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STACKHOUSE RECORDING COMPANY CDs $9.98 each.
Stackhouse Recording Company was founded in 2004 to continue the mission of Rooster Blues Records when Rooster Blues fell dormant. Its name comes from the record store, gift shop and recording studio I once co-owned in Clarksdale, Mississippi. I was co-owner of Rooster Blues (first in Chicago and later in Mississippi) until it was sold to Rob Johnson in 1999.
SRC-1910 Keep It To Yourself – Arkansas Blues, Volume One: Solo Performances. 1976 field recordings by guitarists CeDell Davis (who also plays harmonica), W.C. Clay, Mack White, Herbert Wilson, Nelson Carson, and Willie Moore, pianist Trenton Cooper, and a cappella vocalist Reola Jackson. This was first released on LP in 1983 as Rooster Blues R7605. This album features the first recordings released in the U.S. by future Fat Possum artist CeDell Davis. Reola Jackson's song recorded at the state prison – you can hear the sound of a cell door closing. The album was selected as an Outstanding Folk Recording by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.
W.C. Clay, Vocal & Guitar (23 May 1976, Elaine, Arkansas): King Biscuit Time – Opening Theme; Keep It To Yourself; Someday Baby Blues; Standing At My Window; Reola Jackson, Vocal (26 March 1976, Cummins Prison Women’s Unit, Varner, Arkansas): I’ll Take Care Of You; Nelson Carson, Guitar & Commentary (12 May 1976, Shelter Club, Texarkana, Arkansas): Roaring Twenties Rag; Hill Country Blues; Mack White, Vocal & Guitar (12 June 1976, Winchester, Arkansas): Old Time March; Willie Wright, Vocal & Guitar (7 April 1976, Sweet Home, Arkansas): John Henry; Standing Around Crying; Willie Moore, Vocal & Guitar (25 April 1976, Jungle Hutt, Pine Bluff, Arkansas): Willie’s Blues; Herbert Wilson, Vocal & Guitar (5 May 1976, White Swan Café, Helena, Arkansas): Hello Central; Trenton Cooper, Piano (9 June 1976, University Of Arkansas At Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Arkansas): That’s Boogie!; Educator’s Blues; Fish Tail Theme; CeDell Davis, Vocal & Guitar/Harmonica# (24 March, 31 March(+) 1976, Pine Bluff, Arkansas): Let Me Play With Your Poodle; Lonely Nights (+); Big G Boogie (#); How Much More; Willie Wright, Vocal & Guitar (7 April 1976, Sweet Home, Arkansas); The Natchez Burning; W.C. Clay, Vocal & Guitar (23 May 1976, Elaine, Arkansas): What’d I Say; King Biscuit Time – Closing Theme
SRC-1911 Memphis Gold: Prodigal Son. Self-produced CD, copyright Chet Chandler, rereleased by Stackhouse Recording Company. One of the best blues CDs of recent years – not soul-blues, not blues-rock, and not the same old blues either. Memphis Gold is singer-guitarist-harmonica player Chester “K.D.” Chandler, protégé of Rev. Robert Wilkins of “Prodigal Son” fame and former member of the Fieldstones in Memphis. Now based in the Virginia/Washington D.C. area, Memphis Gold is joined on this CD by D.C. area harp players Phil Wiggins and Charlie Sayles, with Willie Hicks, Apaulo Trinidada and others on bass, L. Warren Weatherspoon, Pete Ragusa and others on drums, Kurt Gibbons on keyboards and organ, and Lorenzo Johnson on congas. Tracks include Don’t Let Her Ride, Crabcakes, Big Leg Woman, Prodigal Son, Chicken It, Preacher Blues, Test Drive That Woman, Melt Down Baby, Bedroom Mumba, et al.
SRC-1912 Foree “Guitar” Wells & The Walnut Street Blues Band: It’s A New Day, Brother! Foree Wells, the Godfather of the Louisville blues scene, sported a guitar style influenced by Gatemouth Brown, B.B. King, Pee Wee Crayton, and Louisville axe man Arthur “Eggie” Porter. Those influences are evident on "It’s a New Day, Brother!," along with tracks that dip into vintage Santana and Allman Brothers territory. During the 1950s and 1960s Wells played on sessions for Sun in Memphis and Excello and other labels in Nashville, backing Rosco Gordon, Arthur Gunter, the Marigolds, Crown Prince Waterford, Sonny Fishback and others. Wells’ sons formed the core of the Walnut Street Blues Band and are still keeping the tradition alive in Louisville. This was first scheduled to be released as Rooster Blues R2631 but it was postponed after Wells' death in 1996 and was finally released on the Stackhouse label with support from the Louisville blues community. This was Wells' first and only album.
Its spark and originality stand as a tribute to an outstanding artist who would have been internationally recognized as a major blues talent had he lived to celebrate its release. Among Foree Wells’ many musical, social and civic accomplishments, he was a founding officer of the Kentuckiana Blues Society. Thanks go to the members of the KBS who joined together to help sponsor the release of this CD.
Tracks: It’s A New Day, Brother! (3:31); Ain’t No Fun When The Rabbit’s Got The Gun (4:17); Hey Little Bluebird (5:16); Willie’s Club 537 (3:26); Stop My Drinking (3:53); Walking And Crying (6:04); Take Out Your False Teeth, Mama (3:26); Dice Game (4:29); Midnight Is Falling (6:06); Alley Whipping (3:52); Young Woman’s Lemonade (3:07); Everybody Get Happy (4:39); Blues After Hours/Walnut Street After Midnight (6:40)
SRC-1913 D.C. Bellamy: Give Some Body to Somebody. The second CD by Kansas City’s premier bluesman, D.C. Bellamy. D.C.’s influences range from the soulful music of his half-brother, Curtis Mayfield, to the basic blues beat of Jimmy Reed, from the humor of Bobby Rush to the tight blues ensemble work of the Muddy Waters band. Yet he sounds like none of those greats (except, on occasion, for Muddy, when he digs down deep for a roaring blues delivery) -– D.C.’s concept of the blues is refreshingly original, buoyed by a flair for catchy musical hooks, clever turns of phrase, sparkling guitar licks, and songs that make you pay attention to his keen insights into human nature.
Bellamy’s music is tightly woven and multi-layered, yet with plenty of unexpected twists and turns, both in the lyrics and the instrumental work. Along with eight originals, Bellamy also does covers of Lowell Fulson’s Room With a View, There’s a Rat Loose in My House (recorded by Bobby Bland), Why Do People Act That Way (a Bobby Charles composition recorded by Muddy Waters), Frank Ace’s Bury The Bone, and J.B. Lenoir’s How Much More. The band includes D.C. on vocals and guitar, John Paul Drum on harmonica, Big Woody Davis (who led his own blues band in Kansas) on drums, Walker Tippit on guitar, Bart Colliver on organ, Jeff Jones on piano, and Ralph Ybarra on bass.
A sample of the lyrics from the title track:
Who are you saving yourself for?
What are you giving in to?
No matter how good it feels,
Self-service won’t do.
You’ve got to give some body
To somebody tonight.
SRC-1914 Memphis Gold: Gator Gon' Bitechu! Chester “Memphis Gold” Chandler with a fresh new set of his own compositions, backed by a host of D.C. area musicians including Jay Summerour (harmonica), Clarence “Bluesman” Turner (bass), Pete Ragusa (drums), El Warren Weatherspoon (drums), and Robert Lighthouse (slide guitar). Tracks: I Shoulda Known, Catfish Creeper, Do You Still Want Me?.or Gon’ Bitechu!, My Two Kcandys, Can’t Get Enough. In My Next Life, Louise Fanniemae Brown, How I Got Over You, I Was Born in Memphis, Squeaky Wheel, Lil’ Lucy.
SRC-1915 Memphis Gold: Pickin' in High Cotton. Memphis Gold's vision of traditional blues -- not a laid-back acoustic outing, but a passionate, politically charged portfolio of the African American blues experience with a stripped-down contingent of his usual backing. Yet the sound is still multi-layered, with guitars, harmonica and drums, recalling Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and the sanctified boogie that Memphis Gold played in church. He pulls no punches on songs like "How You Gonna Play the Blues," reaches back into history with "John Brown," deals with a stark episode of his own life in Washington, D.C., on "Homeless Blues," and hits a more upbeat mood on "Plow My Mule" and "Biscuit Boogie." As usual, Memphis Gold (Chester Chandler) produced this CD himself, this time with Eric "High Cotton" Selby as co-producer. Sidemen include Jay Summerour, Robert Lighthouse and Linwood Taylor.
Tracks: How You Gonna Play The Blues, Biscuit Boogie, Don't Take My Blues Away, Pickin' In High Cotton, Back Po'ch Tennessee, Homeless Blues, Mississippi Flatlands, John Brown, Ice Cream Man, Plow My Mule, Standin' By The Highway
Volume 2 of the Arkansas Blues series is out!
SRC-1916 MEET ME IN THE BOTTOM: ARKANSAS BLUES, Volume 2 -- The Bands is now available, featuring Calvin Leavy, Queen Bee (Essie Smith, now known as Essie "The Blues Lady" Neal) & the Soul Seekers, Harmonica Slim (Travis Blaylock, who recorded several singles in California in the 1950s and '60s), Texarkana Five (featuring Nelson Carson on guitar), Duke Bradley, the Sounds of Soul (featuring James Seals and Julius Gibson from Osceola, Arkansas), and the Cummins Prison Band, all recorded by Louis Guida in 1976 at nightclubs, artists' homes and a prison unit in Arkansas. Raw and real! Album compilation and liner notes by Louis Guida and Jim O'Neal. [See Arkansas Blues compact discs page for more details.]
