Monday, 30 December 2013

STAR BLUES playlist planned for 29th December 2013

Late breaking news, no STAR BLUES tonight 29th Dec 2013. Here is what we planned to play ..

We celebrate the music of artists who died during the year, we also announce the 5th annual STAR BLUES Award winners.

Get Your Business StraightShawn Holt and the Teardrops6Daddy Told MeShawn Holt and the TeardropsBlind Pig
Down in VirginiaMagic Slim & The Teardrops4Scufflin'Magic Slim & The TeardropsBLIND PIG RECORDS
Bowlegged WomanBobby Rush10Down In LouisianaBobby RushDEEP Rush
He's a Jelly Roll BakerBilly Boy Arnold1Chicago Blues - A Living History, The (R)Evolution ContinuesVarious ArtistsRaisin' Records
I Gotta GoQuintus McCormick1Still Called The BluesQuintus McCormickDELMARK
Blues In My SoulLurrie Bell2Blues In My SoulLurrie BellDELMARK
Blues in Your LifeEddie Taylor Jr.11So Called FriendsEddie Taylor Jr. 
The Blues is BackErnest Lane3The Blues Is Back!Ernest LaneACOUSTIC MUSIC
Watch Your StepBobby Parker16The Golden Age Of American Rock 'N' Roll - Volume 7Various ArtistsACE
I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My SongAnn Rabson With Bob Margolin1Not AloneAnn Rabson With Bob MargolinVizztone
Handy ManTexas Johnny Brown1Blues DefenderTexas Johnny BrownCHOCKTAW CREEK
Fool Me GoodPrecious Bryant4Fool Me GoodPrecious BryantTERMINUS
Keep Singing the BluesChick Willis2Won't Give UpChick WillisDEEP SOUTH SOUNDS
Hind Part BoogieAaron Moore9Boot 'Em UpAaron MooreDELMARK
Happy Pay Day (The Blacksmith Blues)Little Willie Littlefield6Kat On The KeysLittle Willie LittlefieldACE
Comin' Back HomeT-Model Ford And Gravelroad2TaledraggerT-Model Ford And Gravelroad 
The More You Lie to MeArtie White7Home TonightArtie WhiteWANN-SONN
Back to BogalusaChicago Bob Nelson11Back To BogalusaChicago Bob NelsonKing Snake Records
Kant Sheck Dees BluzeJimmy Dawkins5Kant Shek Dees BluzeJimmy DawkinsEARWIG
Stormy Monday BluesBobby 'Blue' Bland11The Voice : Duke Recordings 1959-69Bobby 'Blue' BlandACE
Stubborn WomanMercy Dee18Dust My Rhythm & Blues The Flair Records R&B Story 1953-55Various ArtistsAce Records
Don't Do That to MeJimmy Anderson18Rhythm 'N' Bluesin' By The BayouVarious ArtistsACE
Created: 29/12/2013 16:31:26


STAR BLUES 2013 Awards
Artist of the Year
Billy Boy’s work during 2013 epitomises the renaissance in Chicago Blues.  Following his success in 2012 with an album of Big Bill Broonzy songs, his work on the projects to celebrate Little Walter (BLIND PIG) and Walter Davis (ELECTRO-FI) was outstanding

Album of the Year
“DOWN IN LOUISIANA” – Bobby Rush (Deep Rush Records)
Released through his own label, the album places Rush at the centre of a stripped back combo; with an emphasis on rural blues his trademark horn-laden soulful arrangements largely move aside. His strong voice, guitar playing and harp are at their best on a fine set of self-penned songs.

Label of the Year
As befits the 60th anniversary of Bob Koerster’s Chicago imprint, Delmark issued consistently excellent new projects like those of Lurrie Bell and Toronzo Cannon, alongside mannah from the vaults by Magic Sam and Arthur Crudup. The industry responded to the celebrations with great warmth and fond memories even during a year which lost Magic Slim and Jimmy Dawkins from its canon.

