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SONG OF THE DAY John Lee Hooker – I’m Going Upstairs

If you are not already familiar with The Folk Lore of John Lee Hooker, can I strongly recommend it? This is one very cool record from start to finish! Recorded in New York and Chicago, with two live tracks from … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Junior Wells – Two Headed Woman

Being a mammoth fan of Amos Wells Blakemore Jr’s. (a.k.a Junior Wells) 1965 Hoodoo Man Blues album, its the one I know the best given his rather extensive repertoire. I’ve often delved into more and his music never disappoints. Celebrating … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Muddy Waters – All Aboard

Better known as the main main Muddy Waters, McKinley Morganfield originally wrote and released All Aboard in 1956. Issued on Chess Records, this was to be the B-side to his Forty Days and Forty Nights single. Though not a direct … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY J B Lenoir – The Whale Has Swallowed Me

Known for his politically driven music, J.B. Lenoir was a singer-songwriter and blues guitarist active in the Chicago blues scene throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s. Born in Monticello, Mississippi, it was Lenoir’s guitarist father who first introduced him to the … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Lonesome Lee – Lonely Travelin’

Jimmie Lee Robinson spent much of his life dedicated to music, the blues to be precise! Better known as Lonesome Lee, this pioneering musician spent over 60 years (off and on) mastering and playing the bass/rhythm/acoustic guitar, as well as … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Magic Slim – Scuffling

Greatly influenced by the guitar work of Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and his old buddy Magic Sam, Morris Holt was better known throughout his musical career as Magical Slim! This nickname was given to him by … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY B.B. King – Early Every Morning

For many reasons I love love love B.B. King’s Early Every Morning, but mostly because it’s a proper ‘ray of sunshine’ song.  You put it on and as it’s rousing melody buzzes about in your ear, nothing else seems to … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Jody Williams – Lucky Lou

Joseph Leon Williams, a.k.a Jody Williams, was a blues guitarist and singer-songwriter born in Mobile, Alabama in 1935.  Known as one of the influential artists of the Chicago Blue’s scene of the 1950’s, Williams’ music was defined by his flamboyant … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Billy Boy Arnold – Prisoner’s Plea

Born in Chicago, Illinois, William “Billy Boy” Arnold was a blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player.  Picking up the harmonica as a child, by the age of 13 he began having informal lessons from his then-neighbour John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson! … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Junior Wells – Come On In This House

I love the growling harmonica in this track, the smooth echo of rich vocals and the way their howl’y highs never fail give me shivers! Come on in This House is one mighty fine blues track originally written and released by Junior … Continue reading

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