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Atlanta Rag

by Little Brother Jones

Country Blues, Rags and all original compositions recorded with vintage guitars and folk instruments from the 1920/30s era such as the washtub bass and washboard. A tribute to Atlanta blues musicians and the country blues sound blended into the city.
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1. Atlanta Rag
6:41 album only
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2. Blues At Midnight
2:47 album only
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3. Carwash Blues
3:33 album only
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4. Divas Dream
3:50 album only
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5. The Only One
3:08 album only
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6. Hush Little Baby
4:19 album only
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7. Live By the Sword
3:23 album only
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8. My Lunch Pail
3:09 album only
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9. Fishin Time
4:13 album only
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10. Deal Goes Down
3:37 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is a modern acoustic tribute to Atlanta blues with 10 original compositions recorded with vintage guitars and folk instruments such as the washtub bass and washboard. The first song "Atlanta Rag" and the last "Deal Goes Down" are tributes to Atlanta and Georgia musicians from the past and present that in most cases give far more than they receive.

Atlanta Rag - recorded with a 1939 Harmony Roy Smeck pro 12 string exactly as seen in 1939 photo of Blind Willie McTell and this song is influenced by his tune "Georgia Rag" yet I threw in my own story that paints a vivid picture of the Atlanta Blues scene when I was coming up and learning from many of the masters who were still living and portrayed in the musical story. I hope many Atlanta Fans will trigger countless great memories while listening. This song was written in about 30 minutes and recorded in less than one our from the time I had the idea. Total inspiration and no overdubbing and fancy studio trickery.

Blues At Midnight - This is a straight blues with my 1930s Gibson L-00 and 1930s National Trojan reso guitar and bottleneck slide. This song gives a good idea about my point that electric and acoustic blues are really the same thing. I also left some space in this song on purpose. More blues bands and artists need to leave some space in their music imo.

Carwash Blues - A tribute to one of the greatest authentic bluesmen I know Tony Bryant who works hard in the Ga sun making an honest living in the day and then playing clubs and venues at night. He's a one of a kind and I think of him and Dexter going down the road working hard everytime I hear this tune. I wrote this tune for him to perform but it ended up on my CD. It's another song that proves you don't need an electric band to rock the juke joint.

Diva's Dream - Someone asked me about some guitar changes and chords on a day when a close friend had lost a loved one. Somehow this emotional moment came out in music and this song was recorded in only a couple of unedited passes using a 1926 Gibson L-0 flat top guitar for the main part then filling the top end off with bottleneck slide using a 1933 Kay Kraft double venetian cutaway acoustic guitar. The guitars truly cried and mourned in this tune and although not a slick hollywood production this tune has some magic that I just had to share. I think you'll agree that some of the best music comes this way but is rarely captured due to the nature of the music business and the way things work.

The Only One - Well I tried to get this song on labels years ago and about the best I did was get a well known artist to steal my title and write his own version. Now this song surfaces again with a new groove and a very special harmonica accompanyment by Paul Linden who is one of the greatest musicians I've ever known. He laid this down with no retakes and no over dubbing and after listening through the song one time. This swing feeling blues is a tight little number I hope you enjoy. A love song without the sappy music.

Hush Little Baby - Anyone trying to get your lady ready and out the door to a night on the town knows the stress involved and the lover quarrels that result. This song is about coming back home to Atlanta and going out on the town. Instrumentation straight from the 30s with a true Georgia house party sound. Raw and natural but also smooth like the blues Atlanta was known for in the early days.

Live By The Sword - This is a little bit darker blues song all about Karma. Used a very slinky sounding Kalamazoo KG-14 guitar from the 1930s to get this unique lazy sound. No frills, no overdubs, first takes.

My Lunch Pail - This one was inspired by the sound of the early 1930s groups such as the Georgia Browns and songs like "Who Stole the Lock" but it evolved into my own little country blues tune about an unfaithful wife and a husband who is becoming wise to her games. This song leans toward the country, folk and bluegrass genre but that's what Georgia music is all about. A wide range of styles were performed by the early blues musicians of our area. Although a little quirky this turned out to be one of the best recorded tunes on the CD and a nice refreshing tune in the sequence.

