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Confessions of a Waterdog
  • Artist: Alan Ames
  • Label: CD Baby
  • UPC: 634479316050
  • Item #: SRD931605
  • Genre: Blues
  • Release Date: 11/6/2001
  • This product is a special order
Price: $14.69
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Confessions of a Waterdog on CD

With so many lap steel guitarists around today, why should you listen to Alan Ames? Totally unique style of playing and composing, for one. Alan Ames is new blues mixed with jazz and bluegrass themes, and then developed in a classical manner: Trip-grass, blues-fusion. Secondly, he has an amazing technique. Ames dedicated his life to Lap Steel guitar playing in 1972, as a vehicle of musical expression. He is exploring the various styles he loves: blues, rock, country, jazz, bluegrass, and beyond. Classically trained in cello, flute, and composition, he taught himself lap steel and pedal steel guitars. (Many of his tunes are written out. Contact him at for copies or info) Variety is another reason to listen. Some songs are wild improvisations, others are soft and inspirational. Some are nasty blues; others are simple country themes. Fast songs, slow songs, different keys, four different steel guitars, vocals, instrumentals, and one song has a recorder trio within it. Nature is a prime source of inspiration. A number of instrumentals were written in the woods near Pyatt, Arkansas. Sitting on a log in the woods, he wrote "For Mozart". Round the fire at night, he wrote "Arkansas Fire". Listen to "Bighorn Lament" It is written about an experience in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming. Neon Canyon is in the Escalante River basin in Utah. "Another Day in Paradise" was written about the urban hiking in Boise, Idaho, and how time is an illusion. There is only "now". Welcome to the present. His eclectic style may be a product of his influences. His father was a jazz bassist and opera singer wanna-be. He grew up in Texas, Cuba, Iowa, Oklahoma, and California, but lived mostly in the South. This is rootsy music but transcends styles as you listen.

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