Unplugged At Bop Street (LP 2015)

by SARA GEE & RAMBLIN MATT and FRIENDS

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    We had two reasons to make an unplugged, live album. The first was the dirty money, or better the lack of it, so when Alex Ruiz offered us to record the session meanwhile it was broadcasted live in his Radio Show, "Bop Street" we didn´t doubt it a second. But the most important it was the challenge of recording a live album with no tricks or overdubs, playing live during a live broadcast and to back us up we had the great fortune of counting with some of the best musicians of the Valencia Blues and Rock n Roll scene.

    To continue with the cooperation between artists we decided to comission the drawings and graphic design of the album cover to famed graphic artist Antonio Chumillas, "Tete Chumi", also harmonica man of legendary band Dr. Divago. See and buy his art in www.tetechumi.com.

    The capture of the session, microphone positioning, equalisation and mastering came as usual from Vicente Artal, "Soni" of Caraband Productions, our very own George Martin.

    Recorded during the emission of "Bop Street" on March 12, 2015, directed and presented by Alex Ruiz in El Regreso Radio and published under the catalogue of the Valencia Blues Society.

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(En Español mas abajo)

It takes a lot of guts to fight for your dreams, that is why when they turn into reality it gives us such a thrill. This record that you are holding in your hands is one of those dreams come true. Made with a lot of love, passion, hard work and pieces of our souls.

"Unplugged at Bop Street" is the name of our third Long Play after the very good reviews and public aclaim of "Rambler´s Romance" that opened the doors to us to a lot of interviews and radio play in Spanish, European and US media.

Do not expect a modern, high tech recording or a crispy production, we carry on with our Country, Blues and Rock n Roll for Desperate Souls and this album was recorded Old School, totally live in one live take with up to nine musicians playing together in some songs in a room packed with gear not bigger than a closet and using only ambient microphones in one hour time, during a Radio Show. Just as the old 1940s, 50s and 60s recordings of the BBC Radio and so many other Radio Stations that recorded the sets of the artists playing live, many of them to be released many years after turned into classics.

Some takes could have done with more presence of the vocals, others came out in perfect balance and no doubt there are quite a few magic moments, the type of magic that can only be achieved when the musicians are playing together, looking at each other, with no fish tanks separating them. Fish tanks are for fish. We are Rockers and Bluesmen and Women and this session has a part of the soul of each one of the artists who gave their time, talent and good disposition to help us with the recording. We send you all a big thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We had two reasons to make an unplugged, live album. The first was the dirty money, or better the lack of it, so when Alex Ruiz offered us to record the session meanwhile it was broadcasted live in his Radio Show, "Bop Street" we didn´t doubt it a second. But the most important it was the challenge of recording a live album with no tricks or overdubs, playing live during a live broadcast and to back us up we had the great fortune of counting with some of the best musicians of the Valencia Blues and Rock n Roll scene.

To continue with the cooperation between artists we decided to comission the drawings and graphic design of the album cover to famed graphic artist Antonio Chumillas, "Tete Chumi", also harmonica man of legendary band Dr. Divago. See and buy his art in www.tetechumi.com.

The capture of the session, microphone positioning, equalisation and mastering came as usual from Vicente Artal, "Soni" of Caraband Productions, our very own George Martin.

Recorded during the emission of "Bop Street" on March 12, 2015, directed and presented by Alex Ruiz in El Regreso Radio and published under the catalogue of the Valencia Blues Society.

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Cuesta luchar por lo sueños, por eso cuando los alcanzas produce tanta alegria verlos tornarse realidad. Este disco que tienes en tus manos es uno de ellos. Hecho con mucho amor, trabajo y retazos de nuestra alma.

"Sara Gee & Ramblin Matt with Friends Unplugged at Bop Street"
es el nombre de nuestro tercer Larga Duración tras la gran acogida de "Rambler´s Romance", nuestro anterior trabajo que fue comentado muy positivamente en varios medios y nos brindó varias entrevistas en medios nacionales e internacionales.

