What We Played On Blues Breakers Last Night – Happy Birthday Mavis Staples!

Hello! We had some fun with Blues Breakers last night. Mavis Staples has a birthday tomorrow (7/10/13) so we celebrated with Mavis as our Artist of the Week last night. Not only did we hear from Mavis’ new record but we also heard from three other Chicagoans with brand new albums; Buddy Guy, Lurrie Bell and Studebaker John. There is SO MUCH great blues and blues related music in this town!

Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers for July 8, 2013

Artist of the Week:  Mavis Staples

MAVIS STAPLES – DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI  This is a live recording by Mavis and her current band at Chicago’s Hideout Nightclub on June 23rd, 2008. The album, Live: Hope At The Hideout, was released on election day, November 4, 2008. Mavis played the Hideout Block Party in September 2011. She’ll be returning to this XRT Event this September on Friday the 6th.  Mavis is celebrating a birthday this Wednesday. She was born on July 10 in Chicago.

BUDDY GUY w/ GARY CLARK, JR. – BLUES DON’T CARE  This is from the Buddy album, “Rhythm and Blues,” due to be released on July 30, Buddy’s birthday. Buddy will be our Artist of the Week on Monday, July 29th. Sunday, July 28, Buddy Guy’s Legends will celebrate with Buddy’s Birthday Bash. (Marty Sammon, keyboard player in Buddy’s band, will be performing this Friday at The Harlem Avenue Lounge.

RICK HOLMSTROM w/ MAVIS STAPLES – LORD PLEASE  This song is from the latest album by Rick Holmstrom, “Cruel Sunrise,” who has been Mavis’ guitarist and bandleader since the 2007 album, “We’ll Never Turn Back.”

MAVIS STAPLES – EVERY STEP  This is from the new Mavis album, One True Vine, produced, as was Mavis’ last album, by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.

RANDALL BRAMBLETT – SEE THROUGH ME  This is the title track from the late 90’s album.  Expect a more keyboard/sax approach as this former member of Sea Level appears at FitzGerald’s this Saturday.

LURRIE BELL – HEY HEY BABY  This T-Bone Walker song comes from a brand new Lurrie Bell album, Blues In My Soul.  Here Lurrie returns to a Chicago Blues style album with production handled by Dick Shurman.

CJ CHENIER – BABY, PLEASE DON’T GO  This song is from CJ’s 2011 release, Can’t Sit Down.  C.J. makes his Rosa’s Lounge debut this Wednesday evening.

STUDEBAKER JOHN AND THE MAXWELL STREET KINGS – HOWLIN’ IN THE MOONLIGHT  Playing and recording with vintage equipment Studebaker John and his Maxwell Street Kings here go way down deep and dirty on the new album, Kingsville Jukin’.

JOHNNIE JOHNSON – TANQUERAY  We remember Johnnie on this anniversary of his birth in 1924. Johnnie passed away in St. Louis in 2005. This song was co-written by Johnnie and Keith Richards. Keith plays guitar and does background vocals on this track from the 1991 album, Johnnie B. Bad, produced by NRBQ’s Terry Adams. Johnnie was best known as Chuck Berry’s piano player on all of his early sides.

MAVIS STAPLES – A DYING MAN’S PLEA  This is from the 2004 album, Have a Little Faith.  This was a Jim Tulio production for Alligator Records that marked a return to recording for Mavis and could be considered the first album in a line that stretches to her current release. This song is a traditional blues song with additional lyrics by Pops Staples.

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