Little Hatch “Country Blues” from Rock With Me Baby CD ALBUM (APO 2002) —Hound Dog Brown is filling in for Ron Edwards this evening, as Ron is recuperating from elective surgery. I wish Ron a speedy recovery. Tonight's program is a tour through time and different locales to sample some different species of the blues.Buy it!
Henry Townsend “Now I Stay Away” from Henry Townsend And Friends (Catfish Records) L —We are starting out our blues tour with a set of four pre-WWII St. Louis recordings. This cut by Henry Townsend (the patriarch of St. Louis blues!) features Robert Nighthawk on guitar and John Lee 'Sonny Boy' Williamson on harmonica (recorded 1937).Buy it!
Henry Brown “Henry Brown Blues” from Twenty First St. Stomp - The Piano Blues of St. Louis (Yazoo Records 2005) L —A fine example of St. Louis barrelhouse piano, 1929.Buy it!
Alice Moore “Tomorrow Blues” from Down On the Levee: The Piano Blues of St. Louis Vol. 2 (Yazoo) L —Alice Moore is accompanied by Jimmy Gordon on piano, and Peetie Wheatstraw on guitar, both of whom she calls by name during the song! 1935.Buy it!
Peetie Wheatstraw “Shack Bully Stomp” from Peetie Wheatstraw - The Essential (Classic Blues) L —Peetie is likely accompanied by Lonnie Johnson on guitar.Buy it!
Charlie Patton “High Sheriff Blues” from Birth of The Blues (Charly Records) —Next stop on the tour: Pre-war Mississippi Delta blues. Charlie Patton and Son House were the prime movers, heavily influencing all who followed, including Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.Buy it!
Son House “Special Rider Blues” from Son House - Delta Blues (Proper 2003)Buy it!
Robert Johnson “Ramblin' On My Mind” from The Complete Recordings (Columbia / Legacy 1990)Buy it!
Muddy Waters “Country Blues No. 1” from Martin Scorsese Present The Blues - Muddy Waters (Hip-O Records) —This is one of Muddy's first recordings, made by Alan Lomax at Muddy's cabin on Stovall Farm in Mississippi for the Library of Congress, August 1941.Buy it!
Blind Boy Fuller “Untrue Blues” from Blind Boy Fuller - East Coast Piedmont Style (Columbia Legacy) —Next stop on the tour: The Piedmont region of the southeast Atlantic coast and foothills. Piedmont guitar is often finger-picked, with a complex, syncopated rhythm, giving it a more intricate and ornate sound than you'd find in Delta blues, to my ear.Buy it!
Blind Blake “Police Dog Blues” from Midnight Hour Blues (Columbia River Entertainment Group) —These recordings by Blind Blake and Blind Boy Fuller are good examples of pre-war Piedmont guitar.Buy it!
John Cephas “Chicken can't roost too high” from Cephas & Wiggins - Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad (Evidence Records) —A very nice Piedmont guitar insturmental by a contemporary master of the genre.Buy it!
John Jackson “Bear Cat Blues” from Don't Let Your Deal Go Down (Arhoolie) —Another contemporary master of the Piedmont style.Buy it!
J.B. Hutto And His Hawks “Married Woman Blues” from Chicago / The Blues / Today! Vol. 1 (Vanguard vanguardrecords.com 1989) —Next stop on the tour: mid-60s Chicago electric blues. Ron Edwards knew Hutto very well!Buy it!
J. B Hutto “Young hawk's crawl” from Chicago Blues Bash (Laserlight)Buy it!
Homesick James and His Dusters “Somebody Been Talkin'” from Chicago / The Blues / Today!, Vol. 2 (Vanguard vanguardrecords.com 1989) —Homesick James was also well known by Ron Edwards. Homesick James and J.B. Hutto are masters of Chicago electric slide blues guitar, and sing some mighty powerful vocals.Buy it!
Homesick James and His Dusters “So Mean to Me” from Chicago / The Blues / Today!, Vol. 2 (Vanguard vanguardrecords.com 1989)Buy it!
The Animals “Worried life blues” from The Most Of The Animals (EMI Records) —Next stop on the tour: across the Atlantic to the British Isles. Here are four cuts from 60s Brit Invasion rock bands who did fine blues. Here's a Sleepy John Estes tune covered by the Animals in 1965.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “I Want to Be Loved” from Singles Collection: The London Years (Remastered) (ABKCO 2005) —The Stones started their musical life as a BLUES band. Here they are covering a Willie Dixon tune (recorded 1963).Buy it!
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers “All Your Love” from Eric Clapton (Polydor) —In my opinion, all four of these British cuts, as blues, stand up very well to the test of time. Eric Clapton plays guitar on this cut, which is a cover of an Otis Rush song. (1966)Buy it!
Them “Baby Please Don't Go” from Good Morning, Vietnam - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (A&M Records) —"Them" were an Irish rock and roll band with a young Van Morrison as lead singer. Here, they are covering a Big Joe Williams tune. As a young teenager in the mid 60s, I first heard the blues as reflected back across the Atlantic by Brit invasion bands.Buy it!
Slim Harpo “Still Rainin' in My Heart” from The Real Excello R&B (Excello/Ace) —Next stop on the tour: Louisiana, for three classic swamp blues recordings from the Excello Records catalog.Buy it!
Lonesome Sundown “My house is a prison” from The Best of Excello Records (Excello)Buy it!
Lazy Lester “I Hear You Knockin'” from The Best of Excello Records (Excello)Buy it!
Dave Herrero “Halo” from Austin to Chicago (self-release 2008) —Next tour stop: Texas, for three Texas shuffle blues. "Shuffle" blues is mid to up-tempo blues which invites you to jump out of your seat and shuffle your feet! Texas shuffle has a simple but strong rhythmic pattern, and personally, I can't get enough!Buy it!
W. C. Clark “Midnight hour blues” from Crucial Texas Blues (Alligator) —W.C. Clark taught Stevie Ray Vaughan a few things, as I understand.Buy it!
Smokin' Joe Kubek Band featuring Bnois King “Don't touch her” from Got My Mind Back (Bullseye Blues www.rounder.com) —Smokin' Joe and Bnois King show up in St. Louis once a year or so. They are a must-see!Buy it!
Tommy Bankhead “It Ain't Right” from Message to St. Louis (Fedora Records 2000) L —I'm finishing up our blues tour back in St. Louis. Here is one cut each from Tommy Bankhead and Bennie Smith. Sadly, we lost both of these exemplars of St. Louis blues guitar in recent years.Buy it!
Bennie Smith “Buddah-Ba” from Shook Up (Fedora 2001)Buy it!
Marquise Knox “Soul searchin' shuffle” from Rise Up Now! (Night Train Publishing) L —Last cut: from St. louis' 20 year old blues prodigy, Marquise Knox. Tune in next week and look for Ron Edwards to be back in air room!Buy it!
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