Barbecue Bob “Goin' Up The Country” from The Essential (Classic Blues 2001) —Mr. Robert Hicks, out of the Atlanta, Georgia school of 12-string guitar players. By 1931, Hicks was dead of pneumonia at age 29, primarily due to his "high livin'".Buy it!
ROBERT WILKINS “Rollin' Stone (Part 2)” from The Original Rolling Stone (Yazoo Records 1989) —parts 1 and 2 of Rollin' Stone were both recorded in Sept of 1928. Some time around 1937 he became the Reverend Robert Wilkins, giving up the blues life after playing at a particularly rough house party.Buy it!
John Hammond “Got My Mojo Working” from Solo (Vanguard www.vanguardrecords.com 1976) —recorded live at Vanguard's 23rd Street Studio in NYC, 1976.Buy it!
Tom Hall “Worn Out Engine” from Right Down There on Lee Street (self 2005) L —St. Louis' own Tom Hall performing his interpretation of a Blind Boy Fuller tune.Buy it!
The Caravans “Walk Around Heaven All Day” from The Best Of Vee-Jay Gospel Volume Four (Collectables 2001) —Casietta George has the lead on this tune, which she recorded a couple more times after leaving The Caravans.Buy it!
The Pilgrim Travelers “Everytime I Feel The Spirit” from The Best Of Vee-Jay Gospel Voume Two (Collectables 2001) —The P.T's started in Houston, eventually moving to Los Angeles in the 1940s, where they became one of the most popular groups in Gospel.Buy it!
Maceo Woods “Amazing Grace” from The Best Of Vee-Jay Gospel Volume Three (Collectables 2001) —Woods' was a Chicago gospel player, famous for his organ solos within his side man work, but he also led his own aggregations.Buy it!
The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi “No Need To Cry” from The Best Of Vee-Jay Gospel Volume one (Collectables 2001) —this cut features the great Archie Brownlee in lead, with a near-doo wop arrangement to the song.Buy it!
Luther Allison “Castle” from Hand Me Down My Moonshine (Ruf Records 1998) —as far as I know, this is Luther's only all-acoustic album. Other than a few guest players on a few cuts, it's just Luther and his guitar.Buy it!
Sue Foley “How Strong” from Love Comin' Down (Shanachie 2000) —This cut is all Sue, featuring her singing and playing. This album is a low-key affair, featuring Sue and several other sympathetic players - including fellow Canucks Colin Linden and Richard Bell.Buy it!
Big Daddy G “Little Car Blues” from Topless (Reggies Records 2000) —this is an uncredited "hidden" track, which was very much in vogue at the time this was recorded.Buy it!
Barbara George “Love (Is Just A Chance You Take)” from I Know You Don't Love Me No More - Golden Classics (Collectables 1994) —recorded in 1961 for A.F.O. Records, the flip side of her hit "I Know (You Don't Love Me No More").Buy it!
Lynn August “Undivided Love” from Creole Cruiser (Black Top unk 1992) —one of my all time favorite artists. Lynn sings, plays organ, accordian and drums.Buy it!
C.J. Chenier “The Desperate Kingdom of Love” (World Village 2006) —believe it or not, C.J. is covering a PJ Harvey tune, here. C.J.'s a fine singer, and I think it did a fine job.Buy it!
The Groove Hogs “Fool” from Wrong Side of the Street (Trawf Records 2002) —A fine horn band out of Wisconsin. It was not uncommon to see them tour with 6 horn players in-tow.Buy it!
Terry Hanck “You Coulda Let Me Go” from Look Out! (Delta Groove 2011) —this was one of 2011's better blues releases, and Terry was nominated for a "song of the year" award for his tune "Appreciate What You Got".Buy it!
ZZ Top “Master of Sparks” from Tres Hombres (Expanded Edition) [Remastered] (Rhino/Warner Bros. 2006) —the original LP mixes of this album were brought back with this version of Tres Hombres.Buy it!
ZZ Top “Avalon Hideaway” from The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990 (Rhino/Warner Bros. 2013) —off the 1976 album Tejas, which is still one of my favorite releases from the lil' ol' band of Texans.Buy it!
ZZ Top “Brown Sugar” from The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990 (Rhino/Warner Bros. 2013) —from "ZZ Top's First Album", clear back in 1970. The Complete Studio Albums box is a must have for Top fans, as it's comprised of the 1st 10 albums, all brought back to the LP sonic mixes. There's been a lot of playin' with the sound over the years.Buy it!
Maurizio Pugno “The Lion's Den featuring Mark DuFresne” from Kill the Coffee (Pacific Blues 2009) —recorded in Italy in 2009 with the cream of Italy's blues players. Mark DuFresne and Sugar Ray Norcia are the vocalists. Good stuff!Buy it!
Maurizio Pugno featuring Sugar Ray Norcia “Bite The Dust” from That's What I Found Out! (Pacific Blues 2007) —Italian blues? You bet, with Italian-American Sugar Ray Norcia along for the ride!Buy it!
Ari Borger & Igor Prado “Blue Jeans (feat. Sax Gordon)” from Lowdown Boogie (Ari Borger & Igor Prado 2013) N —Brazilian blues, featuring Brazil's young go-to band, Igor Prado and his combo, along with Ari Borger playing piano and B3 organ.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Slow Down, Love” from Give The People What They Want (Daptone 2014) N —Sharon just keeps sounding better and better. This CD was released January 14th - it's BRAND new!Buy it!
Percy Wiggins “Look What I've Done (To My Baby)” from The Heart Of Southern Soul Volume 2 No Brags Just Facts (Ace 1996) —this was an A-Bet release in 1969, and Percy is still recording today - working with The Bo-Keys the past couple of years.Buy it!
Freddie Robinson Orchestra “The Hawk” from Foxy R&B Richard Stamz Chicago Blues (Ace 2013) —a little rough & tumble bluesy soul to close the show out with. That works for me, and I sure hope it works for you.Buy it!
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