If you’re not wide awake yet, this should do the trick.
If you’re not wide awake yet, this should do the trick.
This is Rory Gallagher playing solo on Too Much Alcohol.
And this is Ray Wylie Hubbard appearing on Letterman performing Mother Blues.
Son Seals was a professional musician at 13 and a bandleader at 19. At 29, he moved to Chicago where he was signed by Alligator Records and began a long career as a recording artist. Here he is performing The Sky is Crying (complete with extended clarinet solo). Have a good weekend.
Last week I posted a version of this song by the Asylum Street Spankers. Here’s a different interpretation, and a different spelling of the title, by Blackberry Smoke. This is Deep Elem Blues.
Let’s slow it down and go back a few years at the same time. This is Memphis Slim, ably assisted by Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Willie Dixon, with I’ll Just Keep Singing the Blues.
And let’s pick it back up again. This is the Gregor Linden Band with Wilson B. handling the vocal on Sittin’ In the Shade. Linden is the one with the Les Paul. Have (Read more…)
This evening’s proceedings will begin in a recording studio and finish up at the White House. This the Tedeschi Trucks band live in the studio with Learn How to Love.
I believe this was recorded in Austin, Texas which would explain why they’re making jokes about Dallas-Fort Worth. This is the Asylum Street Spankers with Deep Ellum Blues.
Have I mentioned that one of the house rules for these Friday night posts is: never make anyone follow Buddy Guy? So this is the closer. There are a few other familiar faces involved in this rendition of Five Long Years. Have (Read more…)
It wasn’t planned that way but the first performer to take the stage at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969 was Richie Havens, who passed away earlier this week. The famous performance of Freedom/Motherless Child was actually an improvisation for an encore after a long set.
He didn’t appear on the pop charts very frequently but Havens went on to have a long career as a singer, songwriter, performer and recording artist. The first four and a half minutes of this next clip is a performance of an original song called Paradise from a 1999 television appearance. The (Read more…)
Moose at Classic Blues Videos gets a hat tip for the opener. This is Joe Louis Walker with Let’s Rock a While Tonight.
I didn’t note it at the time but Alvin Lee, best known as the front man for Ten Years After, passed away last month. Here he is performing Slow Blues In C.
Going back up-tempo again… this is a performance of Who Do You Love by George Thorogood and the Destroyers in Germany in 1980. Have a good weekend.
This is an instrumental by Kelly Joe Phelps called Spit Me Outta the Whale. The instrument is a National Steel Guitar.
This is the Band of Heathens with Medicine Man, a link I stashed away a long time ago and haven’t gotten back to ’til now but this seems like a good spot for it. I’d bet there’s a story behind Colin Brooks’ hat but I’m sure I don’t know what it is.
Blackberry Smoke is a band out of Atlanta, Georgia. I drove through Atlanta once, for whatever that’s worth. This is Ain’t Got the Blues. Have a
Good evening. Let’s begin with Moreland & Arbuckle covering Bo Diddley’s Hey Mona.
This is Albert Collins performing on German television in 1985. This is If Trouble Was Money.
And to close, here’s Freddie King with Look Over Yonder Wall. Have a good weekend.
I once posted an abbreviated version of this Howlin’ Wolf performance but now that someone’s been good enough to upload the whole seven minutes, here’s How Many More Years one more time.
Buddy Guy gets credit and he’s there on stage but Junior Wells is in charge for this performance of Hoodoo Man.
And finally, from what appears to be a TV studio in 1973, this is Freddie King with Big Legged Woman. Have a good weekend.
The opening number has Andrew Winton on a custom-made double-neck lap steel guitar covering an old gospel blues called Nobody’s Fault But Mine.
This is Rory Gallagher with a song called Middle Name that features Mark Feltham on harp.
And finally, here’s The Fabulous Thunderbirds with I Believe I’m In Love. Have a good weekend.
With a tip of the hat to Moose at Classic Blues Videos, tonight’s opener is a Muddy Waters performance of I’m A King Bee featuring George Buford on harp. This was filmed in 1981 in Chicago.
Big Time Sarah is the stage name of Sarah Streeter from Chicago, Illinois. This is Big Time Sarah & Blue Jeans with Evil Gal Blues at a music festival in Brazil in 2002.
David Hidalgo is best known as one of the founding members of Los Lobos. Here he is performing Neighborhood at the first Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2004 with Booker T.
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Thomas Charles Connors, a Canadian institution, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 77. There’s a quick look at his life and career here at the Toronto Star. He wrote over 300 songs; here’s just a few of them including what some consider his signature tune: Bud the Spud.
Since northern Ontarians claim a special relationship with Stompin’ Tom, here’s another look back at his career at the Timmins Press. And here’s another of his most famous songs from that same Hamilton concert: Sudbury Saturday Night.
