Harmonica Slim & Hosea Leavy “Cold Tacos and Warm Beer” (Fedora 2000) —I typically favor warm tacos and cold beer, but in this instance all is good. All is very good!Buy it!
Snooky Pryor “Don't Like to Brag” from shake my hand (BLIND PIG RECORDS 1999) —later period Snooky, featuring the talented Billy Flynn on guitar.Buy it!
Rip Lee Pryor “NOBODY BUT ME” from Nobody But Me (Electro-Fi Records 2014) N —Rip Lee (Richard) is Snooky's eldest son, and a near clone of the man. Rip Lee's new album is down-home and all right!Buy it!
Anson Funderburgh and Sam Meyers “That's What They Want” (Black Top 1997) —Anson and Sam going old school, in a Muddy Waters vein. What a fine team Anson and Sam made, and what fine music they produced.Buy it!
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters “Narcolepsy (Mr. Earl Wakes Up Late!)” from They Call Me Mr. Earl (Black Top 1985) —this album features Sugar Ray Norcia on vocals, although this is a fine, tasty instrumental cut.Buy it!
The Radio Kings “Leave A Light On” from Money Road (Bullseye Blues & Jazz www.rounder.com 1998) —The Radio Kings featured the soulful vocals and and wicked harp playing of Brian Templeton, along with the Texas-tuned guitar of Michael Dinallo.Buy it!
Kim Massie & The Solid Senders “Night Time Is The Right Time” from A Lady By Choice (self-released 2007) L —featuring all St. Louis talent on this album, including Rich McDonough, Gus Thornton and Lew Winer III.Buy it!
Raphael Wressnig & Alex Schultz “Tasty Dish” from Soul Gift (ZYX Music 2012) —Wressnig is a talented, soulful Austrian B-3 player, and Schultz is a veteran of the West Coast blues scene, including stints with William Clarke and with Rod Piazza.Buy it!
Bobby Blue Band “The Right Place At The Wrong Time” from His California Album (MCA 1991) —originally recorded in 1973, this was Bland's 1st album for ABC-Dunhill, after years with Duke Records (ABC had purchased Duke.)Buy it!
Terry Hanck Band “Pins And Needles” from Gotta Bring It on Home to You (DELTA GROOVE PRODUCTIONS 2014) N —brand new music from this talented Bay area sax man and singer, and veteran of Elvin Bishop's bands.Buy it!
Robert Cray Band “GREAT BIG OLD HOUSE” from Live At KDHX 14Sep2012 (KDHX 2012) —one of 4 songs recorded by Cray and his regular band for a pretty phenomenal session at KDHX's Magnolia studios in Sept 2012.Buy it!
Rick Estrin and the Nightcats “That's Big” from You Asked For It - Live (Alligator 2014) N —this is one fine live album, including some talk, some stories, and lots of great songs and playing. It will be officially released in early July.Buy it!
Gary Primich “Queen of Complication” from Botheration (Black Top 1999) —Gary was a talented cat who left us way too early. His music remains quite influential among European blues bands.Buy it!
Nikki Hill “Struttin'” from Soul Meets Country! - EP (Major Label Records 2013) —this EP features a couple of duets with Deke Dickerson, a solo tune from Deke, Nikki's solo "Struttin'" and backing by The Bo-Keys.Buy it!
Ike & Tina Turner “Nutbush City Limits” from The Ike & Tina Turner Story 1960-1975 (Time/Life Music 2007) —this is just great rock 'n' roll, riding on a killer groove. Good stuff, baby!Buy it!
Billy Preston “Fancy Lady” from Ultimate Collection (Hip-O 2000) —many folks are not aware, but Billy was a gospel star as a young man, recording many sides for Vee-Jay Records.Buy it!
Jarekus Singleton “Gonna Let Go” from Refuse To Lose (Alligator 2014) N —Singleton is a rising star in the blues world, and at only 29 years old should be well on his way to a fruitful career. He's doing his own thing, folks - keep an ear and and eye out for him.Buy it!
Deborah Coleman “You're With Me” from Soul Be It! (BLIND PIG RECORDS 2002) —this is a live disc from Deborah, and it was the recording that finally captured her talent, at least as far as I'm concerned.Buy it!
Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers “Hydramatic Woman” from Alphabet Blues (Black Top 1992) R —per request, Rod Piazza and Miss Honey, with the rest of the Flyers.Buy it!
Howlin' Wolf “My Baby Stole Off” from Howling Wolf Rides Again (Virgin 1991) —early Memphis recordings, which were sold to the Modern company rather than to Chess. The two companies were played against each other by Sam Phillips early on regarding the release of Howlin' Wolf's music.Buy it!
Sonny Boy Williamson II “Crazy About You Baby” from King Biscuit Time (Arhoolie 1989) —these recordings were made for Trumpet Records in the early 1950s. Raw, rugged and righteous.Buy it!
Magic Slim & the Teardrops “Just To Be With You” from That Ain't Right (Delmark 2006) —This disc is a compilation of tracks recorded in 1977 by Magic Slim, Joe Carter and Fred Below. Part of the Ralph Bass series.Buy it!
Big Jeff Chapman “Food, Money or Love” from Big Jeff's Blues Vol. 1 (Artist 2009) L —a fellow Eastsider, which is always a step in the right direction as far as Eastside Slim is concerned. Honestly, I just dig Jeff's singing; good stuff!Buy it!
Paul Black “Factory Girl” from King Dollar (House of Blues 1996) —I picked this disc up for a buck or so years ago, and it remains a favorite to this day. Westside Andy on guitar, Black on vocals and guitars.Buy it!
The Kilborn Alley Blues Band “Watch It” from Better Off Now (Blue Bella Records 2010) —The pride of Champaign, Illinois, featuring the soulful vocals of Andrew Duncanson. The make regular stops in St. Louis, catch 'em if you can.Buy it!
Maxine Brown “Baby Cakes” from Best Of The Wand Years (Ace 2009) —originally an unreleased track, written by Otis Redding. Wand Records was a New York City label.Buy it!
Bill Withers “The Same Love That Made Me Laugh” from The Best of Bill Withers: Lean on Me (Sony 2000) —from 1974, reaching #10 on the R&B charts and #50 on the pop charts.Buy it!
Shemekia Copeland “Never Going Back to Memphis” from Never Going Back (Telarc 2009) —Johnny Copeland's daughter. Her career has probably surpassed that of her father at this point. It's well earned, and Shemekia is just a great singer and vocalist. Nice stuff!Buy it!
Sonny Knight and His Fabulous Lakers “I'm Still Here, Pt. 1” from I'm Still Here (Secret Stash 2014) N —another long-lost soul singer making a belated reappearance, this time out of Minneapolis.Buy it!
Sonny Knight and His Fabulous Lakers “I'm Still Here, Pt. 2” from I'm Still Here (Secret Stash 2014) N Buy it!
W.C. Clark “Are You Here, Are You There?” from Lover's Plea (Black Top 1998) —an original Austin musician, W.C. was actually born there. He has been a mentor to generations of blues and soul artists in Austin. He's one of my favorite singers, period.Buy it!
The Fabulous Thunderbirds “Sweet Thang” from Walk That Walk, Talk That Talk (Sony 1991) R —Duke Robillard and Kid Bangham on guitars.Buy it!
Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers “Give Me Back My Wig” from Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers (Alligator 1971) —this is the one that started it all for Alligator. The label was started to record and release THIS album.Buy it!
Debbie Davies “So What” from Holdin' Court (Little Dipper/VizzTone 2009) —an all instrumental album from Debbie, and it's a lot of fun to listen to.Buy it!
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