Baptized By The Blues
Dave Duncan found himself on a bench on 2nd street in Clarksdale, Mississippi one lazy late afternoon in May last year. Amusing himself by playing some lonesome blues on his open-tuned dobro, his thoughts rambled as his bottleneck whined…
Duncan was stirred from his trance by a fellow spirit calling out an invitation to him.. as fate would have it, he had parked on a bench directly across the street from the Hambone Gallery. Folk artist and gallery owner Stan Street called over to invite the guitarist to that evening’s music event…some downhome blues to be played right there at the Hambone Gallery. Duncan crossed the street that warm summer night, introductions exchanged, grooves counted off..and the great new blues duo Duncan Street was rolling.
Writing new songs & playing gigs together in various locations throughout Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida thru the summer of 2013, the bluesy Duncan Street duo headed to Lafayette, Louisiana to record the best of their brand new original material. Duncan called on his old friend , multi-Grammy award winning engineer, Tony Daigle, to direct the recordings. Three days later the album to be called Baptized By The Blues was in the can.
Stan Street plays wicked blues harmonica and is featured heavily on the recordings. As well as wailing like Little Walter, Street provides the driving rhythms by thumping the bass drum, whacking a cardboard box..and yes, even providing a little hamboning on the John Hurt inspired song, “Love Me Tonite”. Singing lead on the 2 songs he wrote on the record and sweet harmony on many others, Street further demonstrates his musical versatility with some very tasty , laidback tenor saxophone on The Blues Comes in All Colors.
Dave Duncan is a guitarist with a songwriting background. Having lived in Nashville for 20 years, his songs have been recorded by over 20 artists..including three songs by soul singer extraordinaire Curtis Salgado that were nominated for Blues Song of The Year in just the last 5 years.
Duncan has dug deeply into American Roots guitar music over the years…playing pedal steel guitar with cowboy singer Johnny Western, blazing the 6 string with rockabilly piano player SE Willis, cutting deep electric blues with the legendary Nashville guitar genius Jack Pearson, and cranking out long jams with cult favorites GooseCreek Symphony… as well as performing with his own band and as a solo act.
Stan Street wrote the title song “Baptized By The Blues” and along with the Dave Duncan penned “Watermelon BBQ & Beer”, these songs characterize the album in its steadily upbeat, rhythmic & joyful feel.. & its occasionally humorous (in a twisted kind of way ) lyrics. Good New Music. Good Upbeat Blues.
1. Watermelon, BBQ & Beer
2. Come to Mississippi
3. Color Me Blue
4. Sharpest Marble in the Drawer
5. I Be’s Troubled
6. Love Me Tonite
7. Baptized by the Blues
8. Shakin’ the Bacon Down
9. Tater Salad Woman
10. Go Right Back to Bed
11. The Blues Comes in All Colors
Produced by D.L. Duncan
Recorded at Simcoe Sounds, Lafayette, LA
Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master
Executive Producers: E. Billups, I. Balodis, L. Blutstein, C. Duncan
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