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Huddy's World - the story behind the cat

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Sep 28, 2020 - 10:49:44 PM
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6980 posts since 2/14/2006

About 30 years ago I met a mandolin player named Mark Stoffel living in Southern Illinois.  He was absolutely the most solid mandolin player I had ever met.  A few years later he and his wife moved back to Germany where he was from.  He invited me out there to do some recording for a few projects.  Then he moved back to the USA.  Eventually he became Chris Jones and the Night Drivers' mandolin player, and still is today.  In the between time he put out a CD called "One O' Five", and he invited me to play on one of his songs called "Huddy's World."  Huddy stands for Huddleson, a cat who lived in the USA, then Germany, then USA again until the cat died.

I'm really proud of this song because it was nearly all an improvisation at the time.  We worked on creating a song about 2 hrs before we recorded it, and then went to the microphones and put it down.  There are things I wish I had done differently, but it was pretty cool just the way it turned out too.

Happy birthday to Mark Stoffel and I sure miss getting to pick with you!  (And I miss Huddleson too...)

Sep 29, 2020 - 5:36:31 AM
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3900 posts since 3/11/2004

Really nice vibe to this tune. I can understand why you feel so positive about it.


Sep 29, 2020 - 7:35:17 AM
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518 posts since 2/6/2018

Thanks, Doug. This album, along with his others, is amazing and recommend streaming it. As you say, he is in an elite group of mandolin players with very high standards. Nice pickin' (as always) on your part BTW.

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