I Need A Hat

I Need A Hat

by Downchild Blues BandDownchild Blues Band


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Veteran Toronto blues band Downchild celebrates its 40th anniversary and releases its 16th album with I Need a Hat, as Mr. Downchild himself, guitarist Don Walsh, continues to lead an ensemble that also features singer Chuck Jackson, saxophonist Pat Carey, keyboardist Michael Fonfara, bassist Gary Kendall, and drummer Mike Fitzpatrick. The all-original track list is also provided by Walsh (except for "Down in the Delta" and "Time to Say Goodbye," which are by Jackson), and the styles range from the jump blues opener "This Must Be Love," to Chicago and Delta styles. Guests join the party, including Dan Aykroyd (for whom Downchild served as an inspiration when he created the Blues Brothers), playing a harmonica solo on "You Don't Love Me"; trumpeter Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns on "Somebody Lied" and "These Thoughts Keep Marching"; and guitarists Colin James ("Somebody Lied") and Colin Linden ("You Don't Love Me"). As a songwriter, Walsh has the blues about the usual subjects, including love gone wrong and financial reversals (due, in part, to credit company woes, according to "Somebody Lied"). He also speculates that he might have been more successful with a gimmick ("I Need a Hat") and worries that time is passing him by ("Some More of That," the only song on which he takes lead vocals). But he doesn't sound like he's really going to change his ways any time soon, and from the evidence of I Need a Hat, he has no reason to; he and his band play the blues comfortably and confidently and, having marked this milestone, are likely to go on playing.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2010
Label: Linus
UPC: 0803057011223
catalogNumber: 270112
Rank: 147830

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Downchild Blues Band   Primary Artist
Chuck Jackson   Harmonica,Vocals
Colin James   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Dan Aykroyd   Harmonica,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Pat Carey   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Gary Kendall   Bass
Colin Linden   Guitar,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Don Walsh   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Mike Fitzpatrick   Drums
Peter Jeffery   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Chuck Jackson   Composer
Don Walsh   Composer,Producer
L. Stu Young   Engineer
Todd J. Littlefield   Booking

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