Crazy Moon
 (1995, Blue Groove BG-7020)

Tracks:

· Rolling Stone
· Paint the Town  
· Lazy, Long Hot Summer's Day
· Power of Love
· Homecooking
· Homeless
· Sail Away
· Roll with the Punches  
· Crazy Moon 
· Train
· Tears are Rolling
· Get Down 'n Play the Blues
· Man with a Broken Heart

Blue Grooves From Vienna cover


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upRolling Stone
(Hans Theessink)

Hey mama tell me - where's little sister gone
Sorry son but she long gone
Took to the breeze - let her long hair flow
She took to the road - with a rolling stone

Chorus:
A rolling stone gathers no moss
Never know if he´ll be back again
Roads to travel and bridges to cross
Come and go with the wind

Hey mama tell me - why did she leave home
She loved a man but he done her wrong
Hurt her feelings - left her all alone
She took to the road - with a rolling stone

Bridge:
She's gonna spread her wings
She'll be flying high
Climb the tallest mountain
Try to reach the sky

Chorus (2x)

Hans Theessink: vocals, guitars
Alee Thelfa: drums
Richard Bell: Hammond B3
Art Of Brass Vienna: horns

upPaint the Town
(Hans Theessink)

Work is almost done
Weekend coming on
We can stay at home
Kick off our shoes
Or take a cab downtown
Let our hair down
Party all night long
Like we used to do

Tonite - tonite
Bright city light
Come on baby
Put on your dancing shoes
Tonite - tonite
Bright city light
Party all night long
Like we used to do

Bridge: (2x)
Tonight we're getting down
We gonna paint the town
All colors of the rainbow
We gonna paint the town

Find a loud bar
A whining slide-guitar
And a bassman
Lay down the groove

Let it all hang loose
Hit some bad bad blues
Party all night long
Like we used to do

Tonite - tonite...

Hans Theessink: vocals, guitar
Marcia Ball: piano, backing vocals
Jon Sass: tuba
Alee Thelfa: drums
John "Mambo" Traenor: washboard, triangle
Ponty Bone: accordion
Joe Morales: tenor/alto saxophone

upLazy, Long Hot Summer's Day
(Hans Theessink)

Mama's in the kitchen
Baking up some ice-cream pie
Papa's on the river fishing
Fish are so lazy they won't bite
I'm lying in the shade
Watch a lonely cloud drift by

Lazy - long hot summer's day
Lazy - just pass the time away

Feel like doing nothing
In this angry summer heat
Just get high on the smell of honeysuckle
Intoxicating sweet
And watch the river flow
As she winds her lonely way down to the sea

Lazy ...

Can't play a lick
My fingers just won't move no more
My guitar plays a tune
That I´ve never ever heard her play before
It's her own sweet composition
She don't seem to trust my brain no more

Lazy ...

Hans Theessink: vocals, guitar, banjo, jews harp, kalimba
Jon Sass: tuba
Alee Thelfa: drums, backing vocals
Richard Bell: Hammond B3
Dorretta Carter: backing vocals

upPower of Love
(Hans Theessink)

Let's talk about love
Spelled l-o-v-e
Just a four-letter word
Such a sweet mistery
Sometimes I wonder
Yes I wonder about the power of love

Love is like music
Sweet sounds in your ears
Sometimes a sad song
Moves you to tears
Sometimes I wonder
Yes I wonder about the power of love

Chorus:
Love can move a mountain - love can tear down a wall
Love can uplift you - make you stumble and fall
Gotta learn how to take - gotta learn how to give
Love and be loved - live and let live

Love is a baby
To nurture and hold
Without warmth and affection
Love will grow cold
Sometimes I wonder
Yes I wonder about the power of love

Chorus (2x)

Love and be loved - live and let live (2x)
That's the power of love

Hans Theessink: vocals, guitars, mandolin
Jon Sass: tuba
Christian Pischel: drums
John "Mambo" Traenor: percussion
Richard Bell: Hammond B3, Wurlitzer piano
Terry Evans, Ray Williams, Willie Greene Jr., Olivia Reese, Janet Kyle, Birdia Williams-Miller: backing vocals

upHomecooking
(Hans Theessink)

Do some homecooking baby (3x)
Satisfy my soul

Ate from a box at Micky D's
Dined in the rainbow-room
I've eaten with my hands
I've used a silver spoon

I've wined in diners
And I've dined with queens
But if it comes to cooking
You're the one for me

Do some homecooking baby ...