ROOSTER BLUES CDs priced as indicated
R2620 Big Daddy Kinsey & the Kinsey Report: Bad Situation. Big Daddy Kinsey & The Kinsey Report: Bad Situation, Rooster Blues R2620. The first recording of the Kinsey Report from Gary, Indiana, backing their father on his Muddy Waters-style blues and other original Kinsey compositions. Features special guests Pinetop Perkins, Billy Branch, Nate Armstrong, Frankie Hill, Bill McFarland, Henri “Hank” Ford, Paul Howard & Valerie Wellington. Recorded in 1984. $9.99
R2623 Roosevelt “Booba” Barnes & The Playboys: The Heartbroken Man. Recorded in Holly Springs, Mississippi, and Memphis, 1987-88. Raucous, raw, sparse electric juke joint blues from the late singer, guitarist and harmonica player Booba Barnes, once the proprietor of Greenville, Mississippi’s Playboy Club on Nelson Street. T-Model Ford guests on one track. The CD includes Heartbroken Man, Don’t Cry No More, Tell Me What I’ve Done/My Last Affair, Tin Pan Alley, Baby, Scratch My Back, et al. “The Delta blues…hog wild and catfish funky…an irresistible invitation to party down” (Larry Birnbaum, Downbeat magazine). $9.99
ROB-2626 Lonnie Shields: Portrait. Lonnie Shields’ debut CD recorded in Clarksdale and Memphis and featuring, among others: Big Jack Johnson, Sam Carr, Frank Frost, Eddie Shaw & Lucky Peterson, with horns arranged by Lorenzo Smith. This CD was voted “Best Album of the Year - New Recording” in the 1993 Living Blues Critics’ Poll. (This is the 2000 re-release with new CD artwork.) $9.99
R2630 Rawls & Luckett: Can't Sleep at Night The only CD collaboration between Johnny Rawls and L.C. Luckett, who both worked with the late O.V. Wright and other soul, blues and gospel acts. A danceable collection of soul originals and covers recalling the Stax and Hi sounds of Memphis. Songs include I Don’t Do Windows, Shake It, Shake It, Baby, Soul To Soul and Don’t Mess With My Wife, recorded at Stackhouse Recording Studio in Clarksdale, Mississippi. $9.99
ROB-2634 Super Chikan: Blues Come Home To Roost. James “Super Chikan” Johnson’s debut CD, recorded with Rawls & Luckett in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and featuring all original (sometimes deep, sometimes wild, wacky, or cryptical) songs including Down in the Delta, Super Chikan Strut, Camel Toe, Captain Love Juice, White Rock Rooster, and Mama & The Chillen (Parts 1&2). Voted Best Blues Album of 1997 in the Living Blues Critics' Poll. (This is a 2000 repackaging of the album with new cover art. ) $14.99
ROB-2640 D.C. Bellamy & America’s Most Wanted: Water To Wine. D.C. Bellamy’s debut CD. D.C., former Chicago guitarist on the soul/R&B circuit (when he was known as Gregory Washington), developed into a top-notch blues talent after moving to Kansas City, Kansas, where he once held court at the Club Paradox every Monday night. D.C., a true original, wrote most of the songs; he also covers Dimples, Hitch Hike and If You See Kay. Recorded at Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. $7.99
ROB-2642 Willie King & the Liberators: Freedom Creek. Hard-hitting blues with political/protest themes from the juke joint prophet of Alabama, recorded live at Bettie's Place in Prairie Point, Mississippi. Nominated for a 2001 Handy Award as “Best New Artist Debut” and winner of two awards in the Living Blues Critics' Poll. Includes Uncle Tom, Twenty Long Years, Clean Up The Ghetto and My Boss Man and My Baby. King was called "the Bob Marley of the blues" for his lyrics, while the music could be described as Howlin’ Wolf-meets-James Brown. $14.99
ROB-2644 Lady Bianca: Rollin'. A collection of industrial strength blues vocals by a talented blueswoman who has never received the recognition she deserves, pianist Lady Bianca, with her band, from Oakland, California. $7.99
ROB-2645 Super Chikan & The Fighting Cocks: Shoot That Thang. More off-the-wall blues by one of Mississippi's most original musicians, the inimtable James "Super Chikan" Johnson, recorded at Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. Songs include Mennonite Blues [probably the only blues ever written on this topic], Wrong To Sing The Blues, Junky Trunk and Tin Top Shack. With “The Fighting Cocks” rhythm section, brothers Dione and Harvell Thomas from Lambert, Mississippi. Liner notes come in the form of a comic booklet written by Harvey Pekar and drawn by Gary Dumm. $14.99
ROB-2646 Arthur Williams: Midnight Blue. St. Louis harmonica player & band. Williams, originally from Tunica, Mississippi, played most of the harp on Frank Frost's historic Jewel sessions in the 1960s. $7.99
ROB-2647 Willie King & The Liberators: Living In A New World. Willie King’s second Rooster Blues release recorded in Memphis, February 2002. More political blues and funk from the Alabama blues prophet who died in March 2009. Includes the powerful track “Terrorized,” recorded shortly after 9-11, that deals not with terrorism abroad but with atrocities committed in the United States against African Americans. This was voted Best Blues Song of 2002 in the annual Living Blues Critics’ Poll. $17.99
Howlin4: Willie King. Special promotional CD: ‘Triple A/Progressive Non-Comm Sampler From The Forthcoming CD, ‘Living In A New World.’ Tracks are: America (Radio Edit), You Got to Have Love, Stomper, Imagination. Juke joint blues with a message from the late Alabama bluesman, prophet & political activist. This is an obscure item, considering that I co-produced Willie King’s ‘Living In a New World’ CD in Memphis in 2002 and I didn’t even know that this 4-song CD even existed until I saw it in a cut-out dealer’s sales list. $5.99
JAPANESE ROOSTER BLUES CDs
The following CDs were licensed from Rooster Blues by P-Vine Special Records of Japan:
Still sealed copies with promotional obi strips.
Mojo Buford’s Chicago Blues Summit, with Sammy Lawhorn, Little Smokey Smothers, Pee Wee Madison and Sonny Rogers (originally Mr. Blues 7603/Rooster Blues 7603), P-Vine Special PCD-93488. Songs: Mo’s Jam, Deep Sea Diver, I Need You So Bad, Sammy’s Shuffle, Worry Worry, I’m So Glad, Devil’s Love Sin (The Wrong Man), St. James Infirmary, Sonny’s Blues, Don’t Go No Farther, Windy City Blues, Watch Dog, Mean Old World, Blues For Georgia Boy. Recorded in Chicago, 1979, with vocals by Buford and each of the four featured guitarists. With Earnest Johnson, bass, and Sam Lay, drums. Never issued on CD in the U.S. or Europe, only in Japan. $29.99
Eddie C. Campbell: King Of The Jungle (originally Mr. Blues 7602/Rooster Blues 7602/2602), P-Vine Special PCD-93500. Songs: Santa’s Messin’ With The Kid, Still A Fool, Cheaper To Keep Her, Poison Ivy, The Red Rooster, Smokin’ Potatoes, King Of The Jungle, She’s Nineteen Years Old, Look Whatcha Done, We Both Must Cry, Weary Blues, Blues On The Highway. Band – Eddie C. Campbell, Carey Bell, Lurrie Bell, Lafayette Leake, Robert Stroger, Clifton James. Campbell's first LP. Recorded in Chicago in 1977 when Campbell, Carey Bell, Leake and James were members of Willie Dixon's Chicago Blues All Stars. This was also one of Lurrie Bell's first sessions. $29.99.
Carey and Lurrie Bell: Son Of A Gun (originally Rooster Blues 2617), P-Vine Special PCD-93499Songs: Ballbuster, Better Break It Up, I’m A Fool, I’ll Be Your .44, Kick Me In The Pants, Rollin’ and Tumblin’, Worried Heartache Blues, Highway Is My Life, My Baby, If the Ocean Was Whiskey, I’ve Got To Leave Chi-Town, Gate Bait. Band: Carey & Lurrie Bell, Eli Murray, John Erwin, Theodore “Dino” Davies, James Harrington, Karen Carroll, Jimmie Sims. Never issued on CD by Rooster Blues in the U.S. or Europe, only in Japan. Produced by Jim O'Neal & Amy van Singel and Mick & Cilla Huggins in Chicago, 1982. $29.99.
Good Rockin’ Charles (originally Mr. Blues 7601), P-Vine Special PCD-93489. Songs: Eyesight To The Blind, Confessin’ The Blues, Shake Your Boogie, Five Years In Prison, The Goat, I Used To Have A Woman, Prison Blues, Broke And Hungry, Blues All Day Long, Rockin’ At Midnight, Lazar’s Wail, Broke And Hungry (Take 1), Broke and Hungry (Take 2), Flipped Harp Rock. Legendary Chicago harp player's only full album, recorded in 1975, never issued on CD in the U.S. or Europe, only in Japan. CD includes bonus tracks not on the original LP. Band includes Walter "Big Guitar Red" Smith, Ray Scott, Lafayette "Shorty" Gilbert, J.C. Hurds and Eddie Payne. $29.99
Eddy Clearwater: The Chief (originally Rooster Blues 2615), P-Vine Special PCD-93486. Songs: Find You A Job, Blues For Breakfast, Blue, Blue, Blue Over You, One Day At A Time, I Wouldn’t Lay My Guitar Down, Chills, Bad Dream, I’m Tore Up, Lazy Woman, Blues For A Living. Band: Carey Bell, Lurrie Bell, Lafayette Leake, Abb Locke, Chuck Smith, Joe Harrington, Casey Jones, Leroy Brown. Recorded in Chicago, 1979. The Rooster Blues LP was the first Eddy Clearwater album released in the U.S. and the first time he was billed under his now-familiar nickname, "The Chief." Produced by Clearwater, Jim O'Neal & Amy van Singel. $24.99
Magic Slim And The Teardrops: Grand Slam (originally Rooster Blues 2618), P-Vine Special PCD-93487. Songs: Early Every Morning, She Belongs To Me, Just To Be With You, Walking The Dog, Slammin’, Rough Dried Woman, Fannie Mae, Give Me Back My Wig, Scuffling, Make My Dreams Come True, 1823 South Michigan Ave., Wonder Why, If You Need Me, Teardrop. Band members: Magic Slim, Pete Allen, Nick Holt, Nate Applewhite, Junior Pettis (Daddy Rabbit), Steve Cushing. Recorded in Chicago, 1975 & 1982. Produced by Magic Slim, Jim O'Neal, Amy van Singel and Mick & Cilla Huggins, 1982; Steve Cushing, 1975. $24.99
Valerie Wellington: Million Dollar $ecret (originally Rooster Blues Records 2619), P-Vine Special PCD-93501. Band: Johnny Littlejohn, John Primer, Magic Slim, Sunnyland Slim, Aron Burton, Nick Holt, Billy Branch, Nate Applewhite, Casey Jones. Songs: Down In The Dumps, Million Dollar Secret, Independent Blues, Cold, Cold Feeling, Smokestack Lightning, Dirty No-Gooder’s Blues, My Baby Treats Me Like A Stepchild, You Can’t Have My Monkey, Bad Avenue, Love Don’t Love Nobody, Wild About You, Voodoo Blues. Recorded in Chicago, 1983. Produced by Wellington & Jim O'Neal. $24.99
We may be able to supply certain other Rooster Blues titles.
