Big George Brock, JB Hutto and Mississippi Heat were found on RS Day and have proved to be nice additions to my collection; especially really liking those early sides with Deitra Farr's voice and Billy Flynn and Bob Stroeger added support to "I Love My Baby". The Buddy Guy live version of "Can't Be Satisfied" was done at Radio City in New York in 2003 and was on the soundtrack to the Scorsese film "Lightnin In a Bottle" - a 2 disc set.
A good night for the ladies too: Edith Johnson is featured in the new issue of Blues & Rhythm magazine and we had her her Eight Hour marathon time (or perhaps she was talking about some other physical exertion?). Hadda Brooks was a very stylish player and her 1946 instrumental outing for the Modern label closed the Vinyl Hour. Mahalia did our gospel duty and Betty James' classic single for Chess was an unexpected late addition to the running order.
Hugh Laurie excites much comment with everything he touches, his new album garnered six out of ten in Classic Rock magazine, I'd score it one or two more because he has never claimed to be an authentic bluesman (whatever that is). He celebrates and is able to bring outside interest to some lesser known artists and the project is a labour of love - as long as he stays away from the hoary old chestnuts we should wish him well. The singer on his version of "Didn't It Rain" is I think Jean McCain and she aquit herself admirably last night.
Similarly Bob Brozman never called himself a blues artist, he believed music to be the universal language. His songs would just as likely include Hawaiian or India influences as anything heard in the Delta cotton fields. At just 59 he died this week and we will miss his mastery of National Steel playing, as well as his knowledge and influence.
Artie "Blues Boy" White died last Saturday - blessed with an engaging voice and a keen eye for song writing, he always seemed to be on the edge of being lauded in the same way as Z Z Hill. We went to his first album he put out on Ronn Records in 1985, he later did projects for Ichiban and Waldoxy as well as four albums on his own label. With last years loss of Lou Pride, this style of singing is getting hard to find.
Pre-war gems from King Solomon Hill (who only cut 8 titles) and Charlie Patton (aka Charley Patton) who died this date in 1934. Neither were in the highest of fidelity but the power of the performances cut across the intervening years. Regular listeners will know the high regard I hold Johnny Shines - he'd have had a birthday this week so I was able to include his 1972 version of "Dyna Flow Blues".
Django Reinhard and Stephan Grapelli were regulars at the Hot Club of Paris and that same beautiful, elegant playing was here on "Swing Gitane" as we tried to usher in something summery - not blues by the strictest meaning but lovely skills nonetheless.
You were great company on STAR BLUES, many thanks for the many kind words about the Vinyl Hour - I was Gary Blue. I will be again next Sunday at 10pm (BST) if you'll have me - until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you.
|My Heart Is Achin' To Love You||J. B. Hutto||5||Slideslinger||J. B. Hutto||EVIDENCE|
|I Love My Baby||Mississippi Heat||1||Learned The Hard Way||Mississippi Heat||Van Der Linden|
|I Wouldn't-A Done That||Duke Robillard Band, The||1||Independently Blue||Duke Robillard Band, The||STONY PLAIN|
|Rockin' Chair||Big George Brock||5||Round Two||Big George Brock||CAT Head|
|warm room||Artie 'Bluesboy' White||1||Blues Boy||Artie 'Bluesboy' White||RONN|
|the leaning tree||john primer and bob corritore||5||knockin around the blues||john primer and bob corritore||delta groove|
|Swing Gitane||Swing Gitane||1||Swing Gitane||Swing Gitane||Blau|
|I Can't Be Satisfied||Buddy Guy||9||Lightning In A Bottle. A Salute To The Blues [Disc 1]||Various Artists||Columbia / Legacy|
|Cypress Grove Blues||Bob Brozman||7||Blues Reflex||Bob Brozman||Ruf|
|Didn't It Rain||Hugh Laurie||2||Didn't It Rain||Hugh Laurie||WARNER BROS|
|i wanna do it to you||Smokey Wilson||1||Round Like An Apple: Big Town Sessions 1977-1978||Smokey Wilson||ACE|
|stop lyin||Tail Dragger||9||Stop Lyin'||Tail Dragger||DELMARK|
|Dynaflow Blues||Johnny Shines||3||Ramblin' Blues||Johnny Shines||ORBIS BLUES COLLECTION|
|pony blues||charlie patton||7||pony Blues||charlie patton||orbis publications|
|Gone Dead Train||King Solomon Hill||7||Blues Images Presents 1920's Blues Classics Cd - Volume 3||Various Artists||BLUES IMAGES|
|Gonna Tell Your Mother||Jimmy McCracklin||1||Modern Recordings, Vol. 2: Blues Blastin'||Jimmy McCracklin||ACE|
|Eight Hour Woman||Edith Johnson||37||Bedspring Poker - Meat In Motion 1926/1951||Various Artists||INDIGO|
|lorraine||Johnny Young||10||The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions||Johnny Young||BLUE HORIZON|
|Early Morning||Floyd Jones||2-17||Down Home Blues Classics - Chicago (1946-1954)||Various Artists||BOULEVARD VINTAGE|
|my real gone rocket||jackie brenston||1-8||rockin memphis||Various Artists||proper|
|baker street boogie||willie nix||1-14||rockin memphis||Various Artists||proper|
|salt in my coffee||betty james||2||misc||Various Artists||various|
|Dig A Little Deeper||Mahalia Jackson||10||As Good As It Gets||Various Artists||DISKY|
|bluesin the boogie||hadda brooks||2||1946 modern years||various artists||ace|