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* NEWS FLASH !*
BOB BROZMAN TO PLAY THE HEALER DEC.3

Bob Brozman is the number one expert on National steel bodied resonator guitars. He has recorded numerous albums on Blues, Hawaiian and Roots music and has released six albums this year alone.
 



 

HANS OLSON

Hans Olson is a veteran performing musician with over 25 years in the music business.He began his career as a lead singer in a Rock & Roll band in Southern California in 1967. By 1970, Hans had developed a very unique and powerful solo act.
 


KELLY JOE PHELPS

Country Blues is where it all began. Go back to the early days of 78s and you’ll find the country blues of Blind Lemon Jefferson and Robert Johnson. These days Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ are playing with the fire, the raw energy of country blues. Kelly Joe Phelps plays acoustic country blues, and he does so with an achingly beautiful melancholy that is the emotional core of the music and the definitive trait of so many of the genre’s legends: Skip James, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Pete Williams.
 



 

GARY REX TANNER
MISSISSIPPI SLIM

Gary Rex Tanner and Mississippi Slim are a breath of fresh air and an oasis in a desert of verdecibled Technopop.
 
 


KAREN TYLER

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as the rich, smoky flavour of hard earned lessons and personal experience. Karen Tyler serves up a steaming stew of the stuff on her new CD “Lovin’ the Blues Too Long”. Tyler tempers the bitterness of broken hearts, lost love and lost faith with the sweet promise of hope and a dash of southern style humour.
 



 

ETTA BAKER

Etta Baker of Morganton, North Carolina was born in 1913 and has been playing the guitar since the age of four.She is the premier woman Piedmont blues guitar instrumentalist. Her only contemporary was the late Elizabeth Cotton of Carrboro, North Carolina.Nature loving Etta Baker is often accompanied by wild animals. For proof,check out the duet she recorded with a finch on Carolina Breakdown from her latest CD.
 



 

MORE PIEDMONT BLUES
JOHN JACKSON

John Jackson was born and reared in Woodville,Rappahannock County,Virginia, where the green rolling hills of the Piedmont join the smoky vistas of the northern Blue Ridge Mountains.Music, work, friends and family are inseparable in John’s world. They give pleasure, sustenance and a sense of place. John has travelled far, but his values reflect a Woodville of long ago and a tradition of music kept in the generations of a family.
 



 

STRAIGHT OUT OF AUSTIN,TEXAS
DALE WATSON

Only Brisbane show, October 3,1999, at La Cruda, Bonapartes Hotel, Fortitude Valley with special guests The Slingshots and Big Jim Black. Doors open at 3pm.
 



 

CD REVIEW
DEEP RIVER OF SONG

Mississippi:Saints & Sinners
Mississippi:The Blues Lineage
The time has come for Blues Purists to rejoice for the Alan Lomax Collection is here.Now there’s a number of
these collections that have been released recently by Rounder, but the Deep River Of Song series of which there are five CDs stands head and shoulders above the rest. These field recordings made for the Library of Congress by Alan and John A.Lomax from 1933 to1946 are of great historical importance to all lovers of the Blues. All of these field recordings have been remastered, but you’ll still hear some surface noise.
On Saints & Sinners you’ll hear work songs and prison camp hollers from Big Charlie Butler, spirituals from
Deacon Tom Jones and Reverend C.H.Savage along with an interview between Savage and Alan Lomax. There’s also dance tunes and ragtime. Sid Hemphill the grandfather of Jessie Mae Hemphill is recorded here playing his panpipes and fiddle on two tracks. The recordings on the Blues Lineage CD are absolutely mind blowing, Ragged and Dirty & Mississippi Blues from Willie Brown run for five and six minutes. There are two songs from Muddy Waters You Gonna Miss Me
When I’m Gone, & I Be Bound To Write To You which later became I Can’t Be Satisfied when he went to Chicago.There are also songs from Honeyboy Edwards, Willie Ford, Son House and someone who is new to me, LuciousCurtis with a wonderful song called High Lonesome Hill. Both CDs come with extensive liner notes includingsong lyrics and dialogue between Lomax and the artists.
 



