Monday, 30 March 2015

STAR BLUES on 29th March 2015 at 22:00 So much to report ...

... start of summer time. Wettest and windiest day of the month (of course).
... tax year starting so a young man's fancy is form-filling
... big vote starting with much hot air and bally-hoo

However -- What really mattered last night was the range of blues that started out on vinyl for our playlist; we also did Robert Lockwood's centenary: deservedly marking it with a fair sized handful of tracks. Lockwood was a uniquely gifted stringsmith with an audible jazz tinge in his guitar tone. He had a sound that fit with rural or urban blues. I speculated that he'd have gone by "Robert Lockwood Jr" rather than "Robert Jr Lockwood" because the second form was a way of linking him to Robert Johnson's legacy. I read several times how he grew weary at fending off questions about Johnson from those barely interested in Lockwood. There's a project he did for Trix that i'd hoped to include yesterday but our selection covered five decades and measured his influence. Two other Bob's at the top of the shop made for an unusual opening salvo. Covington's album is subtitle "the Golden Voice Of" - no argument here without even mentioning the fluid guitar breaks.

Mitty Collier is an ordained minister these days - with a record deal over at Dial Tone - and her brief career in secular music provided the cover of a song carrying a Willie Dixon credit. The Kansas Joe McCoy standard piece rarely gets an outing these days and it made for a neat framework with Lottie Kimborough around a short tribute to John Renbourn who'd died during the week. Along with fellow traveller's Bert Jansch and Davy Graham, Renbourn brought many to the blues during the early Sixties folk revival. By no means a blues artist in the strictest sense, his skill alone was excuse enough for us to say thanks to him.

Seasick Steve has a new album with surprisingly catchy pop choruses - his sound is rooted in a tradition which includes Lightnin' Hopkins and John Lee Hooker; they are in the show but we'll pass on Steve. The birthday book had Johnnie Walker (now 70) who showed me when I started out that it was alright for a jock to actually enjoy the music he played, we tipped our headgear to Eric Clapton a week early (ditto 70). When you're talking guitarists you start with T-Bone Walker (you can pretty much stop there as no other player has ever or will ever get close). We had his classic piece "Alimony Blues" from a new set on Jasmine. We challenged you to hear a better performance before next Sunday's STAR BLUES. That one will be live round your place at 10pm (BST) on Easter Sunday. It will mark 50 years since the release of B B King's "Live at the Regal" album. Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that take care of you

