Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Blind Willie McTell....Atlanta Strut

Blind Willie McTell (born William Samuel McTier May 5, 1898 – August 19, 1959, Thomson, Georgia), was a Piedmont and ragtime blues singer and guitarist. He played with a fluid, syncopated finger style guitar technique, common among many exponents of Piedmont blues, although, unlike his contemporaries, he came to use twelve-string guitars exclusively. McTell was also an adept slide guitarist, unusual among ragtime blues men. His vocal style, a smooth and often laid-back tenor, differed greatly from many of the harsher voice types employed by Delta blues men, such as Charley Patton. McTell embodied a variety of musical styles, including blues, ragtime, religious music and hokum.

McTell's influence extended over a wide variety of artists, including The Allman Brothers Band, who famously covered McTell's "Statesboro Blues", and Bob Dylan, who paid tribute to McTell in his 1983 song "Blind Willie McTell"; the refrain of which is, "And I know no one can sing the blues, like Blind Willie McTell". Other artists influenced by McTell include Taj Mahal, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Ralph McTell, Chris Smither and The White Stripes.

1. Love Changing Blues
2. Three Women Blues
3. Searching the Desert for the Blues
4. Broke Down Engine Blues
5. Travelin' Blues
6. Georgia Rag
7. Southern Can Is Mine
8. Statesboro Blues
9. Death Cell Blues
10. Drive Away Blues
11. B&O Blues No. 1
12. Mama 'T Ain't Long Fo' Day
13. Atlanta Strut
14. God Don't Like It
15. Scarey Day Blues
16. Lord, Send Me an Angel
17. Stomp Down Rider
18. Razor Ball
19. Writin' Paper Blues
20. I Got a Religion and I'm So Glad

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Johnny Winter...Scorchin' Blues

John Dawson "Johnny" Winter III (born February 23, 1944) is an American blues guitarist, singer, and producer. Best known for his late 1960s and 1970s high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances, Winter also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues legend Muddy Waters. Since his time with Waters, Johnny Winter has recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums and continues to tour extensively. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". He is a guitar hero without equal.

On this collection he has a rockin' good time blasting out blues tunes collected from the 60's and 70's. His playing ranks with any great blues guitarist, and his vocals have the raw edge to pull of these "scorchers." Five of the cuts are his own compositions and his songs stand up against classic blues tunes like "Mean Mistreater" so well only a true blues archivist would be able to tell the difference. The jam on "Mean Town Blues" is phenomenal!

1. Walking By Myself
2. Divin' Duck
3. One Step At A Time
4. Bladie Mae
5. Mad Blues
6. It Was Rainin'
7. Mean Mistreater
8. Mother-In-Law Blues
9. Dallas
10. Mean Town Blues (Live)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Josh White....Roots of the Blues

Joshua Daniel White (February 11, 1914 – September 6, 1969), better known as Josh White, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor, and civil rights activist. He also recorded under the names "Pinewood Tom" and "Tippy Barton" in the 1930s.

White grew up in the Jim Crow South. During the 1920s and 1930s and was in many senses a trailblazer. He became a prominent race records artist, with a prolific output of recordings in genres including Piedmont blues, country blues, gospel, and social protest songs. In 1931, White moved to New York, and within a decade his fame had spread widely; his repertoire expanded to include urban blues, jazz, traditional folk songs, and political protest songs. He soon was in demand as an actor on radio, Broadway, and film.

He was the first black singer to give a White House Command Performance (1941), to perform in previously segregated hotels (1942), to get a million-selling record, "One Meatball" (1944), and the first to make a solo concert tour of America (1945).The first folk and blues artist to perform in a nightclub, the first to tour internationally; and along with Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie, the first to be honored with a US postage stamp.

1:Black and evil Blues
2:Double crossing Woman
3:Blood red river Blues
4:I beleive I'll make a Change
5:Gone mother Blues
6:Little brother Blues
7:Lazy black snake Blues
8:New milk cow Blues
9:Prison bound Blues
10:Friendless city Blues
11:Silicosis is killin' Me
12:Good Gal
13:Baby, won't you doodle Doo
14:Crying Blues
15:Black gal Blues
16:Hard time Blues
17:Bed spring Blues
18:You got to give me Some
19:Wang Wang harmonica Blues
20:Good woman Blues
21:Oh lordy Mama no.2
22:Barbecue Bess
23:School boy Blues
24:Mistreated Boy
25:45 Pistol Blues