Blues is my business . . .

Posted: June 12, 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 we opened this show with an acknowledgment that we had plenty of great blues for this week’s playlist, but possibly not enough time . . . and so it was. But, we did manage to fit in some more excellent new blues, like Steve Van Zandt with something from his new album, ‘Soulfire’, with some typical firey playing from Steve on the very appropriate choice from that album . . . is ‘Blues Is My Business’. Kenny Wayne Shepherd enthusiasts have been waiting on his new album ‘Lay It On Down’, due for release in July. So, as a taster of what’s to come, we played the opening track ‘Baby Got Gone’. Keeping up the flow of new releases were Swindon band, Barrelhouse, with a little touch of Chicago blues from their new album ‘Moonshine’.
UK bluesman, Sean Webster, is on tour around the UK and Europe currently promoting his new album, ‘Leave You Heart At The Door’ . . . and excellent it is too, but before all that, we kicked off with Australian band Indiana Phoenix, led by Brian Cain on vocals & harp, with ‘As Long As Its Blue’ from his 2009 album, ‘Downunder’.
As Long As Its Blue
As Long As Its Blue – Indiana Phoenix (Downunder Blues & Roots Vol.6 – 2009)
Blues Is My Business – Little Steven (Soulfire – 2017)
Baby Blue – Sanne Salomonsen (Baby Blue – 2017)
Bumble Bee – Dani Wilde (Live at Brighton Road – 2017)
Avalon Blues – Mississippi John Hurt (American Epic – 2017)
Baby Got Gone – Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Lay It On Down – 2017)
Pinetop’s Pick
Give Me Back My Wig – Luther Allison (Live in Chicago – 1999)

Start Again
Believe In Me – Clare Free (Dust & Bones – 2012)
Snatch It Back – Barrelhouse (Moonshine – 2017)
Too Much To Lose – The Kentucky Headhunters (Songs From The Grass String Ranch – 2000)
State Line Blues – Lew Jetton & 61 South (State Line Blues – 2000)
Start Again – Sean Webster (Leave Your Heart At The Door – 2017)
Hott Mott’s Theme – Vin Mott (Quit The Women For The Blues – 2017)

The ladies of the blues were well represented this week, including Danish singer Sanne Salomonsen with the title track from her first studio album for six years, ‘Baby Blue’, followed by the welcome return of our own Dani Wilde, with one the acoustic tracks on her new album ‘Live at Brighton Road’. Clare Free is another UK lady of the blues who’s back on the road gigging again after a well-earned break and picking up where she left off, reprising numbers from her ‘Dust & Bones’ album, like ‘Believe In Me’.

Now, if you’ve been watching the TV series ‘American Epic’, there’s every chance you’ll have seen a clip of Mississippi John Hurt singing a song about his home . . . ‘Avalon Blues’. So, not missing the opportunity, his record company have issued a compilation of his best known material, which made it easy to find that one.

The Kentucky Headhunters will be gigging in the UK later this year, doubtless featuring their latest album ‘On Safari’, but after a bit of rummaging in the archives we came up with a rather fine blues ballad from their delightfully titled 2000 release ‘Songs from the Grass String Ranch’. Then, picking up the pace came Lew Jetton & 61 South with a 2000 vintage track ‘State Line Blues’ and his fans will be please to hear that he’s gearing up to release a new album later this year, so we’ll watching out for that. Then, we found ourselves with barely enough time to say our fond farewells before playing out Vin Mott and his band and ‘Hott Mott’s Theme’.

So, with thanks for taking a listen to this week’s show, we wish you well and, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 11 June 2017

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