There's a Bright Side Somewhere

Happy Traum, Vocals and Guitars
Thirteen songs in the folk, blues, and "Americana" traditions, played by Happy and backed up by a collection of fabulous players and singers.
  • Code:CDHAPBS

Happy Traum’s first new CD in seven years (July 2022) features thirteen songs and guitar instrumentals. His dynamic acoustic fingerpicking and singing are backed up by a stellar assortment of talented friends: Darol Anger, Marco Benevento, Ryan Berg, Larry Campbell, Cindy Cashdollar, Zach Djanikian, Neil Eisenberg, Amy Helm, Byron Isaacs, Bruce Molsky, Geoff Muldaur, Abby Newton, Eric Parker, Eugene Ruffolo, John Sebastian, Adam Traum, Tony Trischka, Jay Ungar. 

Happy has put his indelible stamp on these songs and instrumentals, 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.”

  1. There’s a Bright Side Somewhere (Trad. arr. Happy Traum)
  2. Santa Cruz Blues (Instrumental) (Happy Traum)
  3. New York Town (Woody Guthrie) 
  4. Dry Bones (Trad. arr. Happy Traum) 
  5. Living With the Blues (Brownie McGhee) 
  6. Come All You Fair… (Instrumental) (Trad. arr. Happy Traum and Darol Anger) 
  7. Farewell (Bob Dylan) 
  8. Mary, I’m Coming Back Home (Eric Andersen) 
  9. He Was a Friend of Mine (Trad. arr. Happy Traum) 
  10. Lakes of Ponchartrain (Trad. arr. Happy Traum) 
  11. How Are Things in Glocca Morra? (Instrumental) (Burton Lane - arr. Happy Traum) 
  12. In the Wee Midnight Hour (Blind Willie McTell) 
  13. Love Song to a Girl in an Old Photograph (Happy Traum) 

"Whether it's his expressive vocals or guitar picking – intricate here, delicate there – Happy Traum has the uncanny ability to make me stop whatever I'm doing. And. Just. Listen."Dan Forte, Music Journalist and Editor-at-Large, Vintage Guitar Magazine

"As he shows yet again on a new album titled There’s a Bright Side Somewhere, his exceptional fingerpicking guitar is unrivaled, and he brings dazzling life to traditional and contemporary folk songs.” - Henry Carrigan, Folk Alley


Eric Greenberg 6 months, 3 weeks ago

These are some of the finest examples of Happies work that this long time listener has had the pleasure of hearing in a long time. Great representation of the Catskill Mountain sound to say the least! What a cast and crew as well!

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