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Starting at the Attic in Boulder, CO, Roderick was on the scene beginning in 1960. The Attic was in the thick of the folk revival, there she performed solo, encountered Michael Bloomfield, a very short collaboration with David Crosby which turns up on European bootlegs, and migrated to SanFrancisco where she was singing the "basket-house"circuit with other young singers - Boz Skaggs and Janice Joplin among others.

Judy Roderick played the Philly Folk Festival in 1962, and was signed almost immediately to Columbia Records where she released "Aint Nothin But the Blues" produced by Bobby Scott with accompaniment by Scott, the Pierce Brothers, Milt Hinton, John Hammond Jr. The Columbia LP is now available for download only at iTunes (sorry bandcamp - not our choice! But so happy it's available)

Roderick played/sang blues like no other up and down the east coast, in folk venues from Boston to Coconut Grove, including some of the major blues shows at Cafe au Gogo. She made a second LP for Vanguard, a more folk sound with Artie Traum and Dick Weisman, "Woman Blue" (which has been reissued on CD) When she started writing her own songs, she made an electric record with her band "Sixty Million Buffalo" on ATCO (engineered by Bill Syzyk just before he began producing the Eagles), also now available on CD.

Enter Dexter Payne, who turned out to be her partner in love and in music for her last 16 years. Judy Roderick and Friends, travel and recording with Payne's Big Sky Mudflaps, and finally a reunion with Buffalo guitarist, Don DeBacker to form the Forbears, along with Payne and Washboard Chaz Leary, recently of Treme and Playing for Change.

In 1981 talks began with Bruce Ricker (Last of the Blue Devils/Rapsody Films) who introduced her Mac Rebennack, a.k.a. Dr. John. The fruit - a 1982 recording session of 4 songs with an all-star Boulder, CO lineup and Mac on piano & B-3. Demo for an album... or a movie?

Then Judy & the Forbears, the core band, on an east-coast tour including some dates with Mac Rebennack, found themselves in the studio again, this time in NYC with Malcomb Addey, British ex-patriot engineer from Abby Road, at the helm. At the end of two days they had a complete album.

Er, well… cassette. Seems no one was buying at the time, so they made a cassette to sell of the bandstand. That's how we did things in 1984, y'all!

Flash forward to 2008 and we find Payne assembling the pieces to release a CD with all the above... plus Judy singing a solo version of Floods, recorded in MT (1976). That's the song Tim & Mollie O'Brien covered in 1992 shortly after Judy's death. Now it's here for download. Spread the word! - Dexter Payne

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released February 12, 2014

Forbears:
Judy Roderick (voc, gtr), Don DeBacker (gtr), Dexter Payne (reeds), Tim Martin (bass), Chaz Leary (washboard)
Plus 6:
Mac Rebennack a.k.a. Dr. John (pno), Bernard Grant (voc), Forrest Means (trpt), Chris Lege (tb), Fly McLard (tn &bari sax), Eugene Smith (dr)
Horn arrangements by Fly Mclard
Judy Roderick recorded by Randy Rand at Bitterroot Studios, Missoula, MT in 1977
Forbears Plus 6 recorded by Randy Rand at Mountain Ears, Jan 1982, mixed at Record Plant, Sausalito, CA, also by Rand.
Forbears recorded by Malcomb Addey at JAC, NYC, Aug 1983, mixed by Tim Martin at Mountain Ears, Boulder, CO.
Tape transfers by Fergus Stone at Audios Amigos, Boulder, CO.
Mastered by Randy Rand in Stevensville, MT.
Produced by Judy Roderick & Dexter Payne
Executive Producer Bill Maxfield
Album design Dexter Payne
Photo credits: James Roderick, Paul Carter
Artwork by Bob Holland
CD released 2008
DCD-0813 ©2014 Dexofon Records PO 4104 Boulder CO 80306
All rights reserved.

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Judy Roderick Boulder, Colorado

Judy Roderick was a white girl singing blues on the folk scene in the 60s. A simple but decisive rhythm guitarist who later preferred not to play, Judy made her place singing songs like Baltimore Oriole &Black and Blue. This album consists primarily of her later original work. CDs available at Dexofon Records. ... more

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Track Name: Gone to Memphis/Sweet Southern
1. Gone to Memphis/Sweet Southern
People often ask me
Honey why do you stay
Well I hand 'em down some reason
Cause it's easier that way
You could bet your fondest dollar
Some sweet southern day
When the train-fare costs a nickel
And the hotels cost a dime
I'd be down on the road
Gone to Memphis

Through another week just barely
Nothin left to say
Just waitin' on some some something
Well you think I'd learn someday
Somethin' aint for nothin'
And that's what I got to pay
For if I got paid for singin' each sweet
Southern day away
I'd be down on the road
Gone to Memphis

