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More Monday Blues

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , on July 25, 2011 by 30daysout

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In most places it is still probably way too hot to feel good about gettin’ up and goin’ to work on a Monday. So let’s blow some blues today.

MP3: “Fattening Frogs For Snakes” by Sonny Boy Williamson

MP3: “Tell Me Mama” by Little Walter

MP3: “Boom Boom” by John Lee Hooker

MP3: “Midnight Special” by Odetta

MP3: “Who Do You Love” by Bo Diddley

MP3: “Evil (Is Going On)” by Howlin’ Wolf

MP3: “Trust In Me” by Etta James

MP3: “I Ain’t Gonna Do It No More” by Jimmie Vaughan

MP3: “Floating Bridge” by Gregg Allman

MP3: “Whipping Boy Blues” (Swamp mix) by Whitesnake

30 Days Out (From Christmas): Blues

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2008 by 30daysout

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Day 18 – This is about the time most people get the blues for Christmas.  You haven’t bought any presents yet, the economy’s going in the toilet and you spent all your money on booze.  You caught Santa sneakin’ out the back door and next thing you know, your baby’s left you for some douchebag in a Cadillac.  Let’s boogie woogie with Santa and have a party.  Because later, you’re going to be drinkin’ this Christmas and spendin’ a lonesome New Year’s Eve in jail.   That’s the blues.

MP3: “Christmas Celebration” by B. B. King

MP3: “Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ ” by Albert King

MP3: “Santa’s Messin’ With The Kid” by Eddie C. Campbell

MP3: “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus” by Mabel Scott

MP3: “Back Door Santa” by the Holmes Brothers

MP3: “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues” by Sonny Boy Williamson

MP3: “Christmas Blues” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

MP3: “Christmas Present Blues” by Charles Brown

MP3: “Lonesome Christmas Parts 1 & 2” by Lowell Fulson

MP3: “Merry Christmas Baby” by Etta James

MP3: “Christmas Blues” by Big Joe Williams

MP3: “Blues For Christmas” by John Lee Hooker

MP3: “Please Come Home For Christmas” by Charles Brown

Remembering The Blues

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 27, 2008 by 30daysout

America’s great national music is the blues.  Without the blues, there would be no rock and roll, and no hip-hop.  The first generation of the blues masters (Robert Johnson) is pretty much the exclusive territory of college professors and fawning Brits, and latter-day giants like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf have virtually disappeared into the catalogs of countless rockers from the 1960s and 1970s.  It’s tough to hear the blues on the radio, too, unless you venture over to the far left side of the FM dial (think NPR). 

No question: the blues is definitely an endangered art form, although not totally extinct.  Modern artists like Marcia Ball and Jimmie Vaughan keep the faith in Texas, and up in Chicago luminaries like Lonnie Brooks (with his sons) and John Primer are fighting the good fight.  You have Elmore James Jr., son of the great guitarist, and David “Honeyboy” Edwards too.  Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and sometimes John Mayer put the blues on a national stage. 

So let’s celebrate our great national resource with some classic blues artists.  Pay attention, because later this week we will take a look at new albums by some current blues artists and see how they connect to the past.

MP3: I Just Wanna Make Love To You by Muddy Waters

MP3: Knockin’ At Your Door by Elmore James

MP3: Ball And Chain by Etta James

MP3: Hoodoo Man by Junior Wells

MP3: Watergate Blues by Howlin’ Wolf

MP3: Nine Below Zero by Sonny Boy Williamson