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Get Happy

from Next Time by Slim Pickens

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    Appealing directly to my tastes for western swing
    and cajun cowboy country, Next Time sees Pickens
    and Baz trading songs and vocals and playing just
    about everything besides drums and fiddle....Baz and
    Pickens have put together a little gem of a record.
    ..Martin Jones (Rhythms Magazine 2009)

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Baz says: This is one of only a handful of songs I’ve ever written away from the support of a guitar or a piano. In 2003 Slim and Dr. Baz travelled to Norway to play at one of the most remote and exotic ‘boutique’ music festivals in the world – the Sjyrock Festival on the island of Vaeroy in the Lofoten archipeligo (sjyrock means ‘ocean spray’). After the Festival and our mini-tour of northern Norway, we travelled on to Kilkenny in Ireland, where a long term friend of mine, the controversial Australian novelist Leon ‘Moses’ Carmen and his wife Taliska have settled. Moses used to accompany me on the piano at pub gigs around Melbourne in the late 70s, and he played on the “lost” album of my first stage musical “Magical Frank”. With Faye (Mrs. Pickens) making up the touring party, we hired a minibus and drove randomly around the misty backroads of south and west of Ireland for a week, and this song began to take shape in my head in the back-seat of the hire car, as the idyllic green hills of Ireland rolled by. When we got back to Kilkenny I picked up Slim’s old Kalamazoo and was thrilled to find I could play “Get Happy” complete – like some dusty old song from a bygone era.


from Next Time, track released September 18, 2008
Dr Baz ... Vocals, Guitar
Slim Pickens ... Percussion, Double Bass
Davey Rankin ... Trombone
Neil McCann ... Drums


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Slim Pickens Byron Bay, Australia

Slim has toured and played festivals all over Australia and Europe. He is a multi-award winner who has produced seven albums. His “Happy Trails” album went to #2 on the Australian Blues and Roots Charts. His music has been heard on radio in the USA, South America, Europe and Australia as well as broadcasts on the internet.
His album “Hankering” has been getting airplay on the BBC.
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