Yo! Here’s the new stuff.
Thanks to Andreas Frei for the Hammond on “Can’t Stop Love”; and to Joachim Sohn for the Bass on “Fighting For” and to me for having the courage to play the drums on “I Ain’t Dead Yet”, and „Fightin‘ For“.
Hi everybody! The time has come to begin releasing the new songs, and new recordings of old songs, that I’ve been working on for the last year. With the help of my FRIENDS:
Joachim Sohn- Bass
Achim Bührer- Drums
Daniel Fernholz- Harmonica & Vocals
Inese Frei- Vocals
the music just keeps getting better.
The first two songs from my tri-lingual project Alan Graham & Friends are:
1) „Gewesen Blues“. With Joachim Sohn on Bass and Achim Bührer on drums. (Thanks you guys!) The song gave me the opportunity to play tenor saxophone the way I like it, bluesy, but a little sweet and melodic. (like the Herb Hardesty- on I’m Walkin‘) For those of you who don’t speak German, the text is about being jilted by a lover, (surprise, surprise), but with a nice twist, because you can change the tense at the end of the sentence in German, which is not possible in English; thus the first lines in the chorus translate as, „You are so beautiful,……….. were, I loved you so much………did“.
2) The second release is in French, which, with the help and encouragement of my son Jérémy, was paraphrased from an original song in English, „How You Gonna Miss Me“. As you know, everything sounds better in French, the most romantic language in the world; yes, even my voice.
3)The third song is of course in English, and is a new version of the song „Marilyn“, which I first recorded in Los Angeles with Andrew Gold. I hope to have the recording finished in about two weeks.
4)I am also ready to release two songs that I recorded with Daniel Fernholz, who plays great harmonica, guitar, sings, and keeps me laughing. „Endlich Eins“ is the German version of „All The Different Tribes“, that was written with my friend Mark Travis Fuller. The second song is, „Hundert mal versucht“, written with Daniel about a guy waiting in a bar for his girlfriend, who lets his imagination go wild while trying to find a reason for her not showing up.
5) Two duets with Inese will also be available before the end of the year.
We are all looking forward to your reactions and comments, and have all agreed to not be angry at anyone who decides to buy a song or two.
Es gibt neue Tour-Termine, darunter Elze, Hameln, Stade & Oberkirch — einfach mal im Kalender vorbeischauen, ob was passendes dabei ist 😎
Hi Everyone! The Phoenix has risen.
Alan Graham – Guitar & Vocals
Lifelong professional musician / singer / songwriter / guitarist / saxophonist / flute player / bass player/ piano player
Joachim Sohn – Bass
„Since Joachim Sohn is just beginning his musical career, let me be the first one to tell you that, because of his understanding of rhythm and melody, his love of the bass, and his unbelievable memory for music, he will be standing on big stages long after he stops playing with me; and I plan to work with him for years to come.“ — Alan Graham
Achim Buehrer – Drums
„Achim has played with every imaginable type of musician and musical style. (Yes, even a bagpipe band). He is the perfect drummer for a singer/songwriter because his first love is the song, and his primary goal is to find the rhythm that best supports the songwriter’s lyrical and melodic concepts. Simply put: Achim sets me free.“ — Alan Graham
For my American friends, there’s also a song to help you improve your German.
I would like you to get to know about the two wonderful musicians in our new band, “Every Generation”. Joachim Sohn is now my favorite bass player that I ever worked with; he’s a young man from Friesenheim Germany, in the Black Forest: a virtual groove machine, and creative as well. To those two necessary attributes you can add the finest memory for a song that I have ever known. Way better than mine! Our drummer and anchor is Achim Bührer, who has a great ear for a song, and is the first drummer I ever worked with who takes his cues from the vocal and from the song, more than from the rhythmic arrangement or groove. I think we make a fantastic rock trio, which for our kind of music has always been my favorite kind of group. As every musician knows, a trio leaves lots of “room” (freedom of expression) for every player in the group. Of course, from time to time we will also be using the talents of the other wonderful musicians and singers I have had the pleasure to meet here in Europe. As a trio, we made a few spontaneous recordings in the cellar of a Restaurant in Gengenbach, (Frei Steinkellarhaus, thanks Andreas!), Germany, which I’m posting parts of, for those who are interested. Music can still be fun, even after all these years.