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From The Cradle (with Salaireguru77)


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Stephen (http://www.macjams.com/artist/Saltaireguru77) sent me a song a while ago, and it became this. It's been a pleasure to work with him -- to work with someone who is, quite honestly, a better guitarist than I am, especially in this setting. He swings with the beat, and it feels natural to blow harp and sing over his playing.

He covered guitar, I covered harmonica, and we split the duty on both vocals and lyrics.
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From The Cradle


I looked up from the cradle, my head was wreathed in signs. Oh I looked up from the cradle, my head was wreathed in signs -- said,
"I'll carve you out a hollow land, and all your milk will run dry."
Each step I take the earth is panting -- it wills its sickness away. Yes each step I take the earth is panting -- it wills its sickness away.
You dare to bend my back, Lord? I'll beat you into scattered hay.

Till the rivers cease their frothing, I will be your wicked son. Aw, shrivel me amid your laughing, smile upon your wicked son.
No, I don't ask for much, lord -- let me run, let me run.
I looked up from the cradle, a sweat of frost upon my back. Now I looked up from the cradle, a sweat of frost upon my back.
I want a city made of gold, man, I want to see the world crack.

(Inst)

I've seen the gauntness seethe within you, it's gone and sucked my life away. I've seen the gauntness seethe within you, oh, gone and sucked my life away.
The air, it smells of brass and fear, and the water's dried to grey.

(Inst)

This river is asleep for me, in dogged song upon the land. This river is asleep for me, in dogged song upon the land --
You slipped from my sickly grasp, in search of riches down the Rio Grande.
So I climbed out of the cradle, tried to turn my life around. Yes I climbed out of my cradle, tried to turn my life around.
It's taken all I've got to give, but still I'm sinking down.
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gadzooks said 1871 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
From The Cradle
Wow, I like it ... has that authentic blues sound and feel to the performance. Like the guitar ... a lot! Nice dueling vocals ... they contrast well ... good and whiny like a blues song should ... yeah, the harp's cool too! You're hired...Really enjoyed the stripped down realness to this.
Cheers
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tf10music said 1871 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
cheers, man
I'm really glad you liked it. It was a fun collaboration.
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Saltaireguru77 said 1870 days ago (April 12th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Stan. We kept it pretty simple, which I guess is the key. Ben's harp playing is outstanding, isn't it? Thanks for the compliments.
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alackbass said 1871 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
From The Cradle
OH YEAH! Stephen! I had no idea you were such a bluesy cat! You have that Lightning Hopkins guitar style down. Making those riffs sound effortless. Great vocals from both of you. Ben's recalls classic Canned Heat! Killer harp solos Ben! The 2nd one was particularly fluid and melodic. Great collab gents! WHAT! NO DOWNLOAD! OH THE HUMANITY!
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tf10music said 1871 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
Lightning
Hopkins is a good call. I was thinking R.L. Burnside, but your tag works better -- it's got some Delta Blues chord changes, but it still has the Hill Country drone. I've remedied the download issue, and you can also get it as a lossless file on my bandcamp page: http://bmeyerson11.bandcamp.com/track/from-the-cradle-with-stephen-robb
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Saltaireguru77 said 1870 days ago (April 12th, 2012)
Cradle
Thank you Andrew. I do like a lot of blues and this song comes from when I first started seriously listening to blues music. Not bad for a white Irish lad who's never been to Mississippi or Chicago! Glad you liked it. Thank you for your support mate. I hadn't come across R.L. Burnside till Ben pointed him out during this collab so that's something new I learned. One of many over the course of this!
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Symphony101 said 1871 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
Great stuff !
I love Stephen's work, it's "real" stuff. Great work from you too.

