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BIG GEORGE BROCK

"LIVE AT SEVENTY FIVE"
- CD (CH1004)

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TRACK LISTING:
1. Intro By Sonny Payne
2. Cut You Loose
(London)
3. M For Mississippi
(Brock)
4. Forty-Four Blues
(Burnett)
5. All Night Long
(Brock)
6. Everything's Gonna Be Alright
(Jacobs)
7. No No Baby
(Brock)
8. Short Dress Woman
(Brown)
9. Bring The Blues Back Home
(Brock)
10. Call Me A Lover/Down South
(Brock)
11. Jody Got Your Man And Gone
(Baker/Wilson/Davis)

Recorded “live” in front of a packed audience at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi on May 12, 2007.

CREDITS:

Big George Brock, vocal and harmonica
Riley Coatie Sr., guitar
Bill Abel, guitar
Barry Bays, bass
Riley Coatie Jr., drumms
Introduction by KFFA's Sunshine Sonny Payne

Producer: Roger Stolle, Cat Head Presents
Remote recording: Prime Mobile
Recording Engineer: Tim Cotton
Mixing/pre-mastering: Will Dawson, Delta Recording Service
Technical assistants: Dustin Furrow • Chris White
Mastering: Mark Yoshida, Audiographic Masterworks


All songs written by Big George Brock unless noted. Copyright 2007 Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, Inc.
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication of this recording is a violation of all applicable laws.
Publishing information available inside CD packaging.

LINER NOTES:

Big George Brock turned 75 years young the week after this concert was captured on CD. He began blowing harp when he was eight, so he's been around — at times sharing stage or studio with the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Lee Kizart, Albert King, Hubert Sumlin, Big Bad Smitty, Jimbo Mathus, Watermelon Slim, Steven Seagal and others. A month after this recording, Brock toured the UK for the first time. Just as in Italy, Switzerland and France, the crowds went crazy for his energetic, honest-to-Muddy performances. With its mix of classic blues originals and highly-personalized covers, Live At Seventy Five provides a glimpse into what makes Big George Brock's live shows so legendary. He isn’t just a man who plays the blues – he is an honest-to-Muddy, Mississippi blues legend. Buy the CD today, and catch him live as soon as you can. Bookings: 662-624-5992 (roger@cathead.biz); 314-531-9207; www.cathead.biz/BigGeorge.html

Riley Coatie, Sr. is a monster on guitar. (He also plays harp, sax, piano, bass and drums.) He and Brock first met in the late fifties and have played together on and off ever since. In-between, Coatie was an in-demand union musician — playing with Elmore James, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Jimmy Reed and others. He also taught his children to play blues as evidenced on Brock's Blues Music Award-nominated Club Caravan CD. Bookings: 618-875-5628.

Bill Abel is a Delta blues guitar player through and through. Growing up in Belzoni, Mississippi, he befriended a neighborhood welder and blues guitar player named Paul "Wine" Jones. The future Fat Possum Records artist became Abel's mentor. Through the years, Abel has deepened his musical knowledge by accompanying other legends like Hubert Sumlin, Honeyboy Edwards, Henry Townsend and Cadillac John. Abel backed Big George Brock on his critically-acclaimed Round Two CD and has accompanied Brock on many European dates. Bookings: jesswabel@yahoo.com

Riley Coatie, Jr. may as well have four hands. When it comes to a set of drums, he is truly hard to beat. Trained by his father, "Little Riley" (as he is often known) combines Riley Sr.'s old-school approach with the funk and feel of his own younger generation's rhythm & blues. So intense is his drumming that he can actually be heard grunting on some Club Caravan and Live At Seventy Five tracks — lost in the blues. Bookings: 618-875-5628.

