Harmonica Buzz | Long Way to Memphis

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Long Way to Memphis

by Harmonica Buzz

CD REVIEW : Harmonica Buzz is J.T. Sunden, a Michigan roots and blues harmonica player whose reverence for the form doesn't prevent him from having a whole lot of fun on Long Way to Memphis, his debut album. ~ All Music Guide (4 1/2 Stars) ~
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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1. But It Helps
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2. The Blues Are Better
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3. If I Find A Bell
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4. The Colin Shuffle (inst)
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5. Makin' Whoopee (inst)
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6. The Cornbread Jinx
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7. Trev Mo (inst)
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8. Home (The Carpenter's Song)
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9. FoMoCo (inst)
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10. The Black and White
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11. That Rhyming Phrase
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12. Lucy's Feet
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13. Carol & the Keeper (inst)
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14. I Need an Angel
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15. Let Me Get Real
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16. Long Way to Memphis
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17. DeFord's Train
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18. The Bell Song
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19. The Miracle Stop (inst)
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20. Jimmy and Darla
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Harmonica Buzz loves to explore the multiple boundary-crossings among folk, blues, bluegrass and country music. His performance ... promises to drop listeners right into this thicket. Lawrence Constenino ~ Lansing City Pulse ~ 9/15/04

THE JOURNEY: over 60 minutes of music

Tracks 1-5: Acoustic Jump Blues.
Tracks 6-8: Country Blues from the Back Porch.
Tracks 9-10: Rockin' in the Garage w/ Guitars.
Tracks 11-14: Songwriting w/ Soul.
Track 15-20: Big Train Songs and Rockabilly Jams.

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THE MUSICIANS:

Buzz (Vocals & Harp)
Sara Q (Guitar, Bass & Vocals)
Michigan Mark Depree (Guitars, Bass, Vocals & Recording)
Stan Budzynski (Guitar & Recording)
Alonzo Pennington (Guitar & Bass)
Eddie Pennington (Recording)
Dean Hughes (Drums)
Dave Boutette (Guitar)
Andy Springsteen (Guitar & Vocals)
Jacob Clyde (Guitar & Mystery Red Guitar)
Margie Donovan (Sings Like an Angel)
Hailey Wojcik (backing vocals)

And Amazingly Appearing from out of the Past:

"The Harmonica Wizard" ... DeFord Bailey

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CD REVIEW : The Blues Ambassador, August 2003

Harmonica Buzz is a blues hipster hailing from our very own Okemos, Michigan and he is a favorite son we can be proud of. His philosophy of "less is more" infuses this record with a relaxed and jammy feel. Loose, unorganized jams can often be dullness that passeth all understanding but HB's are short and sweet. He makes his point and then he's outta there. But Buzz is not miserly with his music. Even though the songs are brief and to the point, he packs 20 of them. The first song is fairly typical of most of the record. "But It Helps" has Buzz on harp and vocals with acoustic guitar rhythm supplied by a cat monikered Michigan Mark and subtle bass by Sara Q. It reminds me of the kind of sassy, bluesy vocal Rickie Lee Jones might do.

Another nice thing about the CD is Buzz calls in new friends for assistance after every 3 or 4 songs. "If I Find a Bell" does a Doobie Brothers kind of rhythm with better-than-Doobie results. Alonzo Pennington is on guitar and Dean Hughes does drums. Informality continues to rule. "The Colin Shuffle" is a nice jazzy shuffle instrumental with bass, brushes, harp and guitar. "Makin' Whoopee" is the standard done as a duet instrumental with Dave Boutette on guitar. "Trev Mo" is a fast and snappy guitar-harp instrumental co-authored with Andy Springsteen (yes, that Springsteen but the actual Boss connection was not made clear). "Home : The Carpenter's Song" has Michigan Mark doing Travis-style fingerwork and the result is backporch in the best sense of the word. HB strives for a live, one take feel on everything and that gives a very friendly feel to the record.

There are nice shifts in the mood throughout the CD. For example, "The Black and White" departs from the shuffle format into Chuck Berry style rock but in a spare way with only boogie rhythm guitar and the spare but rocking sound recalls some of the cuts from Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska album. "That Rhyming Phrase" has a ragtime feel. "Lucy's Feet" is a charming little ditty about singer-songwriter Lucy Webster's feet. You can let your mind run wild with that. "The Miracle Stop" features introductory footage by the legendary DeFord Bailey doing his train on harp. This then segues into a fast shuffle with a Johnny Cash-type boom-chucka-boom rhythm guitar.

There's lots of good blues fun in this generously packed and lovingly made CD, I hope this helps generate some buzz about the Buzz. - Steve Bachleda, Capital Area Blues Society

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It's great to hear DeFord's train rolling again on Buzz's excellent CD. The "Harmonica Wizard" would have been quite pleased both with the music and the tribute to him. - David C. Morton, biographer and friend of DeFord Bailey

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Please check out DeFord Bailey cruising along at the beginning of The Miracle Stop. He played the Grand Ole Opry from 1925 to 1941. Bill Monroe and Roy Acuff would take Bailey on the road with them when they were starting out because DeFord, as a radio star, was a draw. People would come to see "The Harmonica Wizard" sight unseen.

