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by John Dodge

The third studio release from this Portland-based guitarist/composer/songwriter offers 12 original tunes best described as high energy electro-acoustic Americana on the roots side of rock, blues, jazz and pop.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Johnny On the Spot
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2. Why Don't You Love Me?
2:28 $0.99
3. Odd Man Out
2:37 $0.99
4. Retorno Del Toro
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5. The Newlyweds
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6. What Five Is This
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7. When the Levee Breaks
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8. Walk Down Mystery Street
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9. Play the Guitar or Grow Up
2:30 $0.99
10. Sign Up
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11. Simple Prayer
1:27 $0.99
12. The Wild Australian
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Album Notes
TRIO is the electro-acoustic record I’ve long wanted to make. My third studio effort also introduces two talented and versatile players, Sean Vinson on electric and acoustic bass and Kyle Owen on drums and percussion. Our musical guests include Bela Balogh (from 3 Leg Torso), violin; David Jacobs-Strain, slide guitar; Ramsey Embick, keyboards; Mieke Bruggeman, clarinet and alto sax; Farnell Newton, trumpet; Al Torres, trombone; Peter Zisa, classical guitar; John Hubbard, cello. TRIO was produced by John Dodge and Bob Stark (Esperanza Spaulding, Everclear, Missy Higgins, Edie Brickell), engineered by Bob Stark, Dave Friedlander and Steve Sundholm at Kung Fu Bakery Recording, Portland.

The tunes: depending on how you define your genres, we have three rock tunes, three blues tunes, three jazz tunes, a couple of folk tunes and a pop tune. There are 11 originals, both vocal and instrumental, and the 12th, if you can believe the legend, written by Henry the 8th but rearranged by JD in Brubeck-style for a jazz quartet with violin.

1. Johnny on the Spot – the story of a bad boy doing his best to go straight.

2. Why Don’t You Love Me? – a blues from a forlorn and clueless lover.

3. Odd Man Out – a New Country rocker about what else? Infidelity.

4. Retorno del Toro – a different take on the Spanish-influenced "Toro Toro" from my last record, "Greetings from Bridgetown."

5. The Newlyweds – a wedding present for my daughter and her new husband.

6. What Five is This – Greensleeves done in 5/4 time with crazy Gypsy violin.

7. When the Levee Breaks-- a story of anger and frustration with the system. The Levee in this case is our patience.

8. Walk Down Mystery Street – in New Orleans late one night walking in the fog.

9. Play the Guitar or Grow Up – story of a young boy and his very concerned mother.

10. Sign Up – classic story of what you trade for what you get.

11. Simple Prayer – just what it is.

12. The Wild Australian – in the summer of 2012 I attended Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp in southern Ohio with Tommy Emmanuel. At the end of four days together, our class gathered into a song circle. At the time this tune was a work in progress but Tommy liked it a lot and suggested that I do it for the group. Later on when it was finished, I named it for him. Sounds like galloping horseback across the Out Back to me.



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Peter Zisa, Portland Guitar Society

TRIO by John Dodge
CD Review: TRIO by John Dodge
TRIO, John Dodge’s newly released recording, has a little something for everyone: rock, blues, swing jazz tunes, folk-rock, even a tender father-daughter swing “The Newlyweds” ballad (a song John wrote for his daughter’s September wedding to Sean Vinson, the trio’s bassist). The album’s name stems from the recording’s three primary instruments: guitar, bass, and drums, It also is John’s third studio release CD. Unlike John’s previous CD, Greetings from Bridgetown, this album is potpourri of story-telling songs with four additional instrumentals. John’s remarkable guitar work is nicely matched by his stylistic and expressive vocals. His compositional style is disciplined and creatively crafted with the use of alternative chord voicing and syncopated melodic lines against the driving rhythm of the percussion. Perhaps the most notable numbers are John’s instrumental tributes to Tommy Emmanuel (“The Wild Australian”), with whom John studied in 2012, and Dave Brubeck (“What Five is This”). The Brubeck tribute transforms the Renaissance standard “Greensleeves” into a jamming “Take Five” swing interpretation with the addition of wild Gypsy jazz improvisation of Béla Balogh (of Three-Leg Torso) reminiscent of the great Stephane Grappelli. While the principal cast members of the CD are John (guitar and vocals), Sean (bass), and Kyle Owens (drums), the album includes an assortment of notable cameo appearances by notable performing artists for dramatic and stylistic reasons. With the help of Farnell Newton on trumpet, Al Torres on trombone, Mieke Bruggeman on both clarinet and alto sax, an authentic big band sound is nicely achieved. David Jacobs-Strain superbly recreates ambience of a John Lee “Bottleneck” Hooker as well as Billy Gibbons of ZZ top. Listeners who love variety—blues, jazz, rock, as well as sentimental and fun-loving story-telling songs—will find John Dodge’s TRIO a completely enjoyable listening experience. - PZ