No esperes una grabación perfecta, ni una producción moderna. Seguimos con nuestra música, Country, Blues y Rock n Roll para Almas Desesperadas y este trabajo fue grabado Old School, de una toma con hasta nueve músicos a la vez en algunas canciones, tocando en un espacio no mayor que un armario ropero y usando solo microfonia de ambiente en una hora de tiempo, como en las grabaciones de los 40, 50 y 60 en BBC Radio o de cualquiera de las numerosas estaciones que grababan los sets de sus invitados en directo, muchas de las cuales han sido con el paso de los años publicadas y se han convertido en clásicos.

En algunos temas habría faltado más presencia de la voz, en otros el equilibrio es perfecto y sin duda hay mucha magia, de la clase que solo se consigue cuando los músicos tocan juntos, viéndose las caras y sin estar encerrados en peceras. Las peceras son para los peces, nosotros somos rockers, bluesmen y blues Ladies y esta sesión lleva una parte del alma de cada músico que intervino en ella y a los cuales estamos muy agradecidos por su tiempo, talento y buena disposición.

Nuestro nuevo trabajo fue grabado en riguroso directo "desenchufado" por dos razones principales, la primera fue la disponibilidad de un estudio radiofónico para poder hacer la grabación lo cual nos ha ahorrado unos grandes gastos económicos de tiempo de estudio. Y si eres músico y vives de esto sabrás lo que queremos decir, sin duda :)

Pero la segunda y mas importante, siguiendo con nuestra tónica de grabar nuestros discos tocando en directo y sin añadidos posteriores de ningún tipo, era el desafío de grabar un disco en una toma durante un programa radiofónico en directo y para llevarlo a cabo contamos para ello con la colaboracion de algunos de los mejores músicos de la escena Blues y Rock n Roll de Valencia.

Continuando con la cooperación entre artistas decidimos encargar el trabajo de diseño de la carpeta del disco al reconocido pintor, dibujante, artista gráfico y también armonicista de la mítica banda valenciana Dr. Divago, Antonio Chumillas, "Tete Chumi" del que podéis ver y adquirir su obra en su web www.tetechumi.com.

La captura de la grabación, posicionamiento de micrófonos y demás mágia sónica estuvo como viene siendo habitual a cargo de nuestro George Martin particular, el gran Vicente Artal, "Soni" de Caraband Productions, que se encargó también de ecualizar las frecuencias y añadir un poco de back eco y masterizarlo.

Fué grabado el pasado 12 de Marzo durante la emisión del programa Bop Street que dirige Alex Ruiz en El Regreso Radio y lo hemos editado como parte del catálogo de la Valencia Blues Society.

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released June 15, 2015

Recorded live with no overdubs during the live broadcast of "Bop Street" with Alex Ruiz.

The Band:

Sara Gee: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar & Songwriting
Ramblin Matt: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Fender Telecaster DeLuxe 72,
Lap Bar Slide Dobro, Songwriting & Arrangements.
Isi Rockin: Double Bass
Javier Ortega: Snare Drum & Brushes

Guest Artists:

Javier Tijuana: 1958 Fender Steel Guitar, Lead Guitar
David Cascantone: Guitar, Backing Vocals
Lizzy Lee: Backing Vocals, Percussion
Nuria La Cruz: Backing Vocals, Percussion
Antonio Chumillas: Blues Harp and Cover Art Design and Drawings

Vicente Artal, "Soni": Recording, Production and Mastering
Alex Ruíz: Host and Direction

And our most heartfelt thanks to Miguel, of El Regreso Radio for once again allowing us to use his studio and equipment. You´re a great guy and your colaboration is very important to us.

We want to dedicate this record first of all to all of our children, Jane, Pau, Laura, Nuno, Mikel and Lucas because you are always the ultimate reason and inspiration to our work, and we would like for you to be proud of it. And of course, to all the followers and supporters that continuosly are there to remind us that we are doing a good job. We love you all, you are the salt of the Earth.

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Sara Gee & Ramblin Matt Dénia, Spain

The old Delta Blues, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Memphis Minnie, the C&W of Hank Williams Sr, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, and old Memphis Sun Rockabilly are the cement that consolidates our union, we write our material inspired by all of them and more.

Sara Gee - Songwriting, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Ramblin Matt - Songwriting, Arrangements, Guitar, Dobro, Bass, Vocals
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Track Name: Happy Woman Blues
"Happy Woman Blues"

Tryin' hard to be a happy woman.

