Monday, 24 January 2011

STAR BLUES on 23rd January 2011 at 22:00

Blues for breakfast? According to a publicity mail-out I got last week, that's what exactly happened to Giles Robeson after his track got played by Paul Jones then Chris Evans. I can't promise the same take-up by our very own Slender Man on anything from yesterdays STAR BLUES but stranger things have happened...
The Chain feature has got real traction now with interest in what will top and tail the show to link one STAR BLUES to the next. Have a look at to see what the fuss is about. If you like the later work of Robert Plant you'll like the new album from Gregg Allman, its produced by T-Bone Burnett full of rootsy goodness. Earlier genius from Plant was provided by the sublime reading of "Gallows Pole" from Led Zeppelin III. Other new good things came from Henry Gray and James Hinds.
I did get on the soap box to bemoan the swift execution of the cd format having seen several clearance events in supermarkets and record stores this weekend. There'll soon be no way of browsing and finding unexpected treasures in music: everything will have to be done by download. And even at my advanced age my hearing is good enough to hear the drop in quality in the MP3 format... I speculated as to where you'd find Henry's or James' music to buy it if you didn't have time or resources to dig really deep (and I mean dig).
Joe Tex and Johnny Guitar Watson showed their blues creds last night, both had better financial gain from the Seventies disco boom. Claudette King is one of B. B. Kings daughters, she has a new album out and her dad followed with a real anger in his voice from his 1966 live go at "Gambler's Blues".
Jimmy Yancey turned up with some piano blues and the seven piece Gospel Clefs made their debut on the show even though the internet says they were a quartet. The afore-mentioned Giles Robeson did neat country blues harp on his instrumental "Solidor" and I can hear what impressed Paul and Chris. I'm just miffed we didn't get first dibs. Our chat on "You Me and 1001 Blues" featured Earl Hooker and how an instrumental of his got some lyrics and an indirect cover by Led Zeppelin on their first Atlantic album. There's a blog at and I'll be spending the next week looking for a link in our chain as well as conjuring up more mayhem, further tomfoolery and ironing another white tee-shirt. See how I get on next Sunday at ten pm, until then take care of yourselves and take care of yourselves.

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