A Night of Classic Rock and Blues (Live at the 81 Club)

Dr. Wu' and Friends

...the band at it's best playing classics LIVE at the 81 Club in the historical Stockyards of Fort Worth, Texas

A magical night captured Live at the 81 Club with Dr. Wu' along with the great Buddy Whittington, Mouse Mayes and all the band at the top of their game. Covering Clapton, Paul Rogers and Free, Hendrix, Allman Bros., Robert Johnson, along with favorite Dr. Wu' originals.
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Ridin' with Dr. Wu', Vol. 5

Dr. Wu' and Friends

Texas Blues, Rock, & Soul ....Music at it's BEST featuring world class players from Texas!

Dr. Wu' a.k.a. Jim Ashworth and Bryan Freeze have up until now, been deeply rooted in Texas Blues with the help of such players as the great Buddy Whittington, Mouse Mayes, Red Young, and other top musicians. Now with their 5th release they are broadening their horizons; branching out with new genres of compositions like "Buddy's Bolero" and "Baby I Love You" as well as new rockin' Texas Blues, and the return of the original vocalist Charlie Bassham ...all of which make "Ridin' with Dr. Wu' Vol. 5 their best album to date!

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Hangin' With Dr. Wu': Texas Blues Project, Vol. 4

Dr. Wu' and Friends

NEW Smokin' Hot "Texas Blues" at it's very best featuring Dr. Wu'... once again backed by Buddy Whittington and his "all star" band.... with help from B-3 "guru" Red Young ....along with Yolanda Walker and the Walker Effect

This is Volume 4 of Dr. Wu's TEXAS BLUES PROJECT... a project that was started in 2007 by JIM ASHWORTH and BRYAN FREEZE (a.k.a. Dr. Wu') ... originally conceived to spotlight top artists from the Fort Worth, Texas area... and to write, produce and record the very "Best Texas Blues" available. As the Project progressed, it became obvious that the winning studio combination was to team up with Texas Bluesman... BUDDY WHITTINGTON... along with his band members... Mouse Mayes, Wayne Six, and Mike Gage. Other top session musicians include... Red Young on the B-3 Organ, Gary Grammer on harmonica, and more recently the Walker Effect on back up vocals...featuring Yolanda Walker on solos.

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An Evening With Dr. Wu' and Friends: Live from Texas (feat. Buddy Whittington Band)

Dr. Wu' & Friends

Dr. Wu' LIVE in Concert from TEXAS featuring THE BUDDY WHITTINGTON BAND...along with Gary Grammar...TEXAS BLUES at its BEST! A FREE DVD of the concert comes with the purchase of the CD version !!! *This album has been submitted for consideration in the " BEST BLUES ALBUM " and " BEST LONG FORM VIDEO " categories in the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

Recorded "LIVE" just outside of Fort Worth, Texas in 2011. Jim Ashworth and Bryan Freeze a.k.a. Dr. Wu' backed by the Buddy Whittington Band. Texas Blues at its VERY BEST!

A FREE DVD of the Concert comes with the CD version !!!

“Are you with me Dr. Wu? Have you done all that you can do? Are you with me Doctor?”

Lines from the song Dr. Wu’ by Steely Dan…a band that really consisted of two songwriter/musicians, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. Much like ourselves, they spent most of their time buried in their studio writing songs and surrounding themselves with world class musicians. In fact, we took our name from their inspiration.

After years of constant urging from their fans, Steely Dan started touring. Understanding that our fans are of utmost importance to us, this recording was made to satisfy the constant requests to see Dr. Wu’ in a live performance.

This is for you…Enjoy! And THANKS for your continued support, Dr. Wu’

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Texas Blues Project Vol. 2

Dr. Wu' and Friends

Hard driving Texas Blues at its best.....Straight from the honky tonks of Texas featuring "Texas Bluesman"... BUDDY WHITTINGTON and more !

