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by Dov Hammer



When I wrote "Genuine", it seemed to have a classic Chicago Blues flavor, like something in a Willie Dixon style. So when I was in Chicago in August 2023, I decided to recruit the cream of the windy city's Blues talent to help me bring out that classic feel. I started with guitarist Dave Specter, one of Chicago's top Blues artists. Dave has played with Otis Clay, Jimmy Johnson and Son Seals, to name just a few, as well as releasing many great albums of his own. Dave produced the session, and brought that classic Blues guitar sound to it. The other musicians - Marty Binder on drums (Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Albert Collins), Brother John Kattke on Piano (Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Toronzo Cannon) and Rodrigo Mantovani on upright bass (Nick Moss, Lurrie Bell) – comprised a virtual Allstar team of the best Chicago Blues players, and as a result this turned into one of the most enjoyable recording sessions I ever experienced. Add to that the wisdom and experience of Grammy award winning engineer Blaise Barton , who recorded, mixed and mastered the song at "Joyride" studios in Chicago Il., and here you have it – a Blues song I am truly proud to present to you.
"Genuine" speaks of the trouble, trials and rewards of being true to yourself in the face of social pressures, and following your dreams in an ever changing world.
I hope you enjoy it!


© Music and lyrics Dov Hammer

Come on pretty baby take a walk with me
Down the back alley where nobody sees
All your life they told you you can’t win
But when I look in your eyes I see the fire within

I’m the real deal, this ain’t no show
When I sing these Blues you’ll know
I’m genuine

Everybody’s talking , but few of them know
‘Cause talking is free, but silence is gold
I got no story, no jive and no spin
Comfortable living in my natural skin

Some got more money some got more fame
I make no false claims,
I’m genuine

My father always told me choose your battles, son
The show ain’t over ‘till the fat lady’s sung
So I won’t fight ‘em if I can tell
That if I give enough rope they gonna hang themselves

I wrestled the angel until the dawn
I fought those demons ‘till they’ve gone
back to hell

When you see me coming don’t you make me wait
The night ain’t over but it’s getting late
We’re getting out of town, heading for the hills
Baby, take the key, and get behind the wheel

You’ve been around, seen ‘em come and go
You’ve seen enough to know
I’m genuine


released January 30, 2024
Music and Lyrics by Dov Hammer
Produced by Dave Specter & Dov Hammer
Recorded mixed and mastered by Blaise Barton at Joyride Studio, Chicago, IL, USA

Dov Hammer - vocals and harmonica
Dave Specter - guitar
Marty Binder - drums
Rodrigo Mantovani - double bass
Brother John Kattke - piano

Cover photo by Yoel Levy


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Dov Hammer has been at the forefront of the Blues scene in Israel for nearly 3 decades. He was the leader of "The Blues Rebels","The Daily Blues" and "CG & The Hammer". "BlueSoul" is his 9th album (including 7 with those bands). He has appeared across Europe and the USA, and shared stages with some of the greatest living Blues artists, including Joe Louis Walker, Jimmy Johnson and Lucky Peterson ... more

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