Walter Davis “Blue Ghost Blues” from Walter Davis the essential (Classic Blues 2001) —Davis is one of the more unsung of the early blues pianist/singers...the man recorded around 200 sides, a number not to be taken lightly.Buy it!
Scottie Miller “Worried Life Blues” from Livin' Between The Black 'n White (Artist 2005) —Scottie is a fine pianist/singer/songwrite based out of Minneapolis. He's playing BBs on Sat, Dec 21st. We'll hear another one from Scottie, in a band context, later in the show.Buy it!
The Little Elmore Reed Blues Band “Kissing At Midnight” from The Little Elmore Reed Blues Band (Comanche Records 2012) —just a little back porch affair here.Buy it!
Alex Bradford and The Bradford Singers “It Makes Me Tremble” from One Step & Angel On Vacation (Vee Jay Records 1993) —originally recorded in 1963 for Vee-Jay. Bradford was among the 1st stars of the Group gospel approach, as opposed to quartets; he was highly influential in the field of gospel music.Buy it!
Shirley Caesar “Hallelujah It's Done” from The Best of Shirley Caesar With the Caravans (Savoy Records 1968)Buy it!
The Dixie Nightingales “Nail Prints” from Free At Last Gospel Quartets From Stax Records Chalice Label (Fantasy 1997) —this group was from Memphis, and were highly influenced by the Dixie Hummingbirds & the Sensational Nightingales - hence the name Dixie Nightingales (arrived at by contest, winner got 25 gospel lps.)Buy it!
Ken Bott “HIT & RUN” from The Blues from Bottsville (Roseleaf Records 1999) —drummer Jimi Bott's father...judging from Ken's album, it may have been interesting growing up in the Bott household!Buy it!
John Mooney “(Baby) Please Don't Go” from Live at KDHX 8-19-10 (KDHX 2010) —a sample of another fine session recorded live at KDHX, by KDHX personnel.Buy it!
Lonnie Mack “Falling Back In Love With You” from Strike Like Lightning (Alligator 1985) —Lonnie Mack, famous for his Magnatone sound, but also a fine soulful singer. One of my favorite vocalists, fo' sho'.Buy it!
Ruby Johnson “The Love of My Man” from I'll Run Your Hurt Away (Fantasy 1993) —Miss Ruby recorded for Volt (Stax), and sort of fell right in between the soul and the blues camps, which sort of caused her to fall between the cracks a bit.Buy it!
Eddie C. Campbell “King Of The Jungle” from King of the Jungle (ROOSTER 1986) —originally recorded in 1977, my copy is the 1986 re-release (the sound is better). Carey Bell is on here, as is Lafayette Leake, Bob Stroger, Lurrie Bell and Clifton James. Good stuff!Buy it!
Joe Callicott “Come Home to Me Baby” from Ain't a Gonna Lie to You (Fat Possum 2003) —recorded by George Mitchell in 1967. I really enjoy Joe's rhythmic sensibilities & style.Buy it!
R.L Burnside “You Gotta Move” from Mr. Wizard (Fat Possum 1997) —RL was the king of Fat Possum (although some may argue Jr Kimbrough, and not without merit). Personally, I find RL's music more accessible that Jr's. That's just me, though.Buy it!
Mississippi Fred McDowell “Jesus Is On The Mainline” from I Do Not Play No Rock N Roll (EMI-Capitol 2001) —Fred was actually born in Tennessee, but lived most of his life in Mississippi. And, he would not play no rock n roll...at least not too much of it.Buy it!
Annie Mack “G-Groove” from Baptized in the Blues (Annie Mack Music 2013) N —check out the current issue of Living Blues magazine for a glowing review of Annie's fine album.Buy it!
The Animals “Club-A-Gogo” from The Complete Animals CD COMP (EMI 1990) —from 1965, a band (Burdon/Price) songwriting credit that sounds awfully close to Chuck Berry territory.Buy it!
Them “Mystic Eyes” from The Story Of Them Featuring Van Morrison. (Decca 1997) —a 2 disc set chronicling Van Morrison's early days with his band "Them".Buy it!
Rod Stewart “Cloud Nine” from A Little Misunderstood The Sixties Sessions (Fuel 2000 2001) —there are loads of blues covers on this album, as Rod's roots were definitely in the blues. A little tough to see now, but it's true.Buy it!
Scottie Miller Band “Don't Try To Tell Me” from Live (Artist 2010) —here's that 2nd Scottie Miller tune I mentioned earlier. By the way, did you know that Scottie is also a member of Ruthie Foster's band? (records and tours with her.)Buy it!
Katie Webster “Two-Fisted Mama” from Katie Webster: Deluxe Edition (Alligator Records 1999) —this song goes out to, well, me! I love Miss Katie's work. Let's send this one out to Gus Thornton as well, as Gus recorded and toured with Katie for a time.Buy it!
Dona Oxford “Doe's Gumbo” from Step Up (Artist 2007) —a fine pianist influenced by Johnnie Johnson. Dona's album was later released on FountainBleu Records.Buy it!
Soul Children “Don't Take My Kindness For Weakness” from Chronicle (stax 1979) —J Blackfoot (John Colbert) was one of the singers in this Stax outfit.Buy it!
Irma Thomas “These Four Walls” from In Between Tears (Fungus 1973) N —recorded in the early 1970s by Swamp Dog (Jerry Williams). Irma is said to be not all that happy with the album, but I think it's might fine.Buy it!
O'Donel Levy “People Make The World Go Round” from Funksoulbrothers (Union Square Music 2000) —Funksoulbrothers is in interesting compilation of soulful music dancing on a funky edge.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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