Barry Bays is a Delta-based bass player who is continually called upon for both live shows and recording sessions throughout Mississippi. He's performed with everyone from Willie Foster and Sam Carr to Mojo Buford and T-Model Ford. He also teaches music at Delta State University. Bookings: barry@barrybays.com

Sunshine Sonny Payne is a blues radio legend. Working at Helena, AR's KFFA in 1941, he witnessed the birth of the original King Biscuit Time show. In '51, he took it over and still hosts it today. Listen at: 1360AM • www.kffa.com

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BIG GEORGE BROCK

ROUND TWO
- CD (CH1003)

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TRACK LISTING:
1. Intro
(Brock)
2. So Long (Brock)
3. No No Baby (Brock)
4. Poor Boy (Burnett)
5. Rockin' Chair (Brock)
6. Mattson, Miss. (Brock)
7. Mr. Wal-Mart (Brock)
8. Shake For Me (Dixon)
9. Arkansas To Memphis (Brock)
10. Round Two (Brock)
11. Sugar Mama (Williamson I)
12. Burden Down (Trad., arr. Brock)
BONUS TRACK: Call Me A Lover, solo (Brock)


Recorded “live” with no overdubs at Electric Catfish Studio, Oxford, Mississippi
on May 12 and 13, 2006. Tracks 1 and 13 recorded on-location by Damien Blaylock.

CREDITS:

Big George Brock, vocal and harmonica
Bill Abel, guitar
Levan Lortkipanidze, keyboard
Ben Wells, drums
Lightnin' Malcolm, bass (4, 7, 11-13), drums (5) and guitar (9)
Special guest: Hubert Sumlin, lead guitar (tracks 2 & 8)

Producer: Roger Stolle, Cat Head Presents
Engineer/mixing: Justin Showah
Mastering: Michael Burkey

All songs written by Big George Brock unless noted. Copyright 2006 Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, Inc.
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication of this recording is a violation of all applicable laws.
Publishing information available inside CD packaging.

LINER NOTES:

Today, there are more blues festivals than at any other time in the history
of the world. Not surprisingly, there are plenty of excellent blues players
available to perform at them. But how many bluesmen are left? You know,
the real deal. The genuine article. Big-voiced blues veterans who came up the
hard way in a time before rock music — when picking cotton was the only
work and dinner meant black-eyed peas. Well, the days when blues was
pop music and bluesmen were heroes have sadly passed, but there are still
a few of those real-deal men (and women) out there. Big George Brock is
just such a man. Sharecropper, boxer, club owner and, through it all, an
honest-to-Muddy bluesman. From the cotton fields to the bright lights,
big city, Brock has done it all. And he's seen many a "round two." He's faced
personal and professional ups and downs but never given up. Even today,
with all the aches and pains of old age, the blues still lift him up.

On May 12, 2006 — exactly one year and five days after he recorded his
Club Caravan album — Big George Brock returned to a Mississippi studio to
lay down tracks for a much anticipated follow-up CD. In those 370 days, a lot
happened in Brock's world. In August 2005, he took part in Mississippi Public
Broadcasting's Native Sons concert film project (since re-named Mississippi
Bluesmen
). In October, Steven Seagal tapped Brock to blow harp on the
actor-musician's all-star blues album, Mojo Priest. In November, the Blues
Foundation announced Brock's "Comeback of the Year" Blues Music Award
nomination — a designation soon followed by several "year end" top CD lists
and even a Living Blues Award nomination. By January 2006, Brock's own story
in words and music had been captured on film by director Damien Blaylock
and, on May 8, 2006, was released nationally on the DVD Hard Times.

And so, joined by his old friend, Howlin' Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, and
a contingent of talented Mississippi musicians, Brock returned to his native
Magnolia state to record the CD, Round Two. Brock and Sumlin hadn't spent
time together since Sumlin's days with Wolf, so the atmosphere was electric.
The result? 66 years after the 74-year-old first picked up a harmonica, Brock
proves he is still in fighting form and ready for round two. Songs like the title
track and "Brought Me From Arkansas" pull details from his own life while
carefully chosen covers like "Poor Boy" and "Burden Down" harken back to
the songs he heard in his youth. (The CD’s opening and closing tracks come
from Brock's Hard Times DVD sessions, recorded by Damien Blaylock. The
former was recorded in a Clarksdale cotton field at Hopson Plantation. The
latter was recorded on the front porch of Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art.)

