New Got Soul Video, New Photos 


1) Folks, let me start by thanking everyone who came out and made our album release such a success. "Good golly miss molly", there was a bunch of y'all out there. We were glad to see you and glad to see so many people pick up the new album, Mannish Boys. If it makes you dance, I hope it makes you dance real good. If it challenges you, I hope it challenges you real good. If you still need to pick up Mannish Boys, you're in the right place: Purchase Mannish Boys Wanna check out photos of the show? Right 'chere: Album Release Photos Awesome photography by www.ShutterFrequency.com

2) As you can see above, The Mad Dog No Good just released our debut video for the first single, "Got Soul". Much like the album, making the video truly became a labor of love. Also much like the album, it wouldn't have happened at all without donors to the GoFundMe campaign. Thank you, donors! So I need you to do something for Ol' Catfish. I need each person who reads this to view the video at least 150 times. Hahahaha. Just kiddin. 'Less you gonna do it... Sharing is caring!
 
3) We've got new photos to promote the release of "Got Soul"! Actually they're old photos, but the "Got Soul" release took a bit longer than expected. "C'est la vie, say the old folks..." Anyway, in addition to highlighting the video, I want to use them to give my musical brother , Ian Trusheim, the proper sendoff. 

I've been fortunate to play with Ian in various bands since 2005. Since The Mad Dog No Good got going in 2011, his passion, creativity, dedication and friendship has been crucial to us turning heads and moving hearts and feet. By the time these pictures were taken, Ian had already moved on. But as you can see and as the Spice Girls tell us, "Friendship never ends." I'm pumped to follow his musical journey and you should be too (hint: www.iantrusheim.com). Dude is a true artist. And not everything is about music. He and his wife are expecting someone that should be checking into Planet Earth pretty soon. Can't wait to meet her. 

-Jermaine Maintaine

"Mannish Boys" Album Release May 13th 

 
And then Catfish let out a great big sigh: Ahhhhhhhhhhhh. Folks, it ain't been easy. But it wouldn't be nothin' without folks like you who donated at www.GoFundMe.com,  folks who for so long have supported, spread the word and just lent your ears for a little while. Now it's time to party. Come celebrate the release of Brooks Long & The Mad Dog No Good's album Mannish Boys at Ottobar in Baltimore. Friday May 13th, Doors open at 8pm. Openers LaFayette Gilchrist & The New Volcanoes and J Pope & Funk Friday are gonna bring it hard. Hope I'm good! See you soon.

Ticket Link: 

https://www.missiontix.com/events/product/33016/brooks-long-and-the-mad-dog-no-good


Facebook event page: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/263613573971477/

Making A New Album. Can You Give Us A Hand? 




Watch out na! 

Catfish has been away for a while, and like a lot of people who stay away for a while, I’m back ‘cause I need money. Truth be told, I just ended up in the ER with a nasty case of bronchitis that I call “Lord-what-did-I-do-wrong-chits.” But now they got me hopped up on these steroids and I feel strong enough to knock in 75 homeruns or make an album. I figure I’ll make an album. That’s where the money comes in, see?

I know I kid around, but let me try to be serious for a minute. I’ve been hard at work songwriting, planning for crowdfunding with Mellissa Smith (you should really check out www.writersplanet.org) and everybody’s been hard at work learning tunes and trying to make it all happen for this debut album I’m calling Mannish Boys. We’ve even been in the studio at bit already and will be back next week with Kariz Marcel and Bosley Brown. Oh we’ve got the will if you can help us make a way. I’m hoping you can visit my page and support in any way you can. If you can donate, please do. If you know others who can help, please share. When you go to www.Gofundme.com/BrooksLong, you’ll find a bunch of info about the album you may or may not read, plus a list of things I can do for you in happy return for helping me at the bottom of the page.

Stay tuned for news and all kinds of cool related content like The Great 28 coming to BrooksLong.com in the next few weeks.

Thank you,

Brooks Long

Thank you Michelle Antoinette Photography for the photo! http://michelleantoinettephotography.com
Thank you Melissa Smith for the design! www.writersplanet.org

On The Radio w/ Wendel Holmes, NEW Odds and Ends Release The Songster Part 2 

Watch out, na! Ol' Catfish has some good news and even some not good news for you.

As you may know, since last winter it has been one of the pleasures of my life to learn from Mr. Wendel Holmes of The Holmes Brothers (if you don't know them, please check them out: http://www.theholmesbrothers.com/) through the Maryland Traditional Arts Council Apprenticeship Program. On Friday January 23rd, you can catch me with them at The Creative Alliance. However, this will be The Holmes Brothers' first show since the passing of drummer Wille "Popsy" Dixon due to bladder cancer. My heart truly goes out to his family and to Wendel and Sherman Holmes who have been playing with Popsy for over 40 years. My good friend and fantastic drummer Eric Kennedy will be filling in while, of course never being able to replace Mr. Dixon.

If you would like to reserve tickets, you can find them here: http://www.creativealliance.org/events/2014/holmes-brothers‎.To promote for the show, Wendel and I will be featured o  the popular hour-long radio program The Signal, performing songs and having a fun, casual interview with Aaron Henkin and Cliff Murphy. Our episode will air Friday the 16th at 7pm and Saturday the 17th at 4pm. If you miss it, you can always check it out here: http://wypr.org/post/wendell-holmes-brooks-long. I think you'll enjoy it. I can't tell you how special our bond has become.

