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Rockin’ Rhythm and Blues by The Excitements

Rockin’ Rhythm and Blues by The Excitements

They throw us back to the fifties and sixties of Lavern Baker and Esther Phillips and make us dance to some extreme gooving tunes. The Excitements are a hardworking band, almost hyperactive in the best tradition of Rhythm and Blues. Nowadays you won’t easily find a band that’s capable of bringing so much soul and rhythm to your living room, bar, venue or festival.

Rhythm and Blues out of Barcelona

Since 2010 the Excitements are slowly building a huge fan base in Europe. They’ve performed their R’n’B and Soul cocktail old school style, and tell us in their band bio: “leaving audiences wondering how a band from Barcelona (Spain) is able to channel the show-stopping fierceness and class of such classics as Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Ike & Tina Turner, or any act to come out of Memphis, Detroit or New Orleans during the late fifties and sixties” .

Debut album “S/T”

In march 2011 these soul rockers released their first album after a long year of touring called “S/T”. From this Album “Take The Bitter Sweet” is really worth listening. This song is not a cover from the Muddy Waters Similar song.  Wait a Minute is my favorite song on this album and contains deep vocals, and above all a catchy melody. This song really reminds me of New Orleans version of Lavern Baker’s “Voodoo Voodoo”.

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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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Song of the Day: Scrapper Blackwell – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out

Scrapper Blackwell – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out

 Most people know the classic “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” from the Eric Clapton cover performed on his Unplugged album. But this blues standard written by Jimmy Cox in 1923 is performed by a whole lot of people including Josh White, Sammy Price, Bessie Smith, Lavern Baker and Louis Jordan. But for the last few day I listened to the Scrapper Blackwell version.

Song about a one-time millionaire

Scrapper Blackwell recorded this song at a session in Chicago on August 15, 1928.  According to ‘Blues By Dick Weissman‘ : ” Its lyric, told from the point of view of a one-time millionaire during the Prohibition era, reflects on the fleeting nature of material wealth and the friendships that come and go with it” .

Who is Scrapper Blackwell?

All though nowaday he might be a bit unknown Francis Hillman aka “Scrapper” Blackwell was a well known guitarist back in the day. He made quite fame alongside Blues pianist Leroy Carr and recorded several albums with Carr. Scrapper Blackwell and  Leroy Carr met during a house party in Indianapolis  in 1927.

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