The new Steve Cheseborough CD, Fetch It!, is now in production and should be available right around Dec. 30. A CD -release party is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at Holman’s Bar and Grill (which as of January, like all bars and restaurants in Oregon, will be non-smoking), 15 SE 28th Ave (just south of Burnside Ave), Portland. Holman’s is the site of Brad Lee Brenner’s live River City Juke Joint program on KMHD radio, 89.1 FM, and the CD release party will go on during the radio broadcast, in the Barenaked Lounge.
The CD’s contents, with notes:
Hear Me Talking to You (Ma Rainey) — the CD title is part of the lyric from this song by the Mother of the Blues
Who Broke the Latch? (Bo Carter) — An early, vaudeville-ish number by my favorite artist
Love with a Feeling (Tampa Red) — I dug out the slide for this one, which offers good advice to the men
One Dime (Blind Lemon Jefferson) — From the masterful Texas guitarslinger who popularized the whole concept of a solo male singer-guitarist as the model of a blues singer. Before him, all the blues stars were women.
Shake Your Hips (Slim Harpo) — Let’s go down to Louisiana for this one, featuring harp of course
Vicksburg Blues (Little Brother Montgomery) — Montgomery was a pianist but I managed to get this slow-slow blues happening on the six-string. A tribute to a lovely riverside city where Montgomery ruled.
Polly Wolly Doodle (Trad.) — That Trad. sure can write a song, can’t he? A harp-and-hambone workout
Arrangement for Me (Bo Carter)
Little Ole Wine Drinker Me (Jennings/Mills) — Originally recorded by Dean Martin. Yes, that Dean Martin. A couple years ago at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Steve Baughmann got me and everyone else singing this one at 3 a.m. I kept working with it and here it is. Suitable for country radio play!
Shortnin’ Bread (Trad.) — Everybody loves this number.
Who’s Been Here? (Bo Carter) — Bo wants to know.
Last Kind Words (Geechie Wiley) — One of the most haunting songs ever recorded, I tried recording this song for my previous CD and wasn’t quite happy with the results. Here’s another go at it. Geechie Wiley is a mysterious wonder.
Been Mistreated (Georgia Tom) — Tom wrote this before he became Thomas A.Dorsey, Father of Gospel Music. Another one I transcribed from piano to guitar. The words are just perfect.
Voice, guitar, harp, percussion and arrangements by Steve Cheseborough
Copyright 2009 Steve Cheseborough
Chezz-Tone Records #004
Recorded and mastered by Nick Moon, Tone Proper, Troutdale, Ore.
Art and design by Christopher Livingstone
To order: Check back on this site or at cdbaby.com, preorder now by paypal, $15 + $3 S&H, or come see and hear me at the CD-release party or any of my gigs!