The Melvins at BB’s Magic Jukebox are going to take a couple weeks off from all their musical mayhem and split personality hi-jinks. This will be the last post, most likely, until early June, though a few more may appear in the next few days. The various Melvins hope you will sit tight, visit some of their other favorites like The Singing Bones, Be Bop Wino, The Hound, well, actually all the various blogs listed off to the right, and be ready for some more soup to nuts selections next month. Until then. . . .
Here we are back again with a second* installment of fifties Chicago blues. Featuring seven tunes from the early- to mid-fifties, we start out with Johnny Shines’ fabulous slide driven cover of Robert Johnson’s “Walking Blues,” retitled “Ramblin’” followed by Little Walter’s second Checker single, the atmospheric “Mean Old World,” with a rhythm section made up of the Myers brothers, Louis and Dave, and Fred Below. Little Walter is followed by the full sound of Big Walter Horton’s “Hard Hearted Woman,” featuring a couple of tenor saxes in addition to Walter’s amplified harp. Jimmy Reed’s first record, from 1953, “High And Lonesome” has John Brim on guitar and possibly Albert King on drums. Little Walter makes another appearance playing harmonica on John Brim’s “Rattlesnake.” J. B. Hutto and His Hawks come crashing in with a primitive, Elmore James-derived “Dim Lights,” and we round out this playlist with eighteen year old Junior Wells and his classic “Hoodoo Man,” misspelled on the original label as “Hodo Man.”