New Music Tuesday: Alley Cat Blues (meow)

Hey folks!  It’s New Music Tuesday: Alley Cat Blues (meow).

And on and on I go.  Still more blues are coming up for you next week!.  My cover of the 1961 instrumental “Alley Cat” by Bent Fabric, featuring my own arrangement and instrumentation that I have dubbed “Alley Cat Blues” will be released on December 4th. Use this form to Pre-Save “Alley Cat Blues” (or paste https://show.co/5PHNE93 into your browser) to be the first to hear this song!  After December 4th, check back and you can find the tune also on my Music Store page.

Alley Cat Blues Final Art

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New Music Monday: San-Ho-Zay

More blues coming up for ya.  My cover of “San-Ho-Zay” by blues giant, “Texas Cannonball”, Freddie King” will be released on October 22nd. Use this form to Pre-Save “San-Ho-Zay” (or paste https://show.co/oritjWW into your browser) to be the first to hear this song!

 

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New Music Monday

Last year…. I was into adapting classical music to the blues or putting blues into classical with my release of my newest CD, “Bluesy Bach & Friends”.

This year I have been getting into pure blues, especially electric blues and even more specifically as played by Albert King, Freddie King and BB King.  Already released this year are my covers of Freddie King’s “Key to the Highway” and “Hide Away”.  Next up to bat is Albert King.  And on August 31st my cover of AK’s cover of “Crosscut Saw” will be released.

Check it out:

So…..Many blues artists have contended with the “sinner or saint” struggle and started out in church and moved to the blues, or vice versa!  Use this form to Pre-Save “Crosscut Saw” to be the first to hear if this song is about a sinner or saint!

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New Music Wednesday – Hide Away

Hi friends,

It’s New Music Wednesday and Hide Away was released today and is now streaming on Spotify and other digital platforms. As always, you can find more info on the Music Store page on my site.

Hide Away Cover Art by Christopher J.

Officially the original Hide Away was written by Freddie King and Sonny Thompson, but like a lot of blues songs, it’s actual pedigree is a bit cloudier. Freddie apparently mentioned that he incorporated parts from several other songs into Hide Away such as The Walk, Guitar Boogie Shuffle and Peter Gunn, but arranged in his own way. Also, Hide Away got its title from a blues club in Chicago called “Mel’s Hide Away Lounge”, which I have been told was located on Roosevelt Road (12th Street) near Halsted. My version includes a new solo part way through the tune. See if you can spot it.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame listed Hide Away as one of the “500 songs that shaped rock and roll”.  The song also crossed over out of the blues market and charted on the Billboard Hot 100 list, making it one of the best performing songs by a blues artist in the pop genre.

Enjoy!

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PS: During my searching to see if Mel’s Hide Away Lounge is still there in Chicago (it’s not…) I discovered there are a lot of places around the USA (and world) named “Hide Away” or “Hideaway”. See below!

Hide Away locations

Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar
1560 E Buena Vista Dr, Disney Springs, Orlando, US 32830-8431
Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar
The Hideaway Bar
516 Virginia Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
The Hideaway Bar 516 Virginia Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
The Hideaway Bar & Grill
At: Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
6550 Adventure Way, Orlando, FL 32819
The Hideaway Bar & Grill At Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
The Hideaway Lounge
2627 S Parker Rd, Aurora, CO 80014
The Hideaway Lounge 2627 S Parker Rd, Aurora, CO 80014
and this one too…
Also The Hideaway Lounge 2627 S Parker Rd, Aurora, CO 80014
Hideaway Lounge
7466 Blackmon Rd Ste C, Columbus, GA 31909
Hideaway Lounge 7466 Blackmon Rd Ste C, Columbus, GA 31909
Hideaway Lounge
505 Ramsey Road, Jacksonville, NC  28546
Hideaway Lounge 505 Ramsey Road, Jacksonville, NC 28546
Hideaway Jazz Club
1 Empire Mews, London SW16 2BF UK
Hideaway Jazz Club 1 Empire Mews, London SW16 2BF UK
Hemingway’s Bar & Hideaway
438 Houston St, Nashville, TN 37203
Hemingway's Bar & Hideaway 438 Houston St, Nashville, TN 37203
AJ’s Hideaway Bar & Grill
5048 River Rd N, Keizer, OR 97303
AJ's Hideaway Bar & Grill 5048 River Rd N, Keizer, OR 97303
Hideaway Guest House And Bar
420-183 i Buakhow 15, Moo 9, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi, 20150 Pattaya, Thailand
Hideaway Guest House And Bar Thailand
Hideaway Tavern
939 SE 2nd St, Bend, OR 97702
Hideaway Tavern 939 SE 2nd St, Bend, OR 97702
Hull’s Hideaway Restaurant & Tavern
37 Potomac River Rd Monterey, Virginia 24465
Hull's Hideaway Restaurant & Tavern 37 Potomac River Rd Monterey, Virginia 24465
Sam’s Hideaway Tavern
750 S Krome Ave, Homestead, FL 33030
Sam's Hideaway Tavern 750 S Krome Ave, Homestead, FL 33030
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Spotify Give Away

I have a Spotify Give Away going on:  Pre-Save to have my upcoming single “Hide Away” added to your library on the release date of July 1st! AND, If you connect now you can enter for a chance to win a free, autographed copy of my CD, ‘Bluesy Bach & Friends’!

 

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