Category Archives: Blues

(July 5, 2017): Bo Carter – Policy Blues

From the 1940 10″ 78 rpm single, Policy Blues / My Baby.  Bo Carter (Armenter Chatmon) was a popular blues man in the 1930s and 40s.  With his brothers Lonnie and Sam, and Walter Vinson, Carter also recorded as a … Continue reading

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(June 15, 2017): Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash – Blue Yodel #4

From the 1977 bootleg, The Dylan Cash Session. These are outtakes from a studio session that were captured on February 17 & 18, 1969 at Columbia Music Row Studios in Nashville.  Dylan was recording his “Nashville Skyline” album in the … Continue reading

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(January 1, 2017): Roy Buchanan – Ramon’s Blues

From the 1977 album, Loading Zone.  I remember buying this way back in 1977 after flipping through LPs one Saturday because the back cover personnel list included Stanley Clarke and Jan Hammer on the first tracks of the A-side and … Continue reading

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(April 26, 2016): Walter Trout – Blues for the Modern Daze

The title track from the 2012 double album, Blues for the Modern Daze.   Trout’s musical pedigree is long.  He’s been a member of John Mayall’s Blues Breakers and Canned Heat; has played with John Lee Hooker, Pee Wee Crayton, Bo … Continue reading

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(April 25, 2016): Lonnie Mack – Chicken’ Pickin’

From the a-side of the 1965 single, Chicken’ Pickin’ / Honky Tonk ’65.  This was recording during the period (from 1964 to 1969) that Mack put out a 16 singles while working as a session musician with the Twilighters on … Continue reading

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(February 22, 2016): Booker T. Jones – Father Son Blues

From the 2013 album, Sound the Alarm.  Back on Stax with Ted Jones on guitar.  Book T. is Booker T. and you’ve got to like the entire LP, but the best tunes are the instrumentals, like this one.  Classic Booker T. … Continue reading

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(February 21, 2016): Son House – Death Letter

From the 1965 ablum, Father of the Folk Blues.  I remember hearing this for the first time in the mid-1970s as a cover by Finnigan & Wood in mechanical drawing class in high school.  Powerful then.  Powerful now.

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