Sunday Morning Blues
This week we began our show with a birthday tribute to the late Paul Butterfield. The legendary harmonica player emerged from Chicago in 1966 with his “Butterfield Blues Band” album on Elektra Records. That band featured Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop on amazing guitars, and there was also a black rhythm section.
This week on Sunday Morning Blues, we began with a birthday tribute to one of the Blues greatest harmonica players, Junior Wells. He was a great singer too, and his long career featured much solo work, sessions with a myriad of artists and an extended (and fruitful) musical partnership with Buddy Guy.
We started the show by wishing the late Larry Davis a happy birthday. The guitarist and singer co-wrote the immortal “Texas Flood,” which Stevie Ray Vaughan so famously covered in 1983. Larry’s version appeared originally in 1958.
For our Thanksgiving edition of Sunday Morning Blues, we were thrilled to get a phone call from Derek Trucks for a special celebrity edition of CHOOSE YOUR BLUES!
Since it’s Thanksgiving holiday week, we began with ‘Thank You’ songs, even though some of them were anything but thankful since, after all, they ARE Blues songs!
Jimi Hendrix turns 70 this month! Had the amazing guitarist, lyricist, producer and stage performer survived, he’d be that old. What would he be doing? Who knows (pun intended), because he was already light years ahead of us back in 1970. Think of all the great music we’d have.
This was the annual Sunday Morning Blues Halloween special!! It was a show so scarey it frightened us! Carter Alan with Shonda and Billy working in the studio served up a bluesy beast-feast for breakfast!
This week we began the show with a birthday tribute to Elvin Bishop, a guitarist and singer who grew up on a Midwest farm, did the chores, but kept practicing his six-string. Later, when he moved to Chicago back in the early-sixties, he was good enough to get in the Butterfield Blues Band, which included famed harp player Paul Butterfield and guitar prodigy Mike Bloomfield.
Sunday Morning Blues wished a happy birthday to singer/songwriter/guitarist Kenny Neal, who celebrated a birthday on the 14th. The Louisiana bluesman has a long line of fine releases out including ’08′s Let Life Flow, which features the tune “Another Man’s Cologne” that was on our playlist.
Lots of Blues birthdays to start the show this week, including the late guitar genius Stevie Ray Vaughan, who was born in 1954 and taken away in August of 1990. Billy Branch, the fine harmonica player is very much alive and well and blowing out candles, while we saluted the late birthday boys Albert Collins and Cub Koda.
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