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Daphne Blue: Legendary Blues Instrumentals

by Freddie Roulette & Daphne Blue

Lap Steel legend Freddie Roulette says it's his "greatest CD." Daphne Blue was founded by Earl-Hooker who inspired Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" & "You Shook Me." Hooker inspired Hendrix to use a Wah Wah. Two of the greatest guitarists in their prime
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pocket Full of Memories
Freddie Roulette & Daphne Blue
4:54 $0.99
2. Fuzztone Country Blues
Freddie Roulette & Daphne Blue
3:25 $0.99
3. Sleepwalk / Neptune's Kingdom
Freddie Roulette & Daphne Blue
5:06 $0.99
4. Devil's Roadhouse
Freddie Roulette & Daphne Blue
3:34 $0.99
5. Little Wing
Freddie Roulette & Daphne Blue
3:04 $0.99
6. Wildflower
Freddie Roulette & Daphne Blue
4:02 $0.99
7. Blues for Sea Bandits
Freddie Roulette & Daphne Blue
3:43 $0.99
8. Teardrop
Freddie Roulette & Daphne Blue
3:42 $0.99
9. End of the Blues
Freddie Roulette & Daphne Blue
3:25 $0.99
10. Yesterday
Freddie Roulette & Daphne Blue
1:30 $0.99
11. Love in Spring
Freddie Roulette & Daphne Blue
3:11 $0.99
12. Our Mellow Locomotive
Freddie Roulette & Daphne Blue
3:36 $0.99
13. Hold On, I'm Coming
Freddie Roulette & Daphne Blue
2:48 $0.99
14. Carved Rocks
Freddie Roulette & Daphne Blue
2:56 $0.99
15. Can You Hear the Ocean Sing?
Freddie Roulette & Daphne Blue
4:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
- Who are some of the artists the Daphne Blue band has performed with?

Albert King, Taj Mahal, Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Country Joe McDonald, Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown, Brownie McGhee, and many others.

Daphne Blue was founded by legendary blues guitarist Earl Hooker in the 1960s and Hooker wrote 'Whole Lotta Love' (originally called 'You Need Love') and 'You Shook Me,' which became popular songs for Led Zeppelin. Muddy Waters sang the original vocals to the music written by Earl Hooker and the lyrics were penned by Willie Dixon.

In 2011, Lap Steel Legend, Freddie Roulette, called this his "greatest album of all time". Roulette and his long-time musical companion, Daphne-Blue-Ray (who replaced the great Earl Hooker after his untimely death) are Viking Raiders, they don't just show up to play some hot guitar; they are there to take heads. Daphne-Blue-Ray took over Earl Hooker's job as a teenager; he was hand-picked as a guitar prodigy by the musicians that formed the great backing bands for Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker. This album also features the last recorded work of Earl Hooker, appearing with Freddie Roulette, Daphne-Blue-Ray, PineTop Perkins (piano), and Big Moose Walker (organ).

This album is a 'must have' collection for any listener that wants to experience the outer boundaries of soulful poetic, and ferocious guitar playing. It is an epic guitar album unlike any other. It probably is the greatest duo guitar album of all time, and possibly the greatest Lap Steel guitar album of all time.

Fans of this band have included Frank Zappa, Ray Manzarek (The Doors), and Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), who mentioned Roulette in Rolling Stone magazine as being among his favorite musicians.

As Daphne Blue's A-List fan base makes clear, Clapton was never "God." The Heavens have parted: Buckle up and ride the wind with this one.


1. ‘Pocket Full of Memories’ is as soulful as anything Ray Charles or Chet Baker ever played.

2. ‘Fuzztone Country’ will peel the paint off of your walls. Is it possible to play blues in a more expressive way? Probably not in this lifetime.

3. ‘Neptune’s Kingdom’ is a dreamland filled with fun humor and fantasy; qualities good music should have.

