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Mississippi Fred McDowell & Honest Tom Pomposello

June 13th, 2008

Bulldogs photograph by iDream_in_Infrared’s
Bulldog Blues [Dance Remix]

Mississippi Fred McDowell & Honest Tom Pomposello > Bulldog Blues [Dance Remix]

This track is cool. Very cool. It’s the electro blues, yawl. It’s never been released anywhere, so heads up.

It sure is nothing like you’ve ever heard before. Try it, you’ll see. A holy alliance of the legendary country blues musician Mississippi Fred McDowell and his student, mentor, and friend (and my friend) Tom Pomposello, the tracks were recorded in the winter of 1971 (they were, in fact, Fred’s last recordings before he passed away in 1972), and overdubbed/remixed in 1998 by Tom (also his last project before he passed away in 1999) and Lenny Kravitz’s partner, composer/producer/mixer Dave Baron.  The 26 years between sessions is the secret sauce.

After recording Fred’s last album, Tom asked Fred for some coaching at a demo session. Fred wanted to sing along with Tom’s guitar, and Tom, nervous about his still forming skills thought he’d record them on two tracks, so decades in the future he could re-record his guitar when he might be good enough to stand next to a master. The tracks sat on the shelf while Tom built his talent, skills, and career to world class level.

Mississippi Fred McDowell bass guitar & producer
When the time came to dust off the box of tape almost 30 years later, it occurred to Tom that to recreate a blues track would not add anything to anyone’s life. He was as enamored as ever of Fred and wanted to continue his lifelong mission to introduce this great man to new generations. Alongside master producer Dave Baron he decided to deconstruct and rebuild the blues for the moment. Tom wiped his original guitar, and with Dave’s keyboards and Tom’s electric Dobro and harmonica, he lovingly rebuilt the classic blues lines interweaving with the beats and the sound of the dance floor. What better way to pay tribute to a music that was, after all, dance music at house parties throughout the Mississippi Delta in Fred’s youth?

There’s irony all the way through these five minutes. This was Fred McDowell’s final recording. And, it was Tom Pomposello’s final recording. Bulldog Blues [Dance Remix] is the lifetime of Fred and Tom’s blues. Enjoy.
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Mississippi Fred McDowell: vocals
Honest Tom Pomposello: electric Dobro, harmonica
Dave Baron: keyboards

Produced by Tom Pomposello
Mixed by Dave Baron
1998

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[…] Mississippi Fred McDowell & Honest Tom Pomposello Bulldog Blues [Dance Remix] is the lifetime of Fred and Tom’s blues. Enjoy. Mississippi Fred McDowell: vocals Honest Tom Pomposello: electric Dobro, harmonica Dave Baron: keyboards. Produced by Tom Pomposello Mixed by Dave Baron … […]

 
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