 

CD REVIEW
RORY BLOCK

Confessions of a Blues Singer
This latest album from Rory Block, which has won Best Acoustic Blues Album at this year’s WC Handy Awards is a killer of an album.Confessions of a Blues Singer displays all the raw power that delta bluesmen like Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson had on their recordings. Rory has gone for feel rather than perfection, and says that they never really
mixed this album, instead settling for the studio roughs as they had the best energy. Two Robert Johnson songs get it going with If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day and Ramblin’ On My Mind which also features Bonnie Raitt playing some tasty fills and a solo on acoustic slide. I Am In The Heavenly Way, a song by Bukka White, has Rory’s youngest son, Jordan dueting with her on vocals. Jordan sings with such a growl that you think you’re listening to Blind Willie Johnson. Rory continues her tradition of recording songs by blueswomen. Louise Johnson recorded her music in 1930. Her song Long Way From Home is included and features Rory on vocals, with Jordan playing some fine boogie piano.
Charlie Patton’s Bo Weavil Blues is the basis of this album. The slide riff from this song came to Rory in a dream and she knew she was meant to record it. Confessions of a Blues Singer is Rory’s thirteenth album for Rounder since 1981 and is definitely her best one yet.
 



SEPTEMBER 1999



 

NEXT MONTH
Townes Van Zandt-Far Cry From Dead
Ray Wylie Hubbard-Dangerous Spirits
The Underdogs-Unleashed



 

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BLUE COUNTRY PLAYLIST  17/8/1999

Chris Thomas King/I Cried/Self-Titled
Kimmie Rhodes/West Texas Heaven/West Texas Heaven
Townes Van Zandt/Dollar Bill Blues/Rear View Mirror
Steve Earle/Texas Eagle/The Mountain
Lil’ Fi/Dreaming Up A Dream/Retail Therapy *
Kevin Welch/Faith Comes Later/Beneath My Wheels
Alison Krauss & Union Station/Pain Of A Troubled Life/So Long So Wrong
Doc & Merle Watson/Down The Road/Home Sweet Home
The Cox Family/Pardon Me/Everybody’s Reaching Out For Someone
Kasey Chambers/Cry Like A Baby/The Captain *
Cyndi Boste/No Way Out/Home Truths *
Peter Rowan/Like A River/Remembering Kate Wolf
John Fogerty/Bring It Down To Jelly Roll/Blue Moon Swamp
Chris Thomas King/Soon This Morning Blues/Red Mud +
Debbie Davies/Walking By Myself/Tales From The Austin Motel
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells/High Heel Sneakers/Alone & Acoustic
Chris Thomas King/Dark Cloud/Red Mud +
Guy Davis/WhenYou Got A Good Friend/Call Down The Thunder
Cephas &Wiggins/No Lovin’ Baby Now/Flip,Flop&Fly
Chris Thomas King/Death Letter Blues/Red Mud +
Rory Block/Preaching Blues/When A Woman Gets The Blues
Son House/Between Midnight And Day/Delta Blues & Spirituals
Chris Thomas King/Sinking Feeling/RedMud +
Roy Book Binder/Police Dog Blues/Polk City Ramble
Sam Mitchell/Nobody’s Fault But Mine/The Art Of Bottleneck Guitar
Chris Thomas King/Wanna Die With A Smile On My Face/Red Mud +
Steve James/Liberty/Art & Grit
John Jackson/Louisiana Blues/Front Porch Blues
Corey Harris/Wildwest/Greens From The Garden
Susan Tedeschi/Friar’s Point/Just Won’t Burn
Chris Thomas King/Red Mud/Red Mud +

* Australian Artist
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BLUE COUNTRY PLAYLIST  24/8/1999

