Big Pete Aint All Thumbs When Pickin’ Up Them “Chromatic Crumbs”

Time for a hard left turn into a sweaty jazzy roadhouse of fun. I can’t recall hearing a blues-drenched harmonica rockin’ out with heavy jazz guitar and a smokin’ combo of this variety. It’s natural and fits together beautifully, and it freakin’ makes my afternoon here. Learn somethin’ new about music every day if ya wanna. Possessed of major chops, these players find appropriate occasion to use them on “Chromatic Crumbs.” Sizzling goodness from Big Pete and his band o’ brigands.

Big Pete
“Chromatic Crumbs (feat. John Marx & Alex Schultz)” (download mp3)
from “Choice Cuts”
“Chromatic Crumbs” (play)

Clean Livin’, Elvin Bishop Style

Veteran blues man Elvin Bishop has more than his share of stories to tell, and remarkably, he’s alive to tell them. Here the man gives us a run down of some of the travails, self-imposed or otherwise, which he has brushed off to play another night. For the uninitiated, Red Dog is Bishop’s trusty electric guitar. “Clean Livin'” is on the “Red Dog Speaks” album. And speak it does.

Elvin Bishop
“Clean Livin'” (download mp3)
from “Red Dog Speaks”
“Clean Livin'” (play)
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Elvin Bishop n’ Friends, Struttin’ They Stuff

Evar so funkay! Veteran blues badass Elvin Bishop is prolly best known for his mid ’70’s smash hit, “Fooled Around And Fell In Love,” and I love me some o’ that soul rawk power poppin’. Here today we find the man blazing out on a joyous blues boogie, with fellow blistering players Derek Trucks and  Warren Haynes joining in the fun. A lighthearted song featuring some heavyweight virtuosity, from cats that never did get de-clawed.

Elvin Bishop
“Struttin’ My Stuff (feat. Derek Trucks & Warren Haynes)” (download mp3)
from “The Blues Rolls On”
Struttin’ My Stuff (feat. Derek Trucks & Warren Haynes) (play)

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Bobby Jones, keepin’ it real. No, I mean real!

Bobby Jones – “Get It Over Baby”

There’s nothing like a good old school style recording of a tight blues band led by a soulful, veteran singer. As the label proudly explains, this whole album was “recorded live to 2” analog multitrack tape with vintage equipment and very little overdubs, and then mixed to ½” tape by real human beings.” It’s nice to know that such records are not a lost art. The phrase “keeping it real” has been repeated so often now as to become a cliché. Bobby Jones and his crew don’t need to say that. They just live it.

Bobby Jones
“Get It Over Baby” (mp3)
from “Comin’ Back Hard”

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