Blues & Soul – A Few Favorites 2013

Blues & Soul – New Orleans Division

Los Po Boy Citos – Hasta

Allen Toussaint – Songbook 
Trombone Shorty – Say That to Say This 
Walter Wolfman Washington & The Roadmasters – Howlin’ Live at dba New Orleans Davell Crawford – My Gift to You 

comment: Los Po Boy Citos takes the crown with their wide-eared synthesis of, hold on, boogaloo, salsa, surf, second line, funk, NOLA indian music, blues, and soul.


Albert King – Born Under a Bad Sign 
Chocolate Milk – Chocolate Milk 
James Booker – Classified 
Messengers Incorporated ?- Soulful Proclamation  
Womack & Womack – Conscience 

comment: King’s cornerstone blues date greatly benefits from remastering; the Chocolate Milk set fills a large gap in their digital discography; Conscience is one of my all time favorites; and Soulful Proclamation was the rarity that rose to the top of my estimation.


Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady 
Lonnie Holley – Just Before Music 
The Liberators – Power Struggle 
Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators – Tortured Soul 
Blind Boys of Alabama – I’ll Find a Way 

comment: a tie at the top! Holley, better known as folk sculptor, is compelling and unique, and he is so in the entire sweep of musical artistry! See Lonnie Holley: The Insider’s Outsider, New York Times; Self-Made Man NPR; Ms. Monae is deservedly both a cutting edge artist and superstar; the Blind Boys celebrate their 70th anniversary this year.

Magic Sam

Magic Sam – Live At The Avant Garde (Amazon)
Eric Bibb – Jericho Road 
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite – Get Up!  
Gwyn Ashton – Fistful Of Blues  
Tamara Peterson w. Lucky Peterson Band – Whatever You Say (Amazon)
Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup – Sunny Road (Amazon)
The Slide Brothers – Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers 

comment: Magic Sam, departed to St. Peter’s houseband in 1969, is captured in a trio format in 1968. It’s no knock on his contemporaries to note that they just do not make Chicago blues records like his or that of Crudup anymore. Ashton is a terrific electric slide player from the UK, and The Slide Brothers feature three pedal steel players, two stand up and play and one sits down. 




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