Acoustic blues and roots master Catfish Keith keeps it coming on this, his 12th Album, an exciting live concert recorded at the famous Half Moon in Putney in London, England. After over 30 years, Catfish has achieved legendary status, making thousands of appearances on concert and festival stages all over the world. He's been nominated twice for W.C. Handy Blues Music Awards for BEST ACOUSTIC BLUES ALBUM, nominated for BEST OVERSEAS ARTIST by the British Blues Connection, and in 2008 was inducted into the BLUES HALL OF FAME. Most all of his albums have reached NUMBER ONE on independent radio charts around the globe.
“...absolute butter in Keith's hot hands. Offbeat, original and uncommonly satisfying, Catfish Keith lays claim to a playing and singing style so thoroughly distinctive that everything old is new again.” - Blues Revue
About This Music:
1.Tell Everybody In Your Neighborhood – I originally heard this great, propulsive song from Mississippi Fred MacDowell. It's a Mississippi Hill Country classic that is a wild way to open the show.
2.Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning – A deep gospel piece inspired by Blind Willie Johnson, who sounds to me as if he could perish with every note he plays.
3.Eagle Bird – From Senatobia, Mississippi, Jessie Mae Hemphill was a great friend, and her music was as sweet and pure...hypnotic and sublime as can be.
4.Gonna Live That Life – The strange and weird Bahaman guitar wizard Joseph Spence fueled my imagination immensely, taking rhythms and improvisational phrasing to new heights.
5.That Ain't No Way for Me To Get Along – My own take, launched this night with considerable velocity, after the Rev. Robert Wilkins.
6. Roll You in My Arms (Like a Wagon Wheel) – an original song, sliding on the National. “Beckon the Boogie Woogie All Night Long!”
7.Mr. Catfish's Advice – “How did a good girl like you ever find a little bad boy like me?”
8.Texas Tea Party – I first heard Jack Teagarden do this song way over three decades ago. I love the spirited drunken phrasing of his trombone and voice. I try to get some of his bend-and-warble nuance on my little guitar.
9.What Fun We're Havin' in Illinois - “She brings me coffee and she brings me tea. She brings me everything but the little jailhouse key.” My version of a gem by the incredible Skip James.
10.You Got To Move – I first heard this song from The Blind Reverend Gary Davis, about as cool a cat as can be. “Come back babe, walkin' down the street. Shakin' my leg at everybody but the Chief of Police.”
11. Medley: Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground / By and By, I'm Going to See The King - These two slide guitar gospel classics are from the amazing Blind Willie Johnson. To me, this music transcends time and space, and is the finale of the concert.
12. Satisfied, Tickled Too – Penny and I sing this one together; it's an old Mississippi John Hurt song we sang to each other at our own wedding over 21 years ago! We also sang it at our friends Barb & Craig Swift's wedding not so long ago...
13. Jitterbug Swing – This was my stompin' encore piece, recomposed from the great Booker White. “Everybody yell Hot Dog!”
A Note from Catfish
Alright! Thanks for tuning in. In your hands you are holding my first ever live album, recorded on a fine autumn evening in November 2008. The venue was the Half Moon, in Putney, a legendary music venue in the southern part of London, England. It was a fantastic, fun-filled night, with a packed house. All the elements were there: a great sounding room with an excited audience of true blue fans and friends.
My tours of the UK and Europe started back in 1992 and have become a highlight of the year for us. Most every year Penny and I make at least one big sojourn and I play dozens of concerts all over the UK and some in Europe as well.
The songs are well burnished classics from my repertoire, played on my National Baritone Tricone and my little (but big sounding) David Flammang parlor guitar. I love how the songs grow and evolve and take on a life of their own; lyrics and phrasing expand and change, so it becomes a new expression every time. This is what I hope was captured on this album.
Big thanks go to Doon Graham, the wonderful, longtime sound engineer at the Half Moon; Kirk Barkley, the kindly manager of the Half Moon; and Danny Edwardson. Danny has been a good friend for many years and happened to bring his DAT recorder that night. Some of my shows have been recorded in various ways over the years, but this one felt just right.
Biggest thanks of all go to my beautiful wife, Penny Cahill. We've worked together over most all of our 21 years together; she's my manager, sound engineer, and president of Fish Tail Records. She's enabled me to take my music to greater and higher heights and to fully realize my vision started well over 30 years ago. I'm very very lucky and blessed and can't thank Penny enough. THANKS PENNY!
I hope you love this album. Enjoy!
Yours truly, Catfish Keith