Fishin Time - This is a groove I came up with years ago and often sing Fishin Clothes lyrics to it. In this case I just laid down an instrumental using some great old guitars like a 1940s Kay Jumbo just like the one Lightnin Hopkins began his recording career with. I also used the Kay Kraft on slide along with the washtub bass and washboard to fill it out. Watch the speed limit if driving down the road. This tune will cause you to drive too fast. Great dance tune.


The Deal Goes Down - Recorded as a tribute to Ga musicians this one was heavily inspired by the gospel blues blend of the legendary Ray Charles but with a nice Ga country blues flavor. I think this song most represents the Georgia sound but also my own. Instrumentation was a Greven Prairie State on guitar 1 and then steel body tricone resonator on the bottleneck slide and like all tracks on this CD the bottom end was a washtub bass and rub board. I also use a small tomato can filled with tiny pebbles when I play washboard.

Recording Notes:
I recorded all tracks in my small home attic studio. Not a single overdub and all tracks are a single recorded pass then mixed together. I did have to practice playing through them to get my general ideas but then pressed the red light and recorded them naturally with no tricks and regular high quality gear. The vocal mic was an AKG C-414 and in many cases the instruments were recorded with a simple classic Shure SM-57 or 58 mic. These simple songs and tracks were then stored on a portable hard drive and transported to Belligrath Studios where Larry Bowie gave me a lot of valuable advice but eventually brought the tracks to Bill Kahler Studios in Atlanta to have him help me mix and master. I was very strict about leaving the natural dynamics and not compress and mash the music to death like most studios and mastering outfits do these days. The result is a CD and songs that are as hot as the radio in most cases but will not have the compressed "in your face" sound of most artists these days. I hope this will be a special CD that gets a lot of play time in people's automobiles and portable players. This CD takes you somewhere many works just can't.

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Michael Derning

Little Brother lives the blues in Atlanta GA
Doug "Little Brother" Jones has uncorked a great blues album. From start to finish there's zero filler. Great songwriting, delightful playing, and authorative vocals add up to pure listening pleasure. This is one of those rare traditional recordings that not only rings true but is highly accessible. Doug knows his stuff and has the talent to strut it.
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Tom Young

It's a good 'un!
Well, well, well. I listened to it twice today and it's about as fine a blues album as I've heard. Many of us have seen Doug play live many times. I was afraid a recording just wouldn't do justice to Doug's music and wouldn't capture that great blues feel he gets live. This CD shows my worries were unfounded. It is obviously more "studio-slick" than watching Doug live, but it doesn't lose any of the heart of the live playing in my opinion. Great playing, songwriting, and singing.
And it's chock full of them southern Yoofeemizms we all love.
Is "buff and rub" really about car-washing? YOU be the judge. Not to mention that I always thought a lunch pail was....well just a lunch pail. Who knew?
Seriously, it was a long time coming Doug and well worth the wait. Puts a smile on my face and callouses on my toes. Kudos bro!
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Mickey

Pure down home mojo !!!
This is one of the finest country blues CD's I've ever purchased! It's got a real down home feel and an authentic signature sound . Best part for me was that it's such a feel good CD, every time I listen to it, it puts me in a good mood. Atlanta is
fortunate to have guys like Little Brother who continue to carry the torch and pass on the rich Atlanta blues tradition. The original lyrics in Atlanta Rag aresure to put a big smile on residents of that seminal blues town, they'll be the ones who can especially identify with all the references to so many of the great artists that have come from the area. Little Brother's done you proud Atlanta!!!
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Andre Fortin

Atlanta Rag, by Little Brother Jones
A terrific compilation of original tunes by Doug Jones, a.k.a Little Brother, as a tribute to his musical roots. All the more impressive because the period instruments he used really bring you right back to those earlier times when this musical genre was just developing. Tasty playing and Doug's vocals couldn't be more true to those roots. Just a treat to listen to and I highly recommend it.
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