“Actually total badass” Guantanamo Baywatch’ Surf Rock n Roll
In the tradition of Dick Dale and his Del-Tones and bands like The Sonics the three members of Portland based band Guantanamo Baywatch are bringing raw edged Garage and Surf sounds to us. With tours in the US, Europe and Australia they are delivering surf music around the world.
Guantanamo Baywatch bring a lot of real Rock ‘n Roll with their music and that is especially these days a welcome gift. Their songs are filled with kick ass guitar riffs that remind you of Dick Dale and other surf guitarist. The vocals and lyrics are raw, gritty and humorous.
Sounds Like: Dick Dale | The Sonics | Dead Ghosts | The Reverend Horton Heat | The Cramps
Lonnie Coleman Atlanta Recording Old Rock Island Blues
Atlanta Bluesman Lonnie Coleman Recorded two songs for Columbia records in 1929. One of the songs is “Old Rock Island Blues”, a traditional blues song containing some fine rhythmic Banjo and soulful vocals.
I found this song today as part of a great record called The Atlanta Blues released by Folkways Records in 1966. It includes a lot of great songs in the piedmont, georgia rag, and Jug band style. All very soulful and recorded in the late 20s or early 30s. Featured artist like Barbecue Bob, Blind Willie Mc Tell and Peg Leg Howell are worth listening.
Sounds like: Blind Willy McTell | Bukka White | Reverend Gary Davis | Mississippi John Hurt
Unique voice in the Blues: singer Little Miss Cornshucks
She was a talented performer of Jump Blues, Rhythm and Blues and Soul ballads in the ‘after hours blues’ nightclubs from Los Angeles to Harlem. She also enjoyed a long stay as a singer in the famous Chicago club DeLisa. With her unique soulful voice Little Miss Cornchucks is an big influence in blues history.
Loneliest Gal In Town Album
This afternoon I was searching through the Chess records discography and discovered besides a whole lot of fantastic musicians Little Miss Cornshucks’ album LP-1453 – “The Loneliest Gal in Town”. When she recorded this album for Chess Records in 1961 she already had a long career behind her as a performer in Nightclubs and recording for several labels. She met Atlantic records owner Ahmet Ertegun in the late forties before he started his label and she blew him away.
For your daily dose of up-tempo blues you should listen to Edinburgh-based band The Blueswater cause these guys will deliver! The Blueswater is an award-winning, band that tours internationally.
Single “Better Apart”
Their repertoire contains a mix of self written songs and covers of classics blues songs like John Lee Hookers“Boom Boom” and W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues”. “Better Apart” is a high tempo Rhythm and Blues song containing some very smooth vocals, swinging harmonica and rhythmic rock ‘n roll guitar. Especially the harmonica solo in this song kicks ass!