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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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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Track Name: Too Many Women Blues
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
Track Name: Harmonica Cadillac
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
Track Name: Pass My Hat
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.
Track Name: Shining Through
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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