Last Chance Jug Band/Kansas City Blues/Shake That Thing
Tom Rush/San Francisco Bay Blues/Blues,Songs & Ballads
Greg Brown/Spring And What’s Left/Slant Six Mind
The Woodpickers/Outlaw Way/Reason & Dream *
Ray Wylie Hubbard/I’ve Seen That Old Highway/Loco Gringo’s Lament
Bill Kirchen/Big Mack’s Off The Blocks/Hot Rod Lincoln-Live
Red Rivers/Road Train/Low Down Twang *
Dale Watson/Hey Driver/I Hate These Songs
Ry Cooder/Little Sister/Bop Till You Drop
Delbert McClinton/Leap Of Faith/One Of The Fortunate Few
Lonesome River Band/Sorry County Blues/One Step Forward
Jerry Douglas & Peter Rowan/You Can’t Get There From Here/Yonder
Gillian Welch/Winter’s Come & Gone/Hell Among The Yearlings
Debbie Davies/Atras De Tus Ojos/Tales From The Austin Motel +
Steve Lott/My Back Door/West Texas Refugee *
James T. & The Last Volunteers/Blanket Thief/Sharpen Up *
Debbie Davies/Half-Caf Decaf/Tales From The Austin Motel +
Steve Earle/Hard-Core Troubadour/I Feel Alright
Chris Smither/Can’t Shake These Blues/Up On The Lowdown
Debbie Davies/When You Were Gone/Tales From The Austin Motel +
Omar & The Howlers/So Mean To Me/Swing Land
Maria Muldaur/Home Of The Blues/Fanning The Flames
Debbie Davies/Walking By Myself/Tales From The Austin Motel +
Lucinda Williams/Nothing In Rambling/Self-Titled
Mollie O’Brien/In My Girlish Days/Big Red Sun
Susan Tedeschi/You Need To Be With Me/Just Won’t Burn
Kimmie Rhodes/Bad Times For Me/Jackalopes,Moons & Angels
Debbie Davies/Bald Headed Baby/Tales From The Austin Motel +

* Australian Artist
+ Feature Album
 



 

BLUE COUNTRY PLAYLIST  31/8/1999

Susan Tedeschi/Angel From Montgomery/Just Won’t Burn
Blind Dog & The Reverend/Hot & Sassy/Love ‘N’ Pain *
Debbie Davies/Percolatin’/Tales From The Austin Motel
Johnny Green’s Blues Cowboys/Cocaine Train/At Last *
Monte Warden/HereI Am/Here I Am
Amazing Rhythm Aces/Waiting On Sundown/Out Of The Blue
Kevin Welch/Beneath My Wheels/Beneath My Wheels
Whiskeytown/Houses On The Hill/Strangers Almanac
John Fogerty/Blueboy/Blue Moon Swamp
Jim McAllister/Built For Comfort/Demo *
Jerry Douglas/T.V. Doctor/Restless On The Farm
Steve Earle/The Graveyard Shift/The Mountain
Shaver/You’re As Young As The Woman You Feel/Highway Of Life
Gary Rex Tanner/Low Down And Dirty/Feel The Heat +
Hans Olson/One Of These Mornings/Kachina Blues
Karen Tyler/Lovin’ The Blues Too Long/Lovin’ The Blues Too Long
Gary Rex Tanner/Marguerita/Feel The Heat +
Steve James/Ooze It To Me Mama/Art & Grit
Memphis Sheiks/21 st Century Blues Man/Diamond In The Bluff
Gary Rex Tanner/Feel The Heat/Feel The Heat +
Charlie Musselwhite/Shelby County Blues/Best Of Kicking Mule
Chris Thomas King/Sinking Feeling/Red Mud
Gary Rex Tanner/Comin’ After You/Feel The Heat +
Blind Dog & The Reverend/Make It Back/Love ‘N’ Pain *
Last Chance Jug Band/Poor Boy Long Way From Home/Shake That Thing
Etta Baker/One-Dime Blues/One-Dime Blues
Corey Harris/Congo Square Rag/Greens From The Garden
Catfish Keith/Eagle Bird/Twist It, Babe
Gary Rex Tanner/Missin’ Mississippi/Feel The Heat +

* Australian Artist
+ Feature Album
 
 


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