Thursday, 5 May 2011

STAR BLUES on 1st May 2011 at 22:00

Plenty of sunshine and general feel-goodness after the nuptials and two new listeners, STAR BLUES is after all Catherine and William's local blues show. Dare we say by Royal Appointment??? With half dozen or more new releases they'll have good evidence that our music is still going strong.

Eric Bibb can be relied on for angelic vocals and great songs and Elvin Bishop brought a track off his album recorded on a recent blues cruise. He's on Delta Groove these days, as is Shawn Pittman who sent us a stylish offering from his new one. Bobby Rush is reliably excellent and Mighty Sam McClain has teamed with a Norwegian partner for a lovely project that both men clearly enjoyed: Sam had plenty of space to stretch out on "Open Heaven's Door" that fit nicely in the gospel groove. Retro band Vintage Trouble tore the roof off Jools Holland's Later tv show t'other day and they all but did it again for us on Sunday.

Lead Belly's work is coming back into favour so we had his "Alabama Bound" in the You Me & 1000 Blues spot, something he re-recorded in 1940 with the Golden Gate Quartet. We tried to set the record straight on his prison spells and found out he screen tested as an actor in Hollywood. The Alabama connection also let us think about the folks in Alabama at the moment and their devastation.

Jon Cleary's debut for Alligator served us some mighty fine keyboard work and second-line drumming for the piano blues spot and we heard from Sugar Blue and the song that gave him his nickname ("The Sugar Blues"). Top and tail links were both from the Butterfield Blues Band; pointing back to last week they covered the Willie Dixon song "Mellow Down easy" and looking to next week's Robert Johnson special show they covered "Walkin' Blues" for us. The plan is to get from his first recording to his last (number 29) in the two hours: either in his original form or with a cover version). On Sunday 8th May it will be RJ Centenary so the choice seems right - hope you can make it. Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

Mellow Down Easy

Butterfield Blues Band, The


Butterfield Blues Band / East West


Terry Quiett Band


Just My Luck

Road Shufflin'

Phil Gates


Addicted To The Blues

It Took A Long Time

Finis Tasby


Shattered Dreams - Funky Blues 1967-1978

Broken Hearted Man

Bobby Rush


Show You A Good Time

Red, Black On Blues

Pura Fe


A Blues Night In North Carolina

Alabama Bound

Lead Belly


Midnight Special


Eric Bibb


Troubadour Live

Blues Hand Me Down

Vintage Trouble


The Bomb Shelter Sessions

The Night Time Is The Right Time

Elvin Bishop's Raisin' Hell Revue


Live On The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

I've Had Enough

Shawn Pittman


Edge Of The World

Heart Fixing Business

Albert King


Years Gone By - Plus!

Sugar Coated Love

Johnny Winter


I'm A Bluesman

Credit Card

Harmonica Hinds


Anything If I Could

One More Mile To Go

Sugar Blue


Crucial Harmonica Blues

Sugar Blues

Clarence Williams


The Best Of Boogie Woogie

C'mon Second Line

Jon Cleary


Alligator Lips And Dirty Rice

Take Your Eyes Off My Woman

Pinetop Perkins & Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith


Joined At The Hip

Open Up Heavens Doors

Knut Reiersrud/Mighty Sam McClain


One Drop Is Plenty

Big Muddy

Larry Dale


Old Town Blues - The Uptown Sides

Perfect Song

Solomon Burke


Hold On Tight

Walking Blues

Butterfield Blues Band, The


Butterfield Blues Band / East West

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