Reissue Label of the Year

The reissue market got very crowded in 2013 with an imminent change in copyright duration. The Ace imprint didn’t choose to compete at the budget level and again set high standards in production, annotation and artwork. In almost all cases their reissues include bonus cuts or alternate takes.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

STAR BLUES on 22nd December 2013 at 22:00

Whatever your own position on the various conflicts around the world, the fact is there are too many young men and women in some dangerous and isolated places doing a difficult job - STAR BLUES in the run-up to Christmas and the festive holidays is for them.

track.title track.artistsort index album.title album.artistsort label
Juke Little Walter 13 The Influences Behind The Rolling Stones Various Artists Hoodoo Records
Zat You Santa Claus? Louis Armstrong 20 Rockin Around The Christmas Tree Various Artists CRIMSON
Boogie Woogie Santa Claus Ernestine Fuller 7 Blue Christmas Richard Earl DIALTONE
Aint That Just Like a Woman Jimmy Johnson 1 Jimmy Johnson Jimmy Johnson
Don't Answer the Door Lonnie Brooks 1 Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 2 Various Artists Alligator
Two Headed Man Lonnie Brooks 2 Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 2 Various Artists Alligator
I'm Ready Fats Domino 1 The Imperial Singles Vol. 4, 1959-1961 Fats Domino ACE
Chica Boo Lloyd Glenn 5 The R'n'b Years 1951: 100 Hot Rhythm And Blues Tunes From 1951 Various Artists BOULEVARD VINTAGE
Empty Stocking Blues Floyd Dixon 25 Blues Blues Christmas Various Artists DOCUMENT
Back Door Santa Clarence Carter 1 The Original Soul Christmas Various Artists RHINO
Shake Hands With Santa Claus Louis Prima 10 Rockin Around The Christmas Tree Various Artists CRIMSON
feel like i wanna cry esther phillips 24 am i that easy to forget (1950-1962) little esther phillips JASMINE
Slidin' Home John Littlejohn 5 Chicago Blues Stars John Littlejohn Arhoolie Records
Richland Woman Blues Mississippi John Hurt 5 Complete Studio Recordings Mississippi John Hurt VANGUARD
Midnight In Memphis J. J. Cale 5 Collected J. J. Cale Universal Music Group
Christmas Blues Gatemouth Moore 8 Blues Blues Christmas Various Artists DOCUMENT
Christmas Smokey Wilson 2 Rhythm & Blues Christmas Various Artists ACE
It Serves You Right to Suffer Jimmy Dawkins 11 Tribute To Orange Jimmy Dawkins EVIDENCE
I'll Take Care of You Bobby 'Blue' Bland 40 It's My Life, Baby: The Singles - As & Bs, 1951-1960 Bobby 'Blue' Bland Jasmine
Cut it Out Joe Tex 14 The Ace Story - Volume 3 Various Artists ACE
Blue Guitar Earl Hooker 7 Let Me Tell You About The Blues: Memphis Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
Unseen Eye Frank Frost 10 Midnight Prowler Frank Frost EARWIG
christmas celebration b b king

mojo blues christmas
various artists mojo
Madison Blues Elmore James 9 Slidin' Various Artists CHARLY
Created: 22/12/2013 23:33:34 

Sunday, 15 December 2013

STAR BLUES on 15th December 2013 at 22:00

By some distance 2013 has proved the blues is doing well, the number of new projects featuring top notch playing and songs is the highest for some time. Evidence m'lud? Two hours on STAR BLUES.

The selection was harder to make than any of the years special shows (Muddy's centenary, JFK blues and so on) but we tried to represent as many different flavours as possible, Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes comes from another time but his poignant playing is no less effective for it. Gene Pittman has also had more than one trip around the block: he has a reputation for energetic live gigs and his time in the studio had been limited: his recent project on Dialtone has attracted fine reviews and features in both Living Blues and Blues & Rhythm magazines. Top and tailing the show, two other artists deserving of far wider recognition, Larry Lamkin and Smilin' Bobby - their next outings are eagerly anticipated.

