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There's a Bright Side Somewhere

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Here’s folk artist Happy Traum’s first new CD in seven years!

He has put his indelible stamp on thirteen songs, most of which are either traditional or have been composed in that style by writers with deep connections to what is now called “American Roots Music.” Happy is accompanied by a cast of A-list musicians and singers, most of whom have been playing with him on and off for years. They include multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell; harp player John Sebastian; bassist Byron Isaacs; drummer Eric Parker; vocalists Geoff Muldaur, Amy Helm, Zach Djanikian and Eugene Ruffolo; banjo wiz Tony Trischka, and Happy’s son, guitarist Adam Traum, among others.

Just for the love of it

Buy NowJust for the love of it

"You’d best not miss Happy Traum’s "Just For The Love of It." I’ve been a huge fan of Happy’s for years and you should be too! This is a triumphant work. Don’t let it get away!" - Jorma Kaukonen

Four Stars! - Rolling Stone Magazine

"Happy Traum shows impeccable taste in choosing a program of great traditional folk and blues songs... and even better taste in the way he arranges them with both reverence for his sources and the originality of his always creative fingerpicking guitar and warm singing." - Mike Regenstreif, Folk Roots/Folk Branches

"Happy Traum, the preeminent guitarist who started during the folk boom and accompanied many great artists, sat back, took stock and with a deep, subtle passion recorded an album of his favorite traditional and contemporary songs and instrumentals. His fingers still do their dance on the guitar as agilely as in his youth and he sings with the experience only years provide. Many older artists attempt to go back and mine gold, but Traum succeeds.  - Rich Warren - The Midnight Special

Featuring: David Amram, Marco Benevento, Larry Campbell, Justin Guip, Byron Isaacs, Jerry Marotta, Abby Newton, John Sebastian, Martin Simpson, Adam Traum, Teresa Williams.


Careless Love, Deep Blue Sea, Church Street Blues, High Muddy Water, In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down, Things Are Coming My Way, The Water is Wide, Jay Gould’s Daughter, Sailing Down My Golden River, I Ain’t Got No Home, Spanish is the Loving Tongue, Down in the Flood (Crash On the Levee), Tennessee Waltz, In the Pines

"The songs in this collection are either old and traditional, or have been composed in that style by writers with deep connections to what is now called “American Roots Music.” This is the kind of material I have always been attracted to, and these are songs that I have known and loved for most of my increasingly long life. My idea for this recording was to play and sing “live” in the studio, to try and capture that wonderful interaction that happens spontaneously with musical friends. ...for the most part the music on this CD reflects the way it happened in the moment - no frills and as honest as I could make it." - Happy Traum

I Walk The Road Again

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"A sweet gem of a CD.... Albums of this quality are all too rare." - Sing Out! Magazine

"Laid-back and bluesy, like an autumn hike down a Bearsville back road... you'll play every track again and again...." - Chronogram

"All this underscores Traum's superb taste, excellent ear for arrangements, and smart moves in choosing backup players. This is a tasty release for folk-music die-hards and, really, anyone who enjoys folk music. Thanks to Happy Traum, we can all walk the road again." - Dirty Linen

"One of the great under the radar gems of folk music comes back doing it the DIY way he's pretty much been doing it all along. With a great bunch of guests on board playing like they are glad to be there, this is a heartfelt set that goes back to his roots that stretch back a long, long time. Although the set is mostly good, old songs, there's nothing here longing for the past. This set is as fresh as the ground breaking sets he did with his brother for Capitol 35 years ago that were just a touch too ahead of the curve for the clueless label to know what to do with in the wake of the Beatles' recent break up. No matter, the here and now is a sweet thing indeed. A real winning creation." - Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap Review

"'I Walk the Road Again' is a breathtaking collection of bittersweet country-folk and blues tunes. ...the effort boasts brilliant arrangements of a host of old favorites from Happy's voluminous repertoire. A low-key masterpiece, this album demonstrates that it's not the pace that matters so much as the road itself. It's a road we're glad to see Happy Traum walking so well again." - Peter Aaron, Kingston Daily Freeman

