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Bllu Dur'm

by Good Rocking Sam

This Is our third album in a series of explorations of American Blues & Soul music. Largely driven by our experiences leading up to, and following our visit to Memphis and the International Blues Challenge in 2017, these are our take on Modern Blues.
Genre: Blues: Soul-Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Poppin' and Crackin'
3:22 $0.99
2. Memphis
4:51 $0.99
3. Engine 9
3:24 $0.99
4. Soul Crusher
4:03 $0.99
5. Only Man
4:46 $0.99
6. Cheated You Fair and Square
4:02 $0.99
7. Hey Hey Yeah
3:54 $0.99
8. Love Crime
3:54 $0.99
9. Where Y'at
3:29 $0.99
10. No More Water
3:53 $0.99
11. Red Line
3:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
Bllu Dur'm is Good Rocking Sam's third album of songs celebrating our love of American Blues, R&B, and Soul music. As always, all the songs are original. Some of the songs, like No More Water (a Marley-esque corn-field holler and ode to the struggles of farm life), have been in the live repertoire for years, while others were written in the last few years. Memphis, for example, was inspired by our visit to Memphis, Tennessee for the 2017 International Blues Challenge. Soul Crusher, wonderfully sung by Chuck Taylor, is another Memphis inspired tune -- perhaps something one might hear from Stax Records.
The bluesy Cheated You Fair and Square is another GRS song that has been kicked around for a while but has never sounded as good as it does now. Like many of our songs, Love Crime is a collaborative effort: Mike Conway had a basic idea for the music, Dave Sword picked up his golden book of unused lyrics, and the song fell into place. Hey Hey Yeah is a playful romp with references to Willie Dixon’s Wang Dang Doodle and other good times had in the piney woods.
Several songs are very personal: “Going to hell just a Poppin' and Crackin'” is a phrase Dave Sword's great-uncle would say, and -- despite the rockabilly fun -- his was not a happy ending. Engine 9, an American train song of sorts, is one of two songs written while David Mozier was being treated for cancer. The other, Only Man, is a love song written to his wife, with a nod to Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions. The album’s closer, Red Line, is a revived highway classic that marries Mitch Ryder and Otis Redding. One can almost hear Mike Conway singing along as he travels from Detroit down south.
The title Bllu Dur'm is a play on the legendary name “Bull” Durham and refers to the city that we call home. "Dur'm" is how locals refer to Durham, North Carolina. A resurgent and dynamic city, Durham has become an epicenter of North Carolina Blues music, with an explosion of nightclubs and restaurants that feature live Blues and Soul music. Where Y’at chronicles a drunken pub crawl of our fair city, including such familiar landmarks as the old Durham Bulls’ ballpark and the Blue Note Grill -- the hub of the Triangle Blues universe.
We hope that you enjoy our music and our take on life and the Blues. More to come, and soon!



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