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
released February 12, 2014
Judy Roderick (voc, gtr), Don DeBacker (gtr), Dexter Payne (reeds), Tim Martin (bass), Chaz Leary (washboard)
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
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