DOOZY sounds like a band you once might've heard in a shady downtown bar, on a Parisian sidewalk, or wafting from a Philco wireless on a hot summer evening. Dreamy and quirky original music that's heavy on the lyrics and vocals, backed by an eccentric instrumental style. Music that begs for a couple of rounds of cocktails and a steamy love affair. The mood is sultry but sweet, wry but not jaded, frequently amusing. Doozy transports you to another time but the themes are timeless: the pursuit of love, liquor, and happiness, which rarely seem to come in the right amounts.
DOOZY grew out of singer Christie Mellor's lifelong fondness for the music of the 1920s and ‘30s and her penchant for memorizing every record she could find by the Boswell Sisters, Ruth Etting, Bing Crosby, and Annette Hanshaw. In her other life she’s a published author, actor, and illustrator, but a band was born when she and her neighbor, documentary producer and guitarist Doug Freeman, another fan of early jazz and popular music, started playing together. They roped in three long-time friends and DOOZY was complete: first to join was artist, filmmaker, and fez-wearer John Allen on clarinet; then writer, director, and arranger Peter Hastings on upright bass; and finally jazz and classical pianist Henry Spurgeon on accordion.
After gigging around Los Angeles for a year or so, Christie and Doug began to write and record their own songs together, and the result is DOOZY's first CD of original music, "HEAVY SUGAR."
When not on the road, DOOZY can be heard dishing out their own lush and loopy brand of Prohibition pop and Depression-era cheer—featuring songs from "HEAVY SUGAR"—every Thursday night at the historic Culver Hotel in Los Angeles.
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released July 15, 2011
All Songs Written by Christie Mellor (Mellortone Music/BMI) and Doug Freeman (Honkytone Music/BMI) except: Johnny's Come Out by Christie Mellor, Richard Goldman (Dragbunt Music/BMI) and Doug Freeman; Get Out and Get Under the Moon by Larry Shay, Charles Tobias and William Jerome
Christie Mellor - vocals, percussion
Doug Freeman - guitar, ukulele, lap steel guitar, mandolin, percussion, tenor sax, vocals
John Allen - clarinet, baritone sax
Peter Hastings - bass
Henry Spurgeon - accordion, musette, piano
Max Kaplan - bass clarinet, clarinet, alto sax
Atticus Mellor-Goldman - cello
Steve Mugalian - percussion
Corey Gemme - cornet, trombone, percussion
Arrangements on Absinthe, I'll Sleep All Day, and Munchkin Hotel by Peter Hastings
Horn arrangement on Don't Mess with Joe by Doug Freeman
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Doug Freeman at Tin Can Sound, Los Angeles, CA
Addtional recording by John Allen at Gower Ranch, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Hank Linderman at Parsons Green, Los Angeles, CA
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