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 Ya||Sonny Rhodes||7||Disciple Of The Blues||Sonny Rhodes||Wild Dog|
|if the river was whiskey||spin doctors||2||if the river was whiskey||spin doctors||ruf|
|early in the morning||b. b. king feat van morrison||1||friends at 80||b. b. king||mca|
|lost my horse||otis taylor||2||my world is gone||otis taylor||telarc|
|I Can Fly||Emanuele Fizzotti||8||Manny's Blues||Emanuele Fizzotti|
|Wait Till Yo Daddy Getz Home||Big Papa & The TCB||10||Six Pack Of Cool||Big Papa & The TCB||CDBaby|
|me and my baby||Willie Kent||11||Make Room For The Blues||Willie Kent||DELMARK|
|Teach Me How To Boogie Like You||Lady Bianca||7||All By Myself||Lady Bianca||MAGIC-O RECORDS|
|ball pein hammer||joe bonamassa||1-5||acoustic evening in vienna||joe bonamassa||provogue|
|Part Time Love||David Dee||24||Goin' Fishin'||David Dee||ICHIBAN|
|Money's Gettin' Cheaper||Big Bill Morganfield||3||Blues With A Mood||Big Bill Morganfield||101 Distribution|
|no cheap seats in heaven||slide brothers||11||slide brothers||slide brothers||concord|
|Raggedy And Dirty||Luther Allison||2||The Motown Years 1972-1976||Luther Allison||GORDY|
|bad boy||Eddie Taylor||1||Bad Boy||Eddie Taylor||CHARLY|
|Get To Gitten||Walter, Big||3||South Texas Rhythm 'N' Blues Revue||Various Artists||Kent|
|Let Me Walk With You||Eddie Kirk||23||King New Breed R&b Volume 2||Various Artists||Kent|
|I'm The Man||Albert Washington||19||New Breed R&b With Added Popcorn||Various Artists||Kent|
|Ain't Nothin' Shakin'||Amos Milburn||18||Chronological Amos Milburn 1950-1951||Amos Milburn||CLASSICS|
|Wynonie's Boogie||Wynonie Harris||3||Mr. Blues Is Coming To Town||Wynonie Harris||MR. R&B|
|Queen Bee Blues||Eddie Vinson||4||The R'n'b Years 1950: 100 Hot Rhythm And Blues Tunes From 1950||Various Artists||BOULEVARD VINTAGE|
|Joliet Blues||Johnny Shines||21||Chess Blues||Various Artists||CHESS|
|he's a jelly roll baker||Lonnie Johnson||17||he's a jelly roll baker||Lonnie Johnson||bmg|
|M And O Blues||Willie Brown||4||Pure Vintage Blues Vol. 3 : Future Blues||Various Artists||EMPRESS|
|She Shook Her Gin||Barbecue Bob||7||Let Me Tell You About The Blues: Atlanta||Various Artists||Fantastic Voyage|
|Wildcat Tamer||Tarheel Slim (Aka Alden Bunn)||33||Rock The Joint||Various Artists||PULSE|
|well goodbye baby||frankie lee sims||7||ace story vol. 5||various artists||ace|
|That Kind Of Lovin'||Otis Clay||20||Hall Of Fame Volume 2||Various Artists||Kent|
|She Put The Hurt On Me||Prince La La||25||Birth Of Soul Vol. 3||Various Artists||Kent (U.K.)|