Monthly Archives: January 2011

B. B. King “ON THE ROAD WITH B. B. KING” MCAH – 11298 Interactive CD-ROM

If you ever wondered what a trip down memory lane with B.B. King would be like, just get this interactive autobiography and hang on to your seat. You are invited to climb aboard B.B.’s tour bus, Big Red, and take … Continue reading

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Willie Dixon – I AM THE BLUES – COL. 53627

Willie Dixon has to be the most important composer of the modern blues era. He was also the most prolific. As staff producer and bass player for Chess Records, he was responsible for writing, playing, and production on all the … Continue reading

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Willie Cobbs – PAY OR DO 11 MONTHS & 29 DAYS – Wilco 1004

Born in Smale, AR in 1932, Willie Cobbs’ recording career has spanned five decades and he has contributed much to the Blues. The best known of his compositions is the classic “You Don’t Love Me”, covered by everyone and made … Continue reading

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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL – Epic 68163

With the release of this CD and the remastered studio material that came out in `99 we seem to have been granted the good luck of hearing some really good outtakes and some amazing live playing from SRV that should … Continue reading

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Son House – DELTA BLUES AND SPIRITUALS – Capitol 31830

This live recording from 1970 has been reissued a lot lately on small labels, but It is widely available now and it can be added to the legendary Columbia recordings. Son did not quit recording or playing after those 1965 … Continue reading

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Robert Nighthawk – LIVE ON MAXWELL STREET 1964 – Rounder 2022

Robert Nighthawk’s voice has a warmth that comes from deep down in his soul. His guitar style is riviting and here, it includes some single-string slide playing reminicent of Muddy Waters. This album, originally released in `80 features this brilliant … Continue reading

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Robben Ford & The Blue Line – THE AUTHORIZED BOOTLEG – Bluethumb 7013

This rare, live acoustic 4-piece performance of Robben and the band is so blusey, it has quickly become my favorite acoustic jazzy blues disk. More than that, it makes me want to practice my guitar. That is a sign that … Continue reading

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R. L. Burnside – MR. WIZARD – Fat Possum 80301

On this release, R. L. bares all with his brazen, out-to-get-ya slide guitar and vocals. Compiled from various sessions from `94 to late `96, the intensity never stops pouring out of this man’s soul. Mr. Wizard indeed, Mr. Burnside is … Continue reading

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R. L. Burnside – TOO BAD JIM – Fat Possum / Capricorn 42082

R. L. Burnside lays down some of the most funky, low down blues coming out of the Delta these days and Fat Possum is lucky to have grabbed him for their label. This disc is one of my favorites and … Continue reading

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Peter Green – THE ROBERT JOHNSON SONGBOOK – Artisan Recordings 100022

Quite content to live out the rest of his life as Peter Greenbaum, the man we have all come to know and love as Peter Green just got what it took to pick up his axe and pour out some … Continue reading

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