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Thursday, December 1, 2011

In My One Room Little Cabin - Sonny Boy Williamson II

SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON II aka RICE MILLER - Born Dec 5, 1899, lower Tallahatchie County near Glendora, MS, Died May 25, 1965, Helena, AK. He claimed to fans and Blues researchers that he was the original 'Sonny Boy' (John Lee Williamson) who came from Jackson, Tennessee and recorded for Bluebird and later RCA Victor until his untimely death at the hands of an assailant on a Chicago street in the late 1940's. But according to his sister, Mary Ashford of Tutwiler, his real name was Alex 'Rice' Miller. "He was born a Miller and his father's name was Miller" she says of her musician brother who died in Helena, AK, 1965 of failed health. Born as Alex Miller (pronounced "Aleck") on the Sara Jones Plantation in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, his date and year of birth are a matter of uncertainty. He claimed to have been born on December 5, 1899, but Dr. David Evans, professor of music and an ethnomusicologist at the University of Memphis, claims to have found census record evidence that he was born around 1912, being seven on February 2, 1920, the day of the census. His gravestone, set up by record company owner Lillian McMurry twelve years after his death, gives his date of birth as March 11, 1908, but the death date on that stone is certainly incorrect.
Some of his better known songs include "Don't Start Me To Talkin'" (his only major hit, it reached the #3 position on the national Billboard R&B charts in 1955),"Fattenin' Frogs for Snakes", "Keep It To Yourself", "Your Funeral and My Trial", "Bye Bye Bird", "Nine Below Zero", "Help Me", "Checkin' Up on My Baby", and the infamous "Little Village", with dialogue 'unsuitable for airplay' with Leonard Chess. His song "Eyesight to the Blind" was performed by The Who as a key song in their rock opera Tommy (the only song in that opus not written by a band member) and it was later covered on the Aerosmith album Honkin' on Bobo. His "One Way Out", reworked from Elmore James and recorded twice in the early 1960s, became popularized by The Allman Brothers Band in the early 1970s. In interviews in The Last Waltz, roots-rockers The Band recount jamming with Miller prior to their initial fame as Bob Dylan's electric backing band, and making never-realized plans to become his backing band. Many of his most famous recordings appeared on The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson and His Best.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

J Blackfoot 25 Nov 2011 W. Memphis Ak

J. Blackfoot (born John Colbert, November 20, 1946), was an American soul singer, who was a member of The Soul Children in the late 1960s and 1970s, and subsequently had a moderately successful solo career. His biggest hit was "Taxi", which reached the charts in both the US and UK in 1984.
John Colbert was born in Greenville, Mississippi, moving to Memphis, Tennessee with his family as a child. Generally known as "J." or "Jay", he acquired the nickname "Blackfoot" as a child, for his habit of walking barefoot on the tarred sidewalks. In 1965, after spending some time in Tennessee State Penitentiary in Nashville, he recorded a single under his own name for the small Sur-Speed label, before returning to Memphis, where he was heard singing in a street corner group by David Porter of Stax Records. After the plane crash that claimed the lives of Otis Redding and four members of The Bar-Kays, he joined the reconstituted group as lead singer, and performed with them for several months but did not record.

In 1968, after Sam & Dave had moved from Stax to Atlantic Records, Porter and his songwriting and production partner Isaac Hayes decided to put together a new vocal group of two men and two women. They recruited Blackfoot, together with Norman West, Anita Louis, and Shelbra Bennett, to form The Soul Children. Between 1968 and 1978, The Soul Children had 15 hits on the R&B chart, including three that crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, and recorded seven albums.
Main article: The Soul Children

The Soul Children disbanded in 1979. Blackfoot worked with bands in the Memphis area, and recorded solo for the local Prime Cut label. In 1983, he began working again with writer and producer Homer Banks, with whom he had recorded with The Soul Children, and recorded "Taxi", a song originally written for Johnnie Taylor but not recorded by him. Blackfoot's record rose to no. 4 on the R&B chart and no. 90 on the pop chart, also reaching no. 48 in the UK. He recorded several albums, and had several more R&B hits on Banks' Sound Town label before moving to the Edge label formed by Al Bell in 1986. In 1987, he had another significant hit, "Tear Jerker", a duet with Ann Hines, reaching no. 28 on the R&B chart. He later moved to the Basix label, continuing to release albums into the new millennium.

In 2007, Blackfoot and West reformed the Soul Children, adding two new singers, Ann Hines and Cassandra Graham
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Caldonia - Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson

Frank Isaac Robinson (born 28 December 1938), known in his early career as a musician as Sugar Chile Robinson, is an American blues and boogie-woogie pianist, singer, and later psychologist, whose career began as a child prodigy.

