Category Archives: Blues

THE COMPLETE FAME SINGLES VOLUME 1-1964-1967.

 THE COMPLETE FAME SINGLES VOLUME 1-1964-1967. Mention Southern Soul, and certain labels spring to mind. Among them are Stax, Hi Records and Fame Records. These three labels are synonymous with Southern Soul. Together, they released some of the greatest music in the history of Southern Soul. Indeed, the artists who walked through the doors of …

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JOE TURNER-THE REAL BOSS OF THE BLUES.

JOE TURNER-THE REAL BOSS OF THE BLUES. After enjoying a renaissance in its popularity during the early sixties, blues music was in doldrums. Soul had replaced the blues in popularity. However, many of the new breed of rock bands had been inspired by the blues. This included Jimi Hendrix, Cream, The Yardbirds, The Animals and …

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T-BONE WALKER-EVERY DAY I HAVE THE BLUES.

T-BONE WALKER-EVERY DAY I HAVE THE BLUES. T-Bone Walker was, without doubt, one of the most innovative and influential blues guitarists ever. He was a pioneer of both the jump blues and electric blues. That may seem like a bold statement, but it’s not. It’s the truth. After all, T-Bone was one of the first …

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OTIS SPANN-SWEET GIANT OF THE BLUES.

OTIS SPANN-SWEET GIANT OF THE BLUES. For many people, Otis Spann will always be remembered as Muddy Waters’ pianist. Granted Otis spent fifteen years as a member of Muddy Waters’ band. However, there’s much more to Otis Spann’s career that that. Much more. No wonder. Otis Spann was without doubt, one of the greatest postwar …

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WITHERED HAND-NEW GODS.

WITHERED HAND-NEW GODS. Five long years have passed since Withered Hand recorded their debut album Good News. It was released to critical acclaim and praised for its stark honesty. There was a reason for this. The man behind Withered Hand, Dan Willson was  a latecomer to music. He was already thirty when he wrote his …

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THE BONNIWELL MUSIC MACHINE.

THE BONNIWELL MUSIC MACHINE-THE BONNIWELL MUSIC MACHINE. In 1955, Sean Bonniwell’s life changed when he heard The Platters’ Only You. That’s when he decided to become a musician. Eventually, his dream became a reality, and he became one of the most influential and innovative musicians of the mid-sixties. With his band The Bonniwell Music Machine, …

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YOU TALK TOO MUCH-THE RIC AND RON STORY VOLUME 1.

YOU TALK TOO MUCH-THE RIC AND RON STORY VOLUME 1. Joe Ruffino founded his Ric and Ron labels in 1958. For the next five years, they were one of New Orleans’ premier independent R&B labels. During this five year period, artists of the calibre of Professor Longhair, Irma Thomas, Johnny Adams, Eddie Bo and Eddie …

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GIL SCOTT-HERON-PIECES OF A MAN.

GIL SCOTT-HERON-PIECES OF A MAN. Just a year after the release of his 1970 debut album Small Talk At 125 and Lenox, Gil Scott-Heron returned with his landmark album Pieces Of A Man which was recently rereleased by BGP Records, a subsidiary of Ace Records. Pieces Of A Man was Gil’s second collaboration with musician …

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BOB FRANK-BOB FRANK.

BOB FRANK-BOB FRANK. In 2007, Jim Dickinson described Bob Frank as: “the best songwriter you never heard.” That’s no surprise. Jim Dickinson first met Bob Frank way back in the summer of 1963. Back then, Bob was part of a group of singers and songwriters hanging out in an old butcher’s shop in Crosstown Farmer’s …

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STEIN URHEIM-STEIN URHEIM.

STEIN URHEIM-STEIN URHEIM. Last year, 2013, Stein Urheim’s collaboration with Mari Kvien Brunvoll, Daydream Twin was nominated for a Spellemannprisen, the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy Award. No wonder. Over the last few years, Stein has established a reputation as one of Norwegian music’s most innovative artists. The story begins back in 2009. That’s when …

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COUNT BASIE AND HIS ORCHESTRA-AFRIQUE.

