Serious Fun is an exciting journey through the infectious grooves written by two blues musicians that shows pure mastery of their instruments. From straight ahead Chicago blues shuffles to swinging arrangements, David Barrett and John Garcia show how work can be fun, and how the serious work of creation and musical expression can be serious fun! Both artists show an astounding diversity in their playing, singing (John) and song writing skills, all very much true to the tradition of blues. With Harmonica, Guitar, Piano, Organ, Bass and Drums, nothing will stop your feet from wearing a hole through the ground you stand on!
Vocals & Guitar - John Garcia
Harmonica - David Barrett
Organ - Steve Czarnecki
Piano - Steve Lucky
Bass - Randy Bermudes
Drums - Paul Revelli
Reviews on this CD:
"Tone, ideas, concept; the whole package. I really enjoyed it!" Rick Estrin
"Finally, an album that treats the harmonica like a serious instrument. From the founder of the West Coast's music academy, the "School of the Blues", this is a textbook for any aspiring harmonica player, or any lover of well-played, eclectic and don't forget, FUN, music.
Singing? Who needs singing? Barrett's authentic, gritty harp does all the moaning and crying you need. Seven of the ten songs are solid instrumentals. Did Coltrane need vocals? Did Bird? Neither does this brilliant player who pushes the instrument past what you thought was possible.
His dark Little Walter-fused tones are offset by John Garcia's hall-of-mirrors guitar. Just when you think you know where his fingers are going, his spindly little leads pop right through the speakers and head straight for your funny bone. You'll find yourself shaking your head and laughing at the same time.
Throw off the chains of assembly-line 12-bar blues and get ready for some serious fun."
Brad Kava, San Jose Mercury News
"I just received your new CD, Serious Fun, along with all the song transcriptions. This is a fantastic piece of work that you and John Garcia have put together. My hat's off to you both and everyone else who worked on it. I'm gonna try learning every song on this CD, or die trying. Cheers!
Harmonica Player David Barrett is not only the owner of School of the Blues and president of the Harmonica Masterclass Company, he's the world's most published author of blues harmonica with thirty book/CD sets and five videos published through Mel Bay Publications. David also writes a monthly column for Blues Revue Magazine called "Right On The Number." David has worked and played with Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Lee Oskar, Rod Piazza, James Harman, James Cotton, Gary Smith, Andy Just, Mark Ford, Billy Boy Arnold, Rick Estrin, Paul deLay, Jerry Portnoy, Gary Primich, Howard Levy, Magic Dick, Tom Ball, Sonny Jr., Annie Raines, Paul Oscher, Phil Wiggins, Brendan Power, Sam Myers, Snooky Pryor, Sonny Jr., Rob Paparozzi, Dennis Gruenling, Carlos del Junco, Anson Fundenburg, Jr. Watson, and John Garcia.
Guitarist/Singer John Garcia, as a professional singer and guitarist for the last 30 years, there are few his equal. Instrumental virtuosity coupled with a unique vocal style are his trademarks. John Garcia has worked or recorded with the following artists: Albert King, B.B. King, Canned Heat, Big Moose, Walker Kingston Trio, Bobby Black , Bud Dimock, Robben Ford, Al Kooper, Eddie Taylor, Don Cherry, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Mark Naftalin, James Cotton , Humbert Sumlin, Mel Brown, Sunnyland Slim, Big Mama Thorton, Skip Rose, Elvin Bishop, Ronnie Barron, John Mayall, Katie Webster, Lenny GoldSmith, J. Geils Band, Charlie Musselwhite, S.P. Leary, Luther Tucker, The Chambers Brothers, Steve Gadd, Lee Oskar, Bonnie Raitt, John Hammond, Greg Kihn Band, Eric Gale, Foghat, John Belushi, Huey Lewis and the News, Clean Head Vinson, Richard Tee, Mose Allision, Bo Diddley, Towns Van Zandt, Brownie McGhee, Johnny Heartsman, The Outlaws, Sonny Terry, Finis Tasby, Muddy Waters, Roomfull of Blues, Norton Buffalo, Paul Simon, Otis Rush, The Fith Dimension, Earl Good, Rockin Brown, Mississippi Johnny Waters, Mark Ford, Buddy Miles, The Coasters, Walter Horton, Albert Lee, Billy Boy Arnold, Nick Gravenites, James Harman, Johnny Winters, Fred Roulette & Many More!
Check out the artist's website:
1. Serious Fun
2. I Love You More Everyday
3. Lick Train
4. Pretty Girls Everywhere
5. Quiet World
6. Chicago Style
7. Minor Attitude
8. Don't Fight It
9. A Real Romance
10. Feelin' Good