Sunday, 16 February 2014

STAR BLUES on 16th February 2014 at 22:00 More CBA entrants

Josh White was born 100 years ago and was a key figure in getting wider acceptance of blues outside the African American audience. Eddie Taylor took the approach of rural pre-war blues into the electric setting to help create a distinctive form of Chicago blues. He's marked in the new issue of Blues & Rhythm magazine and two of his children are now part of the 400-CBA (Current Blues Artist) project. We started out with once upon a time child prodigy Lucky Peterson (he was first in a recording studio age 3) he is a skilled guitarist and keyboard player with an already impressive back catalogue. Tre and Vance Kelly both did stuff on WOLF, and brothers Jimmy and Syl Johnson are of a different vintage and neither reached the fame levels they deserve (Syl always seemed in Al Green's shadow at Hi records and Jimmy just isn't flashy or loud enough to get the column inches his lesser peers could attract). There's a third brother - Mac Thompson - who is a pretty nifty bass player.

Steve Grills did a session with Ernest Lane that has a lovely feel we dipped into the project for a Mercy Dee Walton piece. Kim Wilson is one of my guilty pleasures, he swings like a good' un and few other current harp players get close. A few miles west of here, at Castor, those splendid folks at Shakedown regularly put on gigs by those "real old school blues players". Two of their best - Frank Ace and Wallace Coleman - graced STAR BLUES this week. Wallace played with Robert Lockwood jr; so did Steve Grills (see how this stuff is deliciously linked). If memory serves 80 years young Tomcat Courtney did a Castor gig too.

Our second hour is pure vinyl and guitar got a top class outing from Pete Wee Clayton, hot on the heels of a rare solo side from Pat Hare.  If only life had dealt him a different hand. You may not think you know the name Eddie Taylor but you'll certainly be aware of his gifts on all the big VEE JAY hits on Jimmy Reed and John Lee Hooker. He uniquely straddled the rural pre-war style of Robert Petway and Tommy Johnson into the urban Electric Chicago scene. Both facets were evident in the two choices we had from either end of his canon.

With a couple of Josh White pieces from his blues repertoire and another pair of rollicking slices of a Ivan jamboree we were done for another week. You were absolutely magnificent and I was Gary Blue - we can be again this upcoming Sunday at 10 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
Repo Man Lucky Peterson 4 Triple Play Lucky Peterson Alligator
Born to Love the Blues Tre 4 I'm Through With The Blues Tre WOLF
Dog on a Chain Vance Kelly 12 Call Me Vance Kelly WOLF
Two Johnsons Are Better Than One Syl JohnsonJimmy Johnson 1 Two Johnsons Are Better Than One Syl JohnsonJimmy Johnson EVANGELINE
one room country shack steve grills feat. ernest lane 1 after hours steve grills toogaloo
Get on Line, Baby Frank Ace 1 Get On Line, Baby Frank Ace CHUEFFA
Going Down Slow Wallace Coleman 17 Mr. Coleman & The Blues Wallace Coleman  
Lookin' for Trouble Kim Wilson 12 Lookin' For Trouble Kim Wilson M.C.
Trying to Make a Living Demetria Taylor 10 Bad Girl Demetria Taylor DELMARK
Welfare Blues Eddie Taylor Jr. 2 So Called Friends Eddie Taylor Jr.  
Shake it Up Baby TomcAt Courtney 4 Downsville Blues TomcAt Courtney Blue Witch Records
Walking Through the Park Eddy 'The Chief' Clearwater 12 West Side Strut Eddy 'The Chief' Clearwater Alligator
gonna find my baby john and Sylvia embry 8 john and Sylvia embry john and Sylvia embry DELMARK
Bonus Pay Pat Hare 22 Sun Records - Ultimate Blues Collection Various Artists VARESE
Bop Hop Pee Wee Crayton 7 20 R'n'b Greats Of The 50's Various Artists CASCADE
Stroll Out West Eddie Taylor 5 I Feel So Bad Eddie Taylor Advent
Ride 'em on Down Eddie Taylor 3 Bad Boy Eddie Taylor CHARLY
Catfish Blues Robert Petway 18 The Blues Roots Of The Rolling Stones Various Artists complete blues
Big Road Blues Tommy Johnson 7 Let Me Tell You About The Blues: Memphis Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
St James Infirmary Josh White 19 The Roots Of The Doors Various Artists SNAPPER MUSIC
Prodigal Son Josh White 17 Great Blues Guitarists- String Dazzlers Various Artists Blue Label / SPV
My Sweet Woman Drifting Slim 9 Rpm Blues Story Various Artists one day
Bomp and Stomp Blues Mercy Dee 10 20 R'n'b Greats Of The 50's Various Artists CASCADE
Hey girl, hey boy Oscar maclollie 22 Jivin' Jamboree Various Artists ACE
Created: 16/02/2014 23:38:24

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