Monday, August 28, 2006

R.L. Burnside Videos

Here is a twofer of R.L. Burnside

R. L. Burnside - Poor Black Mattie(Short Version)

R. L. Burnside - Rollin and Tumblin

Thanks go to the Record My Mind blog. Lots of good stuff over there, check it out.

See also Venerable Bluesman RL Burnside Dies for other information on Mr. Burnside and some mp3s.

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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Bukka White's Poor Boy Long Way from Home Video

The way Bukka White says, "You got to give me a chance to get all my tools out now, what'cha reckon." and then just goes into this song, makes me laugh. I guess you would have to have grown up around people who talk like that to understand.

And then there is that beautiful National Steel Guitar, being played on his lap. You got to love it.

And here is another surprise, a video of Bukka White playing a piano boogie.

Also check out this post over at trees lounge where you will find an mp3 of Bukka White's song "Boogie 'Til DuBuque." This post is one in a series of the great post from the 50 States.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

John Lee Hooker On My Mind

For some odd reason John Lee Hooker is on my mind. I have written about him on several occasions (here, here and here) and I think it is a good time to do another post on him and his music because his birthday was on 22 Aug.

Here are a few links to blogs that have recently posted some of his music.

In a post titled "Somewhere There's A Drink With My Name On It" from the On Cyprus Avenue you can find an mp3 of John Lee Hooker's song "Hittin The Bottle Again."

And here is another great post from the blog trees lounge. He has been doing a post on all the states, and his Kentucky State post includes an mp3 of John Lee Hooker's song "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer."

And one last mp3 for your consideration. The right Reverend Frost posted a versions of John Lee's "Whiskey & Women in his great blog. This is another one of those post that has some really good music in it.

And here are a group of Videos from YouTube

John Lee Hooker & Santana - The Healer

John Lee Hooker & Santana - Chill Out

John Lee Hooker plays with Carlos Santana, Elvin Bishop and Paul Butterfield

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Muddy Waters mp3s and videos

Don't you hate it when you lose a CD, or more likely miss place it. So I'm surfing the web last night to see what other bloggers have to say about Muddy Waters and I come across this:

Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley doing Sweet Little Angel mp3 @

Which is accompanied with a cool post on the similarities of rap and the blues. A conversation that I have had many times.

After listening to the mp3 I realize that I own a disk with this song on it, which caused me to search through some 400 disk or so, to no avail. This song is not on any of my Muddy Waters CDs, nor Howling Wolf CDs, or Bo Diddley CDs. But like as with most of my searches, there is a silver lining, I found several other disk that I have been looking for, for some time now.

Other post about Muddy Waters @ SqueezeMyLemon

It's The Birthday Of Muddy Waters

The Official Muddy Waters Site & Downloadable Sound Files

Muddy Waters - Interview

Links to other Muddy Waters mp3s @ other music blogs

Blues Had a Baby and They Named it Rock and Roll - Muddy Waters

Louisiana blues - muddy waters This is a great post, many songs about the great state of Louisiana.


Deep Down in Florida [#2] - Muddy Waters Again many other cool songs about the state of Florida.

Links to Muddy Waters Videos @ YouTube

Muddy Waters - "Hoochie Coochie Man" (Newport Folk Festival)

Muddy Waters - Got My Mojo Working (Live 1963 American Folk

Muddy Waters - Johnny Winter "Walking Through The Park"

Muddy Waters & Sonny Boy Williamson II

Muddy Waters Long Distance Call(1968)

Muddy Waters Honey Bee(1968)

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Uncensored History of the Blues Podcast

I have just recently become aware of blues podcasting. It is something that I have wanted to explore in-depth for a while now, but just never got around to. But I recently found a podcast that prompted me to dive right in.

I wish I could write something elegant enough to explain how good the Uncensored History of the Blues podcast is. But words fell me. I don't know if it is the plain spoken presentation style of the host Mike Rugel or if it is the fact that he picks a topic and then presents prewar blues songs that illustrate the theme. One thing that I really like about this podcast is that it has a lot of historical value.

Both the themes and the music give you a glimpse into the past as well as the lives of the musicians. I have always thought that the best way to understand the blues, is to consider the time when the music was being made. This podcast does a good job of connecting the music to past events.

The site is discribed @

Mike Rugel and the Delta Blues Museum take a raw look at the early history of blues music. Each show includes a series of pre-war blues tracks along with context and exposition.

Again words fell me, so without more delay please click on one of the links below;

Uncensored History of the Blues Blog - Song list and other information about each podcast.

