© 2017 Jeff Wyatt (SOCAN). All arrangements by Jeff Wyatt.
Label:  Cardboard Alley Music
Catalogue No.:  CAM-012
Release Date:  June 22nd, 2017

Availability:   This album is available by contacting this website only at this time

Produced by:   Jeff Wyatt
Recorded at:  Cardboard Alley Music recording facility, Burnaby BC, between 2011 and 2016
Engineered & Mixed by:  Jeff Wyatt
Mastered with:  T-RackS 3 Deluxe
Art Work & Cover Design by:   Janice and Jeff Wyatt
Photography by:  Darren Quarin

:  8th solo album. Vocals, Guitar and Keyboards performed by Jeff Wyatt. Digital percussion programmed by Jeff Wyatt. Recorded on a dual processor PowerMac G5. Mixed and mastered on a Mac Mini. Software used included Digidesign Pro Tools, Reason, Miroslav Philharmonik and a host of IK Multimedia processors available in T-RackS 3 Deluxe.

PRIVY TO THE BLUES is a collection of 11 blues influenced, guitar featured tracks. 8 are original Jeff Wyatt compositions and 3 are public domain standards from the early 20th century which Jeff interprets with his signature guitar and vocal work. The public domain works included here are GOOD MORNING, SCHOOL GIRL (by John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson 1st), CROSSROADS (by Robert Johnson) and ROLL AND TUMBLE (original writer unknown). Photo by Darren Quarin of Quarin Photography.

A SIMPLE CASE OF NOTHING is a repeated 12 bar blues structure with lyrics that express a sarcasm, expressing the general thought,… calm down, relax and don’t bug me wasting my time with your crap. In the last verse there is even a playful reference to Harry Nilsson’s 1971 classic COCONUT, commonly known as PUT THE LIME IN THE COCONUT. Jeff says,…

“No need to be intense, give your belly ache a drink.
What were those 2 ingredients?
Lime in the coconut I think.
Mix it up proceed to pourin’
But don’t you call me in the morning.”

Over The decades we've all heard released renditions of the song GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOL GIRL based on Sonny Boy Williamson 1st GOOD MORNING, SCHOOL GIRL from 1937. Although the various interpretations vary and are excellent in their own right, few if any capture Sonny Boy's original, odd 19 bar repeat pattern. Finding this structure unique and intriguing (and somewhat awkward to play at first), Jeff decided to release his own version based very closely on the original. The main difference is that he made it contemporary with electric guitar, upright bass and drum kit. The original release by Sonny Boy was humbly, but effectively recorded with only acoustic guitar and harmonica instrumentation accompanying the vocal; i.e. in the common uncluttered style of many 1930s blues recordings.

With MY WANDERING EYES Jeff wanted to keep things simple, trying to include catchy guitar riffs and a lyric that expresses a pathetic guy who is in love with a woman who treats him badly. And what is he doing about it? Nothing. He’s feeling too beaten down and too entrenched to walk away at the moment, but he’s always secretly looking out for more appropriate relationship opportunities.

CROSSROADS (originally titled CROSS ROAD BLUES and released in 1936 by Robert Leroy Johnson) has been recorded many times over and is recorded here electric, featuring slide guitar and with a completely new upbeat groove. The double shot D Major accent on the half beats whenever that 1 chord occurs is apparent, in your face and catchy. Included also is an additional tongue-in-cheek verse penned by Jeff.

“I’m goin’ up to the country, a place called Juke Joint Hill,
I’m goin’ up to the country, a place called Juke Joint Hill,
If the liquor don’t kill you well,... the women will.”

EL BANDIDO is the only guitar instrumental on the album. It has a galloping groove and a somewhat Spanish flavor on the electric guitar. When Jeff wrote this he was picturing a Mexican bandido riding off on his horse to make a clean get away from danger.

Jeff previously released an electric blues version of his song CORAE CORAE back in 2008 on the album REFLECTIONS AT EVERY CORNER. This time, after being influenced by ragtime blues guitar artists from the 1930’s, he decided to re-write and record a ragtime version of this, stripped down with only acoustic guitar and vocal. To differentiate it from his original version it is appropriately titled CORAE CORAE (RAGTIME VERSION).

With I’M BACK ON MY FEET Jeff attempted to capture the country blues style of the early to mid 20th century, however electric. After the guy in the song has been emotionally knocked down over and over like a proverbial punching bag from a bad relationship, he’s finally confident and back on his feet.

The country blues standard ROLL AND TUMBLE (also titled ROLLIN’ AND TUMBLIN’ and ROLL AND TUMBLE BLUES) has been interpreted and recorded hundreds of times since the early 20th century. Jeff also gives this an electric slide guitar treatment, trying to make his version somewhat unique in style.

Jeff’s maternal grandfather was near and dear to him. Some of his fondest memories are of watching his Romanian Grampa Ted put on and lace up his above ankle European style boots. Ted laced them slow and with conviction,… almost ceremonial. It’s amazing what a child’s mind is impressed by and remembers for a lifetime. The song GRAMPA’S BOOTS is the result.

WEIGHT ON MY MIND was previously released in 1994 (and re-mastered and re-released in 2011 on Jeff’s “Cardboard Alley Music” label) as an acoustic guitar song with accompanying vocal on a 4 track EP entitled THE BULLFROG SESSION. The difference here is that it is performed electric with accompanying bass and drums.

The album ends with the title track PRIVY TO THE BLUES. After decades of living, Jeff is definitely “privy to” or “well acquainted with” and literally “hangin’ out with” the blues on occasion, even in the company of others. That’s expressed in the phrase “me and you make two, plus the blues make three”. That’s just part of life. And the best we can do is to try to learn from our troublesome experiences and move on.