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“HAVE GUITARZ…WILL TRAVEL” IS THE APTLY TITLED, DEBUT SOLO RELEASE FROM CANADIAN GUITAR WIZ, MIKE HALL.
1O TRACKS OF STUNNING ELECTRIC GUITAR AND SOULFUL VOCALS BACKED BY SOME OF CANADA’S BEST MUSICIANS.
HALL’S VERSION OF “THE BLUES” COMBINES ELEMENTS OF JAZZ, ROCK, FUNK AND COUNTRY TO CREATE A TASTY NORTH AMERICAN GUITAR STEW!
THE 8 ORIGINAL TUNES ON THIS CD ALSO SHOWCASE HIS HUMOROUS AND OFTEN BIO-GRAPHICAL LYRICS ABOUT LOVE, SEX, DIVORCE, DRINKING AND MUSIC.
HALL IS A CONSUMMATE PRO WHO HAS RECORDED AND TOURED WITH A WHO’S WHO OF CANADIAN ROCK MUSIC OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS INCLUDING KiLLeR DWaRfs, Helix, Carl Dixon/Coney Hatch and recently reformed 70’s legends A Foot in Cold Water.
1.Pick It Like A Nashville Guy
2.Fly Like an Eagle
3.Trailer Park Blues
4.Hide That Cookie
5.Drinkin' And Stayin' Out Late
6.Dirty Cheap Tequila
7.Play It Like Chuck
8.I Quit Lovin' You Baby
9.Blues For Papa Ray
10.Walkin' To My Baby
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About Mike Hall
I have always wanted to be a guitar player. That was my goal. So I have always been one.
I'm sure I wanted to do other things when I was little... but I honestly don't remember
any of them. Maybe be a soldier like my dad. The only thing about that was the hair.
I'm serious. Jimi, Eric , Jeff, Keith ...all had long hair. Chuck Berry even had longish hair back when I was a kid.
Short hair was big at our house.
My dad got his weekly snip from a guy named Fritz who bragged he had been
Rommel's barber during WWII. My old man, like Patton or any real student of military history, thought this was the greatest
thing... ever. "C'mon we're gonna go see Fritz and get cleaned up." "I dont wanna go."
"But he was Rommel's barber." "I dont wanna go."
According to the old photos my Mom has he left me to my own devices from about age 10 on.
I had long hair and I had access to a piano and a guitar. I did well in school without trying and I played sports like hockey, lacrosse and later tennis.
Really... all I wanted was to be a guitar player. A good one.
Right around 13 it all went south for good. I was playing in bands by high school.
Rush, Zep, Ted Nugent, Foghat and other 70's guitar based acts were the order of the day.
I tried taking some lessons but nobody was teaching me anything locally. Then my Mom found some freaky cat named Richard who lived across the street from Ryerson College in downtown Toronto. She would drive me the 30 miles from our
little town to see this guy. (Who wore a beret and lived with a dancer... she was hot)
He was a profound influence on the next few years of my life.
3 main things stuck with me from these lessons.
1. Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix
2. Still Alive and Well by Johnny Winter
3. G 1/2 whole diminished scale and G whole tone scale
Jimi's style of playing inside the chords like a piano player blew my mind. The compositional style of that solo is perfect for the tune.
With Johnny you just felt a freedom. Like...he didn't have to think about it so much. He just had the chops and laid it out there with soul. Mixing rock and
These dominant scales really messed with my mind. It took a few years and a lot
of study to really grasp how they are used. This information opened the door to a lifetime of jazz appreciation. I believe it has helped me find my own way as a player even though I prefer simpler harmonic styles.
At the end of the day we are the sum of our influences and experiences. Its been a helluva ride and I am fine with the way it all turned out.
I've made tons of records... most of which no one will ever hear. They lie under the beds and in the closets of dozens of would-be stars.
I did a batch of work with a band called Killer Dwarfs in the 80's. People seem to remember some of that.
We had a major deal and toured all over for years and years. Later ... I did the sideman thing with some well known Canadian bands.
I've taught lessons, hosted jams, done lots of jingles, dabbled in country, rock , jazz, celtic.....
Mostly... its been about the blues. Playing and singing and writing the blues.
This is my debut.