Toronzo Cannon plays a beautiful powder blue Flying-V and I've been enjoying his terrific album "john the Conquer Root" in the car. He modestly claims to be just a bus-driver who plays a bit of blues - there's a lot to be proud of here. His disc is out on Delmark who barely paused during its 60th anniversary to anchor the Chicago Blues scene during its resurgence. Lurrie Bell is there too and the album is another good'un - both men are in the running for the STAR BLUES award announced in two weeks time. Johnny Rawls is also on the list, he is the by-word for sheer quality in playing, singing, writing and production. For a couple of tracks Otis Clay joins him in a tribute to OV Wright.

2013 started off with Bobby Rush's stripped back album "Down In Louisiana" and we subsequently got two examples of wizardry that seems to appear when Bob Corritore is around, first with John Primer and then a third coupling with Dave Riley. Bob is the incumbent Artist of the Year, the decision won;t be so clear cut this time.  Billy Boy Arnold is front and centre for a pair of tribute projects (one for Walter Davis and one for Little Walter). Charlie Musselwhite didn't make the show yesterday as I've not heard either his new live recording at the Juke Joint Chapel or the one he did with Ben Harper. (The two songs on the Walter Davis were magnificent however). The most famous harp player currently working is arguably James Cotton: the voice is gone through health worries but that harp fire is undiminished; he left the singing to Darrell Nulisch for "Birds Nest on the Ground". That song was part of Muddy Waters' set and we had track from his son Big Bill Morganfield showing the apple don't fall far from the tree.

Delta Groove has had another good year with SugarRay Rayford stepping out of the shadows of the Mannish Boys to shine and Smokin' Joe's team with Bnois King never fails to please. Guy Davis is an engaging live performer and his two-hander with Italian harpman Fabrio Poggi is a good natured sparring contest. Mike Sanchez is another with a long pedigree and a proven track record of live energy and celebration of blues, boogie and rock'n'roll. His book "Big Town Playboy" is just about ready and it is sure to tell a fascinating tale. When we get more details, you'll hear it first on Britain's Other Blues Show. That's the one with the white tee shirt done live every Sunday night at 10pm (GMT). Until we can convene round your place again take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

track.title track.artistsort index album.title album.artistsort label
Losing My Soul Larry Lampkin 5 When I Get Home Larry Lampkin Kaint Kwit
Pretty Fine Mama Sugaray Rayford 6 Dangerous Sugaray Rayford Delta Groove
Rock This House Bobby Rush 8 Down In Louisiana Bobby Rush DEEP Rush
Two Jobs With a Paper Route Travis Haddix 9 Ring On Her Finder, Rope Around My Neck Travis Haddix Benevolent Blues
Shame Toronzo Cannon 6 John The Conquer Root Toronzo Cannon DELMARK
Satisfied Guy Davis (Featuring Fabrizio Poggi) 9 Juba Dance Guy Davis (Featuring Fabrizio Poggi) Dixiefrog
Living With the Blues Hans Theessink 8 Wishing Well Hans Theessink BLUE GROOVE
You Up Set My Mindt Birdlegg 7 Birdlegg Birdlegg DIALTONE
Done Got Tired of Tryin' Jimmy "Duck" Holmes 4 Ain't It Lonesome Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind on Jesus) Mavis Staples 9 One True Vine Mavis Staples Anti
man or mouse John Primer & Bob Corritore 9 Knockin' Around These Blues John Primer & Bob Corritore Delta Groove Productions
My Word Is My Bond Holmes Brothers, The 9 Brotherhood Holmes Brothers, The Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.
don't let my baby ride johnny rawls 7 remembering o. v. johnny rawls cat food
Up the Line sugar ray norcia 9 Remembering Little Walter Various Artists Blind Pig
I Ain't Greasin' Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King 9 Road Dog's Life Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King Delta Groove
Losing Hand Chuck Leavell 5 Back To The Woods Chuck Leavell CDBaby
The Dozens According to Mr. Davis Christian Rannenberg 11 The Walter Davis Project Various Artists Electro-Fi
Wear Your Black Dress Mike Sanchez And His BandImelda May 14 Almost Grown Mike Sanchez And His BandImelda May DOOPIN
Look What You Done Big Bill Morganfield 1 Blues With A Mood Big Bill Morganfield 101 Distribution
Bird Nest on the Ground James Cotton 10 Cotton Mouth Man James Cotton Alligator
Go Ahead And Blame Me Dave Riley And Bob Corritore 9 Hush Your Fuss! Dave Riley And Bob Corritore Vizztone
i play for keeps smilin' bobby 1 big legged woman smilin' bobby wolf
I Just Keep Loving Her Lurrie Bell 9 Blues In My Soul Lurrie Bell DELMARK
Created: 15/12/2013 23:25:51 

