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Call on the Blues

  • 1. You're Leaving Baby
    2. Wound Up
    3. You Can Call on the Blues
    4. All for You
    5. Short & Stout
    6. Hail to the Iceman
    7. If You Love Me Like You Say
    8. Laugh to Keep from Cryin'
    9. Down for the Count
    10. She Ain't Coming Home
    11. Big City Crime
    12. Sweet Shuffle Queen
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9408

  • Credits
    ProducerDanny Goza; Mark May
    EngineerMatt Weaver

    Mark May And The Agitators: Mark May (vocals, guitar, 6-string bass, lap steel); Dave Nevling (vocals, harmonica); Dan Cooper (bass); Danny Goza (drums).
    Additional personnel: Rusty McFarland (guitar, bass, handclaps, background vocals); Joe Guitar Hughes (guitar); Eric Demmer (saxophone); Ear (horns); Tony Herdejurgen (keyboards).
    Personnel: Mark May (vocals, guitar, lap steel guitar); David Nevling (vocals, harmonica); Joe "Guitar" Hughes (guitar); Eric Demmer (saxophone); Rusty McFarland (bass guitar, hand claps, background vocals).
    Recording information: Light In Sound Recording Studio.
    Photographer: Steve Roberts.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Dan Cooper; Mark May; David Nevling.
    Not only did Mark May's 1995 debut, Call on the Blues, please blues fans and critics, it earned him a tryout with the Allman Brothers. A mutual friend turned former Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts on to May's album -- and while May didn't get the gig, he did open for the band on a few occasions. Betts was most impressed by May's singing -- and for good reason. Throughout Call on the Blues, May's chameleon-like vocals toy with the color barrier, fluctuating effortlessly between a salty redneck drawl and a silky R&B croon not unlike Robert Cray's. On guitar, he boasts a barbed precision that recalls the late Albert Collins, the sort of full-on command of his instrument -- equal parts raw feel and technical polish -- that can't be fudged. Maybe that's why May has earned the respect of Joe "Guitar" Hughes, a childhood friend of the Collins. Hughes even lent his six-string expertise to Call on the Blues' instrumental tribute to Collins, "Hail to the Iceman." ~ Hobart Rowland

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