If castaway on a desert island with only one record to listen to, it would have to be Muddy Waters' Hard Again. Muddy has, of course, made many fine recordings and some songs on Hard Again were previously covered by Muddy, but not the same versions. Producer / guitar hero Johhny Winter managed to capture all the emotion, frenzy and power that was Muddy Waters (and embelish the whole thing playing smokin' guitar with Muddy and the band). Muddy and Johnny loved each other - you can just feel it and hear it on every single cut - the whoopin' and laughing, and relaxed big time groove from all the alumnus of Muddy Waters Univeristy makes Hard Again the finest blues recording of all time.
The debut cd by Michael Mckillips Bell "Caught Between a Rock & a Blue Place" contains some blues that should not be ignored. This is an "indie" and is available mail order at www.michaelmckillipsbell.com Promo copies available.
My favorite right now is Lazy Lester "Blues Don't Come Knocking" I love his music and singing, it makes me feel good. There is something haunting about it that I feel deep in my soul.
I'm a drummer for a blues band and I have to tell you, the best stuff I've ever heard from a relatively unknown band. WALTER TROUT, who gets little notariety in the east. He has many CDs out, and all of them are great. http://www.waltertroutband.com/
When I lived in Chicago, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Self Titled Album is often what I listened to while commuting home after a long day. "Blues with a Feeling." Whoa! This is what brought me to blues way back when I was still a high school student. It epitomizes what I feel is electric Chicago Blues and it's a treasure!
I have been playing the blues and quite frakly living
them from time to time. I was wondering if you guys have
ever heard of a California Blues band called "RAGING SUN"
?? I'm not like a promoter or anything, I just wanted to
let you in on a local secret...
Bobby Manriquez, "Another Shade of Blue(s)"; a review by
ONE HAPPY CUSTOMER
Guitar ace BOBBY MANRIQUEZ, whose manned the axe for an
array of artists from E-Street Band's rock 'n roller Nils
Lofgren to "wicked" soul legend Wilson Pickett, has surely
come into his own with first solo release "Another Shade
of Blue(s)," an independent(7/2000). Even without the
Elaine Plott - Chattanooga, TN
Another word about Walter Trout