Monday, 13 February 2012

STAR BLUES on 12th February 2012 at 22:00

Never one to shirk from a challenge, I rolled up the sleeves of my white tee-shirt to combine the highlights of the show that never was, with a highly talented birthday bunch, with late new additions from two long-standing favourites: Eric Bibb and Lady Bianca. Don't shout it too loudly but I think we got away with it.

Otis Grand, Otis Clay, Pink Anderson, Big John Wrencher, Little Johnny Taylor and Magic Sam had birth anniversary greetings from the full range of colours in the STAR BLUES pallette. Big John Wrencher's go at the Little Walter song was recorded at the Sunday market held in Chicago's Maxwell Street until 1994. His August 1964 live street corner performance was ably supported by stinging guitar from Robert Nighthawk. The track was available because it had been captured for a documentary film.

You'd find it hard to credit almost sixty years have intervened since Little Johnny Watson brought his wild guitar to the studio for the first time on his third session as a leading man. There can be few other players able to shred his axe as thoroughly or distinctively as Johnny Watson. Fans of guitar had further pleasures from Johnnie Bassett and Fred McDowell in differing styles.

Lady Bianca has a unique style when she leads from the front on her chosen instrument (piano), she was at the top of her game for the track we chose from her brand new project. Eric Bibb's new one features fiddle on a number of songs and his angelic voice added subtle shades to a song written by Harrison Kennedy. Ace Records has issued the second volume of Johnny Otis sides and we had no hesitation in marking his recent death with the landmark "Cold Shot" track taken from his 1969 album of same name. With Lady B in the piano slot, we went to Candye Kane for some 1999 recordings done live in Belgium - we also have a special prayer for her now she has a recurrence of her cancer. She has a big heart and balls enough to take on a Bessie Smith classic too.

Next week Paul Jones will celebrate his 70th birthday and so STAR BLUES will repeat the conversation I had with him on Christmas Day. He and I chewed the fat about the Blues Band, his role at the head of the British blues scene and some titbits of gossip. Until then at 10pm (GMT) on Sunday take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

Track.Title Track.ArtistSort Index Album.Title Album.ArtistSort Label
Three Time Loser Otis Grand 1 Hipster Blues Otis Grand BLISS STREET
Heatin' Me Up David Dee 20 Goin' Fishin' David Dee ICHIBAN
Money Back Guarantee Johnnie Bassett 4 Party My Blues Away Johnnie Bassett CANNONBALL
Crawling King Snake Doors, The 8 L.A. Woman [40th Anniversary] Doors, The Rhino Records
Crawling King Snake John Lee Hooker 11 The Roots Of The Doors Various Artists SNAPPER MUSIC
Space Guitar Young John Watson 10 The History Of Rhythm & Blues, Volume 3 - The Rocknroll Years Various Artists Rhythm and Blues Records
Bad to Worse Grainne Duffy 4 Out Of The Dark Grainne Duffy CDCG
Oh What A Dream Ruth Brown 3 Miss Rhythm - Greatest Hits And More Ruth Brown SEQUEL
I Cant Make It Alone Otis Clay 4 Hi Masters Otis Clay HI
Part Time Love Little Johnnie Taylor 21 Birth Of Soul Vol. 1 Various Artists Kent (U.K.)
Cold Shot the Johnny Otis Show 14 Johnny Otis Story, Vol.2 Johnny Otis ACE
I'm Tough (Tough As I Want To Be) Phillip Walker 1 The Best Of Phillip Walker Phillip Walker HIGH TONE
Can't Hold Out Much Longer Big John Wrencher 2 And This Is Maxwell Street Various Artists CATFISH
All Your Love Magic Sam 14 Chicago Boss Guitars Various Artists FLYRIGHT
Every Day In The Week Blues Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley 3 Heavy Hitters Vol. 1 Various Artists PIGMEAT RECORDS
Could Be Me Could Be You Eric Bibb 6 Deeper in the Well Eric Bibb HARMONICA MUNDI
Wished I Was In Heaven Sitting Down Mississippi Fred McDowell 3 The First Recordings Mississippi Fred McDowell Rounder
Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning Rev. Robert B. Jones Snr. 10 The Time Of The Preacher Rev. Robert B. Jones Snr. ROJO
Stealin' Lady Bianca 5 Servin' Notice Lady Bianca MAGIC-O
Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer Candye Kane & Sue Palmer 2 One Night In Belgium Candye Kane & Sue Palmer
Ode To Fess Henry Butler 12 Homeland Henry Butler BASIN STREET RECORDS
Rocking Boogie Party Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne 12 An Old Rock On A Roll Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne
Created: 13/02/2012 22:08:54

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