Sunday, 30 November 2014

STAR BLUES on 30th November 2014 at 22:00 marking some silent strings and brand new projects

Back from foraging for blues in pastures northern - in time to play music from Mickey Champion and Little Joe Washington. I feel like a ten year old finding new music on vinyl for the first time. There are more places to look now, especially up and around Whitby: I guess the strong goth scene has kept things going there. So it was in my regular pilgrimage that yielded albums by Jerry McCain and Paul Kelly. Kelly's gospel stylings on "Come By Here" got him into  our playlist. Then in Bury St. Edmunds alongside the Christmas Fayre I scored a mint copy of a European release that couples early Otis Redding with Little Joe Curtis. Joe has a pretty decent voice and I can't believe these sides are the sum total  of his output?

Similarly in Bury, I spent time in HMV looking at their vinyl, with an increasing stock they now put it out in crates across the shop floor. I knelt down rummaging and I noticed a young lad with two companions looking at one of the albums. He then said to the girls "this is why I have to get myself a record player". When he'd gone I saw he'd been looking at "Muddy Waters at Newport".

Our show included a couple of things to mark the deaths of Mickey Champion and Little Joe Washington. Mickey was a one of the breed of glamourous r&b vocalists often out front for a big orchestra (she was discovered by Johnny Otis). Still working with regular club bookings in and around Oakland, with albums into this century, she will be much missed. Joe was one of far too many bluesmen who knew homelessness first hand. He was a distinctive figure with his bicycle on the Houston blues circuit, by reputation he was both ornery and marvellous in equal measure. His first recordings were on Federal (which I haven't found yet) and he did two top notch projects for Eddie Stout on the Dialtone label. I read somewhere Joe was revered in Japan and you're urged to dig out the cover piece on him in Living Blues magazine.

Our first hour flew past as we briefly dipped into new product by Billy Boy Arnold, Linsey Alexander and Eric Bibb; Chicago-born Douglas Watson made his debut on STAR BLUES after mightily impressing Lady Blue with his singing. The title "Soul Brothers" has graced dozens of lesser projects over the years; the new pairing of Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls is an entirely different league Otis has never sung better and Rawls playing is elegantly crafted as always. John Mayall has just had his 81st birthday - he's just played at the Corn Exchange here in Cambridge - we celebrated with a rarity off an e/p/ he did with Paul Butterfield. Our gospel spot had a piece from Sunday Wilde who has never been featured in the genre before.

Our vinyl hour covered several decades: from Memphis Minnie through to Phillip Walker. Depending on your base reference Minnie was married or not to Casey Bill Weldon. Lillian Offit has been in these parts before, Miss Janice hasn't. I only found her again after a prod from Facebook, as well as earthy passion in vox, there's agressive guitar too on her single on Proverbs. Houston Stackhouse and Houston Boines were promised and delivered, some unexpected bonus running time came our way so no better excuse than to indulge B. B. King and Elmore James. The holiday excursion for the year now seems far away but with some top notch treasure to add to my list of possibilities ready to bring back round your place. All being well we're up for another session on Sunday at 10pm (GMT) until then take care of yourselves and take care of those than take care of you

track.title track.artistsort index album.title album.artistsort label
Ridin' On The L & N John Mayall 20 A Hard Road John Mayall DECCA
Call My Wife Linsey Alexander 5 Come Back Baby Linsey Alexander DELMARK
my baby told me Joe 'Guitar' Hughes 1-4 rounder revue various artists BULLSEYE BLUES
when you got a heartache douglass watson 2 broken hearted man (e.p) douglas watson
Alley Cat Boogie Mississippi Heat 1 Warning Shot Mississippi Heat DELMARK
I Heard the Angels Singin' Eric Bibb Featuring Jean-Jacques Milteau and Blind Boys of a 8 Blues People Eric Bibb STONY PLAIN
Good For Nothin' Man Mickey Champion 10 No More Doggin': The Rpm Records Story Volume 1 1950-53 Various Artists ACE
Bam-A-Lam Mickey Champion 26 Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
walk with me sunday wilde 13 he digs me sunday wilde untouchable
She's in New Orleans Little Joe Washington 5 Texas Fire Line Little Joe Washington DIALTONE
I Feel Alright Lil Joe Washington 3 Houston Guitar Blues Lil Joe Washington Dialtone Records
yama yama pretty mama richard berry 2-10 speak easy - rpm records story vol. 2 various artists ace
I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water Billy Boy Arnold 2 The Blues Soul Of Billy Boy Arnold Billy Boy Arnold STONY PLAIN
Momma Didn't Raise No Fool Otis Clay 2 Soul Brothers Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls Catfood
Hey, Hey, Baby's Gone Phillip Walker 9 Bottom Of The Top / Blues Phillip Walker DEMON
Wine-O Baby Boogie Big Joe Turner 79 All The Classic Hits Big Joe Turner JSP Records
Can't Go on (Excello 2139) Lillian Offit 13 45's Collection Prt 078 Various Artists
Down In Texas Mari Jones & Johnny Moore's 3 Blazers 20 Blues Belles With Attitude Various Artists ACE
Scarred Knees (Proverb 1080) Little Miss Janice 3 45's Collection Prt 066 Various Artists
Come By Here Paul Kelly 4 Best Of Paul Kelly WARNER BROS.
Backwater Blues (That Mean Old Twister) Lightnin' Hopkins 6 Country Blues Lightnin' Hopkins DOP
Where Is My Good Man At? Memphis Minnie 3 The Essential Memphis Minnie ALLEGRO
Outskirts Of Town Casey Bill Weldon 8 Roots Of Van Morrison Various Artists CATFISH
Cool Drink Of Water Houston Stackhouse 3 The Devil's Music Various Artists INDIGO
Going Home Houston Boines, 7 The Modern Downhome Blues Sessions Vol. 1 Various Artists ACE
boogie chillun john lee hooker 15 Roots Of Van Morrison Various Artists CATFISH
hand in hand elmore james 20 The Modern Downhome Blues Sessions Vol. 1 Various Artists ACE
you upset me baby b. b. king 1-11 speak easy - rpm records story vol. 2 various artists ace
losing boy eddy giles 1 southern soul brother eddy giles kent
a losing battle johnny adams 11 ric and ron vol. 2 various artists ace
Created: 30/11/2014 23:53:09

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