Blue Lightning

traditional in the moment rural blues

(featuring Mad Dog Friedman & Sam Gillis)

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Sam's Dobro

Sam Gillis Mad Dog Friedman Mad Dog on Blues Harp
Blue Lightning’s on a mission to create in-the-moment, rural blues. The traditions and energy of spontaneous, Southern country blues masters, like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Big Joe Williams and Sonny Terry, come alive in their music. Original song writing and arrangements keep it fresh. Blue Lightning is made up of Sam Gillis, hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana, on dobro and acoustic guitar and Mad Dog Friedman, originally from the St. Louis area, on blues harp. Representing two generations of Colorado bluesmen, Sam Gillis & Mad Dog Friedman, seamlessly combine the new and the old with a passion that is all their own.

Our first song, Holding the Bag Blues, was made up on the spot at our first gig and is now availble for free download.

Please see Mad Dog's & Sam's websites for more tunes & videos: &


for bookings please contact Mad Dog Friedman

at maddog AT poetscoop DOT org

or 303-926-9626

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