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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Preview: Junior Wells at Kansas Smitty's (Jan. 20)

In September 1965, Delmark Records' boss Bob Koester invited Junior Wells to record an album with musicians of his choosing. A couple of months later the Chicago based label released Hoodoo Man Blues by the Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band. It would prove to be one of the label's biggest selling albums. 

Chicago's classic 50s' South Side blues scene - Wille Dixon, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf - continued to exert influence throughout the sixties with the emergence of the likes of Paul Butterfield and Charlie Musselwhite. On Wells' mid-sixties recording he adopted the classic, spine-tingling harmonica-through-the-PA set up. Sharing the vocals with guitarist Buddy Guy (cementing a life-long musical partnership), Wells recruited bassist Jack Myers and drummer Bill Warren to complete the studio line-up. 

Tonight's Kansas Smitty's live stream will be playing cuts from Hoodoo Man Blues. It's odds on we'll hear Good Morning School GirlHound DogEarly in the Morning and, of course, the title track, Hoodoo Man Blues. Smitty's line-up includes Dave Archer (Buddy Guy!) and Jalen N'Gonda (Wells' vocals!). The question is, who, if anyone, will be blowing blues harp?! Log on to Facebook/YouTube at eight o'clock to find out!    
Russell             

1 comment :

NeilC said...

Thank you Russell what a cracking set really enjoyed it but it reinforced how much we all miss live music and how much the artists miss us . Virtual is all we can expect at the moment but just heard Bob Geldof ranting about Government help , the most pertinent point was an example he gave was Gary Numan, who put out a virtual album/single which received a million hits on Social media and he received £37 for his troubles , absolutely shocking .

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