Just a taste from your starter
Gives me appetite
Every bite from that main-dish
Outasight!

Do some homecooking baby ...

I'm crazy 'bout that
Jelly-roll
I like the way you
Roll your dough

Keep me some dessert baby
Soft 'n sweet
The best in the world
Just what I like to eat

Do some homecooking baby ...

Hans Theessink: vocals, guitars
Jon Sass: tuba
Alee Thelfa: drums
Richard Bell: Hammond B3, piano
Terry Evans, Ray Williams, Willie Greene Jr.: backing vocals
upHomeless
(Hans Theessink)

When the weatherman says sunshine
But the beams don't touch your window-sill
When the weatherman says sunshine
And the beams don't never touch your window-sill
You know the good times didn't get you
And you know that the hard times will

All my money gone
Everyday there's a knocking on the door
All my money gone
Everyday there's a loud knocking on the door
It's that mean old rent collector-man
He's coming back to get himself some more

All my money gone
All my money gone
Man says: you gotta pay your bills now
Or I have to put y'all out on the street

Dancing 'round the golden calf
People don't see the writing on the wall
When you're down so low, you know
You ain't got so far to fall
In this city full of plenty
Some folks just got a piece of street and that's all

See them poor homeless people
Shoving grocery-carts along the street
Carry everything they own
In a grocery-cart they shove along the street
See them lie in the gutter
Lost their hope - lost their pride and dignity

Hans Theessink: vocals, guitars, banjo, mandoguitar, mandola
Jon Sass: tuba
Alee Thelfa: drums
Richard Bell: Hammond B3, piano
Art Of Brass Vienna: horns
Terry Evans, Ray Williams, Willie Greene Jr.: backing vocals
upSail Away
(Hans Theessink)

This place is in an awful fix
Nothing seems to work out right
The truth is like a nightmare
That haunts you in the night

Bad news in the papers
Misery on the screen
I can't take it anymore
Tonight I want to dream

When this dark night is over
Sun rises on the bay
I will take you by the hand my love
And we will sail away

Sail away - sail away
Sail away - sail away

Hear the sound of the ocean
Watch the waves come rolling in
Walk barefoot in the sand - my love
Seagulls dancing on the wind

I want to hear your heartbeat
Feel your body next to mine
Make love to the rhythm of the sea
Eternal rolling of the tide

I want to hear your heartbeat
Feel your body next to mine
Make love to the rhythm of the sea
Eternal rolling of the tide

When this dark night is over
Sun rises on the bay
I will take you by the hand my love
And we will sail away

Sail away - sail away
Sail away - sail away

Hans Theessink: vocals, guitars
John Sheahan: fiddle, tinwhistle
Richard Bell: accordion
Sean Cannon: backing vocals
upRoll with the Punches
(Hans Theessink)

When you're down on luck - trouble's all you see
Choice between the devil - and the deep blue sea
Gotta be a way out - don't get uptight
At the end of a long black tunnel - gotta be a light

Ain't no medicine - ain't no cure
Trouble will find you - that's for sure
Gotta remember - gotta hold out
There's a silver lining - on every cloud

Chorus:
Take it easy - relax your mind
Can't be worried - all the time
Same old story - same old song
Gotta roll with the punches - gotta carry on (3x)

Love is the healer - whatever you do
Don't give up your dreams - dreams may come true

