THE BAD DAWGS: The Po’ Boy Sessions

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Twin Sons of Different Mothers?

If I remember correctly, Dan Fogelberg and Tim Weisberg released an album by that name many years ago.

That might be Chris Horn and Me

See, the thing is, this album makes me think back about forty years or so, and the back story helps explain why “The Po’ Boy Sessions” and The Bad Dawgs matter to me.

-Item One:  We’re both PK’s (Preacher’s Kids).

-Item Two:  Small town products

-Item Three:  Little bit of rebel in both of us

-Item Four:  Both getting better with age (!)

-Item Five:  Musicians to the bone, and love hanging out with other musicians and making music.

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Forty years or so…

There was a gig at a local college- Chris was there, I was in the band.

Over the years, we even had chances to do some music together- Chris with his impeccable guitar work, me on bass, trying to keep up.

He was always trying out this guitar or that amp, and he said once, “I’m all about the tone.”

You’ll hear that focus on these tracks- from funky to dirty to smokin’ to sweet blues licks.

Of Course, like brothers will

There ARE differences.

I went into the white collar scene, and Chris rolled up his sleeves and has been a blue-collar working man for decades.

We’re awfully close to being political polar opposites.

I went into the progressive rock world where I’ve stayed ever since- with a few detours into other avenues that actually made a little cash.

Chris and The Bad Dawgs stayed true to the music that fired our souls in our younger, feckless days- the bands and musicians of the late sixties and early to mid-seventies.

Deep Purple.  The Band.  Hendrix.  Santana.  ZZ Top.  Free.

“The Po’ Boy Sessions” are steeped in this era, in the ethos of those hard-rockin’, speak-softly-carry-a-big-axe times.

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Rock-Solid Rhythm Section

These Dawgs have been a hard-working fixture on the local music scene maybe ten years now, many long gigs, long nights, hours of driving, practice, setting up, tearing down.  Many dollars invested in sound equipment.

They’ve paid their dues.

Steve Kail and Kenny Becker lay down the foundation Chris uses to lay down the hot stuff on guitar and vocals.  It’s a trio and they know each other, and the mutual respect shines through.

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The Album

Here are eleven emblematic tunes- these choices tell you a lot about this trio, The Bad Dawgs.  Honest, roots-y, soulful, rocking tracks, representing more than a decade of these guys working together.  Love of tunes, love of the genre, love of each other, mostly unvarnished, and as straight-forward as you’re going to get.

Tracklist:

  1. Crosseyed Cat
  2. When the Love is Good
  3. Red, White, & Blue
  4. I Know You Rider
  5. Down By the River
  6. Holland Tunnel
  7. Mexican Blackbird
  8. I Am, I Said
  9. Sandman
  10. The Weight
  11. Wild Dogs

 

Chris Horn/The Bad Dawgs links:    Facebook   Soundcloud

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