Shine a light . . .

Posted: January 15, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !


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

Well, whatever the past week brought you, be assured that there’s always a very bluesy here at The Blues Come Calling. As ever, the appointed hour rolled around and, from the armful of blues picks that we brought along, we kicked off this show with a great Norwegian band, Vidar Busk & His True Believers with a stomping little opener called ‘Jelly Roll’, which proved to be one of many excellent ‘discoveries’ this week.

It’s good to report that new blues albums are lining up for release in the weeks and months ahead, along with some very welcome UK tours. Amongst the new releases was the self-titled album from West Yorkshire’s James O’Hara’s Band, delivering some tasty Chicago influenced blues, but we will have to wait until March for its official release. But, we will have to wait a little longer for Marcus Malone’s ‘Better Man’ album, which is expected in April, but our preview copy has been getting much played and, being generous, we shared another track in this week show.vidar-busk-his-true-believers

Now, the story of the blues in the UK will always have a place for veteran UK bluesman John Mayall, who has seen an small army of blues players passing through his Bluesbreakers band. He’s still touring and recording and sounding good, if his new album is any example. He breaks into 2017 with a new album titled ‘Talk About That’ which includes our choice for this week’s playlist, ‘Gimme Some Of That Gumbo’.

Another Show
Jelly Roll – Vidar Busk – His True Believers (Stompin’ With Our Feet – 2011)
A Bottle Of Gin – The James O’Hara Band (James O’Hara – 2017)
james-oharaTruckin’ My Blues Away – Down Home Percolators (Down Home
Percolators & Friends – 2015)
Another Show – The Bruce Katz Band (Out From The Centre – 2016)
Why Are People Like That – Muddy Waters (Woodstock Album – 1995)
In My Girlish Days – Memphis Minnie (Queen Of The Delta Blues – 2005)
Too Tired – Jonny Lang & The Big Bang (Smokin’ – 1995)

Pinetop’s Pick
Mary Don’t You Weep – Ian Siegal (The Dust – 2009)
The Blues Don’t Care
The Blues Don’t Care – Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings (The Blues
patchwork-a-tribute-to-james-bookerDon’t Care – 2016)
Classified – Marcia Ball (Patchwork (A Tribute To James Booker) – 2003)
Shine A Light – Marcus Malone (Better Man – 2017)
Gimme Some Of That Gumbo – John Mayall (Talk About That – 2017)
New Coat Of Paint – Southside Johnny & LaBamba’s Big Band (Grapefruit Moon – 2008)
Can I Walk You Home – Bo Diddley (A Man Amongst Men – 1996)

This week saw the return of several names that has previously graced our playlists, including the Down Home Percolators with Blind Boy Fuller’s joyous rag ‘Trucking My Blues Away’. The much respected Bruce Katz was back with his band and his latest album ‘Out From The Centre’, featuring Chrismarcus-malone-better-man Vitarello. We went back to a 1995 ‘Woodstock’ album for something from Muddy Waters and his take on the Bobby Charles’ song ‘Why Are People Like That’. Memphis Minnie was back too with something she recorded back in 1941, ‘In My Girlish Days’ and a very young Jonny Lang popped up with something he recorded when he was only 14 years old and known as Kid Jonny Lang & The Big Bang.

Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings made an appearance with the title track of their latest album ‘The Blues Don’t Care’ and, as a result of catching up on some of the music and life story of the much celebrated New Orleans piano wizard James Booker, I discovered a rather fine tribute album to him titled ‘Patchwork’ which included Marcia Ball, and if you’re hoping to see her at one of her London gigs shortly, I might see you there. But, by the time we got to Southside Johnny’s take on Tom Waites’ ‘New Coat Of Paint’, we were fast running out of time, so we said our farewells and played out with a rocking little blues shuffle from Bo Diddley, ‘Can I walk You Home’. So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 15 January 2017

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