Robinson was born in Detroit, Michigan. At an early age he showed unusual gifts singing the blues and accompanying himself on the piano. He won a talent show at the Paradise Theatre in Detroit at the age of three, and in 1945 played guest spots at the theater with Lionel Hampton, who was prevented by child protection legislation from taking him on tour with him. However, he performed on radio with Hampton and Harry "The Hipster" Gibson, and also appeared as himself in the Hollywood film No Leave, No Love, starring Van Johnson and Keenan Wynn. In 1946, he played for President Harry S. Truman at the White House, shouting out "How'm I Doin', Mr President?" - which became his catchphrase - during his performance of "Caldonia". He began touring major theaters, setting box office records in Detroit and California. In 1949 he was given special permission to join the American Federation of Musicians and record, his first releases on Capitol Records, "Numbers Boogie" and "Caldonia", both reaching the Billboard R&B chart. In 1950, he toured and appeared on television with Count Basie, and appeared in a short film 'Sugar Chile' Robinson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and His Sextet. The following year, he toured the UK, appearing at the London Palladium. He stopped recording in 1952, later explaining:

"I wanted to go to school... I wanted some school background in me and I asked my Dad if I could stop, and I went to school because I honestly wanted my college diploma."

Until 1956 he continued to make occasional appearances as a jazz musician, billed as Frank Robinson, and performed on one occasion with Gerry Mulligan, but then gave up his musical career entirely. Continuing his academic studies, he earned a PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan. In the 1960s, he worked for WGPR-TV, and also helped set up small record labels in Detroit and opened a recording studio.

In recent years he has made a comeback as a musician with the help of the American Music Research Foundation. In 2002, he appeared at a special concert celebrating Detroit music, and in 2007 he traveled to Britain to appear at a rock and roll weekend festival.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Joe Bonamassa adds Glasgow date to 2012 UK Tour

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Award-winning blues rock star, guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa and his ace touring band, have just added Wednesday 4th April 2012 at the prestigious Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to his 2012 UK tour. To mark the news of this special Scottish show, Planet Rock will run a special ticket pre-sale from 9am on Wednesday November 30th via their official website
Tickets for the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall date will go on sale to the general public on Friday December 2nd  from the 24 hour ticket hotline - 0844 478 0898, and online at:
Fresh off his successful European tour with Black Country Communion, and rave reviews of BCC's "2" album, Joe's forthcoming UK solo tour will see him perform material from his current studio album "Dust Bowl" plus songs from his vast catalogue of albums including A New Day Yesterday, The Ballad of John Henry, Sloe Gin and Black Rock
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Joe will also preview some new songs from his forthcoming studio album due for release in late May 2012. Joe's band includes Carmine Rojas (bass), Rick Melick (keyboards) and Tal Bergman (drums).
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"Joe Bonamassa is the new messiah for guitar music lovers."
– The Sun
"Bonamassa's guitar playing and singing are still on a strong upward curve.  Forget derivative – this couldn't be anyone but Joe."
- Guitarist
 "Bonamassa's precision guitar playing is
something of a revelation."

– Classic Rock
"In the beginning ‘God' aka Eric Clapton created British blues.
Like some Les Paul-toting Jesus, Joe Bonamassa is continuing
his hero's legacy."

– Total Guitar
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Brighton Centre
Friday 23rd March 2012

Ticket Prices: £30, £40, £50
Ticket Hotline: 0844 847 1515
Doors: 7pm
Kings Road, Brighton. East Sussex BN1 2GR

Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
Saturday 24th March 2012

Ticket Prices: £30, £40, £50
Ticket Hotline: 0114 2 56 56 56
Doors: 7pm
Broughton Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 2DF
Newcastle Metro Arena
Sunday 25th March 2012

Ticket Prices: £30, £40, £50
Ticket Hotline: 0844 493 6666
Doors: 7pm
Arena Way, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE4 7NA
Edinburgh Usher Hall
Tuesday 27th March 2012

Ticket Prices: £30, £35, £40, £50
Ticket Hotline: 0131 228 1155
Doors: 7pm
Lothian Road, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 2EA
Liverpool Echo Arena
Wednesday 28th March 2012

Ticket Prices: £30, £40, £50
Ticket Hotline: 0844 8000 400
Doors: 7pm
King's Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AD
Bournemouth International Centre
Friday 30th March 2012

Ticket Prices: £30, £40, £50
Ticket Hotline: 0844 576 4500
Doors: 7pm
Exeter Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5BH
Birmingham National Indoor Arena
Saturday 31st March 2012

Ticket Prices: £30, £40, £50
Ticket Hotline: 0844 338 0338
Doors: 7pm
King Edwards Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2AA
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Wednesday 4th April 2012