COUNT BASIE AND HIS ORCHESTRA-AFRIQUE. By 1970, Count Basie was sixty-six and a legend of jazz. The Grammy Award winner had achieved just about everything. Count Basie had come a long way since he dropped out of school to play the piano at a silent movie theatre. Soon, he was playing regularly. Whether it was …

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BLY DE BLYANT-HINDSIGHT BIAS.

BLY DE BLYANT-HINDSIGHT BIAS. Bly De Blyant are the equivalent of international musical superheroes. They dare to create innovative, groundbreaking and genre-melting music. To do this, they combine musical genres and influences. This includes everything from classic rock, jazz, Krautrock and math rock. It’s an inventive and innovative combination. No wonder. This is what we’d …

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RHYTHM ’N’ BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-ROMPIN’ AND STOMPIN’

RHYTHM ’N’ BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-ROMPIN’ AND STOMPIN’ Last year was a busy year for Ian Saddler. He compiled a trio of compilations of blues, R&B and zydeco for Ace Records. The first of these was Bluesin’ By The Bayou, a compilation of “low down, dirty and greasy blues from Louisiana.” With some Zydeco thrown …

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MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD-FROM HIS HEAD TO HIS HEART TO HIS HANDS.

MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD-FROM HIS HEAD TO HIS HEART TO HIS HANDS. Michael Bloomfield was an unlikely candidate to become one of the finest blues guitarists of his generation. He was born in Chicago in 1943. His family were a wealthy Jewish-American family who lived in the north side of Chicago. His family hoped he’d join the …

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BOBBY CHARLES-BOBBY CHARLES.

BOBBY CHARLES-BOBBY CHARLES. Bobby Charles will always be remembered as one of the pioneers of swamp pop. He played a huge part in popularising swamp pop, not just in Louisiana, but much further afield. However, there’s more to Bobby Charles’ career than that. Much more. Bobby was also a successful songwriter. The story begins in …

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LIGHTNIN’ SLIM-HIGH AND LOW DOWN.

LIGHTNIN’ SLIM-HIGH AND LOW DOWN. When Lightnin’ Slim recorded his 1971 album High and Low Down, it only took three days to record the album. There’s a good reason for this. Three days holidays was all Lightnin’ Slim could get from the lock factory he was working in, in Pontiac, Michigan. However, for three days …

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LOUISIANA RED-DEAD STRAY DOG.

LOUISIANA RED-DEAD STRAY DOG. When eventually, the history of the blues is written, Louisiana Red’s name will loom large. His career began in 1949, when when he first recorded for Chess Records. Then in 1963, Louisiana Red released his debut album The Lowdown Back Porch Blues. That was the first of over fifty albums Louisiana …

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LEO WELCH-SABOUGLA VOICES.

LEO WELCH-SABOUGLA VOICES. There aren’t many artists who release their debut album at the age of eighty-one. Leo Welch has just done that. He released Sabougla Voices on 6th January 2014, on Big Legal Mess Records. Sabougla Voices is a glorious fusion of blues and gospel. Listening to Sabougla Voices, is a bit like discovering …

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THE A-Z OF THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2013-PART 2.

THE A-Z OF THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2013-PART 2.  CAN YOU JACK? CHICAGO HOUSE AND EXPERIMENTAL HOUSE 1985-1995. Can You Jack?Chicago House and Experimental House 1985-1995 isn’t a new compilation. Not at all. It was originally released way back in 2005. Now eight years later, just as the Chicago House is about to celebrate its …

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THE A-Z OF THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2013-PART 4.

THE A-Z OF THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2013-PART 4.  LOUISIANA SATURDAY NIGHT REVISITED. Ace Records waited an amazing twenty-three years to release the followup Another Saturday Night, which was released back in 1990. Released to critical acclaim and an appreciative audience, Another Saturday Night was one of the compilations of 1990. Everyone expected a followup …

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