I Hate Taxes (1040 Blues)Robert Cray1I Hate TaxesRobert CrayMERCURY
Better Watch Your StepRobert Covington3Blues In The NightRobert Covington
WALKING BLUESRobert Lockwood Jr.1i got to find me a womanRobert Lockwood Jr.VERVE
I'M A BLUESMANMojo Buford5State Of The Blues HarpMojo BufordJSP Records
My BabeMitty Collier9I Had A Talk With My Man : Blues ClassicsMitty CollierBLUE CITY
Mad BluesLightnin' Hopkins18(1946-1960)Lightnin' HopkinsSTORY OF THE BLUES
When The Levee BreaksKanas Joe McCoy12Let Me Tell You About The Blues: New YorkVarious ArtistsFantastic Voyage
Kokomo BluesJohn Renbourn14The Essential: The Best Of John RenbournJohn RenbournCastle Pulse
Rolling Log BluesLottie Kimbrough10The Great Women Blues SingersVarious ArtistsRETRO
I Miss You SoFaye Wilson With Johnny Otis Orchestra22That's Your Last Boogie!Johnny OtisFantastic Voyage
I Hate To Be AloneRoy Hawkins11Rhythm ... And Blues!Various ArtistsWESTSIDE
Broken Hearted BluesBuddy Guy17Deep FeelingVarious ArtistsFantatsic Voyage
Right Now BabyRoy Gaines13Groove Records StoryVarious ArtistsOne Day Music
(I'm Gonna) Dig Myself A Hole [MERCURY 1951]Robert Lockwood Jr.7Down Home Blues Classics - Chicago (1946-1954)Various ArtistsBOULEVARD VINTAGE
Little Boy Blue [1941]Robert Lockwood Jr.18Classic Slide GuitarVarious ArtistsCATFISH
We're Gonna Ball TonightRobert Lockwood Jr.8Just The BluesRobert Lockwood Jr.BULLSEYE BLUES
Mr. DownchildRobert Lockwood, Jr.11Delta CrossroadsRobert Lockwood, Jr.TELARC
I Smell TroubleBobby 'Blue' Bland23It's My Life, Baby: The Singles - As & Bs, 1951-1960Bobby 'Blue' BlandJasmine
LET'S GO AGAIN (Where We Went Last Night)Hank BallardMidnighters9Let's Go AgainHank BallardMidnightersJasmine
Good Man BluesRoy Brown15Pay Day Jump - The Later YearsRoy BrownACE
Have A Little MercySugar Boy Crawford17Kings Of New Orleans R'n'bVarious ArtistsMUSIC CLUB
Vicious, Vicious VodkaAmos Milburn23Down The Road Apiece - The Best OfAmos MilburnALADDIN
Bell Boy BoogieTodd Rhodes14The R'n'b Years 1947: 100 Hot Rhythm And Blues Tunes From 1947Various ArtistsBOULEVARD VINTAGE
ALIMONY BLUEST-Bone Walker15Get The Blues Off MeT-Bone WalkerJasmine
That ManNappy Brown22The R'n'b Years 1954: 100 Hot Rhythm And Blues Tunes From 1954Various ArtistsBOULEVARD VINTAGE
WHAT A DREAMSlim Harpo13I'm A King BeeSlim HarpoJasmine
Rock House BoogieJohn Lee Hooker44Too Much BoogieJohn Lee HookerINDIGO
Du Dee Squat (Criss Cross 110)Little Luther16Slabs Of Humdingers Vol. 2Various Artistsvee-tone
Created: 29/03/2015 23:56:15

Sunday, 22 March 2015

STAR BLUES on 22nd March 2015 - centenary of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and a tribute to

..Sam Charters who died earlier this week. There's little doubt he loved blues and how he honoured the artists and the tradition. There are a number of fine books which bear his name: "The Country Blues", "The Roots of The Blues" and "Legacy of the Blues" each one thoughtfully compiled and making that kind of research legitimate (until then the preserve of jazz scholars). He encouraged others to go out and find similar artists for themselves. He also compiled several albums of lesser known blues - I discovered Mighty Joe Young and Robert Pete Williams through them. Best known were the three vinyl albums out almost exactly fifty years ago called "Chicago / The Blues / Today!" and our playlist on STAR BLUES went straight there as our way of saying thanks Mr.Charters; he was 85.

Friday was the centenary of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, she was a huge star in the cold fashioned sense of the word with twenty-five thousand at her wedding and queues round the block a regular feature of her gigs. She had a guitar style later imitated by Chuck Berry and she drew the listener in to her songs by uplifted eyes as if she was singing to the Higher Power. Her early contract with Lucky Millender forced her into a secular more risque style (such as "Tall Skinny Papa") it is the gospel sides she's best known for: solo, with Marie Knight or backed by Sammy Price. Her music never fails to thrill me and I was tempted to have a full two hour playlist full of that joyful spirit.  She wasn't thrown too far with the advent of rock'n'roll; we heard that in our choice from the "Holy Rollers" collection on Vee-Tone, here's the link to her biography I promised during the show:

There's  a brand new collection on the recordings Buster Brown did for Bobby Robinson; his raw rural power harnessed in a New York studio with backing from the genius Jimmy Spruill. Sure Brown sometimes sounded like Sonny Terry on his chosen harp - he was so much more than a one trick pony after his first hit with "Fannie Mae". Jasmine is where to go for this little belter.

Blues and Rhythm magazine is out again with issue '298 - feature star Wynonie Harris will be in next Sundays playlist - we went to a disc by Bo carter I was lucky enough to review for the magazine - our way of saying thanks to outgoing reviews editor Byron Foulger. His good ears kept the identity of the magazine within the purview of both words in the mag's title. The things he sent me often found their way out onto the airwaves through the wireless round your place. He's not leaving just passing on the editor's baton.

