Creighton Lindsay—Round by Round WB-001

Creighton Lindsay - Round by Round Songs

  1. I Can Tell [mp3]
  2. Let the Good Times Roll Creole
  3. Lord, I Have Tried
  4. Um Um Um Um Um Um [mp3]
  5. Deborah [mp3]
  6. Salty Boogie [mp3]
  7. Everybody Ought to Pray Sometime
  8. I Can’t Stand It
  9. Do You Feel It
  10. High Blood Pressure [mp3]
  11. I’m Going to Cross the River of Jordan Some of These Days
  12. I’m a Married Man


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During the 1970s, Creighton Lindsay impressed North American and European folk music audiences with his spirited performances and recordings with a series of accomplished acts in the traditional music idiom—Jon Cooper, Wild Mountain Thyme, and The Ambassadors. The release in 1982 by Rooster Records of “I Ain’t Worried” (Creighton’s first solo effort) quickly established Creighton Lindsay as one of the finest of a new generation of American roots stylists. Lindsay’s distinctive slide guitar and evocative compositions caught the ear of filmmaker Gus Van Sant, who hired Creighton to compose the musical score for his first full-length feature film Mala Noche in 1985–a New York Times “Critic’s Pick”. In the 1990s, the independent label Time & Strike released a number of recordings featuring Creighton Lindsay: the CD re-issue of “I Ain’t Worried,”Scrapbook (a collection of rare vault recordings that spanned Lindsay’s career at the end of the millennium), and The Oxymorons (a collection of old-time tunes performed with Clyde Curley on mandolin and Joel Bernstein on banjo and harmonica). During the last five years, Lindsay has produced two collections of fiddle tunes– A Portland Selection and A Portland Selection 2 , featuring the playing of George Penk, Clyde Curley, and Susan Songer ( ). Both recordings have received rave reviews from fiddle music enthusiasts around the world and have garnered a “good as it gets” from NPR’s Bob Boilen. The 2006 release of Creighton’s Round by Round on Workbench Records is indeed an event to celebrate. It reunites Lindsay with producer Bob Lawson (his co-producer for “I Ain’t Worried”) and Isaiah Jones—the gifted Grammy-winning gospel songwriter and singer who contributed vocals to Scrapbook .
The Rev. Isaiah Jones, who sings on Round by Round, has had a long, rich, and varied musical and pastoral career. Isaiah has musical compositions in The Presbyterian Hymnbook, the Whoopie Goldberg filmClara’s Heart, and the Grammy-winning album Changing Times. He appeared in the original cast of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity and has three albums of his own to his credit— Forgiven in ReturnEverlasting God Be Blessed , and God Has Smiled on Me. Reverend Jones is the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto , California.
Nooney Rickett hails originally from Hazard, Kentucky, where he was born in 1941.  He began playing guitar and singing professionally at 18 and established himself right away in the L.A. and Bay areas as someone who knew how to get people dancing.  During the Sixties, Nooney appeared in several “beach blanket” movies–including Pajama Party and Winter A-Go-Go –and is attributed as one of originators of the dance craze known as “The Swim.” But Nooney is best known and loved in America and abroad as “The King of Northern Soul” for his committed vocals and fiery guitar work (check out his Seventies hit “Player Play On”). Over the years, Nooney has played with, sung with, recorded with, and shared billing with some of the most inspirational of musicians—including Elvis, Little Richard, Kenny Rogers, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Jackie Wilson, B.B. King, and The Four Tops.
Kenny Lindsey, who plays keyboards on Round by Round, is a 40-year veteran of the Hollywood scene and has recorded with Leon Russell and Delaney and Bonnie and has backed up such names as Jan and Dean, The Righteous Brothers, The Shirelles, The Drifters, and The Coasters.
Reinhardt Melz has been a working drummer since he was 16. Born in Los Angeles, raised in Portland, Oregon, Reinhardt has worked with Gino Vannelli, Curtis Salgado, Buddy Guy, Ernestine Anderson, Lloyd Jones, Bobby Torres, Victor Little, Barbara Lusch, Randy Porter, Tony Furtado, Reggie Houston and many, many more.
Bill Foss, who plays bass and sings on Round by Round, has played with Creighton Lindsay for over 25 years. Bill’s tasteful bass playing and soulful vocals made him a favorite with a variety of blues and R&B bands in New England during the late seventies, at which time he also began his session work at Noel Paul Stookey’s NeWorld Studio. Bill recorded a number of albums with songwriter and educator Rick Charette and appeared on the first Devonsquare album, on the strength of which the group was signed to Atlantic Records in the mid 1980s. Bill Foss currently resides in Arizona , where he plays in a variety of R&B bands and runs The Front Room recording studio.
Oscar Vildasola was inspired to follow a musical life by his violin-making grandfather and by his oldest brother, who played with Richie Valens. During his many years as a professional musician, Oscar has played drums with or sung with such luminaries as Bill Medley, Bob Weir, Mike McDonald, and David Hidalgo. And that’s Oscar singing backup on The Righteous Brothers’ hit “Unchained Melody.”
Dave Plaehn (harmonica and vocals) plays with The Plaehn-Hino Blues Band, which he founded with Jeff Hino over 16 years ago. Over the years, Dave has shared billing with the likes of Taj Mahal, Otis Rush, Big Walter Horton, John Hammond, Coco Montoya, Jeff Muldaur, Kelly Joe Phelps, Rare Earth and others. Greg Johnson, President of the Cascade Blues Association, in a recent review of The Plaehn-Hino Blues Band’s most recent release— Just Can’t Get My Rest , claims that “Dave Plaehn’s harp work shows a lot of range and emotion; the perfect union to his exceptional vocals.”
Gary Nolde grew up in Lakewood, California, just south of Los Angeles, in the 50s and 60s. While in public school, he studied privately with Sonny Anderson, a well-known teacher and big band leader at Disneyland in Anaheim. Also during these years, he marched with The Lakewood Ambassadors as a snare and tenor drummer. While in the navy, Gary marched with the San Diego Navy Recruit Drum and Bugle Corps. In the early 70s, Gary and his wife moved to Oregon, where he established himself right away as a talented drummer, singer, and guitar player. Over the years, Gary has played with and recorded with Sheb Wooley, Neal Gladstone, Dave Plaehn & Jeff Hino, Neal Grandstaff, Johnny Lee, Ramblin Rex, The Wray Brothers, The Sims Family, Tom and Theresa, and Lodestar.
Steve Meece, whose soulful Hammond B3 playing lights up several tracks on Round by Round, reports an inauspicious musical beginning: “My mom made me take piano lessons at age 5. I hated it. That went on for about 5 or 6 years until I got my way and she let me quit.” But before he was out of his teens, the native Ohioan was a fixture of the Ohio R&B scene, opening for acts such as The Rascals and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. Steve currently resides in Philomath, Oregon, where he has the keyboard seat in the band Caught in the Act.