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Dallas Hodge

Palmdale, California, United States

Palmdale, California, United States
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Dallas Hodge - Reelin’
MEG Records
www.dallashodge.com
10 songs; 44:28 minutes; Meritable
Styles: Motor City Rock and Roll and Blues
If a musical pedigree means anything toward a quality CD, then Dallas Hodge has the goods.
Dallas was born in 1954 in Detroit MI. He started playing the guitar at age 13. After leading several bands, he finally teamed up with his brother Bob “Catfish” Hodge in 1970 as the Catfish Hodge Band, recording several albums together. In 1978, he moved to Santa Cruz, CA. On his own with his band Deluxe, Dallas also sat in with artists such as Johnny Winter in 1981 along with Delbert McClinton and Bonnie Raitt.
In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles joining his brother “Catfish” once again to form the Hodge Brothers Band. The members were Dave "Woodie" Woodford (who played with Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Golub and many others) on saxophone, Larry Zack on drums (Jackson Browne), Marty Grebb on piano and sax (The Buckinghams, Bonnie Raitt), Skip Van Winkl (of Teegarden & Van Winkl, Bob Seger, and the Robbie Krieger Band) on Hammond B3 organ and kicking bass pedals with both feet. The Hodge Brothers did a tour for a record called "Chicken Leg's" with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Paul Barrere (Little Feat), Cornell Dupree (Aretha Franklin) and Freebo - all in the same band!
From this period until 2000, Dallas also had a band in Detroit known as the Detroit All-stars which featured Drew Abbott and Chris Campbell from Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band as well as a host of others, including his longtime piano man Tim "The Professor" Sparling.
In the year 2000, Dallas was offered the task of fronting the legendary band Canned Heat. “I knew I had some big shoes to fill," says Dallas. Bob "The Bear" Hite had passed away quite some time ago, and it was a challenge he met head-on for six years.
No longer fronting that band, Dallas has stepped up his efforts and pushed on with his own career, and with his own style of Motor City Rocking Rhythm and Blues. "People have told me that when they hear and see what I am all about, that I should share my music with the people. I have always played for the love of the music. Lord knows there are many other things you can do for money, but the music is always for the love!” Dallas says.
“Reelin’” is Dallas’s first solo CD, containing originals and reworked classics. “I recorded it to document who I am and what I do, more for my parents than anybody else....There was no attempt at making a ‘hit’ record, just good music,” Hodge wrote in April of this year. Well, Dallas should feel proud because that is exactly what he accomplished, and “good music” it is.
The set opener is “Divin’ Duck” which is basically Hodge’s arrangement and own take of “If the River Was Whiskey.” The mid-tempo blues starts with a pop from Tony Braunagel on drums and ivory tinkling by Rick Solem. Dallas’s whiskey-gruff vocals are nicely punctuated at the end of each sung line by album recorder and co-producer Tom Maclear on slide guitar. Hodge’s own gold top Les Paul guitar works above the Terry Wilson bass line, and Maclear and Solem take tasty mid song solos. The song works well to introduce what Hodge’s music is about and leaves the door open for surprises to come.
Track 2 gives us a big surprise, “Love Me Do” by the Beatles done slower in a completely original arrangement and style. He was 45 seconds into the song, before it hit me: Yumping Yiminy – that’s a Beatles’ song! The song opens with twin lead guitars played in harmony the way Elvin Bishop and Johnny Vernazzo used to do in Bishop’s Capricorn Records days. Making a full and lush sound, three horns harmonize with those guitars: David Woodford on sax, Lee Thornburg on trumpet, and Garrett Adkins on trombone. Before it all sinks in, the listener is whisked off into the nether by the up tempo track 3, “Take That Baby Home.”
Another change up is thrown our way with track 4, a re-work, with new lyrics, of Detroit friend Bob Seger’s “Against the Wind.” Titled “In the Wind,” the opening guitar switches to acoustic courtesy of Greg Beck. Skip Van Winkl plays Hammond B3 while another guest, Larry Zack, adds drums. Lamenting the loss of a friend, “Pops,” the song gets ethereal treatment from Maclear’s steel guitar and Solem’s piano.
Blues fans will enjoy Hodge’s take on an old BB King song, “Don’t Want Nobody.” Letting the little woman know that he knows what is going on, Hodge sings, “Tell the Carnation milk man not to leave no more milk. He’s been leavin’ too much cream lately, baby; may need to take some insurance on himself.” “Up the Country” gives a nod to Hodge’s Canned Heat days, but this version is at a slower tempo with outstanding slide guitar. Muddy Waters’ “Rock Me Babe” is given the Hodge treatment here. There was no need to re-invent the “wagon wheel,” just keep it rolling.
The title track and “Holiday” (by Catfish) are rock and rollers that showcase Hodge’s “Motor City” sound. “High Roller,” the other Catfish song, has a slow Southern rock style with slide guitar, road house piano, and backing vocals by Teresa James and Kelly “Kacee” Clanton.
Again, Hodge should be proud of this solid set of music showcasing what he does. While he wasn’t trying to create anything unique, there are enough surprises, thoughtful arrangements, and solid playing from guests and his own years’ experiences to make the CD interesting and enjoyable.
Reviewer James “Skyy Dobro” Walker is a noted Blues writer, DJ and Blues Blast contributor. His weekly radio show “Friends of the Blues” can be heard each Thursday from 4:30 – 6:00pm on WKCC 91.1 FM in Kankakee, IL
- IllinoisBlues.com


Dallas Hodge is a name that commands instantaneous stage presence. He's the bastard son of a Detroit roadhouse; born in the throes of late-night blues bands and primed in the house that built R&B guitar. "Reelin" is a stellar record that features brilliantly solid originals and reworked classics. Tom Maclear of Rod Stewart and Annie Lennox fame co-produced the album and takes care of the slide, pedal steel, mandolin and Dobro. Hodge gives a nod to Canned Heat and Little Feat with "Up The Country" and "High Roller" respectively; taking a stripped-down front porch approach for the former and a full gospel choir for the latter. Five stars from front to back!
- MaximumInk.


