There are no standout songs on blues artist David Pinsky's new, self-released CD, "A Case of the Blues." They are all fantastic, he says.
Pinsky's been writing songs and performing his "bad ol' blues" since he was 17. He and his Rhythm Kings have been fixtures on the Rogue Valley music scene for more than 25 years.
"I've always played with a full band," he says. "But when these local wineries began offering live music, I started playing a lot of solo shows. As I got more comfortable playing my music by myself, I began to think about recording a solo album."
"A Case of the Blues" was recorded in January at Freeman Sound in Ashland.
"I chose 11 of the songs I have written ... some are old, and some are almost brand-new ... and sat down in the studio with a guitar and recorded them. Then I got carried away and added harmonica tracks," Pinsky says. "I don't play harmonica and guitar at the same time. I've tried playing with a rack, but I hate it. I sound worse than Bob Dylan."
Pinsky says he just wanted to record music that is representative of his solo shows.
"Each song holds some special meaning or memory for me," he says. "I like the title track because it's a jump shuffle, and everybody likes those. 'The Best of the Blues' reminds me of a late friend who played keyboards with me in the '70s and '80s. I played that song at his wedding. 'Don't Let the Good Time Stop' is a goofy song about baby boomers. It's got a line that goes 'We turned cool instead of gray.' 'That Train' came to me about a year ago at 3 in the morning."
Pinsky shares writing credit with keyboard player Gary Halliburton for "That Train."
— Laurie Heuston