THE SOUTH WOODLAWNERS ARE:


Jeff Dale: Guitar & Vocals
Rich “Darth” Hyland: Guitar, Organ, Percussion
Clark “Sparky” Pardee: Drums
Geoff “Jeff” Mohan: Harmonica
Mark “20 Mill” Brown: Piano
Georgic Avenesian : Guitar
Ken “Stormy” Munday: Bluesoon
“Lightnin’” Dan Sonenfeld: Guitar (track 5)
Jeff Stone: Harmonica (tracks 4 & 5)
Ron Hagadone: Guitar (tracks 4 & 8)
Robert Von Goeben: Drums (tracks 4 & 8)
Derek Phillips: Piano (track 4)
Anitra Castleberry: Background Vocals
Jim Jedeikin: Saxophone
Peter Kastner: Bass
Lee Loughnane: Trumpet*



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Blues From The South Side Of My Soul track by track with Jeff Dale:


1. Blues From The South Side Of My Soul:
“All of us are complex, contradictory beings. My south side of Chicago roots are a big part of who I am and I don’t have to turn it on or off…it’s just there. My music is informed by it much like the rest of my life. That solo is me blazin’ away on my ‘58 Gibson ES 125 through a Boss overdrive. Geoff ‘Jeff” Mohan plays haunting harmonica and the track builds momentum like a runaway train.”


2. Alabama Lovin’:
“A MySpace friend that I’ve never met in person and who digs my blues told me her story about life in Alabama and this song just came to me. I played the rough mix to my friend and fellow Chicagoan Lee Loughnane (who happens to be a founding and still current member of the band Chicago) and he offered to add a horn line. Lee recorded four parts that blend together to kick this tune along. That’s South Woodlawner Rich “Darth” Hyland playing the guitar solo here.”

3. Love My Baby Blind:
“The seeds of this song about unconditional love were first planted at a South Woodlawner jam session. The icing on the cake was South Woodlawner Ken “Stormy” Munday’s bassoon solo. Ken moonlights with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and is probably the world’s first “bluesoonist.”

4. My Way Or The Highway:
“Recorded with an earlier version of the South Woodlawners this song was written for my hero B.B. King to cover and features a B.B. style solo from Ron Hagadone. C’mon B.B., I wanna hear you play it now.”

5. You Don’t Know Nothin’ About Chicago:
“Man, people on both coasts of the U.S.A. use Chicago as a punch line and I’m sick of it. It is undeniably a great city and not just ‘cause it’s my hometown. Jeff Stone (from the Zac Harmon band) and Lightnin’ Dan Sonenfeld (my Blue Wave band cohort) recorded their harmonica/guitar duel at my cousin’s studio in Chicago. Both Jeff and Dan are guys I grew up with on the south side -- ORIGINAL South Woodlawners.”

6. Grown Ass Man:
“This was written in response to something every middle age man must go through…the moment he sees a pretty girl and smiles at her and then realizes that what she is seeing is a smiling old man. Rather than be defeated and deflated by that I’ve convinced myself that with age comes experience that perhaps a younger woman isn’t prepared for so why waste time? Find a grown ass woman! Once again, Rich “Darth” Hyland is the solo guitar.”

7. I’d Hit It:
“This is a Jimmy Reed style tune about desire. I played the solo on this one to ensure it was nasty enough. Both this track and the title track were mixed by a VERY famous rock star who loved these songs. He won’t let me use his real name but he is credited on the record as “Vladimir Johnson.” Maybe you’ll figure it out, but I am sworn to secrecy.”

8. Nothin’ But The Blues:
“This also was recorded with an earlier incarnation of the South Woodlawners and features Ron Hagadone on the guitar solo. The message I hope to convey with this song? You don’t want to get on Jeff Dale’s bad side!”

9. Big Gas Station
“This is a love song about a guy whose girlfriend owns a big gas station. So why do people laugh at the chorus?? Jim Jedeiken and Mark “20 Mill” Brown rock this song with their Big Gas saxophone and piano.”

10. Highway One
“I choose the other South Woodlawner guitar players by how their styles contrast to my own. Rich for example is an extremely proficient and technically brilliant player that comes from a rock background. Georgic Avanesian is also brilliant, inspired by the world of Django Rheinhardt who he grew up listening to in his country of origin, Iran. Georgic’s playing is classically jazzy and you can hear his sublime playing on this track.”

11. Third Rail
“This is just me and an old drum machine. When I posted this track to my MySpace page, it quickly became the most listened to track on the page. This has helped me keep the South Woodlawners in line.”