Blues Remix by A-Frillz: Sonny Boy Williamson’s Start me Talkin’
Don’t Start Me Talkin’ is one of the trademark song of harmonica bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson II. It was Williamson’s first single recorded for Checker Records and reached number three in the Billboard R&B charts in 1955. Sixty years later it is the subject of a DJ remix by Canadian based A-Frillz.
Deep bass en beats: Mixing blues song
I always like it when producers and DJ’s take old blues song and mix it into a dance version. this song for example, puts the catchy harmonica in the loop and adds a deep bass beat to it! the original vocals of Sonny Boy stay in place and the result is a blues inspired dance hit.
A-Frillz did a great job mixing this blues classic follow and listen more of his mixes via Facebook and Soundcloud
It was on Dr. Johns Gumbo, the Dr. John album where he ‘honored’ the great artists and music of New Orleans when I first heard the music Huey “Piano” Smith. Dr. John recorded a medley of Huey’s songs. One song that was not part of Dr. John mix is “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu”.
Ace Records 1957 release by Huey “Piano” Smith
Ace Records was the biggest independent label in Mississippi in the 1950s and 60s containing a roster of Mississippi blues artists and Louisiana musicians like Huey “Piano” Smith. Alongside label owner Johnny Vincent, Huey Smith wrote the “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu” in 1957 and scored a minor hit, nr 52 in the billboard Chart.
The song gained a whole lot of attention in 1972 when Johnny Rivers scored and international hit with it and reached number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 during the winter of 1973.
Johnny Rivers – 1972 version “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu”
This alternative singer-songwriter from Little Rock, Arkansas brings Folk rooted songs filled with western guitar melody’s and bluesy rhythms. Jonivan Jones released his easy listenable album Ghostwriter this March.
Ghostwriter: more than just seperate songs
Jonivan Jones’ album is more than just seperate songs it is one to listen completely to get the groove of the music. Some will find it hypnotic some will be amazed by the variety guitar sounds. But to get you started listening my favorite songs are “Desert Surf Blues” and “Bar Room Revelations”, but do listen to all! You will notice that his songs are like a blended whiskey, mixed with all kind of raw alternative ingredients.
On youtube you will find some cool videos on Jonivan Jones’ music. Check them out her below or on his Youtube Channel! Listen and follow for more music on Facebook and Bandcamp.
Ina Forsman from Helsinki, Finland caught my attention with her version of Merle Travis and Big Bill Broonzy’s Sixteen Tons. Big Bill’s version of the song has always been a true soul-blues classic to me. Now Ina showed us how to deliver it.
With a similar easy as Big Bill she nails this song. Ina Forsman is a highly technical singer and blows out the speakers with that Burnt Honey voice.
Debut Album Ina Forsman
She had been around for a while and you might have seen her on the blues stages off Europe. She represented Finland at the 2014 European Blues Challenge. this year she released her self-titled debut album, and tours with the Ruf Records Blues Caravan 2016 with fellow singers Layla Zoe (Canada), Tasha Taylor (USA).