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Kaplan Shaw CD Mojo Cafe Kaplan Shaw - Mojo Cafe
   CD $11.99 (2008) SOLD OUT 08/2011 Please purchase direct digital download directly above.

Tracks -
01 Raised By Wolves  08 Stuck On You 
02 What You Want  09 Dancin' With The Devil 
03 Headline Blues  10 She Made Me Choose 
04 Sweet Addiction  11 A Mile On Down The Road 
05 Everybody Let's Dance  12 Apology Blues 
06 I Won't Let You Down  13 Shawdawg Rag 
07 Too Complicated   
Kaplan Shaw CD No Stranger To The Blues Kaplan Shaw - No Stranger To The Blues
   CD $11.99 (2007, 47 min.) Kaplan Shaw - No Stranger To The Blues CD 

Tracks -
01 Worry No More 07 You're No Good For Me
02 No Stranger To The Blues 08 Why Do You Tease Me
03 Jack Daniels, The Blues, and Me 09 A Man Like Me
04 Ride This Train 10 When I Find My Mojo
05 Cost of Living 11 Axe To Grind
06 Right As Rain 12 Just Before The Well Goes Dry

Mad Jack - Best of Mad Jack 1985-2005 CD  Mad Jack - Best of Mad Jack 1985 - 2005
CD $11.99 (2012, 65 min.)  Mad Jack - Best of Mad Jack 1985 - 2005 CD  
For over twenty years, upstate outlaws Mad Jack played their gritty brand of rock, blues,
and Americana at every beer soaked dive, biker bash, and concert hall throughout the
Northeast. Along the way, Mad Jack released four independent albums and shared the stage
with the Outlaws, the Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet, and Blackfoot. The constant
traveling, endless one-nighters, and rock 'n' roll lifestyle eventually took its toll,
and the band flamed out in 2005. Fortunately, the best of their studio recordings are now
available on the Best of Mad Jack 1985-2005!

Tracks -
01 Straight Up 09 Hold On
02 Troublemaker 10 Outlaw Blues
03 Fast Guns And Rot Gut 11 On The Run
04 Hangin' Tree 12 Soldier Of Fortune
05 Runnin' With The Night 13 American Dream
06 Too Bad To Tame 14 Desperation Road
07 A Man Like Me 15 Tonight We Ride
08 Knee Deep In The Blues  

Mad Jack CD Mad Jack Mad Jack - Mad Jack
   CD $11.99 (2005, 69 min.) Mad Jack - Mad Jack CD 

Rated 6th Best 2005 Release out of hundreds in Central NY by The Syracuse Post Standard.

Tracks -
01 Robert Johnson 09 Tonight We Ride
02 Desert Rose 10 I Wouldn't Change A Thing
03 Soldier Of Fortune 11 Peyote Nights
04 American Dream 12 Apocalyptic Preachers
05 Runnin' 13 Burn One Down
06 All Night Guitar Man 14 Hangin' Tree
07 Desperation Road 15 North Woods
08 Highway Blue  
Mad Jack CD On The Run Mad Jack - On The Run
   CD $11.99 (1994, 39 min.) SOLD OUT / OUT OF PRINT 08/2011  Please purchase direct digital download above instead.

Tracks -
01 Too Bad To Tame 06 Fine As She Can Be
02 Hold On 07 Bad Man
03 A Man Like Me 08 Outlaw Blues
04 Knee Deep In The Blues 09 Shake It Loose
05 Justanna 10 On The Run
Mad Jack CD Down The Road EP Mad Jack - Down The Road EP
Direct Digital Download $4.99 (1986, 17 min.)  Mad Jack Down The Road EP MP3 download             

Tracks -
01 Yours Is The Heart 04 Down The Road
02 Dead End Street 05 Runnin' With The Night
03 Yours Is The Heart (instrumental reprise)  
Mad Jack CD Straight Up Mad Jack - Straight Up LP
Direct Digital Download $8.99 (1984, 35 min., remastered) Mad Jack Straight Up MP3 download            

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Kaplan Shaw Biography -

KAPLAN-SHAW is a Blues trio that combines the intimacy of acoustic roots music and storytelling with the excitement of virtuosity and showmanship. The culmination of a twenty-nine year friendship, KAPLAN-SHAW mix traditional and contemporary Blues covers with their own distinctive brand of original Blues. The result is honest, good time music� served up hot and guaranteed to satisfy!

