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No, You!

by Grams & Krieger

Two Americana singer/songwriters play blues and roots rock on acoustic and electric bass, acoustic and electric guitar/slide with help from internationally known friends, particularly Holland's Mr. Boogie Woogie.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chilly Side of Town
4:32 album only
2. Don't Look Up
3:39 album only
3. Big Mouth Baby
4:00 album only
4. Blues in the Bottle
3:23 album only
5. Memphis Train
3:23 album only
6. These Blues
3:04 album only
7. Lay Low
2:56 album only
8. Lonesome Whistle Blow
3:13 album only
9. Old Sparky's Waltz
2:17 album only
10. Piggy Back Rider
2:54 album only
11. They Said
4:35 album only
12. It's a Dog's Life
3:25 album only
13. Hey Paulina
2:28 album only


Album Notes
This is the duo's third CD since 2001. If one is interested a list of accomplishments from these two members of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame just go to either of their other CDs on CDBaby ("Two Days" and "That's the Way We Work")and read the bios. Since the release of "Two Days" the boys have travelled to Europe to play eight times; playing festivals, theaters, cultural centers, pubs, and cafes. In fact, part of the new CD was recorded in Holland and the rest was recorded at home in Tucson, Arizona. It is on Firesweep Records, a Dutch label. Like a live G&K performance the CD has a high level of spontaneity as if the studio was not getting in the way, as it so frequently can. Listening to the CD is like taking Danny and Steve home with you, without having to pick up a bunch of empty beer cans after they leave. You can always count on these guys to cut to the chase. So sit back, turn up the volume, and enjoy the ride!


Bassist Steve Grams and guitarist Danny Krieger constitute local blues duo Grams & Krieger, who this week celebrate the release of thier third and latest CD, "No, You!", which was recorded in Tucson and Holland, and appears on the Dutch label Firesweep Records. Tunes range from the slow-burning late night lament "Big Mouth Baby" and the shuffling blues-rock of "Chilly Side of Town," which boasts gorgeously soulful vocals, to a slightly odd instrumental waltz that sounds improvised("Old Sparky's Waltz")and a strutting take on Rufus Thomas' "Memphis Train." These two dudes aren't in the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame for nothin'.


On the cover it sure looks like something 'funny' is happening just out of sight of the camera, which would not be the least bit unusual with this duo. They have been together for umpteen years, and act almost like brothers that love each other, but will never make it easy on the other. The cover photo and the disc title reflect that practical joker air of competitive brotherly love, and it is infused in the music on this disc as well. They have fun and enjoy each other's company, and this adds that certain extra ingredient, both in the playing and delivery, to the music. They are strongly supported on this collection of original songs (with only one cover) by a rotating cast of very able musicians- a group that knows whose disc they are playing on and they are a very respectful lot. This disc is rooted in the blues, but covers a variety of styles, leaning slightly toward the country-side, in an electrified mode. You lead off with Danny Krieger's voice that has been soaked in a
whiskey-and-cigarette vinaigarette to come to its proper rasp. The singing of upright and electric bassist Steve Grams is smoother, and has more of a country edge to it. The two of them more or less trade off as to who gets to be singing lead. There is that cohesiveness that comes when friends that truly admire what the other is creating play together. You particularly hear it when the voices blend into that seamless voice of two: give a listen to "Hey Paulina." It is one of the songs worth going to cdbaby for.



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mike lange

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I admit I am probably biased by hearing, seeing is believing, these guys live among friends in minnesota smokey bars and festival stages where we all stand and bow down laughing for the joy of music and their rhythmic years of friendship and fingers connected somewhere deep inside - these guys move my soul, my head and like as not help me see the true - that head and heart are one thing - like art does - you know. soooo - thank you boys - another journey done out through great licks history, re-creationary processes, humor, a wink and a nod and of course a slight embarrassment at all us fools for music out here in the audience bowing down!