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Good Dogs Always Eat

by Joel Hobbs

A delightful acoustic blend of original mandolin tunes with diverse influences including swing, bossa & chamber music. Featuring Bret Boyer, Paul Glasse, Sean Kelly, Chris Peterson, Richard Somers & Darren Dyke.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Brisk
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2. Tickling the Dragon's Tail (Feat. Bret Boyer)
3:24 $0.99
3. Jasmine
2:39 $0.99
4. Under the Sky (Feat. Paul Glasse & Bret Boyer)
6:29 $0.99
5. Aspettandolo (Feat. Sean Kelly)
1:16 $0.99
6. Il Boccolo di San Marco (Feat. Richard Somers)
2:22 $0.99
7. Kīpuka (Feat. Bret Boyer)
3:50 $0.99
8. Stella Kwela
2:35 $0.99
9. Clancy's Farewell
2:15 $0.99
10. Chugboat's Bolero (Feat. Chris Peterson & Sean Kelly)
6:42 $0.99
11. Heart Mountain Highway (Feat. Richard Somers)
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12. In Appreciation of Small Miracles
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Album Notes
Joel Hobbs writes swing tunes and chamber music, with a specialty in mandolin. On his debut album, Good Dogs Always Eat, Joel collaborates with some of his favorite players to bring his original compositions to life. In addition to a handful of swing tunes, the record includes a bolero, a bossa nova, two waltzes, a kwela, and other aural treats.

The record features:

Joel Hobbs:: Mandolin, mandola, mandocello, guitars, tenor uke, whistles, Hammond organ, accordion, fretless bass and percussion
Bret Boyer :: Archtop guitar
Paul Glasse :: 5-string electric mandolin
Sean Kelly :: Upright bass
Chris Peterson :: Fiddles
Richard Somers :: Mandolin
Darren Dyke :: Percussion

Composer and mandolinist Joel Reid Hobbs (b. 1963) has written and performed music in wide range of styles from traditional folk to chamber music. Joel is the founder and director of the Austin Mandolin Orchestra. He grew up in rural Texas where he learned to play bluegrass and gospel music on mandolin and guitar at an early age. Joel performs on mandolin, guitar, ukulele, bass and whistle throughout the US for a variety of folk dances (including square, contra, English country, Scottish, and hula) and worship services.

Joel often composes and arranges original compositions for solo and ensemble mandolin, guitar, recorder, and ukelele. Recently he has been honing his craft by composing chamber music for a broader range of orchestral instruments with the aspiration of eventually writing larger works for symphony orchestra. Joel lives in Austin Texas with his wife and a couple of border collies. He is a member of ASCAP, The Classical Mandolin Society of America, and the American Composers Forum.

Artist's Statement:
Music is an enigma that compels me. When a baby laughs, a child claps or a bird chips, we are pleased. The simplest sounds have the ability to change our mood – causing us to feel better, or worse, or some other way.

Yet the theories and tools of music composition and production are as nuanced and elaborate as any science. With each composition and performance, I become more aware of the infinite palette of musical choices and more adept at the craft of conveying my unfolding vision.

I balance my time as a composer between writing simple folk & jazz tunes and composing & arranging fully orchestrated works.My compositions are often a reflection of the natural world. I draw on diverse influences from the gem-like precision of a Bach fugue to the primal swirling drone of a didgeridoo. Ultimately, I seek to awaken a wellspring of joy in the performer and the listener.



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