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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pianoman Dan Gillogly - Expectin' Your Acceptance

Styles : Piano Blues, Boogie Woogie
Released : 2008
Lable : Swee Lin Roc Records

01 - Expectin' My Acceptance
02 - Can't Leave Me (But You Leave Me Alone)
03 - Won't You Please Come Home
04 - Choices
05 - Sally 'n' Billy
06 - Losin' You
07 - Livin' Life Today
08 - Tell Me Tell Me

Pianoman Dan Gillogly has been making a living in music for over 30 years. Based in Chicago as a singing piano player forced him to remain versatile so he could work a lot!  Then in June of 2008 he dislocated his elbow and tore ligaments while cycling.
It kept him from playing and working for over 4 months. During that time he had a chance to reflect. He realized making a living performing music was pretty cool, but when was he going to go back to playing more of the songs he wrote? So this album is the first release in over 15 years for Pianoman Dan. Eight original blues & boogie tunes including 2 ballads; one a very true story of a good friend of his who is 'Livin' Life Today' because of a lung transplant. It is a record he has been wanting to put out for a long time now. The blues and the boogie patterns have been a staple of his repertoire now through all the gigs in bars, brothels and corporate parties.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Jeremy Lyons & The Deltabilly Boys Quartet - Live At Fribourg

Styles : Electric Blues
Released : 2000
Lable : Five Eighths Music

01 - Salty Dog
02 - Country Boy
03 - Comin' Home
04 - Who Do You Love
05 - Let's Give a Party
06 - Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby
07 - Mystery Train
08 - Come on in My Kitchen
09 - One Cup of Coffee
10 - Everybody Loves My Baby
11 - Cafe Au Lait
12 - Early in the Morning
13 - All by Myself

About ten years ago, in the backyard of his parents' house in Ithaca, New York, Jeremy Lyons showed me his newly purchased 1935 National Guitar. At the time I was playing in a band with Lyons' life-long friend and future Deltabilly Boy Greg Schatz. Lyons would occasionally sit in with our band, and I knew him to be a pretty decent electric guitar player. When he sat down on the picnic table and began finger-picking that National, I knew he had found his niche. Anyone who knows the music scene in New Orleans these days or reads this magazine knows the rest of the story.
Lyons was a little hesitant when I asked if I could review his new CD, Live at Fribourg. He was concerned about the quality of the mix. Given that Mark Bingham produced the last Deltabilly Boys disc (with great results) and that Live at Fribourg is a no frills live soundboard mix, I can see his point. Although there are some rough edges that you would associate with such a live recording, there is really only one track (the last) where the mix is slightly distracting. That nit having been picked, let's get down to business.
This CD rocks. It is by far the loosest, greasiest recording of this band to date. Eleven of the tracks are from 1998 appearances at a festival in Switzerland. These cuts feature the current line-up of the Deltabilly Boys (Lyons on guitar and vocals, Greg Schatz on bass, accordion, and vocals, and Paul Santopadre on drums) augmented by multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and fellow Ithacan A.J. Strauss. He provides backing on piano, guitar, trumpet and upright bass with amazing facility. His Slam Stewart-style bass/vocal solo on "Everybody Loves My Baby" is one this disc's many highlights. Also of note is a red hot version of the Jr. Parker classic "Mystery Train," as well as a stunning seven minute workout on Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?" The playing and in particular the vocals on this album are as on time as you would expect from a band that gigs as constantly as these guys. If you're a Deltabilly fan, this is a must have.

original CD from sussex

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Fritz Köster´s Bluestime - Can't Stop This Feelin'

Styles : Chicago Blues
Released : 2009
Lable : Self Records

01 - Blow Wind Blow
02 - Messing with the Kid
03 - Wang Dang Doodle
04 - Nine below Zero
05 - Bright Lights big City
06 - Can't be satisfied
07 - Love in Vain
08 - Built for Comfort
09 - Kingbee
10 - Talk to me Baby
11 - Cleanhead Blues
12 - The Thrill Is Gone
13 - Look over Yonderswall

The band come from Germany, influences Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Robert Johnson, Elmore James.

Fritz Köster : Vocals
Helge Preuß : Guitar, Vocals
Michael Brünig : Drum
Sven Jordan : Piano, Organ
Axel Uhde : Harp, Guitar

Saturday, January 28, 2012

V.A. - Mistakes Were Made - Five Years Of Raw Blues ... (2 CDs)

Styles : Country Blues, Delta Blues, Hill Country Blues
Released : 2011
Lable : Broke & Hungry

Disc 1
01 - Train I Ride
02 - Six Little Puppies
03 - The Wolves Are Howling
04 - Pretty Baby
05 - Woke Up This Morning
06 - Everything's Gonna Be Alright
07 - Taking Chances
08 - It's Over
09 - The Mississippi Diddley
10 - Ain't It Alright
11 - All Night Long
12 - Bean's Boogie
13 - Big Road Blues
14 - Beefsteak Blues
15 - Cooter Mae

Disc 2
01 - Meet Me In The Bottom
02 - I'd Rather Be The Devil
03 - Laundromat Blues
04 - Rosalee
05 - Incarcerated Blues
06 - Waterboy, Waterboy
07 - Boogie Chillen
08 - Eyesight To The Blind
09 - Hill Funk
10 - No Hard Time (Get You Off My Mind)
11 - Hi Heel Sneakers
12 - Rainbow At Midnight
13 - Evil
14 - Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone
15 - Take A Trip

In 2005 St. Louis resident Jeff Konkel decided to make a life altering decision. He started a new record label called Broke & Hungry and released a raw-sounding disc titled Back to Bentonia by a Mississippi blues artist little known outside of his home town by the name of Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. Five years have since passed and though the label has not become a house-hold name or made a ton of money, they have recorded and released an impressive seven albums by musicians who would’ve been lost in obscurity forever otherwise, as well as being partnered with Roger Stolle from Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art in Clarksdale and Mudpuppy Recordings in the filming of the award-winning M For Mississippi.