Sunday, 8 December 2013

STAR BLUES on 8th December 2013 at 22:00

Hungry for blues which started at 45 or 78 on vinyl? Two hours? Even that was a stretch to do justice to the bag full of reissues crossing my decks this year.

We also had a short musical tribute to the "Little Ol' Bluesman" Chick Willis who died a few days ago (79 years). He had some sides out on Atco under his own name in the early years but he got a measure of notoriety for his "Stoop Down Man" single which became his trademark. Though not suitable for a family show it really characterised the influence of the genre among uniquely African American audiences and it was always at the heart of his live sets. There were a couple of albums for Ichiban before hooking up with old friend Johnny Rawls for a fabulous project on Rawls' imprint Deep South Sounds. The combination of Rawls songwriting with Chicks clipped guitar licks was hard to resist: two artists much greater than the sum of the parts. We had two fine examples on STAR BLUES as well as a cut from the 2011 album featuring Travis Haddix which picked up a STAR BLUES award. He wrote to STAR BLUES a couple of times, really pleased to know his music was going well over here, I never met him but he seemed like a gentle soul with a big heart. Much missed.

The One Day outfit  has a solid set of label surveys with selections first made between mid-50'sd and 1962. At a decent price you can use them as an introduction to the artists and old lags like me can pick up a few things to fill gaps in their collections.  Don't expect to get the lavish attention to detail that Ace / Kent label put out, theirs is a labour of love with projects compiled by fans for fans (meaning you get rare pictures, alternate takes, memorabilia, session details and the very highest fidelity from the original source tapes). The other player in the game this year deserving of the highest praise is the VEE-TONE imprint from Scotland; they have started a vinyl reissue series in the vaults of Motown and they plan more. VEE-TONE use Mark Lamarr's wealth of knowledge (and unique perspective) in compiling Blues, R&B and Rock'n'Roll anthologies of previously unissued vinyl 45s.

Fantastic Voyage and Jasmine seem to be mining the same seams at the moment and deserve mention for not simply rehashing the well-known names. As with One Day they are limited by material before 1962.  There are a number of others in the same market and by and large the fan wins out.

Wynona Carr turned up on a secular song, you'd have expected gospel but the Staple Singers did that using something they put out on a single and on the "Landlord" film soundtrack. We didn't do a special number to mark our piano spotwe'' put that right next week. Little Richards alternate lp take carried the Maceo Merriweather credit but the untreated single version had his own name in brackets underneath. We also dipped into a late period version of a song Wynonie Harris first cut in 1951. The 1960 remake put some rock'n'roll drums and an electric guitar into the mix - it failed to revive his career which had dipped with the arrival of beat groups and rock'n'roll. Our final oddity was the piece Maxwell Davis did for the Gillette (shaving) Company - other products are available.

Our 118 allotted minutes skated to a screeching halt far too soon for me but I plan to try to repeat the feat on Sunday at 10pm (GMT). You were magnificent company, until next week take CARE of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

