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Ya' know, I could start this all out with a ton of stuff about me but... I'm just not ego maniac enough to start with info about me when I would rather talk about my fellow artists/friends that have worked with me and are playing along with me on some of the tracks you are listening to, ok! After I introduce them to you then maybe I will say a lil' something about my past and what I am all about. I will talk about each track on my music mp3 page here at www.isound.com/docquinn
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Lois Mae Boogie
For some time now, Doc has been working on writing a boogie for his Mother, Lois Mae. Pinetop Perkins came out with his "New Boogie Woogie" and for sure his boogie got Doc's blood runnin'. So while Doc's blood was in such good flow and all the tracks are done, Doc presents this boogie for his mom. This boogie is appropriately named "Lois Mae Boogie". To quote Doc, "My mother has from day one loved me and supported my music and I love her as much if not more than any mom in this world could ever be loved by her son! I love you mom and this Boogie is for you"!
So Damn Blue
To quote Doc, "Man, it's one thing to feel blue but when you are also sad it makes feeling blue "So Damn Blue". The backing track was furnished to Doc by Marvin Taylor, (Five Feathers) of Band In The Pocket and for that Doc says, "many thanks to his Indian friend." Visit Band In The Pocket and see if Marvin has something for you. Hope you enjoy the song and tune.
Size Fifteen Shoes
To quote Doc, "Mistabluesman is out walkin' again, wearin' out these size fifteen shoes. These dang women just always givin' me da' blues. One take, guitar and vocal, just as a live performance! It was fun. I just pretended that I was setting there playing for a big ol' crowd and you know who the crowd was?, it was all of YOU, how about that, huh! The Blues is like that, Ya' know"!
A live concert like jam with Cliff "Big Red Blues Dawg" Houck (Slideman) and Doc on stage performing Cliff's kick butt blues rocker "Road House". To quote Doc, "This collaboration was so much fun that at times I can almost see us on stage playing it, crazy huh!. I want to say here that Cliff is a dear friend and one hell of a guitar player. Please visit his site and pleasure yourself with some if not all of Cliff's jams."! The effect of the concert seems so real. See what you think when you listen to the jam.
Hot To Trot
On this tune "Hot To Trot" Doc plays his lead guitar to a kickass Jasper Mills backing track. It's a blues rocker no doubt. After jammin' to this track for about three hours in the home studio and things just runnin' down hill due to Doc over playing the jam, I encouraged him to take a break for a while and wait until his mood that he had in the beginning came back. He said something to me under his breath but agreed. After about a two hour break, I told Doc that to me it appeared that he was in a "Hot To Trot" mood and that it was time to get in there and do it with one take, (this is how the title came about). We walked into the home studio and Doc strapped on his 1991 Fender Strat and said, "Click the damn button". Doc played this jam from start to finish non stop, eyes closed, (never opened them) head down, bent over stumbling about the home studio with his headset on and the track playing so loud that I could hear the track blaring from with-in the cans. I literally had to grab him by his shirt during the recording and move him away from things like the walls, drums, keyboard and ect. that he was stumbling into. If you listen real close you can hear him hitting things with his guitar. It was really something to see and I am so glad I got to watch Doc that day in his other world. Doc got what he was looking for at the first of the jam and just wouldn't let it go. Upon the completion of his playing his hands were shakin' like a leaf on a tree, I know he gave it his all. But what the hey, he always gives it his all. It will be a very rare moment if you ever see Doc playing his guitars with his eyes open. He always walks about (that's why I panned the track, so you can get the feel of Doc wondering around the home studio) and throws out all his energy for his listeners. It's really something to see! The only other guitarist I have ever known to have this virtuosity that just flows off of Doc, sadly left this world the 27 day of August, 1990, after Sa' Mo' Kin' some great blues guitarist in an old fashion cutting contest! RIP SRV. I (this writer, JD) will forever remember and treasure being with Doc at this recording session for the rest of my life, it was a virtuoso performance by Doc to say the least,! To quote Doc, "I hope you like the tune and please visit Jasper Mills for some real kick butt blues and Duane Allman style blues slide guitar". Oh, and thanks JD for putting up with my goofy ways!
Get A Clue Woman
To quote Doc, "Get A Clue Woman", man, this was such a fun song to do. What can I say, She lied, she cheated, now she's history and can't come back! She looks better leaving than she ever did coming anyways". This little holler is a thing Doc wrote and recorded to a Jasper Mills backing track. Hope you like it and please, visit Jasper Mills for some real kick butt blues and Duane Allman style blues slide guitar!