Field recordings may have changed significantly since the days of John Hammond, Sr, John Work or John Lomax, with the use of much more impressive equipment. But it is the locating of the musicians that truly matters. To find those who’ve been overlooked and still perform in the truest, pure sense of the blues as handed down from their forebears. Broke & Hungry has brought us exceptional material from artists such as the aforementioned Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, plus Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Odell Harris, The Mississippi Marvel, Pat Thomas, Terry “Big T” Williams, L.C. Ulmer, T-Model Ford, Bill Abel and R.L. Boyce. The only one of the bunch with somewhat prior recognition being T-Model Ford for his releases on the Fat Possum label. But unless you’ve come across them playing on the street in Clarksdale, or in a juke joint in Bentonia, or just for their neighbors, their names were most likely completely foreign to you. But each of their recordings were awe-inspiring and natural in a sense that this is a sound that could’ve easily been played in these same locations some fifty-sixty years back sounding just as they do today.

To celebrate the fact that the label has endured for five years, Broke & Hungry has released a retrospective of tracks from those seven albums that shows their progress. There are thirty tracks in all, but only sixteen have been previously released, meaning there are fourteen new tunes making this 2-CD compilation indispensible if you love blues on edge, maybe a little out of tune and completely from the musicians’ hearts.

original CD from sussex

Ricky Nye - Ville du Bois

Styles : Piano Blues, Boogie Woogie  (Diatonic Harp)
Released : 2008
Lable : 1-2-3 Records

01 - Walk That Walk
02 - Ville Du Bois
03 - Cherry Red
04 - Going To Cincinnati
05 - Lord Lord Lord
06 - If The Rabbit Had A Gun
07 - Little Village
08 - Nancy Pants/No No
09 - Dirty Rag
10 - Chicken A La Blues
11 - CC Rider
12 - Creole Boogie

Ricky Nye (Rick Neiheisel) was born in Cincinnati in 1956, and was bitten by the music bug at the age of five. Swingin' blues & boogie from internationally recognized pianist & vocalist Ricky Nye and an astounding band of leading blues traditionalists from Paris, France. Upon his return to the area in 1979, his musical journeys on piano, organ & accordion have taken him through jazz, funk, rock & roll (years 1979-1985 with legendary cult faves The Raisins), country, zydeco, New Orleans styles, boogie woogie & blues (three years with the late Big Ed Thompson)- knowledge which has landed him on countless recording sessions and as accompanist to renown blues artists such as James Harman, Junior Watson, Jason Ricci, Francine Reed and Darrell Nulisch.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Hip Lankchan (sic) - Original Westside Chicago Blues Guitar

Styles : Chicago Blues
Released : 1980
Lable : JSP Records

01 - Millionaires Blues (1976)  
02 - Tell Me Why  
03 - You Must Be Shampoo Baby  
04 - My Girl  
05 - Steal My Heart Away  
06 - Millionaires Blues (1963)  
07 - Somebody's Fishing in My Pond  
08 - Pork Chops  
09 - Confusion Blues  
10 - Little Car Blues  
11 - Bright Lights City Jam

Born Willie Richard in Mississippi, his odd stage name stemmed from being dubbed "Hipstick" as a lad. (White residents of the area gave his seven-foot-tall dad the name Linkchain because he wore logging chains around his neck). Dad and older brother Jesse both played the blues, and Hip followed in their footsteps. He heard Elmore James, Little Milton, and Sonny Boy Williamson while living in the Delta before relocating to Chicago during the early '50s.

Linkchain made inroads on the competitive Chicago circuit during the '50s and '60s, playing with harpists Dusty Brown, Willie Foster, and Lester Davenport. His own band, the Chicago Twisters, was fronted by a very young Tyrone Davis in 1959. Linkchain cut a handful of very obscure 45s for the tiny Lola and Sanns logos prior to the emergence of his debut domestic album for Teardrop Records, Change My Blues, circa 1981.

original LP from sussex

Eeco Rijken Rapp - Boogielicious

Styles : Boogie Woogie, Piano Blues
Released : 2007
Lable : Herzel Rcords

01 - Bugle Boogie
02 - Barrelhouse Boogie
03 - Death Ray Boogie
04 - Groovy
05 - Suitcase Blues
06 - Sixth Avenue Express
07 - Contemporary Breakdown
08 - How Long Blues
09 - Honky Tonk Train Blues
10 - Autumn Leaves
11 - Boogie Woogie Stomp
12 - Boogie Woogie Man
13 - Swanee River Boogie
14 - Bookwoud Mountain Boogie

Eeco Rijken Rapp is specifically known by boogie woogie connoisseurs for playing the authentic style of the era of celebrity Albert Ammons. They specifically recognize the very fluent, authentic and powerful way of his playing. David Herzel is certainly one of the most astonishing drummers of our time with a mind boggling concept of time, creativity and speed. 

Eeco studied classic piano for over ten years. At the age of sixteen, after attending a boogie woogie concert, he decided to switch to boogie woogie and jazz.
As from the first publication in 2006, his video’s and boogie woogie lessons on Youtube immediately drew and keep drawing the attention of many from all over the world.

Since then he performed at many jazz and boogie woogie occassions all over Europe, such as festivals in France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and Holland.