Our snippet from the Bluesbreakers closing the two hours was there to note Eric Clapton's forthcoming 70th birthday - we've remarked before that those John Mayall sides were as close as Eric got to playing as if his life depended on it - he's delighted many differing genres since those days 50 years ago: rarely has he ever been this passionate about blues.

all being well - if you'll have us - we plan another spoonful of the good stuff round your place on 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
bad mamma jamma eddie the chief clearwater 4 cool blues walk eddie the chief clearwater bullseye
Don't Give Away That Recipe Gary B.B. Coleman 2 Romance Without Finance Is A Nuisance Gary B.B. Coleman ICHIBAN
Whiskey Drinkin' Blues Andrew 'Jr. Boy' Jones 3 I Know What It's Like Andrew 'Jr. Boy' Jones
Headed Back To Hurtsville, Again Theodis Ealey 2 Theodis Ealey A Collection Theodis Ealey IFGAM
meet me with your black drawers on gaye agdebelola 5 gaye without shame gaye agdebelola hot toddy
I'm Gonna Move Cross The River Brownie McGhee 6 Let Me Tell You About The Blues: New York Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
Dig A Little Deeper In The Well Eric Bibb 2 Deeper In The Well Eric Bibb Dixiefrog
southern country boy carter brothers 8 blues upside your head various artists charly
it's love 24 hours a day louis brooks 2-24 it's jamaica jump blues time various artists fantastic voyage
doctor brown buster brown 7 i'm going but i'll be back buster brown jasmine
brooklyn boogie louis prima 2-3 Jump 'N' Jive Various Artists METRO
flat foot suzie slim gaillard 2-4 Jump 'N' Jive Various Artists METRO
Airplane Blues Helen Humes 1-6 Jump 'N' Jive Various Artists METRO
The Right String But The Wrong Yo-Yo Speckled Red 7 Boogie Woogie Masters Various Artists CLASSIC JAZZ
Rock Me Sister Rosetta Tharpe 13 As Good As It Gets Various Artists DISKY
I Looked Down The Line (And I Wondered) Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1 Gospel - The Ultimate Collection Various Artists RED Box
I Saw The Light Sister Rosetta Tharpe 12 Screamin' Gospel Holy Rollers Vol. 2 Various Artists Vee-Tone Records
Up Above My Head Sister Rosetta Tharpe 45 The R'n'b Hits Of 1948 Various Artists INDIGO
this train Sister Rosetta Tharpe gospel Various Artists
T-Model Boogie Rosco Gordon 3 I Pity The Fool - The Duke Records Story Various Artists One Day Music
When I Find My Baby Arbee Stidham 12 Chicago Blues Harmonicas Various Artists FLYRIGHT
The Panama Limited Bukka White 13 Dust My Broom - Mississippi Blues Various Artists INDIGO
In The Evening Robert Petway 11 Mississippi Blues Various Artists CATFISH
Big Road Blues Tommy Johnson 19 Roots Of Rock Various Artists ACROBAT
All Around Man Bo Carter 10 Bo Carter's Advice Bo Carter CATFISH
It Hurts Me Too (When Things Go Wrong) Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band 2 Chicago / The Blues / Today! Various Artists ACE
Everything's Going To Turn Out Alright Otis Rush Blues Band 6 Chicago / The Blues / Today! Various Artists ACE
Dynaflow Blues Johnny Shines Blues Band 7 Chicago / The Blues / Today! Various Artists ACE
Stealin' Back Johnny Young's South Side Blues Band 4 Chicago / The Blues / Today! Various Artists ACE
Steppin' Out Eric Clapton With John Mayall 11 Bluesbreakers Feat. Eric Clapton John MayallEric Clapton DERAM
Created: 22/03/2015 23:43:06

Sunday, 15 March 2015

STAR BLUES on 15th March 2015 preserving the soul of America's blues and roots music

... so says the strap-line to an anthology from the not-for-profit Music Maker organization. We also marked Billy Boy Arnold's 80th birthday tomorrow and the 103rd anniversary of Lightnn' Hopkins

Tim Duffy heads up the team at Music Maker who try to help recognize the life-long gifts of blues players. Both Beverly Guitar Watkins and Shelton Powe are going strong and Tim's efforts provided a boost in profile to Jerry McCain and Chicago Bob Nelson at the end of their careers. Etta Baker was a skillful finger player with a slight voice and was a distinctive presence whether in her own songbook or that of Mr. Trad. We played something from each as well as four cuts off the new sampler called "We are Music Maker". Undoubtedly many artist we played will be new names to many and it's a tribute to the folks at Music Maker that these players aren't overlooked any further.

