Cephas & Wiggins “Caroline In The Morning” from Cool Down (Alligator Records 1995) —Something pretty to start this Thanksgiving edition of Rhthym Highways with...it's my wish that you have reason to give thanks today.Buy it!
Blind Willie McTell “Statesboro Blues” from When The Sun Goes Down The First Time I Met The Blues (BMG 2002) —recorded in Atlanta back in 1928, released on the Victor label. Willie McTell was one of the finest pickers there's ever been.Buy it!
Jesse Thomas “Blind Goose Blues” from Lookin' For That Woman (Black Top 1996) —this is Jesse's original version of the tune, cut back in 1929. The song is about a certain business section of Shreveport, one where you could get just about anything you wanted - including trouble (if you knew where to look.)Buy it!
CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE “Brownsville Blues” from In My Time (Alligator Records 1993) —Charlie is picking guitar on this ol' Sleepy John Estes tune. I'm thinking Charlie learned a little something from all his years hangin' around Big Joe Williams.Buy it!
Sweet Honey In The Rock “Precious Memories” from Shout, Sister, Shout! - A Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe (M.C. Records 2003)Buy it!
Sister Katty Marie “IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL” from Just One Moment The Vintage Female Gospel 1945-1949 (P-Vine 2001) —Sister Katty is actually Marie Knight, who worked extensively with Sister Rosetta back in the day.Buy it!
The Pilgrim Travelers “Straight Street” from The Great 1955 Shrine Concert (Specialty 1993) —the concert also included The Caravans, Brother Joe May, The Soul Stirrers, Dorothy Love Coates and more. This was a BIG show.Buy it!
Al Green “Lean On Me” from Greatest Gospel Hits (THE RIGHT STUFF 2000) —originally released on Hi Records in 1984.Buy it!
S.E.Willis “Can't Think About You” from Pass the Hat (Mr.Suchensuch 2011) —S.E. (Steve) is one of Elvin Bishop's go-to band mates.Buy it!
Robert Lucas “50 Pounds of Bone” from Completely Blue (audioquest 1997) —50 lbs of bone, surrounded by 200 lbs of ham....what a great line. Lucas is (was) one of my favorite artists, period.Buy it!
Eric Two Scoops Moore “Let's Eat!” from Music Cafe (Two Scoops Records 2002) —this cut seems fitting on a Thanksgiving Day! The band on this one includes Duke Robillard, Doug James, Sax Beadle, Marty Ballou and Mark Teixeira - not bad at all!Buy it!
Robert Cray Band “Side Dish” from Live At KDHX Volume 11 (KDHX 2013) N —just listening to this tune makes me so HUNGRY...and the song is great on top of it...perfect!Buy it!
Duffy “Syrup & Honey” from Rockferry (Polydor Ltd. 2008) —I love her voice, and since I saw her on Austin City Limits a couple years back I've been a bit smitten... I sure wish she'd sing more of this sort of material and shy away from the "dance" cuts. Did I mention that I totally dig her voice?!Buy it!
Annie Mack “Revolution” from Baptized in the Blues (Annie Mack Music 2013) N —brand new music from Ms Mack...and congratulations are due as she's now expecting. She has been planning some St. Louis dates in the Spring, but that may have to change...Buy it!
Tom Jones “Lord Help” from Praise & Blame (Lost Highway 2010) —a Jessie Mae Hemphill tune, and with Booker T. Jones on organ for this cut.Buy it!
Sonny Boy Williamson II “Fattening Frogs For Snakes” from His Best (MCA 1997) —vaguely food related, although I don't favor frogs myself. Of course, that's not really what the song is about, is it.Buy it!
Jason Ricci and New Blood “How It Come to Be” from Done With the Devil (Eclecto Groove Records 2009) —guitarist Shawn Starski is on vocals here, and Jason really shows off his great skills on diatonic harp. I don't always like everything he does from a technique perspective, but there's no denying the man's skillset - outstanding.Buy it!
William Clarke “Hot Dog and a Beer” from Tip of the Top (King Ace 1987) —a cut from a modern master...he's been gone for 17 years already (Nov 1996). This cut also features Ronnie Earl and Fred Kaplan.Buy it!
Big Walter Horton “Shakey's Edmonton Blues” from Harp Legends II (Catfish Records Ltd. 1997) —from the master of harp tone, Big Walter "Shakey" Horton. Whew!Buy it!
Patrick Sweany “Bus Station” from Close To the Floor (Nine Mile Records www.ninemilerecords.com 2013) N —released this past July, so it's still new as far as I'm concerned. I nominated this tune for my 'song of the year' for KDHX's end of year roundups.Buy it!
Old 97s “Iron Road” from Alive & Wired (New West Records www.newwestrecords.com 2005) —a 2 disc set that is the ONLY way to listen to the Old 97's on recordings. This definitely captured a moment.Buy it!
Shooting With Annie “Sadie Hawkins Day” from Grapestains (self 2010) L —St. Louis' ownBuy it!
Tiny Grimes “Juicy Fruit” from The Chronological Tiny Grimes 1951-1954 (Classics 2005) —Tiny Grimes And His Rockin' Highlanders from 1953, for New York's Red Robin label.Buy it!
Mighty Joe Young “Things I Used To Do” from Blues With A Touch Of Soul (Delmark 1998) —Joe's take on Guitar Slim's classic, originally recorded in 1970, with help from Big Moose Walker, Jimmy Dawkins and others.Buy it!
Ivan Appelrouth “Blues a la King” from Blue And Instrumental (Ellersoul 2011) —A nice tribute to the style of B.B. King. ok, maybe it's a stretch to call this a food song, although I dig turkey a la king and B.B. King - that's win-win in my book!Buy it!
Etta James “What'd I Say (live)” from Night Train To Nashville Music City Rhythm and Blues 1945-1970 (Country Music Foundation, Inc. 2004) —a 2 disc set, and only volume 1 at that. Both 2 disc volumes are worth seeking out, as there has been much more than C&W coming out of Nashville for decades.Buy it!
Tiny Watkins “Forbidden Fruit” from The Heart Of Southern Soul Volume 2 No Brags - Just Facts (Excello/AVI 1996) —a 1969 Excello Records release...watch out for that Forbidden Fruit...tasty, but trouble!Buy it!
McLemore Avenue “Texas Toast” from 926 East (self-released 2003) —groovy, and a fitting tribute to Booker T. & the MG's. McLemore Avenue is a Houston, TX band. Or was...I don't know if they're still working or not.Buy it!
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