Ticket Prices: £35, £50, £60, £75
Venue Box Office: 0141 353 9000
Doors: 7pm
2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY
Dust Bowl is Bonamassa's 9th studio album released by Provogue Records in Europe and his J&R Adventures label (co-founded with manager Roy Weisman) in the US.  It's also his 6th collaboration with Dust Bowl producer, Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Black Crowes, Black Country Communion).
Dust Bowl was recorded at Black Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece, Ben's Studio in Nashville, TN, The Cave in Malibu, CA and The Village in Los Angeles, CA.  The new album combines the gritty, blues-based tones of Bonamassa's first albums with the fluid, genre-defying sounds he's mastered in the years since, and also features a dose of Nashville in duets with legends John Hiatt and Vince Gill, and a song collaboration with Glenn Hughes.  
In 2010, Bonamassa's previous album, Black Rock, debuted at #1 on Billboard's Blues Albums Chart and #38 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart, a huge leap from 2009's The Ballad of John Henry which debuted at #136 on the Top 200. The eleventh full-length solo release and ninth studio album of his career, this new disc will mark Bonamassa's eighth collaboration with Kevin Shirley as producer.
In May 2010 he asked Ian Anderson to guest at his concert at London's Hammersmith Apollo on May 28th in London, and they played "A New Day Yesterday" along with "Locomotive Breath". The concert was the largest audience Joe had played to date (the capacity was 5,200).
Recently, Bonamassa has been splitting duties with his side project, the English-American rock group Black Country Communion with bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Billy Idol, Dream Theater).
BCC released their debut self-titled album, also produced by Shirley, on September 21, 2010. It entered the Billboard Top 200 Chart at #53 and is getting rave reviews. Mojo magazine gave the album four stars and Goldmine said it's "Possibly, the best hard rock album of 2010." Music Radar describes it as "a potent and stomping collection of riff-heavy rockers that will undoubtedly stun listeners."
In addition to the success of Black Rock and Black Country Communion's stellar debut, 2010 kicked off with Guitar World dubbing Bonamassa - "The Blues Rock Titan" and his song, "Lonesome Road Blues," was included in Guitar Hero V's New Blues Masters Track Pack. He was also honoured twice in Guitar Player Magazine's June 2010 Readers' Choice Awards winning "Best Overall Guitarist" for the first time and "Best Blues Guitarist" for the fourth consecutive year. On June 26, he played the main stage at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago.
In May 2009, he played a sold out show at London's Royal Albert Hall, arguably the most prestigious concert venue in the world and had the added honour of being joined on stage by the legendary Eric Clapton. Released Oct. 6, 2009 and debuting at #6 on Billboard's DVD Chart was Joe Bonamassa – Live From The Royal Albert Hall, a 2-disc live DVD capturing the intensity and excitement of that show which Bonamassa calls "a day 20 years in the making." Also, in 2009, Bonamassa was awarded the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the UK's prestigious Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.
A child prodigy, Bonamassa opened shows at age 12 for blues legend B.B. King, who said after first seeing him play, "This kid's potential is unbelievable…He's one of a kind." Bonamassa's recording career began in the early '90s with Bloodline, a rock-blues group also featuring Robby Krieger's son Waylon and Miles Davis' son Erin. His solo debut was in 2000 with the Tom Dowd-produced A New Day Yesterday.
Bonamassa averages 200 shows every year, almost always playing to sold-out and ever-larger houses, and with each gig, he comes more into his own as a virtuoso and a vocalist. As he heads back to the road in support of his new album, Bonamassa remains infinitely passionate about playing live, connecting with his audiences and making new fans along the way like Slash, who recently said, "Just saw Joe Bonamassa on Jools Holland again. He's definitely my new favourite guitarist." 
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Friday, November 25, 2011

I'll Never Get Out of These Blues Alive - John Lee Hooker

In my mind one of the big five bluesmen of all times!
John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Hooker began his life as the son of a sharecropper, William Hooker, and rose to prominence performing his own unique style of what was originally closest to Delta blues. He developed a 'talking blues' style that was his trademark. Though similar to the early Delta blues, his music was metrically free. John Lee Hooker could be said to embody his own unique genre of the blues, often incorporating the boogie-woogie piano style and a driving rhythm into his masterful and idiosyncratic blues guitar and singing. His best known songs include "Boogie Chillen'" (1948), "I'm in the Mood" (1951) and "Boom Boom" (1962), the first two reaching R&B #1 in the Billboard charts.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Ana Popovic’s new CD Unconditional has proven to be a smashing success

Ana Popovic’s new CD Unconditional has proven to be a smashing success right out the gate. The album debuted on the Billboard Blues Chart at #11 the week ending September 3, 2011, and so far has spent a total of seven weeks on the chart with a peak position of #7. Additionally, Unconditional also appeared on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Chart for three weeks hitting its peak position there at #36.

