Robert Lucas “What Happened to My Shoes” from Usin' Man Blues (audioquest 1990) —Ol' Robert partook of a few too many buffet lines...and now he can't see his own shoes. Robert Lucas is a longtime favorite of mine, and left this World much too soon.Buy it!
Corey Harris “Underground” from Fulton Blues (Njumba 2013) —I saw recently where this album is being re-released, to include 2 additional tracks. It flew completely under the radar the 1st time around, being released on Corey's own label. Here's to more success for a pretty phenomenal piece of work.Buy it!
Brandon Isaak “Tell Me Why” from Bluesman's Plea (self released 2011) —Mr. Isaak is from northern Canada, and is otherwise known as Yukon Slim. I'm always ready to give air time to a fellow Slim! Brandon's brother Chris runs a noted recording studio in Whitehorse, Yukon.Buy it!
The Spirit of Memphis Quartet “We Are The Spirit Of Memphis Quartet” from Traveling On (High Water/HMG 1997) —originally released in 1985, and the band had been together since 1930 or so.Buy it!
The Original Blind Boys Of Mississippi “Oh Why” from The Great Lost Blind Boys Album (Collectables/Rhino 2001) —featuring Archie Brownlee, these recording were made in the late 1950s. Unfortunately, Archie's fondness for "oil" got the better of him, and he died young - in 1959 in New Orleans.Buy it!
BOBBY BLUE BLAND “Members Only” (MALACO 1995) R —This one goes out to Long Tall Frank, per request. Members Only was the 1st release for Bobby Bland on Malaco, and it served to re-energize his career after some lackluster years spent with MCA.Buy it!
Lee Oskar “In A Sentimental Mood” from Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowouts Still Here And Gone 1993-2007 (Electro-fi 2008) —Lee Oskar has always had a pretty tone, and a fondness for jazzy stylings. The man has been extremely influential as far as harp players are concerned.Buy it!
Rockin' Jake “The World Is A Ghetto” from Badmouth (Zuluzu Records 1999) —Rockin' Jake is back in St. Louis TONIGHT for a performance at Evangeline's Bistro and Music House, a new-ish venue located in the Central West End. The show is advertised as an 8pm start.Buy it!
Plas Johnson “Caravan” from The Best Of Plas Johnson The King Of Sax (Wolf Records 2000) —Plas was born near New Orleans into a family of professional musicians, and he's one of the most prolifically recorded sax men from 1950 on, on his own and on countless sessions for other folks.Buy it!
Marie Adams “The Light Still Shines In My Window” from The Greatest Johnny Otis Show (Ace 1998) —Marie was one of Otis' finest vocalists.Buy it!
Johnny Otis “Hand Jive” from The Greatest Johnny Otis Show (Ace 1998) —the original "hand jive", the one that stirred up all that trouble, from back in 1958.Buy it!
Irving Ashby “Big Guitar” from Great R&B Instrumentals (Ace 2001) —a killer guitar instrumental from 1958.Buy it!
Long Tall Deb “Train to Tucson” from Raise Your Hands (VizzTone Label Group 2012) —Deb Landolt has a really nice album on her hands here. I'm just sorry it took me so long to find it. It's great to see new-ish female artists singing blues, blues and more blues!Buy it!
Larry Garner “Bull Rider” from Here Gone Tomorow (Dixiefrog 2008) —Larry is from Baton Rouge, is a great artist and storyteller, and is scheduled to play BBs Jazz, Blues & Soups TONIGHT !!!!Buy it!
Jarekus Singleton “Hero” from Refuse To Lose (Alligator 2014) N —this song could be titled "Hero - You're No Such Thing". This is a strong tune about having the blinders removed from one's eyes.Buy it!
The Honeybees “Why You” from In the Key of Bee (El Toro Records 2010) —featuring the stingin' co-lead vocals of Barbara Clifford and Rachel Decker.Buy it!
Rum Drum Ramblers “Gonna Haunt You” from Mean Scene (Lightnin' Thunders 2011) L —Mat, Joey and Ryan - the Rum Drum Ramblers - have a very rare local show TONIGHT at Blues City Deli. A night with the Rum Drum Ramblers is a good night indeed.Buy it!
Don Cavalli “Casual Worker” from Cryland (A Rag / Because Music 2008) —French iconoclast and avant-rockabilly doing his own thing. I really dig this cat's style!Buy it!
B.B. King “All You Ever Give Me Is the Blues” from Here and There The Uncollected B.B. King (Universal Music 2001) —this nicely raw cut was previously unreleased in the U.S. prior to 2001. This and one other like it were from a session produced by Vernon Reid and Jon Tiven. It's as close to 1957 B.B. King as we've heard since, well, 1957! Tough stuff.Buy it!
The Norman Sylvester Band “It Ain't My Thang” from A Family Affair Music From The Soul (Boogie Cat 2003) —this one is a lot of fun; like the liner's state - Sylvester knows that it's groove that counts!Buy it!
Beverly "Guitar" Watkins “My Baby Left Town” from Back In Business SINGLE (Cello 1999) —Watkins was one of the few women guitar slingers back in the day, playing with Piano Red's Dr. Feelgood and the Interns in Atlanta back in the 1960s. This comeback album is part of the Music Makers series.Buy it!
William DeVaughn “You Can Do It” from Be Thankful For What You Got A Golden Classics Edition (Collectables 1993) —Washington D.C. native DeVaughn is most famous for his song "Be Thankful For What You Got". He reminds me of a soul version of Fenton Robinson, classy tunes.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “You'll Be Lonely” from Give The People What They Want (Daptone 2014) N —this CD got lots of play at KDHX when 1st released - it's time to get this back into my rotation. Nobody does it better than Sharon Jones!Buy it!
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