Doctor G and The Mudcats

Doctor G and The Mudcats

Hannibal, Missouri, USA
BandAmericanaBlues

Doctor G and The Mudcats features original songs that blend funky, mud-fried Mississippi River swamp, Mark Twain-like storytelling, hard edged country blues, and Texas honky tonk. We call the fusion, "Swampy Tonk."

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Biography

www.doctorgandthemudcats.com

DOCTOR G-SWAMPYTONK HERO

Doctor G's intricate writing, soulful pitch-perfect vocals and kick ass band make one hell of a combination. With finesse comparable to Kris Kristofferson, he manages to blend social conscience, the plight of the common man and whimsical sensibilities into his writing before the listener even realizes he's been educated as well as entertained. He's created his own style of "Swampytonk" (Mississippi/Texas blues with a dash of country swing) that lays a foundation for strong lyrical content. In every song he writes, it is evident that Doctor G puts his entire soul on the line for the creative process. "I certainly hope I have something to say that resonates with people," he says, "and that my music expresses the struggles in my own life journey that others can connect with in some way...even if it's based on personal experience, the listener can interpret it any way they want."

Doctor G (Gregg Andrews) was born along the banks of the Mississippi River in the Mark Twain land of Hannibal, Missouri. He grew up in a cement company town, where nearby sounds of river traffic, train whistles, and smokestacks resonated throughout the dark hollows and steep limestone bluffs. Doc's love of music was filtered down through his father, who worked at the cement factory plant. A soundtrack of Hank Thomson, Patsy Cline, Webb Pierce and Johnny Cash provided the backdrop for hard-lived, hard-worked life. At the age of fourteen, his father taught him his first song on the guitar- "Waiting For A Train" by Jimmy Rodgers. Not long after, his father became an invalid and passed on, leaving him, his brother and sister, and his mother to face the struggles of the River life. The ups and downs in this setting provided the vivid imagery and themes that characterize Doctor G's hard-edged songs today.

With Mississippi mud on the bottom of his boots and a song in his heart, Doctor G moved to Texas in 1988. "Long before i came to Texas, I was very much into Texas music," remembers Doc. "Especially the Outlaw progressive country movement in the seventies with Willie, Waylon, Shaver and Kris Kristofferson. Kris was a main influence. That's really when I took a main interest in writing. He was an intellectual and could bridge both worlds."

In the year 2000, it was a fateful meeting with Kent Finlay (the legendary owner of Cheatham Steet Warehouse in San Marcos) that sparked Doc into performing and writing like never before. At the persistent prompting of Finlay, he began participating in the Cheatham Street Songwriter's Nights. With the ghosts of Texas Legends past lining the walls of the historic venue, and the howling trains passing through the track in the back parking lot (eerily reminiscent of his youth), Doc found himself in an exciting, creative environment.

It wasn't long before Finlay was determined to produce an album of Doc's songs. The result was MUDCAT (released in 2005). Featuring an array of twelve originals that encapsulated the 'river rat' life, along with a bit of political social conscience (with a subtle humor peppered in that would make Mark Twain proud), the album seemed more like a veteran entry than a debut. The "Mudcats" were born when the musicians who played on the album found they had great live chemistry with Doc and they began performing all over the Hill Country.

Doc's characters and personal tales denote the struggle of common people as they try to have a dignified life against great odds. It is evident that his contributions are vital to the world of music, and to humanity.

"I grew up in a hard knocks old world, it seemed to me to be my destiny
To have to fight like the devil just to camouflage the soft lovin' side of me..." (Soft Lovin Side of Me, Doctor G)

Doctor G is currently working on his next release, MY DADDY"S BLUES, produced by Kent Finlay. The CD is set for an early 2010 release.

-Wade Phillips

Lyrics

Evil in the Delta

Written By: gregg andrews

Papa's out there on the front porch and the sun's gone down
Ol' hound dog's howlin' out on the edge of town
Elaine, Elaine, get the children inside
There's evil in the delta here on the Arkansas side

Yeah, quick, go fetch me that shotgun down off the cabin wall
It's nightriders down from Hoops Spur, hear that hoot owl call
Look away, Elaine, yeah, you better hide your eyes
There's evil in the delta here on the Arkansas side

Something burning there in the backwoods off near the Johnson shack
There's demons riding those horses burning up the tracks
Elaine, Elaine, keep the children inside
There's evil in the delta here on the Arkansas side.

Something floating in that river washed up there last night
Kinda looked like Junior Johnson's boy, face all swol' up tight
Elaine, Elaine, that river's deep and wide
The devil's loose in the delta here on the Arkansas side.
Elaine, Elaine yeah you better hide your eyes
There's evil in the delta, the Phillips County side.

My Daddy's Blues

Written By: gregg andrews

Well, I remember when I was a kid and that plant belched out its smoke
By the railroad tracks when the 4 o'clock whistle blew
And then he'd drag ass home from work a lot older than his years
And in those eyes I could see my daddy's blues

My mama used to cry, oh, Lord, he was a rambling man
Out in those honkytonks when that midnight whistle blew
But those midnight angels did their best with lipstick and perfume
Late at night to love away my daddy's blues.

With a Falstaff beer and Camel cigarette, he strummed on that old guitar
And he sang out Jimmy Rodgers when that freight train whistle blew
Yeah, I hung on to the words and I watched his fingers move
And in those songs I could hear my daddy's blues.

Well I was just 15 the day he died, still waiting for a train
To put him off down in Texas, so I stepped into his shoes
You know, the preacher man he sure warned me, yeah my mama told me, too
Now don't you ramble 'round or you'll get your daddy's blues.

Well, I shook that town and then I shook around but after all my shakin's through
You know I still can't seem to shake my daddy's blues.

Crawdaddy Moonshine

Written By: gregg andrews

Up and down the river they like a little edge on the beat
They like a little moonshine to take the edge off the heat
And some crawdaddy whiskey to get 'em crawlin' in the street.

They like a little bottleneck slide on the Big Muddy Blues
With that big bass boomin' like the bullfrogs barkin' in the sloughs
They like a little red-eye on the snappin' turtle blues

chorus:
Crawdaddy moonshine, funkin' up your mind
Funkin' up the beat across the Boot Heel line

They like to slide in the mud on that devil dirty dobro
Gettin' funky with the slide man on his mud funkin' mojo
Wigglin' like the big cats feedin' down below

Repeat chorus:

They like that funky bass man, that boy's got no shoes on his feet
They like the drummer good and tight, up against the beat
They like it when the Mudcats get 'em dancin' in the streets

Repeat first verse.

Discography

MUDCAT (12 tracks)-2005
MY DADDY'S BLUES (12 tracks)-2010

Set List

Originals with some country and blues covers peppered in...

Sample Set List:
Set I:

1. Rockin' Rita
2. Swampy Tonk Blues
3. Mississippi River Mud
4. Cousin Jesse
5. Tell Me Baby Why You Been Gone So Long (Newbury)
6. Jones County Jubilee
7. My Daddy's Blues
8. Drift Along Easy
9. Evil in the Delta
10. Lights of San Antone
11. T-Bird Fly
12. Crawdaddy Moonshine

Set II:
1. Drag Race Time
2. Double Load Blues
3. Lodi (Fogerty)
4. I Might Go Crazy
5. Night Train from Pecos
6. The Whiskey Isn't Working Anymore (Chambers/Auld)
7. The Things You Do
8. Cottonmouth Blues
9. When We Get Back to Texas
10. Soft, Loving Side of Me
11. How I Got to Memphis (Hall)
12. Fadin' Out, Fadin' In
13. Gonna Be Free