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Colorado Country Blues

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Mad Dog Friedman, harmonica player, musical innovator and founder of many popular Colorado blues acts over the years including King Comfort, Harmonica Loowinski, Papa Juke, the Mojo Medicine Show & Blue Lightning, has put together an acoustic blues jam band with a unique blues style indigenous to Colorado in the 21st Century while still honoring the blues roots. We call this music Colorado Country Blues because it combines the “Colorado Sound” (jam grass) with traditional rural blues. The result is Mad Dog Blues, a coalition of top-notch, veteran musicians dedicated to exploring this new sound in both their song writing and performances. Along with Mad Dog Friedman on harmonica, the Mad Dog Blues Experience (5 piece band) includes Jeff Becker (Hippie Buckaroos) on mandolin, Clark Chanslor (White Water Ramble) on stand-up bass, Sean Bennight (from St. Louis) on acoustic guitar and Mark Kaczorowski (Blues on the Lamb) on acoustic guitar. Big Willy Palmer and/or Doug Moldawsky (New Garden) often join us in various configurations including with the six-piece string band, the Mad Dog Blues Extravaganza. We hope you enjoy our original “Colorado Country Blues” sound, a unique fusion of delta blues, bluegrass, honky-tonk, hokum and acoustic jam music. Our website is and our Facebook page is

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The Mad Dog Blues Experience at the Casper Summer House Concert Series in Casper, WY, in August of 2019.

Mad Dog Blues Experience --Click for full res photo.

Photo by Nancy Wilkerson

Here's what folks have to say about Mad Dog Friedman & Mad Dog Blues:

"Mad Dog Friedman — harmonica player and principal songwriter for the group Mad Dog Blues — knows what’s up. As he says it, he writes from the moment and sings from the heart." The act's newest, Happy Dance, was recorded live at the KGNU studio and amplifies the group’s "Colorado Country Blues" sounds, something hard to find amongst the cacophony of popular genres. And it is that: funky, heartwarming, and drenched with the old-school storytelling of folk songs past. It hits the soul." ~ Rooster Magazine, January 2019

"Now the rootsy musician, along with his band, the Mad Dog Blues Experience, kicks up a dusty fusion of acoustic blues and string band-influenced jamming." ~ Nick Hutchinson, Westword magazine, March 27, 2020

"Fine night of sharp, syncopated Blues. Wonderfully expressive performance with a depth of feeling and sense of humor and play you don't always find together." ~ ‎Duane Davis, owner of Wax Trax Records in Denver, Colorado.

"Wow, awesome show. Blues bands like yours are the reason I like blues." ~ Nicholas S. Seigel, Owner and Founder of RadioCave

"Mad Dog's traditional acoustic blues harmonica a delight to hear." ~ Peter Madcat Ruth, Grammy Award-winning harmonica virtuoso

"It's as if E.T. plays the harmonica!!!! I dig your take on the instrument, seeking and speaking!!"~ Sugar Blue, Grammy Award-winning harmonica virtuoso

"Mad Dog Friedman’s ghostly and weathered voice is a perfect match of the been-down-this-road-too-many-times-before blues slices found on numbers like ... 'Never Lost Love.'" ~ Scene Magazine

"Mad Dog Friedman who is absolutely an incredible harp player … That is something totally different.  I think it is absolutely brilliant!" ~ Kevin Beale, British DJ

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Check out our latest YouTube Videos on our Mad Dog Blues Experience playlist.

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Listen to Happy Dance, the first album of Mad Dog Blues, recorded live on KGNU Radio on November 13, 2018. (Released November 14, 2018)(You may also listen on YouTube Music, Apple Music or on the BandCamp.)

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Listen on Spotify to the full 24 track double album, Family Reunion 2020, recorded "live in the studio"on August 10 -13, 2020, at Dog House Music Studios in Lafayette, CO. (You may also listen on YouTube Music, Apple Music or on the BandCamp Players below.)

Listen to 30 seconds clips from Mad Dog Blues' ground-breaking, pandemic double album, Family Reunion 2020.

"Splendid mandolin and guitar flatpicking are prevalent throughout...there is
usually something to be discovered with every listen. In short, ego-less music from a
tight-knit group who plays like an extended family." ~ Dan Willging, Feb.-March 2021 Holler from the Colorado Blues Society

Listen to Family Reunion 2020: Disc 1 Acoustic Blues Listen to Family Reunion 2020: Disc 2 Songsters, Blazz & Jam

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HUG WITH OUR HEART -- songs for our time

Listen to Hug with Our Heart, a pandemic EP recorded by Mad Dog Blues, recorded live at Mighty Fine Studio on December 7, 2020. (Released Januaruary 11, 2021).

" incorporates the best of blues played elsewhere and adds its own unique twists. We are fortunate to have Colorado bands such as Mad Dog Blues that build on true traditions while absorbing and blending our local piquant flavors." ~ Jack Grace, Feb.-March 2021 Holler from the Colorado Blues Society

(You may also listen on YouTube Music or Apple Music.)

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If you are just interested in the Mad Dog Blues Duo please check out our online duo videos of all original music at: and/or listen to some duo audio recordings

for all bookings please contact Mad Dog Friedman

at maddog AT poetscoop DOT org

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(Please see Mad Dog's Calendar Page for a full listing of all of our shows and/or to check for future availability.)


April 10,

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Avogadro's Number at 605 S. Mason St.

in Fort Collins, CO 80524

(970) 493-5555

No cover.

Mad Dog Blues Experience

(Check out our music).


April 19,

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Niwot Tavern at 7960 Niwot Rd.

Niwot, CO 80503

(303) 652-0200

No cover - outside patio show.

Mad Dog Blues Experience

(Check out our music).


April 24,

4:00 - 7:00 pm

Front Range Brewing at 400 W. South Boulder Rd., #1650

in Lafayette, CO 80026

(303) 339-0767

No cover - outside patio show.

Mad Dog Blues Experience

(Check out our music).


May 1,

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Brewery Rickoli at 4335 Wadsworth Blvd.

in Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

(303) 344-8988

No cover - outside patio show.

Mad Dog Blues Experience

(Check out our music).

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Photo by David Ford


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