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Songs From The DVD – (02) Alberta

The second song on the Troubadour DVD is “Alberta”, the old Snooks Eaglin song but I have to admit I was introduced to it via Eric Clapton. Eric played “Alberta” on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1977. I didn’t catch the show the first time around but did get to watch...

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Songs From The DVD – (03) If I Were A Carpenter

The third song on the Troubadour DVD is "If I Were A Carpenter", a beautiful song written by the late Tim Hardin. Now this is a song you don't decide lightly to cover. Why's that I hear you ask? Good question and the answer is because it's been done so many times that...

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Songs From The DVD – (04) Crazy Love

This week's blog is going to be about "Crazy Love". I already tell a background story on the DVD, so I won't repeat that here. So for something different, I want to take you to the time when we cut it originally for the "Beyond The Tears" album. I'd only played it...

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Songs From The DVD – (05) Fine, Fine, Fine

The fifth song on the DVD is "Fine, Fine, Fine", so we're half-way through the DVD already. The original title of this song is "You Ain't Nothin' But Fine", written by Sidney Simien aka Rockin' Sidney and it was written in a Zydeco style as opposed to a rock ‘n' roll...

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Songs From The DVD – (06) Nobody’s Girl

Song six on the DVD is "Nobody's Girl", a very beautiful song written by Larry John McNally, a songwriter based in Nashville, USA. He's had quite a bit of success in getting other artists to cover his songs. Probably the biggest two are "For My Wedding", which was...

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Songs From The DVD – (07) Talk To Your Daughter

Song seven on the DVD is "Talk To Your Daughter", a song written by the great bluesman J.B. Lenoir. I discovered it on a Lightnin' Slim album called "London Gumbo". Not unlike Muddy Waters' "London Sessions" album, this is also a record that was made by an American...

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Songs From The DVD – (08) Sheilagh

Song eight on the DVD is "Sheilagh", a song I wrote for my best friend when I was about 16 years old. It's one of my earliest songwriting attempts and it's nice to see it's survived the test of time. There is a story on the DVD, which obviously I'm not going to...

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Songs From The DVD – (09) In The Dead Of Night

So here we are, at the second-last song on the DVD already. Hard to imagine I started this series of blogs back in mid-March. Time certainly does fly when you're having fun. Song number nine on the DVD is "In The Dead Of Night", which has been a firm favourite with...

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Songs From The DVD – (10) The Peace Within

Alright, let's get stuck in and talk about the last song on the DVD, which is "The Peace Within". As some of you know already, it was also the title track for one of my CD's. I think the subject matter of the song is still relevant even though I wrote the song years...

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I bought an LP the other day!

I never thought I'd be writing those words in February 2014. I had some business to do in a town close to here and decided to go for a stroll to get some lunch. I was walking down this street when I spotted it - a record shop! Gosh, they faded from view fairly fast,...

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