Big Bill Broonzy “Keep Your Hands Off Her” from Black Brown And White (Evidence 1995) —the tunes on this CD were recorded in 1952 and 1955, both dates being held in Belgium. Big Bill was just about the 1st black American blues artist to play Europe - the folks loved him over there.Buy it!
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin “Stuff They Call Money” from Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy (Yep Roc 2014) N —this is an entire album of Broonzy tunes, and this particular song is my favorite of the bunch.Buy it!
Laith Al-Saadi “Last Time You'll See Me Cry” from Real. (Weberworks Entertainment 2013) N —I just discovered this artist, and I had to ask myself why it took me so long. Laith is a powerful performer, and I'm going to seek out more recordings from him.Buy it!
The Royal Sons Quintet “Let Nothing Separate Me” from Monkey Hips And Rice The "5" Royales Anthology (Rhino 1994) —The "5" Royales started as a gospel group, that being the Royal Sons Quintet. Their gospel roots were never far from the surface during the length of The 5 Royales recording career. Oh, and they happen to be one of my all-time favorite groups.Buy it!
Reverend Cleophus Robinson “Sweet Home” from I Shall Know Him Peacock Gospel Classics (MCA 1999) L —The Rev was pastor of St. Louis' Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church from 1957 to his death in 1998.Buy it!
The Dixie Hummingbirds “The Assassination” from Free At Last Gospel Quartets From Stax Records Chalice Label (Specialty 1997) —a topical song regarding the assassination of President Kennedy.Buy it!
The Swan Silvertones “Lord Today” from Singing In My Soul/Blessed Assurance (Collectables 2002) —written by Claude Jeter, star member of the Silvertones.Buy it!
Ari Brown “Groove Awakening” (Delmark 2013) N —a nice jazz tune featuring the work of Yosef Ben Israel on bass and Kirk Brown on piano, as well as Ari Brown on sax.Buy it!
Jim Alfredson's Dirty Fingers “String Bean” from A Tribute to Big John Patton (Big O Records 2013) —Jim Alfredson has the dirty fingers, working that B-3 organ over. Also, Jim Cooper on vibes, Randy Gelispie on drums, Ralph Tope on guitar.Buy it!
Joe Hunter “Leap Frog” from The Hawk Rare and Unreleased Transitional Detroit R&B 1960-1963 (Soul-Tay-Shus Records 2004) —this is a compilation of work by Joe Hunter, featuring his piano playing and songwriting. This tune was recorded by the Magnificent Seven.Buy it!
Edwin Starr “Twenty-Five Miles” from The Best Of Edwin Starr The Millennium Collection (Universal unk 2001) —co-written by Harvey FuquaBuy it!
Joe Weaver and His New Blue Note Orchestra featuring Johnnie Bassett “Do You Wanna Work Now” from Baby I Love You So (Black Magic) —This CD actually turned out to be a feature for guitarist Johnnie Bassett...he sounds great here. Johnnie and Joe are longtime Detroit musicians. Johnnie passed in 2012 and Joe passed in 2006.Buy it!
John Nemeth “My Baby's Gone” from Memphis Grease (Blue Corn 2014) N —recorded with Scott Bomar and The Bo-Keys...whoo-ee this sounds nice!Buy it!
David Lindley “Your Old Lady” from El Rayo-X (Asylum 1981)Buy it!
Guy Forsyth “Telephone Line (Live)” from Guy Forsyth - Live at Gruene Hall (Small and Nimble Records 2010) —Guy is one of my favorite artists, and of late he's been working quite a bit with his "Guy Forsyth Blues Band". I keep trying to convince him to take the combo on the road out of Texas, with no luck as yet.Buy it!
P.J. And Artie “Squad Car” from Lost Legends Of Surf Guitar III Cheater Stomp (Sundazed 2003) —recorded in 1963 - I know nothing else about it...except that I dig it!Buy it!
Reverend Horton Heat “Mad Mad Heart” from REV (Victory www.victoryrecords.com 2014) N —brand new Rev Heat music...this album is an absolute return to form. Great songs, tons of energy, and plenty of The Rev's sly humor. Oh, and songs about cars, women, zombies....and women and cars.Buy it!
The Blasters “Border Radio” from live at kdhx 5/11/2014 (KDHX 2014) N —Phil, Bill, Bazz and Keith Wyatt - sounding great and recording live at the Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media - YOUR contributions to KDHX make this sort of thing possible, and the recordings are available at KDHX and on Soundcloud.Buy it!
The Blasters “Marie Marie” from live at kdhx 5/11/2014 (KDHX 2014) N Buy it!
Billy Flynn “Anna Panna” from Pickin' 6 - 24 Guitar Instrumentals (Easy Baby 2013) —While Flynn is noted as one of the preeminent blues guitarists of his generation, he by no means confines himself to blues. This album is a whole lot of fun!Buy it!
James Armstrong “Take It To The Limit” from Guitar Angels (Catfood Records 2014) N —Yep, this is the old Eagles tune. Completely re-imagined by Armstrong, for sure. He had lived in L.A. for years and years, but has re-located to Springfield, Illinois. He plays at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups regularly.Buy it!
Larry Garner “I Know You Don't Love Me” from Blues For Sale (Dixiefrog 2012) —Larry is bouncing back from some ill-health, but he's one of the best story-tellers around and a great guy. And, he's scheduled to play BBs on June 12th.Buy it!
Jarekus Singleton “Sorry” from Refuse To Lose (Alligator 2014) N —watch out for Jarekus...he's a young bluesman who is making major noise - and for good reason, as he's very talented and is most definitely doing his OWN thing.Buy it!
Carol Fran “So Close” from Bluessoul Belles The Complete Calla, Port and Roulette Recordings (EMI Records Ltd. 2005) —this CD features sides by Betty Lavette (recorded prior to her adding an extra E to her 1st name) and Carol Fran. This tune is from a 1967 Roulette release.Buy it!
Bill Withers “Harlem” from The Best Of Bill Withers Lean on Me (Columbia 2000) —from 1971, produced and arranged by Booker T. Jones.Buy it!
McLemore Avenue “926 East” (self-released 2003)Buy it!
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