Cephas & Wiggins “Special Rider” from Cool Down (Alligator Records 1995) —A haunted sounding tune by Skip James, featuring Djimo Kouyate (from Senegal) playing the kora, which is sort of like a harp with a big gourd sound box. (a stringed harp, not a Mississippi saxophone)Buy it!
Blind Lemon Jefferson “Long Distance Moan” from Blind Lemon Jefferson (Milestone Records 1992) —This tune was recorded during one of Jefferson's final sessions, Sept 1929. He died in Chicago later in the same year, right around 30 years of age (depends on which birth date is actually correct.)Buy it!
Blind Willie McTell “Broke Down Engine Blues” from Atlanta Twelve Sting (Atlantic 1992) —The 15 tracks on this album were recorded in Atlanta back in 1949. Willie was actually from Statesboro, Georgia, hence his famous tune of the that name (Statesboro Blues.)Buy it!
The Roberta Martin Singers “Hold The Light” from The Best Of The Roberta Martin Singers (Savoy 1990) —featuring...Archie Dennis, Narsalus McKissick, Gloria Griffin, Delores Barrett, Eugene Smith, Bessie Folk & Lucy Smith Collier.Buy it!
The Roberta Martin Singers “I'm Glad I'm A Witness For My Lord” from The Best Of The Roberta Martin Singers (Savoy 1990)Buy it!
The Blind Boys of Alabama “Give a Man a Home” from Spirit of the Century (Realworld 2001) —this is a Ben Harper composition, and features Clarence Fountain on lead vocal, along with David Lindley on slide guitar and Charlie Musselwhite on harp.Buy it!
The Gospel Hummingbirds “Good Time” from Taking Flight (blind pig www.blindpigrecords.com 1995) —Roy Tyler has the lead on this one. He eventually left the Hummingbirds for his own solo career.Buy it!
James Cotton “Down At Your Buryin'” from Deep In The Blues (Polydor/Polygram 1996) —this is about the last album Cotton made where his own vocals were featured. Joe Louis Walker and Charlie Haden were featured on this low-key affair.Buy it!
Bob Kamoske “Little Boy Blue” from Bob's Blues (self-released 2008) L —Bob "Bumblebee" Kamoske is representin' St. Louis at the IBC's this week - Jan 21-25. Salute!Buy it!
Gary Primich “Jailbird” from Company Man (Black Top 1997) —this song was written by one of Gary's favorite artists (and mine as well) Overton Lemons aka Smiley Lewis.Buy it!
Link Wray “Juke Box Mama” from Guitar Preacher The Polydor Years (Polygram 1995) —this is a 2 disc set examining Wray's Polydor years, and much of it is not the typical Link Wray fare. Very cool!Buy it!
Betty Davis “They Say I'm Different” from They Say I'm Different (Expanded) (Light In The Attic 2007) —originally released on the Just Sunshine Records label in 1974.Buy it!
Lee Sankey “Stone In My Shoe” from My Day Is Just Beginning (Artist 1997) —Lee is the harmonica man here, as well as having written ALL the songs. Divid Migden is the soulful vocalist, and Matt Schofield is on guitar.Buy it!
Billy Branch “Where's My Money” from the blues keep following me around (Polydor/Polygram 1995) —Billy, along with former S.O.B. bandmate Carl Weathersby. David Torkanowsky has the keys.Buy it!
Mick Clarke “Getting' Round to It” from New Mountain (Burnside Records 2000) —Mick is working with his old mate Lou Martin again (keyboards). Their association goes back to their late '60s band Killing Floor. They must get along!Buy it!
James Mathus & His Knockdown Society “Rock Of Ages” from National Antiseptic (Mammoth Records 2001) —the album was recorded by Jim Dickinson at his Zebra Ranch studios. Son's Luther and Cody appear on several of the tunes, but NOT on Rock of Ages.Buy it!
Patrick Sweany Band “The Hornet” from C'mon C'mere (Nine Mile Records 2006) —now THAT'S a nice instrumental.Buy it!
Big Mike Aguirre and the Blu-City All-Stars “She Moves Me” from Live at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups (self-release 2010) L —a Johnny Guitar Watson tune. Big Mike & the Blu-City All-Stars are representin' St. Louis at the IBC this week - 21-25 Jan!Buy it!
Harper “Weaker Man” from Stand Together (blind pig www.blindpigrecords.com 2010) —Peter D. Harper, Aussie ex-pat, singer & player of harmonica and didgeridoo. He'll be playing BBs on Sat night's late show.Buy it!
Annie Mack “Seems Like Sorrow” from Baptized in the Blues (Annie Mack Music 2013) N —Annie is a favorite of mine, and she's representing the Minnesota Blues Society at the IBCs. If Big Mike isn't selected the winner, then let it be Annie MackBuy it!
Joe Quarterman & Free Soul “Live Now Brothers” from Golden Classics (Collectables www.oldies.com 1994) —singer and trumpeter Sir Joe Quarterman; this tune is from 1973.Buy it!
Sugar Pie DeSanto “I Don't Wanna Fuss” from Go Go Power: The Complete Chess Singles 1961-1966 (Ace 2009) —a Checker single from 1964, with a Gerald Sims writing credit. Sims was a member of Chess' TOUGH house band.Buy it!
Tyrone Davis “If You Had A Change In Mind” from 20 Greatest Hits (Brunswick 2001) —straight from 1972!Buy it!
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