Thursday, November 20, 2008

Geoff Bartley's "Blackbirds in the Pie"

Having the CDs signed allows them to play back in stereo, and also allows you to hear all the other instruments . . . a little trick I learned from Tom Paxton.
~ Geoff

Any Geoff Bartley concert is a treat, but those who attended his concert this past Saturday in Somerville experienced something very special. In an extended set lasting more than an hour he performed several selections from "Blackbirds in the Pie". I was very proud to have played a small part in this new chapter.


A new CD of seventeen songs and instrumentals, half of them originals, is due out in the fall of 2008. Material ranges from a humorous version of Bessie Smith's Send Me to the `Lectric Chair with a guest appearance by Billy Novick on clarinet to the heart-warming Song of Imaginary Gifts to the personal and mystical Open Any Door, both Bartley originals. Production values range from solo resonator guitar to full band.

"Blackbirds in the Pie" is

CandyMan ~ Rev. Gary Davis
I Could Dance All Night to the Blues ~ Geoff Bartley
Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair ~ George Brooks
I Fall Up ~ Ed White
Who Do You Love ~ Elias McDaniel (aka Bo Diddley)
Moonrise ~ Geoff Bartley
Play the Cards the Way They Lie ~ Geoff Bartley
Bozos on the Road #2 ~ Geoff Bartley
Lemonade Redoux ~ Geoff Bartley
The Song of Imaginary Gifts ~ Geoff Bartley
Raleigh and Spencer ~ Traditional
Moonset ~ Geoff Bartley
Backwater Blues ~ Geoff Bartley
God Bless the Grass ~ Malvina Reynolds
Central Square ~ Tom Paxton
Redemption ~ ~ Geoff Bartley
Open Any Door ~ Geoff Bartley

Geoff: acoustic, resonator, and electric guitars played fingerstyle, flat picked, and with slide, electric bass guitar, harmonica, drum machine, kalimba, cymbol, ocarina, and "vocals"; Billy Novick: clarinet on Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair; Paul Rishell: pedal steel guitar on I Fall Up.

"Geoff is an amazing player, he writes wonderful songs that speak to the heart and if that weren't enough, he is a great person who really cares about folk and roots music and the people who make it." ~ Brad Paul, Producer / Host "Folk on WGBH" 89.7fm, Boston.

Get thee to Geoff's website or to to the Cantab on a Monday or Tuesday to purchase this instant classic, my highest recommendation!

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