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Cool Blues:
Relaxed jump blues mixed with
smokey jazz textures and a bit of rock and roll

Over the years I’ve played a lot of styles of music and in my head, I started to hear a mix of the blues-rock guitar I love to play with the textures of pre-bop jazz. And recently, my producer Lorrie Matheson commented that my vocals remind him a bit of jazz icon Mose Allison. That I also often write tunes with bits of humour, wordplay and irony didn’t hurt that comparison. Then my girlfriend pointed out Clarence Gatemouth Brown who took Texas and Chicago blues and put a jazz big-band behind his music. I would say “Snapshot Blues” is my three-piece combo version of that.

For the six-song EP “Snapshot Blues”  I recruited a couple of top-notch players who are conversant with jazz and other styles to bring in the textures I wanted. And, the songs I recorded range from a ‘twisted’ 12 bar blues to some fairly jazz oriented chords structures. My goal was a ‘refreshing feel’ in my take on blues – and I’m overjoyed how the guys made it come to life.

Comments from ReverbNation listeners

“Dang that is some smokey blues jazz with a good classic sound to it. I could really jam to that all night I think. Great vocals.”

“This song is the real deal. It has Style! Sass! Flare! And all that Jazz! What a wonderful tune to get you up, moving your feet and singing along.”

“I like the song very much; the guitar is amazing and so are the vocals. I like the bass, and can’t leave out the drums. The whole band is exceptional.”

Here are informal versions of a couple of the songs on Snapshot Blues

Didn’t Wake Up This Morning

Ain’t No Chicken (and it has changed quite a bit since I did this video)

This is an instrumental tune called Rabbit Holed (when I followed an idea down that rabbit hole) which I released a couple of years ago as a single.

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