The Hazman is a lil' thing Doc wrote back when he owned an environmental clean up business, (from 1986 to 1991). In 1991 Doc gave the company to his children. Doc is such a gracious person, ask anyone that knows him and they will tell you the same. Doc is doing the vocal and playing the lead guitar on this Marvin Taylor backing track. To quote Doc, "You'll notice my efforts to make my lead guitar sound grungy, funky, ugly, mucky, dirty, dingy, greasy and mean, (not out of context but sleazy and different) so you the listener can get somewhat of a feel for the upset stomach way this cat (The Hazman) can make you feel. The addition of the kids screaming and being scared tracks were added by me for a Halloween satellite radio show. I like them and thought the kids were so cute when they were recording them that, there was no way I could put the song/jam back to it's original file". The kids on the track are, Alecia (11 years old), Jimmy (8 years old) and Stormey Lynn (7 years old). I sure hope you like it!" Please visit Marvin at Band In The Pocket and see if he has a track that just might interest you! Click Here if you dare! whooooooooo!
Laid Way Back
The jam is just as it's title says. Doc wrote, recorded and uploaded this tune all in one evening. It's just a little laid back jam that expresses a mood he gets into sometimes. To quote Doc, "I don't know why I get moody like this but, I guess that's what the blues is all about, right! Besides, what can I say man, I'm a bluesman! I hope you like it as much as I like playing it for you".
Doc's Scooter Boogie
Here is a crazy thing Doc wrote using his 1951 Harley Davidson panhead drag pipes for the percussions. Yes, Doc had his scooter in the home studio. He rode it right into the house and on into the home studio, he is such a wild ass man at times. Hard to keep up with on his slow days! Believe me when I say, having his scooter in the studio was a rush for me and I had as much fun watching him as he had recording the jam. To quote Doc, "I dedicate this tune to my scooter brothers and all clubs everywhere. To mention a few names, DJ, my son. Doyle, my Grandson. Eric, my son-in-law. My brother Big Dave B. and the Hard Riders in Cabot, Arkansas - in-house pub included, brother Benny and his gang out west. Wild Bill T. (Grubby) of No. Ca., Darin S., the ol' man Mack S. also in the west. Rick A. of American Thunder, Tulare, Ca., Jessie James and the gang in Long Beach, Ca. and the rest of the best kick startin', throttle twisten', hooter pinchin', greasy fingered brothers throughout this world a scooter brother could ever have. This jam is for ya'll man, play the wheels off of it! Your brother in the wind".- Note: The first title to this jam was - Harley D Cadillacin'. Doc recently changed it.
Feeling Just Right
To quote Doc, "This little number is fun to play and has me feeling just right! I dedicate this tune to Jasper Mills for his time spent with me in teaching me about the Sound Forge program". Treat yourself, visit Jasper Mills for some real kick butt blues and Duane Allman style blues slide guitar!
Go Hard & Aim High
To quote Doc, "This is an on the gas instrumental (my very first Acid Program computer recording) with full throttle around the corners. I recorded this lil' jam on a one take after jammin' my ass all day long with some friends. I am playing a non-amplified acoustical Washburn guitar here and I had the mic on a stand inches away from my guitar. The louder you play it the better it gets. Can ya' dig it? I put this jam together in memory of my father "Buddy Quinn". My Father loved to listen to me jam fast acoustic guitar jams. He would always tell me to "Go Hard & Aim High" no matter what my endeavor might have been. I still to this day at times hear him saying "Go Hard & Aim High" to me"!
To quote Doc, "This song is about how my Lovergirl's eyes tell me what she is thinking without her having to say a single word! I think all women have "Tattletale Eyes". As you will be able to hear, what I done here was drag out my Washburn acoustic guitar and then drug the mic stand over to a chair, sit down and belted out this tune as I played along with it (one take, that's the way I like them). All raw bones down to earth guitar molestation and raw vocal. It's still one of my most favorites. Another of my first recordings using the Acid Program on my computer. Hope you like it and can dig it, Thanks".
Now, there you have it. I hope you take the time to visit Doc's friends via the links I have furnished. Each of the artists/friends I have mentioned are very unique in their own way, all are great artists and very special to Doc.
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Ok, a lil' about Doc's earlier life ..... For Doc's Online Press Kit, Click Here!
By the way, before I start, I want you to know that this year (2005) is Doc's Golden Anniversary for being on the frets! Click the link for more info. Click Here!
Raised with three sisters and parents that all played the guitar it was no surprise that Doc himself became a guitar player. Starting at the young age of six (1955). Check out Doc's photo page ... Click Here!
Doc's younger sister (Dorothy, age five) gave Doc his first guitar lesson. His father (Buddy Quinn) then bought Doc his first guitar, it was a Stella Sundale. Then came a J-45 Gibson (Jumbo Gibson) and it was all Doc could do to reach his arm around it in efforts to strum the strings. He played that guitar for years and with the help of his sisters and parents he was ready for his first electric guitar at the age of twelve. Doc's first electric guitar was a 1961 Blue Fender Jazzmaster with a Fender Amp for sound support. Doc was the King of the Rock & Roll world that day and many days to follow.
That Fender Jazzmaster took Doc to the level of guitar knowledge that superceded that of his sisters and parents. To Quote Doc, "Without the support of my family thru the years, I wouldnít be the bluesman that I am today. I love my family".
To quote Doc, "I gladly state that the major influence to me in my music/guitar world was my father, Buddy Quinn, my Mother, Lois Quinn & my Sisters, Donna, Della and Dorothy".
