After an enthusiastic introduction, the Downchild Blues Band are going to do a duelling harmonicas piece.
After no introduction whatsoever, the Fabulous Thunderbirds are going to jump right into Rock This Place.
And finally, Janiva Magness gets some help from a few friends: John Mayall, Colin Linden and Joe Louis Walker. Does it feel like a more authentic live performance when the audience stands up and blocks your view of the finale? Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.
If you have any suggestions, now would be the time to bring them up. This is Suggestion Blues by Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets, featuring Sam Myers.
I can remember seeing Powder Blues do a great show at Ontario Place. This is Hear That Guitar Ring.
And finally, Buddy Guy sits in with the David Letterman house band on Mustang Sally. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.
David Bromberg seems to have definite ideas about what to do on a Saturday night.
Chains and Things was once a big hit for B. B. King. This is Joe Bonamassa.
Performing at Montreux in 1974, this is Junior Wells (and Buddy Guy) on Messin’ With the Kid. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.
Because the world needs more blues harp. John Sebastian and Annie Raines are going to team up on an instrumental called Orange Dude Blues.
This is Carey Bell performing Break It Up at the Bern Jazz Festival in 2000.
Willie Dixon once referred to Big Walter Horton, also known as Shakey Horton, as the best harmonica player he ever saw. Here’s a double-header featuring Horton. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.
Let’s see if I can get your toe tappin’ for starters with I’m a Lowdown Viper by Those Delta Rhythm Kings.
Here’s a slow instrumental by Jerry Portnoy called Blues in a Dream.
And here’s a closer: Southern Lady by Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.
Chris Smither is an engaging songwriter and performer and I’m just going to turn the place over to him for the evening. This is Place In Line.
This sounds like it should be a classic but it’s an original slow blues. It’s called What It Might Have Been.
And here he is with the wisest answer of all: I Don’t Know. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.
Richie Sambora, Tommy Emmanuel and Laurence Juber got together for an enthusiastic unplugged performance of Baby What You Want Me To Do.
This is Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers performing Moving in a West Coast Way.
And The Mannish Boys close with I Was Fooled. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.
Good evening. Here’s another Steve Dawson solo instrumental effort. It’s called Chunky.
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the nucleus of Hot Tuna, are joined by Steve Kimock for Trouble in Mind.
And to close: JimmyVivino fronts the Les Paul Trio on Stranger Blues. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.
This is Otis Rush performing at Montreux in 1986 with Gambler’s Blues.
Freddie King wants to know if you can feel it. This is Goin’ Down.
And a long, slow closer: this is Buddy Guy and Junior Wells performing Ten Years Ago. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.
Good evening. This is Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King performing Tired of Crying Over You at a bar in Texas.
And this is Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets featuring Sam Myers on vocals. The tune is Changing Neighborhoods.
And the big finish: The Mannish Boys are joined by several of their friends on Baby Please. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.
To begin, this is an instrumental called Kirk’s Blues from The Mannish Boys.
Kirk Fletcher, the lead player on that last one, turns up in this clip, in which Joe Bonamassa leads the way on Blues Deluxe
And Jimmy Vivino from that piece joins Warren Haynes and Brad Whitford on Send You Back to Georgia. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.
This is the Asylum Street Spankers with Harp Rumble.
This will slow things down in style. Billy Branch, Carey Bell and Phil Wiggins perform Blues Harp Blues.
And this will pick things back up again. Elwood Blues joins Jon Popper and Blues Traveler on Rock Me Baby. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl was originally recorded as Good Morning, School Girl in 1937 by Sonny Boy Williamson. This is Bob Weir with Dan Kanter.
Unnecessarily Mercenary was written by Jon Cleary, who accompanies Bonnie Raitt on vocals and keyboards here.
And to close, here’s the Royal Southern Brotherhood with Sweet Jelly Donut.
This is Nick Gravenites — singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer — performing Buried Alive in the Blues.
Popa Chubby has some fun with Willie Dixon’s Back Door Man, including throwing in a few tributes to other guitar players.
