Brian Blain’s 2011 solo “live” recording (with bassist George Koller) has been “sweetened, stacked, mixed and mastered” with new instrumentation on all the songs and a new lease on life. “The Ghost of Clinton’s Tavern” is a full-tilt electronic ambient remix by Blain’s DJ son, Joel Coi, who is part of Brian’s new blues electronica project, Stringbuster. You can switch back and forth between old (live) and new (produced) versions of all the tunes at, where DJs and producers can download the stems to enter a remix contest for the most ghostly soundscape. The “live” album has become a “living” album which FYI Music’s David Farrell declared “clearly not your rank-and-file blues album.”


“Forgotten,” Brian’s ode to the music creators of New Orleans gets a marching horn band treatment from Alison Young and Colleen Allen. “The Day Coke Saved the Blues” (a song about his former record label) and “Alice,“ (a whatever-happened-to tale of a 60s folk icon) both get a “bluesgrass” touch with violinist Drew Jurecka and banjo man Tim Posgate. George Koller gives a bass master class on “Don’t Blame the Bass Player” and Colleen plays some sweet sax on a beautiful ballad about legendary guitarist Lenny Breau. There’s a reggae percussion workout with Trinidadian Wayne Stoute and the wonderful Michelle Josef on “Treasure Beach,” a tragic tale of teen-suicide, some sweet slide from Harry Manx on the French tune, barrelhouse piano from Toronto expat Patrick Godfrey and organ grooves galore from Australian Hammond organ sensation Clayton Doley.

REMIXERS DOWNLOAD THE STEMS HERE (325 MG) The most ghostly middle section will be released on a special Halloween single of "Ghost of Clinton's Tavern". Send a link to your remix to before October 15, 2016. Winner will be announced Oct 29, 2016 at the Launch Party at the Old Mill in Toronto


Click on “Audio A” to hear the final, released Version 2.0.

Click over to “Audio B” to hear the original live recording (may include long, rambling introduction). The “B” version of “Ramene Moi Demain” is the produced track minus the vocal.

A/B switching does not sync on mobile devices

Ramene Moi Demain

“Audio A” is the Produced version.
“Audio B” is the produced version minus vocal

Treasure Beach

“Audio A” is the Reggaefied version.
“Audio B” is the original Live version (with a long story about the song)

The Old Whaler’s Confession

“Audio A” is the full-blown production.
“Audio B” is the original Live version (with George’s amazing whale sounds)

The Day Coke Saved the Blues

“Audio A” is the final production featuring Drew Jurecka on violin
“Audio B” is the original Live version (with explanatory introduction)

Another Song About Alice

“Audio A” is the final production featuring Drew Jurecka on violin
“Audio B” is the original Live version

Last Time I Saw Lenny

“Audio A” is the final production featuring a beautiful sax solo by Colleen Allen
“Audio B” is the original Live version


“Audio A” takes you to New Orleans parade led by Alison Young and Colleen Allen
“Audio B” is the original Live version

Don’t Blame the Bass Player

“Audio A”  features some barrelhouse piano by Pat Godfrey and a masterclass on bass styles from George Koller
“Audio B” is the original Live version

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