The night before the start of these sessions, Brock performed at the Blues
Music Awards in Memphis. He hit the stage wearing a big, shiny cape over
his always-stunning suit. By the end of the song, he was rolling around on
the floor blowing harp as two dozen photographers pressed against the
stage. The night after the Round Two sessions, Brock performed with guitar
legend Hubert Sumlin at world-famous Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale.
The two days in-between held moments of pure magic. With any luck, some
of that magic made it onto the thin plastic disk you now hold. — Roger Stolle

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BIG GEORGE BROCK
CLUB CARAVAN
- CD (CH1001)

CLUB CARAVAN - CD (CH1001) $15 plus $2 s/h (U.S. orders only).
CLUB CARAVAN - CD (CH1001) $15 plus $4 s/h (International orders).

Ask your local music store to stock Club Caravan. It is distributed by Burnside
Distribution Corporation, www.bdcdistribution.com
. Preview CD on-line at
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TRACK LISTING:
1. Houserocker Boogie
(Brock)
2. Call Me A Lover (Brock)
3. Little Baby (Dixon)
4. M For Mississippi (Brock)
5. Honest I Do (Reed/Abner Jr.)
6. All Night Long (Brock)
7. Nine Below Zero (Williamson)
8. Hard Times (Brock)
9. Club Caravan (Coatie/Brock)
10. Louisiana Blues (Morganfield)
11. Too Young (Brock)
12. Down South (Brock)

Recorded “live” with no overdubs at Jimbo Mathus’ Delta Recording
Studio in Clarksdale, Mississippi on Saturday, May 7, 2005.

REVIEWS:

- "Contender for album of the year. Fat Possum meets Chess? Irresistible." — Juke Blues Magazine
- " Transports us back fifty years to a Mississippi juke joint. European bookers looking for
festival headliners look no further." — Blues & Rhythm Magazine
- "A level of excitement rarely captured on record... Essential purchase." — Living Blues Magazine

- "Not exactly the way things were. But damn close." — Mojo Magazine
- "It just doesn't get much more downhome than this." — Big City Blues Magazine.

AWARDS:

Nominated for 2006 Blues Music Award (a.k.a. Hanndy) for "Best comeback album."
Brock nominated for 2006 Living Blues Award in harmonica category.

CREDITS:

Big George Brock, vocal and harmonica
Riley Coatie Sr., guitar
Tekora Coatie, bass
Latasha Coatie, keyboard
Riley Coatie Jr., drums

Producer: Roger Stolle, Cat Head Presents
Engineer: Will Dawson
Mastering: Will Dawson and Michael Burkey

All songs written by Big George Brock unless noted. Copyright 2005 Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, Inc.
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication of this recording is a violation of all applicable laws.
Publishing information available inside CD packaging.

LINER NOTES:

My wife Jennifer and I first saw Big George in the mid-1990s at a juke joint
in St. Louis called Climmie's Western Inn. There were no cowboys, and it
wasn't an inn, but the owner's name was Climmie. As we walked up to the
entrance, we could hear the band running through a fast and frenzied blues
instrumental. After a couple songs by the band, a series of bigger-than-life
harmonica riffs came roaring through the band stand's PA system with no
harp player in sight. Suddenly, everyone's attention was drawn toward the
center of the club to the basement stairwell. Out of the downstairs ladies'
restroom, up the steps and into the audience came a large man in a stunning
3-piece suit and hat. From that moment on, Big George Brock had both his
cordless mic and the audience in the palm of his hand. Muddy Waters, Howlin'
Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy II, B.B. King. He conjured up their sounds and
a little of their souls that night. My wife and I were hooked. A few months later,
Big George surfaced again at a blues benefit at BB's Jazz Blues & Soups, also
in St. Louis. This time he began the show from the stage, but by the middle
of the second song, he had the entire band laying down on the floor with him
and the drummer playing a cymbal on top his head. Other times, we saw Big
George perform songs from golf carts at outdoor shows, moving floats in street
parades, and out front of the club his band was playing in. He's a born showman
who learned from the best. Now in his mid-70s, he's been playing hard-hitting
"Delta-went-North" style blues for over 50 years.