4. ‘The Devil’s Roadhouse’ is what Freddie Roulette calls a real ‘cuttin’ heads blues’ where Daphne-Blue-Ray and Freddie Roulette duel against a background of audience clapping and stomping. Roulette says, “No other guitar in the world could ride those waves with me like Ray could. Not Clapton, Not Jeff Beck, Not Stevie, Not Jimi. ‘Nobody’ means ‘nobody,’ except Ray. Only Daphne-Blue-Ray can play like that, and it’s with a clean tone and live. He was the best of the best guitar slingers. This is the real Crossroads, not some made for TV movie or festival to sell soft drinks. This is a live recording.” Roulette is right. This song is naked: there are no drums or keys to hide behind; it’s recorded live. Only the best guitar players in the world can play to audience clapping and blow the doors off of the venue with sheer ferociousness and soul like this performance. Only a few musicians could play with such depth without accompaniment the great bass player, Jaco Pastorius comes to mind, as does legendary saxophonist John Coltraine. Your blues guitar heroes will seem like mere mortals when you hear this one.

5. ‘Little Wing’ is the Hendrix classic beautifully done: Lap Steel, Fretless bass, Fender Rhodes piano, 12 string guitar and Daphne-Blue-Ray reinterpreting Jimi. An epic.

6. ‘Wildflower’ is one of Daphne-Blue-Ray’s songs. Roulette covered more songs by his bandmate Ray than by another other artist by a margin of at least 2 to 1. This is poetry in motion. This song, like ‘Pocket Full of Memories,’ has a corresponding vocal version. You will never hear another lap steel or pedal steel guitarist sound like this.

7. ‘Blues for Sea Bandits’ is a laid back blues with plenty of wah wah action. The ghost of Earl Hooker haunts this track and the tune fully shows why Ray was picked to replace the Legendary Earl Hooker.

8. ‘Teardrop’ is the doo-wop dreamscape of Santo & Johnny elegantly reinterpreted by Freddie Roulette. This one will take you to a pleasant and relaxing place where dreams are shown in 3-D Technicolor.

9. ‘End of the Blues’ is a Freddie Roulette and Earl Hooker number. People are always looking for that magic blues song – that is, the tune that is the stuff of legends. This is it. It was buried in the vaults for over 30 years and features Roulette on wah wah lap steel and shows where modern steel guitar players like Robert Randolph borrowed much of their sound. But that’s where the comparison stops: This is an epic slow blues without drums; it’s the stuff of legend and showcases Roulette on lead steel and Daphne-Blue-Ray on backing guitar while still a teenager. Freddie Roulette has no peers on the steel guitar. ‘End of the blues’ was also the first model for the song ‘You Shook Me,’ later made famous by Led Zeppelin.

10. ‘Yesterday’ is the Lennon/McCartney classic where steel guitar and lead guitar form a 2 guitar symphony. The manner this song is performed shows that Roulette and Ray can branch out into classical art forms. John Lennon’s son, Julian, remarked that this is a really good version of the song. It’s a nice touch to the album to step out of the bounds of the blues paradigm and show other styles of playing. Great song and great playing.

11. ‘Love in Spring’ is a song to fall in love to. It’s just very pretty. Steel guitar, lead guitar, piano and bass round this one out.

12. ‘Our Mellow Locomotive’ is Roulette and Daphne-Blue-Ray having fun. It has the charm of the Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine’ set to a mid-tempo blues. Music is supposed to be fun, and in this one you can almost hear the steam engines revving-up for a little revelry.

13. ‘Hold On’ is the last recording by the legendary Earl Hooker. This recording was buried in the vaults for more than 3 decades. Roulette is on lead steel, Ray on bass, Hooker on guitar, PineTop Perkins on piano, and Howlin’ Wolf’s pianist, Big Moose Walker, on organ. It’s a powerful live recording of a Motown foot-stomper. For Earl Hooker fans, it’s a ‘must have’ song. Despite being recorded so long ago, and in a live setting, this one will get your foot tapping. It’s a real gem. May the legendary Earl Hooker rest in peace.

14. ‘Carved Rocks’ features Daphne-Blue-Ray on lead guitar. It’s a barn burner of guitar electricity. This song can stand up to anything Jeff Beck or Hendrix recorded. Blues-Rock guitar at its finest.

15. ‘Can you hear the ocean sing?’ is a Daphne-Blue-Ray tune and the reissued version of this album has this song on it at Freddie Roulette’s insistence. It’s the only song to have vocals on the entire album and one can easily hear the magic combination of Roulette’s oceanic lap steel against Ray’s velvet baritone voice. This is a great song and one of Freddie Roulette’s favorite songs.

The making of this album is in a mini-documentary on Youtube called: "Freddie Roulette Lap Steel Master (Behind the scenes making a Daphne Blue album)."



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