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Modern Blues Albums

From the fifties onwards, the Blues was an urban music played on electric instruments in a band setting, but many performers still payed homage to their roots in country blues.

ERIC CLAPTON/B.B. KING – RIDING WITH THE KING

It’s hard to imagine what the blues would be without collaborations between giants of the genre. When two great voices combine to form one, the results can be delightful. And Riding with the King is no exception. Released in 2000, the Eric Clapton/B.B. King collection of duets has all the charm you’d expect from two masters of the form.

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GUY DAVIS – BUTT NAKED FREE

Guy really gets into his stride on this album. With delicate arrangements of mandolin, organ and accordion, the result sounds full but not over-produced and superb rocking Blues like ‘Waiting for the Cards to Fall’ show Guy can write a song too.

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Guy Davis

TAJ MAHAL – ESSENTIAL TAJ MAHAL

This 36 track double CD starts with Taj’s early Blues and covers some Hawaiin and Latin material. Only his childrens albums and his most recent works are not here.

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Taj Mahal

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD – TEN DAYS OUT

This remarkabel document gives amazing value with a 15 track album and accompanying DVD. Several of the players made their swan-songs here as they have since passed away.

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KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD

SEASICK STEVE – MAN FROM ANOTHER TIME

The ultimate solo album, with only Dan on drums, this is a some extrordinary Blues. Watch out for the ‘hidden track’ embedded in ‘I’m So Lonely I Could Cry’.

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Seasick Steve

LITTLE MILTON -BEST OF LITTLE MILTON. CHESS 50TH ANNIVERSARY.

Milton was at Chess for nearly ten years and you can hear the progression towards him becoming a soul singer.

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Little Milton

MAGIC SLIM – SNAKEBITE

Most of these songs are Slim’s own compositions and he absolutely nails every one.
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Magic Slim

BREWER PHILLIPS – GOOD HOUSE-ROCKIN’

Brewer did not make his name as a bandleader, but he could have given it a good shot. This collection has him and Ted Harvey, joined by some friends, giving up some rawboned Blues that comes from the heart.

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Brewer Phillips

LEFTY DIZZ – AIN’T IT NICE TO BE LOVED

What this record lacks in production values, it makes up for in enthusiasm. Lefty writes some good songs too!

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Lefty Dizz

PAUL ‘Wine’ JONES – MULE

Both of Paul’s albums are full of hard driving, raw Blues that makes no compromise with commercialism.

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Paul Wine Jones

JAMES ‘Son’ THOMAS – BEEFSTEAK BLUES

Playing acoustic and electric guitars, and showing some style with his bottleneck, ‘Son’ gives up some old-school Delta Blues.

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James Son Thomas

CHRIS THOMAS KING – RED MUD

Chris includes a few of his own compositions with covers of some classic Delta numbers. The duets with his Dad are a highlight, and Chris’s guitar work is superb.

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Chris Thomas King

BEN HARPER – GET UP!

Ben and Charlie combine like a single mind to provide some wonderful Blues. With a small band, Ben’s slide-guitar and Charlie’s harp produce a thing of beauty.

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Ben Harper

SONNY RHODES – BLUE DIAMOND

Thirteen tracks of ‘throwback Blues’ as Sonny sounds like somebody from another era. Includes a twenty minute interview as a bonus track.

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Sonny Rhodes

LITTLE JIMMY KING – LITTLE JIMMY KING AND THE MEMPHIS SOUL SURVIVORS

Little Jimmy’s debut album gives him the opportunity to show his chops, with some smokin’ guitar and a soulful voice.

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Little Jimmy King

SUGAR BLUE – SUGAR BLUE

Sugar is on top form, with some immaculate phrasing in his solos.

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Sugar Blue

JOE LOUIS WALKER – COLD WAS THE NIGHT/ GIFT

The Boss Talkers back Joe to the hilt and a horn section makes this some hard edged Soul/Blues.

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Joe Louis Walker

JONNY LANG – WANDER THIS WORLD

Jonny demonstrates a range of styles here, from Memphis Soul to straight Blues, and shows an authentic voice that speaks of experience beyond his tender years

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Jonny Lang

SONNY LANDRETH – SOUTH OF I-10

This album made a big impression when it was released in 2003, and it has been re-issued on Sonny’s own label.

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Sonny Landreth

CATFISH KEITH – A FISTFUL OF RIFFS

‘Jitterbug Swing’ and ‘Sweet Pea’ show off Keith’s voice and have some great songs but, for me, his playing on tracks like ‘Dark was the Night’ make this album a must.

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Catfish Keith

GARY CLARK Jr. – BLAK & BLU

There are 12 original Clark compositions here, joined by a medley track of ‘If You Love Me Like You Say’ by Albert Collins and the Hendrix number ‘3rd Stone from the Sun’.

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SUPER CHIKAN – BLUES COME HOME TO ROOST

These 14 tracks from the quirky Delta Bluesman are a great introduction to his work.

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Super Chikan

DEREK TRUCKS – SONGLINE

This is quite a diverse collection, with African and Middle-Eastern flavours, plus pure Blues like Crow Jane and Chevrolet all given Derek’s distinctive treatment.

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Derek Trucks

WASHBOARD WILLIE – MOTOR CITY BOOGIE

Willie shows his vocal chops, and some finger-wizardry, on this collection of his singles and a few classics as a bonus.

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Washboard Willie

NICK GRAVENITES – MY LABORS AND MORE

Nick sings and plays keyboards, with some of Mike Bloomfield’s best guitar work, on ten of Nick’s own songs and an Otis Rush classic.

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NICK GRAVENITES

BILLY BRANCH – HARP ATTACK

A hot backing band and crisp production allows a lot of space for these four guys to fill, and the results won them a Grammy.

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BILLY BRANCH

MICKEY BAKER – ROCK WITH A SOCK

Mickey is an underated guitarist, whose work back in the 50s as a session player and a solo instrumentalist was highly influential.

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Mickey Baker

FENTON ROBINSON – SOMEBODY LOAN ME A DIME

There is some superb Blues guitar on this album and Fenton wrote most of the material too, with his version of ‘Texas Flood’ an exception.

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FENTON ROBINSON

ROD PIAZZA – KEEPIN’ IT REAL

Thirteen tracks of modern Blues that take the best Chicago traditions and re-invigorate them with West-coast energy.

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Rod Piazza

BIG JOE TURNER – THE VERY BEST OF BIG JOE TURNER

This 16-track compilation is remastered from the Atlantic originals to give a bright, upfront sound and includes all Big Joe’s major hits. It concentrates on up-tempo material rather than Blues ballads, but represents outstanding value.

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