Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Catfish Hodge: Live At The Bayou, WAVA 12-07-1979

I taped this from WAVA on Dec 07 1979.

"Catfish on stage is like a twelve gauge shot gun of emotion going off!" - Rolling Stone Magazine

"Hodge possesses a voice that can be heard miles away but can get so low and ethereal you’ll swear he’s singing through you.

Few can compare with this man’s power and effect!" - Holler/ Colorado Blues Society News

1) "Holiday" (4:28)
2) "Blues Got the World" (3:51)
3) "Nobody Knows" (3:13)
4) "Black Cadillac" (5:52)
5) "What the Woman Do"(3:15)
6) "Down Over The Border" (3:53)
7) "So Tough" (3:37)
8) "Nobody Knows" (2:46)
9) "To the Left" (7:54)
10) "Band Intro" (0:33)
11) "Elmo's Blues" (4:50)
12) "Record Executive Blues" (6:17)
13) "Sailin' Shoes" (3:03)
14) "Boogie Man Gonna Git Ya" (9:56)
15) "Stay All Night" (4:31)

Catfish has been called an "American folk blues hero" and has been a mainstay on the American Blues music scene for three decades now! He has twenty four albums to his credit, comprised almost totally of original material. "Catfish Blues" and "Like A Big Dog Barkin’" on the Wildcat label, and "Eyewitness Blues" on Genes CD were released in 1994 and 1995. His first album of children’s songs "Adventures at Catfish Pond", on Music for Little People label was released in May of 1996. The album won the NAPA Golden Award as best children’s music of 1996. His
1998 release "Bare Necessities"(on Chicken Legs Music) finds him in a solo acoustic setting, with lowdown funky blues and soulful ballads. His 1999 release "Twenty Years" features performances from concerts and radio broadcast and includes the only version now available of "Boogie Man Gonna Git Ya", as well as other rare gems. His 2002 release "Let's Eat" is a best of collection of his best known food songs of which there are many! Both of his latest albums are available on Chicken Legs Music. All of his albums prior to the 1990's are hard to find except for the first Catfish Band album "Get Down", which Sony/Epic re-released in the mid 1990's, due to demand for it overseas.
Catfish found his calling early on. While growing up in Detroit, he was sneaking into Motown Records Hitsville studio to catch the Four tops and the Supremes and grooving to R&B and Blues while his contemporaries gravitated to the Beatles. In the late 1960’s he formed the Catfish Band and led them out of Detroit into national prominence.
By 1973 Catfish had settled into Washington, DC where he was packing them in at Desperado’s, Childe Harold and the Cellar Door with what the Washington City Paper describes as "his cheerfully muscular blues & rockin’ boogie". He made a few friends along the way too. He became a regular opener for Bonnie Raitt and Little Feat, who also started showing up on his recordings. When he formed the Chicken Legs Band in 1981, he was joined by Little Feat’s Paul Barrere, Richie Hayward, Kenny Gradney and Sam Clayton. Their final tour hit twenty one cities and sold out every one.
By 1982 Catfish had headed west to California where he lived for the next 17 years. Along with Paul Barrere he formed the Bluesbusters in 1984. They recorded two albums for Landslide Records and toured for many years, until Little Feat was reformed in the late 1980’s.
In 1999 Catfish founded the Hillbilly Funk Allstars with T Lavitz, Richie Hayward, Kenny Gradney, and Vassar Clements. Their first tour was well received, with great turn outs, will they ever tour again? He continues to work solo acoustic and with his new electric band in the mid-atlantic area, as well as festivals around the globe.
Today Catfish Hodge lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where he says "the air is fresh and the mountains are good for the healing of the soul." After thirty five years on the road and twenty four albums having been released, he is still electrifying music fans with his powerful and spiritual style of original music!
An evening with Catfish is a raucous romp through life’s occurrences, punctuated with his unique insights and wit. While critics struggle to classify his sound, calling it “Delta jazz”, "Southern rock", or “rhythm and blues”, Catfish just keeps on keepin’ on, pleasing the crowd with his right-on songs and electrifying stage presence.

136MB, MP3 @320, 68 Minutes, TDK SA90 Cassette Tape


Anonymous said...

Wow. What a treat! Some mo' Catfish for my holidays. Gonna d/l this right now.

WVKayaker said...

Get 'er done VanFan!

Bob said...

Catfish Hodge has a bit of a fan base here in
northeast PA--- a guy I know who used to do a weekly
blues show on a local college radiostation would
always play something by Hodge each week, and Catfish
even played a concert here one time in a small 'coffee
house' that a local church sets up in their basement.


Anonymous said...

Kayaker, the 320kbps sound is excellent. The crowd at the Bayou was definitely having a great time that night. Always dug the HFS Catfish "hits" like "To The Left" and "What the Woman Do". Cool to get to hear those familiar songs in a live setting. thx again, VanFan

WVKayaker said...

Not bad for a 28 year old TDK Cassette tape eh?

Anonymous said...

Hi can you repost this please? thanks

Camarillo Brillo said...

I don't have the MP3 version anymore.

Here it is in WMA VBR...

What This Is All About

I've been collecting live music from various sources since the mid to late 70's. Radio shows, TV broadcasts, radio show pre-FM CD's and vinyl LP's and some trades. Most of the shows posted here, I recorded and ripped myself. I always had top of the line stereo equipment and cassette and open reel recorders for those on air broadcasts.

I've downloaded plenty of bootlegged concerts from various blogs. As a rule I will only post stuff from my collection and not what is already available out there.

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