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Posted: January 1, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !


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

Well, a very bluesy welcome to our first edition of The Blues Come Calling of 2017 and here’s hoping the new year will be better still. We certainly have every intention of bringing you more of the best of the blues through the rest of the year and it’s shaping up nicely with new albums by Marcus Malone, The Hexmen, Peter Karp and others.

This week I noted it was 40 years since the passing of The Texas Cannonball, Freddie King, so I thought we ought to mark the occasion. So I dug out a tribute from Robben Ford and a number Robben calls ‘Cannonball Shuffle’, then it was time for Freddie himself and one of his blues balladsshowing off his great voice on a King Curtis penned song ‘Let Me Down Easy’ with King Curtis on sax and James Booker on piano.

The past year has seen the passing of many artists, most recently George Michael. Now he is not known as a blues singer, but he did have his moments and I pulled one out as our tribute, but first, we kicked off this show with the great Charlie Musslewhite with ‘Movin’ & Groovin’’ . . . .

Movin’ & Groovin’marcus-malone-better-man
Movin’ & Groovin’ – Charlie Musslewhite (Blues-Dancing With The Greats – 2013)
You’ll Be Sorry One Day – Slim Harpo (The Excello Singles Anthology – 2003)
Up On 1-2-5 – Shameka Copeland (Wicked – 2000)
Complications – Marcus Malone (Better Man – 2017)
Matt’s Guitar Boogie #2 – Matt Guitar Murphy (Way Down South – 1990)
Buddy Can You Spare A Dime – George Michael (Songs From The Last Century – 1999)
Bullfrog Blues – The Hexmen (King Bee – 2016)

Pinetop’s Pickalabama-town-cover
Eel Pie Memories – The Downliners Sect (Burning Snow – 2004)

Y’all Be Lookin’
Y’all Be Lookin’ – Peter Karp (Alabama Town – 2016)
Candy Man – Rory Block (40 Years of Stony Plain – 2016)
Wrapped Up, Tied Up – Jim Byrnes (40 Years of Stony Plain – 2016)
Cannonball Shuffle – Robben Ford (Keep On Running – 2003)
Let Me Down Easy – Freddie King (Freddie King Is A Bluesmaster – 1969)
Apple Of My Eye – Long John Hunter (Looking For A Party – 2009)stoney-plain

In the middle of 2016, Stony Plain records issued an excellent compilation, celebrating their 40 years as a label and it includes items from a long list of artists who have appeared on the label, not all of them mainstream blues artists, but delivering some excellent music just the same. A couple found their way into our playlist from Rory Block and Jim Byrnes, but soon time was running out, so we signed off with a lively blues shuffle from Long John Hunter called ‘Apple Of My Eye’.

While that was playing, I was collecting up the records and CDs to leave the studio in some semblance of order. But, not forgetting to thank folks for their good company this week and inviting everyone back again same time same place next week, when once again The Blues Come Calling. So, until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 1 December 2017

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