Dave McCurry

"Professor's Lounge" - 2023 (forthcoming)

My first solo album, Professor's Lounge is a collection of originals and covers spanning a pretty broad swath of musical styles and influences and will feature a collection of area musicians I have had the pleasure of playing with over the years. Still in the planning stages, some songs I have been thinking about are listed below in no particular order yet.

Rising River Blues - George Carter

Mama Bear Rag - Al Pettaway

Sans Souci Blues - Dave McCurry

Comes Love - Billie Holiday

Bottom of the Well - Dave McCurry

Up the Line - Little Walter

Exercise in C - John Mayall

Do You Know What It Means - Eddie DeLange, Louis Alter

Sam Cooper

"No Mercy from the Boys from Jersey" - 2002

While living on the Jersey Shore from 1998 to 2006 I played often with Sam Cooper (Southbound, Acme Boogie Company, Phatman) who introduced me to Cos Consoli and Slick Aguilar. Sam is a songwriter and producer and recorded two demos for the WWE "Triad," which included Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow (RIP), also a neighbor. 

The first version features me as part of the vocals and harp.

Version 2 is just vocals. 

I've only recorded in a few places as a guest artist. Below are the noteworthy examples, starting with an upcoming, self-produced album. 

Tom Neilson and Mark Lynd

"In a Public Place" - 1991

I had already played with Tom and Mark since 1984 when we first moved to Amherst. Tom Neilson is a prolific songwriter and performer (well worth checking out), in the politically-themed folk genre which includes people like Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, and many more. 

I feature on a couple of songs on this album, "Man On The Stairs" and "Poppy."  We recorded at Norman Blain's Moonstar Media studio, which was a little old shack of a building way up in the western MA hills above Sunderland (or somewhere). Norman is an Emmy award-wining sound engineer and was also recording the great jazz reed and wind player, Yusef Lateef at the same time. We crossed paths with Yusef a few times coming in and out of the studio.  I also produced the artwork and graphics for this as well. 


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Phil Garrett

"Blues Haiku" - 2012

The visual artist Phil Garrett and I played together quite a lot from 2008 to 2018 when he headed to Santa Fe. In 2014 he produced a folio of original prints and a companion CD of songs, all inspired from the Piedmont Blues songbook. I featured on several of the songs in this collection. (Phil Garrett vocals, mandolin, guitar; Bob Buckingham guitar; Russ Morin, bass; Dave McCurry, *harmonicas). Folios and CD are still available from Phil, I believe. 

Hesitation Blues* - Rev. Gary Davis

South Carolina Rag* - Willie Walker

Police Dog Blues* - Blind Arthur Blake

One Meat Ball* - Josh White

Greasy Greens - Pink Anderson

Mosquito Moan - Blind Lemon Jefferson

Rising River Blues - George Carter