track.title track.artistsort index album.title album.artistsort label
Let the Boogie Woogie Roll Clyde McPhatter 12 Let The Boogie Woogie Rock'n'roll Various Artists ACE
Don't You Just Know it Smith & The Clowns, Huey "Piano" 25 The Golden Age Of American Rock 'N' Roll - Volume 6 Various Artists ACE
Sufferin' City (Version 2) Johnny Copeland 20 South Texas Rhythm 'N' Blues Revue Various Artists Kent
rockin' blues booker lee jr. 2-1 FEDEERAL STORY various artists one day
late late blues john lee hooker 2-18 FEDEERAL STORY various artists one day
jumpin' blues mumbles 2-19 RPM Story various artists one day
touch and go wynona carr 2-2 specialty story various artists one day
ramblin little esther phillips 14 am i that easy to forget little esther phillips jasmine
Won't Give Up Chick Willis 9 Won't Give Up Chick Willis DEEP SOUTH SOUNDS
got to find a cure Chick Willis 10 Won't Give Up Chick Willis DEEP SOUTH SOUNDS
Let Me Play My Blues Chick WillisTravis Haddix 13 Let The Blues Speak For Itself Chick WillisTravis Haddix Benevolent Blues
bloodshot eyes (1960) wynonie harris 2-25 rock mr. blues wynonie harris fantastic voyage
i'm glad you reconsidered lowell fulson 3-21 trouble trouble lowell fulson fantastic voyage
I'm Leavin' Town Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup 8 Sunny Road Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup DELMARK
I'll Forget About You Junior Parker 10 Feelin' Good Junior Parker Hoodoo Records
love you till the day i die bobby blue bland 1-1 its my life baby bobby blue bland jasmine
lost lover blues bobby blue bland 1-12 its my life baby bobby blue bland jasmine
only young once otis williams 1-1 king records story various artists one day
Say You Love Me Burrage & His Band, Harold 1 Foxy R&b Various Artists ACE
Shed So Many Tears Elton Anderson 19 The Ace Story - Volume 5 Various Artists ACE
brand new day staple singers 5 gospel truth various artists BGP
Same Thing Gino Parks 2-5 For This I Thank You: Motown R&b, Popcorn And Rock N Roll Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
Gonna Make it on Back (Do Rae Me 1404) Little Willie Brown 15 R&b Humdingers Volume 14 Various Artists Vee-Tone Records
He Got What He Wanted (But He Lost What He Had) (Alt LP Take) Little Richard 21 Rock 'N' Roll With Little Richard Little Richard SMITH & CO
T.B. Blues (Take 2 Master) Al "Cake" Wichard Sextette & Jimmy Witherspoon 12 Beating The Petrillo Ban. The Late December 1947 Modern Sessions Various Artists ACE
I Smell a Rat George Jackson 9 Hall Of Fame Volume 2 Various Artists Kent
Look Sharp - Be Sharp (The Gillette March) Maxwell Davis 26 Wailin' Daddy Maxwell Davis Fantastic Voyage
Created: 08/12/2013 23:52:32 

Sunday, 1 December 2013

STAR BLUES on 1st December 2013 at 22:00

STAR BLUES tonight has the dream team lineup billed by Pervis Spann for a gig in October 1978: BB King, Little Milton, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Otis Clay a.o. Plus music from Aaron Moore who died this week.

Poster courtesy of Garland Floyd.

We think the date would have been 1978 for a Saturday 7th October, though the reason Muddy is so far down the bill is troubling? The failed Chess was behind him in 1975 shortly to hook up with Johnny Winter at Blue Sky by 1978 - now regarded as an Indian Summer. Mind you it was quite a contest to determine the winner of the International competition. Our playlist dabbled in the Stax back catalogue to represent both Little Milton and Albert King; Bobby Bland covered the Harlan Ellison standard "Blues In The Night" with effortless smoothness and the mainman BB King rode a jaunty steed for the saucy version of "Sell My Monkey". We're not sure what the Top Trumps score would have been, our show got us as close as possible to being there 35 years too late.

We started off with Candye Kane who has had a knock back health wise: I've never heard her complain or say a bad word about her situation, her outlook is relentlessly positive. The title track of her new project is another example of her on-stage exuberance. Jackson Sloan hails from Essex  and is helped out by Wes Weston on harp for a couple of tracks made in a good old-fashioned style. Its safe to say fans of balls-out axe finery will need to go elsewhere. WC Clark was on hand with the "Cold Shot" he did for the Black Top label, Stevie Ray Vaughan did a caustic version on his "Couldn't Stand the Weather" album.

