Uppers, Downers, Screamers & Howlers

Label
Grande
Release date
19 Nov 2007
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
40:22

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 We Did It All free download 2:53 438
2 Rhythms Of Sin 4:34 245
3 The Brotherhood Killings 3:35 33
4 Do What You Do! free download 3:26 70
5 Leather Jacket Satan 3:27 61
6 The Legend Of Eddie And James free download 3:56 690
7 Shine 3:14 60
8 Got Your Number 3:37 56
9 Reverend Falcon 4:02 39
10 And I Was Lonely 4:45 65
11 Forever Brother 2:53 53

About this album

Uppers, Downers, Screamers & Howlers” was awarded a “Spellemann” – the Norwegian equivalent of Grammy.

- “Uppers, Downers, Screamers & Howlers” is my way of cavorting with the gramophone heroes from the first half of the 20th century USA. ”We Did It All”, ”Do What You Do!” and ”Got Your Number” are inspire by dirty “negro rock” from the USA’s deep south, with musicians such as Link Wray, Mickey Baker, Professor Longhair and Lightnin´ Hopkins, but also flirting with Bootsy, Clinton and Co. ”Rhythms Of Sin” is a dedication to Duke Ellington, Chick Webb, Gene Krupa and the guys who stomped like devils in their Battle of Bands at Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom in the 20s- and 30s.”The Brotherhood Killings” is ballroom nostalgia and slow dancing, the soundtrack of a film that never saw the screen.

”Leather Jacket Satan” is also a sentimental tribute made for all of the men I´ve seen over a late-night snack at a gas station after a gig. I feel sorry for “Leather Jacket Satan”. ”Reverend Falcon” is inspired by Osvaldo Fresedo and my fascination for proud Argentinian tango. Norwegian-American reverends are common in the south of Norway proving that ”Nobody can spread more darkness that those who have seen the light.”
”And I Was Lonely” and ”Shine” are my blues tracks. I have tried to steer one towards delta blues as played by Bukka White, Son House and Robert Johnson (Shine). Johnny Guitar Watson inspired ”And I Was Lonely”.

”Forever Brother” is a bluesy hymn based on an idea rooted in the mourning marches of the New Orleans Orchestra Eureka.

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