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Straight from the Harp
The rhythm and blues harp vocabulary available to the Honeyboy has been acquired in the only way possible, years on years of playing the harp with R n' B acts in smoky venues and recording studios.
|His time with Steve Marriot
started the idea that was to become the R 'n'B album featuring songs that
a harp player would choose. "Sleeping in the ground", "Don't
believe in nothing", "Cant hold out much longer" and even
a version of "La Cucaracha" that will put a smile on the bluest
heart. Recorded at John Entwistle's studio in 1994, the recording band features
Brendan O'Neil - GERRY McAvoy - Anthony Thistlethwaite with appearances by GERAINT WATKINS - STEVE GIBBONS - THE KICK HORNS (RODDY LORIMER, TIM SAUNDERS, SIMON CLARKE) & BIG AL TAYLOR.
Recorded in a 'studio live' situation, the recording features real performances by human players, unfettered by technological intrusion. No computer processors feature in the performances. Straight from the heart playing really.
The 1998 release by HoneyBoy Hickling
|WONDERFUL NIGHT - I'm looking
forward to playing this live, it's a good rocking fun song about a night
in Winterthur. You can't stand still when Geraint plays the accordion like
Goodbye Maureen - A very catchy 'Big Al' Taylor riff that Gerry, Brendan and I worked hard on to make into a catchy song. This was great fun to record and solo on. Listen out for Ed's rhythm guitar through the leslie speaker.
DO IT ALONE - One of Brendan's. Geraint, still very sore and Bruised from a car accident, could hardly walk but he played and peddled some great sounds out of the old harmonium, had us all in stitches to boot.
Delores - WHAT A NAME, WHAT A GIRL! A song I'd had Half Finished for ages, with a little help from Gerry it was complete in no time at all. If I'd known Ed was going to solo so beautifully he could have had two!
EDDIE HAD TO LEAVE CHICAGO - A true story, but I've changed the names. I wrote this one on my CX-12 on the stairs I like the brushes, oh!, yes he had to leave London too!
IT'S OVER - One of Geraint's songs, a rock 'n' roll Ballad. Everyone plays great on this, I'm glad I chose to record it. I enjoyed playing the acoustic harp solo.
BLUE IT (INST) - Written in Bethesba after the pub and before the 'beach blanket bingo'. More great 'first take' guitar solos from Ed.
JUDGEMENT DAY - Acoustic harp, Brendan plays the cardboard box, Gerry on Guitar, Geraint on accordion and Ed on slide. A great 'Sony Boy one' VIBE!
MUMBLES (INST) - Moody Piano, and me playing my Walter Horton licks. This was the only track I managed to use my own amp on.
LONG GONE - A riff from Gerry, great playing from Brendy. It was difficult to do the overdubs with Gerry go-go dancing next to me.
BLIND OWL - Obviously about the great Al Wilson, as the song says did I get the story right? Ed on sitar, we mixed out Gerry's shout at the start of 'HIT IT RAVI!'
Well It's my new album, very much a team effort. I'm very pleased with the playing and the 'lovely vibes' as the midget used to say.
I really enjoyed the company of the chaps on this album, to write together, arrange the tunes, record, see the project through was fantastic. I think there's plenty of great players out there, but to find the ones with a positive attitude and seemingly never ending supply of great ideas is bloody great.
Who's round is it?
Simon 'HONEYBOY' Hickling
Blowin’ Through Town
Simon 'Honeyboy' Hickling - Harmonica, vocals
1. Juke (Inst)*
Review Blues in Britain
This is how the current line-up sounds hope you like it!
Simon Honeyboy Hickling
Gordon Smith Acoustic Guitar and Vocals
1. If It Aint Me
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