OKRA-TONE CDs $6.99
Okra-Tone was founded by Rooster Blues in Clarksdale as a subsidiary label to record roots music other than blues. Only one Okra-Tone CD was released in Clarksdale but after Rooster Blue and Okra-Tone were sold, several more CDs appeared under new ownership from 2000 to 2002.
OT 4961 John Mohead: Lula City Limits. This was the first CD by Lula, Mississippi, singer-songwriter John Mohead and also the first CD issued by Okra-Tone Records, featuring 11 of his original compositions blending Southern rock, country and folk (or Americana, as it has come to be called). Recorded at Stackhouse Recording Studio in Clarksdale.
OT 4962 John Mohead: Rural Electric. Lula, Mississippi singer-songwriter John Mohead’s second Okra-Tone release, a piece of instant Americana. Includes Train Leavin’ Lula, Good Morning Amsterdam and Country Blue.
CDs on other labels:
Candy Yams (Sax Kari) & the Bluesville Express: Love Juice, Hot HTCD 33207-2. Miami production by blues/R&B veteran Sax Kari, recording under one of his pseudonyms. Tracks include Stormy Monday, Sugar Hill Blues, New York Blues, Don't Tell Me Your Troubles, T.V. Psychic, Me Walking Out on You, Charley Got a Harley, et al. $11.99.
Deep Cuts Blues Band. CD-R featuring Clarksdale blues artists Joshua "Razorblade" Stewart, Michael "Dr. Butcherknife" James, Anthony "Switchblade Sherrod (now known as "Big A") and Lee Williams. Produced by Robert Birdsong. Burned on a Memorex CD-R. Insert contains bios of all the musicians. $15.99
Wesley Jefferson Band: The Delta Blues Live From The Do Drop Inn -- Wesley Jefferson Band Sings the Blues, Repap. Promotional special edition CD produced by the Repap printing company as an example of high-quality printing design, ink, and paper, using Delta Blues as the theme. The paper CD case folds out in four direction to reveal a photo of Clarksdale bluesman James “Super Chikan” Johnson inside. A 16-page CD booklet contains photos of and quotes from the band members; Wesley “Mississippi Junebug” Jefferson, John “River Rat” Ruskey, Willie “Rip” Butler, Michael “Dr. Mike” James, Jessie “Jessie James” Holmes,” and Super Chikan [who was performing with this band when the live recording was done at the Do Drop Inn, an African American juke joint in Shelby, Mississippi, in 1996]. Super Chikan also sings four originals on the CD: Young Folks with the Blues, Do You Want a Man?, Take Me to the Country, and Bad Company Keeper. Other tracks sung by Jefferson, James or Butler are Just A Little Bit, You Don’t Love Me, I’ll Play the Blues For You, and Frankie and Johnny/Baby That Hurts. $19.99
Kay Kay and the Rays: Texas Justice, Deep South Soul. With special guests Johnny Rawls and Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones, produced by Rawls and Bob Trenchard. $11.99
Eddie Kirkland: Democrat Blues, Blue Suit BS-1190. From a Toledo recording session with Kirkland (John Lee Hooker’s former partner in Detroit) backed by Dave “Snaker” Ray, Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuels, and Andre Wright, released 2004. Title track is a new version of Bobo Jenkins’ “Democrat Blues.” A second bonus disc, Hastings Street Grease Sessions, includes six tracks from a 1998 session with Emmanuel Young, Leon Horner, and Duke Dawson. Liner notes by Jim O'Neal. $15.99
Lady Bianca: All By Myself. Magic-O Records MOCD 503. Independently produced CD from Oakland, California by Lady Bianca with her husband/songwriter Stanley Lippitt, featuring Bianca on vocals and piano. All original tracks, including Choosin Time, All the Blues Clubs Are Closed, Them Damned Kids, Man From New Orleans, Made Up My Mind. Energetic and soulful. $15.99.
Rudy Love: Infinite Love, Rudy Love Productions, distributed by Morada Music. Rudy Love and his brothers and sisters, the Love Family from Wichita, Kansas, perform original material, all written or co-written by Rudy. Only a few of the songs have been recorded before, such as Your Love is So Doggone Good (a hit for the Whispers, also recorded by Ray Charles, Isaac Hayes, Esther Phillips, et al.) and Nuthin'. Tracks: Say Love, Your Love is So Doggone Good, Rave, Punani, Everything, Cult of Love, Scared of Myself, She's So Beautiful, Brothers, The Zone, Phone, Nuthin', Harmonic Enchantment, Why Would Anybody, Infinite Love. From sessions in Wichita and Los Angeles. With the Love Family (Rudy’s brothers Bob and Gerald, and sisters Dennise, Peggy and Shirley Love), Tracy Neely on guitar, Enois Scroggins, percussion; Jacore Baptiste, keyboards, Ben Harvey, bass. $19.99.
Rudy Love & the Love Family: Labor Of Love, self-produced CD 676741000328 from Wichita, Kansas.Tracks come from various Rudy Love sessions from 1967 to 1997, plus a cut featuring Rudy's father Bob Love as part of the duo Don & Bob on the 1961 classic Good Morning Little School Girl (the version covered by The Yardbirds). Other songs. are Do You Still Love Me, Baby Wontcha Bring Your Love To Me, Sufferin Wrath, Make Love To You, This Song Is For You, Ain’t Nothing Spooky, Does Your Mama Know, I Thank You Lord, Time And Trial, Heartless (title song for USA move “Heartless”), Soaking, Miss You Most Of All At Christmas, Children, Happiness, Rude Love. Rudy and the Love Family were part of Sly Stone's entourage in California for years, before they returned to Wichita, and the first track here features Sly on keyboards. George Clinton and the Gap Band's Robert Wilson are also thanked for appearances. Other session musicians include Clayton Ivey, Paul Humphrey and Rudy's cousin Tony Matthews (longtime guitarist for Ray Charles). $19.99
Lee Morris: Whip It On U, Da-Man DAMA 6846. Soul-blues from Chicago. Tracks include Sex Me Up, Who's Been Rockin, Get It B 4 U Get Home, Crazy, Ain't No Woman, Don't Love Me Out of Guilt, et al. $7.99.
Calvin Owens: The Best of Calvin Owens & the Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra, Sawdust Alley SAZ4232. Owens was B.B. King's bandleader for several years. He grew up in the Houston neighborhood known as Sawdust Alley, hence the name of his label. B.B. puts in a guest appearance on this CD, along with Archie Bell, Otis Clay, Johnny Copeland, Chubby Carrier, Trudy Lynn, Bobby Byrd, Ruby Wilson, Norma Zenteno and David "Fathead" Newman, $19.99.
King Solomon: You Ain't Nothing But a Teenager, Night Train International CD 7138. 24-track compilation from 1960s/70s singles released by Louisiana-born Los Angeles blues singer King Solomon (brother of the late Chicago singer Lee "Little Wolf" Solomon). $17.99
Super Chikan: Chikan Supe, Knockdown South KSR006. James "Super Chikan" Johnson on electric, acoustic, and homemade cigarbox guitars with his band, performing more of his eclectic originals. Recorded at Jimbo Mathus' Delta Recording Service in Clarksdale. Ground Zero Blues Club owners Morgan Freeman and Bill Luckett are thanked and pictured in the CD booklet, which also includes some of Super Chikan's artwork. Songs: Poor Broke Boy, Reliable Sources, Wavy Thoughts, Just Ain't the Same No Mo', Old Field Song, Ground Zero, Clarksdale, Don't Play, Special Glow, Robert Johnson, A Tribute to the King, Ground Hog Blues, All My Yesterdays, Heartache. ("Robert Johnson" is a song about meeting Robert Johnson at the crossroads -- but not the legendary blues singer Robert Johnson!) $15.99
Sweet Honey in the Rock: Breaths, Flying Fish 70105. (Recordings from 1981/1983/1988). Songs: Breaths, Ella’s Song, Oughta Be A Woman, Echo, Biko, Good News, We All….Everyone Of Us, More Than A Paycheck, How Long?, Alla That’s All Right, Sometime, On Children, Listen to the Rhythm, I’m Gon’ Stand, Battle for My Life, Study War No More, Chile Your Waters Run Red Through Soweto, If You Had Lived, Azanian Freedom Song. Personnel: Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Evelyn Maria Harris, Shirley Childress Johnson, Aisha Kahlil, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Yasmeen Bheti Williams. (Some cuts originally issued on “Good News,” Flying Fish FF245, and others on “We All….Everyone Of Us,” Flying Fish FF317). $12.99
Sweet Honey In The Rock: Live At Carnegie Hall, Flying Fish FF70106 (1988) Songs: Beatitudes, Run, Run, Mourner Run, Wade In The Water, Drinking of the Wine, Where Are The Keys to the Kingdom?, Dream Songs of Love, Letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, Emergency, Our Side Won, Ode to the International Debt, Are My Hands Clean?, Denko, My Lament, Your Worries Ain’ Like Mine, Song of the Exiled, Peace. Personnel: Bernice Johnson Reagon, Evelyn Maria Harris, Yasmeen Graham, Tulani Jordan-Kinard, Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Shirley Childress Johnson, Aisha Kahlil, Nitanju Bolade-Casel. $7.99.
Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm: Here And Now, Ikon IKOCD8850. Blues-heavy, award-winning “comeback” album by Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm. $9.99
Southern soul and blues CDs on Wilson Records from Greenville, Mississippi: $9.99 each
Soul-blues singer Charles Wilson (nephew of Little Milton) owned and operated this label when he was living in Greenville.
Charles Wilson: Songs From The Vault, WIL27. Tracks: I Love My Wife, Too Thin, So Called Friends, Tell Him, So In Love With You, Good Thing Man, Partime Woman, All Because Of Your Love, Home Wreckers, If Walls Could Talk, Ain't Nothing Wrong.
Soul Blues Volume 1, WIL30 Charles Wilson, Lee Morris, Bobby McNutt, Chuck Strong, and Frank O.
Soul Blues Volume 2, WIL31 Charles Wilson, Shelia Louis, Will T., Nellie Travis, Earl Duke, and Lee Morris:
Maurice Davis: I've Got To Move On, WIL32
Mystery Man: Bedroom Workout, WIL33
Charles Wilson: Got To Pay To Play, WIL34
Lee Shot Williams: Let The Good Times Roll, WIL35
Maurice Davis: Into Something, WIL36
Soul Blues Volume 3, WIL37: Charles Wilson, Mystery Man, Maurice Davis, Tyrone Davis, and Paul Richmond (Near mint, case Is scratched)
Blues Images CDs: $12.99 each
These CDs were compiled from the 78 collection of rare record dealer John Tefteller along with his annual blues calendars. They include some tracks not previously reissued elsewhere such as the two sides of a Tommy Johnson Paramount 78 that cost Tefteller $37,000. Most tracks have been reissued on other CDs, but the versions here bear the credit: "Newly remastered from the BEST or ONLY surviving copies!" Remastering is by Richard Nevins.
15 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920's: Vol. 1, BIM-101, released: 2005
1 –Blind Blake He’s In The Jaihouse Now 2:47
2 –Ramblin' Thomas No Job Blues 3:11
3 –Skip James 22-20 Blues 2:51
4 –Blind Lemon Jefferson Rising High Water Blues 2:30
5 –Charley Patton Down The Dirt Road Blues 2:55
6 –Blind Willie McTell Death Cell Blues 3:06
7 –Bumble Bee Slim Rough Rugged Blues 3:10
8 –Son House Dry Spell Blues 3:10
9 –Blind Blake Bad Feeling Blues 2:31
10 –Beale Street Sheiks, The* Beale Town Bound 2:55
11 –Blind Lemon Jefferson Black Snake Dream Blues 2:40
12 –Ma Rainey Dead Drunk Blues 2:52
13 –Tommy Johnson I Want Someone To Love Me 2:57
14 –Blind Joe Reynolds Cold Woman Blues 2:57
15 –King Solomon Hill Times Has Done Got Hard 3:12
16 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920's: Vol. 2, BIM-102, released 2005
1 –Skip James Drunken Spree 2:40
2 –Son House My Black Mama (Part 1 & Part 2) 6:23
3 –Ma Rainey Blues, Oh Blues 2:56
4 –Papa Charlie Jackson Jungle Man Blues 3:09
5 –Ed Bell (2) Mamlish Blues 2:36
6 –Mississippi Sheiks Sitting On The Top Of The World 3:16
7 –Charley Patton Pony Blues 3:00
8 –Jaydee Short* Lonesome Swamp Rattlesnake 2:52
9 –Blind Blake Depressions Gone From Me Blues 3:37
10 –Ida Cox Midnight Hour Blues 2:53
11 –Beale Street Sheiks Half Cup Of Tea 2:58
12 –Blind Lemon Jefferson Christmas Eve Blues 3:00
13 –King Solomon Hill My Buddy, Blind Papa Lemon 3:11
14 –Blind Joe Reynolds Ninety Nine Blues 2:39
15 –Memphis Jug Band You Gotta Have That Thing 2:48
16 –Memphis Jug Band Bottle It Up And Go 2:32
16 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920's: Vol. 3, BIM-103, released: 2005
1 –Skip James Devil Got My Woman 3:02
2 –Charley Patton Love My Stuff 2:57
3 –Willie Brown (2) M & O Blues 3:05
4 –Mississippi Sheiks He Calls That Religion 3:29
5 –Blind Blake Champagne Charlie Is My Name 2:34
6 –Ida Cox Lost Man Blues 2:45
7 –King Solomon Hill The Gone Dead Train 3:21
8 –Blind Lemon Jefferson War Time Blues 3:12
9 –Ma Rainey Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom 3:12
10 –Papa Charlie Jackson Skoodle Um Skoo 2:51
11 –Blind Roosevelt Graves and Brother* Guitar Boogie 2:55
12 –Leroy Carr Christmas In Jail 3:23
13 –Mattie Delaney Tallahatchie River Blues 2:50
14 –Louie Lasky How You Want Your Rollin’ Done 2:46
15 –George Torey Married Woman Blues 2:56
16 –Skip James Cypress Grove Blues 3:11
16 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920's: Vol. 4, BIM-104, released: 2006
1 –Victoria Spivey Dope Head Blues 3:19
2 –Memphis Jug Band Cocaine Habit Blues 2:50
3 –Charley Patton Gonna Move To Alabama 2:59
4 –Marshall Owens Texas Blues 3:17
5 –Ida Cox 'Fore Day Creep 2:21
6 –Blind Lemon Jefferson Black Snake Moan No. 2 2:51
7 –Beale Street Sheiks Jazzin' The Blues 2:52
8 –Charlie Spand Back To The Woods Blues 3:22
9 –Bumble Bee Slim Chain Gang Bound 3:47
10 –Mississippi Sheiks Don't Wake It Up 3:42
11 –Ma Rainey Blues The World Forgot – Part I, II 6:09
12 –Blind Blake Lonesome Christmas Blues 3:36
13 –Marshall Owens Try Me One More Time 3:10
14 –Chocolate Brown Stingaree Man Blues 3:32
15 –Son House Mississippi County Farm Blues 2:50
16 –Son House Clarksdale Moan 2:56
16 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920's: Vol. 5, BIM-105, released: 2007
1 –Texas Alexander Range In My Kitchen Blues 3:06
2 –Blind Lemon Jefferson One Dime Blues 2:50
3 –Rube Lacy Mississippi Jail House Groan 3:26
4 –Blind Joe Reynolds Nehi Mama Blues 3:14
5 –Ma Rainey Deep Moaning Blues 3:02
6 –Crying Sam Collins* Jail House Blues 2:36
7 –Banjo Joe Madison Street Rag 3:02
8 –Blind Blake Seaboard Stomp 3:07
9 –Mississippi Sheiks The New Shake That Thing 3:10
10 –Blind Blake Low Down Jail House 2:57
11 –Ida Cox Cold And Blue 2:50
12 –Elzadie Robinson The Santa Claus Blues 3:22
13 –Blind Blake Ain't Gonna Do That No More 3:14
14 –Blind Willie McTell & Mary Willis* Talkin' To You Wimmen About The Blues 3:04
15 –Blind Willie McTell & Mary Willis* Merciful Blues 3:18
16 –Blind Joe Reynolds Outside Woman Blues 2:55
18 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920's: Vol. 6, BIM-106, released: 2010
1 –Blind Blake Night & Day Blues 3:04
2 –Kokomo Arnold Milk Cow Blues 3:08
3 –Charley Patton Shake It And Break It 3:08
4 –Skip James Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader 3:00
5 –Paramount All Stars* Home Town Skiffle – Pt. 1, 2 6:17
6 –Buddy Boy Hawkins Jailhouse Fire Blues 2:35
7 –Blind Lemon Jefferson Worried Blues 3:04
8 –Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie Cherry Ball Blues 3:09
9 –Ida Cox Graveyard Dream Blues 3:03
10 –Elgar's Creole Orchestra Nightmare 3:19
11 –Rev. Emmett Dickenson The Death Of Blind Lemon 3:19
12 –Rev. A.W. Nix Death May Be Your Christmas Present 3:03
13 –Blind Blake Sun To Sun 3:23
14 –Ben Curry The Laffing Rag 3:16
15 –Ben Curry Hot Dog 3:45
16 –Paramount All Stars* Home Town Skiffle – Test 6:10
17 –Tommy Johnson Alchohol And Jake Blues 3:24
18 –Tommy Johnson Ridin' Horse 3:29
18 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920's: Vol. 7, BIM-107, released: 2011
1 –Robert Wilkins That's No Way To Get Along 2:55
2 –Charley Patton High Water Everywhere – Parts 1 & 2 6:12
3 –Skip James Hard Luck Child 3:05
4 –Blind Lemon Jefferson Match Box Blues 3:06
5 –Ida Cox Mojo Hand Blues 3:14
6 –Mississippi Sheiks She's Crazy 'Bout Her Lovin' 3:08
7 –Charlie Turner (5) & Winston Holmes The Death Of Holmes' Mule – Parts 1 & 2 6:04
8 –Ma Rainey Slow Driving Moan 3:05
