Doc is currently performing with his 5 piece Chicago blues band, Doc Span Blues, playing material from his 'Something for the Pain' & 'The Treatment' CDs plus tracks off the newest CD 'Live In Australia'. Players are Glen Muirhead at the keyboards, Gus Fenwick on bass, Max Sportelli on drums and Tim Gaze on guitar, with Doc on harmonica & vocal.
Doc Span has a longstanding musical connection with outstanding blues guitarist Ross Williams, and they still perform together at selected gigs. This seasoned pair of blues artists were on the road together for 11 years touring all over Australia from 1990 to 2001 and they continue to enjoy their unique musical collaboration.
From time to time Doc tours with Fiona Boyes & the Fortune Tellers, Blues on the Rocks (Kevin Borich, Phil Emanuel), and in NZ with the fabulous Darcy Perry Band. A featured artist at the Caloundra Music Fesival, Blues on Broadbeach, & Woodford Folk Festival, Doc has also played the Ipswich Music Festival and the Great Southern Blues & Rockabilly Festival.
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Doc Span’s new recording, ‘Live in Australia’, features the talents of stunning musicians of the blues, Gus Fenwick, Tim Gaze, Max Sportelli, and Glen Muirhead. Recorded live in the studio by Gus Fenwick and mastered by Daniel Fournier these 11 standout tracks are chock full of groove. Originals and classic blues tracks, this CD takes Doc back to his roots.
“Live in Australia” includes some of Doc’s favorite tracks, like 'If you See Kay', 'It Ain’t Right' and 'Whose Been Talking' (song by Tim). It features an electric version of the swinging Doc and Ross Jive 4321 plus other original tracks; The Viper Blues, Underground Blues, Red Dust, In Every Way and a classic acoustic song from Tim Gaze, Slow Walkin Blues. Every track shows off some expert blues playing.
This is a warm live CD that has tasty chromatic and diatonic harmonica, electric guitar, piano, organ, bass and tight drumming. The tracks that inspired Doc in Chicago, songs from Little Walter, Howlin Wolf, Memphis Slim and Pinetop Perkins, are all played and sung with conviction and the obvious expertise of these seasoned pros.
Songs from those albums have been receiving high rotation airplay on the ABC and Triple A’s ‘Blues with a Feeling’ broadcaster, Shaun Bindley.
Artwork for the album was done by Lisa Moore who is as talented as her famous photographer father, David Moore. She is a Sydney designer who has carved a career in corporate design www.lisamooredesign.com
At the Palmwoods Hotel on the 17th of January with Doc Span Blues plus support acts to launch this new work. Also catch the band at the Great Noosa Campout and at the Finn Bar in Maleny. In February Doc tours New Zealand with Mike Garner. For tour dates see www.docspan.net
‘Live in Australia’ is distributed by Only Blues Music.
Songs from Doc Span's ‘Live in Australia’ can be heard at www.myspace.com/docspanband
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It’s suitable for use with any instrument, but comes with a harmonica specific booklet. It was released by world-renowned music publishers Mel Bay Publications in 2002.
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Developed by the highly experienced blues team of Doc Span & Ross Williams, this CD & booklet presents 10 very cool backing tracks for you to practice blues soloing, on the instrument of your choice. Each track is recorded twice: Once with harmonica, to give you some ideas, and once without - so you can "go off"!
Improve your timing and develop a bank of personal riffs while you experience playing along with a professional blues band. Learn new phrasing techniques. Playing along will stimulate your powers of improvisation.
Listening carefully to what each instrument is doing will help you emulate professional playing styles or just blend in, picking up rhythm patterns and playing along with your favourite melodies over the tracks. Become acquainted with different blues grooves.
It’s good fun and great practice whatever your level of proficiency! The booklet contains basic instruction on rhythm, melody, tone, harmony, tongue blocking, improvisation, positions and scales, bending notes, & more.
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