As some of you may have noticed, this normally very busy band has been laying rather low lately. Since early January we have been searching hard for a drummer to replace Mark. Finally, this week we would like to introduce the newest member of our band: Rob Robertson. Not to be confused with the guy who played for and hung out with Dylan and Scorsese. We now have a Robertson and a Robinson as well as a Rob and a Bob in the band. Shouldn't be a problem. With Rob in the band we have a rare natural talent who shares his great enthusiasm for the music. Rob understands the less is more nature of the songs. In my opinion with Rob in the band our music will come home and reach it's full potential. For those of you that have been keeping track version 3.5 was the stomp box version of the band that played two gigs this year. Hopefully if I have my way, that version may show its head again at some point. Here's to a long future with Rob Robertson.
Bashful Bob for The Dirty Mac Blues Band
About 18 months ago we posted the blog “What we are / are not” as a attempt to define the band better. After being together for over 2 ½ years, a lot of people still don’t get it. Everywhere we go we get the same stuff. Why don’t you play this song or why don’t you make the song longer by stretching it out with more solos? A lot of people think they know the answer for global success for us. All we have to do is cover their favorite blues song that they have heard 10,000 times before. Once we do that and make our 3 minute songs 10 minute guitar masturbation snooze fests, millions of music fans will want to see us and buy our discs. We are an original blues band (a rare entity) and we are very proud of it. The road we travel is much harder, but we feel in the long run it is the right road. We believe the songs we write are quite good and we like to show them off. If you want to hear Terry sing an “Etta Franklin” song, do yourselves a favor and go see the real thing while they are still around. Our message is simple, our songs are simple. What do is primal, it is meant to hit in the gut. Our songs are short because most people’s attention spans are short. Our goal is to entertain, get the message across and finish before we get boring. After a hard week of working in poor economic times, a working man/woman does not want to have to work more to listen to and enjoy music. He or she just wants to let loose and that’s what we are here for. Our goal is to provide the audience with a product that is 100 percent real without any filler. This band feels the song is more important than egos of the players. The five of us agree that our job is to showcase our material the best way we can. If a song does not need a solo we don’t add one, period. This is a blues band that may have more in common with The Ramones than the extended jam blues rock from the late 1960’s. If you want to see and hear five minute guitar solos there are about a million “Stevie Ray Claptons” out there that would be happy to thrill/bore you for hours until your forehead caves in. Again, we encourage you to seek out the real thing. This is not to say that everyone misunderstands us. Everywhere we go (and don't go) people make positive comments about our material and original sound. And we thank you for that.
One of the most notable things about Dirty Mac Blues Band was the tones Lonesome Bob Ross gets out of his Danelectro guitar and his Resonator guitar. He played their original “Black Cat” with big bald chords and a touch of swing era vibe. On their cover of “Big Boss Man” Ross whipped up a country swing vibe in his twang, and he took this a step further on “I Don’t Know Why” where he really revealed his roots influences. Bob cranked out even more down and dirty blues feelings with his take it to another plain solo on Dirty Mack’s bump and grind number “Where Did You Go?” He also meshed well on this number with the harp notes to create a rich thick tapestry. “Can’t Get Enough Of You” played off a twisty groove that Mackie rode at the right pace while the band played with classic rock energy. Guitar and harp solos went wild here. Drummer Mark Bell brought a lot oomph to these tunes even though he was not on the original recordings. It might be owed to Bell’s fresh perspective and unique feel that a lot of Dirty Mack’s originals had new life breathed into them in the live setting. The secret is that The Dirty Mac Blues Band is a live band that also happens to record original songs written by Mackie. Her voice has a svelte sophistication that came through quite well on “Black Cat” and her new song “Rumba(Al’s Song)” was another she could structure emotionally with the tone of her voice. She sang “Tears On My Pillow” like she meant it, and she brought a pulse to “Doncha Hit Me No More.” Speaking of pulse, bass player Matt Robinson brings a pulse-like quality to his playing. He is so subtle you can almost not think about him unless you made a point to focus on the bass notes. Then he becomes, in the listener’s ear, a major focal point. It took that kind of solid but never showy bass work to hold up these kinds of vocals, guitar work, and harp playing without overshadowing them. The Dirty Mac Blues Band has it all, folks. Original songs. Solid, authentic blues tones, and a very entertaining front woman. www.myspace.com/thedirtymacbluesband
