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Here's my new single with two B sides.
'Blue Mood' is a remake of my song which I recorded on a duo album, 'Happy Home' with my good friend the late Lou Martin, who was the pianist originally with Killing Floor and later with the Rory Gallagher Band. The original was a nice track, and I added some horn sounds from the synth they had at the studio, and a melodic little solo on the Danelectro.
Over the years I often thought about remaking it with a kind of reggae feel. I tried once and it didn't work but I think I got it this time. I followed the original solo, but this time on my 1939 Harmony archtop. Anyway I hope you like it.
First B Side: I fancied recording a song like Little Walter's 'Blue and Lonesome', and I thought well I should be able to write a little 12 bar of my own. It came out as 'Don't Got To Worry'. I wasn't trying to be deliberately illiterate.. it was actually a phrase I muttered to myself when I forgot to do something around the house, and I thought: 'there's a title'.. Anyway the track went down very fast, all first takes (mainly) and I used my 1963 Danelectro which was the guitar that I'd first had the idea on.
'Gasolene' was originally inspired by the feel of the Stone's 'Midnight Rambler', with the lyric originating from the old 'I Asked For Water' theme. I probably should have changed it.. 'Turpentine'? 'Methylene?'. maybe not. Anyway it's a light hearted thing, not to be taken too seriously, but it romps along and I quite like it. Perfect for the second B Side slot!
There you go - I hope you enjoy the music. 'Blue Mood' released Friday 24th February 2023. Radio presenters can find the tracks on Airplay Direct or email me. I'm not doing a big mail out - you guys need a break!
Recorded by Mick Clarke at Rockfold Studio, Surrey 2022 / 23
All songs by Mick Clarke PRS / BMI