Tom Holland & the Shuffle Kings “Look Here Baby” from No Fluff, Just the Stuff (Tom Holland & The Shuffle Kings 2013) —Tom's played guitar for all the big cats, including a long run with James Cotton. Tom is a good artist in his own right, and possesses a very nice singing voice. This is a good CD, period, end of story!Buy it!
Rolling Stones “Black Limousine” from Tattoo You (Remastered) (Polydor/Universal Music 2009) —This one has the mark of Ronnie Wood all over it - and he was actually "blessed" with a co-writing credit. Jagger and Richards did not give that up easily to anyone.Buy it!
Mink Deville “'A' Train Lady” from Cadillac Walk - The Mink DeVille Collection (CAPITOL 2001) —A tune NOT written by Willie Deville (Forman and Levine), but it sure is a nice rendition, originally found on the band's Return To Magenta album.Buy it!
17th Street Band “Brooklyn” from Positively 17th Street (Tucson FoodService/17th Street Records 2009) —The band featured Harvey Brooks on guitar, Tom Walbank on harmonica and vocals, and Arthur Migliazza on piano. This CD is very interesting - Tuscon blues, or so it goes.Buy it!
Son Seals “On My Knees” from Midnight Son (Alligator Records 1976) —Frank Seals. One tough son of a gun. Shot in the face by a wife, loser of a leg to the sugar diabetes, he kept playing right up to the very end - until his kidneys just couldn't take it anymore.Buy it!
Byther Smith “Funky Man” from I'm a Mad Man (Bullseye Blues 1993) —Byther was a funky man, a mad man, a bad man and a bluesman. Many times all at the very same time. Not someone to be trifled with, but a deep blues musician.Buy it!
Lowell Fulson “Bending Like a Willow Tree” from The Final Kent Years (Ace 2002) —From a Big Town Records LP, dated 1978. Lowell claims writing credit for the tune, but it may be one of those blues tunes where it's impossible to figure out who truly wrote it.Buy it!
Ramsey Lewis Trio “A Hard Day's Night” from In Person 1960-1967 (MCA/GRP Records 1998) —Recorded live in Hermosa Beach, California in 1965. His trio featured Eldee Young and Red Holt. Beautiful, man, beautiful.Buy it!
Jimmy Forrest “Song Of The Wanderer” from Night Train SINGLE (Delmark 1990) —Recorded in 1952. Forrest was a St. Louis artist who outgrew the city, having to make the move to New York City. No matter what he played, he swung - and swung hard.Buy it!
Guy Forsyth Band “Tricks Of The Trade” from Live at KDHX 16Sep2008 (KDHX 2008) —A very strong effort and fine session from Austin's Guy Forsyth. He's originally a K.C. boy, but has been in Austin for decades now, and was a charter member of Asylum Street Spankers.Buy it!
Johnny Nicholas “Roads On Fire” from Future Blues (The Peoples Label 2011) —I keep coming back to this album, which is one of the real unsung effort of 2011. What's that I hear.....oh, yes - good stuff!Buy it!
Marcia Ball “Lazy Blues” from The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man (Alligator 2014) N —Personally, I think this album is one of the strongest in Marcia's catalog - and as proof, she wrote this song. Nothing lazy about that!Buy it!
Gospel Song Birds “When They Ring Them Golden Bells” from I Heard The Angels Singing Electrifying Black Gospel From The Nashboro Label 1951-1983 (Tompkins Square 2013) —This outfit was based in Chicago, and it's members have included both Otis Clay and Cash McCall This cut is from 1963, which pre-dated both members by just 1 year.Buy it!
Robert Brown and the Sons of the South “Nobody Knows” from Fire in My Bones: Raw & Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel 1944-2007 (Tompkins Square 2009) —Not much is known, other than the group released a single on the Top Gospel label - based in Montgomery, Alabama.Buy it!
Echoes Of Harmony “Ain't It A Shame” from This May Be My Last Time Singing Raw African-American Gospel On 45RPM 1957-1982 (Tompkins Square 2011) —The Echoes were based in Dallas, TX. This song is believed to have been recorded in 1968.Buy it!
Brad Vickers and His Vestapolitans “Deep Elem” from Stuck with the Blues (ManHatTone 2010) —Deep Elum was the "black" area of old Dallas, and was more than a bit notorious for the entertainment choices that could be found there.Buy it!
Sue Foley “Goin Down The Road Again” from Change (Ruf Records 2004) —The CD was recorded in one night, no overdubs, no re-dos. Sue's just about the best, but she hasn't played in St. Louis in about forever.Buy it!
Blues Jamboree “Train I Ride” from Blues Jamboree Vol. 2 Train I Ride (Straight Shooter 2014) N —A cool track from an even cooler project - a bunch of Danish bluesmen sittin' around recording some live, off the cuff shows. Good stuff!Buy it!
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