Sunday, 25 November 2012

STAR BLUES on 25th November 2012 at 22:00

There's something a little hinckey when you think about a man of 69 front and centre of a rock band with a packed-out venue in the palm of his hands. Such was Mick Jagger's fate last night as the Stones marked their first half century on the crazy Ferris wheel of music. Even more strange when remembering Muddy Waters was 68 in 1981 when he invited a gleeful Jagger with Richards, Wood, Wyman and Stewart onto the stage at Buddy Guy's Checkerboard Lounge. You're never too old for blues but mainstream rock is another brussel sprout altogether.

I was talking about that Checkerboard gig because BBC4 had shown the newly remastered DVD in the middle of Saturday night. Muddy was awesome with slashing slide on "Country Boy" before the cameos started - his band had John Primer and Rich Kreher on guitars, Lovie Lee on Piano and an amazing display of harp dexterity from Mojo Buford. I've promised to get myself on Santa's good list next year if he'll slip the soundtrack under my pillow (it's too late to redeem myself for 2012). We had to make do with the 1971 version Muddy did live at Mr Kelly's for our 1001 Blues feature.

More guitar mastery from Lonnie Johnson (who did so much to shape B B King's sound), Ray Agee, Roy Gaines and Etta Baker on the playlist. Birthday boy Jimmy Johnson sang gospel for many a year and you can hear that fervour in his voice, his axe skills are pretty decent too. Jimmy Burns had brother Jimmy on hand to cover "Your Cash Aint Nothin But Trash". Otis Grand's new "Blues 65" project is a goodun cementing a nice partnership with Sugar Ray Norcia. At the age of 6 Gitlo Lee played with Sonny Boy Williamson and he now has a solid album out under his own brand, his old boss got things under way from "Down & Out Blues", the first album in the Pye R&B series eagerly devoured by blues fans on this side of the pond. Preston Shannon's celebration of "Cold Beer And Good Times" closed us off leaving us to ask why he isn't better known?

The John Lee Hooker song "Boogie Children" got a going over from the Playboys (with John Fred without Judy - disguised or otherwise). Nathan Abshire reworked Arthur Crudup's "Thats AlRight Mama", Phil Upchurch's hit "Can't Sit Down" was tastily updated by Willie Mitchell and the amazing bass voice of Jimmy Ricks was recorded in New York as part of Benny Goodman's Sextet. Otis Clay did our gospel duty and Eddie Boyd was on keys. In a show of such depth and variety, Mud Morganfield (Muddy's yoiunger son) is in Norwich tonight and was as majestic as his dad for a track from his latest album on Severn Records where he is part of that ol' magic called Bob Coritorre.

The BBC headline suggested some contestants had also lost their socks, but I bet it wasn't the same reason as me. I can't say anything else yet but I can point you in the direction of my next e-book, "Gary Blues Almanac 2013". Free. Send me your email details to and when its done it will find its way direct to you. Please make a donation to if you like it and can make use of it (no amount too small).

We'll look at what you can put on your Santa list next week at 10pm (GMT) until then take care of yourself and take care of those that take care of you.

Wake Up BabySonny Boy Williamson (Aka Rice Miller)8Down And Out Blues / In MemoriumSonny Boy Williamson (Aka Rice Miller)BEAT GOES ON
Feelin GoodJaniva Magness4The Devil Is An Angel TooJaniva MagnessAlligator
Go Ahead And Blame MeMud Morganfield9Son Of The Seventh SonMud MorganfieldSEVERN
Ain't Studdin' You BabyGitlo Lee10Comin Out the HoleGitlo Lee
You Can't Sit DownWillie Mitchell11Memphis Rhythm KingWillie MitchellBACKBEAT
Go Ahead OnGuitar Red23Sun Records - Ultimate Blues CollectionVarious ArtistsVARESE
Rolling LogRory Block10The Very Best Of The BluesVarious ArtistsORBIS BLUES COLLECTION
country boymuddy waters2my home is in the deltamuddy watersblues encore
rockin all daydennis gruenling1rockin all daydennis gruenlingvizz tone
midnight lover manRoy Brown7saturday nightroy brownel toro
Oh BabeRavens, The26Birds Of A FeatherRavens, ThePROPER
boogie childrenplayboys feat john fred27boppin on the bayouvarious artistsace
bopogie woogie feelingtony casanova22wid streakvariousveetone
Those Days Are GoneOtis Grand12Blues '65Otis GrandMAINgate
your cash aint nothing but trashEddie & Jimmy Burns2Snake EyesEddie BurnsJimmy BurnsDELMARK
country preacherjimmy johnson1country preacherjimmy johnsonorbis blues
All of My LifeRoy Gaines9Rock-A-Billy: Boogie Woogie Blues ManRoy Gaines
Love Is A Cold ShotRay Agee23Bay Area Blues BlastersVarious ArtistsEl Cerrito
thats all rightnathan abshire12bopping by the bayouvarious artistsace
Save A Seat For MeOtis Clay4The Gospel TruthOtis ClayBLIND PIG RECORDS
Hard Headed WomanEddie Boyd9Chicago PianoVarious ArtistsPAULA
Jackson’s BoogieLittle Willie Jackson21Let Me Tell You About The Blues: West CoastVarious ArtistsFantastic Voyage
Railroad BillEtta Baker & Taj Mahal5Etta Baker With Taj MahalEtta BakerTaj MahalMUSIC MAKER
Racketeers BluesLonnie Johnson16The Original Guitar WizardLonnie JohnsonPROPER
Walkin' These Blues AwayEomot Rasun2Three Days Walkin'Eomot RasunAPO
cold beer good timePreston Shannon12All In TimePreston ShannonBULLSEYE BLUES
Created: 25/11/2012 23:43:19 

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