Smack that thing . . .

Posted: February 5, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !


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

Well, The Blues Come Calling came bouncing back this week with another armful of the best of the blues, from forthcoming releases, current releases and some ‘seasoned’ choices from the archives. It all shaped up to be fine playlist that kicked off with a great opener from Saturday Night Fish Fry, demonstrating some impressive vocals from Toronto’s own Shakura S’Aida. We followed by revisiting the great new album from Paul Lamb & The King Snakes, ‘Live at The Royal Albert Hall’ for another taster titled ‘Come To The Conclusion’.

Out of the archives this week came some scorching piano from Forrest Sykes and something he recorded in 1948 and got released as a 45 on the Aristocrat label. There was also a little gem from Pink Anderson, who will ever be remembered by modern music buffs for inspiring the name of Pink Floyd. But, he turned up with a song he recorded in 1962, ‘That’s No way To Do’. Even earlier than that, in 1936, there was Walter Coleman with one of only a few sides he recorded in Chicago, for Decca records, called ‘Smack That Thing’.

The weeks and months ahead look like bringing some real treats, including Bruce Mississippi Johnson’s new album titled ‘The Deal Baby’ which features our chosen track, ‘No Good’. There’s also Marcus Malone’s album ‘Better Man’, which we’ve been plundering in recent weeks for it’s great tracks, like ‘Feelin’ Bad Blues’.

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Poor Me – Saturday Night Fish Fry (The Best of Saturday Night Fish Fry – 2010)
Come To The Conclusion – Paul Lamb & The King Snakes (Live at The Royal Albert Hall – 2017)
Tonky Boogie – Forrest Sykes (Chess Blues – 1992)
No Good – Bruce Mississippi Johnson (The Deal Baby – 2017)
Devil’s Highway – Jon Spear Band (Live Music Is Better – 2016)
That’s No Way To Do – Pink Anderson (Greasy Greens & A Mess Of Blues – 2012)
Harpo – Mike Ross (Jenny’s Place – 2016)mike-ross

Pinetop’s Pick
Chauffeur Blues – Eric Bibb (Leadbelly’s Gold – 2015)

We Just Might
We Just Might – The Paul DesLauriers Band (Relentless – 2016)
Is It Any Wonder – Dona Oxford (Step Up – 2008)
Did You Love Me – Easterfield (Honky Tonk Sessions – 2015)
Smack That Thing – Walter Coleman (Rarity Country Blues – 2014)
Feelin’ Bad Blues – Marcus Malone (Better Man – 2017)
New Shoelaces – Beki Brindle (All Kinds of Beki – 2016)

We’re in the awards season now and The Paul beki-brindle-all-kinds-of-bekiDesLauriers Band did well in the recent Maple Blues Awards in Toronto. Their latest album ‘Restless’ got some good feedback when if appeared on our playlist before, so they were back with another choice, ‘We Just Might’, this week. One of the finalists in this year’s International Blues Challenge was the Jon Spear Band, some fine blues musicians from around Central Virginia, with heir latest album ‘Live Music Is Better’.

Los Angeles singer and pianist Dona Oxford, is due to be touring the UK during April & May with her fine mix of boogie, blues and soul, and to show off her talents, we played ‘Is It Any Wonder’ from Dona’s 2008 album ‘Step Up’. Even after 5 years of playing together, Netherlands band Easterfield now have just released their debut album, ‘Honky Tonk Sessions’, which includes ‘Did You Love Me ‘.

But, all good things come to an end and it was New York guitarist, singer and band leader, Beki Brindle, with a track from her latest album ‘All Kinds Of Beki’. But, first we said our goodbyes for this week, hoping to see you again the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 5 February 2017

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