In the shadow of the blues . . .

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


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

Well, as ever, a big bluesy welcome to another edition of The Blues Come Calling and if you are a regular listener, you will have heard me say before that there are some excellent new blues releases coming out over the next month or so and with some fine blues acts on tour too. Some of those new releases show up on our playlist this week, along with ‘seasoned’ favourites that deserved another listen.

The show kicked off this week with Germany’s Jan Fischer Bluesband doing a little ‘Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues’ and stepping out into the daylight behind them came Elvin Bishop with a track from his new album ‘Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio’ and with a title like you just know it will get plenty of interest.

Inspired, we dug out the signature number, ‘Born In Chicago’ by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, which included the aforementioned Elvin Bishop . . . and that particular song happened to be in the set list for local band ‘Hard To Handle’ this past week, with a guesting appearance on vocals and harp by the talented Brian Cushion, so we pulled out Brian’s excellent version of ‘Good Morning Blues’.

Samantha Fish has a new album called ‘Chills & Fever’ due out on 17 March, with some fine covers of rocking R&B songs of the 60s & 70s and chose to preview her take on that old Skip James number ‘Jane Crow’. We also chose the title track from Sean Chambers’ news album ‘Trouble & Whiskey’, along with Vanessa Collier’s version of ‘When Love Comes To Town’ from her new album “Meeting My Shadow”.

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Walking In The Shadow of The Blues – Jan Fischer Bluesband (Roadside Boogie – 2008)
It’s You Baby – Elvin Bishop (Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio – 2017)
Born In Chicago – Paul Butterfield Blues Band (Paul Butterfield Blues Band – 1965)
Good Morning Blues – Brian Cushion (Good Morning Blues – 2010)
Jane Crow – Samantha Fish (Chills & Fever – 2017)
Trouble & Whiskey – Sean Chambers (Trouble & Whiskey – 2017)
Good Boy Blues – Arthur Pettis (Lonesome Road Blues – 1997)
When Love Comes To Town – Vanessa Collier (Meeting My Shadow – 2017)

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Baby, You Got What It Takes – Buddy Guy & Joss Stone (Born To Play The Guitar – 2016)

That Spoonful
All Night Long – Krissy Matthews (Live At Freak Valley – 2017)
Boogie In the Boiler Room – Eddie Bo (New Orleans Solo Piano – 2017)
Can’t Nobody – Dawn Tyler Watson (Jawbreaker – 2016)
Spoonful – Vika Bull (At Last the Etta James Story – 2013)
Bring It Back – Levi Cuss (Night Thief – 2017)
The Hustler – Joe Jonas (Texas Bluesmen – 1993)levicuss

We were well into the show and still lining up more new releases than even the fittest could shake a stick at, including a sample of a high energy new release by Krissy Matthews, titled ‘Live at Freak Valley’, recorded one night on stage in Germany. We continued our international flavour with Montreal’s own Dawn Tyler Watson and a track from her latest album ‘Jawbreaker’, featuring some great guitar there from fellow Canadian Paul DesLauriers. Then we welcomed back Australian Vika Bull with another fine track from her Etta James tribute album, ‘At Last’, with Vika doing a cover of Etta, doing a cover of Howlin’ Wolf on ‘Spoonful’.

As if that was not enough, we also featured Canadian bluesman Levi Cuss, who’s due to tour the UK soon to promote his latest album, called night Thief and we chose to play ‘Bring It Back’. Then with some scratchy blues from Arthur Pettis and some boogie piano from Eddie Bo, we were running out of time, so we played out with Texas bluesman, Joe Jonas with ‘The Hustler’ . . . but before that, there was just time to say a big thanks for your good company on the show this week and hope that we’ll meet again the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 5 March 2017

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