Category Archives: Blues

(June 20, 2015): Libby Holman with Josh White – Fare Thee Well

From the 1942 triple 10″ (78rpm) album, Blues Till Dawn.  This song is better known as Dink’s Tune because of its first recording by John Lomax in 1909 in a tent camp of migratory levee-builders on the bank of the … Continue reading

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(June 12, 2015): Aretha Franklin – Today I Sing The Blues

From the 1961 album, Aretha with The Ray Bryant Combo.  You would have thought this tune would have also appeared on the 1969 LP by the same name, but it did not.  It did, however, make it as one of the bonus … Continue reading

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(June 7, 2015): Jimmy Witherspoon & Eric Burdon – The Laws Must Change

From the 1971 album, Guilty! This collaboration between Witherspoon and Burdon followed Burdon’s two LPs with War as Witherspoon’s introduction of the one live tune on the album — “Goin’ Down Slow” (with the San Quentin Prison Band) — makes clear.  The album … Continue reading

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(May 23, 2015): Howard Eliott Payne – I Just Want To Spend Time With You

From the 2009 album, Bright Light Ballads.  The second single from the debut solo album from Howie Payne post The Stands.

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(May 19, 2015): B.B. King – Please Love Me

From the 1965 album, Live At The Regal.  Another five star LP today.  Universally acknowledged by peers as one of the greatest blues recordings. “Perpetually” preserved as part of the National Recording Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress. Every … Continue reading

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(April 21, 2015): Love Sculpture – Blues Helping

From the 1969 U.S. release, Blues Helping.  Dave Edmunds blues rock trio with John Williams and Bob Jones.  All covers but this tune.  It appears as the last track on the b-side of the U.S. release and U.K. release (which … Continue reading

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(Nov. 17, 2014): Johnny Winter – Be Careful With A Fool

From the 1969 self-title album, Johnny Winter.  An uncompromising cover of the 1957 B.B. King/J. Josea tune.  Winter was caught live by Danish TV in 1970 with with Tommy Shannon on bass and Uncle John Turner on Drums, both of whom appear … Continue reading

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