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Here it is at last, Dusty's 10th album! The title song, Honky-Tonk Days, describes what it was like back in Dusty's road-running days, when playing music wasn't just a living, it was fun.
Here you'll find stone country, a humorous touch of fifties, and a chunk of blues like Lone Frog Blues - all the styles that make up what Dusty calls "Ultimate Honky-Tonk".
Listen for touches of New Orleans R&B, Ray Price and BB King.
Honky-Tonk Days Album: $12.00 Canadian ($10.00 US)
Honky-Tonk Days (2:40): It was a honky-tonk band / four pickers in a van / headed for another place
to play... I got thinking about the time I spent on the road with various bands and realized I miss it - the good times and bad. This nostalgic but light-hearted country-rock song is the result.
My Turn To Cry (2:55): We just said goodbye like before / but this time you're the first one out the door... A good ol' fashioned western swing-type shuffle with twangy guitar - the kind of song that Ray Price would have recorded (wish he had - I'd be a lot richer now).
The Barstools Are Getting Higher (2:56): Once I was the king of barstool mountain / I'd climb it every night, come what may... Slow country weeper about a man who's lost his lady and now the drinking doesn't seem quite as much fun as it was. Thanks to my buddy Randy for the title/idea.
Ex-Darling Blues (2:12): She used to be nice, she used to be sweet / she used to give me lovin' that would knock me off my feet... A cry-in-your-beer song with a danceable beat. No drums, no bass, no backup vocals... just me and my acoustic guitar with a fun little country-blues song I wrote a few years back.
Once Around The Dance Floor Instrumental (3:04): Just a nice, nostalgic, mellow guitar instrumental in a country shuffle. Twin guitar leads for a bit of harmony over the walking bass. This one is kind of old-fashioned and romantic but I understand that they haven't quite made that a crime yet.
Drive-In Blues (2:47): Took my girl to the drive-in, she went out for a snack / she must have lost her way, 'cause she's still not back... Okay, I admit it. I'm a "child of the fifties". I love fifties ballads and rock'n'roll (why did they have to eliminate the "roll" part|?). This is my slightly warped take on a typical fifties ballad about lost love.
Oh Lord A'Mighty (3:01): Oh Lord a'mighty, look what's happened to me... Lighthearted falling-in-love song with a toe-tapping beat. I'm not sure exactly what category it fits in but it's sort of early 50s/rock'n'roll or rhythm and blues with an updated lead guitar from the sixties. Is that confusing enough? Listen and see what I mean.
Lone Frog Blues (2:57): And now for something completely different. This ain't country and this ain't fifties. This is the blues, pure and simple - an upbeat instrumental with hot blues guitar. This highlights another aspect of "Ultimate Honky-Tonk". I figured, why release a country album and then a blues album, when I can combine all the parts of my music in one album the way I do in a live performance. Hope it works.
Bucket-Hole Blues (3:08): My bucket's got a hole in it / I can't buy no beer... Of course, I didn't write this one. Here's my rockabilly-tinged version of the much-recorded "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It". It's sometimes done as blues, sometimes country and it's even been done as rock'n'roll a time or two.
Bourbon Street Stroll (3:20): Slow, languid New Orleans-style rhythm 'n' blues instrumental. Different guitar tones, distorted lead and a whole lof of soul. It IS possible to strut slowly!
CC Rider (3:26): I'm goin' away baby, I won't be back 'till fall... A Dusty take on an old traditional blues, also known as Easy Rider. Laid-back blues shuffle with additional lyrics from various blues songs.
It's Over (5:29): It's over / all I can do is sit and cry... Slow, sad blues in a loving tribute to the guitar and vocal style of the late, great BB King. I don't pretend to be anywhere near as good as the King but I love playing this kind of stuff. Slow walking bass and tasty lead guitar.
"Honky-Tonk Days" album arranged, performed, and produced by R.J. "Dusty" Woods. "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It" and "CC Rider" traditional; arrangement ©2012 Ronald J."Dusty" Woods, all rights reserved. All other songs ©2012 Ronald J."Dusty" Woods, all rights reserved. This compilation ©2012 Ronald J. "Dusty" Woods, all rights reserved. Manufactured and distributed by R.J. Woods Productions. Graphics ©2012 Jeri-Lynn Woods, all rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. Made in Canada.
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