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Index of Artists

Catalogue of Releases

Time To Roll

Time To Roll
SPCD 1394
Genre: Blues
Released: 4 November 2016

Time To Roll, MonkeyJunk’s fifth release, showcases deep grooves and soulful original material plus a cover of Albert King’s classic “The Hunter.”

The Ottawa-based trio are Canada’s most acclaimed blues/roots music band and are favourites of Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd); MonkeyJunk has received great support from the syndicated radio program The BluesMobile.

Their sound has been described as a “contemporary blend of swamp R&B, soul boogie and bedroom funk.”

  1. Best Kept Secret (4:31)
  2. Time To Roll (4:01)
  3. See The Sign (3:36)
  4. Blue Lights Go Down (4:27)
  5. Pray For Rain (5:13)
  6. The Hunter (3:35)
  7. Can't Call You Baby (5:39)
  8. Undertaker Blues (3:25)
  9. Gone (3:34)
  10. Fuzzy Poodle (3:09)
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Duke Robillard
Blues Full Circle

Blues Full Circle
SPCD 1392
Genre: Blues
Released: 9 September 2016

Guests on Blues Full Circle include Jimmie Vaughan, Sugar Ray Norcia and Kelley Hunt.

“On Blues Full Circle, Duke Robillard slams out the blues like the all-time great he is, with impeccable support.” ~ Dick Shurman

  1. Lay a Little Lovin' on Me (3:15)
  2. Rain Keeps Falling (2:43)
  3. Mourning Dove (4:50)
  4. No More Tears (3:03)
  5. Last Night (feat. Sugar Ray Norcia) (2:58)
  6. Fool About My Money (3:39)
  7. The Mood Room (feat. Kelley Hunt) (2:57)
  8. I've Got a Feelin' That You're Foolin' (4:27)
  9. Shufflin' and Scufflin' (feat. Jimmie Vaughan) (6:31)
  10. Blues for Eddie Jones (3:46)
  11. You Used To Be Sugar (3:07)
  12. Worth Waitin' On (6:59)
  13. Come With Me Baby (3:22)

Ronnie Earl
Maxwell Street

Maxwell Street
SPCD 1391
Genre: Blues
Released: 9 September 2016

Ronnie Earl’s release Maxwell Street is named in honour of blues pianist and previous member of the Broadcasters David Maxwell and is a nod to Chicago’s Maxwell Street where blues musicians gathered to play outside for the Sunday market crowds.

It confirms Ronnie Earl’s status as one of the most soulful blues/soul/jazz guitarists working today.

  1. Mother Angel (5:37)
  2. Elegy For a Bluesman (5:40)
  3. In Memory of T-Bone (6:00)
  4. Kismet (6:18)
  5. Double Trouble (11:43)
  6. (I've Got To Use My) Imagination (4:19)
  7. Blues For David Maxwell (8:25)
  8. You Don't Know Me (8:03)
  9. BroJoe (4:57)
  10. As The Years Go Passing By (7:06)

40 Years of Stony Plain [3 CDs]

40 Years of Stony Plain [3 CDs]
SPCD 1400
Genre: Roots
Released: 3 June 2016

2016 marks the 40th Anniversary of one of Canada's longest surviving independent record labels. Stony Plain Records has been recognized worldwide for it's consistent, high quality roots and blues releases.

This three volume set celebrates with some of the label's favourite tracks, including one full CD of rarities and previously unreleased music by artists like Eric Bibb, Maria Muldaur, Duke Robillard and Sam Chatmon. Stony Plain was named "2014 Record Label of the Year" by the Blues Foundation in Memphis. Add to that 6 Grammy nominations, 11 Juno Awards and dozens of Blues Awards and Maple Blues Awards.

Disc 1
  1. Colin Linden - No More Cheap Wine (4:43)
  2. Spirit Of The West - The Crawl (4:03)
  3. Corb Lund - I Wanna Be In The Cavalry (3:10)
  4. Doug Sahm - Louis Riel (3:50)
  5. Harry Manx & Kevin Breit - Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep (5:29)
  6. Emmylou Harris - Where Will I Be (4:22)
  7. Guitar Heroes: James Burton, Albert Lee, Amos Garrett, David Wilcox - That's All Right (Mama) (5:18)
  8. New Guitar Summit - Flying Home (4:12)
  9. Rodney Crowell - Funky And The Farm-boy (4:06)
  10. Valdy & Gary Fjellgaard - VLT (2:30)
  11. Jr. Gone Wild - Poet's Highway (4:16)
  12. Tim Hus - Wild Rose Waltz (5:32)
  13. Ian Tyson - Cottonwood Canyon (3:19)
  14. Jennifer Warnes - Blue Mountains Of Mexico (3:16)
  15. Steve Earle - Rivers Of Babylon (3:02)
  16. Eric Bibb - Needed Time (feat. Taj Mahal, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Ruthie Foster) (6:28)
Disc 2
  1. Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne - Bankrupted Blues (3:09)
  2. Joe Louis Walker - Eyes Like A Cat (3:49)
  3. Rosco Gordon - Sit Right Here (4:38)
  4. Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters - It Takes Time (4:55)
  5. Maria Muldaur - Soul Of A Man (feat. Taj Mahal) (2:52)
  6. Long John Baldry - Midnight Special (3:24)
  7. Paul Reddick - Mourning Dove (4:55)
  8. MonkeyJunk - Mother's Crying (4:36)
  9. Jay McShann - Goin' to Chicago (4:32)
  10. Jeff Healey - Hong Kong Blues (3:12)
  11. Billy Boy Arnold - Bad Luck Blues (3:16)
  12. Rory Block - Candy Man (3:42)
  13. Big Dave McLean - Atlanta Moan (4:12)
  14. Ruthie Foster - Keep Your Big Mouth Closed (3:15)
  15. Sonny Rhodes - Meet Me At The 10th Street Inn (3:18)
  16. Jim Byrnes - Wrapped Up, Tied Up (3:30)
  17. Amos Garrett - Lost Love (4:10)
  18. Ellen McIlwaine - All To You (4:01)
  19. King Biscuit Boy - Blue Light Boogie (5:00)
Disc 3
  1. Duke Robillard - Ain't Gonna Do It (3:31)
  2. Duke Robillard - Rehab (5:21)
  3. Eric Bibb - Shingle By Shingle (4:06)
  4. Eric Bibb - Wayfaring Stranger (6:19)
  5. Maria Muldaur - In My Girlish Days (2:28)
  6. Maria Muldaur - I Belong To The Band (4:30)
  7. David Wilcox - Uptown Bump (3:47)
  8. Sam Chatmon and His Barbeque Boys - I Hate That Train (feat. Colin Linden, Doc MacLean) (3:51)
  9. Sam Chatmon and His Barbeque Boys - All Night Long (feat. Colin Linden, Doc MacLean) (2:51)
  10. Bob Carpenter - Satan's Golden Chain (4:02)
  11. Bob Carpenter - Mister Blue (2:45)
  12. Walter 'Shakey' Horton with Hot Cottage - Shakey's Edmonton Blues (3:02)

Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne
Jumpin' & Boppin'

SPCD 1389
Genre: Blues
Released: 3 June 2016

Living Blues Magazine named him the "Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard)" for 2015.

Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne’s third CD for Stony Plain is firmly rooted in the joyful jump blues style of Louis Jordan and Amos Milburn. Special guest Duke Robillard is the perfect guitarist and Russell Jackson, BB King’s long-time bassist, locks in the rhythm section.

The zoot suited 'Blues Boss' will be touring Russia, South America, and Europe this year, in addition to playing various North American summer festivals.

  1. Blues Boss Shuffle (2:13)
  2. Bankrupted Blues (3:09)
  3. Jumpin' & Boppin' With Joy (2:27)
  4. Blues Stew (3:35)
  5. You Don't Know Me (5:38)
  6. Blackmail Blues (4:46)
  7. Look Out! There's A Train Coming (3:00)
  8. I Need Your Lovin' (2:59)
  9. Ciao, Ciao Baby (3:34)
  10. Back To Square One (5:18)
  11. I'm Comin' Home (3:31)
  12. Rock, Rock Little Girl (3:20)
  13. Boogie To Gloryland (2:11)

Paul Reddick
Ride The One

Ride The One
SPCD 1388
Genre: Blues
Released: 20 May 2016

Ride The One is a musical reference to the hypnotic grooves explored on Paul Reddick's new release. Deep rhythm, intense singing and harp playing combine with his distinctive blues poetry. As Reddick puts it, "Blues is a beautiful landscape."

  1. Shadows (4:57)
  2. Celebrate (4:12)
  3. Mourning Dove (4:57)
  4. Gotta Find A… (3:17)
  5. It Goes With You (4:18)
  6. Watersmooth (3:55)
  7. Diamonds (4:23)
  8. Living In Another World (3:57)
  9. I Tried To Tell You (4:13)
  10. Love And Never Know (4:47)
  11. Moon And Star (2:07)

Eric Bibb & North Country Far with Danny Thompson
The Happiest Man In The World

The Happiest Man In The World
SPCD 1390
Genre: Blues
Released: 6 May 2016

The Happiest Man In The World is a tasty gumbo of new bluesy-country songs recorded in the English countryside.

This stellar acoustic band is made up of musicians who have known each other for years: Eric Bibb on vocals and guitars, Petri Hakala on mandolin and mandola and Olli Haavisto on dobro and weissenborn as well as other slide instruments. The band are joined by legendary upright bassist Danny Thompson (Alexis Korner, Pentangle, Donovan, John Martyn and more).

The exuberant, soulful sound at the heart of these songs makes The Happiest Man In The World a delicious treat.

  1. The Happiest Man In The World (3:08)
  2. Toolin' Down The Road (3:24)
  3. I'll Farm For You (3:51)
  4. Tossin' An' Turnin' (3:37)
  5. Creole Café (4:22)
  6. Born To Be Your Man (3:42)
  7. Prison Of Time (5:16)
  8. King Size Bed (2:38)
  9. On The Porch (4:18)
  10. 1912 Skiing Disaster (2:10)
  11. Tell Ol' Bill (4:28)
  12. Wish I Could Hold You Now (3:59)
  13. Blueberry Boy (3:10)
  14. You Really Got Me + King Size Bed (Bonus Instrumental Version) (4:32)

Eric Bibb & JJ Milteau
Lead Belly's Gold

Lead Belly
SPCD 1387
Genre: Blues
Released: 6 November 2015

Lead Belly's Gold pays homage to Lead Belly via live and studio recordings featuring Blues troubadour Eric Bibb, harmonica master JJ Milteau and an acoustic band.

Eric Bibb is one of the highest profile international roots musicians, winning Acoustic Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards and having been nominated for a Grammy. He will be touring extensively to support this release.

  1. Grey Goose (5:30)
  2. When That Train Comes Along / Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (3:59)
  3. On A Monday (2:52)
  4. The House Of The Rising Sun (3:30)
  5. Midnight Special (3:58)
  6. Bring A Little Water, Sylvie (3:18)
  7. Where Did You Sleep Last Night (3:27)
  8. When I Get To Dallas (1:41)
  9. Pick A Bale Of Cotton (2:57)
  10. Goodnight, Irene (3:39)
  11. Rock Island Line (3:53)
  12. Bourgeois Blues (3:21)
  13. Chauffeur Blues (2:52)
  14. Stewball (3:29)
  15. Titanic (3:03)
  16. Swimmin' In A River Of Songs (3:23)


No Depression
By Joe McSpadden
"The strength of Ledbetter’s work, and the prison-to-palace arc of his life, make Lead Belly’s Gold an extension of Bibb’s last effort, Blues People, if not a sequel to it. Ride this train, people, you won’t want to get off. " (more)

Eric Bibb is a devotee of pre-war blues and folk music. On his latest release, Lead Belly’s Gold, Bibb and brother-in-arms JJ Milteau mine the rich vein of Americana that is Huddie Ledbetter. We are all the better for the effort, and wiser for the reminder that roots music owes a deep debt to African-American artists.

I usually approach cover albums with a sense of apprehension. When it's been recorded by an artist I admire, I want to hear their work over that of their mentors. All too often, tribute albums mean more to the artist than the artist’s following. Worse yet, in some cases, these albums are contract fulfillment items. That is definitely not the case here. Bibb and company turn in a spirited and honest record that is important on several levels.

Coming on the heels of Bibb’s mountaintop testament to racial healing, Blues People, an album of covers might seem to be a letdown, or an example of an artist taking a breather. Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead Bibb returns with a batch of songs that seem more like an extension of his previous album than one might think. In fact, Lead Belly’s Gold could be seen as a sequel of sorts.

American roots music has been all the rage for decades, but never more so than in the wake of Joel and Ethan Coen’s quirky film O Brother, Where Art Thou? That film, and the score by T Bone Burnett exposed a hunger in audiences for something that felt organic and honest, and kicked off a fever for string band music.

Thank God for Eric Bibb and others walking the path of restoration. Artists like Bibb, Guy Davis, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the Ebony Hillbillies remind us that there is much more color in the rainbow of the great American Songbook than we often see in the headlines. Bibb and his compadres are restoring to us a more complete picture of our musical heritage, and the results are deeper and sweeter than the whitewashed hoedowns sold to suburban middle class kids. We are enriched as a result.

One of the first things an album of covers forces us to ask is the question of whether or not the artist is committed to the project. If the artist is truly committed to the project, then the next query has to do with audience. Is the artist playing to a memory in his head that no one else can see? Or is the artist able to come down from the mountain and deliver the vision?

The good news is that Bibb is fully immersed in this work, and there is no better evangelist to reach the next generation than the son of Leon Bibb. The album is full of gems that stay with the listener. In agricultural terms, this is a harvest in seed form. When one realizes that they are fed not from the ear of corn, but from the seed that produced the ear, then one can begin to grasp what Huddie Ledbetter means to contemporary music, and what prophets like Eric Bibb mean to a culture that is seeking its sense of self.

Roots music is, at its very core, diverse. The tag “Americana” is problematic at best. While at times it comes very close to hitting the motherlode of creativity, it can, in the next instant, drift perilously close to becoming its own parody. Eric Bibb is proof that Americana is about more than a hipster beard and a charge account at a vintage clothing store. His presence also reminds us that we have a shared history; that we are more alike than we are different, and that color and culture are not reasons to divide us but rather to cause us to rejoice.

Rooted firmly in the Village folk scene, and in the pre-war blues he loves so much, Bibb is able to integrate the works of Lead Belly and Seeger, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Sebastian and Dylan, Rev. Gary Davis and Woody Guthrie -- not to mention Dr. King -- all in to a patchwork quilt that defines us far better than the popular trend towards faux-retro expression.

Americana music, like films about the 1960s, risks skirting the real thing in order to celebrate a sugar-coated memory. Bibb brings a much needed dose of reality to our pink sunglasses view of the past. We need this more than we know. Lead Belly’s Gold, if given more than a cursory listen, takes the listener out of the instant fix of current trends, into a river of song as deep and wide as the Mississippi river.

Oddly enough, Bibb starts out by making us uncomfortable. “Grey Goose,” a traditional song, serves as metaphor for the struggles of Ledbetter, and for others who have faced a world designed to see them demeaned and diminished. The treatment of the Goose gets harsher verse by verse. The imagery is brutal. The Goose becomes a symbol of survival, and of victory, flying across the sea, as Ledbetter himself did. That the Goose is shot down and rises from the ashes to fly, not alone but with his goslings, is a resurrection story worth telling. That Bibb is one of Ledbetter’s goslings cannot be denied.

The second track on the album brings a message of hope and redemption. “When That Train Comes Along/Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” finds Bibb in familiar territory, seeking the light that we desperately need. Bibb is joined on the track by Big Daddy Wilson on harmony vocals, and his warm pipes provide reassurance that salvation is indeed at hand.

“On a Monday” tells the plight of a man whose troubles grow worse with each day of the week. “The House of the Rising Sun” becomes, in Bibb’s hands, a song of quiet resignation and regret. The tone of his voice, more so than the lyrics, portray a soul surrendered to his fate. With a song this well-known the trick is not to trivialize it, or send it up. Bibb’s interpretation is that of man communing with his own thoughts, unable to affect the outcome of his days.

“Midnight Special” is a real pleaser. Never one of my favorite songs, Bibb’s take on the train song won me over. The Cajun-flavored arrangement, with its accordion and harmonica duet, feels as though it could have been recorded on the gallery of a clapboard shack in James Lee Burke’s New Iberia. This track would be great on the soundtrack of a Dave Robicheaux film, if someone in Hollywood could ever find a way to do Burke’s creation justice.

There is so much to like here. The beauty of it all is the way Bibb breathes new life into songs that have been performed countless times. “Pick a Bale of Cotton,” with Big Daddy Wilson on hand, is a delight and rivals Sonny and Brownie’s version for sheer fun.

Bibb provides a couple of fine original numbers and another, “When I Get to Dallas,” co-written with JJ Milteau. The latter depicts Ledbetter making plans to send for his woman once he gets set up in Dallas. Perhaps the biggest surprise is another train song, “Rock Island Line.” Bibb and Milteau ride on the steady drumbeat of Larry Crockett. Bibb the conductor punches our ticket while Milteau blows like a steam engine on his harp, Crockett’s drum clicking like steel wheels along the rails. This is a party train and it’s clear the brakes are gone. Bibb gets us to the station but can’t quite bring it to a complete stop, pulling up in a cloud of steam and Pentecostal fervor. Milteau outdoes himself here, becoming the mighty furnace of the great engine, hauling everyone on board along with him.

“Bourgeois Blues” follows, and returns us to Earth. Ledbetter’s song exposes the hypocrisy of discrimination in Washington, D.C., the so-called capitol of representation. “Chauffeur Blues” is next and turns the tables in a “look who’s driving who now” fashion.

As usual, Bibb surrounds himself with first class talent. Milteau is nothing short of amazing. He is a harp player who knows when to step to the fore, and when to ease back. On Lead Belly’s Gold he is a primal force. Milteau has an uncanny knack for knowing when to howl, and when fade, when to lead and when to follow. His sensibilities complement Bibb’s passionate delivery and together the two men create a musical document that honors Lead Belly’s legacy, all the while moving it a little further on down the road.

The strength of Ledbetter’s work, and the prison-to-palace arc of his life, make Lead Belly’s Gold an extension of Bibb’s last effort, Blues People, if not a sequel to it. Ride this train, people, you won’t want to get off. 



Colin Linden
Rich In Love

Rich In Love
SPCD 1386
Genre: Blues
Released: 25 September 2015

“While the music on my new album covers a lot of influences, I still think of myself as a blues player, whatever I’m doing.” ~ Colin Linden

Rich in Love was produced, recorded and performed by Colin Linden (guitars, vocals, ukuleles and mandolins) and his band, affectionately known as The Rotting Matadors: John Dymond on bass and Gary Craig on drums. Special guests include multiple Blues Music Award-winner and six-time Grammy nominee Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica, legendary keyboardist Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan), Amy Helm (Levon Helm, Ollabelle) on harmony vocals and organist Tim Lauer (Rodney Crowell, Keb’ Mo’, Allison Moorer, Lady Antebellum). The release sports a beautiful cover designed by Jim Sherraden of Nashville’s famed Hatch Show Print.

Linden, a long-time Nashville resident, and the two members of his band have been playing together for over 25 years, and it shows on Rich in Love, which sparkles with their seamless musicianship and collective talents. Colin Linden’s singing is fresh, emotional and engaging. The songs transport the listener through lustful encounters, remorse-laden retrospectives and forlorn longing, while the music takes influences from blues, country rock and roots. And then there is the playing, where every guitar pluck, bass note, subtle drum sweep or organ solo from this consummate musician and his band adds to the stories. It is a truly captivating package, a polished roots diamond, a treasure to reflect on and restore the soul.

  1. Knob & Tube (3:14)
  2. I Need Water (3:54)
  3. Delia Come For Me (5:00)
  4. The Hurt (6:05)
  5. Everybody Ought To Be Loved (3:39)
  6. Rich In Love (5:02)
  7. Date With The Stars (3:49)
  8. And Then You Begin (3:25)
  9. No More Cheap Wine (4:42)
  10. Luck Of A Fool (4:03)
  11. I Made A Promise (4:49)
  12. Paybacks Are Hell (3:38)


Living Blues
By Frank Matheis

"This album is packed with on great song after the next. In short, this album just makes you happy."


When you disperse white light through a prism you get the full color spectrum because that light contains a collection of component colors-the rainbow. Likewise, when listening to Colin Liden's new album Rich In Love you get the entire audible spectrum of American roots music. Some will hear early roch 'n' roll, some will call it blue, others will say it's Americana with a bluesy twang. Arguing which is best or stronger is like debating which color is prettiest. Surely you will inherently hear what you like-roots and blues by one of North America's best-kept musical secrets, the Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, Colin Linden. The multiple Juno Award winner, leader of the Rodeo Kings and brilliant producer and sideman, is also a superlative string virtuoso of immaculate taste and skill. He has played with T Bone Burnett, Leon Redbone, Rhiannon Giddens, Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn, Emmlou Harris, Robert Plant, and Alison Krauss. His critically acclaimed solo projects like Big Mouth, Southern Jumbo and From the Waters have always been steeped deeply in the blues.

Rich In Love is a real gem that may take weeks before you can get it out of your CD player. This album is produced, recorded and performed by the Rotting Matadors, with Colin Linden on guitar, ukulele, mandolin, and vocals-and he is masterful on all. The rhythm section consists of John Dymond on bass, and Gary Craig on drums. Harmonica ace Charlie Musselwhite join them on The Hurt and Rich in Love. Reese Wynans guests on keyboards. Amy Helm, daughter of Levon Helm and a lovely singer on her own right, recently with Ollabelle, backs up on harmony.

Notably, the interesting lyrics, the perfect instrumentation, musical diversity, and brilliant songwriting of Rich in Love would be enough to make this a keeper, but Linden manages to acheive what most singer-songwriters only dream of-it comes from the heart and you feel it in your soul, and the music instantly grabs you in a deep way. He means what he sings and the listener can make and immediate connection. The disc is simply a wonderful, rare gem.

These fiery 12 songs, consistently even fit, like worn-in shoes. In Delia Come For Me a falsely accused man pleads to his love, followed by The Hurt where he declares, "I want to see the word, hear the hurt, I want to know the hurt before I believe a word" Charlie Musslewhite adds an exclamation point, followed by Linden's lashing, emotive lead guitar. Everybody Ought to Be Loved is a sensitive, tender song about the ultimate truism. The title track starts off with a 1950s surf guitar vibe before it shifts into a sad moan as Musselwhite accentuates Linden's singing: "My baby used to cry, cry, cry as she she lay sleeping." When Linden sings "Nobody but you, there's never been nobody but you," it will twang your inner vibe. That's what good music can do. The album is packed with one great song after the next. In short, this album just makes you happy.


- Frank Matheis




Duke Robillard
The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard

The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard
SPCD 1383
Genre: Blues
Released: 25 September 2015

The Acoustic Blues & Roots Of Duke Robillard presents Robillard’s love of vintage blues, jazz and swing, with a selection of vocal and instrumental cuts.

This is his very first acoustic album in a career that spans over five decades. Robillard has worked with Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Roomful Of Blues, Fabulous Thunderbirds and dozens of blues legends. He has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and has won “Blues Guitarist Of The Year” four times at the Blues Awards.

Special guests include Maria Muldaur, Jay McShann and Mary Flower.

  1. My Old Kentucky Home (1:25)
  2. Big Bill Blues (3:35)
  3. I Miss My Baby in My Arms (3:15)
  4. Jimmie's Texas Blues (3:08)
  5. Backyard Paradise (2:39)
  6. Evangeline (feat. Sunny Crownover) (3:01)
  7. Left Handed (3:06)
  8. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water (3:25)
  9. I'm Gonna Buy Me a Dog (To Take the Place of You) (5:15)
  10. Nashville Blues (3:07)
  11. Saint Louis Blues (5:07)
  12. What Is It That Tastes Like Gravy? (3:04)
  13. Someday Baby (3:17)
  14. Let's Turn Back the Years (2:37)
  15. Take a Little Walk with Me (7:04)
  16. Santa Claus Blues (feat. Maria Muldaur) (2:50)
  17. Profoundly Blue (feat. Jay McShann) (3:46)
  18. Ukulele Swing (0:46)


Elmore Magazine
By Tom Clarke
"Subtlety and excitement all wrapped together here, folks, in one of the best overall blues albums of the year." (more)

Founder of the swinging Roomful Of Blues, a rocking Pleasure King and a high-flying Fabulous Thunderbird for a spell. A jazz man, a front porch pickin’ blues man and one-time guitarist for Dylan. A string band, jug band, ragtime, delta, Louisiana, Appalachian folk and Jimmie Rodgers-country aficionado. A backwards traveler, but forward thinker. A writer and singer with distinct style, and a studio owner and in-demand producer. Did I miss anything? Duke Robillard may wear a handsome, if nondescript, lid lounging on the cover of The Acoustic Blues & Roots of…, but he almost literally wears a hundred hats—all of them damn well. It’s hard to believe any one man can be as prolific as this Rhode Island Duke of the blues.

Robillard marks over a half-century of life-dedication with an album that focuses on some of his initial inspirations– extraordinarily well, I might add. The acoustic settings relegate the proceedings to a theme, and it begins with a solo tenor banjo take on Stephen Foster’s timeless “My Old Kentucky Home.” Big Bill Broonzy’s “Big Bill Blues” brings to life a man drowning on a barstool right before Duke’s own “I Miss My Baby in My Arms” captures the depression of the Great Depression in perfect character. He makes the gleaming roots of Robbie Robertson’s Band classic “Evangeline”—featuring the excellent singer Sunny Crownover—flow naturally into the witty, Chicago-style blues of “Left Handed”—with super harp by former Muddy Waters band member Jerry Portnoy. Then, in short order, it’s a Delmore Brothers tune with some “grass on its ass,” and a Sleepy John Estes by the side of the rails. The diversity never gets old. Well, actually, it does, and that’s the point. Duke plays with amazing dexterity and sings with authority and class, getting right to the emotion of every song. Subtlety and excitement all wrapped together here, folks, in one of the best overall blues albums of the year.

- Tom Clarke



Moon Turn Red

Moon Turn Red
SPCD 1382
Genre: Blues
Released: 25 September 2015

Moon Turn Red is MonkeyJunk's fourth release showcasing deep grooves and soulful original material.
The Ottawa based trio are Canada's most acclaimed blues/roots music band. They are Juno Award winners and have taken home top honours four times at the Maple Blues Awards. MonkeyJunk's touring schedule regularly includes dates in Europe and major festivals across North America.
Guests include David Wilcox in a remake of his hit "Hot Hot Papa" and Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar fame.

Vinyl Now Available! This release is now available on vinyl from your favourite record store or online from amazon.ca.

  1. Light It Up (3:39) Vinyl Side 1, track 1
  2. You (3:49) Vinyl Side 1, track 2
  3. Show Me Yours (4:10) Vinyl Side 1, track 3
  4. Hot Hot Papa (feat. David Wilcox) (4:41) Vinyl Side 1, track 4
  5. Love Attack (4:32) Vinyl Side 1, track 5
  6. Live Another Day (5:02) Vinyl Side 2, track 1
  7. Learn How To Love (5:08) Vinyl Side 2, track 2
  8. Lucky One (3:01) Note: not on vinyl, but included with download card provided
  9. Travelin' Light (4:26) Vinyl Side 2, track 3
  10. Meet Me At Midnight (4:51) Vinyl Side 2, track 4


Gonzo Online
By John Kereiff

"Their passion, conviction and dedication to their music makes itself known in every lick, beat, lyric and solo. Great song writing and intuitive musicianship make this one hell of an album, one of the greats of 2015 in any genre."


Oh BABY!  This Ottawa-based trio’s fourth long player is a scorching selection of rockin’ blues tunes ready to take on the world.  If you’re into stuff like David Wilcox, Big Sugar,  JJ Grey & Mofro and Black Keys, Monkeyjunk is singing your songs and I can guarantee that this is the way you want to hear ‘em!   

“With each record we make, we feel we’re pushing more boundaries” says singer/ baritone guitarist/ harmonica and organ player Steve Marriner. “We explored grooves we’ve never hit on before, and experimented with new sounds.”  That much is evident as they kick the door open with Light it Up, a party anthem if there ever was one.  It is this continued forward motion that makes each Monkeyjunk release even better than the last, and the biggest reason Moon Turn Red the best one of all- so far.

Some really cool grooves over the course of these 10 songs, from the reggae vibe of Love Attack to the aforementioned Light It Up and Hot, Hot Papa (a Wilcox original, David plays guitar and sings on this one), to soulful love songs in Learn How To Love and Meet Me At Midnight that will really put some lead in your pencil. The diversity of grooves and vibes had me thinking of Big Sugar primarily, so it was not a huge surprise to learn from the press kit that Gordie Johnson is buddies with lead guitarist Tony D. “Gordie and I both come out of the blues- we’ve known each other for over 25 years” says Tony.  “It was serendipitous that he happened to be touring in the vicinity (when we were recording).  After all these years, we finally got a chance to work together!”

Moon Turn Red is grimy in all the right places, a collection of songs that make you want to move- either get up on the dance floor, or just jump in the car and go.   It’s an outstanding addition to an already impressive body of work, and an example of musical camaraderie.  Their passion, conviction and dedication to their music makes itself known in every lick, beat, lyric and solo.  Great song writing and intuitive musicianship make this one hell of an album, on of the greats of 2015 in any genre.

ESSENTIALS:  Light It Up, Love Attack, Learn How To Love

- See more at: http://www.gonzoonline.ca/music/music-news/882-the-record-box-for-sunday-sept13th-2015.html#sthash.xmRBDi47.dpuf

Oh BABY!  This Ottawa-based trio’s fourth long player is a scorching selection of rockin’ blues tunes ready to take on the world.  If you’re into stuff like David Wilcox, Big Sugar,  JJ Grey & Mofro and Black Keys, Monkeyjunk is singing your songs and I can guarantee that this is the way you want to hear ‘em!   

“With each record we make, we feel we’re pushing more boundaries” says singer/ baritone guitarist/ harmonica and organ player Steve Marriner. “We explored grooves we’ve never hit on before, and experimented with new sounds.”  That much is evident as they kick the door open with Light it Up, a party anthem if there ever was one.  It is this continued forward motion that makes each Monkeyjunk release even better than the last, and the biggest reason Moon Turn Red the best one of all- so far.

Some really cool grooves over the course of these 10 songs, from the reggae vibe of Love Attack to the aforementioned Light It Up and Hot, Hot Papa (a Wilcox original, David plays guita



Ronnie Earl
Father's Day

SPCD 1385
Genre: Blues
Released: 17 July 2015

Order the 180g vinyl (with mp3 download card) from Ronnie directly (and ask for it to be signed!), your favourite local record store, or amazon.com.

Voted by The Blues Foundation as "Blues Guitarist of the Year" in 2014, guitar master Ronnie Earl and his band return with an even stronger package of music. Added to the spellbinding intensity and soulfulness of Earl's guitar, is the presence of a horn section for the first time in decades, adding another dimension to his sound. Stony Plain also plans to release the album as a vinyl LP late 2015.

The 13 tracks on Father’s Day also feature two special guest vocalists throughout: Diane Blue, whose previous work with Earl created a sensation; and Chicago-based Michael Ledbetter, best known as lead singer of the Nick Moss band. Ledbetter is also a distant relative of the iconic Huddie William “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, whose 12-string blues style has influenced generations of blues, folk and rock musicians.

  1. It Takes Time (5:00)
  2. Higher Love (4:28)
  3. Right Place Wrong Time (7:46)
  4. What Have I Done Wrong (4:47)
  5. Giving Up (6:09)
  6. Every Night About This Time (4:37)
  7. Father's Day (8:13)
  8. I Need You So Bad (4:39)
  9. I'll Take Care Of You (9:05)
  10. Follow Your Heart (4:08)
  11. Moanin' (6:24)
  12. All Your Love (7:20)
  13. Precious Lord (6:33)


Living Blues Magazine Oct/Nov Issue
By Melanie Young

"Deeply felt and beautifully executed, Ronne Earl and The Broadcasters' 'Father's Day' is an album to savor"


Ronnie Earl's latest release pays homage to his father, the late Akos Horvath, with whom Earl reconciled before his passing. It also serves as a tribute to the Massachusetts-based guitarist's musical forebears. On Father's Day, songs by artists such as Otis Rush, Magic Sam, B.B King, Fats Domino and others mingle with three originals, and all are given lush, loving treatment.

The Broadcasters-drummer Lorne Entress, keyboardist Dave Limina and bassist Jim Mouradian-are bolstered by a fine horn section. Together they weave a rich tapestry of sound the conjures images of a smoky, congenial nightclub; you can almost hear clinking glasses and murmured conversation between notes. Earl's soloing on Rush's Right Place, Wrong Time, Van McCoy's Giving Up and Magic Sam's All Your Love thrum with deep-seated urgency, matched by Michael Ledbetter's strong, clear baritone. The rich-voiced Diane Blue delivers similar intensity on another Magic Sam song What Have I Done Wrong? and on Brook Benton's I'll Take Care Of You. The musicians take their time with Bobby Timmons' instrumental Moanin', fleshing it out with cool deliberation.

Written by Earl and Ledbetter, the title track unfolds slowly and willfully, emphasizing its message of forgiveness and reconciliation ("Can you replace the anger? Can you replace the fear?/ Do you know that family is so dear?"). A sweet reverent version of Thomas A. Dorsey's Precious Lord, sung by Blue, provides the session's benediction.

There is a sense throughout of reveling in the present moment-as a reminder, perhaps, that it's all too fleeting. Deeply felt and beautifully executed, Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters' Father's Day is an album to savor.


- Melanie Young




Jeff Healey
The Best Of the Stony Plain Years: Vintage Jazz, Swing and Blues

The Best Of the Stony Plain Years: Vintage Jazz, Swing and Blues
SPCD 1380
Genre: Jazz
Released: 17 July 2015
Stony Plain Records has been releasing outstanding roots and blues music since 1976. This series dips into the vaults and helps celebrate some of the label’s most acclaimed artists.
Stony Plain was honoured to release Jeff Healey’s (1966-2008) four vintage jazz/swing projects, plus a DVD with his beloved Jazz Wizards.
This music was his first love allowing him to play guitar and trumpet in addition to having a career as one of the worlds most acclaimed and innovative electric blues and rock musicians.
  1. Three Little Words (4:24)
  2. The Wild Cat (2:35)
  3. Star Dust (4:52)
  4. The Sheik of Araby (5:11)
  5. Guitar Duet Stomp (3:37)
  6. Sing You Sinners (5:05)
  7. I Would Do Anything For You (4:28)
  8. Pardon My Southern Accent (3:46)
  9. Some Of These Days (2:47)
  10. My Honey's Lovin' Arms (5:02)
  11. Hong Kong Blues (3:13)
  12. Sweet Georgia Brown (8:32)


Reflections In Blue
By Bill Wilson
"This is one of the finest pieces of classic jazz and blues that I have ever heard. It has a timeless quality about it and could just as easily have been released in the 20s or 30s except for the recording quality which is exceptional" (more)
 Jeff Healey, known for his work as a musician and an actor, was one of those performers with the golden touch.  Taken from us with cancer, at the age of 41, he had a passion for guitar, old-time jazz, trumpet and clarinet.  He appeared in the movie, "Road House" with Patrick Swayze, made a total of 10 albums and opened a club under his own name on 2002.  Stony Plain Records has released a compilation of his work on their label titled The Best of the Stony Plain Years, which featured some of his greatest work on the label.  A humble and fun-loving man, his desire was to raise his family and play the music he loved, something he did with incredible attention to detail and passion.  Healey was a serious record collector and musical historian who had amassed 30,000 78s from the 20s and 30s.  The Best of the Stony Plain Years...Vintage Jazz, Swing and Blues features 11 cuts from his four albums on the label as well as "Sweet Georgia Brown", previously released on a promotional- only CD sampler that features Chris Barber on trombone.  This is one of the finest pieces of classic jazz and blues that I have ever heard.  It has a timeless quality about it and could just as easily have been released in the 20s or 30s except for the recording quality which is exceptional.  From the opening notes of  "Three Little Words" to the end of "Sweet Georgia Brown" there is not one tune on the entire disc that is not superb.  Fans of jazz and blues alike will find themselves itching to hit the dance floor.  This is another one of those releases I would purchase several copies of to give as gifts.  Not normally at a loss for words, this album is one of those things that is so good that I find it hard to find words to do it justice.  Do yourself a favor and don't let this one slip through your fingers.  Jeff Healey was a man with many talents.  The Best of the Stony Plain Years is a good place to start if you are not familiar with his work but, as good as it is, it just barely scratches the surface.  That said, it is perhaps the best of his work that I have heard.  Needless to say, it comes highly recommended.  -- Bill Wilson (less)


Ian Tyson
Carnero Vaquero

Carnero Vaquero
SPCD 1384
Genre: Country
Released: 26 May 2015

It’s another world, the West. It’s not the city, it’s not the Internet, it’s not your office, your house, or your new clothes.

It’s hard weather, horses, cattle, space and sky.

There’s time in the West — time for stories, legends, myths and songs.

And it’s Ian Tyson’s world.

And now, with Carnero Vaquero, Tyson’s 13th album in the Stony Plain catalogue, the legendary singer and songwriter brings his world to yours. Ten memorable songs with tunes you can remember, stories that resonate, and a resolute, strong voice.

  • The album title: "Carnero" is the Spanish word for ram, and "Vaquero" is Spanish for cowboy, and, indeed, the cowboy tradition in the south-western United States.
  • Now 81, Tyson is the preeminent western singer in North America. He continues to tour across Canada and the U.S. and still manages the Tyson Ranch south of Calgary.
  • Key tracks: Colorado Horses, Darcy Farrow, The Flood, Cottonwood Canyon.
  • Recorded (mostly live off the floor) at the Stone House on the Tyson Ranch.
  • 10 songs ranging from the traditional ("Doney Girl") to co-writes with Calgary’s Kris Demeanor. Five new Tyson songs, a tuneful remake of "Darcy Farrow" (originally recorded in the early ‘60s Ian & Sylvia days). "Wolves No Longer Sing" is written with Tom Russell — the pair co-wrote "Navajo Rug," one of Tyson’s biggest hits.
  • The distinctive Tyson voice has recovered from the accident that damaged it in 2007.
  1. Doney Gal (3:35)
  2. Colorado Horses (3:18)
  3. Will James (4:11)
  4. Jughound Ronnie (3:43)
  5. Darcy Farrow (3:02)
  6. The Flood (3:04)
  7. Shawnie (5:45)
  8. Chantell (3:32)
  9. Wolves No Longer Sing (3:36)
  10. Cottonwood Canyon (3:22)


By David Bowling

"Carnero Vaquerois Spanish for ram and cowboy. It sets the tone for his stories of the Canadian west. Rotating between original compositions and covers, he presents a laid back album of authentic and soulful tunes."



At the age of 81 most people are quietly retired, sitting in an easy chair, sipping margaritas, or some other beverage. Not so with folk icon Ian Tyson who continues to play around 40 concerts a year, manages his cattle ranch south of Calgary, and is about to release his 17th album.

Tyson’s career began in 1959 as a part of the folk duo Ian & Tyson, which were an important part of the 1960’s folk revival movement. They moved to Nashville in the early 1970s and experimented with a primitive folk/rock sound. Since their break-up in 1975, Tyson has gravitated back to his native Canada and has settled into a country/folk niche with an emphasis on country and western stories and music.

The title of his new album, Carnero Vaquero, is Spanish for ram and cowboy. It sets the tone for his stories of the Canadian west. Rotating between original compositions and covers, he presents a laid back album of authentic and soulful tunes.

He includes a bright remake of the early 1960’s Ian & Sylvia song, “Darcy Farrow.” The imagery of “Wolves No Longer Sing” transports the listener to a different place and time. “Doney Gal” is an old traditional folk song that he updates to his western style.

He adds a number of new compositions to the mix. “Will James,” “Cottonwood Canyon,” and “Jughound Ronnie” all represents the thoughts and feelings of a man approaching the winter of his life.

Tyson’s voice has a world weary feel, which suits his music well. It has miraculously recovered from when it was severely damaged in an accident in 2007. The album was recorded in an old stone building on his ranch and has a simple quality that is timeless.

Ian Tyson keeps rolling along producing a brand of music that has resonated for a half century. Carnero Vaquero is the latest chapter in his stellar career.



Guitar Heroes: James Burton, Albert Lee, Amos Garrett, David Wilcox
Guitar Heroes

Guitar Heroes
SPCD 1381
Genre: Blues
Released: 5 May 2015

Also available on 180g vinyl, with digital download card. Get the LP at:

Four Telecaster Masters — James Burton, Albert Lee, Amos Garrett and David Wilcox — shake up the rock and roll universe on this historic release, a recording from July 12, 2013 when these Guitar Heroes performed together at the Vancouver Island MusicFest.

Rooted in blues and rockabilly influences, these four legends have shaped, and changed the sound of popular music since the mid-1950s.

The musicianship, good taste, camaraderie, respect and experience on stage that night made guitar history.

  1. That's All Right (Mama) (5:18)
  2. Susie Q (5:26)
  3. Sleep Walk (4:13)
  4. Leave My Woman Alone (7:39)
  5. You're The One (7:57)
  6. Comin' Home Baby (4:32)
  7. Flip, Flop & Fly (4:32)
  8. Only The Young (6:15)
  9. Polk Salad Annie (5:44)
  10. Bad Apple (6:29)
  11. Country Boy (5:54)


Living Blues
By Robert H. Cataliotti
"Their playing is technically dazzling, but tasteful restraint, flawless execution and dynamic interplay rule the day." (more)

The title Guitar Heroes seems to imply this II-song set would boast superstars dueling with epic solos and flashy, six-stringed pyrotechnics, but the four heroes who display their talents here have built their reputations as musicians' musicians, known for their exquisite work as distinctive sidemen.  James Burton (Dale Hawkins, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley), Albert Lee (Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, Everly Brothers), Amos Garrett (Paul Butterfield, Marie Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt) and David Wilcox (Great Speckled Bird, Ian Tyson, Marie Muldaur) possess prodigious chops, but they are not about flash and drama.  Their playing is technically dazzling, but tasteful restraint, flawless execution and dynamic interplay rule the day.

The "day" is very much the operative word here because this is a recording of a one-off performance at the July 2013 Vancouver Island Music Festival that brought the four guitarists together, backed by Lee's regular touring band with just one rehearsal the previous afternoon.  These guys are such seasoned veterans that they clearly have nothing to prove, and egos were checked at the door.  It is easy to tell that once they started playing they let their fingers do the talking, and each musician is totally engaged in having his say and digging how his fellow pickers respond.

The set is made up of classic tunes drawn largely from 1950s rock 'n' roll. R&B and rockabilly, including: The Arthur Crudup, Presley-covered That's All Right (Mama); Big Joe Turner's Flip, Flop and Fly; Ray Charles' Leave My Woman Alone; Hawkins' Susie Q and Jimmy Rogers' You're the One. With the extensive track records that these guitarists boast, working grooves like these come as second nature, and the liner notes' delineation of the sequence of soloists enables the listener to recognize each player's distinctive tone and style and follow this contribution to the interplay.  The fluid four-way dialogue on the Charles number is particularly captivating.  Garrett gets the lone solo performance, and he delivers a sting-bending, searing take on Santo and Johnny's classic 1959 instrumental Sleep Walk. The heroes also apply their talents to three tunes from the 1960s: a mellow saunter through Rick Nelson's Only the Young; the Southern fried, funky blues of Tony Joe White's Polk Salad Annie and a smoldering Latin jam on Comin' Home Baby from Herbie Mann's classic LP At the Village Gate. Two originals round out the set, a Wilcox blues Bad Apple and Lee's iconic Country Boy. The vocals that are handled by Lee, Wilcox and keyboardist Jon Greathouse (who also contributes strong, inventive solos on piano and organ) are solid and workmanlike -these guys are usually backing up singers- but they are not really the point. The focus on Guitar Heroes is on guitar picking at its finest. - Robert H. Cataliotti



Eric Bibb
Blues People

Blues People
SPCD 1379
Genre: Blues
Released: 4 November 2014

The concept of 'Blues People' came to Eric Bibb when he was at the Blues Foundation Awards in Memphis. It inspired him to create a collection of songs about change and hope in collaboration with friends like Taj Mahal, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Ruthie Foster, Michael Jerome Browne, Harrison Kennedy and many others.

  1. Silver Spoon (4:21)
  2. Driftin' Door To Door (3:25)
  3. God's Mojo (4:14)
  4. Turner Station (3:54)
  5. Pink Dream Cadillac (2:38)
  6. Chocolate Man (4:01) feat. Guy Davis
  7. Rosewood (5:01)
  8. I Heard The Angels Singin' (3:45) feat. J.J. Milteau, The Blind Boys Of Alabama
  9. Dream Catchers (4:17) feat. Harrison Kennedy, Ruthie Foster
  10. Chain Reaction (3:23) feat. Glen Scott
  11. Needed Time (6:29) feat. Taj Mahal, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Ruthie Foster
  12. Out Walkin' (2:19)
  13. Remember The Ones (3:35) feat. Linda Tillery
  14. Home (4:33) feat. Andre De Lange
  15. Where Do We Go (4:01) feat. Leyla McCalla
  16. Turner Station (Acoustic Version) (3:20) DIGITAL ONLY


Gonzo Online
By John The Rock Doctor Kereiff
An award winning roots artist, Eric Bibb has just released one of the bluest albums of the year, and perhaps of his career. A collection of originals, collaborations and covers, Blues People is about as soulful as music can get. - See more at: http://gonzoonline.ca/music/music-news/809-the-record-box-for-sunday-november-16th-2014.html#sthash.qwjjcoBn.dpuf
An award winning roots artist, Eric Bibb has just released one of the bluest albums of the year, and perhaps of his career. A collection of originals, collaborations and covers, Blues People is about as soulful as music can get." (more)

An award winning roots artist, Eric Bibb has just released one of the bluest albums of the year, and perhaps of his career. A collection of originals, collaborations and covers, Blues People is about as soulful as music can get.

"In the introduction to his classic book Blues People, Amiri Baraka (who published it as LeRoi Jones) wrote 'The path the slave took to citizenship is what I want to look at" writes Bibb in the liner notes. "That same path, along with its continuation, provided much inspiration for this album called Blues People. This record is also a tribute to the tribe of blues troubadours that I'm grateful to be a member of and it features the talents of several friends and heroes of mine." So yeah- this is pretty deep stuff.

The heroes and friends Eric speaks of includeTaj Mahal, Guy Davis, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Ruthie Foster. An acoustic record, Blues People is as deep and rich as the history that informs it. "My intention with these songs was to focus on some of the history of African Americans, the original blues people, as a reminder of what we've been through and where the music is coming from" he says. That's the darkness you feel in these songs, the spirit that draws you deeper into the album itself. As an old white guy I may never fully understand these experiences he sings about over these 15 cuts, but I can sure feel it.

Blues People is the kind of album you can put on and get on with your day, but if you're anything like me you'll find that sooner rather than later, whatever you've been focusing on will dribble to a stop as you turn your full attention of this album and willingly let it draw you in. I simply can't imagine an album in any genre more perfect than this.

essentials: God's Mojo, Silver Spoon (featuring Popa Chubby), Needed Time (featuring Taj Mahal, The Blind Boys of Alabama & Ruthie Foster)



Billy Boy Arnold
The Blues Soul Of Billy Boy Arnold

The Blues Soul Of Billy Boy Arnold
SPCD 1378
Genre: Blues
Released: 21 October 2014

Billy Boy Arnold is one of the last of the legendary Chicago Blues harmonica players. In addition to his solo releases, he recorded with Bo Diddley in the Fifties and has been covered by David Bowie, The Yardbirds and The Blasters. Produced by Duke Robillard and backed by stellar musicians, plus the Roomful Of Blues horns, this release showcases a brilliant artist still in his prime.

Billy Boy was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013.

  1. Coal Man (2:53)
  2. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water (3:59)
  3. You Give Me Nothing To Go On (3:36)
  4. 99 Lbs. (3:05)
  5. A Mother's Prayer (3:09)
  6. St. James Infirmary (4:33)
  7. Don't Set Me Free (3:01)
  8. What's on the Menu Mama (6:13)
  9. Worried Dream (7:35)
  10. Nadine (Is It You?) (3:24)
  11. Work Song (4:27)
  12. Dance For Me Baby (3:48)
  13. Ain't That Just Like a Woman (4:15)
  14. Keep On Rubbing (6:05)


By John "The Rock Doctor" Kereiff
"This is a salt of the earth collection of tunes guaranteed to show you a good time." (more)

Talk about classic blues!  The latest record for this legendary Chicago born harp player is a collection of originals, early R&B songs, blues/ jazz standards plus some 60's & 70's rare soul gems.  The Chicago skyline on the front cover with a seemingly giant Marine Band harp floating overhead says it all.

There's so much going on here it's hard to know where to begin. Billy Boy's voice, sounding lived in as it should at the age of 79, is like a smoother version of Sonny Boy Williamson. Billy’s harmonica playing, while expressive, isn't crazy-wild, but it suits the tunes perfectly.  The backing band, which includes the Roomful Of Blues horn section and producer Duke Robillard on guitar, grooves with enthusiastic precision, giving Arnold the perfect platform to express himself from.

"The chance to work with Billy Boy on this project was something I jumped on without a moment's thought" say Robillard.  "Billy wanted to record an album full of songs that he had always loved, in a few different genres", all of which have his unmistakable stamp.  This album rock, swings and grooves, sounding much like the past that is reflected by the songs themselves.  As a producer Robillard is an expert without peer at capturing that vibe, and Billy Boy Arnold is one of the few blues maestros still alive capable of expressing that musical history that he witnessed first hand and was an essential part of.

If you want the story of Billy Boy Arnold's life and career, you only need go as far as Robillard's essay on the inside of the front cover.  It makes for a good read as you start getting into the album, leading to a deeper, more satisfying listening experience- and for music geeks like me, that's what it's all about.   This is a salt of the earth collection of tunes guaranteed to show you a good time.

ESSENTIAL:  Ain't That Just Like A Woman, Coal Man, Dance For Me Baby



Rory Block
Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James

Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James
SPCD 1373
Genre: Blues
Released: 21 October 2014

"Blues is not meant to be for one human being alone, but for the soul of humankind." - Rory Block.

On her fifth release in the acclaimed 'Mentor Series' on Stony Plain, Rory pays tribute to Skip James, one of the most important country blues artists in history. Rory actively tours internationally and each new release is a high profile occasion in the blues community.

