All the songs I have added, except Spoonful, are from my new CD, mentioned below. Ida Red, is an old fiddle tune, with words. I've really never heard it played on guitar, but if it were played on guitar, I imagine, since it's an old-time tune, that it would be flatpicked, though, of course, I fingerpick it (i.e., this is my arrangement). Oh, I have tried to imitate the rocking bow of the Appalachian fiddle in the interludes. Both Stagger Lee and Mississippi Blues feature Liz Brown on vocals, and me on guitar. Liz is about the best and most feeling singer I know. On Kansas City Blues, my friend Tom Gray, of the wonderful rockabilly group, Delta Moon, plays some great Kansas City style piano - my vocals and guitar. Saturday Nite Rub is my arrangement of a piece by Big Bill Broonzy. By the way, my latest cd, For My Friends, is on cd baby under my name. Spoonful is a mixed, but unmastered, version of the song with Liz singing and me on guitar, which will be on our new CD in mid 2009, but of course will be mastered.
Guitar has been my love since nine years old. I have played in both folk and old-time groups. Although I learned as a fingerpicker, for some years I flatpicked -- but fingerpicking is really my style. You can hear the influence of Southern folk, roots, Americana, blues, and fiddle tunes throughout my playing - and even some hints of Southern rock and roll - often with a Jimmy Reed undertone.
On my most recent cd, For My Friends, I have tried to play a variety of songs - from Appalachian, to Delta, to ragtime, to rock and roll, as well as a few of my songs.
I hope you enjoy, and if so, drop me an e-mail. I would love to hear from you, and will certainly write back.
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Peace - Alex