Keep on playin’ . . .

Posted: July 23, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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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 came with an armful of new releases, a few ‘seasoned’ favorites and possibly one or two surprises, which we kicked off with one of the great contemporary slide guitarists, Roy Rogers. His playing has been described by one music buff as “sounding the way good bourbon tastes, smooth and with a kick”.

Then we lined up a few new releases, starting with ‘Stomp Jump Boogie’ from Seattle based, multi-instrumentalist, Stacy Jones. Then came guitarist/singer and harp player, Antry with an excellent debut album, ‘Devil Don’t Care’, which we will return to, for sure. Another gem came from the Jon Spear Band, who hail from Central Virginia and whose new album, ‘Hot Sauce’ includes a superb version of ‘Natchez Burning’. The Jake Leg Jug Band were back, all the way from the cotton fields of Stoke on Trent, and bringing with them another track excellent track from their latest album ‘Break A Leg’.Stacy Jones (Love Is Everywhere

After several taster tracks from Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s new album, ‘Lay It On Down’, the whole album was released this week and it includes the excellent ‘Down For Love’. Now, The Halley DeVestern Band describe themselves as “the number one blues band in New York City”, which maybe so, judging by the title track of their new album ‘Keep On Playin’.

Dreamin’ At The Juke 
Dreamin’ At The Juke – Roy Rogers (Blues On the Range – 1989)
Stomp Jump Boogie – Stacy Jones (Love Is Everywhere – 2017)Jon Spear Band - Hot Sauce
Devil Don’t Care – Antry (Devil Don’t Care – 2017)
I Be’s Trouble – Muddy Waters (Down On Stovall’s Plantation – 2011)
Love, Life & Money – Johnny Winter (3rd Degree -1986)
Natchez Burning – The Jon Spear Band (Hot Sauce – 2017)
I Can’t Dance (With Ants In My Pants) – Jake Leg Jug Band (Break A Leg – 2017)

Pinetop’s Pick
Mean Old Bed Bug Blues – Furry Lewis (Furry Lewis – His Best 22
Recordings – 2017)

Picture This
Down For Love – Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Lay It On Down – 2017)Antry - Devil Don't Care Cover
Falling Back In Love With You – Lonnie Mack (Strike Like Lightning – 1985)
Keep On Playin’ – Halley DeVestern Band (Keep On Playin’ – 2017)
Picture This – Debbie Davies (Blind Pig Presents: California Blues – 2015)
The Healer – Carlos Santana & John Lee Hooker (The Healer – 1989)
Just Plain Sick – Jim Allchin (Decisions – 2017)

We paid a visit to Stovall’s Plantation for something recorded there by a youthful Muddy Waters, which will have please the scratchy blues fans no end. There were a few other celebrated names appearing on our playlist, including Lonnie Mack with  lovely blues Halley DeVestern Band (Keep On Playin'called ‘Falling Back In Love With You’ from his 1985 album ‘Strike Like Lightning’, along with a Little Willie John song from the late great Johnny Winter.

Debbie Davies popped up with the title track of her 1993 album, ‘Picture This’ and we took the occasion of Carlos Santana’s birthday to reprise his 1989 collaboration with John Lee Hooker on ‘The Healer’. Then, the last choice for this week’s show was a blazing boogie woogie instrumental from Jim Allchin’s latest album ‘Decisions’.

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

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 23 July 2017

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