Blue as I can get . . .

Posted: July 30, 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 if you like the blues, then we came with a pile of the best of them . . . . and we headed off down the blues highway with another preview track from the forthcoming new album by Walter Trout. This track had a guest appearance by Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who’s been playing some UK gigs lately and sounding good with Walter Trout on ‘Gonna Hurt Like Hell’.

There were plenty of other new releases from Califonia artists too. Firstly, from the Santa Barbara area, The Paradise Kings, who are known for their hi-octane live shows, and it shows through on their new album ‘Controlled Burn’ and they mix in a little humor too on ‘I’d Sing The Blues If I Had ‘Em’. Secondly, we something from veteran Southern blues man, Johnny Ray Jones, who, after many years of performing, finally got to release his debut album with the apt title ‘Feet Back In The Door’, with some good ole Southern soul and blues.

While Sister Rosetta Tharpe popped up on Pinetop’s Pick this week, the blues library was subject to a little extra rummaging this week to find a rather fine version of Mississippi John Hurt’s, ‘Candy Man’, delivered with charm and grace by John Renbourn. Much covered bluesman, Tommy McClellan also turned up with his 1942 Bluebird recording of ‘Blue As I Can Get’. But, what really inspired our trip to the library was to find who had also recorded the very fine blues ballad we played recently by the late Lonnie Mack, called ‘Falling Back In Love With You’. It turns out there are quite a few, including our choice by Saffire (The Uppity Blues Women).

I’d Sing The Blues If I Had ‘Em
Gonna Hurt Like Hell – Walter Trout (feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd) (We’re All In This Together -2017)
I’d Sing The Blues If I Had ‘Em – The Paradise Kings (Controlled Burn – 2017)
Hard Times Won – Johnny Ray Jones (Feet In The Back Door – 2017)
Candy Man – John Renbourn (John Renbourn – 2001)
The Mexican End – Jim Allchin (Decisions – 2017)
First Time I Met The Blues – Jeff Dale & Jeff Stone (The Southside Lives – 2017)
Untrue – Anni Piper (Texas Hold ‘Em – 2007)

Pinetop’s Pick
That’s All – Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Every Time I Feel The Spirit – 2016)

In The Grooves In The Grooves – Susan Cattaneo (feat. Bill Kirchen) (The Hammer & The Heart – 2017)
Falling Back In Love With You – Saffire (Uppity Blues Women) (Old, New Borrowed & Blue – 1994)
Mojo Potion No 61 & 49 – Stacy Jones (Love Is Everywhere – 2017)
Ride Of Your Life – Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Lay It On Down – 2017)
Blue As I Can Get – Tommy McClellan (Tommy McClellan Vol.2 – 2005)
Devil Gone Fishin’ – Antry (Devil Don’t Care – 2017)
G & L Jump – Bill Perry (Fire It Up – 2001)

As you may have detected already, there’s a recent release that I keep
going It’s Jim Allchin’s album ‘Decisions’ and we pulled out another mighty fine number from it this week, ‘The Mexican End’. Among the other recent new releases is an album called ‘The Southside Lives’ and it features Jeff Dale and Jeff Stone, who grew up on the South Side of Chicago, which may have inspired their distinctive take on the ‘First Time I Met the Blues’.

Now, ‘the ladies of the blues’ got well represented here this week, with the sultry tones of Australia’s First Lady of Blues, Anni Piper with ‘Untrue‘, the welcome return of Susan Cattaneo with her album ‘The Hammer & The Heart’, another visit from multi instrumentalist Stacy Jones with ‘Mojo Potion No 61 & 49’ and, not forgetting, Saffire (The Uppity Blues Women).

We dipped back into Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s new album ‘Lay It On Down’ for a well-honed track called ‘Ride Of Your Life’ and guitarist/singer and harp player, Antry, was back with another track from his excellent debut album ‘Devil Don’t Care’, which brought us to our last choice for this week’s show . . . some blazing guitar instrumental from the great Bill Perry. So, a big thanks for your good company this week, here’s hoping we’ll meet again the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 30 July 2017



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