This album was not a planned birth. We are as surprised as you are that it came into existence less than two months after the successful release of our epic new double album, Family Reunion 2020, on October 15, 2020. We did a Dazzle Presents Monday Night Blues Live Stream concert on December 7, 2020, during the height of the Covid19 pandemic at Mighty Fine Studios in Denver, Colorado. Mad Dog had just completed a song he co-wrote with Jenn Cleary and had brought charts for everyone to see as we had not been practicing regularly since it got too cold to be outside. During our sound check we had time to run through the chart a couple times. It sounded so good we decided to stay an extra hour in the studio after the live stream and try to record the new song plus a second new song that Big Willy Palmer had just penned. We were warmed up and a little emotional after having the opportunity again to play together. Both new songs were a call for unity, intense yet hopeful, perhaps even comforting in these challenging times. The tracks seemed raw, relevant, and magical to us, so we decided to release both tracks sooner than later even though they will certainly mature over the next couple of years. To round out the EP we also included a fun, extended live version (from the Live Stream on 12/7/20) of one of our most popular songs, “It.’s Raining on My Chickens,” from our first CD. We hope this album finds you where you live and brings us all together a little more.
Mad Dog Friedman on harp and vocals; Sean Bennight on acoustic guitar; Big Willy Palmer on acoustic guitar and vocals; Jeff Becker on mandolin; and Clark Chanslor on bass.
“…it incorporates the best of blues played elsewhere and adds its own unique twists. We are fortunate to have Colorado bands such as Mad Dog Blues that build on true traditions while absorbing and blending our local piquant flavors.” ~ Jack Grace, Feb.-March 2021 Holler from the Colorado Blues Society
Listen on Bandcamp: https://maddogfriedman.bandcamp.com/album/hug-with-our-heart
Watch our Video EP with live footage from our recording session at:
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All tracks recorded at Mighty Fine Studio in Denver, Colorado on December 7, 2020, by Colin Bricker, chief engineer.
All tracks mixed and mastered by Mad Dog Friedman.
Cover art and design by M. D. Friedman