Monday, 22 April 2013

STAR BLUES on 21st April 2013 at 22:00

Spot the guitarist - at least two tracks on STAR BLUES have identity problems regarding the axe-man. Our closing Bobby Bland song "Further On Up The Road" is covered by the Ripley Old Sock brigade but in its original form featured some fine guitar playing. was it Wayne Bennett? was it Clarence Holliman? The discographer's bible shows it as Pat Hare. It's almost irrelevant given its power and impact.

The other question concerns Kevin Selfe's new project on Delta Groove - there's no other player credited with guitar on the track "Too Much Voodoo" but it really sounds to me like Robert Cray has added some of his magic. We could be doing Kevin a big disservice with such idle speculation but the song was a nice addition to last night's show. Jimmy Dawkins was one of the very best artists working in Chicago - though he made his album debut late, he had a solid rep as session player and he went on to issue some good records of his own, though to find him at his best he was most at home on stage.

The Arthur Crudup project on Delmark includes Dawkins and wasn't released at the time (1969), its out now on cd and is the Album of the Month in the new Living Blues. The magazine also talks to Carolina guitarist John Dee Holeman and harp maestro James Cotton who also had their music on our playlist. Anyday now there'll be James' new project on Alligator called "Cotton Mouth". For Delta Groove the Mighty Mojo Prophets project is out the same week as the great album from John Primer and Bob Corritore, it would be a shame if it gets missed.

Leading live band the Mustangs are coming to the Elme Hall Rock'n'Blues club on 5th May so we had a nice chance to go to their brand new album.

At long last the committee of the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame has seen sense to include Albert King for induction and we showed them what they've been missing so far. The single "Landromat Blues" came from his seminal album "Born Under A Bad Sign" - the one essential album *every* blues fan must have. It has Albert standing front and centre of Booker T & MGs, with Al Jackson in immaculate form. I urge anyone thinking of putting together a band to play blues to listen to Jackson's touch on this album - if your drummer can't play like that you should go off to do German OOmpah music instead.  JB Lenoir was worried you'd mess up his new haircut and Lloyd Price gave a shout out to Creole who this week has joined Lawdy Miss Clawdy and gone on ahead. Piano from Little Brother Montgomery's 1936 session for Bluebird and Champion Jack Dupree's London album he cut in 1959 with Alexis Korner. We missed our gospel spot last night and I promise to do it next week.

STAR BLUES is Britain's Other Blues Show: different for a reason yesterday with Pee Wee Hughes, Wright Holmes and Harvey Hill who don't often get played elsewhere. There is so much great stuff around its unreal - we hope you found something new on Record Store Day assuming you could still find one. Next Sunday at 10pm (BST) I'll be back with some of the gems I was lucky enough to get, white tee-shirt is ready and raring to go. Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

Rock Your TownCarl Weathersby1Don't Lay The Blues On MeCarl WeathersbyEVIDENCE
Bad Luck CardKenny Neal12Walking On FireKenny NealAlligator
She's GoneMighty Mojo Prophets, The11Flyin' Home From MemphisMighty Mojo Prophets, TheDelta Groove Productions
T. V. MamaBig George Jackson2Nothing Like The RestBig George JacksonCOLD WIND
aint't never had nothin'jimmy dawkins3tribute to orangejimmy dawkinsEVIDENCE
110 WoodlandJimmy Dawkins1Oldies But Goodies - Northern SoulVarious Artists
Mistake I Made in L.A.Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup5Sunny RoadArthur "Big Boy" CrudupDELMARK
Mojo HandJohn Dee Holeman & The Waifs Band3John Dee Holeman & The Waifs BandJohn Dee Holeman & The Waifs BandMUSIC MAKER
Boot Knockin' BoogieJames Cotton4Fire Down Under The HillJames CottonTELARC
Too Much VoodooKevin Selfe (with possibly Robert Cray?)8Long Walk HomeKevin SelfeDelta Groove Productions
when god met the devilmustangs3speed of lovemustangsraging horse
Sliced ApplesErnest Lane19Trouble Up The RoadIke TurnerSECRET RECORDS
Don't Throw Your Love on Me SoAlbert King20Trouble Up The RoadIke TurnerSECRET RECORDS
laundromat bluesalbert king1-8ultimate collectionalbert kingrhino
Country Boy BluesPee Wee Hughes57Down Home Blues ClassicsVarious ArtistsBOULEVARD VINTAGE
Good Road BluesWright Holmes1Alley SpecialVarious ArtistsCOLLECTABLES
She Fool MeHarvey Hill Jr.49Down Home Blues ClassicsVarious ArtistsBOULEVARD VINTAGE
Good Rockin' ManRoy Brown2The R'n'b Years 1952: 100 Hot Rhythm And Blues Tunes From 1952Various ArtistsBOULEVARD VINTAGE
Boot ‘em UpDu-Droppers, The25We’re Gonna Rock, We’re Gonna RollVarious ArtistsPROPER
lawdy mis clawdylloyd price25we're gonna rockvarious artistsproper
Farish Street JiveLittle Brother Montgomery19The Best Of Boogie WoogieVarious ArtistsDOCUMENTS
Bad Luck Bound To ChangeChampion Jack Dupree20Two Classic Albums Plus SinglesChampion Jack DupreeAVID
T Model BluesLigtnin' Hopkins36The R'n'b Hits Of 1949Various ArtistsINDIGO
Don't Touch My HeadJ.B. Lenoir11The Best Of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio HourVarious ArtistsCHROME
Farther Up The RoadBobby ‘blue’ Bland12The Rough Guide To Blues Legends: B.B. King: Birth Of A Legend (Cd2)Various ArtistsROUGH GUIDES

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