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Never on Tuesday

by The Fat Fridays

Jazz-infused rock & blues, with dashes of reggae and Louisiana funk. The songs, often taken to very different places, include familiar tunes and forgotten gems by iconic songwriters like Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Marty Balin, and Ray Davies.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Who'll Be the Next in Line
3:50 $0.99
2. Here Comes the Big Parade
3:16 $0.99
3. Two Trains
3:30 $0.99
4. Up the Line
3:40 $0.99
5. On Your Way Down
8:37 $0.99
6. Who Will the Next Fool Be
3:59 $0.99
7. I Walk on Gilded Splinters
5:46 $0.99
8. (What's so Funny About) Peace, Love, and Understanding
3:15 $0.99
9. Solitary Man
3:20 $0.99
10. Comin' Back to Me
4:17 $0.99
11. What You Won't Do for Love
5:52 $0.99
12. P.S. I Love You
4:01 $0.99
13. Think
4:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
These guys work.

The Fat Fridays started in summer 2014 as a recording project; something that musicians could do on Monday afternoons without interfering with gigs. They recorded a few dozen favorite songs, often taken to very different musical places. The melodies are compelling, the performances are exciting, the grooves are undeniable. This is dance music for listening, perpetrated by top-notch, lifetime players and veteran performers; an ensemble simpatico, cooking up a toothsome stew of tuneage: jazz-infused rock, heartfelt blues, dashes of Louisiana funk and reggae; classic and messed-with versions of familiar songs, and forgotten gems.

Mark Dodge (guitar, lead vocals, keys, uke): veteran multi-instrumentalist and reformed road warrior, logged his 10,000 hours on stages from Deadwood to Honolulu, and now produces recordings at his Big Quack Records studio and performs with Swingnuts Jazz.

Andy Carr (keys, vocals): classically-trained jazz pianist, musical director, accompanist extraordinaire, vocalist, co-host of the Jazzvox house concert series, and enthusiastic performer who stays busy playing with TimE3Jazz, the A'Town Big Band, Tangoheart, and Swingnuts Jazz.

Thomas Kemper (drums): pro studio drummer and recordist, has played orchestral, disco, jazz, folk, and psychedelic rock, performs with avant-jazz ensemble Pocket Monkey, and appears on Big Quack Records by Steve Harris & Friends and One Ton of Ducks.

James Clark (bass, vocals): first-call Seattle-area bassist and alumnus of the Paul Allen Band and the hot Las Vegas music scene, has played with giants like Bo Diddley and the late, great Natalie Cole, and performs locally with Jimmy Wright and the uber-funky F3.


These recordings are the result of semi-monthly sessions that began in 2014.

Track listing
1.) Who’ll be the Next in Line? (Ray Davies)
Top-40 hit by the Kinks in 1965
2.) Here Comes the Big Parade (Connick, McLean)
Recorded in 1994 by Harry Connick, Jr. (Mark - bass)
3.) Two Trains (Lowell George)
Recorded by Little Feat in 1971 on “Dixie Chicken”
4.) Up the Line (Little Walter Jacobs)
Covered by Robben Ford in 2006
5.) On Your Way Down (Allen Toussaint)
Covered by Little Feat and Trombone Shorty
6.) Who Will The Next Fool Be? (Charlie Rich)
Covered by The Amazing Rhythm Aces in 1975
7.) I Walk On Gilded Splinters (Mac Rebbenac)
Recorded by Dr. John the Night Tripper in 1969
8.) Peace, Love, and Understanding (Nick Lowe)
Written in 1974, recorded by Elvis Costello in 1978
9.) Solitary Man (Neil Diamond)
Released in 1966 by Neil Diamond
10.) Comin’ Back to Me (Marty Balin)
On Jefferson Airplane‘s 1967 Surrealistic Pillow
11.) What You Won’t Do for Love (Calwell, Kettner)
Released by Bobby Caldwell in 1978 (James - lead vocal)
12.) P.S. I Love You (Lennon/McCartney)
Recorded by the Beatles in 1962
13.) Think (Lowman Pauling)
1960 James Brown track; later recorded by Taj Mahal


The aerial photographs of Washington's Skagit valley were taken just before tulip season began in 2015 by Mark, strapped into a Glacier Aviation helicopter with the doors removed.

Arrangements by Mark and The Fat Fridays; recording, mastering, and design by Mark; CD replication by Oasiscd.com; on-line distribution by CDBaby.com.

The studio setup evolved over time. There were recording errors on several sessions (such as individual tracks not recording properly). The result is a variety of sonic landscapes; collected here are the best performances, some with errors not heinous enough to warrant disqualification.

The track On Your Way Down (written by the late, great Allen Toussaint) was recorded at the first full session, in September of 2014.

The song I Walk on Gilded Splinters was on the first album by Dr. John the Night Tripper, entitled Gris Gris. I saw Doc perform this song, among others, at the Atlantic City Pop Festival in August of 1969. Doc also delivered an amazing performance of this song after he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the televised 2003 Americana Awards ceremony. Look it up!

The song Who’ll Be the Next in Line:
- Was recorded at the last full session, in January of 2016
- Has a missing track (can you guess which?)
- Is one of two songs on the CD presented "as captured," live in the studio without overdubs. (The lead vocal was tracked using a Shure KSM9.)
- Not overdubbed, but edited: the first half of the song (before the first three-part vocal harmony break) is the very first studio take of the song, the rest of the song is the very last take.

P.S. I Love You is the other track on the CD that was recorded live without overdubs. (Lead vocal tracked using a Shure Beta 58A.) Lead vocals were overdubbed on all other tracks.

Here Comes the Big Parade was recorded as a trio with Andy, Thomas, and Mark on fretless bass. All other songs were tracked as a four-piece with Mark on guitar.



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Chris Sipple

The Fat Frudays
This album took me back home in so many ways. Please listen. This will play all day tomorrow in my store.