We started in Texas and stayed there for three of its finest sons. Not sure why Zuzu hasn't been played much around these parts, his tough guitar also swings in T-Bone style. We've written about Mr. Collins at length here before - his sound is unique and endlessly engaging. Roy is still a fine practitioner of the dark arts of guitar and on the evidence of his early-period instrumental, he always was.
Shawn Holt proves the apple doesn't fall far from the tree and his fit as leader of the Teardrops is tight - its his birthday too. Jasmine has an interesting collection including blues and r&b at the dawn of the soul era and it has a couple of established names in unfamiliar settings, though Isaac Hayes sounded more comfortable with blues than Roy Brown did with soul. The same label has also two essential Bobby Bland vinyl albums packaged as one cd - together with 5 bonus tracks first out as singles. What's not to like?
The same can be unexpectedly laid at John Mayall's door with his new album. It continues in the same way as his last album "Special Life" - and that one got plenty of critical kudos. The Fleetwood Mac track found its way onto our playlist to sate an unquenchable urge to hear some unfussy gut bucket slide (even if the original album does have a topless Mick F on the gatefold sleeve - its not for the faint hearted and once seen ...
Our Jimmy Reed feature was a struggle with the gremlins who wanted to eat everything I tried to play, but we won in the end and we heard what it was about his Vee-Jay recordings that made him so special and a huge influence on Yardbirds and Rolling Stones.
Little Milton was the real deal in every department from every era of his career canon; he did excellent work for Sun, Checker, Stax, Malaco and Telarc. We were proud to have one of each on our show. Our ladies didn't let us down either: Vicky Lee and Honey Brown. Meade Lux Lewis has a birthday book entry and he was joined in the piano tent by Roosevelt Sykes. His "Driving Wheel" was something covered by Junior Parker who'd already been in the lineup. See how this stuff fits together? The other thing that makes us so different - Britain's Other Blues Show after all - is our love of blues in all its forms. In the category of not often heard elsewhere were Memphis Jog Band, Richard Hacksaw Harney and Jack Owens / Bud Spires. Nuff said!
Our STAR BLUES next Sunday is a two-fer celebration: 40 years of reissues on the Ace label *PLUS* 90th anniversary of birth of B.B.King. We'll have a raft of music on that label which will include those earliest sides B did for Modern. Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you
|travellin' south||Albert Collins||4||iceman||albert collins||pointblank||[ 5 mins 2 secs ]||Albert Collins|
|Headlight Blues||Zuzu Bollin||7||Texas Bluesman||Zuzu Bollin||Antone's / Irond||[ 2 mins 56 secs ]||Zuzu Bollin|
|Gainesville||Roy Gaines||4||Rock-A-Billy: Boogie Woogie Blues Man||Roy Gaines||[ 3 mins 1 secs ]||Roy Gaines|
|Mean Little Woman||Shawn Holt And The Teardrops||7||Daddy Told Me||Shawn Holt And The Teardrops||Blind Pig||[ 3 mins 48 secs ]||Shawn Holt And The Teardrops|
|Doctor Brown||Fleetwood Mac||6||Fleetwood Mac / Mr. Wonderful||Fleetwood Mac||COLUMBIA||[ 0 mins 0 secs ]||Fleetwood Mac|
|Crazy Lady||John Mayall||12||Find a Way to Care||John Mayall||Forty Below||[ 3 mins 33 secs ]||John Mayall|
