1st Strike

by Blue Lightning

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    Winner of the Colorado Blues Society Best Self-Produced CD 2018 Contest.
    Tracks #1- 2, 4-7 & 12 were recorded live at East Simpson Coffee House in Lafayette, Colorado, on May 25, 2017.
    Tracks #11 & 15 were recorded live on Cervantes Patio in Denver, Colorado, on May 15, 2017.
    Tracks #3, 8-10 & 14 were recorded "live in the studio" in Mad Dog's basement on September 14, 2017.
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Too Many Women Blues Got a good woman, believe I’ll get me two I got a good woman, think I’ll get me two Have the first good girl show the second girl what to do Got two good women, think I get me three Got two good women, think I need me three Got two women to love me, third one just to leave me be I got three good women, think I’ll get me four I got three good women, think I’ll get me four Gonna be so busy loving I need someone just to answer the door Got four good women think I’ll get me five Yeah four good women think I’ll get me five Gonna need somebody just to keep me alive I got too many women blues Too many women blues Too many women blues Have too many women blues Got so many women I just don’t what to do I got too many women blues Too many women blues Too many women blues Have too many women blues Got so many women I just don’t what to do
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Harmonica Cadillac Well got something baby you’re sure to like Got something mama you’re sure to like Got something baby you’re sure to like Ain’t nothing but a harmonica Cadillac Tell your Mama now won’t be gone too long Tell your Mama now won’t be gone too long Tell your Mama now won’t be gone too long Just a come a running when you hear my horn Got a bar in front, a waterbed in back Got a bar in front, waterbed in back Got a bar in front, waterbed in back I’ll show something baby you’re sure to like Put the cruise on baby, hop in back Put the cruise on mama, hop in back Put the cruise on baby, hop in back We’ll go so far we’ll never come back Well I got something baby you’re sure to love Yeah got something mama you’re sure to like Well I got something baby you’re sure to like Ain’t nothing but a harmonica Cadillac
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Get Right 03:12
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Pass My Hat 04:43
Pass My Hat I’d pass my hat, but it’s all full of holes Your loose change, baby, do me no good no more Now fry my soul in your nuclear fission And I’ll ride your heat wave right out the door The sky is burning and your city’s melting I’m gonna get my hat, Lord get out of this town The sea is steaming and the earth’s just a quaking I’m gonna plant my dream in what’s left of the ground Follow the prints my feet are making Don’t know where I have been but I’m goin’ home You may think I’m dreaming, but I’m just sleep a walking You may think I’m goin’, but I’m already gone.
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Mojo Hand 02:54
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Hear the wind, wind a rattling the trees Lot like the way, way you rattle me You call out my name I ain’t to blame The way your loving Liquefy my brain I see you shining You’re just a shining in everything I see Hear the rain, rain just a beating down It’s a lot like my tears, since you put me down It kills inside I just want to cry Your sweet loving, baby’s Got me misty-fied I see you shining You’re just a shining in everything I see Watch the stream, I mean that stream’s just a rolling by You know a love like ours ain’t never gonna die Moon come out at night Sun come in the day You’re the light in my world Now you’re back to stay I see you shining You’re just a shining in everything I do
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This album bristles with spontaneity. A couple of the songs featured here were being played for the first time by either Louisiana Sam or Mad Dog as they were being recorded live. Another was actually composed on the spot from a phrase from the audience, and the arrangements of all the songs were unique to the moment. From the heart-felt rendition of Robert Johnson's delta blues classic, "Come On in My Kitchen," to the playful creativity of the original spontaneous composition, "It's Raining on My Chickens," 1st Strike is deep Southern country blues at its best -- live, raw and aching for deliverance.

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released November 17, 2017

Louisiana Sam Gillis on guitar.
Mad Dog Friedman on blues harp.
Louisiana Sam Gillis on vocals on tracks #1, 3, 6, 9, 11,13 & 15.
Mad Dog Friedman on vocals on tracks #2, 4, 5, 8, 10 ,12 & 14.

Tom Rose was the main clapper on "Poor Ol' Maddie" & "Going Down South".

Recorded, engineered, mastered & produced by Mad Dog Friedman.

Cover photo by Tarry Underwood. Cover design by M. D. Friedman.

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Blue Lightning’s on a mission to create in-the-moment, rural blues. Original song writing and arrangements keep it fresh.Representing two generations of Colorado bluesmen, Sam Gillis & Mad Dog Friedman, seamlessly combine the new and the old with a passion that is all their own. ... more

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