9 –Blind Blake Early Morning Blues 3:09
10 –Papa Charlie Jackson Coal Man Blues 3:14
11 –Ramblin' Thomas Sawmill Moan 2:59
12 –Black Billy Sunday, The* This Old World's In A Hell Of A Fix 2:49
13 –Frank Palmes Ain't Gonna Lay My 'Ligion Down – Take 1 2:52
14 –Frank Palmes Ain't Gonna Lay My 'Ligion Down – Take 2 3:05
15 –Irene Scruggs With Blind Blake Married Man Blues – Test, Take 2 3:07
16 –Irene Scruggs With Blind Blake Married Man Blues – Test, Take 3 3:04
17 –Henry Townsend Doctor Oh Doctor 2:35
18 –Henry Townsend Jack O' Diamonds - Georgia Rub 3:06
18 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920's: Vol. 8, BIM-108, released: 2010
1 –Kokomo Arnold Sissy Man Blues 3:07
2 –Charley Patton Pea Vine Blues 3:04
3 –Furry Lewis Billy Lyons And Stack O'Lee 2:40
4 –Blind Lemon Jefferson Rabbit Foot Blues 3:00
5 –Tom Dickson Labor Blues 3:07
6 –Hattie McDaniel & Papa Charlie Jackson Dentist Chair Blues – Parts 1 & 2 5:56
7 –Skip James Cherry Ball Blues 2:52
8 –Papa Harvey Hull & Long Cleve Reed* Hey! Lawdy Mama – The France Blues 3:05
9 –Mississippi Sheiks I'll Be Gone, Long Gone 3:26
10 –Ma Rainey Black Cat Hoot Owl Blues 2:34
11 –Jabo Williams Ko Ko Mo Blues – Parts 1 & 2 6:26
12 –Reverend J.M. Gates* Will The Coffin Be Your Santa Claus? 2:56
13 –Charley Patton Tom Rushen Blues 3:08
14 –Furry Lewis Cannon Ball Blues – Alternate Take 3:05
15 –Furry Lewis Dry Land Blues 3:08
16 –Tommy Johnson Lonesome Home Blues – Test 3:23
17 –Rabbits Foot Williams Save Your Money – Let These Women Go 3:03
18 –Rabbits Foot Williams Mistreatin' Mama 3:06
19 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920's – Vol. 9, BIM-109, released: 2011
1a –Tampa Red & Georgia Tom Mama Don’t Allow No Easy Riders Here
1b –Tampa Red And His Hokum Jug Band with Vocals By Frankie “Half-Pint” Jaxon*
Mama Don’t Allow No Easy Riders Here
2 –Furry Lewis Big Chief Blues
3 –Ora Brown Jinx Blues
4 –Charley Patton Jesus Is A Dying Bed Maker
5 –Blind Blake Rope Stretchin’ Blues – Parts I & II
6 –Blind Lemon Jefferson Fence Breakin’ Yellin’ Blues
7 –Ida Cox Fogyism
8 –Harum Scarum* Come On In (Ain’t Nobody Here)
9 –Charley Spand* Evil Woman Spell
10 –Teddy Darby Lawdy Lawdy Worried Blues
11 –Papa Charlie Jackson Papa, Don’t Tear Your Pants
12 –Blind Joel Taggart In That Pearly White City Above
13 –Blind Joel Taggart Precious Lord
14 –Blind Joel Taggart Little Black Train
15 –Lane Hardin Hard Time Blues
16 –Lane Hardin California Desert Blues
17 –Lane Hardin Cartey Blues
18 –Jenny Pope Mr. Postman Blues
19 –Jenny Pope Rent Man Blues
21 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920's – Vol. 10, BIM-110, released: 2012
1 –Blind Willie Johnson Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground 3:26
2 –Blind Blake Diddie Wa Diddie 2:58
3 –Memphis Minnie The Matter With The Mill ? 2:51
4 –Lil McClintock Sow Good Seeds 3:12
5 –Blind Lemon Jefferson Peach Orchard Mama 2:45
6 –Blind Blake Police Dog Blues 2:53
7 –Buddy Boy Hawkins Snatch It Back Blues 3:12
8 –Ardell Bragg Pig Meat Blues 3:08
9 –Harum Scarum* Alabama Scratch - Parts 1 & 2 5:35
10 –Charley Patton Frankie And Albert 3:10
11 –Clifford Gibson Ice And Snow Blues 2:51
12 –Reverend Emmett Dickenson* The Devil And God Meet At Church 2:54
13 –Blind Willie Davis I Believe I’ll Go Back Home 3:05
14 –Blind Willie Davis Trust In God And Do The Right 2:48
15 –Hi Henry Brown Titanic Blues 3:09
16 –Hi Henry Brown Preacher Blues 3:27
17 –Laura Rucker With Blind Blake Fancy Tricks 2:55
18 –Freddie Spruell With Washboard Sam Ocean Blues 3:18
19 –Freddie Spruell With Washboard Sam Y.M.V. Blues 3:12
20 –Charley Patton Some These Days I’ll Be Gone - Take 1 (Unreleased) 2:55
21 –Charley Patton Some These Days I’ll Be Gone - Take 2 (Released) 3:15
24 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920's – Vol. 11, BIM-111, released: 2013
1 –Henry Thomas Bull Doze Blues
2 –Furry Lewis Good Looking Girl
3 –Charley Patton Mean Black Cat
4 –Mississippi Sheiks Crackin' Them Things
5 –Blind Blake Miss Emma Liza
6 –Luella Miller Rattlesnake Groan
7 –Rev. Edward W. Clayborn Your Enemies Cannot Harm You (But Watch Your Close Friend)
8 –Blind Lemon Jefferson Long, Lonesome Blues
9 –Washboard Walter She's A Long, Tall, Disconnected
10 –Bessie Smith Blue Spirit Blues
11 –Papa Charlie Jackson Let's Get Along
12 –Mother McCollum Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane
13 –Blind Gussie Nesbitt* He's The Joy Of My Salvation
14 –Blind Gussie Nesbitt* God Is Worried At Your Wicked Ways
15 –Jim Thompkins Bedside Blues
16 –George Carter (2) Ghost Woman Blues
17 –George Carter (2) Weeping Willow
18 –Blind Percy Fourteenth Street Blues
19 –Blind Percy Coal River Blues
20 –Washboard Walter Overall Cheater Blues
21 –Tenderfoot Edwards When You Dream Of Muddy Water
22 –Tenderfoot Edwards Up On The Hill Blues
23 –Blind Blake Dissatisfied Blues
24 –Charley Patton Magnolia Blues
24 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920's – Vol. 12, BIM-112, released: 2013
1 –Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe When The Levee Breaks
2 –Willie Lofton Dark Road Blues
3 –Henry Thomas Texas Easy Street Blues
4 –Brother Son Bonds* & Hammie Nixon I Want To Live So God Can Use Me
5 –Blind Lemon Jefferson Match Box Blues
6 –Blind Blake Dry Bone Shuffle
7 –Charley Patton A Spoonful Blues
8 –Cannon's Jug Stompers Walk Right In
9 –Mississippi Sheiks The New Shake That Thing
10 –Roosevelt Sykes Conjur Man Blues
11 –Chocolate Brown With Blind Blake You Got What I Want
12 –Famous Blue Jay Singers Of Birmingham* Clanka A Lanka (Sleep On Mother)
13 –Tommy Johnson Alcohol And Jake Blues
14 –Tommy Johnson Ridin' Horse
15 –William Moore (2) Raggin' The Blues
16 –Garfield Akers Jumpin' And Shoutin' Blues
17 –Bill Wilber* Greyhound Blues
18 –Bill Wilber* My Babe My Babe
19 –Papa Harvey Hull And Long Cleeve Reed* Don't You Leave Me Here
20 –Chocolate Brown With Blind Blake Cherry Hill Blues
21 –Willie Lofton Trio Beer Garden Blues
22 –Blind Lemon Jefferson Match Box Blues
23 –Roosevelt Sykes Little Sow Blues
24 –Famous Blue Jay Singers Of Birmingham* I'm Leaning On The Lord
BLUES IMAGES CALENDAR $18.95.
2015 Blues Images calendar and CD (Vol. 12) produced by John Tefteller. LP-sized calendar includes photos (some previously unpublished) of Son Bonds & Hammie Nixon, Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy, Roosevelt Sykes and Willie Lofton, plus advertisements for Charley Patton, Henry Thomas, Blind Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Chocolate Brown (with Blind Blake), Mississippi Sheiks, Cannon's Jug Stompers, and the Famous Blue Jay Singers. These images are taken from original artwork produced for Paramount and other labels by the F.W. Boerner company of Port Washington, Wisconsin, and are of higher quality than ads and photos that are reproduced from newspaper microfilm. The calendar comes with a CD that includes tracks by all of the above artists plus, Tommy Johnson'sultra-rare Paramount sides "Alcohol and Jake Blues" and "Ridin' Horse." Other tracks are by William Moore, Garfield Akers, Bill Wilber, and Papa Harvey Hull & Long Cleve Reed.
