Hook Herrera “Heartache” from Puro Mestizo (Mitik Records 2003) —Hook's one of the most soulful bluesmen you'll ever hear. He recorded this CD while in Spain, recovering from a near-fatal illness. Hook channels a Rice Miller groove more deeply than just about anybody when the mood strikes him.Buy it!
T&A (Tom Hall and Alice Spencer) “Last Night I Had a Dream” from T&A - The Kitchen Record (self-released 2014) N L —Tom and Alice taking on a Randy Newman tune - and very well I might add.Buy it!
Charlie Rich “Feel Like Going Home (Demo)” from Feel Like Going Home The Essential Charlie Rich (EPIC/LEGACY 1997) —all you budding singers out there, listen to ol' Charlie here to learn how to sing from your soul. Whew!Buy it!
New Guitar Summit “All Blues” from Retrospective (Francesca Records 2001) —NGS is Gerry Beaudoin, Jay Geils and Duke Robillard. This Miles Davis composition features Gerry on guitar, along with David Grissman on mandolin.Buy it!
Ike Quebec “Easy - Don't Hurt” from Have You Had Your Vitamin B-3 Today (label m 2001) —this song was recorded in 1961 by Rudy Van Gelder, with Freddie Roach on B-3 organ.Buy it!
Eric Bibb “Flood Water” from Booker’s Guitar (Telarc 2010) —Bibb is one of my favorite acoustic-based roots artists. He just emits such positive energy - and is a heckuva player and singer!Buy it!
Tom Jones “Hit Or Miss” from Spirit In the Room (Rounder www.rounder.com 2013) —From Tom's "acceptance" album - as in he's accepted he's growing older and is OK with that. Talk about a cat who can flat out sing... His previous release "Praise & Blame" was his kickin' and screamin' album.Buy it!
T&A (Tom Hall and Alice Spencer) “Funny But I Still Love You” from T&A - The Kitchen Record (self-released 2014) N L —and here are Tom and Alice tackling a Ray Charles number. Well, if you're going to sing cover tunes, it's best to gather 'em from great artists.Buy it!
Lula Reed “Baby, Baby (Your Love)” from The Soulful Side Of Lula Reed (Titanic Records 2011) —originally recorded in Los Angeles for Tangerine Records in 1963. Tangerine was Ray Charles' label.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “Say When” from Love Starved Heart Rare And Unreleased (Motown Records 1994) —recorded in 1966, singin' nice and tough (for a change).Buy it!
Shirley Walton “The One You Can't Have All By Yourself” from Take Me To The River A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977 (Ace 2008) —cut for Stax' Enterprise subsidiary in late 1967. An Isaac Hayes/David Porter composition.Buy it!
CB and the Cadillac Daddies “Honey Dues” from na (NA url) L —from my personal stash, given to me by the artist. Thanks, Bill! Bill plays around St. Louis with his own group, and sitting in with other folks, too.Buy it!
Tad Walters “Meltin'” from na (NA url 2012) —Tad is as fine and deep young blues man as you'll likely run across. He's got tight connections with Bob Margolin's camp.Buy it!
Elliot Sowell “Underground” from na (NA url) —Elliot's been touring with John Nemeth, and is working toward getting his own thing going. I dig his tough Texas sound. He's living in Memphis right now, but it's not unusual to see him hanging and playing in St. Louis.Buy it!
Big Mike Aguirre and the Blu-City All-Stars “You Don't Love Me” from na (NA url 2014) L —Mike is a talented guitarist and a gifted singer and frontman. Look for his shows around St. Louis.Buy it!
Buffalo Springfield “Mr. Soul” from Buffalo Springfield Again (ATCO 1967) —Neil Young on lead vocals - kind of hard to miss that. No one sounds quite like him.Buy it!
Greyhounds “Soul Navigator” from Accumulator (Ardent 2014) N —to my ears, this is one of those "perfect" songs. Everything fits just right - and what a groove!Buy it!
Shinyribs “East TX Rust” from Well After Awhile (Nine Mile Records 2010) —I've played this tune before, and I guarantee I'll be playing it again. Shinyribs is led by Kevin Russell.Buy it!
James "Thunderbird" Davis “I'm Ready Now” from Check Out Time (Black Top unk 1989) —the talent on this CD is crazy good - Clarence Hollimon, Anson Funderburgh, Ron Levy, Grady Gaines, Lloyd Lambert and more.Buy it!
George "Harmonica" Smith “Blowing The Blues” from Now You Can Talk About Me (BLIND PIGRECORDS 1998) —this tune was recorded in 1965 at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. The CD combines tracks from 1960, 1965, and a bunch from 1982 featuring Rod Piazza's band.Buy it!
Tomi Leino Trio “Out Of Town” from Get On Down (Homework Records Finland 2013) —Tomi Leno (Toe-me Lee-no) is among Finland's finest bluesmen, and would hold the same rank if he relocated to the U.S. He's the real deal.Buy it!
Tommy Castro “Keep On Smilin'” from The Devil You Know (Alligator Records 2014) N —Tommy's new stripped-down, heavy band. He's a brave man to tackle a song originally sung by Jimmy Hall - and I think Tommy did a bang-up job. Nice work, Tommy!Buy it!
Dogtown Allstars “I Wish” from na (NA url) L —one more selection from my personal stash. Thanks, Andy!Buy it!
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