Blind Willie Johnson “The Rain Don't Fall On Me” from The Complete Blind Willie Johnson (Sony/Columbia Legacy 1993) —Recorded in Atlanta in 1930, with Willie B. Harris also on vocal.Buy it!
Charlie Patton “High Water Everywhere Part 1” from Founder Of The Delta Blues 1929-34 (Yazoo 1995) —about the 1927 Mississippi flood; this cd was compiled from rare 78's, so there is some surface noise on all tracks.Buy it!
Leadbelly “Packin' Trunk Blues” from Leadbelly (Columbia 1988) —Hudie Lebetter, bluesman, folk singer, songster. These tracks were recorded back in 1935.Buy it!
Sleepy John Estes “Working Man's Blues” from Goin' To Brownsville (Testament 1998) —at the time of cd release, these 1962 performances were previously unissued.Buy it!
Alex Bradford and The Bradford Singers “Walk Through The Streets” from One Step & Angel On Vacation (Vee Jay Records 1993) —Bradford was one of the leading innovators among the male gospel group style of performing (as opposed to quartets.) Prior to Alex' work, most "group gospel" was dominated by female performers.Buy it!
The Caravans “Carry Me” from Great Ladies Of Gospel (HOB 1993) —a compilation album consisting of female artists.Buy it!
The Mighty Gospel Warriors “Keeping Looking Up” from Keep Looking Up (Voyage Records 2000) —a later-day gospel combo out of Mississippi.Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “A Friend Like You” from The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster (Blue Corn Music 2006) —a tune written by Eric Bibb. Ruthie and Eric are performing Sat, Feb 15th in St. Louis at the 560 Music Center, Trinity and Delmar in University City.Buy it!
Eric Bibb “No Further” from Deeper In the Well (Stony Plain Records 2012) —Stony Plain is a fine roots and blues label based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Ronnie Earl and Duke Robillard have recorded for them for years and years.Buy it!
Eric Bibb “For You featuring Ruthie Foster” from Friends (Telarc 2004)Buy it!
Patti Drew “Turn Away From Me” from The Soul Of Capitol Records Rare And Well Done Volume 1 (CAPITOL 2011) —Turn Away was a Capitol single in 1967. This CD is a "digital only" release. It's not the way I prefer to get my music, but I didn't have much choice in this case.Buy it!
Walter Jackson “Easy Evil” from Brunswick Lost Soul, Vol. 2 (Brunswick Records 2011) —Walter was a singers-singer, who was noted primarily as a balladeer - which this cut is not. He was raised in Detroit, and was stricken with polio as a child.Buy it!
Little Richard “Baby Don't You Tear My Clothes” from Brunswick Lost Soul - Volume 1 (Brunswick 2011) —Little Richard cut a bunch of soul records from the mid-60s into the early 70s for several labels, includingf OKeh, Brunswick, Reprise and Epic.Buy it!
DAVE WELD & THE IMPERIAL FLAMES “She'S Mine” from BURNIN' LOVE (Delmark 2010) —Here's 1 of my 2 Valentine's Day tunes for this morning; this is the "good" one - Dave Weld was an original member of Lil' Ed's Blues Imperials - hence the name of Dave's band, "Imperial" flames. Lil' Ed plays on several cuts on this album.Buy it!
Dennis Gruenling “Actin' Crazy” from Rockin' All Day (feat. Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones) (BackBender Records 2012) —Doug Deming is singing on this tune.Buy it!
Little Irvin “Nobody's Lovin' You” from Texas Guitar Killers Vol. 1 Houston Homeboys (El Paso Records 2013) N —recorded for Ivory Records in 1967.Buy it!
Albert Collins “I Don't Know” from Texas Guitar Killers Vol. 1 Houston Homeboys (El Paso Records 2013) N —recorded for Tracie Records back around 1968. There's all kinds of great tracks on this CD, including stuff by Joe Medwick, Joe Guitar Hughes, Cal Green and many more. Too much fun!Buy it!
Alabama Shakes “Hang Loose” from Boys & Girls (ATO 2012) —I really dig Brittany Howard's singing, songwriting and delivery. I'm eagerly waiting for the next Shakes album.Buy it!
Terry Anderson “Man, That Rocks” from What Else Can Go Right (ESD www.thirtytigers.com/ 1996) —Terry's a dangerous man, and a charter member of one of my favorite combos - The Yayhoos.Buy it!
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders “327” from Boogie Melt (Slab Town Music Productions 2013) N —a Dec 2013 release. Alex Crankshaft Larsen is a real solid young roots artist from Minnesota, I've heard rumors that he's performing in St. Louis in March.Buy it!
DAVE WELD & THE IMPERIAL FLAMES “BURNIN' LOVE” (Delmark 2010) —here's my 2nd Valentine's Day tune from Dave Weld - this one isn't nearly as nice as the 1st one, but does have a sense of humor about it.Buy it!
Tony T “The Score” from na (NA url) —remembering Tony T and his work with The Cryin' Shame BandBuy it!
The Robert Cray Band “I'd Rather Be A Wino” from Who's Been Talkin' (Mercury 1980) R —going way back for some early Robert Cray. In fact, Curtis Salgado was still in the band at the time. I hope this works to satisfy that request I had last week for Robert Cray!Buy it!
Baby Huey & The Babysitters “LISTEN TO ME” from The Baby Huey Story (Sequel Records rhino.com 1999) —James "Baby Huey" Ramey died within the same 30 day span that saw Hendrix & Joplin pass away. Baby Huey was being groomed by Curtis Mayfield for a breakout career.Buy it!
Otis Redding “Pain In My Heart” from Otis Redding in Person At the Whisky A Go Go (Rhino 1992) —smoking live tracks recorded in Los Angeles in 1966.Buy it!
On The Spot Trio “Lost Bamboo” from Straight Out The Garden (P-Vine 2010)Buy it!
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