Ben Branch and the Operation Breadbasket Orchestra and Choir “Battle Hymn of the Republic ” from The Last Request (Chess Records 1968) —This is Hound Dog Brown, filling in for Art Dwyer tonight. This first cut is a jazz-gospel rendition, and is the first cut of several I'm playing tonight in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this Monday.Buy it!
James Armstrong “Devil's Candy” from Blues At The Border (Catfood Records 2011)Buy it!
Snooky Pryor “Hold Me In Your Arms” from Too Cool to Move (Antone's Records 1991)Buy it!
Leo's Five “Ol' man river, part 2” from Direct From The Blue Note Club, East St Louis (Ace 2008) LBuy it!
Tampa Red and Chicago Five “She don't know my mind - part 2” from Tampa Red - Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Volume 7 (Document Records) —Here's a set of four old school blues, this cut from 1936.Buy it!
Leroy Carr “Don't start no stuff, with Scrapper Blackwell” from Whiskey Is My Habit, Good Women Is All I Crave: The Best Of Leroy Carr (Columbia Legacy. 2004) —From 1934.Buy it!
Kokomo Arnold “Buddie Brown Blues (Rolling Time)” from Midnight Blues (History/ Music Alliance AG 2008) —From 1937.Buy it!
Memphis Slim “She's Alright” from Rockin' This House - Chicago Blues Piano 1946 - 1953 CD - C Memphis Slim 1946 - 1948 (JSP Records) —From 1954.Buy it!
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra “Anchors Aweigh (Live)” from Bluebird's Best - Glenn Miller - America's Bandleader (BMG Entertainment) —This cut goes out to Dennis Brannaker, long-time volunteer who answers the phones during Gabriel's show. Dennis is a U.S. Navy veteran, and is on the mend from a recent malady, so here's a fast swing jazz rendition. Anchors Aweigh, man!Buy it!
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five “At the swing cat's ball” from Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five Disc A: 1938 - 1940 (JSP Records) —Here are three more cuts by band leaders who had reputations for running tight bands, and, as a result, had reputations for being a tad difficult to work for, because they drilled their bands so hard (tight bands don't happen by dumb accident ; - )Buy it!
Ike Turner and His Kings of Rhythm “The New Breed Pt 2” from Ike's Instrumentals (Ace Records 2000) LBuy it!
Ray Charles “Leave My Woman Alone” from Ray Charles - The Definitive Soul Collection (Rhino)Buy it!
The Herbie Hancock Sextet “Fat Albert Rotunda” from Mwandishi - The Complete Warner Bros Recordings (Warner Bros Records) —Frist released in 1970, this is a funk-jazz groove that just won't quit.Buy it!
Buddy Guy “Living proof.” from Living Proof (Silvertone 2010)Buy it!
Ben Branch & The Operation Breadbasket Orchestra & Choir “Precious Lord, take my hand.” from The Last Request (Chess Records) —This is from the Chess catalog (# LPS-1524) from 1968, recorded in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This song by Rev. Thomas Dorsey was Dr. King's favorite, who requested it for a program of music to be played the night he was assassainated.Buy it!
Roy Gaines and his Orchestra “Rats in my kitchen” from Tuxedo Blues (Black Gold Records) —Roy Gaines on guitar and vocal, backed up by a huge band.Buy it!
Mud Morganfield “You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had” from Son of the Seventh Son (Severn Records 2012) N —He's the eldest son of Muddy Waters, sounding stunningly like his dad, and backed up by some Chicago musicians who are recreating the old Chess sound with eerie precision.Buy it!
Mud Morganfield “Blues In My Shoes” from Son of the Seventh Son (Severn Records 2012) N —One more from this CD, which appears to be its debut on KDHX.Buy it!
Ivas John Band “Honey can't you see” from Look Who's Crying Now (Live at BB's) L —Ivas John is a talented guitar player, and he and his band always deliver a very polished and professional performance. Ivas John is from the Carbondale IL area. This is a song he wrote. They are at BB's tomorrow night at 10pm.Buy it!
