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I Am the Blues is the sixth studio Chicago blues album released in 1970 by the well-known bluesman Willie Dixon. It is also the title of Dixon’s autobiography, edited by Don Snowden. The album features songs written by Dixon and originally performed by other artists for Chess Records. 1. Back Door Man 2. I Can’t Quit You Baby 3. The ...

With his take-no-prisoners slide guitar style derived from Elmore James and a primal, driving approach to the blues, J.B. Hutto was a fixture in the Chicago clubs in the 1950s and 1960s, where he was often paired with the similar-sounding Hound Dog Taylor. This set, which was recorded at Mother Blues on Wells Street in Chicago’s Old Town section on ...

Review by Niles J. Frantz Easy-grooving blues and boogie is backed by the competent New York City-based blues band Little Mike and the Tornadoes. Though Perkins followed Otis Spann as the piano player in the Muddy Waters band, these are the first domestically available recordings under his own name.

The single disc, 25-track Proper Introduction to Howlin’ Wolf anthology traces, in condensed form, Howlin’ Wolf’s seminal recordings at Sun Studios in Memphis. While other compilations have focused on exhaustively presenting all of the recordings Wolf did for Sun and Chess, and other single discs have picked one label or the other, Proper has decided to combine them in an ...

Review by Thom Jurek Calling this retrospective by Charlie Musselwhite a “deluxe edition” may be a little misleading. Twelve of the album’s 14 tracks come from three albums he recorded for Alligator in the early ’90s. There are four each from Ace of Harps (1990), Signature (1991), and In My Time (1993). The sequencing is beautifully done and representative. The ...

Price, a delightful, romping pianist in the vintage barrelhouse and boogie-woogie genres, interpreted, reworked, and remade a series of traditional blues and jazz tunes on this fine 1975 release. Everything, from song selection to solos, is wonderful. 1 – My blue heaven 2 – Saint James infirmary 3 – Gee baby, ain’t I good to you 4 – Sunday 5 ...

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