Big Bill Broonzy (Arkansas and Mississippi; 1898-1958) singing “Just a Dream” (from the 1939 recording, a bit more swing to it than the original).
Junior Wells, accompanied by Buddy Guy, playing “Hoodoo Man Blues,” written by Wells and Sonny Boy Williamson.
The song is from Well’s debut album of the same name, often listed among the best blues albums of all-time. Certainly it is one of THE “Chicago blues” albums. Here they are performing sometime in the early to mid-70s, at least so it seems from the “look” of things. Wells is at or near his best. It’s easy to tell why he was the legend he was. His harmonica was the most soulful there was, with that Southern drawl picked up just so to give it the feel that became the Chicago sound. Buddy Guy–hands down my favorite blues guitarist–shows us why he is who he is.
This is the Chicago sound played to perfection.
Happy New Year! I wanted to kick this year off by thanking each of every one of you for your support of Latino Like Me. Whether you visit my blog on a regular basis, or subscribe, or just stumble upon here from time to time, I appreciate your time and consideration. I hope from time to time I fill it with a little something entertaining, maybe even thought-provoking.
I’m feeling like I’m going to keep on going with my “Monday Blues” feature, if for no other reason than it’s a good way for me to kick off my work week.
To inaugurate 2011, we return to Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thorton, the mistress of blues who kicked this feature off for us last year. This time she’s singing “I’m Feelin’ Alright” from her 1966 album “Big Mama Thorton with the Muddy Waters Blues Band.”