Sunday, 1 September 2013

STAR BLUES on 1st September 2013 at 22:00

What better way to mark thirteen years as a blues jock on commercial FM radio here in Britain, than with trivia, curios, oddities and alternatives. In a newly pressed white tee-shirt of-course.

We had a bit of modern business to attend to at the top end of the shop, with some surprise bits and bobs: not the least of which featured JT Laurensen on accordion. Kirsten Thien covered Sippie Wallace, Samantha Fish enlisted the skills of Johnny Sansome on harp and Ivan Neville wrote and put a decent blues as title track to his new project on Ruf.

I count myself as the luckiest man on blues radio and a slight twinge of triskaidekaphobia wasn't about to hold me back in proving beyond reasonable doubt how we do things different around here. Take this. In my FB previews for this episode I've been mentioning one track you'd hate - something I also mentioned to our rock god Neil Jones who now thinks it is time to send for for the man with the white jacket that does up with straps at the back  The extreme Marmite nature of "My Babe" by Napolean Strickland's Fife and Drum Band is to do with its rawness, this stuff can't be taught it's intuitive. No guitar anywhere with the fife as lead instrument fighting the insistent brash drum rhythm. Couldn't get it at all the first time I heard it, now it's on my Desert Island list. Put out on an album for Pete Welding's Testament label, David Evans caught it on a field trip in the early Sixties but it sounds much much older.

In 1969, Bob "The Bear" Hite did the vocals on Canned Heat's worldwide hit "Goin' Up The Country" - along with Al Wilson, he had an enormous appetite for blues with a collection of 78's numbering into four digits by all accounts. There's no doubt he will have known all about Henry Thomas' "Bull Doze Blues" from 1929. The singer was hesitant at first and helped himself to a pan-pipe accompaniment. Though he couldn't hold the tempo to the end it's a landmark recording. We stayed a while longer in the hokum and jug band styles with Gus Cannon' Jug Stompers and the Mississippi Sheiks.

Our music has a fantastic heritage and it touches a fair number of bases, we did our best to show that on last night's STAR BLUES. What other explanation is there for having those alongside 1960's Muddy Waters and 1950's John Lee Hooker performances hijacked in the early Nineties to advertise clothing? My dodgy memory believes it was John's "Baby Lee" for those denim keks - the almighty Wikipedia says otherwise. Lonnie Brooks started out under the name Guitar Junior and we went to that period for "Family Rules" as marker of his pair of adverts for lager in 1992. To avoid the obvious choice from the force of Nature named Screamin' Jay Hawkins, we chose a song he recorded in Hawaii for the Ermine outfit - taken from a suitably barmy collection of curios and vocal oddities on Ace called "Great Googly Moo".

The idea to play Slim Green came from an internet posting; two more blues guitar masters (Jimmy Nolen and Jimmy Spruill) were my own work  Spruill was in cracking form on Tarheel Slim's "Number 9 Train" and Nolen deserves to be better known especially when considering the singles he did for Dig and others. The advent of cds gave a certain latitude to compilers with 79 minutes to fill, hence the easy availability of alternate takes previously only found by the dedicated collector: we had one from Elmore James and *eventually) one from T-Bone Walker. Two Tiny contributions wrapped up STAR BLUES as I slipped into the fourteenth year of trivia and tomfoolery. You are very kind with your invitation every week and I'd be thrilled skinny to be asked back on Sunday night at ten; until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you.

Magic HoneyCyril Neville1Magic HoneyCyril NevilleRuf
Who's Been Talking?Samantha FishJohnny Sansome6Black Winds Howlin'Samantha FishRuf
Women Be Wise - Solo LiveKirsten Thien22Solo Live From The Meisenfrei Blues ClubKirsten Thienscreen doo
I Could Die HappyBuddy Guy4Rhythm & BluesBuddy GuySony Music Entertainment
These Blues Keep Me Right HereCD Woodbury Band, The1Monday Night!CD Woodbury Band, Thewide willie
Memphis BoggieJT.Lauritsen5Play By The RulesJT.LauritsenHunters Records
will you love me tomorrowwilliam bell1Stax O'soulVarious ArtistsSTAX
it took a long timefinis tasby2Shattered Dreams - Funky Blues 1967-1978Various ArtistsBGP
My Love Strikes Like LightningMuddy Waters16His Best 1956 - 1964Muddy WatersMCA/CHESS
Baby LeeJohn Lee Hooker10John Lee HookerJohn Lee HookerEUK
Family RulesGuitar Jr.7On Bended Knee - The Birth Of Swamp PopVarious ArtistsGREAT Voices Of The Century
Shake 'em UpSlim Green1Shattered Dreams - Funky Blues 1967-1978Various ArtistsBGP
Come on HomeJimmy Nolen1The Rhythm & Blues YearsJimmy NolenMASTER Classics
No. 9 TrainTarheel Slim (Aka Alden Bunn)45The Fire And Fury StoryVarious ArtistsCHARLY
whoa muleJesse Fuller6san francisco bayJesse Fulleroriginal blues classics
Show Me What You GotMississippi Sheiks23Show Me What You GotMississippi SheiksCATFISH
Bull Doze BluesHenry Thomas3Roots Of RockVarious ArtistsACROBAT
walk right incannon's jug stompers18Roots Of RockVarious ArtistsACROBAT
My BabeNapolean Strickland Fife & Drum Band20SamplerVarious ArtistsTestament
I Hear VoicesScreamin' Jay Hawkins22Great Googly Moo & More Undisputed TruthsVarious ArtistsACE
The Sun is Shining (Alt.)Elmore James10Slidin'Various ArtistsCHARLY
wise man blues (Alt.)T-Bone Walker8The Complete Capitol/Black And White RecordingsT-Bone WalkerCapitol
You Shocked MeTiny Topsy9Just A Little Bit: Federal's Queens Of New Breed R&bTiny TopsyLula ReedACE
Tiny's Boogie WoogieTiny Grimes10The R'n'b Years 1947: 100 Hot Rhythm And Blues Tunes From 1947Various ArtistsBOULEVARD VINTAGE
Created: 01/09/2013 23:55:06

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