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Friday, February 1st

two takes

Sonny Boy Williamson (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller, 1912[?]-1965), “Lonesome Cabin” (S. B. Williamson)

Recording, 1960

 

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Live, Copenhagen, 1964

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lagniappe

reading table

on honorable Buddha’s
honorable nose
an icicle

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Thursday, January 31st

basement jukebox

Sonny Boy Williamson (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller, 1912[?]-1965), “Nine Below Zero” (S. B. Williamson), 1951

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

How it haunts the heart, the unfathomable mystery of other people’s lives, other people’s misfortunes.

—John Banville, Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir

Tuesday, January 29th

basement jukebox

Buddy Guy, “First Time I Met the Blues” (E. Montgomery), 1960

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

I had been hungry, all the Years – 
My Noon had Come – to dine – 
I trembling drew the Table near – 
And touched the Curious Wine – 

‘Twas this on Tables I had seen – 
When turning, hungry, Home 
I looked in Windows, for the Wealth 
I could not hope – for Mine –

I did not know the ample Bread – 
‘Twas so unlike the Crumb 
The Birds and I, had often shared 
In Nature’s – Dining Room –

The Plenty hurt me – ’twas so new – 
Myself felt ill – and odd – 
As Berry – of a Mountain Bush – 
Transplanted – to a Road –

Nor was I hungry – so I found 
That Hunger – was a way 
Of Persons outside Windows – 
The Entering – takes away –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 439 (Franklin)

Friday, January 25th

tonight in Chicago

He’s playing at Buddy Guy’s club (Legends), opening for Buddy himself.

Toronzo Cannon, “All Along the Watchtower” (B. Dylan), live, Detroit area (Auburn Hills), 2017

 

Tuesday, December 25th

Merry Christmas

Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Christmas Eve Blues,” 1928


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Victoria Spivey (with Lonnie Johnson, guitar), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1928


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Bessie Smith (with Joe Smith, cornet; Charlie Green, trombone; Fletcher Henderson, piano), “At the Christmas Ball,” 1925


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Leroy Carr, “Christmas in Jail—Ain’t That a Pain,” 1929


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Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers (feat. Charles Brown, vocals, keyboards), “Merry Christmas, Baby,” 1947


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Lowell Fulson, “Lonesome Christmas (I & II),” 1950


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Sonny Boy Williamson II, “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues,” 1951


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John Lee Hooker, “Blues for Christmas,” 1959

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, December 4th

timeless

This guy, whom I worked with in the 1970s, co-producing this track and a few others for Alligator Records (Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 1), just turned ninety. One of my sons, now older than I was then, heard him the other night at a Chicago club, where, he said, his guitar playing was “robust.” How wonderful to be ninety years old and robust. How wonderful, too, to be able to share music with a son.

“Breaking up Somebody’s Home” (T. Matthews, A. Jackson), 1978

 

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Here he is forty years later.

“People Get Ready” (C. Mayfield), “That’s All Right,” Chicago, 2018

 

Monday, October 22nd

more

Junior Wells (vocals, harmonica [1934-1998]) with Buddy Guy (guitar), Phil Guy (guitar), A.C. Reed (tenor saxophone), et al., live (TV show), Chicago, early ’70s

“Little by Little”

 

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“Mystery Train”

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, October 19th

voices I miss

Junior Wells (vocals, harmonica [1934-1998]) with Otis Rush (guitar [1935-2018]), Jack Myers (bass [c. 1937-2011]), Fred Below (drums [1926-1988]), “Hoodoo Man Blues,” live, Berlin, 1966

 

Friday, October 12th

more

Otis Rush (vocals, guitar) with Little Brother Montgomery (piano), Jack Myers (bass), Fred Below (drums), live, Berlin, 1966

“All Your Love (I Miss Loving)”

 

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“Sweet Little Angel”

 

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lagniappe

reading table

The silence will be sudden then last.

—Deborah Landau, from “The Silence Will Be Sudden Then Last” (Poetry, 10/18)

Monday, October 8th

passings

Otis Rush, guitarist, singer, April 29, 1935-September 29, 2018 

Today, remembering him, we revisit a couple of posts.

1/21/10

Otis Rush (with Fred Below [drums], et al.), “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” live, Germany, 1966

 

I was staying with my sister and messing around with the guitar every day for my own amusement. Then she took me around and introduced me to Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, and the first time I saw that onstage, it inspired me to play. I thought that was the world.

—Otis Rush

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9/15/18

basement jukebox

Otis Rush (1934-)

“All Your Love (I Miss Loving),” 1958

 

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“I Can’t Quit You Baby,” 1956

 

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“Double Trouble,” 1958

 

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