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Are You In, Kid?

by Hifi Mojo

What goes good with electric slide guitar? Horns, Hammond B-3, and soulful vocals as HiFi MoJo brings you an album of great songs both worldly-wise and humorous, mixes them with a batch of blues, a dollop of New Orleans R+ B and a pinch of jazz to make a savory gumbo. Dig in. This ain’t your dad’s 12-bar blues band.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Smoke and Mirrors
3:29 $0.99
2. Refuge in the Blues
4:57 $0.99
3. Walkin' into Wheeler
3:32 $0.99
4. Hunker Down
7:17 $0.99
5. Barcode
3:38 $0.99
6. Wind Turns Blue
5:12 $0.99
7. Lost Your Place
5:13 $0.99
8. Nowhere to Go
3:41 $0.99
9. 2 Paychecks From the Street
5:15 $0.99
10. Last Time I Saw Phil
6:01 $0.99
11. Smokin'
4:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
HiFi MoJo’s “Are You In, Kid?“ is the creation of veteran Portland drummer and singer Marty Henninger. Started as a project to show his kids a person can make and sell their own music, his music takes a semi-autobiographical view of his experiences in the last decade. By turns serious and humorous, he delved into blues, rhythm and blues, jazz and gospel to write a collection of songs that described life in middle America in the first decade of the 21st century. From the anger in “Smoke and Mirrors” and “Two Paychecks from the Street”, the humor in “Lost your Place” or the poignancy of “Hunker Down “or “Last Time I Saw Phil”, HiFi MoJo mixes the rich soil of American music to reflect on a middle class slowly being destroyed by greed and stupidity. As Marty said, “This is about peoples’ lives in America now. We’re in a poker game playing against a house full of wealth and power, but who deals from a stacked deck. We’re playing for our way of life.” The stakes couldn’t be higher. Are you in, kid?

The Songs:
Smoke and Mirrors: An update of a field holler about the problems; Acapella vocals replete with symphony of shovels, hammers and crowbars. I like tools. Recorded and mixed by Shins engineer Sean Flora

Refuge in the Blues: A broken relationship to the soundtrack of old scratchy Chess sides. Lead guitar solos by the fiery and indominatable Jim Mesi.

Walkin' into Wheeler: Love and happiness to a jumpin’ New Orleans 2-beat parade shuffle. Portland–born slide guitarist Gaddis Cavenah shows his quality!

Hunker Down: A moody rumination on the 2004 presidential election, but whose words also echo the desolation after hurricane Katrina one year later. The rain never stops. More atmospherics by Sean Flora. Great slide work by guitarist Gaddis Cavenah.

Barcode: Second-line funk and horns propel a bouncy little tune about the "mark of the beast." The legendary Fats Domino’s tenor saxophone player Reggie Houston turns in a couple of gutsy solos.

Wind Turns Blue: A bluesy ballad with piano by engineer Ron Rogers sounding like Floyd Cramer strained through a Professor Longhair blender. Ron’s next door neighbor Claes Amroth plays harp. The theme is tried and true blues. Sometimes a guy can't do nothin' right.

Lost Your Place: A steamy Slim Harpo-like swamper about love lost and found again. Sometimes living in a small town has its advantages. More funky harp by Claes (pronounced Klaus)

Nowhere to Go: A late night jazz-tinged blues about those years when everything seems to go wrong. In this case, 2001 sucked. Ditto 2002. Smoky, Hammond B-3 arrangement by Ben Partain. Reggie Houston lights it up again on tenor.

Two Paychecks From the Street: A heartfelt minor blues about the slow collapse of the American Dream as told by the people who lived it, while I was doing a crappy little collections job for a mega-bank. Gaddis on slide and Ben Partain on B-3 burn it to the ground.

Last Time I Saw Phil: A gospel-flavored farewell to a much-loved bassist, friend and fellow traveler, Phil Haxton. I wrote this the night before his memorial service. Recorded live in Gaddis’ basement, the first song HiFi MoJo ever recorded. Ben plays the B-3 and kicks bass, while Gaddis plays some sweet slide.

Smokin': A big, wide, uptown shuffle about...well, adult themes. Horns by Peter Moss and Steve Cameron.



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