Doug Macleod “Unmarked Road” (audioquest 1997) —sometimes in life you just have to follow that "unmarked road", but nothing guarantees that the changes will be easy.Buy it!
Johnny Young “Keep Your Nose Out Of My Business” from Chicago Blues with Otis Spann, James Cotton Big Walter, Etc. (Arhoolie 1990) —the recordings on this cd were originally made in 1966 & 1967. Johnny had a fine, warm voice, and was a heckuva guitar player as well as a master mandolin player.Buy it!
The Racky Thomas Band “These Lowdown Blues” from Last of the Big Spenders (RT Records 1999) —Racky is one of those outstanding artists working regionally, who hasn't been able to break out to a larger audience. He's from the Boston area, and plays harp and guitar in addition to singing and songwriting.Buy it!
Django Reinhardt “Blues Clair” from The Best Of Django Reinhardt (Capitol Records 1996) —a Reinhardt orignal, recorded in 1943.Buy it!
Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights “Nuages” from Black Coffee (Memphis International Records 2010) —Ann and her band with a beautiful take on a Django Reinhardt composition.Buy it!
Miss Jubilee “Dinah” from miss jubilee (Jubilee 2013) L —St. Louis' own, with a long introductory trumpet solo from horn-for-hire Brian Casserly.Buy it!
Hot Club Of Cowtown “When Day Is Done” from Dev'lish Mary (Hightone 2000)Buy it!
Annie Mack “Fool To Believe” from Baptized in the Blues (Annie Mack Music 2013) N —I'm almost all the way through Annie's cd, 1 track per week. This album is refreshingly good; Annie and her band are a joy to listen to. It garnered a flattering review in the new issue of Living Blues.Buy it!
The Claudettes “Stumblin' Home Satisfied” from Infernal Piano Plot...HATCHED! (Yellow Dog Records/OM God Music 2013) N —Johnny Iguana reminding us that the piano is a percussion instrument in addition to a melody instrument. Interesting, eclectic good stuff!Buy it!
Rue Boogaloo “Creeper” from Rue Boogaloo (Artist 2012) —a pleasant surprise album from 2012, but unfortunately the band leader (Andy Cornett) passed away just after the release of the CD.Buy it!
The Nighthawks “Love's So Hard” from Side Pocket Shot (GENES 1997) —originally released on LP in 1977. This is the original Nighthawk combo, featuring Jimmy Thackery and Mark Wenner, along with Jan Zukowski and Pete Ragusa.Buy it!
Rusty Zinn “Talkin' 'Bout You” from Zinfidelity, Vol. 1 (Bad Daddy 2005) —Zinfidelity is essentially Rusty's soul album, and he proves very good at it!Buy it!
Jeremy Baum “Oasis Jam” from Lost River Jams (Flying Yak Records 2002) —Jeremy is an outstanding B-3 player from the NYC area, and he has worked with Shemekia Copeland.Buy it!
Richard Johnston “That's No Way To Get Along” from Foot Hill Stomp (FTRC produkshuns 2002) —Richard rose to prominence as a street performer in Memphis, and totally immersed himself in the blues culture of the North Mississippi Hill Country - with a special attachment to Jessie Mae Hemphill.Buy it!
Paul Wine Jones “Mad Dog On My Trail” from Mule (Fat Possum 1995) —One of Fat Possum's gloriously raw artists.Buy it!
Slick Ballinger “Mississippi Soul” from Slick Ballinger Presents Mississippi Soul (Oh Boy Records 2006) —Daniel "Slick" Ballinger skyrocketed to blues fame at a young age, then gave it up to join the church. Not an uncommon story in blues history, eh? (Reminiscent of Rev. Robert Wilkins) Daniel has released at least 1 "gospel" cd under his given name of DaBuy it!
The Blasters “Common Man” from Testament - the Complete Slash Recordings (Rhino/Warner Bros. 2005) —Common Man was originally found on the 1985 album "Hard Line"Buy it!
Patrick Sweany “Corner Closet” from That Old Southern Drag (Nine Mile Records 2011) —Sweany is unabashadley one of my favorite artists; I consider him a 4-hour artist, meaning it's worth a 4-hour drive to catch one of his shows (especially if he has his own band with him!)Buy it!
Paul Reddick + The Sidemen “I'm A Criminal” from rattlebag (NorthernBlues northernblues.com 2001) —poet, songwriter, singer and harp player from Canada. Very electic, and always very good.Buy it!
Billy Boy Arnold “Oh! Me! Oh! My! Blues” from The Walter Davis Project (Electro-fi 2013) —a tribute to a giant of 20th century blues music, Mr. Walter Davis. Davis, a St. Louis artist, recorded over 200 sides during his career. The piano man/mastermind of this project is Christian Rannenberg.Buy it!
David Krull “Head Hangin' Low” from Can't Let Go (Missouri Slow Krull Music 2005) L —a nice piano piece from ex-St. Louisan David Krull, and some fine singin', too.Buy it!
Little Rachel with The Lazy Jumpers “It's Always a Blonde” from There's a New Miss Rhythm in Town (El Toro Records 2007) —this is a Rachel composition; check out her project The Loot Rock Gang with fiance Mat Wilson.Buy it!
Nikki Hill, Deke Dickerson & The Bo-Keys “Feelins” from Soul Meets Country! - EP (Major Label Records 2013) N —"Feelins" was a #1 hit duet for Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn in 1975 (their last #1 duet).Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “I'm Still In Need (feat. Percy Wiggins)” from Writing On the Wall (feat. Percy Wiggins) - EP (ELECTRAPHONIC Recording 2012) —Is it just me, or can The Bo-Keys do no wrong? They are led by bassist Scott Bomar (the "BO" of the Bo-Keys)Buy it!
John Ginty “Trinity (feat. Cris Jacobs)” from Bad News Travels (american showplace music 2013) N —John is a talented B-3 player from 'Jersey, and a heckuva good guy. Rich Barta of Chicken Shack Alley conducted an interesting & informative phone-in interview with Ginty a couple months back.Buy it!
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