Sunday, 30 December 2012

STAR BLUES on 30th December 2012 at 22:00

You'd think any blues radio show worth its salt would, on the last Sunday of the year, take the chance to kick off the sneakers and reflect on the last 12 months, basking in the finest the year had to offer.......

You'd think ...

.... well you would unless you're talking about Britain's Other Blues Show (different for a reason). 1952 instead. It gave us a baseline for our choices as well as being a great excuse to celebrate one of the best ever years for our music. The 1001 feature was "I Don't Know" by Willie Mabon who started his run at number 1 in the R&B charts on 27th December 1952. The song was covered by the Blues Brothers who somewhat overplayed the humour in the lyrics for the film, hopefully some royalties ended up with Mabon. He also wrote "Seventh Son" and you shouldn't overlook his easy voice and tidy piano skills. Also atop those charts were Ruth Brown and the Dominoes lead magnificently by Clyde McPhatter on what is now sometimes known as the first gospel number 1. Sam Cooke was barely out of his teens in the Soul Stirrers but gave an astonishingly confident mature performance on the years "It won't be very long". The Clovers, the Ravens and the Golden Gate Quartet each illustrated the power and beauty of the voice.

We also had the chance to showcase Hambone Willie Newbern  who wrote and recorded "Roll and Tumble" as one of just six sides he ever did (and those in just one two-day session). From the same anthology on Document we had the graceful playing of Mississippi John Hurt and the Orbis Blues collection was source of Victoria Spivey's "One Hour Mama" with no need for a one-minute papa. Perhaps she means crochet time-trials.

Guitar Pete Lewis was a formidable player and he stood front and centre for Johnny Otis' Orchestra and reminded us of the loss to the blues community this last January. Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair and Jimmy Yancey celebrated piano skills in different ways and we heard the foundations of rock'n'roll in both Tiny's tracks. (Pretty sure "Train Kept Rollin'" was in the Blow Up film where Jeff Beck played lead for the Yardbirds and Jimmy Page on bass?)

Jimmy Forest's "Night Train" was covered by James Brown but the original is the one used for dancing. He closed the STAR BLUES book on 2012. I've a few surprises for the coming year including a centenary celebration for Muddy Waters.

You've made me most welcome at your place every Sunday - and on Christmas morning - it's been a real privilege, I couldn't have asked for better company. From my family to yours, have a healthy, happy and safe New Year - we hope you will get closer to the ones close to you - until Sunday at ten pm (GMT) take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

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Georgia RagBlind Willie McTell28DefinitiveBlind Willie McTellCATFISH
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Have Mercy BabyDominoes, The23The R'n'b Years 1952: 100 Hot Rhythm And Blues Tunes From 1952Various ArtistsBOULEVARD VINTAGE
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Created: 30/12/2012 23:54:42 

Thursday, 27 December 2012

STAR BLUES on Christmas morning 2012 at 10:00

Wow, we pulled it off (with many thanks to everyone behind the scenes who (weekin, weekout) make STAR BLUES happen, including the long-suffering Lady Blue) - live blues on commercial FM radio in Britain on Christmas morning.

Junior Blue was on hand to take calls, keep Deefer Duck from stealing the show and for mopping my fevered brow in the festive frenzy of trivia and tomfoolery. At one stage he told me to sit still as my cavorting round was jiggling the webcam too much to keep pinsharp focus on our diva Deefer.

We were told to include the news at eleven which was harder than you think when your smallest measures of time are the metric smidge and the imperial tad. Somehow it happened and we had 118 minutes of a blast. You were incredibly brave to have us round at yours on Christmas morning and we brought round some old favourites we've played before as a refuge from yet another spin from Michael Buble or George Michael. There was an outside chance our 11:11 dip into the difficult and dangerous would result in me getting fired for paying more attention to "Too Much Butt" than is good for a married man. Thanks for not letting on to Lady Blue.

If you think every edition of STAR BLUES will be like that, you best be there again on Sunday night at ten pm to see how it turns out. Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

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I Feel So GoodBig Bill Broonzy14I Feel So GoodBig Bill BroonzyINDIGO
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Born Under A Bad SignAlbert King14Ultimate CollectionAlbert KingRHINO
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Too Much ButtSaffire - The Uppity Blues Women10Havin' The Last WordSaffire - The Uppity Blues WomenAlligator
Mess AroundRay Charles1Let The Boogie Woogie Rock'n'rollVarious ArtistsACE
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Here Come The GirlsErnie K-Doe1Rolling With The Punches - The Allen Toussaint SongbookVarious ArtistsACE
JukeLittle Walter13The Influences Behind The Rolling StonesVarious ArtistsHoodoo Records

Sunday, 23 December 2012

STAR BLUES on 23rd December 2012 at 22:00

36 hours to go before the Christmas Day live blues extravaganza and the ducks are getting pre-show nerves....

