Listen here to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling:
Well, we were back again with this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling and some mixed emotions. The forthcoming tours and new releases all look good and suggest that blues music is thriving in the UK. But, the good news was tempered with the sadness of losing James Cotton and Chuck Berry this past week. So, our playlist included a respectful taste of James Cotton with ‘The Creeper’ and Chuck Berry with ‘Confessin’ The Blues’.
But the new releases keep coming and this week’s playlist included the welcome return of Mr Sipp with his new album, ‘Knock A Hole In It’. We also heard from one of the very familiar names on the UK blues scene, Mick Clarke, with his cover of a Howlin’ Wolf favourite on his latest album, ‘Digging Down’. A big thanks went out to Blind Racoon Records for the new opus from Hurricane Ruth ‘Ain’t Ready For The Grave’ and the very talented Malaya Blue, who happens to have a new single out now, also made an appearance. Now, after waiting on the new album, ‘Live from The Fox, Oakland’ by The Tedeschi Trucks Band, it got released this week and we chose a taster track ftitled ‘Just In Time’.
I Am The Blues
The Creeper – James Cotton (Dealin’ With the Devil – 2016)
Gotta Let Her Go – Mr Sipp (Knock A Hole In It – 2017)
Smokestack Lightning – Mick Clarke (Digging Down – 2017)
Let Me Be the One – Hurricane Ruth (Ain’t Ready For The Grave – 2017)
Hunny Little Day Dream – Malaya Blues (Heartsick – 2016)
I Am The Blues – Debbie Bond (Enjoy The Ride – 2016)
Goin’ To New Orleans – Little Sam Davis (Roots of Americana – 2013)
Parchman Farm – Johnny Winter (Suicide Won’t Satisfy – 1998)
Just In Time
Just In Time – The Tedeschi Trucks Band (Live from The Fox Oakland – 2017)
Confessin’ The Blues – Chuck Berry (Rockin’ At The Hops – 1960)
Honky Tonk Train Blues – Claude Bolling (Original Boogie Woogie – 1998)
Ain’t Goin’ Down This Time – Don Baker (No Regrets – 1995)
Kentucky Blues – Little Hat Jones (Early Rural Blues – 2007)
Keep It To Yourself – Billy Price (East End Avenue – 2006)
Rolling With Thunder – Big Wolf Band (A Rebel’s Story – 2017)
I guessed that Texas bluesman, George “Little Hat” Jones would bring a smile of contentment to the faces of the scratchy blues fans. He only cut a few sides for Okeh Records back in 1929, including our choice, ‘Kentucky Blues’. Now every once in while I think we have a duty to relive the joy of that classic piano ‘Honky Tonk Train Blues’, first recorded in 1927 by Meade Lux Lewis and performed this week’s playlist by French jazz pianist Claude Bolling. Another cover came from Irish bluesman, Don Baker, with a well known song written by Tony Joe White, ‘Ain’t Goin’ Down This Time’ from Don’s 1995 album ‘No Regrets’.
As time started catching up with us, we pulled out something by Pittsburg’s own Billy Price and a song from his 2006 album ‘East End Avenue’, called ‘ Keep It To Yourself’ and we played out with Birmingham’s Big Wolf Band and a taster of their forthcoming album ‘A Rebel’s Story’. Then, it was time to tidy up and head for the door, but not before thanking you for your good company this week and hoping we’ll meet again the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!
Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 19 March 2017