Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Brian Auger and the Oblivion Express--Ellis Island

I was fingering through the dusty record bins at some used record store in Memphis when I stumbled upon this Brian Auger's Oblivion Express album.  It piqued my interest because it had a cover of Lowell Fulson's "Tramp" on it.  I put the needle on the track and I have to say that I was not impressed.  So I moved on to other tracks and low and behold, the needle landed on "Ellis Island."  Once you take a listen to this tune, you will no doubt declare that it is right up my alley.

I don't think Brian Auger was too much of a hit in the United States.  But over in Britain he was a big part of the British Blues movement.  He would mostly be considered jazz and soul, but blues isn't far out of his repertoire.

Anyway, enjoy "Ellis Island."

I know you're aching to purchase this sucker.  Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't carry it.  I guess that mean's you'll just have to keep coming back to my blog over and over and over again.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Eric Burdon and War--Tobacco Road

I know I just posted a track from Eric Burdon and War a little bit ago.  However, I could not resist doing it again.  "Tobacco Road" is not only a blues standard played by many artists, it was also a fairly big hit for Eric and War back in the 70's.  However, this live version from a German TV show is way better than the one on the "Eric Burdon Declares War" album.  The reason is because Eric, God bless him, get's a little over indulgent in the stream of consciousness lyrics on the studio version.  This live version, by contrast, has a cool sax solo instead.

I'm sure you will dig it.

Agreed, right?  It was awesome.  Let me know by commenting whether you agree or not.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Elmore James--Hawaiian Boogie

I need to address an issue brought to my attention by the hundreds of emails and messages I receive from my adoring fans.  They point out the irony that I call my blog "No Old Fart Blues" yet many of the artists (if not most of them) might actually qualify as "old farts."  For example, the guy I'm about to play, Elmore James.

Let me be clear.  It is not necessarily the era in which the blues selections were played, it is the manner in which they are played.  Are they slow, boring and depressing or do they push the most groove and make me want to tap my foot or clap my hands.  My selections may be played by fellas who would be considered old farts today (that is if they were still alive), but at the time of the recordings, they were young and full of energy.

It's just my humble opinion that musicians are way too serious nowdays.  They all think they're going to change the world with their music or some other obnoxious sentiment.  I like songs that are about nothing and just plain fun.  Like Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials', "Chicken, Gravy and Biscuits," King Curtis' "Memphis Soul Stew" or perhaps instrumentals like this one by Elmore James, "Hawaiian Boogie."

I seek to be the evangelist of this type of music.  The type that lifts your spirits and makes you want to laugh.  Not the kind of music that bums you out.  Uh, oh.  Now I sound like the saps I'm criticizing.

Oh well, here's Elmore James.

Now that I've swayed you like some kind of Svengali, you have no other choice to make the purchase below.  Thanks.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Fabulous Thunderbirds--Extra Jimmies

The Fabulous Thunderbirds were a favorite of music critics but not necessarily a favorite among the record buying public.  The original line-up featuring Kim Wilson on vocals and harmonica and Jimmie Vaughan (brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan) on guitar produced several albums in the late 70's and early 80's.  However, they only saw one tune, "Tuff Enough" make it on the Billboard 100 back in 1986.

For this cat (meaning me), making the Billboard charts doesn't mean squat.  In fact having a song on the charts is usually a signal to me that I should avoid that particular artist.  That is not the case with The Fabulous Thunderbirds.  Their mix of Texas and Louisiana houserockin' Blues is anything but pop pablum.

This instrumental features Jimmie Vaughan hence the name "Extra Jimmies."  Take a listen.

I highly recommend adding this rockin' cool blues song to your head bopping collection.  Click below.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Big Joe Turner--Boogie Woogie Country Girl

Big Joe Turner is one of the most influential artists of early Rock 'N Roll.  In fact, he has even been inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame.   It is probably due to the fact that he penned such classics as "Shake, Rattle and Roll" which was played by just about everybody including Elvis Presley and Bill Haley & the Comets. "Flip, Flop & Fly" probably got the most exposure with The Blues Brothers.  "Honey Hush" was a Classic Rock whopper when Foghat played it on their live Album from 1977.

There are several other good songs by Joe Turner, but my favorite is this lesser known gem, "Boogie Woogie Country Girl."

Now Big Joe clearly isn't hyper amplified like his followers Foghat, but he still knew how to boogie.  You can buy just this song or you can buy the best of Joe Turner which contains this song and all the ones mentioned above.

For more information about Joe Turner, click here.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Terry Reid--Highway 61 Revisited

Terry Reid is the guy who was asked to be the lead singer of Led Zepplin but turned it down.  Judging by the set of pipes this guy has, it makes sense that he was considered.  However, Terry was a bit more of a huggie-kissie hippie than he was a hard rocker.  He went on to be a very popular folk singer in Europe.  Before all that, though, he put out a few rockin' tunes including this version of Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited."

Here it for yourself.

Most of Terry's material isn't so bluesy as this.  It vears towards soul-music more than blues.  However, if you're into late 60's hippie rock, you may also find the whole album "Superlungs" to your liking.  It not only has "Highway 61" but it has a couple rocking songs like "Superlungs" and "Tinker Taylor."