"A solidly entertaining and tasty new folk recording. Traum is still infinitely listenable, musically creative and about as good an acoustic folk guitarist as there is.... Simply put, "I Walk the Road Again" is a winner, an excellent addition to any collection and a must-have for any folkie." - Noah Fleisher, Pulse

"This feel-good, laid-back disc goes down like a cool one after a couple of hours of autumn leaf-raking. Traum's gentle and timeworn voice provides a perfect complement to his economical fingerstyle guitar.” - Fred Knaus, minor7th.com

Happy and Artie Traum - Live Recordings 1970s - 1980s

Buy NowHappy and Artie Traum - Live Recordings 1970s - 1980s

A compilation of shows recorded at various venues around the U.S., plus three that we recorded in 2005 especially for this disk. The 19-song list features several original songs from that period plus a number of folk and country standards with lots of guitar picking.

If you live in Japan, this CD can be purchased at: SLICE OF LIFE RECORDS (a division of Pooh Yokocho, Inc.) 370-1-501, Kameya-cho Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0941 Japan e-mail address: slice@h6.dion.ne.jp


Rabbit's Luck, Hungry Dogs of New Mexico, Farmers Almanac, Golden Bird, Double Back, Goin' Down the Road to See Bessie, Earl's Crab Shack, Monday Morning Blues, Deep River Blues, Blow Your Whistle, Freight Train, Relax Your Mind, Buckets Of Rain, Gypsy Davey, Gambler's Song, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Jackhammer Blues.

"Bonus" Songs - studio recordings, 2005: Stack-o-lee, Riptide, Sporting Life Blues

Bright Morning Stars

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"A fine collection of music and friends make this a special album." - Chip Renner, All-Music Guide

With Pat Alger, Larry Campbell, Jan De Smet, Caroline Dutton, Amy Fradon, Arti Funaro, John Herald, Doug James, Richard Manuel, Maria Muldaur, Billy Mundi, Andy Robinson, Roly Salley, John Sebastian, Artie Traum, Merle Watson.


Monday Morning Blues, The Bounty Hunter, Twelve Gates To The City, One Row at a Time, Silver City Bound, Hills Of Isle Au Haut, I Shall Be Released, Bad Luck Blues, Daddy's Violin, My Home's Across The Smoky Mountains, Passenger Pigeon, Bright Morning Stars.

American Stranger

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CD and DVD

“An absolute gem...one of the best folk music albums released this year.” - Folk Scene Magazine


The American Stranger (Plains of Amerikee); The Eighth of January; Buckets of Rain; When I Was a Cowboy; I Am a Pilgrim; Doney Gal; Golden Bird; Sheebeg an Sheemor; Dark Road Blues; Delia's Gone; I'll Fly Away.

Happy Traum's second solo album, originally released in 1977, was widely praised for its excellent musicianship, fine traditional songs and the accompanying tablature book that came with all Kicking Mule Records. It has now been re-released as an enhanced CD, which includes the tab book as a PDF file on the disk, so that aspiring guitarists can learn Happy's arrangements and play along.


Happy Traum In Concert (DVD) Songs: My Home's Across the Smoky Mountains; Dark Road Blues; Monday Morning Blues; Gypsy Davey; American Stranger; I Am a Pilgrim; Buckets of Rain; Sixteen Tons; The Bounty Hunter; Relax Your Mind; Friend of the Devil; Sheebeg an Sheemor; Golden Bird

"Happy is a hero. He had me singing gospel songs one crazy night. He took my head over the Blue Ridge on another. He had me dreaming to the strains of his concertina and when I woke up I was lying somewhere on a shore in England. He's a walking campfire. He's got the Instincts of a rock and roller; he's a master of the groove. And these songs were made to travel." - Eric Andersen, from the original album liner notes