Howlin' Wolf “I'm The Wolf” from Howling Wolf Rides Again (Virgin 1991) —This is the early, ultra-raw Memphis Wolf, with the recordings being made in 1951 and 1952 - about the time the Modern/Chess bidding war for Wolf's services came to a head.Buy it!
Willie Walker “Sweet Thing” from Memphis Soul Greats (Cream/Hi 1995) —This was recorded for Hi's "Pawn" subsidiary around 1975, and released on a single in 1978.Buy it!
Johnny Truitt “Don't Let Me Be A Cryin' Man” from The Heart Of Southern Soul Volume 2 No Brags Just Facts (Ace 1996) —Truitt was a talented but under-recorded Soul singer. This was recorded for A-Bet Records in 1966.Buy it!
Otis Redding “Cigarettes and Coffee” from Dreams To Remember The Otis Redding Anthology (Rhino 1998) —One of Redding's tunes you don't here all that often, recorded in 1966 and released on "The Soul Album".Buy it!
Loot Rock Gang “Let Your Love Watch Over Me” from Live at KDHX 12-18-13 SINGLE (KDHX 2013) L —Little Rachel, Mat, Kellie and Stephen - and keep an eye out for their studio disc titled "That's Why I've Got to Sing", available NOW!Buy it!
Reverend Cleophus Robinson “Wrapped Up, Tied Up, Tangled Up” from I Shall Know Him Peacock Gospel Classics (MCA 1999) L —My absolute favorite gospel tune, and what a performance by St. Louis' Rev. Robinson. Tears of joy, man, tears of joy....Buy it!
Sensational Spirit Consolators “Ring The Message Out” from The Soul of Designer Records (Big Legal Mess Records 2014) N Buy it!
The Caravans “Soul Salvation” from The Best Of Vee-Jay Gospel Volume Three (Collectables 2001)Buy it!
The Mosby Singers Of East St. Louis, IL “The Lord Is My Shephard feat. Irene Mosby” from The Soul Of Designer Records (Big Legal Mess Records 2014) N —The 4 disc set of soul-drenched gospel might just be the most important - and most enjoyable - compilation of 2014. The Memphis-based label was run by Style Wooten, with the majority of the recording chores being expertly handled by Roland Janes (who staBuy it!
Lew Card “Nothing to Prove (feat. Cindy Cashdollar)” from Low Country Hi-Fi (It's Hard to be Lew Card 2014) —An Austinite via Tennesse, his music can be described as “jug band meets county blues.” And, I might add, extremely enjoyable!Buy it!
James "Son" Thomas “Standing At The Crossroads” from Beefsteak Blues (Evidence 1998) —This tune was originally recorded in 1982, live in Frankfurt, Germany. It was originally released on the L+R album "The James "Son" Thomas" album.Buy it!
Eric Bibb “Sunrise Blues” from Booker’s Guitar (Telarc 2010) —The title of the CD refers to the guitar of Bukka White, a famous and gifted blues musician. Long story short, through a series of hard-to-believe events Eric Bibb acquired Bukka's guitar. And for a blues guitarist, that's a prize and a half!Buy it!
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