Sunday, 15 June 2014

STAR BLUES on 15th June 2014 at 22:00

Mid term review for 2014 tonight so our first hour pulled out a selection from the new albums we've played this year. If I'm honest I'd say we were a mite behind where we were at the half way mark in 2013. There are still quality projects out there but not as many. In Joe Louis Walker, Jarekus Singleton and Selwyn Birchwood Alligator has another strong hand and Grady Champion's new imprint DeChamp has top notch talent in the form of Eddie Cotton and J J Thames. Our label of the year - Delmark - has concentrated on archive projects, compare their output from last year with Lurrie Bell and Toronzo Cannon. Not sure what they have in the pipeline...?

Bob Corritore has done the business as expected with an old fashioned honest to goodness instrumental album and our current must-play items are out by Johnny Drummer and Rip Lee Pryor. I guess Robert Cray qualifies as veteran now he's in a seventh decade but his current album goes back to the soul roots of what makes him so special. His recent gig in Cambridge ranks in my all-time top ten list and we dipped into the album to find his reworking of an Otis Redding song. West Coast pianist Kenny Blues Boss Wayne went north to Canada to get his props and has been quiet record-wise for a couple of years; his closing salvo was a fitting punctuation point to our survey of 2014's new albums.

We touched a lot of bases in our vinyl hour, including Ray Agee and Larry Davis who we played as a belated birthday wish to a Facebook friend. Three numbers from a rich seam of feisty females from the Fifties were a good sample of the fare on offer in the reissue market this year. it is a constant source of pleasure to find stuff appearing for the first time since original release. Vee-Tone, Jasmine and Fantastic Voyage are all looking outside the usual suspects and their packaging is starting to rival that of the Ace label who lead the market. all good news if you are a long time collector on the lookout for that something a bit different.

Cecil Gant did duties in the piano tent and we erred on the pop side of the Staple Singers for the gospel choice which was a showcase for Mavis Staples lovely grainy vocal. A little outside our usual purview perhaps. No such quibble about Floyd Jones or Washboard Sam (who was part of the perfect power trio when in harness with Memphis Slim and Big Bill Broonzy). While scavenging for new vinyl I found a 1959 album by Lightnin' Hopkins, all being well I'll include it next Sunday on STAR BLUES at 10pm (BST). 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
Texas Stomp Calvin Owens 4 True Blue Calvin Owens SEQUEL
all i want joe louis walker 2 hornerts nest joe louis walker alligator
Overworked And Underpaid Selwyn Birchwood 7 Don't Call No Ambulance Selwyn Birchwood Alligator
Blame Game Jarekus Singleton 11 Refuse To Lose Jarekus Singleton Alligator
t-town ramble bob corritore 11 taboo bob corritore delta groove
Wake Up Baby Rip Lee Pryor 4 Nobody But Me Rip Lee Pryor  
Better Than Good Johnny Drummer 11 Bad Attitude Johnny Drummer EARWIG
Nobody's Fault But Mine Robert Cray Band 2 In My Soul Robert Cray Band PROVOGUE
Tell You What I Know JJ Thames 11 Tell You What I Know Jj Thames CDBaby
Pay to Play Eddie Cotton 3 Here I Come Eddie Cotton DEChamp
Out Like A Bullet Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne 11 Rollin' With The Blues Boss Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne STONY PLAIN
Love is a Cold Shot Ray Agee 23 Bay Area Blues Blasters Various Artists El Cerrito
I've Been Hurt So Many Times Larry Davis 1 New Breed R'n'b Various Artists Kent (U.K.)
I've Got Love Syl Johnson 19 I'll Go Crazy: Federal Records Story Various Artists one day
Creole Gal Blues Edgar Blanchard And The Gondoliers 9 Boogie Uproar - Gems From The Peacock Vaults Various Artists one day
You Drive Me Crazy joan Shaw 1-6 Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
rock 'n' roll blues linda hopkins 3-22 Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
dippin in my business rose marie mccoy 2-7 Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
Touch a Hand, Make a Friend Staple Singers, The 2-13 Ultimate Staple Singers: A Family Affair Staple Singers, The Kent (U.K.)
john henry Pops Staple 1-22 Ultimate Staple Singers: A Family Affair Staple Singers, The Kent (U.K.)
Are You Ready Cecil Gant 15 We're Gonna Rock - Essential Cecil Gant INDIGO
diddie wah diddie Blind Blake 2-3 The Essential Blind Blake ALLEGRO
Levee Camp Blues Washboard Sam 22 Get Down Brother Washboard Sam CAMDEN
what you want to do it for lonesome sundowwn 14 rhythm and bluesin by the bayou various artists ace
just give me a chance silas hogan 1 bluesin by the bayou various artists ace
skinny mama floyd jones 7 Blues Is Killin' Me Various Artists FLYRIGHT
Created: 15/06/2014 23:50:09 

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