But sometimes life just overcomes me,
Everyday I'm workin' just to pay my dues.
Lay down at night, my mind is so confused.
Goin' down south with the New York City blues,

Gotta hit the road before I blow a fuse,
I might buy me a Cadillac or a Chevrolet.
I don't care what model as long as it takes me away

[SOLO]

I've been hiding my heart in a trunk.

Can you come see me when my ship has sunk
You can give me lovin, that I can't refuse,
And love is the one thing that's sure to cure my blues.
Goin' down the road with a heavy heart,

Tryin' to find lightness in the dark,
Tryin' to live my life, tryin' to get satisfied.
My mind is in the city but my heart is in the countryside.

[SOLO]

Tryin' hard to be a happy woman.

But sometimes life just overcomes me,
Everyday I'm workin' just to pay my dues.
Lay down at night, my mind is so confused.
Lay down at night, my mind is so confused.
Track Name: All Aboard!
"All Aboard"

I like to travel on the train
And see the life passing by the window
Let the City at the rithem of a heartbeat
And the clouds slide slow over the sky

I like to stop in every town
And see who is goin' up and down
What kind of shoes
High-heels or boots
Or wich kind of book is in your hand

So if you're thinking of going somewhere else
I tell you to pick up the traían
With the rhythm of a heartbeat
Streched on your seat
Lookin' trough the window
How the season changes

Once on the Amtrak to Memphis
I meet somebody on the train
Was a well dressed fellow
With his note book and his pen
When he asked me for my ticket
I could just escape

We ran til the last empty wagon
And put his hands under my dress
I closed my eyes eyes in Lousiana
And I was back in Texas
When I opened them again.

So if you're thinking of going somewhere else
I tell you to pick up the traían
With the rhythm of a heartbeat
Streched on your seat
Lookin' trough the window
How the season changes
Track Name: Wild Women Don´t Get The Blues
"Wild Women Don´t Get The Blues"

I hear these women raving 'bout their monkey men
About their trifling1 husbands and their no good friends
These poor women sit around all day and moan
Wondering why their wandering papa's don't come home
But wild women don't worry, wild women don't have no blues

Now when you've got a man, don't never be on the square
'Cause if you do he'll have a woman everywhere
I never was known to treat no one man right
I keep 'em working hard both day and night
'Cause wild women don't worry, wild women don't have their blues

I've got a disposition and a way of my own
When my man starts kicking I let him find another home
I get full of good liquor, walk the streets all night
Go home and put my man out if he don't act right
Wild women don't worry, wild women don't have their blues

You never get nothing by being an angel child
You better change your ways and get real wild
I wanna tell you something, I wouldn't tell you a lie
Wild women are the only kind that really get by
'Cause wild women don't worry, wild women don't have their blues
Track Name: Railroad Blues
"Railroad Blues"

1,2, , 1,2,3

Livin' and lovin'
That's how most folks make their way
I always look forward to goin' home everyday
Well I'd give a hundred dollars if I could be in their shoes
Lord I'm so damn lonesome, I got them low down blues

Everybody's got someone, yet I'm all alone
I got no phone number, no one to call my own
And every night that lonesome whistle lets me know when a train goin' by
Some times when I hear it I wanna lay down and die

Yodal lay ee, yodal oh, yodal eh.

A whole lotta memories, and I bottle of beer
Along with a lost love, and a jug fulla tears
Oh I can hear that whistle whinin' when the hour is
Lord the Union Pacific makin' it's way across the Lone Star state

Well this is my story, I ain't a playin' around (nah, I sure ain't)
I got an old trailer, on the outskirts of town
It's just me and this here guitar and a bottle of booze
Slappin' out a rhythm and singin' the blues

Yodal lay ee, oh Railroad Blues
Track Name: House Of The Blues
"House Of The Blues"

Mmm....Sometimes, brother
When you feel like a motherless child
Your piston seems to burn no steam
And you're running out of gas

There's a hole in your boot, cause you've been ramblin
Ever since you pawned your car
And it feels like years since the last time
You held a dollar in your hand

(Chorus)

And it feels like the heavens are falling over you
And there ain't a joint in town where your credit stills good
But if you have a heart that keeps on beating
We have a place for you
Come and join us in the house of the blues

(Guitar Lead)

And it's been three nights that you've been seen
Begging for a friend to pay you company
But the only one who hears you
Is that bottle of JD

