The Cedar and KFAI Present
LONESOME DAN KASE ALBUM RELEASE with Corpse Reviver and Doug Otto & Hurricane Harold
Thursday January 17th, 2019 / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 7:30 PM
$12 General Admission
This is a seated show. General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, and at Electric Fetus and The Cedar during shows.
As a teenager growing up in rural southern Michigan, Lonesome Dan Kase happened upon a radio show called the “Blues Cruise,” broadcast out on Ann Arbor. Although he had picked up the guitar a year or so before, when he began hearing artists like Reverend Gary Davis and Robert Johnson, he quickly became hooked on the country blues.
Like many of the blues musicians from the early 1900’s that Lonesome Dan was listening to, he acquired a wander-lust and began traveling around the country busking on street corners. After spending time in California and New Mexico, Lonesome Dan ended up in Denver, Colorado where he started playing in coffee houses and drinking establishments. It was here he met Johnny Long, a blues player from St. Louis, whose deeply distinctive singing and guitar-picking style continues to be a big influence on Lonesome Dan’s music. While in Denver, Dan also played with a four- piece band called the 32-20 Jug Band. They played 1920’s and 30’s jug band music covering artists like Sleepy John Estes and The Cannon Jug Stompers.
In 2001, Lonesome Dan moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and immediately began playing shows as a solo act. Within a year, he formed a band called the Crush Collision Trio with mandolin and washboard accompaniment by Matt Yetter and Mikkel Beckmen . They played a mixture of Dan’s originals and old country blues.
In 2005, Lonesome Dan met another musician who has been a significant influence on his playing. Dan had discovered the music of Paul Geremia, a blues musician from Rhode Island, while living in Denver. He was finally able to see one of Geremia’s live performances in St. Paul. After the show, Dan was able to sit down with Paul and absorb some of his musical knowledge. Through Paul Geremia, Kase was also introduced to some of the early R & B piano players like Joe Liggins and Charles Brown. Boogie-woogie and blues piano continue to play a big part in shaping the guitar technique of Lonesome Dan, and after years of listening to classic and folk ragtime piano, he has also begun transposing some of his favorite rags to guitar.
Corpse Reviver is a Twin Cities-based trio that pays homage to Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music. First compiled and released in 1952 by Folkways Records, the Anthology offers a glimpse into the world of vernacular American music recorded in the 1920s on rare 78 rpm records. Reissued in 1996, the music runs the gamut of musical styles and includes early blues and jug bands, old-time country, cowboy songs, Cajun tunes, fiddle breakdowns, and a wide range of sacred music.
Corpse Reviver (who takes their name from a mid 19th century "hair of the dog" cocktail from New Orleans) strive to put their own stamp on the music while maintaining respect for the older styles.
Mikkel Beckmen (washboard, wooden tray, and stomp box) has been a fixture on the Twin Cities scene for a number of years; some of the folks he's played with include the Brass Kings, Charlie Parr, and Lonesome Dan Kase & the Crush Collision Trio. Jillian Rae (fiddle, vocals) grew up on the Iron Range and started playing violin at an early age. She helps run a music school (known as the Music Lab) and plays with a number of local groups. Adam Kiesling (guitar, banjo, and vocals) got his start playing old-time and jug band music in the late 90s, played for local clogging group and old time trio the Mill City Grinders, then spent four years as an upright bass player for Pert Near Sandstone.
The first time Harold heard Doug sing he knew there was hope for Blues. Who was this young man who sang like Robert Johnson and covered Skip James, Charlie Patton and other country blues artists? They joined together in the Gang of Mischief, honing their skills over the past 6+ years. They released a cd of Country Blues " Blues at Barking Jack's" . With Doug on guitar/vocals and Harold on harmonica their sound is a mix of Maxwell Street electric and Delta front porch acoustic blues.
With a music degree Doug plays in many eclectic projects from Blues to Jazz to Country, including supporting a flutist who covers Minnesota Lumberjack songs. Harold was a founding member of Cool Disposition and has been involved in many projects. He currently plays with Jeff Ray & The Stakes, “Hurricane Harold’s All Star Blues Revue” and the duo with Doug. Harold also has a drive time radio show on KFAI called House Party featuring current and past purveyors of American roots music.