I very much enjoyed this gents, hats off.
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tf10music said 1871 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
I always
appreciate the support, sir. Thanks for the listen.
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Saltaireguru77 said 1870 days ago (April 12th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Yves. I don't know how "real" my work is, but I'm glad people enjoy it. It's fair to say that Ben's contribution to this improved the lyrics 100% and his vocals and harp just took it to a new level.
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Philip18 said 1871 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
From the cradle
Nice guitar work - the riff sounds very old-style blues (I'm thinking Brownie McGhee or LIghtning Hopkins). Plaintive vocal style. Plenty in the lyrics. Wailing harp. It all works well!
tf10music said 1871 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
thanks!
glad you liked it.
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Saltaireguru77 said 1870 days ago (April 12th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Philip. Thinking back to the riff, some of the styles it reminded me of are "Driftin blues" and "Before you accuse me" but there's all sorts in there, probably subconsciously. I'm pleased you like it. Thanks for taking the time to have a listen.
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magnatone said 1871 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
From the Cradle
what a cool combo of musical talent here! this sounds great - love the combo of vocals - you seem to be stretching each other in the best possible of ways. terrific work you two!
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Saltaireguru77 said 1870 days ago (April 12th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Karen. I definitely found myself having to stretch to keep up with Ben! It was a great collab and I learned a lot. Thanks for the kind compliments.
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michaeljayklein said 1871 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
Applause!
He's a great fellow and of course, a very talented one too. So are you, and together, you guys created something very special! Full marks for all the fine work put into this. Michael
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Saltaireguru77 said 1870 days ago (April 12th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Michael. Very kind of you to say so. I think the result here is better than the sum of the parts, which is often the way when you collab with someone. Thanks for stopping by for a listen and giving your support - It's much appreciated.
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Vic Holman said 1870 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
turn back the time machine
boy, you two really created a authentic down to earth classic blues piece.

great job stephen & ben!
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Saltaireguru77 said 1870 days ago (April 12th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Vic. What Ben doesn't know about old blues (and new blues!)isn't worth knowing, so it was kinda hard to go wrong. Glad you liked it.
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Gaylen75 said 1870 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
great
Blues and truth.
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Saltaireguru77 said 1870 days ago (April 12th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Gaylen. Blues and truth, that it is. Cheers for having a listen.
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KCsGROOVE said 1870 days ago (April 12th, 2012)
from the cradle
Sounds like a real authentic blues to me
Fine collab, genjts!
Much enjoyed!
KC
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Saltaireguru77 said 1870 days ago (April 12th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Cees. We kept the drums out, no bass, no bells or whistles, just the sound of two guys making music. Glad you liked it- thank you for your support.
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Saltaireguru77 said 1870 days ago (April 12th, 2012)
From the cradle
I've had this tune kicking around for a while now, maybe ten years, but the original set of lyrics which I sent to Ben were choc full of cliches and generally in need of a rewrite. Let no cliche stand unflamed was pretty much my instruction! And if you need someone to write you some great Blues lyrics that work on a number of levels and challenge your perception, they don't come any better than Ben in my opinion. He worked really hard on this, provided a ton of insight from his bottomless blues knowledge and taught me a lot in a very short space of time. As always, his music style challenges convention and the listener and makes you re-evaluate what's "good enough". And then of course there's his vocals and his harp playing. I re recorded my vocals after some tips from Ben in terms of blues notes and hopefully it's something I can take forward. And as for the harp playing.. it speaks for itself. Blows me away. In my head I have kind of a wish list of people I'd like to work with and Ben was way up there so it was a real thrill when he said yes to the collab. I love the result and am so pleased with what I've learned from Ben along the way. A blast from beginning to end.
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RochaMalhada said 1870 days ago (April 12th, 2012)
Mighty fine!

This is rich, guys. really nice collab!

. - Harold
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Saltaireguru77 said 1869 days ago (April 13th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Harold. Appreciate the listen!
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ElPeruano said 1869 days ago (April 13th, 2012)
yessirrr
very cool lyrics. a blues well executed for sure. it even sounded kinda "lo-fi" in a totally good way. Cool interplay between vocal and instrumental elements too. Great playing guys!
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 1869 days ago (April 13th, 2012)
from the cradle
authentic blues sound and feel. vocals work really well. harmonica hits the spot. cheers graham
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Saltaireguru77 said 1866 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Graham. Ben's harmonica work is superb and really makes the track!
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DWL said 1869 days ago (April 13th, 2012)
Going way down south
yeah, cool stuff guys!

Splendid groove. Loved the playing and the rather esoteric lyrics. Very effective.

