Yours or my way . . .

Posted: May 8, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

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Well, when the appointed hour arrived, we we’re back with another armful of the best blues around, which is just what you’d expect on The Blues Come Calling. There’s been plenty to capture our interests here this past week, with some more very fine new releases, some preview tracks and a few ‘seasoned’ favorites. Along the way, we rediscovered a little something recorded in Chicago in 1991 by The Pretty Things & Yardbirds Blues Band. It featured a mix of band members from the Pretty Things, The Yardbirds, and others, including Phil May on vocals, Dick Taylor on guitar, Jim McCarty on drums and augmented by guitarist and blue harpist Studebaker John with Richard Hite on bass. The album was released under the title ‘The Chicago Blues Tapes and it sounded excellent stuff here.

For the scratchy blues fans, we found a song that was first recorded and released on the Bluebird label back in 1935, by Big Joe Williams’ Washboard Blues Singers. Its success established Big Joe’s recording career and the song has since been called “one of the most played, arranged, and rearranged pieces in blues history”.. . . that Bluebird release was titled ‘Please Don’t Go’. We played Big Joe’s recording from some six years later, where he was joined by Sonny Boy Williamson. If that wasn’t enough, we also featured a little delta blues by the Gabriel Delta Band.

Before all that, we opened up with ‘Too Long Gone’ from Marcus Malone’s latest album and then King King, who were on our giglist this past week with Alan Nimmo back on top form after his recent throat troubles . . . .

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Too Long Gone – Marcus Malone (Better Man – 2017)
Wait On Time – King King (King King Live – 2016)
Ain’t Got You – The Pretty Things & Yardbirds Blues Band (The Chicago Blues Tapes – 2011)
Yours Or My Way – Kate Lush (Let It Fly – 2017)
Please Don’t Go – Big Joe Williams (Big Joe Williams & The Stars of Mississippi Blues – 2003)
Big Boss Man – Gabriel Delta Band (Hobo – 2017)
Okie Dokie Stomp – Johnny Winter (Live Bootleg Series Vol.4 – 2009)

Pinetop’s Pick
When I’ve Been Drinking – Big Bill Broonzy (Mike Taj & KebRaven’s Blues Sampler – 1969)

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Juke Joint – Mr Sipp (Knock A Hole In It – 2017)
Diving Duck Blues – Taj Mahal & Keb Mo (TajMo – 2017)
Hummingbird – Joe Bonamassa (An Acoustic Evening At Carnegie Hall – 2017)
Black Magic Woman – Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac (Blue Horizon single – 1968)
Peace In The Valley – Jools Holland’s R&B Orchestra with Ruby Turner (Jools & Ruby – 2015)

After the release of several preview tracks,the newJoe Bonamassa - Acoustic Evening album by Taj Mahal & Keb Mo, ‘TajMo’ was released this week and we chose something from it that Taj Mahal cut for his first solo album, way back when. This was ‘Diving Duck Blues’, which gets a rather fine reworking by the guys. Another reworking of a much covered gem came in the form of an epic version of Leon Russell’s ‘Hummingbird’ from the forthcoming double album by Joe Bonamassa called ‘An Acoustic Evening at Carnegie Hall’. The title just about sums up what it’s all about, with a real range of songs and styles and in marked contrast to Joe’s customary hard rocking electric style.

We squeezed in a couple of classics from the much missed Johnny Winter and much revered Peter Green. There was Johnny’s version of ‘Okie Dokie Stomp’ and Fleetwood Mac’s 1968 Blue Horizon 45 ‘Black Magic Woman’. Then it was time to wind things up for this week, which we did another memory from this week’s giglist. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening with Jools Holland & His R&B Orchestra, who are touring the UK again now and we closed the show with one of their finale numbers, featuring Ruby Turner and a rocking version of ‘Peace In the Valley’. But, we didn’t forget to say thanks for taking a listen to this week’s show and hoping that we meet again the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 7 May 2017

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