Still Got The Blues . . .

Posted: April 7, 2020 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, there was no shortage of new blues releases in this weeks show, with Anthony Gomes, David Clayton Thomas, Mick Clarke, Liz Mandeville, Errol Linton, Dave Arcari and more. Our ‘Back in Five‘ features a gem from John Renbourn that was on the playlist five years ago this week. Then, our ‘On The Giglist‘ feature brought news of an upcoming gig and a new release by The Hitman Blues Band. So, I played their new release and put their gig in the diary as a joy in store.

The ‘album of the week‘ was a stomper from Tampa Bay’s Backtrack Blues Band, who turn up this week with an album jammed with excellent tracks. Their album, ‘Your Baby Has Left’, has been doing well on the UK blues charts, so, a big cheer from here for Sonny Charles and the rest of the band.

We kicked off the show in fine style this week with Joe Cocker with a little something from his Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour. It featured Leon Russell, which was no accident, because it happened to be Leon Russell’s birthday this past week, so a respectful nod to them both.

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Further On Up The Road – Joe Cocker (Mad Dogs & Englishmen – 1970)
I Only Have One Gear – The Carvin Jones Band (The Carvinator – 2014)
Killin’ Time – The Backtrack Blues Band (Your Baby Has Left – 2020)
Containment Blues – Anthony Gomes (Containment Blues – 2020)
I Want To Be Loved – Muddy Waters (w Johnny Winter (Hard Again – 1977)

Back In Five
Cocaine Blues – John Renbourn & Stefan Grossman

Oh Well
Oh Well – Vanja Sky (Woman Named Trouble – 2020)
Brother’s Boogie – Ladyva (8 To The Bar – 2017)
You Can’t Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover – Dr Feelgood (You Can’t Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover – 2020)
Never Again – David Clayton Thomas (Say Something – 2020)

Pinetop’s Pick
Tough Times – John Brim (Takin’ It To The Streets – 2011)

Flyin’ Lo
You’ll Come Back Someday – The Backtrack Blues Band (Your Baby Has Left – 2020)
Hard Times – Eric Clapton (Journeyman – 1989)
Still Got The Blues – Chuck Berry (Blues – 2003)
Flyin’ Lo – Mick Clarke (Big Wheel – 2020)
Dimples – Johnny Jenkins (Ton-Ton Macoute! – 1974)
Cold Cold Heart – Eamonn McCormack (Storyteller – 2020)
(Hey Babe) Ya Wanna Boogie – Liz Mandeville (Playing With Fire – 2020)
So Long – The John Doe Trio (Railroaded – 2020)
Best Friends Grave – The Backtrack Blues Band (Your Baby Has Left – 2020)
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bobby Blue Bland (Midnight Run – 1989)

On The Giglist
Angel In The Shadows – The Hitman Blues Band (Angel In The Shadows – 2020)

Stick To Your Guns
Hadn’t Found You – E D Brayshaw (Fire Without Water – 2020)
Stick To Your Guns – Dave Arcari (Stick To Your Guns – 2020)

Austin Calling
Part Time Love – Robert Ealey (The Texas Bluesmen – 1993)

Times Is Hard
Let The Sleeping Dog Lie – Roomful Of Blues (In A Roomful Of Blues – 2020)
Howlin’ For My Baby (Radio Edit) – Errol Linton (Howlin’ For My Baby  – 2020)
Dimples – Johnny Jenkins (Ton-Ton Macoute! – 1977)
Times Is Hard – The Backtrack Blues Band (Your Baby Has Left – 2020)

This week’s Pinetop’s Pick brought a Chess classic from John Brim, the aptly titled ‘Tough Times’ and there was a personal memory in our ‘Austin Calling‘ feature from David Isaacs of meeting and recording with Texas bluesman Robert Ealey. Then, with our blues time together almost run out, I returned for one last choice from our album of the week, courtesy of The Backtrack Blues Band. While that was playing, I was collecting up the music and tidying up the studio, but not before saying a big thanks for your good company on this week’s show and hoping we’ll meet again the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . remember . . .keep safe . . . keep well . . . and have fun!

Broadcast by Maritime Radio 96.5fm on 7 April 2020
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  1. Thanks for the plug! I’m not sure how Angel got on the “new release” list, unless it’s the version on “The World Moves On”, which is our most recent album. We WERE in the studio recording a new release until the whole COVID-19 thing put a stop to that, but I think we have three more sessions to go and it will be done. So, hopefully, we can have it ready by sometime in May.

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