Holding on to the blues . . .

Posted: October 30, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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

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Well, another big bluesy welcome from here and we’re back with a whole hour of the best of the blues . . . . because this is The Blues Come Calling. It’s been a fascinating week for previews and new releases, but we’ve also been dipping back in our blues library for some favourites, including our opener this week from Lazy Lester with ‘Alligator Shuffle’,

There was welcome news to please the fans of the late Jeff Healey, because there’s a new album coming with some new studio tracks and some live tracks. The album’s called ‘Holding On: A Heal My Soul Companion‘ . . . and we included a track from the album as a taster.

Mike Zito was back with another track from his new album ‘Make Blues Not War’ and the news that we may see him again soon as a member of The Royal Southern Brotherhood. We also dished up another helping from Portland Oregan band, The Rose City Kings with the title track of their latest album ‘A Love So Strong’. Then there was a treat for lovers of rolling piano boogie, with a number from piano maestro Davide Falconi and his Hot Boogie Trio.jeffhealey_holdingon-940x940

Holding On
Alligator Shuffle – Lazy Lester (The Most Essential Louisiana Blues – 2014)
I Can’t Get My Hands On You – Jeff Healey (Holding On: A Heal My Soul Companion – 2016)
Bad News Is Coming – Mike Zito (Make Blues Not War- 2016)
I Got Mine – Pink Anderson
A Love So Strong – The Rose City Kings (A Love So Strong – 2016)
Johnnies’s Boogie – Davide Falconi’s Hot Boogie Trio (Into The Boogie – 2014)

Pinetop’s Pickmike-zito-make-blues-not-war
Packin’ My Bags – Errol Linton

Nothing But The Blues
The Blues, The Whole Blues & Nothing But The Blues – (The David Bromberg Band – 2016)
I Can Hear Your Heartbeat – Seppo Valjakka (Taking It Back – 2005)
Satisfaction Blues – Rufus & Ben Quillian (Please Warm My Weiner – 2005)
Hoodoo Man – Colin James (Blue Highway – 2016)
All The Way Down – Doghouse Blues Band (Everyday – 2016)
Love Gangster – Beth Hart (Fire On The Floor – 2016)
Birth Of The Blues – Deep Blue Sea (Hell Must Be Empty – 2016)614dxxffg-l__ss500_ss280

One of the joy’s of the week was the latest album by Philadelphia’s David Bromberg and his band, with its title track, a favourite song of mine by Jimmy Witherspoon. Another joy was rediscovering a long-time favourite album by guitarist Seppo Valjakka, ‘Taking It Back’ which is full of great tracks, including ‘I Can Hear Your Heartbeat’. I also included a very fine piece of 30s ragtime by Rufus & Ben Quillian, along with an old Junior Wells favourite from the current album by Colin James.

We had a very welcome addition to our music from Long Island band, The Dog House Blues Band and something else from her latest album by the excellent Beth Hart. All too soon it was nearly time to go, but we did squeeze in ‘Birth Of The Blues’ by Deep Blue Sea, with strong gutsy vocals from Muzz. Then it was time to thank you for your good company and invite you back again, same time, same place, next week. So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising radio
on 30 October 2016

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