Living with the blues . . .

Posted: December 18, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !


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

Well, the end of 2016 is getting close and the steady stream of new releases noticeably dips now, as the festive season diverts the attentions of artists and audiences alike. So, this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling had all the potential for a review of the past year and some retrospective choices from the playlists of the past 50+ shows. But, it was a pleasant surprise to find more than the usual new releases and suggested choices for this week’s show.

With a flourish, we kicked off the show with a great opener and a preview of something from the forthcoming album by The Lucas Haneman Express. Their album, ‘Tearing Up The Rails’ was the source of ‘Give Me Life’ and it led us onto The Voodoo Sheiks, who we haven’t heard for a while, but it was a good chance to feature their ‘Voodification’ album and ‘Flying Fortress’.

The tours planned for 2017 are gradually getting publicised, including some early ones by Toronzo Cannon, Moreland & Arbuckle and Poppa Chubby. There were some this year that left their own mark, such as Canadian JW Jones, who caused plenty of interest when he toured the UK earlier this year and it encouraged the inclusion in our playlist of the title track from his latest album ‘High Temperature’.


Living With The Blues
Give Me Life – The Lucas Haneman Express (Tearing Up The Rails – 2016)
Flying Fortress – The Voodoo Sheiks (Voodification – 2016)
High Temperature – JW Jones (High Temperature – 2016)
Living With The Blues – Brownie McGhee (Savoy 45 – 1958)
Lonely Avenue – The Hexmen (King Bee – 2016)
Mister Crump Don’t Like It – The Down Home Percolators (Homebrew – 2016)
I Can’t Imagine – Slim Butler (Bad Intention – 2016)

Pinetop’s Pick
I Believe – Sugar Ray & The Bluetones (Sugar Ray & The Bluetones – 2003)slim-butler-bad-intention

That’s Alright
Mrs From Mississippi – Toronzo Cannon (The Chicago Way – 2016)
You Missed A Good Man – Michael Jerome Browne (Can’t Keep A Good Man Down – 2016)
That’s Alright – Paul Butterfield Blues Band (The Original Lost Elektra Sessions – 1995)
Don’t Lie To Me – Tampa Red (His Blues – 2016)
Don t Do It – Delbert McClinton (Pick Of The Litter – 2017)
Tell Me – Lost In Paris Blues Band (Lost In Paris Blues Band – 2016)

Finland’s own Slim 61nj4ss9skl__sy500_ql70_Butler, brought us a track from his latest album ‘Bad Intention’ and, for those who like a little more ‘seasoned’ blues, there were examples from Brownie McGhee, with his 1958 Savoy 45 ‘Living With The Blues’ and Tampa Red with his original version of ‘Don’t Lie To Me’. German duo, Klaus ‘Mojo’ Kilian and Bernd ‘Snoopy’ Simon, who are The Down Home Percolators, gave us a topical 20s number ‘Mr Crump Don’t Like It’.

I’ve previously played some tracks from a long lost 1967 album by The Schwartz Fox Blues Band and at the time I mentioned that I thought it had the feel and sound of the early Paul Butterfield Blues Band. That inspired some digging in the archives for an early track by the Butterfield Blues Band. That track was their take on ‘That’s Alright’ from their own lost album ‘The Original Lost Elektra Sessions’

There was a little slide guitar on ‘You Missed A Good Man’ from Canadian Michael Jerome Browne’s new album ‘Can’t Keep A Good Man Down’. There was a preview track from Delbert McClinton’s forthcoming album ‘Pick Of The Litter’ and we played out with something from a new album by The Lost In Paris Blues Band, featuring Paul Personne, Robben Ford and some other excellent musicians who took us home with their version of Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Tell Me’. Then it was all over for another week and we said our farewells until the next time The Blues Come Calling. In the meantime . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 18 December 2016

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