  1. Nehemiah James (5:31)
  2. Special Rider Blues (5:00)
  3. Cypress Grove Blues (4:29)
  4. If You Haven't Any Hay, Get On Down The Road (4:21)
  5. Little Cow And Calf Is Gonna Die Blues (5:18)
  6. Devil Got My Woman (4:45)
  7. Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader (4:06)
  8. Hard Time Killing Floor Blues (4:15)
  9. I'm So Glad (3:20)
  10. Hard Luck Child (4:30)


Don & Sheryl's Blues Blog
By Sheryl and Don Crow

"Rory Block continues to solidify her place in the blues pantheon as she brings a brilliant tribute to Skip James, “Hard Luck Child.”"


Rory Block is not only one of the most talented blueswomen on the planet, but she shares a connection no one else can lay claim to.  As a young girl eager to absorb everything she could about blues guitar, she had the good fortune to mentor with some of the Delta masters.  Her latest installment of this series is dedicated to Skip James, and is entitled “Hard Luck Child.”


Over the course of these ten songs, Rory gives us a glimpse thru her own stylings of the incredible talents of James.  She leads off with an original composition, “Nehemiah James,” which serves as a mythical biography of sorts, showing how, back in James’ day, the lines between life and death and blues and gospel were blurred, to say the least.  Rory sings that a young “Nehemiah Curtis James” was called upon by the Holy Spirit to “preach the blues.”


Rory’s take on “Cypress Grove Blues” shows the melancholy side of James’ personality, which appeared in varying degrees on many of his songs.  Lyrics such as “I’d rather be six feet in my grave” and “you gotta reap what you sow” show his predilection for the stark differences between life and death.  Then, with a cut such as “Little Cow And Calf Is Gonna Die Blues,” he deals with the same subject, yet this one follows a livelier, jazzy progression, further attesting James’ talents.


James always kept an ear to his gospel roots, and Rory shows this side of him thru “Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader” and “I’m So Glad,” layering her guitar and vocal parts to give these a full band sound.

Our favorite was easy.  Skip James was as expressive on piano as he was on guitar.  Rory’s expertise allowed her to play Skip’s piano leads on her guitar.  As such, “If You Haven’t Any Hay, Get On Down The Road” turns into a good-natured, jazzy affair punctuated by Rory’s playful yelps, scat-singing, and deft slide runs.


Rory Block continues to solidify her place in the blues pantheon as she brings a brilliant tribute to Skip James, “Hard Luck Child.”  She faithfully captures his ebullient and eclectic spirit thru the eyes and ears of a woman fortunate enough to have known and mentored with him!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society. (less)


Duke Robillard
Calling All Blues

Calling All Blues
SPCD 1374
Genre: Blues
Released: 23 September 2014

Signed Limited Edition 180g Vinyl, with digital download card, available from:

Recorded fresh off the heals of touring as the guitarist with Bob Dylan's band, Duke Robillard's new CD, "Calling All Blues," is a collection of mostly new blues material by one of the genre's best and most creative artists. Robillard is joined by the horn section from Roomful Of Blues, the band he founded in 1967, on four songs.

A signed, limited edition (of 1000), run of this release on 180 gram vinyl (with free 320kbps mp3 download) will be available in October from your favourite music stores.

  1. Down In Mexico (3:41)
  2. I'm Gonna Quit My Baby (3:08)
  3. Svengali (4:04)
  4. Blues Beyond The Call Of Duty (4:47)
  5. Emphasis On Memphis (4:00)
  6. Confusion Blues (3:03)
  7. Motor Trouble (3:37)
  8. Nasty Guitar (4:20)
  9. Temptation (5:48)
  10. She's So Fine (3:00)


Midwest Record
By Chris Spector
Chuggling, churning, wild and woolly, this set of mostly originals sounds like they were found laying in wait along the other end of highway 61 for the right interpreter.  As always, the Duke delivers royally. (more)

When the new Duke Robillard record comes to town, it’s always a good idea to stop what you’re doing and check it out.  Throwing away more ideas than most players come up with in a career, Robillard indulges his Stax/Malaco southern blues show band fantasies and they arrive as much more than a busman’s holiday.  Chuggling, churning, wild and woolly, this set of mostly originals sounds like they were found laying in wait along the other end of highway 61 for the right interpreter.  As always, the Duke delivers royally.  Well done.

Chris Spector



Tiger In Your Tank (2014 Reissue)

Tiger In Your Tank (2014 Reissue)
SPCD 1377
Genre: Blues
Released: 29 July 2014
A reissue, with bonus tracks, of MonkeyJunk's first album (2009) previously available on their own Beefy label. Tiger In Your Tank kick started the group's acclaimed international career winning a Blues Award in Memphis as 'Best Artist Debut' and the Canadian Indie Award for 'Blues Album Of The Year'. The album has been remastered and includes two tracks recorded especially for this reissue. The Ottawa based trio are Canada's most acclaimed blues/roots music band. MonkeyJunk's touring schedule regularly includes dates in Europe and major festivals across North America.
  1. I Wanna Put A Tiger In Your Tank (3:08)
  2. Small Time Evil (3:27)
  3. Give Me Time (4:10)
  4. If You Were Mine (3:45)
  5. When Push Comes To Shove (6:07)
  6. Beefy (5:05)
  7. Pay The Cost (4:26)
  8. Boogie Man (5:57)
  9. Leave The Rest To You (4:15)
  10. Blues For Anna (3:37)
  11. Gutsy (5:18)
  12. Lucky One (3:09) (Bonus Track)
  13. Pueblo (4:15) (Bonus Track)

Ronnie Earl
Good News

Good News
SPCD 1372
Genre: Blues
Released: 17 June 2014

Ronnie Earl, along with The Broadcasters his band of over 25 years, presents ''Good News,'' a mostly instrumental album of spellbinding intensity and deep soul that will satisfy his growing legion of fans who await each new release.

  1. I Met Her On That Train (4:44)
  2. Change Is Gonna Come (6:02)
  3. Time To Remember (6:10)
  4. In The Wee Hours (10:53)
  5. Good News (3:33)
  6. Six String Blessing (9:24)
  7. Marje's Melody (6:45)
  8. Blues For Henry (7:16)
  9. Puddin' Pie (4:08)
  10. Runnin' In Peace (5:59)


By Brian Cady
"With Good News, Ronnie Earl again demonstrates the musical mastery that continues to garner him both awards and accolades." (more)

For over 25 years, guitarist Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters have consistently released heartfelt guitar-driven blues, and Good News ably continues that tradition. Released on the heels of his third Best Guitarist Award win at The Blues Music Awards,  Good News features a now-11 year old iteration of The Broadcasters that includes Dave Limina on keys, drummer Lorne Entress and bassist Jim Mouradian.

Good News is a nod to Sam Cooke’s Ain’t That Good News release of 50 years ago; fittingly, Earl’s album includes a soulful cover of “Change Is Gonna Come” which features vocalist Diane Blue. The counterpoint of Earl’s emotive soloing and Dave Limina’s inspired B3 behind the vocals make this one of the more memorable interpretations of this classic.

Showing Earl’s great diversity, “I Met Her On That Train” is a rockabilly swing in the vein of “Mystery Train” – definitely a departure from Earl’s normally blues-based stylings.  Also included is a beautiful version of “Time To Remember” –originally released on his 1993 album Still River. This version features a slower, more relaxed groove that allows the sparse yet fluid guitar lines to interplay beautifully with the keyboards. The Limina-penned title track has a Gospel groove that really lets Earl stretch out musically. The most powerful track on the album is “Running In Peace” – a heartfelt, slow blues tribute to the Boston Marathon bombing victims.

With Good News, Ronnie Earl again demonstrates the musical mastery that continues to garner him both awards and accolades.

-Brian Cady



Long John Baldry
Long John Baldry - The Best Of The Stony Plain Years

Long John Baldry - The Best Of The Stony Plain Years
SPCD 1376
Genre: Blues
Released: 17 May 2014
British Blues pioneer Long John Baldry (1941 - 2005) recorded for Stony Plain from 1991 up until his death. It was an honour to release five of his albums and to work with him on many additional projects and tours.
  1. Good Morning Blues (3:48)
  2. I'm Shakin' (3:48)
  3. Easy Street (3:49)
  4. Midnight Special (3:22)
  5. Gallows Pole (2:44)
  6. Midnight Hour Blues (3:58)
  7. Dimples (3:58)
  8. Insane Asylum (5:24)
  9. Midnight In New Orleans (3:23)
  10. Black Girl (3:01)
  11. Time's Gettin' Tougher Than Tough (6:53)

Joe Louis Walker
Joe Louis Walker - The Best Of The Stony Plain Years

Joe Louis Walker - The Best Of The Stony Plain Years
SPCD 1375
Genre: Blues
Released: 17 May 2014
Stony Plain was honoured to release three highly acclaimed Joe Louis Walker albums, including Between A Rock And The Blues which won the Blues Foundation’s "Blues Album Of The Year" Award in 2010.
  1. Eyes Like A Cat (3:48)
  2. Highview (6:50)
  3. Hustlin' (5:14)
  4. Black Widow Spider (4:54)
  5. I'm Tide (3:53)
  6. Sugar Mama (6:25)
  7. Slow Down GTO (6:10)
  8. Ain't That Cold (5:50)
  9. You're Gonna Make Me Cry (8:07)
  10. Send You Back (4:17)
  11. Witness (6:10)

Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne
Rollin' With The Blues Boss

SPCD 1371
Genre: Blues
Released: 22 April 2014

With special guests Eric Bibb and Diuna Greenleaf, Kenny hammers out rockin' boogie woogie, deeply felt blues, and puts a fresh coat of paint on good old-fashioned roots rock and roll. A multiple award winner, he is a monster pianist, and soulful singer, who captures the essence of old school blues and boogie while sounding totally fresh and contempory.

  1. Leavin' In The Morning (3:23)
  2. You Bring The Jungle Out Of Me (3:48)
  3. Hootenanny Boogie-Woogie (4:00)
  4. Roadrunner (3:18)
  5. Baby, It Ain't You (feat. Diunna Greenleaf) (4:27)
  6. I Can't Believe It (3:25)
  7. Two Sides (feat. Eric Bibb) (3:05)
  8. Slow Down (3:45)
  9. Ogopogo Boogie (3:00)
  10. Keep On Rockin' (2:59)
  11. Out Like A Bullet (2:35)


Living Blues
By David Whiteis
"a roots-rich celebration infused with a powerful spirit of adventurism" (more)

Along with upstate New York's Don "Papadon" Washington, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne is one of the few younger-generation keboardists dedicated to keeping the art of unadorned acoustic blues piano alive, relevant, and contemporary.  Like Washington, though, he's also proficient on Hammond organ and other amplified instruments, and when he's not pounding out updated versions of vintage era boogie and barrelhouse themes, he's perfectly capable of insinuating himself into a tightly wound ensemble and firing off juke-rocking, modern-sounding blues.  His voice, while not necessarily the most emotionally expressive, is more than adequate for the tasks he usually sets it to.

Occasionally, as in the faux rave-up Hootenanny Boogie-Woogie, he sounds a bit self-conscious in his efforts to claim his place in the vaunted rent party/after-hours keyboard tradition, but for the most part he delivers a satisfying blend of good-time entertainment and deep-hearted blues expression.  Roadrunner, a pop-rock tinged ode to the footloose lifestyle of the hard-traveling bluesman, appropriately balances exhilaration and driven obsessiveness; the modernist soul ballad Baby, It Ain't You, featuring Diunna Greenleaf on guest vocals, is shot full with both regret and wounded righteousness; Two Sides, a jivey, semi-novelty romp with a strong New Orleans tinge, finds Eric Bibb contributing a tubular-toned acoustic guitar solo along with some well-honed vocal harmonies alongside Wayne; Out Like a Bullet, the set's closer, is a piano workout that kicks into a torrid, window-rattling boogie-woogie cadence early on and never lets up.  It's the perfect finisher for a roots-rich celebration infused with a powerful spirit of adventurism and forward-looking imagination.



Eric Bibb
Jericho Road

Jericho Road
SPCD 1370
Genre: Blues/World
Released: 5 November 2013

Jericho Road reflects the many musical influences that have informed Eric Bibb’s writing throughout his career: World music sounds, blues, folk and soul all find their way into the songs.

Eric gives a whole new meaning to the blues of the 21st Century, proving that the genre remains as lively and relevant as ever.

  1. Drinkin' Gourd (3:04)
  2. Freedom Train (3:25)
  3. Let The Mothers Step Up (3:32)
  4. Have A Heart (4:30)
  5. The Right Thing (4:10)
  6. Death Row Blues (3:45)
  7. Can't Please Everybody (4:36)
  8. The Lord's Work (3:30)
  9. With My Maker I Am One (4:37)
  10. They Know (4:06)
  11. She Got Mine (2:31)
  12. Good Like You (4:24)
  13. One Day At A Time (12:28) (includes bonus tracks: Now & Nanibali)


Living Blues Magazine #228 Dec 2013
By Melanie Young
"Eric Bibb's Jericho Road is an ultimately uplifiting journey" (more)

Freedom is the unifying theme on Jericho Road, Eric Bibb's latest release. Whether it is from earthly troubles or found in heavenly peace, the Finland-based singer-songwriter's new collection gives elegant voice to the heart's yearning for liberation.

A subdued cover of folk song Drinkin' Gourd sets the tone for the album, with world music accents from producer Glen Scott's djembe and Ale Moller's clarino.  The lush production suffuses even the more rousing tracks, such as the hand-clapping gospel of Can't Pease Everybody, The Lord's Work and the With My Maker I Am One, with the quiet grace.  Freedom Train gently rolls along to the sound of the children's laughter, while Let the Mothers Step Up declares "it's time to let the women lead" us to a better world.  Have a Heart asks the listener to consider the plight of the immigrant; Ruthie Foster is among the guest vocalists.  The Right Thing observes that "The ghost of slavery still haunts the nation," manifesting itself in today's dire poverty; the prisoner's lament Death Row Blues could be a sad postscript of the same story.

She Got Mine and Good Like You celebrate love, the latter featuring a roll call of musicians past and present and cooing guest vocals from baby Oscar Bibb.  Immediately following album closer One Day at a Time are two hidden bonus tracks: the soft jazz of Now and the haunting Nanibali, preformed by West African griot Solo Cissokho on kora.

Full of tranquil beauty, Eric Bibb's Jericho Road is an ultimately uplifting journey, ideal listening for Sunday morning - or every morning.



All Frequencies

All Frequencies
SPCD 1366
Genre: Blues
Released: 24 September 2013

"The Sultans of Swamp" - William Shatner

For their second Stony Plain release enjoy catchier choruses, shorter instrumental breaks and a "heavier" sound.

  1. You Make A Mess (3:13)
  2. Right From Wrong (3:35)
  3. Why Are People Like That? (3:57)
  4. Je Nah Say Kwah (2:52)
  5. Sirens In The Night (3:53)
  6. Yearnin' For Yesterday (3:30)
  7. Once Had Wings (5:16)
  8. What I Got To Give (4:20)
  9. Say What? (4:01)
  10. Swank (7:13)


By Mark Uricheck

"Canadian garage/soul trio Monkeyjunk has a sound that falls somewhere indiscriminately between the slop-barrage of Thickfreakness-era Black Keys and the sinuous R&B of the Ohio Players’ Honey....Set apart from the current pack of Hill Country-inspired blues trios by its knack for freewheelin’ soul, Monkeyjunk is an exciting name in an often stagnant niche scene."

Canadian garage/soul trio Monkeyjunk has a sound that falls somewhere indiscriminately between the slop-barrage of Thickfreakness-era Black Keys and the sinuous R&B of the Ohio Players’ Honey. On All Frequencies, the band delivers an analog blast of blues-based groove that’s slightly heavier than that of your garden variety, bass-free Americana power trio. Here, Monkeyjunk takes the muscle of Detroit, the soul of Memphis and the howling hunger of Clarksdale, MS, on a fast train through down-home heartland expression. Tracks like "You Make a Mess" are highlighted by vocalist Steve Marriner’s blazing, Charles Walker-esque deliveries and a ragged sense of funk. "Why Are People Like That?" is a hypnotic, midtempo harmonica attack with a touch of detuned guitar sludge, while "Sirens in the Night" is a call-and-response R.L. Burnside stomp. "Once Had Wings" is where the laid-back British blues of Bad Company meets the anguished chants of Bukka White. The band’s songwriting acumen is sharp, as witnessed on "Say What?," a hip, 1960s mod-edged dancer with snappy backing vocals. Equally as refreshing is "Je Nah Say Kwah," where the Muscle Shoals sound is interpreted with sweetened Funkadelic-like shades—the spirit moves through this one. Set apart from the current pack of Hill Country-inspired blues trios by its knack for freewheelin’ soul, Monkeyjunk is an exciting name in an often stagnant niche scene. (less)


Tim Hus
Western Star

Western Star
SPCD 1365
Genre: Roots
Released: 10 September 2013

Western Star drives Tim Hus' career forward with the momentum of a fully loaded tractor trailer. With the passing of his friend and mentor Stompin' Tom Connors, Tim proudly carries on the tradition of writing songs about working Canadians and Canada's rich history. With his Canadiana travelin' band, Tim Hus brings his music to small town community halls, major international festivals, and every truck stop in between.

  1. Western Star (3:15)
  2. Master Caster (3:41)
  3. Pheasant Huntin' Day (3:42)
  4. Church of Country Music (3:52)
  5. Halifax Blues (3:36)
  6. Forgotten Sailor (4:32)
  7. Inside Passage (3:51)
  8. Hardcore Apple Picker (2:45)
  9. Marietta Miner (2:45)
  10. Madawaska River (3:18)
  11. Short Go Shuffle (3:20)
  12. Wild Rose Waltz (5:33)


Penguin Eggs #60 Winter
By Barry Hammond

"There doesn't seem to be any limit on where Hus may wind up in the history books."


  Western Star is the sixth disc for Tim Hus and his third for Stony Plain Records.  These last ones (including Hockeytown and Bush Pilot Buckaroo) have pretty well enshrined him (along with Corb Lund and Stompin' Tom Connors) as one of the giants of Canadian country.  He seems to crank out song after song with effortless skill.  This disc has some new classics: Chruch of Country Music, where "we believe in George Jones," has got to be one of the best but there are many others on this disc, particularly incuding Halifax Blues, Hardcore Apple Picker, and Wild Rose Waltz, where his eye for Canadiana detail and a great turn of phrase combine to make an instant standard.

  Obviously other musicians are also taking note.  This disc has the best backing lineup yet.  From producer Harry Stinson on through studio whiz Kenny Vaughn, Tim Graves (nephew of Uncle Josh Graves, the original Dobro player for Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs), Fats Kaplan, Billy MacInnis, Riley Tubbs, Wanda Vick, and Chris Scruggs - it's top-flight talent all the way.  There doesn't seem to be any limit on where Hus may wind up in the history books."



Rory Block
Avalon: A Tribute To Mississippi John Hurt

Avalon: A Tribute To Mississippi John Hurt
SPCD 1369
Genre: Blues
Released: 4 June 2013
On her fourth release in the acclaimed 'Mentor Series' on Stony Plain, Rory pays tribute to Mississippi John Hurt, one of the most important country blues artists in history. Rory actively tours internationally and each new release is a high profile occasion in the blues community.

  1. Everybody Loves John (5:22)
  2. Avalon (5:14)
  3. Candy Man (3:41)
  4. Frankie & Albert (5:57)
  5. Got The Blues Can't Be Satisfied (3:58)
  6. Louis Collins (4:16)
  7. Richland Woman Blues (4:43)
  8. Spike Driver Blues (4:15)
  9. Stagolee (4:00)
  10. Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor (4:42)
  11. Pay Day (4:39)


Guitar Girl Magazine
By Drew Amendola
"Block has a remarkable talent for re-imagining blues classics" (more)

New Jersey native Rory Block is often hailed as one of the highly regarded blues musicians of her generation. At the age of 15, Block set off on a cross-country hitchhiking road trip to the West Coast (via the South). Along the way she learned more than a few lessons in playing the blues. Her travels took her to meet many of blues' founding fathers. As a performer, she played as many as 250 shows a year during the late 1970s and early 1980s, recording 22 albums and receiving four W.C. Handy Awards. 

Block has a remarkable talent for re-imagining blues classics and has released four tribute albums, dedicated to influential blues mentors in her musical development. Her latest, Avalon: A Tribute to Mississippi John Hurt, features ten celebrated Hurt songs as well as a Block original (Everybody Loves John). Produced by Block and Rob Davis, the album features rich, delectable acoustic guitar tones, with skillful fingerpicking and slinky slide work (courtesy of a 14mm deep well socket), and Block’s instantly recognizable, muscular vocals. 

For the uninitiated, Block’s voice is at once ethereal and guttural, a dichotomous delight that never grows tiring. At its times of seeming fragility, her voice coyly belies a barely-contained ferocitya simmering intensity Block lets boil over in just the right amounts at just the right times.

Block chose to record her newest album without excess polish or studio finagling: “One of the things I have endeavored to capture in this tribute series is a return to a more earthy, natural approach,” Block explains. “We don’t love the old recordings because they are crackle-free, or fancy, or have clever formats.... This is part of what I love. So instead of sweeping the tracks clean of all noise, sanitizing, bleaching, disinfecting and straining the music, Rob and I feel compelled to let it be real.”

And real it is; the sound is close and personal, as if she’s singing directly to us, while her guitar is wonderfully huge (I commend her choice to fearlessly mix the guitars so prominently). Hurt's lyrics are familiar friends to Block, as if penned by her own hand. And she successfully channels him while seducing the listener with titillating narratives of love, betrayal, revenge, and murder.



Amos Garrett
Jazzblues (Amos Garrett Jazz Trio)

Jazzblues (Amos Garrett Jazz Trio)
SPCD 1368
Genre: Blues/Jazz
Released: 4 June 2013
In addition to recording blues and roots music solo albums for Stony Plain, Amos has been leading his Jazz Trio for several years. The band's motto is "bringing blues back to jazz." The Trio's debut album reminds us all that blues was once a major part of the jazz world.
  1. Freddie Freeloader (3:52)
  2. Misterioso (6:25)
  3. Blue Monk (3:51)
  4. Cocktails for Two (6:25)
  5. Little Sunflower (10:19)
  6. Bob Erlendson Medley: Forty One/Ronnie's Gone (7:37)
  7. All Blues (7:15)
  8. Skylark (4:07) feat. Roberta Donnay


Penguin Eggs
By Eric Thom

"Exquisite interplay for those who love emotional expression and delectable tone."

Amos Garrett Jazz Trio
Jazz Blues (Stony Plain)
Subtlety. Nuance. Refinement. Descriptors like these might seem a million miles away from Amos Garrett’s humble beginnings as a member of the Dirty Shames, following a course as member of a folk jug band prior to accepting an invitation to join the Tysons’ Great Speckled Bird. All of this predates a substantial career, making his distinctive mark on some of the best music of an entire generation. Still, this album comes as an even more welcome surprise, even though it shouldn’t. 
Amos Garrett has long been a textbook case of smart playing, making the most of space around his notes, and for his ability to consistently find the sweet spot. Yet Jazz Blues goes beyond this to become a celebration of his instrument as it embraces an entire category of influences and some of Garrett’s most treasured music. Joining him in these live, cross-Canada recordings are fingerstyle guitarist Keith Smith and Greg Carroll and/or John Hyde on bass. 
The trio format breathes life into jazz compositions by Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Thelonious Monk and, despite the fact that are predominantly horn pieces, the sheer artistry of the Garrett/Smith combination transforms each excursion into music that is as beautiful as it is uplifting and hypnotic. With a mission of bringing the blues back into jazz, the intuition between both guitar players is substantial and the results attain a gentle, dreamlike quality. 
Garrett calls it, upon completing the disc highlight—Freddie Hubbard’s 10-plus minute Little Sunflower, noting, “That’s the shit right there”—and he’s dead right. Sam Coslow’s Cocktails For Two may suffer a Garrett vocal treatment (never his strongest suit) yet the man updates it with the hint of humour the ’34 hit deserves. Exquisite interplay for those who love emotional expression and delectable tone.
– By Eric Thom



Ian Tyson
All The Good 'Uns Vol. 2 (Greatest Hits)

All The Good
SPCD 1367
Genre: Country
Released: 21 May 2013
Vol. 2 is Ian's second "Best Of" collection and includes 19 songs from 1999 to 2012.
  1. Land Of Shining Mountains (3:10)
  2. Brahmas And Mustangs (3:35)
  3. This Is My Sky (3:31)
  4. Smuggler's Cove (3:50)
  5. Lost Herd (4:17)
  6. Elko Blues - The Roan Mare (3:45)
  7. La Primera (5:21)
  8. Jerry Ambler (4:00)
  9. Bob Fudge (5:01)
  10. Little High Plains Town (4:05)
  11. Blaino's Song (4:18)
  12. Yellowhead To Yellowstone (6:01)
  13. Fiddler Must Be Paid (3:45)
  14. Ross Knox (2:45)
  15. Song In A Dream (3:05)
  16. Charles Goodnight's Grave (3:30)
  17. Road To Las Cruces (4:12)
  18. Love Without End (3:47)
  19. Somewhere Over The Rainbow (3:39)


Elmore Magazine
By Robert Myers

"This is unforgettable songwriting."


Ian Tyson

All the Good 'Uns Vol. 2 (Stony Plain)

Some of the finer things, like good wine, whiskey and cigars, get better with age. Ian Tyson is living proof that the same can be true of singer/songwriters. All the Good 'Uns Vol. 2, volume two of his greatest hits collection, makes clear that Ol' Eon is an international treasure. Tyson, who has been doing this for more than 50 years, has become the finest interpreter and creator of traditional American cowboy music.

Tyson is blessed with the best voice to emerge from the '60s folk boom. Warm and smooth, everything he sings sounds authentic. Seven years ago, tragedy nearly struck when his voice was very badly damaged. The golden throat became rough and sinewy. Six tracks here reflect the "new" voice, which remains compelling and convincing; take note of "Fiddler Must Be Paid," an achingly beautiful song about lost love that is as timeless as its theme. "La Primera," in particular is another standout. Who but Ol' Eon could write a song told from the point of view of the mustangs brought over by the Spanish explorers? This is unforgettable songwriting.

Buy this album (and the companion first volume, released years ago), sit back with a glass of aged whiskey and a fine Cohiba cigar, then listen and be thankful that Tyson has crafted such a priceless legacy.

-Robert Myers





Duke Robillard
Independently Blue

Independently Blue
SPCD 1364
Genre: Blues
Released: 9 April 2013
For over four decades, Duke Robillard has been one of the most respected blues and roots music guitarists working today. This release shows endless creativity in bringing new ideas to blues forms. Fellow New England guitar hero Monster Mike Welch is an important contributor providing Duke with a daredevil foil on all tracks.
  1. I Wouldn't-a Done That (4:04)
  2. Below Zero (3:53)
  3. Stapled To The Chicken's Back (4:08)
  4. Patrol Wagon Blues (5:24)
  5. Laurene (2:52)
  6. Moongate (5:56)
  7. I'm Still Laughing (3:25)
  8. Strollin With Lowell And BB (3:46)
  9. You Won't Ever (3:19)
  10. This Man, This Monster (5:05)
  11. Groovin' Slow (5:54)
  12. If This Is Love (4:48)


By Reverend Keith A. Gordon

Grade A+  "More entertaining than just about any blues album you'll hear this year."


Duke Robillard Band – Independently Blue

Guitarist Duke Robillard is the "Old Faithful" of the blues these days, a jack of all trades and an undeniable master of them all. He releases a new album nearly every year like clockwork, recorded, presumably, when he's not off touring or in the studio producing another artist's new CD. Really, Duke is a serious workaholic, or maybe he's just hopelessly bitten by the muse of the blues, but either way a new Robillard album is a thing of pure joy, and Independently Blue is no exception.

The follow-up to Low Down and Tore Up, the guitarist's 2011 covers album, Independently Blue offers up mostly new material, penned either by Robillard or his former Roomful of Blues bandmate Al Basile, with a pair of songs written by guest guitarist "Monster" Mike Welch. The resulting slate of songs is a blues lover's smorgasbord of styles and sounds, beginning with the album's opening "I Wouldn't-a Done That." With Robillard's gruff vocals and subtle fretwork, Bruce Bear's tinkling piano, and a shuffling beat, the song is a delightful throwback to the Chicago blues of the 1950s.

The rest of Independently Blue romps across a varied blues landscape, from Welch's rocking instrumental "Stapled To The Chicken's Back," which pits the two talented fretburners against each other above a reckless groove, to the 1920s-era New Orleans blues-jazz vamp "Patrol Wagon Blues," which features Bears' piano and Doug Woolverton's period-perfect trumpet sounding Red Allen's spry original. The swinging "Laurene" gives off an energetic rockabilly vibe while Robillard's original instrumental "Strollin With Lowell and B.B." does an impressive job of capturing the spirit of both R&B legend Lowell Fulsom and the great guitarist B.B. King.

In the hands of a less talented musician, bandleader, and arranger, the wide swath of material displayed on Independently Blue would come out of the oven a tasteless mess of notes. Robillard is a traditionalist, however, a skilled instrumental stylist with a deep knowledge of, and respect for the history of the blues. As such, the performances throughout Independently Blue are inspired, wired, and more entertaining than just about any blues album you'll hear this year. Grade: A+ (Stony Plain Records, released April 9, 2013)



Ronnie Earl
Just For Today

Just For Today
SPCD 1363
Genre: Blues
Released: 9 April 2013
An almost all-instrumental blues guitar release by one of the most acclaimed guitarists of our time. With The Broadcasters, his band of over 25 years, Ronnie's latest 'live' release shows him to be one of the most soulful blues/soul/jazz guitarists working today. He plays with spellbinding intensity and deep soul and has a legion of fans that await each new release. Ronnie is a two-time Blues Award winner as Guitarist Of The Year.
  1. The Big Train (5:26)
  2. Blues For Celie (9:32)
  3. Miracle (4:37)
  4. Heart Of Glass (6:58)
  5. Rush Hour (3:08)
  6. Vernice’s Boogie (3:32)
  7. Blues For Hubert Sumlin (8:31)
  8. Equinox (8:12)
  9. Ain’t Nobody’s Business (9:09)
  10. Robert Nighthawk Stomp (3:52)
  11. Jukein’ (4:45)
  12. I’d Rather Go Blind (6:08)
  13. Pastorale (6:06)


The Blues PowR Blog
By Mike Rick
"May just be the best instrumental blues album we've heard" (more)

Guitar Week continues: Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters' Just for Today more like one for the ages

We've had several instrumental blues albums cross our desk in recent weeks, including the latest releases from both guitarists Tinsley Ellis (Get Up!, Heartfixer Music) and Ronnie Earl (Just for Today, Stony Plain Records). As much as we enjoyed listening to the former, we have to say that Earl's recording may just be the best instrumental blues album we've heard. And not as in just this year. Possibly ever.

Starting on the swinging shuffle of "The Big Train" that's guaranteed to make you want to jump aboard, the band - the same one with which Earl has played for the past 13 of the Broadcasters' 25-year history - move to a slow, patient (as in nine-and-a-half-minutes) "Blues for Celie" that couldn't be more beautiful, with some of the most soulful and inspired guitar playing we've heard beginning right around the 6:45 mark, also accompanied by some fine organ from Dave Limina. Jim Mouradian (bass) and Lorne Entress (drums) round out the quartet.

Recorded live at three different venues in Earl's home state of Massachusetts, the album - released this week - captures sounds from the guitarist that stretch from B.B. King and Buddy Guy to Stevie Ray Vaughan (as on the slow blues of "Heart of Glass"), Nick Moss, and Jeff Beck (check out "Miracle"), not to mention the superb tributes to a few who came before him in the lively "Robert Nighthawk Stomp," the Chicago blues stylings of an Otis Rush-inspired "Rush Hour," and an eight-and-a-half minute "Blues for Hubert Sumlin" that's pure joy, as blistering at times as it can be subdued, but always deep, and full of notes that hang longer than even the most die-hard Pittsburgh Pirates fan.

Throw in a terrific piano boogie in "Vernice's Boogie," soulful and unique covers of standards such as "Ain't Nobody's Business," John Coltrane's "Equinox," and Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind" - the album's sole vocal track, featuring Diane Blue's heartfelt singing - and other originals that include a gritty but vibrant "Jukein'" and the peaceful closer "Pastorale" that, between its shades of "Little Wing" and Earl wishing the audience a happy spring at its end, could easily serve as the official song of the blossoming of the coming season - and you've got an album that, for having so few words, shows a truly remarkable amount of character.

Despite its title, Just for Today is destined to become a classic, capturing Earl and his Broadcasters sounding better than they - and many others - ever have.


Amos Garrett
The Christmas Song - Single [Digital Only]

The Christmas Song - Single [Digital Only]
SPDD 0007
Genre: Jazz
Released: 18 December 2012

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  1. The Christmas Song (5:21) Amos Garrett Jazz Trio
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Eric Bibb & Habib Koité
Brothers In Bamako

Brothers In Bamako
SPCD 1362
Genre: World/Blues
Released: 6 November 2012

On the pathways between Memphis & Mali’s capital, Bamako, is the musical crossroad of Habib Koité and Eric Bibb. Uniting two soulful histories into a never-before heard guitar sound that is passionate and ebullient.

Growing up in Mali, West Africa, Koité is heir to an ancestral knowledge set to song that places him among the most influential voices of contemporary Africa.

Bibb’s lineage in the traditional blues sound has produced an earthy mix of folk and gospel dating back to the work songs of the deep south.

Forging a bridge across the Atlantic, Bibb and Koité are two talents too exhilarating to ignore with this collaboration.

  1. On My Way To Bamako (3:15)
  2. L.A. (5:38)
  3. Touma Ni Kelen/Needed Time (4:41)
  4. Tombouctou (4:03)
  5. We Don't Care (4:01)
  6. Send Us Brighter Days (3:58)
  7. Nani Le (2:32)
  8. Khafolé (4:19)
  9. With My Maker I Am One (4:26)
  10. Foro Bana (5:25)
  11. Mami Wata (1:36)
  12. Blowin' In The Wind (4:46)
  13. Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad (4:01)


Living Blues
By Stephen A. King
Brothers In Bamako is worthy of a Grammy nomination. (more)







Brothers in Bamako

Stony Plain Records - SPCD 1362

On his highly successful Deeper in the Well (2012), songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eric Bibb found musical inspiration down south in the bayous and Cajun country of Louisiana. On his latest release, Brothers in Bamako, Bibb turned east to Africa and combined forces with noted Malian musician Habib Koité. According to the disc’s liner notes, Bibb and Koité met a decade ago during the recording of Mali to Memphis. The two developed a friendship and Bibb recently decided to travel to Bamako, the capital of Mali, to record 13 songs with his new musical partner. The results are impressive. Brothers in Bamako is worthy of a Grammy nomination.

Brothers in Bamako is a real partnership. Bibb and Koité contribute individual songs and collaborate on four songs including Touma Ni Kelen/Needed Time and Tombouctou. Koité and Bibb stretch out on a variety of stringed instruments, including acoustic and electric guitars, banjos, and an assortment of ukuleles. They are accompanied by Mamadou Kone on percussion with cameo appearances by Kafoune (backing vocals) and Olli Haavisto (pedal steel guitar). This partnership has created music that truly transcends any individual influence, whether it be blues, folk, gospel, or West African/Malian.

Brothers in Bamako begins with a travel tale, the lilting On My Way to Bamako. Calling Koité a “good friend” and a “great musician,” Bibb sings of his impending visit: “It’s my first trip to West Africa / But I’m pretty sure / In some kinda way / It’s gonna feel like comin’ home.” The song really feels like the two are at home, and it previews the disc’s beautiful musical synchronicity. Listen to every track, especially On My Way to Bamako, Touma Ni Kelen/Needed Time, Nani Le, Foro Bana, and Mami Wata, and hear the two musicians weaving their individual musical parts together in the spirit of genuine collaboration. Because Koité and Bibb play essentially the same instruments, it is difficult to determine who is playing what on Brothers in Bamako, but perhaps this is by design.  Brothers in Bamako is not about separation, but interdependence and unification. The four songs the two wrote and composed together find Koité and Bibb trading verses (one sung in English, the other in French, the official language of Mali). Bibb and Koité also wrap their voices around each other, and when these moments appear, especially on Khafolé, it’s as if the two are singing with one voice.

Beyond the exquisite musical interplay that permeates every track, Bibb and Koité are social critics, casting a skeptical eye on a seemingly unfair and unjust world. Given the recent eruption of violence in Mali, it’s not surprising to find Send Us Brighter Days, a cautiously optimistic song that calls for “brighter days” and “blues skies” to heal a world “so sad.” Socio-political commentary can also be found in With My Maker I Am One and We Don’t Care. The latter comments about the disconnect between labor and consumption: “We want the gold / As long as we don’t have to mine it / Don’t care who suffers / Or who’s behind it.” Other songs, including Khafolé, do not include English translations, but it is safe to assume that the lyrics are not throwaways—the words have some story to tell. Similar to Deeper in the Well, Bibb includes a Dylan song and this time it’s Blowin’ in the Wind. Commenting on both human rights and war, Blowin’ in the Wind is a perfect choice.

This cross-cultural experiment could have been a disaster, but it wasn’t. In the disc’s liner notes, Etienne Bours traces the intriguing musical similarities between Bibb and Koité and makes an argument for why Brothers in Bamako sounds so right: “What could be more natural than for this Malian and African American to join the rhythms of their guitars and voices in some transatlantic blues?” Brothers in Bamako’s “transatlantic blues” sounds natural and it sounds right. Although divided by geography and culture, Bibb and Koité share a beautiful brotherhood of sounds and words.

—Stephen A. King





Maria Muldaur
....First Came Memphis Minnie

....First Came Memphis Minnie
SPCD 1358
Genre: Blues
Released: 9 October 2012

Maria Muldaur has produced this tribute album to her blues hero Memphis Minnie. The CD includes several previously released tracks by Maria with Alvin Youngblood Hart, Del Rey, Roy Rogers and Steve James. In addition, new recordings by Rory Block, Ruthie Foster and Bonnie Raitt were done for this project. Classic tracks by Koko Taylor and Phoebe Snow are also included.

Memphis Minnie was one of the most influential and pioneering blues musicians and guitarists of all time. Recording for over forty years, she was one of the first blues artists to take up the electric guitar in 1942. She took her unique country blues sound into electric urban blues, paving the way for Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and countless others.

  1. Me And My Chauffeur Blues (3:12) (Maria Muldaur/Roy Rogers/Roly Salley)
  2. Ain't Nothin' In Ramblin' (3:42) (Bonnie Raitt/Steve Freund)
  3. I'm Goin' Back Home (2:56) (Maria Muldaur/Alvin Youngblood Hart)
  4. I'm Sailin' (3:44) (Maria Muldaur/Del Rey/Steve James/Roly Salley)
  5. When You Love Me (3:20) (Rory Block)
  6. Long As I Can See You Smile (2:46) (Maria Muldaur/Del Rey/Steve James)
  7. Lookin' The World Over (2:47) (Maria Muldaur/Del Rey)
  8. In My Girlish Days (4:47) (Phoebe Snow/David Bromberg)
  9. She Put Me Outdoors (3:03) (Maria Muldaur/Alvin Youngblood Hart/Dave Earl)
  10. Keep Your Big Mouth Closed (3:13) (Ruthie Foster/Steve Freund/Tanya Richardson/Samantha Banks)
  11. Tricks Ain't Walkin' (4:33) (Maria Muldaur/Del Rey/Dave Earl)
  12. Crazy Cryin' Blues (3:05) (Maria Muldaur/Del Rey/Steve James)
  13. Black Rat Swing (5:08) (Koko Taylor/Bob Margolin/Criss Johnson/John Kattke/Jimmy Sutton/Willie Hayes)


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Best Album of 2012 (more)

First Came Memphis Minnie
Maria Muldaur & Special Guests
Stony Plain Records, Canada

This tribute compilation to Memphis Minnie is, in some ways, a form of musical emancipation of all women. The blues are undeniably a very male dominated genre. A case can be made that the great pioneer female blues singers never received their rightful place in the blues annals as bestowed on their male peers. Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Sippie Wallace, Victoria Spivey, Lucille Bogan, Albert Hunter, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Big Mama Thornton, Big Maybelle, and even Billie Holiday, were well acknowledged but not always respected and honored in the same way their male compatriots received acclaim – some of whom were exalted and venerated to great, sometimes exaggerated heights. A case can be made that in blues radio, print and performance, the female singers unfairly took a diminished, minor role. In several decades of interviewing blues musicians and reading blues biographies, this writer cannot think of a single instance when a male blues musician has cited one of the great female singers as a major influence on their musical development. No wonder that it has been the mission of today’s leading blues women to give recognition and awareness to the women who proceeded them – because these trailblazing classic women should be listened to. The women rightly insist on some respect and honor for their musical inspirations. In 2003, they already paid tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe on “Shout, Sister, Shout” and now it’s time for the tribute of the musician who has been championed by Maria Muldaur for so many years, someone she has loved since 1963, the one she most often quotes as a major source of inspiration and the musician she has covered most often. Maria Muldaur called out some of her female blues compatriots to take matters into their own capable hands, and voila, here is a fine tribute done with love and admiration.

Let’s start by overcoming the likely objections: A fair number of the tunes included on “First Came Memphis Minnie” were previously released. Indeed, all eight tracks featuring Maria Muldaur came from her previously-released Grammy-nominated albums. Only three of the songs on this album are new recordings by Rory Block, Ruthie Foster and Bonnie Raitt. “First Came Memphis Minnie” also features two classic songs from Koko Taylor and Phoebe Snow. Koko’s track comes from her CD, “Old School”, released in 2007; and Phoebe’s from “It Looks Like Snow”, released in 1976.

That means, if you already own the albums from which Maria took these reissues, you may just want to get the new tracks from i-Tunes and not pay for the whole new CD.

On the other hand, chances are that most people do not have all or most of these songs, so this compilation becomes a convenience. That having been said, the fact that this “loving tribute” is heavy on reissues is far surpassed by the many wonderful aspects of the album.

Maria Muldaur said of her idol, “At a time when women were ‘kept in their place,’ both personally and professionally, Memphis Minnie was tough, independent, outspoken, and played a mean guitar! But, she was more than just a guitar hero of early country blues. She ably adapted to newer trends and modernized her style, which helped account for her years of popularity. Memphis Minnie was one of the few figures to make the successful transition from the rural, acoustic guitar-dominated blues of the 1920s to the urban nightclub styles of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. She was tough, determined, talented, and courageous enough to defy and overcome all the racial, social, economic, and gender barriers that existed in her time, forging the life she envisioned for herself on nothing but her own terms!”

That may well be an overly romanticized description of Minnie’s life and career as some sort of feminist icon, which certainly was not the whole picture, as Minnie (whose birth name was Lizzie Douglas) did not walk an easy road as some sort of superwoman heroine. While she was a successful blues artist in her time, she nonetheless had a hard life that included running away from home as a 13 year old kid and making her way on bawdry Beale Street in Memphis in the turbulent year of 1900, which was, at the time, one of the wildest black entertainment districts in the USA. Besides playing guitar and singing on the street corners, she slipped into prostitution. She was married three times. All indicators are that she fared a bit better in her musical career than most women of her time (or most blues musicians, period) she nonetheless lived a tough life that was not free of exploitation and abuse. Unquestionably, Memphis Minnie was a gutsy woman, a bit wild and headstrong, with all her raw sensuality and sexy juke joint teasing. Mostly, she was a powerful singer and songwriter, an incredible guitarist and a huge influence on all women in the blues who followed her footsteps. She was also a pioneer as one of the first women to bring the electric guitar into her performances.

This album showcases not just some of the great songs written or performed by Memphis Minnie, it brings these songs to life with passion and truehearted love for this great singer. The protagonists honor their lascivious and headstrong heroine with graceful versions of the original. Maria Muldaur’s ardent eight covers are exquisitely performed with sheer devotion. Her love for Memphis Minnie comes through unencumbered, as perhaps Minnie’s greatest fan and advocate. The set of Minnie’s songs as performed by Maria Muldaur is backed by some of the finest instrumentalists in the acoustic blues: Alvin Youngblood Hart, Del Rey, and Steve James on guitar and slide guitar; Dave Earl and Steve James on mandolin

Bonnie Raitt has only one song on this album, “Ain’t Nothin’ but Rambling” which will drive Bonnie’s large fan base wild. Steve Freund accompanies her on acoustic guitar with tasteful subtlety as she takes you back to Bonnie’s early days as an acoustic country blues singer, and this wonderful cover alone make it worth to buy the album. Rory Block showcases her refined skills, mimicking Memphis Minnie’s sexy charm, on “I’m going back home” which she sings in her sultry, captivating way, accompanying herself superbly on guitar. The late Phoebe Snow’s version of “In my Girlish Ways” , backed by David Bromberg, reminds us what a wonderful blues singer we lost. Her captivating rendition of the famed song, so often performed by Maria Muldaur, is sung in her trademark sweet and angelic voice, perfectly and pointedly. Ruthie Foster’s version of “Keep Your Big Mouth Closed”, also with Steve Freund on acoustic guitar is simply wonderful, a testament to Ruthie’s status as one of today’s most important blues women.

The late Koko Taylor, one of the true heir to Minnie’s legacy closes the album with “Black Rat Swing” backed by a full electric blues band featuring Muddy Water’s guitarist Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin on guitar.



Ian Tyson
Raven Singer

Raven Singer
SPCD 1361
Genre: Country
Released: 29 May 2012

The legendary Canadian songwriter returns at the age of 78, with 10 remarkable songs. From the part-travelogue "Under African Skies" to "Blueberry Susan" that offers a tribute to many of the musicians that touched Tyson, this collection of songs is Tyson rediscovering himself and his "new voice."

The album's Dali-esque cover is by Calgary teacher Paul Rasporich; it depicts a raven's skull. The title of the CD followed a sweat lodge ceremony at the Nakoda First Nation, near Banff Alberta, when Tyson's name - Ka-ree-a-hiatha (Raven that Sings) - was chosen.

  1. Charles Goodnight's Grave (3:31)
  2. The Circle Is Through (3:38)
  3. Rio Colorado (3:08)
  4. Under African Skies (3:38)
  5. Song In A Dream (3:05)
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  7. Back To Baja (2:32)
  8. Saddle Bronc Girl (3:02)
  9. Winterkill (4:31)
  10. The Yellow Dress (3:10)


By Mark S. Tucker
Tyson is as much an elder statesman of folk music north of the Montana line as Bob Dylan is south of it. (more)

Unbelievably, Ian Tyson, is running up fast on 80 years of age, but he sure as hell doesn't look it in the liner shot for Raven Singer, nor is the guy exactly slowing down. In the last dozen years, he issued four CDs, a 2-DVD concert, an autobiography, collaborated on a book about he and Sylvia, and made an award winning music documentary for Canada's Bravo! TV channel…and all that, of course, doesn't even begin to cover the toughest job and his first love: training horses in the southern Albertan ranch country. The second toughest gig, long-time fans well know, was recovering from severe throat damage after trying to make up for a failing sound system in 2006 (while he was in his 70s!!!), the incident which occasioned that now familiar gravelly hoarse sprechestimme style, which audiences have taken to with ardor.

This CD, then, follows expectedly in the new groove but shows that Tyson is as much an elder statesman of folk music north of the Montana line as Bob Dylan is south of it. In his homeland, Ian's considered an unshakeable icon, and, as he's become accustomed to this new mode of expression, the stories in his songs have become more poignant, crossing the border between Dylan and Cohen. The abundant imagery is always of open skies and lands tread by working class men and women, people of the earth who get far more out of life than those locked away in gated communities and penthouse suites. That special grace, however, does not exempt them from travail, and Tyson's not shy about his admonitions to watch one's step, not fall afoul of the many heartbreaks lying in wait for the heedless.

Ian Tyson is, if anything, travelling ever further back in time, digging deep to locate the taproots. More than once, I was reminded of the soul of the famed Bristol Sessions with The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, the 1927 Tennessee recordings Johnny Cash named as "the most important event in the history of country music." There's that same salt of the earth quality in Raven, Tyson settling into an ambience too often lost as the modern strains of the new country mode compete with rock and roll. In a basic quartet ensemble, with four guests sitting in on various tracks, Sam Bush among 'em, he and the band manage to wring the most possible out of the form, avoiding excess and too-dialed-back a simplicity simultaneously, reflecting the point at which the still struggling genre was on a first name basis with folk music. Tyson may be going on his 80s, but he hasn't forgotten his 20s. Not at all.



Rory Block
I Belong To The Band: A Tribute To Rev. Gary Davis

I Belong To The Band: A Tribute To Rev. Gary Davis
SPCD 1359
Genre: Blues
Released: 29 May 2012
  1. Samson & Delilah (4:20)
  2. Goin' To Sit Down On The Banks Of The River (4:02)
  3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here (4:00)
  4. I Belong To The Band (4:06)
  5. Lord, I Feel Just Like Goin' On (4:02)
  6. Lo, I Be With You Always (4:49)
  7. Pure Religion (5:07)
  8. Twelve Gates To The City (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:02)
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  9. Great Change Since I've Been Born (4:31)
  10. I Am The Light Of This World (5:20)
  11. Death Don't Have No Mercy (5:06)


Nashville Blues Society
By Sheryl and Don Crow
Rev. Gary Davis took predominantly spiritual music and played it in a country-blues style, successfully melding the secular with "the Devil's music." Rory Block has shown us the deep respect she has for his music, and the difficulty that went along with mastering his styles and techniques. "I Belong To The Band" is one of her crowning achievements! (more)
Rory Block, considered to be the foremost female authority on playing pre-WWII country blues, has just released her latest CD in her "mentor series," tributes to those from whom she learned first-hand, as well as those who influenced her style. This one is entitled "I Belong To The Band," and features Rory on lead vocal and all guitars in tribute to the Rev. Gary Davis.

While living in New York in 1964, Rory and Stefan Grossman would take the long subway ride into the Bronx to take guitar lessons with Rev. Davis, one-on-one, in his home. Rory learned her lessons well, as can be heard on her authentic interpretations of Rev. Davis' many classic tunes.

For those unfamiliar with Rev. Davis' music, he was a brilliant guitarist who employed dazzling finger-picking and slide techniques, with unique syncopations within the melody lines. In the liner notes, Rory laments her difficulty in getting the finger picks to stay in place, finally opting for the use of duct tape to keep them on, at the painful expense of her first layer of skin!

However, she plays these songs with unbridled passion and emotion. Listen as she runs thru the changes of "Samson And Delilah" with ease. The title cut finds Rory on slide and the gospel-infused backing voices lending the "Hallelujah" chorus. She becomes a modern-day Biblical storyteller in "Great Changes Since I Been Born," and "Twelve Gates To The City." The set closes with the chilling "Death Don't Have No Mercy," and the poignant lyrics that remind us "when Death comes to your house, it won't stay long," but "someone in your family will be gone."

