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The Refugee Blues by Feter with Jiguma


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I was thinking about Feter and his interest in playing the blues and I came up with this tune; I had no lyrics so I sang "scat" to give Feter the melody line. I asked Feter to relate some of the "blues" his experience had given him and he came up with a work of art and a reminder of why the blues were invented. Feter wrote and sang the lyrics and provided a lead guitar for the break. I did some more noodling with the guitar based on the lyrics suggestion. Then Feter said what we needed was a "booming bass" and some "filling out" for the drums. Of course, I thought of Neil immediately and he very generously provided both and then did a mix for the tune. The mix provided us with the polish we were having difficulty achieving; thanks Neil. All in all, a very satisfying experience.
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Lyrics
let me tell about the noodle
that doing noodling down in my brain

you would think I m fooling saying these
words to you but believe me they are true

killing time thinking hope is all I got
but here I am all so usless footloose
and alone
if you wanna sit and talk did it now
cos I think Im gonna wail all night long

*Getting dark and its getting long for me
I need to go and sleep right now
everytime I get worried about my words
I feel all so wrong and haul o my
how all down for a thing like me trying
to be someone in this bowl ...I said it bowl
if you wanna sit and talk did it now
cos I think Im gonna wail all night long

** if you wanna know what a refugee mean these days
beside an ID card and a stamp
come on and sit with me
sitting on this side walk at the embessies gates
and nothing came from these closed doors
and you running trying to catch up with the next mini bus
and cry to the moon
all night long
*** sad women camena and went and dark men thinkin
they believe theres no way in
I can live in anywhere but how I can keep on goin
makin hope like lil frown
I cant tell you WHyy.........
**Guitar**

*came from down hell hole blizard carrying
my bags of hope alone
thinkin the skin inside me can cook my way
my faith all into change my world
but here I am all alone facing my gates
of rock and steels walkin down the road
**
if you wanna sit and talk did it now
cos I think Im gonna wail all night long (X2)
you need to dig the refugee blues
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Hits: 4569
Comments: 78
Fans: 31
Plays: 347
Downloads: 180
Votes: 5
Uploaded: Mar 09, 2009 - 10:19:19 PM
Last Updated: Mar 09, 2009 - 10:50:28 PM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 01:35:02 AM
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Hardware:
Feter's voice, guitar and experience
Alvarez Yairri
Neil's bass
Software:
Garageband with finishing touches by Neil on his stuff.
Comments
Feter said 2941 days ago (March 9th, 2009)
Thank you !
Joe my friend , definitely a true honor for me to do such collab with you
your experience and great enthusiasm all shown here ..I enjoyed this project
so very much as its a challenge to bring what you wanted into real sound and
approach my noodling layers lyrics into sound as well ...one of the most songs
I do cherish and happy I did ...thank you so very much !!!!
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Joe Brady said 2940 days ago (March 10th, 2009)
Back at ya, Feter
The pleasure comes from seeing a concept come to life. Even though it took its own direction, the result was better than I expected in the first place. Thanks for playing along.
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LunaTrick said 2941 days ago (March 9th, 2009)
Wow... great vox
Cool collab... love the growly vocals... like Iggy Pop doing blues!
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Joe Brady said 2940 days ago (March 10th, 2009)
Hey Luna,
Yeah, Iggy! What a concept! thanks for the listen.
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jiguma said 2941 days ago (March 9th, 2009)
Thanks Joe and Feter
Joe sent me this to see if I could do some rhythm section stuff with it. Adding bass and drums seemed to take it quite a way from where it was - a real lot of fun to be involved on this with Joe and Feter, for whom I have a lot of admiration.

I think this must be very close to being Feter's best song here at MJ - it's certainly my favourite of his - and his guitar playing (there's that Strat again) sounds pretty hot also. Strong vocal, and some incredible lyrics (especially considering that English is very much a second language for Feter): "came from down hell hole blizard carrying
my bags of hope alone"!!!!!!!

