Sunday, 19 August 2012

STAR BLUES on 19th August 2012 at 22:00

Sir Walter Raleigh invented tobacco and said something memorable like "Ducks...I see no ducks", except the small one with the beady eye was hiding on the table behind the speaker. To reign him in I captured the one that looks like Mrs Doubtfire to keep close watch from the turntable lid.

With spanking new albums from Robert Cray and Bettye LaVette the music was more than up to the task. Cray's guitar work has regained that youthful bite that set him out as something special when he first came to the UK. Bettye sang for President Obama and has wowed dozens of celebrities since, her last full album won our Album of the Year a couple of years ago - "Thankful and Thoughtful" due 1st October knocks even that into a cocked hat.. She covers songs by Ewan McColl, Bob Dylan and Neil Young and before now those songs simply didn't exist. We chose a Tom Waits song given a treatment which recalled Bessie Smith accompanied by full New Orleans jazz band. She is the foremost female singer in the world now. Don't take my word for it: ask Robert Plant.

We are now Britain's Other Blues Show" - to prove it we played Bobby Blue Bland, Richard Hacksaw Harney and Michael Burks in a row. That was how we closed the first hour with Eddie Bo and Freddie Slack still to come in the piano blues spot. Eddie Bo is heard almost daily in the tv advert for Boots, we went to his core skill on keys for a version of "Hard Times". I first heard "House of Blue Lights" as the opener for George Thorogood way back in history - no comparison to Slacks 1946 original with clattering piano and gorgeous vocal from Ella Mae Morse. Freddie is the subject of a splendid 2 disc collection on Fantastic Voyage who continue to issue interesting and informative projects which add to the history of our music.

Mark Lamarr was an unwitting agent for the trivia and tomfoolery quotient last night: his "Mule Milk and Fire Water" anthology on Westside did the bizz with H-Bomb Ferguson and the ever reliable VeeTone outfit sent us two tasty morsels from their "Wild Streak" projects. The late hour (almost midnight) couldn't deter us from cutting a rug - hope the Mighty Mark Peters doesn't find out.. I blame those pesky ducks.

Lurrie Bell has a new set of gospel flavoured pieces, recorded acoustically with Joe Louis Walker, their cover of Fred McDowell's "I'll get to Heaven on my Own" was a neat choice for our weekly gospel slot. Big Joe Louis covered John Brim's "Ice Cream Man" which I think was fodder to Aerosmith's cannon some while back? The bounteous haul of new stuff also included Zac Harmon and Barbara Carr - a third hour anyone?

You were magnificent last night, I was Gary Blue - TeamGB - back next Sunday live at 10pm - until then take care of yourselves, take care of those that take care of you

Blue Pill Thrill Zac Harmon 2 Music Is Medicine Zac Harmon URBAN EAGLE
Talk To Me Baby Elmore James 9 Whose Muddy Shoes Elmore James // John Brim CHESS
Ice Cream Man Big Joe Louis & His Blues Kings 15 Big Joe Louis & His Blues Kings // The Stars In The Sky Big Joe Louis & His Blues Kings Tramp
So Close Otis Rush 3 Door To Door Albert KingOtis Rush CHESS
Grinnin' In Your Face Brooks Williams 2 Baby O! Brooks Williams red guitar blue music
Merry Go Round Blues Big Bill Broonzy 19 Good Time Tonight Big Bill Broonzy COLUMBIA
Midnight In The Barrelhouse Johnny Otis and His Orchestra feat. Pete "Guitar" Lewis 15 That's Your Last Boogie! Johnny Otis Fantastic Voyage
one more luther allison 2 hand me down my moonshine luther allison ruf
(Won't Be) Comin Home - album Robert Cray 2 (Won't Be) Comin Home Robert Cray Nozzle
K. C. Bound Lowell Fulson 29 Complete Chess Recordings Lowell Fulson MCA/CHESS
You Got Me (Where You Want Me) Bobby 'Blue' Bland 19 The 3B Blues Boy. The Blues Years : 1952-1958 Bobby 'Blue' Bland ACE
Ragtime Blues Richard 'Hacksaw' Harney 1 Sweet Man Richard 'Hacksaw' Harney EDSEL
Feel Like Going Home Michael Burks 12 Show Of Strength Michael Burks Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.
Jealous Hearted Man Chris O'leary Band, The 7 Waiting For The Phone To Ring Chris O'leary Band, The REDEYE Records
sweet talkin' snake barbara carr 11 keep the fire burning barbara carr catfood
Hard Times Eddie Bo 8 Keep It Rollin' - Blues Piano Collection Various Artists Rounder
house of blue lights freddie slack 1-15 down the road a-piece freddie slack fantastic voyage
Trucking Them Blues Away Baby Tate 11 The Bluesville Years. Vol 6: Sweet Carolina Blues Various Artists PRESTIGE
i'll get to heaven on my own lurrie bell 2 devil aint got no music lurrie bell n/a
Call My Job Detroit Jr. 3 The Way I Feel Various Artists FLYRIGHT
yesterday is here bettye lavette 7 thankful and thoughtful bettye lavette anti
pink cadillac larry dowd 1-8 wild streak vol 1 various artists veetone
wild boy rocky holman 1-2 wild streak vol 2 various artists veetone
Midnight Ramble Tonight H-Bomb Ferguson 21 Mule Milk And Fire Water Various Artists WESTSIDE
never make a move too soon paul garner band 2 3 get ready paul garner band n/a
Created: 20/08/2012 00:03:57 

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