Rev. Gary Davis took predominantly spiritual music and played it in a country-blues style, successfully melding the secular with "the Devil's music." Rory Block has shown us the deep respect she has for his music, and the difficulty that went along with mastering his styles and techniques. "I Belong To The Band" is one of her crowning achievements!



Eric Bibb
Deeper In The Well

Deeper In The Well
SPCD 1360
Genre: Blues
Released: 27 March 2012

Eric Bibb's Deeper in the Well is a unique combination of traditional and contemporary Louisiana music. Acclaimed folk blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Eric Bibb is backed by an all-star Louisiana band including multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell, fiddler Cedric Watson, drummer Danny Devillier and harmonica player Grant Dermody. Special guests include Michael Jerome Browne, Jerry Douglas and Christine Balfa.

Eric Bibb is one of the highest profile roots musicians, having been nominated for multiple Blues Music Awards and a Grammy. He will be touring extensively throughout 2012.

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  1. Bayou Belle (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:13)
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  2. Could Be You, Could Be Me (2:39)
  3. Dig A Little Deeper In The Well (4:07)
  4. Money In Your Pocket (4:16)
  5. Boll Weevil (3:26)
  6. Sinner Man (4:53)
  7. In My Time (3:48)
  8. Music (3:40)
  9. Movin' Up (2:54)
  10. No Further (3:41)
  11. Every Wind In The River (4:38)
  12. Sittin' In A Hotel Room (2:49)
  13. The Times They Are A Changin' (5:44)


About.com Best Blues Albums of 2012
By Reverend Keith A. Gordon

 "Bibb has delivered another gem"

With Deeper In The Well, Eric Bibb has delivered a pleasant and entertaining collection of material that cuts across artificial boundaries of style or genre. This is Americana music, period, in all of its eclectic glory and all that it encompasses – blues, folk, and country sounds that have their roots in the big cities and the rural back roads of the country. Whether he's bringing his immense musical talents to bear on intelligent original songs, interpreting traditional material, or even tackling a scribe as daunting as Dylan, Bibb never fails to amaze. An underrated singer, songwriter, and guitarist with one foot in the blues and the other in a world of music, Bibb has delivered another gem with Deeper In The Well. (less)


Long John Baldry
Live In Berlin 1992 [Digital Only EP]

Live In Berlin 1992 [Digital Only EP]
SPDD 0006
Genre: Blues
Released: 5 December 2011

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Recorded live at the Franz Club in Berlin on October 29th 1992, this digital-only EP collects the opening 3 songs from a magical night of music.

Long John Baldry, on vocals and 12-string guitar, is joined by Papa John King on guitar and Butch Coulter on harmonica.

The show was presented by BID and broadcast live on Radio 4U. The broadcast was produced by: Volker Duespohl and enginneered by: Axel Mueller. The recordings executive producers were Christian Thiel & Holger Petersen.

  1. Introduction (0:39)
  2. Good Morning Blues (4:23)
  3. As Long As I Feel The Spirit (3:28)
  4. Introduction of Band & to Black Girl (1:37)
  5. Black Girl (3:32)
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Maria Muldaur
Steady Love

Steady Love
SPCD 1346
Genre: Blues
Released: 27 September 2011

Maria Muldaur returns to her much beloved New Orleans and collaborates with her favourite Crescent City musicians to produce a high energy album of blues & swamp funk, full of soul & grit, bad to the bone, & played with reckless abandon.

  1. I'll Be Glad (4:44)
  2. Why Are People Like That? (3:14)
  3. Soulful Dress (3:08)
  4. Blues Go Walking (3:14)
  5. I’ve Done Made It Up In My Mind (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:10)
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  6. Walk By Faith (4:19)
  7. As An Eagle Stirreth In Her Nest (4:28)
  8. Rain Down Tears (4:34)
  9. Get You Next To Me (4:38)
  10. Steady Love (4:22)
  11. Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down (4:11)
  12. Please Send Me Someone To Love (6:28)
  13. I Am Not Alone (5:09)


Blues Revue #132 Nov/Dec 2011
By Michael Cala
Consistently, she has chosen the material best suited to her voice and singing style. She also chooses to work with talented peers who share her vision of American roots music. (more)

Strangers to the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene first heard Maria Muldaur's captivating and playful voice on th epop hit, "Midnight At The Oasis," followed by the anthemic, "I'm A Woman." Since Then, much has been added to Muldaur's discography and performing history in blues, jazz, gospel, and folk than this review can possibly hold.

As a teen, Muldaur started out recording regional roots musicians with the Friends of Old Timey Music. She soon became a major presence in the Village folk scene with pals including John Sebastian, Paul Butterfield, and ex-husband Jeff Muldaur, with whom she performed in the Jim Kweskin and Even Dozen jug bands. The two albums she recorded with Muldaur - Pottery Pie and Sweet Potatoes - remain cult classics.

After nearly 50 years, it's fair to say that Ms. Muldaur has become beloved by fans who have followed her sideways journey through American music. Consistently, she has chosen the material best suited to her voice and singing style. She also chooses to work with talented peers who share her vision of American roots music.

Her current release, Steady Love, was recorded in New Orleans and exemplifies her soulful reinvention within traditions she has always loved - blues, jazz, folk, pop, spirituals. The 13-track CD features some of the best Fat City musicians including Shane Theriot on guitar, keyboardist Dave Torkanowsky, bassist Johnny Allen, and drummer Kenny Blevins.

Gospel highlights are the classic, "As An Eagle Stirreth In Her Nest," along with Eric Bibb's "Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down." Very moving is the album's slide guitarist Rick Vito's "I Am Not Alone." Her blues and R&B tracks are well chosen and superbly performed. Her take on Sugar Pie DeSanto's "Soulful Dress" is enjoyable as much for th eperformance as for th fact that Muldaur chose to honor a lesser-klnown blues/R&B performer who deserves the spotlight.

Her soulful voice has probably dropped an octave since the Sixties, but it's gotten grittier and darker and more nuanced. In some ways, Muldaur displays similarities to Mavis Staples, who likewise shared the folk scene, and who's got the same soulful blues/gospel delivery and stage presence.



Duke Robillard
Low Down And Tore Up

Low Down And Tore Up
SPCD 1357
Genre: Blues
Released: 20 September 2011
  1. Quicksand (3:12)
  2. Train Fare Home (4:36)
  3. Mercy Mercy Mama (3:04)
  4. Overboard (3:19)
  5. Blues After Hours (4:33)
  6. Want Ad Blues (3:58)
  7. Do Unto Others (2:27)
  8. It's Alright (3:22)
  9. Let Me Play With Your Poodle (2:35)
  10. Tool Bag Boogie (3:10)
  11. What's Wrong (3:35)
  12. I Ain't Mad At You (3:30)
  13. Twelve Year Old Boy (4:32)
  14. Later For You Baby (3:19)



By Beardo
Duke is a master at every style of guitar and on this one shows his early rough side with youthful abandonment. Put it on and turn it up! (more)

Wow! On my first listen (and my opinion has never changed on repeated listens), this is the Duke Robillard I experienced in 1984 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, at B.C.B.S. R&B Picnic sitting with Billy Blough (aka Dr. Martini) of George Thorogood's band. We were in thralled, if that includes drinkin' all day. Although at that time I believe it was a three-piece power trio that had energy out the ass.

Well, this isn't a trio but it has the same ass-kickin' energy, with the addition of long-time band member Bruce Bears on keys and the amazing Sax Gordon on, what else, sax. In my opinion Gordon channels the spirit and Chi-town style of early J.T. (Big Boy) Brown's guttural bleats and squawks that put a big smile on your face.

The recording techniques draw from old-school, sparse mike placement and modern recording equipment that will give you an idea how the masters might sound today. Gut Bucket with Caviar!! Take that and how damn much younger Duke sounds vocally. So strong that I think Michael John discovered a long lost bottle of water from Juan Ponce De Leon's fountain!!

The songs Duke picks out are mostly ones he heard as a youth, you know, the ones that sent him in his initial gritty musical direction. Most are not songs that have become hits as covers over the years, but ones that deserve re-discovery, like the opening track, Guitar Slim's "Quicksand," which immediately gives you the idea of what Low Down and Tore Up promises. Sugar Boy Crawford's "Overboard," sung by drummer Mark Teixeira, makes an old chair dancer's foot tired of tappin'. Next up is Pee Wee Crayton's "Blues After Hours" to help you calm down. This was a big hit … before I was born … unlike Jimmy McCracklin's "It's Alright," that found me at five years old. My favorite (that I really identify with) is another Sugar Boy Crawford tune, "What's Wrong."

Simply put, Duke is a master at every style of guitar and on this one shows his early rough side with youthful abandonment. Put it on and turn it up!



To Behold

To Behold
SPCD 1356
Genre: Blues
Released: 21 June 2011
  1. Mother's Crying (Listen to mp3 clip) (04:36)
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  2. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave) (03:35)
  3. Right Now (04:12)
  4. Let Her Down (04:57)
  5. With These Hands (03:48)
  6. You Don't Know (03:41)
  7. While You Are Mine (06:05)
  8. Running In The Rain (02:44)
  9. All About You (05:04)
  10. The Marrinator (05:11)


Maverick Magazine
By Eric Thom
Their infectious blues-based gumbo features some of the best harmoica, guitar and big-bottomed rhythm you've ever heard. (more)

**** Second album further blurs the lines of pigeonholing their sound.

Since releasing their debut in 2009, this road-seasoned, acutely-talented trio has taken Canada by storm. Their infectious blues-based gumbo features some of the best harmoica, guitar and big-bottomed rhythm you've ever heard--all without a bass player--but, lest you think this is some artsy acoustic experiment, you'd be wrong. The band's middle name does appear to be 'experiment' but they constantly prove how little risk is involved as thye've mastered all the elements from their collective years treading the boards. Roots music made right through a work ethic of tireless execution.

Lead singer/harpist Steve Marriner has a phenomenal voice--perfect for the territory they cover and that's before he even picks up the harp he used to cut out a name for himself (cue 'The Marrinator')--since adding baritone guitar, keyboards and anything else not nailed down to his musical arsenal. Guitarist Tony D (Diteodoro) has the longest legs, musically, bringing guitar chops to the band that sound like three players, alone. Matt Sobb is the underestimated lynchpin of this team of friends, more than anchoring the trio with bulletproof beats and rhythmic voodoo. More than anything anything, these three are childhood pals and they play like they not only mean it, they're willing to meet you out back to prove it.

Without question, this new record is different from the last--as was their intent. Added elements of soul--a challenge easily met by Marriner's vocals, join bits of funk and Diteodoro's scorching, blues-rock leads. Which is exactly why they can't be pigeonholed. They're more interested in getting people to thier feet and moving than they are following a setlist or a gameplan for success, as evidenced from coast to coast at festival after festival. Blues, r&b, funk--it's all the same to them and TO BEHOLD ups the ante with 9 new songs and a Hank Williams III cover.  Harp, aggressive guitar breaks, slap-happy backbeats announce their arrival while they slip into a spiritual treatment of Hank's You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave). A drumbeat-led, funked up Right Now segues into the slow blues, B3-blessed Let Her Down, as Tony D leaves yet another mark. Their own With These Hnads carries a strong Stax groove as Marriner sounds very much in control, backed by noted country singers, Tracey Brown and Kelly Prescott. A few lacklustre tunes are thrown in but there's little wonder why this roots-rich trio fared so well in Memphis at last year's international Blues Challenge, plus a 2010 Blues Music Award for best new artist. Running In The Rain has a 1950's rock'n'roll feel, which lets some steam out of the running order, redeemed by Diteodoro's own mid-tempo, slide and B3-infected All About You--a highlight of a different colour. Marriner's own instrumental workout, the aptly-named The Marrinator--in which the harpist extraordinaire offers insights into how he earned his earlier blues moniker, 'Southside Steve.'

All in all, regardless of the new genre they're carving out for themselves, an aural pleasure to behold.



Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne
An Old Rock On A Roll

An Old Rock On A Roll
SPCD 1355
Genre: Blues
Released: 21 June 2011

Kenny's song, "Heaven Send Me An Angel," was nominated as a finalist in the International Songwriting Contest's Blues category for 2011.

  1. Searching For My Baby (Listen to mp3 clip) (04:10)
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  2. Fantasy Meets Reality (03:57)
  3. Heaven, Send Me An Angel (04:58)
  4. Devil Woman (04:50)
  5. An Old Rock On A Roll (03:47)
  6. Don't Pretend (05:22)
  7. Run Little Joe (03:06)
  8. Howlin' (03:17)
  9. Wild Turkey 101 Proof (4:05)
  10. Bring Back The Love (05:59)
  11. Way Overdue (04:11)
  12. Rocking Boogie Party (02:24)
  13. Give Thanks (03:56)


Crossroads Blues Society
By Mark Thompson
This one is a contender for best Blues recording of the year and should not be missed. (more)

The title of this disc alludes to the age of the “Blues Boss”, but you'll have a hard time believing that Kenny Wayne is 67 years old after you hear this outstanding recording. Playing with the energy and enthusiasm of a younger man, Wayne romps through a bakers-dozen of original tunes that showcase his strength as a songwriter and his boogie style of piano playing. He has an engaging style of singing that conjures up memories of Charles Brown and Amos Milburn.

His backing band is lead by ace guitarist Duke Robillard, who also produced the project. The rest of the musicians are drawn primarily from the alumni list of Roomful of Blues – Mark Teixeira on drums, Doug James on baritone sax, Sax Gordon Beadle on tenor sax, Doug Woolverton on trumpet, Carl Querfurth on trombone and Brad Halle on bass. In addition to piano, Wayne adds some organ on several cuts.

The jaunty rhythm on “Searching For My Baby” makes it an easy choice for the opening track with Robillard's guitar offering strong support for Wayne's spirited piano solo. With the horns and organ filling in the space behind him, Wayne de-scribes his attempts to deal with life's travails on “Fantasy Meets Reality”. Robillard's guitar dominates the arrangement on “Devil Woman”, his penetrating licks contrasting nicely with Wayne's laid-back vocal. “Wild Turkey 101 Proof” is a good-natured drinking tune with Wayne and Robillard sharing the solo space.

Other highlights include the title cut, with Wayne offering a summary of his view of life and career - and “Don't Pretend”, a slow blues that gives Wayne ample space to show off his tremendous skills on piano. The relentless drive of “Heaven, Send Me An Angel” underscores the songwriter's plea for relief from an alcohol-fueled rage over the miseries of this world. “Bring Back the Love”is a ballad with the horns cushioning the leader's tender vocal. The band harks back to the days of house rent parties on “Rocking Boogie Party”, with Wayne laying down plenty of dazzling piano runs.

The band slips into a gospel vein on the instrumental closing number, “Give Thanks”. Wayne pounds away on the piano and adds swirling chords on the organ while Robillard picks out more tasty licks.

It is a fitting close, showing the depth of Wayne's musical experiences. There are some who have lamented the future of blues piano due to the recent passing of Pinetop Perkins. Not to worry – the tradition is safe in the capable hands of the Blues Boss. This one is a contender for best Blues recording of the year and should not be missed.



Harry Manx and Kevin Breit
Strictly Whatever

Strictly Whatever
SPCD 1352
Genre: World/Folk
Released: 24 May 2011
  1. Sunny (3:23)
  2. Nothing I Can Do (3:11)
  3. Looking For A Brand New World (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:19)
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  4. Hippy Trippy (3:59)
  5. Mr Lucky (3:16)
  6. Note To Self (2:11)
  7. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep (5:34)
  8. Little Ukelele (2:31)
  9. There Was A Girl (4:45)
  10. Looking For A Plan (3:45)
  11. Dance With Delilah (3:50)
  12. Carry My Tears Away (2:45)


Gonzo Online
By John the Rock Doctor
The latest collaboration between these two brilliant musicians is one of the most delightful discs I’ve had the pleasure of spinning all year. (more)

The latest collaboration between these two brilliant musicians is one of the most delightful discs I’ve had the pleasure of spinning all year.
“Strictly Whatever” opens with a deft remake of Bobby Hebb’s classic “Sonny” and wanders all over from there.  That this disc strays often from Manx’s blues/ East Indian sound is something of a revelation, they split the lead vocals and there are 3 vocal duets.   Kevin wrote 6 of these tracks, Harry wrote 3 and there are the cover tunes, but they all sound like Manx/ Breit songs. Delightful surprises include the playful instrumental “Hippy Trippy” and Breit’s Jeff Beck-like solo on “Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep”.  Yes you could call “Strictly Whatever” a blues album, but its boundaries are broader than that- as you might expect when these guys get together.  This is awesome!
Street date, May 24th.
Sweet Spots: “Do Not Stand At My Grave & Weep”, “Nothing I Can Do”, “Hippy Trippy”, “Little Ukelele”



35 Years of Stony Plain [2 CDs + Bonus DVD]

35 Years of Stony Plain [2 CDs + Bonus DVD]
SPCD 1354
Genre: Roots
Released: 10 May 2011
Disc 1
  1. Maria Muldaur - The Diplomat (3:38)
  2. Jeff Healey - The Wildcat (2:24)
  3. Harry Manx & Kevin Breit - Looking For A Brand New World (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:17)
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  4. Corb Lund - Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier (5:10)
  5. Steve Earle - Ben McCulloch (4:10)
  6. Ian Tyson - Blaino's Song (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:44)
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  7. Tim Hus - Country Music Lament (3:59)
  8. Valdy & Gary Fjellgaard - Still In The Running (3:08)
  9. Ray Bonneville - Canary Yellow Car (3:18)
  10. Asleep At The Wheel - That's Your Red Wagon (3:00)
  11. Sunny And Her Joy Boys - Strictly From Dixie (2:53)
  12. Amos Garrett - Get Way Back (2:31)
  13. David Wilcox - Bend A Little (3:05)
  14. New Guitar Summit - Shivers (3:33)
  15. Spirit Of The West - Our Station (3:34)
  16. Emmylou Harris - Wheels (3:10)
  17. Blue Rodeo - Four Strong Winds (3:42)
  18. Rodney Crowell - Closer To Heaven (5:20)
  19. Bob Carpenter - Dreaming (2:43)
  20. Bob Carpenter - Magdelana (3:11)
  21. Bob Carpenter - Chameleon Man (2:59)
Disc 2
  1. Duke Robillard - Stomp The Blues Tonight (3:22)
  2. Joe Louis Walker - Black Widow Spider (4:48)
  3. Jay McShann & Duke Robillard - Moten Swing (4:20)
  4. Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne - Heaven Send Me An Angel (4:57)
  5. Doug James & Sugar Ray Norcia - Dirty, Dirty People (4:17)
  6. Jeff Healey - I'm Torn Down (5:21)
  7. Rosco Gordon - No More Doggin' (3:06)
  8. Amos Garrett, Doug Sahm, Gene Taylor Band - Teardrops On Your Letter (4:02)
  9. Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters - Miracle (5:57)
  10. Rory Block - Mississippi Man (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:50)
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  11. Big Dave McLean - Police And High Sheriff (1:15)
  12. Long John Baldry - Gallows Pole (2:42)
  13. Sonny Rhodes - Honey Do Woman (3:25)
  14. Ellen McIlwaine - Crawling King Snake (2:04)
  15. Billy Boy Arnold - Hello Stranger (2:50)
  16. King Biscuit Boy - Ain't Broke And Ain't Hungry (2:46)
  17. Robert Nighthawk - Nighthawk Boogie (2:58)
  18. Robert Nighthawk - I'm Gonna Murder My Baby (3:20)
  19. Robert Nighthawk - You Missed A Good Man (2:58)
  20. Robert Nighthawk - Back Water Blues (3:05)
Disc 3
  1. A Tour Of The Stony Plain Offices (9:36) On DVD disc
  2. Jeff Healey - Like A Hurricane (6:38) On DVD disc
  3. Jay Mcshann & Johnnie Johnson - Going To Kansas City (5:38) On DVD disc
  4. Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters - Bobby’s Bop (6:01) On DVD disc
  5. Duke Robillard - Workin’ Hard For My Uncle (4:05) On DVD disc
  6. Corb Lund - The Truth Comes Out (3:41) On DVD disc
  7. Ian Tyson - Springtime In Alberta (3:48) On DVD disc
  8. Downchild - Bop ‘Til I Drop (3:15) On DVD disc
  9. Long John Baldry - Shake That Thing (2:40) On DVD disc
  10. Jr. Gone Wild - I’m So Glad (2:59) On DVD disc
  11. The Paperboys - After The First Time (3:49) On DVD disc


Living Blues October 2011
By Mark Uricheck
Holger Petersen's self-described "kitchen table" record label serves as a reminder that the "little guys" can indeed make it when they put the music first. Forget any fanfare. Stony Plain's catalog speaks for itself. (more)

Just minutes into the bonus DVD included in Stony Plain Records' 35th anniversary double-disc collection, label founder Holger Petersen proclaims his fondness for the "realness" and the "rawness" of the blues. Petersen also loves the idea of the "characters" that give this music life. The artists that fill the 41 tracks on this collection exhibit all of the above. The quality of the label's signings over the years is impeccable, and the passion and workmanship each track contains is the reason Canada's premiere roots/blues label has lived 35 years to tell the tale.

This collection is comprehensive, with every facet of the label's history spoken for. Disc one features the label's best singer/songwriter type offerings, such as Steve Earle's mournful Civil War-inspired tale of "Ben McCulloch" from Earle's 1994 Train a Comin' disc, with its references to the protagonist passing into "the devil's infantry." Disc two features the label's more bluesy, jazz-leaning material, like label mainstay Duke Robillard, represented by the swingin' title track from his 2008 disc Stomp The Blues Tonight. The prolific Robillard is noted in the liners for not only recording with the label, but also producing and collaborating with other artists on the roster, notably including the New Guitar Summit with Jay Geils and Gerry Beaudoin (represented here by a cover of the Charlie Christian/Lionel Hampton-penned "Shivers").

A wealth of "extra" material is included, the highlight being an unreleased steamy, five song set from legendary slide master Robert Nighthawk recorded during a 1965 Toronto studio session. Nighthawk's final recordings offer his lascivious storytelling with references to moonshine flowing and the night "beginning to rock" in "I'm Gonna Murder My Baby." Exhaustive liner notes with colorful anecdotes and song/artist facts detail each track and complement the music as well as each artist's story.

Holger Petersen's self-described "kitchen table" record label serves as a reminder that the "little guys" can indeed make it when they put the music first. Forget any fanfare. Stony Plain's catalog speaks for itself.



Rory Block
Shake 'Em On Down: A Tribute To Mississippi Fred McDowell

SPCD 1344
Genre: Blues
Released: 29 March 2011
  1. Steady Freddy (4:37)
  2. Mississippi Man (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:50)
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  3. Kokomo Blues (3:58)
  4. Good Morning Little School Girl (5:13)
  5. What's The Matter Now? (4:50)
  6. Shake 'Em On Down (4:12)
  7. Worried Mind (3:40)
  8. The Man That I'm Lovin' (3:37)
  9. Ancestral Home (3:08)
  10. The Breadline (4:18)
  11. Woke Up This Morning (3:27)
  12. Write Me A Few Of Your Lines (3:55)


By Greg Victor

If you don’t have a Rory Block album in your collection, this is a must-have. If you are already a fan, this one (is it really her 30th album?) is another superb addition. Block’s impulse to grow her own collection of “blues homage” albums was a brilliant idea, and (as the albums make clear) an important one. Rory Block is a powerful delta blues guitar player because what she plays comes from a lifetime of dedication to the blues musical legacy. The work she continues with this album is adding to her own artistic legacy.

Rory Block’s New Album – These Are Blues You Want To Get
Written by Greg Victor in Entertainment, Music
Rory Block – Shake ‘Em On Down: A Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell
**** (out of 4 stars)
Label: Stony Plain Music

If you’re wondering what is the best blues album released so far this year, Rory Block’s new release, Shake ‘Em Down: A Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell, is at the top of your list. There’s a reason Rory Block is one of the most acclaimed female acoustic blues artists around. This collection of songs is an instant classic and – let’s face it – your iPod needs an infusion of new, amazing blues music.

Rory Block doesn’t just play the blues — she preaches ‘em. Her latest release is part of a personal mission to record a series of albums in tribute to the delta blues greats. Her second album with Stony Plain Records is Shake ‘Em On Down: A Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell (whom she actually met in the 1960s). The twelve tracks contain some of the most important Fred McDowell classics, as well as several original songs by Block, created in the style of McDowell. Shake Em’ On Down is pure, foot stomping blues, played with complete authority and inspiration.

To further appreciate Rory Block’s accomplishment, it helps to know a little something about the blues legend that she’s honoring. Mississippi Fred McDowell (1904-1972) was a blues artist in the North Mississippi style. He is considered the first of the bluesmen from the ‘North Mississippi’ region (east of the Delta) to receive widespread recognition for his music. McDowell offered a blues form that was closer in structure to its African roots, especially with the use of the single chord vamp. He’s well known for his declaration “I do not play no rock and roll,” although he was very supportive of several rockers from later generations that credited him as an influence (from The Rolling Stones, to Bonnie Raitt, to Rory Block).

Some of the album’s highlights:
“Kokomo Blues”…The twists and turns that Ms. Block takes on this one make the journey at once familiar and brand new. She lets the feeling flow and keeps it carefully focused at the same time.
“What’s The Matter Now?”…The fine, fine instrumentals lay a foundation just strong enough for Ms. Block to build upon with her powerful and playful vocals. It’s all about the give and take – between artist and song, between musicians at play, and between the truth and what we will admit of it. It’s also the perfect song to showcase Rory Block’s voice and guitar style.
“The Breadline”…There’s the blues and then there are all those things that contribute to the blues. Here’s a lamentation that deals directly with all that. Try listening to this one without keeping the tempo by shaking your head in agreement. Good luck with that.
“Woke Up This Morning”…A mountain of harnessed emotion that just might house a ready-to-erupt volcano. It’s a blend of passion and joy, and it’s phenomenal to hear the long-standing sentiment expressed so beautifully in modern times.

If you don’t have a Rory Block album in your collection, this is a must-have. If you are already a fan, this one (is it really her 30th album?) is another superb addition. Block’s impulse to grow her own collection of “blues homage” albums was a brilliant idea, and (as the albums make clear) an important one. Rory Block is a powerful delta blues guitar player because what she plays comes from a lifetime of dedication to the blues musical legacy. The work she continues with this album is adding to her own artistic legacy.


Bob Carpenter
Eight Demos 1979 [Digital Only]

Eight Demos 1979 [Digital Only]
SPDD 0005
Genre: S/S
Released: 21 December 2010

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  1. Magdelana (3:11)
  2. Chameleon Man (2:59)
  3. Dreaming (2:44)
  4. One More Time (3:30)
  5. Everyone Knows (2:01)
  6. Falling Night (3:57)
  7. Every Other Road (2:10)
  8. Once Had A Sweetheart (3:27)

    Note: This is a digital only album. Please look for it through your favourite digital music outlet.
This disc is no longer available to order physically.
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Penguin Eggs
By Mike Sadava
The production is spare, but this is a great reminder of what a great songwriter Carpenter was. (more)

Some of Canada's best music takes a lot of time to get out to the public.

Bob Carpenter, who died in 1995, was never famous or successful, but he was revered by many in the folk scene for his songwriting. Tom Rush, Billy Joe Shaver, Brent Titcombe and Valdy, among others, recorded his songs. He only released one album in his life, and although it had a hot-shot producer in Brian Ahearn and top musicians like Lowell George, it never sold a lot of copies.

This group of demos, available only by digital download on Stony Plain Records, has sat in a Vancouver recording studio for 30 years. The production is spare, but this is a great reminder of what a great songwriter Carpenter was.

With his rough, bluesy voice, he comes up with lines I wish I could have written, such as "I believe in the light but I might be some time on the shady side." It probably won't sell a lot of downloads, but Holger Petersen deserves a heap of praise for rescuing this treasure.



Joe Louis Walker
Blues Conspiracy: Live On The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

Blues Conspiracy: Live On The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
SPCD 1353
Genre: Blues
Released: 28 September 2010
  1. Slow Down "GTO" (Listen to mp3 clip) (5:49)
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  2. Ain't That Cold (6:08) featuring Johnny Winter
  3. You're Gonna Make Me Cry (Listen to mp3 clip) (8:04) featuring Curtis Salgado & Mike Finnigan
  4. Eyes Like A Cat (5:46) featuring Tommy Castro, Tom Poole, Deanna Bogart & Keith Crossan
  5. Ten More Shows To Play (5:44) featuring Kirk Fletcher
  6. Born In Chicago (5:53) featuring Jason Ricci, Paris Slim & Nick Moss
  7. Sugar Mama (11:59) featuring Watermelon Slim
  8. Tell Me Why (7:10) featuring Duke Robillard & Todd Sharpville
  9. A Poor Man's Plea (Listen to mp3 clip) (5:15) featuring Kenny Neal
  10. It's A Shame (5:25) featuring Linwood Taylor, Kevin Burton, Henry Oden & Jeff Minnieweather
  11. 747 (6:33) featuring Paul Nelson, Tab Benoit & Mitch Woods


Midwest Record
By Chris Spector
This might be a good argument that the best way to experience Walker is live. Here we find him out at sea with a bunch of blues and rock hitters just letting the good times roll because, well, where are they going to go. The electricity is in the air as cats that you didn’t think knew each other kick it out on tunes that stray pretty far afield from the usual jam session cuts. High octane party fun that’ll easily take you back to the college era roadhouses where you wasted your youth (or should have). Fun stuff throughout that makes you wish you were there.


Ronnie Earl
Spread The Love

Spread The Love
SPCD 1347
Genre: blues
Released: 24 August 2010
  1. Backstroke
  2. Blues For Dr. Donna (Listen to mp3 clip)
  3. Chitlins Con Carne
  4. Cristo Redentor (Listen to mp3 clip)
  5. Happy
  6. Patience
  7. Miracle
  8. Spann's Grove
  9. Skyman
  10. Blues For Slim
  11. Tommy's Midnight Blues
  12. Eleventh Step To Heaven
  13. Ethan's Song (Listen to mp3 clip)
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  14. Blues For Bill


American Blues News
By Silver Michaels
Even within that impressive catalog of his, Spread The Love ranks as one of his best. (more)
Okay, my little "point of reference" disclaimer real quick - Ronnie Earl is (and has been for a long time) one of my two or three favorite guitarists in all of blues, and I hold him to a VERY high standard. That said, I did a quick count, and I believe this to be his umpteenth album... and he's still batting 1.000 with me; not a stinker in the bunch!

Spread The Love is an all instrumental album built around a classic blues quartet lineup - Ronnie on guitar, Dave Limina on piano and Hammond B3, Jim Mouradian on bass and Lorne Entress on drums. Throughout the album, the main focus is usually on the interplay between Earl's strings and Limina's keys. The chemistry is superb throughout; so good, in fact, that the absence of vocals doesn't tarnish the album a bit, nor does it hinder the listener's ability to draw pictures from these songs. I'd go so far as to say that Limina deserves some serious consideration for a "keyboard player of the year" nomination for his work here.

Of course, Earl's guitar is at the forefront most of the time, and not a single note disappointed these ears. As is usually the case, his playing is way on the high end of soulful with a healthy dose of jazz and just a touch of good funk mixed in. At his best, he's also one of the most melodic guitarists I've found in any genre, and he's certainly darn near his best on this release. The disc opens with "Backstroke," a really nice swing number that sets the tone of the album with it's exceptional interplay between guitar and keyboard. This is about the most energetic cut on the album, if you consider "energy" and "uptempo" to be synonymous - it's a fine opening piece and grabs the listener's attention right away.

The disc really kicks into high gear on the emotion scale with the next few cuts. "Blues For Dr. Donna," a tribute to his wife, is one of those beautiful, slow aching blues pieces - the melody is simple but elegant and leaves a lot of room for some of Earl's most introspective playing on the album. The effect is haunting and long-lasting, and while I'd be hard pressed to name a true favorite on this release, this would probably come closest. He follows this masterwork with two well-chosen covers - well chosen both for their status as classics and for showing the diversity he's capable of. Kenny Burrell's "Chitlins Con Carne" is given a brilliant treatment here. The precision work between Earl and Limina gives us a serious dose of subtle, slinky funk, the sort of piece where you hope the pretty blonde will get out on the dance floor and shake her shoulders. This is followed with perhaps the album's most surprising selection, the classic "Christo Redentor." That's almost a risky pick to me - Charlie Musselwhite's version is so ingrained into my and many psyches - but Earl handles the task admirably, and while his rendition won't drive Musselwhite's classic from my mind, it is certainly a worthy and solid interpretation.

Tracks 5, 6 and 7 almost feel like a trilogy, both sonically and spiritually. Respectively entitled "Happy," "Patience" and "Miracle," these three pieces taken together are a nice microcosm of Earl's heart, soul and philosophy. "Happy" showcases Limina in a more Booker T vein; it is indeed a happy track, but happy in the more serene sense, not in a Disney-esque "uber sunshine" mode. At times, Earl's work here is reminiscent of some of the more slow and soulful early work that Carlos Santana used to present. "Patience" is a moving slow blues, and Limina's keys lay down a seriously good foundation for some of Ronnie's best and most expressive work on the album. "Miracle," then, becomes a real triumphant conclusion to this trilogy; Limina takes the Hammond right into church, which is the only proper foundation for Earl's playing here. I'm reminded of Roy Buchanan's take on "The Messiah Will Come Again;" the core emotion is one of deep spirituality, the kind that can only come from deep belief, from the heart... from real, honest, true belief. Earl both pleads and soars on this track, and the effect is intense.

"Spann's Groove" is a nice nod to Otis Spann, a slow boogie with fantastic piano work (rolling hand and all). "Skyman" and "Tommy's Midnight Blues" deliver more slower melodic blues; the former also incorporates a nice jazzy feel with sort of a quiet tropical sundown attitude. "Eleventh Step To Heaven" is my other contender for personal favorite honors on this album. The piece features some beautifully sweet and low-key bass work (provided by guest Paul Kochansk) that provides a perfect foundation for this simple-yet-complex slow blues. Earl again does a fine job of conveying his own introspective spirituality here; it's yet another seemingly instant classic.

The album's closing piece is "Blues For Bill," and I think it's a fantastic close. This is a slow and almost punchy porch type blues, though Earl gives it his trademark smooth and soulful work. It's a fascinating piece to me, as I really like the version presented here, yet I'd love to hear somebody give this a rip as a true delta number, probably on a metal National and with some good slide work - the contrast between the two renditions of this piece would really be interesting.

Ronnie chooses not to tour widely or do interviews, for the most part, but I sincerely hope to make the journey to his neck of the woods some day. I'd love to shake his hand and thank him for the amazing body of work he's given to the world. Even within that impressive catalog of his, Spread The Love ranks as one of his best. (less)


Duke Robillard
Passport to the Blues

Passport to the Blues
SPCD 1349
Genre: blues
Released: 17 August 2010
  1. Workin' Hard For My Uncle (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:05)
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  2. Hong Kong Suit (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:47)
  3. Blues Train (5:20)
  4. Girl Let Me Tell Ya (2:45)
  5. Rhode Island Red Rooster (3:45)
  6. Fatal Heart Attack (4:10)
  7. Make It Rain (5:44)
  8. When You're Old You're Cold (Listen to mp3 clip) (5:29)
  9. Text Me (4:00)
  10. Duke's Evening Blues (5:22)
  11. The High Cost Of Lovin' (4:47)
  12. Grey Sky Blues (8:38)



By Mike Little
Passport To The Blues by Duke Robillard is your passport to some great music. (more)
Have you heard Duke Robillard's latest. It seems like only a few short months ago that Duke had his last release. Can you believe that it has been a year since Stony Plain Records released his Stomp! The Blues Tonight? Stony Plain has now released Duke's Passport To The Blues, which is a fabulous follow-up to his previous album. Check out "Girl Let Me Tell Ya." This number follows the style that he portrayed during his years as lead vocalist for Roomful of Blues. The song follows the playing style of Louisiana legend Johnny "Guitar Slim" Jones. Ex-Roomful of Blues bandmate Doug James gives a great tenor sax solo for the song. Duke gives us some modern-day lyrics to the Blues when he and his band rev it up for "Text Me." The lyrics give us a modern day love song for the digital age. As you check out Pasport To The Blues, notice the similarity of singing style and vocal talents between Duke Robillard and Jim Quick of Coastline. Duke Robillard was one of the founding members of Roomful of Blues and replaced Jimmie Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1990. The Blues Foundation has named him Best Blues Guitarist no less than four times. He also won the Best Traditional Male Artist at the recent Blues Awards in Memphis this year. Not only is Duke Robillard a singer, but a writer, as well. He has written more than 120 songs, many of which have been covered by other artists, including The Tan Canary, Johnny Adams. Passport To The Blues by Duke Robillard is your passport to some great music. (less)


Tim Hus

SPCD 1351
Genre: Roots
Released: 15 June 2010
  1. Canadian Pacific (3:28)
  2. Hockeytown (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:01)
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  3. Red River Flood (2:26)
  4. Saskatchewan Son-Of-A-Gun (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:25)
  5. North Atlantic Trawler (3:32)
  6. Hamilton Steel (2:58)
  7. Picture Butte Charlie (3:27)
  8. Sasquatch Hunter (3:07)
  9. Home Of Hank Snow (3:08)
  10. Country Music Lament (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:21)
  11. Talkin' Saskatoon Blues (2:59)
  12. Vagabond (4:21)


By Spencer Brown
“I feel my songs are all very relatable for people and to have someone tell you, you sing about everything I am, I guess it’s a dream come true. All kinds of songwriters try to relate to people and it’s such a great feeling when you accomplish that.” (more)
It’s not often you’d think of country music as a cultural ambassador – a cowboy hat diplomat? – but that’s exactly what Tim Hus is. A champion of all things Canadian, Hus has found acceptance not only from east to west but overseas as well. Speaking from his home in Calgary, Tim is on his way to Rocky Mountain Cowboy Festival in Nordegg, Alberta. “It’s a lot of boots and hats for sure,” says Hus, “and it celebrates western culture. There’s a number of them around western Canada and the western United States. There’s western art, saddle making, leather work and then there’s a music festival with bands and cowboy poets and that kind of thing. The festival has been going for five years and I played the inaugural edition and now, I’m ready to make my triumphant return,” chuckles Hus. For those curious about attending, rest assured you don’t need a bull rider’s belt buckle to get in. “I would recommend it,” says Hus. “It’s a lot of fun; the people are friendly and open. It’s like a folk festival except where a folk festival is more world music, cowboy fest is more like a western Canadian festival with good food, people and atmosphere.”

Tim Hus is preparing to premier his newest album, Hockeytown. When asked if it’s a concept album about the game, Hus reveals the meaning. “I did a big tour with Stompin’ Tom from Ontario to the Maritimes last summer and it went really well. This summer we’ll be doing the western leg of it. The album is from that experience and approach: all the songs are about Canada coast to coast and everywhere you go in the country, it’s always a hockey town.” As for Hus’s hockey passion, he fondly recalls playing hockey growing up and still keeps on top of the game, but declines to name favourite teams in the spirit of his “coast to coast” music.

While this Canadiana may be part and parcel of Hus’s music, he notes that it wasn’t always viable to be a Canadian artist passionate about your own country. “I think it’s getting better after stuff like what I’ve been doing and what Corb Lund has been doing. But we’re still largely influenced by the American music industry. We do have our own scene and we do have people who are champions of Canada and Canadian culture, for example, the Corb Lund song ‘Hurtin’ Albertan,’ which I co-wrote with him.”

This pride in being Canadian and representing the country has “led to an interesting thing that’s happened to my band as of late,” says Hus. “We’ve become a cultural ambassador. Last year we played at the Vancouver Olympics in that role (and) we recently played Martinque, a French island in the Caribbean, and we were told we were the first Canadian band to ever perform there. Last month I was over in South Korea playing at universities and Europe not long before that… Just because it’s Canadian music doesn’t mean it’s just for Canadians. We’re taking it around the world and giving everyone a taste of the culture.” In terms of the reaction, Hus says, “It’s gone over great everywhere. There’s a lot of interest but it’s always received differently, it’s not so relatable for some of them, so it’s more they’re experiencing something not familiar to them.”

In true Canadian fashion, one of the more memorable experiences comes from visiting our neighbour to the south. “We played the States at the Dollar Watch Jamboree in Washington. We headlined the festival down there and a lot of the time I get criticized that my songs are too Canadian to work in the U.S., but we had the most merchandise and albums sold out of any band at that festival,” says Hus with some trace of pride.

Just how Canadian are his songs? “Well, on the new album I’ve got a song about hunting the Sasquatch; I don’t think you can get more Canadian than that!” he laughs. “A lot of my songs are stories from the road – places we travel to and people we met are all seen through my eyes and my pen,” says Hus.

Because of the common threads running through the songs, Hus says, “People come up to me and s (less)


Jeff Healey And The Jazz Wizards
Beautiful Noise DVD

Beautiful Noise DVD
SPDVD 1348
Genre: Jazz
Released: 6 April 2010
  1. I Would Do Anything For You
  2. Bugle Call Rag
  3. If I Had You
  4. Darktown Strutter's Ball
  5. Wild Cat
  6. I'm Gonna Lock My Heart And Throw Away The Key
  7. Sugar Blues
  8. Sing You Sinners
  9. Sweet Georgia Brown
  10. You Go To My Head
  11. Long John Blues


By Cliff Preis
...seeing [Healey] pick up a trumpet and blowing Louis Armstrong-inspired choruses only added to my amazement. (more)

In September of 2006, I attended a concert honoring jazz historian Richard Sudhalter with Jeff Healey on the bill, only vaguely aware of Healey's pop music history and ignorant of his lifelong fascination with jazz performers of the 1920s and 1930s. His remarkable laptop guitar playing (strongly influenced by Eddie Lang and other early jazz masters) and heartfelt singing of Tin Pan Alley hits made me an instant Jeff Healey fan; seeing him pick up a trumpet and blowing Louis Armstrong-inspired choruses only added to my amazement.

Beautiful Noise was taped earlier that year for a Canadian TV program, and captures a live set by Healey and his working octet of jazz players. Reeman Christopher Plock's booming bass saxophone recalls the sound of '20s jazz ensembles; he has a striking Roland Kirk-esque moment on "Sugar Blues," simutaneously playing soprano and alto sax. Other highlights include violinist Drew Jurecka recalling Joe Venuti on "Wild Cat," performed in duo with the leader; Terra Hazelton, the band's blues diva, lays the double entendres thick on "Long John;" and, ofcourse, Healey demonstrating his multiple talents. He excels as a vocal balladeer on "If I Had You," which also contains an inspired trumpet solo. Healey's premature death, barely two years after this performance, was a tragedy for all lovers of swing.



Jeff Healey
Last Call

Last Call
SPCD 1335
Genre: Traditional Jazz
Released: 6 April 2010
  1. Holding My Honey's Hand (2:56)
  2. Time On My Hands (5:01)
  3. The Wildcat (Listen to mp3 clip) (2:34)
  4. You Can't Pull The Wool Over My Eyes (3:00)
  5. Deep Purple (4:50)
  6. Hong Kong Blues (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:10)
  7. Pennies From Heaven (3:57)
  8. Autumn In New York (4:47)
  9. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter (3:06)
  10. Black And Blue Bottom (2:51)
  11. Guitar Duet Stomp (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:35)
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  12. Laura (4:53)
  13. Keeping Myself For You (3:55)
  14. Some Of These Days (2:44)
  15. BONUS VIDEO: "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter


Globe and Mail
By J.D. Considine
As if we needed another reason to miss him, Jeff Healey’s final studio recording shows how well he could illuminate the hot jazz he adored. (more)
Where his albums with the Jazz Wizards were sometimes more enthusiastic than authentic, this disc – recorded mostly with Healey overdubbing himself on guitars, trumpet and voice – gets the details precisely right, from his perfectly shaded crooning in Time on My Hands to the exquisitely swinging rhythm guitar underpinning I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter. And while Ross Wooldridge’s piano cameos are occasionally too florid for my taste, the contributions of the album’s other guest, violinist Drew Jurecka, are time-machine perfect. (less)


Maria Muldaur
Garden Of Joy

Garden Of Joy
SPCD 1332
Genre: Blues/Folk
Released: 29 September 2009
  1. The Diplomat (3:48)
  2. Shake Hands And Tell Me Goodbye (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:04)
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  3. Shout You Cats (3:00)
  4. The Ghost Of The St Louis Blues (3:44)
  5. Let It Simmer (4:38)
  6. Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul (4:16)
  7. Medley: Life's Too Short / When Elephants Roost In Bamboo Trees (5:10)
  8. Garden Of Joy (2:23)
  9. He Calls That Religion (4:03)
  10. I Ain't Gonna Marry (2:53)
  11. Bank Failure Blues (5:19)
  12. The Panic Is On (4:02)


JSI's Top 21

Maria Muldaur and band form a beautiful melody that puts you in a dream and when you wake up you find yourself singing along to it.


The newest release from folk and roots staple Maria Muldaur has been nominated for a Grammy ("best traditional folk album of the year") and this writer can't think of anyone who deserves it more. In the 35 years since "Midnight at the Oasis" hit it big, Muldaur has received far too little credit for her contribution to roots and Americana music. Maria Muldaur puts a new album on the stacks at least once a year, without fail, and has done so for longer than most fans of folk and jug bands have been alive. She was there, a radiant if petite proto-hippie-momma, when it all began, during the early '60s folk revival in Greenwich Village. Hanging out with Dylan and the Seegers and playing at the Newport Folk Music Festival as part of the Even Dozen Jug Band all carved a place for Muldaur in history, and a good number of good friends that would last the ages. A good number of those good friends are back on "Her Garden of Joy" to return to the roots of roots music— Jug Bands. America's mando-laureate David Grisman sits in on a few tracks, as does the great Taj Mahal. Muldaur is bringing fresh fruit into the mix as well, inviting the young Kit Stovepipe to play national guitar on a number of traditional tunes.

Editor's Note: Maria Muldaur and band form a beautiful melody that puts you in a dream and when you wake up you find yourself singing along to it.



Joe Louis Walker
Between A Rock And The Blues

Between A Rock And The Blues
SPCD 1345
Genre: Blues
Released: 15 September 2009
  1. I'm Tide (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:57)
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  2. Eyes Like A Cat (3:50)
  3. Black Widow Spider (4:58)
  4. If There's A Heaven (6:41)
  5. Way Too Expensive (4:23)
  6. I've Been Down (5:33)
  7. Prisoner Of Mercy (4:08)
  8. Hallways (7:34)
  9. Tell Me Why (5:44)
  10. Blackjack (7:21)
  11. Big Fine Woman (4:47)
  12. Send You Back (4:17)


By Jerome Clark
Walker is fluent in all the blues languages (more)

You could say that B.B. King and Aaron "T-Bone" Walker invented modern electric blues, a big-city sound in which the Mississippi Delta -- which continued to inform such contemporaries as Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf -- was a very distant echo. A whole lot of memorable music, from Albert King, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Little Milton and others, followed. So, unfortunately, have many generic-sounding recordings. To my hearing, the latter have the resonance more of roots rock (or somebody's idea of it) than of real blues; "blues rock" strikes me as -- with, inevitably, some worthy exceptions -- effectively rock, incidentally blues. The standard complaint, fair or unfair but hardly mine alone, is that there's more hand -- the players are invariably adept at their instruments -- than heart in this approach. That said, Between a Rock & the Blues, produced by the hard-working, ever-reliable Duke Robillard (whose most recent CD I reviewed here on 4 July 2009), is as electric and modern as a blues disc can be, and a stunner. For once, "masterpiece" -- the word is used on the back cover -- falls short of hyperbole. The record has almost hypnotic powers. I have listened to it repeatedly, each time in some state of awed consciousness.

Joe Louis Walker (no relation to T-Bone as far as I know) first recorded in 1986, and this is his 20th album. Though I know his early work, I lost track of him in the interim. Picking up on him in 2009, I encounter a major blues artist at the peak of his powers. Because race is so much a part of any discussion of blues' history and higher meaning, it is necessary to note here that Walker is an African-American who has lived long enough (born in 1949) to have grown up in blues culture, in other words at a time when blues was not -- as it has been for a long time now -- at the far margins of black life and entertainment. Walker seems to have heard, seen or known just about every significant African-American vernacular and popular musician of the mid- to latter-20th century. In addition he was close friends with the late Mike Bloomfield, who did as much as anyone (next, anyway, to the early Rolling Stones) to introduce electric blues to a whole generation of white young people.

Between a Rock & the Blues fuses gospel, r&b, soul and (yes) rock, but it is at its essence a blues record -- thundering and scorching, yes, but never bombastic. Afire with emotion, the songs, in common with all true blues, deliver convincingly lived-in storytelling. "Black Widow Spider" boasts a particularly compelling narrative and a terrific blues metaphor like they used to. Just as gripping, "If There's a Heaven," written by Walker with Kevin Eubanks and Joe Russo, is a confession of sin by a petty criminal who yet strives to commit good. It's hard to believe psychological and spiritual complexity of this kind could be compacted into a song, even one that clocks in at 6:41, but it's considerably more interesting than most gospel songs.

Social commentary drives "I'm Tide" -- meaning "tired" of a whole lot of aggravations of modern life; Walker is so exhausted that he can't even manage that second syllable -- and Murali Coryell's "Way Too Expensive," about economic inequity; there's also a richly earned dig at our most recent ex-president.

With electric guitar, slide and 12-string, Walker fronts a band which hits hard and lands every punch. Pleasingly, though, the album closes on a whole other note with "Send You Back," a quiet acoustic-guitar/harmonica country blues. Walker is fluent in all the blues languages.



Jeff Healey
Songs From The Road

Songs From The Road
SPCD 1343
Genre: Blues
Released: 28 July 2009
  1. I Think I Love You Too Much (5:36)
  2. I'm Ready (5:21)
  3. Stop Breaking Down (5:57)
  4. Angel Eyes (5:54)
  5. Come Together (5:22)
  6. Hoochie Coochie Man (7:09)
  7. White Room (5:35)
  8. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (5:13)
  9. Whipping Post (5:59)
  10. Teach Your Children Well (2:48)
  11. Santa, Bring My Baby Back (To Me) (2:09)


Toronto Blues Music Examiner
By Dennis Smith
Songs from the Road (Stony Plain Records) captures Healey's gift for energizing rock and blues tunes with powerful, sometimes blistering guitar work. (more)

CD review: Jeff Healey's guitar legacy shines through in Songs From The Road

Jeff Healey wore many musical hats during his brief life - band leader, singer, radio DJ, nightclub owner, trumpeter and clarinetist.

