Asylum Street Spankers “Savor Every Day” from The Last Laugh (Yellow Dog Records 2014) N —This album is comprised of songs recorded at the band's trio of farewell shows in April 2011. None of the songs had been released by the band before.Buy it!
Billy Flynn “Hi-Way Blues” from Chicago Blues Mandolin (Easy Baby 2005) —Billy is keeping the tradition of blues mandolin alive. Flynn is best known as being a top-tier guitarist as well as a nice guy.Buy it!
Michael Lee Ammons and The Water Street Hot Shots “Sugar Sweet” from Live From Water Street (Perkatone Records 2011) —My Mama picked this CD up for me while exploring taverns with her buddies a few years back. Thanks Ma, and Happy Birthday!Buy it!
Tom Jones “If I Give My Soul” from Praise & Blame (Lost Highway 2010) —Big Mama Slim always fancied Tom Jones, so I'm going to air a few tracks from Tom today. In honor of Big Mama Slim's birthday this weekend, don't you know.Buy it!
Eric Bibb And Needed Time “In My Father's House” from Spirit and the Blues (Earthbeat records 1999) —this was originally released on Opus Records in 1994, and then re-released in 1999. Eric is a spiritual cat spinning positive messages, and a long-time favorite of mine.Buy it!
Daniel Ballinger “My Mind Is Made Up” from Morning Train (Daniel Ballinger 2009) —Once known as Slick Ballinger, Daniel is essentially playing the same music but is laying his spiritual lyrics on it. He's just as fiery and passionate a performer as ever.Buy it!
Shannon McNally “Street People” from Small Town Talk (Sacred Sumac 2013) —subtitled The Songs Of Bobby Charles, who was a noted songwriter from Louisiana way. Bobby was still living while this project was in work, and it was dedicated to him by Ms. McNally.Buy it!
T And A “Come On In My Kitchen” from T And A (self released 2014) N L —Tom Hall and Alice Spencer, who I know are playing at least 1 gig around St. Louis come mid-June. I'll check it out and let you know when that occurs.Buy it!
Rodney Crowell “Topsy Turvy” from The Houston Kid (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2001) —this was a trio of artists performing at this week's Twangfest. They are all performing tonight at Off Broadway, on what is probably the most twang-filled night of the fest.Buy it!
Eden Brent “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” from Jigsaw Heart (Yellow Dog Records 2014) N —This new disc from Miss Eden is a grower. Each listen reveals more and more of the music therein, and it will grow right in to steady rotation on your music player of choice.Buy it!
Dirty Bourbon River Show “I NEED YOUR LOVE” from Volume Four (Dirty Bourbon River Show 2013) —an eclectic and almost impossible to categorize band out of New Orleans. That said, I like 'em, and I especially like this song.Buy it!
Tom Jones “Hold On, I'm Coming” from The Best of Tom Jones (Polygram 1997) —an Isaac Hayes/David Porter composition, done up in Tom Jones style for Big Mama Slim. Happy Birthday, Ma!Buy it!
Mark DuFresne “Two For the Price of Ten” from There's a Song in There (Jeromed 1999) —a real nice disc from the former Roomful of Blues frontman. This thing features Larry Taylor, Kid Ramos, Richard Innes and Fred Kaplan - many of the core LA blues players of the time.Buy it!
Rick Estrin and the Nightcats “New Old Lady” from You Asked For It - Live (Alligator 2014) N —a re-vamping of this old Nightcats tune, with Kid Andersen reimagining the guitar lines in a Howlin' Wolf/Hubert Sumlin riff and groove.Buy it!
Dieter Kropp & The Fabulous Barbecue Boys “DAYBREAK” from Seven Nights (Spareribs Records 2003) —a real nice take on Gary Primich's composition by this talented German harmonica player.Buy it!
Mink Deville “Gunslinger” from Cadillac Walk The Mink DeVille Collection (CAPITOL 2001) —A sinister sounding tune from DeVille and Erlanger, circa 1977.Buy it!
Ducks Deluxe “Daddy Put the Bomp” from Ducks Deluxe/Taxi To The Terminal Zone (BGO Records 2001) —2 lps on 1 cd, A little more Brit pub rock for you, because I like it. - from one of the bands considered to the strongest of that style - Ducks DeluxeBuy it!
Brinsley Schwarz “Surrender To the Rhythm” from Nervous On The Road/The New Favourites Of (BGO Records 1995) —A Nick Lowe tune, originally on the Brinsley's album Nervous On the Road. Of course, pub rock wasn't anything more than good old rock 'n' roll, very similar to Texas roadhouse music. Elemements of rock, blues, country, soul and whatever else sounding gooBuy it!
Koko Taylor “Nitty Gritty” from Koko Taylor (Remastered) (MCA 2001) —Koko penned this tune. it was recorded back in 1969, with Buddy Guy, Walter Horton, Jack Myers, Clifton James and some other "undetermined" folks.Buy it!
E.C. Scott “Men Gossip Too” from Hard Act to Follow (BLIND PIG RECORDS 1998) —E.C. is a fine singer out of the Bay Area. She used to travel out this way, but it's been a long time since we've seen her perform in St. Louis.Buy it!
Jarekus Singleton “Sorry” from Refuse To Lose (Alligator 2014) N —here's another new tune from the talented new artist Jarekus Singleton. It's time to start working on getting him booked into St. Louis. The album is very strong, and I imagine his live performance is even better.Buy it!
Tom Jones “Looking Out My Window” from Gold (Universal Music Group 2005) —one final tune to celebrate Big Mama Slim's birthday today. She's a Tom Jones fan, so for today we are too. Honestly, the man can still sing!Buy it!
Irma Thomas “You're The Dog (I Do The Barking Myself)” from In Between Tears (Remastered) (Alive Naturalsound 2013) —Irma's infamous "Swamp Dogg" album. She kind of swore it off after the fact, but I think it was great hearing Irma dig into a little funkier, edgier material. This was recorded back in 1970, and Duane Allman is playing guitar on "You're The Dog".Buy it!
Clarence Carter “The Road Of Love” from Snatching It Back: The Best of Clarence Carter (Atlantic 1992) —What a great vocalist, and at one time fortunate enough to be wed to Candi Staton. This was recorded in Muscle Shoals in 1967, and reached #6 on the Pop charts (and #2 on the R&B charts.)Buy it!
Sugarman 3 & CO “Pure Cane” from Pure Cane Sugar (Daptone 2002)Buy it!
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