Some famous musicians he played with :
Axel Zwingenberger
Martijn Schok
Carl Sonny Leyland
Silvan Zingg
Bob Seeley
Jean-Pierre Bertrand
Jean-Paul Amouroux
Julian Philips
Don Washington
Renaud Patigny
Jorg Hegemann
Anke Angel

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Buckwheat Shaker - Sin Talk

Styles : Blues/Rock
Released : 2005
Lable : Red Moon Recordings

01 - Hole Walkin'
02 - Bar Room Queen
03 - Lonely Man
04 - Chi Town
05 - Swampwater & Wiskey
06 - Sin Talk
07 - My All
08 - Swing Blue
09 - Vodoo Critter
10 - Bring it
11 - Crawlin'

Buckwheat Shacker is a project that producer/guitarlist Phil Robins has
create with other talent : Doug Haberle, Janina Williams, Matt Farren, and
George Williamson. Thier lyric and vocal ability has made it possible
for this collaborative project to be a success.

This CD deals with totally digital compositions, except for the guitar and vocals.
The ability to mix different instrumentation and vocals digitaly is what make
this a complete composition. Each track was original in its conception and recording.
With the use of ingredients were added and mixed to create each track.

Sweet Betty - Live & Let Live

Styles : Modern Electric Blues
Released : 2006
Lable : Music Maker Records

01 - P.A.R.T.Y
02 - Everybody Needs Love
03 - Untie Me
04 - Live And Let Live
05 - Walk The Street
06 - Touched By You
07 - Damn Your Eyes
08 - Old Fashioned Love
09 - Pass It On Down
10 - Ain't That Good News
11 - Weary Land
12 - Walk Around Heaven

Sweet Betty - Betty Echols Journey - was born in Duluth, GA. She grew up listening to gospel music. Aspiring to become a singer herself, Betty began singing at parties at her friends’ homes. In the mid 1980’s, she was introduced to legendary saxophonist, Grady “Fats” Jackson.
 Jackson was so impressed with Betty’s vocals that he began bringing her with him to his performances.
It was through Jackson that Betty met former Muddy Waters’ guitarist, “Steady Rollin” Bob Margolin. Margolin and his band, upon passing thought the southern region of the United States in the early 1990’s would regularly perform with Jackson and Betty in such places as Jackson Station nightclub in Hodges, South Carolina and Blind Willie’s or Blues Harbor in Atlanta, GA. In 1993, Jackson and Betty’s music collaboration landed them a cameo appearance in the movie “Simple Twist of Fate”, starring Steve Martin. Upon the untimely death of Jackson on January 17, 1994, the future of Betty;s singing career appeared uncertain until Margolin invited her to sing on his 1997 release “Up and In”. You can hear Betty’s vocal work on the laid-back sax driven Grady “Fats” Jackson tune, Coffee Break. Betty’s popularity continues to grow as evidenced by her demand from European audiences.
Her resume includes past performances in Greece, Germany, Israel, Italy, France, and Switzerland. She has worked with artists as Percy Sledge, Taj Mahal, Magic Slim, Kenny Neal, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Larry Garner and John Primer. Closer to home, you can often find Betty performing with Tommy Brown, The Shadows, The Breeze Kings and long time Georgia musicians and friends Albert White, Roy Lee Johnson and Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, all former guitarists with the legendary Atlanta blues pianist, Piano Red.

original CD from sussex

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Various Artists - Harmonica Blues (1929-1940)

Styles : Piedmont Blues, Pre-War Country Blues, Regional Blues
Released : 1998
Lable : Wolf Records

01 - Poor Girl
02 - Insurance Policy Blues
03 - Prisoner Blues
04 - Court-House Blues
05 - More Blues (Harmonica Blues)
06 - New Block And Tackle Blues
07 - Breathtakin' Blues
08 - Bedroom Stomp
09 - Boarding House Blues
10 - Goin' Back To Alabama
11 - Blues In The Rain
12 - Poole County Blues
13 - If You Think I'm Lovin' You, You're Wrong
14 - Corina, I'm Goin' Away
15 - Shim Shaming
16 - Come On 'Round To My House, Baby - Pt. 1
17 - Come On 'Round To My House, Baby - Pt. 2
18 - Ticket Agent Blues
19 - New Minglewood Blues
20 - Bad Luck's My Buddy
21 - I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World
22 - How Long How Long Blues
23 - Cow Cow Blues
24 - Beale Street Breakdown

Tips of ymd5270
This CD is a mixed bag of early harmonica work.
However, would have given a lot of the impact to the next generations harmonica player. No unusual technique was a good representation of contemporary blues sensibility.
There were a couple of unfamiliar artists, i was so good to listened their music through this album. It is a great album, of course worth to listen for the real blues mania.

Performers include: Smith & Harper, George Clarke, Rhythm Willie, Eddie Kelly's Washboard Band, Noah Lewis Jug Band, and Jed Davenport.
Recorded in Chicago, Georgia, North Carolina, and Memphis.

original CD from sussex

Monday, January 23, 2012

Red Bananas Blues Band - Around The Blues

Styles : Chicago Blues, Modern Electric Blues (Diatonic Harp)
Released : 2011
Lable : Unsigned

01 - Feeling Blue
02 - Driving
03 - Dust My Broom
04 - Small Box
05 - Can't Find a Song
06 - Laisse Moi
07 - Two Letters in the Sand
08 - Better World
09 - Little Red Rooster
10 - Won't Be Satisfied
11 - The Blues is Allright

The Band comes from Wetzlar, Germany. The Red Bananas Blues Band (RBBB) just demonstrates Chicago Blues. Since 17 years now, RBBB has given more than 300 concerts in Germany, playing own songs and some covers, like Little Red Rooster, Dust my Broom, Rollin' and Tumblin', Roadhouse Blues or Room to Move.

