Blues is my medicine . . . 

Posted: March 12, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !


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

Well, a big bluesy welcome to another edition of The Blues Come Calling and there was plenty of good blues to cram into our time together. With so many great new releases heading your way, it would be easy to forget some of those ‘seasoned’ favourites, but, certainly not this week.

This week’s rummaging in the archives delivered a little number called ‘Little Walter’s Jump’, which I don’t think Little Walter ever released on record, but fortunately it was captured when he played it live on European TV as part of the 1967 American Folk Blues Festival tour. Then, there was some very fine New Orleans boogie piano from Joe Krown, a veteran of Clarence Gatemouth Brown’s band, but now a familiar face around the Crescent City as a solo pianist and with his funky organ trio. He was showing off his solo talents with ‘Midnight Boogie’. The lovers of scratchy blues were not forgotten either, with a 1949 Mercury release by Monroe Moe Jackson and a song that’s cited as one of the origins of rock & roll . . . ‘Move It On Over’.

Among the new releases, there was Elvin Bishop with a very nice reworking of ‘It’s All Over Now’ from his latest album ‘Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio’. There was a taster of a forthcoming release by two big names of the blues, Taj Mahal & Keb Mo, with a single from that album titled ‘Don’t Leave Me Here’. Danny Bryant, also appeared with his Big Band and his new single release, ‘Prisoner of The Blues’. But, before all that we kicked off our playlist with Andrew ‘Jr Boy’ Jones and a little something he recorded in 2009 at the 13th Annual Fargo Blues Festival, called ‘I Got Stick’ 

Hidden CharmsTaj & Keb
I Got Stick – Andrew ‘Jr Boy’ Jones (Bootleggin’ The Blues – 2009)
Keepin’ It All Alive – Lights Out By Nine (Make Your Own Luck – 2004)
Hidden Charms – The Big Head Blues Club (Ft Billy Branch) (Way Down Inside – 2016)
Don’t Leave Me Here – Taj Mahal & Keb Mo (Don’t Leave Me Here (single – 2017)
Midnight Boogie – Joe Krown (Just The Piano . . . Just the Blues – 1997)
Little Walter’s Jump – Little Walter (Live on The American Folk Blues Festival tour – 1967)
It’s All Over Now – Elvin Bishop (Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio – 2017)

Pinetop’s PickJoe Krown 2
Howlin’ Wolf Boogie – Colin James & Hubert Sumlin (A Tribute to Howlin’ Wolf – 1998)

Prisoner of The Blues
Get You Back – Joanne Shaw Taylor (Wild – 2016)
Prisoner of The Blues – Danny Bryant (Prisoner of The Blues (single) – 2017)
Blues Is My Medicine – Lisa Mann (Move On – 2014)
Move It On Over – Monroe Moe Jackson (Rural Blues Vol.1 – 1934-1956)
Hammer Down – Hitman Blues Band (The World Moves On – 2016)
Sugar Babe – Buster Brown (Fire single – 1962)joanne_shaw_taylor_hb_051016

There were some welcome returns in this week’s choices, including Scottish band Lights Out By Nine, with ‘Keepin’ It All Alive’, The Big Head Blues Club with another of their tributes to blues icon Willie Dixon, ‘Hidden Charms’ and one of the UK’s great female blues artists (in my humble opinion), Joanne Shaw Taylor who’s gigging around the UK, with a setlist featuring a few tracks from her latest album, like ‘Get You Back’. Another lady of the blues, Lisa Mann, returned with her song ‘Blues Is My Medicine’ from her ‘Move On’ album and The Hitman Blues Band also made an appearance with ‘Hammer Down’ to remind us of their stunning set at last year’s Blues On The Farm festival.

Just before collecting up the records and CDs, ready to head to the door this week, there was just enough time to play Buster Brown’s 1962 Fire 45 ‘Sugar Babe’, bringing back memories of of the much missed Mike Raven and his very popular R&B radio show. As it faded away, there was time to say thanks for your good company on this week’s show and look forward to our next meeting, the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 12 March 2017

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