Thanks for thinking of me guys.
Neil
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Feter said 2941 days ago (March 9th, 2009)
Big Thanks
I cant fill any word of gratitude to any of your help that
you always cherish me and all Mjers here and sure more and more !
a true honest bow to you Sir ..a real gentleman you are !!!
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Joe Brady said 2940 days ago (March 10th, 2009)
Bass power!
The bass and drums take this song to an exponentially higher level. When you listen to the track I first sent you and the one you sent back, it is like night and day. Someday I'll learn how you do the drums, but that bass is just something I'll have get from you; perfect! I can think these things up, but you make it happen, and almost overnight.
After hearing Feter's lyrics, I knew I needed help to do the effort justice. The drums sound professional and I love the mix on the guitars, you really brought the blues power to the fore. Thanks Neil, you are one generous guy!
Cheers,
Joe


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Elevator_Funk said 2941 days ago (March 10th, 2009)
More good stuff...
Nice Blues, good job keeping Feter busy with the blues.
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Joe Brady said 2940 days ago (March 10th, 2009)
Busy with the blues
I'm sure he can mine that vein some more, that strat sounded explosive!. thanks for the visit.
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TERRAPLANE said 2941 days ago (March 10th, 2009)
The Refugee blues
!!Feter you've got that bluesy Vox goen on!!! with some fine blues playen you all.. Awesome collab with a great mix.

Thanks for the DL!!!!!!! guys,,,,, KoKo ,,,T
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Joe Brady said 2940 days ago (March 10th, 2009)
Bluesy Vox..
Feter really hit his stride on this one, and Neil really let each track have its space.
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lengold said 2941 days ago (March 10th, 2009)
The Refugee Blues
This track is just so alive with feeling and soul. Wonderful lyric and great performances all round. Really enjoyed.
Cheers
Len

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Joe Brady said 2940 days ago (March 10th, 2009)
Power of the blues
It seemed once the vocal was in place the other guitar and bass were infected with attitude. Thanks.
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awigze said 2940 days ago (March 10th, 2009)
Joe, Neil, Feter
What a gas-- fun song!!!
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Feter said 2920 days ago (March 31st, 2009)
Peace !!
Thnx alot Andy ..!
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Fourth Window said 2940 days ago (March 10th, 2009)
like
this has such a iggy pop with zappy and lue reed thrown in great vocals
love the music as I love the blues so much
thanks for posting it
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Joe Brady said 2939 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Glad it made the mark
as far as the "blues" because I love the blues too, but have mostly played folk. Thanks so much.

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spitlogic said 2940 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Nice one
This is well put together. lyrics and music are all come together perfectly.
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Joe Brady said 2939 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
The Lyrics are all Feter
I just came up with a simple tune. This became a lot more fun once the lyrics were in place. Thanks, and thanks for the listen and the visit.
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hongshan said 2940 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Cool song guys!
Excellent tune - I remember when you and Joe were planning this a few weeks ago. Good mix and great outcome.

Cheers

micky



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Joe Brady said 2939 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Mix is all Neil
He's one crazy guy and he loves to mix. We were lucky to have him with us.
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Roxylee said 2940 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Wow, I liked this double!
I didn't see the X and clicked again, oh, well. Joe, your sound bed is excellent, and Feter sings da blues with great clarity in this. Shades of Bobby, real nice. and the lead, oh, man, blew me away. Neil's bass and drum fills are perfect, and of course, the mixing is superb, as always. I hope you guys do more collabs like this.:-)
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Joe Brady said 2939 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Thanks for the visit Rox!
This was quite fulfilling as Feter accepted the notion I came up with so readily and the result was so good. Neil recognized the performance as genuine and I think he had fun doing this. Who can knock having fun? I also love the collab Feter did with you; quite nice.
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said 2939 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
point of focus

Amazing what all this talent can come up with when your eye's are on the target - kudos to all.

my only nit - it's a bit of a "wall of sound" with little dynamics left after all of the compression. Should have left some much more of the space in there between zero and clip.

