Sunday, 11 November 2012

STAR BLUES on 11th November 2012 at 22:00

Permission to speak Mr Mainwaring?

With the passing of the Corporal, the handover from Neil and our opening from Johnnie we had more Joneses at ten on STAR BLUES than in a miner's snug in the Rhonda Valley. (I just thought: Are they open on Sundays in Wales these days?) Johnnie's "Chip Off the Old Block" was a robust peformance from a man usually known for grace and subtlety; he had a decent voice too leading us neatly into the consummate blues artist, Little Milton. He was on four of the seminal record labels of 50s 60s 70s 80s (Sun, Chess, Stax, Malaco) and had "Greatest Hits" on each with no overlaps. His final project in 2005 on Telarc was done with Jon Tiven who brought out some late period gems from our hero. We also had the final album from Michael "Iron Man" Burks - he got the nickname from his energetic and enthusiastic work ethic that meant he never gave anything less than full measure, his big loud guitar could well put off a few of our purist bretheren but that huge voice forgives him anything in my hum. Robert Cray's new album has a decent set of songs looking at traditional blues themes from the perspective of this century - the tales of rejection, pain and misery arent about never having had things like family, comforts and stuff, these are about taking it for granted and losing them suddenly and unexpectedly from outside forces.

We weren't short of female stars either: Koko Taylor at her imperious best (with Buddy Guy on guitar); Etta James with one of the finest Chess records ever made outside Chicago (down at Muscle Shoals); the lithe singing and playing of a very young Bonnie Raitt captured live on a Philadelphia Radio Show; (she just had a birthday); the irrepressible Candye Kane who just doesn't know how to slow down in spite of her recent health worries (she has a birthday on 13th) and Ruth Brown did "RB Blues" in 1950 and showed why at the time she was the only hit maker Atlantic could rely on. Richard Rosenblatt runs Vizztone and he is having a great birthday celbration with new releases on Doug Demming and Dennis Gruenling, the same band but double the fun.

Sugar Chile Robinson was the official piano blues standard bearer as well as being our youngest ever contender, Jimmy Liggins was on hand with the "Honeydripper" and it was a real pleasure to do the full version of Ramsey Lewis' "Wade in the water" - so often you just get a minor smidge as backing bed to a promo or advert. Mark Lamarr's big stack of records provides fabulous anthologies to the Vee-Tone label, the second volume of "Screaming gospel and Holy Rollers" was our dip into the gospel pot for the Soul Seekers. Mighty Joe Young did some good stuff for Blind Pig, shame his wikipedia entry is a film about a gorilla. Dave sent through a fine Magic Slim single on Mistreater and we had chance to enjoy it together last night. Slim still epitomises the spirit of modern Chicago blues.

While we are now ensconsed officially as "Britain's Other Blues Show", it's never just about the blues: I have a family to care for too! On getting into the studio last night, I could see Ernest Borgnine and Deefa but not Mrs Doubtfire or Spot. They usually flaunt themselves from the top of the speaker to make sure the webcam gets the best angle (Deefa Duck is a real tart I can tell you). About half way through the show, I glimpsed a flash of yellow and found Spot and Mrs D hiding behind the monitor where they'd been since the fireworks on Bonfire night. Before those men with the natty white coats that do up at the back catch up with me, I'll be off to plan some more trivia and tomfooolery for next Sunday at ten pm (GMT) until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

Chip Off The Old BlockJohnny Jones1I Was Raised On The BluesJohnny JonesBLACK MAGIC
Second Hand LoveLittle Milton10Think Of MeLittle MiltonTELARC
(I Got) All You NeedKoko Taylor8Wang Dang DoodleKoko TaylorORBIS BLUES COLLECTION
Wade In The WaterRamsay Lewis Trio1Mojo Chess ClassicsVarious ArtistsMOJO
don't you lose a good thingdan penn4the fame recordingsdan pennace
Cadillac Assembly LineAlbert King18Best Music Catalogue In The WorldVarious ArtistsCHARLY
Sitting On Another Man's KneeLonesome Sundown20Genuine Excello R'n'bVarious ArtistsACE
Family RulesGuitar Jr.7On Bended Knee - The Birth Of Swamp PopVarious ArtistsGREAT Voices Of The Century
Flip, Flop And BopFloyd Cramer4Teen Beat Vol.2VariousACE
Willie Mae BluesBilly Boy Arnold7Billy Boy Arnold Sings: Big Bill BroonzyBilly Boy ArnoldElectro-Fi
Mighty Tight WomanBonnie Raitt1The Lost Broadcast: Philadelphia 1972Bonnie RaittLeft Field Media
nobodys fault but mineJohn Renbourn18The Essential: The Best Of John RenbournJohn RenbournCastle Pulse
wonder whymagic slim2magic slimmagic slim
Fix ThisRobert Cray7Nothing But LoveRobert CrayPROVOGUE
end of the lineMighty Joe Young7Mighty ManMighty Joe Youngblind pig
R. B. BluesRuth Brown6Miss Rhythm - Greatest Hits And MoreRuth BrownSEQUEL
SecurityEtta James20Tell MamaEtta JamesCHESS
Numbers BoogieSugar Chile Robinson4The R'n'b Years 1949: 100 Hot Rhythm And Blues Tunes From 1949Various ArtistsBOULEVARD VINTAGE
the honeydripperroy milton7The R'n'b Years 1949: 100 Hot Rhythm And Blues Tunes From 1949Various ArtistsBOULEVARD VINTAGE
somethings gotta hold of mesoul seekers18screamin gospel and holy rollersvarious artistsvee-tone
Count On YouMichael Burks1Show Of StrengthMichael BurksAlligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.
I'm My Own Worst EnemyCandye Kane7Guitar'd And FeatheredCandye KaneRuf
whoevers thrilling you is killing mez z hill17rolling with the punches: allen toussaint songbookvarious artistsace
Cotton Picking BluesBig Mama Thornton6They Called Me Big MamaBig Mama ThorntonProper Introduction
bloodshot eyesdennis gruenling11rockin all daydennis gruenlingvizztone
one good reasondoug demming3whats it gonna takedoug denningvizztone
Created: 12/11/2012 00:02:03

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