Harmonica Slim & Hosea Leavy “Cold Tacos and Warm Beer” (Fedora 2000) —East Side Slim is in the room - that means stay tuned for an East Side GrooveBuy it!
Daddy Mack Orr “Get Back” from Fried Glass Onions Memphis Meets The Beatles (Inside Sounds 2005) —Daddy Mack takes the Beatles to the North Mississippi Hills, with help from harp man Billy Gibson.Buy it!
Chris Ruest Band “Champagne N' Reefer” from Live At The Shakespeare Pub, Houston, Texas (self-released 2013) N —Chris and band take this Muddy Waters' associated tune and make it sound nasty...in a good way!Buy it!
Charlie Wood “One Kind Word” from Southbound (Go Jazz Records 1997) —Charlie is an underrecognized keyboard talent out of Memphis.Buy it!
Ripple “I Don't Know What It Is But Sure Is Funky” from Funksoulbrothers (Union Square Music 2000)Buy it!
MACEO PARKER “Hit The Road Jack” from Roots & Grooves (Heads Up 2008) —This is a 2 disc set, with disc 1 being a "tribute to Ray Charles", and disc 2 being "back to funk".Buy it!
Rondo's Blues Deluxe “I Got A Problem” from Live @ Blueberry Hill (Blueberry Hill 1987) L —The classic Blues Deluxe lineup, featuring Steve Waldman and Bobby Nickerson on guitars.Buy it!
Steve Gerard & the National Debonaires featuring Dave "Elmo" Bailey “Clear View” from New Sounds From Kansas City (soundgate records 2007) —special mention needs to be made of Shinetop Jr's piano playing on this one. Much of the band is from K.C., with Steve Gerard actually being a Calgary boy.Buy it!
Earl Hooker “Everything Gonna Be Alright” from Play Your Guitar, Mr. Hooker (Black Top 1993) —a Black Top release, but licensed from Black Magic Records in The Netherlands. Muddy Waters Jr with the vocal on this cut.Buy it!
Duke Ellington “The Intimacy Of The Blues” from Beyond Category Box Set (BMG 1994) —a Billy Strayhorn composition, recorded in 1967 for the ""And His Mother Called Him Bill" LP.Buy it!
Illinois Jacquet “The Galloping Latin” from The Blues; That's Me! (Fantasy 1991) —recorded in 1969 in NYC, with Tiny Grimes on gtr and Wynton Kelly on piano.Buy it!
Art Neville “Micky Fick” from Organ-ized: All-Star Tribute to the B-3 Organ (High Street Records/Windham Hill group 1999) —Brother Art, along with brother Ian and Brian Stolz on guitars.Buy it!
Robert Cray Band “Great Big Old House” from Live At KDHX 14Sep2012 (KDHX 2012) —Talk about a cat making the listener "feel" the song...and just listen to that vocal, here. tough stuff.Buy it!
SOULARD BLUES BAND “You Ain't Said” from Nothing To Lose (King Solomon Records 1984) L —written by Jim McLaren, the band had Thurston Lawrence (Larry Thurston) singing, Tom Maloney on gtr, Kirk Grice on the kit, Cotton & McLaren as The Little Big Horns, and Art Dwyer leading the band and playing bass gtr.Buy it!
Koko Taylor “I Don't Care No More” from Queen of the Blues (Alligator 1986) —Koko Taylor was indeed Queen of the blues and possessor of a trademark blast furnace voice!Buy it!
Kim Massie “Temptation” from Attitude Live St. Louis Jazz At The Bistro (Artist 2005) L —Gus Thornton on bass; Dean Linderman on piano, Lew Winer III on tenor sax.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “Pearl” from My Cherie Amour (Motown 1969) —the pride of Saginaw, Michigan. Steveland Judkins aka MISTER Stevie Wonder!Buy it!
Dogtown Allstars “Love Is for Me” from Live At the Venice Cafe CD ALBUM (Self Release 2007) L —Nathan Hershey singin' here, as the Allstars do The Meters proud. I used this band as a "date check" band...if my lady friend of the evening couldn't dig the Allstars, then she wasn't gonna work out for ol' East Side Slim !Buy it!