. - Harold
Joe Brady said 2939 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Thanks Harold,
I'll keep that in mind as I try and get better. I had manipulated many of the tracks before I sent them to Neil ( I did not expect the offer to mix; he usually prefers to do any adjustments himself). So, live and learn, I should have contacted Neil earlier! Compression is something I have only used twice, and it shows, so thanks for the comment, it is much appreciated.
Cheers,
Joe
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bud said 2939 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Man this is powerful stuff
what a great collab - Feter laid it so straight and strong - and the music is perfect and in the pocket. Everybody was at the top of their game on this one. One more reason why this is such a fine place to hang out. Many thanks.
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Joe Brady said 2938 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Hey Bud!
What a great place, eh? (Canadian border not far from here;-). Feter really nailed it. The tune is the result of a discussion in the chat room about Feter's recent reaquaintance with the blues. As busy as Neil is, he found time for us, and he had some attitude with that mix! Thanks for the listen my friend.
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guitapick said 2939 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
~
Fine blues...great collaboration, guys.
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Joe Brady said 2938 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Thank you Bob,
Good to see you. Liked the shots of your live show, very nice.
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egobandit said 2939 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
OH yeah
Talkin it up spillin it down great collab fellas, Keep them guitars goin!
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Joe Brady said 2938 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Uh HuH!
FeterMcbluze! Good to see you old pal!

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davisamerica said 2939 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
:-]
absolutely cool !
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Joe Brady said 2938 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Thanks Jack!
appreciate the visit and the kind words.;-)
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Patriotpizzaman said 2939 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
GREAT JOB!!
You guys got this one at the top of my charts! The bass really did propell this thing along but that vocal and guitar polished this baby up real nice!
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Joe Brady said 2938 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Hey Dave!
Thanks for stopping by; collaboration is just crazy-fun and creative. Glad you liked it.
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jlbowler said 2939 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
fantastic!
Lovely beat, great instruments and mix, and Feter's voice! This is the best I've heard on macjams so far!
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jlbowler said 2939 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
fantastic!
Lovely beat, great instruments and mix, and Feter's voice! This is the best I've heard on macjams so far!
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Joe Brady said 2938 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Thanks Jl!
I am grateful for Feter and Neil as jam-mates, albeit cyber-jam-mates. Just think what it would be like to jam in person; bring that flute (you're on repeat right now!).
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ziti said 2939 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
i could
nit about small stuff but i wont....the feeling that comes thru is powerful, the world you live in is shown in all it's drama, frustration and sadness....we pray with you, feter that all this will improve for you soon.


nice stuff here
bows to you all

z
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Joe Brady said 2938 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Nits wouldn't hurt....
after I heard your live recording I think I could learn a thing or two from you. I am glad that, for you, the point of the song came across; that was my primary intention from the start, and Feter shared well. I regretted some of my guitar that on occasion clashed with the vocal; I didn't hear it until after I posted. I am happy with the groove, but wouldn't mind hearing your band do a take on this;-)

Cheers,
Joe
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damiengh said 2938 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Blues
Blues, as only Feter McBlues can tell. Joe, nice of you to put this together. Has the MacJams community love spirit, stamped all over it.
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Joe Brady said 2933 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
That has a nice sound to it...
MacJams community love... alternative T-shirt?Thanks.
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futzpucker said 2938 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Mr. Feter's Blues, with his friends
I am diggin' the refugee blues. I like the song, its sound, its execution, its power, and its message. And I hear a hint of humor amidst the hell.

Taking a situation like yours, Mr. Feter, and turning it into music is a gift for you and for us. Thank you.

