Sunday, 1 December 2013

STAR BLUES on 1st December 2013 at 22:00

STAR BLUES tonight has the dream team lineup billed by Pervis Spann for a gig in October 1978: BB King, Little Milton, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Otis Clay a.o. Plus music from Aaron Moore who died this week.

Poster courtesy of Garland Floyd.

We think the date would have been 1978 for a Saturday 7th October, though the reason Muddy is so far down the bill is troubling? The failed Chess was behind him in 1975 shortly to hook up with Johnny Winter at Blue Sky by 1978 - now regarded as an Indian Summer. Mind you it was quite a contest to determine the winner of the International competition. Our playlist dabbled in the Stax back catalogue to represent both Little Milton and Albert King; Bobby Bland covered the Harlan Ellison standard "Blues In The Night" with effortless smoothness and the mainman BB King rode a jaunty steed for the saucy version of "Sell My Monkey". We're not sure what the Top Trumps score would have been, our show got us as close as possible to being there 35 years too late.

We started off with Candye Kane who has had a knock back health wise: I've never heard her complain or say a bad word about her situation, her outlook is relentlessly positive. The title track of her new project is another example of her on-stage exuberance. Jackson Sloan hails from Essex  and is helped out by Wes Weston on harp for a couple of tracks made in a good old-fashioned style. Its safe to say fans of balls-out axe finery will need to go elsewhere. WC Clark was on hand with the "Cold Shot" he did for the Black Top label, Stevie Ray Vaughan did a caustic version on his "Couldn't Stand the Weather" album.

Chicago is still reeling from the passing of Magic Slim and Jimmy Dawkins, this week Aaron Moore was taken too. He was a fine piano-player, first as sideman for Muddy and the Wolf, then in is own right as band leader on two late-blooming projects done for Delmark. If he'd been a guitarist he'd have been better feted but the two tracks we played showed how much he'll be missed. My research shows his birthdate as 11th Feb 1928 making him 85 - but his wife said he was ten years more senior.

Bob Corritore plays harp in a fluid brusque Chicago style, he has worked his magic on Dave Riley for the third time on the excellent "Hush Your Fuss" album on Vizztone. On the south side of Chicago, Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls hang out together and made their first steps into gospel bands. We went to something Lou Rawls did before his National Service in 1955. Wynonie Harris has a two disc anthology on Fantastic Voyage of definitive recordings and we ventured pre-war for Casey Bill (and the prolific Black Bob) and for a reminder of Tommy Johnson's power.

There's just four more shows in 2013 and we are struggling with settling on our annual awards, we'll see if things get any clearer next Sunday at 10pm. 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
Coming out swingin' Candye Kane 1 Coming Out Swingin' Candye Kane Vizztone
Cold Shot W. C. Clark 4 Heart Of Gold W. C. Clark BLACK TOP
Goin' to Mississippi Magic Slim 7 Essential Magic Slim Magic Slim BLIND PIG RECORDS
hush your fuss dave riley and bob corritore 1 hush your fuss dave riley and bob corritore vizztone
baby please come home dave riley and bob corritore 2 hush your fuss dave riley and bob corritore vizztone
around the clock - part 1 wynonie harris 1-2 jump mr. blues: definitive collection wynonie harris fantastic voyage
Bottom Line Woman Z. Z. Hill 2 Bluesmaster Z. Z. Hill MALACO
Across The Border Jackson Sloan And The RhythmTones 5 The Shack Sessions Jackson Sloan And The RhythmTones SHELLAC
She Don't Want Me No More Jimmy Reed 16 The Anthology Jimmy Reed NOT NOW
roberta phil wiggins and alvin youngblood hart 7 true blue various artists telarc
Wading in Deep Water Aaron Moore 12 Boot 'Em Up Aaron Moore DELMARK
hello world Aaron Moore 1 hello world Aaron Moore DELMARK
Pack Fair and Square (Peacock 1666) Big Walter PriceThunderbirds 1 Rhythm Rockin' Blues Various Artists Groove SOURCE
Shake Walkin' Mickey Baker 9 In The '50S: Hit, Git & Spit Mickey Baker Rev-Ola Bandstand
Big Fat Mamas Are Back in Style Bull Moose Jackson & His Buffalo Bearcats 21 The Very Best Of Burlesque Various Artists Not Now Music
W.P.A. Blues Casey Bill Weldon 20 Story Of The Blues Various Artists Columbia Legacy
Cool Drink of Water Blues Tommy Johnson 22 Broke Black And Blue Various Artists PROPER
Won't Be Back Lou Rawls & The Chosen Gospel Singers 24 Gospel Celebrities And Celestial Lights Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
It Serves Me Right to Suffer John Lee Hooker 14 This Is Hip John Lee Hooker CHARLY
Ace of Spades O. V. Wright 9 Soul Of O. V. Wright O. V. Wright MCA
that's how it is Otis clay 10 hi masters Otis clay hi
i'm ready muddy waters 1-12 sound of the city: chicago various artists emi
Woman Across the River Little Milton 21 Nobody Wins Stax Southern Soul 1968-1975 V A Various Artists Kent
Can't You See What You're Doing to Me Albert King 12 Years Gone By - Plus! Albert King STAX
Blues in the Night Bobby 'Blue' Bland 2 Master Of The Blues Bobby 'Blue' Bland NECTAR
Sell My Monkey B. B. King 5 Introducing B. B. King B. B. King MCA
Created: 01/12/2013 23:33:18

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