The Zydeco Crawdaddies “Boll weevil” from St. Louie Mardi Gras (Jake the Dog 2007) L —There's very fine percussion by KDHX's own Fred Gumaer (Mid Day Jamboree on Satudays 1 - 3 pm) on this cut. The Crawdaddies will appear tomorrow at the Blues City Deli.Buy it!
Samantha Fish “Today's My Day” from Runaway (Ruf Records GmbH 2011) —Samantha Fish is from Kansas City MO, and is a stellar young blues guitarist and vocalist who is pursuing the craft with dead seriousness. This CD was produced by St. Louis native Mike ZitoBuy it!
Samantha Fish “Money To Burn” from Runaway (Ruf Records GmbH 2011) —Since Ms Fish has had little airplay so far on KDHX, here's another cut. She's releasing another Mike Zito-produced CD this spring. She has a very bright future ahead of her in the blues.Buy it!
Mahalia Jackson “We Shall Overcome” from unknown (Unknown) —Mahalia Jackson is regarded as the finest Gospel singer to ever walk this Earth. This is the third cut I'm playing today in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Buy it!
Gabriel “Gabriel, blow your horn, part 2” from Gabriel: The Flock-Rocker (Crown Prince of the Blues) (Stackhouse Recording & Drop Top Music 2010) L —The Ben Branch and Mahalia Jackson recordings were kindly furnished to me by The MAN! Gabriel! who you can hear each Sunday at midnight to 3 a.m. Monday morning right here on KDHX.Buy it!
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials “Compact Man” from The Alligator Records Blues Festival (Alligator Records) —A signature song by this mighty blues man, appearing at BB's Thursday Jan 24 9 pm to 12:30 a.m.Buy it!
The Sugar Thieves “Real live wire” from The Sugar Thieves (Self Release 2011) —From Phoenix AZ, The Sugar Thieves are passing through St. Louis on their way to the International Blues Competition in Memphis. They have three gigs scheduled while here.Buy it!
The Sugar Thieves “Come now” from The Sugar Thieves (Self Release 2011) —Here's a second cut, since this is the band's KDHX debut. The gigs are Jan 24 6 - 8 pm at Blues City Deli; Jan 25 11:30 pm at BB's; and Jan 26 Venice Cafe (unknown time).Buy it!
Frank's Creation - Inner City Blues Band “I wonder.” from Arkansas (Frank's Creation - Inner City Blues Band 2008) L —Hometown good guys, with Skeet Rodgers on vocal, are booked at BB's on Sunday Jan 20 and again on Sunday Jan 27. This cut was written by Skeet Rodgers and Keith Doder.Buy it!
Tom Hall “God Moves On The Water” from Right Down There on Lee Street (Tom Hall 2005) L —There is a benefit for Tom Hall tomorrow at The Shanti in Soulard, 11 a.m. to 7 pm. This cut is a cover of an old Blind Willie Johnson song.Buy it!
Johnny Winter “Evil on my mind” from 3rd Degree (Alligator) R —For the listener who requested something from Johnny Winter.Buy it!
Henry Gray “Cold chills.” from Louisiana Blues (Arhoolie Productions) —Henry Gray on vocal and piano. He was a long time member of Howlin' Wolf's band.Buy it!
Whispering Smith “I love you baby” from Louisiana Blues (Arhoolie Productions) —Whispering Smith, on vocal and harmonica. He made recordings on the Excello label which helped define what we today call "swamp blues".Buy it!
Louis Villery “Making Nassau Fruit Drink” from Super Soul Blues Vol. II (Paula Records) —A nice and funky instrumental from this southern record label.Buy it!
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown “We're Outta Here” from The Alligator Records 25th Anniversary Collection (Alligator Records 1996) —Thanks for listening and for all the kind calls!Buy it!
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