This song is *very* effective. Well done, Joe and Neil. Much to be proud of here...
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Joe Brady said 2933 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Collaboration...
It's always a gas, I don't know.. getting to know these guys and their sound may predispose to a certain type of writing. It's all possible when you believe that it is. Learning Feter's story and interacting with him in the chat room, I had a gut instinct that told me Feter had this in him. In the back of my mind was my previous experience with Neil and that prevented what I couldn't do from stopping me, because Neil is, well, he's Neil, and you really get the feeling that anything is possible after working with him. Neil had the talent not only to bring out the best in Feter's vocal and our guitars, but when the bass and drums came in, it was the feeling that, yes, that's exactly what it needed! Mentally, it was a live-jam-like feeling throughout this project; almost like being in the same room.
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gail60 said 2937 days ago (March 13th, 2009)
how cool is this???
Excellent collab here. Love that singin' Feter. Blue Blue Blue..... Wailing over you.... really a Great job guys. Very enjoyable indeed!!!
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Joe Brady said 2933 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Hey Gail,
Thank you; appreciate the comment and glad you enjoyed.
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richard13 said 2936 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Yes, indeedy
this is the real deal. Thanks, Joe, for the impetus; Feter for the experiential lyrics (and the pickin' and wailin'); and Neil for the cool bass and drums.
Cheers, guys.
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Joe Brady said 2933 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Thanks Richard,
Good to hear from you, and appreciate the comments.
Cheers,
Joe
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dajama said 2936 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
Nice
Very cool. This is truly a great blues song - great lyrics (sad and dark, and really the spirit of the blues), and excellent performance. Your voice sounds great on this, Feter. Filled with soul! Love the guitar on this, and lovely percussion and bass - really smooth and full. Very nice collab. Great fusion of talent. Nicely done to everyone involved. Very cool. Peace.
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Joe Brady said 2933 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Thanks Dave,
How are ya? This was fun and humbling, seeing how readily talented musicians take your idea and run farther than you thought possible. Really cool. Peace to you my friend.
Joe
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Hydrogen3 said 2936 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
The Refugee Blues
this is WAY COOL!!!! VERY FUN!! gotta have this one for my IPOD! Holley :)
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Joe Brady said 2933 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Cool Holley,
I'll have to figure out how to get my picture on your ipod (LOL). Thanks for the vote of confidence.
Cheers,
Joe
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Diviner said 2936 days ago (March 15th, 2009)
Cool blues
Not my normal listening genre, but a very worthy listen this was. Really good music and well sung by the Feter himself. Great collab.
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Joe Brady said 2933 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Thanks,
quite a nice thing to say:-). Cheers!
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mowguy3 said 2935 days ago (March 15th, 2009)
Crazy blues
What a treat! You guys have all put a prize togeather. This is such a live Dead fest reunion thing....Wow! Hats off to all for sure.
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Joe Brady said 2933 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Thanks Sarge,
Glad it hit the note. Cheers,
Spec 5 Joe (25yrs ago)!
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Outtaorbit said 2935 days ago (March 15th, 2009)
This rocks right along
Nicely done


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Joe Brady said 2933 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Thanks Patrick
thanks for stopping by and the comment.
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blaky smith said 2934 days ago (March 16th, 2009)
Cool collab...
Nice piece Joe, which sounds great, you have made a great work in this talented collab. A pleasure to listen. Bravo !
Marc
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Joe Brady said 2933 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Merci beacoup Marc
Just like pickin' in the kitchen! Glad you enjoyed.
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thetiler said 2932 days ago (March 18th, 2009)
I think
the story here is really something special and brings legitimacy to the Dylan way of folk art. But more important it brings about the Feter experience. This is one great reason why it so important to have Feter here to tell it like it is and give us who are kind of on the outside looking in when we need to have more cultural experience than just the burbs type way of living.

Thanks Joe, Feter and Jig for giving me a very important cultural, musical experience that brings out why the www. can really bring people together !!!
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Joe Brady said 2928 days ago (March 22nd, 2009)
True...
Feter's story is the driving reason for the appeal of this song. Neil's "driving wheel" bass lines don't hurt either. But the important thing is Feter just told us what he honestly knew and I think that gives the song a its soul. Thanks for dropping in Bill, appreciated.

Joe
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Calchas said 2929 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
Excellent!
MacJams: Your one stop shop for great collabs!

