Harmonica Slim & Hosea Leavy “Cold Tacos and Warm Beer” (Fedora 2000) —It must be time for an East Side Groove - today on the "Groove" Selector show.Buy it!
Alabama Mike “Day To Day” (Jukehouse Records 2009) —Mike grew up in Alabama, but has spent most of his adult life singing blues and driving trucks in Northern California.Buy it!
The Nighthawks “Brand New Man” from The Nighthawks (Mercury 1980) —this album marked the end of the run for the original line-up, as Jimmy Thackery left to do his own thing pretty soon after this.Buy it!
Fleetwood Mac “Black Magic Woman” from The Pious Bird of Good Omen (Columbia 1969) —written by Peter Green, this is where Carlos Santana heard the tune. Green had such great tone...he influenced scores of young rockers during the late '60s and early '70s.Buy it!
Freddie Brooks “Jigsaw Puzzle” from One Little Word (King Ace 1999) —Freddie left the music world for the wine world...the money was a lot better. ha! Freddie is a William Clarke-influence harp player with an edgier sound. Maybe William Clarke crossed with Lester Butler.Buy it!
Sam Samudio “15 Degrees Capricorn ASC” from Hard and Heavy (Rhino Atlantic 2013) —with the Dixie Flyers and the Memphis Horns...what a great cut. This is the one, the only, Sam The Sham - minusThe Pharaohs.Buy it!
Billy Boy Arnold “Wandering Eye” from Back Where I Belong (Alligator 1993) —Billy Boy made a strong comeback beginning with his Alligator recordings. This album utilized many of William Clarke's band members.Buy it!
The 44S “Johnny Cochino featuring Kid Ramos” from Boogie Disease (Rip Cat 2010) —a tough band from Los Angeles, who are slated to be in St. Louis on Thursday night @ Blues City Deli (June 26th.)Buy it!
Big Jon Atkinson “It Ain't Right” from Boogie With You Baby (Bluebeat Music 2014) N —a real young cat from the San Diego/Los Angeles scene. He's been working with Kim Wilson lately, so that speaks pretty highly of his talent. On this CD he played a lot of harmonica, and he also plays guitar.Buy it!
Sonny Knight and His Fabulous Lakers “I'm Still Here, Pt. 1” from I'm Still Here (Secret Stash 2014) N Buy it!
Sonny Knight and His Fabulous Lakers “I'm Still Here, Pt. 2” from I'm Still Here (Secret Stash 2014) N —Minneapolis resident Sonny Knight is among the most recent of the "rediscovered" soul singers, although he never quit singing entirely. That said, it's great to see him back!Buy it!
O.V. Wright “I'd Rather Be Blind, Crippled and Crazy” from God Blessed Our Love (EMI/Capitol 2000) L —Teenie Hodges' tasty guitar lines are all over this track. Mabon "Teenie" Hodges passed away yesterday. Rest in peace, Teenie.Buy it!
Big Jeff Chapman “From Nothing” from na (NA url 2014) N L —This is a sneak peek from Big Jeff's forthcoming album, hopefully coming our way this Autumn. This cut features Big Jeff, Jake Gutzler, Brian Massey, Derek Bonn, Bill Archibald & Kevin Reeves. Big Jeff is a son of Greenville, IL. Give it up for those EBuy it!
Matt Andersen “What Will You Leave” from Weightless (TRUE NORTH RECORDS 2014) N —Matt is a real talented cat from New Brunswick. He's a powerful singer, talented songwriter and gifted guitarist. Keep your ears open for this guy.Buy it!
Laith Al-Saadi “Ophelia” from Real. (Weberworks Entertainment 2013) —Laith is a Michigan-based musician. He pulled in all the top dogs for this recording, including Jim Keltner, Lee Sklar, Jimmy Vivino and Lee Thornburg. Plenty of others, also.Buy it!
Jarekus Singleton “High Minded” from Refuse To Lose (Alligator 2014) N —I've been featuring Jarekus' music on all my KDHX gigs lately. This young man has the makings of being something special. Needless to say, I dig his music.Buy it!
Alexis P. Suter Band “Free” from Two Sides (Hipbone Records 2011) —Alexis & band are from NYC, and they can really bring it. Alexis is the singer, and her distinctive baritone voice is as much a trademark as her Top Hat. Guitarist Jimmy Bennett is a groover, and it's just a very tasty band all the way 'round.Buy it!
