Harmonica Slim & Hosea Leavy “Cold Tacos and Warm Beer” (Fedora 2000) —It's happy hour here at KDHX...time to get things started with some Cold Tacos & Warm Beer - along with East Side Slim!Buy it!
Piano Slim “Married Woman Blues” from gateway to the blues (Swingmaster 1983) L —Robert T. Smith, a rough-hewn piano man if there ever was one. Recorded by Oliver Sain at Archways Studio back in 1983.Buy it!
Boogie Patrol “Cool Under Fire” from I Try and I Try and I Don't Know What To Do... The Plan Was Set Some Time Ago, and We Must Follow Through (Boogie Patrol 2011) —Rotten Dan and his young clan, from up Edmonton way. (I bet they'd laugh at us complaining about the cold...jus' sayin')Buy it!
Betty Davis “You Won't See Me In the Morning” from Betty Davis (Light In The Attic 2007) —Betty Mabry prior to marrying Miles Davis (it only lasted 1 year). Betty was so far ahead of her time it's almost criminal. This was recorded in 1973.Buy it!
Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise “Mr. Tony” from Time to Discover (BMG Entertainment 2000) —one of the 1st of the millenium's "rediscovered" rough 'n' ready soul singers, singing in front of young rock 'n' roll bands.Buy it!
Kim Massie & The Solid Senders “Super Duper Love” from A Lady By Choice (self-released 2007) L —What a voice, and what a great band on this album - Rich McDonough, Gus Thornton, Marty Spikener, Lew Winer 3, Derek Thomas and Stephen Martin (who also recorded it.) Most of these cats comprise Kim's live band to this day.Buy it!
SOULARD BLUES BAND “When Things Go Wrong With You” from Live In Stuttgart (KING SOLOMON Self 1999) L —Artie's band recorded on tour in Germany back in 1999. This is a Tampa Red tune, but is closely associated to Elmore James.Buy it!
Ivas John Band “Cruel to Me” from Doin' What's Natural (Ivas John Band 2012) L —I'm callin' this one "local", as Ivas is based in Carbondale but plays in St. Louis on a very regular basis. He's a young guy who plays with great taste and tone.Buy it!
Grant Green “The Cantaloupe Woman” from His Majesty King Funk/Up With Donald Byrd (Polygram 1995) —this cd is a 2-fer, with a Grant Green LP and a Don Byrd LP rolled onto a single CD release. That's a mighty fine combination in my book!Buy it!
Raphael Wressnig's Organic Trio “Growlin' the Blues” from Cut a Little Deeper On the Funk (BHM Productions 2008) —subtitled "more hip soul-jazz by B3 shooting star Raphael Wressnig" - this souful Austrian cat can flat out playBuy it!
William Clarke “Trying So Hard” from Blowin' Like Hell (Alligator Records 1990) —Bill Clarke's Alligator debut, from 24 years ago. He'll always be one of the masters.Buy it!
The Bluebirds “Road Of Love” from Highway 80 East (Louisiana Red Hot 2003) —The Flett Bros.! Highway 80 was a major highway running East-West across the South, rolling through the Bluebirds' home of Shreveport, LA. The highway still exists, but Interstates have supplanted it's importance.Buy it!
John Fullbright “All The Time In The World” from From The Ground Up (Blue Dirt Records 2012) —A talented young songster from Oklahoma. There must be something magical in that Okie water...Buy it!
Candi Staton “I'm Just a Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin')” from Candi Staton (Capitol Records 2004) —Candi has always waffled between secular and gospel music, but in the end she just has possession of a beautiful voice - she could sing the phone book and make you shed tears.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Long Time, Wrong Time” from Give The People What They Want (Daptone 2014) N —Sharon Jones has been given the "all clear" from her battle with cancer, & will be performing with The Dap-Tones in St. Louis on March 2nd.Buy it!
Marie Adams & The Three Tons Of Joy “Get On Up And Do It, Baby (Try It You'll Like It)” from The Return Of The Soul Sisters (BGP url 2005) —Marie re-united with Johnny Otis to record this in the early 1970s.Buy it!
Martha and the Vandellas “Easily Persuaded” from The Return Of The Soul Sisters (BGP url 2005) —recorded for Motown's Gordy label in 1971Buy it!
