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For Love & Money

by Harpdog Brown

Harpdog Brown took Chicago Blues down to New Orleans for a party and the result is a fresh and vibrant new sound that's unlike anything you've heard from Harpdog. It's too much fun to keep to yourself so get it now and play it loud for all your friends!
Genre: Blues: New Orleans Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. No Eyes for Me
3:40 album only
2. Blue Light Boogie
5:22 album only
3. The Comeback
4:49 album only
4. Reefer Lovin’ Woman
4:52 album only
5. A New Day Is Dawnin’
4:28 album only
6. Vicious, Vicious Vodka
4:03 album only
7. I’ll Make It up to You
3:47 album only
8. One Step Forward
3:51 album only
9. Stiff
3:24 album only
10. For Love and Money
3:11 album only
11. Buzzard Luck
3:58 album only
12. Thinkin’ and Drinkin’
4:35 album only
13. Sasha’s Lullaby
4:13 album only
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Album Notes
Harpdog Brown - For Love & Money

Harpdog Brown - vocals, harmonica
Dave Webb - piano, Hammond B3
Bob Grant - drums
William Joseph Abbott - clarinet, alto sax
Skye Lambourne - trombone
Jerry Cook - baritone and tenor sax
Jeremy Holmes - doghouse bass, electric bass

Special guest, Steve Dawson, guitars

One Step Forward vocals - Bob Grant, Dave Webb, Jerry Cook, Skye Lambourne, Billy Joe Abbott, Harpdog Brown, Ken Simms

All tracks recorded at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC
Engineered by Sheldon Zaharko, Zed Productions in Vancouver, BC
Mastered by Graemme Brown, Zen Mastering in Vancouver, BC
Executive Producer, Ken Simms, ThinkTank Music Network
Produced by Steve Dawson

FOR LOVE & MONEY (title/author/duration)
No Eyes For Me / Mike Ross/Harpdog Brown / 3:40
Blue Light Boogie / Jessie Mae Robinson / 5:22
The Comeback / Memphis Slim / 4:49
Reefer Lovin’ Woman / Harpdog Brown / 4:52
A New Day is Dawnin’ / Wayne Berezan / 4:28
Vicious, Vicious Vodka / Joseph C. Smith / 4:03
I’ll Make It Up To You / Brandon Isaak / 3:47
One Step Forward / Wayne Berezan / 3:52
Stiff / Harpdog Brown / 3:24
For Love and Money / Dave Webb / 3:11
Buzzard Luck / Wynonie Harriis / 3:58
Thinkin’ and Drinkin’ / O O Merritt / 4:35
Sasha’s Lullaby / Skye Lambourne / 4:13

Guest Artist Biographies:

Steve Dawson
Over the past two decades, Steve Dawson has become such an indelible fixture on the Canadian musical landscape that it’s tempting to take him for granted. The music that flows out of him is so natural and authentic that it’s possible to forget all of the toils that went into producing it.
Behind the seemingly endless stream of award-winning musical output (he has produced and/or played on more than 80 albums since the turn of the millennium, 7 of which have won Juno Awards), is one of the hardest working musicians this country has ever produced. Whether he’s turning heads on the concert circuit with his incendiary playing or pulling the best possible performances out of the many artists that he works within the studio, Dawson is always striving to take things to the next level.

Dave Webb
Dave's love of the Blues and live music has condemned him to a lifetime of poverty, but he wouldn't have it any other way. He's been in the music business for 40 years or more, and he's proud to say he's earned hundreds and hundreds of dollars. He’s a sought after piano player on the Vancouver blues scene and has recorded with numerous artists. He loves this recording and enjoys touring with Harpdog Brown

Bob Grant
Robert (Bob) Grant started gigging in Northern B.C. at an early age when his brothers and father were already booked. He has travelled in numerous countries; touring Europe, Canada, the U.S., South America and more. Bob can be heard on many recordings including artists such as Sue Foley, Gary Primich, Jess Lee, Red Herring and many more. He continues his busy schedule singing and playing trumpet, drums and piano.

William Joseph Abbott
Joseph is a Vancouver based clarinet player drawing strong influences from the New Orleans clarinet tradition and the iconic sounds that came out of the swing era. He is second generation jazz and blues musician. Joseph has spent much of the last four years performing in New Orleans and Vancouver.

