Raphael Wressnig & Alex Schultz “Pygmy” from Soul Gift (ZYX Music 2012) —how can you go wrong with a soul-groover titled "Pygmy"? It's easy - you can't! Good stuff!Buy it!
Roscoe Robinson “Fox Hunting On A Weekend” from Let Me Be Myself - The Best of Roscoe Robinson (Fuel 2000 Records Inc. 2013) —Roscoe is another singer who came out of the gospel realm, although it took him 15 years to take the leap.Buy it!
Little Johnny Taylor “Zig Zag Lightning” from The Galaxy Years (Ace 1991) —Little Johnny should not be confused with the Johnnie Taylor who hit big with Stax Records, although it's easy to do as they recorded during the same period, both came out of Gospel backgrounds, and at one point both recorded for Galaxy Records!Buy it!
Merry Clayton “Gimmie Shelter” (Repertoire Records 2010) —Originally released on Ode Records in 1970. Merry's voice is the female voice you hear on the Rolling Stones' recording of Gimme Shelter. This woman can sing!Buy it!
RJ Mischo “South City Fog” from West Wind Blowin (Mountain Top Productions 1999) —featuring Steve Freund and Rusty Zinn, recorded during RJ's days of living on the West Coast. RJ's going to be at the SPAH convention next week.Buy it!
SOULARD BLUES BAND “Reconsider Baby ” from Trickle Down Blues (King Solomon Records 2003) L —this features Soulard Blues guest Eric McSpadden on vocals and harmonica.Buy it!
Paul Linden “Walter's Boogie” from Harmonica Blow-Off New York State Rhythm And Blues Festival (New York State Rhythm And Blues Festival 2001) —"Walter" references Big Walter Horton. This was recorded in 2000. Linden was working in Sean Costello's Divebombers at the time. I was fortunate enough to catch this aggregation in St. Louis - Paul can really play (and he plays keys as well.) I thinksBuy it!
The Blasters “American Music” from Live At KDHX 11May2014 (KDHX www.kdhx.org 2014) —It's The Blasters - what more can you say? And, it's American Music - that's pretty much says it all (especially on Rhythm Highways!!!)Buy it!
Mike Stinson “The Kind of Trouble I Need” from Hell and Half of Georgia (Poplar Cove Recording Company 2013) —Mike can have this kind of trouble all to himself - it's way too much for me! Mike is a terrific guitarist and fine songwriter of the country/rockin' Americana side of life.Buy it!
Bottle Rockets “Dinner Train To Dutchtown” from Leftovers (doolittle Records/Mercury Records 1998) L —recorded around the "24 Hours A Day" sessions. Produced by Eric Ambel.Buy it!
Omar Coleman “Scratch My Back” from Louisiana Swamp Stomp (Honeybee Entertainment 2010) —loads of great musicians are on this CD, which had proceeds earmarked to benefit the Northern Louisiana Brain And Spinal Cord Injury Foundation.Buy it!
Rob Roy Parnell “Loose Lips” from Let's Start Something (BLue Rocket Records 2008) —Rob Roy is a Texas musician, and is Lee Roy's brother. Rob Roy is slated to be at the SPAH convention in St. Louis next week.Buy it!
Muddy Waters “Don't Go No Farther” from His Best 1956 to 1964 (MCA 1997) —Harmonica was always the heartbeat of Muddy's bands. In fact, Mud's 1st instrument was harp. This 1956 recording featured Big Walter Horton bendin' the reeds.Buy it!
Carlos Del Junco “Jersey Bounce” from Just Your Fool (Big Reed Records 1995) —This cat is scary good - and is a musician's musician. He can be very eclectic, but is essentially blues/jazz based.Buy it!
The Claudettes “Southbound Stroll” from Live At KDHX 09March2014 (KDHX www.kdhx.org 2014) —recorded live at the Larry J Weir Center for Independent Media in March of 2014.Buy it!
The Claudettes “Do You See It Too?” from Infernal Piano Plot...HATCHED! (Yellow Dog Records/OM God Music 2013) —The Claudettes are playing TONIGHT at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups -and it's an early start, too - 7pm. There's no ballgame traffic tonight, either. It would be a nice opportunity to check out this fun and interesting band.Buy it!
Rob Paparozzi “Peg” from Etruscan Soul (Honeydrippers Records 2009) —This cat is the real deal, and might be an even finer singer than harp player - and that's saying a lot!Buy it!
T.J. Klay “Golden Mel” from Keep On Harpin (Sporting Klay's Music 1999) —T.J. is a jazz and country harp player who is slated to be appearing (and instructing a classroom-type session) at the upcoming SPAH convention in St. Louis.Buy it!
Brian Curran “Key To The Highway” from Live at off Broadway (Wildstone www.briantcurran.com 2012) L —I choose this song in order to feature local harp man Adam Andrews. He's a real nice player, and deserves more notoriety (in my opinion.)Buy it!
Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama “Satisfied Mind” from There Will Be A Light (Virgin Records America 2004)Buy it!
Clarence Fountain and The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama “Lean On Him” from I'm Not That Way Anymore (Air Gospel 2004) —the vocal tracks were recorded in June of 1989, while the instrumental tracks were laid down by Sean Costello & his band in April 2004.Buy it!
The Mighty Jeremiahs “Tell The Truth” from The Mighty Jeremiahs (ear-X-tacy Records 2005) —Jimmy Hall (of Wet Willie) singin' and playin' that harmonica. This album is essentially a hard-rock spiritual effort.Buy it!
Elder Roma Wilson “Have You Tried Jesus-He's Alright” from This Train (Arhoolie Records 1995) —this song was recorded in Mississippi in 1994, accompanied by the congregation of Johnson's Chapel, Church of the Living God.Buy it!
Joe Filisko “Bye Bye Bird” from History of the Blues Harmonica Concert (BackBender Records 2010) —Joe is a noted harmonica "hot rodder/customizer", as well as an expert on pre-war harmonica styles and players. He's also a teacher at Chicago's Old Town Folk School.Buy it!
Sandy Weltman “B Flat Blues Instrumental” from na (NA url) L —performed in 1995 for an edition of KDHX's Nothin' But The Blues program. Sandy's about as good a player as you'll find.Buy it!
Peter Madcat Ruth “Pocket Full Of Soul Theme Song” from Pocket Full Of Soul Operation Creation Vol. 1 (Pocketfullofsoulmovie.com 2013) —This song is the theme song for the documentary "Pocket Full Of Soul" - the harmonica documentary. This CD contains 15 tunes submitted to be chosen as the theme.Buy it!
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