Sunday, 6 January 2013

STAR BLUES on 6th January 2013 at 22:00

First show of 2013 and a brand new album from Buddy Guy, recorded live at "Legends" in 2010 with three previously unissued tracks he cut during the sessions for "Living Proof". He does record his guitar at very high volume yet his unique pained intensity in his playing really doesn't need it. The set on Silvertone came out in the US just before Christmas but I've no idea when it will be on our shelves..?

Our other Major MacGuffin was the run through of STAR BLUES awards winners for 2012, There are 4 categories up for grabs and (dddrrruuummmmmmmmm roll......)

ARTIST of the year: Bob Corritore

He is a harp-player, writer, producer extraordinaire with two major projects under his belt (one with Tail Dragger, one with Mud Morganfield); he hosts a weekly blues radio show playing our sort of blues; he tours all year round including a recent trip to Europe; he produces weekly news letters on the blues. I doubt anyone else did as much to keep the blues going in 2012 than Bob.

LABEL of the year: Alligator

For the first 8 months of the year, the Living Blues radio charts were topped by a release from Bruce Iglauer's imprint. The fact the list included the best one Joe Louis Walker has done (same for Rick Estrin, Lil' Ed and so on). They marked themselves out - in my opinion at least - by the way they handled the sudden death of Michael Burks. He had just finished the sessions for a beautiful album which showcased all his gifts and the resulting project was a fitting tribute to the Iron Man. This year is already destined to be another belter with an album from James Cotton on the way.

REISSUE LABEL of the year: ACE

For the fourth year on the bounce - but with stiff opposition from Veetone and Fantastic Voyage (who more than deserve honourable mentions). Ace has a policy of making sure royalties are paid, customers get previously unissued bonus cuts, there are intelligent and informative booklet notes. These guys are collectors themselves and they know their customers are too.

ALBUM of the year: Billy Boy Arnold sings Big Bill Broonzy (Electro-Fi)

In a year with plenty of albums I enjoyed and gladly went back to, there were just three real contenders to these ears: this one, Ann Rabson/Bob Margolin's "Never Too Old" and the one by Lurrie Bell called "The Devil Has No Music". Billy Boy sings and plays at the top of his game here, the songs go way back into the mists of bluestime from the pen of one of the most skilled (and successful) writers Big Bill Broonzy. There's a great ambience to the sessions, the players aren't overly reverential nor is there room for needless noodling or grandstanding. The mainstream blues world won't care about this lovely album: Billy Boy ain't good lookin and he don't play too loud.


The rest of our show was a journey into different styles as you'd expect. We had zydeco from CJ Chenier and classic female sounds of Lil Green. Jackson Sloan comes from Essex his work with Ray Gelato is gloriously unpretentious, and fun. Steve Hooker comes from the same neck of the woods and he inhabits the netherworld between blues, rock'n'roll, soul and rockabilly; one of his co-conspirators is James Hunter (remember "Kick It Around and backing Van Morrison) who also records as Howlin Wilf. A much under-rated singer if you ask me: he'll have a new album out real soon.

Super Chikan got us up and running with a manic run through of Freddie King's Thang and Eddie Burks was captured live in Rochester NY. John Primers efficient slide made the hairs on my neck stand up by covering "Canary Bird" on a 2 disc project on Chicago called "the (R) evolution continues". Expect some gongs going that way. Lurrie Bell was our nominal gospel choice with Hadda Brooks and Otis Spann holding down our piano spots.

All too soon our allotted 118 minutes were done and preparations start for next Sunday's show - I hope you'll share your company at ten pm next Sunday - until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you.

Freddy's ThangSuper Chikan1Sum' Mo ChikanSuper ChikanChikan Howse Records
Bad Luck WomanU.P. Wilson7The Good The Bad The BluesU.P. WilsonJSP
Walking BluesButterfield Blues Band, The1Butterfield Blues Band / East WestButterfield Blues Band, TheELEKTRA
Go Ahead And Blame MeMud Morganfield9Son Of The Seventh SonMud MorganfieldSEVERN
can't sit downC.J. Chenier1Can't Sit DownC.J. ChenierWorld Village
I Know It's Hard But It's Fair'5' Royales, The21It's Hard But It's Fair'5' Royales, TheACE
country boyBuddy Guy11live at legendsBuddy Guysilvertone
messin with the kidjunior wells feat. Buddy Guy1-3chicago the blues todayvarious artistsvanguard
Game OverHowlin' Wilf1Leather Soul Volme 1Various ArtistsOOSoul
(I Wanna) Play A Little WhileJ. B. Lenoir3Mojo Boogie - An Essential CollectionJ. B. LenoirFUEL 2000
I'm Packin' UpEarl King11ace story vol. 5various artistsace
(Every Time I Hear That) Mellow SaxophoneRoy Montrell18The History Of Rhythm & Blues, Volume 3 - The Rocknroll YearsVarious ArtistsRhythm and Blues Records
Rock Your TownCarl Weathersby1Don't Lay The Blues On MeCarl WeathersbyEVIDENCE
Count On YouMichael Burks1Show Of StrengthMichael BurksAlligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.
Rocks Is My PillowEddie Burks6This Old RoadEddie Burksrising sun records
get your hands out my pocketOtis Spann1ChicagoOtis SpannTestament
Rockin' The BoogieHadda Brooks Trio8Modern Music: 1945Various ArtistsACE
Canary BirdJohn Primer4Chicago Blues - A Living History, The (R)Evolution ContinuesVarious ArtistsRaisin' Records
Cherry Tree BluesLil Green3Why Don't You Do RightLil GreenBLUES COLLECTION
Me And My Chauffeur BluesJo-Ann Kelly3Do It & MoreJo-Ann KellyManhaton Records
Jumpin' On The Kansas LineJackson Sloan1Saturday ClothesJackson SloanSHELLAC
Sweet Honey BeeBilly Boy Arnold1Billy Boy Arnold Sings: Big Bill BroonzyBilly Boy ArnoldElectro-Fi
Way Down In The HoleLurrie Bell9The Devil Ain't Got No MusicLurrie BellARIA
Midnight BoogieTampa Red10Keep Jumping : 1944-50Tampa RedWOLF
Created: 06/01/2013 23:48:12 

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