“HESITATION BLUES”, by Rambling Steve Gardner, American Roots and Blues musician from Mississippi, is a collection of 20 traditional and original acoustic American roots and blues tunes played on National Reso-phonic guitars, harmonica, saw, washboard, tuba, trombone, banjo-uke, mandolin, upright bass, piano, organ, drums and ham bone percussion. Acoustic Stuff!
Rambling Steve Gardner’s solo tracks are off set by several duo and trio arrangements as well as three full band ensembles which feature the likes of: Washboard Chaz-Playing for Change; Bill Steber-Jake Leg Stompers; Jett Edwards and the Believers Today Gospel Travellers; Brandon Armstrong-Petrojvic Blasting Company; Hisa Nakase; Yu Ojima-Jimanica; Kevin McHugh and Nick Vitter.
"HESITATION BLUES" is Rambling Steve Gardner’s 6th CD released on Blues Cat Records (Tokyo) and his 4th solo recording project following: “RAMBLING WITH THE BLUES” (2002) “BIG DELTA CROSSING” (2005) and “JERICHO” (2007). (“WALKIN’ THE DOG” (2009 HooDoo Records/ Buffalo Records) and “WOOLY BULLY EXPRESS” (2011 Blues Cat Records (Tokyo) HooDoo Records) were both recorded with the members of the JERICHO ROAD SHOW.)
HESITATION BLUES, Rambling Steve Gardner, is a musical companion to his workshops and seminars on American Roots and Blues music. These workshops are centered around history, story telling, live music, education and cultural exchange along with hands on performance and instruction. The workshops are geared to all ages and have been sponsored by educational institutions in both the USA and Japan as well as the U.S. Department of State.
The 20 tunes recorded on compact disc for "HESITATION BLUES" are presented in a six panel, eco friendly package, filled with near living color photos and more information than an honest man will ever need!
Big Leg, acoustic stuff! "HESITATION BLUES" from Rambling Steve Gardner.
* Press Quotes *
...the gut power of Delta blues has had fewer finer exponent than Rambling Steve Gardner.” Michael Pronko-The Japan Times
“Steve Gardner...storyteller, singer, bluesman... blues originale.”
Dietmar Hoscher- CONCERTO magazine
Steve and his guys bring the best of the back porch to the front of the big
stage” Peggy Lou WWOZ community radio, New Orleans
“Rambling Steve Gardner rambles the lost highways of Hank Williams and Jimmy Rogers as easily as the delta of the Mississippi blues men.”
Radio Tokyo, Norio Higashi
"I hear the Mississippi River, cotton fields, Tom Sawyer and the great American open road when Rambling Steve Gardner plays his brand of American roots music."
Big Bike Crusing Magazine (Japan)
Rambling Steve Gardner's original song, "BEEN ON THE JOB TOO LONG", from his JERICHO
CD (Blues Cat Records 2007) was nominated for best political song of the year (2008) by
THE JUST PLAIN FOLKS international music awards, Nashville, TN.
The JERICHO ROAD SHOW, "WOOLY BULLY
EXPRESS" (2010 Hoodoo/Blues Cat Records) the follow up to "WALKIN' THE DOG", was
chosen as one of the top ten best ROOTS'N BLUES CDs of 2009 by New Orleans Community Public
Radio station, WWOZ.
Rambling Steve Gardner
Hesitation Blues is a Production of Blues Cat Records(Tokyo)
Supported by National Reso-phonic Guitars, Inc. & Black Sign Fashion (Tokyo)
(All songs and arrangements- (c) 2012. All Rights Reserved)
Produced by:Rambling Steve Gardner and Nick Vitter
Engineering, mixing and mastering: Nick Vitter
Photography, Art Direction and Design: James Patterson
July 2012: Studio Goatee, Tokyo Japan: Tracks 1, 9, 17, 19
Sound Engineer: Ryuji Seto.
August 2012: Vitter Studio New Oleans, LA.
Re-recording, recording and mixing of all tracks: Nick Vitter Engineer/Co-Producer
Rambling Steve Gardner-Vocals,Guitar,Slide Guitar,Harmonica,Hambone Percussion; Bass Hisa Nakase; Drums Yu Ojima; Piano & B-3 Nick Vitter; Accordion Kevin McHugh; Trombone Brandon Armstrong; Bill Steber; Chorus: Jett Edwards; LaTonya & David Whitiker; Hisa Nakase; Forrest Mitchell Nelson.
Tracks 3,*16: Vocal/Harp/Guitar Rambling Steve Gardner; Washboard/Washboard Chaz Leary; Banjo Uke/Backing Vocals Bill Steber;*Piano Nick Vitter.
Track 4: Vocal/Guitar/Harp Rambling Steve Gardner; Saw/Backing Vocals Bill Steber
Tracks *2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, *12, **14, 15, 18: Vocals/Guitars/Harp/**Hambone percussion Rambling Steve Gardner; *Nick Vitter foot stomps; Tuba Brandon Armstrong; Mandolin Bill Steber;
Track 6: Vocal/Harp/Slide Guitar Rambling Steve Gardner; Guitar Backing Voc Bill Steber; Tuba Brandon Armstrong; Chorus and Handclaps Nick Vitter; Cody Ruth; Mary Vitter.
Track 13: *JERICHO (2007 Blues Cat Records)Vocal/Guitar/Harp Rambling Steve Gardner; Banjo Uke Bill Steber; Tuba Brandon Armstrong; Fiddle Ron Bombardi; Percussion Brandon Armstrong; Backing chorus All plus Pat Casey Dalely.
Track 20: Vocal/Guitar Rambling Steve Gardner; Slide Guitar/Backing Vocal Bill Steber; Backing Vocals Brandon Armstrong, Nick Vitter.
Rambling Steve Gardner, born in Mississippi, based in Tokyo, Japan, plays original, acoustic roots and country blues music, finger picking and slide on National Reso-phonic guitars, with harmonica, banjo, washboard and a variety of home-made instruments.
You know, BIG LEG ACOUSTIC STUFF!