Born in Grenada, Mississippi on May 16, 1932, Big George spent his teenage years
near Clarksdale, Mississippi, before settling in St. Louis, Missouri, in the 1950s.
While living in the Clarkdale area, he did back-breaking fieldwork, boxed on weekends,
and played the blues. He remembers hanging out at house parties in the Delta where
folks like Memphis Minnie would show up. Even today, he still has relatives in the
Clarksdale area, including his blues-playing nephew James "Super Chikan" Johnson
and brother-in-law Big Jack Johnson. In St. Louis, Big George owned a series of blues
clubs in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including Club Caravan (formerly the Early Bird Lounge)
– where his wife at the time was killed by stray bullets from a drunk's pistol – and
New Club Caravan. Later, Big George & the Houserockers was the house band at Climmie's
Western Inn for 12 years. During his career, Big George has played shows with blues
legends like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed and many others. Garrick
Feldman of the Arkansas Leader has said Big George is "about as good a harmonica
player as any of the blues greats, and he knew and played with most of them." At
various times, he's had fellow Mississippians Willie Foster, Big Bad Smitty, Terry
"Big T" Williams, Jimbo Mathus and Bill Abel back him at shows, but most often, you'll
find him with one of the best "unknown guitar players" in the biz: Mr. Riley Coatie.
Besides his 6-string skills, this native of the Arkansas Delta is also known for his
amazing family blues band. Coatie taught his children Tekora, Latasha and Riley Jr.
to play in the old classic style that Big George Brock loves. (Note the drummer's
grunts on "Louisiana Blues." Talk about feeling the blues.)

In Living Blues Magazine (issue #78), Scott Bock and Jim O'Neal described Big George,
saying "His tailored red or green outfits and classy fedora tell you he takes his gigs seriously.
There's a lot of Howlin' Wolf in the roughness and depth of his sound ... But he's not an
imitator. Brock sings in a straight-ahead style that packs a lot of power." Goner-records.com
reviewed one Big George show like this: "Big George looked great in his pink suit and pink hat.
We weren't ready for the onslaught to come – furious Muddy Waters-styled blues stomping.
It was the closest thing to seeing Muddy Waters in his heyday that I'll ever get to see.
I just kept looking at folks who should know, and we'd just nod, mouths open, or shake our
heads in disbelief. It just doesn't seem possible that a band today could be that good."
England's Blues & Rhythm magazine called Big George's set at Clarksdale's 2004 Sunflower
River Blues & Gospel Festival "the real deal."

Big George brought the old-school Riley Coatie band with him to Clarksdale on Saturday,
May 7, 2005 and recorded at ex-Squirrel Nut Zipper/ex-Buddy Guy sideman Jimbo Mathus'
Delta Recording Studio. You are holding the result of this 3-1/2 hour recording session.
The band was recorded "live" in the same small room where performers like Floyd Lee,
Jelly Roll All-stars, Duwayne Burnside, Sonny Burgess and even Elvis Costello have recorded.
Following Mathus' "future primitive" approach to recording, no overdubs or computer trickery
was used. What you hear is what you get, and we hope you like it. – Roger Stolle

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BIG GEORGE BROCK
HARD TIMES
- DVD (CH1002)

HARD TIMES - DVD (CH1002) $20 plus $2 s/h (U.S. orders only).
HARD TIMES - DVD (CH1002) $20 plus $4 s/h (International orders).