Hans Theessink: vocals, guitars, banjo
Terry Evans: second lead vocal
Jon Sass: tuba
Alee Thelfa: drums
John "Mambo" Traenor: washboard
Richard Bell: Hammond B3
Ponty Bone: accordion
Joe Morales: tenor/alto saxophone
Terry Evans, Ray Williams, Willie Greene Jr., Olivia Reese, Janet Kyle, Birdia Williams-Miller, HT: backing vocals
upCrazy Moon
(Hans Theessink)

Crazy moon - look what you've done (3x)
Took away my woman - left me all alone

Crazy moon - drive me out of my mind (3x)
Took away my woman - took away my life

Crazy moon - hiding in the sky above (3x)
Took away my woman - took away my love

Hans Theessink: vocals, guitars, 12-string-banjo
Andreas Fabianek: bass
Jon Sass: tuba
Alee Thelfa: drums
John "Mambo" Traenor: percussion
Richard Bell: Hammond B3
upTrain
(Hans Theessink)

Engineer get ready - ride that train (3x)
Gotta take this poor boy back home again

Keep them wheels a-rolling - keep a steady time (3x)
Got to see my honeybabe down the line

Engineer get ready ...

My baby will be waiting on platform number 10 (3x)
Just can't wait to hold her in my arms again

Engineer get ready ...

Keep the fire burning - make that engine run (3x)
My baby's waiting at the rising sun

Engineer get ready ...

Hans Theessink: vocals, national steelbody
Alee Thelfa: bassdrum, tambourin
Terry Evans, Ray Williams, Willie Greene Jr., Olivia Reese, Janet Kyle, Birdia Williams-Miller: backing vocals
upTears Are Rolling
(Hans Theessink)

Tears are rolling down like showers of rain (2x)
Cried so many tears but they just can't ease my pain

It's a lowdown shame baby - way I treated you (2x)
Hurt your feelings - broke your heart in two

I'm lonesome for you baby - can't wear you off my mind (2x)
See your face in the mirror - hear your footsteps all the time

The day you left - blues moved in with me (2x)
Son-of-a-bitch just won't leave me be

Gonna buy me a pistol - dig a hole down in the ground (2x)
If i can't have you baby - gonna lay my body down

Been crying a river but it won't bring you back to me (2x)
Drown in the river - let my body float to the sea

Hans Theessink: vocals, guitars
Alee Thelfa: drums
Richard Bell: Hammond B3
upGet Down 'n Play the Blues
(Hans Theessink)

If you're lonesome and you're feeling blue
Let me tell you what to do
Baby - get down 'n play the blues

Don't let the folks around here drive you crazy
Just sit back and take it easy
Baby - get down 'n play the blues

Dig the music let it turn you on
Rocking to the boogie-rhythm all night long
Baby - get down 'n play the blues

Tuba at the bottom to hold it down
Roll on easy - man, I love that sound
Baby - get down 'n play the blues

Steady beat and a funky tune
Pickin' and a-grinnin' by the light of the moon
Baby - get down 'n play the blues

Get some action - move your feet
Satisfaction guaranteed
Baby - get down 'n play the blues

If your knees are knocking and you feel like rocking
If your hips are shaking and the strings ain't breaking
Baby - get down 'n play the blues

It don't cost money - just take your time
We'll be hoppin'-and-a-boppin' til the morning-light
Baby - get down 'n play the blues

Hans Theessink: vocals, guitars, mandolin
Jon Sass: tuba
Alee Thelfa: snare
upMan with a Broken Heart
(Hans Theessink)

Evening sun is sinking low
My thoughts unclear - 'cause I don't know
Where we went wrong - what made you want to part
The house we used to call our home
Feels cold and empty - now you're gone
All you left is a man with a broken heart

The band still plays our favourite song
But I can't stand to dance alone
Drown my memories - drinking at the bar
Wished this beer would numb my brain
Wished this wine would take the pain
I've felt since you left a man with a broken heart

This old heart of mine is falling down
Thousand pieces scattered all around
When you walked out - my dreamworld fell apart
All you left is a man with a broken heart (2x)

I've cried and prayed to heaven above
Bring me back my only love
I might as well be wishing on a star
Guess that all's been said and done
You packed your bags and now you're gone
All you left is a man with a broken heart

This old heart of mine ...

