We went back a couple of years to Quntus McCormick's label debut "Hey Jodie" which neatly spans a couple of genres with a reference to the Back Door Man character in soul-blues. Happy Birthday to Quintus this week too. Mike Wheeler is another current player who is maintaining Bob Koester's track record picking winners by following his considerable instincts. Never more accurate than when he signed Robert Ward for what proved to be the last recordings made by this elegant guitarist.
The Delmark catalog has issues listed as Blues or Jazz and the female vocal talents of Inetta Visor has the sort of tone to fit either - she was in New Orleans for harp-player Pierre Lacoque's Mississippi Heat on their 20th anniversary. More blues women in evidence courtesy of Big Time Sarah and Karen Carrol.
No decent blues collection can afford to be without Junior Wells' "Hoodoo Man Blues" or Magic Sam's "West Side Soul" - two magnificent examples of the sound of Chicago's West Side. Carey Bell - with his son Lurrie - were caught live and the Joe Carter sessions were Ralph Bass' idea just not issued at the time. The most recent projects from Delmark include a 1969 recording from Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup now out for the first time. Similarly new discs have early Tail Dragger recordings and an otherwise-rare album from Al Miller.
Yank Rachell and Big Joe Williams recalled times gone by ("Texas Tony" was first out on Bluebird in 1938, Yank returned to it in 1961. Big Joe was something from 1958); Jimmy Dawkins was on hand with a track from his debut session (the album was called Fast Fingers) as well as donning the guise of label owner himself for the Leric singles from a few years back.Big Mojo Elem was one of the players Dawkins signed and the Delmark label did a nice survey of all those Leric singles on Jimmy's behalf. Magic Sam's secord playlist entry was recorded in an informal setting just vox and guitar - these rare recordings were done at his house using non-professional kit. It seemed fitting given the geography of our theme on last night's STAR BLUES that we threw caution to the wind in closing to take the title track off the sweet-voiced Syl Johnson's DELMARK album.
Big City Blues Review magazine Feb/Mar 20133 has a lovely cover photograph which shows Bob sat benevelently among his artists - he rather nervously holds an acoustic guitar. The mag has a decent history of Bob's unmatched contribution to blues over these 60 years. We just hope we did Bob Keoester proud with our survey, we're up for some more of the stuff that makes us Britain's Other Blues show this upcoming Sunday at 10pm (BST). Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you
|New Role Soul||Robert Ward||2||New Role Soul||Robert Ward||DELMARK|
|I Wasn't Thinkin'||Quintus McCormick Blues Band||12||Hey Jodie!||Quintus McCormick Blues Band||DELMARK|
|Get Your Mind Right||Mike Wheeler||9||Self Made Man||Mike Wheeler||DELMARK|
|Big Woman||Linsey Alexander||9||Been There Done That||Linsey Alexander||DELMARK|
|Goin' To St. Louis||Mississippi Heat||9||Delta Bound||Mississippi Heat||DELMARK|
|Doin' Good and Bad at the Same Time||Willie Buck||1||Cell Phone Man||Willie Buck||DELMARK|
|Bad Girl||Demetria Taylor||4||Bad Girl||Demetria Taylor||DELMARK|
|Confessin' The Blues||Karen Carrol||3||Wild About That Thing - Ladies Sing The Blues||Various Artists||DELMARK|
|train i ride||big time sarah||5||a million of you||big time sarah||DELMARK|
|baby please don't go||Carey Bell and Lurrie Bell||3||Gettin' Up||Carey Bell and Lurrie Bell||DELMARK|
|roll and tumble||big joe williams||1||stavin' chain blues||big joe williams and j d short||DELMARK|
|I Gotta Sad Feeling||Little Johnny Christian||14||Jimmy Dawkins Presents: The Leric Story||Various Artists||DELMARK|
|Special Kind Of Love||Big Mojo Elem||12||Jimmy Dawkins Presents: The Leric Story||Various Artists||DELMARK|
|triple trebles||Jimmy dawkins||1||fast fingers||jimmy dawkins||DELMARK|
|i feel so good||Magic Sam||2||west side soul||Magic Sam||DELMARK|
|Sweet Little Angel||Magic Sam||7||Give Me Time||Magic Sam||DELMARK|
|chitlins con carne||junior wells feat. buddy guy||8||hoodoo man blues||junior wells blues band||DELMARK|
|texas tony||yank rachell||2||mandolin blues||yank rachell||delmark|
|Railroad Blues||Barrelhouse Buck McFarland||5||Alton Blues||Barrelhouse Buck McFarland||DELMARK|
|I'm Worried||Joe Carter||7||That Ain't Right||Magic Slim & The TeardropsJoe Carter||DELMARK|
|The One That I Love||Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup||6||Sunny Road||Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup||DELMARK|
|Talkin' Bout Chicago||Syl Johnson||4||Talkin' About Chicago||Syl Johnson||DELMARK|