Lighnin' Hopkins recordings number into three figures and our dip into his canon could have taken us anywhere. The sheer depth of his work is quite daunting to the newcomer but it's pretty much a case of jumping in anywhere. Some themes and rhythms were inspirations more than once but when you've found something that sells ... Billy Boy is undoubtedly at the height of his powers as he stands on the cusp of his ninth decade. For many he first appeared as the originator of a single covered by Eric of Ripley and his birds in the yard; he's just as noted for the tribute projects done in a good old fashioned way celebrating Big Bill Broonzy and the first Sonny Boy Williamson. Chicago blues is in great shape these days and the man who played harp for Bo Diddley in the Fifties is leading the way.

Fantastic Voyage has carved out a niche for decent collections which include rarely heard gems with better known names within interesting and well-thought out frames. Three discs about the nearness of New Orleans to the Rocksteady of Jamaica. We had one apiece from Memphis Slim and Prof. Longhair. Johnny Adams was the Tan Canary of the Crescent City for many years and Ace now has the rights to the Ric and Ronn masters which facilitates a fabulous set of A and B sides on all eleven singles Adams recorded for them. Further bonus is on the cd from two rare cuts not issued until last years Record Store Day.

Next Sunday coincides with the centenary of Sister Rosetta Tharpe;s birth and all being well we can share some of her music on STAR BLUES. Until then take care of yourselves and take care of those that tale care of you

track.title track.artistsort index album.title album.artistsort label
Bill Collectors Larry Lampkin 4 When I Get Home Larry Lampkin Kaint Kwit
water into wine d c bellamy 3 water into wine d c bellamy rooster blues
Train Fare Blues Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup 1 Cool Disposition Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup CATFISH
One Monkey Don't Stop The Show Shelton Powe 6 Carolina Blues And Gospel Shelton Powe MUSIC MAKER
Bad Love Blues Jerry McCain 6 Unplugged Jerry McCain MUSIC MAKER
Willie Mae Blues Billy Boy Arnold 7 Billy Boy Arnold Sings: Big Bill Broonzy Billy Boy Arnold Electro-Fi
I Wish You Would Billy Boy Arnold 13 The Sound Of The City - Chicago Various Artists Emi Records Ltd
Coal Man Billy Boy Arnold 1 The Blues Soul Of Billy Boy Arnold Billy Boy Arnold STONY PLAIN
i aint got you billy boy arnold 9 blues upside your head various artists charly
Bus Driver John Brim 16 Let Me Tell You About The Blues: Detroit Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
Bring It On Home To Me Albert White 1 Soul Of The Blues Albert White MUSIC MAKER
lonely drifter johnny adams 19 i wont cry: complete ric and ron singles johnny adams ace
Walk Around Heaven All Day Caravans, The 1 Birth Of Soul Vol.2 Various Artists Kent (U.K.)
shake my mothers hand voices of jordan 21 screaming gospel vol. 2 various artists vee-tone
dont drive me baby lowell fulson 3 slabs of humdingers various artists vee-tone
Route 66 Eddie Tigner 2 We Are the Music Makers! Various Artists MUSIC MAKER
country girl memphis slim 1-20 jamaica jump blues time various artists fantastic voyage
baby let me take your hand prof. longhair 3-12 jamaica jump blues time various artists fantastic voyage
Feel Like My Time Ain't Long Essie Mae Brooks 1 We Are the Music Makers! Various Artists MUSIC MAKER
High Steppin' Mamma Clyde Langford 1 We Are the Music Makers! Various Artists MUSIC MAKER
Mojo Hand Chicago Bob Nelson 7 Tell Me Mama Chicago Bob Nelson MUSIC MAKER
Jake Head Boogie Lightnin' Hopkins 20 Rpm Blues Story Various Artists One Day Music
Coffee Blues Lightnin' Hopkins 4 The Prestige/Bluesville Story Various Artists NOT NOW
Sittin’ Down Thinkin’ Lightnin' Hopkins 22 Down Home Blues Classics Texas 1946-1954 Various Artists BOULEVARD ENTERTAINMENT
8. Going Down The Road Feeling Bad Etta Baker 1 Banjo Etta Baker MUSIC MAKER
2. I M Gonna Rock Some More Beverly Watkins 1 Back In Business Beverly Watkins MUSIC MAKER
Greasy Greens George Higgs 2 We Are the Music Makers! Various Artists MUSIC MAKER
11. Make That Guitar Talk Big Ron Hunter 1 The Great Unknown Big Ron Hunter MUSIC MAKER
Send You Back To Georgia Cootie Stark 9 Sugar Man Cootie Stark MUSIC MAKER
Created: 15/03/2015 23:38:13