          Lou Kaplan (acoustic bass, acoustic guitar, dobro, vocals) is the founding member of Mad Jack. A mainstay of the Upstate Blues-Boogie circuit, Mad Jack released four independent albums and appeared with The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker Band, Duke Robillard, and Commander Cody. From there, Lou went on to join the legendary British Blues band Savoy Brown. As a member of Savoy, Lou recorded a live album and appeared with ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, James Cotton, Humble Pie, and Big Brother and the Holding Company.

          Mike Shaw (acoustic guitar, dobro, vocals) has long enjoyed a reputation as one of Upstate New York�s premier guitarists. After serving a stint in the Original Jamo Band, Mike gained much notoriety with the Paul Brother�s Band, recording an album and appearing with The Outlaws, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Marshall Tucker Band, Papa John Creech of Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane, and Grinderswitch. From there, Mike went on to front his own Rhythm and Blues outfit, the Mike Shaw Band. Mike�s extensive resume also includes road and studio work with The Drifters, The Tams, Bobby Comstock, Brian Miles, Wells Curtis, Donny and The Dukes, Buzzy Lenhardt, Johnny Russo, Chuck Berry, Mad Jack, and SmackDaddy.

          In 1995 Lou and Mike renewed their friendship and began jamming together. These informal jams sparked a collaborative songwriting effort that continues to this day. As things progressed, it seemed only natural that they should pool their collective talents and form a new musical entity. In the spirit of the music they chose the straightforward moniker KAPLAN-SHAW.

          Blues aficionados will remember late arrival and longtime friend Al Macomber (drums, percussion, vocals) from Savoy Brown. Al�s drumming graced such Savoy Brown albums as Make Me Sweat and Kings Of Boogie. During his tenure with Savoy, Al appeared with The Gregg Allman Band, John Lee Hooker, Stephen Stills, James Cotton, Spencer Davis, and Mick Taylor. Al has also been a member of Max, Rough Haus, Mad Jack, and The Coots.

          KAPLAN-SHAW released their debut CD, titled No Stranger To The Blues, in 2007. In his review, Dick Ward of the Guitar League said, �No Stranger To The Blues showcases a unique and potent sound that soars above the norm.�  In 2008, KAPLAN-SHAW hit the road with a vengeance, delivering high-octane acoustic Blues as only seasoned veterans can. Their impassioned vocals, poetic lyrics, and searing instrumental work are sure to inspire a memorable evening. The new KAPLAN-SHAW CD, titled Mojo Caf�, was released in 2008.

Elmore Magazine Review 06-2008
By Jon Kleinman
KAPLAN-SHAW - No Stranger To The Blues (Interlakes Records)
On their debut CD, the Upstate New York-based trio performs acoustic blues with a fresh, contemporary sound. The stodgy, museum-piece feel that sometimes mars acoustic blues recordings is nowhere to be found on this release; touches of soul, funk, and a little bit of rock 'n' roll keep the energy level high throughout. Vocals and songwriting duties are split between guitar/dobro player Mike Shaw and bassist Lou Kaplan- all songs on the disc are original compositions.
Shaw's title song and Kaplan's "Right As Rain" are two tracks that demonstrate the group's ability to bring elements of soul and funk into their music. "No Stranger to the Blues" is anchored by a solid funk groove and buffed up by a nice jazz-inflected solo from Shaw. "Right as Rain" has a buoyant soul feel that perfectly fits Kaplan's upbeat lyrics about the healing powers of romance. The band shifts, injecting a nice dose of rock 'n' roll swagger into tracks like "Why Do You Tease Me" and "You're No Good for Me"- the latter track features some great, hard-bitten lyrics from Kaplan ("I know you're wanted by the FBI, for getting everyone in this town high!"). "When I Find My Mojo" is one of the disc's most innovative tracks. While the band lays down a solid double-time blues beat, Shaw stretches out on dobro and plays a solo that owes as much to bluegrass as to the blues.
Kaplan-Shaw plans to tour extensively throughout 2008. If the music on No Stranger To The Blues is any indication, this band should be right at home burning up the stage at blues clubs and festivals around the U.S.

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