American blues greatly influenced a young Ana Popovic. She grew up in Belgrade, in what was then Yugoslavia. Now this Serbian blues musician has released her new album "Unconditional." It was recorded in New Orleans and Ana Popovic tells anchor Marco Werman that there are similarities between the crescent city and Belgrade. To listen to this inteview visit

11/04/11: Unna, Germany – Lindenbrauerei
11/05/11: Freundenburg, Germany – Ducsaal
11/11/11: Bremen, Germany – Meisenfrei
11/12/11: Lubeck, Germany – Riders Café
11/18/11: Vlissingen, The Netherlands – Het Arsenaal Theater
11/19/11: Rheinberg, Germany – Schwarzer Adler
11/21/11: Ruiselede, Belgium – Banana Peel
11/24/11: Esslingen, Germany – Dieselstrasse
11/25/11: Burgbernheim, Germany – Rossmuhle
12/03/11: Bonn, Germany – Harmonie
01/28/12: Kemi, Finland – Pakkasukko Blues & Jazz Fest
02/10/12: Mumbai, India – Mahindra Blues Festival
03/17/12: Burghausen, Germany – B Jazz Festival
03/30/12: Salaise-Sur-Sanne , France – Salaise Blues Festival
03/31/12: Samoens, France – Le Bois Aux Dames
07/28/12: Cape Cod, MA – Private Event
08/18/12: Lebanon, OR – Harvest Moon Blues Fest
08/24/12: Sierre, Switzerland – Sierre Blues Festival
10/27/12: San Diego, CA – Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
10/28/12: San Diego, CA – Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise10/29/12: San Diego, CA – Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
10/30/12: San Diego, CA – Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
10/31/12: San Diego, CA – Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
11/01/12: San Diego, CA – Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
11/02/12: San Diego, CA – Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
11/23/12: Bergheim, Germany – Medio.Rhein.Erft
11/24/12: Dortmund, Germany – Musiktheater Piano
11/30/12: Munster, Germany – Hot Jazz Club
12/01/12: Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
12/06/12: Bremen, Germany – Meisenfrei
12/07/12: Lubeck, Germany – Riders Café
12/08/12: Flensburg, Germany – Roxy Music Hall05/04/13: Unna, Germany - Lindenbrauerei
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Friday, November 4, 2011

B-Movie Boxcar Blues - Delbert McClinton

Delbert McClinton (born November 4, 1940) is an American blues rock and electric blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist.

Active as a side-man since 1962 and as a band leader since 1972, he has recorded several major record label albums, and charted singles on the Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Rock Tracks, and Hot Country Songs charts. His highest-peaking single was "Tell Me About It", a 1992 duet with Tanya Tucker which reached #4 on the Country chart. He has also had four albums that made it to #1 on the U.S. Blues chart, and another that reached #2.

He was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame, in March 2011, along with Lee Roy Parnell, Bruce Channel, Gary Nicholson and Cindy Walker.
Delbert McClinton was born in Lubbock, Texas, United States, but relocated with his family to Fort Worth, Texas when he was age 11.
He worked in a bar band, The Straitjackets, who played backing to Sonny Boy Williamson II, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Jimmy Reed. McClinton recorded several regional singles before hitting the national chart in 1962, playing harmonica on Bruce Channel's "Hey! Baby."
On a subsequent package tour to the United Kingdom, McClinton instructed John Lennon on the finer points of blues harmonica playing
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Peter Frampto kicks off the 35th Anniversary UK Tour at the Manchester Bridgewater Hall on Friday 11th November.

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Following his critically acclaimed new album "Thank You Mr Churchill", Grammy® winning guitarist and songwriter Peter Frampton will tour the UK this November in celebration of his multi-platinum-selling live album "Frampton Comes Alive!"

The tour will see Frampton perform the legendary double live album in its entirety. Tickets for the highly anticipated UK concerts will go on general sale Thursday May 5th at 10am.

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The 3-hour show will feature a complete performance of Frampton Comes Alive! including the singles Baby, I Love Your Way, Do You Feel Like We Do and Show Me The Way, along with highlights from Frampton's extensive album catalogue.

Originally released in January 1976, Frampton Comes Alive! is one of the best-selling live albums in chart history. It spent a total of 10 weeks at the top of the American Billboard 200 and sold over 17 million copies worldwide.

