Paul Butterfield – straight-up, spreadin’ the message.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Paul Butterfield Blues Band – In Concert 1966
A classic concert this weekend from the legendary Paul Butterfield Blues Band, recorded live at The Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco on October 14, 1966.
Butterfield was one of the major forces, taking the Chicago Blues genre to a broader (and whiter) audience in the early-mid 1960’s. His band featured a number of names who would go on to become prominent solo artists in their own right, namely Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop.
This 1966 concert features the classic lineup with Bloomfield, Bishop, Mark Nafatlin on keyboards, Jerome Arnold on Bass and Billy Davenport on drums. It was recorded around the time of the release of the milestone East-West album, and the set closes with that track, which sadly fades out about 3/4 of the way through, being a Magnum Opus among 60s performances and not enough tape on the original reel to accomodate it. Ah, history.
But it’s a great concert nonetheless and a little touch of Down Home to toss into your Holiday Mix.
Sugar Pie DeSanto – One of the Chess/Checker divas of the 50’s and 60’s.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Sugar Pie DeSanto – Never Love A Stranger
Probably not as well known as her label mates Etta James or Fontella Bass, Sugar Pie DeSanto was part of that galaxy of divas who put Chicago blues label Chess/Checker on the map.
She recorded a considerable number of material for the label and had many singles that, although not mega-hits were nonetheless memorable and have given credence to the argument that she’s one of the many underrated and overlooked artists who were active in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Tonight it’s a single from 1965. Never Love A Stranger is a nicely laid out song that borders on Deep Soul, but is further evidence DeSanto was a powerhouse and could keep up with the likes of Etta James, whom she recorded several duets with.
Still active today and gathering a growing reputation for her down-and-dirty Blues interpretations as well as her catalog of great material, she is far from being forgotten.
John Lee Hooker – sayin’ it.
Click on the link here for Audio player: John Lee Hooker – No Shoes – 1960
August 22nd would have marked Number 95 for John Lee Hooker (born August 22, 1917).
So by way of a tribute to one of the Blues immortals and a musical legend, here is tonight’s track – No Shoes, as recorded by the master in 1960.
Nobody else could do it quite like that.