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Mick Clarke
West Coast Connection

01. Madison Blues
02. Mona
03. Guitar Boogie
04. Ain't That The Truth
05. Nothin' But A Fool
06. Hard Times
07. You Don't Have To Cry
08. Walking Blues
09. Mean Old World

Mick Clarke - Guitar / Vocals
Rod DeAth - Drums
Dover Weinberg - Keyboards
H.Emerson Zachery Jr - Bass
Westside Johnny - harp

Recorded at Fresh Tracks, Portland, Oregon by John Lindahl, February 1987
Mixed at Desitrek, Portland, Oregon by John Lindahl, Doug Dubrow and Mike Demmers
Mastered at K Disc, Los Angeles, California by John Golden
Produced by Mick Clarke
Executive Producers - Michael Kearsey, John Fletcher, John Henderson
Original cover photo - Donn Thomas. New cover photo from Multnomah Cable Access.
"West Coast Connection" originally released on Nebula Circle Records USA.
European release by Brambus Records.
West Coast Connection Remastered - new release on download and streaming only - the original album remastered by Mick Clarke at Rockfold Studio 2017.

If you like the music - please buy some!

Original album available on double CD with "Steel And Fire" on BGO Records BGOCD899
Complete with full colour leaflet, notes and photos
Digitally remastered and slipcased
Buy direct from BGO

Mick writes:

In the late eighties I made it over to the USA for a series of West Coast tours, based in Portland Oregon. Towards the end of the first tour we were offered a spot on a local cable TV show being produced by Multnomah Cable Access at the local college. Myself and Rory Gallagher drummer Rod De'Ath were up for it, but the other guys decided to sit it out, so we returned to the TV studio a week later with a new line-up, including Dover Weinberg (Robert Cray Band) on keyboards, Emerson Zachary (Zack) on bass and local harp player Westside Johnny.

The result was a very successful concert which was aired many times on Cable TV in the area. So we decided that the next step was.. an album! On the next trip we booked a studio and recorded the band, with a guest appearance from blues singer Curtis Salgado. The album was released on my friend Michael Kearsey's "Nebula Circle" label and distributed nationally in the US.

Later the album was released in Europe on the Swiss "Brambus" label and did well. For me it's a snapshot of a great time in my life, working with some fabulously talented musicians who also became great friends.

Copyright Mick Clarke

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