Mon, 15 December 2008
This week's playlist:
• Blues For Howard (2:21) by Watermelon Slim and the Workers, from the compilation The Future of the Blues, Vol. 3 (2008); the track is from No Paid Holidays (2008). Both the compilation and No Paid Holidays are available from NorthernBlues.com and the iTMS. Visit WatermelonSlim.com for more information.
• Intro Boogie (0:31), Let's Boogie (4:27), Blues Train Express (4:46) and Blues Line Dance (5:01), all by Charles "Big Daddy" Stallings and all from Blues Evolution (2007); available from CDBaby and the iTMS. Visit BigDaddyStallings.com for more information.
• Going, Goin', Gone (2:52) by The Twisters, from The Future of the Blues, Vol. 3 (2008), available from NorthernBlues.com. Going, Goin', Gone is also on the Twisters' album After the Storm (2006), which is available from NorthernBlues.com and the iTMS. Visit both Twisters.ca and their MySpace page for more information.
• High Maintenance Man (3:47) by Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, from Oh Yeah (2003), available from the music page of her Web site, CD Baby and the iTMS. Visit TeresaJames.com for more information.
Mentioned during this show: if you're a blues lover, or you love a blues lover, this is the book to be requested and/or given as a gift this Christmas: Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music by Ted Gioia.
Excellent resources for more information about the blues: The Blues Foundation and the Delta Blues Museum; be sure to download and listen to the DBM's top-notch (and free) podcast, the Uncensored History of the Blues; BluesRevue.com, the online home of Blues Revue magazine; BigCityBluesMag.com, the online home of Big City Blues magazine; BluesCritic.com.
Be sure to read Today's Chicago Blues by Karen Hanson, an excellent guide to all things blues in present-day Chicago, and another great Christmas gift for the blues lovers on your gift list.
For up-to-the-minute news about things to do in Chicago: TheLocalTourist.com. Tell 'em Murphy sent you.