Summer's definitely on the way out when my drive to the studio is in the dark -still it gave me chance to ponder three blues artists to spend the week with in a car just as those three brave souls are doing to win the "Innit to Winnit" competition in Ely starting Monday 14th. There's live coverage on Star everyday from 6 in the morning.
I settled on Pinetop Perkins, Candye Kane and Guy Davis, wonderful musicians with a rich vein of life to draw upon with stories to while away the hours. Who'd be your choice, must be living and bluesy??
Plenty of classics and new stuff on the playlist: we had a UK first play of the new album from Boo Boo Davis - not in the shops until October - a live favourite hereabouts through his gigs in Castor (Peterborough). Also a selection off Bill Wyman's "Best Of" collection, it has remastered versions of his live and studio recordings and we played his Rhythm Kings cover of the Bobby Bland hit "Turn On Your Love light". it has a remarkable vocal from Gary Brooker,just one of Many well-known peripatetic members of the Kings among others there's Georgie Fame,Albert Lee,Andy Fairweather-Low and now Gary US Bonds. Neat preview to upcoming gig - and STAR BLUES tix competition - in Cambridge. Return visits to the Jeff Healey's "Legacy", Mike Zito's fresh album, and the new one from Dave Riley and Bob Corritore got made- and I suspect we'll be back again before much longer. Ruby Turner supplied the gospel and Mercy Dee Walton was imperious at the piano keys.
With a clutch of dedications the show was over and done all too soon - you made me very welcome. I hope we can be together again on FM and online at the Commercial Radio Station of the Year 2009, next Sunday night at ten. Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you