they got together with veteran composer/arranger and multi instrumentalist, Tony Quarrington and they formed Fat, Happy and Blue, and the revamping of the material became serious.

The band you hear on the CD features Louise Peacock on lead vocals on tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15. Tony Quarrington on electric guitars, acoustic guitar on tracks 6 and 13, percussion on tracks 7 and 8 and lead vocals on tracks 2,4,5,6,8,10 and harmony and background vocals on tracks 7, 9, 13.14, 15 Tony Laviola on Acoustic Bass. Background and harmony vocals on tracks 7, 14 and 15. Terry Martell on Drums.
Visit the websites : www.broadjam.com/fathappyandblue; Homepage: http://www.fathappyandblue.com

Contact Fat, Happy and Blue
Phone (905) 625-9024
Funguy Productions #91047 - 666 Burnhamthorpe Road Toronto, Ontario, Canada M9C 2Z4

Recording Credits
Lead vocals - Louise Peacock on tracks 1,3,5,7,9,11,12,13,14,15 and Tony Quarrington on tracks 2,4,5,6,8,10; Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitar 6, 13, Mandolin 12,13, Percussion 7 & 8. Background and harmony vocals on tracks 7,9,13, 14, 15 - Tony Laviola - Acoustic Bass. Background and harmony vocals on tracks 7, 14, 15. Drums - Terry Martell.
The album was recorded live off the floor, at Euphonic Sound, in Toronto.



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Gilles Blampain

English Translation of the Review of Surreal Memphis Blue appearing in
the French online magazine "Blues Again"

Written by Gilles Blampain

Although recorded in the studio, the atmosphere that emerges from this
disc gives the impression of a club session. One where the cozy
atmosphere makes you want to linger a long time.

The general tone is casual. The blues is there, but depending on the
track, it takes a jazzy tone, complemented with a touch of folk, echoes
of bluegrass, rock and more exotic, pulsating rhythms .

No wonder that when we know that before this joint venture each member
of the group evolved into one or other of these worlds. The sound is
clear, the atmosphere is warm, the voices are pleasant and you let
yourself be lulled from one fun song to another.

The band is comprised of Louise Peacock on vocals, Tony Quarrington on
guitars, mandolin, percussion, and vocals, Tony Laviola on bass and
background vocals and Terry Martell on drums.

Surreal Memphis Blue signals the birth of the band, with Louise Peacock
and Tony Laviola already working together since 2007, then joined by
Tony Quarrington in January 2009, and in April 2009 they were joined by
Terry Martell to enter the studio and record original 15 tracks, the
production of which is well worth the final result.

Dave Bell

Indie blues at it's finest!
I've been a fan of blues music for almost 40 years and love it all, from the old guys like Albert King, Magic Sam, Otis Rush etc. to the more modern players such as Ronnie Earl and Stevie Ray. One thing that always bothers me about a lot of the modern blues acts is the lack of decent original material! Most bands do the same tired old covers, and when they do an original it is not that good IMHO, and without fresh original material the blues will die.
Enter the Fat, Happy and Blue project! The first thing that struck me when I listened to this CD was the originality of the material. These are well written songs folks! Blues for the 21st century. Outstanding performances too by all involved, some of the best players in the Toronto blues scene. I dig all the tunes, but my favorite is the title track, "Surreal Memphis Blue". Pick this CD up folks, you won't be disapointed!

Bram Russell

Blues with a touch of Jazz
This is a cool album. It is full of surprises, all original tunes each one with a different feel. What I like is that they mixed it up with the vocals. Some tunes you get the husky voice of Tony Quarrington, who reminds me a lot of Bruce Springstein - others you get the vocals of Louise Peacock, who sometimes sounds like June Carter Cash, and sometimes like a sultry nightclub singer. They even sing a duet on one song. The production and instrumentation is brilliant. You are going to love this album.