SONG OF THE DAY Jimmy Dotson – Oh Baby


American blues singer/guitarist/drummer, James Dent Dotson, a.k.a Jimmy “Louisiana” Dotson, had an impressive career that spanned over sixty years! He was something of a multi-instrumentalist and though he started off on drums, he soon turned his hand to guitar, bass and piano!

In his time he played alongside an array of musicians including, Silas Hogan, Lightnin’ Slim, Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester, Albert King, O. V. Wright, Rufus Thomas, Ivory Joe Hunter, Buddy Guy, Son Seals, and Isaac Hayes.  As far as his own releases are concerned, however, there were only three singles and these all appeared on different record labels between 1959 and 1963. His life was tough and after spending certain periods of time homeless, he was also the victim of a failed Sun Records solo recording session.  Dotson was one of those artist you can’t help but think should’ve been more revered and famous and despite playing as a session musician, he still had to work and subsequently spent decades as a travelling salesman; music never gave him that actual break he deserved.

Today’s song is a smooth serenade of stylish Louisiana Swamp Blues.  Released in 1960 via Rocko Records, Oh Baby saunters along to loose 12-bar groove, with Dotson’s pining vocals cooing for his baby to be back by his side, proving that even in an angst-driven state, deep blues can is as cool as! Check it out above.

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