Doc and two of his sisters (Dorothy & Della) along with Bradley Berg, Dennis Howard and Freddie Thomas formed a band in the sixties called "The Exotics". That band won their share of the surrounding battle of the bands contests that were real popular in them years as well as won trophies in the county fair parade float contests. Doc has told me that they, (the band members) used to stay up all night the night prior to parade day making sure that everything they built for their floats was as strong as it could be. They would ride the float (truck trailer) that was being pulled by a Royal Crown Cola truck driven by Bradís (the drummers) father. They would perform Live, Loud Rock & Roll Music during the parade while some of their friends would dance on the bed of the trailer. Brad's father (Bergie) also provided the power for their amps with a generator that was mounted on the back of the truck pulling the trailer and in-cased in a box to limit noise. To quote Doc, "Them were some really good times"!
In 1966 Doc joined the US Marines and there again Doc was surrounded by more guitar players from all over the United States. Meeting guitar players from all around the United States boosted his guitar knowledge and added a little different style to his sound. Not having the 1961 Fender Jazzmaster anymore (hocked it and gave the money to his sister Donna so she could get married) Doc had to play lesser quality guitars but never gave up.
After being Honorably Discharged from The Marine Corps Doc continued supporting his new family while still finding ways to keep his music alive. Doc would work all day and play music at night. To quote Doc, "Thanks to some very dear friends back then, I was able to sit in and jam on several jam sessions in the Los Angeles, Ca. basin with some really great and fabulous/famous guitar players".
Doc spent a good portion of his life (30 years or so) playing music with the original band (The Exotics) lead guitar player, Freddie Thomas (The Electric Penguin). To quote Doc, "Freddie was such an influence on me and I reckon, one of the best things that ever happened to my music career. He was a fabulous guitar player and I was always trying to catch up with him. My efforts to catch up with him drastically sped up my learning rate. He was such a fast player, (shredder) and would always want me to maintain a strong solid rhythm for him and this brought my timing skills to near maximum. Iíll never be able to thank him enough for the never-ending hours he sweated in efforts to enhance my skills. Freddie is one of my true heroes".
There again Doc's style changed even more and added to the style Doc plays today! To quote Doc, "My style of guitar pickin' is some Rock, some Country and some Blues all mixed up and swirling around in my head. I sort of think of it like maybe a, Raw' Con' Blues' style. So when you hear Mistabluesman (that's me) hackin' away at my guitar you're going to hear some "Raw' Con' Blues Baby". - Raw' Con' Blues = Rockin' Blues!
Doc has owned over fifty guitars to date and still maintains a collection of twenty one guitars. Some rare and some that he just canít let go of due to sentimental values. His collection consist of Gibsons, Fenders, Washburns, Gretchs, Martins, Yamahas, Regals, Stellas, Galvestons and ect, ect... Docís favorite acoustics to just sit around and drive hard on is a Washburn and his Epiphone, (EJ-160E, John Lennon Series). Doc's favorite electric guitars that he loves to extract his blues out of are his, 1992 Gibson (Les Paul Humbucker Special) and his 1991 Fender (Nat. Strat), Doc named the 1991 Fender (Nat. Strat), Jenny, Jenny, Jenny. When Doc gets into his Delta Mississippi mode it's his Galveston Steel Body Dobro and/or his Blue Stella Sundale that makes that Happy Blues Sound.
Not only does Doc love playing his music he has traveled around the US on several occasions driving his 1929 Model A Ford Pick-up loaded up with guitars and supporting gear, (towing one or more of his Harleys behind him), stopping and teaching his easy as your ABC's Easy Guitar Lesson. Doc would just stop here and there teaching folks of all ages how to play the guitar. Doc feels that he has a way of teaching the guitar that is so simple anyone can learn and be playing a little guitar music after only about two hours of his guitar lesson. To quote Doc, "When I teach the good people how to play, love and caress the guitar in their hands and arms, they go on to learn more and love the guitar more. I don't only show them how easy it is to play the guitar, I teach them to love the guitar and the beauty one can bring out of a guitar. I also teach them how the guitar can bring the beauty out of them".
Doc states that he will continue to grow on the Internet and offer his music to the listeners as he works on making more of his material available. To quote Doc, "I have a lifetime of all original music/blues to share and it's time to cut it loose".
Additional blues influences to Doc were/are, Lighting "Sam" Hopkins, Lowell Fulson, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, BB King, ALBERT KING, Albert Collins, Freddie King, T Bone Walker, Little Richard, T Model Ford and many additional male and female blues artists/greats.
Doc's style fits his personality. Even though Doc plays the down and out blues he is happy about it and this feeling Doc gets makes his blues sound and feel happy. Doc's style/sound will also surround you with this feeling. It must be mystical and virtuoso to say the least!
One last thing, but a very important thing to Doc. To quote Doc, "I love you all and may God Bless you as he has me. Thank you very much and believe it when I say, Mistabluesman is diggin' ya' baby!"
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