the blues world

The place to get some blues. learn about the blues, and to get a review or two of your favorite blues artist. It is not the intention to steal music but promote the music and the artists and if you like them then support them. Buy their music, t's and see them live.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Hubert Sumlin-I know You

Hubert was muddy waters sideman for many many years. When hubert first auditioned, he was told to come back when he could play without a pick. He came back and has never used a pick since.
This was released in 1998 and when he released sold t shirts that said "I ain't done yet" Nothing could be truer. he is a master of the runka runka 12 bar style. leaving spaces for all the other band members to add tasty fills. his first 2 songs here show this then he moves into some slow blues and when I say less is more I really mean it. "thats why I gonna leave" tells a blues story."don't judge a book by its cover" is a nice solo effect by hubert that showcases his guitar playing and that he does."I got it where I want it" and "I'm not your clown" played with a full muddy waters type band 2 guitar and harp player. He then "playes a great version of smokestack Lightning" nest is another nice slow blues with a harp player for so great moody stuff "ve been hurt". His last 3 songs are more runka runka 12 bar with so very classy stuff going on here. to the trained ear of many blues people, they only can say "wow that was nice" Hubert is keeping the muddy style alive and wel so I say thanks hubert

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

sonny landreth -blues attack

sonny Landreth is known among musicians as the musicians musician. that a major compliment coming from such greats as eric clapton and buddy guy. Sonny is by far one of the top slide players in this day and age standing side by side with greats like ronnie wood and peter green,
Blues Attack was released in 1981 and I think this is one of his first recordings as a solo artist. Not as much slide work as his newer releases and he is complimented by some great harmonica work by an unkown harp man. I tried to find out who played on this recording but I could not find the name.
This cd is half filled with covers of earlier released material by some of the greats. I truly like his arrangments on songs like Key to the highway, I'm ready and baby please don't go. he has some of his original stuff here as well that includes the Song "blues attack' of which he has released 3 different versions after this release. "The center" is a sweet little rocker and is full harp and sax and then some slide. "one life" truly shows his slide playing skills. "names" allows sonny to sing but is probably the weakest rack of all but for the time in 1981 was probably better sounding along with "speak of the devil". however, when he shows his skill it really shows on "at some time", a slow blues number is just plain great blues. and finally, Pine grove blues" shows even more slide skill and he add that cajun flavour that he will become famous for. Over all this is a great blues album released by one of the most under rated guitar players alive today. Sonny Landreth is one of the best

Thursday, February 02, 2006

james blood ulmer-birthright 2005

Here is a bluesman. He don't need nothin but a acoustic guitar. Using a strong reverb effect with the acoustic , he creates an ombience, a mood. By using a tremelo voice in specific areas of his songs, he creates an excitement and more ombience. Thats what the blues is. Feeling, a mood, an ombience if you will.
As harmonica player, he is the ideal mucican to play with and compliment. Of course, its his show, and his creativity but if I were to ever considere doing cover tunes, I might choose one of Jameses songs because of the reality of them all.
More imparticualrily, the 2nd track,"can't take it anymore" is exactly what I am talking about. An acoustic version of "ain't supersticious" is also a pleasure to listen too. "White mans jail" is a stirring example of slow slow blues in which we get to hear awesome picking at points instead of chords give the song more feel and pain. You can tell that Mr. Ulmer likes to show off his skills as a musician when he throws "high Yellow " and "love dance rag"at ya, rather quirky jazz influenced pieces. Whe it comes to "sittin on top of the world" I have never heard a version quite like. I am not sure whether I like it or not, but it is a great piece of work, its just my traditional taste for such a song. "my most favorite thing" is a John lee hookeresque deep in echo/reverb on the guitar and vocals alike type of song The 12th and final track is "devils got to burn". could have been written at the crossroads is a very long song but it one of my favorites off the release. It is very real. seeded in southern evil.
Feb 2, 2006
by Sweet Rickie Lee


this is my first blog site. The sole purpose of this hangout is to review blues albums. These albums/cds/dvds/tapes can be old or new. They can be famous and they can be unknown but they all will have one thing in common. I plan to review these from a musicans point of view and more specifically from the singer/songwriter/harp player. In other words, I AM A HARP PLAYER.
I will review a cd once a week and put that cd on one of the famous free download sites like rapidshare, megaupload, usendit, etc. The reason behind this is to share the blues and to get some feed back on my TASTE.
I can give u a short bio. I was a music lover from the very first day I can remember and sang "16 tons" by Tennesee Ernie Ford when I was 4 and remeber getting all kinds of acompliments and money and this made me feel good. I grew up in Seattle ,Washington and lived there from 1952 to 1971 and then moved to Vancouver, b.c canada for love not because of the war.
I have been fortunate enough to have seen most of the famous old guard of american blues and many of the new guard english blues via the many rock festivals and blues clubs on the west coast. Of couse due to the lifestyle, I only remember the names and not much of the events.
I did not start playing harmonica until my 20's and really only got seriously into playing when I split up with my wife and kids(10, yes 10 kids) and found myself living in my car and on the street. I became a busker(street muscian) and decided that it was time for me to do something that I loved so I played and played and played on the street. I was not that good and my siberian husky got me more money than me because he sang better at the time. I soon started to get better and was going to all the Jams and parties and after hour clubs. Eventually I left the street and went back to the real world where I became proficient in the computer world enough to download so much music, mostly blues. I now have a large collection of mp3 blues music that continues to grow and grow and i hope that I too can make your collection grow and grow..
I enventually joined a band, made a few recordings in the studio but I never have really have taken my personal music to the next level as I feel would get me signed to a label. I am still learning but getting better.

I hope u like my blog. I hope to get it to a stage where you too can help by posting reviews, links to music and downloads and links to sites that can help u become a more knowledgeable blues fan/muscian/