the blues world

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006


I apologize for not supporting my own blog for a few months but I have had personal and health problems. I seem to have sorted them out and as long as I pay my internet bill I should be putting up more good blues for blues fans. My collection is huge and so is my love for the blues and someday soon I will put my own album out to share with you

Rich Harper-Bottled up blues

I have to admit that I had never heard of Rich Harper until a swedish internet friend sent me some of his music, of which I want to share with you because he is a fantastic player, with a good sense of the blues.
Bottled up blues is 1999 release and judging from the title and the music, is a show case for his slide playing.
The Rich Harper Band is based out of Los Angeles, but Rich’s roots, heart and soul are from the steel mills
of Pennsylvania Rich Harper learned to play the blues in the traditional way by primarily being self-taught,
listening to and learning from the recordings of Eric Clapton, Rory Gallagher, B.B. King, Freddie King &
Duane Allman. Rich developed his own unique slide style using the same Coricidin cold medicine bottles
first used by Duane Allman. His “baby”, as he calls it, is a ’69 Fender Stratocaster. And while his
regular slide work is played in different tunings on souped up versions of an old Telecaster, Les Paul and
a ’64 Fender Mustang, most of his acoustic slide work is played on a Johnson Resonator Guitar.
track 1 workin on me, is not a slide song but sure shows just what good guitar player he really is
track 2 is all slide baby, and slidin away as well as any great slide player like sonny landreth or even as well as ry cooder and this should be a sample of his style for many years to come
track 3 How much I want you is also another slide gem but not in the traditional slide sense and sometimes sounds like its not a slide but that is just the style of song
track 4 wrong man, sounds to me like he is using a dobro to play this time and this is what many traditional blues listeners would really like but if you like a more rocking slide playing format
track 5, as she moved in my guitar moved out and is more in tune to the way george thorogood would play and if this was played in a bar or dance hall would have the place a rocking and the lyrics are very in line with what the blues is about
track 6, All I got belongs to sounds just like a freddy, albert or bb king song with out a slide but with those snapping cuttin ice pickin tones
track 7 blue eyed blues, is again a dobro sounding blues song very traditional sounding and when his vocals are added, he sings in the same key therefore making his vocal sound like another instrument very similar to robert lockwood but only nicer and not as tough sounding
#8 is simialr to a canadian player Colin Jameses why did you lie, and is full of feel and bitterness and pain and suffering that makes the blues what it is
track 9 is a song that needs no other instrument other him singing and playing but kicks in with drums and bass for a waling rockin blues feel and "life" is "life"
song 10 is a rockin rollin honky tonkin slippin slidin barrelhouse stomp
song 11, train song is so traditional and so blues based and again harmonizes with the guitar for an interesting song unlike anyone I have heard but similar to many

Monday, May 22, 2006

Charlie Musslewhite-Tennessee Woman

To me and to many others, Charlie Musslewhite is one of the premier harmonica players of the day. He can play all styles of music equally as well and he can also "jam" with the worlds best at many of the all star venues including movies(bluesbrothers200) benefits(new orleans fund raisers) but he is also a chosen harmonica player for old school players like Hooker.
The year that this was released was the first time I saw charlie musslewhite outa the 6 times I saw him perform live over the years
The album was released in 1968, ah yes a very good year for the blues. The title track Tesnnessee woman is typical 60 blues and rivals even the late great Paul Butterfield. The emotion that the slow swing of that blues feeling on track true leaves a groove of rythym that pulses thru the song on a backing of horns, piano and that tremolo chromatic harmonica style that truly is a signiture of his playing. Lest we never leave out the lead guitar of an unknown player that just seers in the back ground competing with the lead cross harping. Yes you heard me 2 harps. Obviously multi tracked in the studio and very rare to hear in the blues world even today.
track 3. is a nice piece of work featuring keybords harmonics with backing of bass and rums way back there and just features the harp and keys mostly and of course charlies vocal.
Track 4 is everybody needs somebody is a rockin turn with emphasis on strong electric crossharp style and rockin guitar
track 5 is I don't play, I'll be your man someday, sweet strong tune of high powered harp
track 6 christo redemptor is on of charlies most well known slow blues instrumentals that every harmonica player envies and tries to emulate. You feel the blues in this one, but that was the 60;s and the guitar was king so you will hear a some great guitar and even gome great piano but when all is said and done, its charlie musslewhite finishing this tune with just some amazing riffs and then sliding to some jazz beat lead style and then back into the that slow blues but all this cannot be accomplished on a 3 minute song so again very typical 60's is that extended version
12 minute version. I feel that if this song had been released commercially as a 3 minute tune, it would have gotten some fm airplay and put charlie high on the charts
track 7, little by little is a great 12 bar standard swingin tune that allows charlie to show of his blues voice but to show off his chicago blues style.
final track of this lp turned to cd extends that chicago blues style to another deep blues slow tune and would very hard to hear him perform live because he plays harpmonica as a rythym instrument in the background while he sings and then goes into his sweet solos in between
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new link, old link was part 2 of earl hooker