|Message To My Woman||Walter Rhodes||24||Sanctified Soul||Various Artists||Kent (U.K.)||[ 2 mins 35 secs ]||Walter Rhodes|
|Ain't That Lovin' You Baby||Jimmy Reed||1-6||The Anthology||Jimmy Reed||NOT NOW||[ 2 mins 20 secs ]||Jimmy Reed|
|i'm goin upside your head||Jimmy Reed||22||rockin with reed||Jimmy Reed||charly||[ 2 mins 20 secs ]||Jimmy Reed|
|take out some insurance||Jimmy Reed||2-17||The Anthology||Jimmy Reed||NOT NOW||[ 2 mins 20 secs ]||Jimmy Reed|
|shame shame shame||Jimmy Reed||16||you dont have to go||Jimmy Reed||orbis blues collection||[ 2 mins 20 secs ]||Jimmy Reed|
|C.C.RIDER||Isaac Hayes||24||Going Home||Various Artists||Jasmine||[ 0 mins 0 secs ]||Isaac Hayes|
|SUGAR BABY||Roy Brown||17||Going Home||Various Artists||Jasmine||[ 0 mins 0 secs ]||Roy Brown|
|oh red||Richard 'Hacksaw' Harney||9||Sweet Man||Richard 'Hacksaw' Harney||EDSEL||[ 3 mins 15 secs ]|
|Kokomo||Memphis Jug Band, The||1-19||Alan Lomax: Blues Songbook||Various Artists||Rounder||[ 2 mins 55 secs ]||Memphis Jug Band, The|
|cherry ball blues||jack owens and bud sp[ires||1-3||Alan Lomax: Blues Songbook||Various Artists||Rounder||[ 2 mins 55 secs ]||jack owens|
|Scratchin' (Vim 521)||Wild Jimmy Spruill||8||Slabs Of Humdingers Vol. 2||Various Artists||vee-tone||[ 0 mins 0 secs ]||Wild Jimmy Spruill|
|Fussin’ And Fightin’ Blues||Little Junior Parker||5||Ride With Me, Baby: The Singles 1952-1961||Little Junior Parker||Fantastic Voyage||[ 3 mins 1 secs ]||Little Junior Parker|
|Night Time Is The Right Time||Ray Charles||15||Ray Charles: Eight Classic Albums||Ray Charles||IODA||[ 4 mins 4 secs ]||Ray Charles|
|I've Been Wrong so Long||Bobby Bland||12||That's the Way Love Is||Bobby Bland||Jasmine Records||[ 2 mins 18 secs ]||Bobby Bland|
|Stepping High||Edgar Blanchard||19||Cosimo Matassa Story||Various Artists||Proper Box||[ 2 mins 38 secs ]||Edgar Blanchard|
|Country Boy||Dave BartholomewErnest McLean||3||The History Of Rhythm And Blues Volume Two 1942-1952||Various Artists||Rhythm and Blues Records||[ 3 mins 7 secs ]||Dave BartholomewErnest McLean|
|I Wanna Be The Only One||Kip Anderson||13||Where Southern Soul Began: 2||Various Artists||HISTORY OF SOUL||[ 2 mins 50 secs ]||Kip Anderson|
|we're gonna make it||Little Milton||1||we're gonna make it||Little Milton||trace||[ 2 mins 39 secs ]||Little Milton|
|same old blues||Little Milton||18||chicago blues and soul||Little Milton||jasmine||[ 3 mins 59 secs ]||Little Milton|
|little bluebird||Little Milton||8||greatest hits||Little Milton||MALACO||[ 3 mins 59 secs ]||Little Milton|
|You're Givin' Me the Blues||Little Milton||10||Feel it||Little Milton||MALACO||[ 3 mins 59 secs ]||Little Milton|
|Little By Little||Nappy Brown||21||The Influences Behind The Rolling Stones||Various Artists||Hoodoo Records||[ 2 mins 36 secs ]||Nappy Brown|
|Goin' Back Home To Mama||Vicky Lee||11||Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females||Various Artists||Fantastic Voyage||[ 2 mins 2 secs ]||Vicky Lee|
|Rockin' And Jumpin'||Honey Brown||28||I'm A Bad Bad Girl||Various Artists||INDIGO||[ 2 mins 56 secs ]||Honey Brown|
|Driving Wheel||Roosevelt Sykes||8||Let Me Tell You About The Blues: New York||Various Artists||Fantastic Voyage||[ 3 mins 6 secs ]||Roosevelt Sykes|
|Bear Cat Crawl||Meade Lux Lewis||15||The Best Of Boogie Woogie||Various Artists||DOCUMENTS||[ 2 mins 22 secs ]||Meade Lux Lewis|