Sunday, 17 March 2013

STAR BLUES on 17th March 2013 at 22:00

Last minute updates to the playlist - what's a boy to do? One of the newest releases represents a wing of a movement  to bring new interest to the genre: the Spin Doctors who return to "their blues roots" - their album reminds me a little of the North Mississippi Allstars take on roots Americana. Joe Bonamassa is the best known blues name in the mainstream music press and he is just about to release a two-disc acoustic live set recorded in Vienna. It'll be out on cd, dvd, blu-ray and so on. His unplugged side lets us sample his deft technique. I really hope both Joe and those cheeky Doctors can raise the profiles of the right artists who eat sleep live love and work in our genre.

Lady Blue was rather taken by Big Bill Morganfield when he came to Norwich a few years back - she said he was "sex on a stick". I never had the luck to see Muddy Waters but the mojo didn't fall far from the tree. Big Bill's brother Larry "Mud" Morganfield is being courted by the rock press at the moment - don't forget Big Bill. Two Morganfields: all's right with the world as far as I'm concerned.

Robert Randolph got famous by supporting Eric Clapton - except you and I knew about him first for his fabulous Sacred Steel work. He's returned to the form on his new project "Slide Brothers" and - if that wasn't enough already - he's enlisted the Blind Boys of Alabama and Shemekia Copeland. Sweet playing from Aubrey Ghent on our choice "No Cheap seats in Heven".

In the wacky wonderful world of blues, Otis Taylor is a Marmite sort  of guy: he takes the form about as far as anyone dares and strips it back in the same way James Brown did to soul music almost fifty years ago. I like what he does but it ain't easy listening. With two newly unexpected gems from Manny's Blues and Big Papa, our first hour was a real rollercoaster ride of rippling robust ripe freshness.

The vinyl hour took us to places usually ignored on commercial radio with familar names and unissued tracks. We had Eddie Taylor's first session for Vee-Jay and Johnny Shines' work he did for Chess - while on the subject his sides with Walter Horton are as good blues as you'll ever hear. Barbecue Bob and Lonnie Johnson we in the list and I have no excuse for having left it so long since we last heard from them in our two hours. Willie Brown only cut six titles for Paramount in 1930, his "M&O Blues" exists in just three collections according tothe ever reliable Wikipedia reference. His fame came from playing with Charley Patton, Son House and Robert Johnson, indeed his name is mentioned in the lyrics to "Crossroads Blues".

Wynonie Harris and Eddie Vinson had great big voices and both stood front and centre of some powerful orchestras in those years at the birth of rock'n'roll (which largely repackaged their chutzpah and energy). Big Walter Price came from a similiar vintage and he adapted his style just enough to rip through "Git To Gettin'" for us. Albert Washington and Luther Allison both sold well with blues and soul audiences; Luther's track was originally done for Motown.

We had a blast on STAR BLUES and we fully intend to do the same next Sunday at 10pm (GMT) - until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

Ya YaSonny Rhodes7Disciple Of The BluesSonny RhodesWild Dog
if the river was whiskeyspin doctors2if the river was whiskeyspin doctorsruf
early in the morningb. b. king feat van morrison1friends at 80b. b. kingmca
lost my horseotis taylor2my world is goneotis taylortelarc
I Can FlyEmanuele Fizzotti8Manny's BluesEmanuele Fizzotti
Wait Till Yo Daddy Getz HomeBig Papa & The TCB10Six Pack Of CoolBig Papa & The TCBCDBaby
me and my babyWillie Kent11Make Room For The BluesWillie KentDELMARK
Teach Me How To Boogie Like YouLady Bianca7All By MyselfLady BiancaMAGIC-O RECORDS
ball pein hammerjoe bonamassa1-5acoustic evening in viennajoe bonamassaprovogue
Part Time LoveDavid Dee24Goin' Fishin'David DeeICHIBAN
Money's Gettin' CheaperBig Bill Morganfield3Blues With A MoodBig Bill Morganfield101 Distribution
no cheap seats in heavenslide brothers11slide brothersslide brothersconcord
Raggedy And DirtyLuther Allison2The Motown Years 1972-1976Luther AllisonGORDY
bad boyEddie Taylor1Bad BoyEddie TaylorCHARLY
Get To GittenWalter, Big3South Texas Rhythm 'N' Blues RevueVarious ArtistsKent
Let Me Walk With YouEddie Kirk23King New Breed R&b Volume 2Various ArtistsKent
I'm The ManAlbert Washington19New Breed R&b With Added PopcornVarious ArtistsKent
Ain't Nothin' Shakin'Amos Milburn18Chronological Amos Milburn 1950-1951Amos MilburnCLASSICS
Wynonie's BoogieWynonie Harris3Mr. Blues Is Coming To TownWynonie HarrisMR. R&B
Queen Bee BluesEddie Vinson4The R'n'b Years 1950: 100 Hot Rhythm And Blues Tunes From 1950Various ArtistsBOULEVARD VINTAGE
Joliet BluesJohnny Shines21Chess BluesVarious ArtistsCHESS
he's a jelly roll bakerLonnie Johnson17he's a jelly roll bakerLonnie Johnsonbmg
M And O BluesWillie Brown4Pure Vintage Blues Vol. 3 : Future BluesVarious ArtistsEMPRESS
She Shook Her GinBarbecue Bob7Let Me Tell You About The Blues: AtlantaVarious ArtistsFantastic Voyage
Wildcat TamerTarheel Slim (Aka Alden Bunn)33Rock The JointVarious ArtistsPULSE
well goodbye babyfrankie lee sims7ace story vol. 5various artistsace
That Kind Of Lovin'Otis Clay20Hall Of Fame Volume 2Various ArtistsKent
She Put The Hurt On MePrince La La25Birth Of Soul Vol. 3Various ArtistsKent (U.K.)
Created: 18/03/2013 00:08:36

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