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Date:Friday 11 November 2011
Venue:Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Venue Box Office:0161 907 9000
Venue Address:Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS

Date:Saturday 12 November 2011
Venue:Cambridge Corn Exchange
Venue Box Office:01223 357 851
Venue Address:Wheeler Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QB

Date:Sunday 13 November 2011
Venue:London Hammersmith Apollo

Venue Box Office:0843 221 0100
Venue Address:45 Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH

Date:Tuesday 15 November 2011
Venue:Birmingham Symphony Hall

Venue Box Office:0121 780 3333 / 0121 357 0000
Venue Address:Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA

Date:Wednesday 16 November 2011
Venue:Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Venue Box Office:0141 353 8000
Venue Address:2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Canada's Top Touring Bluesman, JW-Jones is moving up with a boundary breaking CD. On his 7th release, aptly titled 'Seventh Hour', Jones has teamed up with multi-Juno award winning artist/producer, Steve Dawson, to mix the album. Previous releases have featured legendary guests Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters) and David "Fathead" Newman (Ray Charles); heavy-hitters Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds) and Charlie Musselwhite; two of the most innovative guitarists of our time, Little Charlie Baty and Junior Watson; and Canadian billboard favorite, Colin James. Jones has cut records from Hollywood to Sun Studios in Memphis. Guitar World Magazine featured a CD called ‘Guitar Masters Vol. 2’ that put Jones alongside guitar stars B.B. King, Jimmy Page, and Carlos Santana among others, and he recently landed an endorsement deal with Gibson guitars. After performing in 17 countries, 4 continents, and releasing 6 critically acclaimed discs, it's time for a change. No famous guests. No fancy studios. This is JW-Jones and his band doing what they do best - right at home, recorded in J-Dub's living room by his go-to engineer for the last decade, Jason Jaknunas. Tracked on a crisp fall weekend, this cool release is sure to stir up some discussion about where his music is going as he soars in a vibrant new direction. Shattering visual boundaries is also an integral part of this project. Art director and commercial photographer Mitch Lenet (Panasonic, Subaru, Bell), has developed a concept for this package with cutting edge technology that is guaranteed to turn heads in the music and fashion world. While keeping one foot firmly planted in the roots he came from, Jones believes that appealing to a younger audience is the most important way to ensure the evolution of blues-based music. .
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wildcat O'Halloran Band to share stage with Coco Montoya Nov 1

The Wildcat O’Halloran band has been dazzling New England audiences since way back in 1981, and, with an infusion of new blood, is ready to rock your town. Wildcat, once described as “the Pioneer Valley’s answer to Texas six-string pounder Stevie Ray Vaughn” by the Valley Advocate, has had a storied career including: Honorable Mention, Billboard International Songwriting Contest Stroh’s Superstar Talent Search, second place,NewEngland WRSI Singer –Songwriter Contest Finalist, Seagrams Superstar Talent Search , second place ,New England John Stifler of the Daily Hamp Gazette raved, “ They may not be famous, but they sure are Great!”

Coco learned his chops as a member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Albert Collins' Icebreakers. His fiery blues rock has earned him the praise of fans and critics worldwide as well as a W. C. Handy award and numerous nominations. "Blistering contemporary blues...piercing attack, funky, shivery guitar tones and aggressive, soulful vocals" -Blues Revue

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hello My Lover - Ernie K-Doe

Ernie K-Doe (February 22, 1936 - July 5, 2001), born Ernest Kador, Jr., was an African American rhythm and blues singer best known for his 1961 hit single "Mother-in-Law" which went to #1 on the Billboard pop chart in the U.S.
In the 1980s K-Doe did radio shows on New Orleans community stations WWOZ and WTUL. The shows were known for his explosively energetic announcements and frequent self promotion (occasionally causing problems for the non-commercial station). K-Doe's catch phrases included "Burn, K-Doe, Burn!" "I'm a Charity Hospital Baby!" and (addressed to himself) "You just good, that's all!". For a time he billed himself as "Mister Naugahyde" until he was ordered to desist by the owners of the Naugahyde trademark. K-Doe then explained that it was a misunderstanding; he was actually referring to himself as "Mister M-Nauga-Ma-Hyde", a word he invented himself.

In the 1990s K-Doe began billing himself as "The Emperor of the Universe" and wearing a cape and crown he became a famous local eccentric on the New Orleans scene. K-Doe continued performing and occasionally recording until shortly before his death. Always an elaborate showman, one of K-Doe's most notable later performances was at New Orleans' Aquarium of the Americas where he performed at a benefit for a local group aiding people with disabilities. The show ended with K-Doe performing seven continuous renditions of "Mother In Law" while dancing in front of the Gulf of Mexico shark tank exhibit dressed in a green plumed cape. Later recordings of note include "White Boy, Black Boy." While best known as a singer, he was also an accomplished drummer.

