Friday, August 26, 2011

Happy Trails - The Chicago Hottentots - Put Me In The Alley Blues (1926)

This tune is a belter and features on a great New Orleans compilation recently released. More on that next month as Featured Album.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Featured Artist - Syl Johnson (Part Six)

Last helping of great R&B and hip-hop from Syl Johnson and this time Sunz Of Man

Monday, August 22, 2011

Featured Artist - Syl Johnson (Part Five)

Another helping of classic soul and hip-hop courtesy of the great Syl Johnson and colleagues:

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

Gospel Slot - Jamaican Gospel

Two Jamaican gospel selections below, one from the Mellow Larks, the other from Laurel Aitken, demonstrate that God's tunes have influenced far and wide in the development of popular music:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

RIP - Marshall Grant (05/05/1928 - 07/08/2011)

Marshall Grant, bass player with Johnny Cash, has died.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Live Session - Eilen Jewell

Eilen Jewell and her band recorded two excellent sessions for God's Jukebox back in 2008 & 2009.  They have just issued another in a line of great albums and are not to be missed during their upcoming shows, both in Europe and USA.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Featured Album - It's Your Voodoo Working: The Excello Story (Part One)

Released in May, "It's Your Voodoo Working: The Excello Story" is an excellent 2 disc compilation full of oustanding Rhythm & Blues tunes from the great Nashville record label.

This and future posts this month feature a generous selection of tracks:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Featured Artist - Syl Johnson (Part One)

Syl Johnson has an almost perfect CV as a blues/soul performer.  He has played with Junior Wells, Billy Boy Arnold, Shakey Jake, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Magic Sam, Howling Wolf and on his first recording he was backed by none other than Freddie King.  One brother (Mac Thompson) was Magic Sam’s base player, another (Jimmy Johnson) is an established blues performer while his daughter Syleena Johnson (see what they did there) has made a career in Soul / R&B, including the hit All Falls Down which she recorded in 2004 with rapper Kanye West.  Syl's recordings have been sampled by a number of hip-hop artists including Public Enemy and Wu-Tang Clan.  Syl's finest recordings were with Twinight in Chicago and Hi in Memphis and regular posts this month will bring a selection of tunes from across the highlights of his career, plus some of the hip-hop performers who have drawn from them.  Here's the first:

Monday, August 1, 2011

Aural Massage - Carlton and The Shoes - Sweet Feeling (1971)

Carlton Manning conjures up a great tune with his group, who must have felt slightly miffed when they found themselves stuck with a new and far less hip name after a typo on their first release changed them from Shades to Shoes.  Suggestions welcome below for other vocal groups who might have suffered a similar fate...The Four Taps maybe?