BLUES LPs (Mint stock copies, still sealed)
Aron Burton: Usual Dangerous Guy (Avaron 943) Self-produced LP by Chicago vocalist & bass player on his own label, Avaron 943, recorded in 1986 at Copenhagen Sound Lab with the Kenn Lending Blues Band and Champion Jack Dupree on piano. Tracks: Two Way Street, The Highway is Like a Woman, Been Down, Live Like a Beggar, Southbound Train, Wayward Blues Boy, Funky Emma, Garbage Man. $7.99
Eddie C. Campbell, King Of The Jungle (Rooster Blues R7602). Songs: Santa’s Messin’ With the Kid, Still A Fool, Cheaper To Keep Her, Poison Ivy, The Red Rooster, Smokin’ Potatoes, King of the Jungle, She’s Nineteen Years Old, Look Whatcha Done, We Both Must Cry, Weary Blues, Blues On The Highway. With Carey Bell, harmonica, Lafayette Leake, piano, Robert Stroger, bass, Lurrie Bell, bass, Clifton James, drums. Recorded in Chicago in 1977 when Campbell, Carey Bell, Leake and James were members of Willie Dixon's Chicago Blues All Stars. This was also one of Lurrie Bell's first sessions. $19.99
George Jackson: Sweet Down Home Delta Blues, Amblin 14935). Kansas City singer-slide guitarist George Jackson, was also known as G.P. Jackson, and, at one time, "Kansas City Bo Diddley." Jackson, from Alligator, Mississippi, played with Sonny Boy Williamson, Dr. Ross and others in the Delta and moved to K.C. in the early '50s. On this session he returned to his Delta roots, recording Down at the Crossroads, Key to the Highway, Catfish Blues, Sweet Home Chicago, Sugar Mama, and Annie Lee, along with the originals Times Are Gettin' Hard, 12th Street Boogie, Down in the Cotton Fields, and Leavin' Kansas City. $15.99
Casey Jones: Still Kickin’, Airwax AW3839.Self-produced soul, funk & blues1983 Chicago LP on Casey Jones’ label. Musicians include Jimmy Johnson, Larry Burton, Marvin Jackson, Johnny B. Gayden, Maurice Vaughn, A.C. Reed, Jerry Wilson, Billy Howell. Tracks: Hot in the Bottom Pts 1 & 2, Happy Home, I Got You Baby, Givin’ It Up, Good Golly Miss Molly/Long Tall Sally, Bring the Sunshine In, Back Trackin’. $19.99
Casey Jones: Solid Blue, Rooster Blues R7612. 1987 Chicago blues LP by vocalist & drummer known for his work with Albert Collins, Otis Rush, Johnny Winter, Earl Hooker and many others. Musicians on this all-blues LP include Maurice Vaughn, Billy Branch, Allen Batts, Greg Rzab, Johnny B. Gayden, Jerry Barry, Jon McDonald, Jerry Wilson, Bill McFarland and Paul Howard. $6.99
Abb Locke: Big City Blues, AL9304. Private press LP by Chicago saxophonist & singer who played with a Who’s Who of blues artists including Albert Collins, Otis Rush, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Freddie King, among others. Songs are: Motel Blues, Big City Blues, Going Home, Blues Blues Blues, 43rd Street Blues and Grease, Chicago Blues Rap. Sidemen on the LP include Gerald Sims on guitar, Bob Walton on bass, Merle Perkins and Ike Davis on drums, Leo Davis on organ, Willie Henderson on sax, and Barbara Acklin in the backing vocal group. $24.99.
A.C. Reed & His Spark Plus: Take These Blues and Shove ‘Em, Rooster Blues R7606. With Lurrie Bell, Marvin Jackson, Doug McDonald, Phil Guy and Larry Burton on guitar; Johnny B. Gayden on bass; Allen Batts & Carl Snyder on piano; Billy Branch on harmonica; Casey Jones on drums; and A.C. Reed on sax and singing Things That Get Me Off, I Stay Mad, I Got the Blues, I’m a Jealous Man, I Am Fed Up With This Music, My Baby is Fine, Howlin’ for My Darling, and Lotta Loving. $7.99
Various Artists: Bothered All the Time, Southern Culture SC1703. Mississippi field recordings of blues, gospel and oral history by Bill Ferris of Lovey Williams, Sonny Boy Williams, Louis Dotson, Arthur Lee Williams, Parchman Work Camp, James “Son” Thomas, Lee Kizart, Southland Hummingbirds, Jasper Love, Gussie Tobe, Anonymous: Hidden Violence in Mississippi, Wash Herron & Big Jack Johnson. Cover art by Mara Califf. $19.99
Various Artists: Mississippi Folk Voices, Southern Culture SC 1700. Mississippi field recordings produced by Bill Ferris of blues, country, bluegrass, fife & drum music and gospel: Napoleon (Napolian) Strickland, Bill Mitchell, James “Son” Thomas, John Arnold, The Chapman Family, J.L. Jones and the Good Guys, Mississippi Sacred Harp Singers and the inmates of Parchman State Penitentiary Camp B at Lambert. Cover art by Mara Califf. $19.99
Dorothy and George Jackson, Old Time Spirituals, Piano-Delta Style Slide Guitar, Amblin 5287. Kansas City blues slide guitarist George Jackson (originally from Alligator, Mississippi) joins his wife Dorothy, who plays piano, and bassist Tony Brasfield for a set of traditional gospel songs and spirituals. Songs: Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Give Me That Old Time Religion, Do Lord, Do Remember Me, Precious Lord, Take My Hand, Because He Lives, What Are They Doin’ Up In Heaven, Don’t You Want To Go To That Land, Ride The Mornin’ Train, I’m So Glad, I’ll Fly Away. $9.99
Huey Smith: He Lives, Amblin 2189. Tracks: If God is Dead, Somewhere Around God’s Throne, The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, Charity, Cross Medley, On the Battlefield, Never Alone Any More, My Tribute, Because He Lives. Kansas City gospel singer, originally from Sibley, Louisiana. $9.99
Moving in the Spirit: Worship through Music in Clear Creek, Mississippi ,Southern Culture SC 1705. Live recording from an African American church in Lafayette County, Mississippi, including songs by the Clear Creek Missionary Baptist Church Congregation and Youth Choir, spoken/chanted prayers, a lined hymn, invitation hymn, and prayers. Songs include I'm Goin' to Trust in the Lord, I Love the Lord, I Don't Know What I Would Do, Amazing Grace, Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone? and Reach Out and Touch. Gatefold jacket. $17.99
12-inch ROOSTER REGGAE EP: $5.99
New Era: Joggin ina Babylon/Rappinin ina Babylon/Dubbin ina Babylon, Rooster Reggae RR5446. (Chicago production from 1983, featuring a premier aggregation of Chicago-based reggae musicians from Jamaica and Dominica who disbanded before this record could be released. As a result, few copies were ever circulated. The New Era session ended up with a Chicago soul flavor thanks to a horn section arranged by Tom Tom 84, and a backing vocal group which included Barbara Acklin as well as Jamaican singer Tony Aiken. Dhone Jhonson was the lead singer and songwriter, with Jah T (from the island of Dominica) hitting plenty of bluesy licks on guitar. This was the one and only Rooster Reggae release. I loved the music but after the record was dead in the water upon release I referred to it as my "Rasta Folly."
ROOSTER BLUES 45s (Mint stock copies)
R47 Larry Davis: Walk Out Like a Lady/Since I Been Loving You. Handy Award-winning single, produced in St. Louis by Oliver Sain. This version includes a guitar break that was excised from the album version. Musicians on these sides include Sain, Phil Westmoreland and Jimmy Hinds. $2.99
R50 Ernest Lane & Strength: Doggin’ No More/Little Girl. Doggin’ is Lane’s funk arrangement of Rosco Gordon’s No More Doggin’. Little Girl is a remake of the slow blues Lane first recorded for Blues & Rhythm in 1952. $9.99
R51 Big Daddy Kinsey & The Kinsey Report: Treat Your Woman Right/Change Your Evil Ways Blues from Gary, Indiana, featuring Lester Kinsey and his sons. $5.99
R54 Casey Jones: Mr. Blues/(Tribute to the) Boogie Men. Chicago blues with Maurice John Vaughn on guitar. $4.99
R57 Big Jack Johnson (B.J. the Oil Man): Rudolph Got Drunk Last Night/ Jingle Bell Boogie. Frank Frost and Sam Carr, Jack’s partners in The Jelly Roll Kings, play on the Rudolph side. Big Jack's boogie-blues take on Jingle Bells was reissued on Rhino's Blue Yule compilation of Christmas blues. Recorded in Clarksdale. $9.99
R58 Lonnie Shields: I Can Play Dirty/Hard Times. Recorded in Memphis and Clarksdale, Mississippi. Sidemen include Lucky Peterson, Big Jack Johnson, Lorenzo Smith, and Al Green’s horn section. Southern soul and blues. $2.99
R59 Willie Cobbs: Eatin’ Dry Onions/Goin’ to Mississippi. Recorded in Clarksdale with Johnny Rawls and L.C. Luckett. Eatin' Dry Onions is a new version of a vintage Cobbs song; this one has an arrangement based on Little Milton's If Walls Could Talk. $2.99.
Other Rooster Blues 45s may be available -- inquiries welcome.
MORE NEW & USED BLUES and SOUL 45s
Records listed in this section are near mint to mint stock copies unless otherwise noted. LPs, 45s, and EPs are graded M (mint), NM (near mint), VG+, VG (very good), VG-, G+, G (good), G-, F (fair), and P (poor). A near mint record will show only slight handling wear. A VG+ record may have some visible scuffs and light scratches and plays well with little surface noise. Scratches on records graded VG, VG-, and below may be deep enough to feel with your fingernail, or there may be scratches or groove wear throughout that cause surface noise. On records in the G+, G and G- range the level of the music is still above the surface noise caused by scuffs and scratches. Surface noise may be as loud as the music on records graded F and louder than the music on P records. P records are likely to be unplayable.
Picture sleeves and EP jackets graded NM are like new with very light handling wear. VG+ jackets have only slight wear and may have minor defects; jackets graded VG are more worn but still intact unless defects are noted. G jackets show definite damage and F and P jackets are probably falling apart. Splits, markings, cut corners, and other defects will be noted.
45s priced as noted:
Birdlegg & The Tight Fit Blues Band: Blues Jumped On a Rabbit/Good Time Blues, Tight Fit Records, no number on label. Down-home Bay Area blues harp player/singer, produced by Twist Turner. $9.99
W.G. Carter: Breakin’ My Heart/Slick Talk, Blues Revue U-34079M. “Music by Bill Carter and His Revue; Willie G. Carter Lead Guitarist & Vocalist.” Straight-ahead blues from Kansas City guitarist Bill Carter, backed by Harrison Irons on organ, Jerry Buckner on bass and Elijah "Lil' Brother” Frazier on drums. Breakin’ My Heart is a slow B.B. King-style blues; flip is a snappy medium-uptempo blues with walking bass. $15.99
Bessie Clark : He Is A Gambler/I've Got The Blues, Kenneth 125. 1960s West Side Chicago blues. with Joe Spells on guitar. $17.99
Mary Coleman: No Good Man/I'll Make Him Mine, Yvette's 101 (repro). Tough 1960s St. Louis blues by down-home singer/guitarist from Holly Springs, Mississippi, with Benny Sharp on guitar. $9.99
Big Bob Dougherty: Blue Monday/Teen-Age Flip, Westport 139. Leavenworth, Kansas, sax honker & band on Kansas City label. Original 1958 pressing. $9.99.
