Our menu was a bit of a recap of 2012 so far mixed with the usual dose of trivia and tomfoolery I managed to smuggle past the watchful eye of the Mighty Mark Peters. Sample(1): the Lazy Lester album won a WC Handy award and featured John "Big Figure" Martin on drums lately of Dr. Feelgood classic-era. Sample(2): budding folk-singer Peggy Seeger got lost in a department store in Washington DC but was found by Elizabeth Cotten. The parents were so grateful they ended up giving Cotten a job, and then when they found out the housekeeper could play a bit of guitar.... Sample(3); Without Bobby Parker's "Watch your step" there'd probably be no Led Zeppelin as it inspired Robert Plant to start singing. And so on.
2012 already has a number of top class releases that will vie for the STAR BLUES album of the year award; Rick Estrin and Joe Louis Walker on Alligator, Johnny Rawls on Catfood and Billy Boy Arnold on Electro-fi. Each of those four has made quite possibly their own career defining moment. Curtis Salgado - label mate to Joe and Rick - has a cancerous growth due to be removed next week and we wish this big-sweet-voiced singer all the very best (first came upon him singing on Robert Crays debut). Bob Corritore and Tail Dragger gelled superbly on their project this year leading to nominations already in Living Blues poll for Bob and their pianist of choice Henry Gray. (He's getting up there in years now but was subtle when needed on this fabulous album. You'll know the name from Howlin' Wolf's band).
This year also contains neat reissue compilation projects from Ace (as always), Fantastic Voyage and VeeTone - the latter imprint has Mark Lamarr to thank for their matchless collections of Humdingers (just got vol 13). As for Crime and Punishment we did songs from the second Sonny Boy Williamson and the first Lightnin' Hopkins.
No sooner had you time to settle into our compendium of delights than it was time to slip away into the midnight hour / evening meal / beakfast depending on where your place is. Until next Sunday night at 10pm (BST) take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you.
|Watch Your Step||Bobby Parker||25||R&B Spotlight '61||Various Artists||Fantastic Voyage|
|Lucky You||Rick Estrin And The Nightcats||2||One Wrong Turn||Rick Estrin And The Nightcats||Alligator Records Inc|
|Keep It To Yourself||Johnny B. Moore||2||Troubled World||Johnny B. Moore||DELMARK|
|Nothing But The Devil (Take 1)||Lazy Lester||11||Rides Again||Lazy Lester||ACE|
|Something For Nothing||Robert Ward||5||Fear No Evil||Robert Ward||SILVERTONE|
|Your Funeral and My Trial||Sonny Boy Williamson||11||Crime and Punishment||Various Artists||Fantastic Voyage|
|Movin' On||Joe Louis Walker||6||Hellfire||Joe Louis Walker||Alligator|
|Cotton Pickin' Mama (Studio 1002)||Claude Robinson||11||R&B Humdingers Volume 13 (Compiled By Mark Lamarr)||Various Artists||Vee-Tone Records|
|Aged And Mellow (Blues)||Little Esther||11||Theme Time Radio Hour - Series 2||Various Artists||ACE|
|Geneva||Eugene Church||13||King New Breed R&b Volume 2||Various Artists||Kent|
|Shake Sugaree||Elizabeth Cotton||23||Theme Time Radio Hour - Season 3||Various Artists||ACE|
|Cold Outdoors||Tail Dragger||5||Longtime Friends In The Blues||Tail Dragger||Delta Groove Productions|
|This Is The End||Buddy Guy||1||Theme Time Radio Hour - Season 3||Various Artists||ACE|
|You Better Dig It||Mike Sanchez||1||You Better Dig It||Mike Sanchez||Doopin|
|Strollin'||Champion Jack Dupree||1||Blues From The Gutter||Champion Jack Dupree||Atlantic|
|Ain't That Just Like A Woman||Fats Domino||26||R&B Spotlight '61||Various Artists||Fantastic Voyage|
|Hand Me Downs||Johnny Rawls||2||Soul Survivor||Johnny Rawls||Catfood|
|The Right Time||Ray Charles||4||The Genius Sings Blues||Ray Charles||Atlantic|
|Jail House Blues||Lightnin' Hopkins||13||Crime and Punishment||Various Artists||Fantastic Voyage|
|Just One More Time||Billy Gayles||23||Theme Time Radio Hour - Series 2||Various Artists||ACE|
|Going Back to Arkansas||Billy Boy Arnold||2||Billy Boy Arnold Sings: Big Bill Broonzy||Billy Boy Arnold||Electro-Fi|
|Bad Dream||Little Milton||1||Too Much Pain||Little Milton||MALACO|
|36-22-36||Bobby 'Blue' Bland||1||Theme Time Radio Hour - Season 3||Various Artists||ACE|
|Worried About You||Chick Willis||10||Let The Blues Speak For Itself||Chick Willis||Benevolent Blues|