Sunday, 7 July 2013

STAR BLUES on 7th July 2013 at 22:00

On what would have been Pinetop Perkins' hundredth birthday, we'll help ourselves to a couple more Humdingers on STAR BLUES and remember Texas Johnny Brown, one of the classiest blues guitar players. He only recorded sporadically under his own name until 1998 - did we mention he wrote "Two Steps From The Blues"  one of Bobby Blue Bland's biggest hits?

Brown was a very classy player, both economical and direct. He showed that in the session work he did at the start of his career for folks like Amos Milburn (we played "Bow-Wow") and it is a surprise how his first solo outings on Atlantic were overlooked. If I can get them, I'll bring them in. That first album in 1998 was critically well received and it's follow-up was even beter (pickying up awards along the way). Two tracks of that one just underlined how much he will be missed.

STAR BLUES was one of the first to give airplay to Marshall Lawrence and since he's into a fourth week at #1 in the Blues Underground charts, we felt we could help him mark that success with another play from the disc. While listening you can ogle at the three beautiful steel-body Resonator guitars on the back cover. Gorgeous.If you ask the purists, they'd say Gwyn Ashton has a foot in rock and blues camps - his slide work on a song from his latest EP fell on our side of the fence last night.

There's a knighthood in store for the guy who had the idea to team Charlie Musselwhite with German piano-master Christian Rannenburg as part of a tribute album celebrating Walter Davis. The whole kit and caboodle is on Electro-Fi: not only is Charlie in the best form I've heard there are other remarkable performances from Henry Townsend, Billy Boy Arnold and Bob Corritore. The Electro-Fi album from Billy Boy won our STAR BLUES award last year, on this showing the imprint may well score again. Folks will have to go some.

Pinetop would have been 100 and like most folk I just thought he'd be there forever. Genius piano player full of joy with a wide grin and always in a stylish hat. Helped out by ling time buddy Willie "big-Eye" Smith they did a standout project on Telarc to crown the careers of both men. They died within weeks of each other soon after the release and never saw the success "joined At The Hip" drew.

Eric Bib and Guy Davis did a version of the gospel standard "99 and a Half", the song is also covered by the Como Mamas - three ladies with strong, contrasting gospel voices joined together a capella for an album on Dap-tone. It will probably take a Seasick steve moment on the Hootenanny for the world to catch up with them. You can safely get ahead of the game - God made the human voice, it rarely sounds better.

There are some rare and lesser known places in Scotland, not the first backdrop for a splendid team of enthusiasts responsible for a series of collections of blues, r&b, gospel and rock'n'roll sides only ever previously out on vinyl. For the Humdinger brand, volume 14 is compiled by the redoubtable Mark Lamarr. I'm guessing the singles are in his collection, and if you're like me you'll enjoy the label shots in the booklet. We had a second tip into the gems on offer and came up with JB Lenoir and Eddie Kirkland, but there's not a dud among 'em.  Eddie's sometime boss/mentor/friend John Lee Hooker covered "Jack O Diamonds" which for some reason is flashing up the name Lead Belly in my mind. Memphis Willie B was working double shifts in August 1961 in a soya bean oil plant before Sam Charters tracked him down; the two men subsequently did sessions issued in the early 60's on Original Blues Classics.

We didn't forget those Blues Ladies either: Julia Lee (knowingly mischievious) and Big Maybelle (imperious). I fully intended to play some of the Memphis Beale Streeters last week as tribute to Bobby "Blue" Bland but time and the light were closing in, so we did Earl Forest, Junior Parker and Bland's second ever song. With a couple of romps from Frankie Lee Sims and Champion Jack Dupree we were done.  Two hours is just full to bustin as my mum would say, until next Sunday at 10pm take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

Track.Title Track.ArtistSort Index Album.Title Album.ArtistSort Label
got to be some changes made king brothers 11 mo' heat king brothers hard attack records
Take You for a Ride Johnny Rawls 4 Memphis Still Got Soul Johnny Rawls Catfood
99 and a Half Eric Bibb 1 Friends Eric Bibb MANHATON
Take You Home Tonight Gwyn Ashton 1 Fistful of Blues - E.P. Gwyn Ashton FAB Tone
biscuit rollin' daddy marshall lawrence 6 house call marshall lawrence doctor blues
grindin' man pinetop perkins and willie big-eyes smith 12 joined at the hip pinetop perkins and willie big-eyes smith telarc
Friends We Must Part Charlie Musselwhite 8 The Walter Davis Project Various Artists Electro-Fi
god is good to me como mamas 3 get an understanding como mamas dap tone
Handy Man Texas Johnny Brown 1 Blues Defender Texas Johnny Brown CHOCKTAW CREEK
Bow-Wow Amos Milburn 36 Booze Babes Blues and Boogie - Essential Amos Milburn INDIGO
Blues Defender Texas Johnny Brown 7 Blues Defender Texas Johnny Brown CHOCKTAW CREEK
Do What I Say (Vee Jay) J.B. Lenoir 16 R&b Humdingers Vol. 14 Various Artists Vee-Tone Records
Take Your Fine Frame Home Ike Turner's Kings Of Rhythm 22 Trail Blazer Ike Turner's Kings Of Rhythm CHARLY
So Tired Rosco Gordon 23 The Original Memphis Blues Brothers Various Artists ACE
Takin' Care of Business Ruth Brown 19 Miss Rhythm - Greatest Hits and More Ruth Brown SEQUEL
Gabbin' Blues Big Maybelle 2 Blues Tunes Various Artists HIT
king size Papa Julia Lee 2 Snatch and Grab it - Essential Julia Lee (Vol. 1) Julia Lee INDIGO
l & n blues Memphis Willie B. 2 Hard Working Man Blues Memphis Willie B. ORIGINAL BLUES CLASSICS
Jack O' Diamonds John Lee Hooker 8 Jack O' Diamonds John Lee Hooker EAGLE
Train Done Gone (Tru-Sound 409) Eddie Kirkland 5 R&b Humdingers Vol. 14 Various Artists Vee-Tone Records
she likes to boogie real low frankie lee sims 23 ace story vol. 5 Various Artists ace
Sad and Lonely Earl Forest 11 The Original Memphis Blues Brothers Various Artists ACE
crying all night long bobby blue bland 2 its my life baby bobby blue bland jasmine
Undercover Blues Crown Prince Waterford 6 The R'n'b Years 1947: 100 Hot Rhythm and Blues Tunes From 1947 Various Artists BOULEVARD VINTAGE
that's all right Champion Jack Dupree 11 New Orleans Barrelhouse Boogie Champion Jack Dupree COLUMBIA
Created: 07/07/2013 23:47:43 

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