This low lazy livin'
Gonna make some dreamer pay
We'll trade away tomorrow
For one sweet southern day
But time is cheap until you see
Weeks just slip away
Ill be down on the road
Gone to Memphis
Track Name: Im So Glad
2. Im So Glad (Memphis Minnie/E. Lawler)
I'm so glad I don't know what to do
I'm so glad I don't know what to do
Got a letter from my baby
Sayin' he'd be home soon

Last night that same love dream
come slippin' through my room
Last night that same love dream
come slippin' through my room
Woke up this mornin'
All of my dreams had come true

love my baby I love him most the best
I love my baby I love him most the best
Cause he's so sweet
And he's different from the rest

Lips so soft baby dont you hold me tight
Lips so soft baby dont you hold me tight
Feels just like
We're gonna be here all night
Track Name: Queen of the Street
3. Queen of the Street
Five rings for your fingers
Six strings for your tunes
Let me see that smile you smile
When someone's pleasing you
Come on by and let me try
To put you in the mood
Come on down around the corner
Who is it who keeps you on your honor honey
No need to cheat
No need to steal
How does it feel
Queen of the street

No more deaf and dumb now baby
Phony factory
Mansions in your highest places
Never will see me
Women of my past
I heard sing the blues
Orphan eyes rhinestone ribbons
Five and dime killer women
they don't cheat
They don't steal
How does it feel
Queen of the street

Duck for the oyster
Dig for the clam
Just wanna swing
You and your partner
From up on the old bandstand
You get hot we'll get hotter
'Til we all out of hand
Alamand left and start your starter
Gonna work up
A little clam chowder baby
We gonna rock we gonna reel
How does it feel
Queen of the street
Track Name: Surprises
4. Surprises
Surprises mean nothing
When no one believes I loved you
When nobody cared
That you gave to them freely
What you thought could be shared
And the sweet sounds were
Lost to the wind

Vibrations rebounding
From unhearing minds
I listened when nobody dared
Just to make you feel easy
When you told them you cared
And they left you alone to yourself

Your long losing lover
Is waiting in tears
With thanks for the
Time that you spared
When to leave seemed so easy
And to stay seemed a lie
And you touched me one
Last time around

Surprises me nothing
When no one believes
I loved you though nobody cares
That you left here with nothing
But your own peace of mind
And the pleasure of trying again

Listen let me listen
To what you have said
Your words are do gentle to wear
That my head need not be right
Just to hear and believe
Are you once in a lifetime
Then gone
Track Name: When Im Gone
5. When Im Gone
Please don't talk about it when I'm gone
Rumors started that you can't live down
Don't you say a word
The folks will overhear you
They're gonna know which way I've gone

I took the car and I snuck out of town
Delayed vacation sort of on my own
If anyone should ask you
You tell 'em that I had to
They can all let their eyebrows down now

I'd like to put your feet up take your time
Watch the morning wake up in your eyes
And when there's too much hustle
I'd take your hand and run to
Someplace where a child can
Find his own mind

There ain't nothin' about you
Nothing that I don't like
It's just there's somethin' about you
Keeps you on my mind
I'd like I'd like to be your

Bicycle seat down the road of life
Make it to heaven on a changing line
Roadhouse hoodlums neon lights and moonsigns
The music's fine if it moves your behind

Please don't talk about it when I'm gone
Rumors started that you can't live down
I catch you in and
It comes our way again
It ain't the average daily door to door, no
It's something more
Track Name: Live in Love
6. Live in Love from Hank Williams
W. Walker/G.Sullivan (Peer Intl Corp -BMI)

I'm gonna live in love
Under the stars above
Hold you close to my heart
You gave me hope for new

I was sad and blue
Nothin's gonna keep us apart
I sang a lonesome song
Until you came along
Lookin' at a bright sunny day
I'm tellin' you what love can do
You oughta live in love always

I'm gonna shout hurray
And praise that lucky day
You came walkin' right into my life
I went and changed my plans
I'm a different man
Through with all that
Trouble and strife
I used to feel so bad
Now I feel so glad
Lookin' at a bright sunny day
I'm tellin' you what love can do
Live in love always
Track Name: Your Eyes Remind Me
7. Your Eyes Remind Me
Roderick/Ashford (Clean Slate Music-BMI)

Your eyes remind me
Of someone dear to me
He disappeared from my life
And when you're near me
I get that warm feeling that
Someone is with me tonight

I need some talkin' to
Oh break out the best you've got
'Cause we're goin' to have us a few
I don't think of old times
Drinkin' and dancin's fine
Whoa - now about you

Well I work every day
And I come here to get away
It's the first time I've ever seen you
I used to fall in love
But I don't like trouble much
I've learned that I can be fooled
Your eyes remind me...