Chicago is still reeling from the passing of Magic Slim and Jimmy Dawkins, this week Aaron Moore was taken too. He was a fine piano-player, first as sideman for Muddy and the Wolf, then in is own right as band leader on two late-blooming projects done for Delmark. If he'd been a guitarist he'd have been better feted but the two tracks we played showed how much he'll be missed. My research shows his birthdate as 11th Feb 1928 making him 85 - but his wife said he was ten years more senior.

Bob Corritore plays harp in a fluid brusque Chicago style, he has worked his magic on Dave Riley for the third time on the excellent "Hush Your Fuss" album on Vizztone. On the south side of Chicago, Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls hang out together and made their first steps into gospel bands. We went to something Lou Rawls did before his National Service in 1955. Wynonie Harris has a two disc anthology on Fantastic Voyage of definitive recordings and we ventured pre-war for Casey Bill (and the prolific Black Bob) and for a reminder of Tommy Johnson's power.

There's just four more shows in 2013 and we are struggling with settling on our annual awards, we'll see if things get any clearer next Sunday at 10pm. 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
Coming out swingin' Candye Kane 1 Coming Out Swingin' Candye Kane Vizztone
Cold Shot W. C. Clark 4 Heart Of Gold W. C. Clark BLACK TOP
Goin' to Mississippi Magic Slim 7 Essential Magic Slim Magic Slim BLIND PIG RECORDS
hush your fuss dave riley and bob corritore 1 hush your fuss dave riley and bob corritore vizztone
baby please come home dave riley and bob corritore 2 hush your fuss dave riley and bob corritore vizztone
around the clock - part 1 wynonie harris 1-2 jump mr. blues: definitive collection wynonie harris fantastic voyage
Bottom Line Woman Z. Z. Hill 2 Bluesmaster Z. Z. Hill MALACO
Across The Border Jackson Sloan And The RhythmTones 5 The Shack Sessions Jackson Sloan And The RhythmTones SHELLAC
She Don't Want Me No More Jimmy Reed 16 The Anthology Jimmy Reed NOT NOW
roberta phil wiggins and alvin youngblood hart 7 true blue various artists telarc
Wading in Deep Water Aaron Moore 12 Boot 'Em Up Aaron Moore DELMARK
hello world Aaron Moore 1 hello world Aaron Moore DELMARK
Pack Fair and Square (Peacock 1666) Big Walter PriceThunderbirds 1 Rhythm Rockin' Blues Various Artists Groove SOURCE
Shake Walkin' Mickey Baker 9 In The '50S: Hit, Git & Spit Mickey Baker Rev-Ola Bandstand
Big Fat Mamas Are Back in Style Bull Moose Jackson & His Buffalo Bearcats 21 The Very Best Of Burlesque Various Artists Not Now Music
W.P.A. Blues Casey Bill Weldon 20 Story Of The Blues Various Artists Columbia Legacy
Cool Drink of Water Blues Tommy Johnson 22 Broke Black And Blue Various Artists PROPER
Won't Be Back Lou Rawls & The Chosen Gospel Singers 24 Gospel Celebrities And Celestial Lights Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
It Serves Me Right to Suffer John Lee Hooker 14 This Is Hip John Lee Hooker CHARLY
Ace of Spades O. V. Wright 9 Soul Of O. V. Wright O. V. Wright MCA
that's how it is Otis clay 10 hi masters Otis clay hi
i'm ready muddy waters 1-12 sound of the city: chicago various artists emi
Woman Across the River Little Milton 21 Nobody Wins Stax Southern Soul 1968-1975 V A Various Artists Kent
Can't You See What You're Doing to Me Albert King 12 Years Gone By - Plus! Albert King STAX
Blues in the Night Bobby 'Blue' Bland 2 Master Of The Blues Bobby 'Blue' Bland NECTAR
Sell My Monkey B. B. King 5 Introducing B. B. King B. B. King MCA
Created: 01/12/2013 23:33:18