Sunday, 13 April 2014

STAR BLUES on 13th April 2014 at 22:00

With customary regularity there's been a tall dark slim chap at your place at 10pm on a Sunday night. He'll always have a hip flask of tomfoolery, a pocket full of trivia and an armful of blues music. With any luck you'll have liked most of it and there's a good chance some of it you won't have heard before.

Larry Garner hails from Louisiana and remains a potent player who deserves more chances to record; his debut for JSP provided our driving opener on STAR BLUES. Mr. Drummer has made a new album for Earwig with old-fashioned sensibilities and could well be in contention for our annual album gong. We kept the pace up with two Gaines boys and Clarence Holliman. Otis Clay was on hand to help johnny Rawls on the project celebrating the life and work of O V Wright - there is no such thing as a bad performance from ace singer, guitarist, writer and producer Rawls. After successful stints with both Sun and Chess, Little Milton alighted upon the Stax label and he brought us the definitive interpretation of Bettye Crutcher's song "Woman Across the River" - high praise considering the cover Freddie King did.

Robert Lockwood was a graceful guitarist with neat jazz tinges, his early version of Johhny Otis' "Take a Little Walk" explained why he's so highly rated. In this centenary year of John  Lee Williamson, we got a two-for-one bargain with our STAR BLUES artist of 2013, Billy Boy Arnold. The Joe Carter piece was done for Ralph Bass in 1977 and bundled by Delmark with similar vintage Magic Slim. There's some fabulous vocal offerings out at the moment on reissues by Ace and History of Soul. The Jimmy Hughes piece was a favourite in the R&B clubs, as were the Five Royales. I had shamefully forgotten how good that Joe Medwick single was.

Our dalliance with Sam Cooke last week was prompted by a listener question, the same person needed some convincing on James Browns work before the Sixties. What must it have been like to be a horn player in that orchestra trying to keep up with James' power for the cover of Roy Brown's song. The Swan Silvertones were majestic in the gospel tent and Champion Jack Dupree and Amos Milburn were romping round those 88s.  Johnnie Temple reached out across the years and we went to the very start of Syl Johnson's canon. There was just enough time to remind ourselves of Mr. Walker's guitar supremacy before it was time to gather up the platters and collect our thoughts ready for next Sundays extravaganza. Until then take care of yourself and take care of those that take care of you

track.title track.artistsort index album.title album.artistsort label
Scared of You Larry Garner 1 Double Dues Larry Garner JSP
Better Than Good Johnny Drummer 11 Bad Attitude Johnny Drummer EARWIG
Full Gain Grady GainesRoy GainesClarence Hollimon 7 Blues Guitar Duels Various Artists EASYDISC
Don't Let My Baby Ride Johnnie Rawls 7 Remembering O. V. Johnny Rawls Catfood
Woman Across the River Little Milton 21 Nobody Wins Stax Southern Soul 1968-1975 V A Various Artists Kent
Take a Little Walk With Me Robert Lockwood, Jr. 7 Reborn And Remastered Robert Johnson ROUGH GUIDES
Rub-A-Dub Billy Boy Arnold 12 Billy Boy Sings Sonny Boy Billy Boy Arnold Electro-Fi
neighbour neighbour jimmy hughes 1-25 complete fame singles vol. 1 Various Artists KENT
Vicksburg Blues Chris James & Patrick Rynn, feat Jody Williams and Eddie Shaw 9 Barrelhouse Stomp Chris James & Patrick Rynn EARWIG
Joe's Boogie Joe Carter 11 That Ain't Right Magic Slim & The TeardropsJoe Carter DELMARK
Walkin' With Frankie Frankie Lee Sims 3 Mark Lamarr's Ace Is Wild Various Artists WESTSIDE
Good Rockin Tonight James Brown 6 Messing With The Blues James Brown POLYDOR
i cried joe medwick 2-1 where southern soul began vol. 1 various artists history of soul
i got to know five royales 1-11 where southern soul began vol. 1 various artists history of soul
Jock-A-Mo Sugar Boy & His Cane Cutters 4 Cosimo Matassa Story Various Artists Proper Box
House Rent Party Champion Jack Dupree 17 Blues For Everybody Champion Jack Dupree CHARLY
one scotch one bourbon one beer amos milburn 19 down the road apiece amos milburn aladdin
Chain 'em Down Blind Leroy Garnett 14 Roll 'Em Pete : 25 Years Of Piano Blues And Boogie Various Artists INDIGO
Nappy Head Blues Bobby Grant 10 Roll And Tumble Blues : History Of Slide Guitar Various Artists INDIGO
Lead Pencil Blues Johnnie Temple 12 Highlights From: The History Of Rhythm And Blues 1925-1942 Various Artists RHYTHM & BLUES
mary don't you weep swan silvertones 1-20 sound of the city: chicago various artists emi
My Name is Misery Al King 1 Together Al KingArthur K. Adams ACE
i've got love syl johnson 2-19 i'll go crazy - federal recoprds story various artists one day music
don't lie to me mercy baby 5 ric and ron story vol. 1 various artists ace
Naggin Jimmy Anderson 8 Louisiana Swamp Blues Various Artists FLYRIGHT
Walkin' Talkin' Blues Joe Hill Louis 5 Boogie In The Park Joe Hill Louis ACE
mean old world t-bone walker 25 history of rhythm and blues various artists rhythm and blues
Created: 13/04/2014 23:52:24

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