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Dr. Zoom's Lone Star Good Time Band

by Fougerousse

Welcome to the world of Dr. Zoom, where the British invasion meets Texas blues to create this eclectic work.
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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1. Dr. Zoom's Lone Star Good Time Band
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2. I Don't Mind
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3. Counterrevolution
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4. J.S. Bach
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5. Rosemary's Song
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6. Texas
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7. Down and Out in Austin
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8. The Day is Done
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9. Can't Think of Anything But You
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10. Judgement Blues
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11. Philomena's Song
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12. Dr. Zoom's Lone Star Good Time Band (Reprise)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Welcome to Dr. Zoom's world, where the British invasion meets Texas blues to create an eccentric work in this debut album from Fougerousse. This is music which exudes the faded splendor of a crumbling renaissance palace, filled with bittersweet memories, yet also a good place to party right now! Thoughtful songwriting, quirky guitar work, and intriguing vocal melodies and harmonies make this album a must for all living humans on the planet, except for rap fans, who will not like this at all. Beware! Close listening will reveal nuanced layers of hobo elegance and renegade charm, which can be dangerously addictive!

Guitars and vocals: Richard Fougerousse
Bass guitar and vocals: Tom Fougerousse

All songs composed by Richard Fougerousse (except the lyrics for The Day is Done, which come from the poem of the same name by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow).


Producer: Richard Fougerousse
Recording engineer: Richard Fougerousse
Photographer: Rosemary Fougerousse
Mastering engineer: DRT, Peterborough, NH
CD replication: Oasis Manufacturing, Sperryville, VA
Graphic Design: Jorge Krüger

Copyright 2004. All rights reserved.


Influences: The Beatles, Jeff Beck, Byron Atkins, The Zombies, Jimmie Vaughan, Tom Holden, The Kinks, Eric Clapton, David Porier, The Yardbirds, Jimi Hendrix, Curly Smith, Johnny Winter, ZZ Top, Eric Johnson, Wes Montgomery, and medieval polyphony.


Richard Fougerousse grew up in Texas, where he played professionally in rock bands around Austin and elsewhere in the 60's and 70's. Then he laid his axe aside to become a "grown-up". He had a business career for seventeen years, after which he went to grad school and became a History professor, which led him to his recent situation for twelve years as director of a European study abroad program located in a restored medieval monastery in the foothills of the Austrian Alps (about two hours west of Vienna). Now he is back in Texas, and glad of it!
In December of 2002 Richard was in a car crash on an icy mountain road. Among other injuries, his left forearm was broken and had to have a metal bar put in it. His left hand and forearm were very weak and partially numb, and he was not doing his physical therapy as he should have done (it was boring and painful), so his wife Rosemary went out and bought him a Fender Strat, figuring that playing it would be good therapy for his left hand and forearm. So he got back into it after many years of not playing. It was indeed good therapy for his left hand, and this album is the result.

Tom Fougerousse has been wielding the bass guitar with authority for some time, and has developed his own unique big bass sound, like the rumble of distant thunder, which provides the rock solid foundation for this music.

So here it is; we hope you like it.

Order your copy today and let the fun begin!


Lyrics

1. Dr. Zoom's Lone Star Good Time Band

We're Dr. Zoom's Lone Star Good Time Band
Gonna have a party - so lend us a hand
We're Dr. Zoom's Lone Star Good Time Band
Gonna have some fun - he's takin' command

Laughter and you - music and friends
A rendezvous - it all depends - on you

Can't you see - that it's gonna be - very special indeed - tonight
I couldn't conceive - of such a reprieve - but it's happening here - tonight.