Finally, I'd like all you Mad Dog fans who enjoy my songwriting to check out my new odds and -ends collection, The Songster Part 2, at https://brookslong.bandcamp.com/album/the-songster-part-2.  It's a continuing series of songs that don't quite fit with The Mad Dog No Good and will be added to every month or so. Getting these initial 13 songs together has been a real labor of love for over a year now, so although they are different, I hope you'll enjoy them. Most of the songs are home recordings, which means very low-fi. So they may not be perfect, but I guarantee they're all pure Catfish.

 


Let me know what you think.
Stay warm,

-Jermaine Maintaine

Best Real R&B - Brooks Long - Baltimore City Paper "Best Of Baltimore 2014" 


In the days when American society expressed racial divisions in a more shameful and less ashamed fashion, almost all music recorded by and marketed to African-Americans were considered "Race Records". (Like the history of everything else, the history of the term is complex and dealt with the times in which it existed. This article gives a good perspective: http://www.pbs.org/jazz/exchange/exchange_race_records.htm) Basically, the term encompassed all the recordings popular with black folks at the time. In the mid 1940s, a writer for the Billboard Music charts named Jerry Wexler (a hip white dude who would leave to become an executive for Atlantic Records, produce the most legendary recordings of Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett and apparently skim some royalties off the top) felt that the chart classification "Race Records" was rude and replaced it with the term "Rhythm & Blues," a term he made up. So until the Hip-Hop era, "R&B" was more or less code for Black People Music and for whatever music was selling in Black America at any given time. As much as I wish it would, the approach I take isn’t really lighting the black music world on fire right now, but it did some twenty to thirty years before I was born. In the year 2014, in the era of Beyonce and Kanye, does that make me real or fake?
 
It has taken me a while to give a proper response to Baltimore City Paper’s naming me “Best Real R&B”. In fact, I haven't even addressed it on my own site until now. I suppose I had to figure out how I felt about it, then figure out which of my feelings I would share with you and the manner in which I would do so. This always takes some time. Why does all communication have to be such a process? Why can't I just talk? I’ve never been able to do it. In this paragraph alone I've backspaced at least 25 times.
 
And that's the thing. Every artist worth his or her salt spends a lot of time and energy trying to find the best way to reach out to you folks. Brooks Long & The Mad Dog No Good sure does. It's a very individualistic process involving a million different internal decisions that you don’t need to know about, a million mostly dead-end pathways we’d rather you didn't go down with us. I don't mean that to be harsh. You know how when you get a DVD of your favorite movie and you're super-excited to watch the behind-the-scenes, then you fall asleep after five minutes, wake up and somehow it’s not your favorite movie anymore? You don't need to know the magician's process, we just hope you see the magic. But I can't help feeling that anything that distracts from the magic disrespects the unseen process. Issues of legitimacy are a big distraction.
 
I was ecstatic when a friend told me I was named “Best Real R&B” in the City Paper (though I was very disappointed that Ian and Dan were not mentioned as they ABSOLUTELY deserved and I was puzzled that they mentioned “Baby Gon’ Be Funky,” definitely my most obscure track. Really? That one?). But it was back down to earth for me when I heard Bosley, a fantastic white Baltimore artist, was named “Best Fake R&B.”
 
Oh damn. Race Records, right? Sho’ ya right.
 
I know, I know. I can hear you saying "Just take the compliment. Bosley's too successful to care. He's a great act, with a great new album, getting great recognition. And under those “Real” and “Fake” labels, they actually have in-depth, nice things to say about both of you." I hear ya. Could it be that a publication would dare sprinkle provocative language to intelligent analysis just for the attention? That’s probably why I've been reading the City Paper since I was 13. It's their job and they do it well. But I think part of my job is to make sure my communication with you is as pure as possible. Please don't press play on my music waiting for something "real" to happen. Questions of authenticity and legitimacy distract from actual things I'm trying to express to you. Some of my biggest influences were once and sometimes are still labeled as inauthentic. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. Que sera, sera.
 
It's complicated. When I need to simplify, I try to remember the only thing I know for sure about music: “All music," Walt Whitman wrote, "is what awakens from you when you are reminded by the instruments”. And so I guess what I'm finally trying to say is thank you. Thank you so much for coming to our shows, thank you for buying our CDs, thank you for spreading the word about us to your friends and family, thank you for checking out this website. Thank you to all those who have supported the band and felt our music worth connecting with, including those at the Baltimore City Paper who have undeniably raised our profile through their witty provocations.
 
Be somebody. 

"Spaceman" Ian's New Video - Stairsteps 

Hot damn, hot damn. My musical-brohiem Spaceman Ian Trusheim put out an amazing video TODAY of his wonderful composition, "Stairsteps" shot by Roy Heisler and recorded by Shea Springer at Sweetfoot Studios. It already has 630 views!!!!!!!!!!! (Correction - 5,246 as of 5/21/14)

I feel like 6 million isn't unreasonable. Do you?



-Catfish