Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Slim Harpo--Don't Start Crying Now

Slim Harpo (aka James Moore) was the author of several songs that became popular Rock N' Roll covers.   His classics "King Bee", "Rock Me Baby", "Tip On In" and "Baby Scratch My Back" have been covered by such Classic Rock legends as Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane.

However, I have always been particular to this upbeat, toe-tapping number "Don't Start Crying Now" that as far as I know has not been covered by anybody.  Take a listen by clicking below.



Since I'm certain that you like this song as much as me, you will not be able to resist the pull of the link below and buy it.  Afterall, it is only 99 cents.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Climax Blues Band--Cut You Loose

Climax Blues Band comes from the tradition of English rock bands starting out as Blues bands.  Climax Blues Band was a dynamic band that played everything including traditional Blues, free form Jazz and Hard Rock.  They also had a sort of disco-ish major hit in the 70's called "Couldn't Get It Right."

I totally dig on this funky tune from the "A Lot Of Bottle" album.  It is called "Cut You Loose."


As usual, if you just can't survive another minute without owning this groovy song, then you can click below to buy it.

I also highly recommend this whole album.  It has a lot of great tunes including a couple good hard rock numbers.  Click on the 2nd link to buy that.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Rudy Greene--Wild Life

It's hard to find many tunes by this wild swinging blues guitar slinger from the 1950's.  It is also hard to find any information on him.  I love this old foot stompin' blues (that is the precursor to Rock N' Roll) with the wailing tenor sax and Rudy's wild guitar licks.  I wish I had more to say other than just take a listen below.


I presume that you just have to own this song for your growing blues collection.  Therefore, you can buy it by clicking on the link below.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Johnny "Guitar" Watson--Space Guitar

It amazes me how far today's popular music has sunk.  Of all the popular artists today, not one really knows how to play the lead guitar.  The lead guitar has disappeared from music altogether with the only exception of the Blues community.

When I listen to Johnny Guitar Watson I am amazed that such a virtuoso was cutting his chops such a long time ago and he can play circles around the idiotic strummers of today.

Johnny Guitar Watson was a huge influence on another Texas guitar slinger, Johnny Winter.  He was also a big influence on, of all people, Frank Zappa.  Frank admired Johnny because of the way he, "played the shit out of his guitar."  Frank and Johnny remained friends all the way until Frank's death in the early 90's.

This song "Space Guitar" is a wild instrumental.  You can check it out below.



If you just have to have this wild tune, click on the link below.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Ten Years After--I May Be Wrong, But I Won't Be Wrong Always

This has to be the longest song name in history.  Ten Years After is, of course, another 1960's hippie rock festival mainstay and later a favorite of Classic Rock stations.  But like a lot of those hippie rock bands from England in the 1960's, Ten Years After was at its roots a Blues band.

An old college friend of mine described Alvin Lee as "the fastest guitar player in the world."  I think he may be right after listening to this jazzy song.

Click below to see this old European TV clip of them playing this song.



Now, if you like this awesome tune as much as I do, you can buy it by clicking below.  I would also like to recommend this whole album.  It has lots of great upbeat bluesy and jazzy numbers including a good version of the song that made them famous at Woodstock, "I'm Going Home."  It is a live album cleverly named "Ten Years After:  Undead."  Funny, right?

If you are interested in buying the whole album, click on the second link below.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Original Fleetwood Mac--Stranger Blues

Fleetwood Mac is one of the most popular bands in Rock N' Roll history.  However, many of you might be unaware that Fleetwood Mac started out as a blues band.   The original Fleetwood Mac composed several songs that are (or were) Rock N' Roll classics including "Oh Well" which was made popular by a group called The Rockets back in the late 70's and "Black Magic Woman" which, of course, was made enormously popular by Santana.

The band was originally led by a guy named Peter Green and featured a power-trio of lead guitarists -- Peter Green, Danny Kirwin and Jeremy Spencer.  This Elmore James cover "Stranger Blues" features Jeremy Spencer on slide guitar.

Take a listen by clicking below.


If you like this awesome song as much as I do, please feel free to purchase a copy by clicking below.



