Rory Block is a country blues guitarist who mixes original material with a lot of covers of traditional blues musicians. Here she is with Robert Johnson’s If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day.
This is Kelly Joe Phelps with Hard Time They Never Go Away.
Roy Rogers was the Artist in Residence at Mendocino College in 2004 and this is from a performance there. The song is actually called Devil Got My Woman and it was written by Skip James. Have a good weekend.
The sing was orginally written as Death Don’t Have No Mercy by the Reverend Gary Davis. This is Lucky Peterson.
Cindy Cashdollar is joined by Sonny Landreth on an instrumental version of Skip James’ Hard Time Killing Floor Blues.
And finally, here’s Hot Tuna with Hesitation Blues. Have a good weekend.
This is Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers live in a radio station studio performing an instrumental called Hobart’s Blues. I have no idea who Hobart is.
Here’s another “live in studio” performance. This one is Moreland & Arbuckle with Tall Boogie.
I’m closing with slow and intense — this is Ramblin’ on My Mind by the Blindside Blues Band.
It’s Friday night and here to start the party is Angela Strehli with Mean Mistreater.
This performance is from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Induction Ceremony. Gary Clark Jr. with John Mayer and Booker T. Jones perform Born Under a Bad Sign.
Coco Montoya is another graduate of the John Mayall Finishing School for Blues Musicians. The tune is Gotta Mind to Travel which seems like a good closer. Have a good weekend.
It may not come as much of a surprise to you that I have a few tunes to share. I’ll start with Rory Gallagher covering Blind Boy Fuller’s Rag, Mama, Rag.
Here’s an unplugged version of Deep Elem Blues by Levon Helm & His Dirt Farmer Quartet.
And to close, this is Jim Byrnes fronting a very nice band performing Me and Piney Brown. The tune is actually about six and a half minutes long. There’s some talk at the end that you can hang in for or abandon, as you wish. Have a good weekend.
Lou Reed passed away last Sunday at the age of 71. Here are a few tunes to remember him by.
This performance of Dirty Boulevard is taken from an episode of David Sanborn’s Night Music in 1989.
One of Reed’s best known songs is Sweet Jane. This performance is from the BBC’s Later… with Jools Holland in 2000.
And from a 1997 episode of Hard Rock Cafe, this is Walk on the Wild Side with David Sanborn sitting in (again). Have a good weekend.
This is Sonny Landreth playing a solo instrumental and showing off his technique.
Just Got Back From Baby’s is originally a ZZ Top tune from their first album. This is Buddy Whittington.
And here’s Buddy Guy performing at a show held in Austin, Texas as a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan. The tune is Long Way From Home. Have a good weekend.
This is Tab Benoit performing at the 2007 Blues Music Awards. He loves him some gumbo.
This is taken from a show that featured a number of harp players paying tribute to Little Walter. Sugar Ray Norcia performs Mean Old World.
And to close, this is the Royal Southern Brotherhood with Sweet Little Angel. Have a good weekend.
This is fun. This is the Guy Forsyth Band performing 105. Eventually there’s tuba.
Now that we’re warmed up, let’s get mellow. This is the Grateful Dead with Sugaree.
Up tempo again. Seriously. This is Death Letter Jubilee by The Delta Saints. Have a good weekend.
To begin, here are George Thorogood & the Destroyers with Bottom of the Sea.
This is from a concert held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of CBC Radio 2′s Saturday Night Blues show. This is Colin James, with a little help from Colin Linden, performing Limelight.
And this one is from a concert held to celebrate the legacy of Little Walter. Mark Hummel leads the band on I Got to Go. Have a good weekend.
This is Davy Knowles at a music festival in Colorado a couple of years back covering Cream’s version of Outside Woman Blues.
The Delta Saints began playing together as college students in Nashville in 2007. They’re covering the Beatles.
And here’s Gov’t Mule covering Pink Floyd’s Money at a festival in New York state a couple of years back. Have a good weekend.
Good evening. Here’s a young Johnny Winter performing Mama, Talk to Your Daughter (h/t to Moose).
There’s a slight skip in the first minute of this clip. It’s a small price to pay to watch Junior Wells have fun with a long version of Little Red Rooster.
And to close: here’s Charlie Musselwhite covering a tune originally recorded by Little Walter called One of These Mornings. Have a good weekend.
Have some pops from the past. This is Lightnin’ Hopkins with Couldn’t Be Satisfied.