The song 'Here Come The Girls' was released in 1970 in England, but was not a hit. It was re-released in 2007 and made No. 43. A cover by the Sugababes made No.3 in the UK charts in 2008.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Rock Me Baby - Sugar Pie Desanto

Sugar Pie DeSanto (born Umpeylia Marsema Balinton, October 16, 1935, Brooklyn, New York, United States) is an American rhythm and blues singer of the 1950s and 1960s.
She was born to an African American mother and Filipino father. Her mother was a concert pianist. She spent most of her early life in San Francisco, California, where she moved with her family at a young age. She is 4' 11". As a girl she was friends with Etta James.
In 1955, DeSanto did some touring with The Johnny Otis Revue. Otis gave her her stage name. From 1959 to 1960, she toured with The James Brown Revue.

In 1960, DeSanto rose to national prominence when her single "I Want to Know" reached number four on Billboard's Hot R&B chart. She recorded the song with her husband Pee Wee Kingsley. Soon thereafter her marriage to Kingsley fell apart, and DeSanto moved to Chicago and signed with Chess Records in 1962 as a recording artist and writer. Among her recordings at Chess were "Slip-in Mules", "Use What You Got", "Soulful Dress" (her biggest hit at Chess), and "I Don't Wanna Fuss". DeSanto participated in the American Folk Blues Festival tour of Europe in 1964, and her lively performances, including wild dancing and standing back flips, were widely appreciated.

In 1965 DeSanto began a writing collaboration with Shena DeMell. They produced the song "Do I Make Myself Clear", which DeSanto sang as a duet with Etta James, which reached the top 10. It was followed up by a 1966 DeSanto-James duet, "In the Basement".[1] DeSanto's next song, "Go Go Power", did not chart, and DeSanto and Chess parted ways.

Sugar Pie DeSanto kept on writing songs and recorded for a few more labels without much success; she eventually moved back to the Bay Area, settling in Oakland.

Though it had often been said that her stage performances far surpassed her studio recordings, a full length live recording, Classic Sugar Pie, was not released until 1997.

DeSanto was given a Bay Area Music Award in 1999 for best female blues singer. In September 2008, she was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. DeSanto received a lifetime achievement award from the Goldie Awards in November 2009.
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Monday, October 3, 2011

Cadillac Walk- Cub Koda

Michael "Cub" Koda (October 1, 1948 - July 1, 2000) was a rock and roll singer, guitarist, songwriter, disc jockey, music critic, and record compiler. Rolling Stone magazine felt that Koda was best known for writing the song "Smokin' in the Boys' Room", which reached #3 on the 1974 Billboard charts as performed by Brownsville Station, and was later covered by Mötley Crüe. He co-wrote and edited the All Music Guide to the Blues and Blues for Dummies and put together the CD of blues classics accompanying the latter title, personally selecting versions of each song that appeared on it. He also contributed liner notes for the Trashmen, Jimmy Reed, J. B. Hutto, The Kingsmen, and the Miller Sisters

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Monday, September 19, 2011

I Have The Blues - Little Willie Littlefield

Little Willie Littlefield (born September 16, 1931, El Campo, Texas, United States) is an American R&B pianist and singer.
By 1947, at the age of sixteen, Littlefield was already a local attraction on many of Houston's Dowling Street Clubs and was recording for local record shop proprietor Eddie Henry who ran his own label "Eddies".

Influenced by Albert Ammons, Charles Brown, and Amos Milburn[2] his first recording, "Little Willie’s Boogie" was a hit in Texas in 1949, and brought him to the attention of Jules Bihari, one of the Bihari brothers of Modern Records in Los Angeles, California. There, he recorded "It's Midnight", which became a national hit reaching #3 on the Billboard R&B chart. He became a major nightclub attraction and recorded with West Coast musicians such as Maxwell Davis.

Don Wilkerson, Littlefield's old school buddy and the leading saxman in his band, also travelled to Los Angeles, but Milburn promptly stole him to lead his own new band 'The Aladdin Chickenshackers'.

Modern Records booked Littlefield for three recording sessions during October 1949, followed by more sessions in the following two months at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. During these three months alone, over 22 sides were cut - an unusual output when compared to most other artists who averaged only two sessions a year. Other musicians for these sessions included Maxwell Davis and Buddy Floyd, guitarists Chuck Norris and Johnny Moore, and drummers Al Wichard and Jessie Price.

In 1952 he moved to the Federal subsidiary of King Records, his first session producing "K. C. Lovin´" (written by Leiber and Stoller and later re-recorded by Wilbert Harrison as "Kansas City"). By 1957 Littlefield had moved to Northern California and continued to record for Don Barksdale's Rhythm label in San Francisco where he produced his last hit "Ruby, Ruby".

