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Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy



First album recorded together by the former Blasters members in 30 years. A tribute to rhythm & blues icon Big Bill Broonzy


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Composed by William BroonzyBig Bill Broonzy:Vocals & GuitarJoshua Altheimer:PianoFred Williams:DrumsRecorded in Chicago, IL. Friday, December 8, 1939Originally issued on the 1940 single (OKeh 05641) (78 RPM)This recording take from the 1996 album “Messed Up In Love…And Other Tales Of Woe” (Columbia/Legacy CK 52831) (CD)

Dave, Phil Alvin stream Feeling Happy

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin have released a stream of their track Feeling Happy.

It’s their take on Big Joe Turner’s classic, and it’s one of four that appear on upcoming album Lost Time.

Dave Alvin says: “Big Joe was a friend and musical mentor to us since we were teenagers – so we reckoned it was about damn time we paid tribute to him.

"Former Blaster Gene Taylor is rockin’ the keys, I try to replicate the driving Basie horn section on guitar, and my brother Phil sings the big city blues as Big Joe taught him to.”

Lost Time follows last year’s Common Ground, which saw the Alvins reunite for the first time in years to pay homage to another of their heroes, Big Bill Broonzy.

The album is released via Yep Roc on September 18 and it’s available for pre-order now.

1. Mister Kicks
2. World’s In A Bad Condition
3. Cherry Red Blues
4. Rattlesnakin’ Daddy
5. Hide and Seek
6. Papa’s On The House Top
7. In New Orleans (Rising Sun Blues)
8. Please Please Please
9. Sit Down, Baby
10. Wee Baby Blues
11. Feeling Happy
12. If You See My Savior

La tercera entrega de HDO tiene por título “Those old and new blues”. Blues que llegan desde hace décadas de la mano de Big Bill Bronzy. También desde la propuesta actual de Hoodoo Blues & Roots Magic, que en su disco homónimo publicado en Clean Feed este mismo año recrean música de Julius Hemphill, Sun Ra,…

HDO: those old and new blues (entrega 0003) [Audioblog] was originally published on Tomajazz 2.5

Wijkfeest Pauwenkamp in de steigers

Op zaterdag 5 september organiseert wijkcommissie Pauwenkamp haar jaarlijkse wijkfeest voor jong en oud. Het wijkfeest staat in het kader van het ontmoeten van jong en oud, gezelligheid en het uitwisselen - onder het genot van een hapje en drankje - van de vakantiebelevenissen. Ook kan het wijkfeest worden gezien als de start van een nieuw seizoen. Het programma van de gezellige dag staat inmiddels in de steigers.

Ook dit jaar vindt het wijkfeest weer plaats op het middenterrein nabij het Niftarlake College. Om 13.00 uur zal burgemeester de heer Marc Witteman het wijkfeest openen.

Er is een horecakraam op het feestterrein voor een hapje en drankje aanwezig. Rond het feestterrein is er een vrij- en kleedjesmarkt waar spullen kunnen worden verkocht. Uiteraard ontbreekt ook dit jaar het springkussen niet, met zeephelling! Een geweldige suikerspin maakt het voor de kinderen helemaal compleet.

Er zijn optredens van New Feel The Beat, kinderactiviteiten verzorgd door Maya-kids-Parties, een demonstratie Calisthenics, Open Podium voor de wijk, optreden van de Broonzy Ben Coverband en DJ Maarten Wubs. 

When the Levee Breaks

Memphis Minnie is a blues legend. Minnie wasn’t a vaudeville blues stylist like Bessie Smith, she played the guitar and wrote her own songs in a style dominated my males. She wasn’t afraid to mix it up with the men either, once cutting Big Bill Broonzy in a guitar competition. Minnie’s songs were often dirty, loaded with the double entendre lyrics typical of her era. She also wrote songs that stood up for a feminine point of view, refusing to play the brokenhearted victim. One of her best is “Lonesome Shack Blues” in which she sings “up on the hill I’ve built a lonesome shack….so when my man quits me I won’t have to beg him back.” In “Down in the Alley” she says “got me down in the alley don’t treat me rough, I ain’t gonna put up with that doggone stuff”. “When the Levee Breaks” was later made famous by Led Zeppelin, and was lifted by Dylan for his “Modern Times” album. “What’s the Matter with the Mill” was covered by several Western Swing bands, “Me and My Chauffeur” is an often covered blues classic. Once billed as the “Girl with the Guitar”, Minnie became a dominant player on Chicago’s south side blues scene. There was no one else like her, and most likely never will be again.

"It Hurts Me Too"

Wikipedia - “‘It Hurts Me Too’ is a blues standard that is 'one of the most interpreted blues [songs]’. First recorded in 1940 by American blues musician Tampa Red, the song is a mid-tempo eight-bar blues that features slide guitar. It borrows from earlier blues songs and has been recorded by many blues and other artists. 'It Hurts Me Too’ is based on 'Things 'Bout Comin’ My Way’, recorded by Tampa Red in 1931 (OKeh  1637). The melody lines are nearly identical and instrumentally they   are similar, although the latter has an extra bar in the turnaround,  giving it nine bars. … Several versions of 'It Hurts Me Too’ were recorded in the 1940s and 1950s, including those by Stick McGhee and Big Bill Broonzy. When Elmore James recorded it in 1957 (Chief 7004), he (or Chief’s owner, Mel London, who is credited on the release) supplied some of the lyrics that are most familiar today. …”


YouTube: Tampa Red, Elmore James, Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band, Big Bill Broonzy, Joe Carter