Henry's Bag o' Blues!
We hope you will join us for Time for the Blues this Saturday night (7/30/16) at 11:00 because John and I are planning a fast hour of great blues for you. We’ve got so much good music, I’m not really sure we can get it all into one hour.
I gave John the week off with regards to writing this week’s blog. Why? Because that’s the kind of guy I am. Plus, to paraphrase the great Otis Blackwell, “this is MY show.” At least this week.
People ask me how much the two of us collaborate on the show, and truthfully it’s often quite a lot. One of us will find a song or an artist and put together a set and the other might find someone else to complement that set. John usually finds the new music and before you know it we’ve stitched together the show.
This week however, I finally got around to playing some great music that has gotten piled up on my desk. Unlike John, who revels in being surrounded by chaos, I like to keep my desk neat and organized. But with so many projects going around the station, all these great albums kept getting put on one corner of my desk until I could clear the time to check them out.
Those plans came crashing down – literally – when the pile slid down and landed in a grocery bag I was using to hold some paperwork. When I looked at it, I had to tell John that I finally had “Henry’s Bag ‘o Blues.”
This week, we’re going to let the blues out of the bag and bring them your way.
It’s no secret that we love Lisa Mann, and her latest album, “Hard Times, Bad Decisions” is very strong and even though we played a few sides from it last week, we’re back for more. She’s been touring the world, having just returned from the United Kingdom, and we’re still hoping to get her to come east. Lisa, let us know when you’re going to be in our neck of the woods!
A couple of new albums that caught my attention were Moreland & Arbuckle’s “Promised Land or Bust” and Stax legend William Bell’s “This Is Where I Live.” We played a little off the former recently and are coming back for another dose, and this will be the first time we’ve had the opportunity to play a classic traack from Bell’s album. We think you will like both of them.
Not exactly brand new but still very cool is Anthony Geraci and the Boston Blue All-Stars with the release “Fifty Shades of Blue.” The track we'll feature has Darrell Nullisch on vocals and harp and I think we’re going to have to feature some of his other work in the near future. (Check out the audio sample above!)
Earlier this year John and I got a chance to catch a true blues legend--John Mayall in concert at the Tin Pan and let me tell you, that man can still rock the house. He was out supporting his latest album Find a Way to Care, so we’re going to hear a selection from that as well as one of his more – well, different songs from the 1971 classic “Back to the Roots.” This was the first Mayall album I bought as a kid--trust me, good purchase of my hard earned chore-money!
We’ve also got a nice number from Fiona Boyes from her 2015 album “Box & Dice.” If you have never heard her, you are in for a real treat – she can play with the best of them and sing circles around most.
You know I have to have my classics and for one whole set we’re going to visit that crunchy Memphis sound that started with Stax and spread over to other labels. We’ve got a song from Booker T. and the MGs that I can’t believe we haven’t played in the nearly ten years we’ve been doing this show! And we’ve got some Albert King and the Goldwax label's James Carr who should have been a much bigger star.
Speaking of classics, I can’t wait to sample a song from The Paul Butterfield Blues Band from their second album “East-West.” Their music is still powerful and relevant and I love introducing new blues fan to this hard driving band.
Finally, just because John is always teasing me about the way I move on the dance floor, we’re going out with a song from The Lyrics (with a little help from the Topnotes) that should have ignited a dance craze but didn’t.
So do what you need to do to stay awake and enjoy the music. Take a nap, drink a power shake, or just stay up late like you used to do – just make sure you tune in at 11:00 p.m. Saturday where it’s always Time for the Blues! (Special Note: Mark your calendar for next week's show (8/6/16) as we're celebrating our 10th Anniversary! How'd we make it to ten years? As the manager in the movie Bull Durham said..."It's a miracle"...)