The Mississippi Marvel “Kankakee” from The World Must Never Know (Broke & Hungry 2008) —Who is the Mississippi Marvel? The World must never know, and his church wouldn't be too happy with it, either! To this day, the M.M. is one of my favorite Broke & Hungry artists.Buy it!
Tim Lothar & Peter Nande “BABY BLUE” from Two For The Road (Straight Shooter 2009) —Two Danes, having a good time making some mighty fine music. Lothar plays guitar and sings in this duo, but plays drums with Nande's harp-based electric blues band.Buy it!
Joe Price “Rescue Boat Blues” from Designated Driver (Trailer Records 2000) —it's not too often that you see an artist put his home address and phone number on the back of his CDs, but Joe (along with with Vicki) do just that! A talented artist and one of the nicest cats you'll ever meet.Buy it!
Soul Seekers “Take Your Burdens” from Soul Seekers II (My Block Records * 2010) —some younger guys keeping the gospel fire alive.Buy it!
The Dixie Hummingbirds “Have A Talk With God” from Music in the Air 70th Anniversary All Star Tribute Celebration (House of Blues 1999) —The band goes back to 1930 or so. Hummingbird Ira Tucker, Sr. is singing lead here on this Stevie Wonder tune, and Stevie is lending a hand as well.Buy it!
S.E.Willis “Ma Cher” from Airn Beats Nairn (Mr. Suchensuch 1999) —Steve Willis, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and long-time member of Elvin Bishop's band.Buy it!
Lee Mcbee “Your Turn To Cry” from SoulDeep (Pacific Blues 2002) —Lee McBee left this World on Tuesday, June 24th. He will be missed. Today, we CELEBRATE his legacy, as well as that of Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, who passed on Sunday, June 22nd. Rest in peace, gentlemen.Buy it!
JIMMY johnson “I Have The Same Old Blues” from bar room preacher (Alligator 1983) —originally recorded and released by Discques Black & Blues in France under the title "Heap See". Jimmy is a Chicago stalwart who never truly got his due.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “Strawberry Soul” from Soul Serendade The Best Of Willie Mitchell (THE RIGHT STUFF 1999) —composed by Willie Mitchell and Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, and a real nice showcase for Teenie's work.Buy it!
Sam and Dave “I Take What I Want” from The Best of Sam and Dave (Atlantic 1987) —written by Teenie Hodges, along with the team of Isaac Hayes & David Porter. Recorded by Sam & Dave in 1965.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “Teenie's Dream” from Soul Serenade The Best of Willie Mitchell (THE RIGHT STUFF 1999) —composed by Willie Mitchell and Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, and a very nice slower, pretty piece in honor of Teenie. Rest In Peace, Teenie!Buy it!
Mike Morgan and The Crawl “I'm Blue” from The Road (Black Top 1998) —this is one of my favorite vocal performances from Lee McBee. I wanted to share it with you. Lee passed away on Tuesday, June 24th.Buy it!
Big Jeff Chapman “From Nothing” from na (NA url 2014) L —a brand new sneak peek from Jeff's upcoming CD. He was kind enough to pass along this song to me. Thanks Jeff, and we're lookin' forward to the completed CD.Buy it!
The 44S “Hanging Tree” from Americana with Special Guest Kid Ramos (Rip Cat 2011) —a tough band (musically and otherwise!) from Los Angeles, featuring Johnny Main on guitar and Tex Nakamura on harp.Buy it!
Johnny Winter “I Love Everybody” from White Hot Blues (Sony 1997) —originally found on Winter's "Second Winter" album. This tune borrows the "Catfish/Rollin' & Tumblin' riff for a growlin' good time.Buy it!
Jimi Hendrix “Rainy Day, A Dream Away” from Electric Ladyland (MCA 1997) —a remastered version of Hendrix' 1968 album, and it sounds incredible. "Rainy Day" features a little help from Mike Finnigan on organ and Buddy Miles on drums.Buy it!
David Hidalgo, Mato Nanji & Luther Dickinson “I'm A Fool” from 3 Skulls and the Truth (Blues Bureau International 2012) —this is a cruncher of a blues-rock album, with all-new songs written for the project. All 3 men supply lead vocals and lead guitars, and everything is fully annotated for you guitar-heads out there. hahahaBuy it!
Big Jack Johnson And The Oilers “We Got To Stop This Killin'” from The Best Of M.C. Records 1996 - 2002 (M.C. Records 2003) —this tune was released in 1996, and was nominated for several "song of the year" awards. The sentiment is more true now than ever. It was the title track of Big Jack's album.Buy it!
The Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band “All Night Long” from Chicago The Blues Today! Volume 1 (Vanguard Records vanguardrecords.com 1966) —this is from the CD version, and Volume 1 also includes songs from the bands of J.B. Hutto and Otis Spann.Buy it!
Howlin' Wolf “Killing Floor” from His Best The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection (MCA 1997) —My favorite electric band blues song ever - ever. When I hear this song, the only thing in my mind is "THIS IS THE BLUES".Buy it!
Lee Mcbee “Soul Deep” from soul deep (Pacific Blues 2002) —what a voice....Rest in peace, Mr. McBee!Buy it!
Syl Johnson “Watch What You Do To Me” from Back in the Game (Delmark 1994) —composed by Willie Mitchell, Teenie Hodges & Earl Randle. The Hodges brothers , along with Howard Grimes, sound so good on this, backing their old buddy Syl Johnson. Rest in peace, Mr. Hodges!Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Coming Home Baby” from The Royal Sessions (Yellow Dog Records 2004) —In my mind, musical sounds just don't get any better than this. I'll leave you with the Bo-Keys this morning - everyone have a GREAT day!Buy it!
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