It's time to make rafters weep...to enter into the groove...to reach into music heaven...to tap, tap, tap. Join us in this adventure in the Blues...to hear tracks you may otherwise never hear...'cause Blues is my business...and business is good!
SONG OF THE WEEK...BLUES, BLUES & MORE BLUES!
It's time to make rafters weep...to enter into the groove...to reach into music heaven...to tap, tap, tap.
Join us in this adventure in the Blues...to hear tracks you may otherwise never hear...'cause Blues is my business...and business is good!
Each week (or more) a different letter...for Band or Artist name. Post your's here.
It's easy to join the party...just one other Rule...Let the Blues rule!
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WELCOME TO THE WEEK OF THE LETTER "A" featuring
8 BALL AITKEN
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS
In 1972 Mowtown Records signed a fiery young Chicago blues guitarist who was hailed as the next big thing recording "Bad News is Coming" the majesty of which was lost as Disco then swamped the Mowtown airwaves. He departed for Europe not returning to USA until 1994. Fortunately his searing intensity was still intact and "Bad News is Coming" finally hit the heights it deserved. Sadly he died in 1997 at age 57. One wonders what could have been.
My love of Blues was probably ignited by the opening Willie Dixon track by the Rolling Stones..."Little Red Rooster"...but this guy does it better... makes my skin crawl.
"A" is for LUTHER ALLISON
The opening track of the "Bad News is Coming" Album "LITTLE RED ROOSTER"
This album is too good to only hear one track so here is the remainder of the album
"BAD NEWS IS COMING"
Sometimes we see an artist who invades our soul and says every time you can..."come and get some more."
One such artist is from Melbourne, Australia. We see him every chance we can...extraordinary talent.
We discovered him many years ago playing "Classically Blue" with the Violinist for the Australian Opera & Ballet, Adrian Keating and our mate Steve Sampson on bass.
Plays with his Souldiggers in UK, USA & Australia.
"A" is for GEOFF ACHISON
"BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR"
A bit of accoustic mastery
"DON'T PLAY GUITAR BOY"
From Northern Queensland to Nashville, Tennessee and Austen, Texas is this Aussie giant of Country & Swamp Blues.
Discovered him at the Great Southern Blues Festival in 2014 then again last month at the Budgewoi Coast Pub where he played a track to Denise and admired my lizardskin shoes. One of those rarely gifted who can entertain a crowd then blitz them. Danced all night...couldn't help it!
"A" is for 8 BALL AITKEN
"BLACK SWAMP CREEK"
"SHE'S GOING TO MEXICO, I'M GOING TO JAIL"
Gravelly voices grab the soul...when they can play slide, cigar box and withering blues...all the better.
"A" is for STEVE ARVEY
and with gun child prodigy (now adult) PETE CORNELIUS (AUS) on guitar at Byron Bay
Won the International Blues Challenge Solo Act in 2010. We discovered him on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise in the Caribbean in Jan 2015 with those darn Binkleys, Dangerous Dave & MJ. A massive man who filled the stage with his presence and unbridled skill. Then Denise & I saw him again at the Basement in Sydney in December 2016 with Jim & Jennie...mesmerising.
Introducing from Canada..."A" is for MATT ANDERSEN
"A" is for CHARLIE A'COURT
From Canada comes another amazing blues man. Indeed fortunate to have seen him supporting Dave Hole, Canned Heat & the Best of Chess
The Sam Cooke classic "A CHANGE IS GONNA COME"...Brilliant
"A" is for JOHNNY ADAMS
Louisiana bluesman known as "The Tan Canary" for the multi-octave range of his singing voice, his swooping vocal mannerisms and falsetto.
"WALKING ON A TIGHTROPE"
"A" is for PINK ANDERSON
The South Carolina bluesman born 1900 died 1974, known for his Piedmont Blues
Made famous by PINK FLOYD.adopting his first name
PINK FLOYD was so named from the first names of old bluesmen PINK ANDERSON & FLOYD COUNCIL taken by Syd Barratt from the liner notes of a 1962 album by BLIND BOY FULLER!!!
"A" is for THE ALLMAN BROTHERS"
The Allman Brothers Band was an American blues rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida, USA, in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson.
"ONE WAY OUT"
"A" is for THE ANIMALS
Blues influenced the English music scene in the 1960s developing into some of the iconic rock bands such as the Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Animals and later Led Zeppelin, Even influenced the introduction of Heavy Metal with Black Sabbath, Deep Purple & Aerosmith.
The bass player of The Animals, Chas Chandler discovered Jimi Hendrix and soon the Jimi Hendrix Experience was born!!!
The Animals' "Big Lights, Big city" was a Jimmy Reed Blues song...then there was this much covered chestnut:
"ROCK ME BABY"
So ends the Week of the Letter "A"...unless someone else throws further suggestions.
Great stuff. Do yourself a favour and get into it. Let the groove enthrall you, capture you, enrich your life.
Of the scores of artists in the week of the letter "B" only one can kick it off...
"B" is for RUTH BROWN (1928 -2006)...BRILLIANT
I got up early this morning...so I could walk the floor
I got ta hit the streets...cos there's a woop outside my door
the bill collector's calling...and my kids need new shoes
"A GOOD DAY FOR THE BLUES"
OOOOH......SULTRY....BLUE AS CAN BE
I hate to see that evening sun go down...cos the man that I love don't love this town.
If I'm feeling tomorrow like I feel today...I think I'm going to pack my bags and make my get away
"ST LOUIS BLUES"
Bit of fun...bit of blues...French Blues..French Classroom Blues
"B" is for Le BLUES de l'ECOLIER"
For the skeptics...blues is from the heart...even from the soul of toddlers
"B" is for AMAZING BLUES BABY"...EXTRAORDINARY
Great voices...great guitarists...great Blues got it all
"B" is for the voice of Cold Chisel's JIMMY BARNES (AUS) with guitar maestro JOE BONAMASSA (USA)
Father & Daughter
JIMMY BARNES & MAHALIA BARNES
"GONNA TAKE SOME TIME"
When Blues is a GENE & SOUL THING
"NEVER LOVED A MAN"
"B" is for JOHN BUTLER TRIO
From Fremantle, Western Australia hails this blues & roots combo that insist on being individual
"B" is for BOB BROZMAN 1954 - 2013
Travelling the World embracing cultures from Timbuktu to Okinawa to Athens...The Running Man
Don't let the glasses fool you...Don't let false estimations rule you...so you may come to realise
His accoustic skills moved me in my early blues day...gave me respect for his art
"B" is for DAVID BROMBERG
"DEMON IN DISGUISE"
If you want to play the blues...you gotta learn to lose
"SUFFER TO SING THE BLUES"...a Bromberg classic tune...great yarn