Dirty Mac Blues Band got dirtier at Notorious R&R Diner in Malden last weekend Sunday, 07 March 2010 20:53 | Written by Bill Copeland | The Dirty Mac Blues Band were in their natural element last night at the Notorious R&R Diner in Malden, Massachusetts. This blue collar bar in this blue collar city had a down to earth crowd that responded well to The Dirty Mac’s bluesy tales of life, love, and lust. The band name Dirty Mac refers to lead singer/songwriter Terry Mackie, a woman who knows how to keep the banter going between songs, and a woman who knows how to spice up her already racy lyrics with extra hints about each song. Listening to this woman talk, you’d think she was better in bed than Madonna. There is no need to go into detail about this, but she does say that one of her songs was inspired, in part, by a Sam Kinison comedy monologue about licking the alphabet. Guitarist Bashful Bob Ross grinded out a down and dirty blues phrase during the band’s original song “Natural Needs,” and he continued to pay out the authentic qualities through out the evening. The guest harp player for the evening, Josh Nathan, was another of those rare blues men who could whip out an impressive interval with only a few notes or could go wild and rival the guitarist with his note bending and sustaining. Mackie took everyone to church with “Gospel Stomp,” a slow burner blues in which she belts out “I got down on my knees and prayed” while Ross played a brief interval of single guitar notes that seem to keep reaching higher and higher for that emotional feeling. In that way, “Gospel Stomp” makes you feel like a freight is coming down the tracks your standing on. That Mack and her boys can develop that kind of momentum show they’re the real deal. The bouncy fun of Mack’s “Barbeque” becomes another belter. The song rocks right out on guitar and harp while the rhythm section of drummer Mark Bell and bass man Matt Robinson offer up a meaty groove. Of course, “Barbeque” is a metaphor for other activities and Mackie, being the Madonna of the local blues scene, delivers these innuendo-laced verses with a raw, unabashed sensuality. Likewise, on “Bad Girls Go To Heaven,” with a shuffle beat behind her, Mackie hit those high notes and sustained them like a woman possessed. Next came a song called “Train Ride” in which harp player kept his notes in the lower register and rooted in himself in the rhythm section. The effect created a thick, swampy sound that had everyone bobbing their heads. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
As some of you may know the band has gone through some member changes recently. "Gentleman" Josh Nathan joined us last April as our harp player and Mark "Yo Sam" Bell as our new drummer about a month ago. I just put up tracks from our first gig with Mark on 8-01-09 to show how seamless the transition has been.Everything that is good about The DMBB's sound remains unchanged. The band along with "Miss L" worked very hard at finding the right person to sit behind the drums. We did dozens of auditions that went on for months but we did not give up until we found the right person. Although "Gentleman"Josh joined the band after VICTORY BAR was recorded and his style is different than "Shark Bite" Mike Abelson's, he plays our songs like he has been playing them all his life. The Hardest Working Band in Dirty Blues is now ready to go forward with creating new material that we can hopefully record by the winter. BB
Here is part 2 of Bill Copeland's wonderful review of our new CD from The Boston Blues Society's web site. The original can be found at http://www.bostonblues.com/reviews.php?key=cdDirty-Victory Please check out this site, there is a lot of great stuff there. Dirty Mac Blues Band - Victory Bar Self-produced By Bill Copeland June 2009 Mackie, like an old pro, matches the urgency of the frantic guitar rhythms. She goes from sweet falsettos to gutsy belts which make the music sound authentic and natural. For more proof of Mackie’s songwriting skills, check out the line in “My Baby Left Me” when she reveals that her man left her for another man. It adds deeper meaning to her plaintive lyrics about sleeping alone, and asking the other men what they see. “Black Cat” has fun with lyrics about black cats crossing her path and Mackie expands upon that fateful feeling, closing in a torch singer approach. “Booty Call Man” offers a danceable approach to a funny scenario story. This disc ties together well. The songs vary in dynamics and tempo, giving it a grand and even feel by the end. The band does well in many blues idioms, and Mackie is a clever and resourceful lyricist. Her imagery and storytelling add to the quality of this package. The musicians are equally important to the singer-songwriter. They create many sonic textures. Just the way the harmonica spirals out over the thumping groove makes “Where Did You Go?” a treat. Guitars and drums are pared down on “Love That Guy” so vocals and harmonica tap dance across those underpinnings. Kleiner does something hip when she adds fills around the beat to “Can’t Get Enough Of Loving You” that lets the band rock out. Next, Kleiner forces final song “Gypsy Train” home with a shuffling beat that lives somewhere between blues and country and creates a locomotive feel. This long shuffle beat closes out the record beautifully, finishes strong, and lets us know The Dirty Mac is traveling onto to faraway places.