One of the finest West Coast piano players, Jimmy McCracklin, died a couple of days ago - his career spanned seven decades and we went back to his earliest sessions for Modern and his later album for Bullseye Blues. On the way we stopped off at his best known recording for Checker "The Walk" a huge hit after an appearance on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. Ironically his best reward came from covers of "Tramp" a song he co-wrote with Lowell Fulson and a major hip-hop smash for Salt'n'Pepa. With the deaths of Etta James and Johnny Otis as well, the LA Blues scene has lost so much this year. So much of the backbone of our music has passed in twelve months, we need to remind ourselves how much young talent there is now: Blind Boy Paxton, Quintus McCormick, Brandon Bailey and Marquise Knox to name but a few.

Three "Big" songs to start, each in a different style and plenty of Christmas blues songs, including a magnificently triumphant piece from B. B. King that came out on Kent (making it way over 50 years old). Bang up to date was a track from James 'Buddy' Rogers who plays a lot like Albert King, Robert Cray and Robert Ward. One internet review had issues with his singing but I found it a refreshing change to have someone not go balls-out to sound like Otis Redding or Howlin' Wolf. Steve Dupree has Marcia ball on his new album and we got a free History lesson from the Billy Bats' delightful slide-fuelled romp. We closed with a heartfelt tribute to the much underrated Roy Buchanan by Gwyn Ashton off his new "Radiogram" project. Gwyn is one of those guys who carves out a blues career the hard way and is one of a dwindling number of artists prepared to slog it out up and down the British highways and byways (so many other blues stars come to Europe but forget about us here). Not so Catfish Keith, who has a gospel retrospective out to promote his recent visit (BTW check out the lovely Penny's photographs of where they've been, you can tell she's fallen in love with our countryside).

Imelda May's song was, we're sure, intended to celebrate the finely chiseled good looks of both Neil Jones and the Mighty Mark Peters. I tried for quite a while to research Zilla Mays to lead you from her fantastic "Midnight" opus to her other work she cut for Savoy, well worth the journey as it turned out. Hank Ballard did what only he can for Christmas, and so did Chuck Berry in a different styleee. We often do Albert Collins' cover of "Brick" by Johnnie Morisette so we had chance to put in the original on STAR BLUES last night. Satan and Adam's album almost didn't come off through major health worries for both men and Ann Rabson clearly likes playing alongside Bob Margolin - whoever thought of recording them together, more please!

I'm off to try to calm down for Christmas morning, I'm saying its the four ducks excited but you can really include me in that. Junior Blue will be on hand at ten a.m 25th December for live blues. I've been told I must include the news at 11 which will be a real challenge to a man whose closest measure of time is a "Smidge" or a "Tad"... Be great to have your company to egg me on in that endeavour. Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

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The Soul Of A ManFontella Bass16Chess SoulVarious ArtistsMCA
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Bluz For RoyGwyn Ashton10RadiogramGwyn AshtonPROPER
Created: 23/12/2012 23:57:55

Sunday, 16 December 2012

STAR BLUES on 16th December 2012 at 22:00

At one stage during STAR BLUES, I was convinced I'd be fired for playing Joe Williams with Count Basie doing a cover of "Everyday I Have The Blues". The sheer power of that full orchestra and how even that ensemble can't compete with flawless phrasing from Joe - those moments are so rare in any genre, I just didn't care. If you don't know the piece, where have you been? The closest modern equivalent is that transition Bjork used on "Quiet In Here" (though she is more subtle and restrained).

We lifted the lid on your chance to pick an Artist of The Year (Seasick Steve won in 2011 and Robert Plant before him), Contact me in any of the usual ways to get your vote in. Just one restriction, votes are for artists we've had on our playlists since 1st Jan 2012. Can be living musician or otherwise just so long as we've played their music. Deefer, Spot, Mrs Doubtfire and Ernest can't vote .

WE paid tribute to Eddie "Guitar" Burns last night - he died on Wednesday aged 84. Like so many of his age and calibre he was criminally under recorded as a band leader (his debut was cut in 1972 in London). He was based in around Detroit and was a harp player of some note who played with John Lee Hooker in the Early 50s. We did a couple of his own sides as well as a marvellous "Burnin' Hell" that came out under the Hook's name. In later years Burn did an album for DElmark with younger brother Jimmy and his own label played host to his final album in 2008. Eddie's not easy to find via Google but that shouldn't put you off - he was one of a kind. Steve Hooker sent us a re-edited version of his "Wicked Blues" and showing us at the same time the state of blues fro the Essex Delta. (Check out him and Jackson Sloan next time your over that way).

