Built Right On the Ground

Andy Cohen has studied and played old music all his life, wandering North America as a songster. On this cd, Andy plays acoustic guitar, piano and dolceola, and sings. On some pieces, his wife Larkin Bryant accompanies him on mandolin and haunting vocals. Here are unadulterated songs from the early days of the blues —two piano rags done as guitar pieces, three country blues songs, and two piano boogies—one of which has passed between the piano and guitar for over seventy years. The rest are classic blues.

“… in a perfect world Andy Cohen would be as famous as Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. Built Right On The Ground showcases not simply how good a player he is and the extensiveness of his repertoire, but also the warmth and genuineness of his vocals. This recording is a must for lovers of acoustic and traditional blues.” – Ron Weinstock, Jazz and Blues Review

Album Credits

Recording Dates: December 1, 2009 Andy Cohen acoustic guitar and lead vocals, all tracks except track 7, piano (tracks 4,13) Larkin Bryant, mandolin (tracks 10,15) and vocals (track 15) Kurt Anderson, lead vocals, (track 7), 2nd guitar (track 10)
Recording Engineers – Kevin Houston, Zebra Ranch Studio, Coldwater , Mississippi Producer – Michael Robert Frank, CEO, Earwig Music Company, Inc. Album Cover Photography – Eric Johnson, front cover, Joe LaRose, inside photo Liner Notes: William Lee Ellis

Track Listing

  1. Built Right On the Ground
  2. Railroad Blues
  3. Cairo Blues
  4. Honky Tonk Train
  5. Soo Cow Soo
  6. Jim Dickinson Stomp
  7. My Old Pal
  8. Temptation Rag
  9. Mopper’s Blues
  10. Miss the Mississippi and You
  11. Grandpa’s Spells
  12. Me and My Chauffeur
  13. Shake-a-you Boogie
  14. Mean Talkin’ Blues
  15. Tennessee Blues

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