Guitar : Manfred Herr
Bass : Christoph Dupuy-Backofen
Drum : Armin van Harten Harmonica :
Benjamin Walters
Vocals : Valerie Nicolas

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Rocky Zharp - Years Gone By

Styles : Blues, Gospel, Country (Diatonic Harp)
Released : 2004
Lable : King Hudd Records

01 - An't Nobody
02 - Years Gone By
03 - I'm Lost Without You
04 - Too Drunk to Stagger
05 - Old Orange Peel
06 - Baby Song
07 - Mfhj
08 - If I Wasn't Such a Rambler
09 - Which One Am I
10 - What More Do You Want
11 - Indiana Country Boy
12 - We Be Jamin'
13 - Red Man, White Man Blues *bonus Track
14 - Song For You *bonus Track
15 - Te Power *bonus Track
16 - About You Blues *bonus Track
17 - Rain Keeps Falling *bonus Track
18 - Out of My System *bonus Track
19 - Bad News Blues *bonus Track
20 - There You Are *bonus Track
21 - Smoke Off Our Cigarette *bonus Track
22 - Hawaiian Cowboy *bonus Track
23 - Quicksand *bonus Track
24 - Talkin' Bout *bonus Track
25 - Spud Rap *bonus Track
26 - Outhouse Trots *bonus Track
27 - Dead End (live with the blues crackers) *bonus Track

Rocky Zharp, born in Indiana, was given his first musical instrument, a harmonica, by his great grandmother when he was a toddler.
By age 15, Rocky was working as a bass player in a three-piece rock band. Rocky won a local talent contest, before joining the army, playing guitar, harmonica and singing original songs
After moving to California, Rocky began playing harmonica with Bodie Mountain Express, a blue grass/country band, which had recorded on RCA Records and worked with Col. Tom Parker (Elvis' manager). They performed at county fairs and festivals throughout southern California.
This is when Rocky started his recording career. Before recording his own songs, Rocky did harmonica work for other recording artist. Rocky now has 9 cds out.

Rocky won the Inland Theater League Award for his part in the theater production of "The World of Carl Sandberg" and had rave reviews while performing in "Hard Travelin' a Tribute to Woody Guthrie". Rocky has done some stand up comedy and has been a comedy traffic violator school instructor for thirteen years.

Rocky has hosted a weekly blues radio show, "The Great Blues Mix" on KHPY radio out of Moreno Valley, Ca. (the station has now gone Spanish)

Rocky has played harmonica with such jazz/blues greats as; Eric Burdon, The Mighty Flyers, The Toller Brothers, Jerry Van Blair, Bill Shields, and Big "J" McNelly. Rocky has played with other well-known artist such as: Don Ho, Freddy Fender, Rosie & the Originals, Randy Fuller, and Buddy Merrill.

Rocky has recorded with Junior Watson, Larry Taylor, Honey Piazza, Jody Reynolds, and Johnny Neal.

The following is some of the artist Rocky has opened for: Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Canned Heat, Corey Stevens, Molly Hatchet, the Crests, Utah Phillips, and Highway 101.

Rocky released a live cd as well as a studio cd, "Crackin' the Blues" with his band The Blues Crackers, (Official promoters of mandatory fun and audience participation). In 2002 Rocky released two CD's: "The Best Of Rocky Zharp" (which has been getting air play in the United States and throughout Europe) and "The Blair Zharp Project," a children's cd with Irish folk singer Andrea Blair (which had two number one songs on

The Blues Crackers Performed for the fifth year at "Jazz In The Pines" in Idyllwild, Ca. in 2002 and are booked for August 2003. The band played at the 18th annual Monterey Bay Blues Festival the 29th of June 2003 and was ask to come back in 2004.

Rocky's original song, "Scars" from "Crackin' the Blues" and "The Best Of" CD's was featured on the Dec/Jan 2003 Blues Revue Magazine compilation CD distributed throughout the world. Rocky's song "Merry Merry Christmas" from his Christmas cd was featured on a Hospice compilation CD "Ho Ho Hospice" distributed throughout the United States to help raise money and awareness for Hospice. Rocky's country song "Too Drunk To Stagger" was featured on an anti-drug/pro-family compilation CD, "Songs of Recovery" by Sun Ray Addictions.

files from sussex

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Billy Boy Arnold - Kings Of Chicago Blues Vol.3

Styles : Chicago Blues, Harmonica Blues
Released : 1975 (Recorded 1970)
Lable : Vogue

01 - Hi Heel Sneakers
02 - Back Door Friend
03 - I Was Fooled
04 - Annie Lee
05 - Blues On Blues
06 - I'm Gonna Move
07 - Tomorrow Night
08 - Troubles
09 - Sinner's Prayer

Born William Arnold in Chicago, Illinois on September 15, 1935, at the age of thirteen he was captivated by the music of John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson and visited him at his home in Chicago for a series of informal harmonica lessons, just before Williamson’s untimely death in 1948. “That first visit was the most exciting day of my life, and made me determined to become a Bluesman” states Arnold. His 2008 Electro-Fi release Billy Boy Sings Sonny Boy is a heartfelt tribute to his mentor, released 60 years after they first met.

Billy Boy Arnold’s recording debut was a 45 rpm of “Hello Stranger" b/w "I Ain’t Got No Money” released in 1952 on the local Cool label, who gave him the nickname “Billy Boy.” After joining forces with street musician Ellas McDaniel, a.k.a. Bo Diddley, they did a session for Chess Records, where Arnold played harp on the March 1955 classic “I’m A Man,” released on Checker Records. But not content with being a sideman, he signed with Vee Jay Records, recording the original versions of “I Wish You Would” and “I Ain’t Got You.” Both songs were later covered by Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds, and “I Wish You Would” was also covered by David Bowie on his 1973 LP Pin Ups and by Hot Tuna on the 1976 album Hoppkorv.

