Winners of the 2017 Granite State Blues Challenge - Baza celebrates the tradition of the guitar and harmonica duo performing toe tapping, hip-shaking original and pre-war country blues. Geof and Doug's musical skills and vocals along with their knowledge of the blues and their ability to tell a story keep audiences listening and wanting more. Past performance venues have included; coffeehouses, libraries, festivals, house parties and weddings.
Price Range: $300 and up
Gig Length: 60 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
Country blues duo - Baza, make an unforgettable impression on audiences. Their skillful musicianship, gritty and soulful singing and tasty story telling create a live show that is dynamic, spirited and powerful.
2017 winners of the Granite State Blues Challenge
Baza celebrates the tradition of the guitar and harmonica duo, performing original and pre-war country blues from the 1920s through the 1930s. This New Hampshire based duo features Doug Philbrook, resonator guitar and vocals and Geof Goodell, harmonica and vocals. Baza keeps audiences entertained with their dynamic instrumental and vocal talents and historical knowledge of the music and the musicians that gave birth to the blues.
Doug was inspired to play the blues after hearing the recordings of Delta blues icon Robert Johnson. The polyrhythmic guitar playing and “tough living” lyrical poetry of Johnson’s music set the hook. Doug’s playing on National Resonator guitars employs a variety of blues tunings, picking and bottleneck styles and his vocals are emotive and evocative of the classic blues howlers. Doug’s encyclopedic knowledge of the music and his ability to craft a story is engaging and entertaining to listeners of all ages.
Influential in the development of Geof’s melodic and fluid style of harmonica playing is his enjoyment for many styles of music including, jazz, rock ’n’ roll and bluegrass. His blues journey began with the music of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and harmonica stylist, Paul Butterfield. Geof’s harmonica sound can go from “silk to grit” and his vocals are passionate and “spot on.” His stage presence and ability to connect with audiences is in harmony with his easy going and laid back nature.
Together since 2002, these bluesmen conjure the sounds of the “Deep Blues” with wailing harmonica, sharp vocal harmonies and driving steel guitar rhythms. They play songs of hard living, love, lost love, natural disasters and celebration with deep respect and affection. Their performances paint a picture of the blues through the songs and stories of its pioneers and the times they lived. Their sound has been described as “gritty and soulful” and their story telling engaging and insightful.
On their 2017 CD release, “Reeds, Strings, Blues & Rags” Doug and Geof perform six traditional country blues songs and three originals that seem right at home with the tradition that inspired them.
Additional Booking Notes
Baza has a sound system, small enough to fit into a large living area but powerful enough to fill a 100-200 seat area.
If a sound system is provided by venue, a sound mixer with phantom power for miking is best.
Past Booked Events
|March 10, 2018 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Simple Gifts Coffeehouse|
|January 16, 2018 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||International Blues Challenge|
|October 15, 2017 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm||"Road to Memphis"|
|September 30, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Locals Cafe|
|August 09, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Summer Concert Series/D'Youville Manor|
|July 15, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|July 08, 2017 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Jamaica Plain Porchfest|
|June 24, 2017 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm||Private Party|
|June 03, 2017 • 7:30pm - 8:00pm||OCC Coffeehouse|
Kind Hearted Woman
Ain't Gonna be Worried no More
Ragged and Dirty
Black Rat Swing
Key to the Highway
Michigan Water Blues
Big Road Blues
Black Dog Blues
Rag Mama Rag
|Geof Goodell||Harmonica, vocals|
|Doug Philbrook||Guitar, vocals, foot percussion|
Influences & Inspiration
Robert Johnson, Sleepy John Estes, Memphis Minnie, Blind Boy Fuller, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, John Hammond
We have our own compact sound system and microphones for small to medium venues
As a duo we have a small footprint, 4x8
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