Guitar solo

They have no wine - do whatever he says
They have no wine - do whatever he says

Laughter and you - music and friends - a rendezvous - it all depends - on you

Can't you see - that it's gonna be - very special indeed - tonight
I couldn't conceive - of such a reprieve - but it's happening here - tonight

We're Dr. Zoom's Lone Star Good Time Band
Gonna have a good time - isn't it grand
We're Dr. Zoom's Lone Star Good Time Band
Dancin' and singin' - it's all in his plan


2. I Don't Mind

I don't mind - Constantine
I don't mind - if Clovis is king
You just might find - Charlemagne is on the line
You just might find - Louis IX is doing fine

I don't mind - Alfred the Great
I don't mind - Habsburg won't abdicate
You just might find - Canute the Great is on the line
You just might find - Justinian is doing fine

I don't wanna hear about it - I don't wanna know
I don't wanna hear about it - was a long time ago

Guitar solo

I don't wanna hear about it - I don't wanna know
I don't wanna hear about it - was a long time ago

You're my queen - with eyes of green
You're my queen - quite unforeseen
You just might find - if you're so inclined
You just might find - you're gonna be wined and dined


3. Counterrevolution

Down with the revolution - all of France is dying
Looking for a solution - Robespierre is lying
Men are seeking retribution - the eldest daughter is crying

In the Vendee - they won't take the persecution
In the Vendee - there's a counterrevolution

Guitar solo

Down with the revolution - let the church bells ring
Please give 'em absolution - long live the king
Ever since his execution - they will do anything

In the Vendee - they won't take the persecution
In the Vendee - there's a counterrevolution

Down with the revolution - of restoration they sing
They will have restitution - long live the king


4. J.S. Bach

J.S. Bach was born in Eisenach
His parents died before he was ten
One of his brothers brought him up
He left home at age fifteen

He lived a quiet life - and married his Maria
When his first wife died he married for a second time
Twenty-two children - twenty-two children - all in all

Guitar solo

He said, if you don't like Bach you must ask yourself this question
Is there something wrong with his music
Or is something wrong with you?
Can't live without it - no doubt about it - at all

J.S. Bach is a mystery - gave us all he had to give
In all of human history - the greatest composer to ever live


5. Rosemary's Song

Woke up yesterday morning - I was feeling mighty fine
Look out on the brand new day - we got lots and lots of time
I think you better come with me - I can make you feel alive
There ain't nothin' gonna change the way - the way I feel inside

Let the truth be known - I'm tired of livin' alone

When we get to where we're goin' - we'll still be right here
Don't you know - I'm talkin' 'bout now - you can forget about your fear
What I'm tryin' to tell you girl - there ain't nothing we can't do
Make no mistake about it - I'm gonna become one with you

Let the truth be known - I'm tired of livin' alone

Guitar solo

Let the truth be known - I'm tired of livin' alone

When we get to where we're goin' - we'll still be right here
Don't you know - I'm talkin' 'bout now - you can forget about your fear
What I'm tryin' to tell you girl - there ain't nothin' we can't do
Make no mistake about it - I'm gonna become one with you


6. Texas

I got to hightail it back to Texas
Been away a long long time
I got to hightail it back to Texas
When I get there everything'll be fine

I ain't got no money - ain't got no job
My baby she's leavin' town
Ain't no way that I can stay so far away from home
You know this scene's just bringin' me down

I got to hightail it back to Texas
Been away a long long time
I got to hightail it back to Texas
When I get there everything'll be fine

I came back from the eastern lands
Carrying a bag of jewels
I thought I'd make the big time as a travelin' man
But all I found were Austrian rules

I got to hightail it back to Texas
Been away a long long time
I got to hightail it back to Texas
When I get there everything'll be fine

Guitar solo

I got to hightail it back to Texas
Been away a long long time
I got to hightail it back to Texas
When I get there everything'll be fine

I came back from the eastern lands
Carrying a bag of jewels
I thought I'd make the big time as a travelin' man
But all I found were Austrian rules

I got to hightail it back to Texas
Been away a long long time
I got to hightail it back to Texas
When get there everything'll be fine


7. Down and Out in Austin

I'm down and out in Austin - don't have a nickel to my name
I'm down and out in Austin - and I don't give you the blame
But since you left town baby - things just haven't been the same

