The "Not Alone" two-handed project by Ann Rabson and Bob Margolin was a particularly heartening result which recognises two players at the top of their game just enjoying making music they love. It meant Billy Boy Arnold's album didn't get an award, and he also dipped out on best Harmonica player too. Eric Bibb was another winner of an Acoustic category and we had a track from his latest album. Janiva Magness co-wrote the Blues Song of the Year from her Alligator album "Stronger For It" and label-mate Michael Burks' "Show of Strength" got recognition as Contemporary Album of the Year.
The label also has Curtis Salgado in its roster and he was another big winner on Thursday night. Not to be outdone by Alligator, Delta Groove's house band, the Mannish Boys were suitably rewarded. The Traditional Blues Female Artist award is called the Koko Taylor award these days and Ruthie Foster went home with it this year. The late Magic Slim got the male version of her gong which underlined how much Chicago has lost this year now he and Jimmy Dawkins havw passed.
Also in our first half, we marked Guy Davis' birthday with 'Black Coffee' from his "Juba Dance" album on Dixie Frog. Last October Living Blues magazine had a front-cover feature on the New Generation of Acoustic Blues" which included the gifted Valerie June: her debut album is out now ("Pushing Against the Stone") and her Trial and Tribulations sat nicely in our gospel tent. Bert Deivert brought his elegant mandolin and Ronnie Earl and Robert Cray had different axe skills on show.
If you thought Fabrizzio Poggi set the harp bar at a high level with Guy Davis in Hour One, we wheeled in Walter Horton helping out Johnny Shines at 23:30. With just a bass player and no drummer they laid down a real groove on "Evening Sun" originally done for the JOB label. I stand by my challenge: "if there's another blues show playing a better song at exactly that moment - anywhere on the planet - I'll eat my socks. As if that wasn't enough Sonny Boy Williamson did similar honours for Baby Boy Warren. Valerie Carr recorded supper club jazz ballads for the Roulette label, she must have given her fans a double take when she turned up at Atlas records with a raunchy little number she gave us last night. Being hot on the heels of one of Lula Reed's final Federal cuts, she had to be good.
Little Junior Parker put a different spin on Eddie Boyds 'Five Long Years' in 1958 for Duke records and Little Johnny Taylor is still in a class of his own almost fifty years after he did Somewhere Down the Line. The other great vocal master - Little Willie John - wasn't far behind and it was easy to hear why he was so highly rated by folks like James Brown. Jesse Stone penned hundreds of rock'n'roll hits for others but rarely recorded himself, so we treated ourselves and slipped inn Pearl Traylors "Play Boy" on Modern from 1945. For his Atco recording in 1958 under the watchful eye of Herb Abramson, Guitar Slim was somewhat restrained but you couldn't mistake his guitar tone.
That vinyl hour always seems like five minutes and is over all too soon. You were magnificent company last night - I was the ethical man in the white (non-Primark) tee-shirt, I'll be him again next Sunday on Britain's Other Blues Show if you'll have me? Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you
|Fix This||Robert Cray||7||Nothing But Love||Robert Cray||PROVOGUE|
|robert nighthawks' stomp||ronnie earl||10||just for today||ronnie earl||stony plain|
|I Won't Cry||Janiva Magness||2||Stronger For It||Janiva Magness||Alligator|
|Black Coffee||Guy Davis (Featuring Fabrizio Poggi)||7||Juba Dance||Guy Davis (Featuring Fabrizio Poggi)||Dixiefrog|
|kid man blues||bert deivert||5||kid man blues||bert deivert||hard danger|
|Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad||Habib Koité, Eric Bibb||13||Brothers In Bamako||Habib Koité, Eric Bibb|
|Let It Go||Ann Rabson With Bob Margolin||8||Not Alone||Ann Rabson With Bob Margolin||Vizztone|
|Bad Boy||Magic Slim & The Teardrops||1||Bad Boy||Magic Slim & The Teardrops||Blind Pig|
|Count On You||Michael Burks||1||Show Of Strength||Michael Burks||Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.|
|Back To The Blues||Ruthie Foster||8||Ruthie Foster Live At Antone's||Ruthie Foster||Blue Corn Music|
|trials troubles and tribulations||valerie june||8||pushin against the stone||valerie june|
|Hello, How Ya Been? Goodbye||Guitar Slim||6||Atco Sessions||Guitar Slim||ATCO|
|You Gotta Have That Green||Lula Reed||19||Solid Stroll Vol. 4||Various Artists||LUCKY Gal|
|Rockin' Bed||Valerie Carr||23||New Breed Blues With Black Popcorn||Various Artists||Kent|
|Five Long Years||Junior Parker||3||The Collection||Junior Parker||SPECTRUM MUSIC|
|You Hurt Me||Little Willie John||24||Mark Lamarr's Roc-King Up A Storm||Various Artists||WESTSIDE|
|My Talk Didn’t Do Any Good||Frankie Lee Sims||16||The Ace Story Volume Two||Various Artists||ACE|
|I wanna be your man||Frankie ford||17||The Ace Story Volume Two||Various Artists||ACE|
|Hello Stranger||Baby Boy Warren||17||Let Me Tell You About The Blues: Detroit||Various Artists||Fantastic Voyage|
|Evening Sun||Johnny Shines||62||The R'n'b Hits Of 1953||Various Artists||INDIGO|
|Bottle It Up And Go||Big John Greer||12||The R'n'b Years 1954: 100 Hot Rhythm And Blues Tunes From 1954||Various Artists||BOULEVARD VINTAGE|
|An Ace In The Hole||Jesse Stone||3||The R'n'b Years 1947: 100 Hot Rhythm And Blues Tunes From 1947||Various Artists||BOULEVARD VINTAGE|
|play boy blues||pearl traylor||21||modern music: the first year - 1945||various artists||ace|
|have mercy baby||hank ballard and midnighters||3-2||history of rhythm and blues||various artists||rhythm and blues records|
|wake up and live||floyd dixon||8||sing my blues tonight The Ace Ms. blues masters vol. 1||Various Artists||westside|
|Somewhere Down The Line||Little Johnny Taylor||4||The Galaxy Years||Little Johnny Taylor||ACE|
|the walk||jimmy mccracklin||6||solid stroll - vol. 4||various artists||lucky gal|
|i'm wise||eddie bo||2-15||history of rhythm and blues||various artists||rhythm and blues records|
|red hot||billy emerson||1-3||history of rhythm and blues||various artists||rhythm and blues records|