Real Texas Piano Blues
Real Texas Piano Blues Nat Dove and The Neo-Classic Blues Ensemble Nat Dove's music career has been eclectic, vast and has spanned over five decades, in many areas of music and geographic areas as well. From his first recording as a pianist and music arranger in Hollywood, on the hit recording of the original "Part time Love" by Little Johnnie Taylor, in 1963 to "Who' Been Talking?" and "Too Many Cooks" by Robert Cray. Nat spent many years playing piano in the Original Hound Dog Band, with Big Mama Thornton. Dove also recorded as a session musician and arranger-composer with many of the greats of all time, such as Freddie King, George Smith, Johnnie Shines, Lonesome Sundown, Sam Cooke, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulson and Big Joe Turner, ETC. In the 1970s Nat relocated to Paris, France, where he was appointed Composer-in-Residence at the American Cultural Center. During this period he co-authored books with the great Memphis Slim and Mickey Baker. Nat composed many Free Jazz compositions for the Noah Howard Quartet, Bobby Few Trio and also lots of music scores for theatrical stage, such as "Sail to Everest". Nat has also composed music for many television and radio commercials. His movie compositions include the 1977 hit "Petey Wheatstraw" Nat has also, lived and performed in concert and taught Blues music workshops and clinics in Japan for many years. After which he returned to the United States and became the director of the Bakersfield Blues Preservation Society and professor of Blues Music, History and Culture at the University of California, Bakersfield. This CD is not meant to sound bluesy or Blues influenced. It is real Blues from the source. Nat Dove's credentials as a veteran and a neo-traditionalist are indeed intact. Nat has performed with the great Blues people of the past and also the modern blues people as well. Real Texas Piano Blues is a unique mix of modern piano blues selections presented in neo-traditional styles. The subjects are eclectic, and run the gamut from ecology to personal motivation. The first song " Don't Mess With Texas" is a Rock- Blues that espouses the machismo of Texas pride. This admonishment is a well known creed of Texas. "Dressin' Trashy" is a modern Texas guitar shuffle. Nat readily admits he got the idea from an interview he saw on television in which Dolly Parton describes her attire and intentions. The main lyric line in: "Rockin and Moaning at Midnight": it ain't that I lied pretty baby, There just was no truth to tell- was actually inspired by a novel written by Ernest Hemmingway. Has The World Gone Mad? A poignant rhetorical question asked, based on the observation of human destruction of the earth, it's beauty and bounty. What will humans do when everything else on earth has been destroyed? If Your Ship Don't Come, If your life is not what you want it to be, then you have to take control and become the master of your own fate. Which mean you have to change. You should not continue to do the same things, over and over expecting a different result. Any changes in your life, has to begin with you. Lie To me is a song where a guy knows his woman is lying, but he is so much in love that he helps her to deceive him. Ironically humorous. Welfare System explains how and why this system destroys the family and home structure. Wad of Money tells a story of the uselessness of money, in the affairs of the heart. Leave It Where It's At, Boy meets girl, and refuses the girls advances. Even though he is attracted to her. He virtuously yielding not to the temptation. Play Them Blues, offers everybody an opportunity to play and sing their own Blues. Because Blues is one of life's many episodes. Everybody has had the Blues at one time or another. I'm Coming Home, This is story of a musician, on the road, avoiding the temptations of touring, but missing home and his woman. A Song The Bluesman Sings, A man offers his love to his woman, only to be given reasons to sing the Blues. 1. Don't Mess With Texas 2:58 2. Rockin' and Moanin' At Midnight 4:39 3. If Your Ship Don't Come In 3:10 4. Has The World Gone Mad? 6:42 5. Dressin' Trashy 3:55 6. Lie To Me 3:49 7. Welfare System 3:27 8. Wad Of Money 4:59 9. Leave It Where it's At 2:18 10. Play Them Blues 2:51 11. I'm Coming Home 3:17 12. The Song A Bluesman Sings 3:12.