But the blind musician will be remembered best for playing searing guitar on his lap, looking like a pedal steel guitar man gone mad. 

Songs from the Road (Stony Plain Records) captures Healey's gift for energizing rock and blues tunes with powerful, sometimes blistering guitar work.

It's a talent that occasionally sneaks up on the listener.

Songs like his cover of the Beatles' Come Together and his own hit Angel Eyes start off sounding a little staid. Then the songs build, with the payoff of strong guitar solos.

Also deceptive are Healey's vocals, which occasionally sound a little tame. However, his voice booms out nicely on blues classics like (view Muddy Waters version) Hoochie Coochie Man  and  (view Rolling Stones/Robert Cray version) Stop Breaking Down.

There's also great harmonica work from Dave Murphy and fine guitar interplay with Dan Noordemeer and Healey on the latter song.

The two extra musicians also chip in vocals, with Murphy being particularly strong on Come Together. Adding to Healey's original trio format definitely helps throughout the CD. Guest guitarist Randy Bachman gives some extra jolt to Hoochie Coochie Man.

Other highlights are a powerful version of the Allman Brothers' Whipping Post and some great 'wah-wah' guitar on their take of Cream's White Room.

Drummer Al Webster and bassist Alec Fraser, who deserves credit for producing a fine array of songs. They were from concerts in Norway, London, England and Toronto.

Material somewhat resembles Healey's early career successes, which incuded millions in sales, two Grammy nominations and performing with stars like B.B. King and George Harrison.

The ex-Beatle sang backing vocals and played acoustic guitar when Healey covered his hit While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Healey even appeared in the Patrick Swayze movie Roadhouse. Four of his band's tunes made the soundtrack, including a cover of the Doors' Roadhouse Blues. He later had a Toronto night spot named Jeff Healey's Roadhouse.

He eventually changed direction, recording three albums with Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards. Instead of guitar, Healey played trumpet and clarinet.

Healey owned between 25,000 and 35,000 78-rpm jazz records, using them for his program on JAZZ-FM.91.

Unfortunately, the cancer that blinded him (retinoblastoma) took Healey's life in March, 2008. He was 41.

Fans might find a little consolation in two albums released posthumously. Besides Songs from the Road, Mess of Blues was released last year.



Duke Robillard
Stomp! The Blues Tonight

Stomp! The Blues Tonight
SPCD 1342
Genre: Blues
Released: 2 June 2009
  1. Stomp The Blues Tonight (3:22)
  2. Do Me Right (3:31)
  3. Three Hours Past Midnight (4:38)
  4. Baby You Don't Know (2:53)
  5. I Wanna Hug You, Kiss You, Squeeze You (4:59)
  6. Frankie and Johnny (3:11)
  7. Look But Don't Touch (3:47)
  8. Playful Baby (3:32)
  9. Million Dollar Secret (7:47)
  10. Jumpin' The Bone (5:36)
  11. Hands Off! (4:17)
  12. Money's Gettin' Cheaper (3:48)
  13. For You My Love (2:18)
  14. Tore Up (3:59)
  15. Ain't Nobody's Business (3:23)
  16. Early In The Morning (4:36)


Juke Joint Soul
By Ben the Harpman
Duke is the most consistently damn good blues player on the planet. (more)
He's released about five of the most high lauded albums in the last five years and on top of that, continues to produce some fine records for a ton of people. However, this release along with his more jazzy-blues release from last year seem to be his real niche. Tapping into the rhythm and blues charts of the 40s and 50s is where the Duke is at home and actively creates, pulling from the obscure and the well known. Conjuring thoughts of a young B.B. King or a young Ike Turner or Eddie Vinson, Wynonie Harris, or Roy Brown; Duke funnels those guitar themes effortlessly back into the popular blues consciousness with each subsequent release and hasn't ever faltered. The Duke of the Blues is still firmly holding the standards high for all those who choose to call themselves a blues guitarist. (less)


Ronnie Earl
Living In The Light

Living In The Light
SPCD 1340
Genre: Blues
Released: 2 June 2009
  1. Love Love Love (8:47)
  2. S.O.S (9:04)
  3. Take A Little Walk With Me (7:34)
  4. River Charles Blues (5:46)
  5. What Can I Do For You (8:00)
  6. Recovery Blues (7:17)
  7. Blues For Fathead (3:40)
  8. Child Of A Survivor (9:28)
  9. Blues For The South Side (3:24)
  10. Ain't Nobody's Buisness (5:56)
  11. Donna Lee (5:30)
  12. Pastorale (3:47)


Toledo Blade
By T.H.
One of the more intensive, heartfelt blues albums released recently, this is a treasure deeply rooted in the soul and gospel. You'll get your soul nourished and come away with a little religion from this album, for sure.


Sunny And Her Joy Boys
Introducing Sunny And Her Joy Boys

Introducing Sunny And Her Joy Boys
SPCD 1341
Genre: Blues/Jazz
Released: 24 March 2009
  1. Strictly From Dixie (Listen to mp3 clip) (2:54)
  2. You’re Driving Me Crazy (4:57)
  3. That’s My Desire (3:49)
  4. Stop You’re Breakin’ My Heart (3:16)
  5. You’re My Thrill (Listen to mp3 clip) (5:01)
  6. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (3:53)
  7. I Don’t Mind (4:01)
  8. Travelin’ All Alone (2:37)
  9. Today I Sing The Blues (3:26)
  10. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:11)
  11. I Got It Bad (and that ain’t good) (5:53)
  12. Undecided (4:46)
  13. I’m Satisfied (4:27)
  14. A Hundred Years From Today....... (4:21)



O's Place Jazz
By D. Oscar Gnoomes
This is a classy Bourbon Street band singing fourteen American classics including "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea", "I Got It Bad" featuring Novick on alto sax and "You're My Thrill". Producer Robillard is on his game and Sunny's soft and warm demeanor matches the spirit of the tunes making them believable and fun.


Ian Tyson
Yellowhead to Yellowstone and other Love Stories

Yellowhead to Yellowstone and other Love Stories
SPCD 1339
Genre: Country
Released: 11 November 2008
  1. Yellowhead To Yellowstone (6:01)
  2. Fiddler Must Be Paid (3:45)
  3. Lioness (3:24)
  4. Ross Knox (2:44)
  5. Blaino's Song (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:17)
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  6. Estrangement (3:29)
  7. My Cherry Coloured Rose (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:41)
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  8. Bill Kane (3:55)
  9. Go This Far (3:48)
  10. Love Never Comes At All (4:54)


Goldmine Magazine
By Lee Zimmerman
If Springsteen and Mellencamp speak to the pulse of the American heartland, Tyson is their Canadian equivalent, equally intrepid, clear-eyed and compelling. (more)

A revered forefather of folk music, Ian Tyson carved a singular presence among traditional troubadours, first as half the duo Ian and Sylvia (“Someday Soon,” “Four Strong Winds”) and later as a cowboy poet and songwriter of rarified stature. Still revered in his native Canada, he remains at the top of his form even at age 75, and while his voice is weathered and his tales somewhat tattered, he continues to make music that is as indelible and gripping as ever. Tyson’s latest is no exception, a spellbinding work of epic proportions. A series of sweeping, refl ective narratives, it details the people, places and indigenous wildlife of windswept Canadian prairies. The riveting title track details the journey of a wolf pack transported to new environs in order to save them from extinction. Its dramatic delivery refl ects his cinematic style, and like the bitter ballad “Fiddler Must Be Paid,” the earnest “My Cherry Red Rose” and the rambling “Bill Kane,” it conveys both a gritty perspective and a knowing stance. If Springsteen and Mellencamp speak to the pulse of the American heartland, Tyson is their Canadian equivalent, equally intrepid, clear-eyed and compelling.




Ronnie Earl
Hope Radio Sessions DVD

Hope Radio Sessions DVD
SPDVD 1326
Genre: Blues
Released: 14 October 2008
  1. Intro (1:30)
  2. Bobby's Bop (6:01)
  3. Blues For The Homeless (8:02)
  4. Eddie's Gospel Groove (5:20)
  5. I Am With You (8:13)
  6. Kay My Dear (6:44)
  7. New Gospel Tune (4:26)
  8. Blues for Otis Rush (9:58)
  9. Blues for the West Side (8:42)
  10. Lightnin' Hopkins Thing (4:33)
  11. Interview (10:58)
  12. I Shall Not Be Moved (2:15)
    Note: This is a DVD disc, and will not work in a CD player.


The Alternate Root
By Reb Landers
With backing band The Broadcasters in tow, Earl moves through the ‘Hope Radio’ repertoire with spellbinding grace and ease even adding alternate arrangements to the set list. The intimacy of the small gathering allows Earl to shine and shine he does. (more)
When Ronnie Earl released ‘Hope Radio’ in 2007 little did we know that plans were in the works for those songs to subsequently be filmed at Wellspring Sound in Acton, MA before a small (and very fortunate) private audience over two nights in April 2007. The resulting ‘Hope Radio Sessions’ DVD, released in mid October brings us closer to the magic that was released during those two nights. With backing band The Broadcasters in tow, Earl moves through the ‘Hope Radio’ repertoire with spellbinding grace and ease even adding alternate arrangements to the set list. The intimacy of the small gathering allows Earl to shine and shine he does. When Ronnie Earl interacts with his audience the two-time, (only two?), W.C. Handy Award winner for ‘Guitarist of the Year’ is in his element and his playing communicates to his audience the soulful mastery of his chosen instrument.
The set opens with a minute and a half of Earl running through his warm-up. Like a world class athlete that’s warming up before a big performance…you know what’s coming is going to be special. You can tell by the look on his face and the attentiveness of the audience who seem aware that they have been plucked from a legion of fans to bear witness to the moment.
Night one continues with a musical journey through a myriad of styles that Earl has mastered. The jazz overtones of ‘Bobby’s Bop,’ reminiscent of the west coast swing of Wes Montgomery and Jimmy Smith, highlight the interplay between Earl and keyboardist Dave Limina. Earl touches on subjects dear to his heart as in ‘Blues for the Homeless’ which finds him at his most soulful bluesy moment on night one. Earl beckons the audience to stand and be healed on ‘Eddies Gospel Groove’ another foray into Earl’s unique blend of traditional gospel and blues styles. ‘I Am With You’ and ‘Kay My Dear’ are tone rich blues numbers that reinforce the acclaim of Ronnie Earl as one of his generations most gifted players. It’s not all about speed with Ronnie Earl although he could possibly shred with the best of the over-playing-speed-demons that tend to muck the blues waters from time to time. No, with Ronnie Earl it’s about tone, soul and making every note seem as though it’s a piece in a complex puzzle assembled within the imagination of the listener. The first night closes with another jazz infused spiritual journey, the beautiful ‘New Gospel Tune’. It is here that the juxtaposition of Limina’s brilliant piano playing against Earl’s mesmerizing guitar is most assuredly the musical highlight of the evening.
Night two begins with the addition of guitarist Nick Adams as Earl pays homage to his predecessor, the great Otis Rush. Adams and Earl are a tour de force on ‘Blues for Otis Rush’ ripping through a series of leads that left me speechless. ‘Blues for the West Sideis once again a lesson in tone as a replacement for speed. Each note Earl plays is a word in his composition and when he converses with his audience in such a manner every eye and every ear are glued to him. The live portion switched to ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins


Rodney Crowell
Sex And Gasoline

Sex And Gasoline
SPCD 1338
Genre: Roots
Released: 30 September 2008
  1. Sex And Gasoline (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:29)
  2. Moving Work Of Art (4:31)
  3. The Rise And Fall Of Intelligent Design (4:29)
  4. Truth Decay (4:30)
  5. I Want You #35 (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:31)
  6. I've Done Everything I Can (5:34)
  7. Who Do You Trust (4:08)
  8. The Night's Just Right (3:52)
  9. Funky And The Farm-boy (4:09)
  10. Forty Winters (4:44)
  11. Closer To Heaven (Listen to mp3 clip) (5:21)


Edmonton Journal
By Peter North
Thriving personal life helps shape tunesmith's fine new album. (more)

Thirty years ago, Texas tunesmith Rodney Crowell knocked off a compact and powerful recording, Ain't Living Long Like This, that included perfectly crafted songs such as Voila An American Dream and California Earthquake.

The album rocked established notions in the country music world. His beautifully chiselled approach to songwriting caused multiple cases of whiplash in publishing houses where writers had been content in serving up too much gooey pop-saturated fare that had been drawn from the same stagnating pools for far too long.

If Crowell's debut disc and subsequent efforts like What Will The Neighbors Think? and Rodney Crowell weren't climbing the charts, his songs vaulted to the top thanks to artists like Waylon Jennings, Bob Serger and Emmylou Harris taking big bites out of his catalogue.

Crowell, who was a contempaorary of Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, had the best of both worlds-artistic credibility and the kind of commercial success songwriters dream of.

"Songwriting royalties, they have afforded me a life few have," says Crowell.

Major success as a performing artist was not going to elude him forever.Twenty years ago. he racked up five No. 1 singles from his Diamonds and Dirt album-including a duet with his then wife Roseanne Cash, It's Such a Small World, and After All This Time, which won a Grammy award.

"You look back and those 15 minutes of fame were a hiccup, and I wasn't happy," says Crowell. "Call it the Elvis syndrome. You put up an image, there's this self-conscious notoriety."

In the '90s, he released three rather forgettable discs and his marriage to Cash crumbled. Crowell decided to pull back.

"I had gone to a place where the art was going to get killed and got out. I don't think I played five live shows in five years, from '95 to 2000. I built a new marriage, took long walks and my kids to school."

Crowell has just released Sex and Gasoline.It's his fourth album of the new millennium and arguably his finest work,thanks in part to pieces like Truth Decay and The Rise and Fall of Intelligent Design.

Produced by Joe Henry, and released in Canada on Stony Plain Records, Crowell wanted fresh input into making records and felt the need to refocus on performing and singing.

"The sessions happened quickly with very little overdubbing; much of the playing from guitarists Doyle Bramhall II and Greg Leisz, and that great Canadian bass player of yours, David Pilch, was intuitive," says Crowell.

Much of the material is centred on his perceptions of the triumphs and struggles of being in today's world.

"There have been things written stating that I was trying to write from a woman's point of view and that's not the case. My wife, women friends and daughters would nail me to the wall for attempting that," says Crowell, who examines beauty on Moving Work of Art, and Alzheimer's in Forty Winters. "I am my own harshest critic and biggest fan, and these are my best vocal performances."

He also managed to draw Phil Everly out of retirement for a day to sing on one of the album's songs, Truth Decay.

"We had to take a shot at it and he agreed," says Crowell.

"What a gentleman, and Phil worked really hard. It was one of the highlights of my career, and my wife has made a 12 minute film out of that session."



Joe Louis Walker
Witness To The Blues

Witness To The Blues
SPCD 1337
Genre: Blues
Released: 16 September 2008
  1. It's A Shame (Listen to mp3 clip) (6:16)
  2. Midnight Train (4:17)
  3. Lover's Holiday (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:14) Duet with Shemekia Copeland
  4. Hustlin' (5:16)
  5. Witness (6:07)
  6. Rollin' & Tumblin' (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:53)
  7. Highview (6:48)
  8. I Got What You Need (5:14)
  9. Keep On Believin' (4:27)
  10. 100% More Man (7:12)
  11. Sugar Mama (6:25)


Blues Revue - Dec/Jan 2009
By Hal Horowitz
No matter what he's singing, Walker's churchy approach is soulful, heartfelt, and spellbinding. He seems particularly inspired on this set, perhaps because he finally has found a producer (Duke Robillard) who brings out his best. (more)

The combination of guitarist/singer/songwriter Joe Louis Walker with producer/guitarist Duke Robillard is an inspired one. Robillard strips down Walker's sound, emphasizing his distinctive gospel-infused vocals while welcoming Walker's diverse influences. Soul, R&B, funk, rockabilly, and loose blues shuffles are elements of Walker's sound, and Robillard's typically warm touch is applied here with impressive results.

Inexplicably overlooked as one of contemporary blues' most dynamic and innovative musicians, Walker has been knocking around the blues scene since his 1986 debut, releasing consistently exciting music that hasn't received the commercial acceptance it deserves. Hopefully that will change, as Witness to the Blues is one of Walker's finest efforts. Eight of its 11 songs are Walker compositions, and even his versions of oft-covered chestnuts "Rollin' and Tumblin'" and "Sugar Mama" are given vigorous, creative arrangements that make them sound new. A guest appearance by Shemekia Copeland on "Lover's Holiday" - a lost gem originally recorded by Sixties soul duo Peggy Scott and Jo Jo Benson - is an album highlight. Walker and Copeland tear into the tune with a level of heat and enthusiasm that nearly equals the original.

Elsewhere, Walker takes a cue from Muddy Waters' slide and powerful grinding lope on the sizzling slow blues "100% More Man." Keyboardist Bruce Katz does his best Otis Spann impression here on a riveting solo that sounds as if Spann himself dropped by to tinkle the ivories. Walker's "Hustlin'" is a touch R&B-infused shuffle, and "Witness" is a lovely ballad that shows the subtle side of Walker's songwriting. No matter what he's singing, Walker's churchy approach is soulful, heartfelt, and spellbinding. He lets his voice crack naturally, and even if he's getting a little rough around the edges on the high notes, he seems particularly inspired on this set, perhaps because he finally has found a producer who brings out his best.



Rory Block
Blues Walkin' Like A Man: A Tribute To Son House

Blues Walkin
SPCD 1329
Genre: Blues
Released: 16 September 2008
  1. My Black Mama (4:25)
  2. Downhearted Blues (4:39)
  3. Preachin' Blues (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:28)
  4. Jinx Blues (4:25)
  5. Dry Spell Blues (3:58)
  6. Shetland Pony Blues (3:33)
  7. Death Letter (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:25)
  8. County Farm Blues (3:31)
  9. Grinnin' In Your Face (Listen to mp3 clip) (2:09)
  10. Low Down Dirty Dog Blues (4:33)
  11. Depot Blues (3:09)
  12. Government Fleet Blues (7:03)
  13. I Want To Go Home On The Morning Train (4:01)


By Karl Stober
Block appeals to the inner sense that the blues instills into an audience. (more)

Blues has an extraordinary musical emotion, with an inner texture dipped into a sixth sense that opens a weathered journey for whoever chooses its dramatic passage. Every time I spin a fine grit of blues, life becomes focused. Such was the case with Rory Block and her new tribute project to Son House, Blues Walkin’ like a Man. Released by Stony Plain Records in 2008, this blues storyline has escorted the audience in the direction of their own crossroads. This is the “glue” to the days when blues was the story of every man’s road. Block has set the flow for an Americana time capsule in musicianship!

Delta bluesman Son House never really received the accolades he so richly earned, but this preacher man–blues icon has influenced a globe in the art form known as blues. Block took this iconic existence to become her mission, unearthing the greatness of the man who influenced her world. Blues Walkin’ like a Man injects a deceptively strong tribute spin in the form of Son House’s signature style at the same time. Block is very much in control of her own precise formula.

Block's sense of commitment inspires with the performance of “Preachin’ Blues” as the old school of hard blues is exercised. The pick configurations are solid and methodical. Strategically injected solos truly ignite the fever blues can only trigger. The acoustical romance of blues comes to a righteous pulse with “Government Fleet Blues.” In this experience, Block vocalizes the story with the signature pain desirable to properly break through the meaning within the blues dimension. Many times, blues is imparted through song with a hollow emotion. However, Block brings that traditional style to life, executing the tale of a weathered and traveled soul. Classic feel with structure!

Block appeals to the inner sense that the blues instills into an audience. A pure grit of life pours from her strings as she massages each fret of her musical drive. In this case, she applauds the life of Son House and with her smooth tones and hard core vocals. Block came to the crossroads with this project and took it into the right direction.



Big Dave McLean
Acoustic Blues: Got 'Em From The Bottom

Acoustic Blues: Got
SPCD 1334
Genre: Blues
Released: 15 July 2008
  1. Sometimes (Listen to mp3 clip) (2:30)
  2. Why Do Girls Do That (3:58)
  3. Atlanta Moan (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:15)
  4. Police And High Sheriff (1:15)
  5. Someday Baby (3:21)
  6. Don't Shy Away (2:53)
  7. Right From The Start (2:56)
  8. Michael Hendersen (5:39)
  9. Mop (1:41)
  10. Louisiana Blues/Forty Four (Medley) (6:28)
  11. Comin' Home To You (3:33)
  12. Paper Angel (3:12)
  13. Up On Waverly (6:24)
  14. Good Morning Little School Girl (3:15)
  15. Kanadiana (4:00)
  16. Oh Baby ..... Yah (4:57)
  17. Stop Ash'n On The Dog (Listen to mp3 clip) (1:58)
  18. The Bottoms Where I Got 'Em (7:30)
  19. Needed Time (3:24)


Edmonton Journal
By Peter North
Big Dave McLean lets young guns show their stuff at Blues on Whyte. (more)

Big Dave McLean is one of a handful of musicians who long ago earned a high ranking in the heavyweight division of the Canadian blues scene,and he continues to challenge all comers.

The guitar-and harp-wielding Winnipeg native is a force who instantly commands the audience's attention,yet the husky-voiced musician doesn't have a bombastic delivery.Instead,with one hand firmly on the microphone and his eyes searching every corner of the room, McLean connects with combinations of rhythmic crunch, heartfelt turns of phrase and slaps of stinging steel.

McLean has been praised for his encouragement of aspiring players and singers across the Prairies. He is essentially passing on what was presented to him 30-plus years ago,when legendary bluesman Muddy Waters opened up his world to the young Winnipegger.

All those links in the blues chain bring us to this six-night stand at Blues on Whyte,10329 82nd Ave.It finds McLean teamed with Guitarmageddon, an aggregation of younger players who have all made their mark on the national scene.

Between sets, McLean talked of first hearing a young Shaun Verreault in Saskatoon, when he wasn't of legal age to play the bars.

"We used to sneak Shaun into Bud's on Broadway so he could play a few tunes at the Saturday afternoon jam sessions", says McLean, suggesting that everyone understood Verreault was not your average youngster drawn to the guitar.

"Now, here I am doing this tour with Shaun, and his slide-playing is so ferocious that sometimes I almost stop playing because I get so caught up in what he is doing," added McLean. Verreault has been lifting audiences out of their seats as a member of Wide Mouth Mason, and as a solo peformer, for years.

Rounding out the ensemble are the bass-playing Curtis Scarrow, who spearheaded this tour with McLean, and drummer Scotty Hills, who just came off a European tour with Mclean as part of a package with The Perpetrators.

The foursome can come at a crowd as a full-blown, amps-turned-electric unit, ripping through versions of Got to Love Somebody, Rainin' in My Heart and Chicken Shack, which McLean humorouslyintroduces as Poulet de Chalet.

Then there's a tasty and slightly understated take of That's Alright, the Jimmy Rogers tune that was a staple in the original Muddy Waters band repertoire. In this setting, it finds Verreault slipping in effective Ron Wood-like rhythm licks between McLean's vocal lines.

Mid-song tempo changes, gang vocals on choruses and interesting combinations of guitar styles, some fusing the sting of Texas influences with the tones of sruf guitar, also had the Blues on Whyte crowd applauding appreciatively after every tune in the opening set.

"That we come out with all four of us on guitars and do a sit-down thing for the second set gives the show added depth, and that's where Shaun and Scotty also sing a few tunes. We have a huge repertoire to work with, " said McLean with a grin.

While McLean thinks of this union as a little bit of a "payback" for his time spent as a mentor, the truth is that McLean, Verreault, Scarrow and Hills simply make for a superior blues revue.





Big Dave McLean
Gone [Digital single]

Gone [Digital single]
SPDD 0004
Genre: Blues
Released: 15 July 2008

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New Guitar Summit

SPCD 1328
Genre: Blues
Released: 10 June 2008
  1. Little Bitty Pretty One (Listen to mp3 clip)
  2. Flying Home
  3. Your Mind Is On Vacation wtih Randy Bachman
  4. Shivers
  5. Blue Sunset (Listen to mp3 clip)
  6. Broadway
  7. Everybody's Crying Mercy with Randy Bachman
  8. Jim Jam (Listen to mp3 clip)
  9. Honey Suckle Rose
  10. Wellspring Blues
  11. Mediterranean Nights


CD Hotlist
By (RA)
For All Guitar Collections. (more)
New Guitar Summit is an apt name for this group in one sense, but not in another: yes, they're like a summit meeting of Boston guitarists (Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, Gerry Beaudoin), but no, there's nothing new about them. These guys are elder statesmen, and the music they play is strictly old-school: "Flying Home," "Honeysuckle Rose," "Everybody's Crying Mercy," etc. And is it all an unmitigated delight? Oh heavens, yes. For all guitar collections. (less)


Tim Hus
Bush Pilot Buckaroo

Bush Pilot Buckaroo
SPCD 1336
Genre: Country
Released: 3 June 2008
  1. Dempster Highway (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:22)
  2. Cattlerack Cadillac (3:27)
  3. Bush Pilot Buckaroo (4:00)
  4. Battle River (3:33)
  5. A Hundred Grande (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:27)
  6. Bakersfield Music (2:45)
  7. Man With The Big Hat with Gary Fjellgaard (5:48)
  8. Coal Mine (3:09)
  9. Hockey Mom (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:03)
  10. Vancouver Blues (3:30)
  11. Roadhouse Band (3:40)
  12. The Great Divide (4:30)

Duke Robillard
A Swingin' Session With Duke Robillard

A Swingin
SPCD 1331
Genre: Blues/Swing
Released: 29 April 2008
  1. Deed I Do (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:56)
  2. The Lonesome Road (6:42)
  3. Them That Got (Listen to mp3 clip) (5:20)
  4. Just Because (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:36)
  5. Meet Me At NSP (3:30)
  6. Red Dog (6:49)
  7. They Raided The Joint (4:53)
  8. When Your Lover Has Gone (6:34)
  9. The Song In Ended (3:08)
  10. Singin' With Lucy Mae (6:30)


Blues Revue Oct/Nov 2008
By Michael Cote
We should thank Robillard for reprising and reinventing classic American music in an age when real musicianship gets short shrift while shallow theatrics can earn you a stint on American Idol. Call me cranky, but I'd rather swing. (more)

For his latest release in a long association with Canada's Stony Plain label, guitarist and singer Duke Robillard digs deep into the American songbook of jazz classics and throws in a couple of original instrumentals for good measure.

A Swingin' Session does much more than spotlight Robillard's nimble guitar work and nuanced vocals. Backed by his longtime bandmates and some former Roomful of Blues colleagues, Robillard directs the spotlight just as often on the horns and keyboards. Like one of his heroes, Duke Ellington, Robillard plays his band like an instrument, and that comes naturally for these dozen players who share an affinity for the place where jazz meets blues. Many of these musicians hail from Robillard's Rhode Island stomping grounds, including such familiar names as Gordon Beadle (tenor and baritone sax), Al Basile (cornet), Scott Hamilton (tenor sax), and Carl Querfurth (trombone).

The songs come from familiar sources, but they're not necessarily well known to modern listeners, so the setlist sounds fresh. Ray Charles' "Them That Got" features great piano work by Bruce Katz, and Basile's muted cornet punctuates Irving Berlin's "The Song Is Ended." Robillard's charisma as a vocalist shines, especially on the Charles number.

Blues and jazz scholars might pore over the obscure song selections and Robillard's approach to the arrangements, but none of that matters to the people who go to his shows. What makes this material work is what happens on the dance floor when a band swings this hard. We should thank Robillard for reprising and reinventing classic American music in an age when real musicianship gets short shrift while shallow theatrics can earn you a stint on American Idol. Call me cranky, but I'd rather swing.



Duke Robillard
Rehab [Digital single]

Rehab [Digital single]
SPDD 0002
Genre: Blues
Released: 29 April 2008

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Amos Garrett
Get Way Back: A Tribute To Percy Mayfield

Get Way Back: A Tribute To Percy Mayfield
SPCD 1330
Genre: Blues
Released: 22 April 2008
  1. My Jug And I (2:56)
  2. Pretty Eyed Baby (5:48)
  3. Stranger In My Own Hometown (3:15)
  4. Never Say Naw (4:21)
  5. The Country (4:23)
  6. To Claim It's Love (5:54)
  7. The River's Invitation (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:46)
  8. Fading Love (5:54)
  9. Get Way Back (2:40)
  10. Ha Ha In The Daytime (Listen to mp3 clip) (6:08)
  11. Lost Mind (Listen to mp3 clip) (2:25)


By Ross Boissoneau

His vocal delivery is as smooth as molasses, while his guitar - indeed, the entire instrumental backing - harkens back decades.


At most, Percy Mayfield might be credited for his song "Hit the Road jack," but this disc reveals a sonwriting ability that ran much deeper and broader than one hit.Garrett's homage to Mayfield showcases not only the songs' humanity,but also Garrett's bluesy touch. His vocal delivery is as smooth as molasses,while his guitar-indeed,the entire instrumental backing-harkens back decades

Songs like "Stranger in My Own Hometown" are,perhaps,even darker than the title would suggest.Dave Babcocks' saxophones provide a link to the R & B and rockabilly of the 1950s. Garretts' guitar playing does the same. On "The Country" he plays against the organ,while drums keep a steady beat.This song too sounds like a recording from the '50s or '60s by a group of road house veterans at a slightly more uptown gig.Then the mournful saxes return,making acuaintance with Garretts' heavy-on-th-reverb guitar on "To Claim It's Love", another down-on-his-luck story. Garretts' world-weary vocals are the perfect complement to the material,and the dolorous instrumental backing is spot on.



Jeff Healey
Mess Of Blues

Mess Of Blues
SPCD 1333
Genre: Blues
Released: 15 April 2008
  1. I'm Torn Down (5:23)
  2. How Blue Can You Get (Listen to mp3 clip) (8:54)
  3. Sugar Sweet (3:46)
  4. Jambalaya (4:00)
  5. The Weight (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:26)
  6. Mess O' Blues (3:24)
  7. It's Only Money (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:10)
  8. Like A Hurricane (6:39)
  9. Sittin' On Top Of The World (7:07)
  10. Shake, Ratte And Roll (4:29)


Telegraph-Journal - April 30, 2008
By Bob Mersereau
This last album will no doubt be my favourite blues album by Healey. (more)

Jeff Healey's recent passing caused great sadness in the blues world and around the world. We were, perhaps, too used to having him around to appreciate his talents.

I saw him first in Toronto in 1985, when he was still unknown outside his home city. They brought him up on stage to play for a flabbergasted Albert Collins. It wasn't just his unique style, playing the guitar on his lap with a combination of pulling and plucking the strings, that surprised so many. It was also the fact that he was so good at it. My last encounter with Jeff was as the emcee for his show at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, leading his greatest love, his pre-Second World War era jazz band. He made it look so easy, and was so unassuming, you had to remind yourself of how good he was.

Recent years saw Healey move away from the blues for lengthy stretches of jazz, but he never stayed away for long. It remained his bread and butter, as concert requests continued to come in overseas and at home.

Plus, he had his Toronto namesake bar, which thrived when its famous owner was onstage. Healey put together a crack bar band for those gigs and figured he should document it on disc, as well. The result, planned long before his lost battle to cancer, is Mess Of Blues (Stony Plain).

Part live, mostly studio, it's made up of tracks Healey's group would wow the crowds with, playing for the fun of it and showing off a little, too. Much of the disc is party-trick material, familiar songs that make a bar crowd happy, especially with the new and exciting takes the group brings to them. You get a little Elvis, with Mess O' Blues, an old classic in Sittin' On Top Of The World, foot-stompin' fun with Jambalaya and Shake, Rattle & Roll, and curveball Canadian covers with Neil Young's Like a Hurricane and The Band's The Weight.

The album is what it was meant to be, a great night at the best roadhouse around. But Healey is gone. And what stands out for me is that I won't see this group, which was scheduled to play the Harvest this September, do these songs. Hearing them now, hearing him, I realize what I always took for granted: He is that good. Here are some of the most soaring live electric guitar solos you will ever need. They match the best players working today or in the past. His signature style may have been how he played the guitar, but what he played was amazing, too.

This last album will no doubt be my favourite blues album by Healey. Not bad, considering blues wasn't even his favourite music.

Bob Mersereau is a music writer and the arts reporter for CBC in New Brunswick.



Corb Lund
Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!

Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!
SPCD 1327
Genre: Country/Roots
Released: 13 November 2007
  1. I Wanna Be In The Cavalry (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:10)
  2. Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier (5:12)
  3. Lament For Lester Cousins (4:54)
  4. Brother Brigham, Brother Young (4:10)
  5. The Horse I Rode In On (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:52)
  6. A Leader On Losing Control (3:21)
  7. Student Visas (4:03)
  8. What That Song Means Now (2:37)
  9. Hard On Equipment (Tool For The Job) (3:15)
  10. Family Reunion (Listen to mp3 clip) (2:20)
  11. Especially A Paint (2:36)
  12. Ciesla's Revenge (Intro) (0:38)
  13. My Saddle Horse Has Died (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:07)
  14. I Wanna Be In The Cavalry: Reprise (3:46)
  15. Taps (0:32)



Brock Press - 20 Nov 2007
By Steve Woodhead
Staff Pick: A sound like Corb Lund's may seem like a quaint throwback to a time when music was easy, vulgar and anything but complex. Yet Lund's newest album is perhaps the most imaginative and daring Canadian indie album that will be released this year for exactly that reason. It's deceptive in its simplicity. (more)

It's easy to dismiss country music as antiquated or slow-witted, especially with the popularity of current Canadian indie stars like Feist or Tokyo Police Club, who wear their energy on their sleeves.

Set next to bands like these, a sound like Corb Lund's may seem like a quaint throwback to a time when music was easy, vulgar and anything but complex. Yet Lund's newest album is perhaps the most imaginative and daring Canadian indie album that will be released this year for exactly that reason. It's deceptive in its simplicity.

On the surface, it's an album about that most reliable country music stereotype: this guy really loves his horse. But Lund has been reading his history textbooks, and the album is a lament for the old stories that Lund sorely wishes he had been a part of. This is not so much a political album as it is a yearning for a kind of glory, one that is always just out of reach in times of war.

This idea may turn some listeners off, but many will enjoy the way Lund appropriates the country genre to tell simple, effective stories with his throaty yelp. The music, if nothing else, is good. It doesn't need jangly power chords or crashing cymbals to get a rise out of the listener - it is stripped down and direct without overpowering his lyrics, which approach poetry.

The brusque rat-a-tat of military drums on the opening track "I Wanna Be In The Cavalry" belies the weight of its words. It would be easy to laugh at the folksy fiddle strings or steel guitar if they weren't put to such good use. Lund has created a concept album in the very best sense of the term.

Perhaps his greatest strength is that he doesn't condescend to the listener; he relies on our intelligence and open-mindedness. Yes, country music can be brashly, perhaps stupidly, political. Sometimes, it can be about trucks and seedy bars and going home to yer darlin' after a hard day in the field. But Lund reminds us that country can have soul.

It may be the last musical form that knows its roots, and can see what's been lost to the relentless hammering of modernity. It's a sad burden for Corb Lund to shoulder, but he carries it well as he sings, "The band that played and the grand parade and the patriotic shouts/all faded fast, didn't even last till the uniforms wore out/and there were none to replace nor to help us face the winters cold and bleak".



Ronnie Earl
Hope Radio

Hope Radio
SPCD 1324
Genre: Blues
Released: 30 October 2007
  1. Eddie's Gospel Groove (Listen to mp3 clip) (5:07)
  2. Bobby's Bop (5:55)
  3. Blues For The West Side (8:48)
  4. I Am With You (8:15)
  5. Katrina Blues (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:35)
  6. Wolf Dance (8:07)
  7. Kay My Dear (6:39)
  8. Blues For The Homeless (8:32)
  9. Beautiful Child (Listen to mp3 clip) (8:45)
  10. Blues For Otis Rush (9:52)
  11. New Gospel Tune (4:40)


Penguin Eggs - Spring 2008
By Eric Thom
A front runner for this year's Top 10 list, Ronnie Earl has crafted one his best albums ever in Hope Radio. You'll not find a better way to spend 78 minutes. Promise. (more)

A front runner for this year's Top 10 list, Ronnie Earl has crafted one his best albums ever in Hope Radio. Concentrating on his strengths, this is pure instrumental blues, informed by Earl's passion for jazz and fuelled, emotionally, by a release from his troubled past.

Live, the credit for the success of this record must be split with Dave Limina, whose prowess on piano and B3 organ is stupefying, allowing Earl those precious nanoseconds to execute every note with newfound passion, absolute confidence and razor-sharp precision.

Earl's tone rules the day across 11 seamless originals but exceptional inroads are made with Blues for the West Side, an 11-minute opus that wrenches your gut with its soulful range and sheer majesty. Wolf Dance pays an upbeat tribute to Hubert Sumlin, while Kay My Dear - another deliciously languorous assault - demonstrates the subtle power of a taut rhythm section that always knows when to rise or fall between Earl's spirited takeoffs. Blues for Otis Rush, likewise, serves up a 10-minute slow burn of endless gratitude that commands your total attention. You'll not find a better way to spend 78 minutes. Promise.



David Wilcox
Boy In The Boat

Boy In The Boat
SPCD 1325
Genre: Blues
Released: 9 October 2007
  1. Drop The Pressure (Listen to mp3 clip) (2:15)
  2. Pistol Packin' Mama (2:35)
  3. Catman (4:33)
  4. Step It Up and Go (3:03)
  5. Shuckin' Sugar (3:18)
  6. Professional Victim (2:53)
  7. Bend A Little (3:09)
  8. I Am A Natural Born Lover (3:46)
  9. The Groove (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:54)
  10. Feel Like... (2:05)
  11. Flip, Flop and Fly (Listen to mp3 clip) (2:31)
  12. Buddy Boy's Blues (3:14)


Montreal Gazette - 25 Oct 2007
By Mike Regenstreif
One of Canada's best blues guitarists moves seamlessly from funky original tunes to terrific arrangements of traditional tunes drawn from Blind Lemon Jefferson and Blind Boy Fuller. ***1/2


Ian Tyson
The Gift - A Tribute To Ian Tyson (Various Artists)

The Gift - A Tribute To Ian Tyson (Various Artists)
SPCD 1322
Genre: Country
Released: 17 June 2007
  1. Four Strong Winds - Blue Rodeo (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:44)
  2. M.C. Horses - Corb Lund (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:16)
  3. Blue Mountains Of Mexico - Jennifer Warnes (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:15)
  4. What Does She See - Chris Hillman (3:26)
  5. Red Velvet - Gordon Lightfoot (3:37)
  6. The Gift - David Rea (4:20)
  7. Range Delivery - Cindy Church (3:43)
  8. Smuggler’s Cove - The McDades (Listen to mp3 clip) (5:07)
  9. Some Kind Of Fool - Amos Garrett (3:28)
  10. Old Cheyenne - Tom Russell (4:52)
  11. Someday Soon - The Circus In Flames with Buddy Cage (Listen to mp3 clip) (5:31)
  12. Will James - Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (2:50)
  13. You're Not Alone Anymore - Stewart MacDougall (3:56)
  14. Summer Wages - The Good Brothers (3:07)
  15. Moondancer - Jeff Bradshaw (3:49)
  16. Bonus Track - Interview with Ramblin' Jack Elliott & Buddy Cage (2:09)
    Please note: Ian Tyson does not perform on this album.


Yorkton This Week - 7 Nov 2007
By Calvin Daniels
9.5-out-of-10 This is a great western CD, made even better because of the collection of artists coming together to pay homage to a true star of the Canadian music scene for decades. (more)

I just couldn't resist the idea of reviewing a tribute to Ian Tyson in the same issue as Quartette, which of course includes Sylvia Tyson, Ian's former wife, and musical partner. While the musical careers of the pair went their separate ways, they will be forever linked in the mind's and hearts of Canadian music fans.
Ian Tyson has of course had an outstanding career helping to preserve and re-popularize the genre of true western music.
As a performer you tend to know your career has earned respect when other artists gather to do a tribute album, and one listen to this effort and you know Tyson's career is indeed worthy. This CD is crammed full of recognizable hits covered by some of the best in Canadian music, along with a few American friends added in. I truly enjoy the mix of veteran and new musical stars paying their respects here.
The CD starts with Canadian super group Blue Rodeo doing a sweet rendition of Four Strong Winds, an early hit from when Ian and Sylvia were famous just by their first names in this country.
On the very next cut Corb Lund, a more recent arrival to the country charts in Canada doing the western classic MC Horses.
Cindy Church, yes another tie to Quartette, offers a rendition of Range Delivery.
Amos Garrett, a great bluesman does Some Kind of Fool, and the Good Brothers do Summer Wages.
A favourite cut here though has to be Canadian folk icon Gordon Lightfoot's rendition of Red Velvet.
The only thing really missing here is a rendition of Navajo Rug, maybe Tyson's best known, and best-loved songs. Perhaps for that reason no one felt comfortable covering such a signature song.
Overall this is a great western CD, made even better because of the collection of artists coming together to pay homage to a true star of the Canadian music scene for decades. He has released 11 solo CDs, dating back to 1973, and Four Strong Winds was a hit a decade earlier than that.
This is one to be cherished.



Duke Robillard
World Full Of Blues

World Full Of Blues
SPCD 1323
Genre: Blues
Released: 15 May 2007
Disc 1
  1. Jump The Blues For You (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:08)
  2. Everything Is Broken (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:48)
  3. Treat Me So Lowdown (3:29)
  4. Slam Hammer (3:45)
  5. You're Killin' Me Baby (5:29)
  6. Slim Jenkins Joint (3:51)
  7. Sweet Thing (4:06)
  8. You Won't Let Me Go (5:26)
  9. Six Inch Heels (6:03)
  10. World Of Blues (3:21)
  11. Look Out (4:08)
  12. Stoned (4:56)
Disc 2
  1. Gonna' Get You Told (4:51) Free Bonus CD
  2. Monkey Arms (3:52) Free Bonus CD
  3. Who Do You Love (5:24) Free Bonus CD
  4. Low Side Of The Road (5:20) Free Bonus CD
  5. Too Much Stuff (6:35) Free Bonus CD
  6. Blues Nightmare (8:35) Free Bonus CD
  7. Bounce For Billy (5:58) Free Bonus CD
  8. Bright Lights, Big City (4:15) Free Bonus CD
  9. Steppin' Out (3:18) Free Bonus CD
  10. Anything It Takes (5:41) Free Bonus CD
  11. Stretchin' (9:19) Free Bonus CD


By John Shelton Ivany
A tour-de-force, World Full of Blues, solidifies that Duke Robillard is a man charged with creative talent causing him to birth unique blues. Robillard is a man in his prime hour. (more)

His playing skills are legendary; so is his ability to tour practically non-stop. He has a label that has managed to promote him effectively worldwide and he has released over a dozen albums through them.

He has sessioned with the best of them, including Maria Muldaur, Dr. John, Bob Dylan, John Hammond and dearly missed legends Jay McShann, Ruth Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Roscoe Gordon and Long John Baldry.

On his new double-disc release he is backed by an impressive collection of players, his regular lineup and special guests "Sugar" Ray Norica on harmonica and Al Basile on cornet among others. A tour-de-force, World Full of Blues, solidifies that Duke Robillard is a man charged with creative talent causing him to birth unique blues. Robillard is a man in his prime hour.



Maria Muldaur
Naughty, Bawdy and Blue

Naughty, Bawdy and Blue
SPCD 1319
Genre: Blues
Released: 24 April 2007
  1. Down Home Blues (2:23)
  2. Up The Country Blues (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:17)
  3. Separation Blues (With Bonnie Raitt) (4:43)
  4. A Good Man Is Hard To Find (3:55)
  5. Handy Man (3:59)
  6. New Orleans Hop Scop Blues (3:32)
  7. Smile (3:36)
  8. TB Blues (3:10)
  9. One Hour Mama (3:06)
  10. Empty Bed Blues (6:22)
  11. Early Every Morn (3:33)
  12. Yonder Come The Blues (2:44)



Living Blues #191 August 2007
By Lee Hildebrand
Muldaur shines throughout, her raspy tone and wide vibrato an ideal match for the vintage material. (more)

"Keep your eyes cocked on Maria d'Amato. You will soon see another folk star." Victoria Spivey wrote in a 1964 review of the singer's Newport Folk Festival debut with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, originally published in Record Research magazine and reprinted in the Naughty Bawdy & Blue booklet. Spivey was correct in her prediction that the singer, who married Kweskin band member Geoff Muldaur, would become a shining light of the '60s folk revival. Maria, of course, would also triumph in the pop, blues, jazz, and contemporary Christian music realms.

One of the most eclectic song stylists of modern times, Muldaur returns to material associated with Spivey, Sippie Wallace, Mamie Smith, Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Ma Rainey, and other blues divas of the 1920s on her latest in a trilogy of CDs for the Canadian Stony Plain in which she explores the "classic blues" of that period. (One curiosity is a pop song titles Smile, credited in the booklet to Charlie Chaplin, Geoff Parsons, and John Turner, though in fact it is not their Smile.) Naughty Bawdy & Blues, (sic) however, is the first CD on which the vocalist is supported by a traditional jazz band of the type featured on many of the original recordings. Pianist James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band does a superb job in backing Muldaur, its horn section supplying just the right moans when called for and the rhythm section providing some nicely syncopated New Orleans bounce. Rob Bourassa joins them on two selections for acoustic guitar solos that bring Eddie Lang to mind, and Bonnnie Raitt duets with Muldaur on Wallace's Separation Blues. For the Bessie Smith hit Empty Bed Blues, Muldaur is accompanied only by longtime Etta James sideman Dave Mathews on piano and trombonist Kevin Porter. Muldaur shines throughout, her raspy tone and wide vibrato an ideal match for the vintage material, and she brings appropriate sass to such risque tunes as Empty Bed Blues, Handy Man, and One Hour Mama.



Harry Manx and Kevin Breit
In Good We Trust

In Good We Trust
SPCD 1320
Genre: World/Folk
Released: 10 April 2007
  1. I'm On Fire (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:43)
  2. Sometimes (4:54)
  3. Bottom Of The Hill
  4. Better Man Blues (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:04)
  5. Death Have Mercy (4:43)
  6. Steal 6 (5:13)
  7. Ship Of Fools (4:29)
  8. In Good We trust (2:49)
  9. Hang On (5:08)
  10. Don't Swim, Float (2:47)
  11. Sisters (4:16)


By John Shelton Ivany
This is a gem of a find worth checking out. New Album of the Week! (more)

Harry Manx and Kevin Breit are both singularly accomplished musicians. Both have an impressive history of travel and musical prowess. Both have individual style and their husky-voice-meets-sweet-and-rich vocal harmonies compliment each other so well, that we've given them our choice spot as our new album of the week.

In Good We Trust is a rootsy, album with that down-home organic sound. It creates a comfortable atmosphere anywhere you might be. There's something for everyone including a vast array of instruments. The songs are multidimensional and there is a Springsteen cover "I'm On Fire," which Springsteen himself liked so much that he signed Harry's unique cigar box guitar, which is featured on the album cover. This is a gem of a find worth checking out.

***New Album of the Week***



Gary Fjellgaard & Valdy
Contenders Two - Still In The Running

Contenders Two - Still In The Running
SPCD 1321
Genre: Folk
Released: 3 April 2007
  1. For The Love Of It (Listen to mp3 clip) (2:48)
  2. River, Stay 'Way From My Door (2:22)
  3. You Only Live Once In A While (2:59)
  4. VLT (2:33)
  5. The Fever (4:11)
  6. Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness (2:53)
  7. Seven Spanish Angels (3:14)
  8. Billy Miner (3:40)
  9. Them Old Songs (2:32)
  10. Bay Of Sails (2:50)
  11. Still In The Running (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:08)


Yorkton This Week
By Calvin Daniels
"They Are Consummate Performers." (more)

Ah talk about aging like fine wine. Valdy and Garry Fjellgaard have been part of the Canadian music scene for what seems like forever. The two have always shared a similar take on music,a style somewhere smack dab in between folk and country.

So it was no surprise the duo might eventually get together for a CD and they did that a few years ago with the release of Contenders on the Stony Plain label. The CD was a gem thanks to the seasoned, relaxed styles these two bring to their music.

Fortunately for listeners Valdy and Fjellgaard are back at it, having hit the studios for Contenders Two and have once again put together a must-have CD.

There are numerous fantastic cuts here, the best may be The Fever, River Stay ' Way From My Door and Bay of Sails are both memorable as well.So too is the rendition of Seven Spanish Angels, which is as good as the original by Willie Nelson and Ray Charles.

There is a line in the opening cut; For The Love Of It, which speaks volumes. It states, "it must be these old troubadours don't know what else to do." Well that is a lucky circumstance for lovers of Canadian music. It would be a true shame if these two ever walked away from their music. They are consummate performers.

And, having interviewed both in the past, I can tell you they are genuine, and true gentlemen in every sense of the word.