And to close, this is the Gabriel Butterfield Band with Two Trains Running. Butterfield is the drummer and yes, he’s Paul Butterfield’s son. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.
It felt strange to type “Saturday night blues blogging” but I’ll get used to it. Let’s open with Katie Webster on Two-fisted Mama.
The video’s fuzzy but the audio’s clear enough. This is Francine Reed and the band performing Time Slips Away.
Here’s a 1975 performance of I’d Rather Go Blind by Etta James. She always seemed to enjoy herself on stage and this is no exception.
And a bonus track: Bonnie Raitt with Something To Talk About. Have a good weekend.
Guess I missed another Friday night. Sorry. Things have been a tad out of control the last couple of days (tho’ nothing serious). This is Steve Dawson with an instrumental called Blind Thomas At The Crime Scene.
This is James Harman performing as part of a tribute to Little Walter with It’s Too Late Brother. Remember to turn your volume back down when it’s over or the last selection may come as a big surprise.
To close, here’s the Dixie Chicks with a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s Give It Up Or Let Me Go that seems to capture the spirit (Read more…)
Be advised: these selections aren’t blues nor do they have anything in particular to do with each other aside from the fact that I thought they were interesting. The first is David Jacobs-Strain peforming solo on a twelve string. The song is Ocean or a Teardrop.
Ray Benson is best known as the front man for Asleep at the Wheel. Here he’s performing Heartache and Pain with a band called MilkDrive.
And to close, this is Robben Ford performing an instrumental called Freedom. Have a good weekend.
I’m going to throw different styles together this evening, starting with a solo acoustic number by Davy Knowles called Come Home.
This is Jim Byrnes with a song originally performed by the Mississippi Sheiks called Jailbird Love Song.
And to close, this is Harriet Wilson fronting the Barrelhouse Jazzband on Hard Drivin’ Mama. Have a good weekend.
This is Lucky Peterson with Noel Johnston on second guitar performing at a jazz festival in Vienna in 2009. The song is Dead Cat on the Line.
This one goes all the way back to 1971: Champion Jack Dupree with King Curtis performing Poor Boy Blues.
Now fast forward to 2011 in Vancouver. This is Shakura S’Aida with Donna Grantis on guitar (and a cameo by Colin Linden) on Geechee Woman. Have a good weekend.
I wanted to note the passing of Pete Seeger earlier this week, but I thought it called for more than just taking a few minutes in the midst of a busy week to score three clips of his performances and put them up. So I’d like to come back to it at a later date — though not too much later — with something a bit more substantial. For now, here’s some blues starting with I Know by Frog & the Beeftones.
This is Jimmie Vaughan on Austin City Limits performing Motorhead.
And finally, this is one of those performances (Read more…)
It’s Friday evening and Those Delta Rhythm Kings are here to ask the musical question: Let’s Do It Like Monkies.
This is Harriet Nelson fronting a German outfit called the Barrelhouse Jazzband. The song is Fine and Mellow.
And finally, Lucky Peterson performs Every Day I Have the Blues. Have a good weekend.
Allow me to present Robert Cray performing Love Struck Baby at a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Vince Gill brings Keb’ Mo’ to the Grand Ole Opry. The song is Henry.
And finally, Buddy Guy is joined by John Mayer in a performance of What Kind of Woman is This. Have a good weekend.
Phil Everly, the younger of the two Everly Brothers, who were among the first 10 artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, passed away last Friday. He was 74. Here are a few selections from among their many hit records.
Their first hit was Bye Bye Love and this is from a performance during a tour of the UK in 1985.
As the YouTuber who posted it wrote, this is a beautiful clip from 1960. It’s also from a UK tour and includes two songs: All I Have To Do Is Dream and Cathy’s Clown. (Read more…)
Is it Friday again already? This is Slave by Frog & the Beeftones.
To slow things down, this is Gary Moore with Still Got the Blues.
And to pick things back up again, this is Colin James with Man’s Gotta be a Stone. Have a good weekend.