Here is part 1 of Bill Copeland's wonderful review of our new CD from The Boston Blues Society's web site. The original can be found at http://www.bostonblues.com/reviews.php?key=cdDirty-Victory Please check out this site, there is a lot of great stuff there. Dirty Mac Blues Band - Victory Bar Self-produced By Bill Copeland June 2009 The Dirty Mac Blues Band has got to be one of the blues scenes’ best kept secrets. I don’t know how a lead vocalist as raw, powerful, and emotive as Terry Mackie has escaped greater notice. The band’s new album Victory Bar features Mackie’s 13 self-penned tunes steeped in Delta Mississippi blues, Chicago blues, gospel, and modern Boston blues-rock styles. (Yes, the Hub does have its own regional blues sound, one that borrows some timbres from classic rock). The disc’s first track “Natural Needs,” cruises in with slide guitar, subtle drumming, and harmonica that swiftly introduce us to a full-flavored blues sound. Mackie belts out with one of those raw emotive voices that many local blues singers wish they had. “Lost Another Man” continues Mackie’s penchant for wittily conveying her personal needs. Guitarist “Bashful” Bob Ross injects a perfected brittle guitar lead, while their frequent guest “Shark Bite” Mike Abelson supplies the gravy with his swaying harmonica. “Don’t Say Nothing At All” is a song with more than a heaping of sass and attitude in Mackie’s vocal approach and in the rhythm section’s stride. Ross and Abelson add their perspective timbres in a way that thickens the feeling of Mackie’s confrontational story. “Gospel Stomp,” a slow burner with heart and soul, marches forward with a rolling beat from drummer Lorraine Kleiner, and a bopping groove from bass player Matt Robinson. This rhythm section is not made up of sidemen. They’re two out of four essential cornerstones in this tight outfit. They remain palpable and vital throughout the album. From their base, Mackie lets unfold her sultry plea for mercy alongside Ross’s emotive switches from chords to singer notes. Abelson, as an added attraction, brings in a drawling Delta harmonica line. “BBQ,” with its double entendres, sassy vocal, loping bass, bopping drum, and funk guitar riffs will make you smile and dance. Mackie does some sweet high notes here that make listening to her quite pleasurable as her voice glides upward. “Mississippi Twang” gives Ross more room to walk a subtle picking style around the block. His guitar playing is deep and sharp with jagged edges that are full of feeling and meaning, as if he can tell the story with his just his melodies.Continued on Part 2
Getting National & International spins on WBRS,WAAM,WMFO,KTEP,KCOR,WBOR,WSCA,WALW,KSTK,KVNF,KMST,KGLP,KFJM. Many thanks to the first DJ's to play VICTORY BAR in particular our good friend and early supporter Greg Sarni http://www.myspace.com/bluestrust and True Blues at WBRS in Waltham. Special thanks also goes to Thayrone X http://www.thayrone.com and The Bone Conduction Show at WAAM in Ann Arbor for being all over the disc and playing five songs on a show that's carried on stations from Alaska to Alabama.
what we are/are not Category: Music What we are dirty simple original provocative engaging raw real rough around the edges different yet familiar What we are not polished complex trendy Like every other blues band virtuosos a cover band good at taking requests boring Rated G perfect
On February 3rd we (Terry, Scott Gifford, and Bob) mixed the final tracks for our new CD. Is the CD ready? Will it be out next week? Can I buy a copy at the next gig? What's the hold up? What is taking so long? I thought you prided yourself as being a simple blues band. There is stuff we can control in life and stuff we can't. Right now we are dealing with the latter. We can't skip or change the order in the process at this point. The next step we are waiting on is mastering. Once this is complete it is ready to be sent (along with completed art work) to the duplication service. Keep in mind no one working on this project does this kind of work full time. All of us have other jobs that take up most of our time. Terry on a good week, works at least three other jobs. This is the blues baby and in these desperate times no one said it was going to be easy. So when will it be ready? I would say late March or early April.