Dave Harman

Goin' Fishin'

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In the 1980s and 1990s, Ichiban Records was great about recording obscure but talented soul and blues artists who didn't stand a chance of being heard on urban contemporary radio. One of the many examples was David Dee, a St. Louis blues/R&B singer along the lines of Bobby "Blue" Bland, Little Milton and Little Johnny Taylor (as opposed to soul man Johnnie Taylor, of "Disco Lady" and "Who's Making Love" fame). There's nothing urban contemporary about Goin' Fishin', a decent, if uneven, date that was recorded in 1991 but sounds like it could have been done in 1961. The CD, which was produced by the late Gary "B.B." Coleman, gets off to a slow start with the forgettable "Heatin' Me Up," but Dee redeems himself with pleasing versions of Brook Benton's "Rainy Night In Georgia" and Little Johnny Taylor's "Part Time Love." The singer/guitarist proves that he isn't a bad songwriter himself on such originals as the urgent "If I Knew Then" and the Stax-like "Thought My Lovin' Was Over." Not surprisingly, Goin' Fishin' was ignored by urban contemporary radio.

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