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Blues and Roots from Chicago: Bubbles Brown

Blues and Roots from Chicago: Bubbles Brown

Hailing from Chicago two piece band Bubbles Brown brings some fine blues and roots music into the world. This music is Soulful and in some songs like “Paper Plane Blues” you might think they hired Stevie Wonder to sing some blues, but no it is Bubbles Brown original.

This 2 piece band consists of Bubbles Brown (Guitar, Vocals) and Washboard Ben (Percussion, Vocals). According to these guys bio they “Cut their teeth ont the blues deep in the subways of Chicago, busking for change an the occasional dollar”. We all know there is no better way to learn the blues like that.

Debut Album MT. Gilead

Don’t expect a big backline Bubbles and Ben use only a guitar, a washboard, sock Cymbal and a suitcase bass drum. There music is a mix of pre-war blues and country mixed in a blend of modern electricity.

Recently these guys release their full lenght debut album MT. Gilead.  The album which contains 15 songs is really an incredible mix of blues, roots and country  from the 20s to the 50s.

SOUNDS LIKE: Two piece Pokey Lafarge band | Stevie Wonder playing Blues and Roots | Tampa Red,  meets Big Bill Broonzy | Sonny Boy Williamson



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Song of the Day: LaVern Baker – Voodoo Voodoo

Song of the Day: LaVern Baker – Voodoo Voodoo


Voodoo Voodoo was the B -side of Lavern Baker’s 1961 release of ‘Hey Memphis’ for Atlantic recods. This song really has the power to let people dance and fifty five years later is still works! The secret of this song is in the tight rhythm and the strong vocals. It is a musical hurricane  that forces everyone to join. In ‘Voodoo Voodoo’ Rhythm ‘nd’ Blues Queen Lavern Baker shows she got what it takes.

Blues singer from the Chicago Southside

Born November 28 in 1929 on the Chicago South Side Lavern Baker earned her education in her Baptist Church Choir. At age 17 she landed a residency at the famous Chicago Blues Club De Lisa under the stagename “Little Miss Sharecropper”.

 

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The Honeydripper Bluesman Roosevelt Sykes

Roosevelt Sykes Black bull blues album

The Honeydripper Bluesman Roosevelt Sykes

He was always present in the studio ready to play the piano. And you could recognise the bluesman of this article by his stylish suit and hat. Roosevelt Sykes the Honeydripper bluesman had a career in blues which lasted seven decades. He made fame in four Blues cities Helena. St. Louis, Chicago and New Orleans and performed with a whole lot of great musicians.

Sykes music was divers, but always groovy


You will like Roosevelt Sykes for his diversity. For example: ‘Sputnik Baby’  is an electric Blues song with  influences from Boogie Woogie, to Chicago Blues. On the other hand St. James Infirmary is a jazzy New Orleans blues song that is slow emotional and goes through your bones. Sykes sings beautiful his piano style is soulful and grooves fine on the slow rhythm.

“The Blues Player, he ain’t worried and bothered,but he’s got something for the worried people” 

Roosevelt Sykes – Sputnik Baby

Recording His First Songs for Okeh

According to All music’: Sykes began recording in 1929 for OKeh and was signed to four different labels the next year under four different names (he was variously billed as Dobby Bragg, Willie Kelly, and Easy Papa Johnson)! Sykes joined Decca Records in 1935, where his popularity blossomed. After relocating to Chicago, Sykes inked a pact with Bluebird in 1943 and recorded prolifically for the RCA subsidiary with his combo, the Honeydrippers, scoring a pair of R&B hits in 1945 (covers of Cecil Gant’s “I Wonder” and Joe Liggins’ “The Honeydripper”).

I listed some of my favorite tunes of the Honeydripper in this article  Scroll down and experience for yourself!

Feel like Blowing My Horn


Roosevelt Sykes – “Gulfport Boogie”

ROOSEVELT SYKES- SWEET OLD CHICAGO

Roosevelt Sykes – St. James Infirmary

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Messin’ with the kid

Tonight I listened to a show Messin’ With The Blues, it’s a performance of Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and the great Muddy Waters, live at the Montrieux festival in Switzerland. Every last one of the songs has great lyrics in that show.

Messin’ With The Kid

This song ‘Messin’ With The Kid’ is one of my favorite. The art of repeating, and changing the sequince of words, I love that. Even without the music, just the lyrics by themselves contain that blues feeling., the rhythm and the groove. The groove and the rhythm, like that.

Chicago blues legend buddy guy

Black Bull Blues Lyrics

You know the kid’s no child, and I don’t play
I says what I mean and I mean what I say
Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah,
oh look at what you did
You can call it what you want to,
I call it messin’ with the kid

Here is the show I’m talking about, watch it if you like. Later on Muddy an Buddy perform. And at one point Buddy tells the people they “get a better thrill out of playing here than at home.” At that point I feel like this:

Just ten years ago People what I would do
No one would ever know
Just ten years ago
People how I would live my life
No one would ever know
The things that I think I would do
Ooo, no one will never know.

Later on it ends with: Yeah, play the blues

Muddy’s Band

It was a world class line up: Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Bill Wyman, Pinetop Perkins, Terry Taylor, Dallas Taylor

Picture: Sardognunu

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