Living the blues . . .

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


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

Well, a big bluesy welcome to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling . . . and there’s plenty of good stuff to choose from, with new releases very much in evidence. But, we are not content without our customary rummage in the archives for a few ‘seasoned’ favourites and forgotten gems.

Among the new releases on our playlist this week were Vin Mott and his band with some scorching and growling blues harp from Vin himself. There was more fine blues harp from one of the UK’s premier harp players, West Westo with something from his new album ‘West Street’. Texan Micki Free was in there too with his latest album ‘Tattoo Burn’, which has been getting plenty of attention around here lately.

The girls were ably represented by Robbin Kapsalis of Washington DC based band, Vintage #18, whose new album ‘Grit’ doesn’t fit solely into the blues genre, but our choice, ‘Diamonds Are Optional’, definitely does. There was another taster from Dani Wilde’s new album ‘Live at Brighton Road’ with some family support from Will Wide on harp and we welcomed Seattle band Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers with their third album due for release on June 21 ‘Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge’. . . where the choice was made easy for us, because one track’s called ‘When The Blues Come Calling’.

There were some nice acoustic tracks included along the way, including Shortstuff with a John Mayall original from their debut album, ‘Big Blue’. Von Johin turned up with his take on the much recorded ‘Cocaine Habit Blues’. Then, for fans of rag time numbers, there was Adam Franklin with ‘Save That Roach For Me’ (and nothing to do with Rent-a-Kill). But we kicked off with an old favourite from the weird beards themselves, ZZ Top . . .ZZ Top

Six Feet Down In The Blues
La Grande – ZZ Top (Rancho Texicano – 2004)
Freight Train – Vin Mott (Quit The Women For The Blues – 2017)
Six Feet Down In The Blues – Micki Free (Tattoo Burn – 2017)
Pimpin’ Green – Marc Stone (Trickeration & Rascality – 2010)
Sitting In The Rain – Shortstuff (Big Blue – 2017)
Hideaway – Jeff Healey (See The Light – 1988)
Diamonds Are Optional – Vintage #18 (Grit – 2017)

Pinetop’s Pick
Rock Island Line – The Prisoners of Cumins Farmvin mott

Don’t Start Me Talking
You Should’ve Listen To Your Mother – Wes Weston (West Street – 2017)
Save That Roach For Me – Adam Franklin (Till I Hear You Talkin’ – 2012)
Living The Blues – Marcus Malone (Stand Or Fall – 2014)
Cocaine Habit Blues – Von Johin (Von The Revelator – 2010)
Don’t Quit Me Baby – Dani Wilde (Live at Brighton Road – 2017)
When The Blues Come Calling – Michelle D’Amour & The Love Dealers (Lost Nights at The Leopard Lounge – 2017)
Don’t Start Me Talking – Gary Moore (After Hours – 1992)
Snap – Guy Verlinde & The Houserockers (How How How – 2017)Leopard Lounge

We travelled down to New Orleans to meet guitarist, singer and local radio presenter Marc Stone, who happens to have a great new album out at the moment called Live In Europe, which we’ve played here before, but I was intrigued to find what went before that. So, a rummage in the archives produced a 7 years old album, by Marc, delightfully titled album ‘Trickeration & Rascality’. Then there was Detroit’s Marcus Malone who was on our giglist this week and delivering a stunning set too, including our choice, appropriately titled ‘Living The Blues’.

Just to prove that I do listen to your feedback and suggestions, there was something by Gary Moore in this week’s selection and his take on Sonny Boy Williamson’s  ‘Don’t Start Me Talking’. By then, we were very tight on time, so we played out with Guy Verlinde & The Houserockers with ‘Snap’, as we said our fond farewells, ever hopeful that we’ll meet again the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 4 June 2017

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