Monday, February 16, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 3

LINER NOTES

Blues, color and kind. Eighteen top pops from the past half century of blue-filtered listening, and yet a mere ladleful from an ocean of big blue diamonds.

Further on down the road from the first two parts of Blues What Am, rather than follow a strict chronological survey in terms of discovery of various wonderful folk and blues performances it has been our choice to present a number of blue-tinged recordings from all over the American popular musical spectrum: archaic voicings glancing off the primordial runoff of obscure Appalachian wellsprings to a relatively up-to-the-minute revisitation of a World War II ballad by the Queen of Soul herself. In-between we hear everyone from the Dixie Hummingbirds and Lonnie Mack to Odetta and Fred McDowell setting forth their own recountings of that universal cri de coeur known so well to us all. —liner notes by “Little” Fats Terminal, station KFCK, Lompoc, CA




Sonny Boy Williamson • The Key (To Your Door) • 1959


Sonny Boy Williamson, vocal/harmonica; Robert Lockwood Jr., Luther Tucker, guitars; Willie Dixon, bass;
Fred Below, drums. Chicago, 7 August 1956

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