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
|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|