Duke Robillard
Outtakes and Oddities: The Unheard Duke Robillard [Digital album]

Outtakes and Oddities: The Unheard Duke Robillard [Digital album]
SPDD 0001
Genre: Blues
Released: 3 April 2007

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  1. Pony Blues (Outtake - No Horns) (6:15)
  2. I'm Stickin' With You Baby (Outtake - Trio Version) (4:32)
  3. Gypsy Woman (Unreleased) (3:22)
  4. World Radio Theme (Unreleased Radio Theme) (2:09)
  5. The Change Is On (Unreleased TV Theme) (2:33)
  6. The Return Of Duke's Mood (Unreleased Demo) (7:21)
  7. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water (Outtake) (3:28)
  8. Minor For McDonough #1 (Unreleased Demo) (4:06)
  9. Minor For McDonough #2 (Unreleased Demo) (4:31)
  10. I'm In Cahoots With You (Unreleased Outtake) (3:09)
  11. I Live The Life I Love (Unreleased Outtake) (4:48)
  12. Exalted Lover (Work In Progress) (4:09)
  13. Something To Remember (Unreleased Outtake) (7:11)
  14. I Tried (Outtake from Duke's Blues) (4:00)
  15. Pony Blues (Demo) (5:47)
This disc is no longer available to order physically.
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Jeff Healey
Adventures In Jazzland

Adventures In Jazzland
SPCD 1313
Genre: Jazz
Released: 19 September 2006
  1. Bugle Call Rag (5:22)
  2. My Honey's Lovin Arms (5:02)
  3. Emaline (4:03)
  4. I Never Knew What A Gal Could Do (4:08)
  5. If I Had You (4:09)
  6. Three Little Words (4:24)
  7. My Blackbirds Are Bluebirds Now (2:52)
  8. Someday Sweetheart (5:01)
  9. Keep Smiling At Rouble (3:38)
  10. Mine-All Mine (3:33)
  11. You're Driving Me Crazy (5:34)
  12. Poor Butterfly (3:23)
  13. You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me (5:02)
  14. Indiana (6:40)
  15. Little Buttercup (3:04)

Jeff Healey
Among Friends

Among Friends
SPCD 1312
Genre: Jazz
Released: 19 September 2006
  1. I Would Do Anything For You (4:27)
  2. Bright Eyes (3:18)
  3. Pardon My Southern Accent (3:44)
  4. Out Of Nowhere (3:55)
  5. Lost (4:41)
  6. Star Dust (4:52)
  7. Where Are You (4:15)
  8. A Cup Of Coffee, A Sandwich, And You (4:34)
  9. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (5:37)
  10. I Wish I Were Twins (3:09)
  11. My Buddy (6:55)
  12. Save Your Sorrow For Tomorrow (3:22)
  13. Midnight Blue (3:38)
  14. Limehouse Blues (3:32)
  15. I'll See You In My Dreams (1:01)
  16. Blues In Thirds (4:29)

Eric Bibb & Leon Bibb
Praising Peace A Tribute to Paul Robeson

Praising Peace A Tribute to Paul Robeson
SPCD 1318
Genre: Folk/Blues
Released: 16 May 2006
  1. The Prelude (Ol' Man River) (:37)
  2. Joe Hill (2:44)
  3. Praising Peace (4:07)
  4. Put On Your Robes Son (3:51)
  5. Motherless Child (3:33)
  6. Home In That Rock (2:40)
  7. Weepin' Mary (1:33)
  8. The House I Live In (2:34)
  9. Shenandoah / The Water is Wide (4:01)
  10. On Our Journey (4:01)
  11. Danny Boy (3:40)
  12. Deep River (2:10)
  13. Ol' Man River (2:47)
  14. A Friend Like You (3:52)
  15. A Friend Like You (3:52)
  16. A Friend Like You (3:52)

Stony Plain Records Anniversaries
30 Years of Stony Plain 2CDs + DVD

30 Years of Stony Plain 2CDs + DVD
SPCD 1317
Genre: Roots
Released: 4 April 2006
Disc 1
  1. Asleep At The Wheel - Switchin' In The Kitchen (4:14) related
  2. Ray Bonneville - Tomorrow's Yesterday (3:17) related
  3. Corb Lund - The Truth Comes Out (3:28) related
  4. Ian Tyson - This Is My Sky (3:31) related
  5. New Guitar Summit - Benny's Bugle (3:25) related
  6. Amos Garrett - Sam's Song (The Happy Tune) (5:04) related
  7. David Wilcox - Play That Guitar Rag (2:47) related
  8. Marcia Ball, Maria Muldaur, Tracy Nelson, Angela Strehli - I Want A Tall Skinny Papa (3:13)
  9. Jay Geils - I Hear You Talkin' To Me (4:13) related
  10. Valdy & Gary Fjellgaard - The Boys Of Rhythm (2:44) related
  11. Spirit Of The West - The Crawl (4:00) related
  12. Jr. Gone Wild - Just The Other Day (4:09) related
  13. Doug Sahm - Louis Riel (3:50) related
  14. Emmylou Harris - Born To Run (4:44) related
  15. Charlie Major - The Face Of Love (4:39) related
  16. Steve Earle - Goodbye (4:57) related
  17. Gillian Welch - Look At Miss Ohio (4:55)
  18. The Holmes Brothers - Man Of Peace (3:49) related
  19. Eric & Leon Bibb - Put On Your Robes, Son (3:54) related
Disc 2
  1. Duke Robillard - Alimony Blues (3:25)
  2. Rosco Gordon - Memphis Tennessee (2:57)
  3. Maria Muldaur & Taj Mahal - Ain't What You Used To Have (5:58)
  4. Long John Baldry - Good Morning Blues (3:45)
  5. Ronnie Earl & Kim Wilson - My Buddy Buddy Friends (3:49)
  6. Robert Nighthawk - Kansas City Blues (3:50)
  7. Jay McShann - Kansas City (2:28)
  8. Jimmy Witherspoon - Low Down Dirty Shame (4:42)
  9. Downchild Blues Bland - When I Say Jump (3:21)
  10. Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard with Jimmy McGriff - Don't Take Everybody For Your Friend (7:00)
  11. Big Dave McLean - She's Got The Stuff (3:16)
  12. King Biscuit Boy - Ain't Gonna Do It (3:01)
  13. Billy Boy Arnold - Woman Stealer (8:20)
  14. Sonny Rhodes - Big Bag O' Blues (2:36)
  15. Ellen McIlwaine - Down So Low (3:54)
  16. Doug James - Extra Axle (4:09)
  17. Jeff Healey & The Jazz Wizards - Sweet Georgia Brown (8:22)
Disc 3
  1. Jay McShann In The Studio (19:20) On DVD disc
  2. Holger Petersen On Stony Plain (9:21) On DVD disc
  3. Music Video: Corb Lund - Hair In My Eyes Like A Highland Steer (2:55) On DVD disc
  4. Music Video: Ian Tyson - The Wonder Of It All (3:02) On DVD disc
  5. Music Video: Gillian Welch - Elvis Presley Blues (4:17) On DVD disc
  6. Music Video: Cindy Church - This October Day (3:06) On DVD disc
  7. Music Video: Spirit Of The West - Political (4:20) On DVD disc
  8. Music Video: Jr. Gone Wild - Where The Hell Are You? (3:23) On DVD disc
  9. Music Video: Amos Garrett - Poor Fool Like Me (3:52) On DVD disc
  10. Music Video: Jim Byrnes - That River (4:13) On DVD disc
  11. Music Video: Rita Chiarelli - This Is My Life (4:10) On DVD disc
  12. Music Video: Long John Baldry - Midnight In New Orleans (3:22) On DVD disc
  13. New Guitar Summit Live - Swing With Dr. Jake (7:58) On DVD disc
  14. Duke Robillard & Friends Live - Jivin' In Rhythm (11:00) On DVD disc
  15. Duke Robillard - Cookin' With The Blues (3:30) On DVD disc

Jay Mcshann
Hootie Blues

Hootie Blues
SPCD 1315
Genre: Blues Jazz
Released: 28 March 2006
  1. Confessin' The Blues (5:45)
  2. Yes, Sir That's My Baby? (7:58)
  3. When The Lights Go Out (4:24)
  4. Hootie Blues (6:02)
  5. My Chile (5:19)
  6. I'll Catch The Sun (5:06)
  7. All Of Me (5:43)
  8. Deed I Do (9:06)
  9. Bonus Track Interview (24:02)

Jeff Healey And The Jazz Wizards
It's Tight Like That

SPCD 1314
Genre: Jazz
Released: 28 March 2006
  1. Bugle Call Rag (6:20)
  2. Sing You Sinners (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:55)
  3. Basin Street Blues (6:08)
  4. Little Girl (5:08)
  5. Someday Sweetheart (6:38)
  6. Darktown Strutters Ball (4:38)
  7. Confessin' (7:50)
  8. Keep It To Yourself (4:41)
  9. Sheik of Araby (5:00)
  10. Goin' Up The River (7:40)
  11. It's Tight Like That / Wipe Em Off (7:08)

Duke Robillard
Guitar Groove-A-Rama

Guitar Groove-A-Rama
SPCD 1316
Genre: Blues
Released: 21 February 2006
  1. Do The Memphis Grind
  2. Gamblers Blues
  3. Down Along the Cove
  4. Sunday Mornin'
  5. Sewed up
  6. Danny Boy
  7. Blues a rama
  8. I'll Do Anything But Work
  9. No Way Out
  10. This Dream
  11. Just Before Dawn
  12. Dawn
  13. Cookin'
  14. Dark Eyes

Long John Baldry
Everything Stops For Tea

Everything Stops For Tea
SPCD 1311
Genre: Blues
Released: 11 October 2005
  1. Intro: Come Back Again
  2. Seventh Son
  3. Wild Mountain Thyme
  4. Iko Iko
  5. Jubilee Cloud
  6. Everything Stops For Tea
  7. You Can't Judge A Book
  8. Mother Ain't Dead
  9. Hambone
  10. Lord Remember Me
  11. Armit's Trousers
  12. Radio Spot #1
  13. Bring My Baby Back To Me (Live)
  14. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
  15. I'm Just a Rake & Ramblin Boy
  16. Radio Spot #2

Long John Baldry
It Ain't Easy

It Ain
SPCD 1310
Genre: Blues
Released: 11 October 2005
  1. Intro: Conditional Discharge
  2. Don't Try to lay No Boogie Woogie On The King Of Rock and Roll
  3. Black Girl
  4. It Ain't Easy
  5. Morning Morning
  6. I'm Ready
  7. Let's Burn Down The Cornfield
  8. Mr Rubin
  9. Rock Me When He's Gone
  10. Flying
  11. Going Down Slow
  12. Blues (Cornbread Meat and Molasses)
  13. Love In Vain
  14. Midnight Hour Blues
  15. Black Girl
  16. It Ain't Easy
  17. I'm Ready
  18. Radio Spot

Duke Robillard
Live at the Blackstone River Theatre DVD

Live at the Blackstone River Theatre DVD
SPDVD 1308
Genre: Blues
Released: 4 October 2005
  1. Hard Road
  2. I Miss My Baby In My Arms
  3. Cow Cow Boogie
  4. Honeysuckle Rose
  5. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
  6. Lonesome Woman Blues
  7. Blue Harlem
  8. Just Because
  9. Buy Me A Dog
  10. Deed I Do
  11. Cry Me A River
  12. Sweet Georgia Brown
  13. Jivin In Rhythm

Corb Lund
Hair In My Eyes Like A Highland Steer

Hair In My Eyes Like A Highland Steer
SPCD 1309
Genre: Country
Released: 9 June 2005
  1. Hair In My Eyes Like A Highland Steer (2:55)
  2. The Truck Got Stuck (Listen to mp3 clip) (2:58)
  3. Always Keep An Edge On Your Knife (3:16)
  4. The Rodeo's Over (Featuring Ian Tyson) (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:22)
  5. Hurtin' Albertan (4:40)
  6. Big Butch Bass Bull Fiddle (2:13)
  7. All I Wanna Do Is Play Cards (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:59)
  8. The Truth Comes Out (3:28)
  9. Counterfeiters' Blues (3:24)
  10. Good Copenhagen (3:25)
  11. Trouble In The Country (3:06)
  12. Little Foothills Heaven (2:55)
  13. The Truck Got Stuck Talkin Blues (5:35)

Jay Geils
Jay Geils Plays Jazz

Jay Geils Plays Jazz
SPCD 1306
Genre: Blues
Released: 8 March 2005
  1. Wholly Cats (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:06)
  2. There Will Never Be Another You (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:16)
  3. I Don't Know Enough About You (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:26)
  4. I Hear You Talkin' To Me (4:13)
  5. It's The Talk Of The Town (5:39)
  6. Honey Boy (5:14)
  7. Mission To Moscow (3:42)
  8. L.B. Blues (6:01)
  9. Solitude (5:05)
  10. Blues Walk (4:14)
  11. Hot Ginger (4:24)
  12. Funk Underneath (6:55)

Duke Robillard
The Duke Meets The Earl

The Duke Meets The Earl
SPCD 1303
Genre: Blues
Released: 8 March 2005
  1. West Side Shuffle (Listen to mp3 clip) (7:43)
  2. Two Bones & A Pick (Listen to mp3 clip) (8:06)
  3. My Tears (15:53)
  4. Looking For Trouble (6:42)
  5. What Have I Done Wrong (Listen to mp3 clip) (6:42)
  6. Zeb's Thing (7:27)
  7. I Need You So Bad (8:14)
  8. A Soul That's Been Abused (13:05)

Ian Tyson
Songs From The Gravel Road

Songs From The Gravel Road
SPCD 1305
Genre: Country
Released: 8 February 2005
  1. This is My Sky (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:32)
  2. Land of Shining Mountains (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:10)
  3. The Ambler Saddle (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:02)
  4. Love Without End (3:48)
  5. Silver Bell (3:35)
  6. Road To Las Cruces (4:12)
  7. Range Delivery (3:45)
  8. So No More (3:25)
  9. One Morning In May (3:34)
  10. Always Saying Goodbye (3:33)
  11. Moisture (3:44)
  12. Casey's Gone (2:19)

Maria Muldaur
Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul

Sweet Lovin
SPCD 1304
Genre: Blues
Released: 8 February 2005
  1. I Am Sailin' (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:45)
  2. Long As I Can See You Smile (2:45)
  3. Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:16)
  4. Ain't What You Used To Have (5:59)
  5. Lookin' The World Over (2:49)
  6. Empty Bed Blues (6:23)
  7. Tricks Ain't Walkin' (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:33)
  8. Crazy Cryin' Blues (3:04)
  9. She Put Me Outdoors (3:03)
  10. Decent Woman Blues (2:24)
  11. I'm Goin' Back (3:57)
  12. Take A Stand (2:36)

Amos Garrett
Acoustic Album

Acoustic Album
SPCD 1299
Genre: Blues
Released: 5 November 2004
  1. She Don't Go Nowhere (Listen to mp3 clip) (2:34)
  2. Sam's Song (Listen to mp3 clip) (5:04)
  3. Perfume and Tobacco (4:03)
  4. Judgement Day (3:15)
  5. Hong Kong Blues (Listen to mp3 clip) (2:51)
  6. Michigan Water Blues (3:00)
  7. I Hate Myself (3:10)
  8. Bailey Hill Requiem (2:43)
  9. Always Got Your Hands On That Guitar (3:25)
  10. Grasshoppers In My Pillow (3:00)
  11. Small Fry (3:18)
  12. Some Musician Was To Blame (3:40)

Amos Garrett, Doug Sahm, Gene Taylor
The Return Of The Formerly Brothers

The Return Of The Formerly Brothers
SPCD 1296
Genre: Blues
Released: 27 October 2004

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  1. Smack Dab In The Middle (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:44)
  2. Big Mamou (2:51)
  3. Teardrops On Your Letter (4:02)
  4. Drunk (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:08)
  5. Don't Tell Me (3:14)
  6. Coming Back Home (1:59)
  7. Sure Is A Good Thing (3:40)
  8. Amarillo Highway (4:01)
  9. Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain (3:19)
  10. Just Like A Woman (5:15)
  11. Gene's Boogie (3:02)
  12. Queen Of The Okanagan (3:57)
  13. Louis Riel (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:50)
  14. Doug Sahm Interview (14:04)
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New Guitar Summit
Live From Stoneham Theatre DVD

Live From Stoneham Theatre DVD
SPDVD 1302
Genre: Jazz/Blues
Released: 26 October 2004
  1. Broadway
  2. Swingin' With Dr. Jake
  3. Ain't Nobodys Business
  4. Glide On
  5. Seven Come Eleven
  6. Lonely Boy Blues
  7. Flying Home

New Guitar Summit
New Guitar Summit

New Guitar Summit
SPCD 1301
Genre: Jazz/Blues
Released: 24 August 2004
  1. Bennies Bugle (Listen to mp3 clip)
  2. Never Say Never Again
  3. Swing With Dr. Jake
  4. Aint' Nobody's Business
  5. Lady B. Good
  6. Azzure Mineur
  7. Just Among Friends
  8. Perdido
  9. Backdoor Blues
  10. Seven Come Eleven
  11. Glide On

Duke Robillard
Blue Mood

Blue Mood
SPCD 1300
Genre: Blues
Released: 1 June 2004
  1. Lonesome Woman Blues (4.08)
  2. T-Bone Shuffle (5.07)
  3. Love Is A Gamble (4.37)
  4. Alimony Blues (3.28)
  5. You Don't Love Me (4.13)
  6. T-Bone Boogie (5.24)
  7. Blue Mood (3.10)
  8. Pony Tail (3.07)
  9. I'm Still In Love With You (8.58)
  10. Hard Way (2.46)
  11. Born To Be No Good (5.34)
  12. Tell Me What's The Reason (2.49)

Ronnie Earl
Now My Soul

Now My Soul
SPCD 1298
Genre: Blues
Released: 1 June 2004
  1. Blues For J (7:10)
  2. Double Trouble (Listen to mp3 clip) (10:40) Featuring Kim Wilson
  3. Feel Like Goin On (6:40)
  4. Abandoned (7:16) Featuring Kim Wilson
  5. Walkin On The Sea (6:25)
  6. Black & White (5:59) Featuring Kim Wilson
  7. Kay My Dear (8:49)
  8. Maxwell, Mudcat, and Per (4:58)
  9. My Buddy Buddy Friends (3:43) Featuring Kim Wilson
  10. Walter Through Kim (5:09)
  11. #7 (5:49)
  12. The Magic Of Sam (3:50)

Jay Mcshann
Goin' to Kansas City

SPCD 1286
Genre: Jazz/Blues
Released: 20 May 2004
  1. Kansas City (Listen to mp3 clip)
  2. Trouble In Mind
  3. When I Grow Too Old To Dream
  4. Nasty Attitude
  5. My Chile
  6. Wrong Neighborhood
  7. Just For You
  8. Confessin' The Blues
  9. Kansas City (Revisited)
  10. Jay And Johnnie Conversation
  11. Some Kinda Crazy
  12. One Woman's Man
  13. Doo Wah Doo
  14. 'fore Day Rider
  15. Ain't Nobody's Business (Listen to mp3 clip)
  16. The Fish Fry Boogie
  17. Crying Won't Make Me Stay
  18. Bonus Track Interview(After (2:00) Min.) Jay At Home And At His Piano

Billy Boy Arnold
Boogie 'n' Shuffle

SPCD 1266
Genre: Blues
Released: 1 May 2004
  1. Bad Luck Blues (3:20)
  2. Let's Work It Out (3:06)
  3. Just Got To Know (5:07)
  4. Greenville (4:36)
  5. Hello Stranger (2:50)
  6. Home in Your Heart (2:30)
  7. Blackjack (5:34)
  8. Boogie & Shuffle (6:21)
  9. Every Night, Every Day (3:46)
  10. Come Here Baby (3:45)
  11. Just Your Fool (3:58)
  12. Greenback (3:42) Bonus Track
  13. Interview with Billy Boy Arnold (after 2 minutes) (17:28)

Jim Byrnes
Burning/I Turned My Nights Into Days

Burning/I Turned My Nights Into Days
SPCD 1248
Genre: Blues
Released: 1 May 2004
  1. You Don't Know (3:10)
  2. Gamma Lamma (3:12)
  3. Hands Of Time (3:11)
  4. Let The Good Times Roll (3:26)
  5. Stranger Blues (3:26)
  6. Hangover Morning (3:15)
  7. Next Time You See Me (3:13)
  8. Flatfoot Sam (3:03)
  9. You Belong To Me (3:04)
  10. Hidden Charms (2:32)
  11. The Message (Reverend James) (1:48)
  12. Love Is A Five Letter Word (5:35)
  13. Fire On The Bayou (7:27)
  14. Shake Your Money Maker (3:10)
  15. Just For A Thrill (3:57)
  16. The Chill Is On (The Mellow Freeze) (5:12)
  17. Cold Sweat (2:44)
  18. Love And Happiness (7:22)
  19. Bad Boy (3:44)

Charlie Major
Inside Out

Inside Out
SPCD 1297
Genre: Country
Released: 24 February 2004
  1. When You're Good You're Good (Listen to mp3 clip)
  2. You'd Better Go (Listen to mp3 clip)
  3. I'm Still Looking
  4. My Brother and Me
  5. Just For Old Times
  6. I'm Alright
  7. Last Peaceful Place
  8. The Face of Love
  9. Nothing But Alone Again
  10. Backroads (Listen to mp3 clip)

Rosetta Tharpe
Shout, Sister, Shout (A Tribute To Sister Rosetta Tharpe)

Shout, Sister, Shout (A Tribute To Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
SPCD 1294
Genre: Pop
Released: 12 August 2003
  1. Joan Osborne w/ The Holmes Brothers - Nobody's Fault But Mine (4:01)
  2. Maria Muldaur w/ Bonnie Raitt - My Journey To The Sky (4:04)
  3. Toshi Reagon - Rock Me (5:08)
  4. Odetta w/ The Holmes Brothers - Two Little Fishes and Five Loaves Of Bread (3:22)
  5. Michelle Shocked - Strange Things Happening Every Day (4:59)
  6. Janis Ian - This Train (2:41)
  7. Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Angela Strehli, Tracy Nelson - Shout, Sister, Shout! (3:01)
  8. Phoebe Snow w/ The Holmes Brothers - Beams Of Heaven (3:52)
  9. Sweet Honey In The Rock - Precious Memories (4:58)
  10. Marcia Ball, Tracy Nelson, Maria Muldaur & Angela Strehli - I Want A Tall Skinny Papa (3:13)
  11. Victoria Williams w/ The Holmes Brothers - My Lord And I (4:22)
  12. Rory Block - Stand By Me (2:49)
  13. Maria Muldaur & Tracy Nelson - Up Above My Head (3:45)
  14. Joanna Connor - Don't Take Everybody To Be Your Friend (4:05)
  15. Angela Strehli - That's All (3:59)
  16. Maria Muldaur - I Looked Down The Line (And I Wondered) (4:14)
  17. Marie Knight - Didn't It Rain (3:01)

Big Dave McLean
Blues From The Middle

Blues From The Middle
SPCD 1290
Genre: Blues
Released: 15 July 2003
  1. Ooh Wee (3:09)
  2. She’s Got The Stuff (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:21)
  3. B. Meets Bo (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:48)
  4. Muddy Waters For President (11:24)
  5. You Know It Ain’t Right (2:50)
  6. Johnny Tornado (4:27)
  7. Trouble No More (2:34)
  8. I Got Love If You Want It (3:07)
  9. Times Tickin On By (4:28)
  10. Sugar Sweet (2:03)
  11. St. Mary (At Main) (Listen to mp3 clip) (8:35)
  12. Lowdown Dirty Rotten Blues (3:25)
  13. Sweet Della Jones (3:54)
  14. Fix’n To Die (5:24)

Chris Flory
Blues In My Heart

Blues In My Heart
SPCD 1288
Genre: Jazz/Blues
Released: 3 June 2003
  1. Scam (Listen to mp3 clip) (6:46)
  2. Willow Weep For Me (7:20)
  3. Bernie’s Tune (4:49)
  4. I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blue’s (5:01)
  5. Shine (3:34)
  6. Blue Bossa (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:51)
  7. Please Send Me Someone To Love (Listen to mp3 clip) (5:09)
  8. If Dreams Come True (4:27)
  9. Blues In My Heart (5:19)

Ray Bonneville
Roll It Down

Roll It Down
SPCD 1285
Genre: Roots
Released: 18 March 2003

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  1. Tomorrow's Yesterday
  2. Under The Bridge
  3. July Sun
  4. Oxford Town
  5. Roll It Down (Listen to mp3 clip)
  6. Walk With Me
  7. Tip Toe Spider
  8. Slow Matin
  9. Who's Talking To Me
  10. Stand Real Still
  11. You Know What I Mean
  12. I Been A Train
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Ronnie Earl
I Feel Like Goin' On

I Feel Like Goin
SPCD 1289
Genre: Blues
Released: 25 February 2003
  1. Hey Jose (Listen to mp3 clip) (5:12)
  2. Blues For Otis Rush (8:29)
  3. Little Johnny Lee (6:33)
  4. Wolf Dance (6:23)
  5. Mary Don't You Weep (6:46)
  6. Howlin' For My Darlin' (7:44)
  7. Blues For The Homeless (11:21)
  8. Big Walter (5:35)
  9. Alone With The Blues (4:26)
  10. Travelin' Heavy (4:48)
  11. Donna (7:21)

Duke Robillard
Duke's Blues

SPCD 1195
Genre: Blues
Released: 1 February 2003
  1. Midnite Cannonball (3:06)
  2. Glamour Girl (4:49)
  3. I Still Love You Baby (2:55)
  4. Texas Hop (2:36)
  5. Don't Leave Me Baby (3:22)
  6. Tell Me Why (2:42)
  7. Something To Remember You By (5:42)
  8. Love Slipped In (3:43)
  9. Information Blues (4:57)
  10. Don't Treat Me Like That (3:15)
  11. Never Let You Go (5:17)
  12. Gee I Wish (3:15)
  13. My Heart Is Cryin' (4:24)
  14. Red's Riff (6:53)
  15. Dyin' Flu (11:28)

Davinci's Inquest

SPCD 1287
Genre: Blues/Jazz
Released: 29 October 2002
  1. Tim McCauley - Da Vinci's Inquest Opening Theme (1:09)
  2. Simon Kendall - Blu Idea (Meta4 Dub) (4:28)
  3. George Blondheim - French Piano (1:26)
  4. Simon Kendall - Dom's Deadly Deal (9:41)
  5. Maria Muldaur And Taj Mahal - Soul Of A Man (2:52)
  6. George Blondheim - Compelled To Testify (2:00)
  7. George Blondheim - Chaos Clouds (3:18)
  8. Sonny Rhodes - Shame On You (4:35)
  9. George Blondheim - Variations On Carmen (3:57)
  10. Simon Kendall - Hymn For Unbelievers (4:02)
  11. Tom Landa And The Paperboys - The Foxhunters Waltz (3:43)
  12. Simon Kendall - The Bust (3:34)
  13. George Blondheim - Leo's Tango/Jazz Walk (2:16)
  14. Simon Kendall - Gina (Meta4 Remix) (4:25)
  15. Bocephus King & The Rigalattos - The Way The Story Goes (3:09)
  16. George Blondheim - Mick And Josie (1:03)
  17. Tim McCauley - Da Vinci's Inquest Closing Theme (1:04)

David Wilcox
Rockin the Boogie "Best of Blues and Boogie"

Rockin the Boogie "Best of Blues and Boogie"
SPCD 1283
Genre: Blues
Released: 29 October 2002
  1. Rockin' the Boogie (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:31)
  2. Play That Guitar Rag (2:49)
  3. That Hypnotizin' Boogie (4:00)
  4. My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble (2:46)
  5. Hot Hot Papa (3:06)
  6. Rock Me (4:59)
  7. The Grind (3:26)
  8. Can't Stop Rockin' (3:34)
  9. Cheap Beer Joint (3:03)
  10. Rattlesnakin' Daddy (3:38)
  11. Downtown Came Uptown (2:27)
  12. The Groove (3:52)
  13. Bad Feeling (3:46)
  14. Preachin' The Blues (3:03)
  15. Dr. Wilcox (2:55)

Corb Lund
Five Dollar Bill

Five Dollar Bill
SPCD 1284
Genre: Country
Released: 11 June 2002
  1. Five Dollar Bill (Listen to mp3 clip) (2:33)
  2. Expectation and the Blues (Listen to mp3 clip) (2:56)
  3. Short Native Grasses (Prairies of Alberta) (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:46)
  4. No Roads Here (3:21)
  5. Apocalyptic Modified Blues (3:03)
  6. Heavy and Leaving (3:25)
  7. Intro/Jack of Diamonds (0:36)
  8. Time to Switch to Whiskey (2:53)
  9. Roughest Neck Around (3:12)
  10. Daughter, Don't You Marry No Guitar Picker (2:23)
  11. (Gonna) Shine Up My Boots (2:13)
  12. Buckin' Horse Rider (3:34)
  13. She Won't Come to Me (3:45)

Chris Thomas King
Legend Of Tommy Johnson

Legend Of Tommy Johnson
SPCD 1279
Genre: Blues
Released: 23 October 2001
  1. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Listen to mp3 clip)
  2. Trouble Will Soon Be Over (Listen to mp3 clip)
  3. Canned Heat Blues (Listen to mp3 clip)
  4. Flooded In The Delta
  5. Watermelon Man
  6. John Law Burned Down The Liquor Sto'
  7. Red Shoes
  8. Bonnie And Clyde In D Miner
  9. Do Fries Go With That Shake?
  10. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Reprise) (Performed By The Voodoo Dolls)
  11. Spread The Glory (Requiem) (Performed By The Voodoo Dolls)

Doug James
Blow Mr. Low

Blow Mr. Low
SPCD 1276
Genre: Blues
Released: 14 August 2001
  1. Extra Axle (Listen to mp3 clip)
  2. Blow Mr. Low (Listen to mp3 clip)
  3. I Want A Little Girl (Listen to mp3 clip)
  4. Bobbie's Boogie
  5. Son Of Mr. Big Horn
  6. Blues For Leo
  7. Dirty, Dirty People
  8. Dog Ate My Reed
  9. Cry Me A River
  10. You Better Hold Me

Sonny Rhodes
Good Day To Play The Blues

Good Day To Play The Blues
SPCD 1273
Genre: Blues
Released: 13 August 2001
  1. Big Bag O' Blues (Listen to mp3 clip)
  2. Love And Harmony (Listen to mp3 clip)
  3. She's Not Happy Unless She's Sad (Listen to mp3 clip)
  4. Driving Two Ways On A One-Way Street
  5. Honey Do Woman
  6. Ten Pounds Of Love (In A Five-Pound Sack)
  7. I Bleed Blue
  8. If The Blues Fits, Wear It
  9. I Wanna Get Your Boogie
  10. Win-Win Situation
  11. Good Man, Good Woman
  12. Monkey See, Monkey Do
  13. Good Day To Sing And Play The Blues (Van Fire Blues)

25 Years Of Stony Plain 2CD Set

25 Years Of Stony Plain 2CD Set
SPCD 1274
Genre: Roots
Released: 3 April 2001
Disc 1
  1. Tom Landa And The Paperboys - Standing Here (4:07)
  2. Ray Bonneville - The Price To Pay (4:18)
  3. Steve Earle - Hometown Blues (2:41)
  4. Jo-El Sonnier - So Long Baby Goodbye (2:36)
  5. Emmylou Harris - Boulder To Birmingham (3:21)
  6. Jr. Gone Wild - Poet's Highway (4:14)
  7. Ian Tyson - Lost Herd (4:15)
  8. Spirit Of The West - Darkhouse (4:43)
  9. Linda McRae - Roll On Down (3:12)
  10. Doug Sahm w/ The Formerly Bros. & Queen Ida - Big Mamou (2:51)
  11. Bobby Charles - I Don't Want To Know (4:53)
  12. Sylvia Tyson & Tom Russell - Thrown To The Wolves (3:10)
  13. Cindy Church & Ian Tyson - What Does She See (3:24)
  14. Valdy & Gary Fjellgaard - Can't Pull This Train (3:13)
  15. Asleep At The Wheel w/ Willie Nelson - Write Your Own Song (2:32)
  16. Greivous Angels - The Ballad Of Leonard & Cecile (3:10)
  17. Shirley Myers - Saturday Night (2:57)
  18. The Holmes Brothers - Farther Along (5:04)
  19. Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - Train To Texas (4:10)
Disc 2
  1. Rosco Gordon - Just A Little Bit (3:02)
  2. Duke Robillard - Don't Leave Me Baby (3:22)
  3. Lowell Fulson w/ Powder Blues Band - Reconsider Baby (3:36)
  4. Long John Baldry - Linin' Track (1:48)
  5. King Biscuit Boy - Going To The River (2:55)
  6. Amos Garrett - Bert's Boogie (3:01)
  7. Billy Boy Arnold - Let's Work It Out (3:03)
  8. David Wilcox - I Need A Vice (2:53)
  9. Jimmy Witherspoon - Mean Ole Frisco (3:43)
  10. Jay McShann - Say Forward, I'll March (4:12)
  11. Jim Byrnes - No Special Rider (3:23)
  12. Big Dave McLean And Colin James - Cakewalk Into Town (3:18)
  13. Maria Muldaur - Grasshopper In My Pillow (3:45)
  14. Professor Longhair - Doin' It (4:04)
  15. Downchild Blues Band - It's Been So Long (3:24)
  16. Rockin' Highliners - Sassy Sally (4:07)
  17. Rita Chiarelli - Tupelo (5:28)
  18. Dutch Mason - I Must Be Crazy (3:18)
  19. Kristi Johnston - If I Ain't Got (3:30)
  20. Sonny Rhodes - Blues On My Birthday (3:23)
  21. Ellen McIlwaine - Born Under A Bad Sign (3:23)
  22. Walter Horton - Turkey In The Straw (0:18)

Long John Baldry
Long John Baldry Trio-Live

Long John Baldry Trio-Live
SPCD 1268
Genre: Blues
Released: 31 October 2000
  1. Good Morning Blues (Listen to mp3 clip)
  2. Who Back Buck
  3. Back Water Blues
  4. Morning Dew
  5. Black Girl
  6. It Ain't Easy
  7. Burn Down The Cornfield
  8. Moon Dance In Tajikistan
  9. Walk On
  10. Can't Keep From Crying Some Time
  11. Maggie Bell
  12. Blue Valentine
  13. Midnight In New Orleans
  14. Flying

Rosco Gordon
Memphis Tennessee

Memphis Tennessee
SPCD 1267
Genre: Blues
Released: 31 October 2000
  1. Memphis, Tennessee
  2. Sit Right Here
  3. Bad Dream
  4. It Takes A Lot of Lovin'
  5. No More Doggin'
  6. Now You're Gone
  7. Just A Little Bit
  8. Let's Get High
  9. Jelly Jelly
  10. Tell Me I'm the One
  11. Cheese & Crackers
  12. You Don't Care About Nothing
  13. Interview with Rosco Gordon

Kristi Johnston
That Would Be Fine

That Would Be Fine
SPCD 1263
Genre: Blues
Released: 30 May 2000
  1. Train (2:36)
  2. Midnight Rambler (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:36)
  3. Shake Your Sugar Tree (2:16)
  4. If I Ain't Got (3:33)
  5. The Moose Is Loose (2:39)
  6. Eyesight to the Blind (2:21)
  7. That's All Right (5:12)
  8. Rock This Morning (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:36)
  9. Guilty (3:52)
  10. That Would Be Fine (3:44)
  11. Outta Love (4:07)
  12. We Get By (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:29)

Emmylou Harris

SPCD 1253
Genre: S/S
Released: 1 January 2000
  1. My Songbird (3:30)
  2. Where Will I Be (4:21)
  3. I Ain't Living Long Like This (4:20)
  4. Love Hurts (2:55)
  5. Green Pastures (3:05)
  6. Deeper Well (7:16)
  7. Prayer In Open D (4:01)
  8. Calling My Children Home (3:02)
  9. Tulsa Queen (4:30)
  10. Wheels (3:04)
  11. Born To Run (4:44)
  12. Boulder To Birmingham (3:21)
  13. All My Tears (5:06)
  14. The Maker (8:40) nbsp;

Sonny Rhodes
Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond
SPCD 1257
Genre: Blues
Released: 11 May 1999
  1. Meet Me at the 10th Street Inn (3:17)
  2. Shame on You (4:34)
  3. Blues is My Religion (3:52)
  4. Blue Diamond (4:25)
  5. Back Where You Come From (3:54)
  6. Rainy Day (4:09)
  7. What You're Looking For (3:52)
  8. Beside Myself (4:21)
  9. Too Much Trouble (2:13)
  10. Love From A Stone (3:26)
  11. Blues Walk (3:57)
  12. Blues Man's Prayer (1:55)
  13. Life's Rainbow (4:15)
  14. Bonus Track (after 2 minutes) Sonny Rhodes interview (20:13)

Asleep At The Wheel
Pasture Prime

Pasture Prime
SPCD 1251
Genre: Country
Released: 29 September 1998
  1. Across The Alley From The Alamo (2:50)
  2. Switchin' In The Kitchen (4:09)
  3. Write Your Own Song (2:32)
  4. Cotton Eyed Joe (2:16)
  5. Baby (3:38)
  6. Shorty (3:37)
  7. The Chick's Too Young To Fry (2:12)
  8. Big Beaver (3:11)
  9. This Is The Way We Make A Broken Heart (3:16)
  10. Deep Water (3:01)
  11. The Natural Thing To Do (3:53)
  12. Liar's Moon (3:20)
  13. That's Your Red Wagon (2:56)
  14. Bonus Track: Interview with Ray Benson (17:48)

Bobby Charles
Secrets Of The Heart

Secrets Of The Heart
SPCD 1240
Genre: Blues/Rock
Released: 27 January 1998

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  1. I Can't Quit You
  2. Secrets
  3. Angel Eyes
  4. But I Do
  5. Party Town
  6. I Don't Want To Know
  7. Love In The Worst Degree
  8. Why Are People Like That?
  9. You
  10. I Believe In Angels
  11. Happy Birthday Fats Domino
  12. Les Champs Elysee
  13. Bonus track (after 2 minutes) Interview
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Been So Long & Ready To Go

Been So Long & Ready To Go
SPCD 1242
Genre: Blues
Released: 15 October 1997
Available for the first time on CD, the 20 Downchild songs on this collection are a joyful reminder of the rockin’ good times Canada’s veteran blues band brings to the stage, wherever—and whenever—it plays. "IT’S BEEN SO LONG" was 1987’s return to the studio after a five-year absence from recording; "READY TO GO" was originally released in 1975, and features the sparkling piano work of Jane Vasey. Both original releases, recorded a dozen years apart and with differing band lineups, demonstrate all the consistency, good humour, strong musicianship, and high energy that still mark Downchild’s live appearances.
  1. Bob 'Till I Drop
  2. Where Have You Gone
  3. It's Been So Long
  4. Who'll Do The Leavin'
  5. My Baby, She's Alright
  6. Don't Mind Dyin'
  7. Not This Time
  8. Bring It On Back
  9. Off The Cuff
  10. One More Chance
  11. Rock Me Baby
  12. The Slide
  13. Do The Parott
  14. Lazy Woman
  15. My Baby
  16. Caldonia
  17. My Aching Heart
  18. Downchild Shuffle
  19. Heart Fixing Business
  20. Old Ma Bell

Absolute Blues Vol. 2

Absolute Blues Vol. 2
SPCD 1245
Genre: Blues
Released: 7 October 1997
  1. Downchild Blues Band - When I Say Jump (3:21)
  2. Maria Muldaur - Do Your Duty (3:28)
  3. Bobby Charles - Not Ready Yet (3:06)
  4. The Holmes Brothers - Tell Me Again (3:42)
  5. Amos Garrett, Doug Sahm, Gene Taylor Band - Sure Is A Good Thing (3:40)
  6. Professor Longhair - Tipitina (3:30)
  7. Dutch Mason - I Must Be Crazy (3:19)
  8. Long John Baldry And Kathi McDonald - Black Girl (3:01)
  9. Paul James - Red Hot Mama (2:58)
  10. Johnny Shines - Slavery Time Breakdown (5:12)

Absolute Blues Vol. 1

Absolute Blues Vol. 1
SPCD 1244
Genre: Blues
Released: 7 October 1997
  1. Duke Robillard - Don't Leave Me Baby (3:22)
  2. Jay McShann - Confessin' The Blues (4:31)
  3. Jimmy Witherspoon - Lowdown Dirty Shame (4:22)
  4. Lowell Fulson - Mean Old World (4:11)
  5. Jim Byrnes - Wrapped Up, Tied Up (3:48)
  6. Rita Chiarelli - Tupelo (5:28)
  7. David Clayton Thomas - Wish The World Would Come To Memphis (3:36)
  8. Amos Garrett - Walkin' Blues (4:23)
  9. King Biscuit Boy - Step Back Baby (2:17)
  10. Walter Shakey Horton - Sugar Mama (3:13)

Lowell Fulson W/ Powder Blues Band
Blue Shadows

Blue Shadows
SPCD 1233
Genre: Blues
Released: 7 August 1997
  1. Oh! Well Oh! Well (3:27)
  2. Reconsider Baby (3:36)
  3. I Cried (3:49)
  4. Guitar Shuffle (2:46)
  5. Blue Shadows (3:44)
  6. Stoop Down (4:40)
  7. Sinner's Prayer (4:09)
  8. You're Gonna Miss Me (2:31)
  9. Mean Old World (4:11)
  10. Do You Feel It (4:11)
  11. Bonus Track: Interview with Lowell Fulson (17:14)

Ian Tyson
All The Good 'Uns (Greatest Hits)

All The Good
SPCD 1234
Genre: Cowboy
Released: 23 July 1996
  1. The Wonder Of It All
  2. Alberta's Child
  3. Irving Berlin (is 100 yrs Old Today)
  4. M.C. Horses
  5. Springtime In Alberta
  6. Jaquima To Freno (3:49)
  7. Navajo Rug (2:58)
  8. Claude Dallas (5:02)
  9. Magpie (3:41)
  10. The Steeldust Line (3:51)
  11. Rockies Turn To Rose (3:10)
  12. Alcohol In The bloodstream (3:36)
  13. The Old Double Diamond (5:06)
  14. Barrel Racing Angel (3:22)
  15. Casey Tibbs (3:32)
  16. Will James (3:25)
  17. Fifty Years Ago (3:55)
  18. 'Til The Circle Is Through (3:76)
  19. The Gift (4:15)

Jr. Gone Wild
Simple Little Wish

Simple Little Wish
SPCD 1201
Genre: Rock
Released: 1 December 1995
  1. The Guy Who Came In From The Cold (4:37)
  2. Downtime (4:20)
  3. Apres Vous (4:01)
  4. Rain Or Shine (2:58)
  5. Beautiful Barfly (4:15)
  6. I'm So Glad (2:59)
  7. Raisins (4:29)
  8. Simple Little Wish (3:51)
  9. Shoes (4:10)
  10. Juliette (3:35)
  11. All Talk (4:12)
  12. Don't Forget About Me (2:49)
  13. Dropping Like Flies (2:28)
  14. Airtight (3:03)
  15. Swine Flew (Hidden Track) (5:07)

Bobby Charles
Wish You Were Here Right Now

Wish You Were Here Right Now
SPCD 1203
Genre: S/S
Released: 11 April 1995
  1. Not Ready Yet (3:03)
  2. The Jealous Kind (4:07)
  3. See You Later Alligator (3:43)
  4. I Want To Be The One (3:57)
  5. Promises, Promises (The Truth Will Set You Free) (3:39)
  6. Walking To New Orleans (3:11)
  7. The Mardi Gras Song (4:22)
  8. I Remember When (2:59)
  9. Ambushin' Bastard (3:07)
  10. Peanut (2:20)
  11. I Don't See Me (5:46)
  12. Wish You Were Here Right Now (2:24)

Great Speckled Bird
Great Speckled Bird

Great Speckled Bird
SPCD 1200
Genre: Country/Folk
Released: 1 November 1994
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  1. Love What You're Doing Child (3:37)
  2. Calgary (3:00)
  3. Truckers Cafe (3:19)
  4. Long Long Time To Get Old (3:08)
  5. Flies In The Bottle (3:43)
  6. Bloodshot Beholder (3:56)
  7. Crazy Arms (2:51)
  8. This Dream (3:36)
  9. Smiling Wine (3:05)
  10. Rio Grande (3:49)
  11. Disappearing Woman (2:10)
  12. We Sail (4:42)
  13. New Truckers Cafe (Live) [Bonus Track] (3:08)
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Bobby Charles
Bobby Charles

Bobby Charles
SPCD 1202
Genre: S/S
Released: 25 October 1994

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  1. Street People (3:43)
  2. Long Face (3:36)
  3. I Must Be In A Good Place Now (4:07)
  4. Save Me Jesus (5:21)
  5. All The Money (5:17)
  6. Small Town Talk (3:24)
  7. Let Yourself Go (4:10)
  8. Grow Too Old (4:02)
  9. I'm That Way (4:06)
  10. Tennessee Blues (5:03)
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Jr. Gone Wild
Pull The Goalie

Pull The Goalie
SPCD 1181
Genre: Rock
Released: 1 December 1992

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  1. What's Going On (4:08)
  2. God Is Not My Father (3:46)
  3. Rhythm Of The Rain (4:28)
  4. Try Again (4:12)
  5. Rubbing My Knees (2:51)
  6. Just The Other Day (4:09)
  7. What A Great Day (5:13)
  8. Where The Hell Are You (3:25)
  9. 1000 Miles To Go (2:52)
  10. Annie Get Your Gun (2:33)
  11. Bandage My Chin (4:02)
  12. Beat Me To The Door (2:51)
  13. The March Into Jerusalem (3:11)
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Grievous Angels
One Job Town

One Job Town
SPCD 1162
Genre: Folk
Released: 1 September 1990

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  1. Crossing The Causeway (3:21)
  2. When Love Came Around (3:52)
  3. The Ballad Of Leonard And Cecile (3:10)
  4. B.C. In The Winter-Time (3:02)
  5. Sarah Gordon (3:42)
  6. Peter's Shuffle (1:45)
  7. Staying In On Weekends (3:10)
  8. Friday Night (5:18)
  9. Kapuskasing Highway Song (2:58)
  10. Last Room On The Left (At The Ramore Hotel) (5:04)
  11. Death's Dark Stream (2:18)
  12. Gordie And My Old Man (3:37)
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Jr. Gone Wild
Too Dumb To Quit

Too Dumb To Quit
SPCD 1160
Genre: Rock
Released: 6 June 1990

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  1. I Don't Know About All That (3:02)
  2. In Contempt Of Me (2:19)
  3. Don't Let Her Know (2:28)
  4. Third Most Stupidest Guy (3:46)
  5. Obituary For A Fugitive (3:46)
  6. The Bachelor Suite (4:05)
  7. Poet's Highway (4:14)
  8. Tin Can (5:04)
  9. Akit's Hill (2:46)
  10. The Cliche Song (2:14)
  11. Radio Sussy (3:10)
  12. Sleep With A Stranger (3:04)
  13. Faust (2:18)
  14. I Don't Need That Anymore (5:30)
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King Biscuit Boy (Richard Newell)
AKA King Biscuit Boy

AKA King Biscuit Boy
SPCD 1120
Genre: Blues
Released: 6 June 1988

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  1. I Tried (4:03)
  2. Blue Light Boogie (4:58)
  3. The Comeback (3:00)
  4. Castin' My Spell (2:19)
  5. Close Up The Back Door (2:39)
  6. Operator (3:15)
  7. Early In The Morning (2:38)
  8. Hattie Malatti (2:49)
  9. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer (3:30)
  10. Ashamed of Myself (4:00)
  11. Don't Let Daddy Slow Walk You Down (3:47)
  12. She Knocks Me Out (2:41)
  13. Step Back Baby (2:17)
  14. Every Night of the Week (3:04)
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Bob Carpenter
Silent Passage

Silent Passage
SPCD 1081
Genre: S/S
Released: 6 June 1984

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  1. Miracle Man (3:18)
  2. Silent Passage (2:53)
  3. Old Friends (3:44)
  4. First Light (4:55)
  5. Morning Train (4:34)
  6. The Believer (3:46)
  7. Gypsy Boy (4:42)
  8. Down Along The Border (2:55)
  9. Before My Time (4:48)
  10. Now And Then (2:23)
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Starting To Show

Starting To Show
SPCD 1029
Genre: Rock
Released: 4 November 1980

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  1. Lucifer's Angel (3:17)
  2. Hard Luck Story (3:34)
  3. Spinnin' Round (5:28)
  4. Ruth (1:56)
  5. Starting To Show (4:20)
  6. Fat City / Everyone Loves A Parade (4:56)
  7. Patience (5:15)
  8. Long Time Coming (7:41)
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Paul Hann
High Test [Live]

High Test [Live]
SPCD 1028
Genre: Folk
Released: 3 July 1979

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  1. Chicken Pickin' (4:06)
  2. Doesn't Anybody Do It Straight Anymore? (3:32)
  3. The Drunk At The Party (4:43)
  4. Suped Up Model T (3:19)
  5. Love Is Like A Hockey Game (2:01)
  6. Paycheck Charlie (3:56)
  7. End Of The World Cafe (3:50)
  8. Play Me A Song (5:10)
  9. Impeach Your Children (2:53)
  10. You Done Stomped On My Heart (2:15)
  11. Yodel Song (2:20)
  12. Cockney Cowboy (2:44)
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SPCD 1017
Genre: Rock
Released: 17 April 1979

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  1. Running Start (3:45)
  2. Lady Of Amsterdam (4:08)
  3. Networks (2:08)
  4. Do What You Want Mama (4:57)
  5. Down On My Knees (3:53)
  6. Fly My Spirit (3:25)
  7. Let Me Down Easy (3:18)
  8. Love School (3:18)
  9. Raining In My Heart (2:45)
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Paul Hann
Paul Hann

Paul Hann
SPCD 1003
Genre: Folk
Released: 5 July 1977

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  1. Cockney Cowboy (2:23)
  2. Walkin' In Jerusalem (1:05)
  3. MacBaren's Jig (2:25)
  4. Wrecked On The Highway (2:39)
  5. King & Country (4:14)
  6. Prairie Fire (3:16)
  7. The End Of The World Cafe (2:58)
  8. The Matrimonial Blues (3:00)
  9. Grits 'N Chips (2:47)
  10. On The Seawall (5:14)
  11. Have I Got Something For You (3:04)
  12. I'd Like To Make A Movie With You (3:19)
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Paul Hann
Another Tumbleweed

Another Tumbleweed
SPCD 1001
Genre: Folk
Released: 1 July 1975

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  1. Another Tumbleweed (2:56)
  2. I Almost Fell Into Her Eyes (4:39)
  3. For Marge, Somewhere In Calgary (3:16)
  4. One Chance Woman (4:29)
  5. I'll Be Your Antique Freak (2:46)
  6. Fire Line (3:55)
  7. Momma Make The Radio (Play Me A Cowboy Song) (2:46)
  8. Salvation Annie (3:16)
  9. Paycheck Charlie (2:14)
  10. These Thousand Good-Byes (4:07)
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Paul Hann
A Fine, White Thread

A Fine, White Thread
SPCD 1000
Genre: Folk
Released: 3 July 1973

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  1. Queen Of The May (3:27)
  2. Working Up The Line (3:10)
  3. West Country Witch (4:20)
  4. Impeach Your Children (2:57)
  5. Lindy's Two-Step (1:16)
  6. The Ballad Of Beer Parlour Ben & Saturday Sal (3:23)
  7. Green Mansion Road (2:23)
  8. Perhaps In A Shadow (3:41)
  9. It's Not Enough Anymore (3:22)
  10. A Fine, White Thread (5:48)
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Ian Tyson
Old Corrals And Sagebrush & Other Cowboy Culture Classics

