Mick Clarke
Shake It Up

The 2015 studio album - from the blues to hard rock. Recorded by Mick and the Rockfold Rhythm Section at Fabulous Rockfold Studio, deep in darkest Surrey, somewhere in England. The third of a trilogy of self produced albums, "Shake It Up" complements the urgency of the first "Ramdango" and picks up the blues from where the second "Crazy Blues" left off, bringing the trilogy to a smooth close with the seven minutes of pure blues guitar "Easy Blues". Listen for yourself on the music player below.

01 Some Days (4:46)
02 Eat Yo Words (3:49)
03 Blues Start Walkin' (4:25)
04 No Good (4:22)
05 Danger Zone (3:48)
06 Begging Bowl (4;12)
07 Shake It Up (2:39)
08 Farmyard Blues (3:09)
09 Cymbaline (3:43)
10 Hymn to the Water of Life (2:59)
11 Every Confidence (3:56)
12 Pond Snake (4:00)
13 Easy Blues (7:06)



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Coming soon: 3 Albums on one double CD release - the full Ramdango Trilogy released on BGO Records BGOCD1236
complete with full colour 12 page leaflet, notes and photos
Remastered and slipcased
Will be available direct from BGO




From BK, New Jersey to Greg Lewis wfdu.radioactivity.fm

"Man that damn Mick Clarke "Easy Blues" is killin' me. Listened to it around 10 times!"

Review by Dmitry Epstein - Let It Rock

Change of pace for British blues stalwart. Intensitys intact, though.

Theres a punchline to each of Mick Clarkes recent albums which, at a record per year rate of late, amount to a solid stretch of creativity. From its very title on, Shake It Up picks up the action where the finale of 2014s "Crazy Blues" left off only to land on the Easy Blues laziness, but every quiet passage over the course of this devils dozen pieces is contrasted with a disturbing stir of air. So while the cinematic pastiche Cymbaline may make it all a mirage, the tension thats building here seems real.

Giving the sparse, serrated edge to Danger Zone, the guitarists one-man-band approach could be translated into a quest for authentic, but electric, sonic palette a glance back at the times when his chosen genre implied roaming the land if not for the full-on vibe of Blues Start Walkin' where Micks muscular twang gets a support from barrelhouse piano and a passionate vocal. Yet although Clarkes roar has a menace to it on Eat Yo Words or the heavy Every Confidence, and the instruments stacked in Farmyard Blues produce a rock n roll abandon, Hymn To The Water Of Life offers a peaceful uplift.

Still, the veteran is not content with it and shatters the calm time and time again: heres the restlessness of soul a fount of eternal youth. Saying thats the last chapter of a trilogy, Mick Clarke promises to follow this album with a live one, to shake it up for the sake of solid easy action.





Some Days

Some days - some days may not go so good for you
Some days - some days may not go so good for you
You wake up feelin' life is workin' for you and by night time you don't know what to do

Some days - some days just don't go to plan
Some days - some days just don't go to plan
At breakfast you've got money in your pocket - by supper time you've given it all to the man

Some days - some days go better than other days
Some days - some days go better than other days
You might not get everything you wantin' - you looking to get in there in some other ways

Eat Yo Words

Say what you feel - keep it real
Say it all - mm have a ball
Circumstances turn around and you may have to eat yo words

Let it all out - scream and shout
Have the best time - knock yourself out
Well it don't matter if you get wrong - it's only words

Yeah say what you feel - have a ball
Let it all out lets have it all
But when you walkin on shifting sand - well nothing's what it seems
let's take a walk..oh well .. walk on .. walk on .. well

When it don't turn out like you planned
Yeah y'may have to eat yo words

Blues Start Walkin'

When the blues start walkin' - yeah it's gonna walk all over you
It's gonna hurt you so bad - man you just dont know which way to go

Yeah when you wake up in the morning - yeah you layin there in your bed
Well there's mud on the pillow - bootprints all on your head

