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10-28-2008 , 12:43 AM
Luther Allison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOcNlQ-FGbw


Billy Boy Arnold, I ain't got you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU5Sd1vC_GA


Sonny Boy Williamson, Bye Bye Bird:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2jOaYkPvug&NR=1

By the way, Billy Boy Arnold did a great blues song called: Whiskey, Beer and Reefer. Check it out.

-Zeno
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10-28-2008 , 06:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Zeno
Sonny Boy Williamson, Bye Bye Bird:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2jOaYkPvug&NR=1

-Zeno

Awesome.
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10-29-2008 , 12:01 AM
Ronnie Earl plays some smooth soulful blues:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wLIOhnZkIM


Billy Gibbons gives a great blues guitar lesson with some history thrown in:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34wNf...eature=related


A good one to say goodnight on - Leadbelly Goodnight Irene

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLOualK5GP0

-Zeno
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11-01-2008 , 03:07 PM
This thread isn't getting enough love IMO. I was going to put Death Letter blues on here but I see it's already been posted. I love watching that footage. There is just something about the way Son House attacks the strings that I find mesmerizing.

Here is another good one:

Keb Mo performing Love In Vain by Robert Johnson
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11-01-2008 , 03:54 PM
Here are some posts I made in Politics when we had a blues subthread in our NC thread:

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Originally Posted by MrWookie
If you want good blues by artists who are still playing today, I'm your man. The only real question is what format you want said blues in. I'd love to give you youtube links when I can, but a lot of the artists I'd give you aren't on youtube.

For example, here's a blues man named Joe Beard, whose music I love. He lives in Rochester, NY (of all places), and he plays free shows about once a month, and he kills. That's the only youtube video of him in existence, though, and the sound quality is poor. If you want to hear more of him, I can give you a link a song of his I posted on imeem. That will let you listen for free (ad supported), but you'll have to sign up on the site to hear the whole thing (free, but a hassle). I can also give you a link to his section on Rhapsody, where you can listen to 25 full songs free every month w/o signing up, but only 25 songs. If you go to Rhapsody, I recommend "She's Wonderful," "The Things That I Used To Do," "Feets Out In The Hall," "Who's Using Who," and "You'd Better Be Sure."

If you check out any of these songs, let me know which format you prefer if YouTube isn't available so I know to either upload a bunch of songs to imeem for you to hear, or to use Rhapsody instead.
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Originally Posted by Taso
Listening to She's Wonderful now, and it's really good. Who is this fella?

Now I got "You Don't Love Me Anymore" and I'm loving it. Great style, though I usually prefer more guitar, but he's got a good voice, good lyrics, and a more subtle touch with the guitar, that I appreciate.
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Originally Posted by MrWookie
I actually don't own any Chris Beard recordings, and he's not on YouTube at all. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find him on Rhapsody:

http://www.rhapsody.com/chrisbeard

I don't have any specific tracks to recommend since I don't own any of his albums (maybe should fix that, imo), but I clicked on the first one, "The Girl is Ready," and it's solid and pretty typical of his sound. I may poke around and see if I can find one of his slower, more classic blues songs. He plays a lot of funky stuff, which is great, but then sometimes he'll slow it down and absolutely wail.

Time for a couple more tracks. First of all, Tab Benoit, a blues man from Louisiana. He's on Rhapsody, but the track I want to play for you isn't. Here's his song "Darkness" on imeem.

Second is Doug MacLeod. Zaster, if you want to hear some bona fide old fashioned acoustic Delta blues guitar, I have just the track for you. The song is called "The Sun Shine Down My Way," and it's on my imeem account, or you can select it from his Rhapsody page.
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Originally Posted by MrWookie
Wookie's back with more music. This time, I want to highlight a group that you've probably never heard of, but if you have heard of them, the song I want to play for you is a little out of character for them. The group is the Asylum Street Spankers (Rhapsody link, you can find all of the following songs at this link, but the subsequent direct links will be to imeem). At least in my circles, if you've heard of this group, you probably know them for songs that are dirty, irreverent, and funny. They're a group that flirts with both bluegrass and the blues, playing many songs about drinkin', druggin' and ****in'. Songs in this category include "The Scrotum Song" and "Everybody's ****ing But Me" (I can't link to this one due to the filter, but if you want to hear it, you can find it on Rhapsody or in my imeem profile). They do some more serious music, though, that not many of my friends know them for, including this original track that you could even describe as deathly so. The song is called "Hometown Boy," and it both features some fine guitar playing and is politically relevant. It's not exactly blues, but it should resonate with people who have blues sensibilities. Quite frankly, it's one of my favorite songs.