Following the release of their highly successful, Texas Blues Project Vol. 1 Fort Worth Artists, longtime friends and bandmates Jim Ashworth and Bryan Freeze embarked on a year long studio project, focused on producing their 2nd Blues CD.... Texas Blues Project Vol. 2. The result is a collection of 12 all new, original songs penned by Ashworth and Freeze, with the help of "Texas Bluesman" Buddy Whittington on two. Buddy also adds his masterful guitar licks on 8 tracks, as well as 4 lead vocals. "Mouse" Mayes also makes repeat appearances on 3 songs in addition to B-3 maestro "Red" Young. New to the roster are Dave Millsap, Mace Maben, and "Dirt" Stinnett on guitars and introducing vocalist Gerald Lawrence on two in addition to Danny Ross on keys, Glen Rothstein on sax, and Mike Gage on Drums. Also back from Vol. 1 are good friend Lee Pickens, Bobby Counts, Mike Kennedy, Gary Grammer, Jerry Hancock, Danny Hubbard, and Charlie Bassham. It appears that Dr. Wu'.... along with the help of all of their multi- talented Friends, has managed to surpass the magic of Vol. 1 and has taken Texas Blues Project Vol. 2 to the next level of "Bluesdom".

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"Texas Blues" Project

Dr. Wu' and Friends

THIS ALBUM HAS BEEN PLACED ON THE 51st ANNUAL GRAMMY NOMINATING BALLOT “ …an authentic collection of hard driving “TEXAS BLUES” featuring the top musicians that polished their craft, playing in the legendary night clubs of Fort Worth, Texas"

....."the Good in me .... the Good in you ....

Band mates JIM ASHWORTH and BRYAN FREEZE formed Dr. Wu’ in 2002 after growing up and playing in various bands starting in the late 60’s. The name was taken from a favorite Steely Dan song that encourages us to live life to the fullest and strive to be the very best that we can be. With this as their goal, they set out to record their “Texas Blues” Project Volume I “Fort Worth Artists”… a long overdue recorded history utilizing guest appearances by musicians who have made Fort Worth a global mecca of top players… especially great “guitar slingers”.

The first being BUDDY WHITTINGTON , a multi-talented guitarist and singer with an endless bag of guitar licks, sounds, and tricks that are always refreshing and are inspiring. Buddy is a permanent member of blues legend, John Mayall’s BLUESBREAKERS band. Buddy lends his talent to three tracks on the CD, including a live version of the popular Gary Nicholson song… “JACKSBORO HIGHWAY” an infamous strip on the Northside of Fort Worth which in the 50’s and 60’s was lined with nightclubs like THE SKYLINER BALLROOM where under aged teens could get in to see their blues heroes like Jimmy Reed, Ray Sharpe, Delbert McClinton and countless others on any given Saturday night.

After a chance meeting at The 6th Street Bar & Grill, a local Fort Worth blues venue, long time friend STEPHEN BRUTON instantly agreed to add his creativity to a track. Stephen, a “star” in his own rite, has been a player early on with the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, and countless other greats.

Home-grown JAMES PENNEBAKER added his tracks from his home studio in Nashville due to his busy schedule and much sought after talent as a guitar, fiddle, and pedal steel master. James has been a member of the Delbert McClinton, Leroy Parnell and more recently….Big & Rich bands. James is now the Artist Representative for FENDER GUITARS, NASHVILLE.

Hammond B-3 master, “RED YOUNG" lends his “classic” B-3 sound on two tracks, teaming up with Stephen Bruton on “Come Back Baby” and guitarist Danny Hubbard on the Charlie Bassham scorcher, “Storm Watch Warning.” “Red” is currently on the road with Eric Burden and the “Animals” and has also toured with Linda Rondstadt, Sonny and Cher, Joan Armatrading, Tanya Tucker, Delbert, and is the front man for his own band, the ever popular.... RED and the RED HOTS.

Long time friend CHARLIE BASSHAM, original drummer for THE ATOMIC CLOCK and LEE PICKENS GROUP was enlisted as the third member of DR. WU' after it was apparent that he was the "voice" that was needed to give the "TEXAS BLUES" PROJECT that special magic that would push the project to new levels of "BLUESDOM".

The core element of DR. WU' music is is established with the help of MIKE KENNEDY on drums (with FREDDIE KING '73 and '74), DANNY HUBBARD on guitar, and GRAMMY nominated bassist, JERRY HANCOCK ...collectively the popular FORT WORTH group, "THE SIDEMEN."

Other GREAT musicians who added their individual talents to the project inlude:

"MOUSE MAYES" guitarist for BLACK OAK ARKANSAS and POINT BLANK in the 80's and later THE VOODOO KINGS...more recently teams up with BUDDY WHITTINGTON when not on tour with JOHN MAYALL.

