That’s what the blues is all about . . .

Posted: June 19, 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, which we started with a big pile of great tracks to play and, sadly, we never got to fit them all into our hour together. So, there’s already good stuff lined up for next week. But, with great enthusiasm, we kicked off this week’s show with Sean Webster, who was on our giglist recently, doing a stunning set that featured many of the tracks from his new album ‘Leave Your Heart At The Door’. We also caught up with The John Doe Trio on a local gig, where they did a superb set that got enthusiastic applause for numbers you can find on their latest album ‘Stranger’.

There were plenty of new releases for our playlist this week, including The Gordon Meier Blues Experience, whose ‘Magic Kingdom’ album shows off some good examples of Gordon’s big influences . . . Freddie King and Magic Slim. Micki Free was back with a track titled ‘Mojo Black Coffee’ from his latest album ‘Tattoo Burn’. Debbie Bond made a welcome return with a new single, ‘Winds of Change’, to coincide with the start her latest UK tour, and another lady of the blues, Karen Lovely, arrived with her fourth studio album “Fish Outta Water”, featuring a real mix of song styles, including blues, roots, soul, and a little Americana. . . . as a sample, we played ‘Nice & Easy’ . . . and it was!
For the fans of scratchy blues, we dug out ‘Stack O’Dollars Blues’ by St. Louis blues singer and guitarist, Charley Jordan. It was one of the tracks he recorded for Vocalion and Decca Records between 1930 and 1937, while he was supplementing his musical career working a bootlegger!

Just Keep RidinGordon Mieier
Give Me The Truth – Sean Webster (Leave Your Heart At The Door – 2017)
Just Keep Ridin’ – The Gordon Meier Blues Experience (Magic Kingdom – 2017)
That’s What The Blues Is All About – Albert King (Stax Classics – 2017)
Crosscut Saw – Otis Rush (Tops – 1988)
She Just Wants To Dance – Keb Mo (Keb Mo – 1994)
Stack O’Dollars Blues – Charley Jordan (The No.1 Blues Album Ever -2012)
Mojo Black Coffee – Micki Free (Tattoo Burn – 2017)

Pinetop’s PickJohn Doe Trio
Mama Talk To Your Daughter – Doc K’s Blues Band

Winds of Change
Love Is A Lie – Beth Hart (Fire On The Floor – 2016)
Teasing Little Woman – John Doe Trio (Stranger – 2016)
My Baby’s Hot – Rick Vito (Rattlesnake Shake – 2007)
Nice & Easy – Karen Lovely (Fish Outta Water – 2017)
Winds of Change – Debbie Bond (Winds of Change – 2017)
Hands Off – Rory Gallagher (Old Grey Whistle Test Blues – 2011)

It’s a treat to see Albert King’s legacy being kept alive with the release of a collection of Karen-Lovely-Fish-Outta-Water-2017his ‘Stax Classics’, appropriately called ‘Stax Classics’ and featuring some of Albert’s best known numbers, along with some other fine choices from his time with Stax, like our choice, ‘That’s What The Blues Is All About’. Of course, Albert’s version of ‘Crosscut Saw’ is on that album too and it’s a song that been much covered over the years, even before Albert cut it. A particular favorite is the version by fellow left hander, the legendary Otis Rush, so we found that too.

Beth Hart is just starting her tour of Europe and America which will round off with UK dates in October & November, so a good chance to see her live, if you’ve not seen on stage before and, as an incentive, we played ‘Love Is A Lie’ from her album ‘Fire On the Floor’. Now, the new album by Taj Mahal & Keb Mo is excellent stuff, but it’s in danger of being overplayed here, so I thought we might give it a friendly nudge with an early track from Keb Mo, ‘She Just Wants To Dance’.

Well, we heard some nice slide guitar work from Rick Vito on ‘My Baby’s Hot’ and we could go on a lot longer, but we started to run out of time. So, too soon, it was time to say our fond farewells, ever hopeful that we’ll meet again the next time The Blues Come Calling. In the meantime we played out with out with something from the much missed Rory Gallagher and a number he performed for the Old Grey Whistle Test, ‘Hands Off’’ . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 18 June 2017

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