Ace have the fifth volume in the history of their namesake imprint that came out of Jackson, and sister label have a gorgeous couple of dozen soul ballads from which we chose Jimmy Soul (prev. unissued). Our two closing pieces could hardly have been more different: Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" and Buddy Johnson's "Goin Upside Your Head" - just another reason why we don't claim to be better but we are palpably different.

The homework for the boys on the naughty stair was Ray Charles definitive early version of Doc Pomus' "Lonely Avenue", if only Mick Hucknall had taken the time and trouble (etc) before putting the song onto his new "Amercian Soul" project. For lovers of the classic era of electric blues, Freddie King, Guitar Slim and Elmore James showed their wares. T-Bone Walker did "Vacation Blues" for the Black & White label his sublime mastery doiminated our running order on STAR BLUES (as always). Wayne Bennett ran him close second with an understated performance in support of Bobby "Blue" Bland on "Stormy Monday Blues". We had another impressive single from Garnett Mimms with "Cry Baby" written by Jerry Ragavoy and Bert Berns which set a very high bar for the later going over by Janis Joplin. The Charioteers did "Wade In The Water" for our gospel spot and we had a small cluster of Christmas outings.

The Ducks and the Dude in the white tee-shirt are really getting into the Christmas spirit with just 8 more sleeps until we all come back through the webcanm and your wireless on Christmas morning - don't forget to leave sherry and mincepies out the night before or Deefer will pout like Marilyn Monroe. You were magnificent company as always and we'll be back with a smidge more on Sunday night at ten pm (GMT), until then take care of your selves and take care of those that take care of you

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Created: 16/12/2012 23:43:20

Sunday, 9 December 2012

STAR BLUES on 9th December 2012 at 22:00

From time to time, we set a mainstream pop or rock act some homework revision and last night we challenged both Jeff Lynne and Paolo Nutini. The Move/ELO/Wilbury has chosen to have a go at Don Covay's "Mercy Mercy" for his second solo venture. His video has him mugging it up playing with his clones - far better the simpler more direct approach of Don's original in our humbles. The Scottish Italian was on Jools Holland's Hootenanny in 2009 and now part of the Christmas all-star cash-in project, in truth Paolo did a pretty decent cover of "Lovin' Machine" though not even he can stand in the same room as the lascivious version from the man who wrote it, Wynonie Harris.

The secret is out: our STAR BLUES extravaganza will become the first live blues show on Commercial FM radio to run in the UK on Christmas morning. No pressure then. I did get asked in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 but was far too shy - now I have relented under the combined entreaties of the Mighty Mark Peters and Deefer Duck. Be afraid, be very afraid around your transistor wireless apparatus come 25th December at 10:00 am. Preparations began in fine style last night on STAR BLUES with Big Joe Turner, Jesse Thomas, Amos Milburn and the fabulous tones of Louis Armstrong. Lady Blue was so taken with the Drifters' version of "White Christmas" that she played it four times in a row during our journey back from IronBridge on Saturday: Christmas has officially started - Lady Blue says so.

Finis Tasby has had a health scare this week, so as well as sending him much love and good wishes we played something he did for the Big Town label to showcase his vocal gifts. Junior Wells would have had a birthday (9th December 1934) and I dug out a very rare b-side on the Blue Rock label to mark the date. Strangely he'd left his harp at home, as did James Harman on the Lightnin Hopkins song "Jake Head Boogie". Dave Kelly and Paul Jones' gig at the Ram Jam Club was recorded for two live albums on SPV Blue and "Come On In My Kitchen" proved to be a real tour-de-force for Dave on vocals and slide guitar. Rory Block dabbled in the songbook of Son House and our sacred spot was filled by the Gospel Clefs with a rousing, organ fuelled, performance.

A quick reminder (which just tried to auto complete as a quack reminder, honest) that there is a free e-copy of "Gary Blues Almanac 2013" for you in exchange for a proper e-mail address that can receive a zip file. Just drop me the details to if you like what you see, please give a small donation to the Music Maker organisation. The shortest two hours of the week passed by in a trice and I'm looking forward to more of the same, but different, next Sunday at 10pm for Britain's Other Blues show. Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those who take care of you
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Can't Stop Loving YouEugene 'Hideaway' Bridges2Jump The JointEugene 'Hideaway' BridgesARMADILLO
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Dime A DozenRosco Gordon6Bootin' - The Best Of The Rpm YearsRosco GordonACE
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Married Woman's BoogieBilly Wright12Jump 'N' JiveVarious ArtistsMETRO
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Merry Christmas BabyJohnny Moore's Three Blazers - Vocal By Mari Jones23Be CoolJohnny Moore's Three BlazersACE
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Lovin' MachineWynonie Harris48Bloodshot EyesWynonie HarrisINDIGO
I Ain't Mad At You, Pretty BabyGatemouth Moore13Jump 'N' JiveVarious ArtistsMETRO
Midnight SpecialLead Belly2420th Century BluesVarious ArtistsCATFISH
Come On In My KitchenPaul Jones & Dave Kelly3Live At The Ram Jam ClubPaul Jones & Dave KellySPV
 Magic Tricks  Giles Robson             10     Juke Shakin          Various artists         

