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Round Two

by Big George Brock

"Round Two" is the follow-up to last year's Blues Music (Handy) Award-nominated "Club Caravan" album. What kind of blues is it? "I play the blues from back behind Grandpa's house," says 74-year-old Mississippi-born Big George Brock.
Genre: Blues: Delta Style
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2. So Long
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3. No No Baby
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4. Poor Boy
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5. Rockin' Chair
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6. Mattson, Miss.
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7. Mr. Wal-Mart
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8. Shake For Me
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9. Arkansas To Memphis
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10. Round Two
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11. Sugar Mama
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12. Burden Down
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13. Call Me A Lover (bonus)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Today, there are more blues festivals than at any other time in the history of the world. Not surprisingly, there are plenty of excellent blues players available to perform at them. But how many bluesMEN are left? You know, the real deal. The genuine article. Big-voiced blues veterans who came up the hard way in a time before rock music — when picking cotton was the only work and dinner meant black-eyed peas. Well, the days when blues was pop music and bluesmen were heroes have sadly passed, but there are still a few of those real-deal men (and women) out there. Big George Brock is just such a man. Sharecropper, boxer, club owner and, through it all, an honest-to-Muddy bluesMAN. From the cotton fields to the bright lights, big city, Brock has done it all. And he's seen many a "round two." He's faced personal and professional ups and downs but never given up. Even today, with all the aches and pains of old age, the blues still lift him up.

On May 12, 2006 — exactly one year and five days after he recorded his Club Caravan album — Big George Brock returned to a Mississippi studio to lay down tracks for a much anticipated follow-up CD. In those 370 days, a lot happened in Brock's world. In August 2005, he took part in Mississippi Public Broadcasting's Native Sons concert film project (since re-named Mississippi Bluesmen). In October, Steven Seagal tapped Brock to blow harp on the actor-musician's all-star blues album, Mojo Priest. In November, the Blues Foundation announced Brock's "Comeback of the Year" Blues Music Award nomination — a designation soon followed by several "year end" top CD lists and even a Living Blues Award nomination. By the first day of January 2006, Brock's own story in words and music had been captured on film, and on May 8, 2006, his story was released nationally on a DVD entitled Hard Times. And so, joined by his old friend, Howlin' Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, and a contingent of talented Mississippi musicians, Brock returned to his native Magnolia state to record the CD, Round Two. Brock and Sumlin hadn't spent time together since Sumlin's days with Wolf, so the atmosphere was electric. The result? 66 years after the 74-year-old first picked up a harmonica, Brock proves he is still in fighting form and ready for round two. Songs like the title track and "Brought Me From Arkansas" pull details from his own life while carefully chosen covers like "Poor Boy" and "Burden Down" harken back to the songs he heard in his youth. (The opening monologue and closing solo performance come from Brock's Hard Times DVD sessions. The former was recorded in a Clarksdale cotton field near the old Hopson Plantation. The latter was recorded on the front porch of Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art.)

The night before the start of these sessions, Brock performed at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis. He hit the stage wearing a big, shiny cape over his always-stunning suit. By the end of the song, he was rolling around on the floor blowing harp as two dozen photographers pressed against the stage. The night after the Round Two sessions, Brock performed with guitar legend Hubert Sumlin at world-famous Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale. The two days in-between held moments of pure magic. With any luck, some of that magic made it onto the thin plastic disk you now hold. — Roger Stolle

Recorded "live" with no overdubs on May 12 and 13, 2006 at Electric Catfish Studio in Oxford, Mississippi using Jimbo Mathus' vintage mics. Big George Brock played Hohner harmonicas. Hubert Sumlin played vintage Gibson gear.

Big George Brock, vocal and harmonica
Bill Abel, guitar
Levan Lortkipanidze, keyboard
Ben Wells, drums
Lightnin' Malcolm, bass (4, 7, 11-13), drums (5) and guitar (9)

Special guest: Hubert Sumlin, lead guitar (tracks 2 & 8)

Producer: Roger Stolle
Engineer: Justin Showah
Mixing: Justin Showah
Mastering: Michael Burkey

ALSO AVAILABLE: Big George Brock's "Club Caravan" CD on cdbaby.com as well as his "Hard Times" DVD on filmbaby.com.

NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION: Burnside Distribution, www.bdcdistribution.com

Bookings and media information: roger@cathead.biz • www.cathead.biz • 662-624-5992

Copyright 2006 Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, Inc.


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Richard Ramsey-Howlin' Wolf Blues Society

Big George and crew gives a lesson in old school blues
Big George and crew gives a lesson in old school blues with the release of his new cd. Pay attention students, this takes you back to the stripped down, raw and in your face, 50's era. Hubert Sumlin adds his own vintage sound on two of the featured tracks. As Wolf would have said,... it's in the groove!

Jeff Konkel - Broke & Hungry Records

A brilliant album by one of the brightest "new" stars
Like a lot of people, I was absolutely floored by the raw, transcendent power of Club Caravan, last year's amazing comeback album by Big George Brock. What's all the more incredible is that George has followed it up with a disc that is - if anything - even MORE powerful. Hubert Sumlin guests on two tracks, and he hasn't sound this good since his days with Howlin' Wolf. And what's more, the rest of the band more than holds their own in such legendary company. This CD is an awesome testament to the continued power of real-deal, rough-hewn, in-the-pocket blues. If Round Two doesn't send Big George Brock into the upper stratosphere of living blues artists, there's no justice in the world.

Roger Stolle, Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

Big George nominated for 3 BLUES MUSIC AWARDS!
A heartfelt congratulations to Big George Brock and special thanks to the Blues Foundation for Big George's 3 Blues Music Award nominations. If you like Big George and the album above, please take the time to vote at www.blues.org, and come see the man, himself, at the awards ceremony in Memphis this May!

bendeboue

Mr.Wall Mart, Mattson, Miss : fine blues
As far the CD Round Two very much pleased, fine blues.
I'm gonna watch Mr Brock here in France coming up 25 july in Cognac, so a follow up of this review is expected

crawlinkingsnake

Love it even better then his first recording of Club Caravan
After seeing Big George at Hopson Plantation, I really appreciate this CD even more. This is REAL DEAL blues at its best, and I love Round Two even better then his first recording of Club Caravan. This is a 5 Star recording, especially them Wal-Mart blues!

crawlinkingsnake

Love it even better then his first recording of Club Caravan
After seeing Big George at Hopson Plantation, I really appreciate this CD even more. This is REAL DEAL blues at its best, and I love Round Two even better then his first recording of Club Caravan. This is a 5 Star recording, especially them Wal-Mart blues!

Jerry Rogan ( the blues extremest )


This CD sums up exactly how the Blues should be Performed. If this dosen't win a Handy Award then they must be really Deaf to real honest to goodness Blues..

Robert Lynn KSPQ-FM


Big George's follow up release to Club Caravan is just as good or even better! What I like is the sound and feel it has from being recorded with Jimbo Mathus's use of old mics and amps. This could have been made in Chicago mid-50's. The playing is stellar with the use of Mississippi artist backing him and the great Hubert Sumlin on two tracks. And Big George's vocals and songwritng are powerful! If you need a fix of real Blues then pick this up!

markus

oh yheah!!!! this is the real stuff!
“ oh yheah!!!! this is the real stuff! low down & dirty harp blues right in your face and ear. there aren’t many left who can play it like this way. get it!!”