Songlines: ‘Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday is just as Bad’ Part 2

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers – Eric Clapton & Peter Green In 1965 new recordings of T-Bone Walker’s song were released in the U.K. in August, September and October see Part 1). There was also a live performance of the song by John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers caught on tape in early November, though it wouldn’t see […]

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Songlines: ‘Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday is just as Bad’ Part 1

Enshrined in the Grammy, Rock and Roll and the Blues Foundation’s Halls of Fame, as well as the U.S. Library of Congress’ National Recording Legacy, T-Bone Walker’s ‘Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday is just as Bad’* is an acknowledged foundation stone in the development of blues and rock ‘n roll. Not bad for a […]

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Song Lines:

Walter Horton recordings of ‘If It Ain’t Me’ / ‘Baby I Need Your Love’ / ‘I Need Your Love’ / ‘That Ain’t It’ April 2021 marks the centennial of Walter Horton’s birth (April 06, 1921). While not as celebrated as Little Walter or either of the two Sonny Boys, this has less to do with […]

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A History of ‘Homework’ – Part 2

When Otis Rush joined the 1966 American Folk Blues Festival European tour, he had not released a record under his own name in four years. Prior to that tour, he had only two songs released in the U.K.; ‘So Many Roads, So Many Trains’ had appeared on the Pye International Chess compilation “The Blues, Volume […]

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A History of ‘Homework’ – Part 1

A History of ‘Homework’ – Part 1

Worst.  Blog. Title.  Ever. I know, I know – but I wanted to write about the Otis Rush classic and some of it’s many, many covers over the years. Having had a single released under his own name (apparently the label’s last, although I don’t think the two are related) in 1961, Al Perkins’ luck […]

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The Roots of Danny Kirwan’s ‘Like Crying’

Jigsaw Puzzle Blues – On March 04, 2020, Ismael Flores added another piece to the puzzle when he posted this incredible find on the Danny Kirwan (Original Fleetwood Mac) Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/939494226089879/: Buddy Boy Hawkins – Shaggy Dog Blues – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP355jAGyaY Hawkins is something of a musical apparition; although we know what he looked like, […]

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Wolf Tracks –

‘How Many More Years’ / ‘No Place to Go’ / ‘You Gonna Wreck My Life’ Chester Burnett’s first record, ‘Moanin’ At Midnight’ backed with ‘How Many More Years’, was recorded by Sam Phillips at the Memphis Recording Studio in Tennessee in July of 1951.  It was a rare two-sided hit with ‘How Many More Years’ […]

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Songlines – ‘Have You Ever Had the Blues’

This is the first of what I hope will be an ongoing series where we can explore a song as it evolves through other artists’ interpretations. If a number is fortunate enough to be huge hit upon release, it may garner a large number of covers right away.  Most times, an artist releases a song […]

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