New Year, new white tee-shirts, new features. We try to make sure STAR BLUES is unlike any other by ensuring we cover the heritage of the music, its stories and the people. For the first time yesterday, I did a piece at half past ten called "You, Me and 1001 blues" - a bit like Sheherezade's 1001 tales but with a focus on the important songs and artists that don't often get in the mainstream. Muddy Waters' favourite guitarist in his band, Jimmy Rogers, was our man with his very first recording for Chess called "That's All Right". It became the piece that defined him and is an excellent example of Chicago blues purveyed by the Chess Brothers in the 1950s.
To show we haven't forgotten the rock guitar appreciators, Johnny Winter turned up with a previously unissued track to his "second Winter" album and Carlos Santana had Rob Thomas on vocals for a distinctive go at "Sunshine of Your Love". Hans Theesinck sung about "Katrina" and Canadian Ray Bonnevile rolled with the punches - his is an engaging mix of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and country blues. Eric Bibb wrote the traditional sounding "In My Fathers House" for the Deacons vocal group and for our gospel spot last night. The piano duties were covered by Sunnyland Slim who observed the "Devil Is a Busy Man" and Ann Rabson with her own song "Since You Been Gone". Now solo she is still at the top of her game.
The second new feature isn't a totally new idea (other radio shows do similar things);; the "Chain" will link the last song on each show to the first on the next show. So between now and Sunday night I need to find something to link with Fleetwood Mac's version of "Need Your Love So Bad". The only way to find out how I get on is to be there at ten pm (GMT) this upcoming Sunday. Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you.