Sonny Terry And Brownie McGhee “Crying The Blues” from Hometown Blues (Sony Music Entertainment 1993) —The tracks on this CD were recorded by Bob Shad for his Sittin' In With label during sessions in 1948 & 1951.Buy it!
Sonny Boy Williamson “Southern Dream” from The Essential (MCA/Chess 2001) —this is the original Sonny Boy, John Lee Williamson, born in Jackson, Tennessee. He was murdered on a Chicago street in 1948Buy it!
Gwyn Ashton “Can't Get My Way Around You” from Wanted Man (Viceroy Entertainment Group 1997) —Gwyn is Australian, and his recordings typically encompass some very heavy blues rock as well as several nice acoustic numbers.Buy it!
Eric Sardinas “Sweetwater Blues” from Treat Me Right (EVIDENCE MUSIC INC. 1999) —see, it is possible for Sardinas to not play at "11" all the time. Now, we just need to remind him. He sounds good here!Buy it!
The Golden Gate Quartet “Take Your Burdens To God” from Travelin' Shoes (BMG Music 1992) —this cut was recorded back in 1938 for Bluebird. The Golden Gate Quartet were among the real stars of jubilee vocal Gospel singing.Buy it!
The Swan Silvertones “Soul Of Mine” from Singing In My Soul - Blessed Assurance (Rhino 2002) —one of the premier Gospel groups, especially during their time with Vee-Jay Records. The featured vocalist was usually the sublime Claude Jeter.Buy it!
The Gospel Hummingbirds “Holding On” from Taking Flight (blind pig 1995) —From San Francisco, and definitely my favorite contemporary gospel group.Buy it!
Robert Lucas “Just a Kid” from Built for Comfort (audioquest 1992) —Robert was channeling some Skip James on this tune, which is one of Lucas' own compositions.Buy it!
Kenny Brown “Lonesome Katy Blues” from Stingray (Fat Possum Records 2003) —R.L. Burnside's adopted white son, or so R.L. used to claim. Brown learned guitar at the feet of R.L.Buy it!
Carl Sonny Leyland “Jumpin' At The Jamboree” from The Carl Sonny Leyland Trio Meets Nathan James And Ben Hernandez (Sacred Cat Recordings 2006) —Sacred Cat is Nathan James' label; Nathan produced this album featuring his old partner Hernandez and the English piano-man Leyland.Buy it!
Major Lance “The Matador” from Everybody Loves A Good Time The Best Of Major Lance (Sony Music Entertainment 1995) —Lance was OKeh's top selling artist while with the label from 62-68. He died of heart failure at only 55 years old back in 1994.Buy it!
Lou Pride “Words of Caution” (Severn Records 2002) —I had the very distinct pleasure of seeing Lou perform live exactly one time - on a bill with Darrell Nulisch and Tad Robinson, along with the Severn Records house band over at Indy's Slippery Noodle Inn.Buy it!
Ike And Tina Turner “Proud Mary” from The Ike and Tina Turner Story 1960-1975 (Time/Life Music 2007) —this is the full album version...I hope you were holding on to your hat! Whoo!Buy it!
Steve Pecaro & the Tone Kings “Inspiration” from Big Love (artist release 1999) L —one of St. Louis' unsung guitarists, as well as being a very fine singer.Buy it!
Pat Boyack & The Prowlers “For You My Love” from Super Blue & Funky (Bullseye Blues www.rounder.com 1997) —featuring Spencer Thomas on vocals. Boyack did a nice long stint with Marcia Ball as her guitar player in the early 2000s.Buy it!
Igor Prado Band “Funky Screwdriver” from Blues & Soul Sessions (Chico Blues Rec. 2012) —Igor is one of my favorite young blues & soul guitarists, and he just happens to be Brazilian. The Prado band tends to be the go-to unit for American bluesmen who are touring in South America.Buy it!
Candye Kane “I Wanted You To Walk (Right Through That Door)” from Coming Out Swingin' Featuring Laura Chavez (VIZZTONE 2013) —Candye has been battling serious health problems the last several years, and the effects show on her voice somewhat. However, she nails this tune - the girl is rockin' it!Buy it!
Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles “Lonely Town Of Love” from Diamonds In the Dark (Sugar Hill Records www.sugarhillrecords.com 2007) —the more I listen to Borges' music, the more I like it. She mixes up rock 'n' roll, country, blues and makes it all her own. Good stuff from this Boston artist.Buy it!
Debbie Davies “Zoom-in'” from Holdin' Court (Little Dipper/VizzTone 2009) —Debbie Davies...one of the more popular contemporary blues artists among the KDHX blues jocks, and for good reason. This one isn't blues, though, just a good ol' rockin' surfy twangfest. That works for me!Buy it!
Bobby Parker “Watch Your Step” from Bent Out of Shape (Black Top 1993) —I've been listening to Bobby's music latealy with his passing a month or so ago. I only got to see him perform one time, at the old Blues On The Mississippi concerts at Jefferson Barracks Park.Buy it!
Scottie Miller Band “Let Your Soul Shine” from Rise Up (Artist 2012) —Scottie and band are at BB's Jazz Blues & Soups on Sat Dec 21st, part of a mini- mid-winter mid-west tour. I guess since he's from Minneapolis a little snow threat doesn't bother him any. Also, a member of Ruthie Foster's band.Buy it!
The Hudson River Rats “Soul To Soul” from First Take (3B's Music & Records 1994) —The band features Rob Paparozzi on vocals and harp, and Bernard Pretty Purdie on drums and band leading.Buy it!
Wilson Pickett “I'm In Love” from The Very Best Of Wilson Pickett (Rhino 1993) —I'm not sure any 1960s soul singer performed with more energy than Wilson Pickett. The man was a dynamo, and here he's singing a Bobby Womack number (which was a fairly common occurence, incidentally).Buy it!
Alan Evans Trio “Drop Hop” (Royal Family Records 2012)Buy it!
Boogaloo Joe Jones “Fadin'” from Legends of Acid Jazz: Boogaloo Joe Jones Vol. 2 (Fantasy Records 1998) —this is a Joe Jones compostion, recorded by Rudy Van Gelder back in 1971 for Jones' "What It Is" LP.Buy it!
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