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"Tweeds Blues"


Bob Bogdal, who I'd met a couple years ago, emailed me out of the blue and asked would I listen to a record he'd put together and maybe do a write up for the Revues section of this place. I said sure and it was laying on the welcome mat in front of my door a couple days later. I've not taken it out of the cd player since then and that was four or five days ago. His "Underneath the Kudzu" is an intensely personal collection of poems and recollections set to ethereal Mississippi hill country music. He has managed to capture the beauty and the underlying sorrow that a person feels when they experience the lands east of the 51 Highway throughout Tate and Panola Counties for the first time. In those regions of the Holy Lands Where Blues Began life runs on a simpler level. No botox injections, no viagra, no superficial pharmaceutical lifestyle enhancers to clutter up the mind there. Religion, work, music, pay the rent, get some money for groceries....that's what it's all about, and when a person comes back to the regular world, they are somewhat altered in their priorities. Bob went there and he came back altered, just like most everybody else that visit the hill country, except he went a step further and set his visions to music. - Rick


"Blues Bites"

The debut by guitarist - harmonica player Bob Bogdal peels away the fun quotient in favor of stripped-down Hill Country blues tackling serious subjects: "Cure This Disease" reflects on our Botox and Viagra-crazed society, "Underneath the Kudzu" gives a native New Yorker's perspective on the South's history and legacy, and "The Calling" relates to an experience with a snake-handling Pentacostal congregation. A few songs break the mold: "Circus with No Rings" is more Dylanesque than bluesy, and, as its title suggests, "17 Women in 13 States" lightens the mood. His songwriting and arranging skills are there, giving Underneath the Kudzu a haunting, lingering prescence. - Blues Revue - Tom Hyslop


"Captures something essential about the blues through musical imagery"

The debut by guitarist - harmonica player Bob Bogdal peels away the fun quotient in favor of stripped-down Hill Country blues tackling serious subjects: "Cure This Disease" reflects on our Botox and Viagra-crazed society, "Underneath the Kudzu" gives a native New Yorker's perspective on the South's history and legacy, and "The Calling" relates to an experience with a snake-handling Pentacostal congregation. A few songs break the mold: "Circus with No Rings" is more Dylanesque than bluesy, and, as its title suggests, "17 Women in 13 States" lightens the mood. His songwriting and arranging skills are there, giving Underneath the Kudzu a haunting, lingering prescence. - author: Guillermo


"Reviewer: Graham Clarke"


Bob Bogdal has been playing the blues ever since the mid 80's, learning his trade from Northeast U.S. artists like Roosevelt Dean, Kim Simmonds, Pete McMahan, and many others before hooking up with Richard Johnston, who introduced him to hill country blues as well as many of the artists who made it famous, such as Jesse Mae Hemphill, Othar Turner, Cedric Burnside, and the Kimbrough family. Bogdal played harmonica on tour with Johnston and Mark Simpson and learned from them to play guitar in the hill country style. Now, three years later, he has released his debut solo recording, Underneath the Kudzu (Kudzu Disc), which consists of eleven tracks written by Bogdal and performed in the hill country style. Droning, trance-like, and haunting are words often used to describe the hill country style and Underneath the Kudzu fits that description as well and Bogdal's ominous guitar and lively harmonica form fit the style perfectly. Bogdal's vocals are half-spoken and could be a wee bit higher in the mix, but are very effective nonetheless. Highlights include Bogdal's tribute to Turner ("Mule Won't Kick", based on a story told to Bogdal by former RL Burnside drummer Calvin Jackson), "Preacher's Daughter," "17 Women in 13 States", "The Calling", and "Chilly Water". Speaking of chilly, the closing instrumental "South of the Willows" will cause goose bumps. Bogdal"s lyrics, which seem to be largely autobiographical, capture the true essence of the hill country sound and of the blues itself. Fans of the hill country sound will find much to savor here. Check it out at www.bobbogdal.com or www.cdbaby.com. - Blues Bytes


Discography

2005 "Underneath the Kudzu" played worldwide

Tracks available on Myspace for your listening pleasure:
South of the Willows
The Calling
Cure This Disease
Metro Desperado
Waitin for the bell

New Cd soon to be released 2008 entitled
"Shadow of a Darkened Moon" also on Myspace

"Waitin for the Bell"
"The Chase"
"Ruthy"

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Bio

Member of the northeast band The Fat Bobs 1990 - 96.
Harmonica player for artists such as Richard Johnston (2002) and Slick Ballinger . 15 years as a Chicago style harmonica player and now evolved into a gutar player coming into his own. Bob now is emerging as a strong writer and arranger of his own music in a style that reflects a mixture of Johnny Cash, Neil Young, and North Mississippi trance blues. From Delta to Nashville, influenced by artist such as Otis Taylor, Jessie Mae Hemphill as well as Dylan and Lennon. Member of ASCAP.

Bob is currently performing shows as a duo with Elam McKnight. Together they deliver the grit and power of the Delta in a package that is respectful of its roots and primal in its core.