Cheers

Dick
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Saltaireguru77 said 1866 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Dick. Ben's lyrics are a definite improvement on my original set! I'll stick to the guitar playing I think. Thanks for your support mate.
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Loob said 1869 days ago (April 13th, 2012)
Cool bluesy swag you tow have bestowed on this!
Stephen has a bit of Elvis in his voice. I've thought that for awhile. Much enjoyed you two!
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Saltaireguru77 said 1866 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Freddy. Elvis? Surely not! A very generous comment, perhaps a bit too generous. Thanks for having a listen for us.
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PeterB7858 said 1867 days ago (April 14th, 2012)
The blue spot
Yep, you two are really hitting the blue spot with this collab. Some classic acoustic blues guitar riffs and tasty harp provide just the right atmosphere for the plaintive vocals and worrisome lyrics. "I've seen the gauntness seethe within you..." now that's someone with the blues. Thanks, Peter.
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Saltaireguru77 said 1866 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Peter. Them's some mighty heavy lyrics for such a young feller! But damn good ones. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for leaving such kind comments.
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dave_b said 1867 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
From The Cradle
Cool. Its like an Old Testament blues with those lyrics. Sweet guitar riffs.
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Saltaireguru77 said 1866 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Dave. Ben tells me this is hill country blues but there's definite shades of Robert Johnson in Ben's vocals and they don't get much more old testament than him. Well, technically you could say he's more book of revalations but anyway.. Thanks for the compliments.
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Kicbal said 1867 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
Good feel
The sounds like a real blues experience. I like the simple arrangement. Keeps the energy and force of the genre.
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Saltaireguru77 said 1866 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Christopher. I'm pleased we managed to keep the deep blues feel of my original idea and if anything it's deepened. We had talked about adding some slide guitar to the mix but it never came about and I think we just had everything we needed. Glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.
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Carrie71 said 1867 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
from the cradle...
Holy shit I love the harp! Wowzers! Love the vocals and the guitar as well. One of my favs by you! Great job boys!
Saltaireguru77 said 1866 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Carrie. I love Ben's harp playing too. First time I heard it added to the track I had the biggest smile on my face (or as big as you can have listening to the blues..). Thanks for your kind comments and support.
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hackneybloke said 1866 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
cradle
this is an excellent track. choice elements; stephen's vocal, ben's lyrics and top notch harmonica. a truly great track - blues can oft be hackneyed...but this maintains interest throughout....probably because of choice elements.
ben....your lyrics on this kind of tune really really shine. dylan pales by comparison....seriously.
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Saltaireguru77 said 1866 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Julian. My original lyrics were.. well.. okay-ish. And then I remember getting the first darft of Ben's new ones and just thought.. yeah, that's a different level altogether. By a country mile! A handful of mine stayed in but by and large it's all Ben. I'm luckly to have had the chance to work with him and enjoy that killer harmonica and lyrical ability applied to a song I started writing. Thanks for taking the time to have a listen, leave such thoughtful comments and kind compliments mate.
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Bob Rodgers said 1866 days ago (April 16th, 2012)
A
wonderful authentic blues, great lyrics and very well sung. This has that great bluesy feel of the old trad blues numbers.
I love the guitar tone and playing, great stuff and the harp is superb, very much enjoyed.
Thanks!

Bob
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Saltaireguru77 said 1865 days ago (April 17th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Bob. I think both Ben and I have listened to a good amount of old school blues so we knew what we wanted, sound wise. The lyrics are just solid quality Ben and there's no one better. Guitar was me and I've had this tune around for a while in various guises, although I'd always played it electric before so it was nice to take it back to acoustic and just play gadget free.. sort of! My acoustic doesn't get enough attention, poor thing. Thanks for having a listen. Really appreciate the support and compliments Bob.
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sammydix said 1865 days ago (April 17th, 2012)
cradle
this caught me by surprise. all the elements work just right--vocals, harp, lyrics, songwriting. a Tues. morning pleasure.
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Saltaireguru77 said 1864 days ago (April 18th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Sam. Glad we made your morning!
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Moviz said 1863 days ago (April 19th, 2012)
Love the
authentic blues sound of this excellent song.... what can i say? love the guitar playing and the tones... vocal is spot on and the words are good.... love this, regards M
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Saltaireguru77 said 1862 days ago (April 20th, 2012)
Cradle
Thanks Maurice. Both Ben and I are big blues fans so I love that this came together so well with Ben's great lyrics and fantastic harmonica playing. Thanks for having a listen and your kind compliments! We appreciate the support.
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Jarvoid said 1847 days ago (May 4th, 2012)
Some really
authentic blues riffs going on here ...I'll take a masterclass from S/Guru anyday....harp from Ben is well done and well cool.....much to admire here fellahs ,good gig....enjoyed..

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