Last edited by MrWookie; 11-12-2008 at 08:25 PM.
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11-01-2008 , 10:39 PM
Don't know if ya'll can take the unfiltered **** or not...but here's a taste...

Boots Roots

or go to the closing credits (about 6:10 or so)

Mo' Boots

as this is the only YouTube clip I can find.

Raw, jagged, and unpredictable. Boots plays whatever the hell he feels, and if you can't take those swings, go listen to some of that safe and predictable mentholated yuppie blues, and come back when you drop a pair.
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11-02-2008 , 06:36 AM
And since they were so hot - you'll want another http://video.google.com.au/videosear...um=4&ct=title#
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11-02-2008 , 07:51 AM
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predictable mentholated yuppie blues
For example?
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11-02-2008 , 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by John Cole
For example?
Lessee...

About 80% of the Alligator catalog. Due more to the squeaky production, pedestrian arrangements, and clean up process that Bruce Iglauer (Alligator's owner) insists upon than the artists, many of whom have legitimate claims to blues integrity. Guys like Luther Allison, Albert Collins, Roy Buchanan shine through that veneer. The label was started as a way to trumpet the under-appreciated Hound Dog Taylor, who definitely earns his blues stripes. Some of the roster, though (Lee Rocker?), is well meaning dreck. Also, the appeal of craftsmen like Dave Hole and Tinsley Ellis is overblown and geared to form, not passion. Iglauer is to be more commended for his work than criticized. He has allowed some of these men to be heard when they might have otherwise slipped into obscurity, and he certainly seems to treat his artists far more equitably than, say, the Chess brothers. Still, his own artistic sensibility helps define the label's sound and aesthetic, one that seems to try to avoid grit and chaos (or gloss it up) rather than celebrate it.

Anything by Bonnie Raitt that was ever nominated for a Grammy, or recorded after she became the academy sweetheart.

Robert Cray has always seemed more feigned R&B than blues, and his discography is wildly inconsistent. Always seemed like a marketer's idea of what a contemporary bluesman should be.

Pretty much any mid-period, second tier mainstream rock guitarist (Gary Moore, Robin Trower, Rick Derringer, Alvin Lee) who has since reinvented themselves as a modern electric bluesman.

Hell, even the last few albums by the great John Lee Hooker (whose face, I believe, belongs on Mount Rushmore) would qualify. I love those albums (especially Don't Look Back, which sounds less forced, to my ears, than The Healer), but they were efforts to bring John Lee to the masses, because the masses simply would not and did not appreciate unfiltered John Lee. It doesn't make those albums any less aesthetically valuable, but neither do they tell the whole story. One of my old employees used to love The Healer, played it all the time. One day I put on an compilation of some of John Lee's earlier stuff. This person wrinkled up their face upon hearing it, and later commented derisively that the drums sounded like someone stomping on a board throughout the song. When I cheerily explained that indeed was what it was, they mumbled something about not liking "that kind of blues". I did not hear the whole comment, as I had turned to walk away before I involuntarily reached out and strangled them on the spot.

Also, guys like Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jeff Healey are touched by true artistic genius, but I don't consider them true blues players, as much as blues based rock players.

My real point is not to dismiss the contributions of these artists, who have as much aesthetic validity as their rawer colleagues, but to note that their veneration as "real blues" have led many to dismiss the work of artists like Boots and others as "just noise" (or at the very least as a study in primitive form rather than an organic artistic entity) because it doesn't hew to a clean and organized "ear friendly" sound. Their CDs cannot be slapped in the player and used as sonic wallpaper. It requires a bit of effort and empathy from the listener.

