An excellent early 80s session from guitarist Steve Freund – recorded on the indie side of the Chicago scene, and a key debut for the vocals of Gloria Hardiman! Gloria's definitely a blues singer, but her phrasing is almost more deep soul at times too – a really rich voice that was ... read moreCD
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Blind Boy Fuller —
Blues ... CD Starcode (UK), Late 30s. Used ...
The last recordings ever cut by the legendary Elmore James – a legendary force in electric blues of the 50s, and an artist who left this planet all too soon, at the early age of 45! The material really has James taking off on some of his guitar parts – working his slide style with a ... read moreCD
Rootsy blues from the brief stretch when Prestige Records was experimenting with non-jazz material – a back-to-basics session that features Johnson on electric guitar and vocals, Snowden on acoustic guitar, and only Wendell Marshall's jazz-trained bass to back the pair up. The work's in a ... read moreCD
Lonnie Johnson & Victoria Spivey —
Idle Hours ... CD Prestige/Bluesville, 1961. Used ...
A strong collection of (mostly) early-to-mid 90s recordings by Mississippi blues legend Junior Kimbrough – compiling his Fat Possum recordings and as a set that really is essential! It includes recordings captured Junior's Juke Joint in Chulahoma, MS, home recordings and more – raw and ... read moreCD
Gritty blues from the great Lightnin Slim – a set of tracks that has a romping, almost rocking groove right from the start – the kind of back/forth energy we might expect to hear more from Jimmy Reed at the time! The overall proceedings are definitely in a more rootsy mode, though ... read moreCD
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Lil Brian & The Zydeco Travelers —
Fresh ... CD Rounder, 1995. Used ...
Vintage blues from Robert Lockwood Jr – material cut in Chicago, early in his career – at a time when it seemed like Lockwood was set to become one of the breakout talents on the Windy City scene! And although Lockwood left the city in the 60s, and spent most of his 50s Chicago years ... read moreCD
Mississippi Heat, but in a very strong Chicago blues mode – one that's fleshed out with a lineup that also includes tenor, organ, and backing vocals too! The group's led by harmonica player Pierre Lacocque, but features strong lead vocals from Inetta Visor – who's got that older ... read moreCD