||Little Charlie & The Nightcats|
All the Way Crazy (1987)
This 1987 outing found the band in fine form with its usual mix of strong originals and choice covers. Estrin's harp work on "Poor Tarzan" shows him to be a blower of chops equal to shining guitar whiz Charlie Baty's ...
||Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows|
Live from Chicago! Bigger Than Life! (1987)
Recorded live in 1987 at Biddy Mulligan's, a longtime Chicago blues institution that fell on hard times not too long thereafter, Live from Chicago! Bigger Than Life! showcases Big Twist & the Mellow Fellows' strengths in front of a rabidly ...
Hot Wires (1987)
Digitally remastered by Jay O'Rourke & Bruce Iglauer (Monster Disc, Chicago, Illinois).
Master guitarist Roy Buchanan elevates his already astronomical musical standard on his third Alligator release, HOT WIRES. With his searing tone, fluid runs, screeching harmonics, dynamics experiments, and grab ...
I'm in the Wrong Business (1987)
Contains 3 extra tracks, taken from the LIVING CHICAGO BLUES VOL. 4 album.
Solid, soulful blues, often with humorous, self-deprecating lyrics, comes from the well-respected vocalist, tenor player, composer, and veteran of the bands of Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, ...
Edge of the City (1987)
Mixing the Chicago tradition (their father is the noted guitar/harmonica wizard Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey) with more contemporary musical elements like rock and reggae, The Kinsey Report manages to create a muscular, forward-looking musical statement without compromising their deep roots ...
Live from Chicago (1988)
Cut live at Chicago's B.L.U.E.S. Etcetera nightclub, the disc captures the high-energy excitement of Lonnie Brooks' live show. Many familiar titles from his Alligator catalog, along with a handful of never-before released tunes and a marathon "Hide Away" where Brooks ...
Siegel-Schwall Reunion Concert (1988)
1988 live radio broadcast. File under "guess you had to be there." ~ Cub Koda
Corky Siegel,Jim Schwall,Rallo Radford,Sam Lay
||Little Charlie & The Nightcats|
Disturbing the Peace (1988)
This 1988 outing is another seamless part of the thread that is this eclectic West Coast band, brimming with equal parts good humor and sensational playing. Charlie Baty tears into his guitar on the opener, "That's My Girl," and keeps ...
Years Since Yesterday (1988)
Coming out of San Diego, this hard rockin', blues bar-band consistently hits the mark with fine original material and great covers. Highlights include the title track and "Your New Love," both originals, as well as covers like Titus Turner's "Going ...
||Maurice John Vaughn|
Generic Blues Album (1984)
Anything but generic, this is actually powerful, contemporary, funky Chicago blues. With excellent musicianship, Vaughn performs interesting songs focusing on the trials of modern urban life and work. Vaughn, a top session player, sings and plays guitar and sax. ~ ...
Big News from Baton Rouge!! (1988)
The debut release for the second-generation bayou blues guitarist/harpist, whose gruff-before-their-time vocals retain their swamp sensibility while assuming a bright contemporary feel that tabs him as a leading contender for future blues stardom. [Big News from Baton Rouge was originally ...
Georgia Blue (1989)
Like most of Tinsley Ellis' albums, Georgia Blue is filled with hot, blistering guitar, mediocre songs and flat vocals. For fans of blues guitar, there's plenty to hear on the album -- the licks and solos burn with a wild, ...
Swamp Boogie Queen (1988)
Katie Webster And Silent Partners: Katie Webster (vocals, piano, organ); Andrew Jones (guitar); Russell Jackson (bass); Tony Coleman (drums).
Additional personnel includes: Boonie Raitt (vocals, guitar); Kim Wilson (vocals, harmonica); Anson Funderburgh, Robert Cray (guitar); Joe Sublett (saxophones).
Lovable Katie Webster had ...
Big Fun (1988)
In the 10 years between the release of Hog Heaven and this comeback record, Elvin Bishop was represented in record stores by a Best Of on Capricorn and an album released only in Germany (Is You Is Or Is You ...
Harp & Soul (1988)
After a lengthy hiatus from the music business, Lester was in the midst of his comeback when he waxed this album for Alligator. The overall sound is redolent of those Louisiana swamp blues classics, but with a cannily updated contemporary ...
That Woman Is Poison! (1988)
A masterful comeback album from a blues and soul veteran who was assumed to be ready for the retirement home. Rufus Thomas went back to the comic blues that had been his forte in the 1950s, and the edge in ...
Lucky Strikes! (1989)
Peterson's real coming-out party as a mature blues triple threat: his guitar and keyboard skills are prodigious (though he's no longer a child prodigy), and his vocals on "Pounding of My Heart," "Can't Get No Loving on the Telephone," and ...
One More for the Road (1989)
By the time of this album's release, Charles Brown had been recording for 45 years. ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD finds Brown in fine voice, as he plays a set that mixes a few of his originals with some perfectly ...
||Lil' Ed / Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials|
Chicken, Gravy and Biscuits (1989)
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials: Lil' Ed Williams (vocals, guitar); Mike Garrett (guitar); James "Pookie" Young (bass); Kelly Littleton (drums).
Wild, raw, rough-edged Chicago slide guitar blues, this is jumpin', partyin' music in the tradition of Hound Dog Taylor and ...
Live from Austin (1989)
Recorded live on PBS's "Austin City Limits" TV program in 1988.
Devil Child (1989)
Backed by a punchy horn section and sizzling rhythms, Neal didn't suffer from any sophomore jinx. Between Neal, his bass-playing co-producer Bob Greenlee, and drummer Jim Payne, there's some very crafty songwriting going on here -- "Any Fool Will Do," ...
Midnight Drive (1989)
All songs written by The Kinsey Report, except "Can't Stop Thinking About You" (Kemp/Himes) and "River's Invitation" (Mayfield).
With Midnight Drive, the Kinsey Report attempts to expand the sonic palette of blues by adding elements of funk and hard rock. Although ...
||Little Charlie & The Nightcats|
Big Break (1989)
Here is another raucous, rollicking release. ~ Niles J. Frantz
Personnel: Little Charlie Baty (guitar), Rick Estrin (vocals, harmonica), Jay Peterson (bass) and Dobie Strange (drums).
Two-Fisted Mama! (1990)
Another impressive showcase for Katie Webster's rollicking 88s and earthy vocals. Other than the Memphis Horns, no special guests this time -- just Webster and her tight trio (anchored by guitarist Vasti Jackson). ~ Bill Dahl
Recorded at Streeterville Studios, Chicago, ...
Fanning the Flames (1989)
All songs written or co-written by Tinsley Ellis except "Leavin' Here" (Holland/Dozier/Holland), "Deaf, Dumb, Crippled & Blind" (Newell/Carter) and "Dangling By A Thread" (Kashmar).
Fanning the Flames is an erratic but impressive set from Tinsley Ellis. While his basic sound is ...