LEE PICKENS of “D.O.A.” and BLOODROCK fame, adds his licks on two tracks

“ROLLO” SMITH laid down a tasty traditional slide guitar on “I DON’T CARE BLUES”

BOBBY COUNTS…..Fort Worth’s “OFFICIAL BLUES AMBASSADOR” and bassist extraordinaire contributes on two tracks and…..

RANDY CATES the bass man on the popular “LIVE” version of “JACKSBORO HIGHWAY”

GARY "OWA" OWEN ...an original member of The LEE PICKENS GROUP...plays his vintage '66 Fender Precision bass on two tracks including the theme song of the album...NOTHIN' LIKE TEXAS BLUES

RUSTY BODEN , an original member of THE LEE PICKENS GROUP and THE PARTY CRASHERS plays KEYS on two cuts

Drummer DANNY COCHRAN “Fort Worth Shuffles” his way on “HIGH MAINTENANCE BABY”

MICHAEL HAMILTON grooves on the keyboards along with THE SIDEMEN on “JACKSBORO HIGHWAY"

RODNEY BOWENS of PROFESSOR D fame, blows sax on the new dance craze... “THE FOOL AROUND”

YOLANDA WALKER sings soulful backup on “ STOP YOUR LYIN’ ”

...and Last but not least….. “THE WORLDS GREATEST BLUES HARMONICA PLAYER", GARY GRAMMER plays on three..

Quite the collection of “World Class Musicians” to come from FORT WORTH and be featured on the first Volume of “TEXAS BLUES” PROJECT !

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"Slow Rollin' Train" (Movie Version) [feat. Buddy Whittington]

Dr. Wu' and Friends

This song was inspired by our good friend and Dr. Wu' alumni, the late great Stephen Bruton ....we miss you Stephen

Originally released on our Texas Blues Vol. 2 CD and sung by Gerald Lawrence, the song took on a new life and popularity with this re-recorded "Movie Version" ...featuring "Texas Bluesman" BUDDY WHITTINGTON.

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"That Ain't Right" (single)

Dr. Wu' and Friends

...featuring "Texas Bluesman" BUDDY WHITTINGTON

DR. WU'
"...the good in me ...the good in you"

Band mates JIM ASHWORTH and BRYAN FREEZE formed Dr. Wu’ in 2002 after growing up and playing in various bands starting in the late 60’s. The name was taken from a favorite Steely Dan song that encourages us to live life to the fullest and strive to be the very best that we can be. With this as their goal, they set out to record their “Texas Blues” Project Volume I “Fort Worth Artists”... a long overdue recorded history utilizing guest appearances by musicians who have made Fort Worth a global mecca of top players… especially great “guitar slingers”.

With the success of their first CD, which was placed on the ballot for the 51st Grammy nominations ...Jim and Bryan have eagerly gone back into their home studios to collaborate on their 2nd CD .... Vol II of the “Texas Blues” Project.

To satisfy their loyal and eager fan base .... Dr. Wu’ is releasing their very first single .... “That Ain’t Right” which features Texas Bluesman BUDDY WHITTINGTON on vocal and guitar.

Buddy, a 15 year veteran of legendary John Mayall’s Buesbreakers band, has recently launched his own successful solo career and is currently playing to sold out venues in Europe and the U.S. Buddy is a “ top crowd pleaser ” in the Dr. Wu’ arsenal of great musicians .

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Buddy's Boogie

Dr. Wu' and Friends

Texas Bluesman, Buddy Whittington rocks a smoking' Texas Blues Shuffle along with Dr. Wu' and the boys!

Jim Ashworth and producer, Bryan Freeze, have been making music together for the last 25 years as Dr. Wu' …. inviting the top musicians in Texas to join them in their studio to make all genres of world class music for all. Since 2007, they have released four CD volumes and are currently working on Volume 5.

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Buddy's Bolero

Dr. Wu' and Friends

An original composition by Dr. Wu' a.k.a. Bryan Freeze and Jim Ashworth featuring Buddy Whittington on guitar, Mike Kennedy on drums, and James Pennebaker on violin along with Dr. Wu'.

Jim Ashworth and producer, Bryan Freeze, have been making music together for the last 25 years as Dr. Wu' …. inviting the top musicians in Texas to join them in their studio to make all genres of world class music for all. Since 2007, they have released four CD volumes and are currently working on Volume 5.

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