Can’t quit the blues . . .

Posted: October 5, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !


Listen here to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling:

Well a big bluesy welcome to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling. . . and it comes packed with some fine new releases, some scratchy blues and some Chicago blues, all blended (hopefully) into a whole hour of the best of the blues around.

Meanwhile, we’re still enjoying the previews of the new Live album by King King. It’s their first live album, recorded in Glasgow, and featuring some familiar songs from their recent set-lists. Another forthcoming release comes from The Charlie Wheeler Band, called ‘Blues Karma & The Kitchen Sink’ and ‘People Keep Talkin’ was the track of choice (this time around). For those who like down-home rootsy blues, there was something to savour in the recent album by Virginian band Hard Swimmin’ Fish. Their album ‘True Believer’ demonstrates some hints of Howlin’ Wolf, R.L. Burnside, plus some spicy New Orleans flavours and plenty of original numbers too.

We also previewed the new album by Colin James ‘Blues Highways’ with his ‘Bad Road Blues’, but before that, everything got kicked off with a great opener from The Bad Pennies and their ‘Empty Arms’

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Empty Arms – The Bad Pennies (Turned Up Again – 2016)
Bad Road Blues – Colin James (Blues Highways – 2016)
Harmonica Girl – Paula Rangall (Blues Harp Woman – 2015)
Get Gone – Hard Swimmin’ Fish (True Believer – 2016)
People Keep On Talkin’ – The Charlie Wheeler Band (Blues Karma & The Kitchen Sink -2016)
Frankie – Mississippi John Hurt (Columbia Original Masters – 1996)
Wrapped Around My Heart – Mary Jo Curry (Mary Jo Curry – 2016)

Pinetop’s Pick
My Next Ex Wife – Little Charlie & The Nightcats (Night Vision – 1993)true-believer-cover-hi-res

Can’t Quit The Blues
Mystified – Vaneese Thomas (The Long Journey Home – 2016)
How Long – Tasha Taylor (Honey For The Biscuit – 2016)
Dollar Bill Boogie – Big Joe Duskin (Cincinnati Stomp – 1995)
Lose Control – King King (Live – 2016)
You Can Have It Your Way – Thorbjorn Risager (Between Rock & Some Hard Blues – 2013)
When The Cat’s Away – Junior Wells (Blues Harp Hero – 2006)
Can’t Quit The Blues – The Lara Price Band (Faces Of The Blues – 2003)
This week’s digging in the archives came up with a little scratchy bluesking_king_live
from Mississippi John Hurt from 1928. It’s a song that we know it best as ‘Frankie & Johnny’, but it started out being called ‘Frankie & Albert’ or, in this case, just ‘Frankie’. The song was inspired by at least one actual murder in St Louis, involving Frankie Baker who shot her lover Albert Britt when he’d been out dancing with Nelly Bly.

The ladies of the blues got a good look in this week, with tracks from Mary Jo Curry, Vaneese Thomas, Tasha Taylor and Lara Price. We also had an early celebration of Thorbjorn Risager’s welcome return to the UK on another tour soon. So, if that all sounded good to you, perhaps you can be enticed back again next week and maybe give us some feedback to. Until the next time The Blues Come Calling, remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising radio
on 2 October 2016

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