This clip of Bailey's 1927 recording of Pan Amercian Blues comes courtesy of Document Records "The world's largest catalogue for Vintage Blues, Gospel, Spirituals, Jazz and Country Music" ( www.document-records.com )

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INDEPENDENT MUSIC ... IT'S GREAT IF YOU WANT IT

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NOTE : Long Way to Memphis is an excellent CD to learn to play harmonica with and jam to ... it includes a key chart that will help you pick the right harmonica for each song.

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CD REVIEW : All Music Guide (4 1/2 Stars)

Reverent ~ Organic ~ Earthy ~ Amiable ~ Good-Natured ~ Intimate ~ Bright ~ Gritty ~ Energetic ~ Earnest

Harmonica Buzz is J.T. Sunden, a Michigan roots and blues harmonica player whose reverence for the form doesn't prevent him from having a whole lot of fun on Long Way to Memphis, his debut album. There is a wonderful, back-porch feel on this disc, but its seemingly loose style actually belies some crisp ensemble playing, and what may appear haphazard here is actually calculatingly exact. This is a hard road to walk, between casual and precise, but it works here, and Long Way to Memphis has charm to burn.

Highlights include "The Colin Shuffle," which features some fine guitar from Alonzo Pennington and the marvelous vocal interplay between Michigan Mark DePree and Sara Q on "The Cornbread Jinx." A paean to songwriter Lucy Webster's feet called, amazingly enough, "Lucy's Feet," works surprisingly well, given the odds. A sample of harmonica wizard DeFord Bailey "doing his train" opens "The Miracle Stop," which is perhaps the most impressive track here.

There are harmonicas everywhere on these songs, of course, but it would be wrong to call this a harmonica album. It really feels like a personal journey through American roots music with a man who just happens to always carry his harps, just in case. - Steve Leggett, All Music Guide


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kyohei from Japan

This is "Gottsu EEkanji " !!! in Osaka in Japan.
It understands if it hears it.
Harmonica Buzz "Long Way to Memphis" is the highest!!
It makes it to very happy feelings.
This is "Gottsu EEkanji" !!! in Osaka in Japan.

harmonicrat

key chart is cool.
This is great, original music. It is played with heart as well as talent. Buzz included a key chart for the harps that he is playing. That's just cool ! Thanks for some great music.

Miranda, Australia

"I need an angel for my sorrows........"
There are some exceptional songs on this cd, track 13 - Carol and the keeper is real soul stirring stuff - the harmonica is beautiful. Track 14 - I need an angel - is my personal favorite. The artist takes you through many moods, most of them uplifting. Really nice Buzz.

James French

Good job Buzz.
This cd had a nice folksy feel to it. I tire of the slick and overproduced. I felt like I could mosey on over to casa des Buzz crack a beer and jam along on my Marine Band.

Andre Goldfarb


I just love harmonica, cause my dad plays, and it is not very popular here in Brazil,,,, When i first listened Buzz playing, I HAD a special feeling, it was love at first sight.I love the cd , and don't know why speccialy track number 8 home... Buzz you did it.... i feel happier when listen to your music...
I'm glad and proud of being the first in Brazil , to get to know your work, but im sure this list will increase very fast.... Marvelous music... Thank you BUZZ.

MOXIE MUSIC CANADA

BUZZ.. ENJOYED THE LISTEN... NOW THIS IS A BLUES MAN!!
MISTER BUZZ... YOUR SONGS SOUND GREAT!! ~~VERY NICE CLEAN SOUND ON THE MIX!! JUST A ,PLUG IN AND PLAY KIND OF BLUES...THIS IS HOW IT'S BEST,~~~REAL MUSIC!!~~ KEEP THAT RECORD THANG HAPPENING!! glenn MOXIE MUSIC CANADA

David C. Morton, friend and biographer of DeFord Bailey

The 'Harmonica Wizard' would be pleased ...
It's great to hear DeFord's train rolling again on Buzz's excellent CD. The "Harmonica Wizard" would have been quite pleased both with the music and the tribute to him.

David Lindsey

Great tune and playing
Great tune and playing on DeFord's Train<
Now I got to take a listen in a while to the rest of
Your tunes.. Sounds great ,,Great production..

Best of luck to you on this project..David..

Brian Spencer

Great CD!!!
There are a lot of great songs here, ranging from spare
and thoughtful songs like 'Lucy's Feet' to inspired romps
like 'DeFord's Train'. My favorite track is
'I Need an Angel'. And 'Jimmy and Darla' still gets me
in the gut every time, even though I know how it turns
out. This CD is a gem.

Lucy Webster

How special of Buzz to write a song about my feet.
Lucy's Feet a great song In My Opinion because it's MY FEET he wrote about.(thanks Buzz)Check it out and all the other songs on Long Way To Memphis, it's quite the journey.
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