Sunday, 15 July 2012

STAR BLUES on 15th July 2012 at 22:00

The news was out, upgraded and super whizzo webcam would be up and running in time for STAR BLUES last night: "What to wear??" Long sleeves!

As it turned out neither STAR ROCK nor STAR BLUES were webcammed, we reached for new levels of sartorial elegance without diminishing the heights of trivia, tomfoolery or blues you've come to expect. We kept our end up with spanking new releases by John Primer, Marion James and Debbie Davies and more gems from 2012  from messrs Bassett, Garner and Morganfield (all candidates for gongs at Christmas). Special mention to John Primer who wrote all 13 of the songs for his project with the express intent of showing how the blues still has relevance and to give it a solid ground as basis for a tradition worth carrying on without dilution. Larry Garner similarly demonstrates the old stereotypes of hardship and privation are back in a big way for many who most folks step over.It was ever thus.  Hattie Burleson made a telling commentary of life below stairs in 1928

Ivory Joe Hunter warned against "False Friends", later a bigger hit for Ruth Brown and Willie Borum's second full album was done for Sam Charters in 1961 with powerful guitar and harp accompaniment. I had a notion to include some tracks from gifted players who celebrate our music through their knowledge and passion for the originators: hence we welcomed Rory Block, Michael Messer, Guy Tortora and Toby Walker who each chose wisely for inspiration. Johnny  Littlejohn wasn't a well man in the few years before his death in February 1994, his spirit and determination to refuse to compromise meant his live work and last albums were full of sparky playing and singing.

I found Kay Kay's great voice just a couple of weeks ago and now she's gone (this week). She made just three albums in the early Noughties, for which CatFood Records has filleted for a new Best Of survey - we wish it well with sadness that Kay Kay won't be with us to savour her due reward. Ernest Lane was known as the Boogie Woogie Master, he died last Sunday leaving just two full albums under his own name. He did play with Robert Nighthawk, Earl Hooker, Ike Turner and the Monkees (*TRUE*. I'm certain there is a clip of the lovable foursome accompanied by Ernest on piano).  The two sides we included were done for the Modern label with Ike Turner on guitar (I think but will check).

The Time Monkey jumped on my back too early again last night - not before we had a stinging guitar piece from Otis Rush - and we were off into the night (or breakfast depending on where you are). Next Sundays show will feature two glorious anthologies on Fantastic Voyage, one on Arthur Crudup, one on Johnny Otis. I can't wait - until then please take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

Woke Up This Morning Quintus McCormick 11 Still Called the Blues Quintus McCormick DELMARK
Blues In My Shoes Mud Morganfield 12 Son Of The Seventh Son Mud Morganfield SEVERN
True Blue Fool Debbie Davies 3 After The Fall Debbie Davies MC RECORDS
L And N Blues Memphis Willie B. 2 Hard Working Man Blues Memphis Willie B. ORIGINAL BLUES CLASSICS
If You Don't Want Me Johnny Littlejohn 2 When Your Best Friend Turns Their Back On You Johnny Littlejohn JSP Records
Lone Wolf Blues Michael Messer 3 King Guitar Michael Messer CATFISH
'ain't Nobodys Business' Guy Tortora 5 Jefferson Guy Tortora TURTLEGROVE
False Friend Blues Ivory Joe Hunter 4 Blues Tunes Various Artists HIT
Sadie's Servant Room Blues Hattie Burleson 7 Territory Singers - Vol2 : 1928-1930 Various Artists DOCUMENT
Man Size Job Marion James 12 Northside Soul Marion James eller soul
Proud To Be From Detroit Johnnie Bassett 1 I Can Make That Happen Johnnie Bassett Sly Dog Recods
Hidin' Place John Primer 1 Blues On Solid Ground John Primer Blues House Records
If You Come To Louisiana Larry Garner 8 Blues For Sale Larry Garner Dixiefrog
No Mama's Boys Kay Kay & The Rays 1 best of Kay Kay & The Rays Cat Food records
little girl ernest lane 22 modern downhome blues vol. 1 various artists ace
What's Wrong Baby? Ernest Lane 23 The Modern Downhome Blues Sessions Vol. 1 Various Artists ACE
I Belong To The Band Rory Block 4 I Belong To The Band Rory Block STONY PLAIN
Something Is Missing Holmes Brothers, The 5 Feed My Soul Holmes Brothers, The Alligator
Keep On Truckin' Mama Toby Walker 5 Shake Shake Mama Toby Walker ltw
Born Under A Bad Sign William Bell 3 Best Of William Bell STAX
Keep On Talking Gary Primich With Omar Dykes 8 Just A Little Bit More Gary Primich With Omar Dykes Old Pal
Keep On Lovin' Me Baby Otis Rush 6 Tops Otis Rush DEMON
Created: 15/07/2012 23:52:25

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