Skye Lambourne
Skye is a Canadian trombonist, vocalist and composer. At 17, he was already playing professionally. He and clarinettist Joseph Abbott immersed themselves in the New Orleans music scene to educate themselves on the Jazz tradition. Sky now splits his time between Vancouver and New Orleans

Jerry Cook
Jerry Cook was an original member of Harpdog Brown & the Bloodhounds back in the ‘90s. He’s a very accomplished saxophone player who has toured and recorded with Colin James, Jim Byrnes, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne and many others. He is also a member of the Legendary Powder Blues Band. He’s a sought-after horn player both in the studio and in Vancouver’s live music scene and can be found performing regularly around town. These days he’s also made a career as a single-reed instrument repair specialist with over 15 years experience in the industry.

Jeremy Holmes
Jeremy is a bass player and composer who has recorded and played with such diverse artists as Jim Byrnes, John Hammond, Colin James, Michael Kaeshammer, Aaron Pritchett and Michael Buble. He has worked with numerous producers including Steve Dawson. He was also featured as an actor/musician in The Arts Club Theatre's sold out production of Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story. Jeremy studied at The Banff Centre for The Arts, has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and has toured clubs, festivals and theatres throughout Canada, the US, and Europe.

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For love and money is what it’s all about

It's been quite the journey. I was working a lot with Dave Webb (piano) and our playbook was on the edge of old-school jazz and some gutsy blues. Skye Lambourne and William Joseph Abbott, both excellent horn players from Vancouver's east side sat in with us a few times. These young fellas are well studied in New Orleans blues and jazz and they brought our music to a new level. That's what awoke my New Orleans heritage. After doing a show with them last NYE there was no turning back. Eventually, I convinced drummer Bob Grant to join us. He has the heart and soul of a blues/jazzman with impeccable meter.

We took that band to Steve Dawson. To have him produce this album was something I never would have imagined. I love his wonderful arrangement ideas that helped shape this beautiful album. Of course, his masterful guitar playing certainly gave the album extra colour when needed.

Steve brought in session bass master Jeremy Holmes, who plays excellent upright on songs like I’ll Make It Up To You and also was right-on-the-money with the electric bass on songs like One Step Forward. The cat is solid

I am grateful that Steve brought in my longtime friend and sax man extraordinaire, Jerry Cook. Jerry is an alumnus of the original Bloodhounds. His Baritone sax on songs like The Comeback gives the album so much texture. Jerry is truly one of the best.

I am blessed to work with some amazing songwriters. Two songs, One Step Forward and A New Day Is Dawnin’, were written for me and tailored to my life. Both were written by Bloodhounds alumni Wayne Berezan. Wayne is also the author of many of the great songs I’ve recorded.

Brandon Isaak and I have toured together and we go back many years. He writes songs that I identify with and I am excited for you to hear our take on his song I’ll Make It Up To You.

The title track, written by Dave Webb, is all about my life of worldly blues travel. Thousands and thousands of miles are captured in three minutes, eleven seconds.

Yes, I write a little too. I’ve never felt prolific, but when a song comes to me it seems to be worthy, so I accept it as a gift. Reefer Lovin Woman is based on a gal I know. In fact, we released a video for the song on October 17, 2018, the same day that Canada legalized recreational cannabis use. No Eyes For Me was written with my good buddy Mike Ross, whom I met in music college back in 1982. He was taking piano and we created our first blues band together. I wrote Stiff with help from a fan who came running over to my table at the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival telling me she had a great title for me and only me. She said, “I’m stiff...in all the wrong places.” Well, I loved it, as did everyone at the table. Sadly, I didn’t get her name. I hope she hears it and enjoys knowing she played a huge part in this one.

Now, when it comes to songwriting, I can’t say enough about the last song on the album. We were wrapping up a rehearsal when Skye sat down at Dave’s piano and started playing some beautiful chords and I just started singing some Tom Waits number it reminded me of. He stopped dead in his tracks and told me I should sing this song he wrote. Well after hearing it once, I was in! Skye Lambourne wrote Sasha’s Lullaby back when he was just 14 yrs old, (he’s now 23). I think it’s destined to be a favourite love song or belongs on a movie soundtrack. What do you think?

On another note, Ken Simms, my manager is responsible for all the great things that have come my way in the past couple of years. I completely admire him and his vision and drive. He’s the most honest guy I have ever met in this business, and I’m honoured to call him my friend.

This is one damn fine album, depicting where I am in my life and musical career. The title For Love and Money sums it all up well. After all, that’s what it’s all about. And in that order. We should all know that money is useless without love.

Thank you to everyone involved and to you for adding this album to your collection. I am truly blessed.



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