Sunday, 8 March 2015

STAR BLUES on International Women's Day at 22:00 marks 50 years sincethe first Selma freedom march ...

.. with some music from the soundtrack of the documentary. The reasons for the march half a century ago can be summed up by knowing over half the residents of the community at the time were African American, yet just 1 in 50 was registered to vote. The climax of the march was for Martin Luther King Jr. to speak.

track.title track.artistsort index album.title album.artistsort label
On My Way To Memphis Johnnie Marshall 2 Live For Today Johnnie Marshall JSP Records
Church Street Boogie Kirk Fletcher 3 I'm Here And I'm Gone Kirk Fletcher JSP Records
You're Gonna Miss Me Lowell Fulson 17 Trouble, Trouble: The Definitive Early Years Collection Lowell Fulson Fantastic Voyage
I've Got Papers On You Baby B. B. King 1-14 blues in transition B. B. King jasmine
sixty minute man dominoes 2-16 you got to give me some of it various artists jasmin
The Buzzard Freddy Robinson Orchestra Featuring Paul Hankins At The Organ 8 Foxy R&b Various Artists ACE
Vine Street Blues Pete Johnson 6 The Best Of Boogie Woogie Various Artists DOCUMENTS
Bear Cat Crawl Meade Lux Lewis 15 The Best Of Boogie Woogie Various Artists DOCUMENTS
shout for joy albert ammons 17 The Best Of Boogie Woogie Various Artists DOCUMENTS
tipitina Dr John 9 gumbo dr. john atco
Next Door Neighbour Jerry McCain 4 A Greyhound Bus And Ride - Moonshine Blp 117 Various Artists moonshine
black mattie robertt belfour 6 not the same (vol. 2) Various Artists fat possum
Wolf Call Boogie Coy 'Hot Shot' Love 14 Let Me Tell You About The Blues: Memphis Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
i want my baby St Louis Jimmy With Muddy Waters & His Blues Combo 3 King Of Chicago Blues - Esssential Muddy Waters INDIGO
hydromatic woman joe hill louis 11 Let Me Tell You About The Blues: Memphis Various Artists Fantastic Voyage
Atomic Telephone Spirit Of Memphis Quartet, The 23 Best Of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour Volume 2 Various Artists CHROME
Ninety - Nine - And - A - Half Won't Do Various Artists 21 Sing For Freedom Various Artists SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out Odetta 6 Born In The Usa: The Great American Songbook, Vol. 1 Various Artists MOJO MAGAZINE
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen Mahalia Jackson 20 Just For A Day: The Apollo Records Story Various Artists one day
Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around Various Artists 6 Sing For Freedom Various Artists SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS
I Woke Up This Morning With My Mind On Freedom Various Artists 7 Sing For Freedom Various Artists SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS
Got The Water Boiling Regals, The 10 Let The Boogie Woogie Rock'n'roll Various Artists ACE
king size papa julia lee 2-7 you got to give me some of it various artists jasmin
Louisiana Hop Pete 'Guitar' Lewis 9 Jivin' Jamboree 3 Various Artists ACE
good rockin' daddy etta james 1-5 miss etta james etta james ace
shake a hand lavern baker 16 soul on fire lavern baker atlantic
daddy daddy ruth brown 22 essential ruth brown indigo
kissing in the dark memphis minnie 11 my girlish days memphis minnie blues encore
you gotta move marie knight 12 let us get together marie knight m c records
midnight ramblin' tonight h-bomb ferguson 22 jivin' jamboree 3 various artists ace
let the good times roll shirley and lee 9 let the good times roll various artists mojo magazine
call me big mama big mama thornton 4 jivin' jamboree various artists ace
bumpo miss susie big joe turner 11 Let The Boogie Woogie Rock'n'roll Various Artists ACE
hit git and split young jessie 15 jivin' jamboree various artists ace
rollin and tumblin elmore james 12 let's move various artists mojo magazine
Created: 08/03/2015 23:51:56

