Sunday, 30 September 2012

STAR BLUES on 30th September 2012 at 22:00

Cora Mae Walton was born on 28th September near Memphis, she married and they moved to Chicago with "35 cents and a box of Ritz crackers". Success didn't come quickly or easily, she had a gig at Sylvio's club in 1963 when Willie Dixon walked in. He got her signed to the Chess label and believed the song "Wang Dang Doodle" was right for her. She didn't care for it as a novelty piece, it was an immediate commercial hit despite the earlier go by Howlin' Wolf. Those Sixties sessions had the cream of the crop like Buddy Guy and Matt Murphy though she wasn't scared off - her distinctive style was packed with menace and aggression and Dixon rated her as the best he'd ever come across.  We took two from those first sessions for Chess and a later guest outing for Bob Corritore whereby she lost none of her power in first rate company. She won 25 WC Handy Awards, equivalent to Oscars, more than anyone else. Our 1001 Blues feature hardly seemed big enough.

More distinctive vocals from Lawrence Lebo who moves effortless from blues to jazz and back on her third EP which chides us "Don't Call Me Larry". She has a lovely sweet voice and a refreshingly sparse arrangement for her own songs with none of the usual showing off on guitar.  She's also another (like Bob Corritore) who does a lot behind the scenes to keep the blues alive in all its forms. Gaye Agdebelola used to be in  Saffire (the Uppity Blues Women) she was positively glorious on her coming-out album "Gaye Without Shame" demonstrating very nice slide guitar skill backed by Bob Margolin in his living room!

We kept a promise to return to the Chicago club date BB King did in 1966 for his "Blues Is King" album to play the previously unissued "Going Down Slow" remarkable for the force of B's vocal rather than his prowess with Lucille. Z. Z Hill would have also had a birthday, as would Little Buster - two of the finest soul blues singers that reinvigorated interest in our music in the African American communities.

Ranie Burnette was recorded by Fat Possum and he came from the school defined as "Mississippi Hill Country Blues" by RL Burnside. His album is worth looking for. Tommy McClennan cut over 40 sides for Bluebird between 1939 and 1942 -- all of them cleaned up and reissued by the Document label. Within in a trice we changed styles to get some Wicked Pickett and the talents of George Jackson (if you see his name as writer, singer or producer its as good as a guarantee).

Blues Matters! magazine appears every month like clockwork and usually focuses on the edge rock has with blues and beyond. Cover star is an impish Robert Cray with broad mischievous grin and nifty titfer. Lady Blue thinks he looks cute and quite sexy - I have the exact same hat and she thinks I look like a Brussels sprout and refuses to go out with me if I wear it. Go figure. We played his new single to announce he'll be in Cambridge at the Corn Exchange on 8th March next year. In the same magazine there's an article as a spirited defence of an ill-thought out attack on Bob 'the bear' Hite. So we added to the rebuttal by including a track from "Hooker 'n' Heat". Another tactic could have been a bottle of earwax cleaner and some F-sized speakers to showcase top-class Canned Heat. You choose.

Tom Jones is blessed with a remarkable set of pipes and he employs them on gospel pieces these days. he co-wrote "Traveling Shoes" with guitarist and producer Ethan Johns. Our weekly spot is a natural home when he's on this kind of form. Piano duties fell to Henri Herman of the Cadillac Kings whose live album is a terrific sample of a British band firing on all cylinders celebrating jumpin R&B. Toby Walker will be in Bury St Edmunds on 3rd November, his graceful playing on a Eugene Powell piece was delightful. Before we knew it the time was up and I hadn't had time to play Drink Small who will soon be playing with Ironing Board Sam - remind me next week at ten pm (BST) Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you.
Down Home BluesZ. Z. Hill2Best OfZ. Z. HillMALACO
Goin' Down SlowB. B. King1King Of The BluesB. B. KingMCA
Hungry Woman's BluesGaye Adegbalola3Gaye Without ShameGaye AdegbalolaHot Toddy
Lonely NightsClarence Edwards1Swampin'Clarence Edwards
Whatever I Am You Made MeKoko Taylor9Koko TaylorKoko TaylorMCA / CHESS
What Kind Of Man Is This?Bob Corritore, Koko Taylor, Bob Margolin, Little Frank Krakowski, Bob Stroger, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smi1Harmonica BluesBob CorritoreDelta Groove
I Love A Lover Like YouKoko Taylor18Wang Dang DoodleKoko TaylorORBIS BLUES COLLECTION
Blue As I Can BeTommy McClennan19Cross Cut SawTommy McClennanDOCUMENT
Hungry SpellRanie Burnette7Hill Country BluesRanie BurnetteFAT POSSUM
I Got My Eyes On YouJohn Lee HookerCanned Heat10Hooker 'N' Heat. The Best Of ... PlusJohn Lee HookerSEE FOR MILES
(Won't Be) Coming Home - Album VersionRobert Cray Band1Won't Be Coming Home - Robert CrayVarious Artists
I'm Crazy About My BabyJimmy Johnson4Tobacco RoadJimmy JohnsonSTORYVILLE
I Got A ProblemPhillip Walker11Working Girl BluesPhillip WalkerBLACK TOP
What Can I Do (Somebody Tell Me)Little BusterSoul Brothers, The1Right On TimeLittle BusterSoul Brothers, TheBULLSEYE BLUES
Three Time LoserWilson Pickett1Have Mercy! The Songs Of Don CovayVarious ArtistsACE
Save MeGeorge Jackson10Let The Best Man WinGeorge Jacksonfame / kent
Traveling ShoesTom Jones8Spirit In The RoomTom JonesISLAND
It's Not The First TimeLawrence Lebo3Don't Call Her Larry, Vol IiiLawrence LeboUnsigned
mean ol friscoCadillac Kings, The8Gonna Tell Your MommaCadillac Kings, The33 records
hamar boogieCadillac Kings, The9Gonna Tell Your MommaCadillac Kings, The33 records
Hacksaw Rag/Cincinnati Flow RagToby Walker12Live At The BottleneckToby WalkerPowerhouse Records
Better ManEli Cook2Ace, Jack & KingEli Cook
Created: 30/09/2012 23:54:50 

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