"Mentholated yuppie blues" is beer poured carefully from a bottle into a glass.

This stuff is moonshine splashing around in a mason jar.

KM Williams and Washboard Jackson

R.L. Burnside

T Model Ford
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11-02-2008 , 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by kudzudemon
Lessee...



This stuff is moonshine splashing around in a mason jar.

Lightnin' Hopkins

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcVbNaiBZCU
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11-02-2008 , 04:30 PM
Frankie and Albert, Bob Dylan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxFZpNmmhsE


Frankie and Albert, Leadbelly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtCUI...eature=related


Easy Rider by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYDmb...eature=related


Mississippi Fred McDowell and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMZzAGAao58&NR=1


Mississippi John Hurt You got to walk that lonesome valley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-GN-...eature=related


^
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11-02-2008 , 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by kudzudemon
Don't know if ya'll can take the unfiltered **** or not...but here's a taste...

Boots Roots

or go to the closing credits (about 6:10 or so)

Mo' Boots

as this is the only YouTube clip I can find.

Raw, jagged, and unpredictable. Boots plays whatever the hell he feels, and if you can't take those swings, go listen to some of that safe and predictable mentholated yuppie blues, and come back when you drop a pair.
I like Boots.
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11-02-2008 , 05:21 PM
Here's one from the Alberta Hunter. I've had the soundtrack to the movie Remember My Name for years, which was performed by Hunter. Unfortunately, neither the film nor the soundtrack is in disc form.


http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=u-q6_5...eature=related
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11-02-2008 , 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Zeno
Damn right.

Great story about Lightnin' and the afore-linked Billy Gibbons. An embryonic ZZ Top was asked to serve as Lightnin's back up band for a few songs at a Texas Blues Festival. They knew Lightnin' from the Texas circuit, and knew his music from the records, and did the gig cold. He threw them a few curves, but overall they did a good job. After the set, Billy was talking to Lightnin', and mentioned to him that on a particular song Lightnin' "threw that change in there. That kind of threw us. You didn't play that change that way on your album."

Lightnin' just grinned at him and drawled "Lightnin's go'na change......when Lightnin' wants to change."

We need some Snooks up in here...

Snooks Eaglin
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11-02-2008 , 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by John Cole
Here's one from the Alberta Hunter. I've had the soundtrack to the movie Remember My Name for years, which was performed by Hunter. Unfortunately, neither the film nor the soundtrack is in disc form.


http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=u-q6_5...eature=related
Damn. That swings so hard my spleen is sore. John, I can't find out anything about that album. She is horribly underrepresented on CD. Any chance I could get you to PM me as to what the personnel on that particular cut would be?
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11-02-2008 , 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by kudzudemon
Damn. That swings so hard my spleen is sore. John, I can't find out anything about that album. She is horribly underrepresented on CD. Any chance I could get you to PM me as to what the personnel on that particular cut would be?

I'm not sure who's on that cut, but here's a link to the soundtrack I have. Alberta Hunter wrote all the songs for the soundtrack, and the title song is amazing.

http://www.amazon.com/Remember-My-Na...5670115&sr=1-1
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11-03-2008 , 01:08 AM
Muddy waters and sonny boy do a duet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjPezeHN9Hc


Howlin Wolf. I love pretty much everything he does but I think this one might be my favorite. Its quintessential blues in every single way. Bonus early hip-hopesque money flashing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ou-6A3MKow
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11-03-2008 , 02:04 AM
If you want to talk about power ensembles, here's an album on which Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, and a young, upcoming Bo Diddley got together to cut some tracks. Bonus: Otis Spann is on the piano. I love this album. All three artists are ragging on each other, esp. on Bo Diddley, in addition to playing some killer blues. I uploaded this to my imeem account, so you'll have to register there to hear more than a sample. This isn't the sort of thing that you can find on YouTube, though. I promise, it's worth it.