" Reelin' ", the new CD of Dallas Hodge.
Hodge with his song Diving Duck, is in the genre of Traveling Riverside Blues (Robert Johnson, such as to retrieve on " Me & Mr. Johnson" of Eric Clapton). On this number piano man Rick Solem and his contribution on keys are featured.
Next is Hodge’s version of a very well known Beatles-song " Love me Do" , that he has transformed to a slow country music style of blues.
Hodge makes the change to immediately take you back up with " Take That baby Home" , an up-tempo swing in which Woodford,Thornburg and Adkins shine as the horn section. This song features a strong seasoned solo of Hodge in which they all rocket! " In The Wind" Hodge obviously sings about the loss of a good friend. “Don't Want Nobody”, Hodge writes and sings about a man who lets his spouse know how he feels about adultery. A type of song of which especially B.B. wrote some strong versions under the names " Outside Help" and " I Got Some help I Don't Need" (The iceman came by this morning and you know he didn' t leave no ice, the mail man came by later baby, and he didn' t just as ring twice… - a real must). " Up The Country" (Canned Heat-song) shines with the bottleneck slide work from Tom MacLear and the pianist Rick Solem does a fine job too. " Reelin'" and " Holiday" are songs for the engine of that Motorcity rockin' tradition for which Hodge is known. What a brilliant role for rock n' roll-pianist Rick Solem. " High Roller" - with choir like vocal backings - nicely swinging bluessong what can I say… " Rock me Babe" is a good re-make of the blues standard with which B.B. King has in his show. An unpretentious album made with a high musical quality. "For being from the "Motor City" this is an album that every blues lover must have in the car and listen.."Hodge and his band – rock it! - By Pieter Jan.......January 2008


Discography

This is my first solo recording. I have recently recorded with the legendary Canned Heat (Ruf Records 2003. "Friends In The Can")

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Dallas Hodge was born in 1954 in Detroit Michigan. He started playing the guitar at age 13. He went on to lead several bands over the next few years and finally teamed up with his brother Catfish Hodge in 1970 as the Catfish Hodge Band, recording several albums together.

In 1978, he moved to Santa Cruz, California where he met and teamed upthis time with legendary guitarist Steve Marriott of Humble Pie fame.They got a deal with Atlantic Records, but because of the business as it is, they (the record company) wanted him to put together a band with as many of the originals as possible from Humble Pie. So he had to leave Dallas and the boys for the sake of his career. Steve was not real happy about this, but he and the band knew it was best.

Dallas began playing on his own again with his band Deluxe continuing his career plus sitting in with artists such as Johnny Winter in '81 along with Delbert McClinton and Bonnie Raitt just to name a few.

In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles where he and his brother Catfish teamed up once again to form the Hodge Brothers Band. This band was around for several years playing with some of the best L.A. musicians, tearing up the local music scene. The members were Dave "Woodie" Woodford (who played with Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Golub and many others) on saxophone, Larry Zack on drums (Jackson Brown), Marty Grebb on piano and sax (The Buckinghams, Bonnie Raitt), Skip Van Winkl (of Teegarden & Van Winkl, Bob Seger and the Robbie Krieger Band) on Hammond B3 organ and kicking bass pedals with both feet. Dallas was also featured on several of Catfish's albums. They even did a tour for a record called "Chicken Leg's" with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Paul Barrere (Little Feat), Cornell Dupree (Aretha Franklin) and Freebo all in the same band!

From this period until 2000, Dallas also had a band in Detroit known as the Detroit Allstars which featured Drew Abbott and Chris Campbell from Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band as well as a host of others, including his longtime piano man Tim "The Professor" Sparling. They would meet once or twice a year to play in the Michigan area..

In the year 2000, he was offered the task of fronting the legendary band Canned Heat, one of the headliners at the original Woodstock Festival. Known for such hits as "Lets Work Together," "Goin Up The Country" and "On The Road Again". I knew I had some big shoes to fill" says Dallas. Even though Bob "The Bear" Hite had
passed away quite some time ago, it was a challeng he met head-on and every year he just got better and better. It's been said that this line-up has been one of the factors for bringing Canned Heat back to the lime light along with the return of Skip Taylor as manager. (He was their original manager.) No longer fronting the band, Dallas has stepped up his efforts and pushed on with his own career, and with his own style of Motor City Rockin Rhythm and Blues.

"People have told me that when they hear and see what I am all about that I should share my music with the people. I have always played for the love of the music. Lord knows there are many other things you can do for money, but the music is always for the love! I enjoy playing with Canned Heat as it has its own style of music," says Hodge.

In 2005 Dallas was introduced to a gentleman who would ultimately be the one to help him record as well as co-produce his long awaited CD......Tom MacLear. (Rod Stewart, Annie Lennox and more)

It was from here that a new chapter would begin and change was going to come!!!!!!
Dallas has finished his first solo CD, and it is now available on Meg Records. f you truly want to hear some "Motor City style Rockin, Rhythm and Blues", then you owe it to yourself to see Dallas Hodge live!

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