Thursday, February 16, 2012

Charlie Musselwhite--Cha Cha The Blues

Charlie Musselwhite has been around a long time. He might even be considered an "old fart."  He is most often associated with the Blues revival period of the 1960's along with Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield.  His early band featured Barry Goldberg on keyboards (who later formed his own Blues revival band) and Harvey Mandel who later replaced Henry Vestine with Canned Heat.

I like this early mellow groove "Cha Cha The Blues."  Click below to sample it.


If you are so inclined, you can purchase this awesome song by clicking below.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials--Icicles in my Meatloaf

Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials are one of the best Chicago Blues bands out there and they personify the entire reason I started this blog.  If you have a chance to see them live, I can't recommend them enough.

When I first saw the title of this song, I was certain it was going to be a horribly boring slow blues song.  I couldn't have been more wrong.  This may now be my favorite Lil' Ed song.  It has that train rolling down the tracks sort of groove that I just love.  Lil' Ed's wailing slide guitar totally rocks on this song.

The video I found is not the greatest quality of video or audio.  However, it gives you the idea.



I strongly recommend you buy this song.  Click the icon below.



There are several other good songs on this whole CD including an ambitious cover of a Who song called "Leavin' Here."  So if you are so inclined, I recommend the whole CD.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Gary Moore--How Many Lies

If you like your blues infused with hard rock a la Jimi Hendrix, then this cat from Northern Ireland may be what rings your doorbell.  Gary Moore was an influential 70's rocker in Europe but not so much in the U.S.  One of his early hard rock bands featured Phil Lynott, the bass player and vocalist for Thin Lizzy. 

After the 70's glam scene ended, Moore turned his chops over to The Blues.  This song "How Many Lies" sounds vaguely like Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Times" but a lot louder and faster.  This track really uncorks towards the end with a wailing guitar solo.

Take a listen below.


If you want to buy this awesome track, just click on the icon below.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

David Bromberg--Sloppy Drunk

Dynamic performers like David Bromberg don't really exist anymore.  At a typical concert, Bromberg and his talented band, would run the gamut from folksy bluegrass to funky blues and several different genres in between.  He also had the sensibilities of a stand up comedian.  He is very funny and he shows it in this New Orleans style blues number, "Sloppy Drunk."

Take a listen below.


If you like this awesome song, you can buy it by clicking on the image below.

Junior Wells-The Things I'd Do For You

There was a period of time back in the late 80's when James Brown was incarcerated.  If you had a Jones for some funky blues, the late Junior Wells was a more than adequate replacement.  Junior can get slow and klunky sometimes, but he can also tear it up.  I particularly recommend this obscure tune called "The Things I'd Do For You."

You can listen to it by clicking on the video.


If you want to buy this awesome song, click below.

John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat - Let's Make It

Everyone is aware of John Lee Hooker as a bluesman.  But not everyone understands that despite being a favorite of the 1960's hippie rock festivals, Canned Heat is really one of the best Blues bands the world has ever seen.  The late Alan Wilson was not only a talented slide guitar player, but he played a mean blues harp too.   He was one of the best right up there with James Cotton and Paul Butterfield.  Canned Heat and John Lee Hooker collaborated on a couple of albums.

Here is the song "Let's Make It" off the acclaimed Hooker N' Heat album.


You can buy this awesome song by clicking below.



If you are interested in the whole double-album, click below.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Albert Collins--Listen Here

I'd venture to say that most people don't like Blues music.  No major celebrities take up the cause of The Blues.  You never hear about Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie being seen at the Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials show.

My belief is that most people visualize old farts singing boring old slow Blues songs about how their old lady just left them.  I want people to know that there are a slew of Blues songs out there that aren't boring.  Rather, they are very engergizing.

Albert Collins is the incarnation of this belief.  Albert could play the slow blues, the swinging Texas blues or the funky Chicago Blues.  He always had an awesome rhythm sections that featured Casey Jones or Soko Richardson on drums (in separate ensembles) and the incomparable Johnny B. Gayden on the finger-popping bass.

This song "Listen Here" epitomizes the entire philosophy of "No Old Fart Blues."

 




I am presuming that you were so moved by this life altering experience, that you feel compelled to purchase this song (perhaps the whole album) and add it to your ever expanding collection of artifacts to impress the the opposite sex with.  So don't let me stop you.