In the early 1960’s Arnold recorded his first LP, More Blues From The Southside, for the Prestige label. But live gigs began to dry up in Chicago, which led to difficult times for Arnold, who had worked the club circuit steadily since the mid 1950’s with bands that included his brother, bassist Jerome Arnold, and guitarist Jody Williams. He found work driving a bus and as a parole officer for the State of Illinois.

By the early 1970s Billy Boy Arnold was enjoying the Blues revival, touring Europe and the U.K, and recording again. He recorded a session for BBC Radio 1 disc jockey John Peel on October 5, 1977. In 1993 he released Back Where I Belong on Alligator Records, followed in 1995 by Eldorado Cadillac. In 2001 he released the Duke Robillard-produced Boogie Shuffle on the Stony Plain label.

In 2005 Arnold signed with Electro-Fi Records and released Consolidated Mojo, originally produced and recorded in 1992 by Electro-Fi label mate Mark Hummel, following a month-long Harmonica Blowout Tour of California. The album also features the guitar work of a young Rusty Zinn. In 2008 he released Billy Boy Sings Sonny Boy, where he was joined by Willy “Big Eyes” Smith, Bob Stroger, Billy Flynn and Mel Brown.

More Blues On The South Side (1963, Prestige/Original Blues Classics)
King Of Chicago Blues, Vol. 3 (1975, Vogue)
Sinner's Prayer (1976, Red Lightnin')
Checkin' It Out (1979, Sequel)
Ten Million Dollars (1984, Evidence)
Back Where I Belong (1993, Alligator)
Eldorado Cadillac (1995, Alligator)
Going To Chicago (1995, Testament)
Blowin' The Blues Away (1998, Culture Press)
Live At The Venue (2000, Catfish)
Boogie 'n' Shuffle (2001, Stony Plain)
Chicago Blues Harp (2003, P-Vine)
Consolidated Mojo (2005, Electro-Fi)
Dirty Mother (2007, Music Avenue)
Billy Boy Sings Sonny Boy (2008, Electro-Fi)

original LP from sussex

Friday, January 20, 2012

Bert Deivert - Kid Man Blues

Stlyes : Acoustic Blues (Mandolin)
Released : 2011
Lable : Hard Danger

01 - Goin' Down South
02 - State Street Pimp
03 - Rob And Steal
04 - Come Back Baby
05 - Kid Man Blues
06 - Keep On Truckin’
07 - Cypress Grove
08 - Lula
09 - Diddie Wah Diddie
10 - Death Letter
11 - Special Agent
12 - Nongharn Blues

At first glance “Kid Man Blues by blues mandolin man Bert Deivert is fine easy listening collection of acoustic based blues delivered front porch style with a live off the cuff feel. But when you dig deeper into the liner notes you find there is more to the story and the album becomes the portrait of a man on a global quest to find the source elements that drive his passion for the blues. Deivert traveled the globe, recording in Sweden, Germany, Mississippi and Bangkok to collaborate and commune with like minded souls who celebrate the blues with the same fire. Opening with R.L Burnsides “Goin’ Down South,” featuring the ghostly wail of the lap steel alongside his mandolin that ramp up vibe of this call and response chant, setting the stage for what is to come. Big Toe Studios in Duncan Mississippi was site for delta style jam session that produced foot stompers “Rob and Steal,” and “Lula,” with the late Sam Carr on drums. Dievert sites Carl martin as the prime influence on his blues mandolin and this reading of Martin’s “Kid Man Blues with help from My Sohlin and Memphis Gold on vocals could serve as an archetype for the genre. Most intriguing is how Deivert captured the ghost of Skip James and his 1931 classic “Cypress Grove,” in Bangkok with help from Dulyasit “Pong” Srabua on guitar. Who knew the Delta had move to Thailand. Kid Man Blues shows us that the mandolin is the oft forgotten right hand man of traditional acoustic blues that sits perfectly alongside slide and nation guitar, and Bert Deivert is a man on a mission to keep it alive and kicking.

Lefty Dizz & Shock Treatment - Live At The Kingston Mines Vol.2

Styles : Chicago Blues
Released : 2010
(Recorded December 13, 1981 to January 23, 1982 to July 8, 1983)

01 - Introduction
02 - Lefty's Boogie
03 - Soon As The Weather Breaks
04 - Believe It
05 - Trouble In Mind
06 - Rock Me
07 - Lefty's Shuffle
08 - Baby Please Don't Go
09 - Somebody Stole My Christmas
10 - Hideaway

This is a compliation of performances at the "Chicago Blues Center", which continues to host shows by the City's best blues Performers, and for decades, has been a destination for international rock stars who come to jam with the world's best bluesmen. This is the venue where Lefty Dizz, Chicago's most flamboyant and entertaining bluesmen, performed his wildest shows on frequent Friday and Saturday nights from the 1970s to his passing on September 7, 1993. In contrast to his relatively tame studio recordings, this first compliation of Kingstone Mines recordings captures the raw energy of Lefty's live performances at the height of his career.
These performances are further enhanced by his hard-driving band, "Shock
Treatment", composed here by long-time members Jimmie Smith on guitar
and Nick Charles on bass, with Ralph Lapetina on organ Ray Allison
on drums, and a two-piece horn section sitting in. Leo Davis plays piano on track 2.

original CD from sussex

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Roosevelt Sykes - Live At Webster College St Louis 1974

Styles : Piano Blues, Boogie-Woogie, St. Louis Blues
Released : 2011
Lable : Document Records

