Mad Dogs & Okies is a music project that brings together an all-star line-up
of musicians that are either from Oklahoma or have been major contributors to--or have been influenced by--Oklahoma music. The musical styles
are primarily country, rock, blues, and folk with a bit New Orleans on several tracks. Each song has different
musicians. The track list below indicates a key contributor,
usually the singer.
The recording came about by acclaimed drummer Jamie Oldaker who's resume includes three decades-plus recording that includes such household names as
Eric Clapton, Bob
Seger, Leon Russell, and Peter Frampton. Jamie performed on
many of Clapton's best solo albums, a few include 461
Ocean Blvd, Slowhand,
and the stunning live work on Crossroads
2. He was also a founding member of the country-rock
Tulsa band, The
Tractors, which scored a triple platinum hit
with its 1994 self-titled debut album on Arista.
Eric Clapton sings lead
one track, "Positively," that has a New Orleans
feel to it, in the style of Dr. John. In addition, Clapton's influence is elsewhere. For
example, he plays guitar on "Wait Til Your Daddy Gets Home,"
an upbeat rocker.
He too covered "Promises" on his Backless
album. Also noteworthy, the female vocalist on it, Marcy Levy, was a
member of Clapton's band during much of the 1970's, both in the studio
and as a performing
member. There is also a
rendition of Clapton's band Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home." All
four of these tracks are good.
always liked Tulsa music for its no-compromise attitude, as if the
musicians were making it just for themselves, without regard to what
other people would think of it." -- Eric Clapton
Other highlights include Peter
Frampton performing the ballad, "Sending Me Angels" that
features good singing, piano and guitar.
The Willie Nelson & J.J. Cale collaboration "Motormouth"
is catchy offering a fast paced country feel. Willis Alan Ramsey,
who adds guitar to "Positively" performs good
acoustic blues on "Sympathy For A Train."
A couple of mellow numbers
toward the end of the disc slow the pace during "Daylight"
featuring J. J. Cale, and "Song For You" by Joe & Ellen.
Often with albums that have
artists there will songs and performers that you like and others you
won't care as much for. With Mad Dogs and Okies the same is
true. But overall the material is quite enjoyable and the album
by Barry Small ©
Order: Mad Dogs and
1. Wait Til Your Daddy Gets Home - Vince Gill
2. Positively - Eric Clapton
3. Don't Let Your Feet Git Cold - Taj Mahal
4. Sympathy For A Train - Willis Alan Ramsey
5. Promises - Zadig & Marcella
6. Magnolia - Tony Joe White
7. Make Your Move - Bonnie Bramlett
8. Shotgun Shack - Wiley Hunt
9. Sending Me Angels - Peter Frampton
10. Time To Boogie - Ray Benson
11. Can't Find My Way Home - Steve Pryor
12. Stagger Lee - Taj Mahal
13. Daylight - J.J. Cale
14. Song For You - Joe & Ellen
15. Motormouth - Willie Nelson & J.J.Cale
16. Make Your Move (Revisted) - Bonnie Bramlett
Jamie Oldaker - drums
The personnel varies on each song.