Gary Backhaus | Attack of the Bluesbilly!

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Attack of the Bluesbilly!

by Gary Backhaus

This is blues music that is informed by hillbilly music and played on unusual string instruments.
Genre: Blues: Memphis Blues
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1. Hillbilly Rhythm and Blues
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4:15 $0.99
2. Sweet Sugar Mama
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3:50 $0.99
3. The Real Thing
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3:41 $0.99
4. Well I Wish
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6:07 $0.99
5. She Better Not Be
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3:34 $0.99
6. Crazy About Your Love
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4:54 $0.99
7. Train Station Blues
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4:13 $0.99
8. All Over Again
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4:32 $0.99
9. Take Me Into Your Heart
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10. She's My Life
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Album Notes
I am a multi-instrumentalist and I work somewhat like an arranger or a classical composer in that I have to imagine the completed music in my mind first. I then have to play each part one by one and build each piece up in that fashion. I have composed all of the material on this recording. The songs are mostly about love life issues and about having a good time - nothing really poetically or intellectually deep here, but songs to which everyone can relate. This is a very interesting project due to the unusual instrumentation and mixture of music. Fundamentally blues music, it is permeated with a hillbilly feel. The solo instrument is the electric violin, except for two cuts that feature a resophonic mandolin from 1930. The role of the "horn section" is taken by the viola, for which I orchestrated three part harmony. The lap steel is played in a hillbilly swing tuning so it has a sound quite distinct from slide guitar. The twelve string banjo is a unique instrument -- with which either I finger pick in a way that mimics "riff style" guitar, or I strum like rhythm guitar playing. The music is quite danceable and really cooks and grinds. If you like blues music and you like rockabilly you will find the bluesbilly music a real treat!


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