01 - On The Sunny Side Of The Street
02 - 44 Blues
03 - Night Time Is The Right Time
04 - Honeysuckle Rose
05 - Drivin' Wheel
06 - My Baby's Gone
07 - Goin' Down Slow
08 - Runnin' The Boogie
09 - St. James Infirmary Blues
10 - Pine Top's Boogie woogie
11 - On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Document are pleased to re-issue on CD the original Document album DLP 526, Roosevelt Sykes “Live” at Webster College, St Louis (1st Feb 1974) which was released as a Document vinyl LP, limited edition in 1988. By 1929 Jesse Johnson, the proprietor of the De Luxe Music Shop in St Louis, had secured Sykes a recording date. As Sykes tells his audience on this recording, he can still remember the record number OKEH 8702. The song was a Lee Green composition, the “44” Blues. It was the making of Sykes and the recording remains forever synonymous with him.
From his first recording in 1929 Sykes never looked back.
He was rarely out work and was frequently in the recording studio. A wonderful piano player, accompanist, singer and composer, his personality drew others to him including an ever increasing audience. The Honeydripper (a nickname given to him by Edith Johnson) became so popular that he continued to record during the Second World War despite the shellac rationing. Even when the major labels wound down their interest in their traditional rhythm and blues output, Sykes continued performing and influencing “new comers” such as Smiley Lewis and Fats Domino.
Speaking to Val Wilmer in 1961, Sykes told her “I believe the blues are always in demand. They always will be because it’s mostly “soul”. Blues is a thing that people that can’t explain themselves but know what they want to say, can bring out in a song, and that’s for real. Blues is a true confession thing and people always did like the truth. It always has been and always will be. That’s my belief about it”
Of course he was right and his words confounded those who thought the death knell had been sounded for traditional Blues. Long after the revival petered out Sykes continued to perform with his usual style and gusto, as can be heard here in this 1974 concert in front of a young, enthusiastic and receptive audience. He was 68 years of age and still had them rocking in the aisles. The songs are punctuated with his humour and reminiscences of a life well lived to its true potential.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Duster Bennett - Fingertips

Styles : Harmonica Blues
Released : 2003
Lable : Castle Toadstool Records

01 - Fingertips
02 - Take Care (But Don't Take It Easy)
03 - You Need It, It's Gone
04 - Risk It For A Biscuit
05 - High Ground
06 - California Zephyr
07 - I've Got To Be With You Tonight
08 - Blue River Rising
09 - Gone Gershwin/Summertime
10 - Cold Chills
11 - Comin' Home (Sailor's Song)
12 - Pretty Little Thing
13 - Sweet Sympathy
14 - The Rolling Stone
15 - Everyday

Originally released in 1975 on Toadstool, Fingertips became U.K. bluesman Duster Bennett's last album. The harpist, vocalist, and guitarist died tragically in an automobile accident the following year. More soul than hardcore blues, much of this material sounds like a combination of the Meters, the Average White Band, and Billy Preston's Outa-Space. The original nine tracks include Stevie Wonder's Fingertips (Bennett's harp playing here is equal parts Wonder and the laid-back approach of Toots Thielemans), Risk It for a Biscuit, and Take Care (But Don't Take It Easy) with Peter Frampton on guitar. The six bonus tracks, recorded at the same sessions, make this reissue especially appealing to completists. For the most part, these tracks are steeped in traditional blues and gritty soul, with the exception of the disc's closing track, Everyday, a beautiful string-laden ballad which sounds like a Harry Nilsson outtake. [The 2007 Castle Music reissue features bonus tracks.]

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The Bottoms Up Blues Gang - South Broadway Blues

Styles : Acoustic Blues (Diatonic Harp)
Released : 2004

01 - Train I Ride
02 - Meet Me out Back
03 - Catfish
04 - Key to the Highway
05 - I Don't Want No Man
06 - Ain't Nobody's Business
07 - I Don't Need You
08 - First Time Blues
09 - Just a Little Bit
10 - Smokestack Lightning
11 - Everyday I Have the Blues
12 - Who Do You Love
13 - Bonus Track

St. Louis has a blues tradition that stretches back to the post WWI migration of Black laborers up the Mississippi to industrial jobs in northern cities. Along with their high hopes and matchbox luggage, they brought the musical traditions of the Delta. In St. Louis, those mixed with the ragtime piano traditions already in place to bring us a distinctive boogie-woogie style. The St. Louis blues tradition lives on today in the clubs of the South Broadway district and the performances of musicians like the three in The Bottoms Up Blues Gang.
Singer Kari Liston, guitarist Jeremy Segel-Moss and harmonicist Adam Andrews produce a much fuller sound than the lineup might suggest, even when not augmented by some of the guests that periodically appear on their debut CD. The most notable addition is pianist Matt Murdick, whose presence allows Segel-Moss, a rock solid rhythm guitar player for the most part, to open up and demonstrate some impressive facility as a lead player as well.

In addition to singing, Liston adds some original songs into the group's set of blues standards, but it's hard to tell the originals from the classics, they're that good. She's a very effective stylist, with an emotional richness that belies her relative youth. Andrews rounds out the lineup with a harmonica that fills the place of a keyboardist, a horn section, a harmony vocalist, a lead guitarist or just about anything else that might be missing, and fills those places completely.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Son House - Field Recordings Volume 17

Styles : Country Blues, Mississippi Delta Blues, Bottleneck-Slide Guitar.
Released : 2011
Lable : Document Records

01 - Levee Camp Blues (Son House, Willie Brown, Fiddlin' Joe Martin, Leroy Williams)
02 - Government Fleet Blues (Son House, Willie Brown, Fiddlin' Joe Martin, Leroy Williams)
03 - Walking Blues (Son House, Willie Brown, Fiddlin' Joe Martin, Leroy Williams)
04 - Shetland Pony Blues
05 - Camp Hollers (Son House, Fiddlin' Joe Martin, poss. Willie Brown)
06 - Delta Blues (Son House, Leroy Williams)
07 - Special Rider Blues (test)
08 - Special Rider Blues
09 - Low Down Dirty Dog
10 - Depot Blues
11 - Interview Demonstration of Concert Guitar Tuning
12 - American Defence
13 - Am I Right Or Wrong
14 - Walking Blues (Death Letter)
15 - County Farm Blues
16 - The Pony Blues
17 - The Jinx Blues (No. 1)
18 - The Jinx Blues (No. 2)

