Monday, July 06, 2015


Liner Notes

Welcome, music lovers, to Volume 5 of our long living Blues What Am series. This issue, Volume 5, is known as our “guitar special,” featuring the fabulous fretwork of such guitar giants as Betty James and Earl Hooker, though they are unrelated to their more famous namesakes, but shouldn’t stop a savvy listener from recognizing their nonpareil talents. Also on board are the very great blues artists B. B. King, Crying Sam Collins, and Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, as well as a number of others equally regarded as the best of the best. We expect this series to run for several weeks and look forward to your enthusiastic comments before it runs its course and is subsumed by its ironic and electronic follow-up, Volume Six.  —Melvin Kukai Cowznofski

Earl Hooker • Two Bugs and a Roach • 1968

Earl Hooker, vocal/guitar; Andrew “B.B. Jr.” Odom, vocal; Pinetop Perkins, piano; Gino Skaggs, bass; Willie Williams, drums. Chicago, 14 November 1968

Hear Earl and B.B. Jr. try to “kill that bug” on Two Bugs and a Roach, available on both CD and vinyl LP.

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