Chicken Shack Alley (Music)
With Rich Barta
Sun Jan 15th 2012 6.00pm–8.00pm
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
Willie Dixon “This Pain in My Heart” from The Original Wang Dang Doodle - The Chess Recordings & More (Chess MCA 1995)Buy it!
CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE “Just You, Just Blues” from THE WELL (Alligator 2010) —the Well could very well be the strongest release of Charlie's career, especially as he wrote 12 of 13 highly biographical tracks himself and co-wrote the 13th.Buy it!
Little Sonny “Hung Up” from Black & Blue (stax 1992) —Little Sonny is Aaron Willis (out of Detroit), and he was about the only harp player ever to record for the Stax family of labels. This album was originally released in 1971 on Enterprise.Buy it!
George "Harmonica" Smith “Tight Dress” from Now You Can Talk About Me (BLIND PIGRECORDS 1998) —This song was recorded in 1960, and originally released as a 45 rpm single as by George Allen. Ol' George used a lot of aliases back in the day, but he was the king of chromatic tone and the Godfather of West Coast blues harp.Buy it!
Morry Sochat & The Special 20s “Riot Up in Here” from Eatin' Dirt (Galaxie Records 2008) —Morry works out of Chicago, and is a fantastic younger harp player. His band is named for a line of harmonicas made by Hohner.Buy it!
Billy Watson And His International Silver String Submarine Band “Ice or Coal” from Secret 8 (Lil' Snick 2011) N —Billy is a harp wielding shaman out of San Diego who hasn't forgotten how much fun music is supposed to be - and has the chips to make sure you remember! This CD features the Nathan James Band supporting Billy.Buy it!
Jerry Portnoy “So Slow” from Down In the Mood Room (TinyTown Records 2001) —Jerry was Muddy Waters' harp player through most of the 1970s, but he's kept a low profile the last couple of decades. Jerry is a tone monster!Buy it!
Flávio Guimarães “Jamming with the Nightcats” from Flavio Guimaraes and Friends (Chico Blues Records 2011) N —Flavio is an Argentine player who is a William Clarke acolyte - as well as being one of the finest harp players in the world. This track features him working with rick Estrin & The Nightcats (yep, two harp players). The CD is a must have for all seriouBuy it!
The William Clarke Blues Band “I Had My Fun” from Rockin' the Boat! Recorded Live!! (Watch Dog Records 2011) N —William Clarke and his working band captured live in 1987 originally released on LP on the Rivera Records label. Bill Clarke may be the the most influential "modern day" harp player of them all.Buy it!
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