Below are a few examples of podcast and song list:

Show 20 - Death Tributes Songs:

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Death of Leroy Carr - Bumble Bee Slim and Scrapper Blackwell
Death of Blind Boy Fuller - Brownie McGhee
Oh Death - Charley Patton and Bertha Lee
Death of Walter Barnes - Leonard 'Baby Doo' Caston
Death of Holmes' Mule - Charlie Turner and Winston Holmes
Death of Sonny Boy Williamson - Peck Curtis and Houston Stackhouse

Show 19- Bootlegger's Blues Songs:

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Bootleg Rum Dum Blues - Blind Blake
Bootleggers' Blues - Mississippi Sheiks
Jones Law Blues - James "Stump" Johnson
Sloppy Drunk Blues - Leroy Carr
Good Whiskey Blues - Peetie Wheatstraw
Bootleggin' Ain't No Good No More - Blind Teddy Darby
Alley Bound Blues - Curtis Jones

Show 15 - Blues of the Great War

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Army Blues - Kingfish Bill Tomlin
Uncle Sam Blues - Clara Smith
Army Camp Harmony Blues - Ma Rainey
Army Mule in No Man's Land - Coley Jones
Wartime Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson

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Monday, August 21, 2006

Big Bill Broonzy Video

If this video is what I think it is then it is too cool, but if it is not then it is still cool. I think this is Big Bill Broonzy playing a guitar shuffle. Enjoy!

Other Big Bill Post @ SqueezeMyLemon
mp3s by Big Bill Broonzy

Blues Lyric: Big Bill's Blues

Other Interesting Reading RE: Big Bill Broonzy

Music Review: Big Bill Broonzy: Amsterdam Live Concerts 1953 @

William Lee Conley AKA Big Bill Broonzy @ nothingbut....

Exciting News For Big Bill Broonzy Fans ! @TheBluesAndThenSome

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Early Female Blues Singers

Here is a different take on some of the early female blues singers. I had not read or heard some of this information before, but it makes for interesting reading.

They had a reason to sing the blues: Lesbian blues singers Alberta Hunter, Gladys Bentley, Ma Rainey by Ernie Alderete @ Blues The World Forgot

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Interesting Blues Music Links

I had the idea recently to link to some of my favorite blues music links as a service to my readers and to shine a light on some of the better blues resources that are out there on the web.

One such resources that I find myself going back to again and again is The South Side, Blues and Rhythm & Blues with Chas Lewis links page.

This page is just full of interesting links that most blues fans will find useful.

They have links that cover the below areas;

  • General
  • History / Artists Bios
  • Blues Blogs
  • Record Labels
  • Publications / E-Zines / News
  • Art / Photography
  • Lyrics
  • Venues
  • Organizations
  • Blues Societies
  • F e s t i v a l s

And if anyone knows of other interesting blues links that we might all enjoy, please leave them in a comment.

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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Buddy Guy - Can't Be Satisfied video

Because my online friend mister anchovy mentioned Buddy Guy in a comment I thought I would do a quick search for some of Buddy's music. I came across this interesting interview of him. It made me laugh to here him talking about making guitars when he was a boy.

I guess every little boy in the state of Louisiana that was born before 1970 or so must have tried to make a guitar at least once in his life. Glad that Buddy's father broke down and bought him one though, because he is a great bluesman and I love his playing.

This video is a snipett from the Lightning In a Bottle: A One Night History of the Blues DVD.

There is also a companion CD;

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Friday, August 11, 2006

More Koko Taylor

Another Koko Taylor Video

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Great Blues Recordings - Koko Taylor, I Got What it Takes

In my continuing series of what I think of as the great blues recordings I want to present Koko Taylor's album "I Got What it Takes."

To say that I love this album is an understatement. It takes me back to a time in my boyhood that I became aware of the women who hung out at juke joints. The kind of woman who would make a statement like "I Got What it Takes" and mean it.

And if you listen to this album you will come away from it secure in the knowledge that Mrs. Taylor has what it takes too. The album was recorded in 1975, and this was just about around the time that I am talking about. This was Taylor's first release for Alligator Records and is a good introduction to her later work for that label. This CD contains 11 tracks which make for the kind of modern party music played in juke joints all over the blues world at the time, they all have that gritty but upbeat sound that I love to wallow in.

The liner notes to the release state, Koko Taylor has "no hesitation at all to put you right down in blues alley. There's total involvement, total commitment to the truth of the blues. Whether you want to or not — she'll make you get down." If you buy this CD and give it a listen, you will have no doubt about this.

Tracks from this CD

01. Trying To Make A Living <- Click here to sample this song.
02. I Got What It Takes
03. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean
04. Voodoo Woman
05. Be What You Want To Be
06. Honkey Tonkey
07. Big Boss Man
08. Blues Never Die
09. Find A Fool
10. Happy Home
11. That's Why I'm Crying

I did a search for some cool Koko Taylor video, but could not find anything from this album. Please take a look at this video to get a sense of what it is like to see Mrs. Taylor perform in person.

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Thursday, August 03, 2006