Debut Album by Brooks Long
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Proceeds will help fund the recording, mixing, digital and vinyl mastering, cd and vinyl pressing, graphic design, promotion and consultation for Mannish Boys, the debut album by Brooks Long & The Mad Dog No Good. After donating, please send an email to email@example.com including your name, prefered email address and physical mail addresses so I can send you the goodies below. Thank you so much!
Watch out, na! Catfish here. Good people, The Mad Dog No Good has been busy since we released our EP Let’s Make Out To Otis Redding in 2012. We've released two singles, (“Spring ” and “Ain’t Never Had A Good Time,”) that have received great local reception (thanks WTMD!), were named among the “Best In Baltimore” in the Baltimore City Paper, opened for acts like Rebirth Brass Band, toured the North east, played the main stage at Artscape and played “Concert For The Chesapeake” on PBS. I also launched a homemade ever-growing song collection called The Songster Part 2, started writing and singing with LaFayette Gilchrist, and served a Maryland Traditions apprenticeship under The Great Wendell Holmes of The Holmes Brothers. He and I did an interview, on WYPR’s The Signal, that I now hold dear since he has passed. It hurts more than a little bit to tell you that, but I am happy to tell you that since his and drummer Popsy Dixon’s passing, Eric Kennedy and I have joined Sherman Holmes to keep The Holmes Brothers legacy alive. Boy, I can’t tell you what this experience has done for me, except that their wisdom and belief in my potential has been inspiring and plenty crucial.
So then, it’s about time for an album. Wouldn’t you say?
Well, Ol’ Catfish and them got one for you, but we need help getting it to you. Catfish need some money, honey! Our debut album will be a sweet and scrappy slice of rock & soul called Mannish Boys, (kinda like that Muddy Waters tune we play.) The songwriting builds on the theme of hypermasculinity found in certain songs on the EP. We’re going to take some of the songs from Let’s Make Out to Otis Redding, add our singles, shine ‘em up a bit (not too much, of course) and add 7 brand-spankin fresh-out-the-oven tracks. And I'll just say right now, I have a good feeling about this.
Will it take us around the world and get us that reality show on MTV2 we always dreamed of? Who can say? But, you know when you’re cooking for people and you’re adding spices, and all the flavors are coming together and hitting your nose real good, and you just know it smells good to you and you just have this feeling that somebody out in that dining room is really going to enjoy this meal? That’s how I feel. People, I can smell it.
One thing about this meal though. Some songs are a little spicy, lyrically. Without getting too uppity about it, everything on Mannish Boys has definite artistic purpose. Still, and I know for sure I’m talking to some family members, you might not get down with everything. Yea, there’s some right cussin’. But also some folks, for one reason or another, just aren’t so nice and maybe they can’t even see or hear themselves enough to know that and so I’m interested in those folks. Aren’t you? Haven’t you ever been one of those folks? Anyway, I surely appreciate every donation of support; that’s just some stuff I thought you should know before you donate.
Musically, you know how we do this thing here. (If you don’t, just head to www.BrooksLong.com.) Give me that old-time religion. It’s good enough for me. Rock & Roll. You know, like back when James Brown and The Supremes were called Rock & Roll, too. Back when all playing the blues meant was that you were playing to the 30-and-over crowd. Back when art was an incidental product of having fun. And Ol’ Catfish must lament that there’s such a serious aspect to this project.
I don’t know about you folks, but I love those old songs that ran on pure fun. (Of course, they still make that stuff now, but I’m talking about this old stuff.) I promise if you help make this one a success, on the next one, I’ll try and throw the best damn party you ever heard. I’ve got the next batch marinating right now. “If I live and nothin' don’t happen,” as Great-Grandma would say.
But the 2nd, 3rd and 10th albums can't come before Numero Uno. Mannish Boys sets the tone. Mannish Boys lays the foundation. So here are the things I promise I’ll do for you if you can help Mannish Boys grow:
$1 - Hugs for life. Real hugs. Not that side-hug bull crap. Stop that. Real hugs. For life.
