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Papa Juke / Press

“This is another band that could blow any of them away. Brand new release. It’s the European debut for this particular album. …Christine Webb who plays a brilliant bass ... Mad Dog Friedman who is absolutely an incredible harp player and Dan Crecco. … That is something totally different. I think it is absolutely brilliant!”

“This band’s music would heat up any juke joint, but its songs also make blues and roots rock sound fresh and alive. Papa Juke pulls in elements from across the roots music spectrum, but the bottom line is, bluesy roots rock doesn’t get much better — or original — than on “Out Of The Blues.””

“Whatever kind of groove Papa Juke is laying into, most of the cuts on Out of the Blues will light up the dance floor.”

“The sheer sense of fun, almost palpable, shimmers through Papa Juke's joyful throwback music. ... Colorado's Papa Juke delivers raw, good-time, catchy blues which at its best bubbles with an effervescent energy that merits the band's own term for their music: Juke. ”

“... a band that is equally comfortable playing simmering, slow-burn traditional blues songs (especially on songs sung by bassist Christine Webb, who adds some feminine gravitas to the group) as it is with sizzling tracks designed to get the audience out of their seats and onto the dance floor.”

“The band [Papa Juke] has an album out that is almost too cool for words… Papa Juke is a pretty cool blues band that doesn't necessarily fit the standard mold. Their music is a mix of rock and blues that can't be fit into a box…But where the band really shines is the music itself. The music kicks some major ass.”

“Papa Juke knows the power and effect of tried-and-true blues forms. The group's mastery of old and new blues idioms is clear on Out of the Blues, a collection of tracks that pays homage to older Chicago styles while staking out new territory with poppy, compelling organ, harp and guitar solos. It's a nod to the old masters that brings in refreshing country, funk and rock cues. ~Moovers & Shakers 2011: The complete list of our favorite local releases from the past year:”

“Better every time they play, Papa Juke has their own unique approach to the blues going on. Some of it even reminds me of R.L. Burnside with its disjointed back alley groove. One of my favorites!”

“One of the few ‘zero carbon footprint’ CDs issued in the constant onslaught of new releases, Northern Colorado’s Papa Juke delivers a set of sophomore tracks that are beyond its years. It’s an amazing four-prong attack ; Mad Dog Friedman’s searing, yet unobtrusive harmonica lines; Christine Webb’s propulsive, walking bass; Dan Crecco’s funky beats and spacious textures; and Doc Dougherty’s sizzling slide and sometimes crunchy guitar riffs. All either sing lead or back up – Friedman has a dramatic actor’s flair to his vocal performance ("Never Lost Love")– while all either wrote or collaborated on the ten tracks heard here. With that sense of sonic balance being rare for a non-national touring group, Papa Juke’s also a rarity in that its songs don’t generally follow the proverbial blues chord progressions but are somewhat alternative in nature. Papa Juke is mater of the hook… Papa Juke can also muster a dance groove or go slow trance… For Papa Juke, dar”

“Papa Juke’s “Out of the Blues” is a heck of a lot of fun. From the opening strains of “Never Lost Love” clear through to the close of “Weak and Weary Blues,” the foursome hit all the right notes. Keepers include “Sizzle,” “Love Ladder,” “Deliver Man” and “Never Enough.” Good stuff.”

“Jazzy blues that swaggers between slinking and swinging (swinking?) And that will make you ask both, “Who’s your papa?” And “Is he Juke-ish?””

“Blue Monday publisher John Hammer enthusiastically turned me on to Papa Juke. I was at work when I had my first listen to “Out of the Blues,” the band’s first studio CD. That was a mistake. “Out of the Blues” is not an album that makes good background listening. Papa Juke jumps up, wacks you upside the head and demands your attention. Listening round two, at home, where I could crank it up a bit, I was with an immediate appreciation for the band’s style. The CD opens with “Never Lost Love,” a flashback to the sound of the late 60’s. The second cut, “Sizzle” could have been recorded by a jazz quartet. The remaining eight songs progress through tastes of multiple genre, some on the edge of the blues and some squarely planted in it. My favorite is full blown blues, “Delivery Man,” featuring some fine bottle neck guitar and rousing harp.”