Gabriel and His Trumpet: Don't Stay Out All Night/People You Don't Know My Mind, Royal American 33 (repro). Gabriel, blues DJ/singer/trumpeter (still on the air in St. Louis on KDHX on Sunday nights) does covers of Billy Boy Arnold and Memphis Slim with his band, featuring hot guitar work by Bennie Smith. $9.99
Big Jack Johnson: Daddy, When Is Mama Comin Home?/I Slapped My Wife in the Face, picture sleeve manufactured in Belgium on Blue Sting S1055/Earwig 491645-1. Record is mint, picture sleeve has minor wear. $14.99
John David Martin: Come With Me (To Mississippi)/Indianola Here We Come (B.B.’s Song), JDM JDM-9-5. M. Side 1 is an ode to Mississippi with the Mississippi Valley State University Brass and strings by Michael Roberts. Vocals by John, Debbie, Janice & Marsha. Rhythm by Toad, Bird, Paul & Neal. Side 2 is a quasi-blues tribute to B.B. King’s hometown, Indianola, Mississippi, with the Breezin’ Blues Band. Rhythm by Toad, Bird & Paul. Sax: Grover Duke. Exec. Prod.: Popcorn, Bobby & Bro. Bob, copyright 1980. Songs written by C. Fowler. VG+ to NM. $9.99
Lil Mason: The Cabrini Green Song, Parts I & II, StreeterCraft 5581. Chicago production with the obscure Roger “The Blues Man” Farrow on harmonica and Mighty Joe Young on guitar, lyrics by Lawrence Streeter inspired by Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne’s move into the notorious Cabrini Green housing project. Recorded at Willie Dixon’s studio (The Blues Factory, 7711 S. Racine Ave.) $9.99
Country Pete McGill & the Cotton Field Blues Band: Train, Train, Train, Train/Fallin’ in Love with You, Blues King BK-004. Blues from California, produced by Twist Turner. $6.99
Guitar Tommy Moore and the 5 J's: Your Car Machine/I Ain't Botherin' Nobody, Ultrasonic 101 (repro). Down-home 1960s blues from St. Louis. $9.99
The Organics (Griswold Brothers): Christmas Time Baby/Looking for the Future. 1968 blues release on Ecorse, Michigan-based label by The Organics, aka the Griswold Brothers from Toledo, Ohio. Portions of the labels are torn off and record has some scratches, VG to VG+. $24.99
Dr. Feelgood Potts: Shade Tree Mechanic/You're Gonna Pay For It, Baby. 8th Street 484. Memphis harmonica player on West Memphis label. $9.99
A.C. Reed : I Am Fed Up With This Music/I Got The Blues, Ice Cube IC 5926, Side A states: “X-rated Blues Not Suitable For Airplay”. (This 45 was also issued in an edited version for radio, with a beep in place of then-controversial words.) Chicago blues with guitar by Phil Guy and Lurrie Bell (who takes the solo) on I Got the Blues, and Larry Burton and Marvin Jackson on I Am Fed Up With This Music. Other sidemen include Johnny B. Gayden, Allen Batts, and Carl Snyder, co-produced by Reed and Casey Jones. (Reed, Jones, Gayden, Batts and Burton were Albert Collins' Icebreakers at the time of this session, hence the name Ice Cube for the label.) . $3.99
A.C. Reed: If You’re Drunk Don’t Drive/Things I Want You To Do, Ice Cube IC-2176. Original release on Reed’s own label of songs that later appeared on his Alligator LP. “If You’re Drunk” (retitled “Don’t Drive Drunk” on the LP) features a semi-rap by guitarist Maurice John Vaughn at the end. Flip is a remake of the blues he first recorded for T.D.S. $6.99
A.C. Reed: This Little Voice (with Bonnie Raitt, slide guitar)/Fast Food Annie, Ice Cube IC 5928. Dustributed by Little Village Record Distributors, Oxford, Mississippi . (1986). $6.99
Smokey Robinson: We've Come Too Far to End it Now/When Soundown Comes. Tamla 54220F in original Motown Tamla company sleeve. $2.99
Nolan Struck: She's The One That Hits The Spot/Welfare Problems, ICT TS-11145. Chicago blues with Nolan's brother King Edward on guitar. $4.99
Jesse Thomas : Your Love is Automatic/ Rain Sleet or Snow, Red River U-25976M. Jesse Thomas, veteran blues singer-guitarist from Shreveport, Louisiana, earlier known as Jesse "Babyface" Thomas when he recorded for Victor in 1929, produced this 45 on his own Red River label. $9.99
J.T. Watkins: Mother-In-Law Blues (vocal)/(instrumental), Arrow Heart xxx. 1980s version of the Junior Parker classic, recorded in Jackson, MS. Produced by Frank O. Johnson and arranged by guitarist Tommie C. (T.C.) Carter and J.T. Watkins. Near mint copy with minor label staining. $5.99
Willie Wilkes: You Don’t Know How It Feels to Have the Blues/Tarcha, Earl’s RS 10054. Blues by Memphis singer/saxophonist who played on early 1950s sessions by Rosco Gordon, Bobby Bland, Rufus Thomas, and Billy “Red” Love. “Tarcha” is instrumental, flip is a slow vocal blues, with small band including guitar, bass & drums. Matrix numbers indicate this 45 dates from 1966. Record is VG+, but labels are damaged with the paper flaking off, obliterating a lot of the type.
Robert Pete Williams : Goodbye Slim Harpo/Viet Nam Blues, Ahura Mazda 45-AMS-101. Blues picture sleeve with B&W photo & portrait. Topical solo country blues by one of the most interesting bluesmen to emerge during the 1960s blues revival. Record in mint condition, picture sleeve near mint, beginning to yellow with age around the edges.$24.99
Freddie Youngblood (+ Morris Pejoe): Last November/Sould Strings, Sould Sound 752. Chicago blues singer Freddie Young (Youngblood) released this 45 in the early 1980s on his Sould Sound label. "Last November" features Young singing with a Chicago blues band. The flip side, a guitar instrumental titled "Sould Strings," is actually a reissue of a 1960s side by blues guitarist MORRIS PEJOE from a little-known 45 onYoung's Kaytown label (originally called "Pejoe's Soul Strings"). $11.99
ROOSTER BLUES CASSETTES $1.99 each
R97607 Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson: Doin’ the Sugar Too
R97611 Wild Child Butler: Lickin’ Gravy
R97612 Casey Jones: Solid Blue
LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE
The Journal of the African American Blues Tradition
LB #1, Spring 1970. Reprint of the first issue of America’s first blues magazine. Living Blues was first published in Chicago in 1970 by an editorial committee of Bruce Iglauer, Jim O'Neal, Amy van Singel, Paul Garon, Diane Allmen, Tim Zorn and Andre Souffront.: On the cover is a photo of Howlin’ Wolf from the first Ann Arbor Blues Festival taken by noted filmmaker Les Blank. Articles include a Wolf interview; Remembering Magic Sam; The Blues and the Church: Revolt and Resignation by Paul Garon; Uncle Sam Gonna Take Me Away: The Draft in Blues Lyrics. Plus reviews, news and ads (Chess, Imperial, Biograph, Delmark and Avalon Productions). 40 pages. $12.95.
LB #233, October 2014: MISSISSIPPI BLUES TRAIL travel guide. This double issue features the most extensive guide ever published on the blues sites of Mississippi, including the historic birthplaces, gravesites, Mississippi Blues Trail markers, plantations, juke joints, radio stations, DJs, record labels, record stores, festivals, highways, and railroads, along with profiles of musicians, historical articles, and recommendations for restaurants along the blues routes, complete with driving directions. This covers not just the Delta towns of Clarksdale, Greenwood, Indianola, Tunica, Dockery, Cleveland, Greenville, Leland, Vicksburg, Yazoo City, et al., but sites all over the state -- Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Biloxi, Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Laurel, Natchez, McComb, Woodville, Bolton, Winona, Kosciusko, Grenada, Forest, Oxford, Starkville, Canton, New Albany, Macon, Columbus, Hernando, Aberdeen, West Point, Pontotoc, Crystal Springs, Hattiesburg, Holly Springs, and many more, along with the out-of-state and overseas Mississippi Blues Trail marker sites, with photos by Bill Steber and others. Mr. Sipp is pictured on the cover. Also in this issue: CD and book reviews, news, ads, Radio Charts, and a Johnny Winter obituary. $5.95
I have a large selection of issues from the 1970s to date, most priced at $3.95 to $9.95. See the Living Blues back issues page for a list.
ROOSTER BLUES PUBLICITY PHOTOS $3.95 each
ROOSEVELT “BOOBA” BARNES
PHILADELPHIA JERRY RICKS
ROBERT “BILBO” WALKER
EDDIE C. CAMPBELL
BIG DADDY KINSEY & KINSEY REPORT
“ROOSTER BLUES CLARKSDALE MISSISSIPPI, COAHOMA THE BLUES” bumper sticker, 10 x 3-1/8, white print on deep blue background, with Rooster Blues logo at the left and CLARKSDALE MISSISSIPPI COAHOMA THE BLUES in large lettering at the right. These bumper stickers were made in the early 1990s when Rooster Blues Records was based in Clarksdale and created the slogan Coahoma The Blues (Clarksdale is in Coahoma County. CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI: COAHOMA THE BLUES was the title of a 92-minute cassette anthology of Clarksdale blues released by Rooster Blues. It is scheduled to be released on CD by Stackhouse Recording Company.) $5.00
ROOSTER BLUES RECORDS sticker: smaller sticker depicting the Rooster Blues Records logo. Red, yellow & black. Size: 2-3/4 x 4-1/4 inches. $3.00.