$10 - Digital Download of the Album + Thank You Postcard
$25 - Signed CD Copy + Digital Download of the album + Thank You Postcard
$50 - Mannish Boys Eco Friendly T-Shirt + Signed CD Copy + Digital Download of the album + Thank You Postcard
$75 - Signed Vinyl Copy + Mannish Boys Eco Friendly T-Shirt + Digital Download of the album + Thank You Postcard
$100 - Signed Vinyl Copy + Mannish Boys Eco Friendly T-Shirt + Signed CD Copy + Digital Download of the album + Thank You Postcard
$175 - Glossy, Hardcover Photo and Lyric Book + Signed Vinyl Copy + Mannish Boys Eco Friendly T-Shirt + Signed CD Copy + Digital Download of the album + Thank You Postcard
$500 - A Private Solo Concert [we’ll work out the timing logistics] + Glossy, Hardcover Photo and Lyric Book + Signed Vinyl Copy + Mannish Boys Eco Friendly T-Shirt + Signed CD Copy + Digital Download of the album + Thank You Postcard
$800 - I Will Write And Home Record A Song About Anything (or Anyone) You Like And In Any Style + A Private Solo Concert [we’ll work out the timing logistics] + Glossy, Hardcover Photo and Lyric Book + Signed Vinyl Copy + Mannish Boys Eco Friendly T-Shirt + Signed CD Copy + Digital Download of the album + Thank You Postcard
$7000 - Brooks Long will cry. Real tears guaranteed! + All of The Above
Also, I lied. There are two things I need. The second is to watch our new video for "Got Soul"!!! Check out this here: https://youtu.be/gG04T5r31Ac
Get aboard the ship.
Glad to be just about halfway to our goal and a good ways closer to getting this thing to your ears. You know, it was around this Christmas time last year Ol' Catfish started thinkin' he’d make an album. How was I going to do it? I didn’t know. It takes a lot to make these things - time and energy, of course. But you know what I’m talkin’ about. I’m talkin' about that that do-re-mi, plus the fa, so, la, ti and even more do. Turns out, if I ask folks like you for help, things can happen. Who would have thought? I ever tell you about that bear that almost attacked me? One day I was out camping and here he comes, running full-speed with this wild, “I’m ‘bout to eat” look on his face. I went up to him, said, “Hey, man. I just need a couple dollars…” Never saw him again.
So what’s your point, Catfish? Okay, so his point is this: thank you for being a human and not a bear. At least not that bear. Can’t go around judging all bears based on that one bear. Some bears are probably very giving; some humans are not always that humane, as bears ought to well know. Hey, this fella Trump? Have you ever heard of such? You have? Me too, sad to say. Say, you remember ol' Strom Thurmond? Served in the Senate longer than anybody until I he died ‘round my high school times somewhere. Of course, you gotta keep gettin’ votes to stay in a place like the Senate. I guess Ol’ Catfish is ramblin’ again. Just a scary couple of thoughts to put together, that’s all.
Anyway, I did promise to get to the point, didn’t I? So it’s the holidays and it’s the season of giving, as they say. Boy, I hope there’s more giving seasons than what they say. Just looking on GoFundMe, there are so many people in great need. People on the streets, families that had fires, babies with tumors - makes the struggle to put out an album independently seem kinda small scale, don’t it? There’s no competing with the importance of stuff like that. But maybe this Mannish Boys album can be of some kind of greater good, ultimately. If it’s any good itself, maybe it can outlast mannish boys like The Don and even ol’ Strom. Wouldn’t that be a great Christmas present? Well, I wish there were guarantees in art, but I can tell you it’s starting to sound pretty good to me.
Look, don’t you have stuff to do today? Don’t let me keep you. But it’s always a pleasure. Thank you so much for your support. I hope you have a wonderful time with your peoples, whoever they are. May you get everything you want, or failing that, everything you need. Hope to see you at the New Year’s show with Cris Jacobs! www.facebook.com/events/1911205822437340
"And may you always strive for down deep and out wide”
More photos to come.