Old Corrals And Sagebrush & Other Cowboy Culture Classics
SPCD 1307
Genre: Country
  1. Gallo de Cielo (Tom Russell) (5:55)
  2. Alberta's Child (Ian Tyson) (3:45)
  3. The Old Double Diamond (Gary McMahany) (5:08)
  4. Windy Bill (traditional) (3:03)
  5. Montana Waltz (Ian Tyson) (3:37)
  6. Whoopee Ti Yi Yo (traditional) (3:12)
  7. Leavin' Cheyenne (traditional) (3:52)
  8. Old Corrals And Sagebrush (Ian Tyson) (2:55)
  9. Old Alberta Moon (Ian Tyson) (3:08)
  10. Night Rider's Lament (Mike Burton) (4:03)
  11. Oklahoma Hills (Jack Guthrie) (2:56)
  12. Tom Blasingame (Ian Tyson) (3:25)
  13. Colorado Trail (traditional) (2:35)
  14. Hot Summer Tears (Ian Tyson) (6:07)
  15. What Does She See (Ian Tyson) (3:25)
  16. Rocks Begin To Roll (Ian Tyson) (4:00)
  17. Will James (Ian Tyson) (4:32)
  18. Murder Street (Ian Tyson) (3:25)

Ian Tyson
Ol' Eon

SPCD 1295
Genre: Country
  1. Some Kind of Fool (Listen to mp3 clip)
  2. Bad Times Were So Easy (Listen to mp3 clip)
  3. BlueBerry Susan
  4. Sam Bonnifields Saloon
  5. If She Just Helps Me
  6. Lord, Lead Me Home
  7. Great Canadian Tour (Listen to mp3 clip)
  8. She's My Greatest Blessing (Listen to mp3 clip)
  9. Spanish Journey
  10. The Girl Who Turned Me Down
  11. The North Saskatchewan
  12. Love Can Bless The Soul of Anyone

Duke Robillard
Exalted Lover

Exalted Lover
SPCD 1293
Genre: Blues
  1. Down Home Country Girl (4:55)
  2. I'll Never Be Free (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:45)
  3. Real Live Wire (2:51)
  4. Exalted Lover (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:57)
  5. Deep Inside (4:42)
  6. How Long Has It Been (3:55)
  7. Tore Up (4:10)
  8. Love Made A Liar Out Of Me (4:22)
  9. Double X Daddy (4:33)
  10. Travelin Mood (3:24)

Duke Robillard
More Conversations In Swing Guitar

More Conversations In Swing Guitar
SPCD 1292
Genre: Blues
  1. Moten Swing (Listen to mp3 clip) (7:32)
  2. Train To Texas (7:22)
  3. Robin's Nest (6:47)
  4. Just You And Me (5:39)
  5. Blues For Terry (7:36)
  6. End Of Session Jump (6:37)

Ian Tyson
Live At Longview

Live At Longview
SPCD 1282
Genre: Country
  1. Navajo Rug
  2. Ol' Corrals And Sagebrush
  3. Desert Motel
  4. I Outtgrew The Wagon
  5. Herry Ambler
  6. Sorta Together (Listen to mp3 clip)
  7. Fifty Years Ago
  8. Someday Soon
  9. Smugglers Cove
  10. Casey Tibbs
  11. Blue Moon (Listen to mp3 clip)
  12. Somewhere In The Rubies
  13. M.C. Horses
  14. Horsethief Moon
  15. Little High Plains Town (Listen to mp3 clip)
  16. Bob Fudge
  17. Magpie

Duke Robillard
Living With The Blues

Living With The Blues
SPCD 1277
Genre: Blues
  1. If Walls Could Talk (Listen to mp3 clip)
  2. Use What You Got
  3. Stratisfied (Listen to mp3 clip)
  4. Hard Road
  5. Buy Me A Dog (Listen to mp3 clip)
  6. Goodtime Charlie
  7. Painful Memory
  8. I Live The Life I Love
  9. I'm Mad About It
  10. Sleepin' On It
  11. Living With The Blues
  12. Long Gone Baby

Long John Baldry
Remembering Leadbelly

Remembering Leadbelly
SPCD 1275
Genre: Blues
  1. Lining Track (Listen to mp3 clip) (1:49)
  2. Gallows Pole (Listen to mp3 clip) (2:42)
  3. Midnight Special (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:29)
  4. Take This Hammer (3:28)
  5. Rock Island Line (2:50)
  6. Good Morning Blues (3:45)
  7. Go Down Old Hannah (0:55)
  8. Birmingham Jail (2:52)
  9. Here Rattler (2:14)
  10. Easy Rider Blues (3:09)
  11. We're In The Same Boat Brother (3:33)
  12. John Hardy (2:30)
  13. Digging My Potatoes (3:10)
  14. On A Christmas Day (2:50)
  15. Oh Mary Don't You Weep (2:35)
  16. We Shall Walk Though The Valley (3:42)
  17. Alan Lomax Interview (5:56)
  18. Long Jong Baldry Interview (6:36)

Holmes Brothers
Speaking In Tongues

Speaking In Tongues
SPCD 1272
Genre: Blues
  1. Homeless Child (3:48)
  2. Speaking In Tongues (4:09)
  3. New jerusalem (4:27)
  4. I Shall Not Walk Alone (5:37)
  5. Can't No Grave Hold My Body Down (4:19)
  6. King Jesus Will Roll All Burdens Away (4:22)
  7. Jesus Is The Way (4:48)
  8. Love Train (4:40)
  9. Man of Peace (3:49)
  10. Jesus Got His Hooks In Me (2:15)
  11. I Want To be Ready (4:01)
  12. Thank You Jesus (3:24)
  13. Farther Along (5:04)

David Wilcox
Rhythm Of Love

Rhythm Of Love
SPCD 1271
Genre: Blues
  1. Hook It Boy (Listen to mp3 clip)
  2. High Water Rising
  3. Rhythm of Love (Listen to mp3 clip)
  4. I Need A Vice (Listen to mp3 clip)
  5. Easy Like Rain
  6. Three Women
  7. Mama
  8. Three men
  9. Already Got What You Need
  10. Broken Trees
  11. Rattlesnakin' Daddy
  12. Play That Guitar Rag

Maria Muldaur
Richland Woman Blues

Richland Woman Blues
SPCD 1270
Genre: Blues
  1. Richland Woman Blues
  2. Grasshoppers In My Pillow
  3. It's a Blessing
  4. Me and My Chauffeur Blues
  5. Put It Right Here
  6. I'm Goin' Back Home
  7. My Man Blues
  8. In My Girlish Days
  9. Far Away Blues
  10. I Got to Move
  11. Lonesome Desert blues
  12. Soul of a Man
  13. I Belong to that Band
  14. It's a Blessing (Reprise)

Duke Robillard

SPCD 1265
Genre: Blues
  1. Male Magnet (4:34)
  2. Just Between Me And You (4:38)
  3. Soulful (4:46)
  4. Hang On (3:51)
  5. You Mean Everything To Me (5:01)
  6. Sayin' Don't Make It So (3:07)
  7. Jumpin' With The Duke (3:47)
  8. Misunderstanding Blues (4:42)
  9. You Dropped The Thing On Me (4:26)
  10. Lonesome Old Town (4:18)
  11. Brand New Fool (3:40)
  12. Time Is Short (6:58)

The Paperboys

SPCD 1264
Genre: Celtic Rock
  1. Living Proof
  2. The Cop, The Scot, The Gal and her Neighbour
  3. Santiago a Sevilla
  4. Goodbye
  5. Falling Down (Listen to mp3 clip)
  6. Still the Night
  7. Triste Cancion
  8. Le Muton Noir
  9. Mary
  10. Standing Here
  11. Cantares
  12. Foxhunters' Waltz

Gary Fjellgaard & Valdy

SPCD 1262
Genre: Folk
  1. The Boys Of Rhythm (2:44)
  2. Wind From The West (3:09)
  3. Contenders (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:49)
  4. Wonderland (2:37)
  5. Heartbroken Hero (2:37)
  6. Can't PullThis Train (3:16)
  7. Goodness Knows (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:19)
  8. Islanders (2:43)
  9. An Islander (2:35)
  10. Tried And True (3:09)
  11. King Of The Road (2:07)

Shirley Myers
There Will Come A Day

There Will Come A Day
SPCD 1261
Genre: Country
  1. You Better Be Sure (2:54)
  2. I'm Missin' You (3:01)
  3. You Left Me (3:41)
  4. Do You Love Me (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:38)
  5. I Give Up (4:10)
  6. I'll Still Be Holding You (2:08)
  7. Forever In Love (3:08)
  8. Real True Love (3:21)
  9. Why Can't It Be You (2:34)
  10. Saturday Night (2:41)
  11. There Will Come A Day (4:07)
  12. The French Song (2:51)

Duke Robillard
Conversations in Swing Guitar

Conversations in Swing Guitar
SPCD 1260
Genre: Blues

Duke Robillard
New Blues For Modern Man

New Blues For Modern Man
SPCD 1259
Genre: Blues
  1. Jumpin' Rocking' Rhythm (4:05)
  2. Pony Blues (6:40)
  3. Don't Fool With My Love (2:41)
  4. Addiction (5:16)
  5. Fishnet (4:34)
  6. Good Man (5:23)
  7. I Don't Want to Say Best Wishes (4:31)
  8. Hurt Me (4:51)
  9. You're the Only One (4:59)
  10. Love Sick (8:49)
  11. How Long Baby (4:27)
  12. Big Bottom Blues (9:46)

The Rockin' Highliners

SPCD 1258
Genre: Blues/Rock
  1. Don't Jump Back (2:54)
  2. Oh My! (3:01)
  3. I Don't Mind (3:41)
  4. So Sorry Doesn't Cut It (3:38)
  5. Sassy Sally (4:10)
  6. Jump, Jump Boogie (2:08)
  7. Pac A Lulu (3:08)
  8. Do It Up Right (3:21)
  9. Three Days On The Coast (2:34)
  10. Two Bones And A Pick (2:41)
  11. Now That You're Gone (4:07)
  12. Come On Let's Boogie (2:51)
  13. North Sea Fisherman's Blues (9:05)

Ray Bonneville
Gust Of Wind

Gust Of Wind
SPCD 1256
Genre: S/S

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  1. Don't Look Back (4:40)
  2. Gust of Wind (4:40)
  3. That's Why (3:18)
  4. Oh, It's You (4:51)
  5. The Price to Pay (4:21)
  6. Canary Yellow Car (3:18)
  7. Foolish (3:28)
  8. Gone Too Long (3:37)
  9. Listen (3:50)
  10. The Changing Sky (4:37)
  11. Darlin' Don't Forget (2:54)
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Ian Tyson
Lost Herd

Lost Herd
SPCD 1255
Genre: Cowboy
  1. Brahmas And Mustangs
  2. Lost Herd
  3. Summer's Gone
  4. Smuggler's Cove
  5. Blue Mountains Of Mexico
  6. Roll On Owyhee
  7. Legends Of Cutting
  8. La Primera
  9. Elko Blues - The Roan Mare
  10. Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Jay Mcshann
Still Jumpin' The Blues

Still Jumpin
SPCD 1254
Genre: Jazz/Blues
  1. Goin' To Chicago
  2. Moten Swing
  3. Sunny Side Of The Street
  4. Ain't Nobody's Business
  5. Come Over To My House
  6. Trouble In Mind
  7. Say Forward, I'll March
  8. Back Water Blues
  9. She's Got It
  10. Hootie's K.C. Christmas Prayer
  11. Bonus Interview Track

Jimmy Witherspoon
Jimmy Witherspoon with The Duke Robillard Band

Jimmy Witherspoon with The Duke Robillard Band
SPCD 1252
Genre: Blues
  1. Glide On (14:01)
  2. Going Down Slow (6:30)
  3. Big Boss Man (5:53)
  4. Ain't Nobody's Business (8:10)
  5. I'll Always Be In Love With You (7:05)
  6. Stormy Monday Blues (8:22)
  7. Times Gettin' Tougher Than Tough (6:50)

Duke Robillard
Stretchin' Out Live

SPCD 1250
Genre: Blues
  1. Too Hot To Handle (7:14)
  2. Never Let You Go (6:40)
  3. Midnight Canon Ball (4:00)
  4. Gee I Wish (6:26)
  5. Glamour Girl (9:07)
  6. That's My Life (4:55)
  7. Dyin' Flu (11:20)
  8. Tell Me Why (3:46)
  9. Don't Leave Me Baby (7:38)

Big Dave McLean
For The Blues..."Always"

For The Blues..."Always"
SPCD 1249
Genre: Blues
  1. Dust My Broom (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:27)
  2. Had My Fun (2:50)
  3. Sliding Delta (3:31)
  4. Going To New York (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:14)
  5. My Adorable One (3:44)
  6. Cakewalk Into Town (3:19)
  7. Rollin' and Tumblin' (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:22)
  8. Always (6:11)
  9. Just Your Fool (3:31)
  10. The Red Rooster (4:31)

Shirley Myers
Let It Rain

Let It Rain
SPCD 1247
Genre: Country
  1. Let It Rain (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:05)
  2. Lettin' Go (3:07)
  3. One Last Step (3:13)
  4. A Rose In The Snow (2:54)
  5. Grindin' Wheel (2:42)
  6. Haven't You Heard (3:20)
  7. Fallin' Out Of Love (3:18)
  8. Thirty Nine Days (3:39)
  9. Don't Say A Word (with Johnny Lee) (3:33)
  10. Long, Long Gone (3:46)

David Clayton-Thomas
Blue Plate Special

Blue Plate Special
SPCD 1246
Genre: Blues/Rock
  1. Too Many Dirty Dishes
  2. Suzy Got Her Big Hair On
  3. Hard Times
  4. Lucretia MacEvil
  5. Drown In My Own Tears
  6. Hoochie Coochie Man
  7. Woman Across The River
  8. The Danger Zone
  9. We Were The Children
  10. Wish The World Would Come To Memphis

The Paperboys

SPCD 1243
Genre: Celtic Rock
  1. Molinos
  2. Salvation
  3. Waste Some Time
  4. I've Just Seen A Face
  5. Same 4 Everyone
  6. Annabell's Reel/Theme Time
  7. Crashing Down
  8. While You Were Sleeping
  9. The Breathing Method
  10. The Jaunt
  11. After The First Time You Lose
  12. Drunken Wagoneer
  13. Pound A Week Rise
  14. Swallow's Tail Jig/Cabin Fever Ceilidh/Swallow's Tail Reel
  15. Oh Maria
  16. Ray's Ukrainian Wine Cellar Polka/Nelli's Afterthought

Gary Fjellgaard
The Best Of Gary Fjellgaard

The Best Of Gary Fjellgaard
SPCD 1241
Genre: Country
  1. Love To The Wind (with Cindy Church) (3:29)
  2. Under Western Skies (4:08)
  3. Drifting Cowboy (3:55)
  4. Falcon And The Cowboy (3:49)
  5. Summer Heat (3:48)
  6. Fire And Lace (with Linda Kidder) (4:01)
  7. Dance With This Old Cowboy (3:10)
  8. Heroes (3:24)
  9. Color Of Your Collar (3:22)
  10. Cowboys And Indians (3:22)
  11. Ten Years Old And Barefoot (3:24)
  12. Trains Of Dreams (3:23)
  13. Cowboy In Your Heart (4:14)
  14. The Moon Is Out To Get Me (with Linda Kidder) (3:30)
  15. One More River Run (4:13)
  16. Winds Of October (4:13)
  17. Islanders (3:36)
  18. Somewhere On The Island (4:50)

Linda McRae
Flying Jenny

Flying Jenny
SPCD 1239
Genre: Folk/Rock

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  1. Map
  2. Roll On Down
  3. Another One Got Away
  4. Minka's Kitchen
  5. Flying Jenny
  6. When I Stop Dreaming (3:34)
  7. Time (4:15)
  8. As The Night Falls Down (4:57)
  9. Burning Bridges (4:39)
  10. No Better (3:19)
  11. Somewhere Along The Way (4:30)
  12. Road To Nowhere (5:37)
  13. Take Your Hat Off (8:32)
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Larger Than Life

Larger Than Life
SPCD 1238
Genre: Rock

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  1. Introduction
  2. Prince Of Peace
  3. Murder In The First Degree
  4. Newspaper Song
  5. Corinna Corinna
  6. Fly Away
  7. Tits Up On The Pavement
  8. MUMMY and DADDY
  9. Ask Me No Questions
  10. Over The Mountain
  11. Cane On The Brazos
  12. Rock Around The Clock; Shake, Rattle & Roll
  13. In The Dancing Hold
  14. Oh What A Feeling
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Jay Mcshann
Hootie's Jumpin' Blues

SPCD 1237
Genre: Jazz/Blues
  1. Hootie Blues
  2. Vine Street Boogie
  3. 'Fore Day Rider
  4. Hands Off
  5. Profoundly Blue
  6. Doo Wah Doo (3:12)
  7. I Want A Little Girl (5:04)
  8. Jumpin The Blues (3:50)
  9. Confessin' The Blues (4:21)
  10. Hootie Ignorant Oil (3:15)
  11. Hooties Blues For Big Miller (5:24)
  12. Bonus Track (after 2 minutes)
  13. Interview
  14. Hootie's Blues For Big Miller - (solo piano)
  15. Hootie's Kansas City Boogie - (solo piano) (21:44)

Rita Chiarelli
What A Night - Live!

What A Night - Live!
SPCD 1236
Genre: Blues
  1. Intro 0.16
  2. Love You Too Much (6:54)
  3. Strange Behaviour (6:16)
  4. Satisfied (5:25)
  5. 72nd Street (5:26)
  6. The Night Time Is The Right Time (6:51)
  7. Hound Dog (6:03)
  8. Me And Bobby McGee (6:49)
  9. Tupelo (4:51)
  10. I'm Confessing (4:17)
  11. How Blue Can You Get? (5:18)

Cindy Church
Cindy Church

Cindy Church
SPCD 1235
Genre: S/S
  1. Wichita (3:01)
  2. Bitter Pride (2:52)
  3. Sweet dreams Of You (3:25)
  4. The Only Star I See (3:30)
  5. Whispering Pines (3:35)
  6. Wheel Of Love (2:52)
  7. Only Time Can Cure (3:31)
  8. The Chance You Took With Me (2:33)
  9. My Baby (3:49)
  10. What We Almost Had (3:30)
  11. What Does She See (duet with Ian Tyson) (3:24)
  12. Lover Please (2:34)

Long John Baldry
Right To Sing The Blues

Right To Sing The Blues
SPCD 1232
Genre: Blues
  1. They Raided The Joint
  2. Easy Street (3:47)
  3. I'm Shakin'
  4. Midnight Hour Blues
  5. Right To Sing The Blues (with Colin James) (4:25)
  6. It's Too Late Brother (3:10)
  7. East Virginia Blues (5:29)
  8. Whoa Back Buck (2:45)
  9. Morning Dew (3:27)
  10. You're The One (5:01)
  11. Work So Hard (3:17)
  12. Midnight In Berlin (3:14)
  13. Bonus Track - Interview (23:45)

Jimmy Witherspoon
With The Junior Mance Trio

With The Junior Mance Trio
SPCD 1231
Genre: Jazz/Blues
  1. Introduction
  2. Lowdown Dirty Shame
  3. Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday's Just As Bad)
  4. Kansas City
  5. Trouble In Mind
  6. Times Gettin' Tougher Than Tough
  7. Ain't Nobody's Business
  8. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town
  9. Going Down Slow
  10. Roll Em' Pete
  11. No Rollin' Blues

20 Years Of Stony Plain 2CD Set

20 Years Of Stony Plain 2CD Set
SPCD 1230
Genre: Roots
Disc 1
  1. Steve Earle - Mystery Train Part II (2:31)
  2. Great Speckled Bird - Long Long Time To Get Old (3:07)
  3. Greivous Angels - Crossing The Causeway (3:21)
  4. Cindy Church - Sleeping Alone (3:34)
  5. Jr. Gone Wild - The Guy Who Came In From The Cold (4:37)
  6. Amos Garrett And Maria Muldaur - Small Town Talk (4:41)
  7. Sylvia Tyson - You Were On My Mind (3:03)
  8. Spirit Of The West - Political (4:25)
  9. Jesse Winchester - Brand New Tennessee Waltz (3:04)
  10. Gary Fjellgaard - Rock 'n' Roll Dreams (4:03)
  11. Rita Chiarelli w/ Prairie Oyster feat. Russell deCarle - Heartbreak Of The Week (4:11)
  12. Webb Wilder And The Beatnecks - How Long Can She Last (Going That Fast) (3:01)
  13. Paul Hann - Wrecked On The Highway (2:23)
  14. Austin Lounge Lizards - The Car Hank Died In (3:16)
  15. Doug Sahm w/ The Formerly Brothers - Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain (3:19)
  16. Jo-El Sonnier - Rainin' In My Heart (4:02)
  17. Bobby Charles - The Jealous Kind (4:07)
  18. South Mountain - This Time, Time (2:46)
  19. Tom Russell And Ian Tyson - Navajo Rug (4:06)
  20. Ian Tyson - 'Till The Circle Is Through (3:16)
Disc 2
  1. The Duke Robillard Band - I Tried (3:58)
  2. Jimmy Witherspoon - Playful Baby (2:53)
  3. The Holmes Brothers - Tell Me Again (3:28)
  4. Maria Muldaur - Don't You Feel My Leg (Don't You Get Me High) (4:14)
  5. Lowell Fulson w/ The Powder Blues Band - Oh Well, Oh Well (3:17)
  6. Long John Baldry - It's Too Late Brother (3:09)
  7. Dutch Mason - Going Going Gone (3:58)
  8. Gospel Hummingbirds - Great Change (3:20)
  9. Coco Montoya - Monkey See, Monkey Do (4:09)
  10. Jim Byrnes - That River (4:10)
  11. Roosevelt Sykes - New York Boogie (3:36)
  12. Amos Garrett - Wrong Lake To Catch A Fish (2:25)
  13. Downchild Blues Band - Rockin' Little Boogie (3:39)
  14. King Biscuit Boy - Mighty Crazy (3:35)
  15. King Biscuit Boy And Crowbar - Badly Bent (2:14)
  16. Professor Longhair - Mess Around (4:20)
  17. Ellen McIlwaine - I Want Whacha Got (2:54)
  18. Johnny Shines w/ Sugar Blue - Blue Winding Mind (2:43)
  19. Paul James w/ John Hammond - Gotta Gimme Some Of It (2:43)
  20. Walter Shakey Horton w/ Hot Cottage - Shakey's Edmonton Blues (3:27)

Some Of The Best Of Crowbar

Some Of The Best Of Crowbar
SPCD 1229
Genre: Rock

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  1. The Frenchmans Cherokee Boogle Incident
  2. Let the Four Winds Blow
  3. Cane On The Brazons
  4. In The Dancing Hold
  5. Where Were You ?
  6. Lay One Down
  7. Oh Never Be A Dodo
  8. Murder in the First Degree
  9. Trilby
  10. Dead Head Out Of St. Johns
  11. Tits Up On The Pavement
  12. Oh What A Feeling
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Gary Fjellgaard
Under Western Skies

Under Western Skies
SPCD 1226
Genre: Country
  1. On The River Front (4:03)
  2. One More Pony Ride (3:47)
  3. The Glory Years (3:36)
  4. Rhythm Of Your Wings (3:25)
  5. Rocks Of Home (4:19)
  6. You Don't Give Up (4:00)
  7. One More River Run (4:13)
  8. A Perfect World (3:24)
  9. Rock & Roll Dreams (3:26)
  10. Heroes (3:24)
  11. You Are My Song (3:05)
  12. Under Western Skies (4:08)

Amos Garrett
Off The Floor - Live

Off The Floor - Live
SPCD 1225
Genre: Blues/Rock
  1. Wrong Lake To Catch A Fish (3:36)
  2. Bad Bad Whiskey (4:42)
  3. Maybe It's Because Of Love (2:52)
  4. Just Like A Fish (3:29)
  5. Walkin' Blues (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:23)
  6. That's What A Little Dream Can Do (4:52)
  7. Grasshoppers In My Pillow (4:32)
  8. Buried Alive In The Blues (4:18)
  9. Sleepwalk (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:30)
  10. Goose Grease (4:21)
  11. Looking For A Sign (3:57)
  12. Willie And The Hand Jive (8:30)
  13. Conversation With John Lee Hooker (12:27)

Jo-El Sonnier
Live In Canada

Live In Canada
SPCD 1224
Genre: Blues/Cajun
  1. So Long Baby Goodbye (2:45)
  2. Big Mamou (3:43)
  3. Jolie Blon (3:10)
  4. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (4:10)
  5. Johnny B. Goode (3:15)
  6. Rainin' In My Heart (4:15)
  7. Sugar Bee (5:38)
  8. Tear Stained Letter (5:44)
  9. Jolie Blon (solo) (1:58)
  10. Bonus Track Interview with Jo-El Sonnier and Cajun Accordian Demonstration (9:08)

Holmes Brothers
Lotto Land

Lotto Land
SPCD 1223
Genre: Blues
  1. Funky Bust (3:40)
  2. Don't Spare Your Sword (6:32)
  3. I See You (2:55)
  4. Tell Me Again (3:28)
  5. Radio Face (5:26)
  6. Georgia Peach (3:12)
  7. Basement Blues (2:45)
  8. Win Big (2:28)
  9. On The Rocks (4:06)
  10. So Easy (5:26)
  11. Simple Things (5:38)
  12. Lotto land (3:30)

Bad Manors: Crowbar's Golden Hits

Bad Manors: Crowbar
SPCD 1221
Genre: Blues/Rock

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Jim Byrnes
That River

That River
SPCD 1219
Genre: Blues
  1. No Special Rider (3:23)
  2. Treat Me This Way (4:10)
  3. That River (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:10)
  4. All Over You (4:31)
  5. Every Waking Moment (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:35)
  6. If I Ever Cried (5:23)
  7. Junior Burn The House Down (3:56)
  8. Otto's Mood (4:35)
  9. I Got It Bad (2:47)
  10. Wrapped Up, Tied Up (3:29)
  11. Still Stuck On You (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:52)

Steve Earle
Train A Comin'

Train A Comin
SPCD 1215
Genre: Country/Rock
  1. Mystery Train part II
  2. Hometown Blues
  3. Sometimes She Forgets
  4. Mercenary Song
  5. Goodbye
  6. Tom Ames' Prayer
  7. Nothin' without You
  8. Angel Is The Devil
  9. I'm Looking Through You
  10. Northern Winds
  11. Ben McCulloch
  12. The Rivers Of Babylon
  13. Tecumseh Valley

Professor Longhair
Fess' Gumbo

SPCD 1214
Genre: Blues
  1. Mess Around (4:04)
  2. Interview #1 (1:33)
  3. Doin' It (3:45)
  4. Tipitina (3:30)
  5. Interview #2 (1:43)
  6. Got My Mojo Working (4:04)
  7. Hey Now Baby (3:11)
  8. Interview #3 (0:55)
  9. Big Chief (3:58)
  10. Whole Lotta Loving (3:04)
  11. Interview #4 (3:42)
  12. Her Mind Is Gone (3:35)
  13. Interview #5
  14. How Long Has That Train Been Gone

Ellen Mcilwaine
The Real (1975)/Everybody Needs It (1982)

The Real (1975)/Everybody Needs It (1982)
SPCD 1213
Genre: Blues/Rock
  1. I Want Wacha Got (2:54)
  2. Say A Single Word (3:48)
  3. Everybody Needs It (3:13)
  4. Come Sit Down And Tell Me (2:40)
  5. Danger Zone (4:18)
  6. Nothing Left To Be Desired (3:16)
  7. Regretting Blues (2:24)
  8. Hang On To A Dream (3:44)
  9. Cure My Blues (4:10)
  10. Keep On (3:35)
  11. Higher Ground (3:39)
  12. Lazy day (3:06)
  13. He The Richmond (5:12)
  14. Up In Heaven Shouting/I'm So Glad (1:52)
  15. Blueberry Hill (2:52)
  16. The Secret In This Ladies Heart (3:43)
  17. Virginia Creeper (2:58)
  18. 30-Piece Band (2:05)
  19. Crawling Kingsnake (2:08)
  20. Down So Low (3:57)
  21. Let's Go Down To The Ocean (2:28)
  22. Born Under A Bad Sign (3:21)
  23. Let Me Be (3:00)

Jimmy Witherspoon
Spoon's Blues

SPCD 1211
Genre: Blues
  1. Playful Baby (2:53)
  2. Spoon's Life Blues (6:13)
  3. Lotus Blossom (5:41)
  4. Christmas Blues (7:32)
  5. Mean Ole Frisco (3:43)
  6. Sad Life (4:13)
  7. I'll Always Be In Love With You (4:13)
  8. Sweet Slumber (5:20)
  9. Past Forty Blues (5:28)
  10. Lowdown Dirty Shame (4:22)
  11. Lonely Boy Blues (4:42)
  12. Spoon's Testimony (10:47)

King Biscuit Boy (Richard Newell)
Urban Blues Re:Newell

Urban Blues Re:Newell
SPCD 1210
Genre: Blues
  1. Now I'm Good (3:33)
  2. Mighty Crazy (3:35)
  3. (Before We) Think (4:20)
  4. Cracked Up Over You (4:06)
  5. Glide 'N Slide (3:54)
  6. Comin' Around The Corner (3:20)
  7. Too Poor To Die (3:24)
  8. Down On The Farm (2:16)
  9. That's No Lie (3:14)
  10. Chills And Fever (3:25)
  11. My Love Lies Bleeding (7:37)
  12. Achin' Head (3:43)

Cindy Church
Just A Little Rain

Just A Little Rain
SPCD 1209
Genre: Country
  1. Trying To Rope The Wind (3:09)
  2. Ste. Anne de Bellevue (3:10)
  3. Fall In The Foothills (3:23)
  4. Still A Fool (2:23)
  5. I Gotta Have My Baby Back (3:14)
  6. Haunted Honky Tonk (2:49)
  7. Never Got Over You (3:14)
  8. Tired Of Having You Gone (3:04)
  9. Warrior in These Days (4:20)
  10. Sleeping Alone (3:34)
  11. Radiates (3:03)
  12. It's Just A Little Rain (3:04)

South Mountain
Where There's A Will

Where There
SPCD 1204
Genre: Country
  1. Where There's A Will (3:47)
  2. Truly, Madly (2:39)
  3. Fear of Flying (3:47)
  4. Radioland (2:52)
  5. Have a Heart (2:46)
  6. Another Day Like This (2:51)
  7. Wrong Time "For the Right Kind of Love" (3:11)
  8. Who Would've Thought (2:58)
  9. This Time, Time (2:46)
  10. Ain't It A Miracle (2:44)
  11. Gettin' By At Gettin' By (2:55)
  12. Scared Money (3:22)
  13. Midnight Delight (2:45)
  14. Wishing It Was You (3:53)

Rita Chiarelli
Just Gettin' Started

Just Gettin
SPCD 1197
Genre: Blues
  1. Just Getting Started (4:52)
  2. Shallow Water (3:42)
  3. Hurtin' Chain (5:19)
  4. Tupelo (5:28)
  5. Heartbreak Of The Week (4:11)
  6. Satisfied (4:45)
  7. Blue Rain (4:42)
  8. 72nd Street (5:09)
  9. Lawless (4:15)
  10. Love Me (2:52)

Barrence Whitfield With Tom Russell
Cowboy Mambo

Cowboy Mambo
SPCD 1196
Genre: R&B/Country/Rock
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  1. The Cowboy Mambo
  2. A Little Wind
  3. Daniel And The Sacred Harp
  4. Black Rose
  5. Desert Blues
  6. The Devil's Right Hand
  7. Home Before Dark
  8. I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
  9. Insufficient Sweetie
  10. Red, Red, Run
  11. Brass Buttons
  12. Freedom Highway
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Cindy Church
Love On The Range

Love On The Range
SPCD 1194
Genre: Country
  1. Rockabilly Heart (2:23)
  2. Road To Home (2:52)
  3. Old Fashioned Love (2:24)
  4. My Wishing Room (3:44)
  5. Walking The Dog (2:37)
  6. Cowgirl's Lullaby (3:05)
  7. Love On The Range (2:23)
  8. This October Day (2:52)
  9. Tonight He's Mine (2:24)
  10. Maybe We Should Stay Strangers (3:44)
  11. I Thought We Were Falling In Love (2:37)
  12. Ride Cowboy Ride (3:05)

Ian Tyson
Eighteen Inches Of Rain

Eighteen Inches Of Rain
SPCD 1193
Genre: Country
  1. Horsethief Moon (3:15)
  2. Heartaches Are Stealin' (3:39)
  3. Eighteen Inches Of Rain (3:13)
  4. M.C. Horses (3:32)
  5. Big Horns (4:05)
  6. Rodeo Road (3:50)
  7. Chasin' The Moon (3:14)
  8. Nobody Thought It Would (3:43)
  9. Old House (3:27)
  10. Alcohol In The Bloodstream (3:36)
  11. Old Corrals And Sagebrush (2:51)
  12. 'Til The Circle Is Through (3:16)


Midwest Record
By Chris Spector
The jury is still out on whether we have ultimate or penultimate or what, but this set is still a killer 15 years on. (more)
IAN TYSON/Eighteen Inches of Rain:  It was one of those Ginger vs. Maryann things.  Tyson’s latest record was so strong, this 15 year old set needed to be revisited to re-evaluate whether it was ultimate, penultimate or what.  Before this set, Tyson had been recording some of his great cowboyography records on the cheap letting the music and spirit stand for itself.  This outing found him in Nashville working with Jim Rooney and a bunch of people in the Garth Brooks universe.  The jury is still out on whether we have ultimate or penultimate or what, but this set is still a killer 15 years on.  You get a taste for Tyson, be sure to check this out and find out why Neil Young is running ahead of your curve on this issue. (less)


Long John Baldry
On Stage Tonight - Baldry's Out!

On Stage Tonight - Baldry
SPCD 1192
Genre: Blues
  1. Everyday I Have The Blues and Times Are Getting Tougher Then Tough (5:38)
  2. Shake That Thing (3:58)
  3. Insane Asylum (5:16)
  4. I'm Ready (6:40)
  5. I'd Rather Go Blind (6:10)
  6. Baldry's Out (4:01)
  7. A Thrill's A Thrill (5:54)
  8. Backwater Blues (5:37)
  9. It Ain't Easy (3:40)
  10. Stormy Monday Blues (5:26)
  11. Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On The King Of Rock And Roll (9:31)
  12. Midnight In New Orleans (4:15)

Monte Warden
Monte Warden

Monte Warden
SPCD 1191
Genre: Country/Rock
  1. Don't Know A Thing (2:18)
  2. Forever From Now On (2:34)
  3. 'Til She Walked In (4:13)
  4. Give My Heart A Break (3:06)
  5. The Only One (2:41)
  6. It's Amazing (2:45)
  7. Feel Better (3:46)
  8. Everyday We Fall In Love (3:36)
  9. Just To Hear Your Voice (4:14)
  10. All I Want Is You (2:10)
  11. Car Seat (4:22)

Blind Pig; Prime Chops Vol 1

Blind Pig; Prime Chops Vol 1
SPCD 1190
Genre: Blues

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  1. Big Daddy Kinsey & Sons - Can't Let Go (4:27)
  2. Hubert Sumlin - Bring Your Love To Me (3:20)
  3. Joanna Connor - When You're Being Nice (3:34)
  4. Otis Rush - Crosscut Saw (4:38)
  5. Pinetop Perkins - Sit In The Easy Chair (4:20)
  6. Mr. B and J.C. Heard - He May Be Your Man (2:30)
  7. Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s - Broke (3:25)
  8. Henry Gray - Gray's Bounce (2:54)
  9. Roy Rogers - Walkin' Blues (4:30)
  10. James Cotton - My Babe (2:56)
  11. Snooky Pryor - Nine Below Zero (3:52)
  12. Yank Rachell - My Baby's Gone (3:20)
  13. Walter Horton - Hard Hearted Woman (2:43)
  14. Buddy Guy and Junior Wells - Messing With The Kid (3:28)
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Amos Garrett

SPCD 1189
Genre: Blues/Rock
  1. I Can't Quit You (3:54)
  2. Baton Rouge (3:33)
  3. Some Cats Know (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:33)
  4. Stella Ain't Got No Brains (2:18)
  5. New Orleans (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:05)
  6. Little Sister (3:28)
  7. Ha Ha In The Daytime (4:41)
  8. Cardiac Arrest (4:41)
  9. Love Song Of The Nile (4:10)
  10. Imojochu (4:35)

Maria Muldaur

SPCD 1188
Genre: Jazz Vocal

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  1. Your Molecular Structure (2:53)
  2. Weeping Willow Blues (4:28)
  3. Everybody Cryin' Mercy (4:45)
  4. Rio De Janeiro Blue (3:36)
  5. You're My Thrill (3:49)
  6. Long As You're Living (2:53)
  7. Elona (5:38)
  8. Do Your Duty (3:28)
  9. Don't You Feel My Leg (Don't You Get Me High) (4:14)
  10. September Rain (6:28)
  11. Southern Music (4:49)
  12. Where (5:38)
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Tom Russell
Box Of Visions

Box Of Visions
SPCD 1187
Genre: S/S
  1. The Angel Of Lyon
  2. Annette
  3. Heart Of Hearts
  4. Purgatory Road
  5. Manzanar
  6. Waterloo
  7. Coney Island Moon
  8. Hong Kong Boy
  9. Wedding Dress Mary (A Place To Hang Your Heart)
  10. Blood oranges
  11. The Extra Mile
  12. Box Of Visions

Barrence Whitfield With Tom Russell
Hillbilly Voodoo

Hillbilly Voodoo
SPCD 1184
Genre: R&B/Country/Rock
  1. Long Black Train (2:36)
  2. Cuban Sandwich (3:56)
  3. Jack Johnson (3:21)
  4. I Just Want You So Bad (3:11)
  5. You Can't Get That Stuff No More (2:52)
  6. Blind Willie McTell (3:30)
  7. Ice Water (2:46)
  8. The Definition Of A Fool (3:15)
  9. Chocolate Cigarettes (4:14)
  10. What Is The Color Of The Soul Of A Man (2:45)
  11. Mississippi You're On My Mind (3:48)
  12. Cleaning Windows (4:37)

Maria Muldaur
Sweet And Slow

Sweet And Slow
SPCD 1183
Genre: Blues
  1. Cooking Breakfast For The One I Love (2:39)
  2. Adam And Eve Had The Blues (3:03)
  3. Blues For Hoagy (Laid Back Blues) (3:04)
  4. There's Going To Be The Devil To Pay (3:00)
  5. Sweet And Slow (6:19)
  6. Brother, Seek And Ye Shall Find (1:25)
  7. Oh Papa (4:42)
  8. Loverman (Oh Where Can You Be) (4:38)
  9. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You (4:01)
  10. Prelude To A Kiss (5:44)

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Neville Brothers
Live At Tipitina's (2 Cds)

Live At Tipitina
SPCD 1180
Genre: R&B
Disc 1
  1. Fever (5:11)
  2. Woman's Gotta Have It (4:17)
  3. Mojo Hannah (4:03)
  4. Tell It Like It Is (4:03)
  5. Why You Wanna Hurt My Heart? (3:12)
  6. Fear, Hate, Envy, Jealousy (4:20)
  7. Caravan (4:16)
  8. Big Chief (5:17)
  9. Africa (5:16)
Disc 2
  1. Hey Pocky Way (9:31)
  2. Wishin' (3:31)
  3. Wishin' (3:31)
  4. Rock N' Roll Medley (6:21)
  5. All Over Again (2:51)
  6. Wake Up (3:30)
  7. Dance Your Blues Away (6:08)
  8. Doo Wop Medley (7:22)
  9. Lil Liza Jane (4:00)
  10. Wildflower (5:07)
  11. My Girl (4:03)
  12. Riverside (5:53)
  13. Saib's Groove (3:54)

Amos Garrett
Third Man In

Third Man In
SPCD 1179
Genre: Blues/Rock
  1. Poor Fool Like Me (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:45)
  2. Baby Your Feets Is Cold (3:20)
  3. But I Do (4:18)
  4. I Ain't Lying (2:52)
  5. What A Fool I Was (4:10)
  6. Got To Get You Off My Mind (2:40)
  7. Rainy Night In Georgia (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:17)
  8. Flying Home (3:41)
  9. Let Yourself Go (3:46)
  10. Lost Love (4:01)

Pj Jackson
P.J. Jackson

P.J. Jackson
SPCD 1178
Genre: Country
  1. Walkin' In A Hard Rain (3:55)
  2. Here Comes Monday Morning (2:56)
  3. 10,000 Tears Ago (3:31)
  4. Hand In Hand (3:10)
  5. Weren't We A Pair (3;04)
  6. Step Back (3:19)
  7. Back Breakin' Son Of A Gun (3:38)
  8. Wedding Band (3:32)
  9. Walkin' Tall (2:52)
  10. Rosalinda (3:13)

Ian Tyson
One Jump Ahead Of The Devil

One Jump Ahead Of The Devil
SPCD 1177
Genre: Country
  1. What Does She See
  2. One Jump Ahead Of The Devil
  3. Beverly
  4. Turning Thirty
  5. Newtonville Waltz
  6. Lone Star And Coors
  7. One Too Many
  8. Texas, I Miss You
  9. Goodness Of Shirley
  10. Freddie Hall
  11. Half Mile Of Hell

Ian Tyson
And Stood There Amazed

And Stood There Amazed
SPCD 1168
Genre: Country
  1. Black Nights
  2. Lights Of Laramie
  3. Jaquima to Freno
  4. Springtime In Alberta
  5. Non-Pro Song
  6. Milk River Ridge
  7. Rocks Begin To Roll
  8. Jack Link
  9. You're Not Alone
  10. Magpie
  11. Home On The Range

15 Years Of Stony Plain 2CD Set

15 Years Of Stony Plain 2CD Set
SPCD 1166
Genre: Roots
No longer available
Disc 1
  1. Walter Shakey Horton & Hot Cottage - Joe Chicago (0:20)
  2. Barrence Whitfield & The Savages - Dust On My Needle (2:48)
  3. Bobby King & Terry Evans - Where Do We Go From Here (4:34)
  4. Downchild Blues Band - Been So Long (3:20)
  5. King Biscuit Boy - Operator (3:15)
  6. Long John Baldry - One Step Ahead (4:15)
  7. Zachary Richard - File Gumbo (3:26)
  8. Beausoleil - Bon Temps Roulet (3:47)
  9. Sylvia Tyson - Pepere's Mill (3:20)
  10. Jo-El Sonnier - Louisiana Blues (2:28)
  11. The Meters - Jambalaya (2:44)
  12. George Porter Jr - Rough Spots (4:08)
  13. Aaron Neville - Tell It Like It Is (3:03)
  14. Solomon Burke - Don't Tell Me What A Man Won't Do (4:06)
  15. Robert Cray - She's Gone (2:50)
  16. Paul James - Lucky In Love (3:08)
  17. John Hammond - Memphis Town (3:26)
  18. Amos Garrett - Home In My Shoes (3:33)
  19. Amos Garrett, Gene Taylor, Doug Sahm Band - Sure Is A Good Thing (3:40)
  20. Amos Garrett, Gene Taylor, Doug Sahm Band - Talk To Me (3:35)
  21. Big Miller - I Want To Please You Baby (3:39)
  22. Ellen McIlwaine - In D Street (I Am Discreet) (2:47)
  23. Spiny Norman's Whoopee Band - Rocky Granola (2:30)
Disc 2
  1. Alison Krauss - I've Got That Old Feeling (2:53)
  2. Guy Clark - Come From The Heart (3:07)
  3. Doc Watson - Tucker's Barn (2:08)
  4. Ricky Skaggs - Forgive Me (2:45)
  5. John Prine & Bonnie Raitt - Angel From Montgomery (4:12)
  6. Steve Goodman - You Better Get It While You Can (The Ballad Of Carl Martin) (4:22)
  7. Christine Lavin - Sensitive New Age Guys (3:36)
  8. Lucinda Williams - I Just Wanted To See You So Bad (2:25)
  9. Grievous Angels - Ballad Of Leonard And Cecile (3:10)
  10. Jr. Gone Wild - Poet's Highway (4:14)
  11. Townes Van Zandt - Still Lookin' For You (2:38)
  12. Loudon Wainwright III - The Grammy Song (2:32)
  13. Paul Hann - Mama Make The Radio (Play Me A Cowboy Song) (2:46)
  14. Ian Tyson - Irving Berlin (Is 100 Years Old Today) (3:25)
  15. Tom Russell Band - Blue Wing (3:59)
  16. Prairie Oyster - Play Me Some Honky Tonk Music (3:26)
  17. Hans Theessink - Johnny And The Devil (3:09)
  18. Roy Rogers - Black Cat Bone (3:25)
  19. Fairport Convention - Cup Of Tea/A Loaf Of Bread/Miss Manahan's (3:16)
  20. Spirit Of The West - The Crawl (4:00)
  21. Morgan Davis - Bar B Q (2:38)
  22. Jonathan Richman - You're Crazy For Taking The Bus (2:29)
  23. Shuffle Demons - Spadina Bus (3:40)
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Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Let's Lose It

SPCD 1165
Genre: Blues/Rock
  1. Method To My Madness (2:44)
  2. I Smell A Rat (2:22)
  3. Under My Nose (3:22)
  4. Dust On My Needle (2:51)
  5. Girl Gunslinger (3:19)
  6. Let's Lose It (2:13)
  7. Calling All Beasts (3:43)
  8. For A Good Time (4:06)
  9. My Mumblin' Baby (2:15)
  10. Signs Of A Struggle (3:54)
  11. Loneliness Ain't No Crime (4:01)
  12. Wake Up (2:48)

Long John Baldry
It Still Ain't Easy

It Still Ain
SPCD 1163
Genre: Blues
  1. It Still Ain't Easy (4:04)
  2. Midnight In New Orleans (3:23)
  3. One Step Ahead (4:12)
  4. I Never Loved Nobody (4:24)
  5. Get It While The Gettin's Good (4:08)
  6. What've I Been Drinking (2:54)
  7. Insane Asylum (5:18)
  8. You Wanna Dance (4:00)
  9. Shake That Thang (3:44)
  10. Like You Promised (4:29)
  11. Busker (3:13)
  12. Can't Keep From Crying (2:07)
  13. No More (3:16)
  14. Soft And Furry (2:59)

Spirit Of The West
Old Material (1984 - 1986)

Old Material (1984 - 1986)
SPCD 1141
Genre: Folk
  1. Rocks At Thieves Bay (4:53)
  2. To A Highlander Unknown (4:16)
  3. Doin' Quite Alright (4:40)
  4. Down On The Dole (5:08)
  5. John Goodman (3:48)
  6. Aberdeen (4:07)
  7. Ships In Full Sail (3:05)
  8. Be Right (5:58)
  9. Time To Ring Some Changes (4:19)
  10. General Guinness (3:47)

Sylvia Tyson
You Were On My Mind

You Were On My Mind
SPCD 1140
Genre: Country
  1. Pepere's Mill (3:20)
  2. Slow-Moving Heart (3:55)
  3. Rhythm Of The Road (3:25)
  4. Walking On The Moon (3:45)
  5. Thrown To The Wolves (3:05)
  6. The Night The Chinese Restaurant Burned Down (5:35)
  7. You Were On My Mind (3:03)
  8. Sleep On My Shoulder (2:35)
  9. Trucker's Cafe (2:55)
  10. River Road (3:15)
  11. Last Call (4:15)
  12. Le Moulin A Pepere (3:20)
  13. Reprise (4:15)
  14. The Blind Fiddler's Waltz (4:08)

Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing
SPCD 1139
Genre: Blues
  1. It Isn't Right (R. Walsh) (3:18)
  2. A Girl I Love To Love (D. Walsh) (2:14)
  3. Gone Fishing (R. Walsh) (3:14)
  4. A Talk With My Heart (D. Walsh) (3:29)
  5. Don't Make My Baby Mad (R. Walsh) (3:31)
  6. When I Say Jump (D. Walsh) (3:21)
  7. Already Said Goodbye (R. Walsh) (3:23)
  8. Rockin' Little Boogie (R. Walsh) (3:39)
  9. Howlin' For My Darlin' (C. Burnett) (4:52)
  10. A Feelin' So Good (D. Walsh) (3:33)
  11. Uphill And Cold Weather (D. Walsh) (3:19)

Amos Garrett
I Make My Home In My Shoes

I Make My Home In My Shoes
SPCD 1132
Genre: Blues/Rock
  1. Home In My Shoes (3:33)
  2. Stanley Street (4:50)
  3. All My Money (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:00)
  4. Sleepwalk (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:57)
  5. Hair Of The Dog (3:10)
  6. Bert's Boogie (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:00)
  7. Move On Down The Line (5:01)
  8. Slip Away (4:18)
  9. Little Girl (5:09)
  10. Buried Alive In The Blues (4:27)

Ian Tyson
I Outgrew The Wagon

I Outgrew The Wagon
SPCD 1131
Genre: Country
  1. Cowboys Don't Cry
  2. Casey Tibbs
  3. I Outgrew The Wagon
  4. Arms Of Corey Jo
  5. Adelita Rose
  6. Irving Berlin (Is 100 yrs Old Today)
  7. Since The Rain
  8. The Wind In The Wire
  9. Four Strong Winds
  10. The Banks Of The Musselshell
  11. The Steeldust Line

Spirit Of The West
Labour Day

Labour Day
SPCD 1123
Genre: Folk
  1. Dark House
  2. Political
  3. Profiteers
  4. The Hounds That Wait Outside Your Door
  5. Run Boy
  6. Drinking Man
  7. Expensive/Cinema Of Pain
  8. Gottingen Street
  9. Take It From The Source

Ellen Mcilwaine
Looking For Trouble

Looking For Trouble
SPCD 1110
Genre: Blues/Rock

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  1. In D Street (I Am Discreet) (2:47)
  2. Looking For Trouble (3:39)
  3. All To You (4:00)
  4. Beg For The Reason (6:01)
  5. Don't Look Down (3:10)
  6. Save The World (3:11)
  7. Woodo Woodoo (3:36)
  8. Can't Find My Way Home (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:50)
  9. Lean On Me (4:10)
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Ian Tyson

SPCD 1102
Genre: Country
  1. Springtime
  2. Navajo Rug
  3. Summer Wages
  4. Fifty Years Ago
  5. Rockies Turn Rose
  6. Claude Dallas
  7. Own Heart's Delight
  8. The Gift
  9. Cowboy Pride
  10. Old Cheyenne
  11. The Coyote & The Cowboy

Spirit Of The West
Tripping Up The Stairs

Tripping Up The Stairs
SPCD 1098
Genre: Folk
  1. An Honest Gamble
  2. Our Station
  3. Peacetime
  4. Room Without A View (Stella)
  5. The Crawl
  6. Homelands
  7. The Mists Of Crofton
  8. 'Til The Cows Come Home
  9. When Rivers Rise
  10. Be Right

