Catahoula Brown

Catahoula Brown

 Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, CAN
BandBluesFolk

Catahoula Brown has a real feel for dusty back road balladry and from-the-gut soul.

Biography

Catahoula Brown is the old blues spirit inside Canadian musician, Chris Weagle.When asked why he chose the stage-name Catahoula Brown, he simply said, Well...I have a Catahoula dog...and hes mostly Brown...besides, all the early Blues Men had aliases. You know...like, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Hound Dog Taylor...its out of respect for the Blues Pioneers. Catahoula Browns music has been shaped by these artists, as well as the songs of Son House, Skip James and Mississippi John Hurt. His earliest musical influence however came from his father, Cowboy Bob Weagle, who loved to play and sing Hank Snow and Jimmie Rodgers tunes. The younger Weagle remembers being no taller than the guitar when his father taught him to play. I played Hawaiian-style, with a slide made from a butter knife, cause my fingers were too small to make chords.
In 2005, Catahoula Brown released his debut CD, Cur Dog Blues, recorded at Redfish Audio in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Lunenburg is the birthplace of Blues Legend Dutch Mason). It is a collection of gritty songs about trains, frustration and love. They rise out of musical traditions that have been part of North American life for generations. Also in 2005, he brought his Original Rural Blues to the stages of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. Along the way he has shared stages with such respected artists as Charlie ACourt, Matt Andersen, John Campbelljohn and Morgan Davis, to name a few.
2007 brought the release of the much anticipated follow-up CD, Let That Boy Boogie, which sounds as though it could have been recorded in some Mississippi juke joint. In true Gut-Bucket style, Browns whiskey-soaked vocals are accompanied only by his guitar and rack-harmonica and the beats of percussionist, Jordi Comstock. Since the release of his second CD, Brown has been pushing his career at a slow, but steady pace. As he puts it, the Blues dont rush for no one. Let That Boy Boogie was nominated for Best Blues Recording by both Music Nova Scotia and The East Coast Music Association.
Brown's third album, Lonely Lives Here, was released in May 2011. Once again, he was nominated by Music Nova Scotia for his efforts. On this project Catahoula Brown shifts gears once more, with a selection of self-penned songs that seem more Americana in nature.
Not one to "sit 'round n' gather moss", he's already writing tunes for his next visit to the studio, and looking forward to sharing his music with the world.

Lyrics

Catahoula Boogie

Written By: Catahoula Brown

My Daddy told me, when I was a boy: "Can't afford to buy you fancy toys". "So take this guitar, with the broken string". "I's battered and bruised, not a pretty thing". And then he taught me a couple of chords. With that old guitar, I was never bored, I said: "Give me more, more!". Met a little girl, long way from home. Knew I would make her, my very own. She liked to boogie, as much as I did. We settled down, had a couple of kids. The kids are grown and moved away. Mama and Me, lie in bed all day. Just makin' hay, hay! Now if I live, to be a hundred and one. I'll be playin' Blues and havin' fun. My Daddy told me, before he died: "We never leave, this world alive". I like my liquor, from a still. I like a guitar, if it will, if it will, play a boogie!

Discography

Catahoula Brown Cur Dog Blues (2004)
Catahoula Brown Let That Boy Boogie (2006)
Catahoula Brown Lonely Lives Here (2010)

Set List

A typical set list consists of mostly original material. Some covers I may include are: Milk Cow Blues, Baby Please Don't Go, Mean Old World, 'Til Good Liquor Carry Me Down, Let Me Play With Your Poodle,Rollin' and Tumblin', Catfish Blues, Bundle Up And Go, Death Letter Blues, Trouble in Mind.