Boogie – a harp instrumental based on a Little Walter song by the same name. This is the first song on the “Keep On Rollin’ record. Jeff Hester and Phil Schmid – guitar, Jack Taylor – bass, and Dave Larson – drums.
Keep on Rollin’ – back in another life I lived in a couple of very, and I mean very small towns. I was inspired to put this song together as a result of those experiences (disclaimer – I did embellish the story a bit). I basically ripped off Jimmy Reed on this one. Same personnel as Boogie.
Rocket 88 – this is a cover of a James Cotton arrangement of what some musicologists consider the first ever rock-n-roll song. It was recorded live, off the board by Greg Harder at the 2008 Blues Harp Fest. Dan Schwalbe and Phil Schmid – guitar, Bill Black – bass, Jeremy Johnson – drums, and Bruce McCabe – piano. All the songs recorded at the Harp Fest were played cold, with no rehearsal. I wish I would have remembered to play the second half of the harp solo 😉
Early Saturday Morning – this is a song I wrote in honor of my dad. It too was recorded live at the Harp Fest with the same personnel as Rocket 88. It’s a bit rough due to no rehearsal, but it’s about my dad and I want some people to hear it. I’ll make a better recording some day.
Moody Blues – don’t know if the rock band took it’s name from this Slim Harpo song, but it’s a cool instrumental. Again, recorded live at the Harp Fest with the same personnel, and Bruce McCabe plays a terrific solo.
“The personnel behind Jay’s harp varies, but the lineup is guaranteed to be top notch.”
These are folks I’ve shared a stage or studio with:
Alex “Crankshaft” Larson
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