Littlefield’s recording and his subsequent releases were not successful, although he remained a popular club act in the San Francisco area.

In the late 1970s he toured Europe successfully, later settling in the Netherlands and releasing a number of albums for the Blues Connoisseur label. Littlefield built a considerable European reputation with his vigorous boogie-woogie piano playing and smoky singing.

He continues to perform occasionally, mainly at festivals. In 2008 he played at the 20th Burnley Blues Festival and in July 2009 at the 5th annual UK Boogie Woogie Festival at Sturminster Newton in Dorset. Having appeared at Shakedown Blues Club, at Castor Hall, near Castor, Peterborough in 2006, Littlefield made a return appearance in October 2010.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

From the Old School - Guitar Shorty

Guitar Shorty (born David William Kearney, September 8, 1939, Houston, Texas, United States) is an American blues guitarist. He is well known for his explosive guitar style and wild stage antics. Billboard magazine said, “his galvanizing guitar work defines modern, top-of-the-line blues-rock. His vocals remain as forceful as ever. Righteous shuffles...blistering, sinuous guitar solos
Shorty was born in Houston but grew up mainly in Kissimmee, Florida where he began playing the guitar at an early age and began leading a band not long after. During his time in Tampa Bay, Florida, at age 16 he received his nickname, Guitar Shorty, when it mysteriously showed up on the marquee of the club he was playing as 'The Walter Johnson Band featuring Guitar Shorty.' He steadily began to garner accloades from his peers and, soon after, he joined the Ray Charles Band for a year. He recorded his first single in 1957, "You Don't Treat Me Right", for the Cobra label under the direction of Willie Dixon after Dixon saw him playing with the Walter Johnson Orchestra. Eventually, he joined Guitar Slim's band and move to New Orleans, Louisiana. Slim inspired Shorty to incorporate more showmanship into his live performance style. Before long, Shorty was doing somersaults and flips on stage.

While in New Orleans, Shorty also fronted his own band which played regularly at the Dew Drop Inn where he was joined by special guests such as T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner and Little Richard. Not one to stay in one place long, Shorty next moved to the West Coast at 19 in order to play with Sam Cooke. He played up and down the west coast and Canada until he met his future wife, Marcia, in Seattle, Washington Marcia was the half-sister of Jimi Hendrix. Jimi was so enthralled with Shorty’s playing, he attended several of Shorty's gigs in the Seattle area. As Shorty’s popularity grew, he recorded three singles for the Los Angeles-based Pull Records label in 1959.

Shorty gigged steadily through the late 1950s and 1960s. During the 1970s he worked as a mechanic, playing music at nights and on weekends. He again became a full-time musician in 1975, struggling at times to make ends meet. In 1976 he made an appearance on Chuck Barris' Gong Show, winning first prize for performing the song "They Call Me Guitar Shorty" while balanced on his head.

In 1985, he released his first album On the Rampage on Olive Branch Records. He went on his first tour to the UK in 1991, and there he recorded “My Way or the Highway” with Otis Grand which came out on JSP Records that year. This won him a W.C. Handy Award and garnering him interest from labels in the United States.[3] Shorty soon got a record deal with New Orleans based Black Top Records.

Topsy Turvy, his first on Black Top, came out in 1993. The album featured some fresh new songs as well as remakes of three classic numbers from his Pull days back in 1959. He released two more albums on Black Top in the 1990s. When Black Top folded in 1999, Shorty moved to Evidence Music, and released I Go Wild! in 2001.

In 2002, he was featured on the Bo Diddley tribute album Hey Bo Diddley - A Tribute!, performing the song "Don't Let It Go (Hold On To What You Got)". He joined Alligator Records in 2004. His album that year, Watch Your Back and his 2006 album We the People both charted on the Billboard Top Blues Albums at numbers eleven and twelve, respectively. Billboard said of We The People, "it’s difficult to imagine that he ever tracks a better album than this one."

Another blues musician, John Henry Fortescue (1923–1976) on Trix Records was also named Guitar Shorty.

My Give A Damn Gave Out - Latimore

Benjamin "Benny" Latimore (born 7 September 1939, Charleston, Tennessee), usually known professionally simply as Latimore, is an American R&B singer, songwriter and pianist.

He was born in Charleston, Tennessee, and was influenced by country music, his Baptist church choir, and the blues. His first professional experience came as a pianist for various Florida-based groups including Joe Henderson and Steve Alaimo. He first recorded around 1965 for Henry Stone's Dade record label in Miami, Florida. In the early 1970s he moved to the Glades label, and had his first major hit in 1973 with a jazzy reworking of T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday", which reached #27 on the R&B chart.