As one commenter on Twitter put it, I’d like to think that Tom’s
According to the Wikipedia bio, while Johnny Copeland’s early recordings didn’t burn up the charts he was popular as a touring act. It’s easy to see why; he obviously loved to perform. This is called Houston.
Copeland is another in a series of blues artists who was born in Louisiana but spent a lot of time, and learned a lot of his craft, in Texas. This is a slow blues called Honky Tonkin’.
In his youth, Copeland was a boxer as well as a musician and it was in pursuit of the former that he earned the nickname “Clyde”.
My father has to take some of the blame for my interest in the blues. He had a collection of 78s and albums that included material like tonight’s offerings. And Moose at Classic Blues Videos deserves a shout-out (again) for a couple of these.
This first one is short and sweet and to recycle a line I’ve used before: if it doesn’t get your toe tapping, you’re probably dead. This is Charles Brown with Joyce’s Boogie.
One evening in 1989, Ruth Brown visited Johnny Carson to talk about the furniture business. This is called If I Can’t Sell It, I’ll
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This is Gary Clark Jr. with Nextdoor Neighbour Blues. As far as I can tell it’s an original.
Son House was a preacher before he was a blues musician and wrote Preacher Blues. Corey Harris covers it for a French audience.
I had this in the middle but I watched it again and decided it was a closer. This is Guy Davis with Goin’ Down Slow. Have a good weekend.
Good evening. This is Billy Branch and the Sons of the Blues with their cover of Little Walter’s Juke.
One of the guitarists in that last clip was Lurrie Bell. This performance of She’s Worse features his father, Carey Bell.
And for the big finish: this is Albert King sitting with Gary Moore on Stormy Monday. Have a good weekend.
When I took a quick look back to see what Joe Walsh material I had previously posted I discovered that those videos had all been disappeared. But that’s okay; there’s more. This first tune is the title track from a CD called Analog Man that was released just last year.
This is from the first Crossroads Guitar Festival held in 2004. Walsh performs Rocky Mountain Way flanked by Duck Dunn on bass and Steve Cropper on guitar with Booker T. Jones on organ.
Daryl Hall has a room in his house big enough for a band with enough space left
This is Francine Reed. She takes requests. This first tune is One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show.
Apparently she has a right to sing the blues. She certainly has the voice for it.
I posted this tune a few years back but that particular video has been taken down. That means there is currently no performance of Wild Women (Don’t Get the Blues) available on this site and that cannot be allowed to stand. So here’s Francine again backed up by Lyle Lovett’s Large Band. Have a good weekend.
Let’s start with an instrumental: Bobby’s Bop by Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters.
Honest I Do was originally written and recorded by Jimmy Reed in 1957. This is Mississippi Heat with Lurrie Bell sitting in on guitar.
And finally: Dr. John at the 1995 Montreux Jazz Festival covering Ray Charles’ Mess Around. Have a good weekend.
This is Ruthie Foster performing solo in a TV studio with Runaway Soul.
If memory serves, Women Be Wise was on Bonnie Raitt’s first album. Or maybe it was the second. This performance was in 1977 (h/t Moose at Classic Blues Videos). If you want to skip the chat and get straight to the song, advance to about 1:25.
This was filmed for a TV show called the Texas Connection and features Lou Ann Barton, Angela Strehli and Marcia Ball performing A Fool in Love. Have a good weekend.
The Jimmy Reed Highway was a band formed to pay tribute to blues singer and songwriter Jimmy Reed. You might recognize Kim Wilson on harp and vocal and Jimmie Vaughan on guitar. The song is High and Lonesome.
Ain’t no hurry Don’t you worry I ain’t evil I’m just bad
This is Chris Smither with a couple of friends on Don’t Call Me Stranger.
And the closer: B.B. King on Three O’Clock Blues. Have a good weekend.
It’s New Year’s Eve — time once again for the traditional laying on of the Monster Gentlemen. Be of good cheer.
You can cover a lot of territory with drums, bass and guitar. This is the Taj Mahal Trio with their version of an old country blues song called Corrina.
This is the Ronnie Baker Brooks Band with what I guess could be called the power trio approach to the blues on Are You Free For Me.
And this is Robben Ford and the Blue Line with You Cut Me To The Bone. Have a good weekend.
Happy holidays. Stay safe.
It’s almost Christmas. Time for some blues. That’s Lurrie Bell on guitar sitting in with Mississippi Heat but this instrumental is all about the harp.
This is Dallas Hodge and the All Stars performing I Got Bad Trouble. This is a nice band. They could have mixed the horns a little louder and I wouldn’t complain.
And now that we’re warmed up… this is Albert Collins and the Icebreakers with Lights Are On Nobody Home. Have a good weekend.
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