Jimi Hendrix
Woke Up This Morning And Found Myself Dead

Woke Up This Morning And Found Myself Dead
RLCD 0068
Genre: Rock
Released: 1 January 1969
No longer available
  1. Red House (10:56)
  2. Wake Up This Morning And You Find Yourself Dead (8:01)
  3. Bleeding Heart (12:25)
  4. Morrison's Lament (5:14)
  5. Tomorrow Never Knows (3:28)
  6. Uranus Rock (3:06)
  7. Outside Woman Blues (8:04)
  8. Sunshine Of Your Love (2:15)
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Carolyn Wonderland
Bursting With Flavor

Bursting With Flavor
JR2 2401
Genre: Roots

Waylon Jennings
Right For The Time

Right For The Time
JR2 2101
Genre: Country

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  1. WBPT (3:01)
  2. Cactus Texas (3:06)
  3. The Most Sensible Thing (4:04)
  4. The Boxer (3:46)
  5. Hittin' The Bottle Again (4:19)
  6. Wastin' Time (2:49)
  7. Kissing You Goodbye (1:58)
  8. Carnival Song (3:48)
  9. Out Of Jail (3:32)
  10. Lines (3:01)
  11. Deep In The West (3:36)
  12. Right For The Time (3:52)
  13. Living Legends Pt II (3:03)
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Jesse Dayton
Raisin' Cain

JR2 1901
Genre: Country

Willie Nelson
Yesterday's Wine

JR2 1603
Genre: Country
  1. Intro - Willie Nelson & Band - Medley - Where's The Show; Let Me Be A Man (3:37)
  2. In God's Eyes (2:19)
  3. Family Bible (3:09)
  4. It's Not For Me To Understand (3:01)
  5. Medley - These Are Difficult Times; Remember The Good Times (3:12)
  6. Summer Of Roses (2:03)
  7. December Day (2:17)
  8. Yesterday's Wine (3:12)
  9. Me And Paul (3:48)
  10. Goin' Home (3:05)

Willie Nelson
Just One Love

Just One Love
JR2 1602
Genre: Country
  1. Just One Love
  2. Each Night At Nine
  3. This Cold Cold War With You
  4. Better Left Forgotten
  5. It's A Sin
  6. Four Walls
  7. Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette
  8. I Just Drove By
  9. Cold Cold Heart
  10. Bonaparte's Retreat
  11. Alabam
  12. Eight More Miles To Louisville

Herb Ellis
Down Home

Down Home
JR2 1003
Genre: Jazz
  1. I Know What I Want
  2. Conversations
  3. Sunrise
  4. Sunflower
  5. I'm A Lover
  6. A Woman With Love In Her Eyes
  7. Charlotte
  8. Down-Home Blues
  9. Bella
  10. Homecoming

Herb Ellis
Roll Call

Roll Call
JR2 1001
Genre: Jazz
  1. Just Blue (5:22)
  2. Naptown Blues (3:46)
  3. Isn't It Romantic (4:17)
  4. Till The Hurt Goes Away (4:53)
  5. Lime House Blues (3:56)
  6. Blues For Junior (4:37)
  7. Sugar Hill Stomp (3:50)
  8. Once I Loved (4:37)
  9. Detour Ahead (8:42)
  10. Blues For Bernie (4:51)
  11. Amazing Grace (5:05)

Justice Country

Justice Country
JR2 0011
Genre: Country
  1. Waylon Jennings - I Never Cared For You (2:20)
  2. Willie Nelson & Kimmie Rhodes - Just One Love (4:03)
  3. Shaver - Comin' On Strong (4:52)
  4. Jesse Dayton - Kissing Abilene Goodbye (2:47)
  5. Kimmie Rhodes - West Texas Heaven (3:07)
  6. Kris Kristofferson - A Moment Of Forever (4:08)
  7. Carolyn Wonderland And The Imperial Monkeys - Wastin' My Time (3:56)
  8. Willie Nelson - Afraid (2:31)
  9. Herb Ellis - The Old Rugged Cross (5:25)
  10. Tab Benoit - Rainy Day Blues (3:45)
  11. Waylon Jennings - WBPT (3:01)
  12. Willie Nelson - Me And Paul (3:48)

Strike A Deep Chord: Blues Guitars For The Homeless

Strike A Deep Chord: Blues Guitars For The Homeless
JR2 0003
Genre: Blues
  1. Odetta, Dr. John, John Campbell, Rufus Reid, Will Calhoun - Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? (5:37)
  2. Ronnie Earl, Michael Ward, David Maxwell, Per Hanson - Blues After Hours (6:11)
  3. Tab Benoit, Cory Duplechin, Chris Pellegrin - Bone Pickin' (3:37)
  4. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Myron Dove, Lewis Stephens, Lloyd Herrman, Bill "Foots" Samuel, Stanton Davis, Jr. - The Drifter (9:51)
  5. Dr. John, Brian Stoltz, David Barard, Freddy Staehle - Broke, Raggedy And Hungry (4:37)
  6. Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, Bobby Kyle, Randy Lippincott, Dr. John, Floyd Phillips, Barry Harrison - Ghetto Child (4:18)
  7. Jeff Gordon, Smokin' Joe Bonamassa, Dave Wingfield, Jim Fricano, Steve Thomas, Rob Spagnoletti - Self-Destructive Blues (3:30)
  8. Tab Benoit, Cory Duplechin, Chris Pellegrin - Nice And Warm (5:16)
  9. Sue Foley, Derek O'Brien, Sarah Brown, George Rains - Guitar Rhumba (2:35)
  10. Odetta, John Campbell, Rufus Reid, Will Calhoun - America The Beautiful (5:39)

Dave Alvin
Museum Of Heart

Museum Of Heart
HCD 8049
Genre: Blues/Alt
  1. Museum Of Heart
  2. Don't Talk About Her
  3. A Woman's Got A Right
  4. Between The Cracks
  5. Thirty Dollar Room
  6. The Devil's Wind
  7. Burning In Water Drowning In Flame
  8. One Eye's Ballad
  9. Longer Than I Thought
  10. Six Nights A Week
  11. Stranger In Town
  12. As She Slowly Turns To Leave
  13. Florence Avenue Lullaby

Jo-El Sonnier
Cajun Life

Cajun Life
CD 3049
Genre: Blues/Cajun

George Porter
Runnin' Partner

CD 2099
Genre: R&B

The Asylum Street Spankers

CDM 1065
Genre: Roots
  1. Mama Don't Allow (5:55)
  2. INTRO...Sugar In My Bowl (0:13)
  3. ...Sugar In My Bowl (5:50)
  4. Sittin' On Top Of The World (2:12)
  5. Lullaby Of The Leaves (4:13)
  6. Since I Met You Baby (5:35)
  7. INTRO Wammo (0:39)
  8. Walkin' Blues (3:07)
  9. INTRO Summertime (0:13)
  10. Summertime (6:20)
  11. INTRO Continental Club (1:00)
  12. Jerry The Junker (3:03)
  13. Deep Ellum Blues (4:55)
  14. Taint Nobody's Bizness... (7:30)
  15. Chinatown (2:19)
  16. Drunkard's Wave (3:03)
  17. Coffee Grindin' Blues (3:15)
  18. Children Of The Cornnuts (3:15)
  19. Black Eye Blues (3:30)
  20. Banks Of The Ohio (2:42)
  21. Last Kind Word Blues (3:30)

High Noon
Live In Texas And Japan

Live In Texas And Japan
CDM 1063
Genre: Rockabilly
  1. Rattlesnake Man (2:37)
  2. Branded Outlaw (2:13)
  3. I'm Not Blue (2:57)
  4. When She's Good (1:43)
  5. Tears Keep Fallin' (2:15)
  6. Rockin' Wildcat (2:36)
  7. My Ex Is Why (3:11)
  8. Devil Woman (2:47)
  9. My Heart Cries Yes (2:28)
  10. Flatland Saturday Night (2:28)
  11. Introductions (0:23)
  12. Rock Too Slow (2:27)
  13. Intro Continental Club
  14. Ain't It Wrong (2:11)
  15. Glory Bound (1:37)
  16. Who Was That Cat? (3:09)
  17. Intro Japan (0:17)
  18. Stranger Things (2:24)
  19. How Come It (2:23)
  20. Mona Lisa (2:49)

Tish Hinojosa
The Best Of The Sandia: Watermelon 1991-1992

The Best Of The Sandia: Watermelon 1991-1992
CDM 1062
  1. Taos To Tennessee (2:52)
  2. Prairie Moon (2:53)
  3. The Highway Calls (2:21)
  4. Crazy Wind And Flashing Yellows (4:36)
  5. Always (2:49)
  6. Aquella Noche (3:50)
  7. Samba San Pedro (2:58)
  8. Anos, Meses Y Dias (2:55)
  9. Una Noche Mas (3:44)
  10. Cumbia, Polka Y Mas (3:40)
  11. Manos, Huesos Y Sangre (3:30)
  12. De Colores (3:30)
  13. Eres Tu (2:51)
  14. Gracias A La Vida (3:53)
  15. Building # 9 (3:55)
  16. Everything You Wish (2:48)
  17. Arbolito (4:32) English Version
  18. By The Rio Grande (3:38) Duet With Kris Kristofferson

Rosie Flores & Ray Campi
A Little Bit Of Heartache

A Little Bit Of Heartache
CDM 1059
Genre: Roots
  1. This Song Is Just For You (3:10)
  2. Separate Ways (2:02)
  3. Where Honky Tonk Angels Spread Their Wings (3:22)
  4. The Train Kept A-Rollin' (2:19)
  5. All I Have To Do Is Dream (2:14)
  6. I'm Gonna Wear The Pants (2:46)
  7. Bandera Highway (4:47)
  8. There Ain't A Cow In Texas (2:31)
  9. A Little Bit Of Heartache (1:15)
  10. Eighteen Wheels (3:08)
  11. If Teardrops Were Pennies (2:46)
  12. Joe And Ole Merle (2:08)
  13. My Baby's A Doin' Alright (2:41)
  14. Living On Love (2:17)
  15. Crazy (4:08)
  16. Let's Say Goodbye Like We Said Hello (2:54)

Brave Combo
Kiss Of Fire

Kiss Of Fire
CDM 1058
Genre: Roots
  1. Kiss Of Fire (3:09)
  2. I Get Ideas (3:26)
  3. A Way To Say Goodbye (2:29)
  4. Burn Slow (4:45)
  5. I Could Have Danced All Night (4:18)
  6. J'ai Faim, Toujours (4:41)
  7. (The) Eyes Of Santa Lucia (3:35)
  8. Candles (5:02)
  9. Serendipity (2:27)
  10. Take A Deep Breath (3:27)
  11. A Day In The Life Of A Fool (2:47)
  12. Under Paris Skies (4:09)

High Noon
Stranger Things

Stranger Things
CDM 1057
Genre: Rockabilly
  1. Stranger Things
  2. Slow Down, Baby
  3. Call Of The Honky-Tonk
  4. High On A Hill
  5. Fishin' Hole Boogie
  6. I'm Done, I'm Through
  7. My Little Thrill
  8. Long Empty Stretch Of Highway
  9. Now You're Gonna Be Loved
  10. Rockin' Beauty
  11. Bluebonnet Boogie
  12. She Forgot Her Memory
  13. Mixed Signal Mama
  14. I Done Caught On
  15. Doggone That Cat

Charlie Louvin
The Longest Train

The Longest Train
CDM 1056
Genre: Country
  1. When I Stop Dreaming (2:28)
  2. In The Pines (3:32)
  3. Cash On The Barrelhead (3:02)
  4. I Don't Feel Like Dancing (3:18)
  5. Who Knows Where The Time Goes (4:01)
  6. Queen Of The Bayou (3:25)
  7. Are You Wasting My Time (2:45)
  8. Stone-Deaf, Dumb And Blind (3:17)
  9. My Baby's Gone (3:54)
  10. The Christian Life (2:53)
  11. I Wanna Die Young (At A Very Old Age) (2:51)
  12. Turn Around (2:48)

Iain Matthews
God Looked Down

God Looked Down
CDM 1055
Genre: S/S
  1. The Beat I Walk (4:30)
  2. God Looked Down (3:52)
  3. Southern Wind (4:18)
  4. You'll Know Lightening (5:39)
  5. Alone Again Blues (4:51)
  6. This Train (4:00)
  7. Power Of Blue (5:06)
  8. Eye Of The Needle (4:47)
  9. King Of The Hill (3:41)
  10. Trigger Man (3:45)
  11. So Many Eyes (3:30)
  12. If It's Not One Thing It's Another (2:20)

Threadgill's Supper Session Vol 2

CDM 1052
Genre: S/S
No longer available
  1. Champ Hood, Marvin Dykhuis, Dave Heath - The Ramblin' Blues (4:05)
  2. Champ Hood, Marvin Dykhuis, Walter Hyatt, Dave Heath - Ashes Of Love (3:56)
  3. Champ Hood, Rich Brotherton - Gold Watch And Chain (4:28)
  4. Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Marvin Dykhuis - Faded Loves (2:57)
  5. Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Chip Dolan - I Just Drive Away (4:54)
  6. Champ Hood, Marvin Dykhuis, Dave Heath - One Meatball (4:22)
  7. Tish Hinojosa, Marvin Dykhuis - The Vegetable Song (Barnyard Dance) (3:28)
  8. Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood - Stick With Me Baby (2:49)
  9. Walter Hyatt with ensemble - All By Myself (4:20)
  10. Marvin Dykhuis, Champ Hood - Stealin' (4:37)
  11. Eddie Wilson's Last Call For Food (not a song)
  12. GaryPrimich - Knock Me A Kiss (3:45)
  13. Darcie Deaville, Champ Hood - The Wandering Song (3:31)
  14. Rich Brotherton, Champ Hood - Guess Things Happen That Way (4:05)
  15. Toni Price, Champ Hood, Rich Brotherton - Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down (4:25)
  16. Toni Price, Rich Brotherton - Sarah (4:02)
  17. Marvin Dykhuis, Champ Hood - After Hours (3:49)
  18. Mandy Mercier, Danny Young - Turtle Blues (4:57)
  19. Champ Hood, Walter Hyatt - Diggy Liggy Lo (4:05)
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Bob Neuwirth
Look Up

Look Up
CDM 1050
Genre: S/S
  1. Blue Detour (3:09)
  2. I Don't Think Of Her (4:03)
  3. What's Our Love Comin' To (2:40)
  4. Lucky Too (3:46)
  5. Beyond The Blues (3:39)
  6. Nashville (2:24)
  7. Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar (4:03)
  8. Everybody's Got A Job To Do (3:40)
  9. Heroes (5:44)
  10. Travelling Light (3:46)
  11. Sweet And Shiny Eyes (2:29)
  12. Cloudy Day (3:58)
  13. Just Like You (2:59)
  14. Beautiful Day (4:02)
  15. Save Me Jesus (4:32)
  16. (Gilbert Says Hello) (0:53)

Hugh Moffatt
The Life Of A Minor Poet

The Life Of A Minor Poet
CDM 1047
Genre: S/S
  1. New Moon Night (3:24)
  2. Sugar Dream (2:45)
  3. Love Game (3:35)
  4. Somewhere Among The Briars (3:25)
  5. Money, Too (3:17)
  6. I Know The Difference Now (2:51)
  7. Be My Brontosaurus Baby (2:37)
  8. The Old Days (3:48)
  9. A Red Rose For Lisa (3:36)
  10. Angels (2:25)
  11. Another Road (4:26)
  12. The Life Of A Minor Poet (4:44)

Carla Olson
Wave Of The Hand: The Best Of Carla Olson

Wave Of The Hand: The Best Of Carla Olson
CDM 1046
Genre: Blues
  1. Wave Of The Hand (4:07)
  2. I'm Trying (5:35)
  3. Special (5:06)
  4. Kinderwars (4:08)
  5. Honest As Daylight (4:52)
  6. Within An Ace (5:47)
  7. Justice (5:23)
  8. Slow Rollin' Train (4:02)
  9. Gotta Get Back Home (4:23)
  10. Cedar Creek (6:07)
  11. Every Angel In Heaven (3:55)
  12. Del Gato (4:52)
  13. Midnight Mission (4:15)
  14. Clean Cut Kid (5:18)
  15. Reason To Leave (2:45)
  16. I Can't Fight It (3:14)

Walter Salas-Humara

CDM 1044
Genre: Alt/Rock
  1. Three, Two, One And More
  2. Be Honest With Me
  3. Evangeline
  4. Letter To Send
  5. The Light From The Box
  6. Star
  7. One More Dance
  8. I Won You Won
  9. Rejuvenation
  10. Ride
  11. Get Out

Eric Taylor
Eric Taylor

Eric Taylor
CDM 1040
Genre: S/S

Watermelon Sampler

Watermelon Sampler
CDM 1038
Genre: Various
  1. Webb Wilder - Stay Out Of Automobiles (3:06)
  2. Timbuk3 - Dirty, Dirty Rice (2:50)
  3. Alejandro Escovedo - Five Hearts Breaking (4:10)
  4. Steve Young - Silverlake (4:08)
  5. Tish Hinojosa - Manos, Huesos y Sangre (3:30)
  6. Darden Smith - Clatter & Roll (4:34)
  7. Katy Moffatt - Ruin This Romance (2:57)
  8. Vince Bell - The Girl Who Never Saw A Mountain (3:09)
  9. Hamilton Pool - Eye On The Road (4:02)
  10. Iain Matthews - Rains Of 62 (4:29)
  11. Maryann Price - What About The Sugar (2:16)
  12. Don Walser - Cowpoke (2:54)
  13. Austin Lounge Lizards - Half A Man (3:03)
  14. Threadgill's Supper Session - Brown's Ferry Blues (3:36)
  15. Monte Warden - Here I Am (3:23)
  16. Santiago Jimenez, Jr. - Marina, Marina (2:07)
  17. The Setters - Shaking All Over The Place (3:20)
  18. The Silos - Miles Away (4:21)
  19. Omar & The Howlers - Muddy Springs Road (3:57)
  20. Carla Olson - Ups & Down (3:45)
  21. Julian Dawson - Where Are All The Lonely Girls? (2:35)

Monte Warden
Here I Am

Here I Am
CDM 1037
Genre: Rock/Folk

Santiago Jimenez, Jr.
Musica De Tiempos Pasados, Del Presente, Y Futuro

Musica De Tiempos Pasados, Del Presente, Y Futuro
CDM 1035
Genre: Tex Mex
No longer available
  1. El Pobre Gorrioncio (3:23) Ranchera
  2. Los Tacuachitos (2:11) Redova
  3. Gabino Barrera (3:58) Corrido
  4. La Nopalera (2:19) Polka
  5. Que Tendre Yo (3:55) Ranchera
  6. Por Quien Me Dejas (2:37) Cancion Vals
  7. Rumbo Al Valle (2:08) Polka
  8. Los Alagiatos (2:09) Chottis
  9. El Satelite (2:17) Polka
  10. Carmelita (2:03) Redova
  11. Mi Pecado (2:12) Bolero
  12. Magdelena (2:13) German-style Polka
  13. Prisionero En Tus Brazos (3:23) Ranceva
  14. Linda Polka (2:17)
  15. Albur De Amor (2:35) Cancion Vals
  16. Doble Engano (2:27) Corrido
  17. La Sandia (2:14) Vals
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Webb Wilder
Acres Of Suede

Acres Of Suede
CDM 1033
Genre: Blues
  1. The Olde Elephant Man (2:28)
  2. No Great Shakes (4:03)
  3. Loud Music (5:00)
  4. Fall In Place (5:06)
  5. Flat Out Get It (4:30)
  6. Soul Mate (4:04)
  7. Scattered, Smothered And Covered (4:04)
  8. Tell Me Why Charlene (2:25)
  9. Why Do You Call? (4:13)
  10. Carryin' The News To Mary (2:54)
  11. Lost In The Shuffle (4:43)
  12. Rocket To Nowhere (4:00)

Webb Wilder
Town & Country

Town & Country
CDM 1032
Genre: Blues
  1. Stay Out Of Automobiles (3:06)
  2. Nashville Bum (2:22)
  3. Slow Death (4:14)
  4. (I'm A) Lover Not A Fighter (5:02)
  5. To The Loving Public (Webb Wilder) (1:01)
  6. Honky Tonk Hell (3:21)
  7. My Mind's Eye (2:47)
  8. Too Many Rivers (2:51)
  9. Goldfinger (2:08)
  10. Hissy-Fit (Webb Wilder) (1:22)
  11. Talk Talk (2:06)
  12. Streets Of Laredo (The Cowboy's Lament) (3:39)
  13. Short On Love (2:20)
  14. I Ain't Living Long Like This (4:10)
  15. Original Mixed-Up Kid (5:27)
  16. Rockin' Little Angel (3:06)

Katy Moffatt
Hearts Gone Wild

Hearts Gone Wild
CDM 1030
Genre: Folk
  1. Hearts Gone Wild (3:43)
  2. Junkyard Heart (2:40)
  3. Through With You (3:36)
  4. Ruin This Romance (2:57)
  5. After The Smoke Blows Away (2:56)
  6. Hellbound Heart (3:17)
  7. Slow Movin' Freight Train (3:23)
  8. Wild Girl (2:49)
  9. Thinkin' With My Heart (2:57)
  10. Kansas City Mornin' (3:17)
  11. Crazy Dangerous And Blue (3:21)
  12. Waitin' For The Real Thing (3:57)

Iain Matthews
Pure & Crooked

Pure & Crooked
CDM 1029
Genre: S/S
  1. Like Dominoes (3:58)
  2. Mercy Street (4:10)
  3. A Hardly Innocent Mind (5:12)
  4. New Shirt (3:51)
  5. Bridge Of Cherokee (4:22)
  6. Busby's Babes (2:04)
  7. Rains Of '62 (4:29)
  8. Say No More (4:44)
  9. Perfect Timing (4:31)
  10. Out Of My Range (3:09)
  11. This Town's No Lady (3:50)
  12. Drive (1:25)
  13. Voices (4:29)
  14. I Don't Wanna Talk About It (3:45)
  15. Wings (2:19)
  16. O'Connell Street Revisited (1:34)

Iain Matthews
The Dark Ride

The Dark Ride
CDM 1025
Genre: S/S
  1. I Drove (3:43)
  2. Girl With The Clouds In Her Eyes (3:15)
  3. Ballad Of Gruene Hall (4:51)
  4. Tigers Will Survive (Part II) (3:41)
  5. The Breath Of Life (2:49)
  6. Save Her Love (3:34)
  7. For Better Or Worse (3:52)
  8. Davey's Stung (3:25)
  9. Morning Glory (3:27)
  10. In London (3:40)
  11. This Is It (2:20)
  12. Rooted To The Spot (3:43)
  13. The Dark Ride (3:42)

Webb Wilder
It Came From Nashville

It Came From Nashville
CDM 1018
Genre: Blues
No longer available
  1. How Long Can She Last (Going That Fast)
  2. Horror Hayride
  3. I'm Burning
  4. Is This All There Is?
  5. Devil's Right Hand
  6. Move On Down The Line
  7. One Taste Of The Bait
  8. I'm Wise To You
  9. It Gets In Your Blood
  10. Poolside
  11. Ruff Rider Dedicated to Broderick Crawford, 1911-86
  12. Keep It On Your Mind
  13. Rock 'n Roll Ruby
  14. Samson And Delilah's Beauty Shop
  15. Cactus Planet
  16. Dance For Daddy
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Carla Olson
Within An Ace

Within An Ace
CDM 1011
Genre: Blues
  1. Justice (5:23)
  2. Dark Horses (4:27)
  3. Why Did You Stop (7:12)
  4. World Of Pain (5:17)
  5. Fortune (4:26)
  6. Within An Ace (5:47)
  7. Man Once Loved (4:30)
  8. How Many Days (5:07)
  9. Rescue Fantasy (5:04)
  10. Is The Lady Gone (5:39)

Tish Hinojosa
Taos To Tennessee

Taos To Tennessee
CDM 1008
  1. Midnight Moonlight
  2. Prairie Moon
  3. According To My Heart
  4. Taos To Tennessee
  5. River
  6. Amanecer
  7. Please Be With Me
  8. Crazy Wind And Flashing Yellows
  9. The Highway Calls
  10. Who Showed You The Way To My Heart
  11. Let Me Remember
  12. Always

Tish Hinojosa
Aquella Noche

Aquella Noche
CDM 1005
  1. Tu Que Puedes, Vuelvete (3:49)
  2. Cumbia, Polka Y Mas (3:40)
  3. Manos, Huesos Y Sangre (3:30)
  4. Reloj (5:04)
  5. La Llorona (4:46)
  6. Azul Cristal (3:14)
  7. Aquella Noche (3:50)
  8. Historia De Un Amor (3:18)
  9. Una Noche Mas (3:44)
  10. Anos, Meses Y Dias (2:55)
  11. Carlos Dominguez (4:57)
  12. Samba San Pedro (2:58)
  13. Malaguena Salerosa (5:55)
  14. Estrellita (3:47)

The Austin Lounge Lizards
Live Bait EP

Live Bait EP
CDM 0034
Genre: S/S
  1. Teenage Immigrant Welfare Mothers On Drugs (2:55)
  2. Gingrich The Newt (2:09)
  3. Father Of A Honky Tonk Girl (3:05)
  4. Highway Cafe Of The Damned (3:09)
  5. The Car Hank Died In (3:56)
  6. The Golden Triangle (5:19)

Smokin Joe Kubek & Bnois King
Fat Man's Shine Parlor

Fat Man
BPCD 5163
Genre: Blues
Released: 24 February 2015

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Guitar-duo Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King’s "powerful, hard-nosed, authentic roadhouse blues" (Living Blues) returns to Blind Pig/Stony Plain Records for Fat Man’s Shine Parlor, the latest release in a musical partnership spanning two dozen years.

A young Kubek became fascinated with the shoe shining store, Fat Man’s Shine Parlor, a relic located in a seedy commercial district of Dallas that, during the first half of the twentieth century, had been a hotbed for jazz and blues.

Open the door to the original Fat Man’s Shine Parlor and you’d find a business that thrived on its patrons’ gambling, drinking and womanizing habits.

Cracking the lid on this release also reveals untold pleasures; this time however, they are very much of the musical kind.

  1. Got My Heart Broken (3:34)
  2. Cornbread (3:13)
  3. Diamond Eyes (3:56)
  4. Crash And Burn (3:38)
  5. River Of Whiskey (3:45)
  6. Don't Want To Be Alone (3:34)
  7. Brown Bomba Mojo (4:55)
  8. How Much (4:33)
  9. One Girl By My Side (3:45)
  10. Lone Star Lap Dance (3:49)
  11. Done Got Caught Blues (5:18)
  12. Headed For Ruin (4:44)
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JW- Jones
Belmont Boulevard

Belmont Boulevard
BPCD 5162
Genre: Blues
Released: 7 October 2014

On Ottawa-based blues singer/guitarist's debut Stony Plain/Blind Pig release, JW-Jones is ready to break out. Produced by Grammy Award-winner Tom Hambridge, on Belmont Boulevard Jones takes us through some of his past personal stories, a journey he describes as "liberating and part of the healing process."

Described by the Globe and Mail as "one of this country's top blues guitar stars," and a 2014 Top 40 Under 40 recipient from the Ottawa Business Journal, now is the time to catch Maple Blues Award winner JW-Jones for yourself.

  1. Love Times Ten (4:06)
  2. Watch Your Step (3:49)
  3. Blue Jean Jacket (4:12)
  4. Coming After Me (3:59)
  5. Don’t Be Ashamed (2:59)
  6. Thank You (3:56)
  7. Magic West Side Boogie (3:42)
  8. What Would Jimmie Do (3:15)
  9. If It Feels This Good Tomorrow (3:46)
  10. What’s Inside Of You (4:48)
  11. Never Worth It (4:07)
  12. Cocaine Boy (7:08)

Sena Ehrhardt
Live My Life

Live My Life
BPCD 5161
Genre: Blues
Released: 7 October 2014

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Sena Ehrhardt’s third release furthers her ascendance to blues elite status. Following live concerts where she has opened for B.B. King, ZZ Top, Robert Cray, Johnny Winter and Gregg Allman, Live My Life is her first release with her new band, and the first since her blues guitar-yielding father, Ed Ehrhardt.

Grammy Award winning producer, David Z, who’s worked with Prince, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Neneh Cherry and Kenny Wayne Shepherd allowed Ehrhardt to flourish in the studio.  “He brought inspired and emotional performances out of myself, my band and the guest musicians,” said Ehrhardt.

  1. Stakes Have Gone Up (3:18)
  2. Things You Shouldn’t Need To Know (4:35)
  3. Slow Down (3:41)
  4. Help Me Through The Day (4:44)
  5. Live My Life (3:49)
  6. Chilled To The Bone (4:00)
  7. Too Late To Ask (4:35)
  8. Everybody Is You (3:53)
  9. If Trouble Was Money (5:49)
  10. Did You Ever Love Me At All (3:46)
  11. Come Closer (4:27)
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Jimmy Thackery
Extra Jimmies

Extra Jimmies
BPCD 8014
Genre: Blues
Released: 6 October 2014

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Jimmy Thackery created a distinctively raw, powerful guitar style and established a reputation as a spectacular soloist who is widely considered to be one of the finest guitar players of his generation. These newly remastered recordings chosen from three long out of print albums dating from 1992 to 1998 represent one of the most creative periods of his illustrious career.
  1. Write If You Find Love (5:23)
  2. You Upset Me Baby (5:58)
  3. Rude Mood (4:34)
  4. I Got To Be Strong (3:30)
  5. Lickin' Gravy (5:58)
  6. Take Me With You When You Go (3:30)
  7. Love To Ride (4:35)
  8. Trouble Man (5:15)
  9. I Wouldn't Change A Thing (5:51)
  10. Honey Hush (4:02)
  11. Flying Low (4:24)
  12. Empty Arms Motel (4:44)
  13. Monkey (3:53)
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Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers
Emergency Situation

Emergency Situation
BPCD 5160
Genre: Blues
Released: 24 June 2014

Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers have long been regarded as one of the best and most entertaining blues bands around. Emergency Situation combines some smoking original tracks with obscure gems from R&B masters like Lee Dorsey, Jimmie Rogers, James "Wee Willie" Wayne and Amos Milburn.
Piazza and the Mighty Flyers have won numerous honours, including four Blues Music Awards for "Band of the Year" and thirty-three BMA nominations; played literally thousands of gigs around the world; and recorded over a dozen highly acclaimed releases. They virtually created a new style of blues - a combination of low-down Chicago grit, suave West Coast swing and jazz, and the rhythmic drive of the best early R&B and rock & roll.

Piazza and his piano playing wife, Honey, have consistently surrounded themselves with players who epitomize the very best in blues: fresh, swinging, tasteful, exciting and creative. Quite simply, Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers are one of the finest, most experienced, and most popular bands in blues today.

  1. Neighbor, Neighbor (4:02)
  2. Emergency Situation (6:05)
  3. Milk And Water (4:09)
  4. Frankenbop (3:50)
  5. Bad Weather Blues (5:17)
  6. Gambling Woman (3:32)
  7. Sleeping In The Ground (3:02)
  8. Tricky Woman (3:15)
  9. The Clock (2:39)
  10. Ya-Ya (3:58)
  11. Colored Salt (6:58)

Deanna Bogart
Just A Wish Away…

Just A Wish Away…
BPCD 5159
Genre: Blues
Released: 24 June 2014

Deanna Bogart, award-winning multi-instrumentalist, broadens her horizons further on "Just A Wish Away…" her newest release. Over a single year Bogart took a personal and musical transitional journey, travelling from Chesapeake Bay to Nashville, from the deserts of Southern California to deep in the Louisiana bayou, where this release was recorded.

"Just A Wish Away…" features some of Bogart's strongest songwriting to date, evoking the excitement of new possibilities tinged with a hint of wistful melancholy at what is left behind. There's the locomotion of "If It's Gonna Be Like This," the tender and surprising "Back and Forth Kid" and the sultry, horn-driven "Collarbone." Throughout Bogart's signature cut-above song-writing demonstrates the diverse dialects of her musical fluency.

Bogart, joined by producer Joe Michaels, creates a band of world class players: Marty Rifkin (Bruce Springsteen), Bonerama Homs (Harry Connick Jr.), Charlie Wooton (Royal Southern Brotherhood), Scott Ambush (Spyro Gyra), Cris Jacobs (The Bridge), Terrence Houston (George Porter), Derwin "Big D" Perkins (Jon Cleary), and more. Together they produce a swinging, funky groove well-suited to the genre defying breadth of Bogart's songs.

  1. If It’s Gonna Be Like This (3:20)
  2. Fine By Me Good Bayou (3:56)
  3. If You Have Crying Eyes (5:37)
  4. Back And Forth Kid (3:58)
  5. Collarbone (4:30)
  6. Tightrope (4:01)
  7. What Is Love Supposed To Do (3:52)
  8. Maybe I Won’t (4:07)
  9. Conversing With Lincoln (4:42)
  10. Hot Fun In The Summertime (4:06)
  11. Bye Bye Blackbird (3:31)

Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues
Blues Shock

Blues Shock
BPCD 5158
Genre: Blues
Released: 25 February 2014

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Blues Shock represents the first studio-recorded release in nearly fifteen years from veterans Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, and their first for Blind Pig. The result is a fascinating mix of daring, and fullbodied new compositions and fresh-sounding standards that followers have long savoured at their live shows.
Speaking of 'blues shocks,' it hardly seems possible that Billy Branch - once touted as one of the 'new generation' of blues musicians - is verging on elder statesman status in the blues community. Over a career spanning close to forty years now, Branch has become one of the blues' most eloquent spokespersons and an ardent evangelist and teacher of the blues, not to mention an award-winning veteran artist on the Chicago, national and international music scenes.
"I'm on close to 200 recordings at this point," estimates Branch. But this one feels destined to be one of the standouts. The virtuosity and sheer exuberance that Billy and the SOB's bring to this stylistically diverse material make for a recording sure to garner accolades from critics and fans alike.
The centerpiece of this recording is clearly "Going To See Miss Gerri," a tribute to Gerri Olier, whose 47th Street Palm Tavern was a landmark and a centre for Chicago's Bronzevill nightlife for decades until City Hall removed it in order to build an as-yet unfinished "Blues District." "Gerri called me her son. She used to come to my shows. And I used to spend a lot of time down there. Gerri is in a nursing home in Jackson [MS]. We took the song down to her, and I played it for her. She's 93."
"That's the most difficult song I've ever written," says Branch. "And I think the best song I've ever written."
"But I've been kinda like this underground person," says Branch with a laugh, referring to his 15 year studio hiatus. "Hopefully this will, like the title says, create a 'blues shock.'"
  1. Sons Of Blues (4:30)
  2. Crazy Mixed Up World (4:48)
  3. Blues Shock (4:47)
  4. Dog House (5:58)
  5. Function At The Junction (3:41)
  6. Going To See Miss Gerri One More Time (6:27)
  7. Back Alley Cat (2:21)
  8. Boom Boom (4:48)
  9. Slow Moe (4:36)
  10. Baby Let Me Butter Your Corn (4:27)
  11. Song For My Mother (5:24)
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Damon Fowler
Sounds of Home

Sounds of Home
BPCD 5157
Genre: Blues
Released: 25 February 2014

After spending much of the past year touring with the band Southern Hospitality, Damon Fowler is back with his third solo project for Blind Pig Records, Sounds of Home. Damon chose swamp blues master Tab Benoit to produce and record him at Tab's rural Louisiana home studio, and their collaboration has resulted in Damon's strongest effort to date. The tension between his measured, laid-back vocal delivery and the hallmark intensity of his guitar virtuosity has never been keener, and the stories told in his songwriting here - sometimes in collaboration with long-time writing partner Ed Wright and Benoit - exhibit a combination of depth, grace and humour very few of his contemporaries can match.
Damon sets the standard for what is to come on the first track, "Thought I Had It All." It's an introspective, brooding tale shot through with razor sharp, frenetic guitar leads. Other songs like the title cut and "Where I Belong" flow in an easy Southern groove. Damon offers up two covers, peppering Johnny Winter's "TV Mama" with slithering slide guitar runs, and doing a great version of Elvis Costello's "Alison." The country tinged "Old Fools, Bar Stools, And Me" offers a poignant take on a familiar theme. "Do It For The Love" is a sweetly contemplative ballad featuring the lyrical counterpoint of Damon's lead guitar and Tab's pedal steel. The album closes with an inspired, finger-picked rendition of the traditional gospel song, "I Shall Not Be Moved." As with Damon's legendary live performances, Sounds Of Home takes the listener on a tour through the rich traditions of American roots music, presented by one of its foremost practitioners.

  1. Thought I Had It All (5:18)
  2. Sounds Of Home (4:22)
  3. Trouble (4:46)
  4. Spark (3:16)
  5. Old Fools, Bar Stools, And Me (4:30)
  6. Where I Belong (4:02)
  7. Grit My Teeth (5:27)
  8. Alison (3:42)
  9. TV Mama (5:13)
  10. Do It For The Love (5:59)
  11. I Shall Not Be Moved (3:33)

Shawn Holt & The Teardrops
Daddy Told Me

Daddy Told Me
BPCD 5156
Genre: Blues
Released: 1 October 2013
The blues world mourned the passing of Magic Slim this past Spring, and now the Fall is bringing a new recording showcasing the passing of the torch from one generation to the next.

Daddy Told Me is the debut release by Slim’s son, Shawn Holt, with the high energy, hard-driving sound of his old man’s band, The Teardrops.

Shawn Holt’s booming vocal presence is reminiscent of his father’s, while his guitar playing exhibits a broader mix of classic and contemporary influences. On this album he mixes five of his own compositions, with two of his Dad’s songs and rounds off with some tunes that are connected with Magic Slim, leading the Teardrops into a new era.

Blues luminary John Primer, a former Teardrop, is featured on two tracks.

  1. Fannie Mae (4:18)
  2. Daddy Told Me (3:27)
  3. Hold You Again (5:11)
  4. Down In Virginia (3:22)
  5. Buddy Buddy Friend (4:20)
  6. Get Your Business Straight (3:12)
  7. Mean Little Woman (3:49)
  8. Before You Accuse Me (4:00)
  9. Love Got Me Walkin' (4:13)
  10. Little By Little (3:15)
  11. Please Don't Dog Me (5:19)
  12. You Done Me Wrong (4:11)

Roosevelt Sykes
The Original Honeydripper

The Original Honeydripper
BPCD 5155
Genre: Blues
Released: 1 October 2013

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Picture Roosevelt Sykes (1906-1983): The dapper gentleman at the piano keys, cigar firmly set in the corner of his benevolently smiling round face, singing and playing to a lively, appreciative audience. It’s 1977 and you’re front row in Ann Arbor’s fabled Blind Pig Café, and on stage is The Honeydripper, Roosevelt Sykes, the consummate entertainer that enjoyed a career that spanned some sixty years.

Remastered and with two original outtakes, this first reissue of that live show spans the length and breadth of Sykes’ career. Opening with his interpretation of Cow Cow Davenport’s trailblazing 1928 boogie woogie composition, and featuring seven of Sykes’ own compositions including “Drivin’ Wheel,” now regarded as a blues standard, this recording gives us a brief retrospective of his career and the many influences on his piano style.

This is a classic live recording by one of our greatest and most beloved blues masters.

  1. Cow Cow Blues (3:42)
  2. Drivin' Wheel (2:58)
  3. Honeysuckle Rose (2:18)
  4. St. James Infirmary (3:58)
  5. I Like What You Did (2:17)
  6. What'd I Say (2:19)
  7. I'm A Nut (2:09)
  8. Running The Boogie (2:38)
  9. Too Smart To Soon (3:46)
  10. Viper Song (1:56)
  11. Don't Talk Me To Death (3:22)
  12. Early Morning Blues (3:22)
  13. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (2:09)
  14. Dirty Mother For You (4:35)
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Remembering Little Walter
Remembering Little Walter - Arnold, Musselwhite, Hummel, Norcia, Harman

Remembering Little Walter - Arnold, Musselwhite, Hummel, Norcia, Harman
BPCD 5154
Genre: Blues
Released: 14 May 2013

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Walter Jacobs receives a sparkling tribute on this live recording that brings together five of the blues scene’s greatest harmonica players: Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Mark Hummel, James Harman and Sugar Ray Norcia.

Little Walter’s influence on the Chicago blues scene in the ‘fifties and ‘sixties is recognised by Keith Richards, who calls him "one of the best singers of the blues and a blues harp player par excellence."

Musselwhite and Arnold both knew and played with Little Walter. Producer Mark Hummel has toured and recorded with Lowell Fulson, Eddie Taylor, Charles Brown, Brownie McGhee, Jimmy Rogers and many others. James Harman has been a mainstay on the scene for forty years, having played with everyone from Canned Heat to ZZ Top. Sugar Ray Norcia is best known for his lengthy tenure with the acclaimed Roomful of Blues and with the Bluetones - a band he started thirty years ago with guitarist Ronnie Earl.

On Remembering Little Walter, each artist performs two tracks from Little Walter’s discography, then they collaborate on a balls-out, jamming finale of Walter’s signature tune, "My Babe."

  1. I Got To Go - Mark Hummel (3:53)
  2. Just A Feeling - Charlie Musselwhite (6:53)
  3. You’re So Fine - Billy Boy Arnold (4:01)
  4. It’s Too Late Brother - James Harman (3:36)
  5. Mean Old World - Sugar Ray Norcia (4:55)
  6. One Of These Mornings - Charlie Musselwhite (5:50)
  7. Blue Light - Mark Hummel (5:21)
  8. Crazy Mixed Up World - James Harman (4:46)
  9. Up The Line - Sugar Ray Norcia (4:40)
  10. Can’t Hold Out Much Longer - Billy Boy Arnold (4:30)
  11. My Babe - Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman (6:59)
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Jimmy Vivino & the Black Italians
13 Live

13 Live
BPCD 5153
Genre: Blues
Released: 14 May 2013

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Conan O’Brien show’s Music Director and leader of the house band, Jimmy Vivino, regrouped his band of twenty-years past, The Black Italians, for an unforgettable night of music at Levon Helm’s
Woodstock studio.
Interspersing Vivino’s original songs with covers of tunes by the likes of Bob Dylan, James Brown, Traffic and Johnny Winter, the Black Italians immediately fell into a soulful, joyous groove.
A night of truly inspired music making was capped off by “Song For Levon,” written by Vivino for the occasion, and a rousing version of The Band’s “Shape I’m In.”
13 Live captures that truly unique evening in November of 2012.
  1. Fat Man (5:25)
  2. Soulful Dress (4:04)
  3. From A Buick 6 (3:01)
  4. Fast Life Rider (4:58)
  5. Fool’s Gold (5:51)
  6. Heaven In A Pontiac (3:30)
  7. Animalism (4:21)
  8. Light Up Or Leave Me Alone (4:36)
  9. Miss Mona (4:36)
  10. Maggie's Farm (5:41)
  11. Song For Levon (4:33)
  12. Shape I'm In (4:43)
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Southern Hospitality
Easy Livin'

Easy Livin
BPCD 5152
Genre: Blues
Released: 26 March 2013
The band creating all the buzz is Southern Hospitality, comprised of lap steel guitar master Damon Fowler, guitarist extraordinaire JP Soars, and keyboard wizard Victor Wainwright. With echoes of Muscle Shoals and Macon, these dynamic young sons of Dixie draw on their rich heritage of Southern soul, blues, and rock music to create a fresh translation of Americana and Southern roots music with a modern sensibility. Easy Livin' is the band's debut recording and was produced by Louisiana luminary Tab Benoit.
  1. Southern Livin’ (4:42)
  2. Long Way Home (4:57)
  3. Kind Lies & Whiskey (5:12)
  4. Mile After Mile (2:12)
  5. Certified Lover (7:58)
  6. Fried Neck Bones and Home Fries (7:46)
  7. Shoestring Budget (3:25)
  8. Don’t Feel Like Going There Today (5:55)
  9. Come Back Home (2:50)
  10. Powered For the Mountain (5:32)
  11. Don’t Boogie Woogie (4:31)
  12. Sky Is What I Breathe (5:22)

Sena Ehrhardt
All In

All In
BPCD 5151
Genre: Blues
Released: 26 March 2013

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For her second recording, Sena has teamed up with one of the foremost producers in the worlds of rock and blues, multi-Grammy Award winner Jim Gaines. throughout, Sena's performances are fresh and incisive, delivered in a style that moves effortlessly from sultry to declarative to passionately forceful. Of special note is the interplay of her vocal phrasing with Ed Ehrhardt's bold, empathetic lead guitar.

  1. Buried Alive (3:40)
  2. Cry To Me (3:10)
  3. All In (3:36)
  4. I Want To Get You Back (4:20)
  5. Cold Cold Feeling (5:56)
  6. Live And Learn (3:46)
  7. Man Up (3:36)
  8. Storm’s Coming (4:58)
  9. Baby Valentine (3:36)
  10. So Excited (4:45)
  11. Dreamin’ Or Dyin’ (5:05)
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The Cash Box Kings
Black Toppin'

Black Toppin
BPCD 5150
Genre: Blues
Released: 26 March 2013

While remaining dedicated to carrying on the musical traditions of post-war 1950's Chicago blues, the Kings stretch out and cover some of the other musical landscapes that blues music has traversed over the last 70 years on their new release, "Black Toppin.'" On display is their deep affinity for Delta and Louisiana swamp blues, jump blues and their own signature "blues-a-billy."

  1. Blues Falling Down On Me (3:50)
  2. Black Toppin’ (3:46)
  3. Trying Really Hard (To Try And Get Along With You) (3:31)
  4. Oscar’s Jump (2:32)
  5. Money, Marbles & Chalk (3:36)
  6. My Tinai (4:06)
  7. Too Late (3:29)
  8. Walking Blues (5:06)
  9. I Don’t Wanna Fight (3:36)
  10. Tom Cat Blues (3:29)
  11. Hot Biscuit Baby (3:33)
  12. Gimme Some Of That (3:09)
  13. Run Run Run (4:28)

Craig Chaquico
Fire Red Moon

Fire Red Moon
BPCD 5149
Genre: Blues
Released: 23 October 2012

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Craig Chaquico, platinum-selling lead guitarist and songwriter with Jefferson Starship, and chart-topping smooth jazz solo artist, takes a walk on the bluesier side of the street with the release of his Stony Plain/ Blind Pig debut.

From the radio-friendly opener, "Lie To Me," (with vocal by Noah Hunt of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band) to the thunderous conclusion of Robert Johnson’s "Crossroads," Chaquico explores the thoroughfares where blues and rock intersect.

  • Lead guitarist and principal songwriter with Jefferson Starship
  • Successful solo career in smooth jazz and new age fields
  • 20 gold and platinum recordings
  • Multiple grammy nominations in rock and jazz fields
  • Held number 1 spot on jazz and rock Billboard charts
  • Held number 1 spot on jazz and rock national radio charts
  • Performed on Grammy and Oscar television broadcasts
  1. Lie To Me (4:36)
  2. Devil’s Daughter (4:23)
  3. Born Under A Bad Sign (4:49)
  4. Bad Woman (6:19)
  5. Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (3:05)
  6. Fire Red Moon (3:30)
  7. Little Red Shoes (5:25)
  8. Blue On Blue (5:26)
  9. Fogtown Stroll (4:39)
  10. Crossroads (4:41)
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Deanna Bogart

BPCD 5148
Genre: Blues
Released: 23 October 2012

"In art, as in life, you can’t have magic if you’re not willing to risk the train wrecks," says multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter, Deanna Bogart. And on Pianoland she took a risk and produced something unique in her recorded work; here is an album that spotlights her considerable skills as a solo performer.

Comprising instrumentals and vocal tracks, her own sparkling compositions, and well-chosen covers by the likes of Errol Garner and Harold Arlen, all arranged in sparse solo and small group settings, Bogart’s risk has conjured pure musical magic.

Bogart has received numerous awards recognising her dazzling keyboards, soulful saxophone and smoky vocals. She’s jammed with Tommy Castro and Magic Dick, and played on stage with BB King, Buddy Guy and James Brown.

  1. In The Rain (4:08)
  2. On And On And (4:05)
  3. Boogie Woogie Boogie (3:08)
  4. Couldn’t Love You More (3:22)
  5. Where The Well Never Runs Dry (3:57)
  6. I Love The Life I Live (2:34)
  7. Death Ray Boogie (2:21)
  8. Over The Rainbow (2:49)
  9. Pianoland (7:08)
  10. Blues At 11 (2:28)
  11. Close Your Eyes (4:19)

Magic Slim & The Teardrops
Bad Boy

Bad Boy
BPCD 5147
Genre: Blues
Released: 23 October 2012

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"Whoever the house band in blues heaven may be, even money says they’re wearing out Magic Slim albums trying to get that Teardrops sound do wn cold." — Blues Revue

Magic Slim, the six-time Blues Music Award winner, proves, once again, his mastery of the electrified Mississippi-to-Chicago blues style.

From the Eddie Taylor-penned "Bad Boy," to Denise LaSalle’s "Someone Else Is Steppin’ In" and Muddy Waters’ "Champagne and Reefer," Slim shows, even as he turns 75, that he can deliver the goods. Also featured are songs from the early blues canon ("Girl What You Want Me To Do," "Matchbox Blues") and some recently written originals ("Sunrise Blues," "Country Joyride").

  1. Bad Boy (3:31)
  2. Someone Else Is Steppin' In (3:44)
  3. I Got Money (3:23)
  4. Sunrise Blues (4:40)
  5. Girl What You Want Me To Do (3:41)
  6. Hard Luck Blues (4:01)
  7. Gambling Blues (3:22)
  8. Champagne And Reefer (3:40)
  9. How Much More Long (3:08)
  10. Matchbox Blues (3:54)
  11. Older Woman (4:50)
  12. Country Joyride (2:47)
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Sue Foley & Peter Karp
Beyond The Crossroads

Beyond The Crossroads
BPCD 5146
Genre: Blues
Released: 3 April 2012

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Beyond The Crossroads is the followup to 2010's critically acclaimed He Said - She Said. Juno award winning blues-singer/guitarist, Sue Foley, and American songwriter, Peter Karp, ignited their partnership with some heart-felt letters exchanged as each toured the continent. Those letters rose into poignant songs and an intimate live show.

"Beyond The Crossroads is a natural extension of what we started with He Said - She Said in that we're writing songs with themes in mind. Positivity, renewal, absolution," says Foley.

"These times are trying in the heart and in the streets. Restless winds are blowing. It's personal, not business. Now is the time to fire up the amps and blow heat," adds Karp.