GRP All-Star Big Band “Stormy Monday Blues featuring B.B. King” from All Blues (GRP Records 1995) —you just know that B.B. knows what to do with a Big Band !Buy it!
SOULARD BLUES BAND “Turn On Your Lovelight” from The Soulard Blues Band (KING SOLOMON Self 1981) —Rondo singing a Joe Scott number, made famous by Bobby Blue Bland. Joe Scott was Bland's bandleader for a number of years.Buy it!
Mr. B “He May Be Your Man” from Shining the Pearls (blind pig 1995) —Mr. B is Mark Braun, and the singer on this tune is Miss Jeanne Carroll.Buy it!
Enrico Crivallero “Popcorn Jack” from Freewheelin' (Electro-fi 2012) —Enrico and his fine Italian band, with Pietro Taucher on keys (and the songwriting credit for this cut.)Buy it!
Big John Patton “One Step Ahead” from Let 'Em Roll (Blue Note Records 1993) —with St. Louis native Grant Green on guitar - John Patton always seemed to be one of the "bluest" of the jazz B3 players, at least to my ears.Buy it!
Chuck Leavell “Mean Mistreater” from Back To The Woods (A Tribute to the Pioneers of Blues Piano) (Evergreen Arts LLC 2012) —Candi Staton helps Chuck out on the vocals with this song. If you enjoy blues piano, Chuck Leavell may be the man for you.Buy it!
The Claudettes “Stumblin' Home Satisfied” from Infernal Piano Plot...HATCHED! (Yellow Dog Records/OM God Music 2013) —featuring the percussive piano work of Mr. Johnny Iguana. Rumor has it the band will be in St. Louis for a couple shows on Sat, March 8th.Buy it!
San Pedro Slim “Stay At Home” from Another Night On The Town (Tramp Records 1997) —a lesson song - do NOT do as San Pedro Slim does. Unless you're speaking musically, 'cause here he plays with the cream of the L.A. blues scene circa mid-1990s.Buy it!
Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers “Illusion” from Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers (Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers 2014) N —a fine young American-music band out of Lincoln, Nebraska. It's soul, it's blues, it's all things good in roots music, with Josh leading from the keyboardsBuy it!
Hip Grease “Picayune Bickering” from Hip Grease EP (unreleased) (Artist 2012) L —All Groove, 100% Phat from this St. Louis combo.Buy it!
The Blackbyrds “Supernatural Feeling” from The Blackbyrds: Greatest Hits (Fantasy Records 1989) —Trumpeter Dr. Donald Byrd started the Blackbyrds in 1974 with students from the music department at Howard University, where he's been teaching.Buy it!
Hazmat Modine “Almost Gone” from Bahamut (Barbes 2006) —this one goes out to Mr. Adam, who turned me on to the Hazmat Modine crew. Much appreciated Mr. Adam! It's not often you hear a band featuring 2 harmonica players, but you have that here. 2 tubas, too !Buy it!
Rick Holmstrom “Creepin' In” from Cruel Sunrise (Deluxe Edition) (M.C. Records 2012) —Rick, along with Jeff Turmes and Stephen Hodges (both featured here) have served as Mavis' Staples' band for several years now - touring and recording with her.Buy it!
Sugar Blue “I Ain't Got You” from Blue Blazes (Alligator 1994) —Sugar Blue (James Whiting) has been at the avant-garde edge of harp playing for decades. And yes, he really did peform the harp parts on the Rolling Stones "Miss You" (as well as several other tunes.)Buy it!
Duke Ellington “Rhythm Section Blues” from Blues and Ballads (Varese Sarabande 2000) —an Elllington composition, recorded as a piano, bass, drum Trio in 1965. I'm sending this one out to all the rhythm section players out there - you all know they couldn't do it without you!Buy it!
Jools Holland's Big Band “Back O' Town Blues” from Rhythm And Blues (Rhino 2001) —Van Morrison is singing here - Van always was a soul man.Buy it!
Armando Rodriguez & Victor Rendon Latin Jazz Orchestra “Where You At?” from Havana Blues (Palmetto www.palmetto-records.com 1998) —a very nice interpretation of the work of one of my favorite jazz pianists, Mr. Horace Silver.Buy it!
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