Ask your local music or video store to stock Hard Times. It is distributed by Burnside
Distribution Corporation, www.bdcdistribution.com. Preview DVD on-line at www.filmbaby.com.
If you are a video rental store or film festival coordinator, email roger@cathead.biz

DVD SONGS INCLUDE:

Tiger In Your Tank
Call Me A Lover
M For Mississippi
Honeybee
Taildragger
Hard Times

DVD EXTRAS INCLUDE:
Deleted Scenes • Photo Gallery • Bios

DVD CREDITS:

Directed, Shot & Edited by Damien Blaylock
Produced by Roger Stolle
Written by Roger Stolle & Damien Blaylock
Sound Engineer Bill Abel

THE PERFORMERS:

Big George Brock, harmonica/vocals

Spruill's International, St. Louis, MO:
Riley Coatie Sr., guitar
Riley Coatie Jr., drums
Tekora Coatie, bass
Natasha Coatie, keyboard
Clarine Wagner, vocalist
Danny McDonald, M.C.

Delta Blues Room, Clarksdale, MS:
Bill Abel, guitar
Ben Williams, drums
Levin Lortkipanidze, keyboard
Roy Davenport, bass
Dr. Pepper, M.C.

Copyright 2006 Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, Inc. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication
of this recording is a violation of all applicable laws. Publishing information available inside DVD packaging.

REVIEWS:

- "**** [four stars]" — Mojo Magazine
- "Strongly recommended" — Blues & Rhythm Magazine
- "George is one of the few singers that can convey the authenticity of the great Muddy Waters.
Recommeded to gritty juke joint blues lovers." — Blues Matters Magazine
- "Brock's scorching harmonica and vocals recall the era when blues first went electric and
Walter 'Shakey' Horton and Little Walter rocked South Side Chicago clubs." — Blues Revue Magazine

DVD LINER NOTES:
Filmmaker Damien Blaylock and producer Roger Stolle explore the life and blues of
Mississippi-born Big George Brock in the DVD "Hard Times." From his days picking
cotton to his nights sitting in with blues legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf,
Big George Brock has songs to sing and stories to tell about both the good times and
the hard times. Filmed on location in St. Louis, Missouri, where he currently lives and
around Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he grew up, this stirring musical portrait offers
a window into a world rarely seen in the 21st century. The world of the Delta bluesman
— a modern "living fossil." After watching this mix of music and interviews, blues fans
will walk away with better grasp of not only Brock's history but also the history of blues
as we know it. "Hard Times" is much more than just a title. It's the place where — as
Brock puts it — "blues grows up like grass out of the ground." The DVD also offers "live"
versions of Brock originals from his Blues Music Award-nominated "Club Caravan" album
as well as classics by some of the blues legends he knew so well. Filmed on location in
St. Louis, MO, and Clarksdale, MS, at classic blues clubs, Delta plantations, Jimbo Mathus'
studio, Delta Blues Museum, Cat Head store and more. Includes photography by Brandy
Kayzakian-Rowe, Dick Waterman and Jim O'Neal and others. – Roger Stolle

MAGAZINE REVIEWS:
Blues & Rhythm (Phil Wight), "... If you enjoyed his 'Club Caravan' CD, then this
superb DVD will have to find its way into your collection, strongly recommended."
Blues Matters (Billy Hutchinson), "... Recommended to gritty juke joint blues lovers."
Blues In Britain (Mick Rainsford), "Cat Head ... has now delivered the almost ultimate
experience to all lovers of downhome electric blues ... Highly recommended. Rating 10."

PREVIEW FILM CLIP AT:
www.filmbaby.com

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MORE BIG GEORGE BROCK ON THE WEB


PHOTO ARCHIVE 1 (click here)
PHOTO ARCHIVE 2 (click here)
PHOTO ARCHIVE 3 (click here)

PHOTOS THRU GOOGLE:
http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=big+george+brock&gbv=1

EUROPEAN TOUR PHOTO LINKS:
- Parma, Italy
- Bellinzona, Switzerland


OTHER BIG GEORGE BROCK LINKS:
Blues & Rhythm mag review (scroll down and click on "Big George Brock...")
European Distribution through CrossCut Records
BluesHarp.Org review
St.LBlues.Net review
Native Sons MPB concert
Ponderosa Stomp appearance
Chicago Blues Festival appearance
Blues Music Award nomination
Ozarks Chronicle
(see "Archive")
Brock records with Steven Seagal
Press releases


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