Sunday, 2 December 2012

STAR BLUES on 2nd December 2012 at 22:00

Even as 2012 rushes towards the turnstile into another year - we still have things to mark, festive fun to fool with, new discs to spin and remind ourselves of some goodies Santa may grace us with. in a few weeks time.

The Yuletide songsheet started with the first Christmas record from Gary US Bonds since 1967, rippling boogie from Sugar Chile and the dirtiest Ho-Ho-Ho you've ever heard from Back Door Santa. It seemed the right moment to unveil the secret that shocked the socks off me: I will host a live show on Christmas morning from 10 til noon here on Star107.9/1FM (stuffed full of country comforts and folk favourites).

Our shiny brand new contenders included Tutu Jones, Smokin Joe Kubek with Bnois King, Mike Wheeler and the evergreen Larry Garner (if there's a gap in your collection where he is filed, shame on you). Big Walker's project "Roots Walkin'" repays each listening with something new and the Bopcats collection hits that spot on the cusp of rhythm & blues and rockabilly. Johnny Cash's "Get Rhythm" - nice.

In the birthday book, Robert Ealey, the second Sonny Boy Williamson and RW Penniman. No-one know the exact year of Aleck Rice Miller Ford's birth, I've seen both 1899 and 1912 though the sources agree on 5th December. So should we mark a centenary or not?  Definitely 5th December 1932 was where Mr Penniman came in - as Little Richard he was the self styled "Architect of Rock'n'Roll" who had a foot in both soul and gospel camps for Don Covay's song "Dont Know What You Got". Our start of his birthday bash went  to "Heebie Jeebies" and "All Around The World" instead of "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally" you will surely hear this upcoming Wednesday. Look for Chas White's brilliant biography for the story of a man who added more nuance to the term "Sex and Drugs &  Rock'Roll" than Ian Dury dared dream of.

Don't forget Gary Blue's almanac is days away from being mailed out, its free and is stuffed to the gunnels with facts figures trivia and tomfoolery - you'll need to contact me at with an email address that can accept PDF files. In the birthday book for December is Pops Staples who graced our show yesterday with the "John Henry" he recorded for Stax in 1971 but didn't come out until KENT's "Ultimate Collection" a few years ago. I'll check those dates before the Almanac is published.

Mark Lamarr compiled a Christmas set for Acrobat and a Screamin Gospel set for VeeTone - no better excuse needed to pilfer a couple of tracks for your  entertainment. Martha Davis knew her stuff when singing about old records: we took a gospel classic from Arhoolie by Louis Overstreet, as well as the controversial "Two Wings" from Utah Smith and some amazing axe shredding. The argument is over whether he did the song for Checker or if they leased it in from another source?

Before we knew it the shortest two hours of our week was done in a trice, hopefully leaving us wanting more next Sunday at ten pm (GMT) right here on Star107 with Spot The Duck and Deefer Duck (who is such a tart, hamming it up for the webcam for all she's worth). I'll be back to marshal them into some semblance of sanity, until then take care of yourself and take care of those that take care of you
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Christmas BluesGatemouth Moore24Mark Lamarr's Rhythm And Blues ChristmasVarious ArtistsACROBAT
Christmas BoogieFrankie 'Sugar Chile' Robinson23Blues Blues ChristmasVarious ArtistsDOCUMENT
Got To Be Some Changes MadeLarry Davis10Funny StuffLarry DavisROOSTER BLUES
Treat Me RightRobert Belfour5What's Wrong With YouRobert Belfour
Two WingsUtah Smith5Screamin' Gospel Holy Rollers Vol. 2Various ArtistsVee-Tone Records
I'm Working On A BuildingRev. Louis Overstreet1215 Down Home Gospel ClassicsVarious ArtistsArhoolie Records
John HenryPop Staples22Ultimate Staple Singers: A Family AffairStaple Singers, TheKent (U.K.)
i'm so gladSkip James3Roots Of The BluesVarious ArtistsVANGUARD
Help MeSonny Boy Williamson (Aka Rice Miller)10Chess Blues Classics 1957-1964Various ArtistsMCA/CHESS
Miss BossLarry Garner4Blues For SaleLarry GarnerDixiefrog
Created: 02/12/2012 23:22:52