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S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2017  (Part 1 of 4, Non-Jazz): Taj Mahal/Keb’ Mo’, Blackfield, Arto Lindsay

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2017 (Part 1 of 4, Non-Jazz): Taj Mahal/Keb’ Mo’, Blackfield, Arto Lindsay

Even in my jazz-centric world, I can come upon enough standout non-jazz records to put together a decent-sized Best of 2017 list.

Left Lane Cruiser’s Bring Yo’ Ass to the Table amped up North Mississippi blues

Left Lane Cruiser’s Bring Yo’ Ass to the Table amped up North Mississippi blues

Released 10 years ago this week, Left Lane Cruiser’s ‘Bring Yo’ Ass to the Table’ lunges straight for your soul and puts a stranglehold on it.

Denise LaSalle, Soul-Blues Belter (1939-2018): An Appreciation

Denise LaSalle, Soul-Blues Belter (1939-2018): An Appreciation

We loved the sexy, hard-as-nails Denise LaSalle for creating a series of titanic grooves, and also because we were never certain that she couldn’t have kicked our ass.

Rockie Charles, “I Just Called To Wish You A Merry Christmas” from Born For You (1996): One Track Mind

Rockie Charles, “I Just Called To Wish You A Merry Christmas” from Born For You (1996): One Track Mind

The late New Orleans soul-blues great Rockie Charles stashed a dandy little Christmas treat deep within his terrific 1996 ‘Born For You’ LP.

Jerry Granelli, feat. Bill Frisell and Robben Ford – Dance Hall (2017)

Jerry Granelli, feat. Bill Frisell and Robben Ford – Dance Hall (2017)

At a young seventy-six years old, Jerry Granelli still pushes forward even when his muse beckons him back, as it does for the Bill Frisell/Robben Ford reunion ‘Dance Hall.’

The Wood Brothers, “River Takes the Town” from One Drop Of Truth (2018): One Track Mind

The Wood Brothers, “River Takes the Town” from One Drop Of Truth (2018): One Track Mind

Right at the time southeastern Texas was beset by a major hurricane in late summer of 2017, the Wood Brothers recorded a song that perfectly captures that catastrophic time in their signature folksy manner.

Jonny Lang – Signs (2017)

Jonny Lang – Signs (2017)

Older, wiser and brimming with confidence, Jonny Lang makes his strongest case yet for his early fans who fell in love with that high school phenom to come running back to him. In 2017, ‘Signs’ fulfills the promise of 1997.

Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ – Tajmo (2017)

Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ – Tajmo (2017)

With Taj Mahal and Keb Mo’s ‘Tajmo,’ you have two folk/blues legends, two generations – and one marvelous meeting.

Robert Cray – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (2017)

Robert Cray – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (2017)

Though mainly thought of as a premium blues singer and guitarist, I tend to see Robert Cray as part of a long line of great soul men.

Dated: 01/09/2008
Blues star Eric Bibb records a song for his forthcoming new album using the guitar previously owned by Blues legend Bukka White.

Eric Bibb – Migration Blues (2017)

Eric Bibb’s awareness-raising ‘Migration Blues’ soothes the soul as it kindles the mind.

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