  1. We're Gonna Make It (2:33)
  2. Analyze'n Blues (4:36)
  3. Beyond The Crossroads (4:25)
  4. Fine Love (2:57)
  5. At The Same Time (3:35)
  6. Take Your Time (3:41)
  7. More Than I Bargained For (3:56)
  8. Blowin' (4:12)
  9. Resistance (3:07)
  10. Chance Of Rain (3:32)
  11. Plank Spank (1:44)
  12. You've Got A Problem (2:50)
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Pinetop Perkins

BPCD 5145
Genre: Blues
Released: 3 April 2012

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"He was one of the last great Mississippi Bluesmen, and he sure could play the piano. He will be missed not only by me, but by lovers of music all over the world."

- B.B. King

Three-time Grammy Award winning Blues pianist, Pinetop Perkins, passed away last year, four months before he would have turned 98. Heaven is an astounding, intimate, set of solo and small-group studio recordings from 1986, delivering the lightly swinging boogie woogie for which he was beloved.

Perkin's is joined by guest vocalists Willie Smith and Otis Clay on one tune each.

  1. 44 Blues (3:23)
  2. 4 O'Clock In The Morning (4:21)
  3. Relaxin' (3:21)
  4. Sitting On Top Of The World (3:53)
  5. Just Keep On Drinking (3:02)
  6. Since I Fell For You (3:26)
  7. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie (3:36)
  8. Ida B (5:01)
  9. Sweet Home Chicago (3:23)
  10. Pinetop's Blues (4:19)
  11. Willow Weep For Me (3:21)
  12. That's All Right (3:40)
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Back Porch Dogma

Back Porch Dogma
BPCD 5144
Genre: Blues
Released: 7 February 2012
  1. Rotgut Run (4:25)
  2. Big Tent (5:07) with Maria Muldaur on vocals
  3. V-8 Ford (3:47)
  4. Temptation (4:41)
  5. Zydeco Train (4:32)
  6. Dog Days (4:52)
  7. One Thing (3:31)
  8. Three Cool Cats (3:27)
  9. Tain’t (4:07)
  10. Nothin’ You Can Do (4:34)
  11. I Don’t Want To Know (4:48)
  12. Monkey (4:27)
  13. Dino’s (3:09)

Big James & The Chicago Playboys
The Big Payback [Live]

The Big Payback [Live]
BPCD 5143
Genre: Blues
Released: 7 February 2012

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  1. The Blues Will Never Die (4:52)
  2. Big Payback (5:29)
  3. Coldest Man I Ever Knew (4:27)
  4. All Your Love (4:20)
  5. Jody’s Got Your Girl and Gone (5:27)
  6. That’s Why I’m Crying (5:17)
  7. Trying To Live My Life Without You (3:49)
  8. I’ll Stay (6:37)
  9. Low Down Dirty Blues (5:19)
  10. Smoke On The Water (2:24)
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The Cash Box Kings
Holler and Stomp

Holler and Stomp
BPCD 5142
Genre: Blues
Released: 25 October 2011

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On their Stony Plain/Blind Pig label debut, the Kings explore the various byways where traditional 'blues' and 'country' music intersect.

They cover classic sides by Hank Williams, Sr., the Rolling Stones and Muddy Waters, seamlessly mixed with their own originals.

Holler And Stomp is one of the freshest and most distinctive blues records in recent memory.

  1. Holler And Stomp (3:47)
  2. That's My Gal (3:34)
  3. Off The Hook (2:51)
  4. Feel Like Going Home (3:46)
  5. Fraulein On Paulina (4:07)
  6. Hayseed Strut (3:36)
  7. Katie Mae (2:59)
  8. Sara (3:50)
  9. Barnyard Pimp (3:17)
  10. Oh My Baby's Gone (3:21)
  11. Blues Come Around (2:20)
  12. Tribute To The Black Lone Ranger (3:32)
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The Daily Gleaner
By Wilfred Langmaid
Ten years into their career, ...[they] deliver a steady, if not spectacular, meat and potatoes album done with talented foils. (more)

A loving fusion of post World War I Mississippi Delta and post World War II Chicago blues, lovingly and authentically presented, is the stock in trade of The Cash Box Kings.

Ten years into their career, the core group of Joe Nosek, Oscar Wilson, and Kenny “Beady Eyes” Smith deliver a steady, if not spectacular, meat and potatoes album done with talented foils. In the process, they give a whole new meaning to the notion of roots blues by stretching back 100 years and by stressing spare, tasteful ensemble playing.

Half covers and half originals, the album also features a 50/50 lead vocal split.

Harmonica player, bandleader, and album producer Nosek sings three originals — the country blues shuffle album-opening title track, the standard Chicago blues progression with hooks and licks Fraulein.

On Paulina, and the hooky stomper Sara. His cover of Hank Williams’ Blues Come Around is distinctive and authentic. Across the board, his songs never lack for licks and grooves.

Wilson is the gifted wailer of the two. He shines on everything from the spoken word Chicago tale That’s My Gal to a fun cover of The Rolling Stones’ Off The Hook. He also gives his effective and authentic tales on a pair of blues masters.

His with-the-band cover of Muddy Waters’ Feel Like Going Home and his solo guitar accompanied version of Lightnin’ Hopkins’ Katie Mae display him as a soulful blues frontman. His original Barnyard Pimp, meanwhile, shows that he can be a howler with panache too.

Drummer Smith (the son of Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, who was Waters’ drummer from 1968 until 1991) anchors the rhythm section. Lead guitarist Joel Paterson shines throughout. Standup bassist Jimmy Sutton takes one vocal lead, a capable cover of Ray Sharpe’s Oh My Baby’s Gone.

The whole unit gets to shine on a pair of Nossek-penned originals — the old-timey Hayseed Strut and the more ambitious album take out Tribute To The Black Lone Ranger.



Sena Ehrhardt
Leave The Light On

Leave The Light On
BPCD 5141
Genre: Blues
Released: 30 August 2011

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  1. My Bad (3:21)
  2. Leave The Light On (3:34)
  3. On The Clock (2:48)
  4. Lovers Can't Be Friends (3:10)
  5. The Best Thing (4:23)
  6. Same Team (2:55)
  7. Last Chance (6:27)
  8. You're The One (4:34)
  9. Hear Me (4:29)
  10. Fool Out Of Me (4:23)
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Ray Manzarek / Roy Rogers
Translucent Blues

Translucent Blues
BPCD 5140
Genre: Blues
Released: 7 June 2011
  1. Hurricane (04:28)
  2. River of Madness (07:09)
  3. Game of Skill (04:01)
  4. Fives and Ones (04:03)
  5. Kick (04:49)
  6. Tension (06:18)
  7. Blues in My Shoes (04:51)
  8. New Dodge City Blues (04:45)
  9. Greenhouse Blues (04:56)
  10. Those Hits Just Keep On Comin' (03:32)
  11. As you Leave (04:24)
  12. An Organ, a Guitar and a Chicken Wing (05:42)

Popa Chubby
The Essential Popa Chubby

The Essential Popa Chubby
BPCD 8011
Genre: Blues / Rock
Released: 18 January 2011

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  1. Daddy Played The Guitar Mama Was A Disco Queen (3:37)
  2. How'd A White Boy Get The Blues (2:48)
  3. Somebody Let The Devil Out (4:18)
  4. If The Diesel Don't Get You Then The Jet Fuel Will (4:00)
  5. Like The Buddha Do (4:18)
  6. Life Is A Beatdown (4:16)
  7. Sweet Goddess Of Love And Beer (5:18)
  8. Hey Joe (6:03)
  9. Halleluijah (6:50)
  10. Back In My Baby's Arms (4:39)
  11. Slide Devil Man Slide (4:21)
  12. Deliveries After Dark (4:16)
  13. Grown Man Crying Blues (6:53)
  14. The Fight Is On (4:50)
  15. Another Ten Years Gone (5:15)
  16. Keep On The Sunnyside Of Life (3:17)
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Damon Fowler
Devil Got His Way

Devil Got His Way
BPCD 5139
Genre: Blues / Rock
Released: 18 January 2011
  1. We've Got A Good Thing Going (4:00)
  2. Devil Got His Way (2:48)
  3. After The Rain (4:56)
  4. Tight Rope (3:39)
  5. 28 Degrees (3:34)
  6. Fruit Stand Lady (3:16)
  7. Cyprus In The Pines (3:36)
  8. Don't Call Me (4:18)
  9. Once In Awhile (3:28)
  10. You Go Your Way (4:38)
  11. American Dream (3:59)
  12. Happy Hour (2:26)

Kenny Neal
Hooked On Your Love

Hooked On Your Love
BPCD 5137
Genre: Blues
Released: 28 September 2010
  1. Hooked On Your Love (4:44)
  2. Bitter With The Sweet (4:47)
  3. Down In The Swamp (3:34)
  4. Blind, Crippled, Or Crazy (4:22)
  5. If Walls Could Talk (3:41)
  6. Things Have Got To Change (4:39)
  7. New Lease On Life (3:24)
  8. Ain't Nothing You Can Do (2:51)
  9. Old Friends (4:35)
  10. Tell Me Why (4:42)
  11. Voodoo Mama (4:00)
  12. You Don't Love Me (3:46)

Robin Rogers
Back In The Fire

Back In The Fire
BPCD 5138
Genre: Blues
Released: 21 September 2010

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  1. Baby Bye-Bye (5:03)
  2. Second Time Around (3:23)
  3. You Don't Know (4:53)
  4. Need Your Love So Bad (4:36)
  5. The Plan (3:45)
  6. I Know I Done Wrong (3:34)
  7. Ocean Of Tears (4:48)
  8. Don't Walk Away Run (5:57)
  9. Hittin' On Nothin' (4:05)
  10. Yesterday's Blues (3:49)
  11. What We Are Worth (3:36)
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Magic Slim & The Teardrops
Raising The Bar

Raising The Bar
BPCD 5136
Genre: Blues
Released: 18 May 2010

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  1. Part Time Love (3:51)
  2. Breaking Up Somebody's Home (4:32)
  3. Do You Mean It (3:29)
  4. Cummins Prison Farm (4:54)
  5. Mama Talk To Your Daughter (3:06)
  6. I Can't Hold Out (3:33)
  7. Shame (3:58)
  8. Sunny Road Blues (Listen to mp3 clip) (5:33)
  9. Gonna Move To Kansas City (3:40)
  10. 4:59 a.m. (4:06)
  11. Treat Me the Way You Do (4:01)
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Stand Together

Stand Together
BPCD 5135
Genre: Blues/World
Released: 18 May 2010
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  1. I Never Want (3:17)
  2. Looking At You (4:03)
  3. We Stand Together (3:27)
  4. Love=Peace=Freedom (4:03)
  5. You Know What You Got (4:34)
  6. No Problem (4:47)
  7. Weaker Man (4:46)
  8. Not My Brother (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:58)
  9. Chill Out (3:42)
  10. Take These Arms (4:15)
  11. What Are You Gonna Do (3:32)
  12. Damn Shame (3:38)
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John Németh (John Nemeth)
Name The Day!

Name The Day!
BPCD 5134
Genre: Blues
Released: 18 May 2010
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  1. Breakin' Free (4:15)
  2. Name The Day (3:36)
  3. Do You Really Want That Woman (3:40)
  4. Heartbreak With A Hammer (4:08)
  5. Tuff Girl (3:07)
  6. I Said Too Much (5:09)
  7. Home In Your Heart (Listen to mp3 clip) (2:35)
  8. Save A Little Love (3:41)
  9. You Know (3:05)
  10. Why Not Me (4:38)
  11. Funky Feelin' (3:47)
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Popa Chubby
The Fight Is On

The Fight Is On
BPCD 5133
Genre: Blues/ Rock
Released: 23 March 2010

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  1. The Fight Is On (4:49)
  2. We Got Some Rocking To Do (5:47)
  3. Another Ten Years Gone (Listen to mp3 clip) (5:16)
  4. The Right Time (3:52)
  5. Rock And Roll Is My Religion (6:01)
  6. The Company Of Thieves (5:18)
  7. Switchblade Combs And Candy Cigarettes (4:35)
  8. Noisemaking Love Machine (4:29)
  9. Steelhorse Serenade (6:59)
  10. It's Over (5:24)
  11. Wicked Wanda (4:35)
  12. Ace Of Spades (2:56)
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Sue Foley & Peter Karp
He Said She Said

He Said She Said
BPCD 5132
Genre: Blues/Rock
Released: 23 March 2010

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  1. Treat Me Right (4:42)
  2. So Far So Fast (Listen to mp3 clip) (2:22)
  3. Wait (4:03)
  4. Rules Of Engagement (3:53)
  5. Hold On Baby (3:16)
  6. MM HMM (3:21)
  7. Danger Lurks (3:27)
  8. Ready For Your Love (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:03)
  9. Scared (3:44)
  10. Valentine's Day (3:30)
  11. Dear Girl (3:48)
  12. Baby Don't Go (3:27)
  13. Regret (3:27)
  14. Lost In You (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:23)
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Coco Montoya
The Essential

The Essential
BPCD 8010
Genre: Blues
Released: 3 November 2009

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  1. Fear No Evil (3:42)
  2. Am I Losing You (6:41)
  3. Seven Desires (4:13)
  4. Sending Me Angels (4:41)
  5. Too Much Water (4:00)
  6. Monkey See, Monkey Do (4:07)
  7. Do What You Want To Do (5:07)
  8. Just Let Go (4:52)
  9. Same Dog (4:46)
  10. You Don't Love Me (5:09)
  11. Give It To A Good Man (4:48)
  12. You'd Think I'd Know Better By Now (4:58)
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Big James & The Chicago Playboys
Right Here Right Now

Right Here Right Now
BPCD 5131
Genre: Blues
Released: 4 August 2009

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  1. Right Here Right Now (4:27)
  2. A Mama Like Mine (4:38)
  3. Love To See You Smile (4:04)
  4. On The Grind (3:39)
  5. Expect The Best (4:23)
  6. I Love 'Em (3:56)
  7. A Little Attention (4:38)
  8. The Goose (3:14)
  9. Help (Somebody Please) (4:59)
  10. Without You In My Life (3:25)
  11. Worry (5:37)
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Roy Rogers
Split Decision

Split Decision
BPCD 5130
Genre: Blues
Released: 28 April 2009
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  1. Calm Before The Storm (3:26)
  2. Patron Saint Of Pain (4:44)
  3. Little Queen Bee (3:17)
  4. River Of Tears (4:01)
  5. Bitter Rain (4:28)
  6. Your Sweet Embrace (2:37)
  7. Someone Like You (4:12)
  8. Rite Of Passage (4:12)
  9. Requiem For A Heavyweight (3:58)
  10. I Would Undo Anything (4:30)
  11. Holy Ghost Moan (3:52)
  12. Walkin' The Levee (2:31)
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Webb Wilder
More Like Me

More Like Me
BPCD 5129
Genre: Blues
Released: 28 April 2009
  1. Ju Ju Man (3:51)
  2. Too Cool For Love (4:48)
  3. Don't Slander Me (5:26)
  4. She's Not Romantic (3:32)
  5. Honky Tonkin' (In Mississippi) (3:15)
  6. Pretty Is As Pretty Does (2:44)
  7. Sudden Stop (4:57)
  8. She Said Yeah (2:25)
  9. Come Around (2:58)
  10. Still Water Runs Deep (2:58)
  11. More Like Me (4:03)
  12. Changing Colors (3:34)

Commander Cody
Dopers, Drunks and Everyday Losers

Dopers, Drunks and Everyday Losers
BPCD 5128
Genre: Rock
Released: 28 April 2009
No longer available
  1. Roll Yer Own (3:53)
  2. Tennessee Plates (3:31)
  3. Wine Do Yer Stuff (2:47)
  4. Lone Ranger (3:30)
  5. Semi Truck (2:20)
  6. Down And Out (3:35)
  7. Seven Eleven (3:33)
  8. Seeds And Stems Again (4:40)
  9. It's Gonna Be One Of Those Nights (3:40)
  10. OK Hotel (3:07)
  11. They Kicked Me Out Of The Band (3:14)
  12. Losers' Avenue (2:29)
  13. Last Call For Alcohol (2:55)
  14. No No Song (3:02)
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John Németh (John Nemeth)
Love Me Tonight

Love Me Tonight
BPCD 5127
Genre: Blues
Released: 3 February 2009
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  1. Love Me Tonight (2:46)
  2. Just Like You (4:00)
  3. Fuel For Your Fire (4:38)
  4. Too Good To Be True (2:40)
  5. Daughter Of The Devil (4:00)
  6. My Troubled Mind (3:48)
  7. Where You Been (3:02)
  8. She’s My Heart’s Desire (4:35)
  9. Love Gone Crazy (4:49)
  10. Country Boy (4:11)
  11. Blues In My Heart (6:05)
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Damon Fowler
Sugar Shack

Sugar Shack
BPCD 5126
Genre: Blues
Released: 3 February 2009
  1. Some Fun (2:27)
  2. VFW (3:21)
  3. I Hope It’s Gonna Rain (4:44)
  4. Lonely Blues (4:30)
  5. James (4:48)
  6. Sugar Lee (4:32)
  7. Sugar Shack (4:37)
  8. Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down (3:41)
  9. Third Rate Romance (5:00)
  10. Wrong Side Of The Road (3:42)
  11. Don’t Know Why I Love You (4:59)
  12. I’m Just An Old Chunk Of Coal (2:59)

Magic Slim & The Teardrops
Midnight Blues

Midnight Blues
BPCD 5125
Genre: Blues
Released: 21 October 2008

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  1. Let Me Love You
  2. You Can’t Lose What You Ain't Never Had
  3. Give Me Back My Wig
  4. Lonely Man
  5. Spider In My Stew
  6. Going Down The Road Feeling Bad
  7. Full Load Boogie
  8. Crosseyed Cat
  9. House Cat Blues
  10. Carla
  11. Cryin’ Won’t Let You Stay
  12. What Is That You Got
  13. Loving You Is The Best Thing That Happened To Me
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Albert Cummings
Feel So Good

Feel So Good
BPCD 5124
Genre: Blues
Released: 21 October 2008
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  1. Party Right Here
  2. Why Me
  3. Sleep
  4. Hoochie Coochie Man/Dixie Chicken Medley
  5. Barrelhouse Blues
  6. Tell It Like It Is
  7. Rock Me Baby
  8. Your Own Way
  9. Together As One
  10. Blues Makes Me Feel So Good
  11. Rock And Roll
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Robin Rogers
Treat Me Right

Treat Me Right
BPCD 5123
Genre: Blues
Released: 26 August 2008
  1. Treat Me Right
  2. Don't Leave Poor Me
  3. Ain't No Use
  4. Can You Hear Me Now
  5. Color-Blind Angel
  6. Promised Land
  7. Nobody Stays
  8. Drunkard's Alley
  9. Nobody's Gonna Hurt You
  10. Moan
  11. Dark Love

Kenny Neal
Let Life Flow

Let Life Flow
BPCD 5122
Genre: Blues
Released: 27 May 2008

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  1. Let Life Flow (4:36)
  2. Blues, Leave Me Alone (5:01)
  3. You've Got To Hurt Before You Heal (5:12)
  4. Louisiana Stew (4:21)
  5. Starlight Diamond (3:14)
  6. Another Man's Cologne (4:48)
  7. Broken Dreams (4:49)
  8. Bleeding Heart (4:02)
  9. Since I Met You Baby (4:53)
  10. Fly Away (4:36)
  11. It Don't Make Sense You Can't Make Peace (4:15)
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Popa Chubby
Deliveries After Dark

Deliveries After Dark
BPCD 5121
Genre: Blues
Released: 5 February 2008

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  1. Let The Music Set You Free (5:14)
  2. Sally Likes To Run (4:06)
  3. Deliveries After Dark (4:18)
  4. Theme From The Godfather (3:06)
  5. Grown Man Crying Blues (8:12)
  6. You Can't Stop Love (3:03)
  7. I'll Piss On Your Grave (6:00)
  8. Man Of The Blues (7:18)
  9. Money Isn't Everything (It's The Only Thing) (4:54)
  10. 2nd Avenue Shuffle (6:33)
  11. You Never Loved Me (5:13)
  12. Woman In My Bed Dub (6:06)
  13. Oh Rock And Roll You Heartless Bitch (3:47)
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Webb Wilder
Born To Be Wilder

Born To Be Wilder
BPCD 5120
Genre: Blues
Released: 5 February 2008
  1. Tough It Out (3:48)
  2. Stay Out Of Automobiles (3:03)
  3. Baby Please Don't Go (5:37)
  4. You Might Be Lonely For A Reason (3:05)
  5. One Taste Of The Bait (3:09)
  6. Human Cannonball (4:33)
  7. If You're Looking For A Fool (4:21)
  8. Sputnik (3:00)
  9. Big Time (4:21)
  10. No Great Shakes (3:54)
  11. Miss Missy From Ol' Hong Kong (2:40)
  12. Poolside (2:42)
  13. How Long Can She Last (3:26)
  14. Louisiana Hannah (4:53)
  15. I Just Had To Laugh (3:47)

Magic Slim & The Teardrops
The Essential Magic Slim

The Essential Magic Slim
BPCD 8009
Genre: Blues
Released: 30 October 2007

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  1. Before You Accuse Me (3:20)
  2. Mind Your Own Business (3:36)
  3. Think (3:25)
  4. Scufflin' (2:40)
  5. Crazy Woman (5:47)
  6. Mustang Sally (4:21)
  7. Goin' To Mississippi (4:50)
  8. What's Wrong (4:19)
  9. Playin' With My Mind (2:59)
  10. Black Tornado (2:51)
  11. Down In Virginia (3:30)
  12. Please Don't Dog Me (6:51)
  13. Jealous Man (3:09)
  14. How Many More Years (4:45)
  15. Get Your Business Straight (4:49)
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Nappy Brown
Long Time Coming

Long Time Coming
BPCD 5119
Genre: Blues
Released: 30 October 2007
  1. Keep On Pleasin' You (3:11)
  2. You Were A Long Time Coming (4:21)
  3. Don't Be Angry (2:28)
  4. Give Me Your Love (4:57)
  5. That Man (3:12)
  6. Right Time (3:35)
  7. Who (4:51)
  8. Cherry Red (4:06)
  9. Aw Shucks Baby (3:01)
  10. Every Shut Eye Ain't Sleepin' (5:48)
  11. Bye Bye Baby (3:41)
  12. Take Care Of Me (4:30)

Popa Chubby
Electric Chubbyland: Volume Two

Electric Chubbyland: Volume Two
BPCD 5117
Genre: Blues
Released: 28 August 2007
  1. Who Knows (6:24)
  2. Come On (6:37)
  3. Izabella (4:52)
  4. I Don't Live Today (3:39)
  5. Little Wing (9:14)
  6. Voodoo Chile (5:25)
  7. Up From The Skies (7:58)
  8. Bold As Love (3:46)
  9. San Catri (16:05)
  10. Fire (3:07)

Popa Chubby
Electric Chubbyland: Volume One

Electric Chubbyland: Volume One
BPCD 5116
Genre: Blues
Released: 28 August 2007
  1. Burning Of The Midnight Lamp (5:38)
  2. Manic Depression (4:18)
  3. Spanish Castle Magic (5:07)
  4. The Wind Cries Mary (7:48)
  5. Remember (3:47)
  6. Foxy Lady (6:19)
  7. Catfish Blues (6:04)
  8. Highway Child (3:46)
  9. Red House (8:55)
  10. Can You See Me (5:36)
  11. Purple Haze (3:19)
  12. Third Stone From The Sun (3:27)

Elvin Bishop
Booty Bumpin'

Booty Bumpin
BPCD 5118
Genre: Blues
Released: 7 August 2007
  1. Stomp (4:57)
  2. Stealin' Watermelons (6:10)
  3. Keep A Dollar In Your Pocket (4:40)
  4. What The Hell Is Going On (3:39)
  5. I Feel Alright Again (7:05)
  6. Booty Bumpin' (2:57)
  7. Half Way Out The Door (5:16)
  8. My Dog (5:42)
  9. Belly Rubbin' (6:08)
  10. I'll Be Glad (5:41)
  11. Blue Flame (5:47)
  12. I'm Gone (5:19)

Peter Karp
Shadows And Cracks

Shadows And Cracks
BPCD 5115
Genre: Blues
Released: 7 August 2007
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  1. Goodbye Baby (2:47)
  2. Air, Fuel And Fire (3:09)
  3. All I Really Want (3:27)
  4. Dirty Weather (4:28)
  5. Rubber Bands And Wire (3:12)
  6. I Understand (4:22)
  7. Shadows And Cracks (4:02)
  8. I Ain't Deep (3:20)
  9. The Lament (4:12)
  10. Runnin' (3:28)
  11. The Grave (3:54)
  12. Strange Groove (4:52)
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Dave Hole
Rough Diamond

Rough Diamond
BPCD 5114
Genre: Blues
Released: 22 May 2007
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  1. Rough Diamond Child (4:48)
  2. Can't Stop Loving You (4:53)
  3. Vintage Wine (4:13)
  4. Yours For A Song (5:16)
  5. White Trash Girl (5:54)
  6. Since I Met You Baby (4:35)
  7. I'll Get To You (4:09)
  8. Something Inside Of Me (6:23)
  9. Rambling On My Mind (3:37)
  10. Think It Over (3:10)
  11. I'm A King Bee (6:25)
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Hamilton Loomis
Ain't Just Temporary

BPCD 5113
Genre: Blues
Released: 22 May 2007
  1. Best Worst Day (4:02)
  2. Legendary (3:17)
  3. Where We Started (4:26)
  4. Slow Lover (4:50)
  5. Good Enough (5:25)
  6. You Got To Wait (5:23)
  7. My Pen (4:14)
  8. Love Again (3:46)
  9. Won't Get Away (4:06)
  10. That Thang (3:51)
  11. Bow Wow (5:46)

Day By Day

Day By Day
BPCD 5112
Genre: Blues
Released: 22 May 2007
  1. Do What Is Right (4:10)
  2. One Day (4:21)
  3. Sure There's A Place (4:01)
  4. Watch Your Back (4:04)
  5. Just What You're Looking For (4:23)
  6. I'll Go Home (4:35)
  7. Feels Like Sunday Morning (4:05)
  8. Get Out Of This Mess (4:05)
  9. Face The Truth (4:10)
  10. I Must Be Dreaming (3:40)
  11. You Can't Hide (3:56)
  12. The Comfort Zone (3:21)

Tommy Castro

BPCD 5111
Genre: Blues
Released: 20 February 2007

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  1. Love Don't Care (4:06)
  2. I'm Not Broken (3:49)
  3. Painkiller (3:45)
  4. Big Sister's Radio (4:17)
  5. A Good Fool Is Hard To Find (4:42)
  6. Err On The Side Of Love (3:46)
  7. I Roll When I Rock (3:36)
  8. If You Believe (In What You Do) (4:47)
  9. It's That Time Again (4:16)
  10. Goin' Down South (4:00)
  11. Lonesome And Then Some (4:45)
  12. It Ain't Easy Bein' Me (3:09)
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The Rounders
Wish I Had You

Wish I Had You
BPCD 5110
Genre: Blues
Released: 20 February 2007
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  1. God Knows I'm Trying (3:54)
  2. Wish I Had You (4:23)
  3. My Getaway (3:39)
  4. You Know Better Than That (5:05)
  5. Through No Fault Of My Own (6:05)
  6. Oh, My Dear Mind (3:43)
  7. When It's Bad (3:15)
  8. Oh Why (4:16)
  9. Let Me Talk At You (3:55)
  10. Wait For Me (4:19)
  11. Leave My Trunk Behind (3:19)
  12. It Wasn't My Baby (3:29)
  13. Goodbye, George (4:04)
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John Németh (John Nemeth)
Magic Touch

Magic Touch
BPCD 5109
Genre: Blues
Released: 20 February 2007
  1. Blues Hit Big Town (3:43)
  2. Blue Broadway (3:29)
  3. Magic Touch (3:51)
  4. My Future (3:23)
  5. She's Looking Good (2:54)
  6. She Did Not Show (4:20)
  7. You're An Angel (3:38)
  8. Sit & Cry The Blues (4:12)
  9. You Were Wrong (3:32)
  10. Let Me Hold You (4:46)
  11. Up To No Good (3:43)
  12. Come On (3:17)

Dr. Duke Tumatoe & The Power Trio
You've Got The Problem!

BPCD 5108
Genre: Blues
Released: 10 October 2006
  1. You've Got The Problem (3:14)
  2. Real Mean Woman (4:08)
  3. Don't Ask (2:41)
  4. Enough Trouble Of My Own (5:57)
  5. My Baby Is A Nudist (3:56)
  6. Bad Day (3:53)
  7. Be So Easy (5:52)
  8. Mudcat Man (5:10)
  9. Kid Stuff (4:53)
  10. Moanin' After Blues (2:53)

Deanna Bogart
Real Time

Real Time
BPCD 5107
Genre: Blues
Released: 10 October 2006
  1. Real Time
  2. Everybody Has A Story
  3. Blue By Night
  4. Are You Lonely For Me Baby
  5. Blues In The 'bine
  6. Baby You Got What It Takes
  7. Tender Days
  8. Bite The Bullet
  9. Wonder What The Weather Is Today
  10. Table For Three

Blind Pig 30th Anniversary 2 CD's & DVD

Blind Pig 30th Anniversary 2 CD
BPCD 2003
Genre: Blues
Released: 10 October 2006
No longer available
Disc 1
  1. Tommy Castro - Just Like Me (4:11)
  2. Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - I Saw It Coming (3:25)
  3. Arthur Adams & B.B. King - The Long Haul (4:20)
  4. Big Bill Morganfield - Evil (3:33)
  5. Renee Austin & Delbert McClinton - Pretend We Never Met (3:49)
  6. Popa Chubby - Back In My Baby's Arms (4:38)
  7. Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Hoodoo Man Blues (5:40)
  8. Walter Horton - Put The Kettle On (3:39)
  9. Debbie Davies - 24 Hour Fool (4:36)
  10. Omar & The Howlers - Monkey Land (4:18)
  11. Otis Rush - Feel So Bad (4:08)
  12. James Cotton - Honest I Do (4:12)
  13. Elvin Bishop - What The Hell Is Going On (3:00)
  14. Reverend Billy C. Wirtz - Jerry Rig (2:43)
  15. Savoy Brown - Shake It All Night (5:32)
  16. Jeremy Spencer - Precious Little (4:29)
Disc 2
  1. Magic Slim & The Teardrops - I'm A Bluesman (4:59)
  2. John Mooney - She Ain't No Good (4:21)
  3. Harper - Last Cup Of Coffee (3:36)
  4. Mighty Joe Young - As The Years Go Passing By (4:41)
  5. Willie "Big Eyes" Smith & Kim Wilson - Believe Me (4:21)
  6. Nick Curran & The Nitelifes - Beautiful Girl (2:31)
  7. Hamilton Loomis - No No No (3:48)
  8. Albert Cummings - Say You Love Me (4:28)
  9. Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers - Moving In A West Coast Way (4:46)
  10. E.C. Scott - Sweet Man Of Mine (3:24)
  11. Norton Buffalo & Roy Rogers - All I Want (3:39)
  12. Deanna Bogart - Real Time (3:53)
  13. George "Harmonica" Smith - Blowing The Blues (4:14)
  14. Bill Perry - Leavin' Home (4:25)
  15. Pinetop Perkins - After Hours (4:09)
  16. Otis Clay - Nickel And A Nail (4:59)
  17. Dr. Duke Tumatoe - Moanin' After Blues (2:53)
Disc 3
  1. Tommy Castro - Can't Keep A Good Man Down On DVD only
  2. Popa Chubby - If The Diesel Don't Get You Then The Jet Fuel Will On DVD only
  3. Magic Slim & The Teardrops - Goin' To Mississippi On DVD only
  4. Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers - Tough & Tender On DVD only
  5. Reverend Billy C. Wirtz - Female Problems On DVD only
  6. Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - My Heart's In Texas On DVD only
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Jeremy Spencer
Precious Little

Precious Little
BPCD 5106
Genre: Blues
Released: 18 July 2006
No longer available
  1. Bitter Lemon (4:05)
  2. Psychic Waste (4:21)
  3. It Hurts Me Too (4:50)
  4. Please Don't Stop (2:49)
  5. Serene Serena (4:44)
  6. Dr. J (3:56)
  7. Bleeding Heart (4:48)
  8. Many Sparrows (2:23)
  9. Trouble and Woe (4:19)
  10. Maria De Santiago (3:55)
  11. Take And Give (2:23)
  12. Precious Little (4:30)
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Albert Cummings
Working Man

Working Man
BPCD 5105
Genre: Blues
Released: 18 July 2006
No longer available
  1. Workin' Man Blues (4:02)
  2. Say You Love Me (4:33)
  3. I Feel Good (3:50)
  4. Girls To Shame (4:52)
  5. Let Me Be (5:37)
  6. Feeling End (4:30)
  7. Party Right Here (3:17)
  8. I'm Free (5:05)
  9. First Day (3:33)
  10. I'm On My Way (4:51)
  11. Rumors (4:56)
  12. Please (3:35)
  13. Please (3:35)
  14. Last Dance (4:19)
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Bill Perry
Don't Know Nothing About Love

BPCD 5104
Genre: Blues
Released: 18 July 2006
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  1. Let Me love You (4:35)
  2. My Baby Loves To Dance (4:19)
  3. Hello Josephine (4:08)
  4. I Don't Know Nothin' Bout Love (3:48)
  5. Ball Of Confusion (4:06)
  6. Leavin' Home (5:15)
  7. Down In New Orleans (5:29)
  8. She's A Burglar (3:24)
  9. Accuse Me Of Lyin' (3:47)
  10. Can't Afford to Die (4:58)
  11. Waitin' For My Luck To Change (2:47)
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Smokin Joe Kubek & Bnois King
My Heart's In Texas DVD

My Heart
BPDVD 6007
Genre: Blues
Released: 20 June 2006
  1. Burnin' To the Ground
  2. I Saw It Coming
  3. Crazy World
  4. My Heart's In Texas
  5. Tell Me Why
  6. Better Be Getting It On
  7. Where I Want To Be
  8. She's Too Busy
  9. I Need More
  10. Make It Right
  11. Healthy Man

Magic Slim & The Teardrops
Anything Can Happen DVD

Anything Can Happen DVD
BPDVD 6003
Genre: Blues
Released: 20 June 2006
  1. I'm A Bluesman
  2. The Man You Need
  3. Goin' To Mississippi
  4. Please Don't Dog Me
  5. Mind Your Own Business
  6. I Ain't Lookin For No Love
  7. You Got To Play
  8. I Need Lovin'
  9. Shake It
  10. Crazy Woman
  11. I Don't Believe You Baby
  12. Black Tornado

Popa Chubby
Stealing The Devils Guitar

Stealing The Devils Guitar
BPCD 5103
Genre: Blues
Released: 20 June 2006
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  1. Slide Devil Man Slide
  2. Smugglers Game
  3. Back In My Baby's Arms
  4. Right On
  5. In This World
  6. Kinda Dicey
  7. Young Guns
  8. Buffalo Chips
  9. long Deep Hard and Wide
  10. Why Can't I Have You
  11. Virgil and Smokey
  12. Preacher Man
  13. The Devil's Guitar
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Smokin Joe Kubek & Bnois King
My Heart's In Texas

My Heart
BPCD 5102
Genre: Blues
Released: 20 June 2006
  1. Introduction
  2. Burnin' To The Ground
  3. I Saw It Coming
  4. Where I Want To be
  5. My Heart's In Texas
  6. Tell Me Why
  7. Better Be Getting it On
  8. Make It Right
  9. She's too Busy
  10. Boogie On Down
  11. That's Alright
  12. Healthy Man

Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers
The Essential Jimmy Thackery

The Essential Jimmy Thackery
BPCD 8008
Genre: Blues
Released: 28 February 2006

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  1. Mercury Blues (4:03)
  2. Trouble Man (4:25)
  3. Detroit Iron (5:00)
  4. Sinner Streets (4:14)
  5. Cool Guitars (3:42)
  6. It's My Own Fault (6:31)
  7. Empty Arms Motel (3:30)
  8. Drive To Survive (4:09)
  9. Jump For Jerry (3:44)
  10. Dancing On Broken Glass (3:56)
  11. I'll Come Running Back (6:12)
  12. Wild Night Out (4:59)
  13. Jimmy's Detroit Boogie (6:14)
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Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
Sermon From Bethlehem DVD

Sermon From Bethlehem DVD
BPDVD 6006
Genre: Blues
Released: 28 February 2006
  1. Introduction To Cousin Cupcake
  2. Cousin Cupcake's Got The Blues
  3. Do The Toleration
  4. Female Problems
  5. The King & I
  6. Grandma VS The Crusher
  7. Granny's At The Wheel
  8. A Testimonial
  9. How I Learned To Sing The Blues
  10. Roberta
  11. The Reverend's Homily To The Faithful
  12. The Visitor
  13. Sadies Big Beaver
  14. Mennonite Surf Party
  15. Reverend Billy's Top Nine
  16. Credits

Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
Sermon From Bethlehem

Sermon From Bethlehem
BPCD 5101
Genre: Blues
Released: 28 February 2006
  1. Introduction (:31)
  2. Rockin' With The Rev (1:58)
  3. Sleeper Hold On Satan (4:21)
  4. Cousin Cupcake's Got The Blues (4:10)
  5. Do The Toleration (2:45)
  6. Jerry Rig (2:44)
  7. Female Problems (5:17)
  8. The King & I (3:36)
  9. Grandma Vs The Crusher (3:50)
  10. Pipeliner Blues (2:55)
  11. What I Used To Do All Night (3:16)
  12. The Visitor (3:43)
  13. Last Date (1:40)
  14. Whole Lot Of Shakin' Goin' On (2:40)

Tommy Castro
Whole Lotta Soul DVD

Whole Lotta Soul DVD
BPDVD 6005
Genre: Blues
Released: 22 November 2005

Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers
Big Blues Party DVD

Big Blues Party DVD
BPDVD 6004
Genre: Blues
Released: 22 November 2005

Elvin Bishop
Gettin' My Groove Back

BPCD 5100
Genre: Blues
Released: 6 September 2005
No longer available
  1. What The Hell Is Goin On
  2. I'm So Glad
  3. Sweet Dreams
  4. That's My Thing
  5. Blues Train
  6. He's A Dog
  7. Got To Be New Orleans
  8. Come On Blues
  9. Party 'Til The Cows Come Home
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Renee Austin
Right About Love

Right About Love
BPCD 5099
Genre: Blues
Released: 6 September 2005
  1. Mouth Of The Delta
  2. Harder Than It Has To Be
  3. Right About Love
  4. U-Haul
  5. Thank You Card
  6. Meant To Be
  7. Strangers On A Train
  8. Bugs
  9. Chicken Coop
  10. That's Alright
  11. That's Alright
  12. Mister Cowboy

Magic Slim & The Teardrops
Anything Can Happen

Anything Can Happen
BPCD 5098
Genre: Blues
Released: 6 September 2005

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  1. I'm A Bluesman
  2. The Man You Need
  3. Goin' To Mississippi
  4. Black Tornado
  5. Black Tornado
  6. Please Don't Dog Me
  7. I Need Lovin'
  8. Mind Your Own Business
  9. Still A Fool
  10. Shake It
  11. Don't Believe You Baby
  12. Get Your Business Straight
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Otis Clay
Recorded Live At The Lucerne Blues Festival

Recorded Live At The Lucerne Blues Festival
BPCD 5095
Genre: Blues
Released: 22 March 2005
No longer available
  1. Introduction (0:11)
  2. You're The One (4:55)
  3. When Hearts Grow Cold (5:55)
  4. Nickel And A Nail (6:45)
  5. Sho Wasn't Me (5:58)
  6. For The Good Times (8:18)
  7. I Can Take You To Heaven Tonight (5:20)
  8. Amen/This Little Light Of Mine (4:07)
  9. Love & Happiness (2:29)
  10. I Just Wanna Testify (4:17)
  11. Respect Yourself (4:25)
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Tommy Castro
Soul Shaker

Soul Shaker
BPCD 5094
Genre: Blues
Released: 1 February 2005
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  1. Just Like Me
  2. Let's Give Love A Try
  3. Anytime Soon
  4. What You Gonna Do Now?
  5. The Next Right Thing
  6. Soul Shaker
  7. No One Left To Lie To
  8. Wake Up Call
  9. The Holdin' On
  10. Take Me Off The Road
  11. The Crossanova
  12. Big Love
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Bill Perry
Raw Deal

Raw Deal
BPCD 5093
Genre: Blues
Released: 31 August 2004
  1. Bluesman (3:27)
  2. Big Ass Green Van (4:20)
  3. Harlem Child (2:53)
  4. Live On (4:23)
  5. Another Man (4:00)
  6. Terrorists (3:42)
  7. Going Down To Memphis (4:05)
  8. Til The Money Runs Out (3:14)
  9. Paper Dragons (3:42)
  10. Man On The Side (3:37)
  11. Gotta Serve Somebody (7:22)

If This Is Love...I'd Rather Have The Blues

If This Is Love...I
BPCD 8007
Genre: Blues
Released: 2 March 2004
  1. Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers - Cool Guitars (3:42)
  2. Debbie Davies - Wrong Man For Me (4:58)
  3. John Mooney - Brand New Woman (4:09)
  4. Studebaker John & The Hawks - Two Time Boogie (3:59)
  5. E.C. Scott - Before Quick Can Get Ready (4:40)
  6. Chris Cain - Middle Name Is Trouble (3:04)
  7. Big Bill Morganfield - Left Alone (2:54)
  8. Renee Austin - Bury The Hatchet (4:20)
  9. Lloyd Jones - Treat Me Like The Dog I Am (3:32)
  10. Nick Curran & The Nitelifes - Shot Down (3:10)
  11. Chris Cain - You're The Kind Of Woman That Ain't That Hard To Find (4:16)
  12. Arthur Adams - Who Does She Think She Is (3:31)
  13. Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers - You Came Back To Me (3:42)

White Line Flyers

White Line Flyers
BPCD 8006
Genre: Blues
Released: 2 March 2004
  1. Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers - Mercury Blues (4:13)
  2. John Mooney - Gone To Hell (3:43)
  3. Arthur Adams - Back On Track (3:36)
  4. Johnny Shines & Snooky Pryor - Cool Driver (3:07)
  5. Deborah Coleman - Goodbye Misery (3:22)
  6. Magic Slim & The Teardrops - Magic Boogie (3:19)
  7. Studebaker John & The Hawks - On This Highway (3:40)
  8. Chris Cain - Moving Back To Memphis (2:59)
  9. Hamilton Loomis - 99 Miles (4:34)
  10. Preacher Boy - I Won't Be There (2:02)
  11. Lloyd Jones - Highway Rider (3:14)
  12. Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88's - Solid Gold Cadillac (3:04)
  13. Studebaker John & The Hawks - Rolling & Tumbling Around (4:47)
  14. Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers - Drive To Survive (4:11)
  15. Big Bill Morganfield & Taj Mahal - You're Gonna Miss Me (3:27)

Bare Blues

Bare Blues
BPCD 8005
Genre: Blues
Released: 2 March 2004
  1. Eddie C. Campbell - Hey The Blues Is All Right (2:31)
  2. Charlie Musselwhite - Chicago Sunset (3:37)
  3. Deanna Bogart & Danny Gatton - Ethel's Place (3:55)
  4. Bill Perry - Morning Spiritual (3:51)
  5. Chris Cain - Gin & Soda (4:13)
  6. Mr. B & J.C. Heard - Little Brother (4:23)
  7. Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band - Luziana Feelin' (4:20)
  8. Magic Slim & The Teardrops - Black Tornado (2:54)
  9. Tommy Castro - Hycodan (4:31)
  10. Willie "Big Eyes" Smith & Kim Wilson - WSKW Special (3:35)
  11. Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88's - Bonin' (3:51)
  12. Bob Margolin - Consolation (3:30)
  13. Nick Curran & The Nitelifes - Stompin' At The Fort (2:35)
  14. Chicago Rhythm & Blues King - Mo-Too-Do-Loo (4:28)
  15. Walter Horton - Skip It (2:50)

Bill Perry
Crazy Kind Of Life

Crazy Kind Of Life
BPCD 5078
Genre: Blues
Released: 15 October 2002

Bill Perry
Fire It Up

Fire It Up
BPCD 5069
Genre: Blues
Released: 22 May 2001

Jimmy Rogers
Feelin' Good

BPCD 5018
Genre: Blues
Released: 2 July 1995
  1. Rock This House (3:25)
  2. You're So Sweet (2:52)
  3. Harp Throb (3:18)
  4. Angel Child (3:29)
  5. You Don't Know (3:25)
  6. Slick Chick (2:21)
  7. Sharp Harp (3:28)
  8. Blue And Lonesome (4:30)
  9. Chicago Bound (2:20)
  10. Tricky Woman (3:18)
  11. St. Louis (3:28)
  12. Rock With You Baby (4:26)

Tommy Castro
The Essential

The Essential
BPCD 8004
Genre: Blues
  1. Can't Keep A Good Man Down (3:59)
  2. Exception To The Rule (3:27)
  3. Lucky In Love (3:56)
  4. The Girl Can't Help It (3:08)
  5. Just A Man (5:04)
  6. Had Enough (4:53)
  7. Nasty Habits (4:00)
  8. Sho' Enough (3:59)
  9. Take The Highway Down (4:29)
  10. Right As Rain (4:20)
  11. Hycodan (4:30)
  12. Nobody Loves Me Like My Baby (3:46)

Blind Pig; Prime Chops Vol 3

Blind Pig; Prime Chops Vol 3
BPCD 8003
Genre: Blues

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  1. Coco Montoya - Gotta Mind To Travel (4:00)
  2. Jimmy Rogers - Rock This House (3:25)
  3. Debbie Davies - Wrong Man For Me (4:58)
  4. Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers - Trouble Man (4:25)
  5. Roy Rogers & Norton Buffalo - You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond (3:45)
  6. Charlie Musselwhite - Pistol In Your Face (4:06)
  7. Chris Cain - Don't Let The Same Dog Bite You Twice (4:18)
  8. Studebaker John And The Hawks - For Lovin' You (4:19)
  9. Smokey Wilson - Howlin' For My Darlin' (4:03)
  10. Gospel Hummingbirds - Great Change (3:20)
  11. Frankie Lee - What's The Matter Baby (3:49)
  12. Mitch Woods And His Rocket 88s - Shakin' The Shack (3:42)
  13. E.C. Scott - I've Got Love On The Line (3:54)
  14. Preacher Boy And The Natural Blues - Dead, Boy (3:36)
  15. Luther Allison - Serious (4:59)
  16. Jimmy Thackery & John Mooney - Oh Louise (3:12)
  17. Eddie C. Campbell - That's When I Know (4:15)
  18. Willie "Big Eyes" Smith - Tell Me Mama (3:37)
  19. Chubby Carrier - Turn On Your Love Light (3:23)
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Blind Pig; Prime Chops Vol 2

Blind Pig; Prime Chops Vol 2
BPCD 8002
Genre: Blues

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  1. Debbie Davies - Don't Take Advantage Of Me (4:34)
  2. Jimmy Thackery And The Drivers - Last Night (4:25)
  3. Carey Bell - Mellow Down Easy (2:52)
  4. Joanna Connor - Texas (5:18)
  5. Roy Rogers And Norton Buffalo - Ain't No Bread In The Breadbox (3:35)
  6. Gospel Hummingbirds - Judgement Day (3:34)
  7. Little Mike And The Tornadoes - What About Love (3:36)
  8. Eddy Clearwater - Crossover (4:18)
  9. Roosevelt Sykes - Too Smart Too Soon (3:35)
  10. John Mooney - Take A Walk Around The Corner (3:45)
  11. Johnny Shines & Snooky Pryor - Cool Driver (3:03)
  12. Al Rapone - Yvette U. B. Dancin' (2:58)
  13. Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s - Solid Gold Cadillac (3:00)
  14. Chris Cain Band - Pick Up The Tab (3:25)
  15. Walter Horton - Walter's Swing (4:16)
  16. Roy Rogers - Black Cat Bone (3:25)
  17. Deanna Bogart - Beat Me Daddy (Eight To The Bar) (2:45)
  18. Magic Slim - Cold Women With Warm Hearts (3:28)
  19. Otis Clay - Have Mercy Jesus (3:38)
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Popa Chubby
Big Man Big Guitar DVD

Big Man Big Guitar DVD
BPDVD 6002
Genre: Blues
  1. Un-American Blues
  2. I Can't See The Light Of Day
  3. Top Ten Reasons Why I Can't Sleep At Night
  4. Young Men
  5. Life Is A Beatdown
  6. Dirty Lie
  7. If The Diesel Don't Get You Then The Jet Fuel Will
  8. Somebody Let The Devil Out

Popa Chubby
Big Man Big Guitar Popa Chubby Live

Big Man Big Guitar Popa Chubby Live
BPCD 5097
Genre: Blues
  1. Hey Joe (6:13)
  2. Dirty Lie (7:27)
  3. Back Door Man (6:48)
  4. I Can't See The Light Of Day (7:10)
  5. If The Diesel Don't Get You Then The Jet Fuel Will (5:22)
  6. Sweet Goddess Of Love And Beer (6:16)
  7. Motorcycle Mama (6:54)
  8. Somebody Let The Devil Out (5:51)
  9. Hallelujah (6:50)
  10. Keep On The Sunny Side (4:07)
  11. Time Is Killing Me (6:26)
  12. How'd A White Boy Get The Blues (3:10)

Down To The Rhythm

Down To The Rhythm
BPCD 5096
Genre: Roots
  1. Down To The Rhythm
  2. Big Brown Land
  3. Last Cup Of Coffee
  4. Something Happened Here Last Night
  5. Gimme The Money
  6. I'll Follow You
  7. I've Been Waiting
  8. Air
  9. I Believed In You
  10. The World Starts Loving You

Albert Cummings
True To Yourself

True To Yourself
BPCD 5092
Genre: Blues
  1. Man On Your Mind (3:55)
  2. Work It Out (4:18)
  3. Come Up For Air (3:56)
  4. Blues Makes Me Feel So Good (3:18)
  5. Where Did I Go Wrong (2:58)
  6. Your Sweet Love (5:09)
  7. Sleep (4:13)
  8. Separately (5:21)
  9. Lonely Bed (7:36)
  10. Follow Your Soul (3:47)

Nick Curran & The Nitelifes

BPCD 5091
Genre: Blues
  1. Player (2:42)
  2. Honey Bee (2:32)
  3. What About Love (2:21)
  4. Evenin' (3:13)
  5. She's Evil (3:41)
  6. The Groovy Jam (2:59)
  7. No Fun (4:16)
  8. The Stalker (3:21)
  9. Down Boy Down (2:49)
  10. Leavin' (4:29)
  11. Good Luck (3:38)
  12. Come Back (2:44)
  13. Crazy Mixed Up World (4:08)
  14. Heeby Jeebies (2:35)