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.
I missed last Friday night for health reasons. I wanted to play catch up on the next couple of evenings but repeated blackouts in this neck of this woods made that a little difficult. Since they appear to have that straightened out now, have a few tunes. This is the North Mississippi Allstars with Rollin’ ‘N Tumblin’.
This is Bottleneck John’s Delta Trio performing train songs. On a railroad bridge.
And finally, this is Those Delta Rhythm Kings performing Tanqueray. Have a good weekend. And stay warm.
The members of the Guy Forsyth Band look like they’d already been working hard when they got to this one. It doesn’t slow them down any. The tune is Red Dress.
This is Big Head Todd and the Monsters covering I’ll Play the Blues for You, originally recorded by Albert King. It’s the horn section that makes it.
I think a sizeable portion of the population of Austin, Texas is on hand to back WC Clark up on Take Me to the River. Have a good weekend.
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.