Post Tagged with: "Chess Records"

I Heard The Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel from the Nashboro Label (1951-83)

The story of the Nashboro record label shines a light at the intersection of music, commerce and faith.

Gimme Five: Duke Robillard on solo sides, dates with Tom Waits and Herb Ellis

On this special edition of Something Else! Reviews’ One Track Mind, we hand the reins over to blues legend Duke Robillard, founder of Roomful of Blues and former member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Half Notes: George Thorogood and the Destroyers – 2120 South Michigan Ave. (2011)

On “Willie Dixon’s Gone,” one of two originals on George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ brand new 2120 South Michigan Ave. album, George sings, “rock is inside my head but blues is in my heart,” and that nicely sums up the music of his entire career. Here we are in 2011, thirty-four years his first album and little has changed. AndRead More

Bob Margolin on Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy,” “Blues for Bartenders,” others: Gimme Five

Bob Margolin on Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy,” “Blues for Bartenders,” others: Gimme Five

Bob Margolin discusses his role in Muddy Waters’ final sessions, takes on an early side from Chuck Berry, and then disagrees on one of our favorite solo deep cuts.

Howlin' Wolf – Live and Cookin' at Alice's Revisited (1972, reissue)

Howlin' Wolf – Live and Cookin' at Alice's Revisited (1972, reissue)

by Nick DeRiso Howlin’ Wolf, posthumously inducted into the Blues Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 1980 and then the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, had no right to rock it like this. Not after what he had been through. By the time of his 1972 date at Chicago’s Alice’s Revisited, he had suffered numerous heart attacks. TwoRead More

Big Apple Blues – Brooklyn Blues (2010)

Big Apple Blues – Brooklyn Blues (2010)

by Nick DeRiso Big Apple Blues came by this vintage sound honestly. They put down tracks for Brooklyn Blues in an old hometown studio, Excello Recording, playing live before analog equipment on throwback instruments. Then they picked out a series of cuts by giants of the genre. Included on this Stone Tone release are covers of songs by Chess RecordsRead More

Howlin’ Wolf – Ain’t Gonna Be Your Dog (1994)

It’s not hard to imagine that Howlin’ Wolf, born Chester Arthur Burnett (1910-1976), was a man who was better known and made a greater impact than the U.S. president he was named after. His influence is greater than any Chicago blues man save for friend and sometimes rival Muddy Waters and the homage to his music can be heard beyondRead More

Kim Wilson – Lookin’ For Trouble (2003)

If you recall how the Fabulous Thunderbirds sounded early on, before “Tuff Enuff” and all that, they were a throwback to the vintage blues-rock bands. Not of the sixties, mind you, but of the fifties. Back in the day when rock ‘n’ roll had just spun off of the electric blues but the differences between the two were still barelyRead More

Lists: Blues harmonica players Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Paul Butterfield

1) Little Walter, “His Best”First gaining fame as a member of Muddy Waters band, Marksville, La.-native Little Walter pioneered the amplified harp sound that is often imitated but has not since been duplicated. Chess Records (now part of MCA) released a “Best” series that rank as one of the best compilation projects in the history of the blues. Walter’s setRead More