Harmonica Slim & Hosea Leavy “Cold Tacos and Warm Beer” (Fedora 2000) —Well, it must mean East Side Slim is in the house. Pass the tacos, puh-lease. And be careful out there if you happen to be celebrating Cinco de Mayo today.Buy it!
George Harmonica Smith “Oopin' Doopin' Doopin'” from Harmonica Ace - The Modern Masters (Ace 1991) —an RPM Records single back in 1955. Little George, as he was billed then, is one of blues harps real kingpins - and possibly the record holder for most aliases used.Buy it!
Smokey Wilson “I'm No Fool, I Know The Rule” from Round Like an Apple The Big Town Recordings 1977-1978 (Ace 2006) —Rod Piazza supplied the harp on several of these tracks, added after the sessions in order to "fool" the label owner, as he didn't want harp on there. ha!Buy it!
Sterling Harrison “Ain't Nobody Home” from South Of The Snooty Fox (Hacktone 2007)Buy it!
KING ERNEST “Must Have Lost My Mind” from BLUES GOT SOUL (Epitaph and Fat Possum 2000) —What a singer! Ernest Baker, who died tragically in an auto accident just about the time this album was due to be released.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” from Electraphonic Singles (ELECTRAPHONIC Recording 2013)Buy it!
Hook Herrera “Marie, Marie” from Puro Mestizo (Mitik Records 2003) —Hook is one of the deepest bluesmen working today, and is a heckuva harp player, vocalist and guitar player.Buy it!
Big Mike Aguirre and the Blu-City All-Stars “My Dog” from na (NA url 2014) L —good stuff from Big Mike, a preview of a new album he's putting together.Buy it!
Chris Ruest Band “My Baby Loves Me” from Live At The Shakespeare Pub, Houston, Texas (self-released 2013) —In case you hadn't noticed, Chris is DEEP into that Elmore James vibe; thank God someone beside me is. Chris works is from Austin, and will show up in St. Louis several times a year.Buy it!
James Luther Dickinson “Hungry Town” from Free Beer Tomorrow (artemis records 2002) —World Boogie Is Coming!Buy it!
The Holmes Brothers “You've Got To Lose” from Brotherhood (Alligator 2013) N —The most recent releases from Sherman, Wendell and Popsy.Buy it!
St. Paul & The Broken Bones “Half the City” from LIVE @ KDHX 4.4.14 (KDHX in studio www.kdhx.org 2014) N —These young cats from Alabama can really play. Good stuff recorded right here at KDHX's studios.Buy it!
Roy Milton's Solid Senders “Junior Jives featuring Johnny Rogers” from West Coast Guitar Killers Vol. 3 (El Segundo Records) —recorded live at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium in 1950.Buy it!
Little Miss Janice “Won't Be Back” from West Coast Guitar Killers Vol. 3 (El Segundo)Buy it!
Lightnin' Hopkins “Big Car Blues” from The Very Best Of Lightnin' Hopkins (Rykodisc 1999) —the tracks on this album were recorded between 1959 and mid 1960s.Buy it!
Earl King and Roomful Of Blues “Iron Cupid” from Glazed (Hep Cat 2009) —originally released in 1986, after a lengthy recording hiatus by Earl.Buy it!
Candi Staton “You Treat Me Like A Secret” from Life Happens (Beracah 2014) N —Rick Hall, executive producer, and actual producer of 1 track - but not the one I played.Buy it!
Lindell Hill “Used To Be Love” from 45 (Arch 1968) L —2 from Dittmer's own, Lindell Hill. This track was recorded in St. Louis, with overdubs in Memphis under the supervision of Steve Cropper.Buy it!
Toussaint McCall “Let's Do It Over” from Take Me To The River A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977 (Ace 2008) —a Penn/Oldham tune recorded in Muscle Shoals back in 1967.Buy it!
Ollie & The Nightingales “A Smile Can't Hide (A Broken Heart)” from Take Me To The River A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977 (Ace 2008) —previously unreleased Stax recording from 1968, produced by Booker T. Jones.Buy it!
Shawn Pittman and The Moeller Bros “Train Blues” from Triple Troubles (Feelin' Good Records 2010) —a fairly loose take of a Bob Dylan tune. Raw and ragged, 2 of my favorite things.Buy it!
Debbie Davies “How Long Till I Win Your Love?” from Picture This (blind pig www.blindpigrecords.com 1993) —from Debbie's debut album after some time working with Albert Collins.Buy it!
2B3 Doug Riley, Michael Fonfara “Steel Onions” from The Toronto Sessions (Calaboogie Music 1999) —a very interesting project, featuring 2 B-3 organ players on each tune.Buy it!
Dogtown Allstars “Come to Center” from Live At the Venice Cafe CD ALBUM (Self Release 2007) LBuy it!
Chris Thomas King “L.A. Angel” from Chris Thomas King (Scotti Bros. 1997) —Chris is the son of Louisiana bluesman Tabby Thomas (who passed away a few months back.)Buy it!
Alvin Jett & the Phat noiZ Blues Band “Wanna Go Home” from na (NA url) L —from a completed and name, but unreleased, album from the band. It's been sitting in the can, which is a shame fo' sho'.Buy it!
James "Thunderbird" Davis “You Did Me Wrong” from Check Out Time (Black Top 1989) —...and the Black Top All-Stars, which included Clarence Hollimon, Anson Funderburgh, Earl King, Ron Levy, and many more!Buy it!
Barrelhouse Chuck & Kim Wilson's Blues All-Stars “Time Is Tight” from Driftin' from Town to Town (The Sirens Records 2013) —Barrelhouse Chuck playin' Farfisa organ on this tune. The All-Stars include Billy Flynn and Larry "Mole" Taylor. Great ensemble rhythm & blues music, with plenty of piano.Buy it!
Ray Charles “A Fool For You” from Live (Atlantic 1987) —combines tracks recorded live at Newport Jazz Fest in 1958, as well s at Atlanta's Herndon Stadium in 1959.Buy it!
Big Daddy G “What You're All About” from Topless (Reggies Records 2000) —a very fine, if no longer active, band from Ottawa, Canada. Big Daddy G (Dave Glover) was the guitarist, with Tortoise Blue the primary vocalist and harp/organ player.Buy it!
Fathead “The Low Life” from First Class Riff-Raff (Electro-fi 2002) —a fine Canadian band that IS still active, featuring John Mays on vocals, and Al Lehrman on harp and sax.Buy it!
Harpdog Brown “No Money In The Till” from What It Is (Dog Breath Records 2014) N —A real nice bluesy swinging disc from a talented Canadian bluesman. No frills, just good stuff!Buy it!
James Fry “Tumblin' Down” from Memphis Soul Greats (Cream/Hi Records 1995) —Johnny Frierson, recorded just one session for Hi Records in Dec 1967. He is the brother of Wendy Rene (Mary Frierson).Buy it!
FONTELLA BASS “Baby, What You Want Me To Do” from Rescued The Best Of Fontella Bass (MCA 1997) L —a duet with Bobby McClure, recorded in 1964.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “Theme From "Shaft"” from Top Of The Stax (Fantasy 1988) —a big ol' hit back in 1971. It made Isaac a whole bunch of dinero.Buy it!
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