Nothin' but the Blues (Music)
Sun Jan 9th 2011 8.00pm–10.00pm
Time zone: central
Little Hatch “Country Blues”
from Rock With Me Baby CD Album (APO 2002) —Hound Dog Brown is filling in for Ron Edwards this evening, as Ron is recuperating from elective surgery. I wish Ron a speedy recovery. Tonight's program is a tour through time and different locales to sample some different species of the blues.
Henry Townsend “Now I Stay Away”
from Henry Townsend And Friends (Catfish Records) L —We are starting out our blues tour with a set of four pre-WWII St. Louis recordings. This cut by Henry Townsend (the patriarch of St. Louis blues!) features Robert Nighthawk on guitar and John Lee 'Sonny Boy' Williamson on harmonica (recorded 1937).
Henry Brown “Henry Brown Blues”
from Twenty First St. Stomp - The Piano Blues of St. Louis (Yazoo Records 2005) L —A fine example of St. Louis barrelhouse piano, 1929.
Alice Moore “Tomorrow Blues”
from Down On the Levee: The Piano Blues of St. Louis Vol. 2 (Yazoo) L —Alice Moore is accompanied by Jimmy Gordon on piano, and Peetie Wheatstraw on guitar, both of whom she calls by name during the song! 1935.
Blind Boy Fuller “Untrue Blues”
from Blind Boy Fuller - East Coast Piedmont Style (Columbia Legacy) —Next stop on the tour: The Piedmont region of the southeast Atlantic coast and foothills. Piedmont guitar is often finger-picked, with a complex, syncopated rhythm, giving it a more intricate and ornate sound than you'd find in Delta blues, to my ear.
John Cephas “Chicken can't roost too high”
from Cephas & Wiggins - Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad (Evidence Records) —A very nice Piedmont guitar insturmental by a contemporary master of the genre.
Them “Baby Please Don't Go”
from Good Morning, Vietnam - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (A&M Records) —"Them" were an Irish rock and roll band with a young Van Morrison as lead singer. Here, they are covering a Big Joe Williams tune. As a young teenager in the mid 60s, I first heard the blues as reflected back across the Atlantic by Brit invasion bands.
Dave Herrero “Halo”
from Austin to Chicago (self-release 2008) —Next tour stop: Texas, for three Texas shuffle blues. "Shuffle" blues is mid to up-tempo blues which invites you to jump out of your seat and shuffle your feet! Texas shuffle has a simple but strong rhythmic pattern, and personally, I can't get enough!