Julien Brunetaud “Things Ain't What They Used To Be” from J.B. Boogie & Blues (Southland Records 2005) —a Duke Ellington composition performed by a talented French pianist.Buy it!
Big Chief Ellis “Prison Blues” from Big Chief Ellis featuring Tarheel Slim, Brownie McGhee and John Cephas (Trix 1995) —originally released in '76, from a couple of sessions made in the mid-'70s. Big Chief was based in Washington, D.C. at the time.Buy it!
Ann Rabson “Blue Boogie” from Music Makin' Mama (Alligator Records 1997) —what a great spirit this woman had. We lost Ann a couple years back, but can remember her through her music.Buy it!
The Highway Q.C's “He Lifted My Burdens” from Where He Leads Me (Artistry Music Limited 2004) —founded in 1945 by Charles Copeland (who wrote this tune), the name comes via "The Highway Baptist Church" and "Q.C. High School".Buy it!
Sister Wynona Carr “Operator, Operator” from Dragnet for Jesus (Specialty Records/Fantasy Inc. 1992) —Sister Carr played piano on the vast majority of her recordings, including this one (which she also wrote.)Buy it!
The Angelic Gospel Singers “Touch Me Lord Jesus” from The Best of Nashboro Gospel (Nashboro Records/Ace Records 1994) —a title originally recorded by the group while with Gotham Records, this version is from 1955.Buy it!
The Sojourners “When I Die” from The Sojourners (Black Hen Music 2009) —a little wurlitzer action going on here; the Sojourners are Will Sanders, Ron Small and Marcus Mosely.Buy it!
Fred Kaplan “Bunk's Blues” from Hold My Mule (Regal Radio Records 2012) —one of my favorite players, one among many! We'll be hearing from again on down the road sometime, have no doubt.Buy it!
Johnny Jones “Hello, Baby” from Johnny Jones With Billy Boy Arnold (Alligator Records 1979) —rare recordings under his own name, made in 1963...Johnny was Elmore James' piano player and can be heard on many of Elmore's recordings.Buy it!
Ken Saydak “Mama Please” from Foolish Man (Delmark 1998) —this album was Ken's debut, after 25 years of playing out professionally. Nothing like taking your time!Buy it!
Ann Peebles “Walk Away” from U.S. R&B Hits '69-'79 (Cream/Hi Records 1995) L —this is an Oliver Sain tune, recorded back in 1969 - it was actually her debut single!Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “Today I Sing The Blues” from The Delta Meets Detroit Aretha's Blues (Rhino 1998) —this version was recorded for Atlantic Records for the Soul '69 LP - Aretha herself is playing the piano.Buy it!
Professor Longhair “Crawfish Fiesta” (Alligator 1980) —Fess' final album, completed just prior to his passing.Buy it!
Dr. John “My Indian Red” from Goin' Back To New Orleans (Warner Brothers 1992)Buy it!
The Iguanas “The Liquor Dance” from Plastic Silver 9 Volt Heart (Yep Roc 2003) —an ode to the "effects" Mardri Gras can have - all that liquor might leave you in a state of negative observationism (I made that there part up.)Buy it!
Jerry Lee Lewis “Breathless” from 18 Original Sun Greatest Hits (Rhino 1984)Buy it!
Little Richard “Tutti Frutti” from The Essential Little Richard (Specialty Records 1985)Buy it!
Jerry Lee Lewis “Lewis Boogie” from 18 Original Sun Greatest Hits (Rhino 1984)Buy it!
Little Richard “I Got It” from The Essential Little Richard (Specialty Records 1985)Buy it!
Jerry Lee Lewis “Wild One” from 18 Original Sun Greatest Hits (Rhino 1984)Buy it!
Little Richard “Miss Ann” from The Essential Little Richard (Specialty Records 1985)Buy it!
Gene Taylor “Moonlight Rider” from Roadhouse Memories (Bluelight Records 2013) N —Gene recording a batch of tunes with the help of his fine Finnish buddies.Buy it!
Barrelhouse Chuck & Kim Wilson's Blues All-Stars “Driftin' from Town to Town” (The Sirens Records 2013) N —there 13 mighty fine tracks on here. I'm enjoying each and every one of them!Buy it!
The Claudettes “Serenading the Clean-Up Crew” from Infernal Piano Plot . . . Hatched! (Yellow productions 2013) —this Chicago band is playing 2 shows in St. Louis on Sat, March 8th.Buy it!
John Nemeth “You Know” from Name the Day! (blind pig 2010) —one of the finest young singers around...yes, he's still young enough to call him a "young singer".Buy it!
Dave Keyes “Here She Comes Again” from Right Here RIght Now (Keyesland Records 2013) —NYC area musicianBuy it!
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