When, in August and September, 1941, Alan Lomax, then ‘Assistant in Charge’ of the Archive of Folk Song at the Library of Congress in Washington, undertook a field trip to record in Coahoma County, Mississippi, he had already conducted a considerable number of such trips, initially in the company of his father, John Lomax, back in 1933/4. Travelling with him in their Ford car was his wife Elizabeth. Also taking part in the project were John Work, whose idea it was to study the black culture of a limited area in Mississippi or Tennessee in detail, and Lewis Jones, both from Fisk University.
Having made a series of religious recordings after their arrival in Mississippi on Sunday, 31st August, they visited the Stovall Plantation to record a young man named McKinley Morganfield, who had been recommended to them as a good bluesman. Apart from his musical contribution he was instrumental in guiding Lomax to where he could find former Paramount recording artist Eddie James ‘Son’ House. In an interview Muddy told Lomax and John Work that while he admired and was influenced by the recordings of Robert Johnson, his major inspiration was Son House.
House was now living on a plantation near Robinsonville, a small town in Tunica County on Highway 61, where he worked as a tractor driver. On weekends he fronted a country band that included his close friend, guitarist Willie Brown, who had also recorded for Paramount, Fiddlin’ Joe Martin, who played several instruments, including guitar and mandolin, and harmonica player Leroy Williams. On 3rd September this group was assembled at Clack’s grocery store at Clack, Mississippi. The store was chosen as a recording location because it was only one of a few buildings in the area that had an electricity supply. A railroad track ran close by and on two of the recordings a train can be heard - Son’s solo recording of Charlie Patton’s big hit on Paramount, Pony Blues and Walking Blues (with the band) which was based on one of Son’s Paramount recordings, which now exists only as a test pressing but may have been issued commercially.
The first three performances feature the full band supporting Son’s vocal. Levee Camp Blues (originally untitled) fades out during the sixth verse, presumably due to lack of disc space. The intention was to re-record it. However, Government Fleet Blues contains ten verses, only four of which appear (and then in different form) in Levee Camp so I prefer to think of them as related but distinctly individual songs using the same melody.
Fiddlin’ Joe Martin indulges is in his element, in exchanges with Son during the accapella Camp Hollers, capturing the sounds of the levee camps. Delta Blues, which only features Son and Leroy, was House’s personal favorite from the session and it certainly is an absolutely magnificent performance.

In 1942 the Coahoma County study was resumed. Alan Lomax rated Son House, as a blues singer, even above Leadbelly and so was understandably anxious to record him again. The long recording session in Robinsonville had, been extremely successful. It begins with a brief test of an un-named piece that sounds for all the world as if it was recorded for Paramount. Slide-guitar accompanied and with an insistent beat reminiscent of “My Black Mama” it is a great shame that only this fragment remains. The intensity of Son’s performance on Special Rider Blues and Low Down Dirty Dog Blues is almost overpowering. They are fully realized and virtually flawless examples of the finest Delta blues. Only a little lighter in tone, Depot Blues uses a melody similar to Willie Brown’s railroad piece “M & O Blues”. A few months before Son had composed a patriotic song about the War, American Defense with its gloomy message “This war will last you for years” but expressing confidence that it would eventually be won. Was I Right Or Wrong, a raggy non-blues, ends abruptly. Lomax noted that Son forgot the ending. Although the next piece was titled Walking Blues it was in fact a different song to that recorded in 1930 and 1941. Initially, he told Lomax that it was “The Girl I Love Is Dead” but then changed his mind. It is in fact the song that, after his rediscovery, Son called “Death Letter Blues”, which, over the years, had evolved from Part 2 of his Paramount recording “My Black Mama”.
When Son had recorded for Paramount he had been asked to record a song that employed the ‘beat’ and melody of Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” and had composed a stark piece about serving time on the county farm. By 1942 considerable lyric revision had taken place, although the slide guitar accompaniment was retained. The 1930 original of Mississippi County Farm Blues has six verses whereas the Library of Congress version has only 4 (and none in common with the Paramount) but all are really hard-hitting.
Son’s 1942 treatment of Pony Blues, with its ‘clip-clop’ rhythm, seems closer to the Charlie Patton original. The two versions of Jinx Blues, one of Son’s most masterly pieces, are considerably different and certainly can’t be considered as ‘Parts 1 and 2’ as they have sometimes been presented.
It was extremely fortunate that Lomax revisited House when he did as the following year House relocated to Rochester in New York State, on Lake Ontario, and the opportunity to capture him performing at his magnificent best would have been lost.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Don Baker - Almost Illegal

Style : Harmonica Blues
Released : 1989
Lable : Bus Records

01 - Need Someone
02 - Hoochie Coochie Man
03 - Been Alone Too Long
04 - Bring It On Home
05 - Don's Train
06 - I Wish I Had Religion
07 - Used Shoe Blues
08 - Finnerty's Blues
09 - Same Old Blues
10 - Louise
11 - Almost Illegal

Don Baker is one of Ireland's most gifted musicians whose fans include; U2's Bono who publicly declared Don, "the greatest harmonica player in the world", and Charlie McCoy who described Don as "the best Rock & Blues Harmonica player" he has ever heard. Mark Feltham of Oasis rates Don “the best acoustic harmonica player alive”. Don is the author of several instruction books on the harmonica, which are on sale in several languages and are distributed throughout the world, as well as five teaching videos. He also adjudicates bi-annually at the World Harmonica Championships. In the 1993 film, “In the Name of the Father” starring Daniel Day Lewis and directed by Jim Sheridan, Don received critical acclaim for his role as Joe McAndrew, head of the IRA in the UK prison where Gerry Conlon was detained. Don has just completed filming a major role in a Hollywood comic caper movie titled “On The Nose” also starring Dan Ackroyd and Robbie Coltrane due for release 2001. The book "The Winner in Me - Don Baker's Story" by Jackie Hayden (director of Hot Press) has enjoyed success in the Irish Bestsellers list.

