Sunday, 16 December 2012

STAR BLUES on 16th December 2012 at 22:00

At one stage during STAR BLUES, I was convinced I'd be fired for playing Joe Williams with Count Basie doing a cover of "Everyday I Have The Blues". The sheer power of that full orchestra and how even that ensemble can't compete with flawless phrasing from Joe - those moments are so rare in any genre, I just didn't care. If you don't know the piece, where have you been? The closest modern equivalent is that transition Bjork used on "Quiet In Here" (though she is more subtle and restrained).

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

hideawayFreddie King2-16r&b spotlight 61various artistsfanrastic voyage
The Story Of My LifeGuitar Slim5The Story Of My LifeGuitar SlimSPV
Strange Kinda Feeling (Take 1)Elmore James13Blues After HoursElmore JamesACE
I'm So GladLazy Lester16I'm A Lover Not A FighterLazy LesterACE
Voo-It! Voo-It!Blues Woman (Marion Abernathy)10Great Googa MoogaVarious ArtistsACE
JerryMilton Hopkins & Jewel Brown9Juke-Shakin' SoundsVarious Artistsclassic rock - blues magazine
Where Did You Stay Last NightEddie Burns25Let Me Tell You About The Blues: DetroitVarious ArtistsFantastic Voyage
Burnin' HellJohn Lee Hooker8Boogie ChillenJohn Lee HookerINDIGO
Hello Miss Jessie LeeEddie Burns2-7let me tell you about the blues: detroitVarious Artistsfantastic voyage
dig that crazy santaoscar mclollie1-11rockin round the crhistmas treevarious artistscrimsom
christmas timeblack ace2-2blues, blues christmasvarious artistsdocument
Lonely AvenueRay Charles2The Pomus And Shuman StoryVarious ArtistsACE
wicked bluessteve hooker1wicked bluessteve hookersteve hooker
she likes gto boogie real lowfrankie lee sims23ace story vol5various artistsace
Good Morning BluesJimmy Rushing11The R'n'b Years 1947: 100 Hot Rhythm And Blues Tunes From 1947Various ArtistsBOULEVARD VINTAGE
everyday i have the bluesjoe williams1-25r&B years: 1955Various Artistsboulevard vintage
Vacation BluesT-Bone Walker22The Complete Capitol/Black And White RecordingsT-Bone WalkerCapitol
Stormy Monday BluesBobby 'Blue' Bland11The Voice : Duke Recordings 1959-69Bobby 'Blue' BlandACE
(I Believe I'll) Dust My BroomGuy Davis1Stomp Down RiderGuy DavisRED HOUSE
Straight ChurchCool John Ferguson4Guitar HeavenCool John FergusonMUSIC MAKER
Never Let Me GoKatie Webster24Louisiana Roots : Jay Miller R'n'b LegacyVarious ArtistsACE
if it aint one thinghuey piano smith20ace story vol. 5various artistsace
Wade In The WaterCharioteers13A Portrait Of GospelVarious ArtistsGALE
Cry BabyGarnett Mimms1Cry Baby / Warm And SoulfulGarnett MimmsBEAT GOES ON
fall into these armsjimmy soul14here comes the hurtvarious artistskent
Strange FruitBillie Holiday25Crime And PunishmentVarious ArtistsFantastic Voyage
(Gotta Go) Upside Your HeadBuddy Johnson7The R&b Years 1955 Vol.1Various ArtistsBOULEVARD ENTERTAINMENT
Created: 16/12/2012 23:43:20

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