Well I never learned my lesson
I never learned how to play the game
Well I never learned my lesson
I never found my fortune and my fame
Oh you left town baby - and it's a cryin' shame

Guitar solo

I don't cry for what we were
My tears are for what we became
I don't cry for what we were
My tears are fallin' just the same
Oh since you left town baby
Things just haven't been the same


8. The Day is Done

The day is done and the darkness falls
From the wings of night
As a feather is wafted downward
From an eagle in his flight
I see the lights of the village gleam
Through the rain and the mist
And a feeling of sadness comes over me
That I cannot resist

A feeling of sadness and longing
That is not akin to pain
And resembles sorrow only
As the mist resembles rain

Come read to me some poem
Some simple and heartfelt lay
That will soothe this restless feeling
And banish the thoughts of day
Not from the grand old masters
Not from the bard sublime
Whose distant footsteps echo through
The corridors of time

Who through long days of labor
And nights devoid of ease
Still heard in his soul the music
Of wonderful melodies

Guitar solo

Such songs have power to quiet
The restless pulse of care
And come like the benediction
That follows after prayer

Then read from the treasured volume
The poem of your choice
And lend to the rhyme of the poet
The beauty of your voice
And the night will be filled with music
And the cares that infest the day
Will fold their tents like the Arabs
And as silently steal away


9. Can't Think of Anything but You

I got bloodshot eyes and a nasty disposition
Can't think of anything but you
I can't sleep at night and I'm pretty much out of commission

If you saw me you would think that I was beyond recognition
Can't think of anything but you
You gotta have mercy on a man in my condition

Well you know that all I am is just an old time blues musician
Can't think of anything but you
I wanna play for you, but now I'm gonna have to audition

Guitar solo

I can't eat or sleep and I'm sufferin' from malnutrition
Can't think of anything but you
I hope you don't mind if I look for a good physician

I got myself into this actin' of my own volition
Can't think of anything but you
You gotta understand I'm just following an old tradition


10. Judgement Blues

Guitar solo

Judge not that you be not judged
Judge not that you be not judged
For as you judge, so will you be judged
And the measure with which you measure
Will be measured out to you

Guitar solo

Why do you notice the mote in your brother's eye?
But do not notice the beam in your own eye?
How can you say to your brother
Let me remove the mote from your eye?

Guitar solo

Judge not that you be not judged
Judge not that you be not judged
For as you judge, so will you be judged
And the measure with which you measure
Will be measured out to you

Guitar solo


11. Philomena's Song

Mostly instrumental

Philomena - Philomena - efcharisto (Greek for thank you)
Philomena - Philomena - efcharisto

Philomena - Philomena - efcharisto
Philomena - Philomena - efcharisto


12. Dr. Zoom's Lone Star Good Time Band (Reprise)

We're Dr. Zoom's Lone Star Good Time Band
We had a party - you lent us a hand
We're Dr. Zoom's Lone Star Good Time Band
We had some fun - and he took command

Laughter and you - music and friends
A rendezvous - it all depends on you

Couldn't you see - it was gonna be
very special indeed - tonight?
I couldn't conceive - of such a reprieve
But it happened here - tonight - tonight

Everybody serves the good wine first
But you have kept the good wine until now
Everybody serves the good wine first
But you have kept the good wine until now

Laughter and you - music and friends
A rendezvous - it all depends on you

Couldn't you see - it was gonna be
very special indeed tonight?
I couldn't conceive - of such a reprieve
But it happened here - tonight - tonight

We're Dr. Zoom's Lone Star Good Time Band
We had a good time - wasn't it grand?
We're Dr. Zoom's Lone Star Good Time Band
Dancin' and singin' - it was all in his plan


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Love Labor Music

Texas blues, British invasion, and 80's production values blend with mature song

Love Labor Music

I liked this album. I won't hesitate to recommend Fougerousse to you.
If you're a fan of great rock music, I probably shouldn't have to tell you that Dr. Zoom's Lone Star Good Time Band is a clear nod to a famous album by a pretty darn famous band of yesteryear. But don't be fooled into thinking that this CD from father-son team Fougerousse is simply some kind of derivative tribute to or parody of the Beatles. Dr. Zoom's Lone Star Good Time Band blends a variety of 70's and 80's rock and blues in a unique way to produce a sound and songwriting style that's hard to pin down to any one influence.