Hans Theessink: vocals, guitar
Cindy Cashdollar: dobro
Spencer Starnes: double bass
up What the press said ...

Blues Bytes 97 (USA) August 1997
Musikblatt, (D) Herbst 1997
Blues Revue, (USA) April 1998
Rolling Stone, (D) November 1995
Bundner Zeitung, (CH) Oktober 1995
Rotterdams Dagblad, , (NL) 11/10/1995
De Limburger, (NL) 24/10/1995
Alles op 10, (NL) November 1997

up Blues Bytes, USA, 08/97

Like his other fine releases, Crazy Moon is full of mostly acoustic blues with savory flavorings of Cajun, Caribbean, Gospel, Texas, and even European classical traditions. Indeed he draws on musical friends from various cultures, countries and styles, while blending them all into the finest of blues presentations. Mr. Theessink's throaty, soulful vocals and superlative guitar/banjo/mandolin work are the centerpiece of each song. He has a special gift for rhythms of all types and varieties, and always captures the rhythmic essence of each number. Although he hails from across the water, he has more than mastered American roots and blues traditions; he has revitalized them with artistic creativity, advancing them to new heights. (Bill Jacobs)


up Musikblatt, D, 97

Neben seinem virtuosen, vom Understatement geprägten Gitarrenspiel tritt die instrumentale Seite des Programms vor starken "Background Vocals" in den Hintergrund. Und die wirken nur beim ersten Eindruck kommerziell oder etwa albern - ganz im Gegenteil sind die Arrangements hervorragend gemacht und haben Country-, Pop-, Soul-, und Gospel-Einflüsse. Das alles mit Theessinks markanter Bassstimme sorgt für ein exklusives Programm erster Güte.


up Blues Revue, USA, 04/98

On this release, Dutch singer and multi-instrumentalist Hans Theessink has assembled 13 stellar cuts of blues, roots rock and gospel. With a warm, expressive voice that alternately recalls J.J.Cale and rocker Chris Rea, Theessink leads the listener through many different tales. Theessink is an engaging storyteller who makes the tunes feel like long last friends. As engaging as the vocals and lyrics are, the music on this disc is what makes it stand out from the crowd. With an instrumental lineup featuring Theessink's multiple strings as well as a tuba, piano, dobro, accordion, tenor and alto sax, B-3, drums, washboard and percussion compliments of such noted musicians as Marcia Ball, Cindy Cashdollar, Ponty Bone, Richard Bell, Rocky Morales, Alee Thelfa and Jon Sass mixed together in various combinations, the disc has a unique, organic roots sound. While the blues inform most of the tunes, roots rock and especially gospel are major influences as well. In fact, the strong gospel-inflected harmony provided by Terry Evans, Ray Williams, Willie Greene Jr., Olivia Reese, Janet Kyle and Birdia Williams-Miller adds a buoyancy to several of the cuts including "Power of Love", "Homecookin' " and "Roll with the Punches," that makes them stand out as highlights. Based on the strength of this release, the record stores had better make room for the balance of Theessink's deep catalog. (Mark Smith)


up Rolling Stone, D, 11/95

Hans Theessink steht zwar auf "Homecooking" (Song-Titel), hat aber auch gute Freunde in Austin (Marcia Ball), L.A. (Terry Evans) und Dublin (John Sheahan/Dubliners), die dem Holländer auf "Crazy Moon" gerne aushalfen. Das Ergebnis ist ein undogmatischer Blues-Mix zwischen Second-Line-Groove und Gospel-Fever, der selbst dann laidback daherkommt, wenn’s etwas hitziger zugeht. Vielleicht liegt’s daran, daß der Baß, wie bei Theessink üblich, eine Tuba ist. (Jörg Feyer)


