Richard Ray Farrell & Marco Pandolfi | Stuck On the Blues

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Stuck On the Blues

by Richard Ray Farrell & Marco Pandolfi

Acoustic blues for the 21st century
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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1. I've Got My Fingers Crossed
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2. Phonograph Blues
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3. Dollar for Dollar, Pound for Pound
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4. Share Your Love With Me
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5. Honey Bee
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6. You Gonna Quit Me
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7. Honey Babe
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8. One Dime Blues
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9. I Once Was a Gambler
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10. Hook, Line & Sinker
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11. Kid Man Blues
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12. Stuck On the Blues
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13. Make My Getaway
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14. Walkin' On Thin Ice
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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This is my long overdue acoustic duo CD with Italian harmonica virtuoso Marco Pandolfi. I first met Marco while touring in Italy in 1993 with the late great Frank Frost. I saw Marco again in ’95 while touring with my own band and yet again in ’96 while on tour with Louisiana harp man, Lazy Lester. I went to see Marco on a night off and was astounded by his natural ability to play blues harp. After having lived in Europe for over two decades, I had never heard a European play the blues harmonica with such feeling and authority. I invited Marco to come down and sit in on the next gig with Lester. Marco tore it up; he was twenty-eight years old at the time. I told Marco that if he could get some acoustic duo gigs together I would love to come back to Italy and tour with him. We did our first duo tour together in 1997 and have been touring together, once or twice a year ever since. Now 2007, and ten years down the line, Marco is a seasoned musician and can hold his own with the best in the business.
The songs: “I’ve Got My Fingers Crossed” is a song I first heard on a Fats Waller disc. I love the harp solo on this one and the way Marco slips into the bridge so effortlessly. “Phonograph Blues,” the Robert Johnson classic, is played in the key of A with Marco playing some very tasteful straight harp. “Dollar For Dollar, Pound For Pound” is a tune I wrote in ’94 and originally recorded on my Cataract Jump CD with Jimmy Carl Black for Fritz Records of Ludwigsburg, Germany in ’96. “Share Your Love With Me” is an old Bobby Blue Bland song that has been recorded by many great artists. I hope you like our version. I’ve been doing the old Muddy Waters tune, “Honey Bee” for many years. This tune features the slide guitar and some sizzling Chicago style harp. “You Gonna Quit Me Baby” is an old, old song I first heard by Blind Blake. This song showcases Marco’s ability to play old school 20’s style harmonica. “Honey Babe” is a song I heard on a Blind John Davis record from 1948. I love Marco’s jazzy approach to this tune. He nailed this one on the first take, and he had never played the song prior to this session! “One Dime Blues” is an old Blind Lemon Jefferson tune that features some snazzy guitar pickin’ and some great percussive harp playing. “I Once Was A Gambler” is a Lightnin’ Hopkins tune I learned from RL Burnside in the early ‘90’s. I had the pleasure of touring with RL and his harp player, Jon Morris Nerenberg, in Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, and England in the early ‘90’s. “Hook, Line & Sinker” is a mellow tune I wrote in 2006. This song is played in open G tuning. “Kid Man Blues” is a song that Carl Martin recorded back in the ‘30’s. I had the pleasure of meeting Carl in the early ‘70’s when my sister’s Jug Band opened for the legendary string band, Martin, Bogan & Armstrong in Lewiston, New York. Carl was a multi-instrumentalist and one of my favorite pre-war blues musicians. The title track, “Stuck On The Blues” is an original I wrote in 2006. The song is played in a Piedmont guitar style with Marco again showing his great ability to play first position harmonica. “Make My Getaway” is a Big Bill Broonzy tune with lots of atmosphere. I’ve done this song on occasion since the ‘80’s. “Walkin’ On Thin Ice” is a song I wrote way back in ’82. I recorded a version of this song on my first CD, Richard Ray Farrell-Live in Germany (Maule & Gosch Records 1992). Marco and I have always had great response to this song so we decided to put it on the disc.

Thanks to all our fans in the USA, Italy and elsewhere for their appreciation and encouragement.

Richard Ray
Newtown, Pennsylvania
September 2007


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John Hedger

Excellent Blues!
I just received Richard Ray Farrell & Marco Pandolfi\'s new CD, \"Stuck on the Blues\", in the mail the other day and it\'s Killer!!

Along with the title song, Richard has written several great new tunes on this disc, my favorite so far being \"Hook,Line & Sinker\"...and Marco is one helluva harp player. I can\'t recall that I\'ve ever heard a harmonica player play such articulate blues riffs like Marco can! For example, his infectious riff on Richard\'s hard hitting song \"Dollar For Dollar Pound For Pound\" really adds a lot to the tune. Marco\'s overall playing is virtuosic, with a great variety of ideas, but never too busy. He seems to have a knack for knowing just the right texture to add to Richard\'s singing and varied guitar stylings. On the med-slow ballad \"Hook,Line & Sinker\" I mentioned above, maestro Pandolfi almost makes the harp sound like a pure, drifting, sustained accordion. Richard\'s guitar playing is tough and rhythmic throughout the disc, complimenting Marco\'s harp in just the right way, as Marco in turn compliments Richards artistry...just excellent blues overall. To me, Richard is one of the best singers in pre-war style I have heard in many years. His voice is authentic, engaging, personal, and entertaining!

Great job Richard & Marco!! I\'m sure other great reviews about this disc will be forthcoming, but I just had to give a heads up to everyone after hearing it for the short time I\'ve had it. Highly recommended!

Best to you Richard Ray, I can\'t believe you are not signed to a major blues label yet...perhaps the idea is moot at this point.

Johnny Roy,