Junior Wells “Ships On the Ocean” from Come On In This House (Telarc 1996) —this late period album was a return to form for Junior. This track is a duet of Junior and Corey Harris. Alvin Hart, Sonny Landreth, Bob Margolin, John Mooney & Derek Trucks are also guest slide guitarists on the CD.Buy it!
Spencer Bohren “Hard Time Killin' Floor” from Solitaire (Valve Records 2002) —Bohren takes this tune back to its' Skip James' roots...it did not begin with Howlin' Wolf.Buy it!
Charley Jordan “Just A Spoonful” from The Essential (Classic Blues 2002) L —Jordan made a name for himself in the St. Louis blues scene, circa 1925 to the late '30s. Besides his own recordings, he's noted for backing Hi Henry Brown and Peetie Wheatstraw. Jordan is my favorite pre-war St. Louis guitarist.Buy it!
Brother Joe May “Wake Me Shake Me” from The Best Of Nashboro Gospel (Nashboro Records/Ace Records 1993) —the Thunderbolt of the Mid-West, he recorded for Nashboro (up to his passing in 1972) after his 1949-1955 run on Specialty. This song is from a 1961 session.Buy it!
The Highway Q.C's “The Milky White Way” from Where He Leads Me (Artistry Music Limited 2004) —this compilation features recordings made for Vee-Jay, featuring Spencer Taylor. Sam Cook, Johnnie Taylor & Lou Rawls also sang for the Q.C's at one time or another.Buy it!
Bill Carter's Jazz Band “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” from Bill Carter's Jazz Band Presents Williams Warfield Something Within Me (Delmark 2004) —Carter's jazz band takes this traditional spiritual on a dixieland spin.Buy it!
Mississippi Fred McDowell “Louise” from Shake 'Em On Down (Blue Boar 1997) —recorded in London, England's Mayfair Theatre in 1969.Buy it!
Steve Howell “Louise” from My Mind Gets to Ramblin' (Out Of The Past Music 2008) —Steve is a nice picker working out of the Shreveport area.Buy it!
Howlin' Wolf “Louise” from His Best, Vol. 2 (MCA 1999) —the end of The Triplets Louise set. What a difference an arrangement can make, eh? All 3 are the same tune, but sound very, very different. Wolf's version was a Chess single from 1964.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “Ain't Nothing Gonna Change Me” from Souvenirs (Art Soul 2000) —In addition to several bonus tracks, this CD contains the entirety of her lost Atco LP "Child of the Seventies", which was cut in Muscle Shoals.Buy it!
Nathaniel Mayer “What's Your Name” from I Just Want to Be Held (Fat Possum Records www.fatpossum.com 2004) —the mysterious and soulfully ragged Nathaniel Mayer. Or is that mysteriously ragged and soulful...either way works for me!Buy it!
Betty Davis “In The Meantime” from Betty Davis (Light In The Attic 2007) —this CD contains Betty's debut album, as well as 3 bonus tracks. Betty was a trailblazer, and a powerful personality to say the least.Buy it!
Memphis Slim “Memphis Slim U.S.A.” (Delmark 1998) —this CD is another in a long line of very tasty Delmark reissues of material originally recorded and released on the old United & States labels, one of the 1st successful black-owned record companies - operated by Leonard Allen. The labels ran from 51-57Buy it!
John Primer and Bob Corritore “When I Get Lonely” from Knockin' Around These Blues (Delta Groove Music www.deltagroovemusic.com 2013) —this is the only Primer-penned tune on the CD, and comes from deep in a Magic Slim bag. For those not aware, Primer spent a decade as a Teardrop. He was also a member of Muddy Waters' final band.Buy it!
Alberta Adams “Say Baby Say” from Blues Across America The Detroit Scene (Cannonball Records 1997) —Alberta testifyin', with Johnny Bassett on guitar and Bill Heid on piano.Buy it!
J. Geils Band “First I Look At The Purse” from Live Full House (Atlantic 1972) —Googa Mooga! The band blew the roof off Detroit's Cinderella Ballroom over the course of 2 nights in April 1972.Buy it!
Sam Samudio “15 Degrees Capricorn ASC” from Hard and Heavy (Rhino Atlantic 2013) —Sam "the sham" blowin' it out with the Dixie Flyers. Recorded by Atlantic Records in 1971, then not promoted at all. Basically, Jerry Wexler just dug Sam and wanted to do a great album on him.Buy it!
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends “Little Richard Medley” from On Tour With Eric Clapton (Atlantic 1970) —partial play of this longer track, but we did manage to hear Tutti-Frutti and The Girl Can't Help It.Buy it!
Home Cookin' “Five O'Clock Blues featuring Brenda Boykin” from Afrobilly Soul Stew (Blue Dot Records 2000) —a big ol' can of musical influences...sounding mighty fine, and would probably go great over rice!Buy it!
Duffy Bishop Band “Zibbida Zabbida Zalhody-Hody Zuma Zoo” from Bottled Oddities (Burnside Records 1994) —subtitled the much easier "You're Mine". Duffy's been a Portland, Oregon mainstay for years.Buy it!
Deanna Bogart “Ethel's Place” from Out to Get You (Blind Pig Records. blindpigrecords.com 1990) —Deanna's debut album, and she's still going strong today, singing, writing songs, playing piano & saxophone and entertaining the people. This song features guest Danny Gatton on lead guitar.Buy it!
Ray Charles “Talkin' 'Bout You” from Live (Atlantic 1987) —this tune was recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958. This CD combines 10 live dates from Newport with 6 tracks recorded at a live date in Atlanta in 1959.Buy it!
Al Johnson “Bless Your Sweet Little Soul” from Take Me To The River A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977 (Ace 2008) —this tune was written by Al Johnson, and was recorded by him in 1967 - released on the Soul Camp label. But, it was produced by Quin Ivy and Marlin Greeen, who were the primary team behind Percy Sledge, who then did it in 1968!Buy it!
McLemore Avenue “Me Gusta” from 926 East (Artist 2002) —the band is McLemore Ave, the album is 926 East...in combination, the street address of the old Stax Studios in Memphis, TN.Buy it!
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