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Saturday, 21 January 2012

R.I.P. Etta James

 Etta James

25th January 1938 – 20th January 2012

i experienced great grief when i learned yesterday that etta james had died at just 73. she is one of my favourite female blues singers and was one of the last great blues ladys that are still alive.
its quite a shame but i dont have any of her records on vinyl (which i sure will have to change now!), so we have to go with a little youtube clip to remember this awesome singer and indulge our ears in that geat voice once more:

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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Champion Jack Dupree: Blues From The Gutter (1959)

today id like to proudly present to you my newest arrival, an original first pressing of champrion jack duprees debut album: ‘blues from the gutter’, released in 1959 as atlantic 8019. i say proudly present, because this isnt only a really fine blues record, it is also nearly perfectly preserved copy concerning its age of over fifty years. theres virtually no noise, no cracks and pops on the digital copy i made of it – as it says on the rear cover, high fidelity!
dupree – who got his nickname “champion” when boxing to make a living when he couldnt live on music alone – was a famous blues pianist and would habe been a hundred years old in july, but as his birth date is uncertain we cant be sure about that of course. just in the pre-WW II barrelhouse style that dupree came up with, this album mainly contains slow blues tracks. my personal favourite is ‘nasty boogie’ because it a little more driving.
but perhaps most interesting about this album are the liner notes, which give us a little insight into duprees extraordinary life – and the drug references in his music.

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Friday, 26 March 2010

Leadbelly at Mojo Repair Shop

continuing the blues theme of my last post, heres a recommendation for a highly interesting series started on mojo repair shop last week: a series on the life and work of william ‘huddie’ ledbetter who became a famous blues legend under the name


the blues fans among you will surely enjoy this extensive, highly informative tribute to one of the first men in modern blues history.
and if you like it, please be so kind and leave some feedback at mojos.

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