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Top 10 Albums of 2019: Rhythm Highways

Rhythm Highways

DJ East Side Slim
Thursdays | 5:00am-7:00am


Big Creek Slim – Just Don’t Understand: Live Volume One (Straight Shooter Records)

Toronzo Cannon – The Preacher, The Politician or The Pimp (Alligator Records)

The Cash Box Kings – Hail To The Kings! (Alligator Records)

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Contemporary (Alligator Records)

Fruteland Jackson – Good As Your Last Dollar (Electro-Fi Records)

The Kokomo Kings – Fighting Fire With Gasoline (Rhythm Bomb Records)

The Red-Headed Strangers – No Time To Waste (Self-Released)

Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith & The House Bumpers - Drop The Hammer (Big Eye Records)

Watermelon Slim – Church Of The Blues (NorthernBlues Music)

Jontavious Willis – Spectacular Class (Kind Of Blue Music)


DJ East Side Slim:

To say 2019 was a great year for blues/roots music would be an understatement. From new releases to historical reissues it was a year where the ears have it…made! Two things I wish to mention:  Alligator Records continued its resurgence as THE leading blues label, and historical reissues were phenomenal. I confined my Top 10 to new releases, but check out this terrific list of reissues: Cadillac Baby’s Bea & Baby Records; Rory Gallagher “Blues”; Blue Muse (to go with an amazing photo book); Jazzfest – The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival; and FOUR titles originally put together by Nighthawk Records reissued by Omnivore: Leroy Jodie Pierson “Rusty Nail”; Johnny Shines “The Blues Came Falling Down Live 1973”; Henry Townsend “Mule”; and Roosevelt Sykes & Henry Townsend “Blues, Piano and Guitar – Washington University, Graham Chapel, 1973”.


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