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16 MP3 Songs in this album (48:38) !
Related styles: BLUES: Blues-Rock, ROCK: Acoustic
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Mississippi was a wild place when Little Richard pressed his early 45 rpm record of âTutti Fruttiâ, and I was in line at the Yazoo City record store to buy it. I purchased Elvisâ âYou Ainât Nothing But A Hound Dogâ too. I liked Little Richard better. It was grittier. âHound Dogâ was based on a recording by the female blues artist âBig Mamaâ Thornton. Reputed to have gotten $500 âout of the dealâ, âBig Mamaâ was seen later passing a cup around an L.A. club for money. What a juxtaposition of her life verses that of the âKing,â who like so many others made millions on the foundation laid by the early blues, the cornerstone of all popular music.
The âGolden Eraâ of the early great blues players was still strong in Mississippi. Blues musicians played on the front porches of the shacks along the highways. What a great contrast to Southern California where I grew up.
As an example, one summer I traveled by Greyhound bus from my home in Fullerton, California to Yazoo City to visit my momâs family. The bus could hardly get though the streets surrounded by thousands of people waving signs and marching. âDonât worry about itâ, my aunt told me, âItâs just some guy coming down here stirring up trouble. The guy was Martin Luther King. When we went to the movies in town, I wanted to sit in the balcony, but that area was for blacks only, as was the theaterâs drinking fountain for whiteâs only. It was pretty obvious why things were getting stirred-up. Beyond my isolated observations, things much, much worse were occurring. Yet the blues has survived extraordinary eras to remain an unbelievable unifying force among fans all over the world.
In certain ways California wasnât really so far removed from Mississippi, because I was lucky enough to have a rather fanatical 78 rpm record collector friend, Rob Allingham, who lived only a couple blocks away from where I grew up. I loved the unrefined sounds which greatly influenced this production.
This is not a polished studio album. It was recorded live at two locationsâ¦McGee Creek* and Laguna Beach, in Danâs converted garage studio. It is an honor to present it to you. We hope you enjoy it half as much as we did making this happen.
Notes about Plain Hard Truth Band members:
I met Bill Maresh and Dan Witte one night as they played guitars under a street lamp in a parking lot of Carlâs Jr., Fullerton, California. I never dreamed weâd play music together. Back then, Bill told me about another musically inclined friend he played with, who lived a block away. His name was Jackson Browne who was quoted as saying recently that âWhen I grew up, I thought all cities were like Fullertonâ¦they arenât.â Although I rather disliked school, one of my more positive memories was playing a high school assembly event where my early group shared the stage with Jackson.
Band member Jane Allingham, sister of Rob Allingham, my high school friend who had an amazing 78 rpm record collection, influenced both Jane and I tremendously. It seems only natural that she became a musician, like myself and the musical partner of Bill Maresh ever since.
Frank Cotinola, a remarkable drummer, happens to live three houses down from Dan where many of the live recordings were made in Laguna âBeach Shack Studiosâ. Remaining cuts were recorded live at the historic McGee Creek Lodge in the Eastern Sierras.
Without listing the numerous sessions and personalities that the band members have within their resumes, let this project speak for itself.
I donât have much use for back-stage passes or after show parties. For us, itâs only about the music really. âMartin Roberts
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