Jerry Portnoy “Once Too Often” from Down In the Mood Room (TinyTown Records 2001) —Rick Estrin once told me that Jerry Portnoy has just about the phatest harp "tone" going. I wouldn't think of disagreeing. Bob Malone has the vox on this cut.Buy it!
S.E.Willis “I Called Your Name” from Pass the Hat (Mr.Suchensuch 2011) —this album was criminally underrecogized when it was released. S.E. has been one of Elvin Bishop's go-to band members for years, and plays keyboard, harp and accordian, as well as being a very fine singer.Buy it!
Mark DuFresne “The King, The Man, The One” from There's a Song in There Somewhere (Jeromed 1999) —the recording opportunity was put together by Mark's wife, along with Lynwood Slim. The cream of L.A.'s blues players were used here, including Kid Ramos and Fred Kaplan.Buy it!
Joe Williams “I Don't Like You No More” from Every Day The Best Of The Verve Years (Polygram Records 1993) —this is NOT Big Joe Williams. This Joe Williams came to fame as the singer with the Count Basie Orch in the 1950s. Joe recorded into the 1980s.Buy it!
Lee Oskar “BLT” from Lee Oskar (Avenue 1995) —the "Lee Oskar" LP was originally released in 1976, as a solo side-project apart from his work with War.Buy it!
Organissimo “Third Right On the Left” from Groovadelphia (Big O Records 2008) —Organissimo is Jim Alfredson (keys), Joe Gloss (gtrs) and Randy Marsh (drums). Philly sure seems to be the home base for B-3 players.Buy it!
Alvin Jett & the Phat noiZ Blues Band “Wanna Go Home” from na (NA url) L —a completey finished, but unreleased track from an unreleased album (per 2009). I dig this tune...Frank and Matt would love to hear what you think of it.Buy it!
Alvin Youngblood Hart “Once Again” from Start With The Soul (Rykodisc 2000) —one of Alvin's most eclectic, heaviest albums; produced by Memphis' Jim Dickinson (RIP, Jim - World Boogie IS coming.)Buy it!
The Kokomo Kings “If You Were Mine” from Artificial Natural (Grit Tone Records 2013) N —Alright then....that one had Big Leggs! Meaning is just carries you away, baby. The entire CD sounds like this, not bad for a batch of young Scandinavians, eh?Buy it!
Billy Preston “Nothing From Nothing” from Ultimate Collection: Billy Preston (Hip-O/Universal Music Enterprises 2000) —never forget that Billy came out of a heavy gospel music background. That influence never left his music.Buy it!
Ann Peebles “Somebody's On Your Case” from U.S. R&B Hits '69-'79 (Cream/Hi Records 1995) L —Ann Peebles + Hi Records = a lot of great music for us to enjoy. This cut goes back to 1972.Buy it!
The Spinners “The Rubberband Man” from A One Of A Kind Love Affair The Anthology (Atlantic Records 1991) —This is the full album version, and remember this being one of the 1st tunes I heard as a young boy that made me realize that there was music out there that was "different" - that reaches you in an entirely different way than music de jour did..Buy it!
Howlin' Wolf “Speak Now Woman (Alternate Take)” from The Back Door Wolf (MCA Records 1995) —from the tail end of Wolf's career, recorded in 1973.Buy it!
Magic Slim & the Teardrops “In The Dark” from That Ain't Right (Delmark 2006) —recorded in 1977, when Slim's had 2 brothers still in the band. This CD release also features cuts from Joe Carter and from Fred Below, all featuring Sunnyland Slim's piano work..Buy it!
Snooky Pryor “Someday Baby” from shake my hand (BLIND PIG RECORDS 1999) —Green Bay's Billy Flynn on guitar. That is always a good thing.Buy it!
Dinah Washingon “Destination Moon” from Wild Cool and Swingin Too (Capitol Records 1997) —recorded in 1962Buy it!
Lester Young “Ad Lib Blues” from Lester Young With The Oscar Peterson Trio (Polygram Records 1997) —originally recorded in 1952, with Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Ray Brown and J.C. Heard.Buy it!
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