Sunday, 25 May 2014

STAR BLUES on 25th May 2014 at 22:00

Two Kings, one Empress, two BMA winners - our best poker hand.

Freddie was our first royal, he dipped into Elmore's back catalogue for the leading cut on a rare album done for the Cotillion imprint. Albert was King #2; his debut session had john brim on guitar, Johnny Jones on piano with Odie Payne and Willie Dixon in the engine room. there's a fantasy blues league next door to. priceless on that team sheet.

bobby Rush has the 2013 Star Blues album award on his shelf, he's now got the matching gong from the BMA committee. the title track off the album showed why they agreed with our choice.  Our other winner triumphed in the horn category . Eddie Shaw is a redoubtable figure on the Chicago blues scene, just as he has for decades. Delmark is his home, where you'll also find our birthday boy Quintus McCormick: the Hey Jodie project has the track Fifty/Fifty.

John Mayall is  by my count 81 and is like Michael Caine for reliability, if you like him you'll like his new album called Special Life, no surprises. At the other end of the age scale Selwyn Birchwood's debut for Alligator is on just about every other blues jock's radar at the moment, mostly to feature the 9 minute slow blues guitar opus Paper Bag; we favoured the more authentic take of Overwork. We hope he'll resist the axe hero push.
Our blues ladies had Ruth Brown and Faye Adams, the ultra rare and little recorded Cleo Gibson - and the Empress Bessie Smith. Just as we had dream team on offer with Albert K, Bessie had Louis Armstrong on cornet. This collection has some of the cleanest sounding cuts from Smith - this piece was done in 1929 Lonnie Johnson was masterful on Careless Love and Lightnin Hopkins effortlessly proved Texas blues guitar is ohso much more than Joe Bo. Guitar dexterity was there in other guises like Little Hudson, Eddie Kirkland and the peerless Memphis Minnie. We went to the Excello cupboard for our gospel spot and our piano spot from Mercy Dee Walton was remarkable for Sydney Maiden's crisp harp work.

The Chicago Blues Festival is two weeks away and to set the scene our Star Blues on Sunday at 10pm will have the Windy City and all its blues players as a theme. 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
Yonder Wall Freddie King 1 My Feeling For The Blues Freddie King REPERTOIRE
Goodbye Baby Elmore James 18 Lets Cut It Elmore James CLASSIC BLUES
That's All Right John Mayall 1 A Special Life John Mayall
Overworked And Underpaid Selwyn Birchwood 7 Don't Call No Ambulance Selwyn Birchwood Alligator
Take a Chance on Me, Baby Michael Burks 2 Show Of Strength Michael Burks Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.
Go Ahead on Guitar Red 23 Sun Records - Ultimate Blues Collection Various Artists VARESE
Step By Step Eric Bibb 11 Get Onboard Eric Bibb TELARC
Too Many Hungry Mouths Around the Table Denise La Salle 13 Crossroads : Southern Routes Various Artists SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS
Down in Louisiana Bobby Rush 1 Down In Louisiana Bobby Rush DEEP Rush
What a Fool I've Been Little Buster 20 Looking For A Home Little Buster SEQUEL
fifty fifty quintus mc cormick 5 60 years of blues various artists delmark
sun is shining eddie shaw 9 it ain't over various artists delmark
You Give Me Nothing But the Blues Snooks Eaglin 1 Baby, You Can Get Your Gun! Snooks Eaglin BLACK TOP
Keep Your Hands Off Her Little Joe Ayers 8 Backatchya Little Joe Ayers DEVIL DOWN
Linin' Track Taj Mahal 10 Giant Steps // De Old Folks At Home Taj Mahal SONY
lonesome dog blues Lightnin hopkins 2-6 Rpm Blues Story Various Artists one day
It's Time For Lovin' To Be Done Little Eddie Kirkland 1-7 Rpm Blues Story Various Artists one day
oh what a dream Ruth Brown 2-3 greatest hits - Teardrops From My Eyes Ruth Brown sequel
Witness to the Crime (Herald 470) Faye Adams 3 R&b Humdingers Volume 11 Various Artists Vee-Tone Records
I've Got Ford Movements in My Hips Cleo Gibson 10 Bedspring Poker - Meat In Motion 1926/1951 Various Artists INDIGO
Didn't it Rain Children Sons Of The South 16 The Best Of Excello Gospel Various Artists ACE
sweet old woman blues goree carter 5 great unsung goree carter collectables
five card hand mercy dee walton 4 in the key of blues various artists bluesville
Kissing in the Dark Memphis Minnie 15 Blues Is Killin' Me Various Artists FLYRIGHT
I Ain't Goin' to Play No Second Fiddle (Feat. Louis Armstrong) Bessie Smith 15 Blues Queen. The Definitive Collection Bessie Smith Phoenix Records
Careless Love Lonnie Johnson 6 The Original Guitar Wizard Lonnie Johnson PROPER
Be on Your Merry Way Albert King 1 Ultimate Collection Albert King RHINO
rough treatment little hudson 11 Blues Is Killin' Me Various Artists FLYRIGHT
boogie in the dark jimmy reed 1-4 anthology jimmy reed not
Dream John Littlejohn 6 Chicago Blues Stars John Littlejohn Arhoolie Records
Created: 25/05/2014 23:51:05 

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