Life Is Good Sometimes
NOTE :- DESPITE THE NAME, THE 'RAGTIME' ELEMENT OF THE MUSIC HAD ALL BUT DISSAPPEARED BY THE TIME THIS WAS RECORDED. ORIGINALLY THEY PLAYED JOPLIN RAGS ON GUITAR, BUT THINGS DEVELOPED. DESPITE WANTING TO CHANGE THE NAME, IT WAS DECIDED NOT TO BECAUSE A FOLLOWING HAD BEEN BUILT UP AND A CHANGE WOULD CONFUSE THINGS. DON'T BUY THIS ALBUM AND EXPECT 100% RAGTIME. The Ragtime Millionaires started out in the late eighties, with two guitarists (Dave Jenkin & Keith Hills) playing ragtime and blues in Cornish pubs. After building up a local reputation, they were signed up by Fellside Records and they made an album, 'Making a Million' in 1993.This got excellent reviews and a fair amount of airplay, resulting in bookings at major festivals all over the U.K Around this time Keith Hills left to concentrate on recording rather than live work. He was replaced by double bass player Gerry Herbert. The music got jazzier and a stage act with a lot more humour evolved. This line up made three further albums during the nineties and became firm blues festival favourites. They toured England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Spain. In 1998, drummer Jim Shearman was added to the line up. A new album, mainly recorded live at the Cognac Blues Passions Festival was released in 1999. The Millionaires continued to tour the clubs, pubs and festivals of Europe up until the summer of 2005. Sadly, double bass player Gerry Herbert died of a heart attack in June 2005. This CD is dedicated to his memory, a great bass player, singer (and composer on My Old Clock) and a lovely bloke. Gerry was impossible to replace.