Monday, 6 August 2012

STAR BLUES on 5th August 2012 at 22:00

According to an unknown source close to STAR BLUES, they are secretly chuffed to ninepence and back to be known as "Britain's Other Blues Show". With more than our fair share of top-notch competing jocks working the desks on this side of the pond, it means STAR BLUES is just different.

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 BabyMighty Mo Rodgers3Cadillac JackMighty Mo RodgersTIN DRUM MUSIC
Time For ChangeHomemade Jamz Blues Band, The7Pay Me No MindHomemade Jamz Blues Band, TheNorthern Blues
That's All I NeedLavern Baker4Soul On FireLavern BakerRHINO
Madison BluesElmore James5-18100 blues gemsvarious artistsgreenline
She Drives Me Out Of My Mind (Unedited Version)Arthur K. Adams13TogetherAl KingArthur K. AdamsACE
Every Dog Has His Day'5' Royales, The7It's Hard But It's Fair'5' Royales, TheACE
I Love A Lover Like YouKoko Taylor10Southside LadyKoko TaylorBLUES REFERENCE
Smokestack LightninHowlin Wolf.Vol.2Howlin' WolfCLASSIC BLUES
I'm ReadyMuddy Waters .Vol. 2Muddy watersCLASSIC BLUES
 You Know I Love YouB. B. King8B. B. King The Crown Recordings: Disc 8 : Singin' The BluesB. B. KingACE
That's AlrightElvis Presley2King Of Rock'n'roll : Complete 50's MastersElvis PresleyRCA
Good Rockin' TonightElvis Presley11King Of Rock'n'roll : Complete 50's MastersElvis PresleyRCA
Baby Let's Play HouseElvis Presley14King Of Rock'n'roll : Complete 50's MastersElvis PresleyRCA
Milkcow Blue BoogieElvis Presley12King Of Rock'n'roll : Complete 50's MastersElvis PresleyRCA
Mystery TrainElvis Presley16King Of Rock'n'roll : Complete 50's MastersElvis PresleyRCA
Things I Used To DoLuther 'Georgia Boy'/'Snakeboy' Johnson4On The Road AgainLuther 'Georgia Boy'/'Snakeboy' JohnsonBLUES REFERENCE
Bad LuckPhillip Walker4Working Girl BluesPhillip WalkerBLACK TOP
Walkin' By MyselfJimmy Rogers41100 Blues GemsVarious ArtistsCHESS
Driving WheelLittle Junior Parker15R&B Spotlight '61Various ArtistsFantastic Voyage
I Found My Peace Of MindPee Wee Cayton8The Story Of Vee-JayVarious ArtistsMETRO
Still A FoolBig Bad Smitty5Mean DisposttionBig Bad SmittyBLACK MAGIC
My Name Is MiseryAl King1TogetherAl KingArthur K. AdamsACE
Last Fair Deal Gone DownCephas & Wiggins3Somebody Told The TruthJohn CephasPhil WigginsAlligator
Nine Below ZeroSonny Boy Williamson (Aka Rice Miller)21100 Blues GemsVarious ArtistsCHESS
Confessin' The BluesChuck Berry64100 Blues GemsVarious ArtistsCHESS
Precious LordOriginal Blind Boys Of Alabama12The Story Of Vee-JayVarious ArtistsMETRO
I'm Leaving YouOtis Spann6100 Blues GemsVarious ArtistsCHESS
You're The BossLaVern Baker & Jimmy Ricks13R&B Spotlight '61Various ArtistsFantastic Voyage

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