A wonderful week in South Carolina & Georgia. The Savannah Music Festival is going on strong and last week was a fab one for the fest. Thursday night we got to enjoy Mavis Staples and her fine band, and Saturday we were treated to a twin bill of Jarekus Singleton and The Heritage Blues Orchestra. This coming week they are featuring Irma Thomas, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more super music. I must say that the audience at these events are music-savvy. They come to hear the music and appreciate when the bands share their talents with them. Blues bands take notice of this festival and get your credentials into them, well worth the trip.
This festival has made me think of the ‘back in the day’ festivals. Ya know the ones where you could see James Brown, The Staples Singers and The Jefferson Airplane weaved together to expose the audience to various types of music. It all seemed healthier back then, no segregation of genres, no looking down the noses and hearing folks spout “that’s not (insert genre here”…. maybe it would be good for blues festivals to open them doors up somewhat and let some sun in, maybe more folks would come.
Our top spot this week is Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers and their “Living By The Minute” release. A solid mix of funk, soul and gritty vocals make this baby a keeper.
New to the play chart we have a solid trio as any….Tinsley Ellis, Brandon Santini & Barbara Blue. Look for these artists to stick around for the long haul on our chart and if ya coming to Memphis for the Blues Music Awards be sure to check out Brandon & Barbara who make Memphis-town their home.
For Women’s History Month we want to feature some of the fore-mothers of the Blues in our Amuse Bouche segment. These ladies were vital to the blues staying alive & well at various times and we are thrilled to offer some music from them to you, enjoy it!
Speaking of women, one who is very special to me posted a story/want ad on our web site last week. Help her out if you can by reading the post http://blues411.com/leslie____-joseph-asks-whats-in-a-nickname/ and chiming in.
A Baker’s Dozen of Blues, on MojoWax Radio presented by Blues MusicMagazine at LIVE365.com.
Oh, lest I forget be sure to check out the smug-mug collection of photos from the Savannah Music festival on our page http://blues411.smugmug.com/ open up the ‘music pictures’ folder and scroll to the desired folder.
Baker’s Dozen: Current Chart & Playlist on Radio Show
|CW||LW||CD TITLE||Artist/ Web Site||Track#/Title|
|1||4||Living By The Minute||Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers||8. 11-11-333|
|2||5||Decisions||Bobby Rush/Blinddog Smokin’||5. Funky Old Man|
|3||6||One Heart Walkin’||Austin Walkin’ Cane||10. Living, Working Dying*|
|4||8||Spaghetti Juke Joint||Fabrizio Poggi||9. Mojo (feat. Bob Margolin)|
|5||7||Loretta||Shaun Murphy||11. 24 Hours From Memphis|
|6||9||LIVE from the Park Theatre||Jimmi & The Band of Souls||2. Pretty Sugar Mama|
|7||10||Morose Elephant||Jeff Jensen||2. Get Along|
|8||11||Fat Man’s Shine Palor||Smokin’ Joe Kubek & B’Nois King||1. Got My Heart Broken*|
|9||12||Stranded||Greg Nagy||8. Been Such A Long Time|
|10||13||Terraplane||Steve Earle & The Dukes||7. Go Go Boots Are Back|
|11||~||Memphis Blue Sweet, Strong & Tight||Barbara Blue||1. Hands Off*|
|12||~||Live & Extended||Brandon Santini||12. Come On Everybody*|
|13||~||Tough Love||Tinsley Ellis||1. Seven Years*|
Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch
|Lucky Dog||Brad Absher & Swamp Royale||5. Miss Your Water|
|Double EP||Dave Muskett||1. Pet That Thing|
|For A Change||Brad Hatfield||2. Back Door Scratchin’|
|Faded But Not Gone||Big Dave MacLean||5. Sittin On A Fencce|
|Shaman Lover||Mary Hott||2. Shaman Lover|
|Too Many Men||Eight O’Five Jive||7. Feed The Monkeys|
|Can of Gas & A Match||The Bush League||10 Death of Robert|
|Hard Road To Hoe||Ghost Town Blues Band||7. Tied My Worries To A Stone|
|In The Mix||Bernard Allison||7. I Had It All The Time|
|Down By The Bayou||JeConte||1. Down By The Bayou|
|Brother Sun Sister Moon||Brother Sun Sister Moon||8. My Memphis Blues|
Amuse Bouche: Women In Blues-Foremothers
|Dinah Washington||I Won’t Cry Anymore|
|Big Mama Thorton||Hound Dog|
|Memphis Minnie||In My Girlish Days|
|Etta James||I’d Rather Go Blind|
|Bessie Smith||Dying Gamblers Blues|
|Billy Holiday||All Of Me|
|Precious Bryant||Fool Me Good|
|Sister Rosetta Tharp||I Want A Tall Skinny Papa|
|Mattie Delaney||Down The Big Road Blues|
|Geeshie Wiley||Skinny Legs Blues|
|Ruth Brown||A Good Day For The Blues|
|Alberta Hunter||Beale Street Blues|
|Katie Webster||Money Honey or Honey Hush|
|Koko Taylor||The Hunter|
|Odetta||Jack Of Diamonds|
|Ida Cox||Cold & Blue|
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411