Say goodnight
And walk me outside
The cool air would do me some good
Oh stay the night
'Cause nothing compares to
Loving one who loves you
Your eyes remind me...

Save my life
'Cause nothing compares to
Loving one who loves you
Track Name: (American) Money Blues
8. (American) Money Blues
Roderick/Ashford (Clean Slate Music/Sweet Southern Music-BMI)

Money got a hold on me
And it won't let go
Money got a hold on me
And it won't let go
I don't know and I can't explain
How my spending comes out
To more than my pay
Earning my keep turn me
Grey someday
Money blues are here to stay

Credit ain't no doggone good
I misuse it so
Credit ain't no doggone good
I misuse it so
The man says to buy it on time
He says you wont spend a dime
Honey look at the hole we're in
Sell my soul just to start again

Money it ain't worth a dime
If you lose your friend
Money it ain't worth a dime
If you lose your friend
Honey I lost mine
Whinin all the time
Takin' a line just to make amends
'Cause It ain' worth a dime
If you lose your friends

People it can bring you down
And you dread it so
People it can bring you down
And you dread it so
The man's gonna take away
What I owe
I never have enough wish I could
Make it grow
I'd plant money trees in a row
Sit and watch my money grow
Track Name: Denver to Dallas
9. Denver to Dallas
Roderick/DeBacker/Payne (Clean Slate Music-BMI)


Been down to Denver
Been to Dallas too y'all
I been to East St Louis
Had the St louis blues y'all
Daddy used to be a rollin" stone
Mama was the kind
To keep a man at home

He used to be the kind that liked to
Run around y'all
Mama took a trick and it was
One for one y'all
Daddy used to be a rollin" stone
Mama was the kind
To keep a man at home

Ways of the women
Scare me some y'all
Do what you do
Like it’s never been done y’all
Daddy used to be a rollin" stone
Mama was the kind
To keep a man at home

Waco folks eat blackeyed peas y'all
A railroad man chews a dirty breeze
From Denver to Dallas they all agree
Poor dont mean they're easy to please
Daddy used to be a rollin" stone
Mama was the kind
To keep a man at home
Track Name: Dream of You
10. Dream of You
Sy Oliver/Lunceford/Moran (Embassy Music/Sinless Music-BMI)

Gee but I'm blue and so lonely
I dont know what to do but
Dream of you
Baby dream of you

Dreams dont come true
Still I cant keep from
Dreamin' dreams of you
Thats all I do
Baby dream of you

There once was a
Time I called you mine
Then I lost you and
Now you've gone
Life no longer seems
Half so fine

I sit here blue and so lonely
Theres nothin left to do but
Dream of you
Baby dream of you
Track Name: Shout Sister Shout
11. Shout Sister Shout
Arthur Crudup (Unichappel Music-BMI)

Shout sister shout
Everybody swingin'
Shout sister shout
While the whole town is ringin'
Early in the mornin'
'Bout the break of day
You know oh my baby
These are the words she said
Shout sister shout
Everybody swingin'
Shout sister shout
While the whole town is ringin'

Shout sister shout
Ain't you mighty happy
Shout sister shout
Everybody's happy
Early in the mornin'
'Bout the break of day
You know well my baby
These are the words she said
She said shout sister shout
Everybody's swingin'
Shout sister shout
While the whole town is ringin'

Shout sister shout everybody holler
Shout sister shout let me pull you by your collar
De-de-de-de-de-de-de the bands about to bust
Put your hands together don't put up no fuss
Shout sister shout everybody swingin'
Shout sister shout
While the whole town is ringin'
Track Name: Floods of South Dakota
12. Floods of South Dakota
Roderick/Ashford (Clean Slate Music-BMI)

Someday
You'll build a cabin on the hillside
Someday
You'll find the gold you're lookin' for
And maybe someday
In the diamond mines of friendship
You will find someone to share that winding road
For all time
You can count on me and all that's mine

Sunsets always make me homesick
Stirrin' up the wonder in me
It must be my place as long as I remember
I been starin' out old 183
So be kind
I won't be here longer than a sunrise

Sunshine and floods of South Dakota
Come from the same skies
I don't really think there's much
That I could call mine
Someday is a thing I cannot hold
And it's gonna tell you something
When you watch the river
Roll up to your door

Sweet life never lookin' back
I don't think I'd ever own a patch of ground
Lord from up high say on that railroad track
It's just a second passing by and then it's gone.
For old times
Sendin' you this song to say that we're all fine

Sunshine and floods of South Dakota
Come from the same skies
I don't really think there's much
That I could call mine
Someday is a thing I cannot hold
And it's gonna tell you something
When you watch the river
Roll up to your door