About LP
Released three singles on Bus Records in the mid80s.
Don's debut solo LP 'Almost Illegal' Don Baker on vocals & harmonica includes
Brian Downey on drums.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Roger Hubbard - Brighton Belle Blues

Styles : Slide Guitar, Acoustic Blues, Delta Blues
Released : 1971
Lable : Blue Goose Records

01 - Crow Jane
02 - A Rag
03 - Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
04 - Brighton Belle Blues
05 - West Coast Blues
06 - Hellhound On My Trail
07 - Fightin' The Jug
08 - Detroit Blues
09 - Sloopy Rag
10 - Cigarette Blues
11 - Amanda Jane
12 - Kind Hearted Woman Blues
13 - Janda
14 - Satisfied

Born in 1950 in Brighton, England, Roger remains one of the UK's major exponents of the slide guitar.
At the age of 15 he was starting to play at folk clubs in the Brighton area. In 1968, continuing an interest in Country and Delta blues, he started his own club above "The Lewes Arms" in Lewes, Sussex. Along with fellow musicians Sam Mitchell and Dick Wardell, the club featured guest performances by Jo Ann Kelly and her brother Dave Kelly, Simon Prager, Steve Rye, Bob Hall, Graham Hine, Andy Fernbach and Tony McPhee (who was later to form the Groundhogs).
The club later moved to Brighton.

In 1971 Roger opened for Muddy Waters at The Gardener Centre, Brighton. He also appeared at the Cambridge Folk Festival and on the first pyramid stage at Glastonbury the same year.

In 1972 Muddy Waters was quoted in Sounds Magazine as saying,
"Roger Hubbard is as good as any blues guitarist in the U.K. or the United States".

His first album Brighton Belle Blues was recorded in 1970 by Nick Perls for his US Blue Goose label. Nick was a key figure on the American blues trail, rediscovering the likes of Son House and Skip James. Having played his 1935 National Steel Duolian for many years, Roger now plays an electric resonator guitar of his own design, known as "The Hub" as well as a steel resonator mandolin given to him by the AMI company in Munich.

Roger is currently gigging with his band Buick 6 as well as doing solo and duo work.

His song Home Lovin' Man was recorded by US blues man Eric Bibb on his 2003 album Natural Light .

1971 Brighton Belle Blues - Blue Goose Records
2003 Danger Deep Mud - Deep Mud Records
2007 Out of my Hands - Deep Mud Records

1993 Busy Bootin' (John Pearson & Roger Hubbard) - Taxim Records

(Band) Buick 6:
1989 Cypress Grove - Taxim Records
1995 Juice Machine - Taxim Records
1997 Foolin' With This Heart EP - Taxim Records
2008 Live At The Telegraph - Buick Records

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DK SOUL - 3 Minutes 30 Seconds (EP)

Styles : Blues, Reggae
Released : 2011

1 - 3 Minutes 30 Seconds
2 - In The Future
3 - Face (Movie 'Tokyo Taxi' OST)

Dk Soul is a promising young blues musician in South Korea.
3 minutes and 30 seconds is his first studio album. DK Soul singing a variety of genres about life and his music.
He began music under the influenced by Eric Clapton, Tommy Emmanuel, Adrian Byron Burns.

His musical achievement is not a efforts but a innate. of course, i don't mean he does not efforts. he won the grand prix at severals Acoustic Guitar Festival of South Korea.

This album has high praised from famous jazz vocalist Woong-San and music producers in Korea.

It's an honor to introduce my friend's album to my blog.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Son House - Son House In Seattle 1968

Styles : Delta Blues, Acoustic Blues
Released : 2011
Lable : Arcola

CD 1
01 - Intro - Son House talking
02 - Death Letter Blues
03 - Son House talking
04 - Government Fleet Blues
05 - Son House talking
06 - Empire State Express
07 - Son House talking
08 - I Want to Live So God Can Use Me
09 - Son House talking
10 - Preachin' Blues
11 - Son House talking
12 - Louise McGhee

CD 2
01 - My Black Mama pt. 1
02 - Interview
03 - Louise Johnson - All Night Long Blues
04 - Interview
05 - Charlie Patton - Mississippi Bo Weevil Blues
06 - Interview
07 - Willie Brown - M & O Blues
08 - Interview
09 - Rube Lacy - Ham Hound Crave
10 - Interview
11 - Robert Johnson - Terraplane Blues
12 - Interview
13 - My Black Mama pt. 2

A unique and personal presentation of Delta blues legend Eddie James 'Son' House, Jr. recorded while visiting Seattle, this two-disc set comprises Son House's 1968 concert and interview, and features trademark renditions of classic blues songs such as Death Letter Blues, My Black Mama, and Preachin' Blues. Disc 2 also features performances by Louise Johnson, Charlie Patton, Willie Brown, Rube Lacy, and Robert Johnson, followed by Son House's recollections of these musicians and their work. As much a piece of blues history as a commercial release, Son House In Seattle 1968 is an essential addition to the canon of legendary Delta blues.

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