“Colorado based band Papa Juke delivers blues with a difference and their infectious original sound is said to be “courageously creative and enticingly danceable.” The group, consisting of some of Colorado’s best musicians, is touring regionally to promote their latest effort, Out of the Blues. Papa Juke has a rabid fan base that goes home after a show strangely fulfilled and wanting more. Make no mistake; although Papa Juke is extremely conscious of the environment, they are first and foremost about the music. The group is the originator of Juke, a contemporary stew of blues they “serve up hot,” and the correlation to food is both playful and accurate.”

“The combination of rock, blues, R&B, funk and jukebox jive is quite a conglomeration of musical sounds for a single group to produce. Papa Juke creates just this type of flavorful foundation of musical goodness on their newest studio release, Out Of The Blues. The Colorado-based quartet presents seasoned musicians who seem aptly fit to run through the musical carousel found on the album. 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 the opening track of “Never Lost Love.” “Never Lost Love” also finds Dave “Doc” Dougherty’s guitar riff splitting the heavens like some Jimmy Page studio outtake. Friedman’s haunting harmonica also makes itself know on this sturdy opening track. ... “Blues And Confused” opens with Friedman’s harmonica and soft shakes from Dan Crecco’s drums. Webb is powerful in her delivery of the bluesy soundscape...”

“Some people make music because it’s fun. Others do it because they’re good at it. Papa Juke manages to do both… The years, even decades, of experience of is clear on “Out of the Blues,” as is their ability to turn out a well-balanced song. Friedman rules the harp, and Dougherty is a master of the blues guitar, while Webb and Crecco back them with masterful rhythms. Each member appears to know exactly where they fit in the song, whether on their instrument or with their voice… One of the best things about “Out of the Blues” is that no one song is the same; it’s due not only to the variance in music, but it’s also from having three different voices at the lead mic. The Cajun growl of Mad Dog, Doc’s vintage vocals and Webb’s sexpot charm trade off and often come together for amusing effects… By changing up the blues, the cool cats of Papa Juke are keeping it current, relevant and entertaining.”

“Trois ans que les musiciens de cette formation se sont rencontrés et, enfin, ils sortent leur premier CD. Ce doit être pour cette raison qu’ils ont la banane sur toutes les photos. Le blues que ce groupe basé dans le Colorado nous propose est contemporain avec une influence rock, parfois jazzy comme le super ‘Sizzle’ chanté par Christine Webb, bassiste du groupe qui vante le pouvoir de la femme. L’harmonica de Mad Dog Friedman est mis en avant sur certains morceaux comme sur ‘Well Baby’. La slide est omniprésente sur ‘Delivery Man’ et son rythme obsessionnel, on a les deux pieds dans les marais avec ‘Mojo Queen’ et ses petites percussions dont les 6 minutes passent trop vite. L’album se termine sur un morceau rock endiablé et sans concessions. Vous aurez compris que c’est un album riche aux influences multiples, mais avec une identité forte. Et si c’était le Juke Style?”

“Papa Juke has been together for three years and have finally come up with their first studio CD. (This explains why they are grinning ear to ear in their photos.) The blues that this Colorado based group offers is contemporary with some rock influences but is also sometimes jazzy, as in the superb number "Sizzle" sung by the bassist, Christine Webb who flaunts the power of women in this song. The harmonica of "Mad Dog" Friedman is center stage in some of the songs, like "Well Babe". The slide guitar [Dave "Doc" Dougherty] is impressive and powerful in "Delivery Man" and his rhythm work is also obsessively good. You will feel like you have two feet in the swamp while listening to "Mojo Queen." The intricate percussion work [Dan Crecco] makes this six minute long song fly by. The album ends with the last number which is a rocker, undeniable and with no apologies. You can tell this album is rich with multiple influences as well as with its own strong identity. Is this the Juke style?”

“The band that really made an impression was called Papa Juke… And they rocked out! When they took the stage they played with absolute abandon. It was fun and put a smile on everyone's face.”

“Finalist International Blues Competition Colorado State-wide Contest 2010 & 2011.”

“Best of Denver - Best Blues Jam 2009 Award”

"I saw several bands for the first time, like Papa Juke and the Mike Kaylor Band, who have now joined my "favorites" category as well." --from "Judging the IBC " (cover article)

“Papa Juke is an awesome roots based blues band driven by the sweet harmonica stylings of Mad Dog.”

"Papa Juke is the best new Colorado band of 2008!"

“... these guys invented their own style, known as Juke, composed of hot blues they conceptualize as a stew whose ingredients include swing, rock, boogie, Latin, country, reggae, Cajun, funk, and the kitchen sink. No, not the kitchen sink, just about everything but..”