It was a fun workout this morning with HRH joining me for 2000m of drills, paddles and sprints. And she even said she enjoyed it (waking up aside, that is). Now, whether she was doing it for the actual workout itself or for the breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes afterwards is anyone’s guess, so only time will tell if she decides to keep it up or not.
Anyway, I’m hoping to get out on my bike after work so all that’s left to accomplish this afternoon is my lunchtime mat workout (Day 85) with the self-titled album by King Biscuit Boy, aka. ‘The Brown Derby Album‘.
King Biscuit Boy is actually the stage moniker of one Richard Alfred Newell (March 9, 1944 – January 5, 2003), hailing from right down the QEW in the Hammer (Hamilton, Ontario). He was the first Canadian blues artist to actually chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. and has played with such artists such as Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Allen Toussaint and The Meters.
Released in 1974, this album is actually produced by Allen Toussaint and Newell himself is backed by both The Meters and some dude named Mac Rebennack, whom you might better know as Dr. John. In fact, on the album’s back cover Keith Richards is even quoted as saying:
“That cat is good, man. He can really play the harp.”
Well, okay then. Thanks Keef!
How incredibly fucking cool is that?
Here’s what’s even cooler about this album: I bought it for $2.00.
AND, it’s another “liberated” album from the CFBU archives.
Seriously guys, you gotta get a lock down on your record vault as I’ve been seeing a lot of your albums all over at Record Fairs this past year. Or rather, don’t. I mean, I love me my awesome cheaply-purchased Canadian bluesy funk as much (maybe more than) the other guy so, yeah, what do I care?
Maybe I should be thanking you.
Anyway, this recording has very little in common with the rest of Newell’s output, and for good reason seeing as how it was produced by the legendary New Orleans funk impresario Toussaint at his creative apex. Blues traditionalists who enjoy the other KBB albums may not like this one as well, but to those who enjoy the Toussaint-style musical gumbo (I do!) this offers a gem as it is exceptionally bluesy R&B.
Great listen this afternoon.
On another interesting note, the album also credits musician Danny McBride on guitar. I’m not sure who that is but I’m fairly confident it’s not this guy (click HERE).
But if it is, WOW!