Randy Kaplan | Shake It and Break It

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Shake It and Break It

by Randy Kaplan

Family-Friendly Country-Blues, Ragtime, and Delta Blues classics mixed with tall tales and character-filled stories.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Candy Man Blues
4:19 $0.99
2. Shake It and Break It
3:50 $0.99
3. Boogie Chillen
3:57 $0.99
4. It Hurts Me Too (Sitting on Top of the World)
4:46 $0.99
5. Doing a Stretch
4:44 $0.99
6. Chicken Chump Blues
4:01 $0.99
7. Been Your Dog
3:58 $0.99
8. Roll and Tumble Blues
5:33 $0.99
9. Crow Jane
4:12 $0.99
10. From Four Until Late
4:44 $0.99
11. Swinging on a Star
2:41 $0.99
12. Little Brown Jug
7:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
This is sort of a stripped-down sequel to MR. DIDDIE WAH DIDDIE, an album I made for Universal and myKaZoo Music in 2012. As I did before, I’ve adapted pre-WWII country blues, ragtime, and blues songs for family consumption. There is no rhythm section per se on this record (drums and bass are absent). The original title of SHAKE IT AND BREAK IT was 6 STRINGS 12 YARNS, and it was going to be a solo guitar record (hence 6 strings) consisting of 12 story-songs (hence yarns). But during recording, my producer, Mike West of Truckstop Honeymoon fame (who recently moved from Lawrence, Kansas to Wales!) suggested we add a few things: some slide guitar, banjo, mandolin, percussion, sound effects, and character voices. There are still plenty of solo fingerpicking guitar moments, and my original intention of having an old-timey, guitar-up-front-and-discernible sound comes through throughout the album. There’s one song that may seem out of place: "Swinging on a Star." I heard Dave Van Ronk do this song, and he did it as a blues. So I followed suit. I also added the voices of the animals who are spoken about (disparagingly) in the song. I turned it into a growth-set mentality, up-to-date-with-educational-models ditty. On SHAKE IT AND BREAK IT, I revisit some of my favorite MR. DIDDIE WAH DIDDIE songwriters (Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, et al.) and add many more to the list (Skip James, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Patton, et al.).



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