Sunday, 7 October 2012

STAR BLUES on 7th October 2012 at 22:00

Britain's Other Blues Show has resident yellow plastic ducks, we were twinned with Cairo in Egypt, we marked Albert Collins & Duke Robillard with birthdays, and talked about The Help and Nick Curran who'd just died. Collins is up for election to the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, he was one of the most distinctive guitarists with an aggressive yet fluid style - his career was brought back on track by Canned Heat, he recorded with Gary Moore and played at the Philadelphia leg of Live Aid with George Thoroghgood.

Duke is the consummate cool guitarist with a jazz inflection and a penchant for all things T-Bone Walker. He doesn't know how to make a bad record. Layla Zoe is a new name to us, though she's firmly at the rock end of our purview she brought something of a party mood to last night's STAR BLUES. Can't believe we now say "the late" when we announce Nick Curran, a much loved figure in the blues community. Even though many knew of his illness, being taken at 35 is cruelly too soon. In recent times he'd flit from genre to genre (punk, rockabilly and so on) we did a track from his 2003 project "Dr Velvet" where he and Jimmie Vaughan tore up Gatmouth Brown's "Midnight Hour Blues". I could hear Screamin' Jay in Nicks vocal style.

Ian Siegal has another new album, extending a series of interesting sounds that push the genre envelope - this time out he's with Cody and Luther Dickinson and Alvin Youngblood Hart. We like it though some most definitely won't. The same situation affected the film "The Help" - it was criticised for showing a watered down view of the life of the African American women working as domestic help in Jackson at  the turn of the Sixties. 1960's not 1860's. How people can treat others in this way is beyond me, the fact it is within living memory of many who are still with us. Mavis Staples version of her dad's composition "Don't Knock" is on the soundtrack and it was in STAR BLUES last night as our 1001 blues feature. Normally we'd have held it for the gospel spot but we let the Sims Brothers in instead with "Ocean of Prayer". Theres a new survey of songs associated with Otis Redding covered by "Black America" - (as opposed to Vermillion or Ochre?) our first choice was Albert Washington's version of "These Arms Of Mine".

Classic era blues players included Junior Parker, John Littlejohn,  JB Hutto, Eddie Campbell and Johnny B. Moore - did I mention Ruth Brown and Wynonie Harris? Prof. Longhair was in New Orleans for our piano spot, to be joined straight after by ex-pat Carl Sonny Leyland who's now based in the Crescent City too. Add in two East Coast pickers (Gabriel Brown & Ralph Willis (who had Brownie Mcghee sitting in)) and we were at our allotted limit for time. You were magnificent, I was Gary Blue and would like to be again round your place at 10pm (BST) next Sunday. Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

Travellin' SouthAlbert Collins4IcemanAlbert CollinsPOINTBLANK
Feel Like Choppin'Johnny Littlejohn6When Your Best Friend Turns Their Back On YouJohnny LittlejohnJSP Records
Let's Get CrazyLayla Zoe4Sleep Little GirlLayla ZoeCable Car Records
Midnite HourNick Curran & The Nitelifes7Doctor VelvetNick Curran & The NitelifesBLIND PIG RECORDS
Off The WallLittle Walter (Aka Marion Walter Jacobs)14An Introduction ToLittle Walter (Aka Marion Walter Jacobs)PROPER
Ya YaHowlin' Wilf & The Vee-Jays3Cry Wilf!Howlin' Wilf & The Vee-JaysBIG BEAT
That's AllrightJuke Joint Jonny5Pure And SimpleJuke Joint JonnyBlues Leaf Records
Don't KnockMavis Staples1You Are Not AloneMavis StaplesAnti
Daddy DaddyRuth Brown2Atlantic Rhythm And Blues 1947-1974: Volume 2, 1952-1954Various ArtistsAtlantic / Wea
Fussin’ And Fightin’ BluesLittle Junior Parker5Ride With Me, Baby: The Singles 1952-1961Little Junior ParkerFantastic Voyage
Earlie Grace JnrIan Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods7Candy Store KidIan Siegal & The Mississippi MudbloodsNUGENE
these arms of minealbert washington1hard to handle: black america sings otis reddingvarious artistsace
Too Much AlcoholJ. B. Hutto & The Hawks8Chicago / The Blues / Today!Various ArtistsACE
Treat Me So LowdownDuke Robillard3Duke Robillard's World Full Of BluesDuke RobillardSTONY PLAIN
Trouble At MidnightRoy Brown10Saturday Night! King And Imperial RecordingsRoy BrownEL TORO
Yancey's Bugle CallCarl 'Sonny' Leyland8Boogie And BluesCarl 'Sonny' LeylandSOLO ARTIST
Her Mind Is GoneProfessor Longhair6Mardi Gras In New OrleansProfessor LonghairSPV Blue
Motherless ChildGabriel Brown5Shake That Thing!: East Coast Blues 1935-1953,Various ArtistsJSP Records
Blues, Blues, BluesRalph Willis1Shake That Thing!: East Coast Blues 1935-1953,Various ArtistsJSP Records
Ocean Of PrayerSims Brothers, The18Gospel Celebrities And Celestial LightsVarious ArtistsFantastic Voyage
Hen House HoppingCorey Lueck & The Smoke Wagon Blues Band4It Ain't EasyCorey Lueck & The Smoke Wagon Blues Bandsmoke wagon
Tell Me Pretty BabyLazy Lester1Lazy LesterLazy LesterFLYRIGHT
Here Comes The BluesWynonie Harris4Bloodshot EyesWynonie HarrisINDIGO
Alibi BluesU.P. Wilson11Attack Of The Atomic GuitarU.P. WilsonPaul Orta & KingpinsRED LIGHTNIN'
turn on your love lightjohnny b. moore2live at blue chicagojohnny b. mooredelmark
cut you a looseeddie c campbell4spider eatin' steweddie c campbelldelmoark
Created: 07/10/2012 23:48:26

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