Ken Bott “3/4 Blues” from The Blues from Bottsville (Roseleaf Records 1999) —a hippy blues waltz from the father of noted blues drummer Jimi Bott.Buy it!
John Long “Blues And Boogie Woogie” from Lost & Found (DELTA GROOVE PRODUCTIONS 2006) —Long is originally from St. Louis (born here in 1950), but as he got older the musical wanderlust took hold taking him to Chicago, where he tutored under the mentorship of Homesick James Williamson.Buy it!
Kai Strauss “If I Ever Get Lucky” from Electric Blues (Continental Europe 2014) N —Strauss is a German musician, who has worked with many American artists over the years. Guests on this CD include Sugar Ray Norcia, Doug Jay, Darrell Nulisch and Sax Gordon.Buy it!
Rev. Lonnie Farris “Soldiers of the Cross” from Slide Guitar Gospel (1944-1964) The Complete Recordings Of Rev. Utah Smith and Rev. Lonnie Farris In Chronological Order (Document Records 1993) —here is an example of the Hawai'ian guitar stylings of Rev Farris, recorded with his Gospel Flames in Los Angeles circa 1962.Buy it!
The Word “Joyful Sounds” from The Word (ropeadope Records 2001) —a tune written by Glenn Lee (from the Sacred Steel traditions of Holiness Churches). The Word was the North Mississippi All-Stars, John Medeski and Robert Randolph.Buy it!
Happyland Band “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” from Saints Paradise: Trombone Shout Bands from the United House of Prayer (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings folkways.si.edu 1999) —a cd comprising the powerful trombone shout band music of the United House of Prayer for All People churches. There are 6 bands represented on this CD.Buy it!
Horace Silver “Strange Vibes” from In Pursuit Of The 27th Man (Capitol/Blue Note 2002) —originally recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in 1972, with Randy and Michael Brecker on horns, David Friedman on vibes, Bob Cranshaw on electric bass and Mickey Roker on drums. Oh, and Horace Silver with that beautiful piano. Rest In Peace, Mr. Silver.Buy it!
Horace Silver “Yodel Lady Blues” from A Prescription for the Blues (Impulse 1997) —later period Horace Silver, with the Brecker brothers on horns, Ron Carter on bass and Louis Hayes on drums.Buy it!
Stomp Gordon “Ride Superman, Ride” from Blues & Rhythm Series Classics: The Chronological - Stomp Gordon - 1952-1956 (Classics Blues & Rhythm Series 2007) —Archie Gordon, his recording career was short but noteworthy. His recording career was over by the time he was 30, and he died at 32. He was a singer, pianist and bandleader - but also a junkie...that didn't end well.Buy it!
Ruth Brown “I Want To Do More” from Rockin' In Rhythm - The Best of Ruth Brown (Atlantic 1996) —This is a Leiber/Stoller tune, recorded in 1955 and reaching #3 on the R&B charts. Atlantic Records - THE HOUSE THAT RUTH BUILT !Buy it!
Bill Doggett “Corner Pocket” from 28 Big Ones (King Records 2000) —one of the early kings of rock 'n' roll, with his undisputed hit "Honky Tonk - Pts 1 and 2".Buy it!
Ernie Freeman Combo “Jivin' Around Part 1” from Great R&B Instrumentals (Ace 2001)Buy it!
Robert Ward and The Black Top All-Stars “Forgive Me Darling” from Fear No Evil (Black Top unk 1990) —this one goes out to all those folks who dig Robert Ward's sound - you're all alright with me!Buy it!
Alabama Mike “Strange Angels” from Day To Day (Jukehouse Records 2009) —Michael Benjamin, born in 1964 in Talladega, Alabama - singing blues in Norther California and driving tractor-trailers for a living.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “All Night Worker” from Use What You Got (Blues Leaf Records www.bluesleaf.com 2003) —Janiva's take on a Rufus Thomas tune. Janiva has a brand new records coming out VERY soon, but I still dig her early albums, the one's on the real small labels. Good stuff!Buy it!
Brophy Dale “Meat Man” from Night Hawkin' (Brophy Dale 2008) —a tune from early rocker and country artist Mack Vickery; I like his music a lot. He worked mostly in Michigan and Ohio, and as Brophy Dale is from Michigan I would imagine that Vickery's music was influential for Brophy.Buy it!
George Thorogood and the Destroyers “I'll Change My Style” from George Thorogood and the Destroyers (Rounder www.rounder.com 1977) —a weeper off of George's debut album with Rounder, all the way back to 1977. George is still out there performing, and his music had a huge impact on bringing me to the blues. It's no wonder I love liner notes to this day (digital downloads....ugh..)Buy it!
The Faces “You're My Girl (I Don't Want To Discuss It)” from Five Guys Walk into a Bar...Box Set (Warner Bros. / Rhino 2004) —recorded live for the BBC in April of 1973. Keep your Beatles and 'Stones, I'll take The Faces anytime. THAT'S ROCK 'N' ROLL !Buy it!
Little Charlie And The Nightcats “I'll Take You Back” from All The Way Crazy (Alligator 1987) —the Nightcats DEBUT with Alligator, from 1987. The band has been on Alligator Records ever since, and Rick Estrin & The Nightcats has a brand spankin' new live album set for release the 1st week of July.Buy it!
Kid Andersen “You Ain't So Pretty No More” from Rock Awhile (Blue Soul 2003) —Kid's done alright for himself since leaving Norway for America. He's a gifted musician and producer - as well as being the heavyweight champion of the blues!Buy it!
George Harmonica Smith “Yes, Baby” from Now You Can Talk About Me (Blind Pig Records 1998) —this cut was recorded at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood, back in 1965.Buy it!
Sonny Knight and His Fabulous Lakers “Sugar Man” from I'm Still Here (Secret Stash 2014) N —a really nice cover on this powerful tune, composed by Sixto Rodriquez.Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “Heal Yourself” from The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster (Blue Corn Music 2006) —well, if the title itself says Ruthie is "phenomenal", then it's not a superlative for me to call her that, either. Ruthie really is very talented - and a great soul on top of that!Buy it!
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