The Butterfield/Bloomfield Concert

Recording the Tribute to Paul Butterfield and In Memory of Michael Bloomfield CDs were two of the most satisfying experiences of my life. Getting the chance to join with my brothers, band, and good friends to show our respect for, and appreciation of, the talents of those two men was the fulfillment of a dream. Without Paul and Michael, the musical direction (or lack thereof) for Robben, Mark, and me would have been very different. All three of us owe much of what we are musically to them. I think Andy Just and Chris Cain would say the same thing.

We had the chance to perform material from those releases at different venues and what a ball it has been. At the San Francisco and Santa Cruz Blues Festivals we did the shows with full horns, keys, lady singers and guests like Nick Gravenitis. That was great! The recordings on this CD were done in the wonderful upstairs room at the Sierra Nevada Brewery. We perform with a smaller band but with just as much energy. It really works. When I heard the tapes I found myself thinking how much I would like to see this show. I also thought that if Paul and Michael could hear us doing this stuff they would have a smile on their faces and would appreciate our efforts to remind the world of their work. Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield did for blues what the Beatles did for rock. It is so very sad that they have not received the same acknowledgement. -- Patrick For

Songs

Killing Floor

East/West Redux
Groovin' is Easy

I Got a Mind to Give Up Living
Loving Cup
Peter's Trip
Good Morning Little School Girl
Blues for MB
Wake Up

Ford Blues Band
Patrick Ford: Drums
Andy Just: Harp
Volker Strifler: Guitar
Dewayne Pate: Bass

With
Robben Ford: Guitar and vocal
Chris Cain: Guitar
Tony Lufrano: Keyboard
Tom Poole: Trumpet
Michael Pelequin: Saxophone

Production
Producer: Patrick Ford
Recorded at the Sierra Nevada Brewery
Big Room
Recorded and mixed by Pro Sound Audio; Engineer: Dale Price
Mastering: Ken Lee at Ken Lee Mastering
Design & Photography: James McCaffrey, FotoGrafis
Band photos: Greg Toland

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