The elder Fougerousse, Richard, handled the songwriting on Dr. Zoom's, so maybe that's why the word "mature" comes to mind when I approach these songs. But that's not to say they are overly serious or dull. I get the distinct sense that I'm listening to a thinking man having some fun, kind of like Sting's less serious moments. The track "I Don't Mind" seems to capture this quality, a love song filled with historical references to which he sings "I don't wanna hear about it / I don't wanna know / I don't wanna hear about it / Was a long time ago".

Or take the song "J.S. Bach" for example, a tribute to the master composer. It starts with a simple brief biography of Bach's life, then goes on to praise his work: "J.S. Bach is a mystery / Gave us all he had to give. / In all of human history / the greatest composer to ever live."

Musically, Richard considers himself a mix of British Invasion and Texas blues, and this is certainly an apt description in reference to the songwriting, though some of the lyrical content is perhaps a little more intellectual than you tend to see in either genre.

My favorite tracks include "Texas", a good-time Steve Miller-ish song about being homesick for the Lone Star state (Richard rips out "Deep in the Heart of Texas" in the guitar solo); "The Day is Done", a Longfellow poem set to music that made me think of Magical Mystery Tour meets King's X; and "Can't Think of Anything But You", a blues shuffle with some clever couplets like "I got bloodshot eyes and a nasty disposition / . . . I can't sleep at night and I'm pretty much out of commission. / If you saw me you would think that I was beyond recognition / . . . You gotta have mercy on a man in my condition." I also really dig the very George Harrison-ish guitar melody that makes up the bulk of "Philomena's Song".

Vocal performances on the album are pretty decent. Not perfect by any means, but since they are stacked several tracks high on every song, it all kind of evens out. The stacks of breathy vocals kind of remind me of Steve Miller, Blue Oyster Cult, or maybe the Beach Boys ... and, yes, Lennon and McCartney. Not exactly power soul vocals, but more than capable of carrying the songs without any unpleasant moments.

To me the highlight of this CD is Richard's guitar work. He's a tight, creative rhythm player and a soulful soloist. His rhythm work is typically with a clean, lightly chorused Strat sound that reminds me of Andy Summers, Crowded House, or Tears for Fears; he stays away from basic strumming or chunking out eighth notes and approaches rhythm with more of a jazz or new wave player's mentality. The solos cover a lot of ground, from the smooth George Benson octaves on "Rosemary's Song", or the echoey-clean picking on "J.S. Bach" to the gritty Santana-meets-Gilmour blues work on "Judgement Blues".

Tom does a great job of solidly holding down the bass and staying in the pocket, and "Dr. Zoom", a.k.a. a Zoom drum machine, was used to good effect.

The recording quality of the album is pretty good, certainly in the upper ranges of what a modern home studio can achieve. The mastering was done tastefully and effectively, leaving a very listenable result.

This CD sounds good and the arrangements were put together with care and forethought.

Dr. Zoom's Lone Star Good Time Band is professionally pressed and packaged with a full color cover and back. The simple 2 sided insert contains no lyrics, sadly; but the packaging is good and the CD plays without problems.

I loved Richard's guitar playing, I thought the songs were good and the writing mature, and overall the album sounds clean and easy to listen to.

I liked this album. If you like good guitar playing, mature songwriting, and a bit of an 80's pop sound, I won't hesitate to recommend Fougerousse to you.

Love Labor Music

Texas blues, British invasion, and 80's production values blend with mature song