Sunday, 17 February 2013

STAR BLUES on 17th February 2013 at 22:00

We had new projects from Corey Harris, Robin Trower, the 4Jacks, and the Mike Eldred Trio; and Roy Roberts' 2011 album was new to us. That's just the first hour, not counting our Vinyl celebration after eleven pm. Ok I cheated just a smidge by letting through a couple of album tracks but they were valid vinyl offerings.

Top of the shop crackled with robust enthusiasm on a pair of songs from the much under appreciated Long John Hunter and Raful Neal. Kim Wilson was fluid and pliable in the best Little Walter mould for a guest spot with Mark Knopfler which we hope would satisfy the most curmudgeonly of blues purists. When the Robin Trower album showed up I half expected slick jazz tinged trickery, but his new album is what is described as roots music in more than one place - he even got Paul Jones along to play harp on covers of some rock'n'roll hits. We hope any mainstream airplay on the BBC will turn the listener next toward the source?

On this showing, who'd bet against Trower taking hoe a grammy award this time next year? Stranger things have happened. The wise folks at the GRAMMYs have decreed our music can be summed up in one award when in previous years we had both contemporary and traditional categories. We think a lot of Dr. John and his music is part of our ouevre (he deserves big props for his dedication to the cause of Louisiana after Katrina). The challenge we hear is in trying to judge his "Locked Down" project against "Let It Burn" by Ruthie Foster or the album from the Heritage Blues Orchestra and so on. Those GRAMMIES had no problem with it but our flabby was truly ghasted. Talk about comparing elephants with daffodils.

Corey Harris album has a number of different blues styles and is worth further investigation. Habib Koite is featured in the latest issue of Living Blues magazine with Eric Bibb, their album is well received and they have a short interview piece. Somewhere along the line we've let George Gritzbatch off our radar which is a bit of a shame as we enjoyed his forays with a bottom of the perfect hue. As for our vinyl contenders the list speaks for itself. With familiar names like Little Walter and the lesser-played Robert Pete Williams as bookends, how could we go wrong? The stack of reference books I use failed to yield dates or players for the Clarence Green track but we'd guess around 1965 in Houston just before he signed to the Duke label?

At some stage (fairly soon) we'll devote a whole show to these little gems of black plastic / shellac, What you you think? We get some pretty good stuff through on cd so it won't be a regular habit but I for one can't wait? Are you up for more next Sunday at ten pm, until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

V-8 FordLong John Hunter9Swinging From The RaftersLong John HunterAlligator
call me babyraful neal8American BluesVarious ArtistsPutumayo World Music
Hot Or WhatMark Knopfler feat. kim wilson8Privateering [Disc 1]Mark KnopflerMERCURY
hound dogrobin trower w. paul jones1roots and branchesrobin trowerhatman
blue bottomGeorge Gritzbach1Blue BottomGeorge Gritzbach & Unknown Blues BandALCAZAR
We Don't CareHabib Koité, Eric Bibb5Brothers In BamakoHabib Koité, Eric Bibb
the titanicruthie foster w. blind boys of alabama13let it burnruthie fosterblue corn
Catfish BluesEddie Cusic8Leland Mississippi BluesEddie CusicWOLF
Wait for MeRoy Roberts6Strange LoveRoy Robertsrock house
Crying BluesCorey Harris1Fulton BluesCorey Harris
Deal With ItFour Jacks1Deal With ItFour JacksIODA
Jimmy, JimmyMike Eldred Trio, TheIke Turner961 And 49Mike Eldred Trio, TheRIP CAT
midnight boogierobert pete williams2-13Roots Of The BluesVarious ArtistsVANGUARD
Let's Rock'n'roll'little Shy Guy' Douglas3Across The TracksVarious ArtistsACE
Courtin' In A CadillacJerry McCain & His Upstarts13It's Your Voodoo Working: The Best Of ExcelloVarious Artistsuniversal music operations
Kansas CityWilbert Harrison29The Fire And Fury StoryVarious ArtistsCHARLY
easy lovin'little papa joe {jody williams]2jody williams on 45jody williamsnone
This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'King Curtis14Wail Man Wail!King CurtisFantastic Voyage
I Got A LetterRalph Willis4-2shake that thingVarious Artistsjsp
Lady LuckMercy Dee11Journey Of Chris Strachwitz (40 Years Of Arhoolie Records)Various ArtistsArhoolie Records
Keep Drinkin'Little Brother Mongomery17Chicago Piano 1951-1958Various ArtistsFLYRIGHT
Angel ChildMemphis Slim41The R'n'b Hits Of 1949Various ArtistsINDIGO
Crawdad HoleChuck Harrod & The Anteaters23Across The Tracks: Vol. 2Various ArtistsACE
you humbuggin merocket morgan1boppin on the bayou againvarious artistsace
you don't move me no moreClarence Green12Guitar Crying The BluesClarence GreenDOUBLE TROUBLE
Press My ButtonLil Johnson10Highlights From: The History Of Rhythm And Blues 1925-1942Various ArtistsRHYTHM & BLUES
can't hold out much longerLittle Walter (Aka Marion Walter Jacobs)6Boss Blues HarmonicaLittle Walter (Aka Marion Walter Jacobs)ORBIS BLUES COLLECTION
Created: 17/02/2013 23:54:31

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