Sunday, 1 March 2015

STAR BLUES - Another Oscar - there's a doctor in the house (1st March 2014 at 10:00pm)

because he'll be here in Cambridge just over a week from now. Quite the coolest blues pianist Lady Blue has ever seen: Dr. John. Our track had the equally cool both B. B. King and Gatemouth Brown in the hen house with the good doctor.

track.title track.artistsort index album.title album.artistsort label
You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had Mud Morganfield 11 Son Of The Seventh Son Mud Morganfield SEVERN
hen layin rooster dr. john feat b. b. king 13 n'aw;linz dis dat d'udda dr. john parlophone
trying to make a living demetria taylor 10 bad girl demetria taylor delmark
I Was Born In Memphis Memphis Gold 10 Gator Gon' Bitechu! Memphis Gold Stackhouse Recording Co.
He Don't Know Robert Cray 2 Back To The Streets : Music Of Don Covay Various Artists SHANACHIE
Too Many Ways Robert Ealey 5 I Like Blues When I Party Robert Ealey BLACK TOP
can't do nothion' babe little freddie king 5 louisiana swamp stomp various artists honeybee
Nine Below Zero Brandon O. Bailey 13 Memphis Grooves Brandon O. Bailey APO
trouble in my way Carey & Lurrie Bell 2 Second nature Carey & Lurrie Bell alligator
Woman's Got Ways Johnnie Bassett 1 The Gentleman Is Back Johnnie Bassett Sly Dog Records
love mechanic Albert King 12 the masters Albert King eagle
Thunder Jimmy Witherspoon 15 Back To The Streets : Music Of Don Covay Various Artists SHANACHIE
rockin' the blues Pee Wee Crayton 17 texas blues jumpin' in l.a. pee wee crayton ace
Flat Foot Sam Tv Slim 24 Jiving Jamboree Various Artists ACE
rock this house jimmy rogers 3-6 chicago bound various artists fantastic voyage
29 ways willie dixon 1-16 chicago bound various artists fantastic voyage
something's goin wrong eddie kirkland 9 Hastings Street grease Various Artists blue suit
have mercy mr. reed harmonica shah 4 Hastings Street grease vol 2 Various Artists blue suit
No Use To Worry Lonesome Sundown 18 Genuine Excello R'n'b Various Artists ACE
Broken Yo-Yo Texas Alexander 7 Story Of The Blues Various Artists Columbia Legacy
I Want To Live So That God Can Use Me Brother Willie Eason 21 Rare And Red Hot Gospel Various Artists CATFISH
Broke And Hungry Blues Peg Leg Howell 8 Story Of The Blues Various Artists Columbia Legacy
Lone Wolf Blues Oscar Woods 10 20th Century Blues Various Artists CATFISH
here comes the blues wynonie harris 19 California Blues Various Artists ACROBAT
No Voot No Boot Dinah Washington 20 California Blues Various Artists ACROBAT
tonky boogie forrest sykes 2-28 chicago bound Various Artists fantastic voyage
messed up harold burrage 1-4 Double trouble - cobra various artists one day
mr commissioner arbee stidham 2-29 chicago bound Various Artists fantastic voyage
Created: 01/03/2015 23:53:35