I mean take the playlist on last night's show: a veritable cornucopia of blues in most shades and ages. Mighty Mo' Rodgers cut a couple of rare soul gems in a past life, his forays into blues in the last fifteen years have steadily added to a growing reputation as a blues innovator. His most recent project rides a Cadillac across America on a journey that starts with the Sixties. Then there's the Homemade Jamz family trio, all still in their teens, showing the blues still has relevance to their generation.
We're heading for the thirty-fifth anniversary of Elvis Preley's death and we wanted to show the impact he made with those first five singles he did for Sam Phillips' Sun label. Though each one was a cover of a blues classic, Presley invested them all with salacious brio. Beautiful man, beautiful voice. Another King - Al - cut a number of top class sides now available on a remarkable collection of his work and that of Albert Adams (who last recorded splendidly for Delta Groove a little while back).
Classic Blues is a label with good distribution (their "Roots of Adele" collection has found its way into the lower reaches of my local supermarket charts). The attractive price and track selection may have something to do with it? They've just put out a collection Howlin' Wolf sides from mid-Fifties to early-Sixties and one on Muddy Waters covering the same period. Old lags will have this stuff but as starting point, its your duty to spread the news with sets like these.
Sonny Boy Williamson, Koko Taylor and Chuck Berry were label mates of Muddy and Wolf and co-habitees on our show yesterday. We went to the new project by Rory Block as our gospel spot tribute to the genius of Rev. Gary Davis- and to an early Vee-Jay outing by the Original Blind Boys of Alabama.
Otis Span was thought of by many as half-brother to Muddy Waters so close were they musically - his is the deft graceful piano you'll hear on Muddy's best works. Luther Johnson did duties for Muddy in the early Seventies, we found him (like Koko Taylor) in France and on the Blues Reference label. The Fantastic Voyage imprint has collected a number of great tracks from 1961 and so we let Jimmy Rick magnificent basso profundo vox close the proceedings.
The Time Monkey is always on my back but we'll still have some more at the same time next Sunday at ten pm BST if I can smuggle the right stuff past the every vigilant Mighty Mark Peters. until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you
|Boogie To My Baby||Mighty Mo Rodgers||3||Cadillac Jack||Mighty Mo Rodgers||TIN DRUM MUSIC|
|Time For Change||Homemade Jamz Blues Band, The||7||Pay Me No Mind||Homemade Jamz Blues Band, The||Northern Blues|
|That's All I Need||Lavern Baker||4||Soul On Fire||Lavern Baker||RHINO|
|Madison Blues||Elmore James||5-18||100 blues gems||various artists||greenline|
|She Drives Me Out Of My Mind (Unedited Version)||Arthur K. Adams||13||Together||Al KingArthur K. Adams||ACE|
|Every Dog Has His Day||'5' Royales, The||7||It's Hard But It's Fair||'5' Royales, The||ACE|
|I Love A Lover Like You||Koko Taylor||10||Southside Lady||Koko Taylor||BLUES REFERENCE|
|Smokestack Lightnin||Howlin Wolf||.||Vol.2||Howlin' Wolf||CLASSIC BLUES|
|I'm Ready||Muddy Waters||.||Vol. 2||Muddy waters||CLASSIC BLUES|
|You Know I Love You||B. B. King||8||B. B. King The Crown Recordings: Disc 8 : Singin' The Blues||B. B. King||ACE|
|That's Alright||Elvis Presley||2||King Of Rock'n'roll : Complete 50's Masters||Elvis Presley||RCA|
|Good Rockin' Tonight||Elvis Presley||11||King Of Rock'n'roll : Complete 50's Masters||Elvis Presley||RCA|
|Baby Let's Play House||Elvis Presley||14||King Of Rock'n'roll : Complete 50's Masters||Elvis Presley||RCA|
|Milkcow Blue Boogie||Elvis Presley||12||King Of Rock'n'roll : Complete 50's Masters||Elvis Presley||RCA|
|Mystery Train||Elvis Presley||16||King Of Rock'n'roll : Complete 50's Masters||Elvis Presley||RCA|
|Things I Used To Do||Luther 'Georgia Boy'/'Snakeboy' Johnson||4||On The Road Again||Luther 'Georgia Boy'/'Snakeboy' Johnson||BLUES REFERENCE|
|Bad Luck||Phillip Walker||4||Working Girl Blues||Phillip Walker||BLACK TOP|
|Walkin' By Myself||Jimmy Rogers||41||100 Blues Gems||Various Artists||CHESS|
|Driving Wheel||Little Junior Parker||15||R&B Spotlight '61||Various Artists||Fantastic Voyage|
|I Found My Peace Of Mind||Pee Wee Cayton||8||The Story Of Vee-Jay||Various Artists||METRO|
|Still A Fool||Big Bad Smitty||5||Mean Disposttion||Big Bad Smitty||BLACK MAGIC|
|My Name Is Misery||Al King||1||Together||Al KingArthur K. Adams||ACE|
|Last Fair Deal Gone Down||Cephas & Wiggins||3||Somebody Told The Truth||John CephasPhil Wiggins||Alligator|
|Nine Below Zero||Sonny Boy Williamson (Aka Rice Miller)||21||100 Blues Gems||Various Artists||CHESS|
|Confessin' The Blues||Chuck Berry||64||100 Blues Gems||Various Artists||CHESS|
|Precious Lord||Original Blind Boys Of Alabama||12||The Story Of Vee-Jay||Various Artists||METRO|
|I'm Leaving You||Otis Spann||6||100 Blues Gems||Various Artists||CHESS|
|You're The Boss||LaVern Baker & Jimmy Ricks||13||R&B Spotlight '61||Various Artists||Fantastic Voyage|
Created: 15/07/2012 15:38:47