Monday, April 30, 2018


“Don’t let your friends turn you against me, baby . . .” begins Doug Sahm’s 1973 cover of the 1962 Bobby Bland hit. “. . . They ain’t giving you one red copper cent. . . .” And so begins our 17th installment of the long lived Blue Monday series which first appeared long ago as The Blues What Am and somewhere along the way took on the equally clichéd series moniker it bears today. No worries . . . we strive to give you the best cliché-free blues we can find, even when they’re not blues per se. Stay with us for the next 12 weeks as we seek to spin more than a copper cent’s worth of the best in Blue Monday blues.

Doug Sahm • Your Friends • 1973

Get it: Doug Sahm and Band / Texas Tornado / Groovers Paradise

Friday, April 27, 2018


Hard to believe this cover of “Fortune Teller” went nowhere at the time of release. It’s certainly high up on the Blues All Kinds charts. . . .

Tony Jackson with The Vibrations • Fortune Teller • 1965

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Here’s our favorite of all the versions of this song we’ve ever heard. . . .

Little Esther Phillips • Release Me • 1962

Monday, April 23, 2018


Last week we heard Bobby Bland’s 1960 version of this much recorded song. Here’s Jimmie Rodgers’ take from 30 years earlier.

Jimmie Rodgers • Those Gambler’s Blues • 1930

Friday, April 20, 2018


This is the track that started the whole Last Man Standing thing back in 2006, which led to two more albums of big stars sitting in with The Killer. Not that he needed the help. Last Man Standing came out a few days before Jerry’s 71st birthday; the followup, Mean Old Man, was released the same month he turned 75; and the latest, Rock & Roll Time, arrived in his 79th year. It wouldn’t be a surprise to hear there’s another album around the corner. Jerry Lee Lewis remains, vitally, one of the greats and, at least for now, he just about is the last man standing.

Jerry Lee Lewis with Jimmy Page • Rock and Roll • 2006

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018


Another great Pacific Northwest group, Paul Bearer and the Hearsemen (get it?), recorded on the Wailers’ Etiquette label. That’s our boys on the CD cover below. . . .

Paul Bearer & The Hearsemen • I’ve Been Thinking • 1966

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Monday, April 09, 2018


Tommy & The Derbys • Standin’ In My Way • 1965

Friday, April 06, 2018

Monday, April 02, 2018


Memphis Minnie’s few postwar recordings are just as tough as they come and her amplified guitar playing is as different as can be from her acoustic duet accompaniments with Kansas Joe from the 20s and 30s, but still just as affecting (imho, of course).

Memphis Minnie • World Of Trouble • 1953