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clear blue trickling

by Mohave

A unique alternative Americana blend of slave chants, Native American rhythms, blues, jazz, country, Celtic and roots-rock styles with pop hooks, timeless stories and electrified mountain dulcimer.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro To Nowhere
0:31 $0.99
2. Ring-A-Ding
3:38 $0.99
3. Black Indian
7:12 $0.99
4. Come On With me
4:37 $0.99
5. Gold Trails Hotel
3:13 $0.99
6. The Miner and His Music
5:53 $0.99
7. Floatin' Wally
3:43 $0.99
8. See You Next Wednesdsay
4:42 $0.99
9. Down To Earth
6:05 $0.99
10. Positive Vibes
7:21 $0.99
11. This Road This Moment
2:01 $0.99
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Album Notes

One hot summer night in 1962 at the ol' El-Rey Drive-In Theater in Nowhere, Nevada, the film projector overheated and broke down towards the end of the first flick on a scheduled double-feature. As impatient teens honked their horns at the delay, the frantic drive-in manager located Dark, the custodian he had hired a few weeks back. Dark had materialized one day, looking for some work and had only a small backpack and an oddly shaped instrument case with him. He was hired and did a good job of cleaning up, so much in fact, that he often finished his duties ahead of schedule and spent the balance of his shift sitting on the roof of the projection shack, looking up at the stars and strumming on his Appalachian mountain dulcimer. The manager never minded, in fact, it was nice to hear something other than the dim whine of soundtrack bleeding out of the speakers that hung on every car window. But now, the only sound was a cacophony of horns and angry shouts of "what gives?"

As the story goes, Dark was asked to go up to the small stage in front of the screen, fire up the P.A. that was used for auctions on Sunday mornings and start playing some music to soothe those savage customers. So, Dark went up there as instructed, switched on the sound, set up the microphones and started to play. Well, the kids--they got up out of their cars and walked to the front of the theater so they could hear him better and they never did get that second movie running, but no-one seemed to mind.

Funny thing is, kids started honking after the first film every weekend after that, waiting for Dark to come out and do a little something in between. Dark agreed to do it, but only if he could find a good bass picker and a drummer to complete the trio. Turns out that the concession stand worker, Hippie, had a drum set in his truck and E-Z, the perpetually stoned ticket seller up front, was a bassist. The three of them practiced in the snack bar during the hot Nevada afternoons and the manager took E-Z's shift and sold tickets while the trio played on-stage.

Pretty soon, the kids began showing up at the El-Rey Drive-In specifically for the music.

The trio became known as The El-Reys and performed for a number of years before, one-by-one, they filtered out of Nowhere in search of an existence that wasn't so dusty, boozy and stifling. They left behind a legacy of unusually diverse music that was discovered in 1999 by Bing Futch while driving through the Arizona desert. Calling upon a few friends, a tribute band was created to hold up the legacy of The El-Reys, while creating new music in the Americana spirit that they had pioneered. This is how Mohave was born.


Essentially serving as a soundtrack to the stories told by the band, a wide range of musical styles can be found within the songs of Mohave.

With roots in Bing's African/American Indian heritage, the core of the music takes slave chants and spirituals, ceremonial percussiveness and tribal beats, mixing them together with the celtic thunder and southeastern bluegrass tones of the Appalachian mountain dulcimer. Indigenous folk music from all over the world gets woven into the tapestry, with a number of international instruments contributing to the world-beat vibe. Tunes that deal with dusty drunk tanks, star-crossed robbers, Irish immigrants, conflicted bombers, spicy food, interminable interstates and ill-fated gators get appropriate dashes of Dixieland, progressive rock, pop, country, blues, jazz , Tex-Mex, zydeco and soundtrack music.

With a hot combination of fun, compelling stories and catchy tunes, Mohave delivers a tasty table of good-timing, positive tunes!



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Clear Blue Trickling
A unique album. Heard "Positive Vibes" at the 2007 Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival and indeed had them for weeks!! Ordered the album for a friend and my husband who both loved it. Cd Baby was extremely prompt and courteous in shipping. I had to laugh out loud when I received their "shipped" e-mail. It made my day -- you'll have to order something to see why!!

Faye Henderson

Down To Earth Vibes
Definitely down to earth vibes. I enjoyed the journey. Love it. Faye at I will purchase a CD. Would love to work with you sometimes.

Patrick Sheehy

Mohave delivers pure entertainment!
Clear Blue Trickling, the band’s latest release, brings all of its talent and passion into sharp focus. Including serious introspection like the highly personal “Black Indian”, there is still plenty of whimsical fun to offer. “Ring a Ding” is just such an example, mixing Bing Futch’s soulful voice with Miss Bunky’s sunny tones in an audio brew that simply doesn’t have a definition. Layered with just about every instrument in the dictionary, the backing tracks grab you by the collar and make you pay attention to what may be coming next.

The music industry is increasingly focused on labels and niches. Mohave blasts through all of it and just delivers what music is supposed to be all about. Pure entertainment.

Ben Gardner

A worthwhile and remarkable album!
When an album can take you on a journey, and make you feel like you've experienced more than you've felt, you have something worthwhile and remarkable. This is precisely what Mohave has accomplished with their newest album "Clear Blue Trickling". Bing Futch uses his vocals to a major advantage to provide this classic, yet new sound. Bunky Garrabrant shows us an excellent display of musicianship with her vintage "bee bop, zoo bop" lines in the song "Ring-A-Ding". On top of her excellent voice, she also demonstrates some brass by adding in her remarkable skills as a trumpet player (check out "See You Next Wednesday"). Lets not forget Automatic Johin Coker who really takes us for a loop when he adds in his harmonica and keys! Randy Kemp keeps a very solid presence with his bass, especially in "Black Indian", where he demands your attention by creating a solid foundation for the song. On "Come With Me", J.D. Fosse shows off his skills by providing a familiar groove beat. Then, in the mid of "Down to Earth", he takes an extreme advantage, and shows you how serious he can become with his sticks!

All in all, producer David Schweizer and Mohave have created a sensational energy packed album that you NEED to check out.

Connections Magazine

Definitely a CD worth picking up.
Mohave is a folky/jazzy band that reminds me of being on Bourbon Street. They have a really catchy sound and a steady rhythm throughout all their songs. There aren't too many bands like Mohave that are from Orlando. I love their use of horns and keyboards, and the first harmonica solo by Automatic John is excellent. The vocals of Bunky Garrabrant and Bing Futch are strong and potent, like they teach singing lessons for their daytime jobs. I was impressed with each song's different sound techniques and the synergy of the whole band. Definitely a CD worth picking up.


Awesome music! I don't normally listen to this type of music, but I'm listening to Mohave right now! They're great! Love the dulcimer music!


This CD kicks ass!
From the old-style radio beginnings, through the pulse pounding, passionate beat of Black Indian, the hauntingly disturbing Down to Earth, on to the final dulcimer strum, Clear Blue Trickling will now be my favorite and most likely worn-down-to-the-nub cd!