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Bad Men, Ballads and Balderdash!

by The George Mattson Trio

An eclectic/acoustic style of music that fits the Americana/country/folk label and ranges from funny to drop-dead serious.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fly Trouble
2:44 $0.99
2. The Orphan Train
4:12 $0.99
3. These Dance Hall Girls
4:30 $0.99
4. Tom Horn
4:44 $0.99
5. Turnpike Tom
3:53 $0.99
6. Tom Dula
4:16 $0.99
7. Henry & the True Machine
3:42 $0.99
8. Polka Dots & Moonbeams
3:41 $0.99
9. The Two Sisters (Child Ballad #10)
4:42 $0.99
10. I'm Going to the West
3:11 $0.99
11. Hobo's Last Letter
4:31 $0.99
12. That's How I Learned to Sing the Blues
4:12 $0.99
13. If I Don't Love You (Grits Ain't Groceries)
2:17 $0.99
14. The Nearness of You
3:50 $0.99
15. Way out There
4:10 $0.99
16. Unwed Fathers
4:44 $0.99
17. Run, Come See Jerusalem
3:38 $0.99
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Bill Lemos

A little bit of everything . . .
The George Mattson Trio’s new CD, Bad Men, Ballads and Balderdash, is out – and it hooked me on the very first listening! This ain’t one of your typical “every-song-sounds-the-same” releases. Indeed, the joy of George Mattson’s music is the diversity and wide range of his song choices.

There are a couple of traditional songs involving murder and mayhem, including a great version of "Tom Dula" with a surprise – and chilling – ending. He also includes some favorites by Chicago songwriters and performers (James McCandless, Steve Goodman, John Prine and Michael Smith). The album includes some blues, a little country, and a few tunes that fall into the Balderdash category. And of course, no album of George's would be complete without a few unexpected inclusions such as Hoagy Carmichael's "The Nearness Of You."

But wait, there’s more! You may know some of George’s unique renditions, such as "Orphan Train," "Going Out West," and one of his crowd-pleaser (some would say legendary) songs, "Run Come See Jerusalem." I’m happy to report that all three are included on this CD.

Anyone who’s familiar with George knows what a great interpreter of songs he is. And if you’ve seen him live on stage, his enthusiasm and good humor are infectious. When you add long-time cohorts Michael Hazdra on double bass and Tommy Re on fiddle – both exceptional musicians in their own right – Bad Men, Ballads and Balderdash comes alive. Check it out!

Terry Fitzgerald

Worth the Wait!
It's been around 20 years since the last CD, and the George Mattson Trio is stronger than ever. GMT has long been a mainstay of the Chicago area folk/acoustic scene , appearing often in the western suburbs. Their fan base knows that at every show they will hear a mix of standards and songs that are incredibly UN-standard, all delivered with wit and charm. GMT consists of George Mattson, guitars, banjo & vocals,; Mike Hazdra,, a stand-up guy on stand-up bass; and Tommy Re, appropriately credited as "fiddle and grins". Though Bad Men, Ballads and Balderdash is a 17 song studio album, the song selection itself is a taste of the live experience. GMT always includes a number of songs by past and current songwriting masters , especially those based in Chicago, and BB&B is no exception. You'll hear songs by Steve Goodman, John Prine, and James McCandless, along with songs by Hoagy Carmichael, Utah Phillips, Bill Hicks and others. Personal favorites include a trio of "Bad Tom" songs (Tom Horn, Tom Dula and Turnpike Tom), That's How I learned to Sing the Blues and Run Come See Jerusalem. This last one is one of 3 songs in which George's voice is augmented by those of friends and fellow artists Denise Davis, Rich & Vicki Ingle, Ron Leaneugh and Marguerite Re.. Longtime fans will treasure this CD, and new fans who come to GMT via BB&B will want to find their way to a live show.