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MAD DOG BLUES

(Duo, Trio, Band)

Colorado Country Blues

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eclectic acoustic blues & jam


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Mad Dog Blues (full six-piece harmonica string band)

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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, Mad Dog Blues (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, Big Willy Palmer (B & L Railroad) on acoustic guitar and Mark Kaczorowski (Blues on the Lamb) on slide and acoustic guitar. Doug Moldawsky (New Garden) sometimes joins us in various configurations including with the seven-piece string band. 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.

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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 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 Playlist.

Here's a sample of one of our hill country blues jammers:

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The Mad Dog Blues Duo

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If you are 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 recordings at: https://maddogfriedman.bandcamp.com/album/mad-dog-blues-duo-demo.

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You can also watch a video of the Mad Dog Blues Trio.

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for all bookings please contact Mad Dog Friedman

at maddog AT poetscoop DOT org

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Happy Dance (Recordings from a live radio show in 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 listen on Spotify, YouTube Music, Apple Music or BandCamp.)

"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

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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 Hollerfrom 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

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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 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 together and sing a new tune."

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

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LIVE LOVE (Our first ALL LIVE JAM BAND 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

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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.

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OUR 2021 BETTER THAN EVER TOUR

(Please see Mad Dog's Calendar Page for a listing of our shows for the full year.)

Saturday,
November 13,
3:00 - 5:00 pm

The Golden Mill at 1012 Ford St.
in Golden, CO 80401
(720) 405-6455
No cover.

Mad Dog Blues Trio
(Check out our videos.)

Friday,
November 19,
7:00 - 10:00 pm

Rule 105 Brewing at 4731 W. 10th St.
in Greeley, CO 80634
(970) 301-4575
No cover.

Mad Dog Blues Duo
(Check out our live Duo Demo.)

Saturday,
November 20,
7:00 - 9:00 pm

The Muse at 200 E. South Boulder Rd.
in Lafayette, CO 80026
(720) 352-4327
Tickets are $17 (Pre-sale) or $20 at the door (suggested donations).
Doors open at 6:30 for art viewing and artist reception (free until 7 pm)

Mad Dog Blues
(Check out our music).

Saturday,
November 27,
7:00 - 9:00 pm

The Filling Station at 3242 S. Acoma St.
in Englewood, CO 80110
(970) 408-0718
No cover.

Mad Dog Blues Duo
(Check out our live Duo Demo.)

Thursday,
December 2,
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,
December 3,

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Jessie's Smokin' NOLA at 7422 S. University Blvd.
in Centennial, CO 80122
(303) 537-4574
No cover.

Mad Dog Blues Duo
(Check out our live Duo Demo.)

Saturday,
December 4,
7:00 - 10:00 pm

Rule 105 Brewing at 4731 W. 10th St.
in Greeley, CO 80634
(970) 301-4575
No cover.

Mad Dog Blues
(Check out our music).

Saturday,
December 11,
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Roots at 1200 Miramonte St.
in Broomfield, CO 80020
(720) 279-0570
No cover.

Mad Dog Blues Duo
(Check out our live Duo Demo.)

Sunday,
December 12,
Doors 3:00 pm
Ages 16 and up

SONG WRITING SHOWCASE!

Globe Hall Live Music and BBQ at 4483 Logan St.
in Denver, CO 80216
(303) 296-1003
Tickets $12 adv / $15 Dos
(For no fee presales please email maddogATpoetscoopDOTorg.)

*Dan Hertel (Verses the Inevitable) 4:00 – 5:00
*Antonio Lopez Band 5:15 – 6:15
*Mad Dog Blues (6 piece acoustic string band) 6:30 – 8:00

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Photo by David Ford

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Support acoustic blues & jam music and look sharp at the same time.
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BAND BOOTLEGS

And now for all those hardcore Dog Heads who made it all the way to bottom of our web page, a special little listening treat from your favorite acoustic blues jam band featuring unreleased excerpts from our 2021 Better Than Ever Tour, recorded live right off of our mixing board. Many of these tracks are our favorite extended versions of previously released songs featuring spontaneous jams and occasionally bordering on trance blues. Some are rare public debuts of original songs that we had barely, if at all, rehearsed. Pure madness for all Dog Heads! Enjoy and share as you want!

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Mad Dog Blues supports and promotes diversity and equity and wants to thank the many African American, Native American and people of color that have inspired and influenced us with their music. In general, the rural American musicians and hokum songsters of 20's and 30's were playing music influenced by the players around them. Musical influence was more regional than genre-based and quite often color-blind. Radio airplay and the recording industry is more genre based. Segregation and racism in the music industry was responsible for the splitting up the true American music into the existing genres (like Country and Blues). It is our hope to go deep into the roots of this music and come up with our own songs that transcend the divisions in American music created by commercialism and racism.

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