His first national hit was a cover of Gladys Knight's "If You Were My Woman" (#70 R&B). His biggest success came in 1974, with "Let's Straighten It Out", an R&B chart #1 which also reached #31 on the U.S Billboard Hot 100 charts. He followed it up with more hits including "Keep The Home Fire Burnin'" (#5 R & B, 1975) and "Somethin' 'Bout 'Cha" (#7 R &B, 1976). However, the hits dried up in the late 1970s.

Latimore moved to Malaco Records in 1982, resulting in seven albums worth of modern soul music. He briefly left the label in 1994 and released a song for the J-Town label ("Turning Up The Mood") before returning to Malaco in 2000 with "You're Welcome To Ride". Next he recorded one album with Mel Waiters' label Brittney Records called "Latt is Back".

After several years he collaborated on a new record label with Henry Stone called LatStone, which issued his first new album in six years called "Back 'Atcha".

He has also continued to work as a session pianist. He appeared most recently on Joss Stone's albums, The Soul Sessions (2003) and Mind, Body & Soul (2004), along with fellow Miami music veterans Betty Wright, Timmy Thomas and Willie Hale

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Blues is Alright - Little Milton

James Milton Campbell, Jr. (September 7, 1934 – August 4, 2005), better known as Little Milton, was an American electric blues, rhythm and blues, and soul singer and guitarist, best known for his hit records "Grits Ain't Groceries" and "We're Gonna Make It."
Milton was born James Milton Campbell, Jr., in the Mississippi Delta town of Inverness and raised in Greenville by a farmer and local blues musician. By age twelve he had learned the guitar and was a street musician, chiefly influenced by T-Bone Walker and his blues and rock and roll contemporaries. In 1952, while still a teenager playing in local bars, he caught the attention of Ike Turner, who was at that time a talent scout for Sam Phillips' Sun Records. He signed a contract with the label and recorded a number of singles. None of them broke through onto radio or sold well at record stores, however, and Milton left the Sun label by 1955.

After trying several labels without notable success, including Trumpet Records, Milton set up the St. Louis based Bobbin Records label, which ultimately scored a distribution deal with Leonard Chess' Chess Records. As a record producer, Milton helped bring artists such as Albert King and Fontella Bass to fame, while experiencing his own success for the first time. After a number of small format and regional hits, his 1962 single, "So Mean to Me," broke onto the Billboard R&B chart, eventually peaking at #14.

Following a short break to tour, managing other acts, and spending time recording new material, he returned to music in 1965 with a more polished sound, similar to that of B.B. King. After the ill-received "Blind Man" (R&B: #86), he released back-to-back hit singles. The first, "We're Gonna Make It," a blues-infused soul song, topped the R&B chart and broke through onto Top 40 radio, a format then dominated largely by white artists. He followed the song with #4 R&B hit "Who's Cheating Who?" All three songs were featured on his album, We're Gonna Make It, released that summer.

Throughout the late 1960s Milton released a number of moderately successful singles, but did not issue a further album until 1969, with Grits Ain't Groceries featuring his hit of the same name, as well as "Just a Little Bit" and "Baby, I Love You". With the death of Leonard Chess the same year, Milton's distributor, Checker Records fell into disarray, and Milton joined the Stax label two years later. Adding complex orchestration to his works, Milton scored hits with "That's What Love Will Make You Do" and "What It Is" from his live album, What It Is: Live at Montreux. He appeared in the documentary film, Wattstax, which was released in 1973. Stax, however, had been losing money since late in the previous decade and was forced into bankruptcy in 1975.

After leaving Stax, Milton struggled to maintain a career, moving first to Evidence, then the MCA imprint Mobile Fidelity Records, before finding a home at the independent record label, Malaco Records, where he remained for much of the remainder of his career.[2] His last hit single, "Age Ain't Nothin' But a Number," was released in 1983 from the album of the same name. In 1988, Little Milton was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and won a W.C. Handy Award. His most final album, Think of Me, was released in May 2005 on the Telarc imprint, and included writing and guitar on three songs by Peter Shoulder of the UK-based blues-rock trio Winterville.

The name 'Little Milton' was reused for Gerald Bostock, the fictional boy poet central to Jethro Tull's 1972 record Thick as a Brick.

Milton died on August 4, 2005 from complications following a stroke.

Friday, April 22, 2011

No I haven't lost my mind- Aretha Franklin

I'm serious. I want to see what you got. Bring me some real blues. I don't want the star search blues. I want the real blues!! Bring it on!!

Enjoy some Aretha on me.
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