We lifted the lid on your chance to pick an Artist of The Year (Seasick Steve won in 2011 and Robert Plant before him), Contact me in any of the usual ways to get your vote in. Just one restriction, votes are for artists we've had on our playlists since 1st Jan 2012. Can be living musician or otherwise just so long as we've played their music. Deefer, Spot, Mrs Doubtfire and Ernest can't vote .
WE paid tribute to Eddie "Guitar" Burns last night - he died on Wednesday aged 84. Like so many of his age and calibre he was criminally under recorded as a band leader (his debut was cut in 1972 in London). He was based in around Detroit and was a harp player of some note who played with John Lee Hooker in the Early 50s. We did a couple of his own sides as well as a marvellous "Burnin' Hell" that came out under the Hook's name. In later years Burn did an album for DElmark with younger brother Jimmy and his own label played host to his final album in 2008. Eddie's not easy to find via Google but that shouldn't put you off - he was one of a kind. Steve Hooker sent us a re-edited version of his "Wicked Blues" and showing us at the same time the state of blues fro the Essex Delta. (Check out him and Jackson Sloan next time your over that way).
Ace have the fifth volume in the history of their namesake imprint that came out of Jackson, and sister label have a gorgeous couple of dozen soul ballads from which we chose Jimmy Soul (prev. unissued). Our two closing pieces could hardly have been more different: Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" and Buddy Johnson's "Goin Upside Your Head" - just another reason why we don't claim to be better but we are palpably different.
The homework for the boys on the naughty stair was Ray Charles definitive early version of Doc Pomus' "Lonely Avenue", if only Mick Hucknall had taken the time and trouble (etc) before putting the song onto his new "Amercian Soul" project. For lovers of the classic era of electric blues, Freddie King, Guitar Slim and Elmore James showed their wares. T-Bone Walker did "Vacation Blues" for the Black & White label his sublime mastery doiminated our running order on STAR BLUES (as always). Wayne Bennett ran him close second with an understated performance in support of Bobby "Blue" Bland on "Stormy Monday Blues". We had another impressive single from Garnett Mimms with "Cry Baby" written by Jerry Ragavoy and Bert Berns which set a very high bar for the later going over by Janis Joplin. The Charioteers did "Wade In The Water" for our gospel spot and we had a small cluster of Christmas outings.
The Ducks and the Dude in the white tee-shirt are really getting into the Christmas spirit with just 8 more sleeps until we all come back through the webcanm and your wireless on Christmas morning - don't forget to leave sherry and mincepies out the night before or Deefer will pout like Marilyn Monroe. You were magnificent company as always and we'll be back with a smidge more on Sunday night at ten pm (GMT), until then take care of your selves and take care of those that take care of you
|hideaway||Freddie King||2-16||r&b spotlight 61||various artists||fanrastic voyage|
|The Story Of My Life||Guitar Slim||5||The Story Of My Life||Guitar Slim||SPV|
|Strange Kinda Feeling (Take 1)||Elmore James||13||Blues After Hours||Elmore James||ACE|
|I'm So Glad||Lazy Lester||16||I'm A Lover Not A Fighter||Lazy Lester||ACE|
|Voo-It! Voo-It!||Blues Woman (Marion Abernathy)||10||Great Googa Mooga||Various Artists||ACE|
|Jerry||Milton Hopkins & Jewel Brown||9||Juke-Shakin' Sounds||Various Artists||classic rock - blues magazine|
|Where Did You Stay Last Night||Eddie Burns||25||Let Me Tell You About The Blues: Detroit||Various Artists||Fantastic Voyage|
|Burnin' Hell||John Lee Hooker||8||Boogie Chillen||John Lee Hooker||INDIGO|
|Hello Miss Jessie Lee||Eddie Burns||2-7||let me tell you about the blues: detroit||Various Artists||fantastic voyage|
|dig that crazy santa||oscar mclollie||1-11||rockin round the crhistmas tree||various artists||crimsom|
|christmas time||black ace||2-2||blues, blues christmas||various artists||document|
|Lonely Avenue||Ray Charles||2||The Pomus And Shuman Story||Various Artists||ACE|
|wicked blues||steve hooker||1||wicked blues||steve hooker||steve hooker|
|she likes gto boogie real low||frankie lee sims||23||ace story vol5||various artists||ace|
|Good Morning Blues||Jimmy Rushing||11||The R'n'b Years 1947: 100 Hot Rhythm And Blues Tunes From 1947||Various Artists||BOULEVARD VINTAGE|
|everyday i have the blues||joe williams||1-25||r&B years: 1955||Various Artists||boulevard vintage|
|Vacation Blues||T-Bone Walker||22||The Complete Capitol/Black And White Recordings||T-Bone Walker||Capitol|
|Stormy Monday Blues||Bobby 'Blue' Bland||11||The Voice : Duke Recordings 1959-69||Bobby 'Blue' Bland||ACE|
|(I Believe I'll) Dust My Broom||Guy Davis||1||Stomp Down Rider||Guy Davis||RED HOUSE|
|Straight Church||Cool John Ferguson||4||Guitar Heaven||Cool John Ferguson||MUSIC MAKER|
|Never Let Me Go||Katie Webster||24||Louisiana Roots : Jay Miller R'n'b Legacy||Various Artists||ACE|
|if it aint one thing||huey piano smith||20||ace story vol. 5||various artists||ace|
|Wade In The Water||Charioteers||13||A Portrait Of Gospel||Various Artists||GALE|
|Cry Baby||Garnett Mimms||1||Cry Baby / Warm And Soulful||Garnett Mimms||BEAT GOES ON|
|fall into these arms||jimmy soul||14||here comes the hurt||various artists||kent|
|Strange Fruit||Billie Holiday||25||Crime And Punishment||Various Artists||Fantastic Voyage|
|(Gotta Go) Upside Your Head||Buddy Johnson||7||The R&b Years 1955 Vol.1||Various Artists||BOULEVARD ENTERTAINMENT|