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Postby houndog » Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:18 am

Thanks Bubba-Jeff,
I know what you mean, it seems the band played the last slot last year on a Sunday at 10pm and aside from musos there was few people there as they were heading back for Monday work.

This this is 10pm on the opening night...place will be bouncing ..yeahh!


Taffy,
got the cd, its a hoot... thanks, I can see why they "exported" your family to Oz now :lol:

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Postby houndog » Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:19 pm

Kev, Harmonica Mac , Houndog, the Kid on 28th Dec.

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Postby ricochet » Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:22 pm

Happy looking bunch.
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Postby houndog » Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:14 am

Hello blues people,
here is this week's review of the 'cats Oct' 06 platter. I don't know if I am more happy to hear that my bass work + fav groove on "Soul Feet" is getting attention ...or I am being described as "fairly young(ish)"... :D

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New CD Review in Blues & Rhythm Magazine, 25 January 2007.

HARMONICA MAC AND THE GROOVECATS - Wake Up Little Mamma... It's Harmonica Mac and The Groovecats.

Coolcat CD 00135 (66.46)

Harmonica Mac And The Groovecats are a four-piece who hail from Scotland and their stated aim is ‘. . . to keep alive the spirit, songs and love of the classic Chicago blues, mixed in with 40s and 50s big band r&b, and the more modern West coast swing sound!” Well you can’t say fairer than that!

On a fourteen-song set they exhibit a deft touch on covers of numbers by George Smith (a really hard swinging ‘Soul Feet’), Willie Dixon, Jimmy Nolan, both Sonny Boys, as well as a handful of original compositions. Their guitar player has a neat laid-back style, exhibiting a definite West Coast influence. The harp player has a big chromatic sound and is a confident vocalist and the engine room swings hard.

It’s good to hear a young(ish) band who play real blues and studiously avoid rock/blues. Live, I’ll bet they play up a storm!

This is a nice little CD and should shift like snaw off a dyke at their gigs.

Waverley McTavish.
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Postby jeffl » Sat Jan 27, 2007 1:08 pm

Cool Lovat! You could get sued for false advertising if you reprint that too often ( y'know, the " young(ish)" thing),lol! It looks to me like you've stepped into sumpin' good there, Dawggie!
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Postby houndog » Sat Jan 27, 2007 2:48 pm

Thanks Bubs,
first band for about 15 years ,it is a hoot...and I love the way bass fits in and resolves tunes.

Will keep you posted.

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Postby jeffl » Sat Jan 27, 2007 4:04 pm

As a harper I love playin' in duos and trios,and most of my experience has been there, but I REALLY love playin' hard drivin' blues with a bunch of guys, and maybe a woman,too. I jus' love the exhilaration of the music, and the goofy musicians' humo(u)r, and the comraderie and the big sound. And when it all comes together, there's no feeling like it.
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Postby houndog » Sat Jan 27, 2007 5:23 pm

Hey ,
that is an excellent summary Bubba , says it all. Especially when it all slips into that scary groove place...transcendental baby. The post gig "inflight entertainment" brightens up any gig...dunno what a woman in the band would make of it tho... :shock:

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Postby jeffl » Sat Jan 27, 2007 5:42 pm

[quote] "dunno what a woman in the band would make of it though..". I guess it depends on the woman,huh. I worked with a girl singer/songwriter who had a hard time workin' with the rest of the guys,and they always blamed it on the fact that she was a woman; I attributed it to the fact that she was the best musician of all of us,and had very high standards,and it was her music and her band, and the guys jus' couldn't handle workin' for a woman who was a peg above 'em in talent. I've always enjoyed the banter that can take place off mic on those "relaxed" nights where you don't have to be so professional. I think it's important to know when to shift gears, from laid back to pushin' one tune right into the next and keepin' the dancers up there. That's up to the bandleader,and if he wants to cut down on the chatter, that's up to him. As strictly a sideman, I've always felt it was easier for me to defer to the leadership than it might've been for the guys in the rhythm sections. I've always looked at the drummer and bass player as like a team of horses that know each other better than anybody else, and it's up to the leader to get the most out of 'em. Bein' a harper,I've quite often stood between the drummer and bassist (out of the sightline of course) and relied on them quite heavily to keep me in the sweet spot.
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Postby houndog » Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:35 pm

Hot damn,
J-man, again a hot on the spot summary , on all counts :arrow:

Gonnae come over here and lay that hot stuff round here, I would really appreciate you in a tight spot ..I mean that good tight spot where the whole of the band hit that on time timeless groove..you know what I'm talking about...yeh

hep hep baby :lol:

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Postby houndog » Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:30 pm

Hello 'cats,
here I am last Saturday in St.Andrews, famed for it's golf and tequila sunrises we scooped by the 18th hole back in the '70's ...6 for £1.50 :D

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Postby jeffl » Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:33 pm

Lookin' good Dawggy! Whadda ya' got on yer feet....?
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Postby houndog » Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:47 pm

Bubba,
them spikeless 18th hole groove shoes with a wee chizel toe action going on thar..y'can shim to the bar and hook they puppies under the rail and rocknrawl all night . :D

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Postby jeffl » Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:40 am

houndog wrote:Bubba,
them spikeless 18th hole groove shoes with a wee chizel toe action going on thar..y'can shim to the bar and hook they puppies under the rail and rocknrawl all night . :D

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I didn't think they were anything we had in Minn-ee-soda! They'll hold ya' to the bar huh...? I've been using velcro.
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Postby bosco » Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:53 am

The Groovecats are SMOKIN' !!!
Tasty bottom end on the dog bass but the harp player is astounding.


Well how do I hear any of this perfection? Been to the web site and there are no soundclips, only an old 5 song CD for sale that twas fore the dawg.

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