Otis Spann began playing piano when he was 7 and by the age of 14 was already playing with bands around his home town of Jackson, Mississippi. This is Ain’t Nobody’s Business.
I don’t think I’ve ever posted a performance by Big Bill Broonzy, though I’ve probably posted covers of one or two of his songs. This is Broonzy himself performing Backwater Blues.
And one more, since a couple of these are short: this is Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee closing out an episode of Pete (Read more…)
My earliest recollection of a song about John Henry and his hammer involved Harry Belafonte and Carnegie Hall. My father had the album. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a live performance of the song by Belafonte on YouTube.
What I have found are a number of variations on the song just as there are different opinions about the actual events behind the legend. This is Spike Driver Blues by Mississippi John Hurt.
I’ve seen Walk On Boy performed as an up-tempo bluegrass song but when you slow it down, the way Jim Byrnes does here, it makes me wonder if it (Read more…)
Good evening. This is a solo piece by Davy Knowles called Saving Myself. I thought he looked pretty young so I did the math: he was 22 when this was recorded in 2009.
I bumped into this entirely by accident yesterday evening — Lyle Lovett and an “unplugged” ensemble performing White Boy Lost in the Blues.
And to close, this is Tim Easton performing Four Queens. Have a good weekend.
You Upset Me Baby was written by B.B. King, whose recording of it was on the R&B charts in 1954. This is Buddy Whittington.
Here’s The Allman Brothers Band, featuring both Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, with Eric Clapton sitting in on Stormy Monday.
You can crank this one up a bit more. It’s Koko Taylor performing I’m a Woman. Have a good weekend.
This is Robert Johnson’s Come On In My Kitchen as performed by Kara Grainger and her band with her brother, Mitch Grainger, on harp.
I’ve seen Otis Taylor’s music referred to as “trance blues.” Judge for yourself. This is Blue Rain in Africa.
Jonny Lang took up the guitar at 12. He was signed by A&M Records at 15. This was recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival the year he turned 18. The tune is Rack ‘Em Up. Have a good weekend.
Let’s ease into it. This is Johnnie Bassett fronting the Brothers Groove and the Motor City Horns. He’s still got the blues but now he’s got them in his Fleetwood Cadillac.
Shakura S’Aida is going to slow things and then pick up the pace again. This is called That Ain’t Right and was recorded at a music festival sponsored by CBC Music.
The version of Walkin’ the Dog that I once posted has been taken down. As is often the case on YouTube, someone else put it back up and now I get to post it again. This is Rufus (Read more…)
She’s an interesting songwriter. Good morning.
According to his bio at Wikipedia, JJ Cale was considering giving up the music business when Eric Clapton recorded After Midnight in 1970. Cale spent the next forty years writing songs, recording and touring. He passed away last Friday after a heart attack.
Let’s open with Mama Don’t.
Here’s another tune that Clapton made famous: Cocaine.
And speaking of Clapton, he’s on stage playing second guitar for this performance of Call Me the Breeze at the Crossroads Guitar Festival.
Bonus track: the aforementioned After Midnight, in a performance filmed in 1971. I’m not sure what the occasion was (Read more…)
I’m pleased to be able to report that no Toronto city councillors were injured in the debate over which train songs to include in tonight’s post.
This is British blues band Nine Below Zero performing Riding on the L & N.
Now Brian Setzer, Mark Winchester and Bernie Dresel are going to take us for a ride on the Mystery Train.
And finally, this is Mark Knopfler, Sonny Landreth and a cast of several aboard the Gravy Train. Someone should alert Rob Ford. Have a good weekend.
Like so many blues musicians, Larry Garner is from Louisiana — he was born in New Orleans and grew up in Baton Rouge. Here he is performing Buster.
One of the interesting things about music festivals like the Crossroads series is the way it bring musicians together who might not normally share the same stage. In this clip, Joe Walsh does a walk-on during a James Taylor performance of Steamroller Blues.
To close, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker team up with Gary Moore to cover Spoonful. Have a goode weekend.
This is Keb’ Mo’ covering Robert Johnson’s Kind Hearted Woman Blues. It seems like a good place to start (h/t to Moose at Classic Blues Videos).
Tab Benoit hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He writes a lot of his own songs and I believe One Foot in the Bayou is one of them. Dude can play. That guitar, by the way, is a 1972 Fender Telecaster Thinline.
Buddy Whittington may be best known as the guitarist for John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers from 1993 to 2008. Here he leads The Buddy Whittington Band with Gary Moore sitting in on (Read more…)