MAD DOG BLUES

(Duo, Trio, Band)

Colorado Country Blues

EPK | Bio | PressShows | Videos | Music | Duo | Merch | Contact | Facebook | Instagram | Spotify

eclectic acoustic blues & jam

HOT LINKS:

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 www.coloradocountryblues.com and our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/coloradocountryblues.

back to top menu


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

back to top menu


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 playing...is 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

back to top menu


Check out our latest YouTube Videos on our Mad Dog Blues Playlist.

back to top menu


back to top menu




Happy Dance (A recording of a live radio show from 2018)

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.)

back to top menu


Family Reunion 2020 (Our epic double album)

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

"Family Reunion 2020 is the second album from Mad Dog Blues and is a highly enjoyable double album that successfully combines acoustic country blues, folk grass, singer-songwriter soul and jam into one thematically consistent whole. ...With a fun, down-home feel, Family Reunion 2020 successfully manages to ride the fine line between being both relaxed and energetic. Great musicianship, great songs and great production." ~ Rhys “Lightnin'” Williams, Sept. 5, 2021, Blues Blast Magazine

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

back to top menu


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 January 11, 2021).

"...it 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


"Division will crush if we don't act soon.

Let's come togther and sing a new tune."

~ from "Hug with Our Heart" by Jenn Cleary & Mad Dog Friedman

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

back to top menu

LIVE LOVE -- Our first "ALL LIVE JAM" ALBUM

"Mad Dog Blues is one of our own - a Colorado band steeped in country blues but
expanding that genre to express its own eclectic approach to Colorado music. Live Love
is the band’s third recording in ten months: Family Reunion 2020, Hug with Our Heart,
and now Live Love. That’s a lot of music in a short time and each CD explores a new
musical direction. ...Jeff Becker contributes some impressive mandolin. ...There are some really interesting lead guitar lines with complex but perfect timing."

~ Jack Grace, Oct.-Nov. 2021 Holler from the Colorado Blues Society

back to top menu


Alone Is My Home-- A benefit release with 100% of all proceeds going directly to support the needs of Boulder County's homeless population through the good work of Hope for Longmont.

back to top menu


If you are just interested in the Mad Dog Blues Duo please check out our online duo videos of all original music at:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR66Ns-dgQ-oZVkUeFZhfFxEdOLQRu7dc and/or listen to some duo audio recordingshttps://maddogfriedman.bandcamp.com/album/mad-dog-blues-duo-demo.

 

for all bookings please contact Mad Dog Friedman

at maddog AT poetscoop DOT org

back to top menu


OUR 2021 BETTER THAN EVER TOUR

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

Wednesday,
October 6,
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Left Hand Brewing Company (at The Garden) at 1245 Boston Ave.
in Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 772-0258
Benefit for local veteran's organization.
Mad Dog Blues
(Check out our music).
Thursday,
October 7,
7:00 - 10:00 pm
Golden Moon Speakeasy at 1111 Miner's Alley
in Golden, CO 80401
(720) 638-1155
No cover.
Mad Dog Blues Duo
(Check out our live Duo Demo.)
Saturday,
October 9,
2:00 - 5:00 pm
El Rancho Brewing Company at 29260 US-40
in Evergreen, CO 80439
(303) 670-2739
No cover.
Mad Dog Blues Trio
(Check out our videos.)
Sunday,
October 10,
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Niwot Tavern at 7960 Niwot Rd.
Niwot, CO 80503
(303) 652-0200
No cover - outside patio show.
Mad Dog Blues
(Check out our music).
Saturday,
October 16,
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Private Party Mad Dog Blues Trio (NOLA version)
(Check out our videos.)
Sunday,
October 17,
1:00 - 6:00 pm
Mile High Blues Society Blues Challenge FINAL ROUND (The winners go to Memphis to represent the our state at the International Blues Challenge in January.)
This is your chance to hear some of the best blues acts in the region and cheer us on to victory. All money raised will go to support the winning acts' trip to Memphis.
at the Goosetown Tavern at 3242 E. Colfax Ave.
in Denver, CO 80206
303-399-9703
$20 at door
Mad Dog Blues Duo
(Check out our live Duo Demo.)
Friday,
October 22,
4:00 - 7:00 pm
Avogadro's Number at 605 S. Mason St.
in Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 493-5555
Free, weather-permitting patio show.
Mad Dog Blues
(Check out our music).
Saturday,
October 23,
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Boulder Farmers' Market at 13th St.
in Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 910-2236
Free and family friendly outdoor show.
Mad Dog Blues Duo
(Check out our live Duo Demo.)
Thursday,
October 28,
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Black and Blues Music and Brews at 423 N. Cleveland Ave.,
in Loveland, CO 80537
No cover.
Mad Dog Blues Trio
(Check out our videos.)
Friday,
October 29,
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Bootstrap Brewery at 142 Pratt St.
in Longmont, CO 80501
(720) 438-8488
No cover.
Mad Dog Blues
(Check out our music).
Sunday,
October 31,
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Großen Bart Brewery at 1025 Delaware Ave.
in Longmont, CO 80501
(720) 438-2060
No cover. Halloween Costume Contest!
Mad Dog Blues
(Check out our music).

back to top menu


Mad Dog Blues Experience --Click for full res photo.
Photo by David Ford

back to top menu


GET YOUR MAD DOG BLUES T-SHIRT & YOUR "KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON" FACE MASKS HERE.

Click to see a larger image of this 100 % Cotton T-Shirt. Click to see a larger image of this breatheable gator.

Support acoustic blues & jam music and look sharp at the same time.
Click our store link below to purchase:
maddogblues.bigcartel.com

back to top menu


acoustic blues & jam

Graphic & Web Design by M. D. Friedman

#coloradocountryblues #maddogblues