Sunday, 1 June 2014

STAR BLUES on 1st June 2014 at 22:00 - Its time for Chicago. Blues that is.

Less than a fortnight ahead of the Festival, Its time for Chicago. (Blues that is) In recent years Chicago has come back to the forefront of blues with John Primer, Billy Boy Arnold and Lurrie Bell making some of their best ever work. We had all three on last night's STAR BLUES show at least once each. Primer was also Magic Slim's guitarist of choice on the version of JB Lenoir's song he brought to our celebration, Lurrie Bell was on hand for the BMA nominated album Eddie C. Campbell did last year. He's had some major health worries but is at least back in Chicago now for the treatment he needs. Billy Boy is probably the most gifted of any blues player on the scene and he caught a great vibe for his celebration of one of Chicago's first blues stars Big Bill Broonzy.

Muddy Waters had no hesitation in selecting Jimmy Rogers as his favourite guitar player for a dream band lineup and "Luedella" showed why. Eddie Taylor got a rep for his work with John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed but he had a unique and distinctive sound but scandalously few chances to record as a band leader in those days.Morris Pejoe is similarly less well known but we put him in top notch company last night.

Etta James and Koko Taylor cut some big hits for Chess and Little Milton had chart honours on each of his labels where he hung his hat (we chose his version of a Chick Willis piece). Snooky Pryor was just one of the harp masters on offer (his son is a current resident on our usual weekly playlist). Big Walter - my own fave - was a star on the Sunnyland session, Little Walter's career was all too short but long on influence and we subscribed to Charles Shaar Murray's view on the work of Jimmy Reed.

The greatest record ever made a t Chess studios in Chicago happened on 5th August 1955; it had Sonny Boy Williamson on vocals and harp and the Muddy Waters band in support. You may have another choice but (to borrow a phrase from Ian Siegal) you'd be wrong. Pretty close was Paul Jones' show winner "Smokestack Lightnin" though it was shaded as there are few times when you can claim Muddy as a backing band.

The generation of guitarists coming straight after Muddy based themselves in the clubs over on the West Side, they were brash, cocky and had an attitude. They did the business: Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and for many the greatest of them all Magic Sam. For the most part the music spoke for itself last night on STAR BLUES but on the way home I started to think of the list of folks we just didn't get time for: Carey Bell, Jimmy Dawkins, Hound Dog Taylor etc etc. More than enough to dip back in later on this year.

Next week (8th June) I'm on my annual vinyl pilgrimage in pastures northern, so there's no STAR BLUES show - but if you'll be there I'll be here again on 15th June at 10pm (BST). Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you.

Keep on Lovin' the BluesJohn Primer9All OriginalJohn PrimerBLUES House
Hey Hey BabyLurrie Bell1Blues In My SoulLurrie BellDELMARK
I DoEddie C. Campbell1Spider Eating PreacherEddie C. CampbellDELMARK
LuedellaJimmy Rogers2Complete Chess RecordingsJimmy RogersMCA/CHESS
gary stompjohn brim11Down Home Blues Classics - Chicago (1946-1954)Various ArtistsBOULEVARD VINTAGE
Gonna Buy Me a TelephoneMorris Pejoe12Down Home Blues Classics - Chicago (1946-1954)Various ArtistsBOULEVARD VINTAGE
29 WaysKoko Taylor16Wang Dang DoodleKoko TaylorORBIS BLUES COLLECTION
looking for my babyjody williams1chicago - blues yesterday vol 9variousn/a
I Feel So BadLittle Milton7Greatest HitsLittle MiltonMCA/CHESS
First Time I Met the BluesBuddy Guy1-29chicago boundvarious artistsfantastic voyage
Chicago Is Just That WayEddie Boyd14The Blues Is Here To StayEddie BoydJasmine Records
sometimes i wonderotis spann1-14Chicago / The Blues / Today!Various ArtistsACE
messin with the kidjunior wells1-3Chicago / The Blues / Today!Various ArtistsACE
Big Boss ManJimmy Reed6The AnthologyJimmy ReedNOT NOW
Mama Talk to Your DaughterMagic Slim & The Teardrops1Chicago Blues Session Volume 3Magic Slim & The TeardropsWOLF
Ride 'em on DownEddie Taylor3-16Let Me Tell You About The Blues; Chicago - The Evolution Of Chicago Blues 1925-1958Various ArtistsFantastic Voyage
Rock MeMuddy Waters5Chicago Blues - Chess MastersVarious ArtistsCHESS
I Just Want to Make Love to YouEtta James1-3chicago boundVarious Artistsfantastic voyage
Easy BabyMagic Sam8West Side Guitar 1957-1966Magic SamFLYRIGHT
Three Times a FoolOtis Rush10Chicago Boss GuitarsVarious ArtistsFLYRIGHT
cant be satisfiedmuddy waters2-14chicago boundvarious artistsfantastic voyage
40 cups of coffeedanny overbea2-16chicago boundvarious artistsfantastic voyage
So Much TroubleTampa Red3-15Down Home Blues Classics - Chicago (1946-1954)Various ArtistsBOULEVARD VINTAGE
Boogy FoolSnooky Pryor3Chicago Blues HarmonicasVarious ArtistsFLYRIGHT
south bound trainBig Bill Broonzy3-5Let Me Tell You About The Blues; Chicago - The Evolution Of Chicago Blues 1925-1958Various ArtistsFantastic Voyage
Willie Mae BluesBilly Boy Arnold7Billy Boy Arnold Sings: Big Bill BroonzyBilly Boy ArnoldElectro-Fi
Last NightLittle Walter (Aka Marion Walter Jacobs)10His BestLittle Walter (Aka Marion Walter Jacobs)MCA/CHESS
Highway 61Sunnyland Slim Feat. Walter Horton19Chicago Blues HarmonicasVarious ArtistsFLYRIGHT
Smokestack Lightnin'

Don't Start Me Talkin'
Howlin' Wolf

Sonny Boy Williamson (Aka Rice Miller)

Chess Blues Classics 1947-1956Various ArtistsMCA/CHESS
Dynamiteearl hooker3-27chicago boundVarious Artistsfantastic voyage
Created: 01/06/2014 23:41:38

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