Great story-telling/vox by Feter. Classic guitar work and cool bouncey basslines.

This is a real treat gents. Thanks!

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Joe Brady said 2928 days ago (March 22nd, 2009)
Howdy Mike!
Great to see you around! Thanks for the kind words.
Cheers,
Joe
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maxjsl37 said 2929 days ago (March 22nd, 2009)
Excellent
As always. Great groove. Love the punchy lead in the backround. Nice structure and very upbeat. nice job by all.
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Joe Brady said 2928 days ago (March 22nd, 2009)
Thanks, John
Good to see you here. Appreciate the comments; something good always comes from working with these guys. Just ran my acoustic through the GB blues machine. Feter and Neil did the rest:-)
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WharmtonRise said 2927 days ago (March 23rd, 2009)
Love the...
..almost freestyle vocal.

Not much headroom in this hot mix. But all the parts are there. Terrific song and tune. Great beat and guitar and lyrics and....

Ok its just great OK?!? :)
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Joe Brady said 2920 days ago (March 30th, 2009)
Thanks Andrew,
It's a worldwide jam, thanks for the kind words. We had a blast.
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tireiron said 2927 days ago (March 23rd, 2009)
The Refugee Blues
great piece of the blues for our new world. great language usage and instrumentation. i really like!!!! someone said catchy! and then some 8-)
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Joe Brady said 2920 days ago (March 30th, 2009)
Thanks Mr. Tireiron,
(great name btw) appreciate the "blues for our new world". We are just getting to know each other. This site is awesome.
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ktb said 2919 days ago (March 31st, 2009)
wailin
gotta love this place! outstanding collab. Nice & tight with a roadhouse vibe. bravo
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Joe Brady said 2916 days ago (April 3rd, 2009)
Collabin' like having your own band!
Yes, this is what brings me back time and time again, collaborations that work out. Very gratetful to Neil for his talent on the bass and the mix; just tuned into the attitude and expressed it(maybe a bit of roadhouse in his history;-). The song wouldn't exist but for Feter's bold poetry and willingness to put it out there; his vocal laid it out. Me, I just had fun pluggin' along on the Alvarez(plugged into GB's virtual amp, what a gas!)
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Bob Rodgers said 2909 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
Wow!
what a great collab and sorry I missed this Joe!
This is excellent and a superb vocal from Feter, has to be one of his best, great lyrics, he just keeps getting better and better, also great to hear that strat again!
Wonderful additions from Neil on bass and drums and a great mix too, excellent work!
A great tune you came up with here Joe and a wonderful collab from everyone involved, very much enjoyed!

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Joe Brady said 2908 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Thanks Bob,
I agree, Feter's vocal was inspired, as was that solo. I'm glad you liked the tune; I gotta say, I loved the band;-) and the engineer was no slouch.
Joe
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kassia said 2901 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
going back through
my bookmarks from weeks ago and found this. what an incredible song! love those lyrics and feter's vocals. great songwriting joe and the bass and drums are excellent! this is just great!
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Joe Brady said 2899 days ago (April 20th, 2009)
Thanks Shay,
It's an interesting freedom to just make the melody and leave the work of the words to another; had not done that before. Very much a satisfying result and much fun. The drums and bass are Sir Neil the Jiguma Man, and I love 'em too. He's a really great musician and very generous. We both were taken with the vocal and guitar Feter supplied and, speaking for myself, I found it credible and artistic.
I love your piano playing, btw. Thanks for the nice note.
Joe
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crissew said 2708 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Such a pertinent topic
From understanding your plight (at least as much as I am able from my perspective) I can feel the angst you must feel every day. Stay strong my brother, for your day is coming if you stay strong. Another great blues tune by McBlues! Well done.
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composerclark said 2327 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
Psychedelic blues...
Feter is sounding a little like Jim Morrison, a little like Dylan... Awesome! I love collabs like this; everyone contributing great ideas, and working together. Good stuff!
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