POSTERS & FLYERS
MISSISSIPPI BLUES MUSICIANS BIRTHPLACE MAP POSTER. 22 x 34-inch glossy poster identifying birthplaces of almost 200 Mississippi blues musicians including Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, B. B. King, Ike Turner, Little Milton, Elmore James, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Son House. Map also identifies the geological regions of Mississippi, including the Delta, Coastal Terraces, Pine Hills, Loess Hills, and Black Prairies. Compiled in 1995 as a cooperative effort between the Delta Blues Museum, Rooster Blues Records, and Mississippi State University. Printed on 100 lb. glossy stock, shipped in mailing tube. $15.95.
BLUES MUSICIANS' RUNNIN SHOES POSTER. 18x24 poster featuring the colorful footwear of 29 musicians, including Lil' Ed, Jerry Ricks, John Hammond, Rufus Thomas, the Black Lone Ranger, Pinetop Perkins, Snooky Pryor, Jack Dupree, Jimmy Witherspoon, Jay McShann, Little Freddie King, Algia Mae Hinton, Rosie Ledet, Doug Macleod, Trudy Lynn, Ray Sharpe, Big George Brock, Mississippi Slim, Watermelon Slim, and Rockie Charles. Photographed and produced by Lindsay Shannon, longtime Kansas City blues DJ and proprietor of B.B.'s Lawnside Bar-B-Que. Shipped in mailing tube. $6.95
EDDIE C. CAMPBELL POSTER -- KING OF THE JUNGLE. 17-1/2 x 23-1/2 black and white paper promo poster of Chicago blues guitarist Eddie C. Campbell as King of the Jungle. Bottom part of poster is blank, so that information on appearances could be written in. This poster was produced in conjunction with Campbell's King of the Jungle LP on Mr. Blues (1977). Shows some storage wear but has no tears or holes
JIMMY ROGERS with HIP LINKCHAIN poster: 11 x 17 original paper poster, blue ink on white background: JIMMY ROGERS with HIP LINKCHAIN. Blank space at bottom for information on appearances to be written in. These posters were produced in the early 1980s when Rogers and Linkchain were recording and performing together. Poster shows handling & storage wear, but is not torn, marked or stapled. $7.95
BEA BOOZE & SAMMY PRICE Star Dust Records "Good Time Poppa'" flyer (REPRO). Reproduction of 8-1/2 x 11 flyer from Star Dust Records: BEA BOOZE 'Queen Bee Of Blues Singers' & SAMMY PRICE 'Wizard Of The Keyboard. This advertises the 1962 45 Good Time Poppa'/What Else Ain't-cha' Got. Bea Booze is pictured with guitar. $4.95
DAVIS BROTHERS & BIG GEORGE BROCK, CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI VFW Post, 1994 flyer. Original 8-1/2x11 flyer advertising "St. Louis Best Recording Stars Coming to the V.F.W. Post 8580" on Highway 49 in Clarksdale. Headline act is the Davis Brothers Blues Band (this was before James "Boo Boo" Davis went out on his own to record and tour), with special guests Big George (Brock) and "Willie" Al Green. Flyer is slightly wrinkled and has small stain spots on back. $1.95
BLUES & SOUL FLYER: PERCY SLEDGE & BOBBY BLAND in COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI. Both singers pictured 8-1/2x 11 flyer on glossy paper, advertising a 2010 Legends Concert at the Columbus Riverwalk. With Big Ben Atkins and the Class of '65. Reverse side of this flyer is for a Sam Hairston Celebration honoring the first African American baseball player signed by the Chicago White Sox. $1.95
TOMMY DOUGLAS ORCHESTRA FLYER (1940s original). Two-sided promotional flyer advertising Tommy Douglas and his Band, “The finest and fastest Colored Band on the road.” This is an original flyer from the 1940s measuring 12 x 6 inches, with a photo of Douglas on one side and a photo of his band and bus on the other. Douglas’ orchestra was a popular territory band of the era and the agency listed on the flyer is Park Region Orchestra Service, Battle Lake, Minnesota (which I have not found mentioned in histories of territory bands and Kansas City jazz). Douglas was known as the best-trained jazz musician in K.C., and a young Charlie Parker once played with the Douglas band. According to jazz scholar Frank Driggs, Douglas "experimented with extended chords and double-time as early as 1935, and reputedly influenced the technique and harmonic thinking of Charlie Parker.”
The paper has yellowed with age but has no damaged or marked areas, only minor storage creases. $34.95
The Voice Of The Blues: Classic Interviews From Living Blues Magazine, edited by Jim O'Neal and Amy van Singel. Routledge, 2002.
Signed copy (can be inscribed personally to you by Jim O'Neal). The Voice Of The Blues is a collection of interviews conducted from 1967/68 to 1981, originally published In Living Blues, America's first blues magazine, with chapters expanded for this book to include introductions, postscripts, editors' notes, and previously unpublished questions and answers from several interviews. Includes interviews with Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Little Walter & Louis Myers, T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, Little Milton, Georgia Tom Dorsey, Houston Stackhouse, Eddie Boyd, Little Esther Phillips, and Sleepy John Estes & Hammie Nixon. 427 pages, paperback, with foreword by Peter Guralnick, 43 photos and detailed index. Softcover. $26.95
Woman With Guitar: Memphis Minnie's Blues, by Paul & Beth Garon, foreword by Jim O'Neal. City Lights, 2014.
Signed by Paul and Beth Garon and Jim O'Neal. Revised and updated edition, with considerable previously unpublished content in the text and newly added foreword.. Includes expanded biography, discography and nightclub performance chart, analytical discussions of Minnie's lyrics and their poetic and surrealist qualities, plus new info on Minnie's press coverage and a pre-blues history of the nicknames Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe as used by various real and fictional characters. Softcover. $18.95.
A Thousand Honey Creeks Later: My Life In Music From Basie To Motown, by Preston Love, with preface by Johnny Otis, Wesleyan University Press, 1997. Signed by Preston Love 10/10/03. 270-page book by the late jazz/R&B/blues saxophonist from Omaha, Nebraska. Softcover, $49.95.
Rock ‘N Roll Stars On Parade, Pictorial Souvenir Album, A Rock ’n Roll Fan Club Publication, published by Ben J. Murray, Sayville, N.Y. Copyright 1955. “Latest Pictures 140 Famous Rhythm ‘n Blues Stars.”
Paperbound 8-1/2 x 11 book, 30 pages. Amazing collection of black and white photos of 140 blues, rhythm & blues, doo-wop and a few jazz artists including Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Johnny Ace, Orioles, Lowell Fulson, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Scott, Al Savage, Spaniels, Five Keys, Drifters, Lonnie Johnson, Louis Jordan, B.B. King, Cadillacs, Wini Brown, Wynonie Harris, Fats Domino, Bill Doggett, Lloyd Price, Ivory Joe Hunter, Big Joe Turner, Roy Milton, Savannah Churchill, Clyde McPhatter, Rivileers, Count Basie, Nutmegs, Memphis Slim, Titus Turner, Jazz Gillum, Swallows, Crickets (the black group), Othella Dallas, Royales, Midnighters, Danny Overbea, Spiders, Floyd Dixon, T-Bone Walker, Du-Droppers, Four Fellows, Roamers, Walkin’ Willie, Willie Mae Thornton, Scarlets, Rollee McGill, 5 Crowns, James Moody, Della Reese, Guitar Slim, Sticks McGhee, Camille Howard, Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, Checkers, Willis Jackson, Bullmoose Jackson, Lynn Hope, Wild Bill Davis, Arnett Cobb, Nolan Lewis, Harptones, Counts, Penguins, Margie Day, Buddy Griffin (of Griffin Brothers), Milt Buckner, Johnny Hodges, Dell-Tones, Willows, Faye Adams, Dakota Staton, Dean Barlow, Tiny Bradshaw, Wilbert Harrison, Varetta Dillard, Larry Darnell, Ella Johnson, Buddy Johnson, Clovers, Nutmegs, Swallows, Sonny Thompson, Rusty Bryant, Cootie Williams, Jesse Powell, Eddie Davis, and many more, all African American acts except for two white groups (the Tri-Tones and Bill Haley and the Comets) and Johnny Otis. Foreword is an essay on the history of rock ‘n’ roll and its blues roots, written by Ben J. Murray, with a photo of Bessie Smith.
Very Fine condition. Minor wear on cover along the spine; staples are rusty. No creases, folds, tears, writing or markings. $114.95.
POSTAGE & HANDLING CHARGES
CDs $3 US, $11.95 Canada, $15.95 overseas. Each additional: $1.25 US, $2.95 Canada & overseas
45s, photos & flyers: $4 US, $11.95 Canada, $15.95 overseas. Each additional: $1.25 US, $2.95 Canada & overseas
LP Records, books, magazines: $4 US media + $1.25 each additional
LP Records, books, magazines, tube posters $17.95 Canada+ $7.95 each additional
LP Records, books, magazines, tube posters: $25.95 overseas + $9.95 each additional
Double albums and gatefold albums count as 2 LPs in postage calculations.
78s $8 US + $2 each additional
78s $29.95 Canada+ $7.95 each additional
78s $39.95 overseas + $9.95 each additional
Posters in tubes $7 US +$2 each additional
Flat posters $16 US standard post + $2 each additional
Flat posters $59.95 Canada priority +$7.95 each additional
Flat posters $79.95 overseas priority +$9.95 each additional
For large orders of 20 or more items, shipping discounts will apply depending on package weight.
These postage & handling fees are current as of January 2016 and will remain the same until the post office raises prices again.