Yeah when you lay down in the nightime - well dreams come fallin' through
They're gonna take you back places - man you just dont wanna go

When the blues start walkin' - yeah it's gonna walk all over you
It's gonna hurt you so bad - man you just dont know which way to go

Yeah when the blues start walkin' - well it's gonna walk all over you
It's gonna hurt you so bad - man you just dont know which way to go

No Good

No Good - you no good for me
No Good - you no good for me
You got me on my knees - baby you no good for me

You got me itchin don't know here to scratch
No Good - you no good for me
It's like bein chased by a swarm of bees, baby you no good for me

you got me drivin sidewatys I dont know which way to go
No Good - you no good for me
I fell so heavily - baby you no good for me

No Good - you no good for me
No Good - you no good for me
You got me on my knees - baby you no good for me

Danger Zone

Hold up - it's like a bird in flight
just a shadow against a moonlight night
its a strange scene - it don't look like home
I feel the future creepin in my bones

Slide down softly with a amber glow
It's the same moon but it don't feel like home
On the wild frontier out in the danger zone

Early mornin I watch the sun rise
I see the daybreak through a hawk's eyes
Well it seems familiar but it ain't my home
On the wild frontier out in the danger zone

its the same moon but it don't feel like home
On the wild frontier out in the danger zone

yeah it don't feel like home
On the wild frontier out in the danger zone

Begging Bowl

Oh well - how do you do today?
Mmm - I hope you're feeling fine
Well I'm out here with my beggin bowl - toss a coin as you walk by

Well I've worked for people of influence - the great the good and the idle rich
I studied hard examined all the evidence - I know what makes them itch
My My my
Now I stand here with my begging bowl - toss a coin as you walk by

Well peering through the lonely dark - to the restaurant 'cross the way
Waiters bearing silver plates - but I know what goes around comes around
My oh my
now it's my turn with thebegging bowl - toss a coin as you walk by

Oh well - yeah I hope you're feeling fine
Yeah I'll meet you with my begging bowl -toss a coin as you walk by

shake it up

No doubt about it it ain't gonna stop
Its a rock'n'roll party with a jungle rock
Rockabilly boogie - get you on your feet
Shakin a maraca with a knocked out beat
Shake it up
Shake it up

I said there aint no doubt - it ain't gonna stop
We're rockin through the jungle heading to the hop
Shakin to the left rockin to the right
Fallin off the piano but it comes out tight
Shake it up
Shake it up


Farmyard Blues

Whoa there moo cow
Hoo now moo cow
I see you walkin
See you strollin through the town - yeah take a stroll
Well you headin' for the farmyard
Feelin' hot
See what you got
Find a spot
Lay your old self down

Ooh well moo cow
Whoa now moo cow
I think I'll follow - think I'll follow you down
Gonna hang out on the farmyard
Stickin' around
Down on the farm
Sittin in the sun
And watchin' the days go by

Well she fooled me
Ooh she fooled me
Now I'm out here at the farmyard
Boilin' my blood
Stuck in the mud
Chewin' the cud
And flickin' flies away

Every Confidence

Well they sat down a hundred years ago and wrote a letter to the people today
Sayin we're living in times of strife but maybe you will have a better life
Well I dont know how things will go
It might be crazy it might be slow
The way that I see it I can't guarantee it but I have every confidence

They said right now we're living through a terrible war
Don't want to talk about the things we saw
Fighting and pain and trouble are rife
But maybe you in your time maybe you will have a better life

The way that I see it I can't guarantee it but I have every confidence

Pond Snake

When you find yourself in a fix
Yeah you need to extricate yourself quick
Do the pond snake slide
Pond snake
Slip under the surface, dip your head down
And wriggle your way out of sight

Now look all around see if the coast is clear
You need to find yourself some way out of here
Do the pond snake slide
Pond snake

Pond snake
Pond snake
Pond snake




All songs written and recorded by Mick Clarke PRS/BMI at Rockfold Studio, Surrey, England
Copyright Mick Clarke 2015



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