T-Bone Walker “You Don't Know What You're Doing featuring R.S. Rankin” from T-Bone Blues (Atlantic Records 1989) —T-Bone and Barney Kessel on guitars on this cut, with Plas Johnson on sax & Earl Palmer on drums. Oh, and R.S. Rankin singing.Buy it!
Harpdog Brown “Git Ta Gittin' Baby” from What It Is (Dog Breath Records 2014) N —one of Canada's most distinctive blues singers and harp players. Very much old-school, and doing it in a cool way. This man knows how to phrase, vocally and on harp.Buy it!
Los Carnales Blues Band “Motor Head Baby” from Aints That Da Truth (los carnales 2006) L —this is the 1st version of the now defunct band that was near & dear to many of us, featuring Paul Bonn and Preston Hubbard. Derek Bonn on drums, and Ryan Waked was on guitar.Buy it!
Delbert and Glen “Sure Feels Good” from Blind, Crippled and Crazy (NewWest 2013) —Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark, just doin' what they do best - writing great tunes and singin' 'em well.Buy it!
Peggy Scott And Jo Jo Benson “Lover's Holiday” from Southern Soul Duets (waldoxy 1998) —an SSS International single in 1968, produced by the Crazy Cajun', Huey Meaux.Buy it!
Betty Bibbs “Pounds of Soul” from Super Funk Presents Funk Soul Sisters (BGP url 2003) —recorded during a Modern Records session in the late '60s, but unreleased until this CD set it free.Buy it!
O.V. Wright “Drowning On Dry Land” from The Soul of O.V. Wright (MCA 1992) —a Back Beat single in 1973 (Back Beat was a Duke subsidiary, shut down by ABC in 1976 a couple years after they bought the Duke holdings.)Buy it!
Grover Washington, Jr. “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” from Inner City Blues (Motown 1995) —originally released in 1972. It was actually the 1st cover of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" to be released., just a year (or less) after Gaye's original.Buy it!
Candi Staton “The Best Thing You Ever had” from Candi Staton (Capitol Records 2004) —one of my favorite old-school soul vocalists - her voice is drips raw emotion...I better move on...Buy it!
Sweetman with his South Side Groove Kings “Tyrone's Night Out” from Austin Backalley Blue (Mapleshade Records www.mapleshaderecords.com 1995) —Sweetman plays music that is fit for late nights and other assorted sundry things. I don't think you need me to explain any further.Buy it!
Rick Estrin and the Nightcats “Handle With Care” from You Asked For It - Live (Alligator 2014) N —So new, it won't be released until the 1st week of July. This is a very true record of a Nightcats show. Some stories, some banter, and loads of great songs and musicianship. Outstanding!Buy it!
Steve Cropper “Say It (with Bettye LaVette)” from Dedicated (429 2011) —Dedicated - A Salute to the "5" Royales. Lowman Pauling was one of Cropper's primary influences while coming of age a guitar player. Frankly, I'm a big 5 Royales fan, too.Buy it!
Kai Strauss “One Woman Man” from Electric Blues (Continental Europe 2014) N —Strauss is a German blues guitarist and singer. This cut features Darrel Nulisch. Sugar Ray Norcia, Sax Gordon and other guests are also hanging out.Buy it!
James Luther Dickinson “Nature Boy” from Killers from Space (Memphis International Records 2007) —This is pretty much Jim Dickinson and sons (Luther and Cody), along with some like-minded friends and sound-hounds. WORLD BOOGIE IS COMING !Buy it!
Eden Brent “Everybody Already Knows” from Jigsaw Heart (Yellow Dog Records 2014) N —Eden's brand new album. I sure wish she'd make it back to St. Louis soon. She's one of those force-of-nature live performers, and quite a character.Buy it!
Al Green “I Can't Stop” (Blue Note 2003) —Teenie's trademark sinuous, sleek, graceful guitar lines help make this a real pretty tune. Once again, RIP Teenie.Buy it!
Raphael Wressnig & Alex Schultz “All That I've Got (feat. Deitra Farr)” from Soul Gift (ZYX Music 2012) —very fine soul, blues and grooves from B3 player Wressnig and guitarist Alex Schultz, along with a few guest vocalists just because they could.Buy it!
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