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by James Day

Jump Blues and New Orleans Grooves with Harmonica puncuated with clever lyrics. Produced By James Harman and engineered by Nathan James. All West Coast Musician Revue featuring Carl Sonny Leyland,Buddy Clarke,Marty Dodson and Michael Bonedaddy Tempo.
Genre: Blues: Jump Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blues On A Fuse
3:20 album only
2. Big Money
3:30 album only
3. Better Watch Your Step
4:43 album only
4. The Two Girls
2:35 album only
5. Fish Where They Bite
3:17 album only
6. Down the Shore
3:37 album only
7. Power Down
2:39 album only
8. Man About Town
2:56 album only
9. Boiled Peanuts
3:10 album only
10. Dead Broke Blues
4:01 album only
11. Before I Go
3:18 album only
12. Too Many Tattoos
2:54 album only
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Album Notes
The new CD, Firecracker was produced by international Blues veteran James Harman and engineered by Blues guitar wizard, Nathan James. Top-shelf West Coast Musicians were recruited by Harman to back James Day’s 12 original songs (two co penned with James Harman). Firecracker features: Carl “Sonny” Leyland on keyboards, Nathan James on guitars, Marty Dodson on trap drums, Dale Buddy Clark on acoustic bass, Jonny Viau on tenor sax, Tony Matoian on baritone sax and James Michael Tempo on percussion. The CD is posthumously dedicated to Buddy Clark since it was the last project he played on-sadly he passed away six months later.

James Day was born in Valdosta Georgia in 1961.As a military dependant he lived all over the world for 3 year stints. James and his brother Jeff both picked up the guitar and played duo gigs while living overseas. When the family returned to their hometown of Biloxi Mississippi James absorbed the Blues and American roots music played in the southern clubs and jukes in this raucous seaside town. He moved to New Orleans to play guitar in the Rockabilly Roots band The Casuals. The Casuals worked the New Orleans and the Gulf Coast music scenes.When the Casuals disbanded in 1984, he took a 13 year hiatus from the music business to pursue water skiing, snowboarding and sailing. During that time, James held a series of jobs from airbrush artist to crawfish/fish fry caterer (hence the band’s name). A satellite installation job brought him to Philadelphia and a woman convinced him to stay. He took up the harmonica, playing as a side man in area swing and blues bands.

James started his own project, James Day and the Fish Fry in 2003. The band’s combined showmanship and musical talents forged a sound of Jump Blues and New Orleans R&B. The Fish Fry found an enthusiastic audience and quickly became popular in the Mid -Atlantic area. They have backed many National Blues stars to include Johnny Dyer, Gary Primach, Nappy Brown, James Harman, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Pine Top Perkins among others.Their debut CD, Blue Latitudes was an all original song meander down the Mississippi river, treating fans to a selection of each Blues style along the way.

James work on the reeds was initially influenced by Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williams II records, and later influenced by modern Blues harmonica players; Kim Wilson and Rick Estrin. His style has evolved to more of a horn player spinning unexpected lines and reserved phrasing that shows the influence of his East Coast harp mentors, Dennis Gruenling and Steve Guyger.

As a humorous front man, James’ vocal style leans toward the old Blues shouters, Big Joe Turner, and Smiley Lewis. In addition to his harmonica and vocal skills, James Day is a witty and imaginative songwriter with the ability to turn a phrase with clever word play.

James Day and the Fish Fry play their definitive style of “Jump Blues and New Orleans Grooves” at clubs, summer concerts and Blues festivals in the Mid Atlantic and also up and down the East Coast. With Jeff Michael on acoustic bass, Ron Baldwin on piano, Mark Thornton on percussion, Greg Snyder on guitar, and Mark Shewchuk on drums, the Fish Fry provide the energy and racket to fuel one wild, swingin’, house-rocking party.



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Sean Dyer RTE radio 1 Ireland

Stellar Tracks!
One of my top 5 blues CD's of the year and from an indie artist! A collision of tyhe old and new, from a southern artist.
James is a solid harp player who sings and jives through clever lyrics and catchy songs. This CD is pure Blues F-U-N.
Give it a listen!

Simone Bargelli (Radio) "Rock and Blues Today" Umbertide, Italy

Greta Tunes & Fresh Songwriting
James Day's new release is a concentrated mix of pure energy. Great style, great soul and harp. Firecracker-handle with care...you could burn yourself with real blues!

Beardo- BluesWax Magazine / Bandana Blues Radio

Good Blues for ya
James Day and Brother Jeff have had the opportunity to live and play in places most of us have never heard of due to being military brats. Not suggesting their hometown of Biloxi Mississippi is unknown. While sucking up all that Americana, New Orleans R&B, and blues his day jobs included being a fish fry man, which is the name of the band he put together after moving to Philly.
Becoming a favorite in the area they become the backing band for many traveling blues stars, one of them was James Harman in 2003. Harman and his guitarist , Nathan James loved James Day and had such a good time that Harman offered to produce his next record. How do you pass up an offer like that?

This isn’t a Harman record he plays on and not just monster advice, attitude, fine production (plus background vocals on “Fish Where They Bite” one of the best tunes on the CD. Day plays all the harp, some guitar, vocals and kazoos. Nathan James on the other hand lays down some greasy lines that require napkins. Hmmmmmmmm, sounds familiar.

As most James Harman touched material it is full of real tall tales, grooves, and humour. All the many styles mesh effortlessly including Jonny Viau’s tenor arrangemants with Tony Matoian’s baritone.

You also hear many styles of harp from James Day as he’s sucked them up like a sponge over each discovery of a new harp man during his life. James Day and the Fish Fry play “Jump Blues and New Orleans Grooves” all over the East Coast.

The opening cut “Blues On A Fuse” explains the blueprint of Firecracker.
“Down The Shore” as it is pronounced in Philly, not let’s go down to the shore is a big chuck of summer behavior in Delaware and Jersey. “Too Many Tattoos has Sonny Leyland not able to stop the boogie….thank god. A fantastic closer that makes you go Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, it ain’t over is it? Shit! Put that on again.
Let’s introduce The Sizzlin’ Fish Fry that will get you on your feet or prosthetics at live gigs! They are Jeff Michael acoustic bass, Ron Baldwin piano, Mark Thornton percussion, Greg Snyder guitar, and Mark Shewchuk drummer.

Vicente Zumel - La Hora del Blues. Barcelona (Spain)

Man! James Day is a crazy enjoyable artist and an excellent story-teller. He plays blues, jump, rhumba, boogie-woogie and rhythm and blues from the deepest part of his heart. His music is a real journey that drives us to fourties and fifties to savour legendary Memphis, Chicago, Texas or New Orleans music. Good rhythm, good patters, good tempo, good beat....
A solid cd!! Mr. Day, keep on blowin' your harp!!


Fire Cracker
CD Baby has the title listed as two words, so maybe even they are getting into the act with a play on words on this good 'ol Georgia Boy. Ya think?

James Day has assembled a great cast of players and crafted some very cool and satisfying tunes and arrangements cutting a wide path through different roots styles. An effective vocal stylist and tough harmonica player, he's put together a rollicking piece of work that should fit nicely into your current list of favorites.