up Bundner Zeitung, CH, 10/28/95

Auf dem internationalen Parkett geniesst er Anerkennung. Hans Theessink ist vom Folkgitarristen zum Spitzenmann mutiert und bringt einen Sound, der mit Ry Cooder vergleichbar ist. Zugängliche Nummern mit markantem Gesang und präsenter Gitarre im Mittelpunkt, stets vorantreibend und rhythmisch. Auf "Crazy Moon" sind dreizehn selbst geschriebene Songs zu finden, die in den verschiedensten Ecken der Welt eingespielt wurden: Österreich, Austin, Los Angeles, Dublin. Dementsprechend vielseitig ist die Begleitung, die von der Begleitband Blue Groove geprägt ist, deren Akzente aber durchaus von internationalen Grössen stammen. Etwa von den Sängern Terry Evans und Willie Greene Jr., deren Arbeit eben gerade von Ry Cooder geschätzt wird. Aber auch die im Bluegrass beheimatete Dobrospielerin Cindy Cashdollar oder der Ire Sean Cannon sorgen für positive Einflüsse. Das Album hat amerikanischen Charakter und entsprechende Klasse. Hans Theessink spielt sich damit in eine anspruchsvolle Elite vor und verdient viel Beachtung - Ry Cooder hätte seine Freude! (Paul Rostetter)


up Rotterdams Dagblad, NL, 11/10/95

Hans Theessink, de naar Oostenrijk uitgeweken bluescat uit Twente is een ster van internationale allure die hier met verve de degens kruist met gelijkgestemden als J.J.Cale en Ry Cooder. "Crazy Moon" is alweer zijn tiende album en absoluut zijn beste. Theessink’s slide bluesspel is fris, technisch begaafd en qua gevoelens diep geworteld in de delta-blues. Achteloos schudt hij dertien puike nummers uit de mouw die zeer gevarieerd zijn ingekleurd. Heerlijk wiegende blues-diamantjes worden gelardeerd met snufjes country, folk (Dubliners), cajun, gospel en volvette Hammondorgel-bijdragen van Richard Bell van The Band. Het mooist zijn de momenten waarop Theessink zijn grote voorbeeld Ry Cooder met hemels slidespel naar de kroon steekt. De combinatie van simplisme en zeggingskracht in nummers als "Sail Away" en "Train" heeft zelfs Ry Cooder maar zelden kunnen evenaren, laat staan verbeteren. Theessink is een ster, een wereldster! (Joop Breedveld)


up De Limburger, NL, 24/10/95

In de Verenigde Staten hadden ze al jaren geleden in de gaten dat Hans Theessink een begenadigd muzikant is. In Nederland kwam de erkenning voor de in Twente geboren blueszanger/gitarist pas na zijn album "Call Me". Nu is "Crazy Moon" uit en het is meteen zijn meest toegankelijke geworden. Theessink neemt de luisteraar mee naar het diep zuiden van de States. Naar Louisiana, New Orleans en de zompige moerassen in de Mississippi-delta. Hij laat zich begeleiden door muzikale vrienden als Terry Evans, Marcia Ball en de Dubliners. "Crazy Moon" roept sferen op, die nu eens aan Ry Cooder, dan weer aan J.J.Cale doen denken; is opzwepend met de gospelsong "Power of Love"; en meeslepend met de prachtige ballade "Man with a Broken Heart". "Crazy Moon" is een heerlijke plaat voor de lange herfstavonden. (Rob Cohen)


up Alles op 10, NL, 11/95

Inmiddels de tiende CD van de Twentenaar met de donkerbruine stem. "Crazy Moon" is een zeer geslaagd album dat naast Ry Cooder en J.J.Cale achtige songs ook uitstapjes naar country, zydeco en gospel bevat. Je proeft het zand op je lippen bij "Lazy, Long Hot Summer’s Day". En Townes van Zandt had "Man with a Broken Heart" niet somberder kunnen laten klinken. Eindelijk ook de Nederlandse doorbraak? Ik hoop van wel. (B.B.)

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