There's a light that shines down the avenue
And the door is never closed for a guy like you
You can buy a dream for a buck or two
And you'll be the hero no matter what you do

(Chorus)

So if it feels like the heavens are falling over you
And there ain't a joint in town where your credit stills good
But if you have a heart that keeps on beating
We have a place for you
Come and join us in the house of the blues

But if you have a heart that keeps on beating
We have a place for you
Come and join us in the house of the blues
Come and join us in the house of the blues
Come and join us in the house of the blues
Track Name: Rollin´& Tumblin´
"Rollin' And Tumblin'"

Well, I rolled and I tumbled, cried the whole night long
Well, I rolled and I tumbled, cried the whole night long
Well, I woke up this mornin', didn't know right from wrong

Well, I told my baby, before I left that town
Well, I told my baby, before I left that town
Well, don't you let nobody, tear my barrelhouse down

Well, ahh, mmm-hmmm, owww, oww ooo, aww, oww, oh
Aaa, mmm-hmmm, oww, oh oh oh owww, oww ooo, aww, oww, oh

Well, if the river was whiskey, and I was a divin' duck
Well, if the river was whiskey, and I was a divin' duck
Well, I would dive to the bottom, never would I come up

Well, I could a had a religion, this bad old thing instead
Well, I could a had a religion, this bad old thing instead
Well, all whiskey and women, would not let me pray
Track Name: Are You Gonna Wait?
ARE YOU GONNA WAIT?

Things have changed, there´s so much to do
or are you gonna wait for the lord to change the world?
The same lord that let us kill eachother
and the one who let our children drown.

Give me your hand and let me feel your power
or are you gonna wait for someone else to do your job?
It´s time to stand up, go to figth for what is yours
we have time, we are togheter, and we are more.

STOP teliing us how we have to live,
STOP telling us when we have to cry,
STOP telling us what we have to eat,
STOP telling us how we have to die.

Imagine there´s no countries, imagine there´s no pain
no hunger, no liers, no one to steal our bread.
This world is full of cheaters, and you all know who you are
and i tell you one thing for sure, none of you will touch the sky.

and we don´t need no Jesus, no Budda, or Alá
what we need to change the world is to trust what we have inside
Track Name: Ant Working Blues
"Ant Working Blues"

I´ve got the Ant workin blues
I make my fortune step by step
Cause When You want it all too fast
Everything will go as fast as it came

I pick the jobs
That nobody wants
If the pay me a hundred dollars
Or if the pay me four

Cause I´ve got the Ant workin blues
Make my fortune step by step
Cause if you win it all to fast
Every thing go as fast as it came

I Play my Guitar
Everywhere I can
If they give me a hundred dollars
Or if they give me ten

Cause I´ve got the Ant workin blues
Make my fortune step by step
Cause when you want it all to fast
Every thing go as fast as it came.
Track Name: Leave My Kitten Alone
"Leave My Kitten Alone"

You better leave my kitten all alone
You better leave my kitten all alone
But I told you big fat bulldog
You better leave her alone

You better leave my kitten all alone
You better leave my kitten all alone
This dog is gonna get you
If you don't leave her alone

Well Mr.Dog I'm gonna hit you
On the top of your head
That child is gonna miss you,
You gonna wish that you were dead

If you don't leave my kitten all alone
Well I told you big fat bulldog
You better leave her alone

Well Mr. Dog I'm gonna hit you
On the top of your head
That girl is gonna miss you
You gonna wish that you were dead
If you don't leave my kitten all alone, oh yeah
Well I told you, big fat bulldog
You better leave her alone

Yeah hey you better leave, you better leave
You better leave, yeah you better leave
You better leave, oh you got to leave
Hey hey, well I told you big fat bulldog (fade out)
Track Name: Baby, What D´You Want Me To Do?
"Baby, What You Want Me To Do"

Got me runnin'
Got me hidin'
Got me run hide hide runnin'
Anyway you want to let it roll
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Got me doin' what you want me
Baby what you want me to do

Goin' up
Goin' down
Goin' up down down up
Anyway you want to let it roll
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Got me doin' what you want me
Baby what you want me to do

Got me peepin'
Got me hidin'
Got me peep hide hide peepin'
Anyway you want to let it roll
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Got me doin' what you want me
Baby what you want me to do