Sunday, 24 November 2013

STAR BLUES on 24th November 2013 at 22:00

In a few days John Mayall will be 80 and his "Beano" album just won a lifetime award. His Bluesbreakers outfit brought us music from Memphis Slim, Sonny Boy Wiliamson, Magic Sam, JB Lenoir and more. It is difficult to get very far looking him up in reference works without running into one or other of the bunch of notorious gunslingers he had in his band. While we had one apiece from Eric, Peter and Mick it was his heroes who interested STAR BLUES last night. So it was we had fine piano work from Clarence Lofton and Big Maceo; as well as more familiar souls such as Ray Charles and Robert Johnson.

The music we chose reflected John's own selections he lists on his website - echoing his enthusiasm for the originators of our music in whatever style. Given his knowledge of Freddy King's work for Federal (and how those guitarists plunged into cover versions of same) we were slightly taken aback by John's mention of the 1970s Freddy King reading of Don Nix's 'Going Down' - we went with it anyway. The 'Crusade' album was credited to Mayall without Bluesbreakers and he wrote a moving tribute song to JB Lenior who'd just died - we concur with his dismay at how sparsely the death had been noted anywhere.

By all accounts he was a hard task master and is said to travel in a car up the motorways while his band mates hunkered down with the gear in a transit van. His longevity in the business and his nurturing of others talents paid off for them and he has been the conduit to the baseline of blues for so many - it's pointless in debating his management style. STAR radio's rock god Neil Jones caught up with John on the way to [pick up that award for the Beano album, and the wily old campaigner nimbly dodged Neil's questions on his famous acolytes: he confirmed his perennial love for playing live and I think there's a star studded bash planned for his birthday.

In other blues, we had a cut from Dave Riley's third project with Bob Corritore showing the wizard has done it again. There's a simple approach with tight four man instrumentation rooted in Chicago blues. I almost played the wryly humourous song about the BP oil spill which may not really be suitable for young ears. You have to hear it. Eddie Taylor was a prolific sideman for John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed but he was no slouch as band leader for his own singles - fantastic challenge awaits someone in compiling a definitive box set of Eddie's work.We found Little Richard as an accompanist to Christine Kittrell and Julia Lee was elegantly playful with her boyfriends.

There's not much known about the fine Detroit singer Lena Hall who cut just two sides under her own name, she was helped by Washboard Sam and we had one of hers on the show. I've been on FB off and on and seen a thread asking for more information about her; I couldn't help with a full identification but I knew I had that single in my collection. That was about it until 10pm this upcomng Sunday; as we lurch into December we'll start putting together some lists to suggest to Santa on the off chance you get onto his "nice" list (or even if you join me over on the "naughty" one). Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

track.title track.artistsort index album.title album.artistsort label
the stumble john mayalls bluesbreakers 3 a hard road john mayalls bluesbreakers decca
Stroll Out West Eddie Taylor 10 Bad Boy Eddie Taylor CHARLY
Come On, Pts. 1 & 2 Earl King 3 Come On: The Complete Imperial Recordings Earl King Okra-Tone Records
Long Distance Call Muddy Waters 20 Reborn And Remastered Muddy Waters ROUGH GUIDES
Home In Chicago Dave Riley And Bob Corritore 6 Hush Your Fuss! Dave Riley And Bob Corritore Vizztone
every night of the week christine kitrell 2-20 just about as good as it gets little richard smith & co
I'm A Mojo Man Pee Wee Trahan 14 Boppin' By The Bayou - Volume 3 More Dynamite Various Artists ACE
Steppin' Out Eric Clapton With John Mayall 11 Bluesbreakers Feat. Eric Clapton John MayallEric Clapton DERAM
Checkin' Up on My Baby John Mayall 12 Crusade John Mayall DECCA
when i am drinking JB Lenoir 22 rhythm rockin' blues various artists groovesound
Streamline Train 'cripple' Clarence Lofton w. Red Nelson 6 The Best Of Boogie Woogie Various Artists DOCUMENTS
worried life blues Big Maceo 3-22 history of rhythm and blues Various Artists rythm and blues
Hell Hound on My Trail Robert Johnson 5 Contracted To The Devil Robert Johnson SONY / LEGACY
Going Down Freddie King 18 Old Grey Whistle Test Blues Various Artists - Old Grey Whistle Test Blues Wm UK
What'd I Say Ray Charles 12 Atlantic Rhythm And Blues 1947-1974: Volume 4, 1957-1960 Various Artists Atlantic / Wea
Don't Start Me Talkin' Sonny Boy Williamson (Aka Rice Miller) 11 The R'n'b Hits Of 1955 Various Artists CASTLE
Snatch and Grab it Julie Lee & Her Boyfriends 20 The History Of Rhythm And Blues Volume Two 1942-1952 Various Artists Rhythm and Blues Records
V-8 Baby Tommy Brown 9 Let Me Tell You About The Blues: Atlanta Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
Need Your Love So Bad Little Willie John 3 The History Of Rhythm & Blues, Volume 3 - The Rocknroll Years Various Artists Rhythm and Blues Records
five long years lena hall 3-24 let me tell about the blues various artists fantastic voyage
You Don't Have To Go Jimmy Reed 12 The Anthology Jimmy Reed NOT NOW
I'm a Rattlesnakin' Daddy Blind Boy Fuller 4 The Essential Blind Boy Fuller ALLEGRO
this maybe the last time staple singles 19 sound of the city: chicago various artists emi
Since I Met You Baby Ivory Joe Hunter 22 The R&b Years - 1956 (Vol. 2) Various Artists BOULEVARD VINTAGE
in the night prof. longhair 2-7 mardi gras in new orleans prof. longhair jasmine
Shout for Joy Albert Ammons 1 Boogie Woogie Various Artists OBJECT
Red Cherries Floyd Dixon 48 Complete Aladdin Recordings Floyd Dixon Capitol
She's My Baby Peppermint Harris 4 Sittin' In With ... Peppermint Harris MAINSTREAM
Created: 24/11/2013 23:43:12 

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