Carey Bell

Second Nature (with Lurrie Bell)

Second Nature (with Lurrie Bell)
The famed Chicago father & son blues duo in an all-acoustic setting. Blues interplay bordering on telepathy as Carey & Lurrie dig deep into the most intimate recordings of their careers, full of raucous intensity, fire and elegance.

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Carey Bell: Harmonica & Vocals (1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11)
Lurrie Bell: Guitar & Vocals (2, 5, 8, 10, 12)
with James Bell: Percussion (2, 11)

Produced By Chip Covington & Martti He...
Carey Bell: Harmonica & Vocals (1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11)
Lurrie Bell: Guitar & Vocals (2, 5, 8, 10, 12)
with James Bell: Percussion (2, 11)

Produced By Chip Covington & Martti Heikkinen
Recorded & Mixed By Arto Saksa
Recorded January, 1991 At SBC Studios, Kouvola, Finland
Mastered By Dan Stout, Bruce Iglauer & Chip Covington At Colossal Mastering, Chicago, IL
Photos By Cynthia Howe
Packaging Design By Kevin Niemiec

Special Thanks To Pepe Ahlqvist, Tommi & Janne Viksten, Juhani Merimaa & Dorothy Bell

Carey & Lurrie Bell Are Booked By Piedmont Talent
(704-399-2210); Piedmontt@aol.com

For More Information On Lurrie Bell, Visit www.lurrie.com


Liner Notes

In January of 1991, we headed north to produce a month-long touring winter blues festival in Finland. The festival kicked off in Helsinki and ended with shows above the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi and Saariselkä. As this was my first attempt to produce a festival in a foreign land, I needed honest blues…my first drafts were harp great Carey Bell and his son Lurrie on guitar. Carey had played with greats like Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Big Walter Horton, so Lurrie grew up bathed in the blues. Passed from father to son, their music is second nature. A perfect choice for Finland.

Upon arrival in Helsinki, operating on no sleep and caffeine, Lurrie joined me to pick up the vehicles and backline equipment. I double parked the van in downtown Helsinki to load up equipment and Lurrie went off to check out the guitars. After we loaded the illegally parked vehicle, I ran back inside to find Lurrie playing a cheap acoustic guitar for a group of store employees. Lurrie was in heaven, or actually in F#minor, playing and singing for his impromptu audience. Ignoring the risk of a ticket from the Helsinki police, Lurrie finished his song and we all applauded. The tour had officially begun and I rented the guitar for a month.

The next night at Tavastia Club in Helsinki, Lurrie walked on stage to open the festival with that same acoustic guitar…this time he was wearing an orange sequined shirt with giant collars. Lurrie struck a solid chord and I broke down in tears as he took control of the packed house.

Going from town to town, we had more fun with every snowstorm and every song. Lurrie and Carey teamed up both acoustically and electrically for the rest of the festival. Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, I knew we had to find a studio to capture their acoustic miracle in a laid back setting. I picked up the cell phone to ask my friend, Martti Heikkinen, if he could find a recording studio en route to our next gig. An hour later we were setting up microphones in Kouvola.

This recording is special. There was no rehearsal. There are no overdubs. Everything was one take. It was cold and dark that day in Finland, but the warmth and love of Carey and Lurrie Bell is overwhelming.
--CHIP COVINGTON

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"Carey and Lurrie shine. One of Chicago’s finest harpists and one of the city’s most gifted guitarists. Blues gems, performed with power and precision"
- BLUES REVUE



    Track Name Duration  
Play Preview 1 Stop Running ‘Round
Author/Publisher:  Carey Bell Harrington, Eyeball Music, BMI
4:24
Play Preview 2 Trouble In My Way
Author/Publisher:  Traditional
2:37
Play Preview 3 The Road Is So Long
Author/Publisher:  Carey Bell Harrington, Eyeball Music, BMI
3:14
Play Preview 4 Wrapped Up In Love
Author/Publisher:  Carey Bell Harrington, Eyeball Music, BMI
3:42
Play Preview 5 Rock Me
Author/Publisher:  Crudup, Unichappell Music, BMI
4:20
Play Preview 6 Short Dress Woman
Author/Publisher:  Brown, Arc Music, BMI
3:19
Play Preview 7 Five Long Years
Author/Publisher:  Boyd, Embassy Music Corp., BMI
4:35
Play Preview 8 Got To Leave Chi-town
Author/Publisher:  Lurrie Bell, Drop Top Music, BMI
3:41
Play Preview 9 Heartaches And Pain
Author/Publisher:  Carey Bell Harrington, Leric Music, BMI
6:20
Play Preview 10 Key To The Highway
Author/Publisher:  Segar & Broonzy, Universal Duchess Music Corp., BMI
3:28
Play Preview 11 Do You Hear?
Author/Publisher:  Carey Bell Harrington, Eyeball Music, BMI
4:35
Play Preview 12 Here I Go Again
Author/Publisher:  Cleveland, Johnson, Thomas & Robinson, Stone Agate Music, BMI /Jobete Music Co. c/o EMI Music, ASCAP
1:42
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