Vintage Blend is a collection of Manitoba Hal songs reimagined and rearranged for cigar box guitar, ukulele and slide guitar. These newly recorded songs from the earliest stage of Manitoba Hal's career combine his rich, signature songwriting style with the clear and uncomplicated tone of homemade, "front porch" instruments.
The album begins with Manitoba Hal's first ukulele, a 1955 Martin soprano. His grandfather gave it to him on the condition that he learn to play it. He did and it changed everything. A little folk, a little blues and a little rock n' roll… this album showcases Manitoba Hal's varied songwriting and musical styles.
Manitoba Hal - lead vocals, ukulele, cigar box guitar, slide guitar, cigar box bass
Geoff Arsenault - junk percussion
Support Vocals (arranged by Nicole Colbeck)
All songs © Hal Brolund except This Condition and 30 Odd Days by Hal Brolund/Stephen Johns (SOCAN)
Produced by Nicole Colbeck/Hal Brolund
Recorded by Jay Pilzer at Maritimes Music Studio
Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada
Photography by Lisa Buchanan
Design concept by Nicole Colbeck
Graphic Layout by Hal Brolund