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MP3 Little Sammy Davis and Midnight Slim - Travelin' Man

Classic Chicago, delta blues merging with soul and r&b,from present and former members of the Levon Helm Band and "Imus" faves.

10 MP3 Songs in this album (41:18) !
Related styles: BLUES: Chicago Style, BLUES: Delta Style

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2007 marked the Return of Little Sammy Davis and Midnight Slim as well as the collaboration of Fred Scribner and Tom Lonek, showcasing a more experimental acoustic sound . Fred and Tom’s time together was cut short when Tom Lonek passed away unexpectedly. After Tom’s passing, Fred truly believed he had some very special music on tape. Fred booked time in the studio. With much consideration, one song from the sessions with Tom was presented to Little Sammy Davis. After a short run-down on Tom’s thirst for meeting new people and discovering new music, Sammy came in and laid down a harp track, started to sing on cue and the tape never stopped. He created lyrics and music that captured the essence of Tom’s spirit as well as making the song one of his own. The result of this project is “Traveling Man”. Midnight Slim co-founder and drummer, Brad Scribner, appears on piano bringing a cinematic air to the project. Travelin’ Man is as close to a live performance as it gets The original track was recorded in Hampton Bays, N.Y, any production was “All in the Mix!” In the end, we have a song like no other in the history of this band. It is a delta, highway boogie convergence at the crossroads of Mississippi and outer space.
A portion of the proceeds for “Traveling Man” will be donated to MusiCares in tribute to Tom Lonek.

In January 2008, Sammy and Fred Scribner ventured to Los Angeles to record a couple of tracks for the upcoming Delta Groove project, “Low Down Feeling” with the Mannish Boys. Meanwhile, The Levon Helm Band featuring Little Sammy Davis, were playing all over the US. The New, Revised lineup of ‘Midnight Slim made it’s debut at the ‘Midnight Ramble.”

The Mannish Boys, “Low Down Feeling” was released. Sammy appeared in a behind the scenes DVD of Levon Helm’s Grammy nominated “Dirt Farmer”. Sammy and Fred prepared to hit the studio once again in between Levon’s tour dates. Fred went out on the road with Joey and Gavin Degraw. Sammy also made a cameo appearance in J recording artist Gavin Degraw’s music video, “Cheated on Me”. Levon won the Grammy for “Dirt Farmer”.

Winning the Grammy created momentum for the Levon Helm Band with Little Sammy Davis as they traveled the US playing shows. During their tour, they performed in Central Park, at The Bonaroo Festival and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with Bob Dylan, and many more.

In between these road excursions, Midnight Slim was lucky enough to get Sammy in the studio only three weeks before he had a mild stroke. This session resulted in “ “Travelin’ Man.“ Happily, Sammy got out of the hospital in time to celebrate his 80th birthday and he is getting better. He’s itching to play again.

The other tracks on this project span the years 1988, pre Little Sammy Davis(I can''t get next to you) to 2002. Including, “This Old World”, written after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and “ juke walkin’,a throw-back to Sammy’s Chicago Days reminiscent of his mentor and friend, Little Walter, a guy who once brought the police to the club Sammy was playing after hearing some people say that they saw Little Walter Jacobs.
Walter said, “I don’t mind you playing my songs, and yeah, you do ‘em just like me, but these people think that you are me!”
Sammy says, “Little Walter was a good guy.”

Little Sammy Davis and Midnight Slim’s first time on the air with Imus back in ’91 (“Sitting on top of the World), a vocal and an instrumental version of “This Old World”, a fiery version of the Temptations by way of Al Green, “Can’t Get Next To You”) from’88 and other instrumentals that have become staples of the past and present, ”Imus in the morning show, including a couple of Live tracks recorded in the summer of “2007 in Maybrook, NY with the new Lineup are documented here. The project ends with another Imus fave, “When I Leave”, an instrumental version of Sammy and Fred’s song about their first trip to Los Angeles where they were spotted by Scott Dirks, a talent scout for Delmark Records, featuring Fred on digital guitar/organ.
Along with Sammy and Fred, the players on this disc are: Brad Scribner, Drums (Piano on “Travelin’ Man”); Jack Geisenheimer, Bass on “When I Leave”, “Sammy’s Blues”, Tribute to Elmore, Rob Curtis, Drums on “Tribute to Elmore”,I ain''t Lyin''. Doug Abramson, Bass on “This Old World”, “Juke walkin. Johnny Rush, Drums on “This Old World”, “ Juke walkin‘. Craig Willcox, Organ on “When I Leave” (Piano on “Sam''s Blues”); John Thompson, Bass on “Can’t Get Next To You”, “Sitting on Top of the World”; Baron Raymonde, Sax on “Cant Get Next to You”; and Randy Weimer, Keyboard on “Sitting on Top of the World”.
“Travelin Man” Fred Scribner, Producer
“Can’t Get Next to You” Fred Scribner and John Thompson, Producers
“ Juke walkin‘” and “ This old World” Fred Scribner and Robert Bard, Producers
“Sitting on top of the World,” Fred Scribner and John Thompson, Producers
" Travelin'' Man "Recorded in Hampton bays, Long Island, NY, Frank Sorrino’s “Heirloom Studios- Middletown, NY "This old world","juke walkin" Recorded at Robert Bard’s-New Paltz, NY. Sitting on top of the world Recorded at Tom Venable Sound, Newburgh, NY, Sammy''s blues, "When I leave" Recorded at Jim Verdi‘s-“The Kitchen,” in Cochecton, N.Y, Tribute to Elmore, Recorded at: Brian and Robin Remaley’s pig roast Maybrook, N.Y. "Cant Get Next to You,“ Recorded in Princeton, New Jersey. Mastered by Sasha Alexander.
We’d like to thank all our friends ,Vince and Sherry Santiago,Rod Wilson,Casey Wilson,Dan Blizard,Mike Joyce,Clem Gurcio for all they’re tireless support. I hope you enjoy this new outing and we hope to be coming to a town near you soon.
Midnight Slim

Cover Photos, John Rocklin
Inside Photos, ,John Rocklin
Additional photo’s,Bonnie Law,Patti Archer
Editor, Richard Logan, Jr.
Liner notes, credits, Bonnie Law

This album is dedicated to the memory of Tom Lonek 1957-2008

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