Sunday, 17 August 2014

STAR BLUES on 17th August 2014 at 22:00 birthdates for Luther Allison and John Lee Hooker

... as well as Eric Bibb, Lil Son Jackson and Roy Gaines. Somewhat shame-faced I conceded on-air that I really didn't "get" Luther Allison until after his passing: The cursory judgement I'd made didn't properly do him justice for the control he had even at high volume. "Cherry Red Wine" won armfuls of awards when first issued through Alligator though my favourite of his projects was done for Motown in 1971. Roy Gaines is still very active gig-wise though I wish he'd get back into the studio to add to the items on his shelf in my study.

Eric Bibb is a beautiful man with the voice of an angel, we went back almost 20 years to an album he did on an audiophile label; the song "Shingle by Shingle" came from his own pen with a spiritual message from the ancients in the live environment he can attack his axe in the manner of Big Joe Williams. John Lee Hooker at one time or another was the most famous bluesman of them all, often wilfully free with the twelve bar structure, there was no-one else like him who could bear down on a riff in the same way.

We've played "Cairo Blues" by Lil Son Jackson several times, to mark what would have been his 99th birthday with a different song. He is known for being an influence on Eric Clapton but deserved rather more than that. Larry Johnson is another name with a long and reliable pedigree, I dipped into the box set marking the Blue Horizon label for the track taken from his 1966 recordings done in NYC. It was heartening to read a FB post during the afternoon making a similar suggestion: guess great minds and all that. Larry Lampkin is hot right now and it's pretty apparent when you hear him sing and play; I've got two albums by him and there'll be more riches to come if he doesn't get hi-jacked by the plank-spanker brigade.

Roy Roberts has a soft husky tone ideally suited to that soul end of blues where you'll often find Johnny Rawls (they've done an album together already). Joe Doucet is on Dialtone and we didn't quite get time to showcase him on our Texas blues special a few weeks back and Beverley Guitar Watkins made a welcome return. David Vest's album found him unfettered and un-constrained by convention in his piano style, the self-penned instrumental was a breath of fresh air. Our other newcomer was Matt Backer though he did bring old stager Adam Gussow with him for flexible harp support. In something of a treat for harp fans we sneaked in a track from Harmonica Shah's recent Electro-Fi album (someone else who is well overdue another record).

Henry Stone, owner of TK Records and first man to coax Ray Charles into the studios, died last week. His operation in Miami played home to a pair of albums Little Milton did for Glades after Stax folded. We chose Milton's go at "Angel of Mercy" from the second one. Pete Welding was another great label owner and he had a series of albums called "Masters of Modern Blues" which had blues from JB Hutto and Johnny Shines who both featured Walter Horton on harp. well worth seeking out if you can find them.

Those splendid folks at Ace have just anthologised the first three years' output on RPM, time for a couple selections you can be sure we'll return p-d-q. With a couple of slide maestros (Elmore James and Homesick James), the original of Robert Lockwood's "Take a little Walk" and our blues ladies included Ella Johnson and Alberta Hunter, rocking in their own ways - it was over all too soon. The birthday survey was done in depth because our Bank Holiday show is going to mark 40 years since John Broven wrote his definitive history of Louisiana music, called "Walking to New Orleans". My challenge is to squeeze all that fabulous stuff from the bayoux into a mere 118 minutes - expect three or four failed attempts between now and Sunday 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
new frontier lover roy gaines 1 new frontier lover roy gaines severn
Cherry Red Wine Luther Allison 5 25th Anniversary Collection Various Artists Alligator
Running For Your Love Larry Lampkin 1 When I Get Home Larry Lampkin Kaint Kwit
I'm Never Gonna Stop Roy Roberts 5 Strange Love Roy Roberts
My Baby Left Town Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins 4 Back In Business Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins MUSIC MAKER
I've Got to Find My Baby Joe Doucet 12 Houston's Third Ward Blues Joe Doucet DIALTONE
sata fe steamer david vest 8 roadhouse revelation david vest cordova bay
shingle by shingle eric bibb 3 needed time eric bibb opus 3
I Don't Worry About A Thing Matt BackerAdam Gussow 1 Get Backer Matt Backer Right Recordings
10. Blind Man Crying In The Middle Of Detroit Harmonica Shah 10 Havin' Nothin' Don't Bother Me Harmonica Shah Electro-Fi
Take A Little Walk With Me Robert Lockwood Jr. 22 Dust My Broom - Mississippi Blues Various Artists INDIGO
Rockin' And Rollin' Lil' Son Jackson 13 Let Me Tell You About The Blues: Texas Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
My Kind of Woman Jb Hutto & The Hawks 6 Masters of Modern Blues Jb Hutto & The Hawks Testament
Angel Of Mercy Little Milton 12 Complete Tk Sessions Little Milton SEQUEL
Highway 60 Johnny 'Guitar' Watson 5 Space Guitar Johnny 'Guitar' Watson CHARLY
fine litle honey dripper t-99 nelson 1-17 no more doggin: rpm story vol 1 various artists ace
you don't know jimmie huff 2-22 no more doggin: rpm story vol 1 various artists ace
early in the morning Louis Jordan & His Tympani Five 19 reet petite and gone Louis Jordan indigo
My Castle's Rockin' Alberta Hunter 6 Empty Bed Blues : Best Of The Good Time Mommas Various Artists PULSE
they don't want me to rock ella johnson 3-32 voodoo voodoo various artists fantastic voyage
Got To Move Elmore James 6 Complete Chess Chief Fire Recs. Elmore James CHARLY
the cloud is crying Homesick James 9 blues on the south side Homesick James original blues classics
Southern Train Larry Johnson 9 Blue Horizon Story Vol. 1 Various Artists CBS
44 blues (prev. unissued) big joe williams 9 60 years various artists delmark
I’m A Boogie Man John Lee Hooker 10 Deep Feeling Various Artists Fantatsic Voyage
no more heartaches sugar boy crawford 11 slabs of humdingers, vol. 1 various artists veetone
one little boy had money don covay 1-19 soul city philadelphia various artists fantastic voyage
Walkin' Blues Johnny Shines Band, The 8 Masters of Modern Blues Johnny Shines Band, The Testament
Blues Stay Away From Me Jb Hutto & The Hawks 8 Masters of Modern Blues Jb Hutto & The Hawks Testament
Little Red Rooster Luther Allison 1 The Motown Years 1972-1976 Luther Allison GORDY
Created: 17/08/2014 23:48:54

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