Yuca con Mojo - Cuban Blues

by Robert Davis

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Yuca con Mojo is also the name of a cuban dish that is made from yuca (a root vegetable also known as cassava) and covered with a garlic citrus sauce or mojo in Spanish. I hope you enjoy this saucy mix of blues with Cuban roots!

In 2016, I met a Cuban blues band called Bluespirit and began playing shows with them whenever I was in Cuba. This prompted me to look for songs that could be a bridge to a Cuban audience interested in blues. There are lots of rumbas in the blues and of course the Bo Diddley beat is a clave rhythm. In 2018, I recruited Fraser Melvin, the amazing young Canadian bluesman with an old soul and two creative Cuban musicians, Yasel Giralt and Pedro Pérez to help me realize the idea. We recorded 9 songs live off the floor in three days in a recording studio in Santa Clara, Cuba in early May 2018. Track 10 is from a solo show in Cuba in 2017.

Agradecimientos: Un fuerte abrazo a los involucrados en esta obra y los muchos Santaclareños que me han brindado su amistad durante los últimos siete años. Un agradecimiento especial a mi amigo "bluesero" Wilfedo Rodríguez con quien comparto esta pasión por el blues en todas sus formas y colores.

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released November 28, 2018

Produced by Robert Davis
Recorded and mixed by Yenkys González Gómez at Padre Vandor Studios, Cuba
Mastered by Ron Skinner at Heading North
Track 10 recorded by José Ramón González with additional engineering by Roberto Ledesma
CD design by Stephanie Lang
Cover photo by Raúl Ernesto Gutiérrez Garcia (El Yuca)

Musicians:
Robert Davis – Vocals except #6, Harmonica, Acoustic guitar track #3
Fraser Melvin – Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Lap Steel, Vocal on track #6
Yasel Giralt – Tres, Laud, Acoustic Bass, Marimbula
Pedro Pérez Quintero – All percussion: congas, bongos, güiro, maracas, campana & botija
Rosario Escobar – Electric Piano track #8

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Harmonicist and acoustic bluesman.

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