Long Distance Call (Moanin' at Midnight)
Ooh Baby,Wrecking My Love Life
Sweet Little Angel
Spoonful
Diddley Daddy
The Red Rooster
Goin' Down Slow
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11-05-2008 , 04:32 PM
good thread imo

<-- howling wolf

imma deviate and put some kind of out there stuff...just cause, well, i love blues, but need some other stuff too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmiDyfJ9V9g - taj mahal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPhzn2iVptA - moving sidewalks...basically zz top

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdyvPg0c6bI - freddie king, ****, you better know freddie king

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MddKAK7unl4 - jimmy agren band

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHR3_AbqlY4 - atomic bitchwax, more hard rock/stoner rock but the guitarist the whole band is pretty awesome

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCSPf5Viwd0 - captain beefheart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b-UF0FlZjo - the animals with sonny boy williamson
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11-05-2008 , 04:47 PM
you guys already named most of my favorites, howlin wolf, lightnin hopkins, rl burnside, little walter, son house


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHLSE_XumVE - mc5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXWbLWjHWQo - entrance, psych blues

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bDsSfXq_VY - bobby blue bland, maybe more r&b but this ****s awesome

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1xvx0UHa0A - t bone walker

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoR19Mf9ots - green bullfrog, richie blackmore decided to do a "blues" album with some friends

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsfXscAWTpA - mofro aka jj grey and mofro

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12-13-2008 , 03:15 PM
This post is dedicated to the ladies -- specifically, the ladies who sing the gritty, sexy, grindy, gut-bucket blues. There's been only one woman named in this thread so far, and while Alberta Hunter was a great one to name, this shortage will not stand. I love a woman wailing out the blues.

Most of the links below are Rhapsody links to the artists' profiles or albums there. You'll have to pick out the songs I named from the list, but it's free to listen to the whole song, and you get good sound quality.

Let's kick things off right:

Big Mama Thornton. "Hound Dog" is an incredible classic (you can see how it makes me feel), but "Ball N' Chain" is also pure gold.

Katie Webster - "I Want You to Love Me." You can love me as much as you want, honey.

Marva Wright - The version of "Built for Comfort" on this album is my favorite of hers. The lyrics to this song are some of the best in blues music (credit to Willie Dixon). She also kills on "Heartbreakin' Woman" and "St. James Infirmary."

Barbara Morrison - "They Call Me Sundown" (YouTube). Barbara Morrison is more of a jazz singer, but she knows how to get low down and dirty, too. Sadly, I don't have a link to a better quality recording of her doing this song.

Sandra Hall - Use What You Got. Sandra makes another compelling case for big girls, and she's not at all subtle about the innuendo.

Sandra Hall and Francine Reed are both heard on this live album with Sweet Betty. The songs to listen to are Sandra's "Pump Up Your Love," Francine's "I Want You to Love Me," (same title as the Katie Webster song earlier, but this is a different song entirely), and Sweet Betty's "Brown Liquor."

Dinah Washington. Dinah Washington isn't as gritty or raw as the women above, and she does a lot of jazz, not just blues, but her tracks "Big Long Slidin' Thing" and "Long John Blues," ostensibly about her trombone player and her dentist, respectively, are more than dirty enough to qualify for this post.

For Kudzudemon, the Alberta Hunter album you're looking for is this one. She's playing with the Gerald Cook quartet, Vic Dickerson on trombone, and Doc Cheatham on trumpet. In addition to that track, "Darktown Strutter's Ball" from this album is amazing, but "My Handyman" is the one that's in the context of this post. It's one of the most innuendo-wrought songs ever written.

Black women aren't the only women who can sing blues, naturally. There are some white girls out there who can more than hold their own. Caroline Loftus's version of "I Put a Spell on You" is painfully sexy, as is Louise Hoffsten singing "I Just Want to Make Love to You." You can see how I feel the latter of these, too.

Lalah Hathaway sings an awesome version of "Fever" with Joe Sample.

Nina Simone. If you haven't heard her version of "Feeling Good," you've probably been living under a rock, but it's a powerhouse (Michael Buble can eat a bowl of dicks). Her version of "Do I Move You?" doesn't get as much play, but damn, she moves me on that track.

Let's wrap up with Koko Taylor. This whole album kills, but definitely listen to "I Got What It Takes," and "Black Nights." On this album, her take on Muddy Waters's "Mannish Boy" that she does as "I'm a Woman" is also something else.
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